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VOL. 41 | NO. 25 | Friday, June 23, 2017

Losing the Cup a big win for Preds fans

Up to $30M in extra revenue could bolster future rosters, fund more rinks

The Nashville Predators’ unprecedented run to the Stanley Cup Final was gold for the franchise in more ways than one.

Amplify Awards shine light on immigrant success

The news for, and about, immigrants and immigration today is laden with stories of borders, barriers and fear.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Get ready: Mortgage rates, monthly payments on rise

The Federal Reserve voting to increase the interest rate on a Wednesday – as it did last week – doesn’t mean that mortgage rates will rise on the following Thursday.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Nashville Predators Fan Appreciation Draft Party. Wear gold and join your fellow Preds fans for a Smashville celebration and to watch the Preds make the 30th overall selection in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Chicago. 4-10 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena. Fans will have the opportunity to write cards and record video thank-you messages for the Preds players and coaches, take part in a public skate ($10, limited space), tour the Predators locker room and purchase play-off rally towels and T-shirts with all proceeds benefiting the Nashville Predators Foundation and enjoying free popcorn and soda at concession stands. Season tickets are still available for the 2017-2018 season and you may select your seat at the event. Information: www.nhl.com/predators/news/nashville-predators-to-host-nhl-draft-party-on-june-23/c-289998646

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REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for May 2017

Top commercial real estate sales, May 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Long-term US mortgage rates slip this week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped slightly this week.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Cup run a top moment in state sports history

Time and again during the recent Stanley Cup Final, people asked the rhetorical question: Is this the greatest moment in Nashville sports history?

NEWSMAKERS

Nashville attorneys honored by TBA

Nashville attorneys Steve Cobb and Larry Bridgesmith were both presented President’s Awards at the Tennessee Bar Association annual convention.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Acura TLX a bargain for entry-level luxury sedan

Acura’s top-selling car, the compact TLX, has been restyled for 2018 and is now even more of a bargain as an entry-level luxury sedan.

FAMILY TRAVEL

Child traveler now knows he’s being taken for ride

I remember it like it was yesterday, even though it actually was five years ago.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

You need to sweat the small stuff. Here’s why

It’s always the little things. A chocolate on the pillow or slippers beneath a turned-down bed. Stickers for a customer’s kids. A lagniappe in the box to make a baker’s dozen: all things to ensure a speedy return of buyer or client.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Marketing pros should walk mile in CEO’s shoes

Many marketing professionals have found themselves at odds with their CEO, be it over competing priorities or different versions of success. The same often holds true for marketing agencies and their clients’ leadership teams.

CAREER CORNER

3 tips for getting a win at your next job interview

Interviewing is hard work. If you’re looking for something new, you know that finding a job is a job.

NASHVILLE AREA

Program to fast-track med school to send doctors to rural TN

  7:27am

NASHVILLE (AP) — A university and medical college have created a new program to funnel doctors to rural Tennessee.

Nashville library system to get rid of overdue fines

  7:26am

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's library system is ditching fines for overdue books, movies and music and forgiving the ones patrons currently owe.

Mayor asks private prison firm to pay for scabies care

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is asking a private prison company to cover out-of-pocket costs for city employees affected by a scabies outbreak at a jail.

STATEWIDE

Slatery elected chair of attorneys general group

  9:45am

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III has been elected by his colleagues to serve as chair of the Southern Region of Attorneys General, which stretches from Texas to Virginia.

Haslam taking business recruiting trip to Europe

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is headed to Europe next week to try to recruit more foreign investment in Tennessee.

REAL ESTATE

New homes sales rebounded 2.9 percent in May

  10:15am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes rebounded in May, helped by strong sales gains in the South and West.

AUTO INDUSTRY

UAW says Supreme Court action bolsters Volkswagen case

NASHVILLE (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court action this week in a labor case involving Macy's department store workers should persuade Volkswagen to drop its legal challenges to the United Auto Workers' representation of skilled-trades workers at German automaker's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee, union officials said Thursday.

HEALTH CARE

GOP's challenge: finding votes for Senate health care bill

  7:30am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally unwrapped his plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law. Now comes his next challenge — persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that could be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP.

What's next on health care draft in Congress

  7:35am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leaders have released their 142-page discussion draft of a health care bill, triggering a series of legislative steps with one goal — repeal and replace Democratic President Barack Obama's 7-year-old law.

How the Senate health bill compares to House, 'Obamacare'

  7:34am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Republican health care bill would guarantee immediate assistance for insurance markets that are struggling in many states. Yet overall it would do the same thing as its House counterpart: less federal money for health insurance and a greater likelihood that more Americans will be uninsured.

Senate GOP releases 'Obamacare' overhaul, but not all aboard

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid and erase tax boosts that helped Obama finance his expansion of coverage. The measure encountered immediate trouble as four GOP senators said they opposed it but were open to negotiations.

Senate GOP health bill: Tax cuts for rich

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans' new health bill cuts taxes by nearly $1 trillion over the next decade, mostly for corporations and the richest families in America.

Obama: Millions would lose coverage with GOP plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama says the Senate's GOP-written health care bill will cause millions of families to lose health care coverage.

Medical groups unhappy with GOP health care plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medical groups are beginning to weigh in on the Senate Republican health care bill, and they have problems with the proposal.

GOP opposition imperils Senate health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says he and three other Republican senators are preparing to announced their opposition to the Senate health care bill as it's written.

Dem says 'we can do better' than GOP health plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are roundly criticizing the Republican plan to scrap the Obama health care law.

COURTS

Supreme Court sides with immigrants over bad legal advice

  10:30am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled immigrants can get a second chance in court when their lawyers advise them to plead guilty to a crime that leads to deportation.

Coal company sues HBO's John Oliver for defamation

NEW YORK (AP) — Coal company Murray Energy has sued HBO and its Sunday-night host, John Oliver, for what it says was a "false and malicious broadcast" last Sunday evening. It's seeking financial damages and a court order barring rebroadcasts of the segment's "defamatory statements."

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook wants to nudge you into 'meaningful' online groups

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Now that Facebook is larger than any country, CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks the social network is ready to shepherd people into online communities that become integral parts of their lives.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US indexes inch higher as energy stocks claw from the hole

  11:29am

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes ticked higher Friday as energy companies clawed back some of their sharp losses from earlier in the week. After flipping from modest losses to gains, the Standard & Poor's 500 index is on pace to close out the week with a modest gain, its fourth in the last five.

Sears closes another 20 stores

  10:13am

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears is closing another 20 stores as the ailing retailer tries to turn around its business.

$120 million fine proposed for travel-deal robocalls

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is proposing a $120 million fine for a scheme that appeared to trick consumers into buying vacation packages that were not what they had expected.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump signs 'historic' bill to transform VA

  11:32am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law designed to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's solar-power brainwave was borrowed

  11:30am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is crediting himself with the idea of building a Mexico border wall of solar panels. But that looks to be a borrowed brainwave; others pitched a solar wall back when he was a skeptic of tapping power from the sun.

No tapes: Trump says he didn't record meetings with Comey

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday on Twitter that he "did not make" and doesn't have any recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on solar, taxes, welfare

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the idea of putting solar panels on the wall he wants to build along the Mexico border sprang from his imagination. Actually, others proposed it, back when he was criticizing solar power as too expensive.

Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended her leadership on Thursday in the face of needling from President Donald Trump and grumbling from fellow House Democrats exasperated after a high-profile special election loss.

Trump publicly doubting that Russia meddled in election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared to cast doubt on the assessment of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that blame Russia for election meddling, questioning Thursday why the Obama administration didn't try to stop it.

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