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Tennessee has executed its first death row inmate in nearly a decade, the state Department of Correction announced this evening, after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Thursday not to intervene in the case of 59-year-old Billy Ray Irick.

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A Nashville nonprofit that helps vulnerable youth has added basic personal finance to its list of classes. Teens at the Oasis Center are taught topics like opening a bank account and the pros and cons of investing.


This summer, four students from the first class also tried to help their peers learn how to budget.


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Julie Davis directs half a dozen volunteers as they unload a 16-foot truck in front of a Nashville duplex. Bunk beds, dressers, lamps and a diaper-changing station come out of the truck. As do boxes with shampoo, books, toys, a kitchen’s worth of supplies.

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Victims of domestic violence in Tennessee no longer have to testify against alleged abusers. That’s thanks to a new state law that went into effect Sunday. It eliminates what the head of the Nashville YWCA says was long considered a “fatal flaw to the system.”

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Victims of sexual violence in the Nashville area no longer have to go to the hospital if they need the free forensics exam known as a rape kit. A new facility, called the SAFE Clinic, has opened, as part of the city’s Sexual Assault Center. 

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In the end, it was a citizen tip that ended Monday’s police manhunt for Travis Reinking.

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Two years ago, Nashville pediatrician Vidya Bansal started a Facebook group for women like herself — specifically, doctors of South Asian heritage, living in North America, who were also mothers. The Desi Physician Moms group was a space to share the frustrations and joys of work, family and travel. But slowly, stories of domestic violence also began to surface.

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Nashville must hold its special election between May 21 and 25 — two and a half months sooner than anticipated — according to a ruling Tuesday from the Tennessee Supreme Court.

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Thousands of people marched through Nashville this weekend, along with organized protests around the nation. But the event was unique for the morning of workshops that preceded it, at which left-leaning political strategists shared practical knowledge with some 800 participants on how to become effective activists or even future lawmakers.

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Last year’s Women’s March in Nashville was a show of protest against the Trump presidency. This year, organizers say they’re focusing on what they stand for. Namely, helping create future political leaders. Which is why the march will be preceded by a morning-long conference.