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VOL. 43 | NO. 15 | Friday, April 12, 2019

Next 440 makeover will kick asphalt

Plastics, solar panels, thermal roads pushing out old technology

What’s old is new again as the state is busily grinding I-440’s grooved concrete into rubble, which will then form the base of the roadway’s new asphalt surface.

Why I-440 is being replaced

What happened to I-440? It simply wore out, despite the grooves cut into the roadway to extend its life.

Much-needed 440 overhaul a growing pain for businesses

Tony Caldwell and wife Danielle opened OSHO Collective, a salon and wellness studio on Grandview, two years ago.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Homebuying guide needs update for Nashville market

The National Association of Realtors provides a simple 12-step guide for prospective homebuyers through its HomeLogic.com website. It’s fine, so far as it goes.

Local Weather
Currently
Nashville, TN
67.0°F
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Wind: Northeast at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 21%

EVENTS

Tri-Chamber Mixer. A collaborative event with the Gallatin, Mount Juliet and Lebanon-Wilson County Chambers will offer an opportunity to mix and mingle with local professionals and business owners. The Estate at Cherokee Dock, 175 Cherokee Dock Road, Lebanon. Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $35-50. Information

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JIM MYERS: CULINARITY

Do James Beard Awards still matter? Should they?

On May 6, the top toques of American dining will gather in Chicago for a celebration of all things food, drink and hospitality at the annual paean to cookery called the James Beard Foundation Awards.

SPORTS

Sounds look to build on solid attendance stats

The ever-increasing numbers indicate the Nashville Sounds must be doing something right.

Sounds’ manager glad to be back where he played 2 seasons

Jason Wood played for the Sounds back in the days when Greer Stadium was the team’s home ballpark. Now, he’s returning as the team’s manager at Nashville’s new stadium, First Tennessee Park.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Block grants would come with control issues

As this year’s legislative session winds down, details are beginning to surface on a bill authorizing Gov. Bill Lee to ask the federal government to provide TennCare matching funding – currently about $7.5 billion of a $12 billion TennCare budget – as a block grant.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Better to miss a deadline than kill entire transaction

In most real estate transactions, there is a confluence of legality, reality and realty. From time to time, however, there are situations in which the law and the contract and realism are at war.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for March 2019

Top residential real estate sales, March 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US long-term mortgage rates rise; 30-year at 4.12%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose moderately this week, remaining at historically low levels that can lure potential purchasers in the spring homebuying season.

NEWSMAKERS

First Tennessee names SVP, private client services manager

First Tennessee has hired Debra Hooper as senior vice president and private client services manager. Hooper will be based in the Brentwood office and report directly to executive vice president Andrew Kintz.

BRIEFS

Transportation study targets south corridor

The Greater Nashville Regional Council, WeGo Public Transit and Tennessee Department of Transportation have kicked-off the South Corridor Study to find public transportation options for the corridor stretching through Davidson, Williamson and Maury counties.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

The costly side effect of safety tech: expensive repairs

Vehicle safety technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Today’s cars can watch your blind spot, help keep you in your lane, automatically hit the brakes in an emergency and more.

CAREER CORNER

Are your applicants, new hires disappearing without a trace?

There has been much in the news lately about ghosting. Job seekers aren’t showing up to interviews. And, they’re not coming to work on their first day – all with no notice.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Your 401(k) just got more valuable

If your tax refund this year was disappointing, you may be able to do something about it: Contribute more to a retirement fund.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Nashville photographer offers tips on professional shoots

There's almost always a reason for photographs — an engagement, wedding, graduation, pregnancy and more.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee lawmakers tweak voucher-style bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee legislative leaders are hoping to win over skeptical GOP members wary of a contentious voucher-style bill by offering more financial help to rural schools while also proposing to reduce funds to participating urban schools.

STATEWIDE

Smokies campgrounds and picnic areas opening for spring

GATLINBURG (AP) — Most campgrounds, picnic areas and roads in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are opening just in time for Easter weekend.

