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VOL. 44 | NO. 19 | Friday, May 8, 2020

Off to college or home on a laptop?

High school grads face uncertain freshman year

Who doesn’t treasure high school graduation memories? The pomp and circumstance amid a sea of caps and gowns. Family and friends whoop-whooping as the principal offers a diploma and a handshake that ends one chapter of your life, eager to chronicle the next phase with the start of freshman year of college in the fall.

Vanderbilt student sues school seeking spring reimbursement

A Vanderbilt freshman has sued the university in a class-action lawsuit stating it violated state laws in refusing to reimburse students for room and board, tuition and other costs for its spring 2020 semester, despite closing residence halls and offering students a limited online learning experience, according to attorneys at Hagens Berman, which has offices in eight U.S. cities but not Nashville.


Chemicals, not karma, cause sycamore’s ills

We were sitting on the front porch luxuriating in the budding signs of spring when I saw alarming signs on our senior sycamore.

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House divided: Village, Parks decide to ‘demerge’

In a world turned upside down, it’s good to know local real estate is going with the flow.


Davidson County real estate trends for April 2020

April 2020 real estate trends for Davidson Counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US long-term mortgage rates mixed; 30-year loan at 3.26%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were mixed this week, continuing to hover near all-time lows.


Hollabaugh named chair of Campaign for Equal Justice

Lela M. Hollabaugh, managing partner of Bradley’s Nashville office, will chair the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands 2020 Campaign for Equal Justice, an annual initiative that raises funds for Legal Aid Society.


MTSU, UT to ask for no tuition or fee increases

Middle Tennessee State University will not seek tuition or fee increases for the 2020-21 academic year, President Sidney A. McPhee says.


Start thinking bankruptcy now, not later

If you’ve lost your job or struggle to pay your debt, you may need to file for bankruptcy. If that’s the case, you should ignore some common financial advice and start thinking defensively.


Car technology offers help for the distracted driver

Distracted driving puts drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians at risk. In 2018, it led to 2,841 deaths, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows.


Working together is key to getting through disasters

Living through a disaster is hard. Actually, it’s more than hard.


Tennessee gov promotes adviser to chief operating officer

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has promoted a senior adviser to become the state's next chief operating officer.


AP Source: MLS looking at having all teams play in Orlando

Major League Soccer is looking at the possibility of resuming the season this summer with all teams playing in Orlando, Florida.


Study ties 'Obamacare' to fewer cancer deaths in some states

Cancer deaths have dropped more in states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act than in states that did not, new research reveals.


Consumers, lawmakers rip airlines for withholding refunds

When her Las Vegas hotel shut down and returned her money, and both Nevada and her home state of Ohio issued stay-home orders, Helen Moon canceled the flight that she and her husband had booked on Frontier Airlines and asked for a cash refund.


US immunologist warns of 'darkest winter' if virus rebounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — America faces the "darkest winter in modern history" unless leaders act decisively to prevent a rebound of the coronavirus, says a government whistleblower who alleges he was ousted from his job after warning the Trump administration to prepare for the pandemic.

EU: Possible virus drug approval 'before the summer'

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency predicted that there could be licensed drugs to treat the new coronavirus in the next few months and that a vaccine might even be approved in early 2021, in a "best-case scenario."

Sanofi walks back after saying US would get vaccine first

PARIS (AP) — French pharmaceutical group Sanofi ensured Thursday that it would make its COVID-19 vaccine, when ready, available in all countries, hours after the company's CEO said the United States will get first access.

Emails: Trump nominee involved in shelving CDC virus guide

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former chemical industry executive nominated to be the nation's top consumer safety watchdog was involved in sidelining detailed guidelines to help communities reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, internal government emails show.

Trump's push for opening school clashes with Fauci's caution

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump called on governors across the nation to work to reopen schools that were closed because of the coronavirus, pointedly taking issue with Dr. Anthony Fauci's caution against moving too quickly in sending students back to class.


36 million have sought US unemployment aid in 2 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week as the viral outbreak led more companies to slash jobs even though most states have begun to let some businesses reopen under certain restrictions.

As coronavirus rolls on, Republicans hit 'pause' on new aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses are going belly up, tens of millions have been laid off and, by some measures, the U.S. seems headed for another Great Depression. But Republicans surveying the wreckage aren't ready for another round of coronavirus aid, instead urging a "pause."

Pandemic crisis forecast to hit insurers for $200 billion

LONDON (AP) — The pandemic will cost the insurance industry over $200 billion, according to Lloyds of London, who estimated that its own payouts are now on a par with the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks or the combined impact of hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma in 2017.


Ahead of election, Trump attacks Russia probe and Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Republicans are launching a broad election-year attack on the foundation of the Russia investigation, including declassifying intelligence information to try to place senior Obama administration officials under scrutiny for routine actions.

Trump to name former pharma exec as vaccine czar

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to name a former pharmaceutical executive to lead his administration's all-out effort to produce and distribute a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year.

