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VOL. 46 | NO. 7 | Friday, February 18, 2022

Party downtown, shop in Green Hills

Neighborhood becomes regional destination for brides seeking the perfect wedding

If Lower Broad is the Bourbon Street of Nashville, and Nolensville Road is its United Nations, then Green Hills has looked into the eyes of the beloved and said “I do.” Nashville has ascended to the nation’s No. 2 location for destination weddings behind Las Vegas. And many brides-to-be choose Green Hills for bridal registry and shopping, the perfect dress and guest housing for the big day.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Legislators seek to negate what Old Hickory fixed

Perhaps it’s asking too much for Tennessee lawmakers to have an awareness and appreciation of the past, since many don’t seem to have much of a grasp on the present. Still, you’d think they might have a certain familiarity with events involving Tennessee’s favorite White House occupant.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Average area home price rises $116K from Jan. 2021

It had to happen eventually. January sales were down 3% compared to January 2021, although that is no reflection on the strength of the market. The drop is more indicative of the lack of inventory that has plagued the market for over a year.

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EVENTS

Conversations at OZ a virtual event. This annual fundraiser, which celebrates the art of conversation with community leaders and vibrant personalities, will take place via virtual format. The event invites guests to engage in insightful dialogue on a range of contemporary topics, including arts and culture, social, business and government issues. Conversation hosts include Mayor John Cooper, Marcia and Michael Eric Dyson, Callie Khouri, Tyler Merritt and more. The full slate can be viewed on the website. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Fee: $125 and up. All proceeds support OZ Arts. Information

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REAL ESTATE

Davidson County real estate trends for January 2022

As compiled by the Nashville Ledger:

Top Davidson County residential sales for January 2022

Top residential real estate sales, January 2021, for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Long-term US mortgage rates hit 3.92%, highest since 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates jumped again this week, approaching levels not seen since 2019.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Pippen Jr. determined to forge his own path to the NBA

The name is familiar to anyone who has followed basketball for the past 30 years or so. And there are many expectations and pressure that comes with being named Scotty Pippen Jr.

NEWSMAKERS

Baker Donelson taps Boyd for vice chair post

Baker Donelson has named Martha L. Boyd as vice chair of the firm’s labor and employment group. Boyd will work with the group’s chair, Angie Davis, to oversee the management and strategy of Baker Donelson’s national labor and employment practice.

BRIEFS

Low-fare airline Swoop adds Nashville flights

Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low-fare airline, is expanding its presence in the United States by adding non-stop flights to five new destinations this summer: Nashville, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Dream cars: Looking for love behind the wheel

February is the month of love, and for many people that means trying to find Mr. or Mrs. Right. The same goes for cars. It isn’t easy finding the right one, and many have personalities of their own. So why not choose your next car as you would a date?

PERSONAL FINANCE

What caring for an aging parent could cost you

Trying to work while caring for an aging loved one can be difficult, stressful and at times overwhelming. Many people feel they must quit, take a leave of absence or at least reduce their hours in order to cope.

CAREER CORNER

Are you in love with your job or is it time for a breakup?

It’s the month of love, and every year at this time I write about why it’s important to love your job. This year, let’s look at it another way.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Is the jerk at work you? Book offers some remedies

OK, so let’s face it: Sometimes, you work with a bunch of jerks. Here’s another thing to face: You’re no innocent and you know it. Either way, it makes things so hard, doesn’t it?

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Are your finances good enough to quit your job?

Burnt out? Over it? Ready for a change? Millions of people are quitting their jobs each month in what many have dubbed the "Great Resignation."

PREDATORS

Predators beat Panthers 6-4, end 4-game losing streak

SUNRISE, Fla.- (AP) — Mikael Granlund scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and the Nashville Predators snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-4 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Parton, Gabby Barrett, Jimmie Allen to perform at ACM Awards

Dolly Parton, Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett will be pulling double duty with special performances on top of their hosting duties at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.

NASHVILLE AREA

Iron Galaxy adding 108 video game jobs in Nashville

Iron Galaxy Studios, LLC officials announced the company will invest $950,000 to establish a new video game development studio in Nashville.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee lawmakers mull making Juneteenth state holiday

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are mulling a proposal advocated by the governor to make Juneteenth a state holiday.

RELIGION

Southern Baptist leaders apologize to sex abuse survivor

The Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee has offered a public apology and a confidential monetary settlement to sexual abuse survivor Jennifer Lyell, who was mischaracterized by the denomination's in-house news service when she decided to go public with her story in March 2019.

