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'Diffusers' Try To Cure Violence In This Nashville Neighborhood

Rodney Northington is an unlikely person to be telling folks who live in the James Cayce housing projects to put down their guns. He’s a convicted felon, a former drug dealer and at one-time a high-ranking gang member. But he’s also, quite possibly, the perfect man for the job.

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Several thousand people made it inside Municipal Auditorium Wednesday night to hear President Donald Trump deliver a defiant speech. He thumped a federal judge's ruling on immigration, sparked jeers at former opponent Hillary Clinton and pledged to put a stop to Obamacare.

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As President Trump visited Nashville on Wednesday, we followed along here with breaking updates and tweets from WPLN reporters. 

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In 1986, Edgar Meyer made his first solo appearance with the Nashville Symphony, performing Bottesini’s Double Bass Concerto No. 2. Now, 30 years later, Meyer will play the piece with the orchestra again. This time, however, the accompanying program will include the world premiere of a new piece composed by Meyer himself.

This isn't the first time the Nashville Symphony has premiered a new work by Meyer, but it does signal a new approach to writing music for the award-winning composer and instrumentalist. 

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Richard Todd is a member of two music faculties here in Nashville; his main job is teaching guitar at Tennessee State University, but he's also an adjunct at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music. The selections he brought to his Studio C performance are just some of what he prepared to perform in a recital at Blair.

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The Nashville Public Library is considering an end to late fees for overdue materials. That would make a small dent in the library’s budget, but leaders say they have a good reason to make the change. 

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Curators at the Hermitage hope they'll have time to show President Donald Trump around Andrew Jackson's home when he visits on Wednesday. There's at least one artifact they'd like for him to see: a 230-year-old candle.

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It was initially assumed the president was coming to Nashville this week because the city is home to the largest for-profit hospital chains in the country. But according to industry leaders, that doesn’t appear to be the case.  

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Some might think that feeding milk to a calf couldn't be all that hard. But ask state Sen. Jim Tracy.

"Easy, easy," the Shelbyville Republican said as he attempted to steady a hungry, month-old Holstein named Raven. "Go baby go. That's good stuff, man, come on."

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Even as snow hit Nashville late Friday night, people were already lining up outside Meharry Medical College for a student-organized event set to start Saturday morning. Meharry's chapter of American Student Dentist Association (ASDA) provided free oral surgeries, cleanings, and fillings for those without dental insurance.

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News of President Donald Trump’s visit to Nashville has lit up social media — including many commentators who are grousing about the impact to the city’s transit system.

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President Trump's Tweets, Annotated

President Trump tweets a lot. With tens of millions of followers on Twitter, Trump proposes policy, shares his latest actions and reacts to the news. But 140 characters rarely gives the full context. Here, NPR fact checkers attempt to do just that for key tweets.

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This week, we get a preview of two upcoming student recitals at Lipscomb University. Christian Johnson grew up in Dickson; Jeriel Jorguenson is from Belize but now  lives in Nashville. Both have studied with Jerome Reed since they were students in high school. Now, the pair are finishing their last year of college.

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Today marks the vernal equinox, and for the Northern Hemisphere, the first day of spring. With the turn of the season comes warmer weather (at least, in theory), the first buds on the trees and blooms on the ground, afternoon thunderstorms and choruses of chirping birds.

If you're smitten with this season, you aren't alone: tons of composers throughout history have been inspired by spring to write some unforgettable music. 

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In 1986, Edgar Meyer made his first solo appearance with the Nashville Symphony, performing Bottesini’s Double Bass Concerto No. 2. Now, 30 years later, Meyer will play the piece with the orchestra again. This time, however, the accompanying program will include the world premiere of a new piece composed by Meyer himself.

This isn't the first time the Nashville Symphony has premiered a new work by Meyer, but it does signal a new approach to writing music for the award-winning composer and instrumentalist. 

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