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Tony Gonzalez

Enterprise Reporter

Tony Gonzalez, a reporter in Nashville since July 2011, covers city news, features inspiring people, and seeks out offbeat stories. He is the executive producer of the Curious Nashville podcast. He’s also an award-winning juggler who lives in East Nashville with his wife and daughter. During his time at The Tennessean newspaper, his investigative reporting and feature stories were honored in the state and nationally. Gonzalez grew up near Chicago and came to Nashville after three years reporting and editing at Virginia's smallest daily newspaper, The News Virginian.

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In addition to choosing the mayor and numerous council members this summer, Nashville voters will also decide on two Metro Charter amendments.

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Nashville’s mayor has proposed an increase to city spending in his new budget out this week, with most of it intended for salary increases for school teachers and Metro employees.

But otherwise, it’s another cautious year, especially as the city sees much larger debt payments coming due. And to make it all work, many parts of the city government are being asked to make trims.

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Exactly one year after Nashville voters soundly defeated a mass transit referendum, a coalition says it is renewing the push for better transportation.

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Nashville Mayor David Briley dedicated the largest amount of time in his State of Metro speech on Tuesday to discussing the public school system, which he called his top priority.

Briley also showed he’s willing to use sharp words to try to influence the district’s leaders. But there’s only so much the mayor can do for the schools on his own.

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Nashville is prospering, but the city could be doing more for the people who already live here. That was a key message from Nashville Mayor David Briley during his annual State of Metro speech on Tuesday morning.

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Nashville has a long wish list of civic projects, like new fire stations, libraries, community centers, sidewalks and stoplights. But for decades, figuring out when your neighborhood’s project would get funded has been shrouded in mystery.

The jockeying for city funding has also been a source of political in-fighting within the Metro Council, as well as a cause of tension between the council and the mayor.

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The seven people found dead in Sumner County over the weekend include the father, mother and uncle of the suspect.

The other four victims' relationship to the suspect is still unclear, authorities said at a press conference Monday morning. The suspect, 25-year-old Michael Cummins, remains in custody.

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Ever since Nashville landed the NFL Draft a year ago, the hype has promised a huge economic impact for the city, along with massive media exposure.

Yet capturing the costs and the inconvenience is much more difficult.

As the three-day football fest begins, WPLN breaks down the math behind the Draft.

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Metro Nashville is likely spending too much on firefighter and police overtime. And the city is failing to collect enough money from fees and permits, especially for short-term rentals.

Those are among a couple dozen findings from the “Blue Ribbon Commission,” which asked officials and local business leaders to spend the past four months hunting for better ways to run Metro government.

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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.