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10:02am

Mon March 17, 2014
Community

Young Entrepreneur Opens Her Business In The Howard School

Deshel Hambrick is collecting dresses for the prom with the Cinderella Event hosted by her business, 4 Ever Young.
Credit LAUNCH Chattanooga

High school senior Deshel Hambrick opened her business last week with funds she won in a competition after completing a High School entrepreneur program with LAUNCH Chattanooga

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4:06pm

Fri March 14, 2014
Knoxville

For The Poor, Warmth In The Winter Comes At A Steep Price

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 6:05 pm

Christopher Sessums Flickr

Even as signs of spring emerge around the country, one particular remnant of winter remains: high energy bills. For low-income residents, a hefty heating bill can be an especially big burden, and not just in traditional cold-weather states.

In January, as temperatures dipped to record lows in eastern Tennessee, the Knoxville Utilities Board urged its customers: If you think you cannot pay your bill, call us. On average, gas bills were 29 percent higher than they were a year ago. And the poor have suffered even more, says Jeanie Fox, a customer counselor.

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10:44am

Fri March 14, 2014
Community

Would You Like To Make a Book? Dombrowski Hosting 'Artist Books' Events 3/14 & 15

What is a book? Most of us would have a ready answer for that question, but Chattanooga artist Bob Dombrowski wants to complicate it. In the past thirty years he has created more than 100 “artist books.” Simply put, an artist’s book is whatever the artist decides it is.

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9:43am

Fri March 14, 2014
Pediatric Health Series

Local Infant Mortality Rates Decrease, But African-Americans Still Disproportionately Affected

According to the Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley, our region's children are among the unhealthiest in Tennessee and the nation.  One reason for that is our high rate of infant mortality.  In this feature news segment, Michael Edward Miller reports that infant mortality has improved over the last few years, but there are still challenges, particularly for African-Americans.  This is true both in Hamilton County and around the nat

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8:03pm

Thu March 13, 2014
Health

Ask the Doc: Should I Eat Backwards?

Many of us eat according to a predictable pattern: something small and quick for breakfast (because we're in a hurry), something moderate for lunch, and a large dinner.  But Dr. Danielle Mitchell recommends turning that pattern backwards, and eating the most calories at breakfast.

Dr. Mitchell founded the Chattanooga Sports Institute and Center for Health.  She joins WUTC's Michael Edward Miller to talk about eating and exercise in this interview, part of our regular "Ask the Doc" series.

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9:34am

Thu March 13, 2014
Community

Poison Prevention Is Up To You

Credit Tennessee Poison Center

The number one cause of injury deaths in the state of Tennessee is poison.  National Poison Prevention Week provides an opportunity to remind communities about what you can do to reduce accidental poisoning. 

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4:17pm

Fri March 7, 2014
Happy Birthday, Luther

Luther Masingill, 92 Years Old & Still Broadcasting

Luther Masingill, the legendary local radio personality, will celebrate his 92nd birthday on Sunday, March 9th.  Known simply as "Luther" to generations of Chattanooga listeners, he's been on the air at WDEF for more than 70 years.  In 2012, Luther was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.

David Carroll posted this clip of Luther's recent appearance on Sirius XM:

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7:58am

Wed March 5, 2014
The Two-Way

Overruled: Gov. Says Kentucky Will Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Order

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 9:54 am

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear
Bill Greenblatt UPI/Landov

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says his state will hire outside counsel to appeal a federal judge's order to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

The governor's announcement follows word from the state's attorney general, Jack Conway, that his office will not pursue such an appeal.

Both men are Democrats.

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3:43pm

Tue March 4, 2014
Community

UTC to Host Symposium 3/8 on Growing Native Plants in Your Garden

The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones, a national non-profit organization promoting the preservation of bio-diversity, is holding a symposium at UTC on Saturday, March 8th. Called “Native Plants, Natural Landscapes” the symposium, co-sponsored by UTC’s  Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, will offer information and advice from experts on improving landscapes and gardens using sustainable landscaping practices.

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11:39am

Tue March 4, 2014
Community

WTCI Wins Emmy Award for PSA

Emmy Award Winning WTCI Producer Emily Compton
Credit WTCI

WTCI worked with the Children's Advocacy Center of Hamilton County to create a public service announcement (PSA) encouraging people to take a stand against child abuse. 

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1:31pm

Fri February 28, 2014
Religion

Pastor Jamie Coots Remembered As More Than A Serpent Handler

The Chattanooga Times Free Press published 'Even Unto Death,' a special report on serpent handling in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Serpent-handling Kentucky pastor Jamie Coots recently died from a rattlesnake bite.  Coots, who starred in the National Geographic show "Snake Salvation," was credited with helping put the long-hidden practice of serpent handling in the limelight.

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2:51pm

Thu February 27, 2014
Kentucky

Federal Judge Rules Kentucky Must Recognize Gay Marriages

Greg Bourke, front, and his partner Michael Deleon speak to reporters following the announcement from U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn striking down part of Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban.
Timothy D. Easley AP

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn ruled on Thursday that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Heyburn's decision strikes "down portions of a 1998 state law and a 2004 state constitutional amendment defining marriage in Kentucky as between one man and one woman, and that prohibited the state from recognizing same-sex marriages legally performed in other states."

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10:48am

Mon February 24, 2014
Community

Radon: Is Your Home Killing You?

Radon Zones in Tennessee. Red = Zone 1 Highest Potential. Orange = Zone 2 Moderate Potential. Yellow = Zone 3 Low Potential. Radon gas has been found in homes in all three zones across Tennessee.
Credit http://www.epa.gov/radon/states/tennessee.html / EPA

Radon gas is harmless in small concentrations and can be found everywhere in the United States but in concentrated levels it becomes a serious health concern. 

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11:00pm

Sun February 23, 2014
Alabama

Gay-Marriage Battle Moves South, And Religious Right Fights Back

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 8:02 pm

Nick Van Sickels (right) with his husband, Andrew Bond, and their daughter, Jules. The couple was legally married in Washington, D.C., but because same-sex marriage is banned in Louisiana, Bond has no parental rights.
Janet McConnaughey AP

The legal battle over gay marriage is moving to the Deep South. Buoyed by federal court victories in Oklahoma, Kentucky and Virginia, gay-rights activists are taking on traditional marriage laws in the very states where those laws enjoy overwhelming public support.

Take Alabama, where Paul Hard is suing the state for violating his constitutional rights to equal protection and due process following the death of his partner, David Fancher, whom he legally married in Massachusetts. Alabama has a constitutional amendment that forbids same-sex marriage.

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3:06pm

Fri February 21, 2014
Breaking

UAW Appeals VW Vote In Chattanooga

The United Auto Workers are appealing last week's election results at Chattanooga's Volkswagen manufacturing plant.  In the UAW's objection, filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the UAW claims that Tennessee politicians such as State Senator Bo Watson "conducted what appears to have been a coordinated and widely-publicized coercive campaign... to deprive VWGOA workers of their federally-protected right, through the Election, to support and select the UAW as their exclusive representative... free of coercion, intimidation, threats and interference."

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