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1. Ordering some much-needed levity in the court -

Counsel: “Have you razed many houses since you’ve worked for the city?”

Witness: “No, sir, but I’ve sure tore down a lot of them.”

For the above and some of the following items, I am indebted to Bill McFarland, longtime court reporter in and around these parts. The quotes in this column represent actual courtroom dialogue, as spoken in a nearby courthouse:

2. Akbari proving to be worthy successor to iconic DeBerry -

Those who wondered how Raumesh Akbari would do in following legendary Memphis legislator Lois DeBerry now have a much clearer picture.

Akbari, a 32-year-old lawyer with degrees from Washington University and St. Louis University Law School, may come off as soft spoken. But she will take a stand on social issues, carry meaningful legislation and, despite being in the super-minority as a Democrat, has caught the eye of Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell, who selected her to serve on an ad hoc committee handling a sexual harassment investigation of Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham.

3. Take 100 percent ownership of your own resume -

Job seekers often spend quite a lot of time perfecting their resumes. From tiny details such as the font to the experience and education sections, a resume can be mulled for days, weeks or months.

It can be overwhelming and can paralyze a job search.

4. Pass on Tunsil less about video, more about Conklin -

There have been players who have dropped before in the NFL Draft. But Laremy Tunsil’s free fall might be the first-ever to be born of social media.

Just in case you didn’t know, a video of Tunsil putting on a gas mask attached to a bong surfaced on the Ole Miss lineman’s Twitter account about 10 minutes before the draft began.

5. Sure, Dooley left UT's cupboard bare but it’s stocked now -

In the 2014 NFL draft, Tennessee defensive lineman Daniel McCullers was picked in the sixth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Since then, a total of 550 players have been drafted. Not a single one of them played at UT.

6. Legislative losers: All who disagree with legislators -

The 109th General Assembly is done – almost – for the year. Here’s a look at the winners and losers.

Winner: State budget

Buoyed by $400 million in surplus revenue from fiscal 2015 and $450 million in projected surpluses for the coming fiscal year, Gov. Bill Haslam spread the wealth in a $34.9 billion budget.

7. Middle Tennessee real estate market ‘ain’t exactly clear’ -

In 1967, Stephen Stills wrote a song titled “For What It’s Worth” although those words do not appear anywhere in the song.

The song is better known by its subtitle, “Stop, Look, What’s that Sound” and was recorded by Buffalo Springfield, Stills’ band at the time.

8. More money means bigger bankruptcy problems -

Think the rich are different from you and me? Not when it comes to declaring bankruptcy. Over-leveraged people are pretty much the same when the creditor comes calling.

“You have to have the tissues out, for sure,” says Tim Niarhos, Nashville bankruptcy attorney.

9. Tennessee leads the nation in bankruptcies -

Tennessee has a model program for financial literacy in its public schools. All high school students must pass a personal finance course to graduate, and even kindergartners are learning about money under a new initiative to extend the curriculum to primary school.

10. Predators beat Sharks 4-1, pull within 2-1 in series -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators finally figured out how to shut down the NHL's best road team and a pretty potent power play. As a result, they have given themselves a chance to tie their second-round series.

11. Weak US hiring report sends stocks lower on Wall Street -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. and global stock indexes moved lower a second day Wednesday following a dismal report on job creation that gave investors concern over the state of the economy. The data followed a round of economic news out of China and Europe a day earlier that also suggested sluggish growth.

12. Tampa Bay Times purchases main competitor, the Tampa Tribune -

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida's largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, said Tuesday it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune, ending a decades-long newspaper rivalry.

The acquisition means that the Tribune printed its final newspaper Tuesday, ending its 123-year-old run as a stand-alone paper. The Times will become the fifth-largest Sunday circulation newspaper in the nation.

13. St. Louis jury awards $55M in Johnson & Johnson cancer suit -

ST. LOUIS (AP) — For the second time in three months, a St. Louis jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a huge award over claims that its talcum powder causes cancer.

The jury deliberated eight hours Monday before ordering the company to pay $55 million to a South Dakota woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on years of talcum powder use.

