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Haslam Puts Tennessee Execution On Hold For 10 Days

Updated 10:30 p.m. The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a challenge of Tennessee’s lethal injection protocol and lifted a stay of execution ordered by a lower court because of inadequate counsel. The move clears the way for the execution of Edmund Zagorski, who was scheduled to die Thursday night.

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When asked to estimate how many times he has performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C min, Op. 37, Yefim Bronfman leaned back, sighed, and guessed, "Oh... surely at least 100 times."

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It can be hard to understand what's going on inside other people's heads. But that's Karl Sillay's line of work — not as a therapist, but as a neurosurgeon. He tells WPLN's Emily Siner as part of our live series Movers & Thinkers, his experience working with patients' brains gives him a deep appreciation for that vital organ.


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Since 1960, Tennessee has put to death only one person by electrocution. And now a prisoner who is scheduled to die Thursday has opted for the electric chair.

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Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean continued to keep their campaigns civil Tuesday night in Kingsport, where the two held their second debate.

They largely passed up on direct attacks, but there were some places where they sought to highlight their contrasting views.

Ever since he was a kid, Ketch Secor was obsessed with old-time country music. In fact, he made a career of it by leading the string band Old Crow Medicine Show. Appalachia, the birthplace of the band, has served as a wellspring of knowledge for Secor, and even inspired the musician to write a new children's book, Lorraine.

"That's where this story comes from," Secor says. "This is an Appalachian folktale, with a couple of personal twists."

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Litigation challenging delays in TennCare coverage for people who qualify finally goes to trial this week, four years after a class action lawsuit was filed. TennCare argues the problems are sufficiently resolved, while the Southern Poverty Law Center presses for a more effective fix.

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Today — Oct. 9 — is the last day before the November election to register to vote in Tennessee, and in Davidson County, officials say more people are signing up.

The uptick could be attributed to the number of community groups doing outreach, including the Tennessee Black Voter Project, a state coalition trying to register 55,000 people of color.

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The conversation around Taylor Swift’s endorsement of Democrat Phil Bredesen even got the President's attention.

President Donald Trump — who has campaigned for Republican Marsha Blackburn in the Tennessee senate race — told reporters that Swift’s endorsement has made him like her music 25 percent less.

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Attorneys for Edmund Zagorski say he'd rather be put to death by the electric chair than Tennessee's current method of lethal injection. The convicted murderer is scheduled for execution Thursday night.

Curious Nashville peace sign puppetry
Kara McLeland

It’s becoming something of a tradition — adapting a Curious Nashville podcast episode into a live stage performance. With puppets.

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A stand-up comedian's inauguration-day tweet led to death threats. Fearing for his life he uprooted from New York to settle in Tennessee, but that’s only a fraction of Stephen’s story.

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