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VOL. 44 | NO. 21 | Friday, May 22, 2020

From boom to bust to survival mode

How restaurateurs pivoted to save what’s left of city’s thriving dining scene

Three months ago there was no doubt that Andy Mumma was one of Nashville’s brightest hospitality stars, and 2020 was set to be one of his best years ever.

New St. Thomas nurses graduate to changed world

Courtney Osborne joined the University of Tennessee nursing program after spending time at the bedside of her grandmother, who was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in 2014.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashvillians show broad approval for mayor, precautions

Nashvillians have given high marks to the city’s institutions and elected officials for their response to the COVID-19 crisis, but residents’ economic anxiety levels are high as the city faces hard times and tough financial decisions, the latest Vanderbilt poll finds.

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EVENTS

Next Normal Series: The Role of Business in Non-Resurgence of COVID-19. Learn what your business can do to ensure your employees, customers and the general public stay safe and healthy. Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Dr. Wright Pinson, deputy CEO and chief health system officer, and Dr. Thomas Talbot, chief hospital epidemiologist, will share best practices on how the Nashville business community can mitigate the risk of a COVID-19 resurgence and answer your questions. Thursday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Information and dial-in instructions

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VANDERBILT SPORTS

Lee named VU AD in historic firsts for school, SEC

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt has removed the interim title, making Candice Storey Lee the first woman to become an athletic director in the Southeastern Conference.

STATE GOVERNMENT

State’s April revenues $693.8M below projection

State revenues for April fell dramatically as the COVID-19 pandemic’s financial impact hit Tennessee.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Mississippi owns dark past with civil rights museum

With Nashville recently marking the 60th anniversary of the successful sit-in campaigns that integrated downtown businesses, permit me to deliver a civil rights pat on the back to my native Mississippi.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

2-for-1 HPRs are financial force in Nashville market

The horizontal property regime continues to baffle Realtors, homebuyers and even attorneys at times. In essence, a horizontal property regime is a legal device by which two residences can be built upon a single lot, or a parcel of land, that previously had one house.

NEWSMAKERS

Cagle is appointed counsel to CASE

Charles W. “Chuck” Cagle, shareholder and chair of the education law and government relations practice group at Lewis Thomason, has been appointed as Tennessee representative and counsel to the Council of Administrators in Special Education.

BRIEFS

Nashville a top market for freelancing

The annual Freelance Economic Impact Report by Fiverr International Ltd. reports Nashville and Austin continue to grow faster in both population and revenue than all other cities.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Need a great used car for less than $15K? Here are 5

Vehicle sales hit a record low in April as most Americans stayed home and countless dealerships closed due to the coronavirus crisis. But as a number of businesses begin to open, those who are in need of a vehicle may find that this might be a good time to shop.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Should seniors consider a reverse mortgage now?

Reverse mortgages allow older homeowners to turn part of their home equity into tax-free cash, using a loan that doesn’t have to be paid back until they die, sell or move out.

CAREER CORNER

No internship? Here’s how to salvage your summer

This pandemic could not come at a worse time for those of you in the middle of your college education.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Put off debt payments to improve your cash reserves

It’s our new normal: Tens of millions of Americans are unemployed or on a reduced income. We’re social distancing and spending more time at home. But one thing hasn’t changed – debts still have due dates.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee suit seeking vote-by-mail for all heading to court

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee lawsuit that seeks to let all voters cast ballots by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic is headed to court Thursday.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan to close Indonesia, Spain auto plants after losses

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan plans to close auto plants in Spain and Indonesia after sinking into the red for the first time in 11 years as the pandemic squashed global demand and disrupted production.

Spanish workers, officials decry Nissan move to close plant

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Angry workers burned tires at the gates of the Nissan carmaking plant in northeastern Spain and prepared for more protests after the Japanese company said it would shut all its manufacturing in the region as it reshuffles its global business.

MEDIA

Most Australian News Corp small papers to go digital-only

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's largest newspaper publisher, News Corp., announced on Thursday that most of its suburban and regional mastheads across the country will become digital-only next month due to the pandemic and digital platforms sharing their content.

