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In the shakeup at Nashville’s City Hall, the succession includes the naming of Sheri Weiner as the new vice mayor. As a Bellevue councilwoman since 2011, she’s considered one of the few conservatives on the council, and hasn’t been afraid to ask tough questions of Metro departments.

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Just 24 hours after Mayor Megan Barry plead guilty to felony theft and announced her resignation from office, two of four pending investigations into her conduct have winded down.

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Getting arrested anywhere is expensive. Defendants often have to deal with court costs, legal fees, restitution and fines. In Nashville, it can be even costlier.

But that could change today, after Metro Council members vote to do away with the city’s “jail fee” for misdemeanor arrests — the $44 billed to defendants for every day they sit in a Metro jail waiting to see a judge.

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The executive director of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency says Nashville wants more affordable housing but often ends up getting in its own way. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Ralph Perry noted that the city has blocked some developments that have been awarded low-income tax credits.

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The first order of business for Metro Council's special committee will be to hire an outside lawyer that will work with the city's auditing team, the committee decided Thursday. That person will help determine if Mayor Megan Barry violated ethics rules during her extramarital relationship with Sgt. Rob Forrest, the former head of her security detail.

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Vice Mayor David Briley has named the seven council members to serve on its special committee to investigate whether Mayor Megan Barry used money improperly during her affair with the head of her security detail.

The group comprises Erica Gilmore, Bob Mendes, Brenda Haywood, Robert Swope, Burkley Allen, Mina Johnson and Russ Pulley. Briley set the committee's first public meeting for Thursday afternoon.

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A group of citizens who have advocated for a community oversight board to review claims of police misconduct will file an official ethics complaint later today against Mayor Megan Barry.

The complaint questions the potential repercussions of the mayor’s extramarital relationship with a police officer, Sgt. Rob Forrest, including her ability to act as an “honest broker” between the community and Metro Police.

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Nashville has spent 20 years mulling the idea of a civilian review board to investigate complaints against police officers. It’s most recent attempt made it farther than any other, but it collapsed on Tuesday when the Metro Council voted it down 25 to 5. But for advocates, the idea is still very much alive.

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Given several options, Nashville’s council on Tuesday chose a more aggressive approach to reducing — but not completely banning — short-term home rentals.

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The proposal to create a police community oversight board in Nashville is teetering on the edge of failure. The legislation has been in the works for months, but recently it's been mired in legal concerns. And Tuesday's Metro Council meeting will decide its fate. 

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