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Sergio Martínez-Beltrán

Political Reporter & Host

Sergio Martínez-Beltrán is Nashville Public Radio’s political reporter and host of The Tri-Star State podcast. Before moving to Nashville, Sergio covered education for the Standard-Examiner newspaper in Ogden, Utah. He is a Puerto Rico native and his work has also appeared on NPR station WKAR, San Antonio Express-News, Inter News Service, GFR Media and WMIZ 1270 AM. 

In his free time (once in a blue moon), Sergio can be found playing volleyball or in Flamenco Beach in Culebra, Puerto Rico. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and the coolest uncle (feel free to fact-check) to Olivia and Jimena. 

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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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Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen pledged that, if elected to the U.S. Senate, he is not going to support the top Democrat.

His remarks were made during an often feisty debate Tuesday night at Cumberland University.

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Metro Nashville Public Schools is hoping for more community involvement as part of the solution to support its lowest-performing schools.

The plan, which was shared at a press conference Monday morning, uses a four-part approach that includes better supporting school leaders, developing student and family support through community partnerships, strengthening instructional coaching, and supporting teachers. 

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Twenty-one Metro Nashville schools, as well as the district itself, are on the state’s list of low performers. The announcement was made Friday afternoon by the Tennessee Department of Education.

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Karl Dean, the Democratic candidate for governor, told attendees at a luncheon Thursday afternoon that, if elected, he will focus on turning around the economy of struggling small towns.

The remarks were part of what was meant to be an event with both gubernatorial candidates, organized by Farmers Insurance Group.

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U.S. Sen. Bob Corker has joined the group of lawmakers who are calling to put off the vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court,  but the two candidates running to succeed him disagreed Monday on the need for a delay

The Senate is scheduled to vote on Thursday, and in an interview with Politico, Corker said he thinks delaying the vote would be “best for all involved.” But, he added, Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, should speak “promptly.”

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Complaints of longer wait times and crowded rivers around the launches used by boaters and kayakers have created conflict among commercial outfitters and individuals.

But a law passed to unclog the ramps is already creating some concerns.

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