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VOL. 43 | NO. 20 | Friday, May 17, 2019

TN facing longterm shortage of health care workers

Accounting, hospitality also among fields facing worker shortages

Samantha Rooks, a registered respiratory therapist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, says she always wanted to work in health care, though no one in her family had ever chosen that path. She loves what she does, she adds, and has been at Vanderbilt for nearly 20 years, working exclusively with children.

Nursing schools face shortage of trained instructors

Nurses are needed, but nursing school enrollment is not growing fast enough to keep up with demand, American Association of Colleges of Nursing report shows.


What happened to Legislature’s more unusual bills?

The General Assembly has rolled out of town, but not without leaving some sordid debris in its wake.

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Out with the old: Treasured antique mall saying goodbye

The “77 Sunset Strip” board game makes me smile, even as I’m immersed in commercial death throes while wandering the sprawling building on Eighth Avenue South where yet another longtime business – one where 73-year-old owner Pat Morris has toiled day and night to create something special – is going to close.


Stable and unpredictable? Sales trends defy reason

The Nashville real estate market is nothing if it is not baffling.


Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for April 2019

Top residential real estate sales, April 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US long-term mortgage rates fall; 30-year average at 4.07%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell slightly this week, marking a third straight week of declines as a continued inducement to purchasers in the spring homebuying season.


Lady Bisons ‘book’ first trip NCAA Tournament since ’14

There was never any concern about finding leaders. The Lipscomb softball team had eight seniors returning this season, and they were all hungry to win titles and reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in their careers.

VU’s Stackhouse has resume to lure top recruits

Jerry Stackhouse has excelled at the highest levels of basketball.


Baker Donelson makes Douse a shareholder

Baker Donelson has elected 11 new shareholders across the firm, including Chris Douse in the Nashville office.


Lipscomb gets $2.49M grant to develop program

Lipscomb University’s College of Education has been awarded a $2.49 million grant from the Kern Family Foundation to develop an innovative leadership development program for principals focused on character, academic excellence and business acumen in the rising generation of leaders.


Perk drives away as carmakers reel in free maintenance

A number of automakers have offered free maintenance programs for more than a decade as a way to sweeten the deal on a car lease or purchase. But in recent years, automakers have begun to reel in their plans by shortening the term, reducing the scope of coverage or eliminating them altogether.


The life-changing math of working longer

Retirement experts frequently recommend working longer if you haven’t saved enough. But you might not realize just how powerful a little extra work can be.


Finding joy, success in working with one’s hands

Necessity is not the mother of invention. Childhood. There you are: that’s the mother of invention.


Three ways to satisfy shopping urge without going broke

Shopping can be a form of relaxation, an entertaining way to spend time or even a hobby. But it can turn into an expensive habit.


Tennessee House speaker scandals spur 'no confidence' vote

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House Republicans have cast a vote of no confidence in House Speaker Glen Casada, who remains ensnared by a spate of scandals.


Biden visits Tennessee, vows to 'restore' soul of country

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden says eight years of a Donald Trump presidency will "fundamentally" change the character of the country.


Health Department warns Tennesseans to avoid records scams

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health is warning the public to order vital records from approved sources to avoid scams or excessive fees.


Vanderbilt's JJ Bleday selected as SEC player of the year

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Vanderbilt's BB Bleday has been named the Southeastern Conference player of the year and Tim Corbin has been selected the coach of the year.

Vanderbilt leads stacked field at SEC Tournament

Vanderbilt's blazing second half of the season has turned the Commodores into one of the favorites to win the Southeastern Conference tournament this week in Hoover, Alabama.


Vanderbilt starting part-time addiction clinic

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt University Medical Center is starting a part-time addiction clinic so those who overdose on drugs have a place to go after leaving the emergency room.


Supreme Court sends dispute over Fosamax back to lower court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday that a judge must decide whether a dispute between drugmaker Merck and patients who alleged they were injured by its bone-strengthening drug Fosamax can go forward.


Huawei could be stripped of Google services after US ban

Huawei could lose its grip on the No. 2 ranking in worldwide cellphone sales after Google announced it would comply with U.S. government restrictions meant to punish the Chinese tech powerhouse.

Report: More companies in China handing over technology

BEIJING (AP) — The number of foreign companies that feel compelled to hand over technology in exchange for Chinese market access — an issue that sparked President Donald Trump's tariff fight with Beijing — has doubled since two years ago despite official promises to end such pressure, a business group reported Monday.


Trump's EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

BOKOSHE, Okla. (AP) — Susan Holmes' home, corner store and roadside beef jerky stand are right off Oklahoma Highway 31, putting them in the path of trucks hauling ash and waste from a power plant that burns the high-sulfur coal mined near this small town.


