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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is withdrawing from the Affordable Care Act marketplace in the Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville regions. In a news release, the company says the change will affect an estimated 100,000 Tennesseans.

The decision comes a month after Tennessee officials approved an average rate increase of 62 percent for the insurer.

The company says it has lost close to $500 million on Affordable Care Act plans over three years.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former state Rep. Jeremy Durham, who earlier this month became the first lawmaker expelled from the Tennessee General Assembly in 36 years, was escorted from a University of Tennessee football game on Saturday after getting into an altercation with a Florida fan.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2cG9nCq ) that Durham was sitting next to Republican state Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown at the game. Kelsey said he didn't see the incident but confirmed Durham was asked to leave in the third quarter.

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Bonnie is a native of northern New York, growing up along the Canadian border. She spent nearly fifteen years living and working in Texas. She is also a podcaster, known, in particular, for her series of podcasts for pregnant women and new mothers called Pea in the Podcast.

A mother of one daughter, Bonnie lives in Shorewood.

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Blue Man Group: Tiny Desk Concert

12 hours ago

They came, they measured, and they returned to perform a show like no other. It was the great NPR Tiny Desk Takeover by Blue Man Group.

If you've not seen this performance ensemble and their production in New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, Boston, Chicago or Berlin, then you've missed a night of magical fun. These Blue Men may never say a word, but the performances make for poignant looks at who we are as humans. They also make unusual music on instruments of their own design.

A shriek went up around the young executives of a start-up company as they made their way to a beaming Bill Clinton. They had just won the million dollar Hult Prize for an idea they dreamed up and launched over the last 12 months.

Newly released FBI data show the number of murders in the U.S. rose nearly 11 percent last year and violent crime increased by nearly 4 percent, but crime researchers said homicides and other violence still remain at low rates compared with a crime wave from 20 years ago.

Adjective order: a rule hidden in plain sight

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For a lot of people, this was a “mind blown” moment, since most of us who grew up speaking English naturally order our adjectives in a certain way without realizing it.

However, Anne Curzan says this rule isn’t quite as hard and fast as the excerpt makes it sound.

The chuga-chuga sound is one any dairyman would want to hear — daily. It's the sound of milking machines collecting the white liquid, which is turned into edible products that support their farm.

For Greg and Ana Kelly, the chuga-chuga sound means fresh milk from their flock of 80 milking ewes — milk to be made into cheeses and caramel at their Gallant, Ala., sheep farm, named Dayspring Dairy.

Oil #5: Imagine A World Without Oil

15 hours ago

On today's show, we follow the Planet Money oil to the end of the line.

And we ask: What would the world be like if fossil fuels did not exist? What if you dug down in the ground and there was nothing but dirt and rock.

Oil, coal and natural gas are this incredible store of energy, just sitting there in the ground waiting for us to dig them up. Amazing boon to humanity! But also: Climate change!

Would a world without oil be better? Worse? Or just different?

This is the last of five episodes about buying oil.

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