14. Rich newspaper owners: Industry saviors or foes? -

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Salt Lake Tribune's pending sale to the wealthy Huntsman family unshackles the newspaper from cost-cutting corporate owners and resolves crippling financial uncertainty — but it also raises concerns about whether the influential family will meddle in the paper's coverage.

15. Study: 7 of 10 most profitable US hospitals are nonprofits -

CHICAGO (AP) — Seven of the 10 most profitable U.S. hospitals are nonprofits, according to new research, including one in Urbana, Illinois, where hospital tax exemptions are headed for a contentious court battle that soon could determine whether medical facilities are paying their fair share of taxes.

16. Tennessee disregarded red flags with TNReady testing firm -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee officials knew of concerns about a testing company's ability to fulfill a $107.7 million contract to administer the new online TNReady standardized test even before this year's failed rollout, internal documents show.

17. Gannett tells Tribune shareholders not to vote for board -

NEW YORK (AP) — Gannett is escalating its pursuit of rival newspaper company Tribune, telling shareholders of Tribune not to vote for its board member nominees up for election in June.

Gannett, the publisher of USA Today and other newspapers, said Monday that withholding a vote at Tribune's annual meeting next month will send a message to the management team that it needs to engage in takeover talks.

18. Mystery solved? Australian says he's Bitcoin founder -

LONDON (AP) — An Australian man long rumored to be associated with the digital currency Bitcoin has publicly identified himself as its creator, a claim that would end one of the biggest mysteries in the tech world.

19. Pavelski's late goal gives Sharks 3-2 win over Predators -

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Nashville Predators frustrated Joe Pavelski and San Jose's top line for much of the night, forcing turnovers, blocking shots and limiting chances.

That all changed with one big shift late in the game that put the Sharks in control of their second-round series.

20. US consumer spending inches up in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers boosted their spending by a tiny amount in March as purchases of nondurable goods such as clothing offset a big fall in spending on autos and other long-lasting items.

21. Eurozone economy speeds up, reaches size it was back in 2008 -

LONDON (AP) — It's been a long and tortuous journey, but the eurozone economy is finally back to the size it was before the global financial crisis.

Official figures released Friday show that the eurozone, which as a bloc is the world's second-largest economy, accelerated unexpectedly at the start of the year to bring it back to the level it was before the recessions of the past eight years.

22. Volkswagen CEO says he apologized in person to Obama for scandal -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen's CEO says he apologized in person to U.S. President Barack Obama for the carmaker's emissions scandal, in which it rigged its cars to cheat on diesel engine pollution tests.

23. Volkswagen CEO apologized in person to Obama over scandal -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen's CEO says he apologized in person to U.S. President Barack Obama for the carmaker's emissions scandal, in which it rigged its cars to cheat on diesel engine pollution tests.

24. Predators edge Ducks 2-1 in Game 7, advance to 2nd round -

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators clung to a small lead for two full periods, scrambling and dodging and stopping everything the Anaheim Ducks could throw at them.

They hung on until the final horn, emerging triumphant from their first Game 7 and opening a new chapter in Smashville hockey.

25. Big deals and gains for tech stocks lead US indexes higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mostly higher Thursday morning as a handful of companies jump on deal news. Facebook and PayPal are leading technology stocks higher after they announced strong first-quarter results. The U.S. government said the economy slowed a little more than expected in the first three months of this year.

26. VW to spend up to $8.8 billion on diesel buybacks, fixes -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen said Thursday it had set aside 7.8 billion euros ($8.8 billion) to buy back or fix diesel-powered cars that had been rigged to cheat in emissions tests.

The sum is part of 16.2 billion euros the company deducted from last year's earnings to cover the costs of the emissions scandal, in which its cars were fitted with software that enabled them to pass tests but then turned emissions controls off during everyday driving.

27. MTSU names veterans' center for Charlie and Hazel Daniels -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Middle Tennessee State University has named a new support center for military veterans who are students there in honor of country music singer Charlie Daniels and his wife, Hazel.

