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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is joining a federal lawsuit to stop the merger of major health insurance companies.

State Attorney General Herbert Slatery says in a release Thursday that the move by Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer Anthem to acquire Cigna would reduce competition in Tennessee and could affect benefits, premiums and care.

The other states joining the lawsuit are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Virginia, plus the District of Columbia.

wallethub.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report lists Murfreesboro as one of the best markets in the country for first time home buyers, beating out all of Tennessee’s largest cities.

WMOT reporting partner Wallethub.com notes that the economic hangover from the Great Recession has left many Americans unable to afford that first home. So they compared 300 cities across the country looking for the best places for prospective new home owners to buy.

Is Nashville lacking in the parks department?

Jul 5, 2016
nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennessee is blessed with some great parks  --  federal, state, county and city --  but in spite of that parkland in the state’s biggest cities did not fare well in a new national ranking.

WMOT reporting partner Wallethub.com compared recreational opportunities in 100 of the country’s biggest cities. Nashville ranked 65, while Memphis came in at number 92.

Jill Gonzalez says the study considered 35 different criteria, including the number of residents with walkable park access, and…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state attorney general's office says Tennessee is in line to receive a $12.6 million share of Volkswagen's settlement with the states over deceptive trade practices in the sale of diesel vehicles designed to cheat emissions testing standards.

The German automaker agreed to pay the states more than $1,000 per car that violated consumer protection laws, totaling $570 million nationwide.

The state is also eligible to receive $42 million in support of environmental programs to reduce emissions.

mtsu.edu/consumer

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee consumers are feeling much better about the economy, but still intend to keep a tight grip on the family purse strings.

Dr. Tim Graeff heads the quarterly consumer sentiment survey for Middle Tennessee State University. He says the latest numbers clearly show consumer confidence is on the rise. As a result, survey results indicate most Tennesseans plan to spend more money in the near future.

On the down side, when Graeff asked state residents if they planned to buy any big ticket items in the near future most said “No.”

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