News for Wednesday, July 11, 2012



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NEW YORK — A plunge in the price of natural gas has made it cheaper for utilities to produce electricity. But the savings aren't translating to lower rates for customers. Instead, U.S. electricity prices are going up.

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NEW YORK — DirecTV subscribers are losing access to "The Daily Show" and "SpongeBob SquarePants."

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Joe Paterno defended his football program's integrity in a 7-month-old letter released Wednesday, a day ahead of a report that could forever mar his legacy.

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INDIANAPOLIS — When they adopted their son from a Russian orphanage in 2007, veterinarian Dan Genatiempo and his wife, Nancy, endured a year filled with red tape, tens of thousands of dollars in travel costs and months of anxious waiting.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — While her husband returned a rototiller to a West Virginia rental shop, a limping woman sneaked into another part of the building seeking help. Soon, she was at a shelter with a horrifying tale: She had been held hostage for the better part of a decade — beaten, burned and even shackled during childbirth.

JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge on Wednesday decided to continue to block a state law that threatened to shut down Mississippi's only abortion clinic and make it nearly impossible for a woman to get the procedure in the state.

LONDON — When Eva Rausing approached the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy in London's Grosvenor Square four years ago to deal with a routine passport matter, she had to pass through British security, then face an airport-style metal detector so she and her handbag could be scanned for weapons and contraband.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Necropsy results show the baby beluga whale rescued in Alaska last month had multiple infections, including in his heart and lungs.

OYSTER BAY, N.Y. — A yacht that capsized and sank off Long Island after a July Fourth outing to watch fireworks, killing three children, was lifted from the bottom of a bay on Wednesday. It will now be brought to shore, where detectives hope it will provide clues into the cause of the accident.

The Hamilton County local grand jury has indicted a 20-year-old Apison man on murder charges in connection with a November shooting death.

The Southern Conference released the broadcast schedule for the 2012 football season today and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Oct. 13 game at Furman will be shown on

Hamilton County Circuit Court Clerk, Paula T. Thompson, who is also Hamilton County Jury Coordinator, has been notified that Hamilton County residents are receiving a "prank" phone message.

A countywide law enforcement operation Tuesday night in McMinn County netted 22 marijuana plants, three methamphetamine labs and four arrests, with more pending, the sheriff says.

MENLO PARK, Calif. - A California yoga instructor has been fired for her disapproving stink-eye glare at a Facebook employee using a cellphone in class.

Republican Greg Vital dominated second-quarter fundraising in the 10th Senate District GOP primary, reporting $120,425 in contributions versus $17,850 for rival Todd Gardenhire, state filings show.

Two friends of the victim in a 2010 shooting testified this morning that he had no weapon when killed.

A Huntsville mother says in a lawsuit that a funeral home failed to embalm her son's body.

The Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office is looking for at least two individuals who stole a utility trailer from a business on Edwards Drive.

For the second time in three days a car has run into a house.

Authorities say two flight attendants and several passengers were treated for minor injuries caused by severe turbulence during an American Airlines flight from Aruba to Miami.

After penning a rambling letter to financial regulators and writing notes to his family, a south Georgia bank director boarded a ferry in Key West, Fla., and disappeared.

A pug-nosed Belfast dog named Lennox, who inspired a two-year legal fight and animal-rights protests on both sides of the Atlantic, has been put to sleep by city officials.

China's broadcasting and Internet regulators have told Internet video providers that they must prescreen all programs before making them available, tightening state censorship of increasingly popular online drama series and mini-movies.

A Washington state woman says she was attacked and bitten by raccoons after her dog chased several of the animals up a tree.

A year after movie producer Laura Ziskin lost her life to cancer, the ambitious telethon she helped start to fight the disease will be back on the air.

It's a common tactic for pornography producers trying to protect their product from online piracy: They sue unknown "John Does" who illegally download movies, then go to Internet providers to learn their true identities and collect.

One of Britain's richest women, American-born Eva Rausing, was found dead in her west London home and a man was arrested in connection with the case, British police said, adding that an autopsy had failed to uncover a formal cause of death.

DEFIANCE, Ohio — Karl Kissner picked up a soot-covered cardboard box that had been under a wooden dollhouse in his grandfather’s attic. Taking a look inside, he saw hundreds of baseball cards bundled with twine. They were smaller than the ones he was used to seeing.

WASHINGTON — The Obama election campaign has a politically loaded question it wants voters to think about: What is Mitt Romney hiding?

ATLANTA — America’s first new nuclear plants in more than a decade are costing billions more to build and sometimes taking longer to deliver than planned, problems that could chill the industry’s hopes for a jumpstart to the nation’s new nuclear age.

No one has heard from South Pittsburg, Tenn., resident Roger Tant since March 10, and nobody knew he was gone until his sister called authorities late last month to say she couldn't find him.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley County schools and the juvenile justice system are working together to help some struggling families.

Prosecutors told a jury Tuesday that one of two local teens on trial in a 2010 school bus stop shooting admitted firing the weapon and named his co-defendant as manning a stolen truck during the nonfatal drive-by.