Ford sees twisting road ahead, cuts 7K white-collar jobs

DETROIT (AP) — Ford revealed details of its long-awaited restructuring plan Monday as it prepared for a future of electric and autonomous vehicles by parting ways with 7,000 white-collar workers worldwide, about 10% of its global salaried workforce.

EU rejects claim that its car exports threaten US security

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is rejecting claims that Europe's car exports pose a threat to the United States after U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross ruled that imported vehicles and parts imperil national security.


Stocks close lower as chipmakers slump

Chipmakers and other technology companies pulled U.S. stocks lower Monday, extending the market's losses into another week.

Blue Apron latest to suffer in tough meal kit market

Meal kit companies face an ultimatum: Adapt or die.

$15 minimum wage becomes part of 2020 presidential landscape

From liberal firebrands Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to moderates Joe Biden and John Hickenlooper, nearly the entire 2020 Democratic presidential field agrees that the federal minimum wage should be more than doubled, to $15 an hour.

American distillers welcome end of tariffs in Canada, Mexico

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — American whiskey producers feeling the pain from the Trump administration's trade disputes have gotten a shot of relief with an agreement that will end retaliatory tariffs that Canada and Mexico slapped on whiskey and other U.S. products.

FCC chairman backs T-Mobile-Sprint deal in key endorsement

NEW YORK (AP) — A key federal regulator says he backs T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of rival wireless carrier Sprint, a crucial step for the deal's approval.

Pot 'legalization 2.0': Social equity becomes a key question

NEW YORK (AP) — Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities.


Judge rules against Trump in records dispute with Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Washington ruled Monday against President Donald Trump in a financial records dispute with Congress.

Trump tells ex-counsel McGahn to defy congressional subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump directed former White House counsel Don McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena, citing a Justice Department legal opinion that McGahn would have immunity from testifying before Congress about his work as a close Trump adviser.

All by himself: Amash alone among GOP on impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — He was known in the Michigan statehouse as "Mr. No" for voting against some Republican legislation. But now in Congress, on the question of whether President Donald Trump should be impeached, Rep. Justin Amash is the lone Republican saying "Yes."

Trump says he didn't need to borrow from banks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is insisting he didn't borrow from many banks because he "didn't need the money," not because they wouldn't do business with him.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump cries 'treason' over campaign scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is using "treason" rather lightly as he assails unidentified U.S. officials for investigating operatives of his campaign in 2016. There's no allegation or even suggestion that they committed this punishable-by-death crime, if any crime at all.

Schiff: Amash criticism not enough to push Trump impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Democrat said Sunday that Republican Rep. Justin Amash's sharp criticism of what he called President Donald Trump's "impeachable conduct" in the Russia investigation isn't enough to count as bipartisan support to launch impeachment proceedings.

Trump warns Iran not to threaten US or it will face 'end'

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Iran early on Monday not to threaten the United States again or it'll face its "official end," shortly after a rocket landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad overnight.


GOP rep: Casada tried to rig ethics review

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Republican lawmaker says Tennessee GOP House Speaker Glen Casada tried to "rig and predetermine" an ethics review regarding his mounting scandals. He's requesting Casada's leadership resignation.

Controversial Casada aide to stay on payroll until July

NASHVILLE (AP) — A former top aide for Tennessee's embattled House speaker who resigned after admitting to once using cocaine in a legislative office and sending lewd text messages about women will continue to be paid by state taxpayers until July.

Embattled Casada faces election complaint

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's embattled House speaker is now being accused of violating the state's election laws after spending the past two weeks facing a long list of other scandals surrounding his office.


Group wants Tennessee DA to resign over anti-Islam post

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee district attorney is facing calls to resign after posting several anti-Islam remarks to social media.


UT's Williams, 2-time SEC player of year, staying in NBA draft

CHICAGO (AP) — Grant Williams, the two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year, says he's staying in the NBA draft rather than returning for his senior season at Tennessee.


Predators, Nashville agree to 30-year arena lease extension

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators finally have the kind of security the former expansion franchise has been wanting for years after agreeing to a new 30-year arena lease that runs through 2049.


Titans agree to terms with wide receiver Jalen Tolliver

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have added another wide receiver, agreeing to terms with Jalen Tolliver.


CDC: Backyard chickens likely cause of Salmonella outbreaks

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says backyard chickens likely are behind the Salmonella outbreaks in 21 states.


Man executed for killing wife decades ago in Memphis

NASHVILLE (AP) — A man convicted of killing his wife decades ago at a camping center he managed in Memphis prayed and sang hymns as he was put to death Thursday in Tennessee.


Nissan proposing more board members, with Renault's Bollore

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan proposed Friday adding Renault's chief executive, Thierry Bollore, to its board, as well as several outsiders, to strengthen its governance following the arrest of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.

