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VOL. 43 | NO. 20 | Friday, May 17, 2019
SPECIAL EMPHASIS: HOT JOBS

TN facing longterm shortage of health care workers

Accounting, hospitality also among fields facing worker shortages

Samantha Rooks, a registered respiratory therapist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, says she always wanted to work in health care, though no one in her family had ever chosen that path. She loves what she does, she adds, and has been at Vanderbilt for nearly 20 years, working exclusively with children.

Nursing schools face shortage of trained instructors

Nurses are needed, but nursing school enrollment is not growing fast enough to keep up with demand, American Association of Colleges of Nursing report shows.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

What happened to Legislature’s more unusual bills?

The General Assembly has rolled out of town, but not without leaving some sordid debris in its wake.

Local Weather
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Nashville, TN
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Wind: Southwest at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 87%

EVENTS

Elder Care Expo. Healthy aging, dementia, general primary care for seniors and understanding the continuum of care are just a few of the topics to be offered at the third Annual Elder Care Expo. Gallatin First United Methodist Church, 149 West Main Street. Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Breakfast and registration begins at 8 a.m. Free event. Breakfast and lunch provided. Attendees will also meet local aging-focused exhibitors and learn resources for families and caregivers throughout the event and enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch. Information: 615 989-7054.

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TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Out with the old: Treasured antique mall saying goodbye

The “77 Sunset Strip” board game makes me smile, even as I’m immersed in commercial death throes while wandering the sprawling building on Eighth Avenue South where yet another longtime business – one where 73-year-old owner Pat Morris has toiled day and night to create something special – is going to close.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Stable and unpredictable? Sales trends defy reason

The Nashville real estate market is nothing if it is not baffling.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for April 2019

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

US long-term mortgage rates fall; 30-year average at 4.07%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell slightly this week, marking a third straight week of declines as a continued inducement to purchasers in the spring homebuying season.

SPORTS

Lady Bisons ‘book’ first trip NCAA Tournament since ’14

There was never any concern about finding leaders. The Lipscomb softball team had eight seniors returning this season, and they were all hungry to win titles and reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in their careers.

VU’s Stackhouse has resume to lure top recruits

Jerry Stackhouse has excelled at the highest levels of basketball.

NEWSMAKERS

Baker Donelson makes Douse a shareholder

Baker Donelson has elected 11 new shareholders across the firm, including Chris Douse in the Nashville office.

BRIEFS

Lipscomb gets $2.49M grant to develop program

Lipscomb University’s College of Education has been awarded a $2.49 million grant from the Kern Family Foundation to develop an innovative leadership development program for principals focused on character, academic excellence and business acumen in the rising generation of leaders.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Perk drives away as carmakers reel in free maintenance

A number of automakers have offered free maintenance programs for more than a decade as a way to sweeten the deal on a car lease or purchase. But in recent years, automakers have begun to reel in their plans by shortening the term, reducing the scope of coverage or eliminating them altogether.

PERSONAL FINANCE

The life-changing math of working longer

Retirement experts frequently recommend working longer if you haven’t saved enough. But you might not realize just how powerful a little extra work can be.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Finding joy, success in working with one’s hands

Necessity is not the mother of invention. Childhood. There you are: that’s the mother of invention.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Three ways to satisfy shopping urge without going broke

Shopping can be a form of relaxation, an entertaining way to spend time or even a hobby. But it can turn into an expensive habit.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Lawmakers express interest is succeeding Casada

NASHVILLE (AP) — A handful of lawmakers are throwing their name into the race to be Tennessee's next House speaker.

Speaker Pro Tem Dunn says he believes sex assault allegations

NASHVILLE (AP) — A key Republican leader who is next in line to take over the Tennessee House said on Wednesday he believes the women who have accused a Republican member of sexual misconduct.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Bleday has 5 hits, Vanderbilt rolls past Auburn 11-1

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — JJ Bleday had five hits, Mason Hickman threw six stellar innings and top-seeded Vanderbilt cruised to an 11-1 win over No. 8 seed Auburn on Wednesday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

REAL ESTATE

US new-home sales fell 6.9% in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes sank 6.9% in April, driven by a decline in the sale of homes worth less than $300,000 that are generally bought by middle class and first-time buyers.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Tesla shares recover after analyst's prediction of trouble

Shares of Tesla opened lower Thursday, but recovered into positive territory a day after an influential analyst questioned whether the company will become a restructuring story.