CBS is TV's most-watched network for 12th year in a row

The winner, and still champion, is CBS. The Tiffany network finished the traditional television season, which ended last week, as the most-watched broadcaster for the 12th consecutive year, the Nielsen company said.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US layoffs climb to 41 million despite business reopenings

WASHINGTON (AP) — An estimated 2.1 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country, bringing the running total since the coronavirus shutdowns took hold in mid-March to about 41 million, the government said Thursday.

US economy shrank at 5% annual rate in Q1

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy shrank at an even faster pace than initially estimated in the first three months of this year with economists continuing to expect a far worse outcome in the current April-June quarter.

Orders for US big-ticket factory goods drop 17.2% in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. orders for big-ticket factory goods plunged for the second straight month in April as the coronavirus pandemic hammered the economy.

Hong Kong's business hub status imperiled by security law

HONG KONG (AP) — A national security law proposed by China could imperil Hong Kong's status as one of the world's best places to do business.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Bipartisan opposition leaves surveillance bill in doubt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation extending surveillance authorities the FBI sees as vital in fighting terrorism was thrown into doubt as President Donald Trump threatened a veto and Republican leaders and top liberal Democrats said they would oppose it.

Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn't have

WASHINGTON (AP) — Threatening to shut down Twitter for flagging false content. Claiming he can "override" governors who dare to keep churches closed to congregants. Asserting the "absolute authority" to force states to reopen, even when local leaders say it's too soon.

Trump preparing order targeting social media protections

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is preparing to sign an executive order Thursday aimed at curbing liability protections for social media companies, two days after he lashed out at Twitter for applying fact checks to two of his tweets.

House casts proxy votes in pandemic, Republicans have doubts

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a day for the history books on Capitol Hill: For the first time, House lawmakers voted by proxy, an unprecedented move to avoid the risks of travel to Washington during the pandemic.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 27
PREDATORS

Sweet 16: NHL playoffs qualifying round tough to predict

The NHL's regular season is over and the chase for the Stanley Cup is on if hockey returns this summer.

STATEWIDE

Smokies nonprofit to hold virtual firefly event on YouTube

GATLINBURG (AP) — The annual lottery to see the synchronous fireflies of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park may be canceled this year due to the coronavirus, but a Smokies-based nonprofit will be offering a virtual firefly event.

COURTS

Lee appoints new judge in Rutherford, Cannon counties

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has appointed Bonita Jo Atwood as a Circuit Court judge for Rutherford and Cannon counties.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan-Renault alliance to share more parts, technology

TOKYO (AP) — The auto alliance of Nissan and Renault said Wednesday it will be sharing more vehicle parts, technology and models to save costs as the industry struggles to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

MEDIA

Too much TV? Enter HBO Max, the latest streaming wannabe

Is a pandemic the perfect time to launch a new and relatively expensive streaming service? AT&T sure hopes so.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee to halt sharing COVID-19 patient data

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee will soon stop providing the names and addresses of COVID-19 patients to first responders, after initially arguing that doing so would protect those on the front line.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld and Walt Disney World will reopen in Orlando, Florida, in June and July after months of inactivity because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to plans a city task force approved Wednesday.

Job losses among young risks creating 'lock-down generation'

GENEVA (AP) — Bashar Ali Naim used to work in a perfume and accessories store in Baghdad, earning $480 per week on average. About three months ago, the coronavirus outbreak swept into Iraq, and the 28-year-old father of two has been out of work ever since.

Biden knocks Trump for 'this macho stuff' in shunning masks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden said Tuesday that wearing a mask in public to combat the spread of the coronavirus is a sign of leadership and called President Donald Trump a "fool" who was "stoking deaths" for suggesting otherwise.

Rubio warns of foreign actors amplifying virus conspiracies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio, the new Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is warning that foreign actors will seek to amplify conspiracy theories about the coronavirus and find new ways to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street closes higher on economic revival hopes

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Wednesday, extending the market's gains into a third day on hopes for a coming economic revival as larger swaths of the country relax stay-at-home mandates imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic and clear the way for more businesses to reopen.

