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VOL. 39 | NO. 14 | Friday, April 3, 2015

What better place for an NRA convention?

Tennesseans love guns, though not quite as much our politicians seem to

When the National Rifle Association announced that it would hold its 2015 convention in Nashville, the timing was propitious.

NRA conventioneers: These are you gun rights in Nashville

Concealed or open carry of a handgun in Tennessee is legal with a permit issued by the state Department of Safety.

Interest in guns ranges from self-defense to recreation

While the stereotype of the “gun guy” clad in camouflage still exists, firearms owners are much more likely to be your dentist, doctor or the guy or gal next door.


Anti-abortion legislation finds little resistance

Buoyed by passage of Amendment 1 last fall, legislation restricting abortions is starting to roll – with relative ease – through the General Assembly.

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Nashville Fashion Week. The week will kick off with the Nashville Designer Showcase at Acme Feed & Seed. Proceeds from all Nashville Fashion Week events benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, an endowed fund established to support the next generation of fashion industry professionals with ties to Middle Tennessee. All-access passes are available at $300. Individual tickets are available in a range of prices. All tickets can be purchased at nashvillefashionweek.com. Schedule:

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Humble grilled cheese gets royal treatment from Nashville's top chefs

If you were looking to celebrate National Whipped Cream Day, then you’ll have to wait until next year on Jan 5.


One (day)-and-done home sales drive buyers nuts

With the dismal winter behind us, and trees beginning to glow with greenery, many are hoping the spring will sprout some listings.


Vols’ Dobbs embraces the role of ‘CEO quarterback’

Joshua Dobbs enters his junior season as Tennessee’s undisputed No. 1 quarterback and team leader, the player most responsible for the Vols’ relevance again in SEC football.


Waller adds team for high-profile litigation

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP have announced the addition of W. David Bridgers, Chanelle R. Acheson, John E. Haubenreich and Wells Trompeter Hoffman to the firm’s Nashville office.


There’s more to money than a little pocket change

A nice fat surprise came in the mail for you the other day.


Camry Hybrid: Great choice for a family sedan

The roomy, fuel-sipping Toyota Camry Hybrid family sedan gets better for 2015 with more appealing exterior styling, upgraded interior, improved ride and handling and quieter passenger cabin.


Adapt or die: Keeping your business relevant

Why do so many great organizations struggle with change? After all, “the only thing that is constant is change,” according to Greek philosopher Heraclitus, and the sentiment couldn’t be truer today.


Taking exception to NY Times crossword critique

“Ipsy dipsy!” shouts Ann Marie, Marlo Thomas’s character in “That Girl.” Trying to impress a judge in court, she mispronounces ipse dixit. Meaning “he, himself, said it,” this Latin phrase connotes a dogmatic, unsupported assertion.


Thought you knew roux? It’s not so simple

Not long ago I felt a close friend of mine needed some cheer, so I took her a bouquet of flowers as a little pick-me-up. She and her family have been going through some difficult medical issues lately and it just seemed to me she could use a bit of cheering.


House passes bill to allow Tennessee constables to be armed

NASHVILLE (AP) - The state House has voted to allow constables in Tennessee to be armed if they are certified by the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.


Haslam wants lawmakers to approve tax break for FedEx

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration wants lawmakers to approve a cut in aviation fuel taxes for Memphis-based FedEx Corp.


US ends brake-line rust probe, urges people to wash vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — If you live where salt is used to clear the roads of snow and ice, U.S. safety regulators have a message for you: Wash the underside of your car.


Your guide to trying on, ordering Apple Watch

NEW YORK (AP) — Buying an Apple Watch won't be as simple as walking into an Apple store and handing over your credit card.

Apple Watch isn't the only gadget out this week

NEW YORK (AP) — The public will have its first chance to see, touch and buy the Apple Watch on Friday, as Apple stores in the U.S. and eight markets abroad start previews and online orders commence.