EDUCATION

UT-Knoxville draws $10M pledge for engineering scholarship

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has drawn a pledged donation of $10 million to support an engineering scholarship.

COURTS

Biden interviews trio of candidates for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has interviewed at least three candidates for the Supreme Court, according to a person familiar with the matter, and the White House is reiterating that he remains on track to make a final selection by Monday.

High court won't get involved in Wisconsin murder case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is declining to disturb a decision that a Wisconsin man convicted of poisoning his wife should get a new trial.

MEDIA

Abolition newspaper revived for nation grappling with racism

BOSTON (AP) — America's first newspaper dedicated to advocating for the end of slavery is being resurrected and reimagined more than two centuries later as the nation continues to grapple with its legacy of racism.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Subaru buyers caught in right-to-repair fight over its cars

Driving a rugged Subaru through snowy weather is a rite of passage for some New Englanders, whose region is a top market for the Japanese automaker.

Automaker Stellantis reaps $15B profit in 1st year of merger

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automaker Stellantis said Wednesday that it made 13.4 billion euros ($15.2 billion) in its first year after it was formed from the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group and would pay out record profit-sharing checks to unionized U.S. workers.

ENVIRONMENT

Energy agency: Methane emissions higher than countries claim

PARIS (AP) — The International Energy Agency said Wednesday that emissions of planet-warming methane from oil, gas and coal production are significantly higher than governments claim.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

US vaccination drive is bottoming out as omicron subsides

HAMILTON, Ala. (AP) — A handwritten log kept by nurses tells the story of the losing battle to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19 in this corner of Alabama: Just 14 people showed up at the Marion County Health Department for their initial shot during the first six weeks of the year.

Is omicron leading us closer to herd immunity against COVID?

Is omicron leading us closer to herd immunity against COVID-19? Experts say it's not likely that the highly transmissible variant — or any other variant — will lead to herd immunity.

Pregnancy-related deaths climbed in pandemic's first year

Pregnancy-related deaths for U.S. mothers climbed higher in the pandemic's first year, continuing a decades-long trend that disproportionately affects Black people, according to a government report released Wednesday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Lowe's posts strong Q4 results on strong housing market

NEW YORK (AP) — Lowe's Cos., the nation's second-largest home improvement chain behind Home Depot, offered an upbeat annual outlook after reporting strong fiscal fourth-quarter results that showed a still sizzling housing market.

US ports to get $450M to speed flow of goods, lower prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Clogged U.S. ports are being given access to nearly $450 million in federal money from President Joe Biden's infrastructure law as part of the administration's recent stepped-up efforts aiming to ease supply chain congestion and lower prices for American consumers.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

EU sanctions hit Russian minister, top advisor, lawmakers

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union agreed to slap sanctions Wednesday on Russia's defense minister, a top adviser to President Vladimir Putin and hundreds of Russian lawmakers who voted in favor of recognizing the independence of separatist areas in southeast Ukraine.

Senators push Garland to reform prisons after AP reporting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee are demanding Attorney General Merrick Garland take immediate action to reform the beleaguered federal Bureau of Prisons in response to Associated Press investigations that exposed widespread problems there, serious misconduct involving correctional officers and rampant sexual abuse at a California women's prison.

Russia-Ukraine: What to know as world awaits next moves

BRUSSELS (AP) — World leaders on Wednesday waited to see if Russian President Vladimir Putin would cast the die and order troops deeper into Ukraine. At the same time, they worked to maintain a united stance and vowed to impose tougher sanctions in the event of a full-fledged invasion.

'Thugs and bullies': Nations sanction Russia over Ukraine

TOKYO (AP) — World leaders sought Wednesday to back up their tough words over Russia's aggression against Ukraine, announcing financial sanctions, trade and travel bans and other measures meant to pressure Moscow to pull back from the brink of war.

Europe braces for further strife as Ukraine crisis escalates

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia began evacuating its embassy in Kyiv, and Ukraine urged its citizens to leave Russia on Wednesday as the region braced for further confrontation after President Vladimir Putin received authorization to use military force outside his country and the West responded with sanctions.

National Guard to help DC control traffic for truck convoys

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has approved the deployment of 700 unarmed National Guard troops to the nation's capital as it prepares for trucker convoys that are planning protests against pandemic restrictions beginning next week.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22
MUSIC INDUSTRY

Decades later, gay country pioneers Lavender Country return

NASHVILLE (AP) — In 1973, amid the growing gay rights movement, a band called Lavender Country recorded a country music album that unabashedly explored LGBTQ themes, becoming a landmark that would nonetheless disappear for decades.

