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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Thu March 13, 2014

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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Thu March 13, 2014

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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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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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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Tue March 4, 2014

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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Tue March 4, 2014

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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Fri February 28, 2014

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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Thu February 27, 2014

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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Mon February 24, 2014

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 / 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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Sun February 23, 2014

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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Fri February 21, 2014

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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Fri February 21, 2014

Georgia Clears The Road For Confederate-Themed License Plate

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

The Sons of Confederate Veterans submitted this license plate design to the state of Georgia, which recently approved it.

The Confederate battle flag is back in the news in the American South, as civil rights leaders in Georgia decry the state government's approval of a new specialty license plate.

The design is actually an updated version of what has been available for years. The original had one small flag in the corner. This new version adds a background image of the Confederate emblem across the entire width of the plate.

The design was submitted by the Georgia chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Spokesman Ray McBerry says they see the flag as a symbol of their roots.

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Thu February 20, 2014
Librarian of the year

Changing Library Space: A Conversation With Corinne Hill

Each year, Library Journal names a Librarian of the Year. For 2014, the journal chose Corinne Hill, the executive director of the Chattanooga Public Library system.

Corinne Hill joined the library in 2012. Since her arrival, the Chattanooga Library has become a hub for technology, learning, and books.

In this conversation, Hill talks the changes made to the Chattanooga Public Library, obsessive personalities of librarians, and the evolution of space within the library.

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Wed February 19, 2014
VW Vote

AFL-CIO's Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 1:10 pm

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations President Richard Trumka addresses members during the quadrennial AFL-CIO convention at Los Angeles Convention Center in Sept. 2013.
Nick Ut AP

When workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga narrowly rejected the United Auto Workers in a recent vote on whether to unionize, it was a stinging setback for a labor movement looking for a big organizing victory in a Southern state.

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