28. State abruptly cancels contract with TNReady creator -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state of Tennessee on Wednesday abruptly terminated a $107.7 million contract with a testing company following repeated failures with the rollout of the new assessment called TNReady.

29. Hit the workweek running with ‘Sprint’ -

All day long, ideas run through your head. Will this work? What if that process is tweaked? Can you make things more efficient, more cost-effective, speed them up, rev their engines?

Or, as you’ll see in the new book “Sprint” by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, and Braden Kowitz, is there a better way to conquer the meeting rat-race?

30. Finding Constitutional violations is as easy as pie -

His name is Cameron Ward. He was born in Montreal in 1957, graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1979 and earned his law degree in 1983 from the University of Ottawa.

He was admitted to the Bar of British Columbia in 1984, practiced with major Vancouver firms for nine years and then founded his own firm in 1993.

31. Email forgiveness is a holiday to embrace -

In today’s workplace, email is an inevitable fact of life. Gone are the days of predictable phone calls or regular in-person chats to check in.

The bulk of communication is expected through email.

32. CEOs must help all employees support sales team -

A “company-wide sales culture.” Every CEO and business owner dreams of it, but few realize it. It occurs when everyone in the organization plays some role in supporting sales and growth efforts, though roles will vary.

33. What you don’t know about mold can kill you -

Houses are dangerous, but they are not death traps. Now if a house fell on a person, it might kill them. Just ask any witch you know.

Other than that, a house might serve as home to things that can make a person very sick, but most of those things are easily mitigated. Some, such as mold, have reached infamy status, and that little fungus has now achieved a place of fear last held by the plague.

34. Outspoken McCormick one of the ‘stars’ of the Legislature -

Rep. Gerald McCormick holds plenty of authority in the General Assembly as majority leader of the Republican Caucus, and he’s not afraid to show it.

He wielded that power in the final week of the 2016 session by dropping jaws on the House floor with a verbal spanking of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce.

35. Hurd looks to join list of greatest UT running backs -

When Jalen Hurd committed to the University of Tennessee prior to his senior season at Beech High in Hendersonville, he had one goal:

Help UT football get back up and running under Butch Jones.

36. Parikh’s niche: Helping you get organized -

Mridu Parikh wouldn’t have a viable business without the educational videos she writes, produces and posts online on her YouTube and Roku TV channels or directly to her company website.

Parikh is an organization and simplicity coach who lives Franklin, but the vast majority of her clients and fans are sprinkled all over the nation and globe.

37. So you want to be a social media star -

A little more than a year ago, Leslie Mosier uploaded a video to Facebook and Instagram of her 2-year-old dog, an extraordinarily mellow 20-pound pug named Doug, skittering around Dragon Park with a pug-shaped Mylar balloon tied to his torso.

38. Career education making a comeback in US high schools -

ANTIOCH, Calif. (AP) — There was an emergency in Room 14. Three girls injured, one with a broken thighbone and maybe something more serious. Snapping on sterile gloves and kneeling before the worst-off patient, two 17-year-olds went to work.

39. Fed keeps key rate unchanged; no hint on timing of next hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve kept a key interest rate unchanged Wednesday against the backdrop of a slowdown in U.S. and global growth and provided no hint of when its next rate hike may occur.

40. Speaker Harwell's health care task force holds first meeting -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Members of a health care task force assigned with proposing alternatives to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee plan on Tuesday stressed their desire to include "circuit breakers" to prevent out-of-control costs.

41. Apple reports iPhone sales down, 1st revenue drop since 2003 -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple says quarterly revenue fell for the first time in more than a decade, as iPhone sales fell compared with a year ago. That's putting more pressure on the world's most valuable public company to come up with its next big product.

42. Speaker Harwell's health care task force has first meeting -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A task force appointed by Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell to come up with a plan to expand access to health care in Tennessee has met for the first time.

43. US home prices rise at solid pace, even with flat sales -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices continued their steady upward march in February as buyers competed for a limited number of available properties.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.4 percent that month compared with a year earlier, according to a report released Tuesday. That's down slightly from January's 5.7 percent rise.