Former Nissan chairman Ghosn appears in Tokyo court

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, appeared in a Japanese courtroom Thursday for a hearing ahead of his trial on accusations of financial misconduct.

Germany's Bosch fined $100 million over diesel scandal

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have fined auto parts and technology company Bosch 90 million euros ($100 million) over its role in the diesel emissions scandal that erupted at Volkswagen in 2015.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

China says door open to trade talks, but slams tech controls

BEIJING (AP) — China held the door open to resuming talks in the tariff war with Washington on Thursday, but lashed out at limits on access to key technologies that it said might hurt global supply chains.

Deutsche Bank ready for 'tough cuts' as share price sags

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The CEO of Deutsche Bank says he is ready to make "tough cuts" to improve the struggling bank's profitability and raise a "disappointing" share price as negative headlines continue to plague Germany's biggest bank.

NATIONAL POLITICS

AP sources: Pentagon proposing troop buildup in the Mideast

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats , U.S. officials said.

Yes or No: Who's in charge? Power struggles roil Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen times, Rep. Ayanna Pressley asked the witness for a yes or no answer on housing policy.

Trump's campaign centered on fighting Democrats, not policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump dropped the pretense of working with congressional Democrats on Wednesday and sent a clear message that his re-election campaign will be centered on condemning overzealous investigations rather than advancing a robust domestic policy agenda.

Theresa May hunkers down as premiership enters its end stage

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was hunkered in 10 Downing St. with close allies on Thursday as she considered whether to give in to relentless pressure to resign, or fight on to save her Brexit plan and her premiership.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 22
STATE GOVERNMENT

Questions remain as Tennessee speaker promises to resign

NASHVILLE (AP) — Looming questions remain after Tennessee's House Speaker Glen Casada promised to resign from his leadership position, an unprecedented move meant to contain political scandals inside the Republican-controlled Statehouse.

COURTS

Conservative pundit Gill ordered to pay $170K in child support

NASHVILLE (AP) — Political commentator and former congressional candidate Steve Gill has been ordered to pay his ex-wife $170,000 by June, or spend 10 days in jail.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville Civil War fort gets 'slave route' designation

NASHVILLE (AP) — A fort built by freed slaves during the Civil War in Nashville has received an international designation for its significance to the history of slavery and African Americans.

UT SPORTS

Ward helps Auburn outlast Tennessee 5-3 in SEC Tournament

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Judd Ward bunted home the go-ahead run and hit a two-run homer Tuesday as No. 8 seed Auburn defeated No. 9 seed Tennessee 5-3 in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans agree to terms with top draft pick Jeffery Simmons

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a contract with their top draft pick Jeffery Simmons, the 19th selection overall out of Mississippi State.

Mariota's approach to final year of contract: 'Let it ride'

NASHVILLE (AP) — Going into the final year of his rookie contract, Marcus Mariota hasn't changed anything about how he prepares for this season.

TECHNOLOGY

Judge rules Qualcomm violated antitrust law in chip market

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Qualcomm unlawfully squeezed out cellphone chip rivals and charged excessive royalties to manufacturers such as Apple in a decision that undercuts a key part of its business.

China cuts taxes to spur chip makers in face of US pressure

BEIJING (AP) — China is cutting taxes on its fledgling software and integrated circuit industries as U.S. export controls threaten to handicap Chinese tech companies.

UK, Japan mobile operators suspend Huawei 5G phone launches

LONDON (AP) — British and Japanese mobile phone companies said Wednesday they're putting on hold plans to sell new devices from Huawei, in the latest fallout from U.S. tech restrictions aimed at the Chinese company.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Union files for new vote at VW's Chattanooga plant

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — The United Auto Workers union filed a new petition Wednesday seeking to hold a vote on its representation of workers at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant, the same day the National Labor Relations Board dismissed a previous petition on a technicality.