Fed report notes businesses less optimistic about economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses across the country surveyed by the Federal Reserve don't appear to share the Trump administration's optimism about a rapid economic recovery starting this summer.

CEO pay has topped $12.3M. Can it keep rising post-pandemic?

The typical pay package for CEOs at the biggest U.S. companies topped $12.3 million last year, and the gap between the boss and their workforces widened further, according to AP's annual survey of executive compensation.

Boeing slashes 12,000 jobs as virus seizes travel industry

Boeing is cutting more than 12,000 jobs through layoffs and buyouts as the coronavirus pandemic seizes the travel industry, and more cuts are coming.

GE selling century-old lighting unit to Savant Systems

BOSTON (AP) — GE is selling its lighting unit to smart home company Savant Systems for an undisclosed amount.

Congress shifts attention to overhauling small-business aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deadlocked over the next big coronavirus relief bill, Congress is shifting its attention to a more modest overhaul of small-business aid in hopes of helping employers reopen shops and survive the pandemic.

EU proposes 750 billion-euro coronavirus recovery fund

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union proposed Wednesday a 750 billion-euro ($825 billion) recovery fund to help countries weather a painful recession triggered by the coronavirus and bridge divisions over the conditions that should be attached for access to the money.

Japan OK's funds for $1.1 T stimulus to fight pandemic woes

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Cabinet approved a proposed 32 trillion-yen ($296 billion) supplementary budget Wednesday to help fund $1.1 trillion in measures to cushion the blow to the economy from the coronavirus pandemic.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Trump threatens social media after Twitter fact-checks him

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, the historically prolific tweeter of political barbs and blasts, threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering on Wednesday after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets. He turned to his Twitter account – where else? -- to tweet his threats.

US clamps down on waivers tied to Iran's nuclear cooperation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Wednesday it is ending nearly all of the last vestiges of U.S. sanctions relief provided under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Inquiry into Russia probe carries political consequences

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr says he doesn't expect a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation to target former President Barack Obama or Joe Biden, the former vice president and President Donald Trump's Democratic opponent this summer.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely blames Obama for pricey drugs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tangled the facts when he asserted Tuesday at a White House Rose Garden event that "Obamacare" raised prescription drug costs for older people — the opposite is true.

Graham calls Rosenstein as first witness in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will testify next week at a Senate committee hearing on the Justice Department's Russia investigation, the panel chairman said Wednesday.

Trump opposition throws surveillance legislation in doubt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to extend surveillance authorities that the FBI sees as vital in fighting terrorism was thrown in doubt Wednesday as President Donald Trump, the Justice Department and congressional Republicans all came out in opposition.

History in the making as House is poised for proxy voting

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a day that's shaping up as one for the history books: For the first time, House lawmakers intend to vote by proxy, a move to avoid the risk of travel to Washington during the pandemic.

White House letter doesn't explain why Trump fired watchdogs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump followed the law when he fired multiple inspectors general in the last two months, the White House has told Congress, but the administration offered no new details about why the internal watchdogs were let go.

Trump committed to July 4 celebration despite lawmaker alarm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday that President Donald Trump remains committed to holding a Fourth of July celebration in the nation's capital even as Democratic lawmakers from the region -- one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus -- warn that the area will not be ready to hold a major event.

US closes probes into 3 senators over their stock trades

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has closed investigations into stock trading by Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, according to people familiar with notifications sent to the senators. The senators came under scrutiny for transactions made in the weeks before the coronavirus sent markets downhill.


TUESDAY, MAY 26
STATE GOVERNMENT

Anti-transgender bill advances as lawmakers return to work

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers marked their return to legislative offices Tuesday by advancing an anti-transgender proposal after abruptly recessing three months ago because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Tennessee officials: 2020 vote-by-mail for all not feasible

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials say they "cannot feasibly implement" a quick shift to let all voters cast their ballots by mail in the 2020 elections, an outcome sought in three lawsuits due to the coronavirus pandemic.

