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On Monday, leaders of the Tennessee state House toured MTSU's lab that would be set up to study medical marijuana — if it were legalized. Lawmakers could consider cannabis for medicinal use again this year.

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Without a doubt, romantic love is a driving force in our culture — with countless movies, songs and books devoted to finding it, losing it or making it last. Falling in (or out of) love can feel so intense in our own lives, but how often do we examine our fundamental assumptions about what love really is and how it functions in our society?

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Issues around immigration have been particularly prominent and polarizing over the last year. And ALIAS cofounder and former artistic director Zeneba Bowers says that the decision to stage a concert series celebrating the music of American immigrants was the direct result of the current political climate.  

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Democratic lawmakers want to bring baby boxes to Tennessee. The cardboard cribs would broaden local efforts to reduce the region's high rate of infant mortality.

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A higher percentage of high school seniors from Tennessee have filled out their federal financial aid forms for college than from any other state. 

It's a familiar refrain for state higher education officials: Tennessee has led the nation ever since Tennessee Promise went into effect in 2015, requiring students to fill out the financial aid form to stay eligible for free community or technical college. But the attention paid to filing rates — just one step in a long process of getting students into college — shows its importance as an indicator of how many students will end up continuing their education.

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Nashville Mayor Megan Barry could face multiple investigations in the wake of an extramarital affair she had with the head of her security detail. What’s being called into question is the use of taxpayer money for trips she took with her former bodyguard as well as thousands of dollars in overtime pay he received.

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Governor Bill Haslam has started trying to sell lawmakers on the last budget of his tenure. And while that may have been overshadowed by Nashville drama developing a few blocks from the capitol, the numbers the budget contains can say something about this session’s legislative priorities.

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The Tennessee Medical Association says when it comes to opioids, a doctor still knows best. The lobbying group of 9,000 physicians released suggested revisions to Governor Bill Haslam's opioid bill late Friday. The specific language of the proposal had only become public this week.

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The all-female contemporary chamber group Sound Riot champions new music by living composers. Every year they dial their focus even tighter, presenting compositions of women in their annual "Galentines" concert. This year's performance is at 7pm on February 13 at Nashville State Community College. The ensemble brought us a preview of pieces on that program, including one world premiere.

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Tennessee lawmakers could debate this session whether to add a work requirement to Medicaid, after President Donald Trump's administration said last month that it'd be willing to accept proposals that force enrollees to have a job, be training for one or engage in some sort of volunteer work.

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