A decade-long legislative effort and an epic industry-wide negotiation came to a historic happy ending on Thursday as President Trump signed the Music Modernization Act. The omnibus legislative package, which passed both houses of Congress unanimously, reforms copyright law to work better for all key constituents in the age of streaming music.

Nine Innings With Nora Jane Struthers: A Radio Field Trip

Oct 11, 2018
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This is the best and worst time of year for baseball fans. The playoffs bring the highest highs or their cosmic opposite. Along the way, October produces moments of exquisite and almost unbearable tension, the game at its concentrated best. Regular season baseball is far more relaxed, with a tempo and ambience that’s perfect for catching up with a friend. That’s the idea behind this radio feature with singer and songwriter Nora Jane Struthers.

 

 

Roots artists and songwriters are grappling with the state of the nation and what it means to be American more directly than they have in many years. Austin’s Band of Heathens, searching for the best way to add their voices to the chorus, took the tack of rediscovering and re-imagining a little known classic.

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Rutherford sheriff says 2 escaped inmates found

Oct 11, 2018
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say two inmates who escaped from a Tennessee jail after assaulting a deputy have been found.

Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said on Twitter that both inmates were taken into custody Thursday shortly before noon. No other details were immediately released. He said the case "remains very active."

Tennessee Senate candidates exchange barbs in final debate

Oct 11, 2018

  

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn repeatedly attempted to tie her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen to national Democrats in their second and final debate on Wednesday, while the former Tennessee governor deflected the attacks by once again promising to improve bipartisanship in Congress.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court has temporarily halted the execution of Tennessee death row inmate Edmund Zagorski to allow time for consideration of arguments that he had poor legal representation during his trial and sentencing.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The troubled Veterans Administration is out with its yearly assessment and Middle Tennessee’s VA facilities are reporting modest improvements.

 The VA’s annual performance study ranks 25 quality measures; everything from death rates to patient wait times.

 

Nationwide, more than half of all VA facilities saw improvement over the last year. The mid-state’s Tennessee Valley System moved up from a one star rating to two stars out of five.

 

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean is ready to expand Medicaid in Tennessee, but Republican opponent Bill Lee says he would oppose such efforts.

 

Former Nashville Mayor Dean and Franklin businessman Lee met last night in Kingsport, Tennessee, for the second of three scheduled debates.

As with their first meeting, last night’s exchange was friendly and low-key, standing in sharp contrast to last week’s fiery debate between Tennessee senatorial candidates Phil Bredesen and Marsha Blackburn.

 

  

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen are set to clash in their second — and likely last — U.S. Senate race debate this year in Tennessee.

The debate Wednesday will take place at the University of Tennessee's Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Nexstar Media Group TV stations will broadcast the event live.

Bredesen and Blackburn previously faced off in a Sept. 25 debate at Cumberland University in Lebanon.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Middle Tennessee’s economy is on a roll, but a tightening labor market could threaten that success.

The personal finance website Wallethub.com recently ranked Nashville and Murfreesboro among the top ten fastest growing cities in America. Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says Murfreesboro actually ranked first in the nation for job growth.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  One of the items Nashville voters will see on their November 6 ballot is a referendum calling for the creation of a civilian oversight board for Metro Police.

 

The movement gained momentum following recent controversial police-involved shootings of black residents. But Gicola Lane with the group Community Oversight Now says stronger civilian oversight is actually a much older idea.

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for the opening of the new Tennessee State Museum building in Nashville.

Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and other dignitaries are expected to attend the unveiling of the $160 million Tennessee State Museum building Thursday.

It's the first time in the museum's 81-year history that it has its own building in Nashville. The museum was located in the War Memorial Building until it was moved to the James K. Polk Center in 1981.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The State of Tennessee says it has dramatically reduced the use of anti-psychotic medications used to treat dementia patients in nursing homes.

As recently as 2012, Tennessee nursing homes were medicating about one patient in three with the powerful drugs.

Sally Pitts directs the Tennessee Patient Care Advocacy Office. She says anti-psychotic use has now been reduced to about one person in six thanks to training and tighter reporting requirements.

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Rutherford sheriff says 2 escaped inmates found

Oct 11, 2018
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say two inmates who escaped from a Tennessee jail after assaulting a deputy have been found.

Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said on Twitter that both inmates were taken into custody Thursday shortly before noon. No other details were immediately released. He said the case "remains very active."

Tennessee Senate candidates exchange barbs in final debate

Oct 11, 2018

  

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn repeatedly attempted to tie her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen to national Democrats in their second and final debate on Wednesday, while the former Tennessee governor deflected the attacks by once again promising to improve bipartisanship in Congress.

TDOC

  

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court has temporarily halted the execution of Tennessee death row inmate Edmund Zagorski to allow time for consideration of arguments that he had poor legal representation during his trial and sentencing.

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