HEALTH CARE

Most Medicare enrollees could get insulin for $35 a month

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare recipients will be able to get prescription plans that limit copays for insulin, a potential savings of hundreds of dollars, the White House announced Tuesday in a pivot to pocketbook issues that could influence November's election.

AUTO INDUSTRY

France to unveil rescue plan for struggling car industry

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is set to unveil on Tuesday new measures to rescue the country's car industry, which has been hammered by the virus lockdown and the resulting recession.

TECHNOLOGY

Stormy weather puts damper on SpaceX's 1st astronaut launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Stormy weather is threatening to delay SpaceX's first astronaut launch.

REAL ESTATE

US home price gains quickened in March as sales plunged

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices accelerated in March even though sales plummeted, as those Americans still house shopping were forced to bid for a sharply diminished supply of homes.

ENVIRONMENT

Judge strikes down US energy leasing rules in bird habitat

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge has dealt another blow to the Trump administration's efforts to increase domestic oil and gas output from public lands, saying officials failed to protect habitat for a declining bird species when it issued energy leases on hundreds of square miles.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Watchdog who found hospital shortages unfazed by Trump barbs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The author of a federal report that found U.S. hospitals faced severe shortages of coronavirus test supplies and equipment says she is not intimidated by criticism from President Donald Trump, even after he moved to replace her as chief watchdog of the Department of Health and Human Services.

US nears 100,000 pandemic deaths: Does Trump feel your pain?

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the rubble of buildings and lives, modern U.S. presidents have met national trauma with words such as these: "I can hear you." "You have lost too much, but you have not lost everything." "We have wept with you; we've pulled our children tight."

Federal coronavirus testing plan puts burden on states

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's new strategy for coronavirus testing puts much of the burden on states while promising to provide supplies such as swabs and material to transport specimens.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street up as recovery hopes overshadow virus worries

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Tuesday, driving the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average to their highest levels in nearly three months as optimism over the reopening of the economy overshadowed lingering worries about the coronavirus pandemic.

Consumer confidence up slightly but remains near 6-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence inched up this month, showing signs of stabilizing, but remained near a six-year low in the face of the widespread business shutdowns that have sent the economy into recession.

Congress weighs choice: 'Go big' on virus aid or hit 'pause'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is at a crossroads in the coronavirus crisis, wrestling over whether to "go big," as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants for the next relief bill, or hit "pause," as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insists.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Widower to Twitter: Delete Trump Tweets suggesting wife was murdered

WASHINGTON (AP) — The husband of a woman who died accidentally in an office of then-GOP Rep. Joe Scarborough two decades ago is demanding that Twitter remove President Donald Trump's tweets suggesting Scarborough, now a fierce Trump critic, murdered her.

Pentagon's No. 2 IG official resigns after being passed over

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 official in the Pentagon's office of inspector general, Glenn Fine, resigned Tuesday, several weeks after he was effectively removed as head of a special board to oversee auditing of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic relief package.

GOP govs offer states as alternative RNC convention host

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two GOP governors are offering up their states to host the Republican National Convention — a day after President Donald Trump threatened to pull the convention out of North Carolina if that state's Democratic governor doesn't assure him that the August gathering can go forward despite coronavirus fears.


MONDAY, MAY 25
MUSIC INDUSTRY

Wallen arrested after ejection from Nashville bar

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country music singer Morgan Wallen apologized Sunday following his weekend arrest on public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges.

AUTO INDUSTRY

German court ruling clears the way to settle VW diesel cases

KARLSRUHE, Germany (AP) — A German court has ruled that Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners of its diesel cars equipped with software that evaded emissions testing — but consumers must accept the current value of the car based on the mileage they drove since buying it, not the purchase price.

TECHNOLOGY

NASA astronauts go back to the future with capsule launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It's back to the future as NASA astronauts launch again from the U.S. — aboard a retro-style "Right Stuff" capsule.

