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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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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.

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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.

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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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The religious faith of Nashville’s mayoral candidates has come into question amid an anonymous campaign accusing Megan Barry of being an atheist. Her opponent, David Fox, denies any involvement and is condemning the rumors as “malicious gossip.”

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Former Tennessee Congressman John Tanner is joining an effort to rein in "dark money" in politics.

The Democratic lawmaker says he's joining a group of about 75 former members of Congress that will try to change the rules for funding federal campaigns. Tanner says super PACs funded by anonymous donors are unraveling the fabric of American democracy.

"A man gives you $20 million, $25 million, it's human nature … to be appreciative to the point that it's unhealthy in your public management of your affairs," Tanner says.

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A conservative group is making plans for a rally on the steps of the Tennessee Capitol that they hope will pressure Gov. Bill Haslam and other Republican leaders to take on the federal government over same-sex marriage, immigration and terrorism. 

The Tennessee Pastors Network, an organization of conservative ministers, says its "Stand in the Gap for Truth" rally will take place Sept. 17. The group says it hopes to stop "abuse of First Amendment rights."

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