Consumer Reports: Tesla automated lane changes are risky

DETROIT (AP) — A new automatic lane-change feature of Tesla's Autopilot system doesn't work well and could be a safety risk to drivers, according to tests performed by Consumer Reports.

Daimler CEO Zetsche hands off to successor amid tech change

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is handing off to his successor after 13 years at the helm warning that the company will need to cut costs to invest in new technologies that are transforming the industry.

HEALTH CARE

Research on children's health risks in doubt over EPA funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers say.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks fall on mixed earnings, trade tensions; oil slumps

Stocks closed lower on Wall Street Wednesday, weighed down by a mixed batch of corporate earnings from big retailers and lingering uncertainty over the trade spat between the U.S. and China.

Retailers, shoppers could feel more pain if tariffs spread

NEW YORK (AP) — An escalating trade war between the U.S. and China could mean higher prices on a broad array of products from toys to clothing. But some retailers will be less equipped to handle the pain than others, leaving consumers to carry the load.

US, China appear to brace for long haul in trade dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — With negotiations on hold and tariffs piling up, the United States and China appear to be bracing for a prolonged standoff over trade.

Minutes show some on Fed still think rate hikes possible

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials at their recent meeting believed the central bank could remain "patient" in deciding when to adjust interest rates, though some officials thought future rate hikes might still be needed.

Last days of May? UK leader in peril as Brexit offer slammed

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May dug in Wednesday against a growing push by both rivals and former allies to remove her from office as her attempts to lead Britain out of the European Union appeared to be headed for a dead end.

Target's online game is on target

NEW YORK (AP) — An aggressive campaign at Target to let customers do more online is paying off.

British Steel collapses, threatening thousands of jobs

LONDON (AP) — British Steel has been ordered into compulsory liquidation after talks with the government failed to secure a bailout, Britain's Insolvency Service said Wednesday.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Judge refuses to block Trump bank subpoenas

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge refused Wednesday to block congressional subpoenas seeking financial records from two banks that did business with President Donald Trump, making it clear it wasn't a close call.

3 Minutes: Trump meeting with Dems goes bust in a flash

WASHINGTON (AP) — The curtains in the Cabinet Room were drawn. The Democrats were waiting. And President Donald Trump came and went in three minutes, never stopping to sit down or shake hands.

NY puts Democrats a step closer to getting Trump tax returns

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers gave final passage to legislation Wednesday that would allow President Donald Trump's state tax returns to be released to congressional committees that have, so far, been barred from getting the president's federal filings.

Pelosi tries to tamp down impeachment fervor among Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared Wednesday that President Donald Trump is "engaged in a cover up," but she tamped down some Democrats' rush toward an impeachment inquiry, telling lawmakers during a closed meeting to be persistent but patient in their showdown with the White House.

Mnuchin says he was unaware of IRS memo on tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday he has no idea who wrote a confidential Internal Revenue Service legal memo that says that tax returns must be given to Congress unless the president asserts executive privilege.

Heated House hearing over deaths of 5 immigrant children

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker is blaming the Trump administration for the deaths of five immigrant children in U.S. custody — an assertion that's led to a heated argument at a congressional hearing.

Search warrants tied to former Trump lawyer Cohen released

WASHINGTON (AP) — Months before the FBI raided Michael Cohen's office and hotel room, investigators were examining the flow of foreign money into his bank accounts and looking into whether the funds might be connected to a plan to lift Russian sanctions, according to court filings unsealed Wednesday.

Vocal Democrats pressing Pelosi as impeachment talk swells

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Democrats are calling — and more loudly — for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump after his latest defiance of Congress by blocking his former White House lawyer from testifying.

Justice Department to turn over some Mueller documents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Easing some of the escalating tension between Congress and the White House, the House intelligence committee postponed efforts to enforce a subpoena against the Justice Department on Wednesday after officials agreed to hand over a cache of documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia report.

