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VOL. 41 | NO. 7 | Friday, February 17, 2017
SPECIAL EMPHASIS: HEALTH CARE

Equal protection from illness

Johnson, Bonnyman fight for Tennesseans at risk of losing all simply by getting sick

If the Affordable Care Act stands, it will be partly due to the efforts of the Tennessee Justice Center.

Rural, low-income practices a hard sell for young doctors

There’s a great temptation for doctors completing their training to follow the money.

Bernard Health taking the guesswork out of health insurance

Bernard Health began with a mascot and a mission: to be the world’s most trusted advisor when it comes to helping people plan for their health care.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Night Market. Enjoy live music, seasonal cocktails, wine, craft beer, local artisan booths, plenty of dinner options and activities for families. Nashville Farmers Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville. Friday, 5-8 p.m. Information: http://nashvillefarmersmarket.org

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Outsourcing, rising rates worry Fall Creek Falls fans

Dunlap resident Kathy Gilbert opposes privatization of Fall Creek Falls on a number of fronts.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Selling an old house? Better make it look like new again

There were a record 2,411 home closings in January, Greater Nashville Realtors records show, once again suggesting this market is busy year-round.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for January 2017

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

Average US 30-year mortgage rate dips to 4.15 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term mortgage rates slipped again this week. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the rate on 30-year, fixed-rate loans eased to 4.15 percent from 4.17 percent last week.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Free agent frenzy? That’s not Titans GM Robinson's style

Upon his arrival as the Tennessee Titans’ general manager in January 2016, Jon Robinson made an immediate impact with the trade for DeMarco Murray and his wheeling/dealing approach to the draft.

NEWSMAKERS

Lifepoint Health makes leadership appointments

LifePoint Health has appointed several leaders to new roles within the company. They include:

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Corolla turns 50, gets new styling, safety features

Toyota has marked 50 years of its stalwart and economical Corolla by giving it new styling and features and a nicer interior at less than $20,000.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Business crisis is avoidable – if you have a plan

Natural disasters, bankruptcy, insider trading, bad social media reviews, product recalls and the like are certainly what initially comes to mind when you think of a crisis that could devastate your business.

CAREER CORNER

Dealing with opposing political views at work

2017 has certainly started off on an interesting foot. I don’t know about you, but social media used to be a relaxing activity where I learned about engagements, saw baby photos and watched cat videos.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Keith Urban leads Academy of Country Music nominations

NASHVILLE (AP) — Keith Urban's boundary-pushing album "Ripcord" has spawned several top country singles and led him to pick up seven nominations including entertainer of the year and album of the year at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Lawmakers disagree with suggestion to cut business taxes

NASHVILLE (AP) — State lawmakers on Thursday disagreed with a Reagan-era economist who urged them to cut more business taxes instead of the sales tax on groceries to offset a gas tax hike aimed at funding a massive road-building package.

Tennessee GOP mulls Capitol complex security clamp-down

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Republican legislative leaders are suggesting stricter security to enter the Capitol complex after a few dozen protesters interrupted a news conference about transgender bathroom access.

2 Tennessee lawmakers flee bathroom bill event amid protest

The unveiling of legislation undercutting same-sex marriage and enforcing transgender bathroom rules turned into a short-circuited press conference and confrontation Wednesday.

STATEWIDE

Haslam names Rolfe as commissioner of economic development

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has named Nashville businessman Bob Rolfe as the new commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

COURTS

Perry March sues over quality of kosher prison food

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee inmate has filed a lawsuit claiming the food he has to eat in prison doesn't meet kosher standards.

REGION

Tennessee Valley Authority board elects Howorth as chairman

GATLINBURG (AP) — The nation's largest public utility has elected Richard Howorth as new board chairman.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Auto workers union preparing 'Buy American' ad campaign

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union is preparing an ad campaign that urges consumers to buy U.S.-made cars and trucks as it tries to tap into President Donald Trump's efforts to rebuild the country's manufacturing sector.

HEALTH CARE

Aetna fattens shareholder payout after Humana deal fails

Aetna is doubling the quarterly dividend it pays shareholders and buying back stock as it regroups from its failed attempt to acquire rival health insurer Humana.

GOP lawmakers grope for consensus on remaking health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading Republicans described some of their plans for remaking the nation's health care system to rank-and-file House members Thursday. Participants said conflict remained, and the details and timing of how the GOP will deliver on its long-promised replacement of President Barack Obama's law went unanswered.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks inch to new records; S&P 500 up 4 straight weeks

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes inched ahead to record highs Friday, barely, after a late-afternoon push erased losses from earlier in the day. It caps the fourth straight week of gains for the Standard & Poor's 500 index, its longest such streak since July.

Fannie Mae to pay Treasury $5.5 billion after profit doubles

NEW YORK (AP) — Fannie Mae will pay the U.S. Treasury a $5.5 billion dividend next month after its profit doubled in its latest quarter.

AP Source: Trump to choose Acosta to lead Labor

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump moved to fill vacancies in his new administration on Thursday, selecting a Florida law school dean and former Justice Department attorney to lead the Labor Department.

Chicago-area businesses close on 'Day Without Immigrants'

CHICAGO (AP) — Businesses throughout the Chicago area closing their doors or allowing employees to stay home in solidarity with "A Day Without Immigrants" actions planned nationwide.

Freddie Mac to pay Treasury $4.5B after profit doubles

NEW YORK (AP) — Freddie Mac will pay the U.S. Treasury a dividend of $4.5 billion next month after its profit more than doubled in the last quarter.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump's Boeing speech shows differences with Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidents since Franklin Delano Roosevelt have loved to tour Boeing factories. The lessons they draw from their time on the factory floor — and the inevitable photo opportunity beside shiny new airplanes — can differ wildly.

AP FACT CHECK: Misplaced blame for nomination failure

WASHINGTON (AP) — The abrupt withdrawal of the nomination of President Donald Trump's pick for labor secretary brought swift blame from press secretary Sean Spicer, who said Democrats had "a double standard" for his party's president and former President Barack Obama.

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