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Is There A Way To Predict How Many Tennessee Promise Students Will Graduate?

December 26, 2014 at 6:03 am

In just a few weeks, students who applied for free community college — and almost every high school senior in the state did — will have their first mandatory Tennessee Promise meeting. This will give a better indicator of how many students are serious about enrolling in community college next fall, but it won’t give a prediction of how many students will end up graduating. According to one calculation from theRead More

Fallen Soldiers Of The Mexican-American War May Soon Be Returned To Tennessee

Fallen Soldiers Of The Mexican-American War May Soon Be Returned To Tennessee

December 26, 2014 at 6:02 am

A team of historians and scientists from Middle Tennessee hope to soon welcome home the remains of soldiers who died on foreign soil nearly 170 years ago. WPLN’s Nina Cardona has the story: Construction workers in Monterrey, Mexico unearthed the bones of more than a dozen men several years ago: US soldiers who died in in the Mexican-American war. Because of their location, where the 1st Tennessee Regiment fought andRead More

The fibers — a fraction of a millimeter each — are separated into color coated tubes and tinted to keep track of each strand. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Explained: How The Internet Physically Travels Around Nashville

December 26, 2014 at 6:02 am

As much as that process seems virtual and wireless, the Internet is, for the most part, a very physical series of cables around the world. They’re even laid under the ocean. In Nashville, you just have to look up — they’re strung on utility poles across the city.

Listen: WPLN’s Best Radio Storytelling Of 2014

Listen: WPLN’s Best Radio Storytelling Of 2014

December 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Scroll through an interactive timeline and listen to the year in in-depth reporting from WPLN.

The Belcourt Theatre was one of many independent cinemas to sign a petition to show "The Interview" Christmas Day. Credit: Belcourt Theatre

Belcourt Theatre To Show Controversial Sony Pictures Film ‘The Interview’

December 23, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Nashville’s independent movie theater will be showing the film that has garnered everything from terrorism threats to presidential support. “The Interview,” a comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, will be screening at the Belcourt starting Christmas Day.

One way the doctors and physician assistants might link up is in the form of lobbying at the state capitol. Credit: TMA via Facebook

Frosty Relationship Thaws As Tennessee MDs And PAs Join Forces

December 23, 2014 at 5:35 am

Tennessee doctors are burying the hatchet with physician assistants – who can do much of what a doctor can with less than half the training.

Listen: Why Does Nashville’s Official Seal Feature A Human Skull?

Listen: Why Does Nashville’s Official Seal Feature A Human Skull?

December 23, 2014 at 5:35 am

You see it all the time around Nashville. The official Nashville seal appears on flags, government buildings and official documents. An unnamed American Indian stands with a human skull in his hand. WPLN’s Blake Farmer asks what the symbol means.

Tennessee's Attorney General Herbert Slatery announced on Monday that the state was joining a lawsuit challenging the legality of the president's recent executive action on immigration. Credit: TN Photo Services

Tennessee Joins 24 Other States In Fighting Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration

December 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Tennessee is the 25th state to join the suit.

Gov. Bill Haslam unveils his Medicaid expansion proposal, dubbed Insure Tennessee. Credit: Governor's Office.

How Is Haslam’s Medicaid Expansion Different From Regular TennCare?

December 22, 2014 at 5:22 am

Insure Tennessee, as it’s been dubbed, is aimed at those who make too much money to qualify for TennCare, but too little to get a subsidy under the Affordable Care Act.

Aspire is a charter school in Memphis that is part of the Achievement School District. The ASD has 23 schools for the 2014-15 school year. Five are directly run by the district. The rest are run by charter organizations. Brick Church College Prep is the only ASD school in Nashville. The rest are in Memphis. Credit: TN Photo Services

As Race To The Top Money Dries Up, Tennessee’s Achievement School District Forced To Find New Funding

December 22, 2014 at 5:22 am

The agency charged with turning around Tennessee’s lowest performing schools has to find new funding. The Achievement School District was born in 2010 out of the Race to the Top program. All of that prize money will be gone next year.

