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Curious Nashville: How A Fringe Political Movement Named One Nashville Neighborhood

Nestled in the Haynes-Trinity area of Nashville is Free Silver Road. Though it appears to be one simple street, North Nashvillians often tell stories about the old Free Silver, which is said to have been a large neighborhood with a rich history.

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The polls opened in Nashville at 7 this morning, allowing voters a final chance to cast ballots in the special runoff contest for vice mayor.

This time there’s only one item - selection for the city’s next vice mayor, who will serve out the remaining year of the current term.

Poll officials estimate that just 30,000 votes may come in — a low number they attribute partly to voter fatigue, and the fact that the only contest on this ballot is for vice mayor. 

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A troubled chain of pain clinics — reportedly treating tens of thousands of Tennesseans a month — has blamed its sudden closure on tighter regulations.

But Comprehensive Pain Specialists had a hand in shaping the state's pain clinic laws. And the company, which is under federal investigation, has been quietly co-owned by a current state lawmaker from Nashville. 

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set to face a second round of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. He's expected to be questioned about his views on previous Supreme Court cases, as well as a range of policy issues. Kavanaugh is also likely to be asked about his work on Ken Starr's independent counsel investigation of former President Bill Clinton, and his time working in the White House under former President George W. Bush.

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One of Nashville’s most intense debates ended Tuesday night with a series of votes that approved the construction of a Major League Soccer stadium at the city fairgrounds.

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Tennessee's top Republicans are watching a lawsuit meant to strike down the Affordable Care Act with mixed emotions. Tennessee is one of 20 states that joined the litigation led by Texas. The first oral arguments occur in a Fort Worth courtroom today.

But the legal argument justifying another court challenge to the ACA is "as far-fetched as any I've ever heard," Senator Lamar Alexander said in June.

Bill Lee for Tennessee/Karl Dean for Governor

Over the past year, WPLN has been asking the candidates for governor where they stand on topics important to Tennessee voters.

Now that former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a Democrat, and Williamson County businessman Bill Lee, a Republican, have clinched their parties' nominations, we're pulling their answers together. Read on to see what they think about a dozen key issues.

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Wednesday is looking like yet another pivotal day in the life-or-death saga that has marked the history of the Affordable Care Act.

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The busiest voting locations for the Nashville vice mayoral runoff election were — perhaps unsurprisingly — the home bases of the two candidates running.

As early voting wrapped up over the weekend, the leading polling places were in Green Hills, the former district of councilman Jim Shulman, and Bellevue, which is represented by acting Vice Mayor Sheri Weiner.

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A panel of doctors met for the first time last week with a single mandate: Decide how to punish physicians who prescribe too many opioids. 

Every human is fortunate to have this organ inside our skull called the brain. It allows us to breathe, create art, develop new technology — and yet there's much that is undiscovered about how these masses of neurons work. Why is everyone's brain a different shape? When the brain starts to deteriorate, what's really happening? And what is thought? 

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Linda travelled to Mumbai to deepen her practice of meditation. She found herself instead in the middle of India’s most severe terrorist attack in decades.

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Cellist Larissa Maestro has made her way from the Opry and the Ryman to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Larissa, along with friends from the Nashville Concerto Orchestra, showed us that there's always room for cello.

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From vocal imitations of the sounds of combat in 16th century madrigal battaglias, to the sweeping music of Wagner’s Valkyries deciding the fates of warriors below, classical music has long been inspired by conflict, wartime triumphs, and military prowess.

But as today marks the International Day of Peace, a United Nations-sanctioned holiday dedicated to the absence of war and conflict, we’re shining a light on classical music penned by pacifist composers and work inspired by notions of peace. 

A selection of events from our community calendar this week.

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