Samsung hopes to reverse dimming fortunes with Galaxy S6

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When Samsung dubbed development of its latest smartphones "Project Zero," it was sounding a note of desperation as sales tumbled and it lost pole position in the crucial Chinese market to rivals Xiaomi and Apple.


Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.66 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, approaching historically low levels with the spring home-buying season underway.


Applications for US jobless aid rise but still at low level

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but applications for jobless aid overall remain low — a reassuring sign after hiring slowed last month.

US stocks edge lower as investors assess earnings

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged lower Thursday as investors assessed some mixed news on company earnings. Energy stocks rose as oil recouped some of its losses from a big sell-off on Wednesday.

Walgreens aims to close about 200 US stores

Walgreens will shutter about 200 U.S. stores as part of an expanded cost reduction push, but the nation's largest drugstore chain has no plans to shrink in the wake of its combination with European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots.


Jack Daniel's turns back latest Tennessee Whiskey challenge

NASHVILLE (AP) - Jack Daniel's has turned back the latest challenge to a state law that determines which spirits can be marketed as "Tennessee Whiskey," but upstart distillers hoping their brands make the cut vow the fight isn't over for good.

Bill to do away with Tennessee helmet requirement revived

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal that seeks to do away with Tennessee's motorcycle helmet requirement was revived Wednesday and is advancing in the state Legislature despite concerns about how it would be enforced.

Tennesse senator: Vasectomy 'more stringent' than abortion

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Tennessee state senator who made headlines recently for cussing out a protester on YouTube has returned to the spotlight by comparing vasectomies to abortions.

Bill to replace Tennessee academic standards advances

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that seeks to replace the state's current academic standards is advancing in the state Legislature.

Bill would add school teachers to Little Hatch Act

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation to prohibit Tennessee teachers from engaging in political campaigning during work hours is headed to the governor.


Haslam administration won't let troopers work NRA security

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration has rejected state troopers' request to work security at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Nashville this weekend.

THP accepting applications for trooper academies

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol is accepting applications for its youth and junior trooper academies in Nashville this summer.


Tennessee Supreme Court: Bail is not an absolute right

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state constitution guarantees the right to bail, but it's not absolute, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.


Tesla boosts range, power and price of low-end Model S

DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is going after mainstream luxury car buyers by adding all-wheel-drive and more range and power to the base version of its only model.

Mercedes has best sales month in its history

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz saw its highest monthly sales ever in March.


Obama: Health care law an 8 out of 10, lawsuit a 'last gasp'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is giving his health care law an eight out of a 10, and calls a lawsuit hanging over it "the last gasp" from opponents.


Fed minutes: Officials split widely on rate hike timing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fed officials disagreed widely last month on when they might begin lifting interest rates from record lows.

AT&T paying $25M to settle US action over data breaches

WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T is paying $25 million in a settlement with federal regulators over data breaches at three call centers in Latin America that compromised customer data for some 280,000 U.S. customer accounts.

Stronger US economy and dollar tighten Latin American ties

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Mexico City, an auto parts company expects to ride a resurgent U.S. auto industry to $1 billion in annual revenue by 2016.

Stocks edge higher as health care gains on deal news

NEW YORK (AP) — Deal news gave the stock market a lift Wednesday. Health care stocks rose after generic drugmaker Mylan bid $29 billion for rival Perrigo. That offset a slump in energy stocks prompted by a big drop in oil prices.

Shell's $70 billion takeover could herald wave of mergers

LONDON (AP) — Oil and gas company Shell has agreed to buy British rival BG Group for 47 billion pounds ($69.7 billion) in cash and stock, in a deal that may signal a new wave of mega-mergers as the energy industry tries to adapt to lower prices.

IMAX and Disney renew multi-picture deal

NEW YORK (AP) — IMAX Corp. and The Walt Disney Co. renewed their multi-picture deal that includes live-action and animated releases from Disney, Pixar and Lucasfilm.


Haslam signs Tennessee guns-in-parking-lots bill

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation that allows workers to sue their employers if they are fired for storing guns in cars parked on company lots.

