Chrissy Keuper

Morning Edition Host/Producer

Chrissy was born in Johnson City, Tenn. She attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville as a history major, and finished a bachelor's degree in anthropology at the University of Tennessee. Chrissy has a varied resume: she has taught ballet and jazz, and has worked as a woodworker, a barista, a pastry chef, a customer service rep, a waitress and an art model...but she says her job at WUOT has been her favorite. She came to WUOT as a student announcer and became a member of WUOT’s News Department and the local host of Morning Edition in 2004.

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Tennessee Drug Task Forces
4:00 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Tennessee Legislators Say Drug Task Forces Need More Accountability And Transparency

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Members of a Tennessee Senate Judiciary subcommittee held hearings this week in response to allegations of policing for profit in the state’s 24 drug task forces.

The subcommittee, headed by Chairman Mike Bell, heard reports of agents seizing drug money but never filing criminal charges; misspending taxpayer money; and misappropriating cars, jewels and other items seized from motorists for personal use or profit.

The hearings also found that boards overseeing the task forces have no statutory role, and in some cases, have never met or kept any minutes of meetings.

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University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
4:00 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

UTC Petition And Protests Aim To Ban "Verbally Abusive" Street Preachers From Campus

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Students at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, are petitioning to have a street preacher banned from campus.

So far, about 3,000 people have signed an online petition that asks UT system President Joe DiPietro to keep “verbally abusive” preachers off of the Chattanooga campus.

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Drug Tests For Judges?
4:00 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Two Area Legislators Drafting Bill To Require Drug Testing For Tennessee Judges

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State Senator Randy McNally of Oak Ridge and State Representative Ryan Haynes of Knoxville say they’ll introduce legislation calling for required drug testing for all Tennessee judges.

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VW Works Council
10:19 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Volkswagen Labor Official Visits Chattanooga Facility

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Labor officials with Volkswagen say a decision over union representation at the automaker's Chattanooga plant won’t affect the possibility of expanding production there. Volkswagen officials have said the company may add another vehicle to the production line at its lone U.S. plant in Chattanooga.

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Tennessee Refugees
3:15 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Tennessee Legislators Question Study On Refugees

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Last summer, Tennessee state legislators requested a study on foreign-born refugees in the state but have now rejected the findings of the report. The legislature’s Fiscal Review Committee commissioned the study to try to understand the impact on Tennessee’s budget of state-funded services for refugees.

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TN State Budget Hearings
4:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Tennessee State Budget Hearings Begin This Week

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will begin holding annual public budget hearings Tuesday, November 12.                                                           

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Affordable Care Act & Congress Members
4:00 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Tennessee Congress Members Will Get Health Insurance Through Online Exchanges

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All members of the state’s congressional delegation say in January, they and their staff members will leave their federal health insurance coverage and purchase their own health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's online exchanges.

But the Knoxville News Sentinel reports there is some flexibility for congressional staff members... 

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Probation & Parole
4:00 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Probation Program First Of Its Kind In Tennessee

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A probation program in Johnson City that began in July is the first of its kind in the state and is receiving its first reviews from the state.

The Johnson City Police Department found that the city was lacking a central location with the services that probationers required, and so got a federal grant to start the Day Reporting Center.

The Center focuses on serious, nonviolent offenders, who are required to visit the center for therapy and take classes, which include employment training, online research, and relationship and parenting classes.

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US Department of Energy
4:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Summer Cyber Attack Affects DOE Employees In Oak Ridge

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A summer cyber attack on Department of Energy computer systems in Washington has affected DOE employees in Oak Ridge.

The number of those affected isn’t yet available, but the Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the personal information of apparently hundreds of employees at DOE facilities in Oak Ridge was compromised by a cyber attack in July and August.

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Tennessee Foster Care
4:00 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Increased Funding For Teens Aging Out Of State Custody

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Today, the state announced an increase in funding for foster children who’ve aged out of the system.  

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