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VOL. 43 | NO. 42 | Friday, October 18, 2019

Need a holiday job? You’ve picked the right time & place

Midstate employers slug it out for seasonal workers, offering perks, permanent gigs

For those who had their pick of seasonal jobs during the 2018 holiday season, it’s a time of glad tidings: This year the pickings are just as plentiful.

Traditional versus gig: What’s the better deal for seasonal workers?

Want to work a second job or grab a temporary gig from mid-November through early January?

Holding employees tough with Amazon looming

Amazon created much excitement when it announced its plan to sink $250 million into Nashville with a new operations site in the Nashville Yards downtown.

Got good employees? Here’s how to keep them

Losing an employee, or a group of employees, hurts a business. The cost of onboarding is an obvious factor, but there’s also the institutional knowledge and customer relations the individual takes when he or she departs.

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EVENTS

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TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Nashville’s Kurds feel betrayed by ‘very good’ America

Cevahir Mustafa and her friend, Jameela Khoshaba, welcome the guy with long, white hair who walks up to the driver’s side of their black SUV after they leave Mazi International Market in downtown Little Kurdistan.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

You should run away to avoid Politicon circus

The temptation is to say a circus is coming to town, but this involves a less appealing bunch of clowns: Politicon arrives next weekend.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Midstate market continues to defy rational expectations

“Third Quarter 2019 Home Sales Showed Unprecedented Growth,” reads the Greater Nashville Realtors’ news release announcing third quarter sales numbers. It might sound hyperbolic, but it’s really not overstating the situation.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for September 2019

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

US mortgage rates rise this week but remain low

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week after signs of a trade truce between the U.S. and China last week pushed up the interest rate on 10-year Treasurys.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Looks like Aloha for Mariota

Demise exposes organizational flaw

With 10 games left in his season of reckoning, Marcus Mariota’s fate with the Tennessee Titans appears to be sealed.

Titans must get a lead, let defense continue strong play against Chargers

The Titans are reeling from a terrible offense that is wasting solid defensive efforts week after week. Now they add in the possibility of a quarterback change after benching Marcus Mariota.

Week 7 predictions

Chargers 17, Titans 3: The Chargers haven’t exactly set the league afire of late, but they’re in great shape compared to the disaster the Titans have become on offense.

UT SPORTS

Byrd gets his moment after sticking with Vols

Tyler Byrd could have easily transferred and sought more playing time elsewhere.

NEWSMAKERS

McLeod joins Butler Snow’s Nashville office

Robert R. McLeod has joined Butler Snow’s Nashville office and will practice with the firm’s pharmaceutical, medical device and health care litigation group.

BRIEFS

Survey: Nashville hotels most expensive in U.S.

A new survey by Cheaphotels.org lists Nashville as the most expensive city in the U.S. for hotel rates.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

New mid-engine Corvette one of many innovative models for 2020

The automotive landscape evolves every year, with various brands and models pushing the envelope in new directions. We’re rounding up the most significant vehicles for 2020, presented in alphabetical order. These are cars, trucks and SUVs that reveal major trends and shifts in the industry.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Criminals really have your number with ‘SIM swap’ scheme

If you’re not familiar with SIM swap fraud, prepare to be terrified.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Being the best-dressed is about more than looking successful

Your clothes are all laid out for tomorrow. You’ll get up in the morning, jump out of the shower, into your outfit, and out the door because it’s a big day. You’ll look sharp, competent and responsible, and you’ll feel that way, too.

CAREER CORNER

You’re hired! Oh wait, there isn’t really an opening

Hiring managers know finding the right candidate takes time. There are often multiple phone screens, multiple video interviews and in-person panel interviews.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Post Malone tops AMA noms, Swift could break MJ's record

NEW YORK (AP) — Post Malone is the top contender at the 2019 American Music Awards, where Taylor Swift has a chance to moonwalk past Michael Jackson's record for most wins at the show.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans kicker Ryan Succop designated to return from IR

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee kicker Ryan Succop has been designated to return from injured reserve, allowing him to return to practice with the Titans.

MIDSTATE

Haunted houses require 40-page waiver, insurance, drug test

SUMMERTOWN (AP) — A haunted house that promises an extreme experience that can last up to 10 hours requires participants be medically cleared by a doctor and sign a 40-page waiver.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan ex-chairman Ghosn's lawyers want charges dismissed

TOKYO (AP) — The lawyers of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, who is awaiting trial in Japan, said Thursday they have requested that financial misconduct charges against him be dismissed.

