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Guards Say Officials Are Lying About Safety In Tennessee Prisons; State Says Audit To Come

Prison guards accused Gov. Bill Haslam's administration of deceiving the public about safety inside state facilities. They offered that scathing assessment in a hearing Thursday at the Tennessee Capitol on complaints within the Department of Correction.
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All three charter school operators rejected by the Metro board of education in recent weeks have decided to get a second opinion from the state. Rocketship and International Academy of Excellence already moved ahead to appeal, though their denials were not nearly as close as the 5-4 vote to reject KIPP Academy.

Jeremy Kane endorses David Fox
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David Fox gained a mayoral endorsement Thursday from former competitor Jeremy Kane, who founded LEAD charter schools while Fox was chairman of the Metro School Board. The men said their shared views reach beyond education.

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We’ve been asking WPLN listeners what they want to hear from Nashville’s candidates for mayor. While themes of affordable housing and transit top the list, voters also wrote us about issues that have received less attention, like supporting a local film industry.

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 This story has been updated following the unveiling of the statue Friday morning. 

A bronze statue was unveiled Friday near the Nashville Sounds’ new ballpark.

It depicts longtime Tennessee State track coach Ed Temple on one knee with an open book in one hand and a stopwatch in the other.

It’s a pose he likely struck countless times during his 44-year career as he imparted advice to his legendary Tigerbelle teams — who he says are the ones who deserve to be honored.

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Prison guards accused Gov. Bill Haslam's administration of deceiving the public about safety inside state facilities.

They offered that scathing assessment in a hearing Thursday at the Tennessee Capitol on complaints within the Department of Correction.

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Nashville mayoral candidate David Fox has gone to the airwaves with another negative ad, though this one has a humorous twist. 

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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.

Lamar Alexander FAFSA
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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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