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1. Late Sign-Ups Improve Outlook for Obama Health Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

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3. Winners and Losers in Tennessee Legislative Session -

Here is a list of some of the winners and losers of the legislative session that concluded on Thursday.

The following bills passed this session:

– ANNEXATION: Bans cities from annexing land without a referendum. HB2371.

4. 108th General Assembly Adjourns for the Year -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State lawmakers concluded a session Thursday in which they approved measures to allow folks to buy wine in grocery stores, fight methamphetamine production and give high school graduates free tuition at community colleges.

5. Baptist Named Among 100 Great Hospitals -

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis was recently named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2014 list of “100 Great Hospitals in America.”

To develop this list, the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team conducted research, considered nominations and evaluated hospital ranking sources, such as U.S. News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals, Healthgrades, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, The LeapFrog Group and several other resources.

6. Head Joins CBU as Chief Financial Officer -

Carolyn Head is the new chief financial officer and vice president for administration and finance at Christian Brothers University.

7. Jones Grows Into Legislative Career -

Some people are born into politics; others grow into a political career. For Tennessee Rep. Sherry Jones, it was a little bit of both.

8. Council Questions Five-Year Wharton Plan -

It’s usually a quick bottom line for any local government budget proposal – does it mean a property tax hike?

The $596 million operating budget submitted to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 15, by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. does not include a property tax hike.

9. Wharton Outlines $596 Million Budget Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. warned Tuesday, April 15, that “half measures” in converting city employees to a defined contributions benefits plan would not restore the city’s financial health and resolve an unfunded pension liability of hundreds of millions of dollars.

10. Report Projects Health Care Costs to Dip Slightly -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Affordable Care Act's health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought, according to a new report released Monday.

The Congressional Budget Office predicts that health insurance subsidies under the so-called "Obamacare" plan will total a little more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years, instead of almost $1.2 trillion initially estimated.

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12. Is Hot Market for IPOs Cooling? -

NEW YORK (AP) – A hot market for initial public offerings may soon face a cooler reception from investors.

IPOs are having their best start to a year since 2000. Eighty-nine companies have raised $19 billion through sales of new stock so far in 2014. But demand for more offerings depends largely on the health of the broader market, and after last week's sell-off, the clamor from buyers may quiet down.

13. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, April 15, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. James Silkenat, president of the American Bar Association, will speak. Cost is $20 at the door. Advance RSVP is required to taylor@memphisrotary.org.

14. The Business Case for Investing in Green Space -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays through April in honor of Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County.

During 2013 the Greater Memphis Chamber formed the Chairman’s Circle, a group of over 100 Memphis business leaders organized to push for action on key issues to accelerate the regional economy. Early in the life of the organization we created “moon missions,” which are coordinated efforts to truly transform our community.

15. Tennessee Lags in Organ Donor Registration -

Attitudes about the donation of organs for transplantation are very supportive, a recent national study found, but the percentage of people who have granted permission on their driver’s license lags behind, and this is especially true in Tennessee.

16. Wharton Takes Budget to City Council -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. takes a budget proposal to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 15, that is supposed to be a departure for an administration that, since 2010, has come to the council with options instead of a total budget plan.

17. Appeals Court Finds EPA Carbon Decision Reasonable -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency acted reasonably in deciding not to change the primary air quality standard for carbon monoxide.

Three environmental and wildlife organizations want the public health standard toughened.

18. Harwood Center Observes Autism Awareness Month -

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and the Hardwood Center will be the site of two events aimed at bringing more attention to autism.

Children who attend the Harwood Center will release balloons Wednesday, April 16, at 10 a.m. from the playground of Harwood’s Downtown site, 711 Jefferson Ave., on the University of Tennessee Health Science Center campus.

19. Distinctive Design Touches Will Dominate Belly Acres -

From a visual standpoint, there will be no mistaking Belly Acres, the farm-to-table burger restaurant coming to Overton Square at 2102 Trimble Place, once it opens in the next couple of months.

20. Health Care Bill Helps Add 3 Million to Medicaid -

Three million Americans signed up for Medicaid under President Barack Obama's new health care law as of the end of February, the administration said Friday, offering its first full accounting of how much the safety-net health program has grown since implementation of the law.

21. UTHSC Realigns Dept. of Dental Hygiene -

The Department of Dental Hygiene at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Allied Health Sciences will be realigned under the UTHSC College of Dentistry.

By July 1, the seven full-time faculty, 16 adjunct faculty and four staff members of the department will relocate across campus from their 930 Madison Ave. offices to the Dunn Dental Building at 875 Union Ave. The leadership of the dental hygiene program will remain in place, reporting to Dr. John D. Seeberg, assistant dean for Clinical Affairs in the College of Dentistry.