Workers at large GM plant in Michigan approve contract

DETROIT (AP) — Workers at one of the largest General Motors factories have voted to ratify a new contract with the company, an indication that a five-week strike could be coming to an end.

Tesla's stock soars after company posts surprising 3Q profit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla posted a surprising profit of $143 million in its latest quarter, raising hopes the electric car pioneer may finally be turning the corner after posting mostly losses during its first decade as a publicly held company.

Luxury cars and vans help shore up Daimler's profits

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany's Daimler AG, the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, said Thursday that stronger sales of luxury cars and higher profits in its van business helped shore up third-quarter profits.

Ford 3Q profit falls nearly 60% on restructuring costs

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s third-quarter net income tumbled nearly 60% as the company booked $1.5 billion in charges mainly for restructuring, and Chinese and U.S. sales fell.

REAL ESTATE

US new homes sales fell 0.7% in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. new home sales fell slightly in September with all regions of the country except the Midwest showing declines.

TECHNOLOGY

Weak profit, revenue, overshadow Twitter user growth

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Disappointing third-quarter profit and revenue at Twitter overshadowed strong user growth, sending shares of the social media company plummeting more than 17% at the opening bell Thursday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US durable goods orders fall 1.1% in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods tumbled in September by the largest amount in four months while a closely watched category that tracks business investment fell for a second month.

Iconic AmEx 'Green Card' turns 50, gets a needed revamp

NEW YORK (AP) — For 50 years, the American Express "Green Card" has been everywhere its card members wanted to be.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

GOP stands by Trump, gingerly, after diplomat's testimony

WASHINGTON (AP) — They pleaded ignorance, saying they'd not read the diplomat's damning statement. They condemned the Democrats' tactics as unfair. They complained that the allegations against President Donald Trump rested on second- or third-hand evidence.

Analysis: Trump's 'success' in Syria cedes region to Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared success in Syria and created a bumper-sticker moment to illustrate his campaign promise to put a stop to American involvement in "endless wars."

Trump includes Colorado in states getting border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's boast of building part of the border wall in Colorado is garnering attention in the state, including from the state's governor, Democrat Jared Polis.


WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23
MUSIC INDUSTRY

Dolly, Stapleton, Pink to perform at CMA Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — Dolly Parton will perform a new song "Faith" in a gospel medley, Reba McEntire will revisit her hit "Fancy" and Chris Stapleton will perform a duet with Pink at this year's Country Music Association Awards.

STATEWIDE

Think tank finds $732M for Tennessee's poor is unused

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has amassed more than $732 million in grant money intended to help poor working families with no plan for how to spend it.

Great Smoky Mountains park ends backcountry campfire ban

NASHVILLE (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park has lifted a ban on backcountry campfires.

UT SPORTS

Tennessee QB Maurer unlikely to play against South Carolina

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says quarterback Brian Maurer is "probably doubtful" for Saturday's game with South Carolina after the freshman sustained a concussion in each of the Volunteers' last two contests.

PREDATORS

Josi, Arvidsson lead Predators to 6-1 win over Ducks

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville got plenty of scoring against Anaheim, more than needed with Pekka Rinne nearly flawless in goal.

TECHNOLOGY

Google touts quantum computing milestone

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google said it has achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing research, saying an experimental quantum processor has completed a calculation in just a few minutes that would take a traditional supercomputer thousands of years.

HEALTH CARE

FDA wants stronger warning on breast implants about risks

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials want women getting breast implants to receive stronger warnings about the possible risks and complications.

Is the stethoscope dying? High-tech rivals pose a threat

CHICAGO (AP) — Two centuries after its invention, the stethoscope — the very symbol of the medical profession — is facing an uncertain prognosis.

ENVIRONMENT

Trump seeks to block California as global climate leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is suing to topple California as an international leader against climate change.

European lawmakers vote to strengthen bee protection

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament on Wednesday blocked a diluted proposal by the 28-nation bloc's executive arm on protecting bees from pesticides, arguing it didn't go far enough.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks eke out gains after a mixed set of earnings reports

U.S. stock indexes eked out tiny gains Wednesday following a wobbly day of trading as investors reviewed another set of mixed quarterly report cards from big companies.