Trump, Dems debate what to debate: Infrastructure or trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reality has set in during the three weeks since President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders agreed to work together on a $2 trillion infrastructure package to invest in roads, bridges and broadband.


TUESDAY, MAY 21
STATE GOVERNMENT

Casada to resign amid text message scandal

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's embattled House Speaker Glen Casada announced Tuesday he plans to resign from his leadership post following a vote of no confidence by his Republican caucus amid a scandal over explicit text messages.

STATEWIDE

22 Tennessee racing horses sick with equine blood parasite

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's state veterinarian's office is investigating an outbreak of a blood parasite in a group of racing quarter horses.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Stackhouse adds Phillips to Vanderbilt basketball staff

NASHVILLE (AP) — New Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse has added Memphis high school coach Faragi Phillips to his staff.

REAL ESTATE

US home sales fell 0.4% in April amid limited supply

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales slipped 0.4% in April, as would-be homebuyers face affordability challenges and a limited supply of starter houses.

AUTO INDUSTRY

3 senators question delay on Chattanooga VW union vote

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Three Democratic U.S. senators are expressing concerns about delays to an election over whether Volkswagen maintenance and production workers in Tennessee should unionize.

Tesla reduces prices on Models S and X amid stock slump

DETROIT (AP) — Faced with a slumping stock price and questions about demand for its vehicles, Tesla has lowered the U.S. base prices of its two most expensive models.

GM Maven car-sharing stops serving 8 N. American markets

DETROIT (AP) — Maven, General Motors' car-sharing service, is being shut down in about half of the 17 North American markets it operates.

TECHNOLOGY

US delay to Huawei ban gives tech sector time to adjust

The United States is delaying some restrictions on U.S. technology sales to Chinese tech powerhouse Huawei in what it calls an effort to ease the blow on Huawei smartphone owners and smaller U.S. telecoms providers that rely on its networking equipment.

HEALTH CARE

'Medicare for All's' rich benefits 'leapfrog' other nations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The "Medicare for All" plan embraced by leading 2020 Democrats appears more lavish than what other advanced countries offer, compounding the cost but also potentially broadening its popular appeal.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech rebound powers US stocks higher, snaps 2-day S&P slump

Technology companies helped power stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Tuesday, snapping the market's two-day losing streak.

Powell says he sees 'moderate' risk from corporate debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Monday that the central bank is closely monitoring a sharp rise in corporate debt but currently does not see the types of threats that triggered the 2008 financial crisis.

Airline group predicts another record for summer travel

The airline industry's U.S. trade group is predicting another record for summer travel.

Seeking Brexit support, May offers vote on new referendum

LONDON (AP) — In a major concession, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday offered U.K. lawmakers the chance to vote on whether to hold a new referendum on the country's membership in the European Union — but only if they back her thrice-rejected Brexit agreement.

Home Depot posts strong profit, revenue

ATLANTA (AP) — Home Depot is reporting better than expected profit and revenue for the first quarter despite a damp start to 2019.

Department stores troubles rise on Penney, Kohl's results

NEW YORK (AP) — The outlook for department stores got murkier Tuesday after J.C. Penney and Kohl's reported fiscal first quarter results that showed they struggled at the start of the year.

NATIONAL POLITICS

DOJ offers to share Mueller documents to avoid House action

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says it is willing to provide the House intelligence committee with documents from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, as long as the panel agrees not to take any action against Attorney General William Barr.

Congress joins debate over sending TSA employees to border

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers clashed Tuesday over the Trump administration's move to send hundreds of Transportation Security Administration employees to the U.S.-Mexico border, and one airport official warned it could lead to long checkpoint lines this summer.

Progress seen on debt, spending talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top leaders of both parties in Congress made better-than-expected progress Tuesday on two must-do items on the legislative agenda: averting automatic budget cuts and meeting a deadline later this year to increase the government's borrowing limit.

Democratic impeachment calls swell as McGahn defies subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Democrats are calling — and more loudly — for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump after his latest defiance of Congress by blocking his former White House lawyer from testifying on Tuesday.

