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About 100 attended the Nashville town hall meeting at the Veterans Affairs hospital there. Many shared their personal experiences. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

In Six Months, Slow Progress For Tennessee Veterans Waiting To See Doctors

November 19, 2014 at 5:27 pm

The VA and the regional healthcare system has spent more than $17 million since May to send patients to private care, but the number of appointments with wait times of 30 days or longer still hasn’t decreased. In fact, it’s gone up a little.

U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez (right) toured LetterLogic, a Nashville invoice processor, which pays employees a starting wage of $12 an hour. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Labor Secretary Beats The Drum On Minimum Wage In Nashville

November 19, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Governor Bill Haslam said this week that raising Tennessee’s minimum wage would be a non-starter in the legislature. But the U.S. Secretary of Labor believes a majority of Tennesseans would welcome such a pay hike.

Payday lenders like this one on 8th Avenue will face new zoning restrictions.  Credit WPLN / Bobby Allyn

Nashville Payday Lenders and Pawnshops Now Have New Restrictions

November 19, 2014 at 5:20 am

Councilwoman Jacobia Dowell of Antioch sponsored the bill. It prevents payday lenders from setting up shop a quarter mile from each other.

Rep. John Duncan says he's willing to accept a government shutdown to block President Obama's immigration action. Credit: Rep. John Duncan's Office

Tennessee Congressman Considers Shutdown To Stop Obama’s ‘Amnesty’

November 18, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Obama’s executive action would allow up to five million undocumented immigrants stay in the U.S. without the fear of deportation.

Industrial hemp can look so much like marijuana, even experts say it can be difficult to tell apart. Credit: Arcatan via Flickr

Tennessee Farmers Are Stoked About Planting Hemp, But Not About Following The Rules

November 18, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Some farmers are chafing at Tennessee’s tight regulation of hemp, sounding off at a hearing on the rules held by the Agriculture Department Tuesday.

National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia toured the Nashville's Shwab Elementary School on Monday. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

President Of Country’s Largest Teachers’ Union Fears A Change In Public Education Funding

November 18, 2014 at 5:00 am

Amid meets-and-greets with educators at the city’s Shwab Elementary School, Lily Eskelsen Garcia said Senator Lamar Alexander is “enamored” with the idea of privatizing public education.

The Williamson County school board has been meeting in recent weeks to discuss Common Core and whether to pass a resolution in opposition. Credit: David Wright Smith

Tennessee School Boards Want Input On Picking Education Commissioner

November 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Tennessee’s school board members are hoping for a new education commissioner who might be more receptive to their views. Kevin Huffman, who announced late last week he’s stepping down, was seen – at times – as dismissive of local districts.

Governor Bill Haslam launched a review of Common Core earlier this month, and he says he really does plan to pay attention to the comments. Credit: TN Photo Services

Tennessee’s Common Core Review Yields 15,000 Comments And Counting

November 17, 2014 at 1:58 pm

In a process that began just 10 days ago, more than 15,000 comments have been submitted as part of a review of Common Core State Standards. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says he really does intend to listen.

The TVA says it plans to complete the Watts Bar nuclear plant by the end of 2015, coming after decades of delays. Credit: TVA

More Nuclear Plants To Come? TVA Chief Says Maybe

November 17, 2014 at 7:09 am

This follows the completion of the Watts Bar nuclear reactor, which is expected to be finished by the end of 2015.

Vanderbilt professor and software developer Jules White holds up the Music City Center app he created as part of the mayor's office initiative to bring city information to the public. Credit: Nashville Mayor's Office

Nashville Mayor’s Office Ponders What (Data) People Really Want To Know About Their City

November 17, 2014 at 5:42 am

Six months ago, the Nashville mayor’s office launched a project to get more government data online — things like public wi-fi locations or where the city fire stations are. But it’s still figuring out how to scale up that initiative.

Nashville’s Public Schools May Have A New Expectation Of Teachers: Door-To-Door Recruiting

Nashville’s Public Schools May Have A New Expectation Of Teachers: Door-To-Door Recruiting

November 17, 2014 at 3:59 am

Taking a cue from charter schools, some of Nashville’s undercapacity traditional schools have started canvassing for students. Some teachers are embracing the marketing role, even while acknowledging its just one more unpaid duty for educators.

Dr. James Crowe, right, watches as graduate student Andrew Flyak adjusts equipment in the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center used in the production of anti-Ebola antibodies. Credit: VUMC

Vanderbilt Chancellor Says Financial Independence Will Let Medical Center Move Faster

November 14, 2014 at 5:43 pm

The change isn’t expected to affect employees, patients or students, but it will have a smaller board overseeing the hospitals to make business decisions “in a really dynamic healthcare environment.”

Credit: WPLN / Mack Linebaugh

You May Notice Some Changes To Morning Edition And All Things Considered

November 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm

The program clocks are changing for the first time in many years, starting Monday.

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman. Credit: NASA via Instagram

Our 8 Favorite Photos Taken By A Tennessee Astronaut In Space

November 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Tennessee native Barry “Butch” Wilmore has been aboard the International Space Station for about two months. But fortunately for us all, that doesn’t mean he’s taken time off from the mundane tasks of the world, like posting pictures to the ISS Instagram account.

Fifi Appih was clearly pleased to speak to the group, knowing that everyone in the room will understand if his voice catches or stumbles. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

A Nashville Public Speaking Group Helps People Who Stutter Find Their Voice

November 14, 2014 at 5:07 am

To overcome your fears, face them head on. That’s the conventional wisdom, anyway. But what if every time you talk, even just with a friend, there are moments when your voice gets stuck on a single sound?

Kornegay has lived on Nashville's streets on and off since 2008. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

Warming Shelters Open In Nashville, But They’re Not Always The First Choice For Homeless

November 13, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Sometimes, sleeping bags and carefully chosen spots outside can seem safer to a person who feels vulnerable in large groups.

Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said he was brought to Tennessee to be a "change agent." He has defended Common Core standards, stayed the course on stepped-up teacher evaluations and unsuccessfully defended the state's participation in Common Core testing. Credit: TN Photo Services

Tennessee’s Lightning Rod Education Commissioner Steps Down, Citing Toll Of The Job

November 13, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Governor Bill Haslam is going to have to find a new education commissioner for his second term. Kevin Huffman, who has often found himself at the center of controversy, is calling it quits after four years.

Airbnb rentals are now illegal in Nashville, but city officials are working on changing that. Credit: Airbnb

Airbnb Regs For Nashville Would Limit Guest Numbers, Tax Hosts Like Hotels

November 13, 2014 at 9:10 am

On Tuesday, Nashville’s Metro Council will take up regulations aimed at short-term vacation booking services, like Airbnb.

Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, right, at the dedication of Ebola treatment unit ceremony in Tubmanburg, Liberia, on Monday. Credit: DVIDS

101st Airborne Commander Says He Shouldn’t Need Reinforcements

November 13, 2014 at 6:24 am

The commander of the 101st Airborne Division will brief family members at Fort Campbell today via video conference from Liberia. Roughly 700 soldiers from the post are helping build Ebola treatment centers.

The East Nashville Advisory Committee met in the same room where there was an uproar Sunday night, in a meeting organized by parent activists with East Nashville United. Credit: David Wright Smith

How Much Input Will An East Nashville School Overhaul Advisory Panel Get?

November 13, 2014 at 5:41 am

In its first meeting, a special advisory committee for an East Nashville school overhaul heard an update for plans from central office administrators. But community organizer John Haubenreich says he heard too much from the district.