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VOL. 41 | NO. 12 | Friday, March 24, 2017

Can free school lunches survive conservative shift?

Program has grown to serve those not threatened by hunger

Every day in Nashville, Metro public schools serve 92,000 meals – from in-classroom breakfasts to pizzas at lunch – all meeting strict nutritional requirements, prepared with efficiency in mind and designed to appeal to that toughest of audiences, kids.

Surprising number of children go hungry in Midstate

In Middle Tennessee, where restaurants seem to pop up overnight and grocery stores offer sushi and $100 bottles of wine, it’s hard to imagine that one in seven people are at risk for hunger, according to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Corker, Cooper, DesJarlais weigh in on school meals

Debate has just begun this year about the federal budget and what role the federal government will play in social welfare programs, including nutrition measures like the National School Lunch Program.

iFundWomen event spotlights female entrepreneurs

Karen Cahn, former Google and YouTube executive, thought her timing was going to be perfect.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN


Good Morning Gallatin. The Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the series, formerly known as 4th Friday Government Relations Meetings. The goal is to allow the public to wake up to what’s trending by hearing about business and community issues and to get updates on new legislation at the local, county, and state levels from our elected officials. Program and speakers: State Legislative Activity Update & City of Gallatin Update from Mayor Paige Brown and the Gallatin City Council. Monthaven Room at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Friday, 7:30 a.m.

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Trump: Next Old Hickory or carnival barker

For those who ignore the news – fake or otherwise – Donald Trump won the presidency last November. While he didn’t capture a majority of the vote, he did win the electoral vote, causing many detractors to call for the elimination of this outdated voting method.


Does a Bare inspire in the woods? This one did

If it wasn’t for my old friend and hero, Bobby Bare, I’d not have a column this week.


Your listing stinks! No, really, that’s why there are no offers

Spring break is over, and here come the listings. At least that’s the hope as depleted inventories have left buyers disappointed for the past three years.


Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for February 2017

Top commercial real estate sales, February 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.


The winner isn’t always a winner in UT QB battles

The time has come to write a new chapter of Tennessee Vols football.


Guard promotes attorney to brigadier general

Kurt Winstead, a founding member of the Nashville law firm Rudy Winstead Turner, PLLC, has been promoted to brigadier general in the Tennessee National Guard.


Porsche Macan: An SUV that drives like a sports car

The Macan, Porsche’s smallest SUV, is more affordable and more fuel efficient for 2017 and is stocked with more standard equipment, including a rearview camera.


Writer makes it up as she goes on Obama’s team

Your boss is a VIP: a Very Important Person. Nothing gets done without approval from the Executive Suite and nothing is unnoticed.


Survival lessons from company that once had it all

When Palm Computing was in its heyday, many analysts thought they couldn’t be beaten. They had technology coveted by the market and an internal culture – dubbed Zen of Palm – which employees described as the best they’d ever experienced.


Prioritizing time to find next job

When you’re truly unhappy in your current job, a new one can’t get here fast enough. Having to drag yourself to the office each day can be the worst.

The art of Italy might require advance reservations

“The Last Supper” is billed as one of Leonardo da Vinci’s great masterpieces, and it’s housed in Milan’s Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. I didn’t know this until recently thumbing through the Milan entry in a guidebook to Italy. But when I mentioned it to my wife, she demanded it make our itinerary when we are in Milan for about 24 hours this summer.


Lawmaker Holt takes heat over bill that would hide his tickets


NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker is taking heat after being accused of sponsoring a bill that would hide his own unpaid speeding tickets from the public.

Bill that helps non-violent offenders passes in Legislature


NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill that helps non-violent offenders find employment has passed in the Legislature with bipartisan support.

House passes bill that blocks marijuana decriminalization

NASHVILLE (AP) — The House has voted on a bill that would block any efforts by Tennessee cities to decriminalize the use of marijuana. The bill would nullify laws that Memphis and Nashville have passed that have reduced the penalty for weed in some cases.

Senate passes bill to punish protesters who block streets

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill that would punish protesters who block traffic and obstruct emergency vehicles from responding to an emergency.


'I Believe in Nashville' mural restored after vandalism


NASHVILLE (AP) — A landlord and a Nashville street artist have finished restoring the popular "I Believe in Nashville" mural a week after it was vandalized with tar.

