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Candice McQueen was named Tennessee's next education commissioner at a capitol hill press conference on Wednesday. She will start Jan. 20. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Tennessee’s New Education Commissioner Is Known As A Common Core Booster

December 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Governor Bill Haslam named a new education commissioner Wednesday, and she’s one of the biggest supporters of Common Core education standards in the state.

Nashville Airport's new flight to Oakland, starting June 7, will depart around 2 p.m. daily. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Southwest Announces Direct Flight To Oakland, Thanks To Promises From Nashville Businesses

December 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Technology leaders in Nashville have long bemoaned the fact that there’s no direct flight near Silicon Valley. Part of the reason it’s finally happening is because businesses like healthcare tech company Emdeon have promised to frequent the route.

Members of Tennessee's Supreme Court are scheduled to hear arguments on Thursday over the identities of those who conduct executions. Credit: Reading Tom, via flickr

Tennessee Supreme Court To Hear Arguments Over Execution Team IDs

December 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm

The attorney general’s office has refused to hand over the identities to attorneys with the federal public defender’s office –– saying it’s not relevant and carries too much of a risk of harassment and retaliation.

Last year, a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts caused the deaths of 14 Tennesseans due to a meningitis outbreak. Image Courtesy CDC

Pharmacist Responsible For Meningitis Outbreak Charged With 2nd Degree Murder

December 17, 2014 at 11:55 am

Employees and owners of the compounding pharmacy at the center of a fungal meningitis outbreak have been indicted on charges ranging from fraud to 2nd degree murder. Many of the charges stem from cases in Tennessee.

Bridgestone executives and politicians announced the headquarters relocations Nov. 11. Bridgestone Americas' incentive package passed its third and final vote in Nashville's Metro Council on Tuesday. Credit: TN Photo Services

Metro Council Gives Final Sign-Off On Incentives To Build Bridgestone Headquarters

December 17, 2014 at 4:55 am

Officials at Bridgestone are projecting 600 new jobs and promising that their 30-story headquarters to be an economic engine for downtown Nashville.

Nashville Metro Council passed on a third and final vote on Tuesday new regulations for Lyft and Uber. Credit via Flickr

Nashville’s Lyft, Uber Rules Now Official City Law

December 17, 2014 at 4:49 am

Adding ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber means drivers will have to apply for an annual permit, pass background checks and be subject to random inspections.

Members of the Chamber's education report card committee toured Nashville's Isaac Litton Middle Prep. Credit: Emanuel O. Roland / Nashville Chamber of Commerce

Nashville Chamber Gives School Board A Low Grade In Presenting A Unified Front

December 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Nashville’s Chamber of Commerce business leaders have a message to the Metro school board: It needs to present a more unified front, especially on the issue of charter schools. The critique was part of its annual review of the school system.

Police chief Steve Anderson talks to reporters Monday afternoon about the shooting death of a 16-year-old the night before. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Police: Shooting Death In Nashville Is ‘Starkly Different’ From Ferguson, New York

December 15, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Nashville police are defending the officers involved in the shooting death of a black teenager Sunday night. In a highly unusual move, they’ve also released an interview with one of the officers before the investigation is complete.

Dennis Williams has been elected UAW president since the failed vote at Volkswagen in February. Credit: UAW via Facebook

UAW: Volkswagen Success May Make It Tougher To Organize In The South, Not Easier

December 15, 2014 at 4:50 pm

The United Auto Workers’ recent recognition at VW in Tennessee – though short of collective bargaining – may make future unionizing more difficult in the region. That’s the opinion of UAW president Dennis Williams, who briefed reporters Monday.

Gov. Haslam with supporters as he unveils a plan to pursue federal Medicaid dollars under the Affordable Care Act. Credit: Governor's Office.

Gov. Haslam Pursues Medicaid Expansion, Setting Stage For Upcoming Battle In The Legislature

December 15, 2014 at 4:11 pm

One key reason Haslam is touting the plan is that the Tennessee Hospital Association, not state taxpayers, will pay for the percentage of the program not covered by the federal government.

