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How The Shooting In Florida Is Influencing Tennessee's Gun Debate

Last week’s shooting at a high school in Florida has reignited the debate over the nation’s gun policies. That includes Tennessee, where in a terrible coincidence, a panel of state lawmakers happened to be holding their first hearing on new gun bills while the tragedy in Florida was unfolding.

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Nashville International Airport has been expanding service to far-off destinations, but the latest announcement is one of the city’s closest neighbors: Atlanta. In August, Southwest Airlines will begin offering flights five times a day.

 

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Congressman Diane Black is facing reports that she helped a truck dealer in her district get around federal pollution and safety rules.

A New York Times investigation published Thursday finds that the Republican lawmaker helped preserve a loophole that let a Crossville dealer put hundreds of diesel trucks on the road with outdated technology.

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The flu season has surged again in the Nashville area, closing schools and flooding emergency rooms — and health officials are reviving their vaccination pleas amid a deadly year for flu-related illnesses. 

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The City of Memphis got a big boost this week when the state comptroller determined officials did not violate Tennessee law by removing monuments to Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and President Jefferson Davis.

But Republicans in the state legislature say they're hoping to keep other cities from getting the same idea.

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Metro's auditor will be involved in the investigation into Mayor Megan Barry's travel spending related to the bodyguard with whom she was having an affair.

The Nashville Internal Audit Committee decided Tuesday that auditor Mark Swann will not pursue his own case, but rather take guidance from the Metro Council’s seven-member special committee. 

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In recent years, one of the biggest debates in Tennessee has been whether to give families vouchers for their children to attend private schools.

But after state lawmakers' failed attempts to get a plan through, interest in the issue among the candidates for governor seems to be diminishing.

Belmont University

Belmont University announced a plan Tuesday to merge with the Franklin-based O’More College of Design. This upcoming fall, all O’More students will move to Belmont’s campus in Nashville.

 

The plan will unite the two schools’ graphic design programs and sees Belmont taking on three others: interior design, fashion design and fashion merchandising. Belmont President Bob Fisher believes the merger comes at a good time, amid Nashville’s burgeoning fashion industry.

 

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Vanderbilt researchers have published a study that shows opioid painkillers — particularly in their most potent forms — put patients at significantly higher risk of deadly infections. The findings were released Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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In Part 2 of the Neighbors mini-series “Matt Got Shot,” we explore the reality of the trauma of getting shot: first to Matt’s body, then his identity and finally to his mind.

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to change a law that blocks people with criminal records from getting licensed for certain jobs.

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The Promise: Life, Death and Change in the Projects

This WPLN special series podcast explores life in public housing, in the middle of a city on the rise.

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When a ballet about the Holocaust was first suggested to Stephen Mills, Artistic Director and choreographer for Ballet Austin, it struck him as the “worst idea ever.” It wasn’t until he met Naomi Warren, who survived three concentration camps while her family did not, that Mills felt moved to create Light / The Holocaust and  Humanity Project. The ballet, which centers around Warren’s story, will receive its local premiere with Nashville Ballet this weekend.

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Issues around immigration have been particularly prominent and polarizing over the last year. And ALIAS cofounder and former artistic director Zeneba Bowers says that the decision to stage a concert series celebrating the music of American immigrants was the direct result of the current political climate.  

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The all-female contemporary chamber group Sound Riot champions new music by living composers. Every year they dial their focus even tighter, presenting compositions of women in their annual "Galentines" concert. This year's performance is at 7pm on February 13 at Nashville State Community College. The ensemble brought us a preview of pieces on that program, including one world premiere.

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