PREDATORS

Stars even series with 5-1 win over Predators after 4 in 1st

DALLAS (AP) — The bounce-back effort by Ben Bishop after a tough game didn't surprise Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan ex-chair Ghosn appeal on extended detention rejected

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top court said Thursday it has rejected an appeal by former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn's lawyers against his extended detention after his fourth arrest on allegations of financial misconduct.

TECHNOLOGY

Some of Samsung's new folding phones are already breaking

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some of Samsung's new, almost $2,000 folding phones appear to be breaking after just a couple of days.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US retail sales soared 1.6% in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales surged in March at the fastest pace since late 2017, as spending on autos, gasoline, furniture and clothing jumped.

US claims for unemployment aid hit lowest level since '69

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in nearly half a century.

Earth, meet Polo: Ralph Lauren unveils plastic bottle shirt

NEW YORK (AP) — Earth, meet Polo. Polo Ralph Lauren on Thursday launched a version of its iconic polo shirt made entirely of recycled plastic bottles and dyed through a process that uses zero water.

Pinterest prices public offering at $19 per share

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pinterest is pricing its shares at $19 for its initial public offering Thursday, putting it on track to raise more than $1.4 billion.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Mueller report release spirals into political gamesmanship

WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly two years of waiting, America will get some answers straight from Robert Mueller — but not before President Donald Trump's attorney general has his say.

Kremlin says Kim Jong Un will visit Russia this month

MOSCOW (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia later this month, the Kremlin said Thursday, in a meeting that offers President Vladimir Putin an opportunity to emerge as a broker in the long-running nuclear standoff and raise Russia's profile in regional affairs.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17
NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville Public Radio hiring CBS Radio veteran as new CEO

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Public Radio has hired veteran CBS Radio executive Steve Swenson as its new president and chief executive officer.

Klobuchar: Nashville voters opposed funding transit alone

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar weighed in on Nashville's 2018 transit referendum Wednesday, saying it failed partly because voters weren't sure they wanted to fund the initiative locally, without the federal government pitching in.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Protest continues in Tennessee Capitol over accused lawmaker

NASHVILLE (AP) — A handful of protesters on Wednesday remained camped outside Gov. Bill Lee's office in the Tennessee Statehouse in an attempt to secure a meeting with the Republican to discuss a lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct.

Charter school bill advances in Tennessee House

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee House has advanced a proposal that would create a new state charter school commission to manage charter school appeals if operators are denied by a local school board.

Tennessee House advances hand-held phone ban while driving

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee House has advanced legislation banning motorists from holding cellphones while driving.

Reporters threatened with arrest during Tennessee protest

NASHVILLE (AP) — An ongoing protest outside Gov. Bill Lee's office in the Tennessee Statehouse has raised concerns after reporters were warned they risked arrest if they did not leave the building.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Sleek new SUVs dominate reveals at New York auto show

Auto shows may be waning in importance as companies find other ways to introduce new products, but the New York International Auto Show still has a healthy list of new vehicle debuts.

Solar car startup Sono to build in Sweden, starting in 2020

BERLIN (AP) — Munich-based startup Sono Motors plans to build the first mass produced solar electric vehicle in Sweden, starting next year.

Nissan ex-chair Ghosn's wife fears his trial may be unfair

TOKYO (AP) — The wife of Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan and Renault, said Wednesday she is worried whether her husband, detained in Japan on financial misconduct allegations, will receive a fair trial, and expressed outrage over a justice system that dragged him back into custody.

Europe car sales sink for 7th consecutive month

MILAN (AP) — New car sales in Europe are continuing to fall for the seventh straight month, dropping by 4 percent in March.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple, Qualcomm settle bitter dispute over iPhone technology

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple and mobile chip maker Qualcomm have settled a bitter financial dispute centered on some of the technology that enables iPhones to connect to the internet.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Health care companies lead US stocks lower; small-caps slump

Stocks finished a wobbly day of trading on Wall Street Wednesday with modest losses that erased most of the market's slight gains from a day earlier.

