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‘Band Of Brothers’ Unit Gets A New Commander As The Army Downsizes

‘Band Of Brothers’ Unit Gets A New Commander As The Army Downsizes

by / on April 24, 2014

The historic 506th Infantry Regiment of the Army closed another chapter Wednesday. It’s moving to a different brigade for the first time in more than eight years, with a new commander in charge.

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to Fort Campbell soldiers gathered in a hangar on post. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

First Lady Touts Veteran Employment Numbers At Fort Campbell

by / on April 23, 2014

Five-hundred-forty thousand: That’s the number the First Lady was touting today — the number of veterans and military spouses that have been hired in the past three years.

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Does A New Tennessee Law Regulating Protests At Businesses Infringe On Free Speech?

Does A New Tennessee Law Regulating Protests At Businesses Infringe On Free Speech?

by / on April 22, 2014

Starting next year, businesses can pay a fee to register protests with a database, controlled by the Tennessee Secretary of State.

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New Sounds Stadium Will Be Called First Tennessee Park

New Sounds Stadium Will Be Called First Tennessee Park

by / on April 22, 2014

The largest bank based in Tennessee will put its name on a stadium being built by the Nashville Sounds. The minor league team’s new home will be called First Tennessee Park.

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Ronnie Milsap Among Three Inducted Into Country Music Hall Of Fame

Ronnie Milsap Among Three Inducted Into Country Music Hall Of Fame

by / on April 22, 2014

Ronnie Milsap says he’s wanted to be in the Country Music Hall of Fame as long as he can remember. Tuesday, he got his wish.

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Baptists Tell Pastors At Sexuality Summit: No More ‘Adam And Steve’ Jokes

Baptists Tell Pastors At Sexuality Summit: No More ‘Adam And Steve’ Jokes

by / on April 21, 2014

Fewer jokes and check your facts – those are two of the tips on handling homosexuality shared with Southern Baptist pastors gathered in Nashville.

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AT&T is now weighing whether to bring its Gigabit internet service to Nashville, one of the 21 cities the company is considering for the high-speed internet. (Sean MacEntee/Flick)

AT&T Plans To Compete With Google Fiber, And Google Might Be Fine With That

by / on April 21, 2014

Does this mean Google Fiber will cancel its plans to come to Music City?

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The number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome is rising in Tennessee, and lawmakers want to try a punitive approach. Credit: Katie Collins/PA Photos/Landov

Tennessee Bill Could Send Addicted Moms To Jail

by / on April 21, 2014

The proposal awaiting the governor’s signature has bipartisan support, despite doctors’ opposition. Critics say it could deter expectant mothers from seeking help, or even encourage more abortions.

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Currently, Volkswagen Chattanooga only builds the Passat. But VW would like to build a new SUV there. The other option is at a plant in Mexico. Credit: VW

Even UAW Supporters Puzzled Over Why The Union Pulled Its Challenge To Volkswagen Vote

by / on April 21, 2014

The United Auto Workers surprised even its biggest backers in Tennessee Monday morning when it suddenly withdrew its objections to a failed union vote at Volkswagen.

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Volkswagen has 62 plants across the globe. 61 of them are unionized. In Germany, the employees are represented by IG Metall. Credit: VW

UAW Walks Away From Challenge To Volkswagen Vote

by / on April 21, 2014

Federal hearings into the failed union vote at Volkswagen were set to begin in Chattanooga Monday morning. But the United Auto Workers withdrew its challenge a mere hour before proceedings were set to begin.

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Legislative Scorecard: Haslam Still Gets Most Of What He Wants, But Increasingly With A Fight

Legislative Scorecard: Haslam Still Gets Most Of What He Wants, But Increasingly With A Fight

by / on April 21, 2014

WPLN’s Bradley George talks winners and losers with Andrea Zelinski, reporter for the Nashville Post and Nashville Scene.

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The Tennessee Republican Party has launched a campaign dubbed "Red to the Roots" in order to get more GOP candidates elected to local office. Credit: Kristin_a via Flickr

More Tennessee Counties Hold GOP Primaries, Whether They Want To Or Not

by / on April 21, 2014

More counties than ever in Tennessee will hold Republican primaries next month as the state party has been pushing to have more influence on local governments. But there’s still some resistance within the GOP.

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Applications To Fisk University Nearly Doubled In Single Year

Applications To Fisk University Nearly Doubled In Single Year

by / on April 21, 2014

Interest in attending the historically black school is the highest it’s been in a dozen years. That’s especially good news, given that the last decade was marked by financial crisis and rapid declines in enrollment.

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UAW supporters prop up signs of support in their car windows while parked at work. The VW plant in Chattanooga makes the Passat. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Tennessee AG Moves To Get Officials Out Of Testifying At VW Hearings

by / on April 17, 2014

Tennessee’s top lawyer says there’s no reason the governor, legislators and several staff members need to show up in Chattanooga next week. Attorney General Bob Cooper has moved to block subpoenas issued as part of a hearing into the failed union vote at Volkswagen.

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House Speaker Beth Harwell, who's no fan of the current design for the Amp near her West End district, is skeptical of its chances of getting state funding on top of Metro and federal dollars. (Photo: Daniel Potter/WPLN)

The Amp Isn’t Dead, But It Will Have To Come Back To The Legislature

by / on April 17, 2014

State lawmakers are effectively reserving the right to veto Nashville’s proposed bus rapid transit proposal, known as the Amp. The bill now on its way to the governor ensures one way or another, the legislature will revisit the issue.

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The Amp is expected to run in dedicated bus lanes, though Mayor Karl Dean recently scaled back that proposal. Image via the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee

What’s Really Going On With The Amp?

by / on April 17, 2014

Here’s a break own of some of the basics, in light of the bill that just passed the General Assembly.

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Gov. Bill Haslam (center) preferred lower limits on pseudoephedrine sales, but said "we're grateful that a bill got passed, and now we'll put that into practice and we hope it makes a real difference." (Photo: Daniel Potter/WPLN)

Lawmakers Settle On Meth Bill At Twice The Governor’s Proposed Limits

by / on April 17, 2014

Tennesseans will face a new limit on how much cold and allergy medicine they can buy containing pseudoephedrine, which is used to cook meth.

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Both Sides Say They’re Happy, But Amp Foes Gain Upper Hand

Both Sides Say They’re Happy, But Amp Foes Gain Upper Hand

by / on April 17, 2014

Banning the project outright didn’t happen. So supporters dodged a bullet.

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Director Makti Dapp instructs extras as they prepare to shoot a scene for Jaida Utley's film. Image via ICiT

Seasoned Pros Turn Youths’ Screenplays Into Festival-Ready Films

by / on April 17, 2014

The Nashville Film Festival opens tonight with one of its biggest schedules in the event’s history, but the festival still has room for a pair of short films from scripts written by Nashville school kids.

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State lawmakers have been torn over how involved to get, with some pushing to scuttle the $175M bus proposal altogether. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean had floated the idea last year of asking for some $35M from the state, on top of Metro and federal dollars. (Photo: Taber Andrew Brain/flickr)

Potential Amp Compromise—With Governor’s Input—Wouldn’t Block Bus Proposal… Yet

by / on April 16, 2014

With the state legislature just short of finishing a bill targeting Nashville’s high profile-bus proposal, known as the Amp, and session poised to end Thursday, a potential compromise has emerged from talks with lawmakers and the governor’s office.

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