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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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A two-day hearing on a bill that would essentially ban all abortions in Tennessee ended with high tensions and complaints about a lack of diversity in the witness list.

Out of 21 people who talked about the measure, only one was an African American woman.

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Hundreds of activists filled the state legislative building Monday, as lawmakers discussed a bill that would effectively ban all abortions.

The debate around the measure this week highlighted a split within the pro-life movement.

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The recent back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio have prompted a national conversation on gun control laws.

One of the measures being discussed, both nationally and at the state level, are so-called "red flag" laws.

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Updated at 6:24 p.m.

An inmate who escaped from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary is facing charges of first-degree murder, especially aggrevated burglary and aggravated sexual assault.

Curtis Watson is believed to have killed Debra Johnson, a top Tennessee prisons official, before fleeing Wednesday morning.

Photo courtesy of Laine Arnold / Tennessee Governor's Office

Thousands of state lawmakers from all across the country are in Nashville this week, as part of the National Conference of State Legislatures' summer summit.

Many of the attendees are rising political stars in their own states. But, they have been upstaged by someone else — Dolly Parton.

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Following the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, Gov. Bill Lee said his administration will weigh legislation that would address the issue of gun violence.

But he's not ready to offer specific solutions without first taking a "deeper look" at the issue.

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Tennessee state senators are expected to consider a proposal that would ban abortions from the time a woman learns she is pregnant.

It arises from the discussion of the so-called "fetal heartbeat bill" that has divided state lawmakers. The idea of the new legislation is to challenge abortion rights by taking an even more restrictive approach.

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Metro Parks is in the early stages of exploring the process of moving a Confederate monument to another section of Centennial Park.

The board is scheduled discuss the issue at its Aug. 6 meeting.

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Followers of Tennessee state politics have a new name to focus on: Cameron Sexton.

The Crossville Republican is set to replace Glen Casada as House Speaker after a vote by the House GOP caucus last week.

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Rep. Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, said he's not going to try push David Byrd out of the state House of Representatives.

Sexton, who won on Wednesday the Republican nomination for the House Speakership, told reporters it’s up to Byrd to decide if he wants to leave his post.