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The state of Tennessee has been voted the best in the nation this year for its laws intended to prevent child sex trafficking. That’s according to Shared Hope International, which since 2011 has been grading states in part on their laws combating child sex traffickers.

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In Nashville — and across the country — the number of chronically ill people who need round-the-clock care is rising. The vast majority are baby boomers, and most of the people looking after them aren’t much younger. One local nonprofit offers caregivers a break from their duties — at no cost. Yet despite the growing need, the organization says most families in Davidson County don’t know about the service.

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A Vanderbilt researcher is looking to an unlikely drug in the ongoing fight to stop Alzheimer’s disease in its initial stages.

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A new film festival kicking off Friday in Franklin made a last-minute change. Organizers added a formal discussion about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, against whom allegations of predatory behavior continue to grow. They'll also discuss the resources women have if it happens to them.

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Around 4,000 seasonal migrant workers are helping run Tennessee’s farms this year, through a federal visa program. The White House says it wants to let in fewer of these so-called low-skilled foreigners, in favor of highly educated immigrants. On one farm in Joelton, that’s a little worrying to the Mexican workers. But to third-generation tobacco farmer Joey Knight, it’s a huge concern.    

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State Health Department officials say more Tennesseans died from drug overdoses last year than ever before in recorded history. The more than 1,600 deaths marked a 12 percent increase over the previous year.

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The Tennessee Capitol Commission voted 7-5 today against moving the bust of Confederate General and early KKK leader Nathan Bedford Forrest from the state Capitol to the State Museum. 

Some critics of the initiative — many of whom were elected officials appointed by the legislature — called it a slippery slope that could lead to removing other monuments placed by elected officials. And said all parts of Tennessee history should be preserved, for educational purposes, even those that were painful or wrong.

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Attorneys are accusing White County and several of its leaders of having run a “modern-day eugenics scheme.” They filed a federal lawsuit Thursday over a controversial program that offered reduced misdemeanor sentences to inmates who signed up for birth control implants or vasectomies.

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In the wake of last weekend's deadly rally in Charlottesville, Congressman Steve Cohen says the Homeland Security and Justice departments should be doubling their resources to combat domestic terrorism.

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Nashville’s largest annual tourism event saw a slight dip in economic activity this year. According to newly released data from the city’s Convention & Visitors Corporation, the 2017 CMA Music Festival generated just under $58 million in visitor spending, which is roughly $2 million less than last year.