Claire Heddles

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

From Tucson, Arizona, Claire has a master’s from the University of Southern California’s prestigious Annenberg School of Journalism. Most recently, Claire worked at NPR West in Culver City, California, assisting NPR’s western correspondents with research and production. Claire’s own work has been featured nationally on NPR’s All Things Considered.

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The landmark legislation broadened the scope of institutions barred from discriminating against people with disabilities.

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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Knox County Health Department has held regular informational briefings and provided extensive English resources, but this same information has not always been extended to non-English speakers. This lack of access has put some residents at much greater risk, according to community advocates.  

A White House Coronavirus Task Force governors' report lists 18 states, including Tennessee, as "red zones" for rising cases of COVID-19. Twenty-five Tennessee counties are also in the report's red zone, including Sevier County and Hamblen County. 

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The World Health Organization has formally acknowledged COVID-19 may be transmitted by lingering in the air, not just through large respiratory droplets. But what the new guidance will mean in Knox County is yet to be determined.  

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Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in the August 6 election, which includes state legislator primary races and county general elections. This election will mark the first time in Tennessee that almost all voters are eligible to vote by mail.

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Thursday marked the highest daily increase with 39 new cases

There was a 28% increase in new COVID cases in Knox County since last Friday. Three days this week subsequently marked the largest daily increase in new case counts since the start of the pandemic.

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Amid nationwide protests against police brutality, the Knoxville Police Department isued a new use of force policy. But many leaders have called for more substatianal police reform in Knoxville, including increased civilian oversight. 

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More than 4,000 people gathered at Caswell Park in Knoxville Friday evening to celebrate Juneteenth — the holiday celebrating the end of slavery on the date the Emancipation Proclamation was enforced in Galveston, Texas in 1865, two years after it was passed.

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Nursing homes can reopen for visitation as early as next week

Governor Bill Lee announced limited visitation to nursing homes and long term care facilities can begin on Monday. By the end of this week, all residents in Tennessee’s long-term care facilities and nursing homes will have been tested for COVID-19. Procedures are required to be in place by July 1 for weekly, repeated testing of staff statewide. 

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Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon vowed Thursday to reform Knoxville’s use of force policy, following a nationwide push by the Obama Foundation calling on mayors to pledge police reform.