44. US stocks mostly trade higher as energy sector rises -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks finished mostly higher Tuesday in another cautious day of trading. Energy companies climbed in tandem with the price of oil, but technology companies fell.

The market wavered between small gains and losses throughout the day. Chemicals companies made the biggest gains, led by DuPont, while energy companies benefited from higher oil prices. Health care stocks fell on more regulatory scrutiny of drug pricing. The Nasdaq composite index fell for the fourth day in a row.

45. CEO: No guarantee on delivery of tests -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The president of a North Carolina-based testing company said Monday that he can't guarantee all students in Tennessee will receive the test on time.

Measurement Inc. president and CEO Henry "Hank" Scherich said his company is working furiously to get the new TNReady materials to students.

46. AP Explains: GOP battles bailout perception on Puerto Rico -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Debt-ridden Puerto Rico faces a $422 million bond payment deadline Sunday with no sign Congress will act in time to help.

Further complicating lawmakers' efforts to steer the U.S. territory away from economic collapse are ads airing nationwide that claim the legislation amounts to a financial bailout even though the bill has no direct financial aid.

47. Justice Department approves deal to create new cable giant -

NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department has approved Charter's bid to buy Time Warner Cable and create another cable giant.

Buying Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks will turn Charter Communications, a mid-size cable company, into the country's No. 2 home Internet provider, after Comcast. The new Charter will be No. 3 in video, trailing Comcast and AT&T, which bought DirecTV last year.

48. Volkswagen to appeal ruling allowing UAW vote in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Volkswagen on Monday announced plans to appeal a National Labor Relations Board ruling that upheld a unionization vote among a portion of workers at the German automaker's lone U.S. assembly plant in Tennessee.

49. IMF expects $500B revenue loss for Mideast oil exporters -

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oil exporting countries in the Middle East lost a staggering $390 billion in revenue due to lower oil prices last year, and should brace for even deeper losses of around $500 billion this year, the International Monetary Fund said Monday.

50. US stocks slip as energy companies fall with oil prices -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slipped in quiet trading Monday as energy companies dropped with the price of oil. Metals and chemicals companies also fell. Company earnings remain weak, and Xerox and drugmaker Perrigo tumbled after reporting disappointing results and cutting their forecasts for the year.

51. New academic achievement test hits another snag -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee education officials are preparing for the possibility that some students won't be able to take the new achievement tests this year after the latest problem with the assessment, state officials said Friday.

52. VW to take $18 billion hit as German carmakers face recall -

WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — German carmaker Volkswagen capped two grim days for the country's auto industry by revealing its diesel emissions cheating cost it a chunky 16.2 billion euros ($18.2 billion) for 2015 alone — and that's likely only a part of the total bill.

53. Uber settlement keeps drivers as contractors in 2 states -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It will cost Uber up to $100 million and took some significant policy concessions, but the ride-hailing company is forging forward with its thriving business model by keeping its drivers independent contractors, for now.

54. Prince, hugely inventive, influential musician, dead at 57 -

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Prince could play guitar like Santana or Jimi Hendrix, sing like James Brown, turn out pop melodies worthy of Motown or lay down the deepest grooves this side of Sly and the Family Stone. But no one could mistake his sound for anyone but Prince.

55. US mortgage rates remain low as home-buying season starts -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates stayed near 2016 lows this week, potentially good news for the housing market as the spring home-buying season begins.

The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage edged up to 3.59 percent from 3.58 percent last week. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage slipped to 2.85 percent, lowest since May 2013, and down from 2.86 percent last week.

56. GM profits more than double on record N. America earnings -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' first quarter profit more than doubled as all of its business units posted improved numbers including record pretax earnings in North America.

The Detroit automaker earned $1.95 billion, or $1.24 per share, even after a $500 million cash investment in ride-sharing company Lyft.

57. US mortgage rates remain low as home-buying season starts -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says average long-term U.S. mortgage rates stayed near 2016 lows this week, potentially good news for the housing market as the spring home-buying season begins.