Japan's trade negotiator: US won't impose quotas on autos

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade negotiator said Friday Washington won't be demanding any numerical restrictions on Japanese auto exports to the U.S.

NTSB: Autopilot was in use before Tesla hit semitrailer

DETROIT (AP) — A Tesla Model 3 involved in a fatal crash with a semitrailer in Florida March 1 was operating on the company's semi-autonomous Autopilot system, federal investigators have determined.


Israeli disinformation campaign targeted Nigerian election

JERUSALEM (AP) — A U.S. think tank that analyzes misinformation online has found that an Israel-based influence campaign busted by Facebook had stumped for the winning candidate in the February 2019 Nigerian presidential elections.

US, European officials bring charges in global malware case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten people, including five Russian fugitives, have been charged in connection with malicious software attacks that infected tens of thousands of computers worldwide and caused more than $100 million in financial losses, U.S. and European authorities announced Thursday.

Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections

JERUSALEM (AP) — Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation.


Wobbly week for US stocks; 2nd weekly drop for S&P 500

Stocks fell broadly on Wall Street Friday as investor jitters over the heated trade war between the world's two biggest economies overshadowed encouraging developments in conflicts between the U.S. and other key trading partners.

Trump lifts tariffs on Mexico, Canada, delays auto tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bogged down in a sprawling trade dispute with U.S. rival China, President Donald Trump took steps Friday to ease tensions with America's allies — lifting import taxes on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum and delaying auto tariffs that would have hurt Japan and Europe.

Uncertainty looms over UK as Brexit compromise talks fail

LONDON (AP) — Talks between Britain's Conservative government and the opposition Labour Party seeking a compromise over Brexit broke down without agreement Friday, plunging the country back into a morass of uncertainty over its departure from the European Union.

Amazon takes top stake in UK food delivery firm Deliveroo

LONDON (AP) — Amazon is investing in British meal delivery company Deliveroo, expanding its reach into food retailing.

US stocks rise for the 3rd day

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks marched higher on Wall Street for the third straight day, erasing most of the plunge they took at the start of the week on worries about the worsening trade fight between China and the U.S.

US economic sanctions on Huawei could backfire

The Trump administration's plan to restrict exports to Chinese telecommunications powerhouse Huawei for national security reasons doesn't just up the ante in the China trade war.

Walmart warns that higher tariffs will mean higher prices

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart warned on Thursday that higher tariffs on imports from China will mean higher prices.

EU fines banks over $1 billion over foreign exchange cartel

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union regulators have fined five banks a total of more than 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) for colluding in the trade of large sums of foreign currency.

China criticizes US action against Huawei

BEIJING (AP) — China vowed Thursday to "resolutely safeguard" Chinese companies after Washington labeled telecom equipment giant Huawei a security risk and imposed export curbs on U.S. technology sales to the company.

US home construction climbed 5.7% in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction rose in April, led by an uptick in single-family homes.


Trump administration rejects subpoena for tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is missing another deadline to produce President Donald Trump's tax returns. A top House Democrat says he expects to take the administration to court as early as next week over the matter.

In Barr, Trump has found his champion and advocate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could only be delighted to have his attorney general in El Salvador, dealing with his biggest issue: illegal immigration. Yet Barr did even better for his boss. In interviews from the Central American country, he's been offering cryptic comments suggesting the Russia probe unfairly targeted Trump.

US: Flynn described efforts to interfere with cooperation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn told the special counsel's office that people connected to the Trump administration and Congress sought to influence his cooperation with the Russia investigation, and he provided a voicemail recording of one such communication, prosecutors said in a court filing made public Thursday.

Schiff plans 'enforcement action' against DOJ over Mueller

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Thursday that his panel will vote on "enforcement action" against Attorney General William Barr or the Justice Department next week, yet another escalation in the standoff between Congress and President Donald Trump's administration over documents and testimony.

Trump more cautious than his top advisers on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he hopes the U.S. is not on a path to war with Iran amid fears that his two most hawkish advisers could be angling for such a conflict with the Islamic Republic.

Saudis blame Iran for drone attack amid calls for US strikes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia accused Tehran of being behind a drone strike that shut down a key oil pipeline in the kingdom, and a newspaper close to the palace called for Washington to launch "surgical" strikes on Iran, raising the specter of escalating tensions as the U.S. boosts its military presence in the Persian Gulf.

Congressional leaders set for classified briefing on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders are receiving a classified briefing on Iran as members of both parties demand more information on the White House's claims of rising threats in the Middle East.

Iran claims right to respond to 'unacceptable' US sanctions

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's foreign minister on Thursday said sanctions imposed by the Trump administration are "unacceptable" but that his country is committed to an international nuclear deal that has steadily unraveled amid rising tensions.

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