Bill to make Bible official state book of Tennessee advances

NASHVILLE (AP) - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he opposes a measure to make the Bible the official state book of Tennessee.

Jack Daniel's turns back 2nd 'Tennessee Whiskey' challenge

NASHVILLE (AP) - Jack Daniel's has turned back the latest challenge to a state law that determines which spirits can be marketed as "Tennessee Whiskey," but upstart distillers hoping their brands make the cut vow the fight isn't over for good.

Tuition equality bill headed to full Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee residents who are authorized to be in the United States would be eligible for in-state tuition under legislation that advanced in the state Legislature on Tuesday.

Effort to repeal 'Tennessee Whiskey' law up for key votes

NASHVILLE (AP) — An effort to repeal the state's bill determining which spirits can be sold as "Tennessee Whiskey" faces key votes in the state House and Senate committees on Tuesday.

House votes to take Tennessee Capitol complex off guns bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — The House voted Monday to remove the Tennessee Capitol from a bill to expand the areas where people with handgun carry permits can be armed, a move supported by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

Streaming problems at Tennessee Legislature 'unacceptable'

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislative staffers are calling video streaming problems on the Tennessee General Assembly's website unacceptable.


Memphis leads Tennessee metro areas in 2013 patents

MEMPHIS (AP) — Officials say Greater Memphis led Tennessee's metro areas in patents issued in 2013.

FedEx agrees to take over Dutch rival TNT Express

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — American package delivery service FedEx has agreed to take over Dutch rival TNT Express, one of Europe's largest delivery companies, for 4.4 billion euros ($4.8 billion), the companies announced Tuesday, in a move FedEx said will strengthen its business globally.


Families sue to keep Tennessee Virtual Academy open

NASHVILLE (AP) - Lawyers representing the families of three children who attend a struggling online school pleaded with a judge in a Nashville courtroom Tuesday to keep it open.

Fraternity announces 'legal action' against Rolling Stone

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A fraternity at the University of Virginia announced Monday that it will "pursue all available legal action" against Rolling Stone, saying a Columbia Journalism School review shows the magazine acted recklessly and defamed its members by publishing an article that falsely accused them of gang rape.

Supreme Court says jury can convict on less serious charge

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that a jury is free to convict someone of the less serious crime of criminal attempt even if there is actual evidence that the crime was not only attempted but actually completed.


Volkswagen seeks to increase planned expansion by 25 percent

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Volkswagen is seeking to add to a planned expansion announced last year to produce a new sport utility vehicle in Tennessee.


Can phone companies do more to block robocalls?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has been asked to consider whether phone companies could do more to stop the onslaught of "robocalls," the automated phone calls favored by scammers.

YouTube Kids app criticized as deceiving

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new YouTube Kids mobile app targets young children with unfair and deceptive advertising and should be investigated, a group of consumer advocates told the Federal Trade Commission in a letter Tuesday.


US consumer borrowing climbs to record high in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers increased their borrowing to a record high in February, driven by a large jump in auto and student loans.

Summer gas prices expected to be 32 percent lower this year

NEW YORK (AP) — Drivers will see the lowest summer gasoline prices in about 6 years, according to the Energy Department.

US job openings surge, a sign that job gains may rebound

WASHINGTON (AP) — It turns out we may be able to breathe easier about the slowdown in hiring last month.

US stocks end lower following late-day sell-off; oil gains

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell Tuesday as an early advance fizzled in the last hour of trading.

Uber's popularity surges; business travelers avoiding taxis

NEW YORK (AP) — Business travelers are bypassing the taxi queue with greater frequency, choosing instead ride-hailing services like Uber Technologies.


Obama presents climate change as hazard to your health

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health.


Gloves coming off in fight over 'Tennessee Whiskey' law

NASHVILLE (AP) - The gloves are coming off in a legislative fight over efforts to repeal state guidelines about which spirits can be labeled as "Tennessee Whiskey."

Haslam says he favors stripping guns-at-Capitol provision

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he favors House lawmakers stripping a provision inserted into a guns-in-parks proposal that would allow handgun carry permit holders to be armed on the grounds of the state Capitol.


