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VOL. 40 | NO. 11 | Friday, March 11, 2016

Connecting communities, one greenway at a time

New goal: A greenway within 1 mile of every neighborhood

Nora Kern, 25, bikes each day from her home in East Nashville to her job on Music Row.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Higher-ed shuffle stokes fears of UT-TSU merger

Anthony Joshua, who moved to Nashville from Madison, Wisconsin, to attend Tennessee State University, says he’s worried his historically black institution could be in for serious change – for the worse.

LEGISLATIVE PROFILE

‘Fearless’ Stewart embraces battles with supermajority

Democratic state Rep. Mike Stewart lives on the front lines of the Tennessee General Assembly. As chairman of the House Democratic Caucus with 26 members, Stewart could employ a bunker mentality, but instead has chosen to take the fight to the other side of the aisle.

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EVENTS

Regional Transit Authority Meeting. Maury County community leaders transit conversation for the RTA of Middle Tennessee nMotion Plan. Friday, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. at Workforce Development & Conference Center, 5000 Northfield Lane, Door 100, Spring Hill, TN. RTA, Cumberland Region Tomorrow and the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee are starting the second phase of regional public engagement. This next round of engagement will utilize three “scenarios” that demonstrate how varying ranges of transit/mobility “strategies” could be applied in Middle Tennessee. Ultimately, it is up to residents to decide what level of investment in public transit we want to make as a region. Information: www.10power.org

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TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Solving problems at Brentwood's B&C Hardware, 1 ‘thingamajig’ at a time

Pushing at the bridge of his spectacles – with lenses that transition from clear to dark depending on the light – the 60-year-old, who likes to ratchet folks’ woes down to the basic nuts and bolts, looks toward the paint counter near the doorway of B&C Ace Hardware.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Pre-inspection offers no guarantee of perfection

To pre-inspect or not to pre-inspect? That is the question. Since inspections are killing a higher percentage of sales than ever before, many agents feel having homes pre-inspected is wise. And it can be.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Free agent signings will predict what Titans will do at No. 1

Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson says he will attempt to keep secret what the club plans to do with the first overall draft pick.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Freshman pitcher Raby ‘living a dream’ at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt freshman Patrick Raby was sitting in the bullpen Feb. 19 at Hawkins Field in Nashville in front of 3,054 fans, a record crowd for a Commodore home opener.

NEWSMAKERS

Two Patterson attorneys named Bar fellows

James R. Cartiglia and Ryan Levy, shareholders at Patterson Intellectual Property Law, have been named fellows of the Nashville Bar Foundation. Fellows are selected by their colleagues in honor of significant contributions to the community.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Sure, you’ve saved for retirement. But will it last?

Your no-plan retirement plan stretches for miles. You’ve no plans for alarm clocks, suit-and-tie combos, rush-hour commutes, cubicles, or boring meetings.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Toyota 4Runner sales rise as gas prices are low

With its rugged off-road prowess and reputation for reliability, Toyota’s stalwart 4Runner sport utility vehicle is enjoying a sales revival, thanks to low gasoline prices.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

You best advertising might be good public relations

Public relations is a great way for a small business to raise awareness. But when business owners put together marketing plans, they usually think advertising, not public relations.

CAREER CORNER

Out the door? Have a plan and leave gracefully

With the unusual job market we’ve been experiencing for years now, keeping an exit strategy in mind is a must.

I SWEAR

What’s the statue of limitations on malaprops?

“I’m uphauled!” the note read. “Anyone with a social conscious would be ashamed. People are always ready to blame things on an escape goat, but for all intensive purposes, it’s a doggy-dog world out there. The underline meaning is clear, but don’t take a fence; this is just my too cents worth. Anyway it’s a mute point.”

STATE LEGISLATURE

Free speech bill withdrawn after Islamic State comments

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Republican lawmaker is defending his comments that free speech rights on Tennessee college campuses should apply to everyone - even recruiters for the Islamic State group.

Bill to ban passengers from drinking alcohol fails in House

NASHVILLE (AP) — A perennial bill seeking to ban passengers from drinking alcohol while traveling on Tennessee roads has met its usual fate in the state House.

STATEWIDE

FedEx rides online shopping to beat Wall Street forecasts

DALLAS (AP) — FedEx rode the growth in online shopping to beat Wall Street expectations for the holiday season, although profit fell 19 percent because of legal bills and acquisition costs.