Branson: Brexit 'saddest' event for UK since World War II

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Virgin Group founder Richard Branson says Brexit is the "saddest thing" that's happened to Britain and Europe since World War II.

Johnson's future, and UK's, rests on EU move on Brexit delay

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson has long argued that Brexit will let Britain "take back control" from the European Union.

Uncertainties escalate for Fed as it weighs another rate cut

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve finds itself in an unusually delicate spot as it considers how much more to try to stimulate an economy that's still growing and adding jobs but also appears vulnerable.

Vatican financial watchdog defends actions after raid

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's financial watchdog agency on Wednesday strongly denied allegations of wrongdoing by Vatican prosecutors who ordered an unprecedented raid on its offices and seizure of confidential documents.

Slowing global economy hits Caterpillar in 3Q

NEW YORK (AP) — A slowing global economy is taking a toll on Caterpillar, which cut its outlook for the year Wednesday after profits and revenue slid in the third quarter.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Chaotic scene as Republicans disrupt impeachment deposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans briefly brought House Democrats' impeachment investigation to a halt Wednesday as around two dozen GOP House members stormed into a closed-door deposition with a Defense Department official. Democrats said the move compromised national security as some of them brought electronic devices into a secure room.

Judge orders State Dept. to begin producing Ukraine records

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ordered the State Department to begin producing within 30 days documents related to the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine, saying the records were of obvious public interest.

Pentagon official testifies on Ukraine in impeachment probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Defense Department official who oversees Ukraine policy is answering questions behind closed doors as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey, says cease-fire permanent

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will lift sanctions on Turkey after the NATO ally agreed to permanently stop fighting Kurdish forces in Syria and he defended his decision to withdraw American troops.

US diplomat: Trump linked Ukraine aid to demand for probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top U.S. diplomat testified Tuesday that President Donald Trump was holding back military aid for Ukraine unless the country agreed to investigate Democrats and a company linked to Joe Biden's family, providing lawmakers with a detailed new account of the quid pro quo central to the impeachment probe.

Key takeaways from ambassador's testimony on Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe it was a quid pro quo after all.

Zuckerberg defends Facebook's currency plans before Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg endured hours of prickly questioning from lawmakers Wednesday as he defended the company's new globally ambitious project to create a digital currency while also dealing with widening scrutiny from U.S. regulators.


TUESDAY, OCT. 22
STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee doling out $5.9M in grants to 117 charter schools

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee education officials are distributing almost $5.9 million in grants to aid 117 charter schools in the state.

6 Tennessee cities get grants to improve downtown buildings

NASHVILLE (AP) — State officials say six Tennessee cities are receiving grants to upgrade commercial buildings in their downtown areas.

Former Democratic Tennessee Sen. Tate dies at 65

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Democratic Tennessee state Sen. Reggie Tate has died. He was 65.

PREDATORS

Predators sign top draft pick Tomasino to entry-level deal

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed first-round draft pick Philip Tomasino to a three-year contract.

COURTS

Charge dropped against Tennessee man seen riding atop car

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee judge has dropped one of the charges against a man accused of riding for 20 miles atop a car driving down an interstate at high speeds.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Autoworkers from closed plants fight new GM contract

DETROIT (AP) — If they can close our plant, they can close yours, too. That's the message from workers at three shuttered General Motors factories that didn't get new products under the tentative contract agreement reached last week between GM and the United Auto Workers, who have been on strike against the company across the U.S. for over six weeks now.

Tennessee autoworker killed in car accident on picket line

SPRING HILL (AP) — A striking autoworker in Tennessee has died when a vehicle hit him along a picket line outside a General Motors plant.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook says Libra won't launch without US approval

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to tell Congress Wednesday that the company's planned Libra cryptocurrency won't launch unless all U.S. regulators approve.

47 states back antitrust investigation into Facebook

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's latest foes: nearly every U.S. state.

REAL ESTATE

High prices drove US home sales down 2.2% in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales fell 2.2% in September, as rising home prices and lower inventories have stifled homebuyers.

HEALTH CARE

More choices, stable premiums for 'Obamacare' next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers will have more health insurance choices next year under the much-debated Obama health care law and premiums will dip slightly for many, the Trump administration announced Tuesday.

