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Austin Peay State University is breaking from the norm of public colleges in Tennessee to offer six weeks of paid parental leave for its employees. 

Investigations of Railroad Accidents / via N C & StL Ry Preservation Society

There was a head-on collision of two trains at a site called Dutchman's Curve in West Nashville 100 years ago Monday, July 9. It remains the deadliest train crash in American history. But the tragedy has largely faded from the city's collective memory.

Kara McLeland / Nashville Public Radio

When guitarist Joey Grimaldi met husband and wife clarinettists Leonel Marulanda and Laura Bouffard, he jumped at the chance to compose a piece for their unique trio of instruments. What resulted was the heavy metal-influenced Trio for Two Clarinets and Guitar, which was played alongside works by Poulenc and Piazzolla this week on Live Studio C

Shirley elephant sanctuary
The Elephant Sanctuary

The oldest elephant in Tennessee turns 70 this week — a life that has far surpassed expectations and that is being celebrated by The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald.

Left: Abdirahman Noor / Courtesy of Winnie Aluoch, Right: Courtesy of Amina Hassan

For the first time, two Tennesseans will compete to become the beauty queen of the Kenyan-American community. The contest, called Miss Kenya USA, is happening in Seattle this week.

opiateaddictiontreatment / via Flickr

Purdue Pharma's sales reps in Tennessee were pushing OxyContin even harder as the high-powered opioid came under more legal scrutiny in recent years. That's among hundreds of claims made by the Tennessee Attorney General in a lawsuit filed in May and made public Thursday.

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The tide may be starting to turn on the number of drug-dependent babies in Tennessee. After an alarming 5-year rise, the number of infants going through withdrawals from opioids is down by more than a quarter from the same point last year.

Jay Shah / WPLN

Julie Davis directs half a dozen volunteers as they unload a 16-foot truck in front of a Nashville duplex. Bunk beds, dressers, lamps and a diaper-changing station come out of the truck. As do boxes with shampoo, books, toys, a kitchen’s worth of supplies.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

A federal judge in Nashville has ordered the state to reinstate driver's licenses for more than 146,000 Tennesseans who lost them because they couldn't pay their court fees.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Even asking how best to wean drug abusers off opioids can raise hackles. Addiction specialists have straddled a philosophical divide over the use of pharmaceuticals in the process. But the side advocating against medication assisted treatment is shrinking in Tennessee and nationwide.

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