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A new Gretchen Peters album is always cause for celebration and contemplation. Dancing With The Beast, her ninth studio project, released this spring to rave reviews, is no exception. Peters is back home in Nashville after multiple tours that included the UK and Ireland. She brings her pensive, story-driven songs to the Franklin Theatre this Saturday night. The CD release show is her only local one of the year.

Billy Strings and his band had played their last song. The Ryman Auditorium audience was on its feet emitting every manner of happy exultation at explosive volume. The quartet had taken a group bow and put their instruments to rest. Then emcee Eddie Stubbs, from his podium, suggested Billy Strings do one more song - a rare encore for an opening act.

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Parker Millsap visited WMOT's Studio A for a video and recording session in April 2018. Check out four songs from his current album, "Other Arrangements"

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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.

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.”

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.

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, 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.

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.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is out with a plan she hopes will get Tennessee’s troubled TNReady online academic testing system back on track.

McQueen held a press conference Thursday to announce several changes following serious problems with this spring’s end-of-school-year testing.

McQueen says the state will re-open bidding to attract new testing vendors, and require current vendor Questar to do more to avoid problems this coming school year.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  WMOT is spending the summer talking with the 2018 mid-term candidates for statewide office.

On Thursday we spoke with Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn who hopes to win Tennessee’s junior Senate seat.

Blackburn announced her candidacy last fall using a YouTube video to introduce herself. She begins that video by saying:

“I’m a hard-core, card carrying Tennessee conservative. I’m politically incorrect and proud of it.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A Nashville economist is questioning the way a Washington DC based advocacy group is using economic data to highlight the growing disparity between mid-state communities.

The Economic Innovation Group uses federal statistics divided by zip codes to show large disparities between, for example, prosperous Williamson County and struggling North Nashville.

MEET THE CANDIDATES: Senate hopeful Phil Bredesen

Jun 13, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  WMOT is spending the summer talking with the 2018 mid-term candidates for statewide office.

Today we speak with Democrat Phil Bredesen who hopes to win Tennessee’s junior Senate seat.

At a time when the Democratic Party is divided over how to deal with President Trump, the former governor says he favors a balanced approach.

“If he’s for something which is good for Tennessee I need to be for it. I don’t need to trying to fight him just because he’s not my party or some feeling about him.”


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A researcher at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital is out with a study that has striking implications for Tennessee’s opioid epidemic.

Dr. Stephen Stephen Patrick is a Neonatologist and Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy. He’s released a study looking at barriers faced by pregnant women seeking treatment for prescription addictions.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  If you want to know exactly how many of your tax dollars went to convince the prestigious New York investment firm AllianceBernstein to move its headquarters and a thousand jobs to Nashville you’re out of luck.

City and state officials say the company will receive more than $17 million in grants as a part of the agreement. However, the state is refusing to reveal what kind of tax breaks it offered the firm to clinch the deal.

WASHINGTON, DC (OSBORNE)  --  Have you puzzled over why your salary isn’t keeping pace with rising cost of everything from cars to corn flakes? If so, you’re not alone.

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker also wants to know why American workers aren’t seeing their wages increase at a time when the economy is booming.

In a Senate Banking Committee meeting Tuesday in Washington, Corker questioned Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell about why salaries are failing to keep pace with inflation.

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