22. UTHSC to Host PTSD Symposium -

The Neuroscience Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host a symposium on post-traumatic stress disorder April 24.

The symposium will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will be held in Room A204 in the General Education Building, 8 S. Dunlap St., on the UTHSC campus.

23. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Peter Pan,” a world premiere from the choreographer of “Cinderella” and “Wizard of Oz,” Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

24. Milestone Year -

The day after First Tennessee Bank celebrated its 150th birthday a few weeks ago by shooting fireworks over its Downtown Memphis headquarters, with executives and bank stakeholders mingling on a nearby hotel rooftop, the bank’s chairman, president and CEO looked back with pride at his bank’s long history.

25. House Passes Ryan Budget With Big Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans rallied behind a slashing budget blueprint on Thursday, passing a non-binding but politically imposing measure that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years with sweeping budget cuts and termination of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

26. Enovate Medical Expanding in Murfreesboro -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State officials say medical device company Enovate Medical plans to expand its operations at its U.S. headquarters in Murfreesboro, adding 410 jobs in the next five years.

27. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Spring’s Best Plant Sale Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

28. Loeb Midtown Center Now Fully Leased -

Loeb Properties’ Belvedere Collection on Union Avenue in Midtown is 100 percent leased.

Agilitas USA Inc., operating as Results Physiotherapy, signed a new lease for 2,280 square feet in Suites 105-106 at the retail strip center.

29. Charlotte’s World -

The first sentence of a recent national news story described Charlotte Jones Anderson as the “most influential woman in the NFL.”

30. Medicare Database Reveals Top-Paid Doctors -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million.

Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a move to open the books on health care financing.

31. Report: Exchanges Yield More Specialty Drug Claims -

Patients from the health care overhaul's new insurance exchanges have been more likely to use expensive specialty drugs for chronic conditions, according to data from the nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager.

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33. UTHSC to Hold Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symposium -

The Neuroscience Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host a symposium on post-traumatic stress disorder April 24.

The symposium will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will be held in Room A204 in the General Education Building, 8 S. Dunlap St., on the UTHSC campus.

34. Mississippi Network Set for Child Medical, Mental Needs -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi officials hope that a $5 million grant will create a more seamless system to care for children's medical, mental and behavioral needs.

The partnership between the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi Children's Home Services was announced Tuesday.

35. Fourth Annual MED Night Raises Hospital Awareness -

“Celebrate good times, come on!” The song by Kool & the Gang – this year’s MED Night: A Soul Celebration headliner – pretty much encapsulates not only the night, but the overall feeling about Regional One Health’s vision and new direction.

36. End of Windows XP Support Spells Trouble for Some -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and with an estimated 30 percent of businesses and consumers still using the 12-year-old operating system, the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger.

37. UTHSC Realigns Department of Dental Hygiene -

The Department of Dental Hygiene at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Allied Health Sciences will be realigned under the UTHSC College of Dentistry.

By July 1, the seven full-time faculty, 16 adjunct faculty and four staff members of the department will relocate across campus from their 930 Madison Ave. offices to the Dunn Dental Building at 875 Union Ave. The leadership of the dental hygiene program will remain in place, reporting to Dr. John D. Seeberg, assistant dean for Clinical Affairs in the College of Dentistry.

38. Lebanon’s Pody Works for Amendment Passage -

Helping people with insurance requires the ability to plan for multiple scenarios.

That’s something Rep. Mark Pody, a Republican from Lebanon, Tenn., has taken with him to the Tennessee General Assembly, and he says it helps even when everyone is in agreement on a bill’s final outcome.

39. Conference to Present Power of Networks -

The Mid-South nonprofit community is doing better than it was during the throes of the recession. And there is a report on the 2013 fiscal year as proof that things are better than they once were.

But in the nonprofit world, there is always a need to do more and to expand resources as far as possible. So, when the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence holds its ninth annual conference on May 1 at Temple Israel, the keynote speaker will be an expert on grantmaking.

40. Health Care Bill Helps Add 3 Million to Medicaid -

Three million Americans signed up for Medicaid under President Barack Obama's new health care law as of the end of February, the administration said Friday, offering its first full accounting of how much the safety-net health program has grown since implementation of the law.

41. PT Squared’s Krista Robinson Now an Everyday Cheerleader -

She was a junior in college, captain of the University of Memphis cheerleading squad, and she had her life choreographed: finish school, become a physical therapist, work with the rich and famous.

