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A selection of events from our community calendar this week.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Musicians and their advocates are claiming it’s only a matter of weeks before copyright reform legislation passes. The long-awaited Music Modernization Act has bipartisan support.

The measure cleared the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year, but it's been stalled in the Senate, amid a heavy lobbying campaign from private companies involved in collecting and distributing royalties.

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We're excited to introduce Notes in the Margin, a series where we'll share books that we think 91Classical listeners will enjoy, whether it be a composer biography, a riveting piece of music scholarship, or a novel with a plot that is particularly musical. In addition to interviews with authors, we'll also be including a hand-picked playlist to accompany each book, so you can kick back and listen while you read. 

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Complaints of longer wait times and crowded rivers around the launches used by boaters and kayakers have created conflict among commercial outfitters and individuals.

But a law passed to unclog the ramps is already creating some concerns.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

  

Tucked away on a leafy side street in East Nashville, Lockeland Elementary Design Center is ranked the fourth-best in the district. But in recent years, the student body at Lockeland has gone from half African-American to nearly all white. It's a shift so stark that a group of parents say the school must do something to change it.

Jorge Glem is visiting Nashville from his home in Venezuela, by way of the Bronx in New York. He is a virtuoso player of a traditional Venezuelan instrument called the cuatro.

WPLN / File

Pedestrian deaths have increased in Nashville in recent years, and dangerous areas have been well-documented. Now, a debate is growing between safety advocates and city officials about how, and how quickly, streets and crosswalks can be made safer.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Nashville General Hospital and Meharry Medical College are pooling all of their patient data over the last 10 years and making it available to researchers. The data set is meant to provide insight into local health challenges and broader racial disparities.

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Jason Isbell continued his run of dominance at the Americana Music Awards Wednesday night, but he didn’t take home the night’s top honor or give the most political speech.

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The largest insurer in Tennessee has announced it will no longer cover prescriptions for what was once a blockbuster pain reliever.

It's the latest insurance company to turn against OxyContin, whose maker — Purdue Pharma — faces dozens of lawsuits related to its high-pressure sales tactics around the country and contribution to the opioid crisis. Last fall, Cigna and BlueCross BlueShield of Florida both dropped coverage of the drug.

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