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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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Tennessee lawmakers are formally asking the state's top lawyer to investigate misconduct allegations against Franklin Representative Jeremy Durham.

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.

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Updated 5:30 p.m.

The long-awaited changeover to computer-based standardized testing in Tennessee won't happen this year.

"Like you, we are incredibly disappointed," Tennessee education commissioner Candice McQueen wrote to superintendents around the state.

In an email, McQueen told administrators that Monday's system failure caused her to lose confidence in the system operated by an outside vendor. Students will revert to pencil-and-paper tests this year, previously described as a "worst case scenario."

Unfortunately, issues have continued to arise with the online platform. The new nature of the issue this morning has highlighted the uncertainly around the stability of Measurement Inc.’s testing platform, MIST. Despite the many improvements the department has helped to make to the system in recent months and based on the events of this morning, we are not confident in the system’s ability to perform consistently. In the best interest of our students and to protect instructional time, we cannot continue with Measurement Incoporated’s online testing platform in its current state. — Candice McQueen

Reported earlier:

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
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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.


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