The Crossing the Cumberlands concert is coming up November 17 at the Tivoli with around 30 Americana artists performing. It’s a benefit for the development of the Cumberland Trail and the protection of the natural resources along the 300-mile corridor.

Amazon says its new operations hub in downtown Nashville will include 1 million square feet of "energy-efficient office space." But it's still unclear how the facility will be powered.

The head of the nation's largest public utility — the Tennessee Valley Authority — has announced he’s retiring.

Tennessee’s economy shows continued growth, especially in Hamilton County, according the Secretary of State’s new report released for the third quarter of this year. Dr. William Fox speaks with us about it. He directs the University of Tennessee’s Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research, which prepared the report.

Rural hospitals close when they don't have enough paying patients to care for, but they're also now penalized when the same patients show up over and over again. That puts rural hospitals in a precarious position of occasionally needing to keep people away from their care.

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NPR's Kelly McEvers has been following events in Syria from neighboring Lebanon, and she joins me now from Beirut. Kelly, as we just heard, the UN Security Council has failed to agree on a resolution condemning Bashar Assad. Any reaction from Syria?

UN Vote On Syria Fails

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Update 2/5/12: The tally of arrests from yesterday's ban enforcement is at least seven, according to the AP. Things did take a turn for the worse later Saturday when a police officer was hit with a brick in the face.

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In Syria, the death toll is rising after what activists and opposition leaders are calling a massive offensive by pro-government troops in the city of Homs. Activists say at least 250 have been killed in what may be the single most violent day since Syria's anti-government uprising began in March.

I would like to rise up today in defense of Diet Coke. All diet sodas, in fact. But Diet Coke happens to be my favorite.

I like the stuff.

Cracking open a can of it, or pouring some over ice, helps me survive a long work day.

This love of Diet Coke is one reason my re-entry into the United States has been a little rocky. When I moved back recently after a reporting assignment in Russia, nobody warned me that war had been declared on Diet Coke.

The artillery was fired by Men's Health magazine.

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What The People Want Out West

Feb 4, 2012

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As the Republican primary season pushes westward, potential voters in Nevada, Colorado and Arizona tell us about the issues that matter most to them.

JOHN THORNTON: My name is John Thornton. I live in Parker, Colorado. Individual rights - state's rights, smaller government.

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