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Bill Lee Selects Texas Reform Advocate Penny Schwinn For State’s Next Education Commissioner

A top official in Texas has been tapped to lead Tennessee's Department of Education. Gov.-elect Bill Lee announced today that Penny Schwinn, the chief deputy commissioner of academics for the Texas Education Agency, will be the state's next education commissioner.

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One of the few remaining acts for outgoing Gov. Bill Haslam is to decide about 30 requests for clemency.

The Republican governor says he and staffers have been sorting through the applications, with the aim of consistency.

While we didn't have a glass armonica in Studio C, we did hear music written for one. Roger Wiesmeyer and friends from Mozart in Nashville brought a preview of their annual Mozart Birthday Concert.

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A top official in Texas has been tapped to lead Tennessee's Department of Education.

Gov.-elect Bill Lee announced today that Penny Schwinn, the chief deputy commissioner of academics for the Texas Education Agency, will be the state's next education commissioner.

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Nashville’s Metro Council has started interviewing the group of more than 150 nominees who want to serve on the city’s new police oversight board.

Even before that group begins its work, the selection process itself has been closely watched.

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A new state law that went into effect this month now requires school districts across the state to develop plans to test for lead contamination in drinking water. All public schools built before 1998 must test at least once every two years.

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Nashville's only remaining abortion clinic is still closed, but it plans to resume procedures next month following an indefinite suspension that started in early December. Officials with Planned Parenthood of Tennessee say the suspension of abortions was primarily a result of a bumpy merger between the Nashville and Memphis offices.

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Families are complicated, especially when their story spans several continents. For Emily Tan, whose parents met fleeing the Cambodian Civil War, she's still grappling with missing relatives and an estranged sibling.

Bob Corker

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker left Washington ,D.C., earlier this month in the middle of a government shutdown and, once again, he criticized President Donald Trump.

In a phone interview with WPLN’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán, Corker blamed Trump for the shutdown. 

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During the day, the steps of the Tennessee Capitol can be busy with lawmakers, staffers and journalists running around trying to make it on time to meetings.

But at night, there’s a different kind of running.

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Join us at The Basement East. The night's theme will be "best-laid plans." Come tell a story about To do lists, apologies, New Years resolutions. Or just come enjoy the show.

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While we didn't have a glass armonica in Studio C, we did hear music written for one. Roger Wiesmeyer and friends from Mozart in Nashville brought a preview of their annual Mozart Birthday Concert.

A selection of events from our Arts Calendar that caught our eye this week.

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Each day on 91Classical, amidst the variety of the day's playlist, we offer a handful of featured selections at set times. Breakfast Baroque gets your day off to a light start, the Lunchtime Local features composers and performers from right here in the Midstate, the 5:00 Waltz celebrates the end of the workday, and our evening features take a different tack each night, from music that carries you to a specific spot on the globe to orchestral music first heard in the movie theater. Here's what's coming up this week: 

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