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1. Wharton Outlines $596 Million Budget Plan, Retiree Health Care Exit -

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.

2. Congress is Giving States the Transportation Blues -

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: the government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements.

3. Senate Resolution Honors MTSU President -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney McPhee was honored by the state Senate for an award he received in Beijing.

Lawmakers passed a resolution on Monday that recognized McPhee for being awarded "Person of the Year" honors at the eighth annual Global Confucius Institute Conference in December.

4. Senate Approves Haslam's Free Tuition Plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is a step closer to the governor's desk.

5. Open Gun Carry Bill Defeated in Tennessee House Panel -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A bill seeking to allow Tennesseans to openly carry firearms in public without permits was overwhelmingly defeated a House subcommittee on Monday night.

The House Finance Subcommittee voted 10-1 against the measure sponsored by Rep. Micah Van Huss. The Jonesborough Republican later told reporters that he will abandon an effort to bypass committees and call the bill for a full floor vote.

6. In Tennessee, School Voucher Bill Fails for Session -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a program that gives parents the option to move a child from a failing public school to a private school has once again failed to pass.

7. Strong Beer Sales Bill Headed to Governor -

A bill to allow stronger beer to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores is headed for Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

The House voted 72-12 on Monday to approve the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Ryan Haynes of Knoxville. The Senate last week passed its version sponsored by Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro on a 22-7 vote.

8. Tennessee Revenues Improve but Still Fall Short -

Tennessee revenue collections are showing signs of improvement, but are still well below expectations.

The state's general fund collections came in $4 million short of projections in March, which reflects economic activity in the previous month.

9. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, April 16, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Don Johnson, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee, will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

10. Tenn. Lawmakers Discuss Common Core Compromise -

State lawmakers are considering compromise legislation that would delay the testing component for Tennessee's Common Core education standards for one year.

Last month, a broad coalition of Republican and Democratic House members passed a bill seeking to delay further implementation of the new standards for two years. It also seeks to delay the testing component for the standards for the same amount of time.

11. BankTennessee Breaks Ground in Munford -

BankTennessee is breaking ground for its new branch in Munford April 22.

The 3,267-square-foot branch will have an expandable second floor and will be located on a 1.12-acre site at 26 Munford Ave. It will mirror the design of the BankTennessee branch in Ripley and is scheduled to open in October.

12. 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.

13. Enjoy the Brewery While It's Still Here -

I’ve been looking at the Tennessee Brewery for years. I used to have an office next door, and now from my agency’s current location, I can see its majestic, Romanesque arched windows towering over the South Main Arts District.

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. Brewery Project Looks for Answers -

When the Untapped event at the Tennessee Brewery ends June 1, the fortress-like landmark on the south bluffs will still be tentatively slated for demolition in August.

But organizers of the event, which mixes live entertainment, local beer and food, and the experience of gathering in a long-closed courtyard, hope some answers will have emerged about a possible life beyond August.

17. 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.

18. Mortgage Market Sees Small First-Quarter Gains -

Shelby County’s mortgage market started off 2014 a bit tame, not as chilly as the weather but not exactly bursting with energy either.

Local banks and mortgage lenders made 1,617 purchase mortgages during the first quarter, flat compared with the 1,624 mortgages during first quarter 2013, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

19. Open Gun Carry Sponsor Moves for Full House Vote -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The House sponsor of a bill seeking to remove permit requirements to carry guns openly in Tennessee wants to bypass committees and hold a full floor vote on the measure.

20. No Candidates Withdraw by Deadline -

It appeared no candidates who made the April 3 filing deadline for the August state and federal primary elections and nonpartisan county elections withdrew by the Thursday, April 10, withdrawal deadline.

21. 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.

22. Library Enhances Offerings at Small-Business Center -

The Memphis Public Library & Information Center has announced enhanced offerings at its Small Business Center on the third floor of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

The First Tennessee Foundation and Start Co. are contributing to these efforts, investing funding, time and expertise for small-business owners and entrepreneurs. The First Tennessee Foundation has awarded the Memphis Library Foundation a $50,000 grant to enhance the Small Business Center’s collection of books and other materials ranging in topics from business development to social media marketing.

23. Events -

Methodist South Hospital will host a stroke support group meeting for survivors and caregivers Monday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the outpatient rehabilitation center, 1251 Wesley Drive, suite 141. Occupational therapists Maggie Lewis and Patricia Morgan will present “Occupational Therapy: Living life to its fullest.” Email patricia.morgan@mlh.org or rushali.naik@mlh.org.

24. Mayoral Contenders Differ on Economic Development -

Economic development incentives including property tax breaks look to be the real dividing line among the three contenders for Shelby County mayor in the May county primaries.

