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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.

Tennessee doctors are prescribing far fewer high-powered narcotics than they were just a few years ago. State health officials believe that’s partly because physicians are now required to notify the state when they put patients on a regimen of painkillers.

There's a school bus driver shortage in districts from Indiana to Florida, and Nashville, Tenn., has one of the most pressing. Nearly a quarter of the city's 550 slots for drivers are unfilled — and that's when no one is sick.

The prospect of overhauling the organizational structure for universities under the Tennessee Board of Regents has some asking if it’s time to make other changes, like dropping “state” from Middle Tennessee State University.

Two of Nashville’s largest private employers plan to do away with benefits for domestic partners starting in 2017. Vanderbilt University and hospital chain HCA say they will no longer cover unwed couples. Employers around the nation are changing their policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

A third-party look at Tennessee’s Achievement School District, published Tuesday, finds that the state-takeover of struggling schools has been ineffective so far. Researchers from Vanderbilt's Peabody College have been monitoring progress since the ASD’s creation through the federal Race to the Top grant program.

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The state agency that oversees mental health is asking for a multi-million dollar budget increase, in part because the legislature turned down Insure Tennessee. The expansion of Medicaid would have saved the Department of Mental Health more than $40 million, according to estimates.