Biogen reanalyzes studies, presses ahead on Alzheimer's drug

Biogen Inc. said Tuesday it will seek federal approval for a medicine to treat early Alzheimer's disease, a landmark step toward finding a treatment that can alter the course of the most common form of dementia.

BANKING

JPMorgan to push to hire more with criminal records

NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase & Co. is announcing an expansion of its policy to hire more people with criminal records, potentially giving more former offenders a second chance to find work.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock indexes close lower on mixed company earnings

A choppy day of trading on Wall Street ended Tuesday with stocks closing lower after a technology sector-led sell-off strengthened toward the end of the day.

'Just too much': Meet the uber-rich who want a wealth tax

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the grand vacation homes of Newport Beach were empty on a beautiful Memorial Day weekend, Molly Munger decided it was time for the U.S. to consider taxing wealth.

Boris Johnson inches toward securing Brexit but delay likely

LONDON (AP) — For a brief moment Tuesday, Brexit was within a British prime minister's grasp.

Under Armour founder Kevin Plank relinquishes CEO post

BALTIMORE (AP) — Under Armour founder Kevin Plank will step down as CEO in the new year to become the company's executive chairman and brand chief.

Vatican denies risk of default over structural deficit

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A top Vatican administrator is denying the Holy See risks default over its structural deficit, saying claims in a new book about possible financial ruin are overblown.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Diplomat: Trump linked Ukraine aid to demand for probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. Ambassador William Taylor provided lawmakers Tuesday with a vivid, detailed and what some lawmakers called "disturbing" account of the way President Donald Trump wanted to put the new Ukraine president "in a public box" by demanding a quid pro quo at the center of the impeachment probe.

Trump donor to plead guilty to hiding work as foreign agent

WASHINGTON (AP) — A prolific political fundraiser who donated large sums to President Donald Trump's inaugural committee is expected to plead guilty to federal criminal charges.

Election security hearing breaks along stark partisan lines

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional hearing on election security broke Tuesday along stark political lines, highlighting the difficulties in getting lawmakers to address the threat outlined by federal officials who have warned that Russia and other adversaries are looking to interfere in the 2020 election and illicitly shape voter opinion.

Schumer: Democrats will try to overturn tax deduction cap

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are attempting to repeal an IRS regulation that is designed to keep people from exceeding the $10,000 limit on state and local tax deductions.

Trump likens House impeachment inquiry to 'a lynching'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump triggered outrage Tuesday by comparing the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry to a lynching, assigning the horrors of a deadly and racist chapter in U.S. history to a process laid out in the Constitution.

US diplomat drawn into Trump's Ukraine effort set to testify

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. Ambassador William Taylor is expected Tuesday to testify on Capitol Hill, emerging as an unlikely central player in the events that are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Trump urges GOP to 'get tougher and fight' impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump called on fellow Republicans on Monday to "get tougher and fight" against the quickly moving House impeachment inquiry as Democrats blocked a GOP bid to censure Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, a leader of the impeachment inquiry.

Trump viewed Ukraine as adversary, not ally, witnesses say

WASHINGTON (AP) — Behind closed doors, President Donald Trump has made his views on Ukraine clear: "They tried to take me down."


MONDAY, OCT. 21
UT SPORTS

Vols QB Maurer uncertain for South Carolina game

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt is mum on the status of Brian Maurer for Saturday's game with South Carolina after the freshman quarterback sustained concussions in back-to-back weeks.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Brooks & Dunn, Ray Stevens join Country Music Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE (AP) — The bestselling country duo of all time, Brooks & Dunn, joined the Country Music Hall of Fame alongside comedian and singer Ray Stevens and record executive Jerry Bradley on Sunday evening, in a star-filled ceremony full of tributes to their lasting legacies.

STATEWIDE

USDA recalls sausage patties made in East Tennessee

CARYVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says more than 6,000 pounds of frozen sausage patties manufactured in Tennessee have been recalled over concerns they may be contaminated with salmonella.

US gives endangered status to Tennessee freshwater fish

NASHVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has granted endangered species status to a Tennessee freshwater fish.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Casey recovers fumble, Titans hold off Chargers' rally 23-20

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans came up with an amazing goal-line stand stopping the Los Angeles Chargers.

ENVIRONMENT

Bredesen introduces renewable energy firm

NASHVILLE (AP) — A new business venture by former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen takes on global warming by helping companies fund solar panels in communities with dirty-power electric grids.

