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VOL. 42 | NO. 8 | Friday, February 23, 2018

Construction workers hold all the cards in this building boom

Labor shortage drives wages higher, delays completion of key projects

Wondering why the contractor you hired to work on your house never showed up or why your car keeps hitting potholes on Interstate 440 and other roads across Nashville?

New generation of tradesmen prepare for jobs

In his previous job, Caleb Murphy was a member of a U.S. Army explosive ordnance disposal unit – “the bomb squad,” he explains more bluntly – in Afghanistan.

High costs, hurdles of overcoming infertility

The dream seems straightforward enough. Couples work on careers, find a place to call home and have children.

Starfish Foundation helps clear infertility challenges

It would take Kara and Brandon Edwards three years of emotional, financial and physical struggle to achieve pregnancy.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

The Triple Sip. Wine, beer and spirits tastings, as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Nashville. There also will be a silent auction and live music. $60 in advance, $70 at the door. Nashville Farmers Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. Friday, 6-9 p.m. Information: www.rmhcnashville.com/event/the-triple-sip

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STATE GOVERNMENT

Clemmons: UT football fiasco at heart of Haslam's plan to shrink Board

Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to shake up the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees is getting blitzed by legislators, some contending it’s linked to the hiring of the Tennessee Vols football coach.

Legislators likely to put cork in Sunday wine sales for pre-k

Legislation sending revenue from Sunday wine sales to prekindergarten expansion faces a battle on several fronts when it reaches a committee in early March.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Consensus on gun legislation? Not on your life

That burning smell emanating from the General Assembly isn’t coming from the flame of bipartisanship. More likely it’s the result of scorched-earth politics.

Bredesen: U.S. Senate win possible for Dems

The last Democrat to win statewide elected office in Tennessee eight years ago acknowledges times have changed.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

You can go down swinging or live to buy another day

In March of 1836, the Battle of the Alamo occurred in San Antonio, Texas.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for January 2018

Top commercial real estate sales, January 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Long-term mortgage rates climb to 4.40 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates crept higher this week, upping the costs of borrowing to purchase a home just as more of the millennial generation is entering the real estate market.

PREDATORS

Young Olympian might be spark Preds need

As impressive a performance as the Predators have put on through three quarters of the regular season, they’ve looked in recent weeks like a team in need of a boost.

NEWSMAKERS

Bass, Berry & Sims names new practice leadership

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has appointed Kevin H. Douglas to serve as chair of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group.

BRIEFS

HealthStream forms ‘innovative’ partnership

HealthStream, a Nashville-based platform in healthcare for workforce development, has announced a seven-year deal with Press Ganey Associates.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Clutch performance: Top picks for those who prefer stick shifts

It’s true that cars with a manual transmission are a dying breed. In fact, manual-equipped vehicles make up less than 3 percent of current U.S. car sales, Edmunds research finds.

CAREER CORNER

What’s the ROI of your college education?

College is expensive; private college is even more so. My undergraduate school is now charging approximately $50,000 per year, just for tuition.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Three customer surveys that matter most right now

A routine misstep in marketing campaigns is to neglect your customers and what they need, want and value.

NASHVILLE AREA

Mayor: DA should be recused in affair probe

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville mayor's office is citing a legal opinion that says the lead prosecutor and his office should recuse themselves from the investigation of the mayor's affair with her former bodyguard.

Attorney: Mayor has turned over phone code in affair probe

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's attorney says they've provided her personal cellphone's passcode to the authorities investigating her affair with her former bodyguard.

Affidavit: Nude photo taken with ex-bodyguard's work phone

NASHVILLE (AP) — State investigators have found a nude photo and partially nude photo of a woman that they believe were taken with the work cellphone of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's former lead bodyguard, with whom she has admitted having an extramarital affair, according to court documents filed Thursday.

SPORTS

Rinne earns 300th win as Predators rout Sharks 7-1

NASHVILLE (AP) — For a guy who was drafted 258th overall in 2004, Pekka Rinne has put together quite a career.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Some Tennessee GOP leaders back Trump's gun control push

NASHVILLE (AP) — Some Tennessee Senate leaders say they support President Donald Trump's push to ban bump stocks and bar those under 21 from buying semi-automatic rifles, and they want similar proposals discussed at the state level. But support from House Republican leadership was more tepid.

