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VOL. 42 | NO. 16 | Friday, April 20, 2018

Nashville transit decision guide

What you need to know to cast an informed vote on transit referendum

Ralph Schulz got stuck in traffic. It was on a Thursday, around 1 p.m., and he says it took him 23 minutes to drive along Broadway for two blocks, between Third and Fifth avenues.

Timeline of improvements if plan is approved

If the transit package is approved by voters on May 1, expect changes to follow this timeline:

How Let’s Move Nashville was born

If a transit plan can have parents, this one has at least three:

How does one tunnel beneath downtown?

When talk of tunneling under downtown Nashville first surfaced last fall, many wondered if it could be done. After all, common wisdom had it that Nashville is built on limestone, so subways are out of the question.

Transit web links, remaining events schedule

Additional sources of information to consult in advance of voting on the transit referendum

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EVENTS

Power of the Purse Luncheon. Mia Hamm, five-time U.S. Soccer Player of the year, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Soccer Hall of Famer, will be the keynote speaker at the 20th annual Power of the Purse®, at the Music City Center. The Power of the Purse® luncheon and silent auction benefits The Women’s Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which supports Middle Tennessee women and girls in need. Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets: $200. Information

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Sex Week seems tame compared to Legislature's antics

Why should UT Knoxville be limited to its annual Sex Week when Tennessee legislators are celebrating year-round?

PREDATORS

Watson, Sissons revert to goal-scoring selves

In their formative years, forwards Austin Watson and Colton Sissons were goal-scorers, a significant part of the reason the Predators drafted them in the first and second round, respectively.

Predators brace for physical series vs Jets in 2nd round

DENVER (AP) — The Nashville Predators are done dealing with the speed of Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche.

Predators beat Avs 5-0 in Game 6 to win first-round series

DENVER (AP) — Colorado had speed and youth. Nashville brought experience and know-how.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

‘Nerve-racking’ days ahead for NFL draftees

By the end of next weekend, six new picks – give or take a few due to potential trades – will become the newest Tennessee Titans draft class.

Titans to play 3 prime-time games in 2018, 2 on Monday night

NASHVILLE (AP) — Reaching the divisional round of the AFC playoffs has paid off with three prime-time games for the Tennessee Titans this year — the most since 2009.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

The process of elimination in multiple-offer scenarios

These multiple-offer scenarios are getting old, and buyers are mad as heck and aren’t going to take it anymore. That is until this weekend when they will dust the frustration off their jackets and boots and dive back into the fray.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for March 2018

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

Average US 30-year mortgage rate rose to 4.47 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates climbed upward this week, slightly worsening affordability for homebuyers.

NEWSMAKERS

Littler adds attorneys in Nashville office

Littler, an employment and labor law practice representing management, has grown its Nashville office with the relocation of two attorneys and the addition of a new associate.

BRIEFS

Cullum & Maxey to join Camping World

Camping World Holdings, Inc. has agreed to buy Cullum & Maxey Camping Center in Nashville.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

You can only hope this book will put you to sleep

It’s 3 a.m., and you’re still awake. Bedbugs are the least of your worries; the TV’s off, the lights are off, but your brain isn’t.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

7 things you might not know about new car warranties

Most of us know the new-car basic warranty, often referred to as the “bumper-to-bumper warranty,” is designed to protect the owner against any factory defects during the first few years of ownership. But did you know this coverage doesn’t actually apply to the bumpers? The vehicle’s bumpers are considered body panels and so aren’t covered.

CAREER CORNER

Always have enough money to escape unhappy job environment

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Margaret Heffernan, whose incredibly impressive career includes running five companies in the United States and the United Kingdom, being a college professor, authoring five books and giving multiple TED Talks. Originally from Texas, Margaret has lived all over, including in the U.K.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Is it more important to like the company or product?

New York Times best-selling author Robert Cialdini is known for his expertise on the subject of persuasion – specifically the role it plays in driving consumers to purchase a particular product or service.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee lawmakers wrap election-year legislative session

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers wrapped up an election-year legislative session late Wednesday, highlighting their last day by passing legislation that would require state and local law enforcement agencies to detain immigrants for deportation at the request of federal officials without requiring warrants or probable cause.

Tennessee lawmakers agree to shield teachers from test problems

The House and Senate broke gridlock Wednesday night on problems stemming from the results of troubled TNReady testing by passing legislation saying no “adverse action” would be taken against teachers, students or schools for poor test scores.

MIDSTATE

Rutherford County unveils new $73M courthouse

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Rutherford County has revealed its new $73 million judicial center.