TBI: Hendersonville doctor traded prescriptions for sex acts


HENDERSONVILLE (AP) — Authorities say a Hendersonville doctor traded prescriptions for narcotics in exchange for money and sexual acts.

Former Tennessee trade secretary chosen ambassador to Japan


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has selected a former Tennessee secretary for trade and commerce as U.S. ambassador to Japan.

Rome is new Fisk president


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Central Missouri's Lincoln University is searching for a new president after the campus' top administrator resigned for a similar position at another historically black college.


Judge bars Tennessee county from putting juveniles in solitary


NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction barring a Tennessee County from putting juvenile offenders in solitary confinement.


Trump, GOP leaders pull health care bill in humiliating loss


WASHINGTON (AP) — In a humiliating setback, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their "Obamacare" repeal bill off the House floor Friday after it became clear the measure would fail badly.

Ryan falls short in first test of Trump presidency


WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan guaranteed a win on the Republican plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law. Instead, he suffered a brutal defeat, cancelling a vote and admitting "we're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future."

Some parts of Obamacare working well, problems with others


WASHINGTON (AP) — Once again, "Obamacare" has survived a near-death experience. It won't be the end of the political debate, but House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledges, "We're going to be living with 'Obamacare' for the foreseeable future."

Winners and losers in House Republican health plan


WASHINGTON (AP) — The old and the poor made out great when House Republicans failed Friday to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The rich and the almost rich didn't do so well.

WH no longer expresses confidence in health vote


WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is no longer expressing confidence that the upcoming House vote on health care will be successful.

Analysis: Trump the dealmaker struggles to seal the deal


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, the author of the best-selling book, "The Art of the Deal," is about to see his deal-making abilities ratified in a legislative showdown on the House floor — or dramatically rebuffed.

Obamacare repeal vote put off in stinging setback for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — After seven years of fervent promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare," President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders buckled at a moment of truth Thursday, putting off a planned showdown vote in a stinging setback for the young administration.

Next steps on health care: To be decided


WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican House leaders delayed a planned vote Thursday on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," because they lacked the votes. The delay was a stinging setback for President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. After meeting behind closed doors with Trump administration officials Thursday night, House Republicans agreed to vote on the bill Friday.

Republican health bill would widen America's big wealth gap

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans' health care bill provides massive tax cuts to the wealthy while increasing taxes for many lower income families, adding to America's big income gap between the rich and everyone else.


Nissan declines talks with union after Mississippi rally

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is declining to talk to union supporters about conditions at its Mississippi assembly plant.


US new home sales rise despite higher mortgage rates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans responded to higher mortgage rates by snapping up new homes in February at the fastest pace since July.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.23 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates slid this week from their highest levels of 2017.


Stocks wobble, finish mixed as GOP pulls plug on health bill


NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks flirted with sharp losses but managed a mixed finish after Republicans canceled a vote on their health care bill because it became clear the bill would fail. Investors didn't trade much as they waited for answers about the state of President Donald Trump's business-friendly agenda.

Survey: Eurozone's economic growth near 6-year high


LONDON (AP) — Businesses across the 19-country eurozone, and particularly in France, are increasingly upbeat and hiring more people despite big uncertainties — including France's high-stakes presidential election.

Yellen says problems of childhood poverty linger

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new Federal Reserve survey has found that children who grew up in poverty were twice as likely to struggle with financial challenges later in life, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday.


Trump campaign chair offers to talk to House panel on Russia


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, a key figure in investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, has volunteered to be questioned by lawmakers as part of a House probe of the Kremlin's alleged meddling in the 2016 election.

Mnuchin says administration tax plan coming soon


WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that after the initial congressional battle over health care, the administration plans to turn quickly to tax reform with the goal of getting a program approved by Congress by August.

Trump approves Keystone XL, calling it 'great day' for jobs


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared it a "great day for American jobs" on Friday as he formally green-lighted the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the $8 billion project to finally be completed.

GOP intel chairman apologizes to Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims of wiretapping (all times local):

AP Exclusive: US probe of ex-Trump aide extends to Cyprus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government investigation of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, crossed the Atlantic earlier this year to the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, once known as a haven for money laundering by Russian billionaires.

Top Senate Dem opposes Supreme Court pick, vows filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Democrat said Thursday he will oppose President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee and lead a filibuster of the choice, setting up a politically charged showdown with Republicans with far-reaching implications for future judicial nominees.

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