“Beforehand, I was convinced I would work with an NFL team, do ACL injuries and things like that,” Krista Robinson said, adding with a laugh, “I’d have spent Monday chewing them out for the game they played on Sunday.”

42. Experts Highlight Health Care Game-Changers -

Both before the Affordable Care Act became law and after, consumers viewed health care costs differently than they do other costs.

So said Dr. Scott Morris during a panel discussion at The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc.’s Health Care Reform seminar Thursday, April 3, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

43. UTHSC Vice Chancellor Wins Health Care Award -

Kennard Brown, executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received the Healthcare Education Award from the Nashville-based Council on Workforce Innovation.

44. Market Mystery -

Over the last several years, investors ranging from mom-and-pop shops to large hedge funds have been acquiring single-family homes in Memphis at a historic pace.

But determining the long-term impact that investor purchases have made on neighborhoods remains elusive.

45. US Home Market: Few Buyers and Not Enough Sellers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Entering the 2014 spring buying season, the U.S. housing market faces an unusual dilemma: Too few people are selling homes. Yet too few buyers can afford the homes that are for sale.

46. Report Says Blacks, Latinos Losing Economic Ground -

WASHINGTON (AP) – African-Americans and Latinos are losing economic ground when compared with whites in the areas of employment and income as the United States pulls itself out of the Great Recession, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says.

47. US Service Firms Grow More Quickly, Boost Hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service firms expanded more quickly last month as new orders rose and hiring increased, a positive sign the economy is rebounding after an unusually cold winter.

48. UTHSC Vice Chancellor Wins Health Care Award -

Kennard Brown, executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received the Healthcare Education Award from the Nashville-based Council on Workforce Innovation.

49. Where There’s Smoke -

DON’T WAIT FOR THE FIRE TO FIND THE WATER. Neglect and denial burns in empty buildings and blighted neighborhoods, futures are hazy, moods are dark and the smoke from all of it chokes cities and sends those able to flee to greener ground at the edges, leaving behind a bitter landscape, a smoldering threat.

50. Tennessee Children Rank 32nd for Health, Well-Being -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A new national report finds Tennessee's children rank 32nd among all states for academic success, health and economic well-being.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1dMV2Rn) the Annie E. Casey Foundation's "Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children" scores states on 12 measurements. They include child birth-weight, eighth grade math proficiency, rate of teen pregnancies, whether children live in two-parent families and percentage of children growing up in poverty.

51. Rep. Barrett Rich to Retire from Tennessee House -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Rep. Barrett Rich says he won't run for another term representing his rural West Tennessee district in the House this year.

The Somerville Republican has served three terms in the lower chamber of the General Assembly. He is a former state trooper who served on then-Gov. Phil Bredesen's security detail and is the current chairman of the House Health Subcommittee.

52. Co-Op Health Enrollment Still Unknown in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) – It's still too early to tell whether an insurance co-op created solely to sell health plans to Tennesseans through the federal government's exchange was able to compete with the state's big insurers.

53. Events -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Memphis Medical Center partners will host Spring at the Park Thursday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Health Sciences Park, at the corner of Madison Avenue and Dunlap Street. The event will include arts performances, food trucks and vendors. Cost is free. Call 576-7185.

54. White House: 7 Million Signed Up for Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a key milestone for the 4-year-old health care law, the Obama administration says more than 7 million people signed up for health care through insurance exchanges, surpassing a threshold once seen as unattainable.

55. Deadline Brings High Interest for Health Insurance -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy initiative.

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57. State Employees, Teachers Won't Get Pay Increase -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he won't be able to give state employees and teachers a pay increase next year mainly because of reductions due to an ongoing decline in revenue collections, which state officials are looking into.

58. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, April 2, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. National Civil Rights Museum president Beverly Robertson will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

59. Methodist University Hospital Names Liebman New CEO -

Jeff Liebman has joined Methodist University Hospital as chief executive officer. In his new role, Liebman said, he will ensure the hospital continues to be a community resource providing the highest possible quality of care to the community while following the guidelines of the Methodist LeBonheur mission.

60. Change Agents -

Greg Smith was a hard worker. Ran a carpet cleaning crew, didn’t mind putting in 10 or 12 hours a day to get the job done.

61. Deadline Dash: Health Care Sign-Ups Amid Glitches -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A flood of last-minute applicants rushed to sign up for health insurance on Monday, deadline day for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more than 125,000 people at a time using the fragile system despite a new spate of intermittent ills.

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63. Health Care Website Stumbles on Last Day -

The Obama administration says a new technical problem briefly prevented last-minute users from signing up on the government's health insurance website. The new problem came as traffic surged on deadline day.