SPORTS

Dave McGinnis returning as Titans color analyst

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans say veteran NFL coach Dave McGinnis will return as color analyst for the 2018 season, paired again with the voice of the Titans, Mike Keith.

REAL ESTATE

US mortgage rates highest since 2013; 30-year at 4.58 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates continued to climb this week, reaching their highest level in more than four years and denting prospective home purchasers' prospects amid the spring buying season.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ford will stop making most of its American cars

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it will shed most of its North American car lineup as part of broad plan to save money and make the company more competitive in a fast-changing marketplace.

GM 1Q earnings fall 60 pct. but company beats estimates

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' first-quarter net income fell 60 percent from a year ago, but the company handily beat Wall Street estimates as U.S. sales rose.

Profit slips at Volkswagen after accounting change

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Profits have slipped at automaker Volkswagen in the first quarter due to a change in accounting rules, but sales increased and the company recorded no significant additional losses from its diesel emissions scandal.

Fiat Chrysler reports rise in profit and drop in debt

MILAN (AP) — Carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reported Thursday a 60 percent rise in net profit for the first quarter of the year as sales improved, particularly in the Americas, and demand rose globally for its Jeeps.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Facebook leads technology stock rally as US indexes rise

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising Thursday morning as Facebook leads a big rally for technology companies. The social media network jumped after its recent data privacy scandal didn't appear to affect its business in the first quarter. Other big technology companies also moved higher. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Ford and Visa also rose after they gave strong first-quarter reports.

Bookings for Southwest fall after fatal accident

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines says bookings are down since the fatal accident on one of its planes last week.

US durable goods orders up 2.6 percent in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose 2.6 percent in March, but a key category that tracks business investment spending fell for the third month out of the past four.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump 'won't be involved' in special counsel's Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he "won't be involved" in the special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling Thursday, but added he may change his mind.

Trump says Cohen represented him in "Stormy Daniels deal"

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that his personal attorney Michael Cohen represented him "with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal," after previously denying any knowledge of a payment Cohen made to the porn actress alleging an affair with Trump.

Ronny Jackson withdraws from consideration for VA chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs, Ronny Jackson, withdrew Thursday in the wake of late-surfacing allegations about overprescribing drugs and poor leadership while serving as a top White House doctor, saying the "false allegations" against him have become a distraction.

Senate committee poised for vote on bill to protect Mueller

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to vote Thursday on a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job — legislation that has split Republicans as President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Mueller's Russia investigation.

EPA chief faces Capitol Hill grilling over ethical missteps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt faces potentially make-or-break hearings Thursday on Capitol Hill, where he is expected to be peppered with questions about spending and ethics scandals that have triggered bipartisan calls for his ouster.

No bromance: Merkel gets much smaller platform on US visit

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading to Washington with the same message French President Emmanuel Macron delivered only days earlier: that America and Europe need to bury the hatchet on key issues, from global trade to international security.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
AUTO INDUSTRY

General Motors to add 700 workers at Spring Hill

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is adding a shift at a Tennessee factory that makes GMC and Cadillac SUVs, putting about 700 people to work.

NASHVILLE AREA

Waffle House reopens 3 days after fatal shootings

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Waffle House where four people were fatally shot reopened Wednesday amid tears and solemn remembrance of the dead, as the company said it will donate a month of the restaurant's sales to help the wounded survivors and the families of the slain.

Waffle House suspect's ex-bosses asked feds to help him

SALIDA, Colorado (AP) — The co-owner of a Colorado crane company that once employed the Waffle House shooting suspect said they urged the Secret Service to try to help him after he was arrested at the White House last year.

Waffle House suspect: Erratic behavior years before shooting

NASHVILLE (AP) — Travis Reinking's erratic behavior began years before police say he showed up without pants at a Waffle House restaurant and killed four people with an assault-style rifle.

STATE GOVERNMENT

House, Senate can't agree on remedy for TNReady debacle

The day after Republican House leaders called for a review of the state’s TNReady testing vendor, the House of Representatives and Senate got stuck on the impact of botched testing this spring and the potential for incorrect student scores affecting teacher evaluations.

Lawmakers OK 5 University of Tennessee board nominees

NASHVILLE (AP) — State lawmakers have approved five of Gov. Bill Haslam's nominees to serve on a newly configured University of Tennessee board of trustees.

Tennessee lawmakers OK restriction on short-term rental bans

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill that would restrict local bans on short-term rentals, including Airbnb properties, has passed the Republican-led Tennessee General Assembly.

