Lera Lynn Releases Immersive Audio Play Date

Jun 19, 2018
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The title of Lera Lynn’s new album, out this Friday, is both oblique and matter of fact. Plays Well With Others is a duets project, featuring seven original songs and a couple of covers recorded and/or written with eight different collaborators. Among them Dylan LeBlanc, Nicole Atkins, Shovels & Rope, JD McPherson and Andrew Combs.

The Grand Ole Opry Returns To New York City, This Time With Plans To Stay

Jun 18, 2018
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The Grand Ole Opry has entertained music fans for more than 90 years. And with the exception of some package and tent shows in the early days, that’s almost exclusively been generated out of Nashville, TN. Now with the opening of the Opry City Stage in Times Square, the brand is bringing Nashville vibes to New York City and likely beyond. It’s part of a deliberate business strategy rooted in recent and historical success.

We turn to guest reporter/producers Matt Follet and Brady Watson for this report:

  John Hartford died seventeen years ago today, but his influence on today’s bluegrass and acoustic scene remains as strong and direct as any other founding figure in the music, including Bill Monroe himself. That’s because Hartford, a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, singer, showman and historian, was a ground breaking pioneer of progressive, individualistic string band music from the 1960s until his untimely death from Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A Nashville School Board member says she wants to place a school tax increase referendum on the August 2 general election ballot.

Board Member Christiane Buggs says she has no idea how her fellow board members will react.

“We all know that we need more funding for our students. So, I would hope that they would support it, but I also know that there are so many different things that are affecting our city right now that I don’t know where they stand.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials are praising a U.S. Supreme Court decision that lets states force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday's ruling will help local businesses compete on an even tax playing field with out-of-state companies. He said the administration is reviewing the decision and considering next steps.

A legal challenge was filed last year after Haslam moved to make major online vendors collect sales taxes on purchases made in Tennessee.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Senators from Tennessee are opposing part of President Donald Trump's reorganization plan that revisits possibly selling the transmission assets of the nation's largest public utility.

Sen. Lamar Alexander called the proposed Tennessee Valley Authority sell-off a "looney idea" Thursday.

In April, Alexander opposed Trump's budget proposal idea of possibly selling TVA assets.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The National Rifle Association has endorsed U.S. Rep. Diane Black in a crowded Republican primary field for Tennessee governor.

In a news release Thursday, the influential gun rights group's Political Victory Fund said Black is the only Tennessee gubernatorial candidate with an "A'' rating and a "perfect record" on Second Amendment issues.

NRA Political Victory Fund Chairman Chris Cox said Black has never wavered in the fight to expand and protect Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A leading medical news publisher says the financial troubles at Nashville’s public safety-net hospital aren’t unique, but calls recent board resignations troubling.

Molly Gamble is Editor in Chief of Becker’s Hospital Review. She says most big city public hospitals operate on the financial edge. Becker says that’s because most treat uninsured patients who can’t pay.

But Gamble says seeing five of eleven General Hospital board members depart in a matter of weeks is troubling.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville International Airport broke ground Wednesday on a $268 million renovation project that will reopen the long shuttered Concourse D.

The concourse was closed in 1995 when American Airlines dropped its Nashville hub.

The airport’s Shannon Sumrall says the old D terminal will be torn down and a completely new concourse built over a two year period.

“It’ll be an 116,000 square foot terminal. It will have six new jet bridges and gates for aircraft. This will be a domestic concourse for domestic flight.”

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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A nationally recognized suicide prevention group is sounding the alarm over a rise in depression among Tennessee’s children.

The Jason Foundation is headquartered in Hendersonville and has affiliates in 117 locations nationwide. Last year the Foundation trained three out of four Tennessee teachers on the suicide warning signs.

Foundation president Clark Flatt says new federal numbers show an “alarming” 1.6 percent increase in Tennessee children ages 10 to 14 saying they feel sad or depressed.  

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Two of Tennessee’s largest trade groups are sticking with President Donald Trump, in spite of serious concerns about his trade policy.

The president again on Monday ratcheted up his trade threats, suggesting an additional $200 billion in tariffs on China.

WMOT spoke this week with representatives from the Tennessee Farm Bureau and the Tennessee Manufacturer’s Association. Both expressed fears their members have about the possibility of a global trade war. But neither was willing to criticize the president’s trade initiatives.

nashville.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Two radically different approaches to the Metro Nashville operating budget will be considered by the city council tonight.

One is being championed by Budget Committee Chair Tanaka Vercher and would essentially leave spending at current levels for another year.

The second approach is being championed by Councilman Bob Mendes and would ask Nashville residents to pay higher taxes to cover the city’s growing needs.

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WASHINGTON, DC  (OSBORNE)  --  A new poll suggests Tennessee Senators Bob Corker and Lamar are out of step with their Republican constituents regarding the separation of children from their parents at the nation's southern border.

Corker and Alexander issued statements Monday panning the new Trump Administration policy that’s dramatically increased the number of immigrant families separated in recent weeks.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A Nashville School Board member says she wants to place a school tax increase referendum on the August 2 general election ballot.

Board Member Christiane Buggs says she has no idea how her fellow board members will react.

“We all know that we need more funding for our students. So, I would hope that they would support it, but I also know that there are so many different things that are affecting our city right now that I don’t know where they stand.”

State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials are praising a U.S. Supreme Court decision that lets states force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday's ruling will help local businesses compete on an even tax playing field with out-of-state companies. He said the administration is reviewing the decision and considering next steps.

A legal challenge was filed last year after Haslam moved to make major online vendors collect sales taxes on purchases made in Tennessee.

senate.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Senators from Tennessee are opposing part of President Donald Trump's reorganization plan that revisits possibly selling the transmission assets of the nation's largest public utility.

Sen. Lamar Alexander called the proposed Tennessee Valley Authority sell-off a "looney idea" Thursday.

In April, Alexander opposed Trump's budget proposal idea of possibly selling TVA assets.

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Take a look at the corrections page. We're making the same kinds of mistakes over and over. Names. Numbers. Titles. We're getting those, and other things, wrong.

This month has been especially busy. From reporters to producers to editors, it's clear that we aren't always double-checking the basics.

The result is that some great stories have corrections notes attached to them. That's a shame.

So, once again:

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Smokejumpers have fought a 25-acre wildfire near the Alaska-Canada border to a standstill after being called in Thursday because it appeared to be headed straight toward a remote border-crossing station.

6:40 pm newscast for Friday, June 22, 2018 from WBEZ, Chicago's NPR news station.

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