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1. Gates, French Gates offer post-divorce philanthropic plans -

Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates say they will still work with the Giving Pledge, the campaign they co-founded with Warren Buffett in 2010 to encourage billionaires to donate the majority of their wealth through philanthropy.

2. Who will get Powell Jobs' $3.5B gift for climate work? -

Philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs is gearing up to invest $3.5 billion into climate-focused initiatives in the next 10 years. But if the donation patterns of her foundation continue, the public might never know where that money is going.

3. MacKenzie Scott, French Gates join to fund gender equality -

An initiative from philanthropists Melinda French Gates, MacKenzie Scott and the family foundation of billionaire Lynn Schusterman awarded $40 million Thursday to four promoting gender equality projects in tech, higher education, caregiving and minority communities.

4. Bill, Melinda Gates to run foundation jointly after divorce -

NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates will continue to work together as co-chairs of their foundation even after their planned divorce. However, if after two years Gates and French Gates decide they cannot continue in their roles, French Gates will resign her positions as co-chair and trustee, The Bill and Gates Melinda Foundation announced Wednesday.

5. $40B pledged for gender equality, with $2B from Gates group -

The U.N.-sponsored global gathering for gender equality generated about $40 billion in pledges towards aiding women and girls on Wednesday, partly fueled by a significant $2.1 billion contribution from Bill and Melinda Gates' namesake foundation.

6. Buffett resigns from Gates Foundation -

NEW YORK (AP) — Warren Buffett resigned Wednesday as trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which says it will announce plans in July to answer questions raised about its leadership structure as it deals with the divorce of its two founders.

7. Bill Gates' leadership roles stay intact despite allegations -

SEATTLE (AP) — Despite damaging allegations suggesting Bill Gates pursued women who worked for him, don't expect changes to his roles at the two iconic institutions he co-founded, Microsoft and his namesake philanthropic foundation.

8. Gates helps launch drive for global vaccine distribution -

A new mass fundraising campaign aims to inspire 50 million people around the world to make small donations to Covax, the international effort to push for equitable global distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations.

9. Billionaires John, Laura Arnold to give 5% of wealth yearly -

Billionaire philanthropists John and Laura Arnold have committed to donate 5% of their wealth annually as part of an effort to encourage increased, timelier donations to charities.

The Arnolds, who live in Houston, are the first billionaires to sign on to the advocacy organization Global Citizen's "Give While You Live" campaign, which calls on the world's billionaires to give at least 5% of their wealth every year to a cause. The Arnolds' pledge Monday came as part of an alliance between Global Citizen and the Arnold-led Initiative to Accelerate Charitable Giving — a coalition of donors, experts and nonprofits who want Congress to raise giving requirements.

10. Warren Buffett's fortune tops $100B as his stock soars -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett's fortune surged above $100 billion Wednesday when shares of his company hit a record high at over $400,000 apiece.

Berkshire Hathaway's Class A shares climbed to $407,750 Wednesday before giving up some ground to close the day at $398,840. The Class B shares of the Omaha, Nebraska, based conglomerate were selling for a much more affordable price of $263.99.

11. $40M gender equality fund by Gates, Scott picks finalists -

A gender equality philanthropic initiative spearheaded by Melinda Gates' investment company, with support from MacKenzie Scott, has announced 10 project finalists for $40 million in funding slated to be awarded this summer.

12. Study finds long-acting shot helps women avoid HIV infection -

Researchers are stopping a study early after finding that a shot of an experimental medicine every two months worked better than daily pills to help keep women from catching HIV from an infected sex partner.

13. Stocks barely budge on Wall Street; S&P 500 just shy of high -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes barely budged on Wall Street Friday, leaving the S&P 500 just shy of its record once again.

The S&P 500 edged down 0.58 points, or less than 0.1%, to 3,372.85 after drifting between small gains and losses throughout the day. They're the latest meandering moves for the market, which has taken a pause after erasing almost all of the steep losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

14. Buffett makes annual donations worth $2.9B to 5 charities -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett has given away another $2.9 billion of his Berkshire Hathaway stock to five foundations as part of his plan to gradually give away his fortune.

Buffett disclosed the annual gifts Wednesday. The biggest donation went to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Buffett also gave stock to his own foundation and to the foundations run by each of his three children. Altogether, he donated nearly 16 million Class B Berkshire shares.

15. Malaria drug didn't help virus patients, big UK study finds -

Leaders of a large study in the United Kingdom that is rigorously testing the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and other medicines for hospitalized COVID-19 patients say they will stop putting people on the drug because it's clear it isn't helping.

16. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for February 2020 -

Top residential real estate sales, February 2020, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

17. Once-a-month birth control pill? Experiment works in animals -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Birth control pills work great if women remember to take them every day but missing doses can mean a surprise pregnancy. Now scientists have figured out how to pack a month's supply into one capsule.