First commercial space taxi a pit stop on Musk's Mars quest

It all started with the dream of growing a rose on Mars.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

UN virus therapy trial pauses hydroxychloroquine testing

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization said Monday that it will temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine — the anti-malarial drug U.S. President Trump says he is taking — from its global study into experimental COVID-19 treatments, saying that its experts need to review all available evidence to date.

1st deadlines for laid-off workers to get health insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many laid-off workers who lost health insurance in the coronavirus shutdown soon face the first deadlines to qualify for fallback coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday further limited travel from the world's coronavirus hotspots by denying entry to foreigners coming from Brazil, which is second to the U.S. in the number of confirmed cases.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

China demands US withdraw sanctions on tech suppliers

BEIJING (AP) — China demand Monday that Washington withdraw export sanctions imposed on Chinese companies in the latest round of a worsening conflict over technology, security and human rights.

EU's top diplomat urges 'more robust strategy' toward China

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat has called for the bloc to have a "more robust strategy" toward China amid signs that Asia is replacing the United States as the center of global power.

Forced to adapt, businesses rethink how they make money

NEW YORK (AP) — Many business owners are changing the way they make money as they attempt to recoup revenue lost to the coronavirus outbreak.

Lufthansa: Government fund approves 9 billion euros in aid

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German airline Lufthansa said Monday it has received approval for a 9 billion-euro ($9.8 billion) "stabilization package" from a government support fund to keep the company going through the turbulence from the coronavirus outbreak, but cautions the deal has not been approved by the European Union's executive commission.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

2020 Watch: Differing views on remaking post-virus economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we're watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign:

AP FACT CHECK: Faulty Trump claims on virus drug, vote fraud

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump doesn't like the message, he shoots the messenger.


FRIDAY, MAY 22
VANDERBILT SPORTS

SEC to allow football workouts on campus beginning June 8

Southeastern Conference schools will be able to bring football and basketball players back to campus for voluntary activities starting June 8 at the discretion of each university.

College baseball into July? Coaches say it would save money

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A group of Power Five coaches led by Michigan's Erik Bakich is proposing a later start to the college baseball season to trim expenses in the post-coronavirus era, make the game more fan friendly and reduce injury risk to players.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Recording Academy records John Prine song for charity

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Recording Academy has released a new recording of John Prine's "Angel From Montgomery" with proceeds going to support the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee rep: Loud protests near chamber may warrant arrest

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Rep. Bruce Griffey's hearing is iffy and getting worse with age.

STATEWIDE

Lee offers National Guard to test at businesses

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee on Friday promised business leaders that he would send the National Guard to help their companies with COVID-19 testing should they ask for it.

Tennessee extends free child care, expands eligibility

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials are extending free pandemic child care for essential workers until mid-August, while letting more categories of workers qualify for the program.

HEALTH CARE

US regulators approve new type of contraceptive gel

U.S. regulators on Friday approved a birth control gel that works in a new way to prevent pregnancy.

COURTS

Loughlin, Giannulli plead in college scam, but fate is hazy

"Full House" star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded guilty Friday to paying half a million dollars to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as part of a college admissions bribery scheme, but a judge has not decided whether he'll accept the deals they made with prosecutors.

Judge nixes bid to stop coal sales that Trump revived

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge threw out a lawsuit on Friday from a coalition of states, environmental groups and American Indians which sought to revive an Obama-era moratorium against U.S. government coal sales on public lands in the West.

Tennessee asks high court to take over voucher lawsuit

NASHVILLE (AP) — School voucher advocates are asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to take up the case of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a program that would let parents use public tax dollars for private school tuition.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Trump lashes out at scientists whose findings contradict him

WASHINGTON (AP) — "A Trump enemy statement," he said of one study.

Trump deems churches 'essential,' calls for them to reopen

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he has deemed churches and other houses of worship "essential" and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend despite the threat of spreading the coronavirus.