Officer John Downs, 42, is an 18-year police department veteran who is assigned to the Special Response Team. Credit: MNPD

Nashville Police Kill Teen Suspect Who Shot Officer

December 15, 2014 at 5:49 am

Metro Police shot and killed a 16-year-old robbery suspect in Nashboro Village overnight.

According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, more than 151,000 Tennesseans signed up for healthcare on the federal marketplace during the first round of signups.

State Sees Most Obamacare Signups In Antioch, Where Recruiting Efforts Are High

December 15, 2014 at 5:43 am

Nearly 2,900 residents living in ZIP code 37013 signed up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act as of April. That’s more than double the signups of any other ZIP code in the state, except the neighboring 37211.

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee. Credit: Office of Sen. Bob Corker via Facebook

Budget Vote Splits Tennessee Senators

December 15, 2014 at 5:40 am

Tennessee’s two Republican senators came down on opposing sides of the $1.1 trillion spending bill that passed over the weekend.

Across Nashville, residents and Union troops not called into action found positions on high ground to watch the battle. Credit: Jacob Coonley, via Library of Congress

150 Years Ago In Nashville, The Beginning Of The Civil War’s End

December 15, 2014 at 5:00 am

150 years ago, the eyes of the nation were on Nashville. A Confederate army was camped just outside of town, ready to try and win it back from the Union. But those Southern soldiers probably never had a chance.

GOP Chairman Chris Devaney says the issue of closing primaries is a divisive issue for Republicans. Credit: TNGOP

Some Tennessee Republicans Renew Push To Close Primary Elections

December 15, 2014 at 4:45 am

Despite Republicans’ overwhelming majority in the state legislature, Rep. Sheila Butt feels like her party could be vulnerable

At Neely's Bend, Elliot Smalley represented the Achievement School District and fielded questions from parents and teachers. Credit: David Wright Smith / WPLN

State Picks Nashville’s Neely’s Bend Middle School For Takeover

December 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm

The Achievement School District, which is charged with turning around low-performers, made the announcement Friday afternoon.

Sydney Jordan (right) discusses her health insurance circumstances with a certified counselor, who is waiting on hold for help from the federal Marketplace. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Nashville’s Uninsured Rush To Sign Up For Obamacare Health Plans Before Deadline

December 12, 2014 at 5:50 am

Nashville’s Obamacare Navigators – who help people sign up for insurance plans on the federal Marketplace – are expecting a rush over the weekend. Monday is the last day to apply for coverage and have it kick in by January 1st.

Rep. Diane Black (R-Gallatin) says she preferred not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good, and voted for a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government for the next two years. Credit: TN Photo Services

Here’s How Middle Tennessee Congressmen Voted On Last-Minute Spending Bill

December 12, 2014 at 5:23 am

Congresswoman Diane Black was the Nashville area’s only representative to vote for the $1.1 trillion spending bill that passed the House Thursday night.

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says one can argue the prescription requirement either way. Apart from meth, Tennessee also has a serious issue with prescription painkillers. So Ramsey doubts requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine will fix the meth problem. “That’s the reason I’ve been going back and forth on this. What I’m gonna tell you is law enforcement, everybody says this needs to be (done). Again, I am just shocked by the poll that says 65 percent of the people think that needs to be done.” Image: WPLN/Daniel Potter

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey Joins Haslam In Call For Gas Tax Hike

December 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Ramsey said one proposal being weighed by state lawmakers would calculate a tax based on weight, making truckers, especially those passing through the state, contribute heavily.

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell  bested a tea-party opponent on Wednesday to again take the help of the legislature's lower chamber. Credit: Governor's Office

Tennessee Republican Party Rebuffs Tea Party Challenge For Leadership, Again

December 10, 2014 at 5:02 pm

House Speaker Beth Harwell easily beat her opponent on Wednesday for over control of the state’s lower chamber, marking the second time in a week that the Tennessee Republican Party overwhelmed a tea party effort to get into leadership.