18. As McDonald's CEO learned, workplace romance can be perilous -

NEW YORK (AP) — Workplace couples are often romanticized — think Bill and Melinda Gates or Michelle and Barack Obama. But when the relationship involves two people with unequal power, it can also be fraught with peril, especially in the #MeToo era.

19. Buffett giving annual stock gifts worth $3.6B to 5 charities -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett continues giving fortune away with $3.6B in Berkshire Hathaway stock to five foundations.

Buffett has now given away stock worth roughly $34 billion since he started distributing parts of his fortune in 2006.

20. MacKenzie Bezos pledges half her fortune to charity -

NEW YORK (AP) — MacKenzie Bezos, who finalized her divorce from Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos earlier this year, is pledging to give away half her fortune to charity.

The novelist said Tuesday that she signed The Giving Pledge, a campaign to get the ultra-wealthy to pledge at least half their fortune to charitable causes. It was created in 2010 by billionaire investor Warren Buffett and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates.

21. Events -

REIN Event. Use a Self-Directed IRA to Grow Your Money. An introduction class. Realtors will receive continuing education credit. Fee: $20 and up. Thursday, 6 p.m. REIN Center, 4525 Harding Road, Suite 200. Information, registration

22. Events -

Tri-Chamber Mixer. A collaborative event with the Gallatin, Mount Juliet and Lebanon-Wilson County Chambers will offer an opportunity to mix and mingle with local professionals and business owners. The Estate at Cherokee Dock, 175 Cherokee Dock Road, Lebanon. Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $35-50. Information

23. Events -

Nashville Comedy Festival. The festival, which runs through Sunday, features some of the funniest comedians in the world at different locations around the city. The 2019 line-up includes popular comedians like Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy, Sebastian Maniscalco, Ali Wong, Jim Jefferies, Rhett & Link, Tom Segura, John Crist, Nate Bargatze, Doug Loves Movies, Cody Ko, Noel Miller, Janeane Garofalo, Rita Rudner and 85 South. Information

24. Events -

Youth Job Fair. The summer Youth Job Fair is for YOUTH (ages 15 & up) who are seeking summer employment in Gallatin for summer, part time, seasonal, after school, etc. American Job Center, 1598 Green Lea Blvd., Gallatin. Thursday, 3-7 p.m. Information: 615-452-4000.

25. Events -

Tin Pan South. Now in its 27th year, the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival is the highlight for musicians and music lovers each year. Music fans come from all over the world to see dozens of performances during this event. Through Sunday. Information

26. Events -

Chamber Midtown Quarterly Meeting. Discussion will focus on entrepreneurship in the Midtown area, including the thriving industries of technology, health care and more. Chamber Midtown is one of six of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Area Advisory Councils, formed to champion business prosperity in one of Nashville’s most thriving business districts. Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt, 2400 West End Ave. Thursday, 8-9:30 a.m. Registration required. Fee: free for chamber members and future members. Information

27. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for February 2019 -

Top residential real estate sales, February 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

28. Events -

Williamson, Inc. Joint Mixer. Williamson, Inc., Spring Hill Chamber and Maury Alliance host a joint Chamber Mixer. Homestead Manor, 4683 Columbia Pike, Thompson’s Station. Thursday, 5-7 p.m.

29. Events -

First Friday: Your Small Business Resource. Topic: Company Culture. Speaker: Clair Marshall Crowell, Chief Operations Officer, A. Marshall Hospitality. E|Spaces, 1550 W. McEwen Drive, Suite 300. Friday, 7:30-9 a.m. Free. Information 

30. Events -

Business Studio: Marketing Your Brand Through Creative Partnerships. Enjoy a panel discussion on the unique business advantages of creative marketing partnerships by walking through the branding story of Studio Bank. Business Studio gathers Nashville’s small business community, entrepreneurs and creators for monthly events centered on growth and scaling, strategic marketing and networking. Studio Bank, 124 12th Ave. S., Suite 400. Thursday, 4-6 p.m. Information

31. Bill Gates calls for more global education assessments data -

SEATTLE (AP) — Bill Gates is rallying behind school quality in developing nations with a push for more assessment data, a new initiative that links the Microsoft co-founder's signature U.S. education priorities with his more prominent global philanthropy work.

32. Amazon's Jeff Bezos to start $2 billion charitable fund -

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said Thursday that he is giving $2 billion to start a fund that will open preschools in low-income neighborhoods and give money to nonprofits that helps homeless families.

33. AP Exclusive: Billionaires fuel US charter schools movement -

SEATTLE (AP) — Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates.

The Microsoft co-founder gave millions of dollars to see a charter school law approved despite multiple failed ballot referendums. And his private foundation not only helped create the Washington State Charter Schools Association, but has at times contributed what amounts to an entire year's worth of revenues for the 5-year-old charter advocacy group.

