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1. How does UT have a Hall of Fame without Neyland? -

His name is on the football stadium, where a twice-life-size statue of him is displayed between gates 15A and 17.

The roadway that runs between the stadium and the Tennessee River bears his name.

2. Google gives federal plan for self-driving car -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Google wants Congress to create new federal powers that would let the tech giant receive special, expedited permission to bring to market a self-driving car that has no steering wheel or pedals.

3. Haslam lauds defeat of pemitless handgun carry bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday lauded a Senate committee for defeating a proposal to get rid of Tennessee's requirement to obtain a state-issued permit to carry handguns in public.

Supporters of annual efforts to loosen handgun carry laws in Tennessee have long argued that permit holders' background checks and training ensure that they are responsible enough to be armed in most public situations.

4. Meeting the demands of a rapidly aging population -

When Gov. Bill Haslam gave his annual State of the State address on February 1, he proposed a $34.8 billion plan providing new spending on colleges and universities, road projects and a large deposit into Tennessee’s emergency budget reserves.

5. Minority leader Harris confident even on wrong side of supermajority -

Lee Harris says he ran for state Senate because he felt Memphis could do better on Capitol Hill, defeating Ophelia Ford in 2014.

In his second legislative session, the Senate Minority leader says Democrats, though small in number, are making “inroads” while he continues to focus on improving neighborhoods from downtown Memphis to Millington.

6. Only so much Durham could blame on media -

It’s little wonder state Rep. Jeremy Durham had to take a two-week break from the General Assembly. He was probably feeling faint from the evolution of his own devolution as a leader in the House Republican Caucus.

7. NAIOP Nashville elects first female president -

Lizabeth Theiss is the new president of the Nashville Chapter of NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association, making history as the chapter’s first female president.

Theiss, who is vice president of business development and a member of the executive team at Crain Construction Inc., takes office in January and will serve a one-year term for the 450-member association. A NAIOP (National Association for Industrial and Office Parks) member since 2002, she previously served as president-elect, secretary and bus tour chair.

8. Civil asset forfeiture: 'It's a state license to steal’ -

The drugs in Kathy Stiltner’s car were over-the-counter antacids. The $12,000 in cash was from an inheritance. Still, police took the money – quite legally – and are still fighting to keep it, even after the drug charge was dropped.

9. Yellen opposes GOP proposal to boost Fed oversight -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that legislation supported by House Republicans to make the Federal Reserve more transparent and accountable would be a "grave mistake" that could harm the U.S. economy.

10. North Texas could never upset the Vols, right? -

No way Tennessee’s football team can lose Saturday’s homecoming game against North Texas, one of the worst teams in college football.


Tennessee (5-4) was a 40.5-point favorite early in the week coming off a 27-24 victory over South Carolina last Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

11. Posturing against Supreme Court ruling a waste of taxpayer money -

Legislation rejecting the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling faces major constitutional questions and, if passed, could put a financial burden on Tennessee taxpayers.

When the high court declared gay and lesbian couples have the right to be married across the United States, overturning state laws to the contrary, Tennessee’s Republican legislators started brainstorming for methods to work around the decision or to defy it. The Republican Caucus still hasn’t announced the outcome.

12. Senate GOP adds Dodd-Frank rewrite to $21B funding bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are trying to use a must-do spending bill to advance legislation significantly rewriting a landmark law that tightened regulation of the financial services industry after the 2008 financial crisis that sparked the Great Recession.

13. Obama faces vets, Jon Stewart amid concerns over Iran, VA -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is facing a convention of veterans and taking questions from Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show," as concerns run high about Iran, veterans' care and a shooting rampage against U.S. Marines.

14. Top residential real estate transactions for May 2015 -

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

15. Organized labor takes gamble by battling Obama's trade bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Organized labor's fierce opposition to President Barack Obama's trade agenda threatens to split the political left and deal a new blow to unions if the president prevails in a House vote that could come this week.

16. Tennessee’s most powerful politician -

Senate Speaker and Lieutenant Gov. Ron Ramsey laughs at the notion he’s changed since being elected to the Legislature 23 years ago, that he’s lost touch with the common man or become “arrogant” as lieutenant governor of Tennessee.

17. Surveillance debate produces unusual alliances in Capitol -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' debate over domestic surveillance is scrambling partisan divisions in the Senate as libertarian-minded Republicans defy their leaders to make common cause with liberal Democrats.

18. Senate GOP readies revamp of Dodd-Frank rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee unveiled legislation Tuesday that would ease regulatory requirements on mid-size banks and give lenders the option for greater freedom from mortgage lending rules.