Prosecutors: Michael Cohen campaign finance probe is active

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors aren't quite finished investigating campaign finance violations by President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer.

Cohen claims Trump lawyer shaped false statement to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former fixer, Michael Cohen, told Congress it was Trump's personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, who suggested he tell lawmakers that the negotiations for Trump Tower Moscow ended in January 2016, even though they continued for months after that.


MONDAY, MAY 20
STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee House speaker scandals spur 'no confidence' vote

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House Republicans have cast a vote of no confidence in House Speaker Glen Casada, who remains ensnared by a spate of scandals.

NASHVILLE AREA

Biden visits Tennessee, vows to 'restore' soul of country

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden says eight years of a Donald Trump presidency will "fundamentally" change the character of the country.

STATEWIDE

Health Department warns Tennesseans to avoid records scams

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health is warning the public to order vital records from approved sources to avoid scams or excessive fees.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vanderbilt's JJ Bleday selected as SEC player of the year

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Vanderbilt's BB Bleday has been named the Southeastern Conference player of the year and Tim Corbin has been selected the coach of the year.

Vanderbilt leads stacked field at SEC Tournament

Vanderbilt's blazing second half of the season has turned the Commodores into one of the favorites to win the Southeastern Conference tournament this week in Hoover, Alabama.

HEALTH CARE

Vanderbilt starting part-time addiction clinic

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt University Medical Center is starting a part-time addiction clinic so those who overdose on drugs have a place to go after leaving the emergency room.

COURTS

Supreme Court sends dispute over Fosamax back to lower court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday that a judge must decide whether a dispute between drugmaker Merck and patients who alleged they were injured by its bone-strengthening drug Fosamax can go forward.

TECHNOLOGY

Huawei could be stripped of Google services after US ban

Huawei could lose its grip on the No. 2 ranking in worldwide cellphone sales after Google announced it would comply with U.S. government restrictions meant to punish the Chinese tech powerhouse.

Report: More companies in China handing over technology

BEIJING (AP) — The number of foreign companies that feel compelled to hand over technology in exchange for Chinese market access — an issue that sparked President Donald Trump's tariff fight with Beijing — has doubled since two years ago despite official promises to end such pressure, a business group reported Monday.

ENVIRONMENT

Trump's EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

BOKOSHE, Okla. (AP) — Susan Holmes' home, corner store and roadside beef jerky stand are right off Oklahoma Highway 31, putting them in the path of trucks hauling ash and waste from a power plant that burns the high-sulfur coal mined near this small town.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ford sees twisting road ahead, cuts 7K white-collar jobs

DETROIT (AP) — Ford revealed details of its long-awaited restructuring plan Monday as it prepared for a future of electric and autonomous vehicles by parting ways with 7,000 white-collar workers worldwide, about 10% of its global salaried workforce.

EU rejects claim that its car exports threaten US security

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is rejecting claims that Europe's car exports pose a threat to the United States after U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross ruled that imported vehicles and parts imperil national security.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks close lower as chipmakers slump

Chipmakers and other technology companies pulled U.S. stocks lower Monday, extending the market's losses into another week.

Blue Apron latest to suffer in tough meal kit market

Meal kit companies face an ultimatum: Adapt or die.

$15 minimum wage becomes part of 2020 presidential landscape

From liberal firebrands Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to moderates Joe Biden and John Hickenlooper, nearly the entire 2020 Democratic presidential field agrees that the federal minimum wage should be more than doubled, to $15 an hour.

American distillers welcome end of tariffs in Canada, Mexico

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — American whiskey producers feeling the pain from the Trump administration's trade disputes have gotten a shot of relief with an agreement that will end retaliatory tariffs that Canada and Mexico slapped on whiskey and other U.S. products.

FCC chairman backs T-Mobile-Sprint deal in key endorsement

NEW YORK (AP) — A key federal regulator says he backs T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of rival wireless carrier Sprint, a crucial step for the deal's approval.

Pot 'legalization 2.0': Social equity becomes a key question

NEW YORK (AP) — Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Judge rules against Trump in records dispute with Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Washington ruled Monday against President Donald Trump in a financial records dispute with Congress.

