Here’s Everything We Know About Tennessee’s Amendment 1

Here’s Everything We Know About Tennessee’s Amendment 1
After months of campaigning and millions of dollars spent, voters will decide Tuesday whether or not the Tennessee Legislature should have more ability to regulate abortion. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

The number of statistics, court cases and changes in law regarding abortion in Tennessee can be overwhelming for voters going to the polls tomorrow. To help you navigate the slew of information, we did a little work for you.

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Foreign Diplomats Gather In Nashville To Scope Out Country Music, Healthcare Connections

Foreign Diplomats Gather In Nashville To Scope Out Country Music, Healthcare Connections
Mohamed Tawfik, Egypt's ambassador to the U.S., mingles with Nashville business leaders during a breakfast at Belmont University. Credit: Mark Drury / Nashville Chamber of Commerce

Diplomats from 23 countries — including Singapore, Gabon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo — visited Nashville this week to tour the city and meet with business leaders in a trip organized by the U.S. State Department.

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Tennessee Promise’s Biggest Accomplishment: Adding ‘Free’ To College Conversation

Tennessee Promise’s Biggest Accomplishment: Adding ‘Free’ To College Conversation
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

The governor’s Tennessee Promise program guarantees that students can go to community college for free. And calling it free is more than a monetary statement: It’s also wildly effective marketing.

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Half Of Tennessee Promise Students Were Already Eligible For Federal College Funding

Half Of Tennessee Promise Students Were Already Eligible For Federal College Funding
Garnering federal financial aid, using a form known as the FAFSA, can be a confusing process for students, state officials say. Tennessee Promise requires that students fill out the FAFSA before getting the state's last-dollar scholarship. Credit: Bent Tree via Flickr

Many students attending community college under Tennessee Promise next fall will get their tuition paid by the federal government — meaning they could go to school tuition-free even without the state program.

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Tennessee Thinks Most Students Signing Up For Free Community College Won’t Actually Attend

Tennessee Thinks Most Students Signing Up For Free Community College Won’t Actually Attend
Rebecca Hargrove, CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, signs up to be a Tennessee Promise mentor. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Almost three quarters of high school seniors in the state have applied for Tennessee Promise, the last-dollar scholarship that covers community college tuition, which has doubled the state's expectations.

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State-Trained Mentors Try To Make The Road To Free Community College Less Confusing

State-Trained Mentors Try To Make The Road To Free Community College Less Confusing
Ritchie Francisco, a freshman at Volunteer State, signs a poster that says he's committed to finishing college. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

More than 40,000 high school seniors have signed up for Tennessee Promise, the new state scholarship that sends students to community college for free. But they still have a lot to do before their first day of class, and sometimes even the smallest hiccup can derail would-be college students.

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Why Are Tennessee Churches Donating Only To The ‘Yes On 1’ Campaign?

Why Are Tennessee Churches Donating Only To The ‘Yes On 1’ Campaign?
Rev. Dr. Judy Cummings spoke Tuesday about why her faith led her to oppose Amendment 1. Clergy supporting the amendment gathered across town later in the day to say their faiths led them to support the amendment. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Clergy on both sides of the abortion amendment debate have been vocal about their views, but when it comes to money, only pro-amendment faith groups have been giving to a campaign. It's a "cultural phenomenon," one faith leader says.

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What The State’s Largest Public College System Expects From Tennessee Promise

What The State’s Largest Public College System Expects From Tennessee Promise
Gov. Bill Haslam gives out pens to Overton High School students after the final ceremonially signing of the bill. Credit: Micah Bradley / WPLN

The Tennessee Board of Regents may see 5,000 to 6,000 new students next year -- meaning students who otherwise wouldn't attend a TBR school -- as a result of Tennessee Promise. Four-year schools will be competing within the system for freshmen who could go to a community college for free.

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Behind Amendment 1: How The Fight Over Abortion Laws In Tennessee Began

Behind Amendment 1: How The Fight Over Abortion Laws In Tennessee Began
Planned Parenthood v. Sundquist was the 2000 Tennessee Supreme Court case that catalyzed the proposed abortion amendment today. One justice even wrote a dissent laying out the conservative reasoning for a constitutional amendment. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

The story of Amendment 1 begins in 1883, when the legislature passes the state’s very first abortion law. It's untouched until Roe v. Wade 90 years later, followed by a series of court cases that left Tennessee in a fierce debate over abortion regulations.

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Watching Violence Abroad, Nashville Kurds Call On U.S. Support Against ISIS

Watching Violence Abroad, Nashville Kurds Call On U.S. Support Against ISIS
At a rally in Nashville on Oct. 10, 35-year-old Halmat Qazi, left, says he believes it's time for the international community to start backing Kurdish fighters. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Salih Doski was among the couple hundred people rallying for support in downtown Nashville on Friday. He doesn't have family in the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, but he says: "Kobane today, tomorrow will be Dahook city, where my family lives.”

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Nashville’s Thistle Farms Launches Global Trade Partnership To Help Women In Poverty

Nashville’s Thistle Farms Launches Global Trade Partnership To Help Women In Poverty
A woman in Lwala, Kenya, sews for the New Visions Sewing Cooperative. Thistle Farms will be selling the cooperative's handmade aprons this winter. Credit: Thistle Farms

The Shared Trade online marketplace sells jewelry from India, fabric from Mozambique and silk scarves from Cambodia. Thistle Farms is also selling its vision: that customers can make a difference by buying from businesses that want to improve women's lives.

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Supreme Court Announcement On Gay Marriage Cases Won’t Change Much In Tennessee Yet

Supreme Court Announcement On Gay Marriage Cases Won’t Change Much In Tennessee Yet
The Supreme Court will not yet hear gay marriage cases from the states. Credit: Jeff Kubina / WPLN

The U.S. Supreme Court announcement means that gay marriage is effectively legal in five more states. But not in Tennessee, which is still awaiting a decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals — a decision that could change the landscape of gay marriage throughout the country.

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Vanderbilt’s Online Courses Enroll 600,000 Students — And Most Haven’t Paid A Dime

Vanderbilt’s Online Courses Enroll 600,000 Students — And Most Haven’t Paid A Dime
Vanderbilt was one of the first schools in Tennessee to offer MOOCs — an acronym that refers to free, open online courses. They've put out 10 MOOCs in the past year and a half. Credit: Elspeth Briscoe via Flickr

Although MOOCs are completely free for students, the average course costs Vanderbilt $45,000 to $50,000 to produce. But Vanderbilt doesn't expect financial return here: It's hoping to get the university's work — and name — out to thousands of people.

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Nashville Mayoral Hopeful Jeremy Kane Points To Charter School Experience To Woo Voters

Nashville Mayoral Hopeful Jeremy Kane Points To Charter School Experience To Woo Voters
Jeremy Kane speaks about his campaign at his house in Sylvan Park, with his father looking on. Credit: Kane for Mayor

The election for Nashville mayor isn’t until next August, but Kane held an event Wednesday to officially launch his campaign. He touted his record as a successful charter school operator to try to stand out in what may be a crowded field.

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