19. Emotions over Obama's trade agenda roil Senate, delay action -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Emotional disagreements over trade erupted in Congress on Wednesday, when a liberal senator delayed a committee's likely endorsement of a top trade priority for President Barack Obama.

20. Obama faces left-right opposition on trade, military force -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reps. Barbara Lee and John Fleming are highly dubious at best about President Barack Obama's requests for enhanced powers to make trade deals and to deploy the U.S. military. And that's like oil and water mixing easily.

21. Keystone veto: Can Obama, GOP compromise on anything? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A looming veto by President Barack Obama of a Republican-championed bill foreshadows a key question for the White House: whether the president and Republicans can find areas to work together, even as Obama strikes down many of their top priorities.

22. NAFTA shadows Obama's efforts to seek clout for trade deals -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 21-year-old ghost haunts President Barack Obama and his allies as he presses Congress for enhanced powers to make trade deals with Japan and other nations.

Obama says new trade deals will avoid the shortcomings of NAFTA, the 1994 North America Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, which many Americans blame for big job losses, especially in manufacturing.

23. Top 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Middle Tennessee -

Top 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

24. Unions intensifying attacks on new emerging free-trade pact -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just over two decades after lobbying unsuccessfully against the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. labor unions are again voicing strong reservations to a proposed major trade-liberalization deal.

25. Obama's immigration actions do have limits -

WASHINGTON (AP) — As broadly as President Barack Obama may push the limits of his authority to shield from deportation millions of immigrants illegally in the United States, the fate of millions more will still be left unresolved.

26. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions July 2014 -

Top July 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

27. Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time' -

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning days before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing economic issues that could boost the middle class.

28. Obama: I'll act on my own on immigration -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of an unyielding Congress, President Barack Obama said Monday he will no longer wait for Republicans to act on immigration and will move on his own to make policy changes in what has been a top second-term priority of his presidency.

29. House weighs defense bill with Guantanamo limits -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House moved toward passage of a $570 billion defense spending bill that imposes new restrictions on President Barack Obama's handling of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and his attempts to close the U.S. prison.

30. House passes bill to allow electric chair in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee could electrocute death row inmates if lethal injection drugs are unavailable, under legislation what won approval Wednesday in the state House.

The chamber voted 68-13 for the measure sponsored by Rep. Dennis Powers of Jacksboro, but the Senate would have to agree to changes to the bill before it can head for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

31. Early politics extremely local for Nashville representative -

Some people are born into politics; others grow into a political career. For Rep. Sherry Jones, it was a little bit of both.

“My dad was a Nashville policeman and was head of the juvenile aid division, as well working on the vice squad, so he was well known,” Jones says, “And my mother worked in Metro government.

32. Obama tests work policies on federal contractors -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sidestepping Congress, President Barack Obama is using the federal government's vast array of contractors to impose rules on wages, pay disparities and hiring on a segment of the private sector that gets taxpayer money and falls under his control.

33. Could Ramsey really win a statewide race? -

A few years ago, before Bill Haslam took office, then-Gov. Phil Bredesen was mentioned as the front-runner for the position of secretary of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration.

For a whole 24 hours, according to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Bredesen was going to be named as a member of Obama’s cabinet. If that happened, Ramsey would be next in line to be Tennessee’s governor.

34. With no Democrats to irritate, legislators turn on Haslam -

While the Republican supermajority in the General Assembly is taking away powers from local governments, they are also trying to take away some executive powers from the governor. Not even Gov. Haslam is safe from the power grab.

35. Trade bills divide Obama, fellow Dems -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it will continue to press Congress for "fast track" authority to speed approval of trade deals even as election-year politics makes the task harder.

The Obama administration is engaged in two difficult trade negotiations, one with Japan and 10 other Pacific nations, and the other a proposed trans-Atlantic deal with European Union nations. The trans-Pacific talks are closer to completion.

36. Obama, fellow Dems are at odds on big trade bills -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants to put major emerging trade deals with Europe and Asia on a "fast track" to congressional passage. But with midterm elections looming, many fellow Democrats are working to sidetrack them instead.

37. 20-term Democratic Rep. Waxman to retire -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Henry Waxman, one of Congress' fiercest negotiators and a policy expert on everything from clean air to health care, will retire at the end of the year after four decades in the House.

38. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for 2013 -

Top 2013 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

39. Obama: On economy, focus is on executive actions -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling for "all hands on deck" to assist the economy, President Barack Obama is urging his Cabinet to identify ways to keep his administration relevant to people struggling in the up-and-down recovery.

