Sen. Alexander to Discuss Reforming Financial Aid October 21, 2014KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WKPT) – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander will host a roundtable on reforming financial aid today in Knoxville.
Senator Alexander is proposing to simplify the process of applying for and receiving federal financial aid to help pay for college.
Alexander proposed the financial aid simplification and transparency act, also known as fast act.
The act would transform the free application for federal student aid from a 108 question form to a 2 question postcard.
The roundtable will be held today in the Goins Auditorium at Pellissippi State Community College from 1 to 2:15 pm.
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2 People Killed in Virginia Crash October 20, 2014GILES COUNTY, Va. (WKPT) – Virginia State Police are investigating an accident that killed 2 people on Friday.
State Police officials say the crash occurred in Giles County around 7:11 pm on Route 460. A 1995 Ford Taurus traveling east in the westbound lane collided head-on with a westbound 1999 Volkswagen Jetta.
47-year old, Floys R. Sims of Swords Creek, and 60-year old, Jerry P. Marshall, both riding in the Jetta died at the scene.
Phillip Stitner, who was driving the Jetta, is being treated for serious injuries at Roanoke Memorial Hostpial.
The driver of the Taurus, 90-year old Willis Baldwin of Princeton, West ... Read more
Remains of Missing UVA Student Possibly Found October 20, 2014ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WKPT) – Human remains discovered in a heavily wooded area in Albemarle County, Virginia on Saturday, may be the remains of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.
After finding remains, authorities interviewed nearby residents and picked through leaves on the side of a sparsely populated highway, searching for any clues or evidence.
Forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains match the 18-year-old Graham. They were discovered by a deputy Saturday in a heavily wooded area that is home to horse farms about 12 miles from campus.
Graham disappeared September 13 after a night out with friends. The ... Read more
US to recognize same-sex marriages in 7 new states October 17, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government is recognizing same-sex marriages in seven more states.
The states are Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado and Nevada.
The Justice Department says it will ensure that same-sex couples in those states are given federal benefits as soon as possible.
Those states were affected by a recent Supreme Court order on same-sex marriage. The order let stand rulings from three appeals courts that struck down bans on same-sex marriages.
The announcement brings the total of number of states where same-sex marriages have federal recognition to 26, plus the District of Columbia.
Attorney General Eric Holder says the country is ... Read more
Medical Workers Charged for Conspiring to Distribute Drugs October 17, 2014KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WKPT) – A Federal Grand Jury in Knoxville returned a 2 count indictment against 2 medical doctors, 2 physicians’ assistants, and 5 nurse practitioners almost a week and a half ago for conspiring to distribute oxycodone, morphine, oxymorphone, and alprazolam.
According to a press release, these 9 people were allegedly writing prescriptions for controlled substances which were not for legitimate medical reasons.
Officers raided the Breakthrough Pain Therapy Center in Maryville in December 2010 and seized significant quantities of prescription narcotic pain pills, firearms, and near $700,000 in cash.
If convicted they all can face up to 20 years in prison ... Read more
Knoxville’s Metro Pulse Shutting Down October 16, 2014KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WKPT) – A merger between the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Metro Pulse is leaving nearly two dozen people without a job and one less newspaper in town.
According to WATE, the owners of Knoxville’s Metro Pulse newspaper announced Wednesday the paper will be shut down and its employees laid off.
The News Sentinel says Metro Pulse will be merged with knoxville.com, which is the paper’s Friday entertainment section, to create a “new and comprehensive guide to activities in the metro area.”
The laid off workers will receive separation packages that include pay and subsidized benefits.
The Metro Pulse has been in ... Read more
Burning Permits Required Starting Today October 16, 2014NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKPT) – Wildfire season in Tennessee is here and that means if you’re burning during anytime between today and May 15th, you will need a permit.
According to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Forestry Division, you have two options to try to obtain a permit.
The first is going to the local State Forestry office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.
Or apply online any day of the week from 9 am through midnight, at http://burnsafetn.org/burn_permit.html . Permit approval only takes a few minutes to obtain.
Person’s doing outdoor burning during the wildfire season are required ... Read more
Tenn. voters to decide on income tax amendment October 13, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennesseans will soon vote on a constitutional amendment to bar lawmakers from ever imposing a state income tax.
But regardless of what voters decide on Nov. 4, it’s unlikely that Tennessee lawmakers would seriously consider an income tax because it’s become such a toxic political issue.
The last serious attempt to impose one failed in 2002 amid raucous Capitol protests that included a brick being thrown through the window of the governor’s office and demonstrators banging on the doors of the Senate chamber while lawmakers sought to conduct their business within.
The Legislature instead passed a 1 percentage point ... Read more
Warner, Gillespie to face off in final debate October 13, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie are set to square off in their final debate.
Both men are set to attend a debate Monday evening hosted by the AARP Virginia and The League of Women Voters of Virginia at the studios of WCVE in Richmond.
The debate will be broadcast throughout much of the state.
Public polls have shown Warner with a comfortable lead over Gillespie, who said he believes the race is tightening in its final weeks.
Warner is a former governor and cell phone pioneer seeking a second term in the Senate. Gillespie is ... Read more
Woman Killed After Semi-Truck Crashes into Home October 10, 2014NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKPT) – Metro Nashville Police have identified the person killed when a semi-truck slammed into a home.
Police told the Tennessean that 66-year-old Carol Boo was dead by the time officers arrived.
The tractor-trailer, which was hauling 40,000 pounds of pumpkins, veered off the road and crashed into her home about 3:30 am Wednesday.
Police said in a statement that the truck driver, 34-year-old Leonard Wilson of Nashville, said the trailer began wobbling and he lost control of the vehicle.
Wilson was not injured in the crash and two others in the home at the time of the crash weren’t injured. Police ... Read more