Blake Farmer

We like to listen to Tennessee voters when it's time to go to the polls, so WPLN has been chatting with those casting ballots early in the primary. Reporters collected voices from Hermitage to Springfield and Clarksville to Murfreesboro.

Tennessee voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2014 giving the state legislature more power to regulate abortion. But so far, state lawmakers haven’t seized much new ground. And in some ways, they’ve begun to be much more cautious about how every word will be interpreted in court.

Tens of thousands of Tennessee students steadied their clammy, test-day hands over a keyboard several days ago. And, for many, nothing happened.

It was the state's first time giving standardized exams on computers, but the rollout couldn't have gone much worse.

In lots of places, the testing platform slowed to a crawl or appeared to shut down entirely. Within hours, Tennessee scrapped online testing for the year.

The move comes after schools spent millions of dollars to buy additional PCs and to improve their wi-fi networks.

Top Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly have discouraged lawmakers from spending much more time on gun bills. But many perennial proposals are back, along with a few new ones. And the most immediate change of allowing guns in Legislative Plaza may not involve a bill at all. 

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The long-awaited changeover to computer-based standardized testing in Tennessee won't happen this year.

"Like you, we are incredibly disappointed," Tennessee education commissioner Candice McQueen wrote to superintendents around the state.

Amid the hour-by-hour developments regarding the political fate of Rep. Jeremy Durham, lawmakers have made swift work on the notoriously sticky issue of school vouchers.

It’s not even close.

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump is Tennessee’s favorite candidate running for president, according to a new poll from Middle Tennessee State University.

In this conversation, hear why GOP lawmakers had no appetite for the "Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act" and why Democrats sat silent. There's also discussion of another bill that appears aimed at undermining same-sex marriage in Tennessee. Finally, a chat about the lawsuit filed by the same group that has been getting county commissions to pass resolutions in support of Tennessee's right to ignore U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

Gunfire from training exercises could be heard outside as Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke to a room of 200 troops from Fort Campbell heading to Iraq in the coming weeks. He noted that for some in the 101st Airborne Division, this will be a return trip with a new enemy.

“I know the 101st has taken Mosul before, and you could do it again," he said. "We could deploy multiple brigades on the ground and arrive in force. But then it would likely become our fight, and our fight alone.”

General Motors is showing off a new, smaller redesign of the GMC Acadia at the Detroit auto show. The automaker is also confirming that the crossover will be built at its plant in Spring Hill.