40. New prospects in 2014 for an immigration overhaul -

WASHINGTON (AP) — His agenda tattered by last year's confrontations and missteps, President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws.

41. Obama eyes modest momentum on Capitol Hill in 2014 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama gets back to work this week eager to test whether a modest budget deal passed in the waning days of 2013 can spark bipartisan momentum on Capitol Hill. As he opens his sixth year in office, he also faces legacy-defining decisions on the future of government surveillance programs and the American-led war in Afghanistan.

42. White House greets budget deal with caution, hope -

WASHINGTON (AP) — There were no champagne corks popping at the White House after Congress passed a two-year budget deal, no declarations of a new era of cooperation in President Barack Obama's second term.

43. Stone is elected president of Realtors group -

Hagan Stone has been elected president of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors for 2014. Stone, who is affiliated with the Brentwood office of Pilkerton Realtors, begins his one-year term Jan. 1.

44. Tech tools could transform health-care pricing -

As retailers shift marketing budgets from paper to digital, more consumers are getting coupons and discounts on their computers and mobile devices.

It’s increasingly common for shoppers to redeem a deal by scanning their cell phone at the cash register or clicking on an email to take advantage of a flash sale on airline tickets.

45. Obama pushes back against critics of Iran deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing back hard, President Barack Obama forcefully defended the temporary agreement to freeze Iran's disputed nuclear program on Monday, declaring that the United States "cannot close the door on diplomacy."

46. Obama faces worry at home, abroad over Iran talks -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's hopes for a nuclear deal with Iran now depend in part on his ability to keep a lid on both hard-liners on Capitol Hill and anxious allies abroad, including Israel, the Arab Gulf states and even France.

47. White House, lawmakers: no clemency for Snowden -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and the leaders of the congressional intelligence committees are rejecting former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's plea for clemency.

48. Senate blocks Obama picks for judge, housing posts -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans blocked President Barack Obama's nominees to lead an influential federal court and a housing agency on Thursday, despite Democratic warnings of a return to last summer's partisan brawl over who wields power in the Senate.

49. Closed for business? Government shutdown history -

WASHINGTON (AP) — OK, gridlocked politicians we're used to. But why padlock the Statue of Liberty?

You don't see other democracies shuttering landmarks and sending civil servants home just because their political parties can't get along. Belgian civil servants, for example, carried on nicely for a year and a half while their politicians bickered over forming a new government.

50. US surveillance, Syria at issue on defense bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Limits on secret U.S. surveillance programs and President Barack Obama's push to help Syrian rebels were in dispute as the House weighed legislation to fund the nation's military.

51. House passes bill to replace education law -

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Friday passed legislation outlining their vision for national educational policy to replace the No Child Left Behind law. The measure would give state and local governments greater powers to determine how best to improve schools and would sharply reduce federal involvement in education matters.

52. University of Texas: Supreme Court decision has 'no impact' on policy -

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action in higher education will have "no impact" on the University of Texas' admissions policy, school president Bill Powers said Monday, noting UT will continue to use race as a factor in some cases.

53. Obama commits to tough push on global warming -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is planning a major push using executive powers to tackle the pollution blamed for global warming in an effort to make good on promises he made at the start of his second term. "We know we have to do more — and we will do more," Obama said Wednesday in Berlin.

54. Darius Rucker rides 'Wagon Wheel' to top of charts -

NASHVILLE -- Darius Rucker is a fan of Old Crow Medicine Show, but says he didn't really get what was so infectious about the string band's signature hit "Wagon Wheel" at first.

Then he heard the faculty band at his daughter's school play the song and it all started to open up for him.

55. Events -

Music City Center Grand Opening. Grammy-winning artist and Nashville resident Sheryl Crow will headline the Music City Center grand opening and free outdoor concert today. Performing with Crow will be The Time Jumpers, Vince Gill, the Fisk Jubilee Singers and Mikky Ekko. The concert is set for 6-9 p.m., followed by fireworks. A free open house continues today.

56. Republicans push amendments to reshape constitution -

The Tennessee Constitution is designed to be difficult to change.

But that doesn’t stop legislators from trying.

More than a dozen constitutional amendments were introduced by lawmakers at the just-completed session of the state legislature.

57. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for March 2013 -

Top March 2013 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

58. Sponsor drops bill to eliminate Vanderbilt police -

NASHVILLE (AP) — State Rep. Mark Pody has dropped his bill seeking to strip Vanderbilt University of its police powers because of the school's nondiscrimination policy for student groups.