58. Mixed open on Wall Street; indexes waver -

U.S. stock indexes edged lower in early trading Thursday as investors pored over the latest crop of company earnings news. Telecom services and consumer staples companies were down the most. Oil prices were also headed lower. The stock market is coming off a three-day winning streak.

59. GM profits more than double on record N. America earnings -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' first quarter profit more than doubled as all of its business units posted improved numbers including record pretax earnings in North America.

The Detroit automaker earned $1.95 billion, or $1.24 per share, even after a $500 million cash investment in ride-sharing company Lyft.

60. Volkswagen reaches judge's deadline for diesel car fix -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Time is up for Volkswagen to meet a federal judge's deadline to detail how it will make nearly 600,000 diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests comply with clean air laws.

61. Banking woes easing for some legal pot businesses -

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a once-empty office in Oregon's Department of Revenue headquarters, officials have created a mini-fortress.

Recently hired workers sit behind bulletproof glass at a window inaccessible to the public. Police officers brought out of retirement roam the building with handguns on their hips. Security cameras monitor the hallways.

62. What? Rudolph never lived at the North Pole? -

This column is about Rudolph, the reindeer with the red nose. Or, rather, the literature via which he was created. I heard that it all started in a department store. Could this be true?

After investigation, I can report that Rudolph indeed was the 1939 brain child of a 34-year-old Montgomery Ward copywriter.

63. Trick your brain into being more productive -

Your co-worker might have super powers. He does more in a morning than you do in a day and a-half.

He answers all emails with efficiency, keeps phone calls to a minimum, his clients love him, the competition wants him, and you’re pretty sure he’s more powerful than a locomotive.

64. Employers want to know what you can do on Day 1 -

A friend called me recently with a question I was not expecting: “Why is it that all the resumes I get from recent college graduates are packed with their leadership experience? I don’t care about that. I want to know what they can really do for my company, workwise. What are their skills?”

65. Making a great impression – in the blink of an eye -

In “Blink: The Power to Think Without Thinking,” acclaimed author Malcolm Gladwell addresses first impressions. His book doesn’t come from the angle of how to make great first impressions – a genuine smile, firm handshake, pressed clothing and all those tips we’ve turned into habits over the years.

66. Last Scion-branded iA sedan is inexpensive, sporty -

The Scion brand is going away, but there’s still time to get a 2016 iA, an inexpensive sedan with impressive handling, top fuel mileage and surprising standard features.

This iA is new for 2016 and rides on a front-wheel drive platform and suspension that is noteworthy for its sporty handling. The starting manufacturer-suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $16,495 for a five-seater with six-speed manual transmission, while the six-speed automatic is $17,595. The four-door model is a recommended buy of Consumer Reports magazine.

67. Events -

An Insiders’ View – the New Vision for the Tennessee State Museum. The new Tennessee State Museum will be part museum, part virtual-reality experience, and part machine, serving as a hub to virtually connect schools and museums to programming and events. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting this “insider’s view” of the project. Thursday, 7:45-9 a.m., 211 Commerce Street, Suite 100. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063

68. Titans increase odds for draft success with trade -

Jon Robinson has played his trump card and might have ended much of the suspense Titans fans were anticipating in this year’s draft.

By swapping the overall first pick to the Los Angeles Rams for a bundle of draft choices this year and next, Robinson may not have made the splash that was anticipated but the ripple effect could set up the franchise for success for years to come.

69. Summitt’s legacy tarnished? Don’t be ridiculous -

When Tyler Summitt resigned as women’s basketball coach at Louisiana Tech due to what was termed an “inappropriate relationship,” those in a rush for judgment suggested it tarnished his mother’s legacy.

70. Insure Tennessee: In like a lion, out with a committee -

What started with a roar is ending with a whimper. On the first day of the 2016 legislative session, dozens of Insure Tennessee supporters rallied, shouted and sang songs outside the House chamber.

71. Robots are taking Tennessee’s jobs -

MTSU student Nathan Simpkins found the perfect major when the university started its mechatronics engineering program in 2013, a pursuit practically guaranteeing him a high-paying job in an increasingly automated manufacturing industry.

