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Nashville’s city council is hoping to limit the damage of future flooding along the banks of the Cumberland River. If finalized this week, the city will strengthen a rule that prevents new homes from being constructed within 50 feet of the Cumberland.

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Update: This story has been updated to reflect new information from the Office of Metro's Finance Director, which says all Core Civic investments were sold in November 2016. 

Metro Council members on Tuesday will vote on a measure asking the city to stop investing money from its employee pension fund into for-profit prisons.

Councilwoman Erica Gilmore says Nashville has close to $1 million invested in CoreCivic — the nation’s second largest private prison company — which also has its headquarters in Nashville. The city disputes that claim.

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Nashville’s longstanding rules about how the public can make comments at Metro Council meetings will undergo a significant change Tuesday. An open comment portion will be added near the beginning of the meeting to allow people to talk about issues even if they’re not on the council’s agenda.

Jonathan Hall
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The newest Metro Council member will be Jonathan Hall, who won the runoff election on Thursday to take over the District 1 seat that represents Bordeaux, Joelton, Bells Bend and Scottsboro.

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Nashville will not be raising its property tax. That was the outcome of a tense 4-hour Metro Council debate that ended after midnight early Wednesday — and only after a shocking vote that drew audible gasps from the council.

Metro Council District 1
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The northwest corner of Davidson County can be scenic and easygoing, but recent political turmoil and mounting unease about low levels of Metro investment have cast frustrations over the special election now underway to choose the area's next council representative.

Nashville City Hall
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Some Nashvillians are asking — with gusto — for the Metro Council to increase Davidson County’s property tax as a way to fund pay increases for city employees.

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A group of Metro Council members are looking for yet another way to stem the loss of affordable housing in Nashville. It involves keeping a close eye on the numbers.

District 1 Nashville
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There will be one runoff election next month in Nashville: Residents of Metro Council District 1 will go to the polls one more time to choose a representative after the five-person race in northwest Davidson County did not yield a winner on Thursday night.

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As Nashville chooses a mayor to hold the office for the next 15 months, voter turnout is on pace to be especially low compared to prior contests. And, as is often the case, a runoff is possible — meaning voters could be asked to go to the polls one more time, next month.

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