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Metro Council Seeks Better Public Comment Format

A series of listening sessions are underway around Davidson County with the mission of making Metro Council business more transparent — receiving public input on the best ways to receive public input.

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The Department of Justice is recommending that Nashville conduct a thorough study of its policing culture. The direction comes after a white Metro police officer fatally shot a black man earlier this year.

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Felons find themselves in a precarious position when they walk out of prison — they often have limited work experience, a criminal background and no time for extensive training. Whether they will return to prison — or not — can come down to one big question: Can they find a job?

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In a city that is growing more racially diverse by the day, Nashville’s police force remains predominantly white. To fix the disparity, the Metro police department has solely focused its outreach efforts in minority communities.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory hope a new federal grant will help them turn plants into fuel. The Department of Energy announced this week that it's providing $12 million next year to the lab in East Tennessee, with the potential for more than $100 million over the next five years. 

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Prepare to be embedded into a gaggle of neighborhood kids, playing at the peak of summer. Producer Erica Heilman from the always-delightful podcast Rumblestrip brings us the story of children holding on to the last gasps of youth.

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Tennessee’s Speaker of the House Beth Harwell announced this weekend that she is running for governor, widening the field and immediately setting off jockeying to succeed her.

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The name may be familiar. Tennessee Bank & Trust, which has been part of a bigger company, is now striking out on its own. That bucks a recent trend since Tennessee had lost nearly a bank a month over the last three years, primarily through mergers and acquisitions.

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In 2011, we aired a series called Transitioned about Tennesseans adapting to an economy in flux. Now, we're checking back in to find out what — if anything — has changed for them. 

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Tennessee is inching toward making birth control pills available with a single visit to a pharmacy.

State lawmakers voted over a year ago to eliminate the requirement that women first see a doctor before getting oral contraceptives. But even though Tennessee law has changed, pharmacies haven't been given the final go-ahead to put it into action.

Health officials say the task of drafting final rules has been complicated. 

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