72. Senate OKs bill to promote wide variety of energy sources -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a wide-ranging energy bill Wednesday that would promote a variety of energy sources and speed federal approval of projects to export liquefied natural gas to Europe and Asia.

73. Missing ingredient for millennials: Down payment savings -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Short of savings and burdened by debt, America's millennials are struggling to afford their first homes in the face of sharply higher prices in many of the most desirable cities.

Surveys show that most Americans under 35 lack adequate savings for down payments. The result is that many will likely be forced to delay home ownership and to absorb significant debt loads if they do eventually buy.

74. US home sales rebounded in March after February dip -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuyers crowded back into the market in March, kicking off a solid start to the spring buying season after sales had slumped in February.

The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that sales of existing homes rose 5.1 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.33 million. The increase follows a steep 7.3 percent decline in February sales to 5.07 million. Gains were concentrated last month in the Northeast and Midwest, with slight improvements in the South and West.

75. Clock could run out on efforts to defund UT diversity office -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Opposing approaches could sink a legislative effort to defund the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Tennessee.

Some lawmakers have vowed to strip funding from the office for promoting an annual "Sex Week," recommending the use of gender-neutral pronouns on campus and advising against religious-themed parties and decorations. But they are running out of time because the Legislature is set to adjourn this week.

76. Yahoo deterioration deepens as company mulls possible sale -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo has hung out a "for sale" sign without doing much to improve its curb appeal.

The latest snapshot of the Internet company's deteriorating condition emerged late Tuesday with the release of its first-quarter report.

77. Intel to cut 12,000 jobs as it confronts decline in PCs -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Intel says it will cut 12,000 jobs — about 11 percent of its workforce — as it reorganizes to confront a decline in sales of personal computers.

The chipmaker said the cuts will include "voluntary and involuntary departures" from its operations around the world. Most of the affected workers will be notified in the next 60 days.

78. VW owners seek trial if there's no fix in emissions case -

DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers representing thousands of people who own diesel Volkswagens that cheat on emissions tests are asking a judge to order repairs and compensation if the company and government regulators don't agree to a fix by Thursday.

79. It's on ... Amazon's stand-alone streaming targets Netflix -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com Inc. is taking on Netflix and Hulu with its own stand-alone video streaming service, just weeks before Netflix raises prices for longtime subscribers.

80. Oculus reacts to virtual reality privacy questions -

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — An executive from virtual reality company Oculus says consumers shouldn't be concerned about an invasion of their privacy when using the Oculus Rift.

Jason Rubin , Oculus' head of worldwide studios, is downplaying questions raised about the VR system's privacy policy.

81. US stocks recover from an early slump and close higher -

Energy companies led a broad rally in U.S. stocks Monday as investors shrugged off another slide in crude oil prices.

The gain nudged the Dow Jones industrial average slightly above the 18,000-point mark for the first time since last summer, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index rose to the highest level in a year.

82. Lottery sets record for education funding in first quarter -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Lottery says it returned a record $119 million for education funding during the first quarter of the year, a 27 percent increase over the previous quarterly record.

Lottery-funded programs include 12 different scholarships and grants, multiple after-school programs, an energy-efficient schools program and Tennessee Promise, which offers eligible high school seniors the chance to go to community or technical college without paying tuition.

83. Singer Zac Brown was in hotel room where 4 arrested -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Country singer Zac Brown says in a statement that he was "in the wrong place at the wrong time" last week in a Palm Beach hotel room where four people were arrested for drug possession.

84. Still need more time? How to file a tax extension -

Procrastinators rejoice: tax day is a bit later this year and if you still can't make that, there's still time to file for an extension.

The IRS traditionally requires that taxes be filed each year on April 15, but because that falls on Emancipation Day this year, the deadline was extended to April 18. And taxpayers in Maine and Massachusetts, where Patriots' Day is observed on the 18th, have until the 19th to file.

85. Big deal: Titans to trade No. 1 overall draft pick to Rams -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have traded the No. 1 overall selection in this month's NFL draft to the Los Angeles Rams for a collection of picks in one of the biggest deals in league history.

86. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slips to 3.58 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged down this week to their lowest levels of the year, offering a continued incentive for purchasing during the spring home-buying season.

The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate loan touched its lowest point in nearly three years, since May 2013. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average slipped to 3.58 percent from 3.59 percent last week. The key rate stood at 3.67 percent a year ago.

87. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slips to 3.58 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged down this week to their lowest levels of the year, offering a continued incentive for purchasing during the spring home-buying season.

88. Social media can help, hurt job search -

Job seeking today feels much more complicated than it did in years past. In addition to your resume, cover letter and business suit, there’s a new layer to consider: social media.

Although we often don’t typically think of social media as part of our job search, it can be helpful for both the recruiter and the job seeker.

89. Titans agree to trade No. 1 overall draft pick to Rams -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans agreed Thursday to trade the No. 1 overall pick in this month's NFL draft to the Los Angeles Rams.

This is just the seventh trade involving the top overall pick since 1990 and first since 2004. That was when San Diego drafted Eli Manning and traded his rights to the New York Giants.

90. US consumer prices rise modestly in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices rose a modest 0.1 percent in March as a drop in grocery prices offset higher energy costs.

Excluding volatile food and energy prices, core consumer inflation also increased 0.1 percent, the smallest gain since August, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

91. Report: US medicine spending up 8.5 percent 2015 -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. spending on prescription drugs rose 8.5 percent last year, slightly less than in 2014, driven mainly by growing use of ultra-expensive new drugs and price hikes on other medicines.

92. US stocks edge mostly lower in late morning trading -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are edging mostly lower Thursday morning. Tech stocks are falling after dour projections from Seagate Technology. Strong first-quarter results from Delta are giving airlines a boost.

93. Business leaders sign letter opposing bathroom law -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The chief executives of Williams-Sonoma, Hilton Worldwide, T-Mobile and dozens of other major corporations have signed a letter asking Tennessee lawmakers to reject a transgender bathroom bill, saying it is discriminatory.

94. Keeping your brain fit will pay off in later years -

Mental agility has been defined as “cognitive and psychological adaptability, or the ability to think rapidly and creatively under stress.” A site called “Mind Fitness Training Institute” says that “an agile mind … can anticipate or quickly adapt to uncertain or changing situations ….”

95. Aim high: How to reach C-Level decision makers -

Getting a meeting with C-level decision makers is no easy task, but it can be done. As with any true success, it all starts with doing your homework.

First, target the right organizations. Make a list of 10 to 20 companies that would make an ideal customer.

96. Toyota Land Cruiser gets upgrades, keeps durability -

Toyota has done a nice job of updating the Land Cruiser for 2016, giving its priciest vehicle some new lines to go with upgrades under the hood and behind the wheel while retaining the durability that has given the SUV near-cult status with its owners over the years.

97. Parkinson: It's OK to ‘go a little bit extreme’ to get job done -

With U.S. Marine Corps training, Rep. Antonio Parkinson knows how to grab people’s attention.

He did that earlier this year when he sponsored legislation to kill the Achievement School District, Tennessee’s solution for turning around struggling schools.

98. Legislators playing expensive game with LGBT issues -

The silly season is in full swing on Capitol Hill, but the “bathroom bill” and any jokes surrounding it are no laughing matter anymore. It’s getting downright expensive.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery said this week the bill dealing with transgender student use of restrooms could cost the state more than $1.2 billion in federal funds for K-12 and higher education.

99. Go Build Tennessee’s goal: Fill state's construction worker shortage -

The building boom in and around Nashville has led to a well-documented shortage of construction workers, as well as skilled professionals in welding and multiple related fields.

A new program, Go Build Tennessee, aims to help solidify a pipeline of new talent to lessen that crisis.

100. Middle Tennessee construction can’t meet demand -

When it comes to residential real estate around Middle Tennessee, there are plenty of buyers but not nearly enough sellers, says Heather Benjamin with Reliant Realty’s Benjamin McConnell Group. And new construction just can’t keep up with the demand.