There’s More To Do Before Nashville Airport Snags A Direct Flight To Tokyo

There’s More To Do Before Nashville Airport Snags A Direct Flight To Tokyo
A Boeing 787 flies in San Francisco. Japan Airlines is one of several to offer direct flights to Tokyo, in a total of about a dozen U.S. cities. Credit: iflyfsx via Flickr

What are the odds that Nashville will get a nonstop flight route to Japan? “Ten years ago, you’d be better off getting a lottery ticket," according to one analyst, who is now a bit more optimistic.

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Gov. Haslam Will Decide On Medicaid Expansion Before Christmas, He Says

Gov. Haslam Will Decide On Medicaid Expansion Before Christmas, He Says
Tennessee hospitals have warned that some will close if the state doesn’t expand its Medicaid program as envisioned under the Affordable Care Act. Credit: Marissa Anderson via Flickr

The governor said Friday morning he’s been talking with the White House about funding an alternative expansion plan for Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income residents.

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Amid Questions And Uncertainty, Meetings Over Nashville School Takeover Turn Combative

Amid Questions And Uncertainty, Meetings Over Nashville School Takeover Turn Combative
Cari Hassell-Morrows, who has two children at Madison Middle School, asks questions about the possibility of conversion to a charter school. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Meetings at Nashville’s Madison and Neely's Bend middle schools — over which of the two low-performing schools will be taken over by the state — turned contentious last night. The nearly two-hour discussions attracted parents, teachers, school officials and a handful of students.

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Nashville Area Home Sales Had The Best November Since 2006

Nashville Area Home Sales Had The Best November Since 2006
For the first seven months of 2014, GNAR reports home closings are up 3.2 percent compared to 2013. Credit: American Advisors Group via Flickr

The housing market in East Nashville is booming — thats's nothing new. But one Goodlettsville resident was surprised to find out that her older fixer-upper in was in demand as well. Nearly 2,500 homes were sold in the Nashville area last month.

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Tennesseans Are Wary Of The Words ‘Common Core’ And Some Abortion Restrictions, New Poll Finds

Tennesseans Are Wary Of The Words ‘Common Core’ And Some Abortion Restrictions, New Poll Finds
It's been primarily conservative groups protesting Common Core. This is a photo from a Sacramento protest. Many see the standards as a federal take over of the education system. Credit: Steve Rhodes via Flickr

Tennesseans' opinion on national education standards depends partly on the wording, according to results from a new Vanderbilt University poll. Meanwhile, they favor certain restrictions on abortion — including a two-day waiting period — but not eliminating abortion access altogether.

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Tennessee Lab Will Be Home To World’s Fastest Computer, Unless Someone Beats Them To It

Tennessee Lab Will Be Home To World’s Fastest Computer, Unless Someone Beats Them To It
A team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory installs the Titan supercomputer in September 2012. It reigned as the fastest computer in the world — until one in China was build less than a year later. Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Tennessee may once again be home to the world’s fastest supercomputer — and that’s not an easy title to keep. It announced last month it’s building a machine capable of running several times faster than the current leader in China. An ORNL director explains how powerful that is.

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Vol State Isn’t Sweating Over The Extra Interest From Tennessee Promise Applicants

Vol State Isn’t Sweating Over The Extra Interest From Tennessee Promise Applicants
A Volunteer State staff member helps Madison Cone, middle, complete the Tennessee Promise application, along with the community college's application for admission. Her mom came with her. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

If every student who applied for Tennessee’s free community college program actually went to community college, some schools, including Volunteer State Community College, would nearly double their full-time enrollment. But it's holding judgment about enrollment increases until the next step of the application process.

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In Six Months, Slow Progress For Tennessee Veterans Waiting To See Doctors

In Six Months, Slow Progress For Tennessee Veterans Waiting To See Doctors
About 100 attended the Nashville town hall meeting at the Veterans Affairs hospital there. Many shared their personal experiences. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

The VA and the regional healthcare system has spent more than $17 million since May to send patients to private care, but the number of appointments with wait times of 30 days or longer still hasn't decreased. In fact, it's gone up a little.

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Nashville Mayor’s Office Ponders What (Data) People Really Want To Know About Their City

Nashville Mayor’s Office Ponders What (Data) People Really Want To Know About Their City
Vanderbilt professor and software developer Jules White holds up the Music City Center app he created as part of the mayor's office initiative to bring city information to the public. Credit: Nashville Mayor's Office

Six months ago, the Nashville mayor's office launched a project to get more government data online — things like public wi-fi locations or where the city fire stations are. But it's still figuring out how to scale up that initiative.

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Vanderbilt Chancellor Says Financial Independence Will Let Medical Center Move Faster

Vanderbilt Chancellor Says Financial Independence Will Let Medical Center Move Faster
Dr. James Crowe, right, watches as graduate student Andrew Flyak adjusts equipment in the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center used in the production of anti-Ebola antibodies. Credit: VUMC

The change isn’t expected to affect employees, patients or students, but it will have a smaller board overseeing the hospitals to make business decisions "in a really dynamic healthcare environment.”

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Listen: We Try The High-Tech New Way To Navigate Music City Center

Listen: We Try The High-Tech New Way To Navigate Music City Center
After the launch event, developer Jules White and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean used the app to get around the Music City Center. White clarified that cookies do not usually await the app users. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Nashville’s Music City Center has had 750,000 visitors since it opened about a year and a half ago — and a lot of them have probably gotten lost. WPLN's Emily Siner tried out the convention center's new smartphone app intended to help people find their way.

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MTSU Professor Drives Cross-Country On Chicken Fat Fuel (If It Doesn’t Freeze)

MTSU Professor Drives Cross-Country On Chicken Fat Fuel (If It Doesn’t Freeze)
MTSU professor Cliff Ricketts stands next to the 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit pickup truck he will drive from Key West, Fla., to Seattle, Wash., from Nov. 6 to 13. Credit: MTSU News and Media Relations

An enterprising MTSU professor is driving from Key West, Fla., to Seattle, Wash. — without stopping for gas. The good news is that 66-year-old Cliff Ricketts is getting 40 miles per gallon on biodiesel so far. The bad news? It doesn't fare well in cold weather.

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Who’s Not Included In Tennessee’s Free Tuition Program? Undocumented Students

Who’s Not Included In Tennessee’s Free Tuition Program? Undocumented Students
Gov. Bill Haslam talks about the Tennessee Promise program to students at Antioch High School in August. Credit: TN Photo Services

Nearly every high school senior applied for Tennessee Promise, but a small percentage of them may not be eligible for free community college tuition. Before getting the state funding, students must apply for federal financial aid — which leaves undocumented students behind.

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What’s Next For Tennessee Abortion Laws: New Regulations, New Resistance

What’s Next For Tennessee Abortion Laws: New Regulations, New Resistance
At the Vote No On 1 election night party, volunteers look dejected as the president of Planned Parenthood announces that the amendment has passed. The Yes On 1 campaign sent out a victory email soon after that. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

The Yes on 1 campaign is hailing the passage of the abortion amendment as an “underdog victory.” Amendment opponents say it was an "uphill battle" that left them disappointed. Both sides expect to see new regulations on abortion proposed by the General Assembly next year.

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