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Tennessee's DesJarlais 'Leaning No' On GOP's Health Care Bill

Rep. Scott DesJarlais got an audience with the president on Thursday as part of the House Freedom Caucus. Within the GOP, the group has voiced some of the loudest opposition to the healthcare plan that could replace Obamacare.

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On the first day of training, every new recruit in the Nashville Police Academy is issued a stack of reading materials. Right on the top is Tactical Edge, a textbook dedicated to high risk patrol.

The dedication page reads: “For those officers who want to win.” The book, written by former journalist Charles Remsberg, was published in 1986. With gritty black and white photographs and tabloid-esque writing, it depicts a world of constant and increased threat. And it prescribes an aggressive approach to policing at a time when Nashville's department, and many around the country, are trying to move the other way.

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Congressman Diane Black says the Republicans’ new plan to replace Obamacare puts healthcare decisions back where they belong, in the hands of patients.

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More than half the students at Nashville’s Aquinas College will have to transfer to other schools to finish their degrees. The college unexpectedly announced drastic cuts this morning, including laying off 60 of its 76 employees. 

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LGBT rights organizations have been amping up their opposition to a number of bills in the Tennessee state legislature.

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A poultry farm in Giles County has tested positive for bird flu. The facility was going through routine testing this week which revealed a low pathogenic strain, believed to be unrelated to last weekend’s outbreak in Lincoln County.

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Tennesseans paid their final respects to former state Sen. Douglas Henry Thursday, as the Democratic lawmaker was laid in state at the Capitol. It's a rare honor that's been afforded fewer than a dozen times in the building's 150-year history.

Scores of mourners were on hand as an honor guard opened the doors to the legislature's ceremonial lounge. Henry's body lay in a casket draped with the Tennessee flag. Behind it were three more state flags, flanked by the American flag and the official flag of the General Assembly.

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Law enforcement agencies reassured community members Wednesday night that they are working hard to keep Jewish organizations secure and track down the origins of threats. Nashville's Jewish Community Center hosted the discussion after it received three bomb threats since the beginning of January.

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Tennessee lawmakers heard emotional testimony Wednesday on the subject of abortion — from a mother who says she had no choice but to end her pregnancy in the second trimester.

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Guitarist and composer Jonathan Sargent has a new album of his own music on the Naxos label, called Little Cathedrals. The melodies are inspired by the music of Spain and Latin America and the great cathedrals of Europe. It's a mix of guitar solos of and pieces for chamber ensembles; for Live in Studio C, all accompaniment was provided by Jeff Taylor on accordion.

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In 1940, prominent American psychologist and educator Carl Seashore published an article in Music Educators Journal titled “Why No Great Women Composers?” It was a marked improvement over 19th century academic writings that detailed the general inferiority of the female gender.

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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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