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The scheduled execution of Billy Ray Irick Thursday night will be the first during the tenure of outgoing Governor Bill Haslam, who has decided not to intervene in the case.

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Nashville Mayor David Briley’s response to the shooting of Daniel Hambrick and Wednesday's release of videos that show him fleeing police drew criticisms from several groups, including those who are pushing for a ballot measure to create a community oversight board that would review such incidents.

Some Metro council members and community organizers are also questioning the leadership of the Metro Nashville Police Department.

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Nashville authorities released new surveillance video footage Wednesday that shows a fatal shooting by a city police officer on July 26.

The lawyer representing the victim's family, after seeing the videos for the first time, told WPLN that they want the officer to be fired. Meanwhile, Nashville's mayor is urging patience as the investigation unfolds.

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And then it was a Wednesday.

A marathon 7-hour meeting of the Metro Council forced members to flip their calendars from Tuesday night to the next morning, after more than 100 residents spoke during public hearings on an array of controversial subjects.

Here’s (some of) what happened, and how the council voted, on high-interest matters.

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For five decades, a Vanderbilt University archive has been meticulously recording the national evening news. 

In total, it's a portrait of American life, from iconic moments to those that never make the history books. It makes up nearly 6 1/2 years' worth of video, if you were to watch them all back-to-back.

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Just one day before Tennessee is scheduled to resume executions after a nine-year hiatus, lawyers and advocates for Billy Ray Irick continue fighting for more time. They’re down to their last hope: that the highest court in the country will step in. 

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Parents snapped cell phone photos and looked on with pride as the beaming new class of Nashville Symphony's Accelerando program was introduced at the Schermerhorn last week. This class marks the program's third year of preparing gifted young students for careers in classical music through mentoring, performance opportunities and private lessons with Nashville Symphony musicians. 

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What happens to someone when the thing they love most in the world — skateboarding — is also the source of their greatest wound?

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Tennessee doctors are beginning to see the annual back-to-school wave of kids needing booster shots — and it's usually seventh graders who need some extra prodding to get the required shots in Nashville schools.

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Both the Tennessee Supreme Court and Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday they will not intervene in the state's first execution in nearly a decade.

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