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Nashville's Mayoral Candidates Try A New Tactic To Reach Voters: Policy Papers

The candidates running for Nashville mayor have attended more than 20 mayoral forums so far in the campaign, and they’re on track to double that number before the election. But some candidates have been eager to make sure voters know their positions beyond a short, often formulaic response.
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A tiny independent movie has been picked by one of Hollywood's biggest moguls to promote his latest venture. Robert L. Johnson created BET and now, the Urban Movie Channel — an online channel that's being called the black Netflix.

The first original film it has acquired is a gay interracial romance set in the Deep South. In Blackbird, the main character Randy is in high school. Everyone thinks he's gay, and they're totally fine with it.

Randy, 18, is fervently religious. Even though his best friend is gay, Randy's in denial about his own sexuality.

David Wright Smith

The candidates running for Nashville mayor have attended more than 20 mayoral forums so far in the campaign, and they’re on track to double that number before the election. But some candidates have been eager to make sure voters know their positions beyond a short, often formulaic response.

Office of Mayor Karl Dean

Nashville’s new downtown amphitheater is set to open in late summer with a full schedule and a corporate name.

Ascend Credit Union bought the naming rights to the city-owned venue. The price of the deal was not announced, but it will be called Ascend Amphitheater for ten years.

Country star Eric Church is set to play the inaugural show July 30. Metro Parks will open the new 10-acre West Riverfront Park that houses the venue on the same day.

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In one of the final acts of the year, the state House of Representatives approved a resolution designating the Barrett M82 the "official rifle of the state of Tennessee."

House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to honor the sniper rifle, which is made in Tennessee. One of the opponents was Rep. Antonio Parkinson (D-Memphis).

"This really concerns me when we start endorsing brands," he said. "If we start endorsing one brand over another brand, I think that's counter to us being a business-friendly state."

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The Predators' season is on the line Thursday night with a do-or-die playoff game against the Chicago Blackhawks. So far, this has been one of the most successful seasons in franchise history, particularly in terms of fan support. Team management gives at least some of the credit to a tweak in the team colors.

With a record number of sellouts this year,  the streets surrounding Bridgestone Arena have been awash in the color gold on game nights. Preds’ fan Steve Probst says he's  even noticed a lot more gold around his office.

TN Photo Service

A new statewide program called Tennessee Reconnect will let anyone attend one of the state’s 27 technical colleges for free — but the state is facing obstacles getting the word out.

Metro Parks and Recreation

All of Nashville’s candidates for mayor agree the city needs to be more aggressive about creating public open space. At a forum with conservation groups on Wednesday, candidates floated their ideas. Some of them were fairly unconventional.

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Tennessee lawmakers could soon have a new base of operations — the Cordell Hull Building.

Republican leaders are weighing a move out of the War Memorial Building and Legislative Plaza, lawmakers' home for more than four decades. Those office buildings need $58 million in repairs, according to House Speaker Beth Harwell. She says it would be $14 million cheaper to fix up Cordell Hull.

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A plan to offer in-state tuition to undocumented students has fallen one vote short of passing the state House of Representatives.

The measure, House Bill 675, would have granted a tuition break to an estimated 7,000 high school graduates brought to Tennessee illegally when they were minors.

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Common Core legislation is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

Tennessee senators voted 27-1 Tuesday afternoon to approve House Bill 1035, which sets up a new committee that will oversee efforts to rewrite the controversial education standards.

The move appears to mark the final chapter in a long-running debate over Common Core. The standards have become a lightning rod for criticism of the federal government's involvement in public education.

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