That’s where Deidre Malone, Steve Mulroy and Kenneth Whalum showed the most friction in a Thursday, April 10, forum and debate in the airport area sponsored by the Shelby County Democratic Party.

25. First Tennessee Bank Expands to Houston -

Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank has expanded to Houston.

The company has tapped longtime Houston banker Gary Olander to be its Houston market president. He joined First Tennessee March 25 and is building a team of top Houston bankers for First Tennessee.

26. 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.

27. Free Tuition Plan Goes to Key Panel -

Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature proposal to create a program that would cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate was scheduled to be heard by a key legislative committee on Tuesday.

28. Panel Consolidates Pilot Flying J Lawsuits -

A federal panel has consolidated seven lawsuits against Pilot Flying J, the truck stop company owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. The suits claims Pilot cheated trucking companies out of promised rebates and discounts.

29. Tenn. Spending Plan Headed to Full House -

Tennessee’s annual spending plan is headed to a full House vote.

The House Finance Committee approved the measure on a voice vote Tuesday night. The Senate is hoping to also take up the legislation this week.

30. 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.

31. Landmark Community Bank Makes Acquisitions -

Collierville-based Landmark Community Bank has completed acquisitions of Cadence Bank branches in Franklin and Brentwood.

32. Senate OKs House Version of ‘In God We Trust’ Bill -

The Tennessee Senate has voted to overrule the sponsor of a bill that originally sought to require the phrase “In God We Trust” to be painted behind the speaker’s podiums in the state Capitol.

33. State House Approves $32.4B Spending Plan -

The Tennessee House has approved the state’s $32.4 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning in July.

The measure was approved 68-27 on Thursday. The Senate was scheduled to vote on the plan later in the day.

34. 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.

35. Editorial: First Tennessee Bank’s Business Model Endures -

As First Tennessee Bank marks its 150th anniversary, we are reminded of the changes over that span in technology and what our financial institutions have come to offer in the way of services.

36. 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.

37. Senate Authorizes Electric Chair for Executions -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Senate has voted to allow the state to electrocute death row inmates if lethal injection drugs cannot be obtained.

The measure sponsored by Sen. Ken Yager passed on a 23-3 vote on Wednesday. The Harriman Republican says current law allows the state to use its alternate execution method only when lethal injection drugs are not legally available. But Yager says there was no provision for what do if there was a shortage of those drugs.

38. Open Carry Bill Presents Haslam Campaign Flashback -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that his administration is carefully examining the ramifications of a bill passed by the Senate that would allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without state-issued permits.

39. Senate Approves Haslam's School Voucher Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate has approved Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee.

The measure approved 20-10 on Thursday is different than the House version that has stalled in the House Finance Committee.

40. Senate OKs House Version of 'In God We Trust' Bill -

The Tennessee Senate has voted to overrule the sponsor of a bill that originally sought to require the phrase "In God We Trust" to be painted behind the speaker's podiums in the state Capitol.

Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville urged the chamber to reject House changes to the bill that would instead instruct the State Capitol Commission to study having the phrase painted in the tunnel connecting the building to the Legislative Plaza.

41. 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.

42. Feed the Imagination -

SHOPPING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT. The courtyard you’re in was once stacked with wooden cases, the food trucks you see were once mule-drawn wagons waiting to load those cases, the locally-brewed beer you’re sipping the reincarnation of what filled them, the live music you hear covering the century-old echoes of the South’s once busiest brewery – the Tennessee Brewery.

43. 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.

44. House Approves 'In God We Trust' Signage Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A bill calling for the phrase "In God We Trust" to be painted in the tunnel that connects the Tennessee Capitol and the Legislative Plaza has been approved by the House.

45. Senate to Vote on Tennessee's $32.4 Billion Spending Plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state Senate is poised to vote on a $32.4 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning in July.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 9-2 on Wednesday to advance the budget plan to a full Senate vote. The plan removes previously planned salary increases for teachers and state employees to make up for flagging state revenue collections.

46. Panel Consolidates Pilot Flying J Lawsuits -

A federal panel has consolidated seven lawsuits against Pilot Flying J, the truck stop company owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. The suits claims Pilot cheated trucking companies out of promised rebates and discounts.

47. Tennessee Spending Plan Headed to Full House -

Tennessee's annual spending plan is headed to a full House vote.

The House Finance Committee approved the measure on a voice vote Tuesday night. The Senate is hoping to also take up the legislation this week.

48. Tennessee House OKs Watered-Down Anti-Meth Bill -

Supporters of a watered-down version of Gov. Bill Haslam's anti-methamphetamine legislation approved by the House on Wednesday believe it will help in the fight against the drug's production across the state, even though it's not as tough as they would like.