Fed sees moderate growth but problems in trade and floods

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday the economy was expanding at a moderate pace in March and early April, despite uncertainty caused by trade tensions and severe flooding in the Midwest.

Shared electric scooters surge, overtaking docked bikes

NEW YORK (AP) — Electric scooters are overtaking station-based bicycles as the most popular form of shared transportation outside transit and cars in the U.S.

EU threatens to tax $20 billion of US goods over Boeing aid

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has drawn up a list of $20 billion worth of U.S. products it could tax in an escalating feud over plane industry subsidies, the EU's executive commission said Wednesday.

US trade deficit narrows to $49.4 billion in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell for the second straight month in February, and the politically sensitive deficit in the trade of goods with China narrowed.

Fashion capital New York considers banning sale of fur

NEW YORK (AP) — A burgeoning movement to outlaw fur is seeking to make its biggest statement yet in the fashion mecca of New York City.

US to allow lawsuits over properties seized by Castro's Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday opened the door for lawsuits against foreign firms operating on properties Cuba seized from Americans after the 1959 revolution.

NBC, LA 2028 to combine to sell sponsorships, ad time

NBC Universal and the LA Olympics are going into business together, combining to package commercial time on all the network's platforms with opportunities to sponsor the American team through 2028.

China's economic growth steady amid tariff fight with US

SHANGHAI (AP) — China's economic growth held steady in the latest quarter despite a tariff war with Washington as Beijing's efforts to reverse a slowdown started to gain traction.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump cracks down on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday intensified its crackdown on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, rolling back Obama administration policy and announcing new restrictions and sanctions against the three countries whose leaders national security adviser John Bolton dubbed the "three stooges of socialism."

AP-NORC Poll: 6 in 10 say Trump obstructed justice

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans aren't ready to clear President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation, with a new poll showing slightly more want Congress to keep investigating than to set aside its probes after a special counsel's report left open the question of whether he broke the law.

Head of Foxconn announces Taiwan presidential bid

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Terry Gou, chairman of the world's largest contract assembler of consumer electronics, including Apple's iPhones, said Wednesday he intends to run for president of Taiwan, bringing his pro-business and China-friendly policies to what is expected to be a crowded field for next year's election.

Spain wants EU to challenge US policy in Cuba

MADRID (AP) — A senior official says that the Spanish government is asking the European Union to challenge a U.S. move to allow lawsuits against foreign companies operating in properties seized from Americans in post-revolution Cuba.


TUESDAY, APRIL 16
STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee gov eyes $24.7M to treat hepatitis C in prisons

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is seeking almost $24.7 million to treat hepatitis C in prisons.

Tennessee House OKs bill to penalize voter signup groups

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee could penalize some paid voter registration groups with fines for too many faulty signups and criminal charges for violating new requirements under a proposal passed by the House on Monday.

Deal would limit Tennessee police oversight panel subpoenas

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have struck a deal that would limit community oversight boards that investigate police misconduct but maintain limited subpoena power.

MIDSTATE

Officials approve vote for new jail after brawl

ASHLAND CITY (AP) — Officials in a Tennessee county want to build a new jail after overcrowding and other issues led to a brawl that injured five people, including two correctional officers.

NASHVILLE AREA

Natchez Trace Parkway taking action to decrease wrecks

NASHVILLE (AP) — Officials with scenic Natchez Trace Parkway are reminding motorists that the roadway is designed for leisurely drives and not interstate-style speeds.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee to halt most Easter weekend work on interstates

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials are halting most interstate road construction work for Easter weekend.

