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After First-Day Crash, Tennessee Recommits To Taking Tests Online — Perhaps With Another Company

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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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.

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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.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

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Tennessee lawmakers have withdrawn two abortion measures that would have required a woman to receive an ultrasound before an abortion and would have banned the sale of aborted fetal tissue.

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Nashville Fire Department

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.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

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.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery says his office has opened its investigation into allegations of misconduct by state Representative Jeremy Durham.

Slatery says a team of attorneys has already been assigned to handle claims Durham, R-Franklin, sexually harassed three women at the state Capitol and any other such accusations. But he doesn't know how long the investigation will take.

"We don't think it helps the state at all to lengthen the investigation, but at the same time, we need to be thorough."

Chas Sisk / WPLN

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

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TBI

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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