64. Events -

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital will hold a stroke survivor group meeting Tuesday, April 1, at 5 p.m. in suite 250 of Medical Office Building A, 7655 Poplar Ave. Stroke survivors will discuss caregiving issues; partners and family will discuss time and stress management. Call 516-6929.

65. Sustainability is a Win for All -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays through April in honor of Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County.

This April marks the third annual Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County. It has been remarkable and rewarding to watch the growth in activity and awareness around this important issue.

66. Council to Weigh Pension, School Funding -

Memphis City Council members take a closer look Tuesday, April 1, at recommendations to cut city spending and use the savings to devote to the city’s unfunded pension liability.

Meanwhile, the council votes on a resolution that would set aside $4.8 million a year for the next 12 years to pay the $57 million city government owes Shelby County Schools for cutting city funding to the legacy Memphis City Schools system in 2008.

67. Judge Upholds Country of Origin Label for Meat -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Shoppers who want to buy American beef for dinner instead of meat from Canada or Mexico will still be able to find the country of origin on the label.

A federal appeals court ruling Friday allows the government to go forward with rules that require labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The meat industry attempted to block the rules, which went into effect last year, saying they are costly and provide no health benefits to the consumer.

68. ULI Memphis Hosting Event in Innovation District -

The Urban Land Institute Memphis chapter is hosting its first Innovation District event Thursday, April 3, at Health Sciences Park at Madison Avenue and Dunlap Street. The event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include performances by Hattiloo Theatre, New Ballet Ensemble & School and Watoto De Afrika, and food trucks will be on hand.

69. Events -

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital will hold a stroke survivor group meeting Tuesday, April 1, at 5 p.m. in suite 250 of Medical Office Building A, 7655 Poplar Ave. Stroke survivors will discuss caregiving issues; partners and family will discuss time and stress management. Call 516-6929.

70. The Right ROI of Innovation for Your Firm -

Innovation as investment is a simple three-step process. First, figure out the risk tolerance level at a firm. Then you can get real with your expectations, roles, resources, and metrics. Second, come up with a mix based on the risk-tolerance level of your culture. Third, formalize the assignment – and kick off all projects with visible executive leadership support. The executive support is critically important.

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72. Millions Could Get Health Sign-Up Extension -

Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, allowing the administration to boost sign-ups and the political fortunes of Democrats under attack over the program’s troubles.

73. Online Auction Raises $70,000 for UTHSC -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center grossed more than $70,000 from an online auction of more than 300 works by internationally known Memphis artist Paul Penczner.

The sale, which opened March 4 and finished with a rolling auction, drew 158 bidders. The works are part of a 400-piece collection the artist’s widow, Jolanda Penczner, donated to the UTHSC College of Medicine after his death in 2010 to establish an endowment in the Department of Physiology.

74. Meals on Wheels Makes 20 Millionth Delivery -

The 20 millionth meal from MIFA Meals on Wheels program is set to be delivered Friday, March 28, to Midtown senior Fred Deckard.

Started in 1976, Meals on Wheels is one of MIFA’s five senior programs designed to promote health, companionship, and keep people independent and living in their homes.

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76. Editorial: Government Must Address Coverage Gap -

Our national discussion of the Affordable Care Act continues to say so much about more than the issue of affordable health care.

It continues to be the most profound statement about what passes for political discourse and the decision-making process our elected officials have created for issues that are of crucial importance to citizens.

77. Haslam’s Medicaid Expansion Talks Continue -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has walked a fine line since announcing a year ago that the state would not accept federal funding for an expansion of TennCare, Tennessee’s version of Medicaid, at least for now.

78. Walk-In Clinics Rising as Response to ACA -

When the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, medical providers were not sure what to expect.

But four years down the road, it’s evident the ACA has presented some opportunities – not just for patients, but for how care is delivered and, yes, marketed. And that has meant a rise in walk-in clinics nationally and locally.

79. Employers, Workers Navigate Compliance Rules -

As a certified health care reform specialist, Tim Finnell can stand back and from a distance say the Affordable Care Act does not really have a beginning and an end.

“There will never be final rules,” said Finnell, the president and founder of Group Benefits LLC. “Everything’s going to keep changing.”

80. Caught in the Middle -

Even before the Affordable Care Act came along, Deborah Casey was living between a logistical rock and an economic hard place. Casey, a 61-year-old widow, draws a monthly Social Security check based on her husband’s earnings. She works part-time for Shelby County (no benefits), and to continue receiving the same amount in that Social Security check, she has to keep tabs on how much she makes. This is exactly how someone who wants to provide for herself winds up on a “fixed income.”

