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Haslam Puts Tennessee Execution On Hold For 10 Days

Final update 5:45 p.m. Edmund Zagorski is moving off death watch for at least 10 days, after Gov. Bill Haslam stopped Thursday's execution by granting a temporary reprieve so last-minute legal challenges can be settled.

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The charge of homicide brought Thursday against a Nashville police officer drew immediate reactions online, as well as emotional statements from community groups and officials.

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Updated 6 p.m.

For the first time in the city's history, a Nashville police officer faces a charge of criminal homicide in connection with his duties.

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The live stream is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Central time. Watch it live below.

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The Nashville Symphony’s Family Series begins this Saturday with “Pirates! The Quest for Blackbeard’s Treasure,” a program that features swashbuckling-themed music geared towards the symphony’s youngest listeners.

In addition to pre-concert activities that include craft stations and an instrument petting zoo, the entire series (which includes three more concerts extending into next year) is now described as “sensory friendly,” with modifications for autistic audience members and individuals with sensory processing differences.

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Rapid change along Nashville’s Music Row has raised concerns among preservationists and the music industry that gave the area its name. But after about three years of slow going, Metro’s city planners and a group of Row leaders are finally making progress on specific new rules and incentives.

The intent is to guide development of the area and to encourage music businesses to remain on — or return to — the Row.

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Charter school network Valor Collegiate Academies marked the opening of its new high school Wednesday, and during the event state officials praised the school for its “diverse-by-design” approach.

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The first Senate debate between Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen focused on a political back and forth — whether the Tennessee race would determine who ultimately leads the chamber. 

But the candidates also commented on several issues directly affecting Tennesseans, including the closure of hospitals across the state and gun rights.

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A massive hospital chain with thousands of employees in Cool Springs and Antioch is on the hook for a quarter-billion-dollar settlement with the federal government. The payout is larger than expected for Community Health Systems, but it also lifts a cloud that has been hanging over the company by protecting it from criminal prosecution.

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How does technology affect our brain? Suzana Herculano-Houzel has spent years trying to figure this out, and the Vanderbilt neuroscientist tells WPLN's Emily Siner during our live series Movers & Thinkers it's actually responsible for an important part of human evolution.


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Middle Tennessee's struggling VA medical centers may be in the early stages of a turnaround. An annual report from the Department of Veterans Affairs shows both the Nashville and Murfreesboro campuses making improvement.

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Neighbors: The Distressed Comedian

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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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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