STATEWIDE

Bridgestone donates nearly 6,000 acres to Nature Conservancy

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. today announced plans to donate 5,763 acres on the Cumberland Plateau to The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee by June of this year. The property is located in White County, approximately 80 miles east of Nashville.

Tennessee lottery looking for dogs for game tickets

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee lottery has a new game coming soon and is looking for photos of dogs to put on the tickets.

SPORTS

NCAA hoops panel: Ban cheats, end 1-and-done

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Commission on College Basketball sharply directed the NCAA to take control of the sport, calling for sweeping reforms to separate pro and college tracks, permit players to return to school after going undrafted by the NBA and ban cheating coaches for life.

TECHNOLOGY

Twitter is profitable again in 1st quarter, grows overseas

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter, driven by strong growth overseas, swung to a profit during the first quarter of the year, its second profitable quarter ever after a strong finish last year.

COURTS

Trump seems likely to win travel ban case at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appears likely to win his travel ban case at the Supreme Court.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks close mixed; Dow industrials end a losing streak

NEW YORK (AP) — A late round of buying erased early losses on Wall Street, leaving major indexes mixed at the close of trading. Stocks got off to a weak start as investors worried that growing costs for raw materials along with rising interest rates would hold back profit growth for U.S. companies.

How Comcast is trying to change the cable game

NEW YORK (AP) — If you can't beat them, join them. Comcast is trying to refigure the traditional cable bundle, adding services like Netflix to its subscription packages and offering internet-only TV streaming.

Comcast challenges Murdoch with rival bid for UK-based Sky

LONDON (AP) — U.S. media giant Comcast on Wednesday offered 22 billion pounds ($30.7 billion) for Sky PLC, topping a bid from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox and setting up a bidding war for Britain's biggest satellite television company.

Sinclair Broadcast Group to sell 9 TV stations for $441.7M

NEW YORK (AP) — Sinclair Broadcast Group will sell nine TV stations to Standard Media Group for $441.7 million as part of its plan to meet regulatory approval for its pending $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Macron asks US to 'make our planet great again'

WASHINGTON (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is casting climate policy in President Donald Trump's signature terms.

GOP unsettled by narrow win in US House race in Arizona

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — It took a big money push from the Republican Party, tweets by the president and the support of the state's current and former governors, but the GOP held onto an Arizona U.S. House seat they would have never considered endangered in any other year.

Lax vetting on Trump nominees begins to frustrate senators

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs skids to a halt, senators from both parties are voicing frustration that the White House is skipping crucial vetting of nominees and leaving lawmakers to clean up the mess.

EPA security chief also worked for owner of tabloid company

WASHINGTON (AP) — The security chief for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency worked on the side as a private investigator for the owner of a tabloid news company with close ties to President Donald Trump.


TUESDAY, APRIL 24
NASHVILLE AREA

Car theft solved too late to prevent Waffle House tragedy

NASHVILLE (AP) — After Travis Reinking allegedly stole a BMW from a Nashville area car dealer last week, police say they found it outside the apartment where he lived.

Mental health and guns an issue after Waffle House attack

NASHVILLE (AP) — Without knowing who he was or what he might do, police briefly had Travis Reinking in their sights days before the deadly assault on a Waffle House restaurant.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Lawmakers honor man hailed as hero in Waffle House attack

NASHVILLE (AP) — The man who snatched an AR-15 rifle away from a gunman at a Tennessee restaurant told Tennessee lawmakers Tuesday he faced "the true test of a man," drawing a standing ovation during his brief address.

Tennessee Senate passes bill for monument to unborn

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Republican-led Tennessee Senate has passed a bill that calls for a monument to unborn children to be placed on the state Capitol grounds.

Governor's college credit requirement bill fails in House

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam that would require certain college scholarship students to finish 30 hours of credits annually has failed in the Tennessee House.

Lawmakers OK whiskey barrel tax exemption bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Republican-led legislature has passed a proposal to exempt Jack Daniel's and other distillers from property tax on whiskey barrels, a fee the company says it hasn't had to pay at least since Prohibition ended eight decades ago.

REAL ESTATE

US sales of new homes shot up 4 percent in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes jumped 4 percent in March, propelled by a surge of buying in the West.

US home prices post a robust 6.3 percent gain in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices jumped in February as buyers are fiercely competing over a dwindling number of homes for sale.

