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Nashville Announces Scholarship To Make College Completely Free — Even Beyond Tuition

Nashville is launching a new scholarship to make higher education completely free for many students. It's one of the first local government efforts in the nation to target non-tuition expenses, and it will help students at two colleges in Nashville beginning fall 2019.

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The flood of refugees from the civil war in Syria "should challenge every moral fiber within us," U.S. Senator Bob Corker said Tuesday morning. 

The remarks by the Tennessee Republican opened a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee aimed at finding ways to help the 11 million people — half of them children — whom the conflict has displaced.

The hearing came as resettlement organizations in Tennessee and across the nation are preparing themselves for a wave of refugees from Syria.

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The Tennessee Dept. of Correction is inviting more people — including reporters — to come see its prisons for themselves, especially after a slew of media reports in recent months about alleged prison violence against guards, poor staffing conditions and misclassified inmate deaths

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The Army has more women in its ranks than ever, and they’re being considered for jobs that were previously reserved for men. But even as the military becomes more gender-neutral, the Pentagon has noticed women stepping out of uniform have a tougher time parlaying military experience into a civilian job.

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Update at 12:30 Thursday: The Metro Homelessness Commission released a "vision document" (PDF) today to inform a possible new policy for homeless encampments in Nashville. The two-page document recaps a Monday brainstorming session and officials are soliciting feedback by Oct. 8 before the next commission meeting on Oct. 13. Comments can be sent to

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Lung Cancer has hit The Browns for the second time in quick succession.

Jim Ed Brown died from the disease in June. Now, his sister Bonnie says she has adenocarcinoma in her right lung, despite never having been a smoker.

The Browns, which also included sister Maxine, had a crossover hit in 1959 with a song called "The Three Bells." The following year, they sang at the first meeting of the Country Music Association. From that point on, Bonnie Brown says they were hungry to make it into the Hall of Fame.

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Republic Schools plans to more-than-quadruple in size over the next seven years, aided in part by money from the U.S. Department of Education, it announced Monday. But the growth may not be in Nashville.

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Two Vanderbilt researchers are rocking the education world this week with their five-year study that shows virtually no long-term benefit to pre-kindergarten in Tennessee. The Peabody College professors are now trying to answer why getting a head start isn’t necessarily beneficial.

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A five-year study conducted on Tennessee’s voluntary pre-K program is leaving researchers scratching their heads.

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Nashville Mayor Megan Barry says she will act as “the closer” when the school board finds its new superintendent.

During her first weekend in office,  she attended the board’s retreat and applauded them for a decision to actively recruit candidates instead of waiting for the right person to turn in a resume.

"They may be doing some amazing things in their district. They may not have even thought about a Nashville directorship, but you have thought about them," Barry said. 

Nations Don't Car Week
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If you gave up your car for a week — how would you get around? 

A group of West Nashville neighbors found out by putting themselves to the test, and now they want to use the lessons they learned to ask officials for transit improvements. 


The Promise, Bonus Episode: The Big Man Interview

If you've listened to WPLN's special series about life in the James Cayce Homes, you know Big Man, aka Dexter Turner. Meribah Knight interviews him live on stage.

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