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Jay Shah

Jay Shah is the 2018 summer reporting intern at Nashville Public Radio. He is a participant in the Chips Quinn Scholars Program.

Middle Tennessee Democratic Socialists of America

In a solidly Republican state, socialists in Middle Tennessee know they are playing to a small audience.

So the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America is tailoring its message.

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Tennessee wants to encourage video game publishers to bring their musical score work here, but union officials say that the plan is opening a door for cheaper, non-union musicians willing to work for lower wages.

Interstate 65 Nashville construction
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Tennessee's Department of Transportation announced Wendesday they have awarded a $150 million contract to repair I-440. Work will take about two years to complete, but construction will not require the total closure of the interstate.

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In the aftermath of last week's shooting of Daniel Hambrick by a Nashville police officer, a petition to establish independent civilian oversight of the police is closer than ever to being on the ballot this November.

Organizers need about 6,000 signatures by Thursday to qualify, and they say they've seen more interest because of last week's shooting.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The scale of the Asian carp problem has gotten considerably worse in recent years as the invasive species moves further into Tennessee. The state Wildlife Resources Agency is developing a plan to keep the carp contained and eventually push them back.

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A healthcare program that funds 'navigators' who assist people in signing up for insurance and maintaining coverage is being drastically slashed. The budget is being cut from about $1.5 million to a maximum of $300 thousand.

For the approximately half-a-million Tennesseans without insurance, the cut could mean they would be on their own to navigate the complicated process.


The 2018 TNReady test scores were released this week, and they show Tennessee students did slightly worse this year in most subjects, but not all.

homeless shelter Nashville
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The federal government has awarded Nashville $3.54 million as part of a national program to combat youth homelessness.

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Nashville's four school board seats on the ballot this August have attracted scant attention given the competitive statewide races and congressional contests going on. They also haven’t seen the big spending from the 2016 school board elections that turned into a referendum on charter schools.

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Over the past several months, the Trump Administration has decided not to renew the Temporary Protected Status program, which allows immigrants from troubled countries to work and live in America.

More than 3,400 TPS recipients from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti are in Tennessee, according to the Center for Migration Studies.