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Blake Farmer

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Blake Farmer is Nashville Public Radio's news director. While he still makes time for some reporting, he's the primary editor of WPLN's on-air stories. When he's in the field, his reporting focuses on education and the military. But a good story is a good story, which is why he's also done pieces about frog gigging and churches holding gun raffles. 

Blake grew up in East Nashville, attending Lipscomb Academy. He went to college in Texas at Abilene Christian University, where he cut his teeth in radio at KACU-FM. Before joining WPLN full time in 2007, Blake also wrote for the Nashville City Paper. He's an active member and past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists Middle Tennessee Chapter. And he keeps his audio recorder with him, even on vacation, just in case there's a story to be told.

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Tennessee lawmakers were surprised to hear that widespread grading errors in the new standardized test might have gone undetected if not for a school's concern about a high performing student. This week legislators are holding a hearing on problems with TNReady.

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One of Nashville's largest nursing homes — which is owned by the city itself — has been forced to stop admitting new residents. State inspectors found violations, including allegations of patient abuse, at the 419-bed Bordeaux Long Term Care.

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The National Labor Relations Board has told Vanderbilt it must count all but one of the challenged ballots from a vote on whether to unionize in June. Adjunct professors and full-time instructors in the College of Arts and Sciences were trying to gain collective bargaining. But the university had challenged whether some faculty members should be allowed to weigh in. A total of 28 were in question — enough to swing the outcome.

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LifeWay's office tower on the west side of downtown will soon be imploded to make way for a new billion-dollar development called Nashville Yards. And the iconic crosses on the sides of the building will come down with it.

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Nashville's $5.2 billion transit plan unveiled this week does little to connect neighboring counties and stays well within the city limits. But officials hope that it might inspire surrounding communities.

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Metro Council members spent 90 minutes Monday questioning a deal to finance a pro-soccer stadium on the state fairgrounds. A key sticking point remains 10 acres set aside for the prospective team owners to do with as they please.

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn's office is responding, after being named in an investigation by The Washington Post and 60 Minutes for her role in legislation that "aided" in the explosion of the opioid epidemic.

A spokesman suggests the measure may have produced "unintended consequences" that Congress could revisit.

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Nashville transit boosters are pitching plans to fund the city's first light rail project as a way to improve traffic. But planning officials acknowledge transit is unlikely to relieve much congestion on the roads.

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Tennesseans on Obamacare insurance should not see any immediate change from President Trump's announcement to end some subsidies, according to the state's top insurance officials. This possibility had already driven insurers to hike their rates for plans on the Obamacare exchange.

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Now it's time for the Metro Council to weigh in on funding plans for a soccer stadium in Nashville. The Sports Authority signed off Thursday without much pushback. The council is being asked to approve a total of $275 million in borrowing.