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Two of Nashville’s largest private employers plan to do away with benefits for domestic partners starting in 2017. Vanderbilt University and hospital chain HCA say they will no longer cover unwed couples. Employers around the nation are changing their policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

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November was a ho-hum period for the Nashville housing market compared to the pace of sales earlier this year, representing the first monthly dip in closings for 2015. But the median price is still running $15,000 above last year, and potential buyers feel they've reached a tipping point.

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Nashville’s new mayor wants downtown developers to consider the growing need for daycare in the central business district. Just two childcare centers exist in the core of the city where 57,000 people now work, up from 46,000 in 2008.

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Middle Tennessee retirees are learning that Vanderbilt Medical Center and its affiliated clinics will no longer take some Medicare Advantage insurance. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee’s contract runs out at the end of the year.

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The neighbors have fielded questions for months as the five-story steel and glass structure rose out of the ground.

"What is that?"

"We just reply that it's a car vending machine," says Anje Clay, who works at the import auto shop next door.

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A Chinese pillow and mattress maker is moving into the former Whirlpool plant in La Vergne.

Hong Kong-based Sinomax announced Tuesday that it'll spend $28 million to convert the manufacturing facility on Hennessy Drive. The company plans to employ 350 people, starting in June.

The plant is the company's first in the United States. The factory will slash the cost to ship its bulky products, says Sinomax USA president Frank Chen.

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It’s early on a Tuesday night at the Tin Angel on West End, well before any dinner rush. The candles are lit, the white linen napkins are folded, and Heather Malm is bringing a bottle of pinot noir to her first table of the night.

A company that was planning a $22 million manufacturing and distribution facility in southeast Davidson County is withdrawing its plans.

New Jersey-based American Standard Brands, which makes bathroom and kitchen fixtures, announced in July that it wanted to open a facility in La Vergne by the end of next year. It was planning to renovate a former Whirlpool building.

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Nashville’s tourism officials have two more accolades to show off.

Travel site Lonely Planet ranked Nashville as one of the top 10 cities to visit next year — and it was the only U.S. destination to make the list. TripAdvisor says Nashville grew in popularity among international travelers by nearly 40 percent.

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A program Tuesday night to teach high school girls an important life skill drew extra attention from a Hollywood star: Reese Witherspoon. She was in town for the grand opening of her new retail store location in Nashville. She presented a couple hundred girls, most of them from public schools in Nashville, with advice about being wise with money.