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Sneak Peek: Massive NFL Draft Preparations Are Underway In Downtown Nashville

The NFL Draft is promising to be the largest sporting event ever held in Tennessee, with more than 100,000 people expected each day over its 3-day run April 25-27. Now some sense of the scale is becoming evident in downtown Nashville.

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A plan to open every park in Tennessee to guns moved toward a final vote in the state House of Representatives yesterday, but not without some heated debate.

The House Finance Committee approved House Bill 995, the final hurdle before it goes before the entire chamber. They set aside reservations from Gov. Bill Haslam and Democrats.

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Governor Bill Haslam calls the revival of his plan to expand Medicaid “an encouraging sign,” though he doubts the legislation will get much farther.

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The Tennessee Senate has unanimously voted to give state law enforcement the power to seize property used in terrorism.

Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) said Senate Bill 180 lets police recoup the cost of investigations and could provide a pool of money for victims.

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Tennesseans will soon have the right to sue if their employer fires them for keeping a gun in their car at work.

The change comes in the first major gun bill to pass the General Assembly so far this spring.

Lawmakers agreed two years ago to lift the criminal penalties for keeping a gun locked up in the trunk or glove compartment of a vehicle. But they intentionally left vague whether employers could still fire workers who do so.

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Discount retailer Dollar General, based in Goodlettsville, may have to pay up to $83,000 in fines for repeated safety violations.

The U.S. Department of Labor found that a Dollar General store in Georgia had blocked and locked exit doors and failed to inspect its fire extinguishers. A statement from the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the company was cited for the same violations in both 2014 and 2010, and has received 40 citations nationwide since 2009.

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New Tennessee crime stats reveal Vanderbilt University had far more reported cases of rape and sexual assault in 2014 than any other school in the state. Administrators believe awareness efforts have caused more victims to come forward in recent years.

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Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney is stepping down, just three months after he was re-elected.

Devaney, who has led the GOP since 2009, is joining the Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti, a Chattanooga nonprofit focused on fighting hunger in that country. Devaney says he began to consider a career change after going on a tour in January with the group's founder, cardiologist Mitchell Mutter.

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Tennessee lawmakers have scuttled a bill that public defenders believed would have jeopardized their funding.

The move came after Republicans and Democrats alike said they fear tipping the scales of justice too much toward prosecutors.

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Last week we learned from news reports that 10 out of 15 standing committees in the Tennessee House of Representatives were holding “pre-meetings” — gatherings behind closed doors before public committee meetings.  Shortly after the story broke, House Speaker Beth Harwell called for an immediate end to the secrecy.  

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Living on the International Space Station is a sort of experiment for mankind, and the astronauts aboard are the test subjects. 

The biggest surprise for astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore? The mental gymnastics of working in zero-gravity.

“You think you'll adjust quickly, and physically, I adjusted fine," he said. "But, I mean, you lose stuff. Things float away. You have to think about every single thing that you're doing at every moment, because what you're doing can have dramatic consequences if you don’t do it right.”

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StoryCorps Returns To Nashville, May 13-24

We are proud to welcome back StoryCorps, as part of its Military Voices Initiative. The national nonprofit will be recording in our studio and inviting you to a special listening party on May 16.

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Robert Schumann was just 20 years old when he started composing his Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 in 1830. It took him eight years to complete it, and over the course of that time Schumann experienced both major setbacks and tremendous joy – emotions you can feel in the contours of the sonata. 

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Each day on 91Classical, amid 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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