Nashville Mayoral Candidates Question Whether They Will Carry On The Amp

Nashville Mayoral Candidates Question Whether They Will Carry On The Amp
An attendee of the Stop Amp meeting held at the Blakemore United Methodist Church on Tuesday. About 75 people showed up to voice concern with the project. Credit: Bobby Allyn

There are many moving parts that will ultimately decide if Nashville's first in earnest mass transit project will come to fruition, but whether the city's next political leader will see the project through is key.

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Haslam Plans Mass Vetting Of Common Core, Commits To ‘Higher Standards’

Haslam Plans Mass Vetting Of Common Core, Commits To ‘Higher Standards’
Gov. Bill Haslam met with groups of educators in West, Middle and East Tennessee to talk about the benefits of Common Core as the state standards are under attack in the legislature. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Governor Bill Haslam denies that his support for Common Core is softening. The questions arise because he’s spent more time defending “higher standards” than specifically Common Core in recent months.

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Corker Votes To Arm Syrian Rebels Despite Calling Administration’s Plan ‘Unserious’

Corker Votes To Arm Syrian Rebels Despite Calling Administration’s Plan ‘Unserious’
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee. Credit: Office of Sen. Bob Corker via Facebook

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker ultimately supported the Obama Administration’s short-term plan to arm Syrian rebels, even after berating Secretary of State John Kerry during a committee hearing this week.

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Unclear If Common Core Will Be Discussed At Gov. Haslam’s Education Summit, But Protests Still Planned

Unclear If Common Core Will Be Discussed At Gov. Haslam’s Education Summit, But Protests Still Planned
After a Farmers Insurance luncheon Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Bill Haslam told WPLN there will be lots of topics discussed at his education summit Thursday. He gave no specifics. Credit: Emily R. West.

The governor's office would not provide any specific details of topics or potential speakers on the agenda for Gov. Bill Haslam's education summit this week.

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‘Civic Hacking’: When Government Agencies And Geeks Get Along

‘Civic Hacking’: When Government Agencies And Geeks Get Along
Frank Jones presents Play IT Safe, a prototype of a website that would monitor park safety based on real-time conditions. His project was one of about a dozen presented Sunday at Music City Center. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

At Hack For Change Nashville, developers created apps based on government data. Most of the dozen or so projects were still in the prototype stage by the end of the weekend, but some of the ideas that came out of it might be developed into a final product that could benefit the city government and the community.

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