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VOL. 41 | NO. 13 | Friday, March 31, 2017

‘I’m doing it to have fun’

Ray Stevens risks millions on Bellevue ‘CabaRay’ for the most obvious reason ever

Four, perhaps five, months of hard labor remain before the highly anticipated grand opening, but country music and comedy legend Ray Stevens is already pulling back the curtain to reveal the wizardry behind his Oz-like dream of a lifetime.

CabaRay will be ‘one-stop entertainment venue’

There’s no easy way to pigeonhole the new Ray Stevens CabaRay Showroom and define exactly what it is and what it will mean to Music City’s tourism and entertainment industry.

Ray Stevens at a glance

A look at the life and career of Ray Stevens.

Larry’s Country Diner closes before opening

Plans for a real-life Larry’s Country Diner restaurant to be built in Bellevue are no longer on the front burner. They’re still simmering but could be off the stove entirely. The project – based on a popular cable television show of the same name that is hosted by former WSM disc jockey Larry Black – sits half-finished at the Highway 70 exit just off Interstate 40.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Nashville Fashion Week. A city-wide celebration of Nashville’s thriving fashion and retail community and its creative talent. Featuring local, regional and national designers and industry professionals in an array of creative events throughout the week, explore the city’s diverse fashion and retail spaces throughout the week with promotions, partnerships and educational workshops. Shop Nashville Week features special events, trunk shows and deals throughout the city, including downtown retailers Margaret Ellis, Inc., Rachel’s Boutique and Two Old Hippies. Other downtown events include Intro to Metalsmithing: Make Your Own Pearl Bangles at Margaret Ellis, Inc. on Tuesday, April 4; Your Brand, Your Way and How to Protect It at Waller Law inside Nashville City Center on Wednesday, April 5; Emerging Designer Runway Show at Union Station Hotel on Wednesday, April 5; An Evening of Photography and Fashion at Tinney Contemporary, The Rymer Gallery and The Frist Center for the Visual Arts on Thursday, April 6; Introduction to Hand Sewing Workshop at Aurora Nashville inside The Pinnacle on Saturday, April 8; How To Make Money Blogging at The Westin Nashville on Saturday, April 8. Schedule, information: www.nashvillefashionweek.com.

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

A disjointed stash of marijuana bills

This year’s marijuana bills are a mixed bag. Rep. Jeremy Faison is sending his medical marijuana legislation to a task force, as opposed to “summer study,” typically considered the trash heap for unwanted bills.

SMALL BUSINESS

Prospectors strike gold with mineral water from Linden

The Oscars were held in Los Angeles earlier this year, but it’s likely the team from Planet H2O didn’t see the telecast.

The life of a water master

Training judges on how to taste water would seem, at first blush, to be an uncomplicated task. Arthur Von Wiesenberger would politely beg to differ.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Dreaming of downtown living? You should have acted sooner

For years, properties in the Green Hills area were second only to Belle Meade in value. In the late 1980s, when home buyers began to place premiums on historical properties, the areas around Whitland, Richland and Central saw property prices increase. Cherokee Park enjoyed some appreciation as a result of this trend and later in the 1990s Belmont joined the band wagon

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Can top recruiting class, loyalty save Warlick’s job?

It looks like Butch Jones isn’t the only University of Tennessee coach on the hot seat.

NEWSMAKERS

Fisk University picks Rome as 16th president

Dr. Kevin D. Rome, Sr., president of Lincoln University of Missouri, has been selected by the Board of Trustees as the 16th president of Fisk University.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

’17 Kia Forte sedan is updated, retains value for money

Kia’s compact Forte sedan retains its value-for-the-money status for 2017 while adding refined new styling, upgraded seat fabric, more features and a new, fuel-efficient engine.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Public relations is your business’ fire department

Public relations departments are like fire departments. PR folks would much rather prevent your organizational fire than put it out.

CAREER CORNER

Is college worth the investment?

I’ve met a number of people lately who have said something that’s surprised me, that they aren’t sure if college is really worth it.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Historical Commission objects to plan to exhume Polk's body

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Historical Commission has come out against a plan to exhume the body of former President James K. Polk from the grounds of the state Capitol and move it 50 miles away.