49. 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.

50. Landmark Community Bank Makes Acquisitions -

Collierville-based Landmark Community Bank has completed acquisitions of Cadence Bank branches in Franklin and Brentwood.

51. Events -

Rhodes College will host Gary Schmitt, co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, Thursday, April 10, at 4 p.m. in the Frazier Jelke Science Center on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Schmitt will present “In the Wake of Edward Snowden: Security, Civil Liberties and American Intelligence.” Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

52. New Perspective -

When the U.S. Postal Service closed its branch office at 826 Mississippi Blvd. near E.H. Crump Boulevard in 2012, workers carted off an oil painting that hung there for several decades with little thought about the man portrayed in the painting.

53. Bill Seeks 'In God We Trust' Signage at Capitol -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislation that calls for the phrase "In God We Trust" to be displayed above the main Capitol entrances and behind the speakers' podiums in both the House and Senate has been approved by the Senate.

54. Volkswagen Expansion Talks at Standstill in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.

An acrimonious vote in February at the plant in Chattanooga resulted in the narrow defeat of the United Auto Workers union.

55. Haslam Free Tuition Plan Goes to Key Panel -

Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate was scheduled to be heard by a key legislative committee on Tuesday.

56. Craft Follows 36-Year Path to Bench -

The path of Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft to the bench has been the result of seeing possibilities in other positions.

57. Press Asks for More Access to Haslam Speeches -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Capitol Hill Press Corps is asking Gov. Bill Haslam to let them know when he is going to make a speech.

A letter emailed to Haslam's office on Friday said reporters were aware of at least five events in the previous month that were not listed on Haslam's public schedule. They include speeches to the Tennessee Medical Association and the Tennessee Municipal League.

58. Tennessee Legislative Session Nearing End -

Legislative leaders are hoping to adopt Tennessee's annual spending plan as early as this week, clearing the way to the conclusion of the legislative session.

But that assumes that the Republican-controlled House and Senate can find quick agreement over budget cuts proposed by Gov. Bill Haslam to close a funding gap created by flagging tax revenues.

59. 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.

60. Reversing Sprawl Through Connectivity -

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

Last week, Smart Growth America released “Measuring Sprawl 2014,” a report examining development in 221 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. and evaluating development on a national index. With a score of 71, the greater Memphis region ranks near the bottom of the list at number 196 out of 221. Furthermore, Memphis ranks as the sixth most sprawled large metropolitan area.

61. 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.

62. 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.

63. Appellate Judge Appointed to Tennessee Supreme Court -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday named Criminal Appeals Judge Jeff Bivins to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court bench.

Bivins, 53, will replace Justice Bill Koch, who is retiring in July to become dean of the Nashville School of Law.

64. Haslam Free Tuition Plan Garners Praise, Concern -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal this year, a program that would cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate, appears on track to pass as lawmakers enter the waning days of the legislative session. The details, however – including how to pay for this perk in the years to come – remain scattered.

65. Tennessee Court Decision Could be Blow to Immigrants -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court issued a decision Friday that could be a blow to immigrants who were never told that they can still be deported for a crime that has been wiped off their criminal record.

66. Tate Uncontested in Tennessee Senate Race -

The day after the filing deadline for the August state and federal primaries, Democratic state Sen. Reginald Tate became an uncontested incumbent, winning another four-year term representing District 33.

67. First Tennessee Bank Expands to Houston -

Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank has expanded to Houston.

The company has tapped longtime Houston banker Gary Olander to be its Houston market president. He joined First Tennessee March 25 and is building a team of top Houston bankers for First Tennessee.

68. Events -

SRVS will host the Wesberry Golf Classic Monday, April 7, at Spring Creek Ranch, 140 Chinquapin Drive. The four-person scramble includes lunch, contests, awards and more. Registration is at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, and shotgun start at 1 p.m. Visit srvs.org or call 312-6853.

69. 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.

70. This week in Memphis history: April 4-10 -

2013: The Memphis Soul concert in the East Room of the White House featuring Sam Moore and Justin Timberlake.

71. Redistricting Has Little Effect on Tenn. GOP -

While Republican lawmakers in some states may have benefited from congressional redistricting, the changes had little effect in Tennessee.

Republicans were able to give themselves a built-in advantage in House elections by doing well in the statewide elections in many states, then gerrymandering congressional districts in key states after the 2010 census. The strategy may prove to be advantageous going into the 2014 midterm elections and beyond, regardless of the political climate in November.

72. Children’s Commission Wants Pre-K Expansion -

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth is recommending the state expand its pre-K and home visitation programs to help youth be more successful in school and life.