Trump tells ex-counsel McGahn to defy congressional subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump directed former White House counsel Don McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena, citing a Justice Department legal opinion that McGahn would have immunity from testifying before Congress about his work as a close Trump adviser.

All by himself: Amash alone among GOP on impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — He was known in the Michigan statehouse as "Mr. No" for voting against some Republican legislation. But now in Congress, on the question of whether President Donald Trump should be impeached, Rep. Justin Amash is the lone Republican saying "Yes."

Trump says he didn't need to borrow from banks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is insisting he didn't borrow from many banks because he "didn't need the money," not because they wouldn't do business with him.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump cries 'treason' over campaign scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is using "treason" rather lightly as he assails unidentified U.S. officials for investigating operatives of his campaign in 2016. There's no allegation or even suggestion that they committed this punishable-by-death crime, if any crime at all.

Schiff: Amash criticism not enough to push Trump impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Democrat said Sunday that Republican Rep. Justin Amash's sharp criticism of what he called President Donald Trump's "impeachable conduct" in the Russia investigation isn't enough to count as bipartisan support to launch impeachment proceedings.

Trump warns Iran not to threaten US or it will face 'end'

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Iran early on Monday not to threaten the United States again or it'll face its "official end," shortly after a rocket landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad overnight.


FRIDAY, MAY 17
STATE GOVERNMENT

GOP rep: Casada tried to rig ethics review

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Republican lawmaker says Tennessee GOP House Speaker Glen Casada tried to "rig and predetermine" an ethics review regarding his mounting scandals. He's requesting Casada's leadership resignation.

Controversial Casada aide to stay on payroll until July

NASHVILLE (AP) — A former top aide for Tennessee's embattled House speaker who resigned after admitting to once using cocaine in a legislative office and sending lewd text messages about women will continue to be paid by state taxpayers until July.

Embattled Casada faces election complaint

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's embattled House speaker is now being accused of violating the state's election laws after spending the past two weeks facing a long list of other scandals surrounding his office.

MIDSTATE

Group wants Tennessee DA to resign over anti-Islam post

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee district attorney is facing calls to resign after posting several anti-Islam remarks to social media.

UT SPORTS

UT's Williams, 2-time SEC player of year, staying in NBA draft

CHICAGO (AP) — Grant Williams, the two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year, says he's staying in the NBA draft rather than returning for his senior season at Tennessee.

PREDATORS

Predators, Nashville agree to 30-year arena lease extension

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators finally have the kind of security the former expansion franchise has been wanting for years after agreeing to a new 30-year arena lease that runs through 2049.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans agree to terms with wide receiver Jalen Tolliver

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have added another wide receiver, agreeing to terms with Jalen Tolliver.

HEALTH CARE

CDC: Backyard chickens likely cause of Salmonella outbreaks

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says backyard chickens likely are behind the Salmonella outbreaks in 21 states.

COURTS

Man executed for killing wife decades ago in Memphis

NASHVILLE (AP) — A man convicted of killing his wife decades ago at a camping center he managed in Memphis prayed and sang hymns as he was put to death Thursday in Tennessee.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan proposing more board members, with Renault's Bollore

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan proposed Friday adding Renault's chief executive, Thierry Bollore, to its board, as well as several outsiders, to strengthen its governance following the arrest of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.

Japan's trade negotiator: US won't impose quotas on autos

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade negotiator said Friday Washington won't be demanding any numerical restrictions on Japanese auto exports to the U.S.

NTSB: Autopilot was in use before Tesla hit semitrailer

DETROIT (AP) — A Tesla Model 3 involved in a fatal crash with a semitrailer in Florida March 1 was operating on the company's semi-autonomous Autopilot system, federal investigators have determined.

TECHNOLOGY

Israeli disinformation campaign targeted Nigerian election

JERUSALEM (AP) — A U.S. think tank that analyzes misinformation online has found that an Israel-based influence campaign busted by Facebook had stumped for the winning candidate in the February 2019 Nigerian presidential elections.

