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Jessica Dunnavant, Sheri Hoffman and Yvonne Kendall play trios by Joseph Boismortier and Johann Quantz.

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This week, Tennessee becomes the first state to adopt an official safety ratings system for youth sports leagues.

The program hopes to corral a wild west of safety standards across all sports. It will award levels like Bronze and Gold to organizations based on their level of compliance.

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A Nashville man could serve five years in prison for making violent threats against Tennessee law enforcement, even though some of what he said and posted online is protected by the First Amendment.         

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Senator Bob Corker sang the praises of Bill Hagerty before the chamber overwhelmingly confirmed the Nashville businessman Thursday as the new U.S. ambassador to Japan.

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For the first time ever, Metro employees have paid family leave. The new benefit was unanimously approved this week by the city’s Civil Service Commission and went into effect immediately.

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On any given afternoon, the Nashville Zoo's lorikeet habitat is a symphony of chirps and squawks. The green, blue and red parrots zip around their enclosure, looking for visitors to perch on.

But on August 21st, at 1:27 p.m., bird keeper Ashley Gwaltney isn't quite sure what they'll sound like.

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More than a dozen walk-in health care clinics inside Walgreens locations will soon carry the Vanderbilt name. The medical center is taking over these Middle Tennessee clinics as part of its efforts to reach more patients cheaply.

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Aspiring farmers face a long shot to earn a living on the land, and that’s partly because land itself is getting so expensive. And since new farmers have to supplement their income with outside jobs, they also can’t afford to move too far out of town where property is more affordable. It's a conundrum for young people in the Nashville area trying to get back to the land. 

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The prolonged debate in Congress over health care is having a ripple effect on Tennessee's race for governor, and it may be a few more weeks before the field for 2018 is set.

A key figure is Diane Black. The Congressional representative from Sumner County is a frontrunner for the Republican nomination for governor. But Black has work in Washington she wants to wrap up first, including a job that stems from a major position she holds — chair of the House Budget Committee.

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New research finds that the Nashville Predators hockey team has leapfrogged over the Tennessee Titans as the most popular pro sports team in Middle Tennessee. That finding comes from MTSU’s consumer research office, which put out a scientific survey in the wake of the Predators’ playoff run.

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