The commission is basing its recommendations on a policy report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count project.

73. State DCS Releases Child Death Figures -

Tennessee's Department of Children's Services has published the first set of child fatality statistics since an agency overhaul following revelations that child welfare officials did not know how many children were dying in DCS custody.

74. April is Tennessee Valley Authority Energy Month -

The Tennessee Valley Authority is partnering with local power companies and five science museums across Tennessee, including the Memphis Pink Palace Family of Museums, to offer TVA Energy Month in April.

75. 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.

76. For-Profit Charter Schools Bill Fails in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to allow charter schools in Tennessee to be operated by for-profit groups failed in its final committee vote Thursday before reaching the House floor for debate.

77. Children's Services Releases Child Death Figures -

Tennessee's Department of Children's Services has published the first set of child fatality statistics since an agency overhaul following revelations that child welfare officials did not know how many children were dying in DCS custody.

78. April is TVA Energy Month -

The Tennessee Valley Authority is partnering with local power companies and five science museums across Tennessee, including the Memphis Pink Palace Family of Museums, to offer TVA Energy Month in April.

79. 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.

80. New Partners Sign On to Tennessee Brewery Effort -

This weekend, volunteers will return to the Tennessee Brewery property to continue getting it ready for Tennessee Brewery Untapped, a six-week series of community events that will run April 24 through June 1.

81. Museum Milestone -

When the National Civil Rights Museum formally reopens Saturday, April 5, it will be with the “breaking” of a ceremonial chain at the new entrance to the building that was once the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.

82. Rape Survivors Go Public in Backlog Lawsuit -

The three rape victims who filed a federal lawsuit March 26 against city and county governments over the backlog of 12,000 untested rape kits deliberately wanted their real names used in the lawsuit, their attorney said Wednesday, April 2, as two of the three women talked with reporters about the case.

83. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

84. 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.

85. Federal Waiver Gives Tennessee Hospitals $80 Million -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's U.S. senators say they will continue to seek a permanent fix for the state's financially struggling hospitals after they were granted a federal waiver that gives them $80 million.

86. Bill Seeks 'In God We Trust' Signage at Capitol -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A bill calling for the phrase "In God We Trust" to be painted in the tunnel that connects the Tennessee Capitol and the Legislative Plaza is headed for a full House vote.

87. Bill to Prohibit Teacher Licensure Rules -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would prohibit standardized test scores from being tied to teacher licensing is advancing in the House.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Matthew Hill of Jonesborough was approved on a voice vote in the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

88. 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.

89. Haslam Regrets No Raises for Teachers Next Year -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that he regrets not being able to give the state's teachers a raise and pledged to find ways to increase their pay after vowing to do so last year.

90. 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.

91. Tenn. Brewery Announces New Partners, Beer Sales -

The Tennessee Brewery Untapped project’s organizers have been granted a license to sell beer during the event by the Memphis Alcohol Commission.

In keeping with the local nature of the event, locally made craft beer will be available during Untapped from participants including High Cotton Brewing Co., Ghost River Brewing, Wiseacre Brewing and Memphis Made Brewing.

92. Toast Cafe Chain Seeks Memphis Expansion -

A breakfast-focused restaurant chain called Toast Cafe, described by its CEO as the “antithesis of a greasy spoon,” is looking to expand into Memphis by opening as many as five stores over the next two to three years.

93. Council Unhappy With Budget Plans So Far -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. got a rough reception at the Tuesday, April 1, Memphis City Council session as it set the stage for Wharton’s budget proposal to come in two weeks.

94. 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.

95. House Votes to Clear Way for Rocky Top Name Change -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state House has voted to allow Lake City to change its name to Rocky Top despite ongoing legal efforts by the rights owners of the bluegrass standard to block the move.

96. 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.

97. Bill OKs For-Profit Entities to Manage Charter Schools -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would allow a charter school to be operated by a for-profit entity narrowly advanced out of the House Education Committee.

The measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. John DeBerry of Memphis was approved 8-7 on Tuesday.

98. Report: Tennessee Offered Contingent Incentives to VW -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration, according to documents obtained by WTVF-TV in Nashville.

99. Children’s Commission Wants Pre-K Expansion -

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth is recommending the state expand its pre-K and home visitation programs to help youth be more successful in school and life.

The commission is basing its recommendations on a policy report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count project.

100. Candidates Observe April Fools’ Day -

A busy week on the local political calendar that includes April Fools’ Day proved to be too much for a few local politicians.

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy announced he was withdrawing from the Democratic primary for Shelby County Mayor in May to become corporate public relations director for the Kellogg’s Corp.