PREDATORS

Predators take 2-1 series lead over Stars with 3-2 victory

DALLAS (AP) — Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne withstood a flurry of shots when the Dallas Stars had an extended power play in the second period, including a 5-on-3 advantage.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Verner signing one-day contract with Titans before retiring

NASHVILLE (AP) — Cornerback Alterraun Verner is signing a one-day contract with the Tennessee Titans to retire with the team that drafted him.

Eager Titans want to take next step, go from good to great

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Titans are enjoying their best run since this franchise moved to Tennessee more than two decades ago, stringing together three straight 9-7 seasons.

UT SPORTS

Barnes says buyout likely kept him from taking UCLA job

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Rick Barnes believes he would be in Westwood today coaching the UCLA's men's basketball team if buyout negotiations hadn't broken down.

Lady Vols lose 1 of their top scorers as Westbrook transfers

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Evina Westbrook is transferring from Tennessee after sharing the team lead in scoring this season.

HEALTH CARE

US halts sales of pelvic mesh tied to injuries in women

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators are halting sales of a type of surgical mesh used to repair pelvic conditions in women.

COURTS

High court seems likely to rule against Calif. oil workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed inclined to rule against workers on oil drilling platforms off California who want to be paid for the off-work time they spend on the platform, including sleeping.

TECHNOLOGY

New Samsung handset: Innovation hinges on folding screen

LONDON (AP) — When Samsung said this year it would launch a smartphone with a folding screen, the big question was whether the innovation was something people actually wanted or needed.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Workers finish making replacement parts at idled GM plant

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A union official says a small contingent of workers has finished making replacement parts for the Chevy Cruze at a General Motors plant in Ohio where production of the compact sedan ended in March.

Electric car makers woo Chinese buyers with range, features

SHANGHAI (AP) — Automakers showcased electric SUVs and sedans with longer range and luxury features Tuesday at the Shanghai auto show, wooing Chinese buyers as Beijing slashes subsidies that helped to launch the industry.

TECHNOLOGY

Russian parliament adopts internet controls bill

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's lower chamber of parliament has adopted a bill that would expand government control over the internet, raising fears of widespread censorship.

MEDIA

Netflix adds 9.6M subscribers in 1Q as competition heats up

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix's popularity is still booming, even as the video streaming service rolls out it biggest U.S. price increases and girds for new challenges from Walt Disney and Apple, two of the world's most popular brands.

'Game of Thrones' season debut breaks HBO rating records

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first episode of the final season of "Game of Thrones" is a record-breaker for the series and HBO.

Disney, Comcast now Hulu's only owners as AT&T exits

NEW YORK (AP) — AT& has sold its 9.5% share in Hulu back to the streaming TV company, leaving Disney and Comcast as its owners.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks post modest gains on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged higher on Wall Street, erasing the market's modest losses from a day earlier.

Sprint, T-Mobile shares dive after WSJ casts doubt on deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint and T-Mobile shares are falling after a Wall Street Journal report cast doubt on the likelihood of government approval of their $26.5 billion merger .

US industrial production slipped 0.1% in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production fell in March, pulled down by a drop in mining output. Factory output remained weak amid a slowing global economy and trade tensions with China.

US fines Italian bank $1.3 billion in sanctions probe

MILAN (AP) — Italian bank UniCredit will pay $1.3 billion (1.5 billion euros) to settle charges by the U.S. government that it violated sanctions against Iran and other countries.

Walmart partners with Kidbox styling service for kids

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is teaming up with Kidbox, the 3-year-old online styling service for children, to offer its customers an exclusive, curated style box.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Democrats subpoena banks as they probe Trump finances

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House committees subpoenaed Deutsche Bank and several other financial institutions Monday as part of investigations into President Donald Trump's finances.

AP source: Officials consider new penalty for visa overstays

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top administration officials have been discussing ways to increase pressure on countries with high numbers of citizens who overstay short-term visas, as part of President Donald Trump's growing focus on immigration heading into his re-election campaign.

Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of long-awaited tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday released 10 years of his long-anticipated tax returns as he campaigns for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Democrats raise $75M so far, signaling a drawn-out fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates raised about $75 million during the first quarter of the 2020 election, a lackluster sum spread out across more than a dozen campaigns that signals a drawn-out battle likely lies ahead.


MONDAY, APRIL 15
UT SPORTS

Harper: 'Women's basketball needs Tennessee back in there'

KNOXVILLE (AP) — New Tennessee coach Kellie Harper believes it would be good for women's basketball in general to have the Lady Vols competing for titles again.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Aretha Franklin makes history with posthumous Pulitzer win

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930.

MEDIA

AP, Reuters win Pulitzer Prizes for international reporting

NEW YORK (AP) — The South Florida SunSentinel won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for its coverage of the school massacre that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida, and the shortcomings in school discipline and security that contributed to the carnage.

EDUCATION

Vanderbilt University names search committee for chancellor

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt University has picked a team to find its next chancellor.

COURTS

Proposal seeks to limit access to police videos

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee prosecutor has proposed banning access to police videos in criminal cases for most members of the public outside the courtroom.

Loughlin, Giannulli plead not guilty in college bribery scam

BOSTON (AP) — "Full House" actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that they paid $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California.

TECHNOLOGY

With billions to spend, feds unsure who lacks broadband

There is a way around the notoriously sluggish internet in West Virginia. You just need a car and some time.

UK proposes banning social media 'likes' for children

LONDON (AP) — Britain's privacy regulator wants to stop kids from being able to "like" posts on Facebook and other social media sites as part of tough new rules it's proposing to protect children's online privacy.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Former Volkswagen CEO charged with fraud in Germany

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German prosecutors charged former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and four others with fraud in the emissions cheating scandal that has helped turn many Europeans against diesel engines and accelerated the push toward electric cars.

Nissan ex-chair Ghosn's appeal on detention turned down

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Supreme Court has turned down an appeal by the lawyers for former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn to end his detention following his arrest for the fourth time on financial misconduct allegations.

Sanders pitches a tougher line than Trump on GM closures

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday accused President Donald Trump of betraying the working people who put him in office and challenged him to deny federal contracts to General Motors until the company reopens shuttered plants.

Volkswagen unveils fully-electric SUV for China market

Volkswagen is planning to release a fully-electric SUV in China which could compete with Tesla's Model X.

TRANSPORTATION

Trump says Boeing should fix, then re-brand Max jets

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is offering some unsolicited advice to Boeing, manufacturer of the troubled 737 Max jet.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Banks lead US stocks to slight gains amid mixed earnings

Stocks closed slightly higher on Wall Street Tuesday, erasing the market's modest losses from a day earlier.

Mnuchin says Fed independence is important globally

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday that the Federal Reserve's independence is important globally, while refusing to comment on President Donald Trump's latest attack on the Fed.

Goldman profits fall 21% from year ago, hurt by trading

NEW YORK (AP) — Goldman Sachs said its first quarter earnings fell by 21% from a year earlier, hurt by a slowdown in trading.

EU agrees to terms for limited trade talks with US

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union approved Monday its terms for negotiating a new trade deal with the United States, but set up a possible show-down with Washington by refusing to include agricultural products in the talks.

Mainstream retailers embrace marijuana's less taboo cousin

NEW YORK (AP) — It's showing up in everything from skin creams to bath balms to dog treats — an elixir that can supposedly reduce anxiety and help you sleep.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump suggests he's moving forward with sanctuary city plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested Monday that his threat to ship migrants to so-called sanctuary cities is taking effect, even though it remains unclear whether such a plan is feasible.

Mueller's redacted Trump-Russia report now expected Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department expects to make a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation public Thursday morning, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Trump speaks with Jimmy Carter about China trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spoke over the weekend with former President Jimmy Carter about his China policies and "numerous other topics."