US, European officials bring charges in global malware case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten people, including five Russian fugitives, have been charged in connection with malicious software attacks that infected tens of thousands of computers worldwide and caused more than $100 million in financial losses, U.S. and European authorities announced Thursday.

Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections

JERUSALEM (AP) — Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wobbly week for US stocks; 2nd weekly drop for S&P 500

Stocks fell broadly on Wall Street Friday as investor jitters over the heated trade war between the world's two biggest economies overshadowed encouraging developments in conflicts between the U.S. and other key trading partners.

Trump lifts tariffs on Mexico, Canada, delays auto tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bogged down in a sprawling trade dispute with U.S. rival China, President Donald Trump took steps Friday to ease tensions with America's allies — lifting import taxes on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum and delaying auto tariffs that would have hurt Japan and Europe.

Uncertainty looms over UK as Brexit compromise talks fail

LONDON (AP) — Talks between Britain's Conservative government and the opposition Labour Party seeking a compromise over Brexit broke down without agreement Friday, plunging the country back into a morass of uncertainty over its departure from the European Union.

Amazon takes top stake in UK food delivery firm Deliveroo

LONDON (AP) — Amazon is investing in British meal delivery company Deliveroo, expanding its reach into food retailing.

US stocks rise for the 3rd day

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks marched higher on Wall Street for the third straight day, erasing most of the plunge they took at the start of the week on worries about the worsening trade fight between China and the U.S.

US economic sanctions on Huawei could backfire

The Trump administration's plan to restrict exports to Chinese telecommunications powerhouse Huawei for national security reasons doesn't just up the ante in the China trade war.

Walmart warns that higher tariffs will mean higher prices

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart warned on Thursday that higher tariffs on imports from China will mean higher prices.

EU fines banks over $1 billion over foreign exchange cartel

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union regulators have fined five banks a total of more than 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) for colluding in the trade of large sums of foreign currency.

China criticizes US action against Huawei

BEIJING (AP) — China vowed Thursday to "resolutely safeguard" Chinese companies after Washington labeled telecom equipment giant Huawei a security risk and imposed export curbs on U.S. technology sales to the company.

US home construction climbed 5.7% in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction rose in April, led by an uptick in single-family homes.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump administration rejects subpoena for tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is missing another deadline to produce President Donald Trump's tax returns. A top House Democrat says he expects to take the administration to court as early as next week over the matter.

In Barr, Trump has found his champion and advocate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could only be delighted to have his attorney general in El Salvador, dealing with his biggest issue: illegal immigration. Yet Barr did even better for his boss. In interviews from the Central American country, he's been offering cryptic comments suggesting the Russia probe unfairly targeted Trump.

US: Flynn described efforts to interfere with cooperation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn told the special counsel's office that people connected to the Trump administration and Congress sought to influence his cooperation with the Russia investigation, and he provided a voicemail recording of one such communication, prosecutors said in a court filing made public Thursday.

Schiff plans 'enforcement action' against DOJ over Mueller

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Thursday that his panel will vote on "enforcement action" against Attorney General William Barr or the Justice Department next week, yet another escalation in the standoff between Congress and President Donald Trump's administration over documents and testimony.

Trump more cautious than his top advisers on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he hopes the U.S. is not on a path to war with Iran amid fears that his two most hawkish advisers could be angling for such a conflict with the Islamic Republic.

Saudis blame Iran for drone attack amid calls for US strikes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia accused Tehran of being behind a drone strike that shut down a key oil pipeline in the kingdom, and a newspaper close to the palace called for Washington to launch "surgical" strikes on Iran, raising the specter of escalating tensions as the U.S. boosts its military presence in the Persian Gulf.

Congressional leaders set for classified briefing on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders are receiving a classified briefing on Iran as members of both parties demand more information on the White House's claims of rising threats in the Middle East.

Iran claims right to respond to 'unacceptable' US sanctions

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's foreign minister on Thursday said sanctions imposed by the Trump administration are "unacceptable" but that his country is committed to an international nuclear deal that has steadily unraveled amid rising tensions.

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