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To Drive Down Cost Of Drug-Dependent Newborns, TennCare Looks At Birth Control Options

Tennessee’s Medicaid program is taking aim at the state’s rising number of drug-dependent newborns by expanding access to long-acting birth control implants.
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fentanyl drug Tennessee

Pain relief pills laced with a dangerous drug are being blamed for overdose deaths in Tennessee. And in a state where police and doctors are already confronting an epidemic of fatal overdoses, they say these deceptive drugs are especially alarming.

Juan Pont Lezica

The Tennessee Senate has refused to honor Nashville activist Renata Soto.

Senators voted Monday to reject a resolution that would congratulate Soto on being elected chair of the National Council of La Raza, a Latino-rights organization.

Phil Manker / via Flickr

This was not how Tennessee education officials hoped the first day for online testing would go. What is described as a “major outage” occurred at 8:25 a.m. Monday just as many students logged on, leading the state to suspend testing until further notice.

Dogs, Dog Park, Leash Laws
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For many Nashville dogs, the past few months of roaming off-leash in city parks was a newfound freedom. Quietly, Metro Parks was studying a trial run of leash-free-hours at three parks.

But the dogs could not be trusted.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Tennessee’s Medicaid program is taking aim at the state’s rising number of drug-dependent newborns by expanding access to long-acting birth control implants.

Stephen Jerkins

Last week, Tennessee became the fifth state where lawmakers voted to open up the country’s founding documents and make a few tweaks or go even further. Here's the audio that helps explain what's going on:

sex trafficking court Nashville
Madeline Goetz / WPLN

When Nashville created a new court specifically for sex trafficking, officials touted how victims would feel more compassion. But it’s also a change for a handful of prosecutors who must tackle an area of criminal law that’s changing rapidly.

Anthonis Mor, 1549 (oil on canvas) / Dukes of Alba Collection, Liria Palace, Madrid

Visitors to Nashville’s Frist Center have a rare opportunity right now: the chance to see works by master artists that are normally displayed where only Europe’s elite can see them.  The paintings, tapestries and books belong to one of Spain’s most storied noble families, the House of Alba.

odometer fraud Tennessee
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

More victims have come forward after the Tennessee Highway Patrol announced the arrest of a Murfreesboro man on charges that he sold cars after rolling back their odometers. Changing a car’s mileage amounts to felony fraud.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

State lawmakers voted Thursday morning to make Tennessee the fifth state to call for a new Constitutional Convention — the first in more than 200 years.

The idea is the product of conservative activists who want to rein in the federal government.

Tennessee joins Alaska, Alabama, Florida and Georgia in passing calls for a convention.


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