Haslam to promote free-tuition plan for Tennessee adults

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam will travel across the state this week to highlight an initiative for adults to attend a Tennessee college of applied technology free of tuition and fees.

US Sen. Bob Corker making 9-stop tour of Tennessee this week

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is making a nine-stop tour of Tennessee this week to discuss the nation's fiscal and foreign policy challenges.

TBI offering free training academy for some college students

NASHVILLE (AP) — College students interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice or forensic science can get hands-on experience through a new training program being offered by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.


Court adds way for lawyers to donate to access justice

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court said that it is adding a way that lawyers can voluntarily donate to access to justice programs to help people who don't have enough money for an attorney. The state's highest court also adopted changes this week that would not require lawyers to report all of their pro bono hours.


Haslam not among army of speakers at NRA event

NASHVILLE (AP) — When more than 70,000 gun enthusiasts descend on Nashville for the National Rifle Association's annual meeting this week, they won't be hearing from one prominent Tennessean: Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.


US service firms grew at slightly slower pace last month

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. service firms expanded at a slightly slower yet still healthy pace in March, an encouraging sign after multiple reports last week pointed to a slowing economy.

US stock indexes gain in quiet trading; oil price surges

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing higher, led by gains in energy shares as the price of crude oil surges.

Indiana faces long road to restore image after religious law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana tourism agencies are rolling out campaigns emphasizing that everyone is welcome, but it might not be enough to quickly restore the state's battered image after a backlash over its religious objections law.


Supreme Court overturns conviction based on jury selection

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


GOP leader: 1-time school use enough to ban guns in parks

NASHVILLE (AP) - A top Republican supporter of a bill to strip local governments of the power to bar handgun carry permit holders from being armed in parks, playgrounds and ball fields said Thursday that even if a school uses a park, playground or ball field for just one event per year, that would enable the school to ban guns there.

Senate votes to ban drones over ticketed events, jails

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


Activist Starrett to challenge DesJarlais in GOP primary

MURFREESBORO (AP) — A Republican activist from Murfreesboro is announcing a challenge to scandal-plagued U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in next year's GOP primary in the 4th Congressional District.


Advanced plastics manufacturer expanding to Knoxville

KNOXVILLE (AP) — An advanced plastics manufacturer is opening a new manufacturing facility in Knox County that's expected to create more than 200 jobs.


Jury orders Chrysler to pay $150M in Jeep fire death

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury in Georgia has awarded $150 million to the family of a 4-year-old boy killed when a Jeep Grand Cherokee exploded into flames three years ago after being rear-ended. The jury said Chrysler, the maker of Jeeps, must pay nearly the full amount.


Autonomous car completes 3,400-mile US road trip

An autonomous vehicle has completed a 3,400-mile U.S. road trip with almost no intervention from drivers.


End of robust hiring streak raises doubts about job market

WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, the U.S. economy's strength has been flagging. Manufacturing slowed. Fewer homes were built. Cheaper gas failed to ignite consumer spending. Yet month after month, employers kept on hiring vigorously.

Dollar falls, bonds jump after disappointing US hiring

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. government bond prices jumped and the dollar dipped on Friday following news that U.S. employers added the fewest jobs in a month since December 2013. The stock market was closed in observance of Good Friday.

New scoring system aims to help people with poor credit

NEW YORK (AP) — People struggling with a bad credit score, or lack of one, could benefit from a program rolling out in the next few months aimed at making it easier to get a Visa or MasterCard.

NY Boy Scouts hire gay Eagle Scout despite national policy

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts' New York chapter said Thursday that it has hired the nation's first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader, which is in public contrast to the national scouting organization's ban on openly gay adult members.

Exxon CEO talks Arctic oil drilling, risks, lessons

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Arctic is the next great frontier for oil and gas — and one of the most environmentally fragile places on earth.


Obama delays departure for Kentucky because of Iran talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has delayed his departure for a trip to Kentucky because of the Iran nuclear talks in Switzerland.

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