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VOL. 41 | NO. 8 | Friday, February 24, 2017

Is law school worth it?

Tennessee universities make their case

Aspiring barristers have no shortage of options when it comes to Tennessee schools, colleges and universities offering Juris Doctor programs.

Nashville lures lawyers of all specialties

Henry VI, at least Shakespeare’s version of him, would be appalled. He suggested killing all the lawyers, but instead Nashville is snatching up as many as it can.

Firm provides lawyers on 'a la carte' basis

While local and state-based law schools have always fed the local market’s needs and will continue to do so, other entities are becoming increasingly visible players as Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s growth surges.

More bang for the buck at UT law school

Not every law student aspires to be a flamboyant court-room lawyer such as the late Joe Jamail, the notorious firebrand whose well-earned nickname was the “King of Torts.”

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Franklin Riverfront Planning Study The City of Franklin will hold two open house meetings for the Harpeth Riverfront to determine challenges, opportunities and perspectives associated with a potential river walk and other development within the floodplain between Pinkerton and Bicentennial Parks. City Hall, 109 3rd Avenue South, Franklin. Monday, Feb. 27. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. Information: 550-6629

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Buyers expect perfection, but fear disasters to come

I have never met a homeowner who believes they’re residing in a home that amounts to a powder keg with the fuse lit. It is difficult to convince buyers that is the case.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Lawmakers shrug off real voices

Johnny and Julie Erwin don’t look like typical protesters, but the senior couple joined the “moral Mondays” ruckus recently at the State Capitol, Johnny wearing his Air Force cap and Julie holding a list of social legislation they oppose.

NEWSMAKERS

Bicentennial Mall names new park manager

Wooten’s career in the outdoors began in Virginia in 1996 at Pamplin Historical Park. He went on to the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in Kentucky as well as working with two non-profit, private museums. In 2003, Wooten came home to Nashville to work for the state at the Tennessee Historical Commission.

TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Proud Polly's iconic station still up and running

When Kenny was a young boy, he sometimes would listen in while Johnny Cash and Jim Polly poured coffee to fuel the banter as they talked over world events.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Dobbs approaches NFL bid with serious intent

Josh Dobbs has spent the last four years preparing for a future in aerospace engineering.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

2017 Kia Niro is most affordable hybrid SUV

Kia’s newest vehicle, the 2017 Niro, is the lowest-priced, gasoline-electric hybrid SUV on the market and is rated as high as 50 miles per gallon in combined city/highway travel.

Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for January 2017

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

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Too much clutter? Try a guilt-free approach

You know exactly where Monday’s report is.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Why saying 'no comment' hurts your company

How can two words speak volumes?

TECHNOLOGY

SpaceX says it will fly 2 people to moon next year

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX said Monday it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA's Apollo heyday close to half a century ago.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, more to honor Merle Haggard

NASHVILLE (AP) — The late country star Merle Haggard will be honored a year after his death with an all-star concert featuring his longtime friend and duet partner Willie Nelson as well as Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp and more.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Attorneys: 5 automakers knew Takata air bags were dangerous

DETROIT (AP) — Attorneys for people suing air bag maker Takata and five automakers say the car companies knew that the company's products were dangerous yet continued to use them for years because they were inexpensive.

HEALTH CARE

Pressure on GOP to revamp health law grows, along with rifts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says nobody knew health care could be so complicated.

Trump calls for replacement of Obamacare

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Monday that the nation's health care system was in danger of imploding and said Congress must make fundamental changes to the sweeping health law passed by his predecessor.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

White House: Trump budget will hike defense spending by $54B

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump's upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. The result is that Trump's initial budget wouldn't dent budget deficits projected to run about $500 billion.

Markets Right Now: Dow closes at 12th record high close

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):

PwC's hard-won reputation under threat after Oscars mix-up

LONDON (AP) — For 82 years, global accounting and consulting firm PwC has enjoyed a reputational boon from handling the balloting process at the Academy Awards.

US durable goods orders jumped 1.8 percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses boosted their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in January by the largest amount in three months, but a key category that tracks business investment plans slipped.

Global markets cautious ahead of Trump speech

BEIJING (AP) — World stock markets were subdued Monday as investors looked ahead to U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to Congress this week for details of promised tax cuts and infrastructure spending.

United, after years of declining revenue, hits the thrusters

DALLAS (AP) — United Airlines, which lost the distinction of being the world's biggest carrier after shrinking for several years, plans to regain lost ground by adding more flights from key airports this summer.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24
STATEWIDE

Probes raise questions about misuse of food program money

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two investigations released by the state comptroller's office Thursday are raising questions about what happened to hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money that was supposed to be used to feed poor children.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Little Big Town's momentum grows with Ryman residency

NASHVILLE (AP) — Please excuse singer Phillip Sweet if he gets a little emotional when Little Big Town performs Friday night during the first-ever residency in the 125-year history of the Ryman Auditorium, a venue that helped popularize country music.

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW makes $5.4 billion profit in 2016, limits executive pay

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen bounced back into the black in 2016 after suffering a loss the previous year due to the diesel emissions scandal, according to figures released by the German automaker Friday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US new-home sales rise in sign of housing market health

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought more new homes in January after a steep fall-off the previous month, a sign the housing market is healthy despite higher mortgage rates.

US stocks eke out last-minute gain as utilities rise

NEW YORK (AP) — A late push helped U.S. stocks finish higher Friday after indexes spent most of the day lower. There was far more selling than buying on Wall Street overall, but the Dow Jones industrial average managed to extend its winning streak to an 11th day.

Doubts grow over stock market's Trump-inspired surge

NEW YORK (AP) — How much more can the "Trump Bump" lift the stock market?

J.C. Penney to close 13 to 14 percent of stores

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney said Friday that it will be closing anywhere from 130 to 140 stores as well as two distribution centers over the next several months as it aims to improve profitability in the era of online shopping.


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22
STATE LEGISLATURE

Some in GOP chafe new building named after Cordell Hull

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are nearing a move into freshly overhauled offices at the state Capitol complex, but some Republicans are chafing at the building being named after Democrat Cordell Hull.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Gov. Haslam won't rule out US Senate run

Tennessee Gov. Haslam won't rule out US Senate run

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end mixed as investors seek safety; industrials slide

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks wobbled Thursday as investors changed course and tempered their expectations for faster economic growth. Industrial companies, which have surged over the last few months, finished lower as Wall Street focused on gold, bonds, and companies that pay big dividends.

Mnuchin says goal is to pass tax reform by August

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the administration is committed to getting major tax reform legislation through Congress by August. He predicted that President Donald Trump's economic proposals will be able to boost growth significantly to annual rates above 3 percent.

HEALTH CARE

Former House speaker predicts 'Obamacare' won't be repealed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replacement of "Obamacare" is "not going to happen."

NATIONAL POLITICS

Kelly: No use of US military to enforce immigration

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says there will be "no mass deportations" and "no use of military forces" in enforcing President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown.

Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect "a great wall" along the 2,000-mile border.

Growing push for more tax breaks in Haslam road funding plan

ALGOOD, Tenn. (AP) — As Republican Gov. Bill Haslam takes his proposal to boost transportation funding on the road, there is a growing call for his plan to include greater tax break for middle-class Tennessee drivers who pay more at the pump.

Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes last month as rising prices and a dwindling supply of available homes appeared to frustrate many potential buyers, especially in the West.

Interest rates mixed at weekly US Treasury bill auction

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills were mixed in Monday's auction, with rates on six-month bills holding steady while rates on three-month bills dipped to their lowest level in five weeks.

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