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High school theater competition in Middle Tennessee has joined the major leagues. And students will now have a chance to compete nationally — on Broadway. 

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Nashville’s first Youth Poet Laureate visited the White House this week as one of five finalists vying for the National Youth Poet Laureate title.

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A Murfreesboro medical facility acquired earlier this year by Franklin-based Acadia Healthcare plans to more than double its size in the next year and a half.  TrustPoint Hospital announced a $57 million expansion on Wednesday, which would add nearly 150 new beds and 400 new jobs to the facility.

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Tennessee stands to lose millions in highway funding because of a recently passed bill, says Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper. The legislation deals with drivers ages 18 to 20. It changed the allowable Blood Alcohol Content from .02 to .08.

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If you don’t do theatre or improv comedy, kindergarten was probably the last time you stood around in a circle acting silly with other people — unless you practice laughter yoga. Those in Nashville who do say it has medical benefits, which have even been studied by a Vanderbilt University researcher.    

Cindy Wall

Six months after temporarily shutting its doors, the Belcourt Theatre reopened last week, showing off both new updates and meticulous preservations.

Actors Bridge Ensemble

Not many playwrights can boast of having two world premieres in less than half a year. Nate Eppler can. His fourth play, the comedy The Ice Treatment, opens today at the Actors Bridge Ensemble, almost five months to the day after his drama Good Monsters premiered at the Nashville Repertory Theatre, to excellent reviews.

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State Rep. Jeremy Durham is suspending his re-election campaign amid intense pressure from fellow lawmakers, following the release of a report detailing allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Franklin Republican announced his decision Thursday in a two-minute statement at his attorney’s office. Durham refused to take questions.

He says most allegations in the report from the Tennessee Attorney General are false, and those that are true have been taken out of context.

Davidson County Sheriff's Office

The Davidson County Sheriff's Office is slashing charges for all inmate phone calls by more than 60 percent — which could have a significant impact on reducing recidivism rates.

In light of the recent deadly violence both against and by the police, a Tennessee Congressman is calling for a House hearing. He wants to push forward a policing reform bill he helped introduce.