REAL ESTATE

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.73 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for the third straight week. Long-term rates have reversed the upward trend that took hold at the start of the year amid economic anxiety and market turbulence.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Applications for jobless aid rise but stay at healthy level

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but their numbers remained at low levels consistent with a healthy job market.

US stocks mostly higher as gold and silver prices surge

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mostly higher in Thursday morning trading. Materials companies are rising as the price of gold and silver jump, while energy companies are up with the price of oil. Drug company stocks continue to tumble, pulling health care companies lower.

Caterpillar expects 1Q results to miss analysts' estimates

NEW YORK (AP) — Caterpillar expects its first-quarter results to come in well below Wall Street's view as it continues to deal with weak product demand.

Uber to give drivers option to be paid instantly

PHOENIX (AP) — Uber is launching a pilot program intended to help the ride-hailing service's drivers draw their pay faster, an effort that may also fend off emerging payday lenders who are targeting the service's drivers.

SeaWorld to stop breeding orcas, making them perform tricks

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Finally bowing to years of public pressure, SeaWorld announced Thursday that it will immediately stop breeding killer whales and making them perform crowd-pleasing tricks at its theme parks.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16
STATE LEGISLATURE

Embattled lawmaker wants to revive bill killed in House

NASHVILLE (AP) — Embattled Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham wants a full House committee to reverse a vote that killed one of his bills.

Bill calling for referendum on Insure Tennessee defeated

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to place Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal before the voters in November has been defeated in a House subcommittee.

Tennessee Senate Speaker Ramsey announces he won't run again

NASHVILLE (AP) - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, a leading figure in the Republican takeover of all three branches of Tennessee state government, announced Wednesday that he won't run for re-election.

Resolution ordering refugee lawsuit advances in House

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that would order the state of Tennessee to sue the federal government over the refugee resettlement program is advancing over concerns by both the governor and refugee rights groups.

Bills to freeze tuition at colleges, universities defeated

NASHVILLE (AP) — Bills that would have frozen tuition rates at Tennessee's public colleges and universities have been defeated.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville's 87 degrees breaks record

NASHVILLE (AP) - Meteorologists have announced that temperatures in Nashville reached a record-high for March 15.

Federal officials hosting business event at TSU

NASHVILLE (AP) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources is hosting a small business outreach event at Tennessee State University on Wednesday.

STATEWIDE

BlueCross donates $1M to Tennessee's Imagination Library

NASHVILLE (AP) — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is donating $1 million to the state's Imagination Library to help grow the program that provides a free book every month to children from birth to age 5 at no cost to the family, regardless of income.

COURTS

Obama nominates Garland to high court, challenging GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama nominated appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, challenging Republicans to drop their adamant refusal to even consider his choice in an election year.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Autonomous braking to be in most cars by 2022

DETROIT (AP) — Major automakers and the U.S. government have reached agreement to make automatic emergency braking standard equipment on most cars by 2022, two people briefed on the deal said.

VW missing out on European car boom

MILAN (AP) — Volkswagen, penalized down by its emissions scandal, continues to miss out on the booming European car market.

REAL ESTATE

US home construction jumps in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes rose in February to the highest level in five months, but applications for new construction were weak for a third month.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Fed keeps key rates unchanged; foresees fewer hikes in 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is keeping a key interest rate unchanged in light of global pressures that risk slowing the U.S. economy.

Stocks end modestly higher after Fed holds rates steady

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Wednesday after the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged and forecast it will raise rates more gradually than it had envisioned late last year.

US factory output picks up in February for 2nd month

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories produced more machinery, appliances and computers last month, the second straight increase in output and a sign manufacturing is stabilizing after a difficult year.

US consumer prices dip 0.2 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices fell in February, dragged by another steep drop in energy prices. However, core inflation managed to tick higher, led by the biggest jump in clothing costs in seven years.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Airlines dodge legislation aimed at curbing excessive fees

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel approved an aviation policy bill Wednesday after a partisan fight over whether airlines gouge consumers with fees for basic services like checked bags, seat assignments and ticket changes.

Senate effort to block labeling of modified food stalls

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican efforts to stop mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods have stalled.

Panel to advance budget plan despite conservative rebellion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Budget Committee on Wednesday pressed ahead with a 10-year spending plan that promises sweeping cuts to health care programs and federal agencies even as a tea party rebellion threatens to derail the measure later on.

