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WPLN asked this: is it the city’s job to help low-income families stay put, even as real estate values soar around them, sending rent and property tax bills through the roof?

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It was already becoming clear that Nashville’s next mayor would abandon divisive plans for the Amp bus rapid transit line. Then Thursday, Mayor Karl Dean did it for them. Prior to the decision to shutdown work on the Amp, WPLN asked the six major candidates where they would like to start work on transit. (Uncut audio of their responses is at the bottom of this post.)

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The Amp would have connected East Nashville and West End, via a bus-rapid transit system that sparked controversy and was ultimately scrapped. Prior to the decision to shutdown work on the Amp, WPLN asked the candidates where they would like to start work on transit. 

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The Metro Transit Authority has officially pulled the plug on the Amp.

The bus rapid transit line had been in a holding pattern since October, when Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced he wouldn’t pursue further funding before leaving office this year. The MTA voted today to end all work on the project.

The Amp was one of Dean’s pet projects. He raised the idea of bus rapid transit during his run for the mayor’s office eight years ago, and brought it as far as securing federal funding.

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Tennessee Republican Bob Corker took over as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee Wednesday. He began his first meeting with a joke: “I  have never operated a gavel. I learned as a young man how to operate a hammer." Corker says his staff told him to be a little more gentle with his new tool.

But as soon as the laughter faded, Corker got down to business, introducing a bill to give Congress a say over any nuclear agreement with Iran.

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No one running to be Nashville’s next mayor has promised to end corporate subsidies, but their appetites for incentives do vary.

WPLN asked the six major candidates their general feeling on tax breaks and cash grants for companies. Companies would get celebrity treatment with businesswoman Linda Rebrovick as mayor.

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WPLN asked the candidates for their general feeling on tax breaks and cash grants for companies. 

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An advertising battle has already begun over Governor Bill Haslam’s plan to expand Medicaid. 

Two weeks before lawmakers are scheduled to take up the Republican governor's Insure Tennessee health proposal, a pair of groups are launching competing radio spots centered on the plan.

One group, the Coalition for a Healthy Tennessee, began airing ads this week in support of the plan. It argues the proposal will help rural hospitals and the uninsured -- without any cost to the state.

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We recently read a Washington Post article about the diversity of Congress, and that got us wondering: What are the demographics of Tennessee’s 109th General Assembly?

In honor of the legislature starting its 2015 session, we analyzed lawmakers’ official profiles and campaign websites, and here’s what we found: 83 percent of them are men, 86 percent are white and 96 percent self-identified as Christian.

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The growth of charter schools in Nashville has continued to divide public education advocates, but the six major candidates for mayor have avoided taking sides. 

WPLN asked each candidate this question: In the complex and nuanced debate about charter schools, do you find yourself more often siding with charter advocates or opponents? Most of them didn't want to respond.