Blake Farmer http://wvasfm.org en Volkswagen Union Opposed By Tennessee Republican Officials http://wvasfm.org/post/volkswagen-union-opposed-tennessee-republican-officials When it comes to union organizing at an auto plant, the tension is typically between the workers and the management. But not at Volkswagen in Tennessee. There, the United Auto Workers is attempting to finally unionize the automaker's first foreign-owned plant in the South. And so far, Republican officials are the ones trying to stand in the way.<p>Just outside Chattanooga, in an idyllic industrial park, surrounded by green hills and even a nature park, Volkswagen built a plant a few years ago. It is still Volkswagen's only car plant in the U.S. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:59:00 +0000 Blake Farmer 36757 at http://wvasfm.org Volkswagen Union Opposed By Tennessee Republican Officials Vanderbilt Has A Banner Year On The Gridiron http://wvasfm.org/post/vanderbilt-has-banner-year-gridiron The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is college football's most dominant program. It has won the Bowl Championship Series for the past six years. And a record six SEC teams finished in the top ten this year. Another SEC team, Vanderbilt, is also doing well. Long the doormat of the conference, the private university known more for its academics is enjoying gridiron success. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 22:20:00 +0000 Blake Farmer 19367 at http://wvasfm.org Wal-Mart's Female Employees File Suit In Tennessee http://wvasfm.org/post/wal-marts-female-employees-file-suit-tennessee Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Some other news. Women who work for Wal-Mart - the world's largest retail chain - continue to make claims they get paid less and are not promoted as often as men. Current and former Wal-Mart employees have now filed a court case in Tennessee.<p>As Blake Farmer of member station WPLN reports.<p>BLAKE FARMER, BYLINE: Three women are named. Wed, 03 Oct 2012 08:20:00 +0000 Blake Farmer 16065 at http://wvasfm.org Army Aims To Use Words, Not Weapons, With Afghans http://wvasfm.org/post/army-aims-use-words-not-weapons-afghans The U.S. Army has been ramping up instruction in the languages of Afghanistan, even as troop levels in the country decrease in preparation for the U.S. troop withdrawal in 2014.<p>This year, key installations have added several hundred speakers of Pashto and Dari to their ranks, more than doubling the number of soldiers trained in the Afghan languages.<p>But it's not just the country's languages that are foreign to U.S. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 22:49:00 +0000 Blake Farmer 14920 at http://wvasfm.org Army Aims To Use Words, Not Weapons, With Afghans As Bear Population Grows, More States Look At Hunts http://wvasfm.org/post/bear-population-grows-more-states-look-hunts <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBCNJx-xi-8</p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Blake Farmer 5668 at http://wvasfm.org As Bear Population Grows, More States Look At Hunts