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Pedestrian deaths have increased in Nashville in recent years, and dangerous areas have been well-documented. Now, a debate is growing between safety advocates and city officials about how, and how quickly, streets and crosswalks can be made safer.

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Researchers at Tennessee State University say they’ve found shortcomings in how pedestrian deaths are documented and reported through local news outlets.

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Williamson County Schools is making new student drivers sit through a safety course with their parents. It's a response to the six students killed in car accidents last year.

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A West Tennessee congressman is urging federal authorities to start requiring seat belts on school buses, rather than waiting for districts and states to take action.

Memphis Democrat Steve Cohen pressed the leaders of the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at a hearing this week to explain why they hadn't acted on its own recommendation that school buses have restraints. Cohen says accidents like last year's fatal rollover crash in Chattanooga show that the need for seat belts is urgent.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Summer usually means an uptick in crime. But across Nashville, shootings and homicides have already been going up for months. In one precinct, in East Nashville, murders are on pace to double.

Nashville building boom
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Towering construction cranes may draw a lot of attention in Nashville’s building boom, but work being done underground has also greatly increased. And with that, there’s been a surge in damages caused by digging — due in part to homeowners and work crews who ignore the state’s 811 “call before your dig” hotline.

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After last week's school bus crash in Chattanooga, Governor Bill Haslam says Tennessee's leaders need to reassess how to use private companies to operate buses.

Emails show administrators were warned about the driver of the bus months ago.

The accident has claimed six lives, and Haslam says it appears to be a sign of deeper problems.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry
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Nashville will convene leaders of about 100 organizations next week to discuss racial justice issues in the African-American community.

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Nashville’s 911 phone line scored a lower level of satisfaction among callers last year, according to the annual report for the Emergency Communications Center, or ECC.

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Nashville takes an official step Wednesday to get ready for even more population growth and to keep people safe when disaster strikes. Mayor Megan Barry has traveled to Washington D.C. so that the city can join an international group that’s getting ready for an increasingly urban future.