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Renewed Push To Expand Medicaid Would Start With Vets, Mentally Ill

Veterans and people with mental illnesses could be the first beneficiaries if Medicaid is ever expanded in Tennessee. That’s the biggest proposal from a group asked to find a way that’ll satisfy both the Obama administration and state legislators.
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A longtime Republican activist in Tennessee says he’s quitting the state party.

Mark Winslow announced Thursday that he’s resigning from the Tennessee GOP’s Executive Committee. In a statement posted on social media, he says the soul of the state party has “rotted away.”

"As it's currently constituted, the TNGOP is really nothing more than a small corrupt group who view our party as their private club and personal piggy bank," Winslow wrote in his resignation post.

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Customers arrived before 8 a.m. Friday to be among the first to pick up a bottle of their favorite wine.

In all, nearly 460 Tennessee grocery stores were selling wine on the first day of sales after years of debate and delay.

There was plenty of hype, as reporters fanned out across Middle Tennessee to capture customers plucking those first bottles of Bay Bridge and Charles Shaw — known to its fans as “Two-Buck Chuck” — off grocery store shelves.

But amid the media frenzy were some genuinely excited wine lovers.

Joe Nolan

Dickerson Pike was always on my list for the first four installments of the Pikes Project, and I’ve had a lot of time to explore it while working on my portraits of Gallatin, Nolensville and Charlotte Pike.

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At long last, grocery stores will be able to sell wine in Tennessee today.

After a more than two-year run-up, the change in state law finally goes into effect at 8 a.m. It’s one of several new measures.

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Governor Bill Haslam may not ever endorse Donald Trump. Tennessee’s Republican Governor has been hesitant to give his official support for the GOP nominee. Haslam now says he doesn’t plan to focus on the presidential race. 

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Veterans and people with mental illnesses could be the first beneficiaries if Medicaid is ever expanded in Tennessee.

That’s the biggest proposal from a group asked to find a way that’ll satisfy both the Obama administration and state legislators.

Blake Farmer / WPLN (File photo)

Nashville’s pre-K program is adding 276 more slots this year, thanks to a 4-year federal grant. And the recent growth has opened up space for middle-class families to attend for the first time. 

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A week after the vote, Tennessee officials are doing the math about the pending breakup between the European Union and the United Kingdom, a country that represents a surprisingly important trading partner for the state.

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Metro Social Services

A growing number of Nashvillians are stretching their budgets to afford housing, according to a new Metro Social Services report. And to make the statistics relatable, they’ve been broken down by Metro Council districts, turning up several pockets of deep financial strain.

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There have been times when Alex Smith railed against the Metro Nashville government. He has pounded the podium at public hearings, challenged department heads, rambled on well over his allotted speaking time, and protested on the streets.

But these days, the formerly homeless 27-year-old is working hand-in-hand with Metro departments and about a dozen nonprofits on a plan to reduce homelessness, especially among young adults between ages 18 and 24.


Nashville's Pikes in Photos

In a series of photo essays for WPLN, Joe Nolan captures the living personalities of Nashville's pikes.

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Neighbors: The Genius Improviser (Season 3, Episode 5)

Why did this child prodigy decide to use his genius in such an unconventional way? We find out in this episode of Neighbors.
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The Nashville Concerto Orchestra is a new ensemble made up of musicians of various experience levels, all pitching in to give local players a chance to perform concertos. Founder Roger Weismeyer modeled it on a group in San Francisco, and the premise is simple: Whether they're pros or amateurs, instrumentalists who play four concerts in a supporting role earn the opportunity to become a featured soloist. The group's first concert is at noon Saturday at Edgehill United Methodist Church. Members of the group brought a single concerto from that program to discuss and perform in Studio C.

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This summer, hundreds of young artists from around the state are in Murfreesboro at the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. Music Division Director Jerome Reed brought a handful of young musicians, each a rising junior or senior in high school, to give a taste of how talented the Governor's School students are.

Nina Cardona / Nashville Public Radio

Each summer, talented high school students from throughout the state gather on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University for several weeks of intensive training in music, dance, theater and visual art. The faculty for the Governor's School for the Arts is drawn from around the region. In addition to running rehearsals, the teachers take the chance to pull together chamber music performances of their own. We get a sample of one of those faculty recitals featuring music for strings and voice.

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