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It’s been a year since Fausto Flores, a local construction worker, fell to his death while building an upscale condo complex downtown. He was cutting a wooden handrail on the fourth floor when he slipped. Flores wasn’t wearing a harness.

Workers and advocates gathered last night outside that building to remember him — and more than a dozen others — who’ve lost their lives at work.

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The project to repair Interstate 440 could create safety hazards and traffic congestion for thousands of drivers who use the corridor on a daily basis.

At a public meeting Tuesday night, the Tennessee Department of Transportation presented three construction options.

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“Creating jobs” sounds great when companies make splashy announcements, but the Metro Council may soon require more specifics before they hand out economic incentive grants or tax breaks.

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Tennessee's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in at least four decades — just 3.6 percent — and other measures of the state's jobs market are also looking stronger.

Gov. Bill Haslam announced Thursday that the share of Tennesseans who want jobs but can't find them has reached its lowest point since the state began keeping records in 1976. The unemployment rate has also dipped nearly a percentage point below the national figure, which stands at 4.4 percent.

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Felons find themselves in a precarious position when they walk out of prison — they often have limited work experience, a criminal background and no time for extensive training. Whether they will return to prison — or not — can come down to one big question: Can they find a job?

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Of six booming metropolitan areas in the South, Nashville has the highest rate of injured workers. That’s according to a new study conducted by a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and two national labor organizations.

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What will be the tallest residential high-rise in Nashville is now as tall as it’s going to get. The building, called the 505, is forty-five stories and changes the skyline of Music City.

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This installment of Curious Nashville is a seemingly simple one, but with its own set of twists and turns. Our question asker Melinda Welton, wanted to know:

"Where is construction waste from new construction in Nashville going?”

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It's no secret that the construction industry in Nashville is struggling to find workers. Contractors say they have more jobs than they can fill. Some even post "help wanted" signs on their construction sites.

The biggest challenge, industry leaders say, is making the next generation aware of the work and prepared to do it.

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A spike in on-the-job fatalities in Tennessee has safety officials on high alert. Last month alone, 10 workers died.