COURTS

All 3 defendants convicted of hate crimes in Arbery killing

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The three men convicted of murder in Ahmaud Arbery's fatal shooting were found guilty of federal hate crimes and other lesser charges Tuesday for violating Arbery's civil rights and targeting him because he was Black.

Supreme Court rejects Epstein sex abuse accuser's lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision throwing out a lawsuit filed by a woman who accused billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein of sexually abusing her when she was a child.

High court takes case involving refusal to serve gay couples

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new clash involving religion and the rights of LGBTQ people in the case of a Colorado web designer who says her religious beliefs prevent her from offering wedding website designs to gay couples.

EDUCATION

US education secretary lauds TSU teacher program in visit

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has paid a visit to Tennessee State University to laud the school's initiatives to address teacher shortages.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

EU advises further relaxing travel rules for foreigners

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union member countries agreed Tuesday that they should further facilitate tourist travel into the 27-nation bloc for people who are vaccinated against the coronavirus or have recovered from COVID-19.

Canada lawmakers extend emergency powers for truck protests

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian lawmakers voted Monday night to extend the emergency powers that police can invoke to quell any potential restart of blockades by those opposed to COVID-19 restrictions.

Hong Kong orders mandatory COVID-19 tests for all residents

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong will test its entire population of 7.5 million people for COVID-19 in March, the city's leader said Tuesday, as it grapples with its worst outbreak driven by the omicron variant.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks slide further amid Ukraine crisis; S&P in correction

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street Tuesday after Russia sent forces into Ukraine's eastern regions, escalating tensions.

Musk, lawyer escalate word fight with securities regulators

DETROIT (AP) — Elon Musk and his lawyers are escalating their fight with U.S. securities regulators, with a lawyer accusing them of leaking investigative information, and the Tesla CEO alleging on Twitter that government corruption is being exposed.

US consumer confidence dips slightly but remains high

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence declined modestly this month but remains high, even as prices for just about everything continue to rise.

Home Depot sales remain strong in 4th quarter

Home Depot saw its sales remain strong in its fourth quarter as it continues to benefit from a sizzling housing market.

Macy's Q4 results tops analysts' estimates, completes review

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's offered an upbeat outlook on Tuesday after reporting strong quarterly results that exceeded Wall Street estimates despite a slew of challenges from inflation to supply chain clogs.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden announces sanctions against Russian oligarchs, banks

MOSCOW (AP) — President Joe Biden ordered heavy U.S. financial sanctions against Russian banks and oligarchs on Tuesday, stepping up the West's confrontation with Moscow, even as Russian lawmakers authorized President Vladimir Putin to use military force outside their country.

Putin weighs his next move after recognizing Ukraine rebels

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has raised the stakes in the Ukraine standoff by recognizing the independence of rebel regions in the country's east, and a key question now is whether he will stop at that or try to move deeper into Ukraine.

West hits back with sanctions as Russia pushes into Ukraine

BRUSSELS (AP) — Responding swiftly to Russian President Vladimir Putin's order sending troops to separatist regions of Ukraine, world leaders hit back with non-military actions Tuesday in hopes of averting a full-blown war in Europe.

EXPLAINER: A look at toughest US sanctions facing Putin

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the White House calling Russian deployments in eastern Ukraine an invasion, it's expected to follow up with tough sanctions. President Joe Biden has made clear the United States intends to deploy sweeping financial penalties, not American troops, to hit Russia over President Vladimir Putin's moves against Ukraine.

Russia-Ukraine: What to know about Europe's security crisis

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — From a hastily convened meeting of the United Nations Security Council to capitals around the world, leaders have condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin's recognition of two pro-Russia regions in eastern Ukraine as independent and his order to send troops there. The U.S., European Union and U.K. announced tough economic sanctions, warning more would follow if Putin proceeds further.

Ukraine-Russia: Germany suspends Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has taken steps to halt the process of certifying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Tuesday, as the West started taking punitive measures against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

Biden agency vacancies to drag on White House priorities

WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than a year, the Food and Drug Administration lacked a permanent head when the agency was central in the battle against COVID-19. Once President Joe Biden nominated Dr. Robert Califf to head the agency, it took the Senate three months to confirm him.


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21
COURTS

Being the 1st: What it's like to make Supreme Court history

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sandra Day O'Connor was nervous when she joined the Supreme Court in 1981 as the nation's first female justice.