COURTS

Exxon trial probes how oil giant accounts for climate change

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's attorney general is accusing Exxon Mobil of lying to investors about how profitable the company will remain as governments impose stricter regulations to combat global warming.

Companies reach $260 million deal to settle opioids lawsuit

CLEVELAND (AP) — The nation's three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker reached an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement over the toll of the opioids in two Ohio counties, averting what would have been the first federal trial over the crisis.

1st federal opioid crisis trial to focus on distribution

CLEVELAND (AP) — The case is about the conduct of a group of companies in two Ohio counties, but far more than that is riding on the first federal trial on the opioid crisis, expected to open Monday in Cleveland.

TECHNOLOGY

Public, election officials might be kept in the dark on hacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — If the FBI discovers that foreign hackers have infiltrated the networks of your county election office, you may not find out about it until after voting is over. And your governor and other state officials may be kept in the dark, too.

US: Russian hackers use Iranians to mask their identities

LONDON (AP) — The United States and the U.K. say they have exposed how a group of Russian hackers hijacked the tools of their Iranian counterparts to attack dozens of countries around the world.

EDUCATION

Warren vows to ban federal funding for new charter schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has announced an education proposal pledging to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on public schools while ending all federal funding to create new charter schools.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks rise, led by tech companies, banks

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing higher Monday, led by gains in technology companies and banks.

UK Commons speaker deals new blow to Johnson's Brexit plan

LONDON (AP) — Britain faced another week of grinding political gridlock after Prime Minister Boris Johnson was denied a chance Monday to hold a vote by lawmakers on his Brexit divorce bill.

China seeks $2.4 billion in penalties against US at WTO

BERLIN (AP) — China is asking the World Trade Organization for the right to impose $2.4 billion in annual penalties on the United States in a case over Chinese subsidies dating back years.

UK's Boris Johnson tries again for vote on EU divorce deal

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attempted for a second time to secure lawmakers' backing for his European Union divorce deal on Monday as Parliament geared up for a grueling week of political warfare over Brexit.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Facebook ramps up election security efforts ahead of 2020

With just over a year left until the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Facebook is stepping up its efforts to ensure it is not used as a tool to interfere in politics and democracies around the world.

Trump laments G-7 move from Doral after bipartisan pushback

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is lamenting that he was forced to move next year's Group of Seven summit from his private golf club in Florida after bipartisan criticism that he was trying to profit off the presidency.

Mulvaney getting second-guessed over his defense of Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Mick Mulvaney, the hits just keep on coming.

US takes step to require DNA samples from asylum-seekers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by law enforcement hunting for criminals, a Justice Department official said.

Frustrated US diplomats fight back in impeachment probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years of simmering frustration inside the State Department is boiling over on Capitol Hill as a parade of current and former diplomats testify to their concerns about the Trump administration's unorthodox policy toward Ukraine.

APNewsBreak: US taking step to require DNA of asylum-seekers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by law enforcement hunting for criminals, a Justice Department official said.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump exaggerates scope of cease-fire deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump describes it, the U.S. swooped into an intractable situation in the Middle East, achieved an agreement within hours that had eluded the world for years and delivered a "great day for civilization."

White House: Summit at Trump property would look 'lousy'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump dropped plans to hold an international summit at his Doral resort in Florida after realizing "it looks lousy" to steer business to his own property, his acting chief of staff said Sunday.


FRIDAY, OCT. 18
MUSIC INDUSTRY

Christian music manager accused of child sex crime in Texas

FRANKLIN (AP) — A Tennessee-based manager of Christian music artists is accused of touching the genitals of a child when he worked for a Texas Baptist church more than a decade ago.

NASHVILLE AREA

Mayor: Nashville emergency shelters will open this winter

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor John Cooper says emergency shelters for the homeless will open this winter after all.

STATEWIDE

Invasive tick found in 8 Tennessee counties

NASHVILLE (AP) — Agriculture officials say an invasive tick that could threaten the heath of cattle has been found in eight Tennessee counties.

PREDATORS

Kessel scores twice, leads Coyotes past Predators 5-2

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The way Phil Kessel had been playing for the Arizona Coyotes at the start of the season, scoring a goal was just a matter of time.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Despite labor costs, GM averts financial woes of its past

DETROIT (AP) — A decade ago, high labor costs helped drag a bloated and debt-ridden General Motors into a government-funded bankruptcy.

