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VOL. 39 | NO. 13 | Friday, March 27, 2015

Entrepreneurial solutions help non-profits find success

A 'teach a man to fish kind of thing'

After getting his degree in social work, Don Leyrer, 62, spent the first half of his career in the field, including housing abused children, before moving on to law enforcement as a probation officer.

Eastman brings military experience to YWCA

Any nonprofit’s operations can benefit from some military precision, and that’s what the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee is hoping for with the hiring of Marjorie Eastman as its first president and chief operating officer.

Equality Project still tough sell in some areas

A decade into its existence, the Tennessee Equality Project is facing a year that will likely contain its biggest milestones.

Beat of Life uses music to help children in crisis

Jeni Dominelli knows what it feels like to be on the outside of society. After her father committed a high-profile white collar crime in San Diego in the 1980s, her childhood was at the same time shattered and thrown in the spotlight. Her family’s money was gone, the media had a field day and her father was sent to prison.

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Predators Foundation Wine Festival & Tasting. The event includes more than 200 wines, spirits and brews as well as hors d’oeuvres. Plus, a silent auction featuring Predators memorabilia and exclusive packages. A VIP option is available including a five-course dinner with wine pairings. All proceeds benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation, which supports Middle Tennessee nonprofit groups and programs in the community. Thursday, 6-10 p.m., Bridgestone Arena. Information: http://predators.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=37101.

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Is ‘getting rid of public schools’ Legislature’s goal?

Are Tennessee’s public schools headed for extinction? Not if it’s up to Memphis teachers.

Legislators find reasons to deny in-state tuition

La Vergne High School graduate Cesar Bautista, who has lived in Tennessee since he was 8 years old, is among a group of students who’ve been here most of their lives but are still forced to pay out-of-state college tuition because they don’t have legal status.


Moms Demand Action seeks common-sense gun restrictions

It’s another blood-pressure-raising Tennessee legislative session – at least for a politically active group of moms concerned about their children potentially being shot.


That old fireplace? No, its strictly decorative

There is a new trend developing in the sale of homes in the area.


Top February 2015 residential real estate transactions

Top February 2015 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.


Kiwanis names Corbin Nashvillian of the Year

Tim Corbin, head coach of the Vanderbilt University’s NCAA national championship baseball team, has been named Outstanding Nashvillian of the Year by The Kiwanis Club of Nashville.


Stylish Murano sets itself apart from other small SUVs

Nissan’s stylish 2015 Murano mid-size, sport utility vehicle is getting lots of second and even third looks as consumers seek the next big thing in SUVs.


Snag business by monitoring tweets about competitors

This friend of mine – we’ll call him Luke – told an interesting story recently.


An elaborate, complicated, catty practical joke

The Honorable George Rose Smith is depicted in a John Deering wall-mounted bronze relief at the Central Arkansas Library System’s main branch. He’s in his robe and seated in front of a giant crossword grid.


Warm lemon water a healthy way to start day

I recently received an email about the health benefits of lemons. It was interesting, so I thought I’d share it with you.


Foundation creates George Barrett Award for attorneys

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Sidney Hillman Foundation is creating a new award in honor of the late Nashville attorney George Barrett, a crusading lawyer known for his role in the civil rights and labor movements.


Senate votes to ban drones over ticketed events, jails

NASHVILLE (AP) - The state Senate has voted to ban drones from recording images above ticketed events with more than 100 people in attendance.

Bill to ban passengers from drinking in vehicles fails

NASHVILLE (AP) — The latest effort to make it a crime to have open alcohol containers in vehicles driving on Tennessee roads has failed in a House committee.


Average US rate on 30-year mortgage barely moves at 3.7 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates barely moved this week, remaining close to historically low levels as the spring home-buying season gets underway.


US factory orders rose in February for first time since July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories rose in February, breaking a six-month losing streak.

Applications for US jobless aid plunge

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped significantly last week, a sign of a strong job market despite evidence of tepid economic growth in the opening months of 2015.

US trade deficit plunges 16.9 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit plunged in February as both imports and exports sank, driven by a since-settled trade dispute and a global economic slowdown that has cut into oil prices and caused the dollar to rise in value.

US stocks edge higher after 2 days of losses

Major U.S. stock indexes moved higher in morning trading Thursday as investors welcomed economic news on jobs and factory orders. The market is coming off a two-day losing streak as traders look ahead to the start of the next round of corporate earnings beginning next week. Oil prices eased after climbing the day before.

Vietnam meets demands to end strike in Nike, Adidas factory

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Workers at a major Vietnamese footwear factory for Nike and Adidas ended a weeklong strike Thursday after the government agreed to their demands on retirement payouts.