Tennessee bill outlawing sanctuary cities dead for year

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee bill that would outlaw and block funding for immigrant-protecting sanctuary cities is dead for the year.

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.10 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a third straight week, approaching their low points for the year.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks wobble in the early going a day after late sell-off

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are wavering Thursday morning after a sharp drop late in the previous day. Energy companies are rising with the price of oil and retailers are up after a series of strong sales reports. Later, President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, will start a two-day meeting.

US jobless aid applications fell to 234,000 last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign of the job market appears to be increasingly secure for workers.

ADB: Asian growth seen steady, US policy uncertainty a risk

HONG KONG (AP) — Asia's developing economies will see steady growth this year and the next, though the evolving policies of President Donald Trump's administration are a major uncertainty, the Asian Development Bank said in a report Thursday.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Showdown at hand over Trump's Supreme Court nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate showdown is at hand over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, and it could change the Senate and the court for years to come.

AP NORC Poll: Most Americans oppose funding border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans oppose funding President Donald Trump's wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The president gets higher marks for efforts to boost defense spending and beef up the border patrol.

Democrats object to Trump infrastructure plan's direction

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats had hoped the one big policy area they could find common ground with President Donald Trump on was infrastructure, but they don't like what they're hearing from administration officials about the transportation portion of the plan that's still in the works.

No sign probes into Russia, Trump campaign will die down

WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI investigation and congressional probes into the Trump campaign and contacts with Russia continue to shadow the administration, each new development a focus of White House press briefings and attention on Capitol Hill.

Don't like the proposed border tax? House GOP is changing it

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with mounting opposition within the Republican Party, a powerful House committee chairman says he is making significant changes to a proposed tax on imports.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5
MUSIC INDUSTRY

Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed, Don Schlitz to join Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country star Alan Jackson, actor-singer-guitarist Jerry Reed and songwriter Don Schlitz will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

NASHVILLE AREA

NPT President & CEO Beth Curley retiring

Nashville Public Television’s Board of Directors has announced the retirement of NPT’s President & CEO, Beth Curley and promoted Kevin Crane, NPT’s Vice President of Content and Technology to be the next President & CEO effective July 6, 2017.

40 birds seized in possible Nashville cockfighting operation

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville authorities have rescued more than 40 birds in a suspected cockfighting operation.

New Mexico governor makes quick trip to Tennessee

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is scheduled to return to New Mexico after a quick trip to Tennessee.

STATE LEGISLATURE

House speaker working on 11th-hour bid to halt gas tax hike

NASHVILLE (AP) — House Speaker Beth Harwell is working on an 11th-hour effort to make sweeping changes to the funding mechanism of Gov. Bill Haslam's transportation plan in order to eliminate any increases in Tennessee's tax on gasoline.

Lawmakers advance reducing penalties for gun possession

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have advanced a proposal to eliminate jail time for carrying a gun in public without a state-issued permit.

Tennessee school bus seat belt bill advances amid concerns

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill that would require seat belts on new school buses in Tennessee continues to advance in the Legislature, but lawmakers remain skeptical about the restraints.

Haslam road funding plan sent to final House committee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's road funding proposal that would include the state's first gas tax hike since 1989 is advancing to its final standing committee in the House before a full floor vote.

Bill to expand Medicaid appears dead for the year

NASHVILLE (AP) — A plan by Democrats to expand the Medicaid program in Tennessee appeared dead Wednesday after the sponsor of the measure pulled the bill.

Tennessee bill to declare God as source of liberty advances

NASHVILLE (AP) — After previously voting the bill down, a House panel has advanced legislation to amend the state constitution to say that God is the source of Tennesseans' liberties.

Tennessee school bus seat belt bill barely clears committee

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill that would require seat belts on Tennessee school buses narrowly advanced Tuesday as a child injured in a deadly Chattanooga bus crash watched.

TECHNOLOGY

YouTube TV has some nifty features - and some big drawbacks

NEW YORK (AP) — YouTube TV, Google's new streaming package of about 40 television channels, is the tech industry's latest bid to get cable-shunning millennials to pay for live TV over the internet. It offers intriguing advantages over rivals, but it remains hobbled by a limited channel selection.