GM workers to stay on picket line until vote on new contract

DETROIT (AP) — Striking General Motors workers will stay on the picket lines for at least another week until they vote on a tentative contract with the company.

COURTS

Supreme Court steps into consumer agency case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into a yearslong, politically charged fight over the federal consumer finance watchdog agency that was created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end lower; S&P 500 notches 2nd straight weekly gain

The S&P 500 index closed out an uneven week of trading on Wall Street with its second straight weekly gain, even though stock indexes ended lower Friday.

Despair in Burgundy and beyond, as US tariffs hit EU goods

CHABLIS, France (AP) — French vintners are begging for government aid. Italian farmers are scrambling for new export markets. And American shoppers are about to face supermarket sticker shock on European products.

China's economic slowdown deepens, weighing on global growth

BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low in the latest quarter as a trade war with the U.S. deepened a slump that is weighing on the global economy.

IMF, World Bank leaders appeal for an end to trade wars

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank appealed to their 189 member countries on Friday to resolve widening disagreements on trade and other issues, warning that the divisions threatened to make the consequences of a global slowdown even worse.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Shifting explanations for withholding aid draw GOP alarm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The shifting White House explanation for President Donald Trump's decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine drew alarm Friday from Republicans as the impeachment inquiry brought a new test of their alliance.

Concern about Mulvaney comments; Kasich supports impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — For only the fourth time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives has started a presidential impeachment inquiry. House committees are trying to determine if President Donald Trump violated his oath of office by asking a foreign country to investigate a political opponent.

38 people cited for violations in Clinton email probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has completed its internal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of private email and found violations by 38 people, some of whom may face disciplinary action.

US diplomat accused of political retribution steps down

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior State Department official accused of carrying out political retribution against career diplomats deemed insufficiently supportive of President Donald Trump has announced he is stepping down.

Trump taps Perry deputy to replace him at Energy Department

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday selected Dan Brouillette, deputy to departing Energy Secretary Rick Perry, to lead the Energy Department, calling him a "total professional" with unparalleled experience.

Deal between US, Turkey spawns more questions than answers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump hailed it as a great day for civilization, but the agreement hammered out in Ankara, Turkey, between U.S. and Turkish leaders spawned more questions than answers.

White House: Ukraine aid held up partly over election probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House acknowledged that President Donald Trump's decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to his demand that Kyiv investigate the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, a shifting new explanation about events at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

US envoy says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the European Union told House impeachment investigators Thursday that President Donald Trump instructed him and other envoys to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy and that he was "disappointed" by the directive. Gordon Sondland spoke to lawmakers for around 10 hours.

Energy Secretary Perry says he is resigning by year's end

WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced Thursday that he will leave his job by the end of the year, saying that under President Donald Trump the nation is nearing energy independence.


THURSDAY, OCT. 17
STATEWIDE

FedEx files $212M building permit for world hub in Memphis

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx officials confirm the company has filed a building permit for its new package sorting facility and world hub in Tennessee.

Congress may award Tennessee extra $14M to fight Asian carp

JACKSON (AP) — Congress may award an extra $14 million to help fight Asian carp in Tennessee.

NASHVILLE AREA

Tennessee State AD Teresa Phillips to retire in June 2020

NASHVILLE (AP) — Teresa Phillips is retiring as Tennessee State's athletic director, a job she's held since April 2002.

Nashville: Emergency shelters won't open this winter

NASHVILLE (AP) — The city of Nashville says emergency shelters for the homeless during the winter won't open this year because of a lack of funding and resources.

HEALTH CARE

Tennessee reports its 1st death from vaping-related illness

NASHVILLE (AP) — Health officials have reported Tennessee's first death from a vaping-related respiratory illness.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Lee taps 38 to serve on census panel

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has appointed 38 people to a panel that will work with the U.S. Census Bureau on the 2020 Census.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Country artists bring tears, prayers to CMT awards show

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country music artists cried together and prayed together at an emotional CMT Artists of the Year awards show that reflected the tight-knit community of artists who supported each other through success and loss.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM contract: Worker pay hikes, factory closings move forward

DETROIT (AP) — A tentative four-year contract with striking General Motors gives workers a mix of pay raises, lump sum payments and an $11,000 signing bonus.