Stock split could cost Google over $500 million

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An unorthodox stock split designed to ensure Google CEO Larry Page and fellow co-founder Sergey Brin retain control of the Internet's most profitable company could cost Google more than half a billion dollars.


Obama to criticize GOP for plan to repeal estate tax

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is unhappy about plans by Republicans who control Congress to repeal the estate tax.


Repeal 'Tennessee Whiskey' law sent to full House panel

NASHVILLE (AP) - A bill to repeal a state law that sets requirements for which spirits can me marked as "Tennessee Whiskey" is poised for full committee votes in both the House and Senate next week.

Tennessee lawmakers delay municipal broadband bill for year

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee lawmakers won't vote this year on a bill seeking to allow municipal broadband to be offered outside of electric utilities' service areas.

Bill to make Bible official state book of Tennessee advances

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to make the Bible the official state book of Tennessee is advancing in the state House despite constitutional questions raised by the state attorney general's office.

Tennessee GOP senator gives obscene response to protester

NASHVILLE (AP) - A state senator who has drawn the ire of supporters of Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal called a protester an obscene name in a video posted to YouTube.

State Senate votes to allow handguns in parks, at Tennessee Capitol

NASHVILLE (AP) - People with handgun carry permits would be able to carry their weapons on the grounds of the state Capitol under a provision inserted into a guns-in-parks proposal that overwhelmingly passed the Senate on Wednesday.


Tennessee says it is collecting unemployment overpayments

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Department of Labor officials say they are continuing to collect millions of dollars of unemployment benefits that were improperly paid out. This comes out after an audit by the state comptroller's office found that prisoners, state officials and at least one dead person were on unemployment rolls.


Prosecutor fired amid reports of sterilization in plea deals

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Nashville prosecutor has been fired after reports surfaced that he made sterilization of women part of plea negotiations in some cases.


US auto sales tap the brakes in March; Nissan down 2.7%

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. car buyers tapped the brakes in March, a sign of a long-expected slowdown in the blistering pace of sales.


Obama signs order creating new cyber sanctions program

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday created the first-ever sanctions program to penalize overseas hackers who engage in cyber spying and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of that espionage, potentially including state-owned corporations in Russia and China.


Live in a Porsche? Designer labels draw Miami home buyers

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Florida (AP) — The wow factor for Miami's skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view.

US construction spending falls for second month in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending slipped for the second month in February, pulled down by a drop in single-family home building.


Why businesses are speaking out on religious-objections laws

NEW YORK (AP) — A bevy of big-name businesses including Apple, Gap and Levi Strauss are publicly speaking out against religious-objections legislation in states such as Indiana and Arkansas.

US stocks ease for second day; price of crude oil soars

A batch of discouraging economic news deepened investors' concerns about corporate earnings, pulling major U.S. stock indexes down on Wednesday for the second day in a row.

Survey: US businesses add 189k jobs in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses slowed their pace of hiring in March, a private survey found. The modest gains suggest that harsh winter weather has generated a broader slowdown that caused the survey to report gains of less than 200,000 jobs for the first time in 13 months.

US manufacturing slows as orders and hiring weaken

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories expanded last month at a weaker pace, with orders growing more slowly and hiring essentially flat.

States rewrite microbrew laws as demand for craft beer grows

PHOENIX (AP) — Four Peaks Brewing Co. has grown over the last two decades from a historic red-brick microbrewery and restaurant into an Arizona staple that served nearly 1 million gallons of beer last year, including its popular Kilt Lifter ale.

Thousands strike at Nike, Adidas shoe factory in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Thousands of Vietnamese workers at a major footwear factory were on strike for a sixth day Wednesday over a social insurance law in a rare challenge to government policy.


Tennessee hires former Texas coach Rick Barnes

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Just two days after leaving Texas, Rick Barnes has landed at Tennessee.


Sponsor withdraws Tennessee abortion ultrasound bill

NASHVILLE (AP) - A bill that originally sought to require ultrasound images be shown or described to women seeking abortions in Tennessee has been withdrawn for the year.

Haslam's Insure Tennessee plan fails again in committee vote

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans failed again Tuesday, voted down by a key Senate committee a month after it was defeated in a special legislative session.

Amended bill would delay Tennessee school voucher plan

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal that seeks to create a school voucher program in Tennessee was amended Tuesday to delay the plan for a year, even though the measure's sponsor says it would hurt efforts to help children get a better education.

Senate to decide fate of Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal is up for a key vote in the Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday.

House OKs bill to allow permit holders to be armed in parks

NASHVILLE (AP) — The House has passed a bill to strip city and county governments of the power to ban guns in parks, playgrounds and sports fields.


