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Nashville's Women's March Conference An Educational And Networking Tool For Participants

Thousands of people marched through Nashville this weekend, along with organized protests around the nation. But the event was unique for the morning of workshops that preceded it, at which left-leaning political strategists shared practical knowledge with some 800 participants on how to become effective activists or even future lawmakers.

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After years of successive failures, backers of medical cannabis in Tennessee are taking a new tack — keeping the ban on smoking it.

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Some courthouses in Tennessee will soon have a special laptop computer and printer in their lobbies, called “court kiosks.” They're designed to help those who can’t afford — or choose not to hire — a lawyer, and are representing themselves in civil cases.

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A program to assist desperate parents in rural Tennessee is expanding to DeKalb and half a dozen other counties. The initiative, which is already operating in Putnam and Coffee counties, establishes a two-person support team — a care coordinator and a family support specialist, who is often the parent of a child with a mental health diagnosis.

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Much of Middle Tennessee had enough snow Tuesday to warrant legitimate sledding. WPLN’s Tony Gonzalez caught up with families in Shelby Park and produced this audio postcard.

Snow has moved out of Middle Tennessee, but single-digit temperatures will turn most of the snow and sleet into ice Tuesday night, especially on the roads. Most school districts in Middle Tennessee have called another snow day but afternoon sunshine kick-started the melting of hillsides and may hinder Wednesday's sledding.

  

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Tennessee's top election officials tried to allay fears that the state's voting records are vulnerable to hacking, even as they acknowledged there's a significant risk that outside groups could try to disrupt future elections.

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Nashville’s crime tip service has long relied on anonymous callers — but a recent upgrade means that eyewitness photos, videos and recordings can now be passed to police detectives.

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Coming Jan. 24: The Promise is a limited-run series from Nashville Public Radio reported from the James E. Cayce Homes public housing project. Smack in the middle of a city on the rise, this neighborhood is in flux, a community defined by its struggles and the growing divide threatening its very existence. We meet the people and explore the changes they face — over six episodes.

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Everyone seems inspired by fitness instructor Katherine Tisha Wilson. People describe going to her class as "going to church." Her fierceness comes at you instantly from the front of the class, but this high school dropout wasn't always confident in herself. After a long road of disappointment and embarrassment, she found a fitness dance program and lost over 100 pounds, then used that momentum to start changing lives.

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While most Metro Nashville teachers believe their schools have high academic expectations for students, more than half of them also believe it's difficult for students to get extra support when they need it.  

 

Those are some of the results from the largest internal survey ever conducted by the district, which polled teachers, students and staff members at all 170 schools.

 

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Mayor Megan Barry has now given until the end of the year for some kind of restructuring at Nashville General Hospital to begin, but the only idea on the table at the moment is hers: Close the inpatient hospital to save money and focus instead on outpatient chronic disease care.

Hospital officials say they’re already headed that direction, but they will still need to keep the hospital doors open.

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The Promise: Life, Death and Change in the Projects

This WPLN podcast explores life in public housing, in the middle of a city on the rise. Launching Jan. 24.

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This week's show features a trio of Midstate musicians making traditional Balkan and Bulgarian music, very similar to the folk melodies that influenced composers like Dvorak, Brahms and Bartok.

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On a cold January afternoon, voices ring out from the choir, speaking text that echoes throughout the sanctuary of Fisk Memorial Chapel.

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Nashville's ALIAS Chamber Ensemble today announced that cofounder and longtime Artistic Director Zeneba Bowers is retiring from her role at the organization's helm. The violinist will continue to perform  with ALIAS and will be given the title Artistic Director Emeritus.
 

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