COURTS

Former bus driver gets 4 years in crash that killed 6 kids

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — An ex-Tennessee school bus driver who was at the wheel in a wreck that killed six children has been sentenced to four years in prison for criminally negligent homicide.

Supreme Court upholds challenged patent review practice

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has upheld a challenged practice that is used to invalidate patents without the involvement of federal courts.

TECHNOLOGY

Ex-Yahoo paying $35M to settle SEC charges over 2014 hack

WASHINGTON (AP) — The company formerly known as Yahoo is paying a $35 million fine to resolve federal regulators' charges that the online pioneer deceived investors by failing to disclose one of the biggest data breaches in internet history.

Ireland to collect billions from Apple in back taxes

LONDON (AP) — Ireland says it will begin collecting more than 13 billion euros ($15.9 billion) of back taxes from Apple, 19 months after the European Commission ruled that a tax deal with the tech giant amounted to illegal state aid.

For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

NEW YORK (AP) — If you've ever wondered exactly what sorts of things Facebook would like you not to do on its service, you're in luck. For the first time, the social network is publishing detailed guidelines to what does and doesn't belong on its service — 27 pages worth of them, in fact.

AP-NORC poll: Privacy debacle prompts social-media changes

NEW YORK (AP) — If you've made changes to how you use social media since Facebook's Cambridge Analytica privacy debacle, you're not alone.

Get Into My Car ... Amazon begins delivery to vehicles

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amazon's latest perk ... free delivery to your car. The Seattle company said Tuesday that it has begun delivering packages in 37 cities to Prime members who own newer General Motors or Volvo vehicles.

O'Hare, Midway airports to offer unlimited free Wi-Fi

CHICAGO (AP) — O'Hare and Midway international airports will now be providing free unlimited Wi-Fi making long layovers a little more bearable.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Sell-off in industrial, tech stocks sends Dow down 400

NEW YORK (AP) — After a strong start, U.S. stocks abruptly sold off Tuesday after machinery maker Caterpillar said it doesn't expect to top its first-quarter profit for the rest of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged as much as 619 points as investors feared that rising oil prices and other costs will slow down growth in company profits.

Southwest has been faced with fines, union safety complaints

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines runs its planes hard. They make many short hops and more trips per day than other U.S. airliners, which adds to wear and tear on parts, including the engines.

Trump's tariffs risk jobs and profits in working-class areas

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's escalating dispute with China over trade and technology is threatening jobs and profits in working-class communities where his "America First" agenda hit home.

Consumer confidence rebounds in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers were feeling more confident in April, rebounding to a level close to the 18-year high it had reached two months ago.

Coca-Cola profit jumps as costs fall, new drinks arrive

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola's first-quarter profit jumped as the company introduced new flavors and continues to discard its bottling operations.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Senator warns bankers that Dodd-Frank relief could stall

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator who supports rolling back some of the financial rules put in place after the 2008 financial crisis warned bankers Tuesday that the legislation will stall if it comes back to the Senate for another vote.

Trump hints VA pick might want to withdraw nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that his pick for Veterans Affairs secretary might want to withdraw after the emergence of allegations about inappropriate workplace behavior, including over-prescribing prescription drugs and drinking on the job.

After close vote, panel sends Pompeo nomination to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, avoided a rare rebuke Monday as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly recommended him, but the vote served as a warning shot to the White House as nominees to lead the CIA and Veterans Affairs are hitting stiff resistance.


MONDAY, APRIL 23
NASHVILLE AREA

Waffle House slaying suspect arrested after massive manhunt

NASHVILLE (AP) — The mentally unstable gunman suspected of killing four people in a late-night shooting at a Waffle House restaurant was arrested near his apartment Monday after hiding from police for more than a day, authorities said.

Victims of Waffle House shooting include student, rapper

NASHVILLE (AP) — The victims of the Waffle House shooting in Tennessee on Sunday morning were all in their 20s. They include a college student, an aspiring rapper and music producer, and a restaurant employee.

Waffle House shooter's guns were seized but then returned

Travis Reinking exhibited multiple warning signs that he was mentally unstable: He talked openly about delusions that he was being stalked by Taylor Swift. He insisted unknown people were making barking noises outside his home. He even went to the White House on a mission to talk to the president.

'It was life or death,' says man who snatched gunman's AR-15

NASHVILLE (AP) — The man who snatched an AR-15 rifle from a gunman at a busy Tennessee restaurant says his was a "selfish" act of self-preservation and he doesn't consider himself a hero. Never mind that he is being credited with saving several other lives.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee annual crime report released showing increase

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released its annual crime report, which shows an increase overall in reported instances of crime.