Attorneys pored over gas station video showing the 2010 shooting death of a Chattanooga man during the first day of a murder trial Tuesday.

A Chattanooga manufacturing plant that traces its roots back 75 years is shutting down.

State Senate Republican candidate Greg Vital said he's not a college graduate despite saying the opposite in a public forum.

Lora Long began to worry as the water began rising, moving closer and closer to the new flooring and furniture in her restaurant, the Market Street Tavern.

NASHVILLE — Declaring Tennessee higher education "at a crossroads," Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday began laying the political groundwork for a more cost-conscious Tennessee system that also generates higher numbers of graduates in well-paying fields demanded by employers.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Judy Dillon didn't recognize the truck that pulled into her driveway in late spring, but the police badges caught her eye as she peeped through the blinds.

Despite assurances to the contrary from housing officials, disabled and elderly residents in Dogwood Manor may have to relocate to make way for a $4.5 million renovation.

T.S. Eliot’s J. Alfred Prufrock wondered if he should dare to eat one, but for many fruit lovers, biting into a peach isn’t a question, it’s just a part of summer.

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger is now appearing solo on the airwaves and cable in his first-ever campaign ads.

NASHVILLE — There are certain names and faces I immediately identify with specific schools in our area.

The Chattanooga City Council approved a $95 million capital budget Tuesday night that includes complete repairs on the 21st Century Waterfront and an indoor firing range for police.

Barbara Johnson thought she would make it out.

LaFAYETTE, Ga. — Tuesday's heavy thundershowers were a blessing to farmers -- especially those growing marijuana in Dade, Walker and Catoosa counties.

As Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant readies to churn out future Passat models and possibly another vehicle, the automaker is ramping up a new training effort aimed at quality.

After suiting up the last several seasons for the red and gray, Barrett Gouger is now wearing the black and gold.

Cheryl Burke says if "Dancing With the Stars" fans believed everything tabloids printed about her, they'd think "I was a partier or I'd slept with all my partners. It's pretty ridiculous. Just because I'm on a popular TV show, I get targeted.

LAFAYETTE, Ga. — A bad car crash gave birth to the business that's moving into the former Bluebird school bus manufacturing plant.

Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga cornerback Buster Skrine knew that every 40-yard dash he ran leading up to and during the 2011 NFL combine was important. Being 5-foot-9 and coming from a Football Championship Subdivision program, Skrine had to stand out from the crowd with his speed.

Alex Haralson and Ryann McCuiston have dreams of representing the United States in the Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup.

While waiting for your next homegrown tomatoes to ripen, you might be tempted to pick a few green ones. Lately, I've had a craving for fried green tomatoes.

If you live in Dogwood Manor Apartments -- the 136-unit low-income housing high-rise that overlooks downtown and is home to elderly Chattanoogans -- cut this column out and tape it to your fridge. Stash it under your mattress. Save it in the pages of your Bible.

BERLIN — Europe's largest automaker Volkswagen AG is reporting a 13.7 percent increase in June passenger vehicle sales, with booming results outside western Europe where the debt crisis slowed spending.

The managers for the world's largest bond fund have some explaining to do.

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  • By Travis Flenniken

Chattanooga City Councilwoman Deborah Scott wants the November ballot to include referendums on term limits for City Council members, and on moving city elections from March, in an odd-numbered year, to November, in an even-number year.

Deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, government officials are on the hunt. Unlike most government agents who've taken to these hills, however, they aren't searching for moonshine stills.

A Hamilton County Jail lieutenant accused of showing up to work with alcohol in his system has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Candidates seeking to represent Bradley County in the Tennessee Legislature sought to define themselves during a two-hour forum Tuesday.

King College golf coach Brian Kamm may not be able to recruit the best players in the state to his NCAA Division II program, but he'd like to get the next best and build his team with players from the Volunteer State.

Former Meigs County High School standout Jake Rowland, who's playing this summer for the Herndon (Md.) Braves in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, has been named to the league all-star team and will participate in the all-star game tonight.

Cleveland's Brandon Cissom and Lee University coach John Maupin earned medalist honors as a team at 9-under-par 63 in the Tennessee Four-Ball qualifier Monday at Cleveland Country Club.

The National Rifle Association obviously is steamed that Tennessee’s Republican governor and GOP-dominated Legislature had the audacity earlier this year to reject their strenuous lobbying effort to pass another gun-rights law — this time, a law allowing employees to bring their loaded handguns to work and leave them locked in their car on employer-owned parking lots.

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President Obama has been talking an awful lot about fairness lately.

When most people think of Canton, Ohio, the Pro Football Hall of Fame comes to mind. However, the wilting rustbelt town has another, lesser-known, tourist trap: the National Park Service-managed First Ladies National Historic Site.

Good morning, July readers. Please tend to the following requests, and then we can head together into the kitchen. We are in need of heart-healthy recipes and sausage/cheese breakfast casseroles.

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  • By Jane Henegar

New business licenses as provided by the Hamilton County Clerk for July 2-6.

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I have ridden public transportation all over the southern United States and the West. Of all the bus systems I have been on, CARTA is the worst. For one thing it is very expensive, and there are many rude drivers.

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