Workers celebrate deal with GM, show union power in industry

DETROIT (AP) — On the picket lines at a General Motors transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, passing cars honked and striking workers celebrated a tentative contract deal by munching on 10 pizzas dropped off by a supporter.

REAL ESTATE

US single family-home construction ticks up, apartments fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home building fell last month after reaching a 12-year high in August, driven by a sharp decline in the construction of new apartments. Yet single-family home construction ticked higher for a fourth month.

HEALTH CARE

Pelosi moves on drug prices despite falling-out with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is plowing ahead with her bill allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices despite a breakdown in relations with her chief bargaining partner on the issue — President Donald Trump.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Earnings, Britain-Europe deal lift stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing broadly higher on Wall Street as some solid corporate earnings and a breakthrough in negotiations over Britain's exit from the European Union put investors in a buying mood.

IMF head says more needed to boost growth than US-China deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund's new leader said Thursday that a trade truce between the United States and China could trim expected losses to the world economy but won't be enough to produce strong global growth.

Slowing economy, trade wars, drag on US rail companies

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The slowing economy and ongoing trade disputes are dragging railroad profits down in the second half of the year.

Saturday drama: Brexit battle to be decided in UK Parliament

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has lost every important vote in Parliament since taking office, faces a titanic struggle Saturday when he puts his Brexit deal with the European Union before suspicious legislators.

Europe's specialty food makers brace for US tariffs

MILAN (AP) — European producers of premium specialty agricultural products like French wine, Italian Parmesan and Spanish olives are facing a U.S. tariff hike due Friday with a mix of trepidation and indignation at being dragged into a trade war they feel they have little to do with.

GM strike pushed US factory output down 0.5% in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory output slumped 0.5% in September, as a strike at General Motors caused a steep decline in auto production amid broader struggles for manufacturers.

Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; next hurdle is Parliament

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's career of disdain for the European Union was a thing of the past on Thursday as he and the bloc's leaders celebrated their long-sought Brexit deal. He now faces an opponent closer to home: his own Parliament.

Dubai bets billions that Expo 2020 won't be a desert mirage

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It rises out of what were once rolling sand dunes stretching toward the horizon, a feverish construction site by tempo and temperature that has tens of thousands of workers building what looks like a new city in the desert of Dubai.

China appeals to Washington for quick end to trade war

BEIJING (AP) — China appealed to Washington for a quick end to their trade war but gave no indication Thursday what additional steps Beijing might want before carrying out what President Donald Trump says is a promise to buy up to $50 billion of American farm goods.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

US envoy says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the European Union said Thursday that President Donald Trump directed him and other envoys to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy and that he disagreed with the directive.

US, Turkey agree on Turkish cease-fire with Syrian Kurds

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a cease-fire in the Turks' deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate the area in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey's position and aims in the weeklong conflict. The deal includes a conditional halt to American economic sanctions.

White House admits Ukraine aid held up in part over election probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House acknowledged Thursday that President Donald Trump's decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to his demand that Kyiv investigate the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

Trump's use of military money for wall survives Senate test

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Thursday to sustain President Donald Trump's veto of Democratic-sponsored legislation reversing his raid of military base project money to pay for the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

White House says next G-7 to be held at a Trump golf resort

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Thursday it has chosen President Donald Trump's golf resort in Miami as the site for next year's Group of Seven summit.

Trump portrays Mideast as a bloody sandbox, maligns Kurds

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is surfacing cultural stereotypes as he depicts the Middle East as a blood-soaked sandbox where people "play" violently because that's "what they do" in that part of the world.

Veteran Democrat Maloney to take over Cummings panel for now

WASHINGTON (AP) — A veteran House Democrat from New York City will for now take over the House committee that the late Rep. Elijah Cummings chaired.

Schiff says he'll release interview transcripts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The lead House impeachment investigator says he will release transcripts of the closed-door interviews lawmakers have conducted with current and former administration officials.

'See you at the polls': Trump and Pelosi have it out

WASHINGTON (AP) — He said she's a "third-grade" politician. She said he's having a meltdown.

Diplomat says politicization of foreign policy disturbed him

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top State Department aide testified in the impeachment inquiry that the Trump administration's politicization of foreign policy contributed to his resignation, while the Senate GOP leader briefed colleagues on a possible Christmas impeachment trial.

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