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Nashville’s Next Mayor: Without the Amp, What’s Next For Transit?

It was already becoming clear that Nashville’s next mayor would abandon divisive plans for the Amp bus rapid transit line. Then Thursday, Mayor Karl Dean did it for them. Prior to the decision to shutdown work on the Amp, WPLN asked the six major candidates where they would like to start work on transit. (Uncut audio of their responses is at the bottom of this post.)
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Representatives from 76 Tennessee colleges and universities are are meeting in Nashville this week to discuss how to better address sexual assault.

The conference comes the same week that a trial wraps up over a high-profile rape case involving students at Vanderbilt University, and several weeks after two University of Tennessee football players were accused of sexual assault.

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The candidates to be Nashville’s next mayor are rather short on specific ideas to slow gentrification, though they agree its one of the city’s biggest challenges.

WPLN asked this: is it the city’s job to help low-income families stay put, even as real estate values soar around them, sending rent and property tax bills through the roof?

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It was already becoming clear that Nashville’s next mayor would abandon divisive plans for the Amp bus rapid transit line. Then Thursday, Mayor Karl Dean did it for them. Prior to the decision to shutdown work on the Amp, WPLN asked the six major candidates where they would like to start work on transit. (Uncut audio of their responses is at the bottom of this post.)

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The Metro Transit Authority has officially pulled the plug on the Amp.

The bus rapid transit line had been in a holding pattern since October, when Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced he wouldn’t pursue further funding before

leaving office this year. The MTA voted today to end all work on the project.

The Amp was one of Dean’s pet projects. He raised the idea of bus rapid transit during his run for the mayor’s office eight years ago, and brought it as far as securing federal funding.

The Great Recession hobbled the U.S. economy and crushed many businesses, but some companies thrived, including the so-called "dollar" stores.

Shoppers flocked to them because you could buy a lot with not much money. And as the economy rebounds, people are still going to some. But one chain, Family Dollar, hasn't kept pace with its competitors.

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A federal lawsuit alleges guards at a privately-run prison in Tennessee strip-searched a visitor simply because she told them she was menstruating.

According to a complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, an unidentified woman claims Nashville-based Corrections Corp. of America violated her constitutional rights when it required her to disrobe to prove she was having her period. 

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Tennessee Republican Bob Corker took over as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee Wednesday. He began his first meeting with a joke. “I  have never operated a gavel. I learned as a young man how to operate a hammer." Corker says his staff told him to be a little more gentle with his new tool.

But as soon as the laughter faded, Corker got down to business, introducing a bill to give Congress a say over any nuclear agreement with Iran.

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No one running to be Nashville’s next mayor has promised to end corporate subsidies, but their appetites for incentives do vary.

WPLN asked the six major candidates their general feeling on tax breaks and cash grants for companies. Companies would get celebrity treatment with businesswoman Linda Rebrovick as mayor.

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An advertising battle has already begun over Governor Bill Haslam’s plan to expand Medicaid. 

Two weeks before lawmakers are scheduled to take up the Republican governor's Insure Tennessee health proposal, a pair of groups are launching competing radio spots centered on the plan.

One group, the Coalition for a Healthy Tennessee, began airing ads this week in support of the plan. It argues the proposal will help rural hospitals and the uninsured -- without any cost to the state.

Right off the bat, the president touted the fact that more kids are graduating from high school and college than ever before. "We believed we could prepare our kids for a more competitive world," he said in Tuesday's State of the Union speech. "And today, our younger students have earned the highest math and reading scores on record."

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