Math and momentum point to Trump, Clinton nominations

WASHINGTON (AP) — With math and momentum on his side after more big wins, Republican front-runner Donald Trump called on GOP leaders Wednesday to embrace the public's "tremendous fervor" for his candidacy. If GOP leaders try to deny him the nomination at a contested convention when he is leading the delegate count, Trump predicted, "You'd have riots."


TUESDAY, MARCH 15
STATE LEGISLATURE

Tennessee House pulls plug on municipal broadband expansion

NASHVILLE (AP) - A bill to allow municipal utilities that offer broadband to also provide ultra-fast Internet outside of their service areas has failed for the year.

Amended bill would ban sex week at UT, strip diversity money

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill that would strip the University of Tennessee's controversial Office of Diversity and Inclusion of some — but not all — of its state funding has passed a House subcommittee. An amendment tacked on to the bill on Tuesday would also ban state funds from being used to promote the university's Sex Week, the use of gender-neutral pronouns on campus and the promotion or demotion of any religion.

Bill would require students to use bathroom of birth sex

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill that would require transgender students to use bathrooms that match their sex at birth is gaining momentum in the Tennessee legislature after passing in a House subcommittee.

Bid to hike Tennessee smoking age to 21 snuffed out in House

NASHVILLE (AP) - An effort to raise Tennessee's smoking age from 18 to 21 has been defeated in the state House.

Proposal to end sales tax exemption for newspapers stalls

NASHVILLE (AP) - The sponsor of a proposal to end a Tennessee sales tax exemption for newspapers has removed the bill from consideration for the year.

Letter grades for Tennessee schools headed to Haslam's desk

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill to assign letter grades to public schools in Tennessee is headed to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

Haslam supports giving cities power to hike local gas taxes

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he supports giving cities and counties the power to levy their own gas taxes to help pay for transportation needs.

Tennessee lawmakers vote to ban religious indoctrination

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have passed legislation aimed at banning religious "indoctrination" at schools.

Roads removed from Tennessee public-private partnership bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to allow public-private partnerships for transportation projects in Tennessee is advancing in the state Legislature after sponsors said it would no longer apply to highway or bridge construction.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Sony buys Michael Jackson's stake in music catalog for $750M

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson's estate has agreed to sell its remaining stake in a lucrative music catalog to Sony Corp. for $750 million, the entities announced Monday.

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW sued by big investors over handling of emissions scandal

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen's big institutional investors are suing the automaker for 3.25 billion euros ($3.57 billion) in damages over its handling of the emissions scandal, which has so far seen the share price fall by about a third.

REAL ESTATE

US homebuilder sentiment holds steady in March

U.S. homebuilders remain optimistic that the housing market will improve, but their expectations for sales over the next six months have dimmed just as the spring home-selling season gets under way.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks end mixed, lower, amid drug company rout

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended mixed and mostly lower Tuesday, led by a steep decline in drug company shares as investors worried it will become harder for the companies to raise prices. Materials companies fell along with the price of precious metals.

Low gas prices drag down US retail sales in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales slipped last month, pulled down by sharply lower gas prices, and Americans spent much less in January than previously estimated. The figures suggest that consumers remain cautious about spending despite steady hiring.

US producer prices edged down in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. producer prices edged down in February as both the cost of energy and food declined. The decline was the fifth drop in the past seven months, underscoring that inflation remains a no-show.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Obama administration punches new holes in embargo on Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — The Obama administration punched a new series of holes in the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba on Tuesday, turning a ban on U.S. tourism to Cuba into an unenforceable honor system and paving the way for Cuban athletes to one day play Major League Baseball and other U.S. professional sports.

US bars Atlantic drilling; Obama builds environmental legacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major reversal, the Obama administration said Tuesday it will bar oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, a move cheered by environmentalists and consistent with the president's aggressive steps to combat climate change.


MONDAY, MARCH 14
STATE LEGISLATURE

Senate Democrat criticizes Tennessee Legislature's records policy

NASHVILLE (AP) — While Tennessee lawmakers do not fall under the state's open records law, the General Assembly's policy is to make what officials call a good faith effort to comply with requests from the public.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ex-worker says VW destroyed documents, obstructed justice

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen deleted documents and obstructed justice after the U.S. Environmental Protection accused the company of cheating on emissions tests, a former employee alleged in a lawsuit.

Toyota partners in making wind-power hydrogen for fuel cells

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is responding to the main criticism of fuel cell cars, that making the hydrogen for the fuel is not clean, with plans to help make the hydrogen using wind power.

