Articles by: Christine Buttorff

Lawmakers Asking Once More: Who’s Native American?

March 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm

State lawmakers today found themselves asked to determine exactly who should be considered Native American. Supporters of three “remnant” tribes say federal dollars and cultural identity are at stake.

Going After Paper Flyers

July 7, 2009 at 7:01 am

Paper flyers advertising concerts will no longer blanket utility poles in Davidson County. At least that’s the aim of a new bill Metro Council members approved last month. It expands who can be fined for posting signs in the public right-of-way. Band and club promoters say they don’t like it, and question whether anyone is really going to enforce the new law. WPLN’s Christine Buttorff reports.

Alexander Still on Fence about Sotomayor

July 6, 2009 at 7:16 am

With the US Senate returning to work this week, Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander says he’s still on the fence about whether he’ll vote to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the next Supreme Court Justice.

Alexander Says Cap-and-Trade Bill Too Expensive

July 2, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander says the cap-and-trade bill passed by the US House of Representatives last month is too expensive.

Tower Investments Makes Nashville its Second Home

July 2, 2009 at 7:19 am

You may have never heard of Tower Investments, but it’s becoming a major player in Nashville projects. Since 2004, the company has purchased almost 20 properties in Tennessee and made Nashville the site of the company’s second office. WPLN’s Christine Buttorff talked with Alex Marks who runs the Nashville branch of Tower Investments.

Bredesen Breaks Ground on Stimulus Project

July 1, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Governor Phil Bredesen and other government officials broke ground today on one of the biggest stimulus projects in the state.

Mayor Dean Sets up New Scholarship Fund

July 1, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Mayor Karl Dean announced a new scholarship fund today to help Metro high school students who take college classes.

Bells Bend Councilman to Defer May Town

June 30, 2009 at 4:06 pm

The Councilman for the Bells Bend area of Nashville says he’s going to defer the controversial May Town Center development. The zoning change allowing for the proposal is before the Metro Council next week.

Tea Party Bashes Cap-And-Trade

June 29, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Several hundred people rallied on the steps of the state capital today to protest the cap-and-trade bill which is moving through Congress.

TN RNHA Aims to Recruit Hispanics

June 29, 2009 at 6:09 am

A new Hispanic organization formed this year in Tennessee, dedicated to recruiting Latinos to the Republican Party.

May Town Fails Planning Commission Vote

June 26, 2009 at 6:12 am

After nearly a year of discussion, the proposed May Town Center project did not pass the Metro Planning Commission Thursday night.

Cooper Discusses Possibilities for Health Care Reform

June 26, 2009 at 1:30 am

Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper is not on any of the committees dealing directly with health care reform this summer. But he teaches health care policy at Vanderbilt University and has become known as some-what of an expert. WPLN’s Christine Buttorff sat down with Congressman Cooper to talk about the health care proposal that he’s supporting.

TN Could Become Center for Healthcare IT

June 24, 2009 at 11:58 am

A former national healthcare information technology director says Tennessee could become a center for the industry.

West Nashville Residents Upset Over Maytown Bridges

June 24, 2009 at 5:49 am

At a West Nashville community meeting last night tempers of residents, Metro Council members and the developer of the proposed May Town Center, flared over the project’s impact.

Cooper Says No Need to Fear Rationing if Health Care Costs Cut

June 23, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Congressman Jim Cooper says the term “rationing” in the health care reform debate is usually thrown around to derail the discussion.

NRCC Targets Gordon, Tanner

June 23, 2009 at 6:58 am

If you live in Jackson or Cookeville or have been driving through the areas, you may have heard some ads bashing two Tennessee Congressmen. Voting numbers in recent elections indicate John Tanner and Bart Gordon’s districts are trending Republican and the National Republican Congressional Committee is taking aim. WPLN’s Christine Buttorff reports.

Welfare and Food Stamp Numbers Are Up

June 23, 2009 at 6:26 am

Welfare rolls have increased about 12-percent over last year in Tennessee, but the number of people using food stamps has jumped 22 percent.

TBR Changing the Way It Charges Tuition

June 18, 2009 at 3:39 pm

In order to increase revenues, the Tennessee Board of Regents’ finance committee voted to increase tuition today.

Council Concerned About Convention Center Financing

June 17, 2009 at 4:27 pm

The Mayor’s office hasn’t filed a financing package for Nashville’s new downtown convention center with the Metro Council, which will have to sign off on the deal.

Mayor Starting New Group of Regional Execs

June 17, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean says he’s inviting the mayors of surrounding counties and cities to begin meeting monthly to address regional issues.