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Listeners Ask: Do Nashville’s Mayoral Hopefuls See Downside To More Density?

WPLN asked listeners for their questions of Nashville's two remaining candidates for mayor. Several submissions shared a common theme of density, which has become a mantra among Nashville’s city planners looking to make room for newcomers. The candidates for mayor have slightly different takes on the potential downsides of that density.
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Prison guards accused Gov. Bill Haslam's administration of deceiving the public about safety inside state facilities.

They offered that scathing assessment in a hearing Thursday at the Tennessee Capitol on complaints within the Department of Correction.

The hearing was the first in which current and former rank-and-file employees could share their views with state lawmakers directly.

Jeremy Kane endorses David Fox
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David Fox gained a mayoral endorsement Thursday from former competitor Jeremy Kane, who founded LEAD charter schools while Fox was chairman of the Metro School Board. The men said their shared views reach beyond education.

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Nashville mayoral candidate David Fox has gone to the airwaves with another negative ad, though this one has a humorous twist. 

Centennial Park Cockrill Spring
Metro Parks and Recreation

No other Nashville park has the drawing power of Centennial, with its full-size replica of The Parthenon. But the rest of the green space and its event venues needed attention, said Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch.

Middle Tennessee has seen huge population growth in recent years, but business leaders say that growth is expected to slow down. That means there might not be enough skilled workers to fill the jobs in the region, according to a new study from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Lamar Alexander FAFSA
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On a swing through Nashville, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said Wednesday that political candidates should not be limited on how much money they can raise. And he credited wealthy donors for giving some Republican presidential hopefuls a fighting chance.

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WPLN asked listeners for their questions of Nashville's two remaining candidates for mayor. Several submissions shared a common theme of density, which has become a mantra among Nashville’s city planners looking to make room for newcomers. The candidates for mayor have slightly different takes on the potential downsides of that density.

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Note: This story has been updated to elaborate on the Andersons' case.

A Nashville ordinance regulating short-term rentals, including Airbnb, is facing its first legal challenge. The lawsuit, filed by the Beacon Center of Tennessee, is focusing on one provision that makes it harder for property owners to rent out their homes full-time. 

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Senator Bob Corker predicts the nuclear agreement with Iran will stand when Congress takes a vote on it next month.

But Corker told a crowd of businesspeople in Nashville Wednesday morning that the vote won't be the last tussle over Iran between the White House and Capitol Hill.

The Tennessee Republican chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which he says has given him insight into how the Iran deal would work. He plans to vote against it, and he thinks many Democrats will, too.

ACT

Tennessee students who took the ACT college entrance exam this year averaged a composite score of 19.8. That’s on par with last year, but still a high point over the last five years.

According to numbers released Wednesday morning, Tennessee fares well compared to other southern states that also require 100 percent of students to take the ACT. Only Kentucky has a higher average composite score with a 20.

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