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2015 TCAP Results Have Middle Tennessee Districts Looking For Reading Help

Nearly every school district in the Nashville area needs help in one subject — reading. Standardized test data released Wednesday shows language is a common sore spot.
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One of the most respected pedal steel guitar players of all time died Wednesday in Nashville.

Buddy Emmons may not be a household name, but he played on records for everyone from Ray Price to Ray Charles and George Straight to Judy Collins.

Emmons mastered one of modern music's more complicated instruments. Country music wouldn't sound like itself without the pedal steel. And the instrument sounds the way it does today because of Emmons.

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Tennessee Senator Bob Corker largely focused on one “what if” question today at a hearing into the Iran nuclear deal. In his words: “What would happen if we decided not to lift our Congressionally mandated sanctions?”

The agreement, as negotiated, calls for stringent limits on Iran’s nuclear activity. In exchange, world powers would lift economic sanctions against Iran. Nicholas Burns is a former diplomat who helped hammer out those sanctions during the Bush Administration. He thinks the deal is a relatively good one.

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African American leaders held a pep rally for Angela Huff last night in the hopes of swaying the Nashville school board to reconsider her for the superintendent job. Ministers and politicians lightly suggested her race is playing against her.

“I don’t say that you’re racist, but listen, there’s smoke coming up out the basement and nobody is calling the fire department.”

Pastor Enoch Fuzz called the gathering. Speakers included school board member Tyese Hunter, who has publicly supported Huff.

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Tennessee’s lowest performing schools now get lumped into one district. And three years in, that state-run system is finding improvement seems to accelerate over time.

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Nearly every school district in the Nashville area needs help in one subject — reading. Standardized test data released Wednesday shows language is a common sore spot.

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The largest school district in Middle Tennessee is patting itself on the back for modest improvements over last year. School-level test scores show Metro is making gains faster than the state as a whole.

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Gary Wade's decision to retire from the Tennessee Supreme Court will be the first real test of the state's new system for selecting judges.

With the stakes so high, what if Gov. Bill Haslam takes a while to pick a replacement?

The Hollywood Bowl. Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Madison Square Garden. They're the iconic venues that round out top-10 lists of the country's best places to see live music. But this summer, Morning Edition is visiting America's side stages, places the locals know and where players love to play. We begin, appropriately, in Music City at 3rd and Lindsley, an intersection that's the home and namesake of an unassuming Nashville venue.

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The Nashville chapter of the NAACP is hoping to revive the candidacy of a finalist who lost out on the Metro Schools superintendent’s position. 

Angela Huff, a Nashville native and African American, is the chief of staff with Cobb County schools in Georgia. She was one of three candidates who advanced to the final round of interviews earlier this month.

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Some armed activists in Tennessee are heeding the military’s request that they leave store-front recruiting centers. A dozen or more locations have been patrolled by citizen security guards since the shootings in Chattanooga.


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