Unions urge Democrats to focus on kitchen table economics

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ardently liberal, pro-labor and anti-corporate cash, the field of Democrats running for president may look like a union activist's dream. But some key labor leaders are starting to worry about the topics dominating the 2020 conversation.


FRIDAY, APRIL 12
NASHVILLE AREA

Mayor announces early office closures during NFL Draft

To help ensure traffic flow during the NFL Draft downtown, Metro is closing its offices and departments at 3 p.m. April 25-26 for all non-essential personnel.

MIDSTATE

Mt. Juliet OKs zoning law to limit surgical abortions

MT. JULIET (AP) — Commissioners in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, have unanimously approved a zoning ordinance limiting surgical abortions to industrial zoned areas.

STATEWIDE

Fred's closing 159 underperforming stores by end of May

MEMPHIS (AP) — Fred's Inc. says it will close 159 underperforming and unprofitable stores in 13 states by the end of May.

Tennessee holding over 100 free legal clinics this month

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is holding more than 100 free legal advice clinics across the state this month.

ENVIRONMENT

New TVA head says board right on coal plant closures

NASHVILLE (AP) — Shutting down a Kentucky coal-fired power plant is the right decision, the new head of the Tennessee Valley Authority said Friday. President Donald Trump and the U.S. Senate majority leader who hails from Kentucky had previously criticized the move.

STATE GOVERNMENT

House advances bill seeking to overhaul Medicaid

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee would dramatically overhaul how it provides health care to its lower-income and disabled residents under a proposal the House advanced Thursday.

Accused lawmaker Staples resigns leadership position

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Democratic Tennessee lawmaker says he's resigning from his leadership position after a House ethics panel concluded he violated the General Assembly's sexual harassment policy.

Tennessee bill to arm teachers dropped for the year

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal that would allow teachers and others in public schools to carry concealed firearms won't be considered further in 2019.

SPORTS

Peyton Manning headlines Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame class

NASHVILLE (AP) — Five-time NFL most valuable player and two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Peyton Manning headlines the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame's latest induction class.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Tennessee State Museum to mark 20 years of NFL's Titans

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee State Museum is marking 20 years of the NFL's Titans in the state with a special display.

PREDATORS

Rookie scores in debut, Stars beat Preds for 1-0 series lead

NASHVILLE (AP) — Miro Heiskanen scored a goal and had an assist, helping the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference series.

COURTS

Inmate sues Rutherford County over paralysis in bunk-bed fall

MURFREESBORO (AP) — An inmate who became paralyzed after a fall at a Tennessee jail is suing the county that operates it.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Detention of Nissan's ex-chair Ghosn extended to April 22

TOKYO (AP) — A Tokyo court on Friday approved the detention of Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn through April 22, allowing prosecutors to interrogate him daily on fresh allegations of financial misconduct.

TRANSPORTATION

Southwest removes 737 Max from flight schedule until August

Southwest is removing flights with the troubled Boeing 737 Max aircraft from its schedule through Aug. 5, a period that includes the peak of the airline's busy summer travel season.

TECHNOLOGY

FCC to hold big 5G auction, spend $20B for rural internet

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government will hold a massive auction later this year to bolster 5G service , the next generation of mobile networks. President Donald Trump showcased the announcement Friday, declaring that the race to stand up these faster, more powerful networks is a competition "America must win."

Israeli spacecraft crashes in attempt to land on moon

YEHUD, Israel (AP) — An Israeli spacecraft crashed into the moon just moments before touchdown, failing in an ambitious attempt to make history Thursday as the first privately funded lunar landing.

MEDIA

Disney unveils new streaming service to debut late this year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Disney raised the curtain on a hotly anticipated video steaming service that's aiming to topple industry pioneer Netflix, once a valuable ally of the Magic Kingdom.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

S&P 500 notches 3rd straight weekly gain as US stocks rally

Stocks notched solid gains on Wall Street Friday, erasing most of the losses the market sustained after an uneven week of trading.