Recently built highrises now form the backdrop for the nondescript Station Inn. Credit: Chas Sisk / WPLN

Nashville’s Iconic Station Inn Hangs On For Now In Transformed Gulch

December 19, 2014 at 5:30 am

The Station Inn is probably the only thing in The Gulch that hasn’t changed much in recent years. But with a proprietor who rents the club’s stone brick building perched on some of Nashville’s hottest real estate, can it last?

The Tennessee Hospital Association plans to help fund Gov. Haslam's push to expand Medicaid. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Hospital Association’s Huge Role In Tennessee’s Medicaid Expansion Explained

December 19, 2014 at 5:27 am

The deal was proposed to Governor Haslam more than a year ago, according to Craig Becker, who heads the association.

Members of Tennessee's Supreme Court heard arguments on Thursday over the identities of those who conduct executions. Credit: Reading Tom, via flickr

Tennessee Supreme Court Weighs Arguments Over Revealing Execution Team

December 19, 2014 at 4:54 am

Justice Sharon Lee asked Smith: What if a pharmacist doesn’t have a license, or had some criminal convictions, don’t death row inmates have a right to know if the lethal injection team is qualified? And why should they take the state’s word for it?

The East Nashville Advisory Committee met Wednesday night to begin reworking feeder patterns as part of a larger proposed overhaul. Credit: David Wright Smith

East Nashville Parents Begin Arduous Task Of Re-Thinking School Zone Feeder Patterns

December 18, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Metro Schools officials hope to both attract middle class families and help low-income families that tend to move more often by reworking feeder patterns.

Randy Boyd previously was a "special adviser" - unpaid - to Governor Bill Haslam overseeing his "Driver to 55," an effort to increase college attainment rates in the state. Credit: TN Photo Services

Meet Tennessee’s New Economic Development Chief

December 18, 2014 at 9:37 am

The businessman who previously volunteered to spearhead a push to get more Tennesseans finishing college has now been named commissioner of the Economic and Community Development Department.

Candice McQueen was named Tennessee's next education commissioner at a capitol hill press conference on Wednesday. She will start Jan. 20. Credit: TN Photo Services

Tennessee’s New Education Commissioner Is Known As A Common Core Booster

December 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Governor Bill Haslam named a new education commissioner Wednesday, and she’s one of the biggest supporters of Common Core education standards in the state.

Nashville Airport's new flight to Oakland, starting June 7, will depart around 2 p.m. daily. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Southwest Announces Direct Flight To Oakland, Thanks To Promises From Nashville Businesses

December 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Technology leaders in Nashville have long bemoaned the fact that there’s no direct flight near Silicon Valley. Part of the reason it’s finally happening is because businesses like healthcare tech company Emdeon have promised to frequent the route.

Members of Tennessee's Supreme Court heard arguments on Thursday over the identities of those who conduct executions. Credit: Reading Tom, via flickr

Tennessee Supreme Court To Hear Arguments Over Execution Team IDs

December 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm

The attorney general’s office has refused to hand over the identities to attorneys with the federal public defender’s office –– saying it’s not relevant and carries too much of a risk of harassment and retaliation.

Last year, a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts caused the deaths of 14 Tennesseans due to a meningitis outbreak. Image Courtesy CDC

Pharmacist Responsible For Meningitis Outbreak Charged With 2nd Degree Murder

December 17, 2014 at 11:55 am

Employees and owners of the compounding pharmacy at the center of a fungal meningitis outbreak have been indicted on charges ranging from fraud to 2nd degree murder. Many of the charges stem from cases in Tennessee.

Bridgestone executives and politicians announced the headquarters relocations Nov. 11. Bridgestone Americas' incentive package passed its third and final vote in Nashville's Metro Council on Tuesday. Credit: TN Photo Services

Metro Council Gives Final Sign-Off On Incentives To Build Bridgestone Headquarters

December 17, 2014 at 4:55 am

Officials at Bridgestone are projecting 600 new jobs and promising that their 30-story headquarters to be an economic engine for downtown Nashville.