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12:50am

Fri February 21, 2014
Georgia

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.
AP

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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10:30am

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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3:41pm

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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2:37pm

Wed February 19, 2014
VW Vote

UAW Could Return To Chattanooga Next Year (Maybe Sooner)

The United Auto Workers failed to unionize Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant last week, but how soon might they return?  Nooga.com reporter Chloé Morrison joins WUTC's Michael Edward Miller for a discussion of what's ahead.

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8:56am

Wed February 19, 2014
Oak Ridge, TN

Nun Who Broke Into Nuclear Complex Gets 35-Month Jail Term

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 11:15 am

Anti-nuclear activists (from left) Gregory Boertje-Obed, Sister Megan Rice and Michael Walli, pictured Feb. 6 in Knoxville, Tenn., were sentenced to prison terms on Tuesday for the 2012 break-in at Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.
Linda Davidson The Washington Post/Getty Images

"An 84-year-old Catholic nun was sentenced Tuesday to nearly three years in prison for breaking into a nuclear weapons complex and defacing a bunker holding bomb-grade uranium, a demonstration that exposed serious security flaws at the Tennessee plant," The Associated Press writes from Knoxville, Tenn.

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2:14pm

Tue February 18, 2014
Personal Finance

Questions About Debt? 'Ask Doctor Debt' Can Help

Dallas Bunton, the President-CEO at North American Credit Services, Inc, and Michael Rainwater, President of the Tennessee Collectors Association, join us to talk about Ask Doctor Debt, an online resource for people who are in debt and need answers, or who want to report unscrupulous debt collectors.

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8:16am

Sat February 15, 2014
The Two-Way

For The South, Add Earthquake To Snow, Ice And Power Outages

Multiple crews work to restore power after a winter storm on Thursday that brought down lines in Fairburn, Ga. Friday night's small quake was the latest event to rattle nerves in the region.
John Amis AP

The Deep South has been shaken up this winter in more ways than one: First, there was the unusual ice and snow and the ensuing power outages. And now, an earthquake.

The late-night 4.1 temblor, with an epicenter about 150 miles northwest of Charleston, was not strong enough to do any damage, but it did rattle folks in both South Carolina and Georgia.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck at 10:23 p.m. ET Friday night.

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4:22am

Sat February 15, 2014
VW Vote

UAW Voted Out of VW Chattanooga, But Works Council Still Sought

Workers at the Volkswagen auto assembly plant in Chattanooga have rejected representation from the United Auto Workers.  The vote was a disappointment for the UAW, which lost by a narrow margin.  About 1,300 workers voted, and anti-union forces won by only 86 votes. UAW President Bob King said that to lose by such a close margin is very difficult.

"Obviously, we’re deeply disappointed," King said after results were announced.

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6:13pm

Fri February 14, 2014
VW Vote

President Obama Comments on VW Vote

After a week of local and state politicians speaking out about the ongoing unionization vote at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant, President Obama has joined the discussion, "accusing Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than U.S. workers," according to Reuters.

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3:26pm

Fri February 14, 2014
VW Vote

UAW Vote at Volkswagen: Expect A Winner Tonight

Both pro-and anti-union forces are predicting victory as workers at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant decide whether to allow the United Auto Workers to represent then.  If the workers vote yes, VW will set up a works council with UAW participation at the plant--a first in the United States.  Works councils

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3:12pm

Fri February 14, 2014
Community

Starting a Farm in an Urban Food Desert

East Chattanooga is a “food desert.” There aren’t any supermarkets in the neighborhood, and many of the people live on processed foods from fast food restaurants and convenience markets. Joel Tippens is part of a group called Fair Share Urban Growers. The group has begun developing what they’re calling an “urban farm” on Roanoke Avenue, across the street from the recently closed Harriet Tubman Housing Project. Their goal is to teach a new generation how to grow their own food.

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3:07pm

Fri February 14, 2014
Ask The Doc

Building a Home Gym for Less Than $100 (And Staying Motivated Enough to Use It)

In this month’s Ask The Doctor segment, Dr. Danielle Mitchell joins us.  She founded the Chattanooga Sports Institute and Center for Health, and she’s got practical tips on staying motivated while working out, and how to build an inexpensive home gym.

Got a question for next month's Ask The Doctor segment?  Let us know in the comments!

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10:20am

Fri February 14, 2014
LOVE IS LOVE?

The Number Of Love

On this Valentine’s Day, WUTC wants you to ask yourself: What is the number of love? How does a relationship function?

In this story, we follow the relationship between Chattanoogans Amy Lolmaugh and Gryffon Daughtery. After meeting at drama club, their relationship takes many interesting turns which include Halloween haunts, jealousy, marriage, and a Google calendar.

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12:11pm

Thu February 13, 2014
Community

The 10 Places Where Health Insurance Costs The Least

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 4:55 pm

St. Paul, capital of Minnesota, the land of inexpensive health insurance.
iStockphoto

People in much of Minnesota, northwestern Pennsylvania and Tucson, Ariz., are getting the best bargains from the health care law's new insurance marketplaces. Their premiums run half as much as those in the country's most expensive markets.

The 10 regions with the lowest premiums in the nation also include Salt Lake City, all of Hawaii and eastern Tennessee. This ranking is based on the lowest cost of a silver plan, the midrange plan most consumers are choosing.

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9:20am

Thu February 13, 2014
VW Vote

The Latest: Volkwagen CEO Refutes Corker's Claim

VW CEO Refutes Corker's Claim

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