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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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Rain, Rain, Go Away: Nashville Fashion Week Prepares For Outdoor Runway Show

by / on April 3, 2014

Organizers of Nashville Fashion Week are betting that the skies will be clear Friday night. That’s when they plan to show the work of five designers in the middle of Fifth Avenue, downtown.

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Doug Henry passed his last bill on Thursday, after nearly six decades in the Senate. Credit Stephen Jerkins / WPLN

Six Decades Later, Senator Doug Henry Introduces His Last Bill

by / on April 3, 2014

The 87-year-old took a moment to dwell on his last contribution to Tennessee law.

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New Evidence Of Native American Metropolis Found At Sulphur Dell Stadium Site

New Evidence Of Native American Metropolis Found At Sulphur Dell Stadium Site

by / on April 3, 2014

According to Middle Tennessee State University professor Kevin Smith, archaeologists have identified fire pits and large ceramic salt pans.

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Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell expects lawmakers will revisit the prospect of requiring a prescription to get certain cold medicines that can be used to make methamphetamine.  She also expressed optimism for allowing wine to be sold in groceries, instead of strictly liquor stores. (Credit Daniel Potter)

House Sinks For-Profit Charter Schools Bill, After Rare Plea From Speaker Harwell

by / on April 3, 2014

A House committee, spurred on by Speaker Beth Harwell’s urging, sunk a bill that would’ve let for-profit corporations oversee charter schools in Tennessee.

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A monorail train rolls through the central business district of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tennessee State Senator Bill Ketron wanted TDOT to examine the cost of building a monorail in the median of Interstate 24, between Nashville and Murfreesboro. Ketron says traffic congestion and Rutherford County's explosive population growth show the need for transportation alternatives along the busy corridor. Image: besopha/Flickr

House Panel Kills Nashville-Murfreesboro Monorail Study

by / on April 3, 2014

A bill to study the feasibility of a Monorail from Nashville to Murfreesboro appears to be dead for the year. Murfreesboro State Senator Bill Ketron floated the idea of a monorail along Interstate 24, citing growing traffic congestion between Nashville and Rutherford County.

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How Bad Is Nashville’s Sprawl? New Study Ranks It Among The Worst

How Bad Is Nashville’s Sprawl? New Study Ranks It Among The Worst

by / on April 3, 2014

A new study ranks the Nashville region among the worst in the nation for urban sprawl. The report uses Census data to create a “Sprawl Index” based on residential and employment density, the concentration of businesses in downtown areas, and the mixture of jobs, homes and services in neighborhoods.

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Council Proposal Would Mandate More Bike Parking

Council Proposal Would Mandate More Bike Parking

by / on April 3, 2014

Nashville may soon require a minimum of two bicycle parking spaces for new and expanding businesses. Supporters say it’s part of the effort to embrace transportation options in the city.

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Bill Will Undo Food Requirement at Bars

Bill Will Undo Food Requirement at Bars

by / on April 3, 2014

Bars in Tennessee might soon be able to be just bars. A bill with wide support would remove a requirement that bars sell some amount of food.

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“It’s not a question of lack of dialogue,” Haslam says of the state’s wrangling with Washington officials.  “I think our response has been, ‘If it looks just like expanding Medicaid, it probably won’t work in Tennessee, but you keep telling us there’s some flexibility, so let’s talk about what that looks like.’” Credit Leah Terry / WPLN

Haslam Says VW Incentive Offer Didn’t Hinge On Union Vote

by / on April 2, 2014

The offer letter said the union vote had to work “to the satisfaction” of state leaders.

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UAW Wants To Delay VW Hearings After New Documents Come To Light

UAW Wants To Delay VW Hearings After New Documents Come To Light

by / on April 2, 2014

The United Auto Workers wants to delay hearings into whether Republican politicians swayed a union vote at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant. New documents show the state had $300 million in government incentives riding on what happened there.

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