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Meribah Knight

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Meribah Knight is a journalist who recently relocated to Nashville from Chicago, where she covered business, the economy, housing, crime and transportation.

Most recently she was a staff reporter with Crain’s Chicago Business covering manufacturing in the Rust Belt, aviation and transportation. Prior to Crain’s she was a staff reporter with the Chicago News Cooperative, producing the Chicago section of The New York Times. There she covered a wide range of topics from arts & culture to education to poverty. She was an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. 

Her writing has appeared The New York TimesThe New YorkerO, The Oprah MagazineUtne Reader, American Craft, Chicago Magazine, Crain’s Chicago Business and The Chicago Reader. Her radio and multimedia work has been featured on WBEZ, The PBS News Hour and Chicago Public Television. 

A native of Cambridge, Mass., Meribah has a Masters of Journalism from Northwestern University and a BA from New York University. She lives in Donelson with her husband, a photojournalist with the Tennessean, and their four cats. 

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When 19-year-old Vastoria Lucas was shot multiple times next to a playground in an East Nashville public housing complex, her murder shocked the neighborhood.

She was a high school senior, a dedicated basketball player — an all-around good kid. And the brazenness of the killing, on a beautiful day with kids playing all around, stunned even the police.

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These numbers are starting to sound like more of the same, but this is beyond the consistent uptick in home prices over the past several years.

Home prices in Nashville just made their biggest annual leap in recorded history. That's because inventory is low and buyers are willing to pay for the property they really want, real estate agents say.   

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District Attorney Glenn Funk is defending state investigators’ decision not to re-interview a key witness in the fatal shooting of Jocques Clemmons by a city police officer. Funk said the investigation’s mission was to gather the facts independently, and he trusted state agents to do just that.

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation file on the fatal shooting of a Nashville man by a police officer has been handed over to the U.S. Attorney’s office for review. It’s the first time the feds have reexamined evidence in a fatal shooting by Metro Police. 

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The state’s top law enforcement agency promised a complete and thorough investigation into the fatal shooting of a Nashville man by a city police officer. But a WPLN examination of a 600-page case file casts doubt on the thoroughness of the probe, and it reveals discrepancies between how the case was investigated and how officials have been describing their work for months.

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Summer usually means an uptick in crime. But across Nashville, shootings and homicides have already been going up for months. In one precinct, in East Nashville, murders are on pace to double.

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The complete investigation file on the fatal shooting of a black man by a white metro police officer was released today. Among the 615 pages of material, is concern over how the man’s gun was handled at the scene and a single witness who claims the officer used a racial slur just moments after the shooting.

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Whether or not Vanderbilt’s lecturers and adjunct faculty will form a union is still very much in flux. And the results won’t be known for weeks or even months.  

That’s because significant numbers of the ballots are being challenged.

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You’ve heard this one before: Nashville area home sales reached a new record last month. According to local real estate agents, the median price for a single-family home in the Nashville area hit $279,000 in May.

Greater Nashville Realtors says closings were up more than 6 percent, and prices for a single-family home were up nearly 8 percent compared to last year. This means homes are getting snapped up fast.

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The city’s largest public housing development is getting a handful of new police officers.

MDHA, the city’s housing authority, is giving Metro Police $100,000 to put a team of four new officers on the streets of the James Cayce homes. However, they won’t be driving: The officers will do their patrol on foot and on bikes.

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