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Capitol Hill Conversation: Why Sexual Harassment Continues To Cloud Tennessee Capitol

It’s been only five months since state Representative Jeremy Durham was expelled from the Tennessee General Assembly amid allegations he’d sexually harassed nearly two dozen women. But lawmakers are already wrestling with the issue again, following the resignation of another legislator: Memphis Representative Mark Lovell. Just weeks after being sworn in, he was accused of touching a woman inappropriately.

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Congressman Marsha Blackburn took on pointed questions yesterday about President Donald Trump's first month in office and plans to replace the Affordable Care Act.

The Republican representative was just the latest member of Congress to face hostility as she met with constituents in an hour-long, townhall-style meeting in Fairview.

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Business leaders swarmed the Tennessee capitol Tuesday to talk about a topic dominating the national news — immigration. Advocates range from the Nashville Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to the Tennessee Farm Bureau.

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The Metro Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday night in support of changing the name of Fred Douglas Park. The problem is, the parks board isn't technically allowed to change the names of parks.

The University of Tennessee System

The president of the University of Tennessee system will highlight its stronger financials and increasing graduation rates at the annual State of UT address today.

Joe DiPietro will also reiterate that the school is "committed to diversity and inclusion," he said last week.

Nashville libraries
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville opened two sparkling new libraries in recent years — in Bellevue and Southeast — and now officials have approved a timeline for more construction and renovations across Davidson County.

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On Saturday night, Vanderbilt basketball players will face off against South Carolina in black Nike jerseys specially made to honor Nashville civil rights leaders. The athletics department says it's honoring these icons as part of the university's attempt to bring diversity and inclusion to campus.

Stephen Jerkins / WPLN (File photo)

It’s been only five months since state Representative Jeremy Durham was expelled from the Tennessee General Assembly amid allegations he’d sexually harassed nearly two dozen women.

But lawmakers are already wrestling with the issue again, following the resignation of another legislator: Memphis Representative Mark Lovell. Just weeks after being sworn in, he was accused of touching a woman inappropriately.

Louise Dahl-Wolfe

WPLN listener Hart Armstrong asked the following question to Curious Nashville: Where in Nashville did the artist William Edmondson live? Is there a plaque?

The short answer is that the home of sculptor William Edmondson—the first African American to have a solo show in the Museum of Modern Art—is no longer standing. And in fact, his whole block was torn down years after his death, during an urban renewal project in Edgehill that began in the late 1960s.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

When the police department released footage of Officer Joshua Lippert shooting Jocques Clemmons after he ran a stop sign and allegedly brandished a gun, something felt strangely familiar to De’Anton Gipson.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will look into all fatal shootings involving Metro police, a policy announced Thursday. Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk’s decision comes nearly a week after a Metro officer shot and killed a Nashville man.

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President Trump's Tweets, Annotated

President Trump tweets a lot. With tens of millions of followers on Twitter, Trump proposes policy, shares his latest actions and reacts to the news. But 140 characters rarely gives the full context. Here, NPR fact checkers attempt to do just that for key tweets.

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Pianists Heather Conner and Caleb Harris primarily perform as soloists, but the married couple also makes beautiful music together from time to time. On this Valentine's Day, they gave us a preview of their concert next month at the Blair School of Music, where both of them teach. 

Kara McCleland / Nashville Public Radio

Looking for the perfect classical soundtrack to bask in the most romantic day of the year? Look no further. Think Valentine’s Day is a shallow excuse of a holiday, invented by greeting card companies to cash in on the delusions of lovesick fools? We’ve got something for you, too! Regardless of your relationship status or feelings about February 14th, listen up:   

For the True Romantic: Franz Liszt, Liebestraum No. 3

Shervin Lainez / Wu Fei

The first Halloween after Beijing-born composer, performer and instrumentalist Wu Fei relocated with her family to Nashville, her young daughter Viola made a unique costume request: she wanted to be a “Batman Queen.”

Always up for a creative challenge, Fei scoured the internet to curate the perfect getup for her daughter, who was busy proclaiming everything she could accomplish as Batman Queen: rocket to outer space, defeat bad guys—you know, the usual undertakings of a three-year-old. 

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Indivisible: A Special Call-In Show During President Trump's First 100 Days

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