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Natasha Senjanovic

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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. 

cohenforcongress.com

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.

TN Photo Services

State Rep. Andy Holt’s campaign against traffic cameras has been given a big boost by Tennessee’s top lawyer.

 

In an opinion released this week, Attorney General Herbert Slatery writes the law plainly states only certified or state-commissioned law enforcement officers can review traffic camera footage and determine if violations have occurred.

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Presumed GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has tapped Rep. Marsha Blackburn to speak at the upcoming Republican National Convention. She last spoke at the RNC in 2008 and commended Trump for doing a “very good job” in their first meeting on the Hill Thursday morning.

University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee has not admitted guilt, but it has agreed to pay eight former students nearly $2.5 million to settle a sexual assault lawsuit for incidents spanning two decades. One advocate for sexual assault victims says this is a “hands down victory.”

Volkswagen

Thousands of Tennesseans – and the state government – will be reimbursed by Volkswagen. The money is meant to resolve a scandal in which the automaker programmed diesel cars to cheat emissions tests. 

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