Blake Farmer

Tennessee Congressmen Jim Cooper and Steve Cohen joined dozens of House Democrats in the sit-in that began Wednesday morning.

It's the afternoon lull at Bongo Java East, and five students from KIPP Academy are tripping over each other behind the counter of this hip Nashville coffee joint, trying to show off what they've learned. They're grinding espresso beans. They're packing the grounds. They're steaming milk.

"Let's see how this goes," 10th-grader Ayanna Holder says as she knocks a steel pot of scalding milk on the counter to keep foam from forming. She takes a freshly pulled espresso and begins pouring the latte, aiming for a quintessential leaf design on top.

It doesn't quite go as planned.

Tennessee has a record number of job postings, according to the state's Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Openings have now reached 200,000.

Leaders of the Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention have been critical of Donald Trump throughout his campaign. And now the Republican presidential candidate is firing back.

Guns will be allowed on the campuses of public colleges in Tennessee starting July 1. A bill that allows employees with a carry permit to go armed on campus became law without the signature of Gov. Bill Haslam, who was pressured to veto the legislation.

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Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander says federal interference could be at fault for the state’s continued delays in standardized testing. He spoke at Belmont University Monday about passing his fix to the No Child Left Behind law. He also addressed Tennessee’s problems moving to a new test.

Tennessee legislators were running out of Cheetos and cold coffee by the end of the session, which dragged on a couple of days longer than expected. One of the final debates was about whether to adjourn at all, just in case Governor Bill Haslam decided to issue another veto.

The budget has passed, and Tennessee state lawmakers are eager to end the session this week so they can hit the campaign trail. After all, most of them are up for reelection this year. But there are still some loose ends to tie up. And some of the most complicated debates have — as usual — been put off until the final days.

One of the bills Tennessee’s governor is feeling pressured to veto would let therapists deny service to clients if they feel they would be violating their own religious beliefs. State capitol correspondent Chas Sisk joins WPLN’s Blake Farmer to explain why the debate is an important one.

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