Senate to consider renewal of surveillance laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is expected to vote on whether to extend three surveillance authorities as senators of both parties express concerns that the laws infringe on Americans' rights.


Justices fear 'chaos' if states can't bind electors' votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices invoked fears of bribery and chaos Wednesday to suggest they think states can require presidential electors to back their states' popular vote winner in the Electoral College.

Judge puts off approving US request to dismiss Flynn case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge made clear Tuesday that he would not immediately rule on the Justice Department's decision to dismiss its criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying he would instead let outside individuals and groups weigh in with their opinions.


Dispute over reopening California Tesla factory may be over

DETROIT (AP) — It appears the dispute between Tesla and San Francisco Bay Area authorities over the reopening of a factory in the face of shutdown orders is coming to an end.


Tennessee's private prisons lag in coronavirus reporting

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two weeks after a large number of coronavirus cases at a privately run Tennessee prison prompted Gov. Bill Lee to announce that all inmates would be tested, two of the state's other three privately run prisons are still reporting results for only a handful of inmates.


Whistleblower: US could face virus rebound 'darkest winter'

WASHINGTON (AP) — America faces the "darkest winter in modern history" unless leaders act decisively to prevent a rebound of the coronavirus, says a government whistleblower who alleges he was ousted from his job for warning the Trump administration to prepare for the pandemic.

US says Chinese hackers likely targeting virus researchers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Organizations conducting research into COVID-19 may be targeted by computer hackers linked to the Chinese government, according to the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

Face mask rules grow but enforcement proves a challenge

NEW YORK (AP) — Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft are requiring drivers and passengers to wear masks while using their services, joining a growing list of transportation companies hoping to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as some cities emerge from lockdown.


Stocks drop again on worries about slow recovery for economy

Wall Street's earlier bets that the economy can make a relatively quick rebound from the coronavirus pandemic suddenly don't look so good.

Powell warns of a possible sustained recession from pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warned Wednesday of the threat of a prolonged recession resulting from the viral outbreak and urged Congress and the White House to act further to prevent long-lasting economic damage.

AP Interview: Pelosi: Americans 'worth it' on $3T virus aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday defended the stunning $3 trillion price tag  on Democrats' pandemic relief package as what is needed to confront the "villainous virus" and economic collapse.

UN forecasts pandemic to shrink world economy by 3.2%

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations forecast Wednesday that the COVID-19 pandemic will shrink the world economy by 3.2% this year, the sharpest contraction since the Great Depression in the 1930s.

Unforgivable? Restaurants fear loans won't bring relief

NEW YORK (AP) — Restaurants owners across the U.S. are worried that a loan from the government's coronavirus relief program could wind up being a burden instead of a blessing.

Vast cutbacks in jobs and spending before any summer rebound

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

US wholesale prices drop record 1.3% in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices slid a record 1.3% in April led by a 19% plunge in the cost of energy, further signaling the potential threat of deflation in the United States.

Prodded by US, Mexico aims to restart industrial plants

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador pledged Wednesday to begin reopening Mexico's economy next week — encouraged by U.S. officials — even as hospitals from Mexico City to the border reeled under the pressure of the largest one-day jump in COVID-19 case numbers and the lack of testing made decision-making difficult.

GOP senators give Democrats' $3T relief bill a cold shoulder

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package, a sweeping effort with $1 trillion for states and cities, "hazard pay" for essential workers and a new round of cash payments to individuals.

UK on course for 'significant' recession after March slump

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government warned Wednesday of a "significant" recession after official figures showed the economy shrank 2% in the first quarter of the year even though it included just one week of the coronavirus lockdown.

EU unveils plans to save vacations and avoid a lost summer

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union unveiled Wednesday its plan to help citizens across the 27 nations salvage their summer vacations after months of tough coronavirus confinement and to hopefully resurrect Europe's badly battered tourism industry.

World's biggest shipper expects 25% drop in container demand

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The world's biggest shipping company, Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk, said Wednesday that it expects its transport volumes to drop by up to 25% in the second quarter as the world economy slides toward recession.


Trump's surprising target in war on media: Voice of America

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump' has had many targets in his war against the media, but perhaps none is more surprising than the Voice of America, the venerable U.S.-funded institution created during World War II to broadcast independent news and promote American values to the world.

Paul Manafort released from prison due to virus concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's onetime presidential campaign chairman who was convicted as part of the special counsel's Russia investigation, has been released from federal prison to serve the rest of his sentence in home confinement due to concerns about the coronavirus, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Biden's VP pick isn't the biggest issue for Latino activists

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden would have to do more than select a Latina running mate to win over Hispanics whose support could be crucial to winning the presidency, according to activists who are warning the presumptive Democratic nominee not to take their community for granted.

Ocasio-Cortez among top Dems promoting Biden-Sanders unity

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden and the last rival he bested to become the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Bernie Sanders, on Wednesday announced the members of joint task forces their campaigns will use to promote party unity by hammering out consensus on six top policy issues.