REAL ESTATE

Rents reach 'insane' levels across US with no end in sight

Krystal Guerra's Miami apartment has a tiny kitchen, cracked tiles, warped cabinets, no dishwasher and hardly any storage space.

ENVIRONMENT

Portugal's drought worsens, rainfall down to 7% of average

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's winter drought is getting worse, with the national weather agency reporting Monday that 91% of the country is enduring "severe" or "extreme" drought conditions.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Boris Johnson scraps remaining COVID restrictions in England

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is scrapping the last domestic coronavirus restrictions in England, including the requirement for people with COVID-19 to self-isolate, even as he acknowledged Monday the potential for new and more deadly variants of the virus.

Australia welcomes back tourists with toy koalas, Tim Tams

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — International tourists and business travelers began arriving in Australia with few restrictions on Monday, bringing together families in tearful reunions after separations of two years or longer forced by some of the most draconian pandemic measures of any democracy in the world.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US Fed governor opens door to half-point rate hike in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Governor Michelle Bowman said Monday that she was open to lifting interest rates by more than the traditional quarter-point at the central bank's next meeting in March.

Investor pushes McDonald's to change the way it buys pork

CHICAGO (AP) — An activist investor is trying to make McDonald's change the way it buys pork for its bacon cheeseburgers and sausage patties.

China sanctions Raytheon, Lockheed over Taiwan deal

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China said Monday it will impose new sanctions on U.S. defense contractors Raytheon Technologies and Lockheed Martin due to their arms sales to Taiwan, stepping up a feud with Washington over security and Beijing's strategic ambitions.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

EXPLAINER: How fake electors tried to throw result to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — State attorneys general and the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol are digging deeper into the role that fake slates of electors played in Donald Trump's desperate effort to cling to power after his defeat in the 2020 presidential election.

With all eyes on Ukraine, Putin to send his envoy to Balkans

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — With all eyes on a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is sending his top security envoy to the Balkans where Moscow has been trying to maintain influence mainly through its ally Serbia, according to reports.

Canada's protests settle down, but could echo in politics

TORONTO (AP) — The streets around the Canadian Parliament are quiet now. The Ottawa protesters who vowed never to give up are largely gone, chased away by police in riot gear. The relentless blare of truckers' horns has gone silent.

EU vows to help prevent the possible breakup of Bosnia

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is ready to limit financial assistance and possibly impose sanctions in Bosnia to help prevent the possible breakup up of the ethnically divided Balkan country as the peace agreement brokered over 25 years ago unravels, the EU's top diplomat vowed Monday.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18
COURTS

New Tennessee justice recuses herself in school voucher case

NASHVILLE (AP) — New Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sarah Campbell has recused herself from a case over Republican Gov. Bill Lee's school voucher program, which remains blocked.

Whisper campaigns grow as Biden nears choice for high court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Too progressive. Too moderate. Bad for workers.

REAL ESTATE

January home sales rise ahead of expected rate hikes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sales of previously occupied homes rose in January as a surge in buyers with cash and others eager to avoid higher mortgage rates snapped up properties, leaving the number of available houses on the market at a record low.

HEALTH CARE

Senate confirms health care watchdog assailed by Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed a federal watchdog assailed by former President Donald Trump to the top job battling fraud, waste and abuse at the $1.6 trillion Department of Health and Human Services, which has a portfolio that spans health, social services and even the care of migrant children.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

US virus cases, hospitalizations continue steady decline

Average daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are continuing to fall in the U.S., an indicator that the omicron variant's hold is weakening across the country.

California adopts nation's 1st 'endemic' virus policy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California became the first state to formally shift to an "endemic" approach to the coronavirus with Gov. Gavin Newsom's announcement Thursday of a plan that emphasizes prevention and quick reaction to outbreaks over mandated masking and business shutdowns.

'No-COVID' policy drags on Hong Kong economy as cases surge

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's Fung Shing Restaurant was bustling this week as customers came for one last taste of the traditional Cantonese dim sum that has made it famous.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Fed officials push back on rapid interest rate hikes

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Reserve should start raising interest rates next month to help rein in too-high inflation, Federal Reserve Bank of New York President John Williams said Friday. But he added that the rate hikes may not have to begin with as big a bang as some have suggested.

Stocks fall again, handing Wall Street another losing week

Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street Friday, leaving indexes with a second weekly loss in a row after another bout of turbulence shook markets.