Judge strikes law limiting workers' comp to undocumented

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Nashville judge has found to be unconstitutional a state law that limits the amount of workers' compensation benefits laborers living in the country illegally can receive.

Haslam-owned truck-stop company settles 4 rebate fraud cases

NASHVILLE (AP) - Four trucking companies have settled lawsuits against the truck-stop chain owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam claiming Knoxville-based Pilot Flying J fraudulently withheld fuel rebates and discounts from customers.

Judge denies open records lawsuit against Haslam

NASHVILLE (AP) — A tax attorney who sued for the release of records from Gov. Bill Haslam's administration related to a $350,000 analysis of business tax collections in Tennessee said Tuesday that he likely will appeal a judge's denial of his lawsuit.


Poll: Support for 'Common Core' when it's called something else

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana residents like the idea of multistate education standards for public schools - just not when they're called Common Core.


Audit: Prisoners, dead among those receiving Tennessee unemployment

NASHVILLE (AP) - Dead people, prisoners and state employees are on the rolls of those receiving unemployment benefits in Tennessee, in spite of repeated warnings that the state is improperly paying out tens of millions in jobless claims.

Haslam withdraws effort to end bonuses for current workers

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is withdrawing his effort to remove longevity bonuses for current state employees after running into staunch opposition in the Legislature.

Distillers: Stiff whiskey law stifles West Tennessee town's boozy revival

TRIMBLE (AP) — Booze, bikes and rock 'n' roll. That's the plan for economic development in this otherwise sleepy town of Trimble, tucked away among the corn and soybean fields of northwestern Tennessee.

Pharmacist group says members shouldn't aid in executions

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In a move that could heighten the hurdles faced by states attempting to execute prisoners, a leading association for U.S. pharmacists has officially discouraged its members from providing drugs for use in lethal injections.


US home prices rise modestly, weigh on affordability

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in January, pushing prices up at a faster pace than wages and putting more homes financially out of reach for would-be buyers.


Morgan Stanley cuts estimate of US online bet market in half

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Morgan Stanley has cut its estimate of the potential U.S. Internet gambling market by nearly half.

Google, Microsoft battle drives down prices for PCs, tablets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft's Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms.


Bull trots on: Stocks grind higher for 9th straight quarter

NEW YORK (AP) — The bull market slowed to a trot but didn't stop this winter.

Late slide in stocks erases much of the previous day's gain

The stock market closed out the first three months of the year Tuesday on a down note, erasing much of the gains from the prior day's big rally.

Bankruptcy judge approves RadioShack asset sale

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of assets of RadioShack to hedge fund Standard General LP that will keep more than 1,700 stores open and preserve more than 7,000 jobs.

US consumer confidence rises in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — An improving job market drove U.S. consumer confidence higher this month after a dip in February.

Student loan recipients go on repayment strike, face default

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sarah Dieffenbacher is on a debt strike. She's refusing to make payments on the more than $100,000 in federal and private loans she says she owes for studies at a for-profit college that she now considers so worthless she doesn't include it on her resume.

Charter Communications buying Bright House Networks

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Charter Communications Inc. is buying fellow cable operator Bright House Networks LLC in a deal valued at $10.4 billion.


Obama vetoes measure against swifter union elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a measure passed by the Republican-run Congress blocking the National Labor Relations Board from streamlining the process for union elections, saying government should not make it harder for workers to be heard in the workplace.

US to pledge up to 28 percent emission cut in global treaty

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will pledge Tuesday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent as part of a global treaty aimed at preventing the worst effects of climate change, according to individuals briefed on the White House's plans.


Healthways decides against selling company after review

NASHVILLE (AP) - Healthways' board has decided against selling the company after reviewing its strategic options to boost shareholder value.


Tennessee school voucher bill passes Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that would give parents the option to move a child from a failing public school to a private school has passed the Senate.

State Rep. Mary Littleton to run for Tennessee GOP chairwoman

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Rep. Mary Littleton is joining the race to become the next chair of the Tennessee Republican Party.

Haslam urges lawmakers to look beyond politics on Medicaid

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday urged fellow Republicans to look beyond political considerations as they prepare to vote on a revived version of his Insure Tennessee proposal.

Coalition to hold rally today in support of Insure Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — A coalition supporting Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans is planning a rally at the state Capitol today.


Rutherford County Veterans Court could open in fall

MURFREESBORO (AP) - Officials in Murfreesboro plan to meet this week to iron out details of a court being developed specifically to serve veterans.


Fruit and vegetable farmers may qualify for reimbursement

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is administering a reimbursement program for farmers who grow fruits or vegetables and have received Good Agriculture Practices certification.


Amazon.com offering to help get jobs done around the house

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon.com is introducing a referral service to help people to get projects and chores done around their homes.


