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Live Blog: October 15 Democratic Debate

Oct 15, 2019
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Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. Central). NPR reporters are posting context and analysis in real time. Follow along here.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday in Nashville that his department has been speaking the truth when it comes to religious freedom and human rights worldwide.

But, in his remarks to the American Association of Christian Counselors, Pompeo didn’t mention a group that has resettled in the city after fleeing persecution.

Belmont University debate president Bob Fisher
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"Once again, the road to the White House runs through Belmont University." 

That's the wording on a banner unveiled Friday morning as the school announced it will host the third and final debate of the 2020 presidential election.

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Gov. Bill Lee is defending his decision to declare Oct. 10 a "day of prayer, humility and fasting."

The announcement of the declaration has been received with mixed emotions, and some groups are pushing back on it.

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Members of the Tennessee delegation in Congress have come out on Monday against President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria. 

The announcement, made by the president on Sunday night, has received significant pushback in the U.S.  House and Senate, even among members of his own party.

John Cooper inauguration
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There's no mystery about the top priority for the new Nashville Metro Council: Finding the money to pay for essential services in a growing city.

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The impact of the latest nationwide strike by union workers against General Motors is beginning to be quantified.

According to multiple reports, the automaker has lost about $1 billion since the strike started three weeks ago.

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United Auto Workers is in the third week of a nationwide strike against General Motors and, in Tennessee, protests continue outside the automaker’s Spring Hill plant.

Demonstrators there have been participating in four-hour shifts. They say they are fighting for something bigger than better wages and benefits.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper
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New Nashville Mayor John Cooper says he started his first day in office working on his top priorities, including taking meetings with the Metro Schools director and the Metro Finance Department.

As he spoke to reporters at 9 a.m. Monday, the new mayor also made staff announcements and triggered some surprise when responding to a question about the city's new Major League Soccer stadium.

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Nashville voters have chosen a new mayor.

Metro Councilman John Cooper defeated incumbent Mayor David Briley by about 40 percentage points, with nearly 70 percent of the vote. Nashville’s mayor-elect said he will prioritize funding neighborhoods that have not received the benefits of the city's growth.