Corker says he won't campaign against Bredesen

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outgoing Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee is sticking by his decision not to campaign against the Democrat seeking to fill his seat.

COURTS

Supreme Court wrestles with administrative law judge case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court wrestled Monday with a case brought by a former financial planner known for his "Buckets of Money" strategy, who is challenging the appointment of the administrative law judge who ruled against him.

TECHNOLOGY

Financial expert taking Facebook to UK court over fake ads

LONDON (AP) — A personal finance expert launched a lawsuit against Facebook in Britain on Monday, claiming the social media company is allowing the publication of scam ads featuring his name.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Feds widen safety probes of Nissan, VW, Ford vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's highway safety agency is expanding three investigations for brake and air bag troubles that could affect more than 2.3 million vehicles from Ford, Volkswagen and Nissan.

GM, Korean union reach tentative agreement on wages, workers

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — General Motors said Monday that it has reached a tentative agreement with its South Korean labor union on measures to cut costs and allocate new car models to GM Korea factories.

REAL ESTATE

US existing home sales rose 1.1 percent in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of existing homes increased 1.1 percent on a monthly basis in March, which suggests that buyers are undeterred by the dwindling number of properties available on the market.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks wobble and bond yields set four-year highs

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks couldn't hang on to an early gain and finished mostly lower Monday as technology companies slipped. Bond prices continue to fall and the yield on the 10-year Treasury note drew closer to 3 percent, a milestone it hasn't reached since January 2014.

Survey: Economists' outlook is sunny but not due to tax cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's business economists are sketching a bright picture for the coming months, with a survey finding that more of their companies foresee rising sales and expect to continue hiring and raising pay.

US brands suffer collateral damage in Chinese corporate war

SHANGHAI (AP) — The rivalry is so notorious it's been called the "great cat-and-dog war." On one side towers Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., China's e-commerce market leader, embodied by the black cat mascot of its Tmall platform. On the other is JD.com Inc., a fast-growing upstart represented by its white dog logo.

Construction robots weld, bolt, lift to beat worker shortage

TOKYO (AP) — Robots that can weld, lift and bolt are being developed to help bridge labor shortages at Japanese construction sites, though their use will be limited to night shifts when no human workers will be nearby due to safety and regulatory concerns.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump likes coal, but that doesn't mean he's hostile to wind

BOSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has courted coal miners and cast doubt on whether fossils fuel contribute to climate change, but that hasn't translated into hostility for renewable energy — particularly offshore wind.

AP-NORC Poll: Amid strikes, Americans back teacher raises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans overwhelmingly believe teachers don't make enough money, and half say they'd support paying higher taxes to give educators a raise.

Bloomberg gives $4.5M to UN climate body, softening US cuts

BERLIN (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating $4.5 million to the United Nations body that oversees climate change negotiations.

Pompeo facing rare opposition from Senate panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is facing serious opposition before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which may not have enough votes to recommend him for confirmation because all Democrats, and at least one Republican, have said they will oppose him.

Koch network success in Trump era draws Democratic pushback

WASHINGTON (AP) — The sprawling network funded by the billionaire Koch brothers is having a very good run with President Donald Trump in the White House and Republicans in control of Congress.


FRIDAY, APRIL 20
NASHVILLE AREA

Predators Foundation giving more than $600K in grants

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators Foundation is giving out grants totaling more than $600,000.

MIDSTATE

Cheatham among 7 counties to have industrial sites evaluated

NASHVILLE (AP) — Seven Tennessee counties have been chosen by the state for a program that evaluates potential industrial sites.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam signs 7-day liquor sales bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennesseans will be able to buy liquor on Sunday after Gov. Bill Haslam signed a law allowing seven-day sales of wines and spirits.

Tennessee passes budget amid controversy and drama

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Legislature has passed a $37.5 billion budget following days of controversy after Memphis was punished for removing Confederate statues and student testing failures threatened to hold up passage.

Tennessee lawmakers scramble to pass fix to testing problems

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers scrambled to pass legislation Thursday to make sure no students, teachers or schools suffer as a result of repeated failures with the state assessment test.

House passes bill for monument to unborn

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee House has passed a bill that calls for a monument to unborn children to be placed on the state capitol grounds.

Tennessee passes bill to impose work requirements

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Republican-led Tennessee Legislature on Thursday passed a controversial bill aimed at imposing work requirements on people receiving Medicaid benefits. In Tennessee, the Medicaid program is called TennCare.

