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Nashville Finds The Money For Total Middle School Overhaul

Nashville's public schools have found the money for a district-wide overhaul to middle grades. Administrators said they'd be forced to scale back plans to rework curriculum for middle schools if the mayor didn't fully fund their budget. The money didn't come through, but the district is making it work anyway.

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A proposal to limit Davidson County's cooperation with federal immigration authorities still appears to be heading for a final vote next week, despite a new legal opinion that says the limits may never be enforceable.

Councilman Bob Mendes, one of the measure's chief sponsors, says he does not intend to back away from plans for a third and final vote on the proposed ordinance on July 6. It would allow the Davidson County Sheriff's Office to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in deportation cases only if authorities can produce a signed warrant.

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Updated 3:30 p.m.: Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker says delaying a vote on the health care bill should show that the senate wants "to get it right." He says in a statement that he will work over the next few days to "resolve a number of legitimate issues."

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The LEAD charter school organization is pointing out a glaring error in the district's case to deny expansion plans in Nashville.

The Metro school board is scheduled to vote Tuesday evening on whether to approve two new schools.

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A major cut in TennCare enrollment more than a decade ago has been linked to delays in diagnosing breast cancer, according to findings published this week in the journal Cancer

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Update, June 27: A federal judge has ordered a nationwide stay blocking the immediate deportation of 85 Iraqi nationals who had been scheduled to be removed on Tuesday. That group includes some Kurds living in Middle Tennessee.

The American Civil Liberties Union pushed a court in Michigan for the temporary order, which has now been extended across the U.S. The organization is seeking class-action status covering 1,444 immigrants from Iraq who could be deported under the Trump administration's new policy.

Usage of a high-tech type of surveillance camera has recently been banned across Davidson County. But the license plate reader — or LPR— that was first put up by Belle Meade police won’t be coming down.

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation file on the fatal shooting of a Nashville man by a police officer has been handed over to the U.S. Attorney’s office for review. It’s the first time the feds have reexamined evidence in a fatal shooting by Metro Police. 

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Nashville's public schools have found the money for a district-wide overhaul to middle grades. Administrators said they'd be forced to scale back plans to rework curriculum for middle schools if the mayor didn't fully fund their budget. The money didn't come through, but the district is making it work anyway.

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People who work with teenagers don’t understand why gun violence is on the rise again. In less than six months, the number of teen deaths in Nashville has already matched the death toll for all of last year. 

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This week, a versatile young harpist from Wales stopped by Studio C on his way between a festival in New Orleans and a workshop in Louisville. At just 21, it would be impressive enough if Ben Creighton Griffiths only held the principal harp position for one professional orchestra, but he's got that job with two ensembles, plus parallel careers as a touring soloist in both the classical and jazz genres. Griffiths gave us a taste of the wide range of music he can tease out of a single instrument, from impressionistic classical and traditional Welsh to walking bass and modal jazz.

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This week, a versatile young harpist from Wales stopped by Studio C on his way between a festival in New Orleans and a workshop in Louisville. At just 21, it would be impressive enough if Ben Creighton Griffiths only held the principal harp position for one professional orchestra, but he's got that job with two ensembles, plus parallel careers as a touring soloist in both the classical and jazz genres. Griffiths gave us a taste of the wide range of music he can tease out of a single instrument, from impressionistic classical and traditional Welsh to walking bass and modal jazz.

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As composers in the mid-20th century began wild experiments in sound, the practice of traditional music notation became increasingly inadequate. How, for example, could the sound of John Cage’s amplified cactus, or the electroacoustic experiments of Pierre Schaeffer be effectively scored by notes on a staff?

As a result, the art of graphic notation — the use of shapes or patterns instead of, or together with, conventional notation — began. The scores generally fall in one of two categories: Some strive to communicate specific compositional intentions, while others are meant to inspire the performer’s imagination.

Here’s a look at a few graphic scores, the ways they’ve been interpreted by performers and how the tradition has evolved over the years.

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Each summer, talented high school students from around the state gather in Murfreesboro to hone their visual art, theater, dance or music skills with college-level teachers at the Governor's School for the Arts. We got a taste of how much fun the faculty get to have, as professors from the music division performed lively selections together with their peers.

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