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Traffic Congestion Creeps Up On Middle Tennessee Like A Frog In Hot Water

Rutherford County’s population is on pace to be larger than Chattanooga’s in the next 25 years. With that growth in mind — and the traffic that comes with it — regional transportation planners went to Smyrna Thursday night to hear the public’s concerns.
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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Rutherford County’s population is on pace to be larger than Chattanooga’s in the next 25 years. With that growth in mind — and the traffic that comes with it — regional transportation planners went to Smyrna Thursday night to hear the public’s concerns.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Legislative leaders say they are preparing to end the long-standing ban on firearms inside parts of the Capitol, following years of frequent criticism that they've been hypocritical by allowing guns in more places but not on Capitol Hill. 

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A plan to create the Tennessee's first school voucher program has been jettisoned.

The proposal had been set for a final vote Thursday in what was expected to be a close and heated debate. But its chief sponsor says the idea just didn't have enough support.

Stephen Jerkins

The Tennessee Valley Authority is downplaying yet another budget overrun for the completion of a once-mothballed nuclear reactor south of Crossville. Watts Bar Unit 2, which is slated to be the first reactor to come online in the U.S. in two decades, will take an additional $200 million to finish than anticipated.

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Metro Nashville will have more money than ever this year in its Barnes Fund for affordable housing. And the jump — from about $1 million to more than $5 million — has officials reevaluating how the money can best be spent.

Stephen Jerkins / WPLN

Tennessee lawmakers fired a broadside at the state's universities Wednesday.

Their complaint: skyrocketing tuition. But they say they can rein it in.

Their proposal is to freeze tuition when students enter a four-year state university. Whatever students are asked to pay as freshmen, that will be the price until graduation. All students have to do is stay enrolled and finish on time.

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 Updated at 10:43 with response from John Lott.

Mass shootings. And how to prevent them.

That's what was on Tennessee lawmakers' minds as they opened debate for the year on the state's gun laws.

Helping to guide their thoughts was a prominent researcher, who argues more guns mean less danger.

Chas Sisk / WPLN (File photo)

Tennessee lawmakers have withdrawn two abortion measures that would have required a woman to receive an ultrasound before an abortion and would have banned the sale of aborted fetal tissue.

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Two fires in three months in Nashville were caused by the self-balancing scooters called hoverboards, spurring officials to issue warnings Tuesday about keeping one inside a home.

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Updated with response from Measurement Inc.

There had been problems throughout the trial period for Tennessee’s new online standardized test. One even required a total overhaul. But the state’s top education officials say Monday’s glitch was entirely new, and that's why they abandoned computer-based testing for the year.

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