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 - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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? - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 22, 2016
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, 743-306368. Titans increase odds for draft success with trade - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 22, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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.
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 08, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 08, 2016
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 - Friday, April 08, 2016
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 - Friday, April 08, 2016
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 - Friday, April 08, 2016
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 - Friday, April 08, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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 - Friday, April 15, 2016
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.