Nation's capital aims to start reopening May 29

WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of insisting the Washington, D.C., area is not ready to end its pandemic-induced lockdown, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser now says the numbers are pointing to the start of a gradual reopening process at the end of the month.

UK's COVID-19 study aims to vaccinate more than 10,000

LONDON (AP) — British researchers testing an experimental vaccine against the new coronavirus are moving into advanced studies and aim to immunize more than 10,000 people to determine if the shot works.

IMF to give Ukraine $5 billion to cope with virus fallout

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The International Monetary Fund said Thursday it has reached an agreement with authorities in Ukraine to allocate $5 billion to help the country cope with the economic fallout of the coronavirus outbreak.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street ends a choppy day mostly higher; crude oil falls

Wall Street shook off a weak start and ended a wobbly day mostly higher.

IBM cuts jobs around U.S. as new CEO looks for revival

ARMONK, N.Y. (AP) — IBM told the Wall Street Journal it is laying off an undisclosed number of workers across the U.S.

Cornavirus pandemic claims another victim: Robocalls

Have you been missing something amid the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders? No, not human contact. Not even toilet paper.

AP-NORC poll: Many in US won't return to gym or dining out

WASHINGTON (AP) — Much of the country remains unlikely to venture out to bars, restaurants, theaters or gyms anytime soon, despite state and local officials across the country increasingly allowing businesses to reopen, according to a new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

GOP weighs jobless aid cuts as layoffs surpass 38 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reconsideration of jobless aid is fast becoming the focus of congressional debate over the next virus aid package

GOP weighs jobless aid cuts to urge Americans back to work

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reconsideration of jobless aid is fast becoming the focus of congressional debate over the next virus aid package

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

FBI director orders internal review of Flynn investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Christopher Wray has ordered an internal review into possible misconduct in the investigation of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, the bureau said Friday.

Trump turns Memorial Day event into quasi campaign rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday turned an early Memorial Day remembrance of fallen U.S. service members into a quasi reelection campaign rally with bikers on the White House lawn.

Lawyer for Biden accuser drops her as a client

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney working with Tara Reade, the former Joe Biden Senate staffer who alleged he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s, said Friday he is no longer representing her, just two weeks after he first began working with her.

Pompeo: China measure a 'death knell' for Hong Kong autonomy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday condemned China's effort to take over national security legislation in Hong Kong, calling it "a death knell for the high degree of autonomy" that Beijing had promised the territory.

Trump counting on Supreme Court to block probes, lawsuits

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won at least a temporary reprieve from the Supreme Court earlier this week in keeping secret grand jury materials from the Russia investigation away from Democratic lawmakers. The president and his administration are counting on the justices for more help to stymie other investigations and lawsuits.


THURSDAY, MAY 21
STATEWIDE

Tennessee reaches highest-ever monthly jobless rate

MEMPHIS (AP) — Tennessee reached its highest monthly unemployment rate ever in April as the state managed public safety concerns raised by the new coronavirus outbreak by closing nonessential businesses, a move that has led to more than a half-million jobless claims.

Tennessee puts $5.7M from VW settlement into bus projects

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials are using $5.7 million from the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal settlement for transit bus replacements in three cities.

COURTS

Loughlin, Giannulli to serve prison time for college scam

"Full House" Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, agreed to serve prison time as part of a plea deal in the college admissions bribery case, according to court papers filed Thursday.

Tennessee's Rinova settles Medicare fraud claims for $100K

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee-based Rinova The Wellness Group has agreed to pay more than $100,000 to settle claims that it defrauded Medicare, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Nashville.

REAL ESTATE

Homebuilders climb even as housing outlook remains cloudy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. economy and housing market had set homebuilders up for a strong 2020.

US existing home sales plunge 17.8% in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of existing homes plunged 17.8% in April with the real estate market still in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic.

US long-term mortgage rates ease; 30-year at 3.24%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates eased this week in a housing market battered by the shutdown spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. Rates hovered near all-time lows as the benchmark 30-year home loan stayed below 3.30% for the fourth straight week.