34. Bill Gates pumps $158 million into push to combat US poverty -

SEATTLE (AP) — Bill Gates launched a new fight against systemic poverty in the U.S., with his private foundation on Thursday announcing millions of dollars toward initiatives ranging from data projects to funding for community activists.

35. Selfie medicine: Phone apps push people to take their pills -

SEATTLE (AP) — Take two tablets and a selfie? Your doctor's orders may one day include a smartphone video to make sure you took your medicine.

Smartphone apps that monitor pill-taking are now available, and researchers are testing how well they work when medication matters. Experts praise the efficiency, but some say the technology raises privacy and data security concerns.

36. Bill, Melinda Gates turn attention toward poverty in America -

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — Bill and Melinda Gates, as the world's top philanthropists, are rethinking their work in America as they confront what they consider their unsatisfactory track record on schools, the country's growing inequity and a president they disagree with more than any other.

37. Warren Buffett has gifted $43M in stock since July -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett has given away roughly $43 million of Berkshire Hathaway stock since last summer with the majority of that — $30 million — going to one unnamed charity.

38. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for Dec. 2016 -

Top residential real estate sales, December 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

39. Who are the 8 richest people? All men, mostly Americans -

LONDON (AP) — The eight individuals who own as much as half of the rest of the planet are all men, and have largely made their fortunes in technology. Most are American, with one European and one Mexican in the mix. Several have pledged to give it all to charity.

40. Buffett delivers annual gifts worth $2.86B to 5 charities -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett has delivered his annual donation of Berkshire Hathaway stock to five charities as part of his plan to gradually give away his fortune.

The gifts of Class B Berkshire stock that Buffett disclosed Thursday were worth roughly $2.86 billion. More than 19.6 million Berkshire shares were donated.

41. Former Titan Dyson finally reaching his goal -

When is it too late to go back to school and prepare for a new career?

Most experts and older students who’ve returned to school at 30, 40, 50 – or even 60 and beyond – will tell you there’s really no limit as long as an older student is motivated and focused.

42. Chancellor steps aside, avoids fight -

Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to restructure higher education didn’t take long to shake up the hierarchy. It led to the early retirement of Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan, who blasted the proposal in a letter to the governor, before legislation even hit the printing press.

43. Lipscomb University education initiative gets $750K grant -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A leadership education initiative at Lipscomb University has received a $750,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Cathy Cate is the executive director of Leadership Tennessee. She says the grant provides resources to expand the program beyond its current format.

44. Events -

Live on the Green. This week: Johnnyswim, Delta Spirit, Cage the Elephant beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday. Since its inception in 2009, more than 200,000 fans from 29 states and 10 countries have attended the free outdoor music festival. It also has hosted more than 70 artists, including Alabama Shakes, Local Natives, Band of Horses, Matt & Kim, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Matt Nathanson, The Wallflowers, Citizen Cope, Dr. John, The Wailers and more. Additional shows:

45. Sebelius, a lightning rod for critics, resigns -

WASHINGTON (AP) — For five years, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been a lightning rod for critics of President Barack Obama's health care law. But with sign-ups exceeding expectations and a new face soon to be in charge at HHS, the White House is eager to see if the poisonous atmosphere might give way to more pragmatic efforts aimed at fixing problems with the nation's newest social program.

46. Charter company dumps plan to redirect funds -

A national charter school group tapped to open schools in both Nashville and Memphis is dumping plans to syphon money from its schools here and in California to finance expansion into other states, a company official says.

47. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for January 2013 -

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

48. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg biggest giver in 2013 -

SEATTLE (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $970 million, to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in December.

49. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for Oct. 2013 -

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

50. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for Sept. 2013 -

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

51. Buffett gives 5 charities $2.6B in Berkshire stock -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett is giving five charities more than $2.6 billion worth of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. stock as part of his overall plan to give away his fortune gradually.

52. 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.

53. Gates: New Windows 8 system is 'very exciting' -

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft founder Bill Gates on Thursday called the new Windows 8 operating system scheduled for release next month "a very exciting new product" and "a very big deal" for the world's largest software maker.

54. Black Keys, Foo Fighters sign up for unique charity show -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Black Keys, Foo Fighters and Neil Young with Crazy Horse will headline one of this year's hottest concerts, but don't bother trying to buy tickets.

Fans will have to earn entry to Global Festival 2012 on Sept. 29 in New York City's Central Park by taking action against extreme poverty around the world through a website and app designed to get people moving before a big event, not after.

55. Haslam begins higher ed review -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam will begin a review of the state's college and university systems at his residence today.

The meeting will include business, legislative and higher education leaders.

56. Buffett gave $42M in stock to 8 unnamed charities -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett donated stock in his company worth $41.6 million to eight unnamed charities during the second half of 2011.

Buffett revealed the donations Wednesday in a year-end update on his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. stock holdings.