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Mainstream country music has a problem with women.

Its most powerful platform — commercial radio — is already known for its dearth of female artists, and that issue exploded this month when, for the first time in its history, Billboard's Country Airplay chart did not feature a single female artist in the top 20 songs.

Some in the industry were embarrassed. Others just shrugged it off. 

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Tennessee has been announcing new suppliers and expanding plants, even though the auto industry as a whole is facing declining sales and shifting tastes.

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Tennesseans bucked a couple of longtime trends last week when they elected Marsha Blackburn. Not only is she the state's first female U.S. senator. Voters statewide also showed a clear preference for a Republican who embodies what could be called "the tea party wing" of the GOP.

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The Martha O'Bryan Center is known throughout Nashville for its work with low-income residents and has been embedded in East Nashville's James Cayce homes for decades. As Cayce is being overhauled into mixed-income housing, the nonprofit is about to move one of its charter schools into that complex. But the new school building has received pushback from some city officials.

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After voters in Davidson County decide who they are going to vote for, they’re getting hit with another question that requires a bit more reading. Metro Charter Amendment 1 spreads across three pages, explaining a proposed citizen panel to review complaints against Nashville police (full text here).

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After more than a year of campaigning, it's finally time for Tennesseans to make their selections for governor and U.S. senator.

And election officials are expecting a big surge in interest when early voting starts this week.

Nashville Public Radio's Sergio Martínez-Beltrán and Chas Sisk have been tracking the campaigns. They joined host Jason Moon Wilkins to discuss where both races stand.

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There's a battle in Franklin over the city’s most prominent Confederate monument.

Unlike places where statues have been taken down, a coalition of local faith leaders and historical societies has proposed adding new markers to be placed next to the monument that would detail the area’s African-American history. But one group is still strongly opposed.

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The polls show Tennessee's Senate race between Congressman Marsha Blackburn and former Gov. Phil Bredesen is neck and neck. That makes events like last week's debate at Cumberland University all the more crucial.

During the debate Bredesen and Blackburn highlighted some important differences as they tried to make their final cases to voters. WPLN's Chas Sisk and Sergio Martínez-Beltrán have been covering the race, and they sat down with Jason Moon Wilkins to talk about why this race is taking on national implications.

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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.


Getting approval for a pro soccer stadium was a big win this month for the sport’s supporters in Nashville. But the Metro Council’s decision came with an important last-minute assist.