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Emily Siner

Assistant News Director

Emily Siner is the assistant news director at Nashville Public Radio and host of the Movers & Thinkers podcast. She also reports on a wide range of topics, including higher education, science and military veterans. She's traveled around Tennessee to tell national news stories for NPR and Marketplace.

She's passionate about storytelling on all platforms and spoke at TEDxNashville in 2015 about the station's efforts to share audio online. Before joining the news staff at WPLN, Emily worked in print and online journalism at the Los Angeles Times and NPR. She was born and raised in the Chicago area, so she is not intimidated by Nashville winters. Emily is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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When the Israeli prime minister gives a controversial speech to Congress next week, only one of Tennessee’s two Democratic representatives will be there.

The controversy comes from House speaker John Boehner inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to talk to Congress about Iran’s nuclear program — without consulting the president. 

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A frosty relationship between the organizers of two upcoming technology conferences in Nashville has resulted in another out-of-court settlement. 

The dispute began after San Francisco tech publication Pando Daily threatened legal action against Launch Tennessee, an agency partly funded by the state that invests in startups.


Tennessee astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore spent more than six hours Wednesday working outside the International Space Station. Wilmore, who’s been aboard for about six months, was helping prepare the station for the arrival of private space taxis. 


Updated March 12: Butch Wilmore returned to Earth yesterday from the International Space Station, landing in remote Kazakhstan. He has spent a total of 178 days in space.

Meet Barry “Butch” Wilmore, your friendly local astronaut.

Wilmore grew up in Mt. Juliet and went to Tennessee Tech University and the University of Tennessee. Then he enlisted in the Navy, became a pilot and then — an astronaut.

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Vanderbilt University spends $14 million a year complying with federal higher education regulations, its chancellor told the U.S. Senate Education Committee. His point: That number is too high.

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The cold weather this week means water pipes are freezing and breaking around Middle Tennessee. Residents might start to notice even more busted pipes as soon as the weather warms up.

So far, people might not realize they have frozen pipes, especially on a sink they don’t normally use. Even if the pipe is broken, the ice might prevent water from leaking.

Once the ice beings to melt, that’s when the leaks start, says Scott Potter with Metro Water Services.

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The slick roads Tuesday meant that Nashville drivers couldn't be in much of a hurry. And at some grocery stores, Nashville shoppers couldn't either.

Around noon on Tuesday, the parking lot of the Kroger on Rosa Parks was full of cars and slush. Shannon Himes, who lives around the corner, was waiting outside the entrance with her dog as her husband Scott picked up groceries. But he came out empty handed.

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The conversation around Tennessee Promise has focused largely on community colleges. What’s lesser known is that the funding can be used at a number of four-year schools in the state as well — specifically, those that offer associate degrees — and some are trying hard to recruit Tennessee Promise students.

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This weekend marks an important deadline for high school seniors applying for the Tennessee Promise scholarship: If they want to stay eligible for free community or technical college, they have to fill out a federal financial aid application by Feb. 15.

It can be a burden filling out the FAFSA, which stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Families have to detail their financial status, such as how much they make and what their assets are.

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As Nashville’s seven major mayoral candidates congregated at a forum hosted by the Nashville Business Journal, one of the big questions revolved around competition:

"If a Fortune 500 company were looking to relocate to Williamson County, how would you bring it to Davidson County instead?" a moderator asked.

Businesswoman Linda Rebrovick pointed to her career experience, saying she knows how to sell Nashville to big companies. Attorney Charles Robert Bone, on the other hand, said Nashville’s authenticity does a good job of selling itself.