HEALTH CARE

White House talks progress on reviving long-shot health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Wednesday talked up progress with Republicans on resuscitating the GOP health care bill, but offered no timeline on rewriting a measure that could win House approval.

Poll: Most young people say gov't should pay for health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most young Americans want any health care overhaul under President Donald Trump to look a lot like the Affordable Care Act signed into law by his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

COURTS

Gay rights organizations hail court ruling as 'game changer'

CHICAGO (AP) — Companies cannot discriminate against LGBT employees in the workplace because of their sexual orientation, a federal appeals court said, in a ruling that a gay rights group called a "game changer."

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks wither as Fed plans throw cold water on early rally

NEW YORK (AP) — A big rally in U.S. stocks evaporated Wednesday as the Federal Reserve appeared to struggle with questions related to inflation and government policy and suggested it might start trimming its balance sheet later in the year.

Last Fed meeting's minutes show talk of paring bond holdings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials last month discussed the possibility of reducing their enormous portfolio of bond holdings later this year, sooner than many investors have been expecting.

Advertisers flee Bill O'Reilly's show but impact unclear

NEW YORK (AP) — More advertisers fled Bill O'Reilly's show on Wednesday, with drugmaker Pfizer and real estate company Coldwell Banker among the latest to distance themselves.

Small businesses kicked up their hiring last month

HIRING SURGE: Small businesses kicked up their hiring last month, adding a robust 118,000 jobs, up from a revised 87,000 in February, according to payroll provider ADP. The company's small business customers, those with up to 49 employees, have hired an average 93,000 workers each month this year, up from an average 61,000 in 2016.

Report: Car insurance rates much higher in minority areas

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report suggests that people living in urban minority neighborhoods could be paying as much as 30 percent more for car insurance, but an industry group says the report's findings are flawed.

Survey: US companies add 263K jobs in March, most in 2 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. private businesses added the most jobs in more than two years last month, a private survey found, a third straight month of robust gains.

JAB snaps up Panera Bread for more than $7 billion

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Panera is being acquired by Europe's JAB Holding Co. for more than $7 billion.

Greece says a deal on unfreezing the bailout is close

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Top Greek and European officials indicated Wednesday that it's possible to reach a breakthrough in the country's difficult bailout talks over the next two days. Greece's prime minister said that if a deal on paying Athens the next bailout installment fails to materialize, the eurozone should hold a special summit.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump removes Bannon from National Security Council

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has removed chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council, reversing an earlier, controversial decision to give Bannon access to the high-level meetings.

Democrat ends all-night speech as Supreme Court clash nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator yielded the Senate floor Wednesday morning after talking through the night to highlight his party's opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.


TUESDAY, APRIL 4
NASHVILLE AREA

Chris Young to headline Nashville's July 4 concert

Grammy-nominated country artist Chris Young will headline Nashville’s July 4 celebration, which will take place near Riverfront Park with a stage on Broadway, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today.

Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder to lead Pilgrimage Festival

NASHVILLE (AP) — Justin Timberlake will headline the next Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival and he's lured some big names to join him, including Eddie Vedder, Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers, Mavis Staples and Gary Clark Jr.

STATE LEGISLATURE

House committee passes bill to make Oral chemo more affordable

Despite objections to a pharmaceutical reporting requirement, a House committee this morning passed legislation designed to make oral chemotherapy medication more affordable.

Senate votes to double amount of money candidates can raise

Legislation enabling state lawmakers to raise campaign funds during even-year session recesses evolved into a markedly different sort of bill this week: one allowing significant contribution increases for Senate candidates.

Bill seeking closed primaries in Tennessee withdrawn

NASHVILLE (AP) — The latest effort to end Tennessee's open primary system has been withdrawn for the year.

Rep. berates GOP over gas tax, colleague says don't whine

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Rep. Jerry Sexton is once again berating his colleagues on the House floor about what he calls rules violations and manipulations to advance Gov. Bill Haslam's transportation funding proposal that would include the state's first gas tax hike since 1989.

Senate passes less speedy rural broadband bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Senate on Monday passed a bill that could make it easier for rural areas in Tennessee to get access to high-speed internet. However, a last-minute amendment tacked on to the bill would not require the internet to be so speedy.