The Tennessean newspaper reports (http://tnne.ws/103BM6p) that the Lebanon Republican announced in a statement on Monday that he would no longer pursue the measure that the state attorney general previously raised constitutional concerns about.

59. Critics of Vandy policy seek to strip police power -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Opponents of a Vanderbilt University policy banning discrimination in student groups want to enact a law to strip the private school of its police powers if it doesn't change its ways.

60. Obama unveils $500 million gun violence package -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Braced for a fight, President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled the most sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence in two decades, pressing a reluctant Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

61. Email privacy legislation clears Senate committee -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over objections from law enforcement officials, the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would require police to obtain a search warrant from a judge before they can review a person's emails or other electronic communications.

62. Hundreds become US citizens on Constitution Day -

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Hundreds of people became naturalized U.S. citizens during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Middle Tennessee State University on the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

63. Consumer regulator barks, and an industry shudders -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new federal agency charged with enforcing consumer finance laws is emerging as an ambitious sheriff, taking on companies for deceptive fees and marketing and unmoved by protests that its tactics go too far.

64. House GOP defense bill challenges Obama policy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an election-year challenge to President Barack Obama, House Republicans are pressing ahead with a defense budget that adds billions of dollars, boosts nuclear weapons programs and slows cost-cutting reductions in the force as the military emerges from two long wars.

65. Recovery threatened by runaway student loan debt -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal student loan program seemed like a great idea back in 1965: Borrow to go to college now, pay it back later when you have a job.

But many borrowers these days are close to flunking out, tripped up by painful real-life lessons in math and economics.

66. Tenn. campaign flurry draws to close as vote nears -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The sudden flurry of presidential campaign activity in Tennessee comes to a close Tuesday when voters cast their ballots in the Republican primary.

After a fairly sleepy campaign season - early voting was down 37 percent compared with 2008 - activity suddenly ramped up in the last week as the front-runners each held rallies around the state with hopes of landing a key victory in the South.

67. GAVELS program casts attorneys, judges as educators -

Efforts to redefine how Tennessee Supreme Court judges are chosen, along with moves to bring judicial oversight into the legislative sphere, would seem to show a certain disdain for the third branch of government by members of the second.

68. Bill to strip courts' power to block laws dropped -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The sponsor of a proposal to strip state courts of the power to block laws enacted by the Tennessee General Assembly quietly withdrew the bill on Monday after receiving heavy criticism from both sides of the political aisle.

69. GOP proposals take aim at Tenn. courts -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republicans in the Tennessee Legislature are considering several changes to the judiciary branch, with proposals ranging from how judges are appointed and disciplined to whether the courts should even have the power to overturn laws.

70. Republican presidential candidates on the issues -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Here's where the 2012 Republican presidential candidates stand on a selection of issues.

They are former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

71. Casada finds friends, foes with his ability to ‘articulate a ‘no’’ -

Credit his friends – and the inspiration of Ronald Reagan – with starting state Rep. Glen Casada on the road to public service.

72. Analysis: Is government's role to fix economy? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy needs to be fixed. On this, Democrats and Republicans agree. They part ways over how to do it and, specifically, what role the federal government should play.

"Ultimately," President Barack Obama tells Congress, "our recovery will be driven not by Washington, but by our businesses and our workers. But we can help." His argument that government has a responsibility to do so probably doesn't sit well with an America that's down on Washington.

73. Senate rejects House GOP budget-cutting plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner searched on Friday for an elusive debt-limit compromise as the Senate rejected a House plan containing deep spending cuts and for the moment put aside a last-ditch fallback option.

74. Google's lobbying bill tops $2M for 1st time in 2Q -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Inc.'s quarterly lobbying expenses surpassed $2 million for the first time as the U.S. government conducts a wide-ranging investigation into the Internet search leader's business practices.

75. House presses ahead to complete $649B defense bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is sending mixed signals on President Barack Obama's military action against Libya, voting to prohibit weapons and training to rebels looking to oust Moammar Gadhafi but stopping short of trying to cut off money for American participation in the NATO-led mission.

76. House rejects effort to prohibit funds for Libya -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Thursday to bar military aid to Libyan rebels battling Moammar Gadhafi but stopped short of prohibiting funds for U.S. involvement in a NATO-led mission now in its fourth month.

77. Judicial election latest disagreement in Tenn. GOP -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Add the election of Supreme Court justices and appellate judges to the list of disagreements between the top two Republicans at the Tennessee Statehouse.

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville on Tuesday night broke a 4-4 committee deadlock to advance a bill to require state Supreme Court justices and appeals judges to stand for popular election — a move that fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has opposed.