STATEWIDE

State Senate speaker, 18 other senators endorse Blackburn

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Senate leader and 18 other Republican state senators have endorsed U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in her U.S. Senate bid.

MIDSTATE

Williamson superintendent charged with assault in student emergency

FRANKLIN (AP) — A schools superintendent in Tennessee has been charged with assault in connection with an encounter with a high school student.

HEALTH CARE

GOP, Dem governors push national health care compromise

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bipartisan group of governors working to strike compromise on hot-button policy issues will take on the health care question at an event Friday.

Leading liberal policy group unveils 'coverage for all' plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading liberal policy group is raising the ante in the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Volkswagen says earnings up more than 50 percent in 2017

BERLIN (AP) — Automaker Volkswagen AG says its net profit increased by more than half last year, while revenue climbed more than 6 percent.

Glitches or not, Nissan starts testing semi-autonomous rides

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — In the future Nissan envisions, driverless cars will pick up children from school and recommend restaurants to tourists in various languages.

BMW looking at Chinese-made electric MINI

BEIJING (AP) — BMW Group said Friday it is talking with China's biggest SUV maker about a possible partnership to produce electric versions of its MINI as automakers ramp up electric development under pressure from Beijing to meet sales quotas.

Ford names Lincoln chief to replace ousted N. American head

DETROIT (AP) — A veteran executive who has led Ford's Lincoln luxury brand will now head American operations, replacing an executive who was ousted this week over allegations of inappropriate behavior.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Broad rally helps stocks end a choppy week slightly higher

Wall Street capped several days of choppy trading Friday with a broad rally that gave the stock market a modest gain for the week.

Fed expects economic gains to prompt gradual rate hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says it expects that the ongoing strength of the U.S. economy will warrant gradual increases in interest rates this year, delivering the same steady-as-it-goes message under new leader Jerome Powell as it had provided under Janet Yellen.

Stores make push in scan and go tech, hope shoppers adopt it

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning all their groceries after they're done shopping? Old school. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as they roam the aisles.

Sensing collateral damage, US companies split with NRA

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. companies are taking a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry and its public face, the National Rifle Association, after the latest school massacre.

Newly pet-friendly General Mills spends $8B on Blue Buffalo

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Its sales under pressure with fewer grocery lists including processed foods, General Mills will try to balance its own shift in that direction, and its revenues, with the $8 billion acquisition of Blue Buffalo, a higher end pet food products company.

NPR adopts new measures after sex harassment investigation

National Public Radio has adopted a series of measures to improve its workplace culture, following an independent investigation into sex harassment issues stemming from the ouster of a top executive.

So long, free Footlongs: Subway to shake up rewards program

NEW YORK (AP) — Subway is shaking up its loyalty rewards program, giving customers the ability to earn $2 discounts instead of free Footlongs.

New charges brought against ex-Trump campaign associates

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Ex-Trump campaign aide pleads guilty in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top adviser to President Donald Trump's election campaign pleaded guilty Friday to federal conspiracy and false-statements charges in the special counsel's Russia investigation.

AP-NORC Poll: Most have dour outlook on America's direction

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chester Trayhan's grandchildren are working, so he's feeling better about the economy these days. But his view of the country's overall direction is pretty grim, darkened by what he sees as a surge in racism and violence fueled by President Donald Trump.

Trump to announce new NKorea sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is hitting more than 50 vessels, shipping companies and trade businesses with sanctions in the latest bid to turn up the pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program, a senior administration official said Friday.

Trump bucks NRA, backs raising age for buying assault rifles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump says, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America's public reckoning over gun violence. He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in U.S. schools.

Trump Jr.'s foreign policy speech in India boosts concerns

NEW DELHI (AP) — As criticism mounted that the American president's eldest son was pushing an ethics boundary by making a foreign policy speech at an Indian business summit, conference organizers hurriedly changed the speech's title.

Trump wants to ban bump stocks; ATF doesn't know if it can

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has ordered his Justice Department to ban rapid-fire bump stocks like the ones used in last year's Las Vegas massacre— but officials aren't sure they can.

Pennsylvania congressional map battle lands in Supreme Court

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A request by Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Legislature to stop a new congressional map from being implemented is now in the hands of the nation's highest court.

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