Immigrant tuition break gaining support in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — A push to offer in-state college tuition rates to students whose parents brought them into the country illegally is picking up unlikely momentum from some Republicans in Tennessee, a deeply conservative state that voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump and his tough stance on immigration.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Education Department announces evaluation plan

NASHVILLE (AP) — A new plan released by the Tennessee Department of Education will make schools more accountable and give parents a better idea of how to evaluate their neighborhood schools.

COURTS

Tennessee billboard law struck down on free speech grounds

MEMPHIS (AP) — A federal judge has struck down a law regulating outdoor advertising in Tennessee, citing it as an unconstitutional restriction of free speech.

Facebook loses search warrant challenge in New York court

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Facebook has lost a legal fight against a New York City prosecutor who sought search warrants for hundreds of user accounts.

Legal challenge over Fred Thompson's estate concludes

NASHVILLE (AP) — A legal fight over the estate of actor-politician Fred Thompson has ended.

Man convicted of human trafficking in Brentwood

FRANKLIN (AP) — A Williamson County jury has convicted a man of human trafficking in what's believed to be the first trial of its kind in the county.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Tumbling car sales drag down US auto market in March

DETROIT (AP) — Passenger car sales plummeted again in March, dragging U.S. auto sales to their third straight monthly decline, a strong indication that years of sales growth have come to an end.

TECHNOLOGY

Inventor of World Wide Web wins computing's 'Nobel Prize'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Most people who search on Google, share on Facebook and shop on Amazon have never heard of Sir Tim Berners-Lee. But they might not be doing any of those things had he not invented the World Wide Web.

HEALTH CARE

White House officials offer change to health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials made a new offer to conservative House Republicans late Monday on the GOP's failed health care bill, hoping to resuscitate a measure that crashed spectacularly less than two weeks ago.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end little changed on Wall Street

Stocks are closing little changed on Wall Street as gains in energy companies are canceled out by losses in banks and other parts of the market.

More advertisers say they have ditched Fox's O'Reilly show

Bill O'Reilly's top-rated Fox News show may be starting to feel a financial sting after allegations that he sexually harassed several women.

Bill O'Reilly, ex-Fox chief hit with more sexual allegations

NEW YORK (AP) — A Fox News contributor came forward to level more sexual-harassment allegations against deposed chief executive Roger Ailes on Monday, two days after it was revealed the network's most popular on-air personality, Bill O'Reilly, has settled multiple complaints about his own behavior with women.

Berkshire Hathaway's newspaper group cutting 289 jobs

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The newspaper chain owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is eliminating nearly 300 jobs to cut costs because of declining advertising and circulation revenue.

IRS to use private debt collectors amid huge telephone scam

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS says it is once again using private debt collectors to go after tax delinquents. The resumption of the program comes amid a wave of telephone scams in which fake IRS agents try to con innocent taxpayers out of their money.

4 things to know about Equal Pay Day

NEW YORK (AP) — Equal Pay Day is being held Tuesday to highlight wage discrimination against women. Activists are holding rallies around the country. Here's what you need to know:

US factory orders up 1 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories rose in February amid a surge in demand for commercial aircraft, but a key category that tracks business investment spending slipped for the first time in five months.

AP Exclusive: Border wall contractors brace for hostile site

SAN DIEGO (AP) — One potential bidder on President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico wanted to know if authorities would rush to help if workers came under "hostile attack." Another asked if employees can carry firearms in states with strict gun control laws and if the government would indemnify them for using deadly force.

US trade deficit drops sharply to $43.6 billion in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit declined sharply in February as imports from China fell by a record amount and American exports rose for a third straight month.


MONDAY, APRIL 3
STATE LEGISLATURE

Democrats looking for GOP help to derail outsourcing efforts

Legislative Democrats are calling on Republicans to join them in passing a slate of bills to combat Gov. Bill Haslam’s outsourcing plans for everything from state parks to facilities management at universities.

Newspaper finds double dipping among Tennessee lawmakers

NASHVILLE (AP) — A newspaper analysis has found that Tennessee lawmakers drew thousands of dollars from their campaign funds for expenses that may have been covered by their allowances for meals, travel and housing when they are serving at the state Capitol.