TECHNOLOGY

NASA, SpaceX bringing astronaut launches back to home turf

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in nearly a decade, U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil. And for the first time in the history of human spaceflight, a private company is running the show.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

AP-NORC poll: State and U.S. government virus approval dips

WASHINGTON (AP) — Views of how government at all levels is handling the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. have deteriorated somewhat over the past month, as a growing minority of Americans prefer that states lift restrictions on social and economic life.

US seeking industry cooperation on future medical supplies

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials are invoking a rarely used provision of American law that would shield companies from antitrust regulations to help the country from again running out of medical supplies in a pandemic.

As nation reopens, a historic referendum on risk begins

WASHINGTON (AP) — We are becoming a nation of amateur actuaries, calculating the risk of restarting our lives.

'Invisible demon': Virus hits even top-rated nursing homes

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Abbott Terrace Health Center in Waterbury, where 41 residents have died from the coronavirus, has been cited by regulators for infection control violations and fined three times by the state and federal governments over the last several years. It has the lowest nursing home overall rating issued by the federal government — one star, for "much below average."

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end lower on Wall Street as US-China tensions weigh

Stocks are ending lower on Wall Street as tensions flared again between the U.S. and China and as more dismal news came out detailing economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Fed's Powell says economic forecasts filled with uncertainty

WASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to forecast the U.S. economy's path to recovery from the current deep downturn face "a whole new level of uncertainty," Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday.

Coronavirus-triggered layoffs in US hit nearly 39 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits in the two months since the coronavirus took hold in the U.S. has swelled to nearly 39 million, the government reported Thursday, even as states from coast to coast gradually reopen their economies and let people go back to work.

Pandemic highlights big box stores' ability to pivot

NEW YORK (AP) — Late last year, Best Buy began testing curbside pickup at select stores as a way to respond to customer needs.

Retailers reopening more stores, tourism expanding

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus.

Restaurant chains see sales improving as dining rooms reopen

Fast food restaurants — well equipped for drive-thru and takeout service — have fared better than sit-down restaurants as the coronavirus pandemic gripped the U.S., but that gap could start to close as dining rooms reopen.

Macy's hefty loss reveals challenges among mall stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's warned Thursday that it could lose more than a $1 billion and see sales fall at least 45% during its first fiscal quarter after the coronavirus pandemic paralyzed retail operations nationwide.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Trump slams mail-in balloting promoted by his own campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday railed against mail-in balloting that in some cases has been promoted by his own reelection campaign, alleging without evidence that it leads to "total election fraud." A day earlier, Trump threatened to pull federal money for states that support the practice.

AP-NORC poll: Trump approval rating remains steady at at 41%

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, Americans' views of the federal and state government response to the crisis are starting to sour — yet President Donald Trump's personal approval rating has remained steady.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's false 'Choice' on vets' health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is putting forth a false "choice" when he boasts about a program aimed at improving veterans' health care by steering more patients to the private sector.

Trump, McConnell meet as Senate declines to debate virus aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate considers itself world's greatest deliberative body, but it's debating almost anything but the coronavirus as Americans confront a crisis unlike any in modern history.

Divided Senate confirms Ratcliffe as intelligence chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Senate confirmed John Ratcliffe as director of national intelligence on Thursday, with Democrats refusing to support the nomination over fears that he will politicize the intelligence community's work under President Donald Trump.

Senate panel advances Trump pick to head Voice of America

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly divided Senate panel voted along party lines Thursday to advance President Donald Trump's choice to head the Voice of America and other U.S. government-funded international broadcasters that have been the subject of harsh criticism from the White House.

Trump: US may rethink decision to exit surveillance treaty

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that Russian violations make it untenable for the U.S. to stay in a treaty that permits 30-plus nations to conduct observation flights over each other's territory, but he hinted it's possible the U.S. will reconsider the decision to withdraw.

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen released from US prison

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was released from federal prison Thursday to serve the remainder of his sentence at home, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

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