STATEWIDE

Trump backs Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee GOP US Senate bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has endorsed Marsha Blackburn in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat from Tennessee.

COURTS

Kushner Cos. subpoenaed by feds after AP report

NEW YORK (AP) — The Kushner Cos. has been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for information related to an Associated Press report that the company filed dozens of false documents about its buildings in New York City.

Man who dressed as superhero sentenced on child porn charges

NASHVILLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Tennessee man who dressed as Spider-Man and washed windows at a children's hospital has been sentenced to more than 100 years in prison on child pornography charges.

PREDATORS

Subban a finalist for Norris Trophy

NEW YORK (AP) — Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators are the finalists for the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman.

Predators, Penguins look to lock up second round spots

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mario Lemieux had one question for Sidney Crosby after the Pittsburgh star slipped past his boss as the Penguins' career playoff scoring leader during a Game 4 romp over Philadelphia.

Avalanche will start backup goalie Andrew Hammond in Game 5

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche will go with backup goaltender Andrew Hammond for Game 5 in Nashville after starter Jonathan Bernier suffered a lower-body injury.

Forsberg, Rinne help Predators beat Avalanche 3-2 in Game 4

DENVER (AP) — Now that was more of the start Nashville was looking for. The finish? Not as much.

UT SPORTS

Tennessee AD Fulmer signs new deal running through 2021

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer has said all along that his appointment as athletic director at his alma mater wasn't a mere short-term arrangement.

AUTO INDUSTRY

1 person in custody after raids at Porsche

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Prosecutors say one person is in custody in an investigation of current and former managers at automaker Porsche, a unit of Volkswagen, over the company's diesel emissions scandal.

HEALTH CARE

US experts back marijuana-based drug for childhood seizures

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of government health advisers is recommending approval of a medicine made from the marijuana plant to treat childhood epilepsy, moving the medication closer to the U.S. market.

TECHNOLOGY

Audit clears Facebook despite Cambridge Analytica leaks

NEW YORK (AP) — An audit of Facebook's privacy practices for the Federal Trade Commission found no problems even though the company knew at the time that a data-mining firm improperly obtained private data from millions of users — raising questions about the usefulness of such audits.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Slumping tech companies weigh on US stocks

A steep slide in technology companies weighed on U.S. stocks Friday, pulling the market lower for the second day in a row.

Wells Fargo fined $1B for mortgage, auto lending abuses

NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo will pay $1 billion to federal regulators to settle charges tied to misconduct at its mortgage and auto lending business, the latest punishment levied against the banking giant for widespread customer abuses.

Big banks saved $3.6B in taxes last quarter under new law

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's six big Wall Street banks posted record, or near record, profits in the first quarter, and they can thank one person in particular: President Donald Trump.

SunTrust warns 1.5 million clients of potential data breach

NEW YORK (AP) — SunTrust Banks Inc. says accounts for 1.5 million clients could be compromised following a potential case of data theft.

Trump calls OPEC efforts to boost oil prices 'not good'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says oil-producing cartel OPEC "is at it again," and that efforts to maintain high prices "will not be accepted!"

Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines sought more time last year to inspect fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an engine failure that left a passenger dead.

Men arrested at Starbucks say they feared for their lives

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer.

IMF's Lagarde: Trade tensions threaten global economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund is warning that the healthiest global economy in years is being threatened by rising debt levels and a simmering trade dispute between the world's two biggest economies.

NATIONAL POLITICS

In Comey memos, Trump talks of jailed journalists, 'hookers'

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a series of startlingly candid conversations, President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment of a top adviser, asked about the possibility of jailing journalists and described a boast from Vladimir Putin about Russian prostitutes, according to Comey's notes of the talks obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday night.

AP-NORC Poll: Americans expect Russia tension will get worse

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans largely fear the country's relationship with Russia and China will get worse in the coming year, and despite signs of diplomatic progress with Kim Jong Un on nuclear weapons, nearly half say the same about North Korea.

Trump legal team in Russia probe gets Rudy Giuliani

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump since the early days of his campaign, is joining the team of lawyers representing the president in the special counsel's Russia investigation.

Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba's president

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro said Thursday that he expected 57-year-old Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez to serve two five-year terms as president and eventually take Castro's place as head of the Communist Party, potentially dominating Cuban politics until 2031.

Oil, gas drilling in pristine Alaska refuge takes step ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving toward oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, fulfilling a longtime Republican priority that most Democrats fiercely oppose.

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