Tesla to unveil new product – likely a battery – next month

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors says it will reveal a new product next month, but it's not a car.

Volvo Cars plans to open its first US plant

DETROIT (AP) — Volvo Cars is planning to build an assembly plant in the U.S.

Lincoln Continental, the car of presidents, is returning

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Elvis Presley had one; so did Clark Gable. It was even the sedan of presidents. Then the name vanished amid an invasion of newer luxury cars from Europe and Asia.


Signed contracts to buy US homes climb to 20-month high

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in February, evidence that the spring buying season could open strong after sluggish sales for much of the winter.


Business forecasters boost 2-year outlook for US economy

A business economics group has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic improvement this year and next, particularly for job growth.

US consumer spending edges up 0.1 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers spent just slightly more in February even though their income rose by a healthy amount. But economists hope bigger paychecks will give spending a bigger boost in the coming months.

Stocks gain on encouraging signs in spending and home sales

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes are closing higher following encouraging news on consumer spending and home sales.

Small investors blame losses on brokers they once trusted

NEW YORK (AP) — Susan Bernardo trusted her stockbroker. She wound up losing a fortune.

Former Fed chairman starting 'Ben Bernanke's Blog'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is getting a new title — blogger.

Apple CEO calls 'religious objection' laws dangerous

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook said that so-called "religious objection" legislation being introduced in a number of states is dangerous and bad for business.

JetBlue computer outage causes delays for passengers

NEW YORK (AP) — A computer outage that caused delays for thousands of JetBlue Airways passengers early Monday morning has been resolved, the company said.

Late audits halt trading in Morgan Stanley-backed stocks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two major companies in a prominent $1.4 billion Asia investment fund managed by New York banking giant Morgan Stanley unexpectedly told securities regulators they will not file their financial statements on time and froze trading in their stocks, actions generally considered to be cause for concern.


Grammy museum is bringing gallery to Nashville

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Grammy Museum is opening up a gallery in Nashville this summer, promising to give visitors an immersive experience on the art and technology of making music.


Harwell to again co-chair national leadership initiative

NASHVILLE (AP) - House Speaker Beth Harwell will once again co-chair the Republican State Leadership Committee's Right Women, Right Now initiative.

Haslam to continue school funding discussion despite lawsuit

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he's not going to let a lawsuit several East Tennessee school systems filed against the state over funding derail the administration's efforts to address grievances about the state's school funding formula.

Haslam undaunted by difficult prospects for Insure Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he is willing to risk a second defeat of his Insure Tennessee proposal to highlight the need for improving health standards in the state.

Tennessee school voucher bill scheduled for Senate vote

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation that would give parents the option to move a child from a failing public school to a private school is scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor on Monday.


Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.


Energy Dept revives vehicle loan program after criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Energy is reviving a vehicle loan program it pledged to retool after criticism it funded flops and wasted taxpayer money.

Authorities go after crooked car deals in national crackdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — A nationwide crackdown on auto dealers has turned up widespread evidence of false ads, deceptive loans and fake odometer readings, the government said Thursday.


House OKs bipartisan Medicare doc bill; fate up to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.


Jury decides Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that shined a light on gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley.


Yellen: A rate increase may be warranted later this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that continued improvement in the U.S. economy means an increase in the Fed's key interest rate could come later this year.

Consumer sentiment slips in March on bad weather

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bad weather and rising gasoline prices pushed U.S. consumer sentiment a bit lower in March.

US economic growth may be mild, but it's also really durable

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy's tepid performance last quarter — a 2.2 percent annual growth rate — was typical of the economic rebound that began in the summer of 2009. Yet the sluggish pace of the recovery has a silver lining: This growth spurt has proved to be one of the most durable since World War II.

Stocks close with slight gains, but still end the week lower

NEW YORK (AP) — A tough week on the stock market ended quietly Friday.

Oil prices jump almost 5 percent as tensions mount in Yemen

The price of oil rose sharply on Thursday as mounting tensions in Yemen got traders worried that the flow of crude from the Persian Gulf region could be disrupted.

Diet sodas fall in US; Pepsi takes back No. 2 spot

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans bought less soda for the tenth straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.


Senate OKs Republican balanced-budget plan, following House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law.

Obama praises payday lender rules, vows veto of limitations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Embracing proposed new rules aimed at payday lenders, President Barack Obama on Thursday warned Republicans that he would veto attempts to unravel regulations that govern the financial industry.

Lawmakers unhappy with new fracking rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common: Many have issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.


Supreme Court overturns conviction based on jury selection

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of child molestation in Union County because the judge in the case did not follow the rules on how to pick a jury.

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