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The red cities are those currently being considered for Google Fiber. Green cities either already have it or are in the process of getting it. Image: Google

Google Fiber Starts To Examine Nashville’s Utility Poles

by / on April 14, 2014

One of the things the city has to show is that Google will have access to existing utility poles.

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Lawmakers Have Two Words For Retiring Doug Henry: Gentleman, Statesman

Lawmakers Have Two Words For Retiring Doug Henry: Gentleman, Statesman

by / on April 11, 2014

Lawmakers wiped away tears Thursday as they honored retiring state Senator Doug Henry – the longest-serving legislator in Tennessee history.

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"We have the (Common Core) standards, but the implementation and the testing are still concerns," Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris told reporters Thursday. "A lot has been passed this year that deals with concerns we had about Common Core - not the standards, but curriculum, and data mining, and all those issues - and I think when the dust settles and people have a chance to look back and focus on some of these pretty voluminous bills, they'll see that we addressed a lot of the concerns that the public had about 'Common Core,' quote unquote, in general." (Photo: Daniel Potter/WPLN)

Scratch One For Common Core Skeptics: Deal May Delay Statewide Test

by / on April 11, 2014

A push to delay the test, known as the PARCC, set to start next school year, has been a flashpoint in the state legislature this spring.

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Plan To Give Teachers, State Employees More Pay Dies In The House

Plan To Give Teachers, State Employees More Pay Dies In The House

by / on April 10, 2014

After giving a heartfelt eight-minute pitch on the House floor, Rep. Hill withdrew his plan.

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Supporters of the Amp BRT line held signs behind Mayor Karl Dean at the Metro Courthouse as he thanked President Obama for federal funding. Credit: Dean Administration

Fate Of Nashville’s Amp May Hinge On Small Panel Of State Lawmakers

by / on April 10, 2014

With the two chambers split, the bill will likely end up in the hands of a conference committee – with three members from the Senate and three from the House.

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Lincoln County is larger than Davidson (Metro Nashville), but it has just 33,000 people. And considering it's unemployment rate is hovering around five percent, that means fewer than 900 people are considered jobless. Credit: Stephen Jerkins / WPLN

Why Does This Rural Tennessee County Have Such Low Unemployment? Luck?

by / on April 10, 2014

Just two counties in Tennessee have had unemployment dip below five percent in recent months: Williamson, which you might expect, and Lincoln. Why Lincoln?

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Gov. Bill Haslam speaks at VW in May of 2011. He has now been subpoenaed along with 19 others to testify during NLRB hearings in April. Credit: TN Photo Services

Haslam And Corker Subpoenaed To Testify On VW Union Vote

by / on April 9, 2014

Attorneys for the United Auto Workers are trying to make U.S. Senator Bob Corker and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam testify later this month. The National Labor Relations Board is investigating whether there was a coordinated effort to prevent unionization at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.

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Top House GOP officials spoke to members at a caucus meeting Wednesday, with some warning it's unlikely the state will find enough money for raises or bonuses this year. (Photo: Daniel Potter/WPLN)

Republican Floats Compromise To Salvage Teacher Pay Raises

by / on April 9, 2014

In a meeting with his fellow GOP lawmakers, Rep. Matthew Hill proposed to do a combination of things to boost pay, including re-allocated some money and counting on additional tax revenue next year.

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State law enforcers see limiting supplies of allergy pills containing pseudoephedrine as a way to cut the number of meth labs in Tennessee. But pharmaceutical interests are opposed, saying doing so will unfairly punish people with allergies, while doing nothing to curb demand for methamphetamine. (Photo: Nathaneal Hevelone/flickr)

Where Will Tennessee Lawmakers Draw The Line On Pseudoephedrine?

by / on April 9, 2014

A hard-fought compromise to restrict the allergy medicine used to make meth passed the state House Wednesday. It’s not as tough as what the Senate or the governor would like, but a more restrictive version could still ultimately get through.