81. Obama Says More Than 6 Million Signed Up for Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says more than 6 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the new health insurance markets created by his overhaul.

That's a milestone, fulfilling a goal set by Congressional Budget Office and embraced by the White House.

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83. House Approves Bill to Stop Cut to Medicare Docs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House on Thursday passed legislation to give doctors a yearlong reprieve from a looming 24 percent cut in their payments from Medicare.

The bill passed on a surprise voice vote and advanced to the Senate, which hopes to pass it before a Monday deadline. The vote was delayed by an hour amid doubt that the measure could muster the two-thirds vote required under fast-track procedures.

84. US Economic Growth for 4th Quarter Revised Higher -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter, slightly more than previously estimated, as consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three years.

85. State Cautions Uninsured About Health Deadline -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Department of Commerce and Insurance officials are cautioning uninsured Tennesseans that they may find it challenging to get health insurance if they wait after the March 31 deadline for open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act.

86. Sebelius Visits Nashville to Push Health Exchange -

NASHVILLE (AP) – U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius visited Nashville on Thursday to urge Tennesseans to sign up for insurance through the federal health care exchange before a March 31 deadline.

87. Online Auction Raises $70,000 for UT Health Science Center -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center grossed more than $70,000 from an online auction of more than 300 works by internationally known Memphis artist Paul Penczner.

The sale, which opened March 4 and finished with a rolling auction, drew 158 bidders. The works are part of a 400-piece collection the artist’s widow, Jolanda Penczner, donated to the UTHSC College of Medicine after his death in 2010 to establish an endowment in the Department of Physiology.

88. Meals on Wheels Makes 20 Millionth Delivery -

The 20 millionth meal from MIFA Meals on Wheels program is set to be delivered Friday, March 28, to Midtown senior Fred Deckard.

Started in 1976, Meals on Wheels is one of MIFA’s five senior programs designed to promote health, companionship, and keep people independent and living in their homes.

89. Clash of Contenders -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says his political plans last year didn’t include running for county mayor in 2014.

He was on U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s short list of recommendations for an open federal judgeship, a White House appointment he said he knew he might not get “the first time.”

90. Millions Could Get Extra Time for Health Sign-Ups -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law. That would let the administration boost sign-ups and aid Democrats under attack over the program's troubles.

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92. Seminar Explores Complicated Details of Health Care Law -

The Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, became law in 2010.

But the law has grown and changed so much since then that its pages number more than 25,000, and if you stack them one on top of another they are more than 10 feet high, says Tim Finnell, founder and president of Group Benefits LLC.

93. Taylor Promoted to Account Supervisor at Red Deluxe -

Kelsey Taylor has been promoted to account supervisor from account manager at Memphis-based advertising agency Red Deluxe. Taylor joined the firm in 2011 and leads the firm’s work for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Washington, D.C.

94. Commission Votes Down Family-Planning Rebid -

Shelby County commissioners voted down a bid Monday, March 24, to rebid the county’s contract for federally funded family-planning services with Christ Community Health Services.

Some commissioners branded Commissioner Steve Mulroy’s effort to urge County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration to rebid the contract as a political effort. Mulroy is taking criticism from former Commissioner Deidre Malone in the three-way Democratic primary race for county mayor for his vote in favor of the contract in 2011.

95. High Court Seems Divided Over Birth Control Rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court seemed divided Tuesday over whether employers' religious beliefs can free them from a part of the new health care law that requires that they provide coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge.

96. Lawmakers, Groups Announce Health Initiative -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislative leaders and several groups are launching a new initiative to encourage healthy eating in Tennessee.

A news conference was scheduled at the state Capitol on Tuesday to announce the plan.

97. DCS Wants to Use Survey to Improve Workplace -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Leaders at the Tennessee Department of Children's Services plan to use the results of a survey of front-line employees to improve the workplace.

Vanderbilt University professor Michael Cull, who developed the survey, told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1iwHzfc) that it found caseworkers across the state consistently work overtime and don't usually recognize how fatigue and stress affect their decisions.

98. Commission Votes Down Family Planning Services Rebid Resolution -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a bid Monday, March 24, to rebid the county’s contract for federally-funded family planning services with Christ Community Health Services.

And the commission rejected an August referendum item on eliminating any residency requirement from the Shelby County Charter for county government employees as well as Shelby County Schools teachers.

99. Common Core Spawns Widespread Political Fights -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans.

100. Survey: Economists See US Growth Pickup This Year -

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — With the pace of U.S. economic growth seen speeding up later this year and next, many business economists expect the Federal Reserve to end its bond purchases this fall or even earlier.