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A group of Republican state lawmakers is condemning a decision by their counterparts in California to ban all travel to Tennessee.

But they're stopping short of reciprocating. They say they want to end the bickering over differences in social policy before it gets out of hand.

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Vanderbilt University has joined more than a dozen other private colleges in opposing President Trump's immigration restrictions. Even though the executive order was suspended last week, they filed a formal brief in support of another legal challenge, this one in New York. 

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It will likely be months before Tennessee legislators decide whether to raise the state’s gas tax. But the debate took on some urgency in the last week, and not inside the walls of the state capitol.

WPLN has been on the road with both Gov. Bill Haslam and the burgeoning opposition.

Statehouse reporter Chas Sisk talked to WPLN’s Blake Farmer about where the debate stands. 

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On a good day, it takes about an hour to drive the 50 miles from downtown Nashville to the courthouse square in Columbia, Tenn.

That's far enough to get a different perspective on the potholes, bottlenecks and traffic jams many Middle Tennesseans complain about.

"I've lived in seven different states," says Tricia Stickel, president of the Maury County Tea Party. "I think we have excellent roads."

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The Tennessee law that lets passengers in a moving vehicle drink alcohol might finally be on the way out.

Gov. Bill Haslam has thrown his weight behind repealing the so-called "pass-the-bottle" rule, and that's leading the loophole's longtime opponents to believe this might be their year.

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There's a blurry video on Kinan Alrifai's phone that she shows off proudly. It's from November, and it shows her kids, 8 and 10 years old, walking out of the Atlanta airport arrivals terminal.

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Last week, Governor Bill Haslam announced a plan to provide free community college for everyone.


It's an extension of Tennessee Promise, the program of tuition-free community college enjoyed by recent high school graduates.

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An interpreter from northern Iraq and his family have arrived in Nashville, nine days after their journey to the United States was interrupted.

They were among the hundreds of immigrants caught up in President Trump's partial travel ban.

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Time and money.

Two things that, for most working Tennesseans, there's never enough of.

Tony Kinkel, the president of Motlow State Community College, says it's hard to decide which is the bigger hurdle.

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A Tennessee lawmaker is proposing to highlight newcomers' immigration status by potentially stamping the word "ALIEN" on their driver's licenses.

Opponents say that would invite discrimination and discourage investment by foreign companies