Nissan recalls 47,538 Leaf vehicles for brake relay problem

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nissan is recalling more than 47,000 Leaf electric cars in the U.S. and Canada, citing a possible brake malfunction.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks end nearly unchanged ahead of the Fed

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks barely budged, finishing mixed as lower oil prices pulled energy companies lower while hotels and travel-related companies rose.

With no rate hike seen, Fed's outlook on economy is awaited

WASHINGTON (AP) — The financial world is awaiting the Federal Reserve's response to a critical question: How stable are the world's economies and financial markets?

US to fire monitor overseeing formerly for-profit colleges

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department is removing a law firm hired to oversee the turnaround of schools owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., a for-profit education company whose financial collapse had placed at risk more than $1 billion in federal student loans.

Fresh Market to be bought by Apollo for more than $1.3B

NEW YORK (AP) — The Fresh Market, a grocery store chain, has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm Apollo for more than $1.3 billion.


FRIDAY, MARCH 11
STATEWIDE

IRS has over $17M unclaimed Tenn. tax refunds from 2012

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service says it has over $17 million in unclaimed refunds for Tennessee residents who failed to file a 2012 tax return.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Proposed update to car seat rules pulled back for debate

NASHVILLE (AP) — An effort to update Tennessee's car seat rules that had been headed for Gov. Bill Haslam's signature was pulled back for renewed debate in the House on Tuesday over questions about whether it would increase the age that children would be required to ride in booster seats.

Senate speaker wary of banning handheld phones while driving

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he opposes an effort to make it a crime to speak on handheld phones while driving in Tennessee.

Ramsey: Security to stop scanning IDs at Legislative Plaza

NASHVILLE (AP) — A major bottleneck at the entrances to Tennessee's legislative office complex is being eliminated this week.

Bill to cap liquor store ownership sent back to subcommittee

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to impose limits on how many liquor stores can be owned in Tennessee has been sent back to a House subcommittee.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM buys software company to speed autonomous car development

DETROIT (AP) — With hopes of speeding development of self-driving cars, General Motors has acquired a small software company that's been testing vehicles on the streets of San Francisco.

Ford establishing subsidiary to invest in new mobility

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. said Friday that it is establishing a Silicon Valley-based subsidiary to build and invest in new mobility options like car-sharing and ride-hailing services.

TECHNOLOGY

US rebuts Apple claim on password reset in iPhone case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A decision to reset the password on an iCloud account associated with one of the San Bernardino attackers did not effectively thwart the investigation into the shooting, FBI officials said in a court filing as part of the Justice Department's ongoing encryption dispute with Apple Inc.

COURTS

Judge weighs woman's request to quit Trump University suit

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tarla Makaeff has fought Donald Trump in court for six years. Now, as the Republican presidential front-runner and his lawyers try to portray the Southern California yoga instructor as the face of a federal class-action lawsuit against Trump University, she wants out.

REAL ESTATE

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage edges up to 3.68 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for only the second time this year.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stock market extends rally to a 4th week as energy recovers

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed higher on Wall Street, capping a four-week rally.

Oil price appears to have 'bottomed out,' energy agency says

PARIS (AP) — The organization that represents major oil-consuming nations said Friday that signs of a market that has "bottomed out" are emerging.

Sticky lawsuit: $400M dispute lingers over Post-it inventor

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Alan Amron has invented a battery-powered squirt gun, a digital photo frame, even a laser system that may someday provide a visible first-down line for fans inside NFL stadiums. He holds 40 U.S. patents, but he's most interested in an invention for which he gets no credit: the Post-it Note, that ubiquitous sticky-back product made into a worldwide success by the 3M Company.

A wheezing, unloved bull market tries to keep running

NEW YORK (AP) — It's been seven years since one of the stock market's best-ever runs began, but the anniversary is passing without a party yet again.

European Central Bank surprises with strong stimulus action

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank cut all its main interest rates, expanded its bond-buying stimulus program, and offered new cheap loans to banks, making an unexpectedly aggressive effort to boost inflation and economic growth in the 19 countries that share the euro.

Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 5-month low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell last week to the lowest level since October, evidence that employers are confident enough in the economy to hold onto their staffs.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Analysis: Rivals still searching for formula to stop Trump

MIAMI (AP) — Nine months after Donald Trump became a presidential candidate, his rivals are still searching for a formula to stop his improbable political rise.

AP FACT CHECK: Bruised realities in GOP debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential contenders hurled insults again Thursday night but not at each other — rather, at the facts.

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