Casada to donate sleeping bags sent in protest

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Republican leader in the Tennessee House says he will donate sleeping bags sent in protest over his efforts to allow lawmakers living within 50 miles of the Capitol to be reimbursed for occasional hotel stays in Nashville.

Tennessee Senate OKs bills to allow guns in boats, silencers

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Senate has voted to let people use silencers on guns for the sake of hearing and bring guns on their boats.

COURTS

Senate heads for Supreme Court showdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is headed for a tense showdown over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee that could have far-reaching consequences for Congress, the high court and the nation.

Senate panel favorably recommends Gorsuch for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deeply divided Senate panel favorably recommended Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Monday, sending the nomination to the full Senate for what is expected to be a partisan showdown — and eventual confirmation.

Hendersonville company that treats autistic kids settles fraud claims

NASHVILLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Hendersonville-based company that provides therapy services for kids with autism has agreed to pay $20,000 to settle claims that it fraudulently billed a military health program.

NASHVILLE AREA

Plan for Nashville homeless village prompts protest

NASHVILLE (AP) — A plan by a Tennessee nonprofit to house the homeless by building a village of micro homes near a church has prompted some neighbors to picket in protest.

Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville turns 50

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville has turned 50.

STATEWIDE

Gatlinburg family finds reason to celebrate after wildfire

GATLINBURG (AP) — For Lisa and Kevin McCarter, who lost their Gatlinburg home to the wildfire, reasons to celebrate have been scarce.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Truck, SUV sales keep rising; Nissan sees 3% increase in March

DETROIT (AP) — Passenger car sales continued to plummet last month and were a drag for many automakers, even with offers of some very juicy discounts.

REAL ESTATE

US construction spending rose to nearly 11-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. developers ramped up construction spending in February to the largest amount in nearly 11 years, led by more building of homes, highways and schools.

HEALTH CARE

Repeal in doubt, what Trump alone can do on 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — With prospects in doubt for repealing "Obamacare," some Republicans say the Trump administration can rewrite regulations and take other actions to undo much of the health care law on its own.

TECHNOLOGY

Charter won't have to compete with other cable companies now

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators are relaxing one of the conditions imposed on Charter when it absorbed Time Warner Cable after smaller cable companies complained about greater competition in their territories.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks fall as weak auto sales trouble investors

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks started the second quarter with a thud Monday after car makers reported disappointing March sales, a possible warning about other types of spending. But a late recovery helped stocks avoid bigger losses.

Did you drive for Uber? Rent out your home? Here are some tax tips

NEW YORK (AP) — If you're driving for Uber or renting out a room through Airbnb to make some extra cash, don't forget — you likely need to pay taxes on what you earned, even if it's a part-time gig.

US factories expand again in March but at slower pace

WASHINGTON (AP) — American factories expanded for the seventh straight month in March but at a slightly slower pace than they did in February.

Tech leaders, others launch $14M 'News Integrity' nonprofit

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook and Mozilla are among the companies and organizations launching a $14 million fund to promote news literacy and increase trust in journalism.

Cook Inlet oil leak stopped; risk to wildlife not yet known

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The flow of oil from an underwater pipeline leak discovered in Alaska's Cook Inlet over the weekend has been stopped, although it's not yet known how much crude poured into the water posing a threat to wildlife.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Interior Department repeals Obama-era rule on coal royalties

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is scrapping an Obama-era rule aimed at ensuring that coal companies don't shortchange taxpayers on huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the West.

Congress seen as not likely to pass tax overhaul quickly

WASHINGTON (AP) — After their humiliating loss on health care, Republicans in Congress could use a quick victory on a big issue. It won't be an overhaul of the tax code.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's week of feints and false advertising

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump took steps on coal regulation and broader energy policy during a week also marked by shadow-boxing over health care and Russian intrigue. False advertising and rhetorical feints went into the mix.


FRIDAY, MARCH 31
NASHVILLE AREA

Grant, Ingram to receive stars on Music City Walk of Fame

NASHVILLE (AP) — Christian music singer Amy Grant and Nashville philanthropist Martha R. Ingram will be honored with stars on the Music City Walk of Fame next month in Tennessee.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Casada bill targets Nashville's affordable housing requirements

Saying free market forces should control development, state Rep. Glen Casada pushed a measure through the House Thursday targeting a Nashville ordinance placing affordable housing requirements on developers.