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Enovate Medical makes mobile and wall-mounted work stations. The company's expansion announcement adds manufacturing jobs as well as corporate personnel and research and development investments in Tennessee. Credit: Enovate Medical via Facebook

Enovate Medical Moves Michigan Jobs To Tennessee

by / on April 9, 2014

A Murfreesboro-based company that makes computer carts for doctors and nurses has announced plans to expand. Enovate Medical is consolidating its operations in Michigan and moving the jobs to Tennessee.

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If Nashville’s Amp Becomes A Reality, Who Will Ride It?

If Nashville’s Amp Becomes A Reality, Who Will Ride It?

by / on April 9, 2014

If the high-speed bus project survives the political hurdles, a greater obstacle could be looming: how to convince bus-wary people to ride.

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State senators quickly passed the bill Tuesday to let most people openly carry guns without a permit.  (Photo: Michael Tefft/flickr)

Could Every Tennessean Carry A Gun On Their Hip? State Senate Approves

by / on April 8, 2014

If the House also approves the bill, carry permits would be needed only for concealed weapons.

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Nashville’s Home Sales Streak Ends

Nashville’s Home Sales Streak Ends

by / on April 8, 2014

The streak of climbing home sales numbers has ended in the Nashville area. After three straight years of growth, fewer homes were sold in March than the same month last year.

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Study Says Suburbs Are Sweet Spot For Tennessee Homeowners

Study Says Suburbs Are Sweet Spot For Tennessee Homeowners

by / on April 8, 2014

Whether you’re better off buying or renting a home in Tennessee may depend on where in the state you live. According to a new study, it’s suburbs and small cities that give homeowners the most bang for their buck.

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Lawmakers Grant In-State Tuition To Children Of Undocumented Immigrants

Lawmakers Grant In-State Tuition To Children Of Undocumented Immigrants

by / on April 7, 2014

The bill passed the House 63 to 27, with little debate, marking a distinct shift from a few years ago, when lawmakers called such young people “anchor babies” and sought to make Tennessee a less welcoming place for undocumented immigrants.

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Former Bank Executive: Women, Ask For A Raise!

Former Bank Executive: Women, Ask For A Raise!

by / on April 7, 2014

As leader of the women’s network 85 Broads, Sallie Krawcheck lobbies for better gender equality in boardrooms. She also says women need to negotiate tougher to get there.

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For Prescription Painkillers, ID May Soon Be Mandatory

For Prescription Painkillers, ID May Soon Be Mandatory

by / on April 7, 2014

Tennesseans picking up prescriptions for painkillers would have to show ID, under a proposal headed toward votes Tuesday in a House committee and on the Senate floor.

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Dr. Claire Smrekar has a particular research focus on school choices, such as charter schools. Credit: Steve Green / Vanderbilt

Even If Vouchers Pass, Vanderbilt Expert Finds Few Available Seats At Private Schools

by / on April 7, 2014

Many students who would qualify for private school vouchers would still have nowhere to go, according to a top education researcher at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Associate professor Claire Smrekar finds few private schools are interested in accepting vouchers and those who would don’t have that much room.

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Governor Haslam's proposed budget cuts include the elimination of promised raises for teachers. A one year delay of those raises is estimated to save the state $72 million. Image: TN Photo Services/Flickr

Tennessee Is Facing A Big Budget Gap, And There’s No Good Way To Fix It

by / on April 7, 2014

State lawmakers will have to make tough choices before they go home for the year. Governor Bill Haslam says the state budget is more than $100 million short right now, and it will be even more next year.

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Nashville Now Accepts Backyard Chickens, But What About Goats?

Nashville Now Accepts Backyard Chickens, But What About Goats?

by / on April 4, 2014

One family in Woodbine has received a stern warning from Nashville authorities – get rid of the goat. A pet goat is testing an ordinance designed to keep farmyard animals out of the city.

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