As cashless stores grow, so does the backlash

NEW YORK (AP) — Hembert Figueroa just wanted a taco. So he was surprised to learn the dollar bills in his pocket were no good at Dos Toros Taqueria in Manhattan, one of a small but growing number of establishments across the U.S. where customers can only pay by card or smartphone.

UK's anti-EU Brexit Party launches EU election campaign

LONDON (AP) — British politicians on both sides of the Brexit divide are launching campaigns for an election that may never take place: the contest for U.K. seats in the European Parliament.

Uber reveals strong growth, huge losses ahead of IPO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber is providing a look under the hood of its business in the lead-up to its hotly anticipated debut on the stock market, revealing strong growth but an ongoing struggle to overcome huge losses and repair its reputation.

Boeing makes 96 flights to test software on troubled Max jet

DALLAS (AP) — Boeing's CEO says crews have made 96 flights to test a software update for its troubled 737 Max jet and will make more in coming weeks as the company attempts to convince regulators to let the plane fly again.

Bezos, hunting for big wins, is comfortable with big fails

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's Jeff Bezos challenged other retailers to raise wages and improve benefits for their employees, saying the competition will help everyone.

Stocks struggle to a mixed finish after early rally sputters

The major U.S. stock indexes closed unevenly Thursday after an early rally gave way to a mostly sideways day of trading on Wall Street.

Top IMF official warns global economy facing various threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the 189-nation International Monetary Fund said Thursday the world is facing a time of high uncertainty with 70% of the global economy caught in a growth slowdown that could be worsened by self-inflicted wounds such as unnecessary trade battles.

UK's May pleads with Parliament after EU grants extension

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May urged lawmakers Thursday to spend the upcoming Easter break to "reflect" on the need for a Brexit compromise, after a clearly frustrated European Union gave the country six more months to find a way to leave the bloc.

Judge threatens to stop Carnival ships from docking in US

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has threatened to temporarily block Carnival Corp. from docking cruise ships at ports in the United States as punishment for a possible probation violation.

US wholesale prices rise 0.6% in March, lifted by gas costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices increased in March by the most since last fall, driven largely by more expensive gas and electricity.

Applications for jobless aid fall to lowest in 50 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for unemployment aid fell last week to its lowest level in nearly five decades, solid evidence that the job market is healthy and layoffs scarce.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump 'strongly looking' at releasing migrants in Dem cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he is strongly considering releasing "Illegal Immigrants" into Democratic strongholds to punish congressional foes for inaction on the border— just hours after White House and Homeland Security officials insisted the idea had been rejected as fast as it had been proposed.

McConnell won't say if Senate would back Herman Cain for Fed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is declining to say whether he thinks his chamber would confirm Herman Cain to join the Federal Reserve board, casting doubt on the former Republican presidential candidate's prospects should President Donald Trump advance him for the post.

Trump wants to keep NKorea sanctions, won't rule out summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the U.S. wants to keep economic sanctions in place to pressure North Korea to give up nuclear weapons, but isn't ruling out a third summit with Kim Jong Un or taking steps to ease food or other shortages in the repressive nation.

Trump goes from 'I love WikiLeaks' to 'I know nothing'

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press

WikiLeaks' Assange arrested in London, faces US charge

LONDON (AP) — A bearded and shouting Julian Assange was pulled from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and hauled into court Thursday, the start of an extradition battle for the WikiLeaks founder who faces U.S. charges related to the publication of tens of thousands of secret government documents.

Trump's sister retires as judge, avoiding misconduct inquiry

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's sister has retired as a federal appellate judge in Philadelphia, ending a civil misconduct inquiry launched after a report that she participated in Trump family schemes to dodge taxes.

Mnuchin postpones decision on handing over Trump tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department has missed a deadline to deliver President Donald Trump's tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee chairman. It's another early step in a battle between the Trump administration and congressional Democrats over access to Trump's business and financial dealings, with the dispute likely to end up in court.

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