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Victims of domestic violence in Tennessee no longer have to testify against alleged abusers. That’s thanks to a new state law that went into effect Sunday. It eliminates what the head of the Nashville YWCA says was long considered a “fatal flaw to the system.”

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An organized group of Nashville activists is looking to bring an anti-violence effort to the city that treats gun violence as a public health epidemic — like an infectious disease that can spread within a community.

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Voting in Tennessee’s statewide primaries starts in less than two weeks, and that means the race is impossible to avoid without turning off the television. 

The ads may be short, but they’re where candidates spend most of their money and give insight into campaign strategy.

In the latest edition of The Tri-Star State, Nashville Public Radio's Blake Farmer and Chas Sisk talk about that ad blitz.

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Hundreds of protesters came out on Saturday to demonstrate against the Trump administration's immigration policies — despite 90-degree temperatures.

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Listeners to 90.3 WPLN-FM and 1430 WPLN-AM will hear a few program changes happening soon, and we wanted to give you advance notice. 

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Overdose deaths among African-Americans in Tennessee have roughly doubled since 2012. Fatalities from opioids are still growing among whites in the state, but deaths among blacks are surging twice as fast.

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It’s a January morning in 1968. There are 1,000 convicts in mess hall #2 at Folsom Prison. They’re hooting, hollering, clapping, pounding fists on metal tables.

The object of their excitement is Johnny Cash. He’s onstage under the harsh fluorescent lights, standing tall behind a nicotine veil of smoke. Down in the front row, there’s an inmate with a chiseled face and dark pompadour piled high, sucking on a Pall Mall. He's California state prisoner A597959C — just another face in the crowd.

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The newest Metro Council member will be Jonathan Hall, who won the runoff election on Thursday to take over the District 1 seat that represents Bordeaux, Joelton, Bells Bend and Scottsboro.

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Tennessee is on the verge of becoming one of the few states that allows women to buy hormonal birth control without first having to visit a doctor.

The idea is seen as a way to make birth control more widely available, and perhaps even reduce the number of abortions. But turning it into reality has taken a long time.

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Several of Nashville’s public artworks and prominent civic sculptures have fallen into serious disrepair. And for the first time, Metro has estimated the substantial cost of preserving them.

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