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Alabama’s broadband grant program leaves some poor, underserved counties behind

BY: - November 7, 2023

Carly Waite, a nursing student at Coastal Alabama Community College in Washington County, is taking her foundational classes on her way to eventually becoming a registered nurse. She enjoys the flexibility of enrolling in online classes, which allows her to work and take care of her two children. But internet access is critical for her […]

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Women with serious pregnancy complications sue over state abortion bans

BY: - September 13, 2023

Women and physicians in Idaho and Tennessee have sued their home states after they say they were denied abortion care despite being diagnosed with serious, life-threatening medical conditions while pregnant. The lawsuits are led by the Center for Reproductive Rights, an advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., which also helped a patient in Oklahoma file […]

A group of people in a committee room, nearly all women, holding signs saying "1 child (is greater than) all the guns" and "Make Our Schools Safe Again." Women from Moms Demand Action are also present.

The white patriarchy in Tennessee

BY: - September 1, 2023

This week, the Tennessee General Assembly gave me a lesson on the white patriarchy. I had not understood the term in a meaningful way until this week, until I could feel it viscerally in the silencing of our dissent, in the ignoring of our presence, and our silent and present plea for gun safety — […]

Voters lining up in a hall to vote. A sign with an American flag, an arrow and the text "Vote Here" is visible in the foreground.

In reversal, some states make it harder for people with felony convictions to vote

BY: - August 7, 2023

The year started out strong for advocates trying to make it easier for people with felony convictions to regain their voting rights. In March, the Democratic-led legislatures in Minnesota and New Mexico enacted measures that cleared a pathway for residents serving prison time for felonies to regain their right to vote upon being released. It […]

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Harm of anti-LGBTQ laws includes economic pain for communities, families

BY: - July 19, 2023

Roberto Che Espinoza had been thinking about leaving Tennessee after the 2024 election, but in June they noticed that the state attorney general was seeking medical records on gender-affirming medical care, which Espinoza, a nonbinary transgender man, said included their own records. “Being on any kind of list … I knew after the release of […]

A police officer spraying gas on a crowd during the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the capitol. The American flag and the yellow "Don't Tread on Me" flag can be seen.

What you do matters.

BY: - July 13, 2023

After spending a few days in Washington, D.C., recently for an editors conference, I found myself with a few hours before my plane back to Nashville and decided to go to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The museum opened in early 1993; two decades later, it was still packed, and that’s a good thing. […]

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Federal court temporarily halts Tennessee ban on transgender care for minors

BY: - June 29, 2023

In a partial victory for transgender Tennesseans, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday on portions of new law prohibiting trans minors from obtaining gender affirming care, ruling the law likely violates the First and 14th Amendments of the US Constitution. Judge Eli Richardson granted the injunction to the plaintiffs — parents of two […]

AG made sweeping demands for Vanderbilt transgender clinic records as part of fraud inquiry

BY: - June 22, 2023

New details about the state attorney general’s inquiry into gender-affirming care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center reveal a sweeping demand for documents at all levels of care, from patient records to volunteers’ resumes, communications with outside therapists and emails sent by members of the general public to an LGBTQ health questions portal. The state inquiry […]

A teacher waves to her students as they get off the bus at Carter Traditional Elementary School on January 24, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Debate over holding back third graders roils state legislatures

BY: - May 5, 2023

Should third graders who don’t read well enough to pass a standardized test repeat their grade? That question is roiling states, with some choosing to keep the practice, some to modify it and others to scrap it. Most states require students to take standardized tests that measure progress in reading and math in the third […]

The Tennessee Three -- Justin Pearson, in dark suit; Gloria Johnson, in yellow dress, and Justin Jones, in white suit, speak to reporters.

‘Tennessee Three’ praised by Biden in White House meeting

BY: - April 24, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday met with three Tennessee state Democratic lawmakers, two of whom were expelled by the Republican-controlled state House after they protested for gun safety measures following a mass school shooting. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met with Tennessee state Reps. Justin Jones of Nashville, Justin Pearson of Memphis […]

A barge floats near a bank on the Mississippi River. A suspension b ridge can be seen in the background.

Spring brings commerce, concerns for states along Mississippi River

BY: - April 3, 2023

DUBUQUE, Iowa — As Old Man River slowly awakens from its winter slumber, eagles work the edges of the opening channels and marina docks groan as the slow current wrestles the ice. Anglers — and an occasional whitetail deer — tread cautiously on the big river. Just like any other early spring on the Upper […]

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Updates on Nashville school shooting: police investigation continues as city mourns

BY: - March 28, 2023

A day after an armed shooter stalked the hallways of The Covenant School in Nashville, killing three children and three adults, the law enforcement investigation continues. Among the victims were three nine-year-old children: Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney. The adults were Cynthia Peak, 61, a substitute teacher; Mike Hill, age 61, a custodian; […]