Treasury brews up ideas for a more competitive beer market

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government wants to give beer lovers more choices than the usual suspects when they reach for a drink — and help them pay less for whatever they choose.

Federal Reserve approves stricter trading rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve on Friday formally adopted sweeping new rules that will limit the ability of its top officials to invest in financial markets, a change intended to prevent conflicts of interest involving investments affected by Fed policies.

US paves way for resumption of Mexico avocado exports

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Embassy announced Friday that Washington is lifting a ban on inspections of Mexican avocados, freeing the way for exports to resume.

G20 finance leaders urge care in unwinding pandemic support

JAKARTA (AP) — Finance leaders of the world's biggest economies called Friday for a cautious and well coordinated approach to navigating recoveries from the pandemic.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Judge rejects effort by Trump to toss Jan. 6 lawsuits

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday rejected efforts by former President Donald Trump to toss out conspiracy lawsuits filed by lawmakers and two Capitol police officers, saying in his ruling that the former president's words "plausibly" may have led to the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.

Biden signs stopgap spending bill averting shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday signed a bipartisan bill to extend government funding for three weeks to give Congress more time to reach an overdue deal financing federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year, the White House announced.

National Archives: Trump took classified items to Mar-a-Lago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Classified information was found in the 15 boxes of White House records that were stored at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence, the National Archives and Records Administration said Friday in a letter that confirmed the matter has been sent to the Justice Department.

White House accuses Russia of cyberattacks targeting Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House blamed Russia on Friday for recent cyberattacks targeting Ukraine's defense ministry and major banks.

Congress eyes more financial disclosure for federal judges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal judges would have to publicly disclose more about their finances under a bill approved by the Senate this week, which aims to make the judiciary subject to similar transparency requirements as lawmakers.

Take the 5th? The choice could soon be Trump's in NY probe

NEW YORK (AP) — To plead the Fifth, or not to plead the Fifth?

Senate sends Biden bill averting federal shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate gave final approval Thursday to legislation averting a weekend government shutdown, sending President Joe Biden a measure designed to give bipartisan bargainers more time to reach an overdue deal financing federal agencies until fall.

In GOP embrace of truckers, some see racist double standard

Former President Donald Trump, who repeatedly called Black Lives Matter protesters "thugs" and "anarchists," said there's "a lot of respect" for the overwhelmingly white truckers who blocked streets in the Canadian capital and shut down border crossings with the U.S. to oppose COVID-19 restrictions.

EXPLAINER: Why would world leaders balk at giving Putin DNA?

If knowledge is power, knowing the intimate secrets of one's DNA could be a powerful weapon. That might explain why the world leaders who hastened to Moscow in recent days for diplomatic talks seemed to balk at Russian-administered coronavirus tests.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17
PREDATORS

NHL fines Predators coach $25k for inappropriate conduct

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has fined Nashville Predators coach John Hynes $25,000 for inappropriate conduct at the end of a 4-1 loss to Washington.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Beale Street Music Festival announces eclectic lineup

MEMPHIS (AP) — Van Morrison, Lil Wayne, The Smashing Pumpkins, Sarah McLachlan, Foo Fighters, Three 6 Mafia and Death Cab for Cutie are among the eclectic group of artists set to perform at this year's Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee.

STATE GOVERNMENT

New K-12 funding formula proposal to be revealed next week

NASHVILLE (AP) — After months of gathering input from across the state on how Tennessee should fund its multibillion-dollar K-12 education system, Gov. Bill Lee and Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn say they are close to finally revealing their plan for how the formula should be rewritten.

COURTS

Trump must testify in New York investigation, judge rules

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump must answer questions under oath in New York state's civil investigation into his business practices, a judge ruled Thursday.

Court: Pilot, attendant will suffer under vaccine mandate

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A pilot and a flight attendant for United Airlines will suffer "irreparable harm" under the airline's COVID-19 policy that makes them choose between getting vaccinated in violation of their religious objections or going on unpaid leave, a divided federal appeals court panel in New Orleans ruled Thursday.

Abortion rights funds brace for impact ahead of court ruling

In the past few months, the number of women who call Fund Texas Choice has doubled to more than 100 per week. The demand, driven by a state law banning abortions at roughly six weeks of pregnancy, has forced the abortion rights fund to hire more people. But it's still been difficult to keep up with the avalanche of requests.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ford, battery maker face job requirement for Tennessee plant

MEMPHIS (AP) — Ford Motor Co. and a South Korean company would have to create more than 5,000 full-time jobs at a planned electric pickup truck factory and battery manufacturing plant in Tennessee or pay back at least part of a $500 million state grant for the project, according to a lease approved Thursday by a regional board.