Tempers flare in Tennessee House over gas tax proposal

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tempers are flaring in the Tennessee House over Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to boost transportation funding through the state's first fuel tax hike in decades.

STATEWIDE

Trade groups sue to block Tennessee online sales tax rule

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is being sued by two trade groups seeking to block a requirement to collect state sales taxes for online purchases.

Knoxville waste facility closed after toxic chemicals found

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Knoxville's Solid Waste Management Facility will remain closed Friday as crews work to dispose of toxic chemicals that were accidentally brought there.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Boyd gives $5M to Knoxville zoo

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd is donating $5 million to the zoo in his hometown of Knoxville.

Tennessee voters who didn't like health plan still support Trump

SHELBYVILLE (AP) — In Rep. Scott DesJarlais' district, some residents are cheering the demise of the revised national health care law bitterly opposed by the House Freedom Caucus, of which DesJarlais is a member.

SPORTS

Former Vols QB Dobbs earns Torchbearer honor from school

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs has been selected as a Torchbearer, which is billed as the highest student honor given out by the university.

COURTS

Trump paying $25M after judge approves Trump University deal

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge on Friday approved an agreement for President Donald Trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University, ending nearly seven years of legal battles with customers who claimed they were misled by failed promises to teach success in real estate.

HEALTH CARE

Is 'Obamacare' repeal dead -- or a legislative zombie?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to kill Obamacare died last week. Or maybe it didn't.

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.14 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week, slipping further from their highest levels of the year reached two weeks ago.

TECHNOLOGY

Twitter eases 140-character limit in replies

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter has found more creative ways to ease its 140-character limit without officially raising it.

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW to pay over $157M to settle emissions claims by 10 states

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen is paying more than $157 million to 10 states to settle environmental lawsuits over the company's diesel emissions-cheating scandal.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end 1Q with solid gains after day of listless trading

Wall Street closed out a solid quarter Friday with a day of listless trading that ended on a soft note.

US consumer spending up tiny 0.1 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their spending at the weakest pace in six months, while the 12-month rise in consumer prices was the largest in nearly five years.

US economy grew at steady 2.1 percent rate in Q4

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the fourth quarter than earlier estimates, as consumers ramped up spending that's expected fuel growth throughout 2017.

Something completely different at McDonald's: Fresh beef

NEW YORK (AP) — Coming soon to McDonald's: Fresh beef.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Senate approves 2-month $40 billion state budget extension

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Reluctant state senators on Monday passed an emergency budget extension proposed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sidestep the looming government shutdown resulting from gridlock in Albany.

Trump faces questions of interference in investigations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is facing new questions about political interference in the investigations into Russian election meddling following reports that White House officials secretly funneled material to the chairman of the House intelligence committee.

Michael Flynn in talks with Congress, wary of prosecution

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is in discussions with the House and Senate intelligence committees on receiving immunity from "unfair prosecution" in exchange for agreeing to be questioned as part of ongoing probes into possible contacts between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, his attorney says.

Schumer warns GOP against rules change on Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — As he tries to line up enough votes to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, the Senate Democratic leader is strongly warning Republicans against changing Senate rules to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Trump to target trade abuses with executive orders

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump talked tough on trade on the campaign trail, vowing to renegotiate a slew of major deals and to label China a currency manipulator on "Day One." Now his administration appears to be taking a more cautious approach.

Shutdown? GOP says no as it tries to save Trump priorities

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government shutdown or no shutdown?

Top aide to President Donald Trump leaves administration

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top aide to President Donald Trump is leaving his administration.

AP-NORC Poll: Most disapprove of Trump, except on economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans disapprove of Donald Trump's overall performance two months into his presidency. But they're more upbeat about at least one critical area: his handling of the economy.

Dem senator warns of political danger on Supreme Court vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator is warning her party it could be politically dangerous to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

DuPont, Dow push back merger date

WASHINGTON (AP) — DuPont and Dow have once again postponed their proposed $62 billion merger, saying they expect the deal to close in August.

Trump meets with manufacturing group

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is talking up his efforts to boost American manufacturing.