Tesla faces another US investigation: unexpected braking

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto safety regulators have launched another investigation of Tesla, this time tied to complaints that its cars can stop on roads for no apparent reason.

TRANSPORTATION

FAA head resigns after effort to rebuild agency's reputation

The leader of the Federal Aviation Administration, whose agency has been criticized for its oversight of Boeing and handling of questions surrounding 5G interference with aircraft, said Wednesday he will step down March 31.

After 2 years of pandemic losses, a record profit for Airbus

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Airbus booked a record profit of 4.2 billion euros ($4.8 billion) last year as the aircraft maker delivered more planes with the global economy rebounding from the coronavirus pandemic.

MEDIA

CNN probe complete, yet mysteries on Cuomo, Zucker remain

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's parent company says it has completed its investigation into circumstances surrounding the firing of anchor Chris Cuomo and ouster of network chief Jeff Zucker. But for a news organization, it has chosen to leave questions unanswered.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Banner 2021 for stocks boosts gains for 401(k) savers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wall Street's blockbuster gains in 2021 helped pad savers' retirement accounts, lifting the average balance on some popular investment plans to new highs.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Ukraine tensions send US stocks and bond yields lower

Stocks and bond yields sank Thursday as markets remained anxious over the possibility that Russia could invade Ukraine.

Saudi Arabia keeps lid on oil output as US gas prices rise

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia is signaling it isn't willing to pump more oil and won't push for changes to an agreement with Russia and other producers that has kept a lid on oil production levels.

Weekly US jobless claims up, but remain historically low

WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week but remain near historically low levels, reflecting relatively few layoffs across the economy.

Justice Dept. to take on exploitation of supply chain issues

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is launching a new initiative aimed at identifying companies that exploit supply chain disruptions in the U.S. to make increased profits in violation of federal antitrust laws.

G-20 finance leaders eye ways to support pandemic recovery

JAKARTA (AP) — Countries must avoid tensions and cooperate to support a recovery from the pandemic as it lingers in many parts of the world, Indonesian President Joko Widodo told a gathering of top financial leaders of the world's largest economies Thursday.

Walmart steers through inflation, boosting profit and sales

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart muscled through rising inflation, a snarled global supply chain and surging costs related to COVID-19 sick leave among its workers to deliver strong fourth quarter results Thursday.

Greek farm protests are a sign of Europe's inflation anxiety

TYRNAVOS, Greece (AP) — In Greece's rural heartland, tractors have become a symbol of anxiety.

China rejects US trade complaint, criticizes Washington

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday rejected a U.S. accusation that Beijing is failing to live up to its market-opening commitments in a new round of complaints as companies wait for the two governments to restart talks on ending a tariff war.

DoorDash added users, surpassed sales forecasts in Q4

DoorDash on Wednesday posted better-than-expected sales for its fourth quarter thanks to its growing active-user base and new offerings like deliveries from groceries and pet stores.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Bill averting federal shutdown clears initial Senate hurdle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation averting a weekend government shutdown easily cleared an initial hurdle Thursday as the Senate advanced a measure designed to give bipartisan bargainers more time to reach an overdue deal financing federal agencies until fall.

Senate launches group to examine embattled US prison system

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate is launching a bipartisan working group of lawmakers to scrutinize conditions within the Bureau of Prisons following reporting by The Associated Press that uncovered widespread corruption and abuse in federal prisons.

COVID a wildcard as Biden prepares for State of the Union

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is hoping to use his upcoming State of the Union address to nudge the pandemic into the nation's rear-view mirror. But it could turn into yet another disruptive display of national tensions and frustration over trying to move past COVID-19.

How American cash for Canada protests could sway US politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Canadians who have disrupted travel and trade with the U.S. and occupied downtown Ottawa for nearly three weeks have been cheered and funded by American right-wing activists and conservative politicians who also oppose vaccine mandates and the country's liberal leader.

AP-NORC poll: Most in US oppose major role in Russia strife

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's little support among Americans for a major U.S. role in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, according to a new poll, even as President Joe Biden imposes new sanctions and threatens a stronger response that could provoke retaliation from Moscow.

Wall Street losses mount amid simmering Ukraine crisis

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street's losses mounted Wednesday as world leaders waited to see if Russian President Vladimir Putin orders troops deeper into Ukraine.

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