Flynn case boosts Trump's bid to undo Russia probe narrative

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Michael Flynn was forced from the White House, Vice President Mike Pence said he was disappointed the national security adviser had misled him about his talks with the Russian ambassador. President Donald Trump called the deception unacceptable.


Man charged with placing target at NAACP leader's home

NASHVILLE (AP) — Police in Tennessee have charged a man accused of placing a bullseye-like target in the front yard of Nashville's NAACP president.


Tennessee official: Fear of virus not reason to vote by mail

NASHVILLE (AP) — Fear of contracting the coronavirus doesn't meet the criteria to vote by mail due to illness in Tennessee, state officials said Tuesday, as they recommended preparing as though all 1.4 million registered voters who are at least 60 will cast ballots by mail in the August primary election.

Former Gov. Bill Haslam, wife launch school tutoring program

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife Crissy are launching a new statewide program designed to help elementary school students who are at risk of falling behind in studies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tennessee sues candle maker, auto parts firm over incentives

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials are suing a candle maker and a manufacturer of plastic car exteriors to recoup some incentive money, saying they came up short of job creation requirements.

Opioid overdose deaths surge in Tennessee's largest county

MEMPHIS (AP) — Health officials in Tennessee's largest county say the number of overdoses related to opioids and other drugs has surged in the past month, reaching 58 deaths in a 30-day period.


Supreme Court appears likely to reject Trump immunity claim

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared likely to reject President Donald Trump's claim that he is immune from criminal investigation while in office. But the court seemed less clear about exactly how to handle subpoenas from Congress and the Manhattan district attorney for Trump's tax, bank and financial records.

AP Courtside: Trump tax cases resemble Nixon, Clinton cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is holding its second week of arguments by telephone because of the coronavirus pandemic, with audio available live to audiences around the world.


Honda sinks deeper into quarterly losses on virus outbreak

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. sank deeper into losses for the fiscal quarter that ended in March, as the damage to the industry from the coronavirus outbreak hurt sales and crimped production.

Toyota profit drops on virus outbreak but recovery expected

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. reported Tuesday a sharp plunge in fiscal fourth quarter profit as the global pandemic slammed vehicle sales and halted production at its auto plants.


New coronavirus test is imperfect step toward mass screening

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new type of coronavirus test offers a cheaper, quicker way to screen for infections, moving the U.S. toward the kind of mass screening that experts say is essential to returning millions of Americans to school and work.

Tennessee county leads US in virus cases per capita

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Trousdale County has the highest per capita coronavirus infection rate in the U.S. and Bledsoe County has the fifth, according to an Associated Press analysis. In both counties, the high infection rates are attributable to their local prisons.

Counterfeit masks reaching frontline health workers in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a day when COVID-19 cases soared, healthcare supplies were scarce and an anguished doctor warned he was being sent to war without bullets, a cargo plane landed at the Los Angeles International Airport, supposedly loaded with the ammo doctors and nurses were begging for: some of the first N95 medical masks to reach the U.S. in almost six weeks.

As Trump urges reopening, thousands getting sick on the job

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as President Donald Trump urges getting people back to work and reopening the economy, an Associated Press analysis shows thousands of people are getting sick from COVID-19 on the job.

Fauci warns of serious consequences if US reopens too soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, warned on Tuesday that "the consequences could be really serious" if cities and states reopen the U.S. economy too quickly with the coronavirus still spreading.

White House virus trouble is microcosm of what America faces

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is increasingly looking like an imperfect microcosm of the challenges that all Americans face in keeping the coronavirus at bay as huge swaths of the nation move to reopen.

Skipping a mask, Trump says he's 'met the moment' on testing

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted his administration has "met the moment" and "prevailed" on coronavirus testing, even as the White House itself became a potent symbol of the risk facing Americans everywhere by belatedly ordering everyone who enters the West Wing to wear a mask.

Virus unleashes wave of fraud in US amid fear and scarcity

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 39-year-old former investment manager in Georgia was already facing federal charges that he robbed hundreds of retirees of their savings through a Ponzi scheme when the rapid spread of COVID-19 presented an opportunity.

Concern mounts that border measures threaten EU free travel

BRUSSELS (AP) — The future of ID-check free travel across 26 European countries is at risk if governments do not ease soon the emergency border restrictions they introduced to halt the spread of the coronavirus, European Union lawmakers and officials warned Tuesday.


Pelosi unveils $3T virus bill, warns inaction costs more

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package Tuesday, providing nearly $1 trillion for states and cities, "hazard pay" for essential workers and a new round of cash payments to individuals.

Highlights of Democrats' $3 trillion-plus virus relief bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House have unveiled a $3 trillion-plus coronavirus relief bill — the fifth coronavirus response legislation so far — and are planning to pass the measure on Friday. The legislation replenishes existing accounts to respond to both the COVID-19 health care crisis and to try to ease the economic impact of the pandemic, which has produced record job losses and fears of a depression.

Wall Street drops after reopening worries lead to late slide

Worries about the downside of reopening the economy too soon are weighing on markets, and Wall Street fell Tuesday to its biggest loss since the start of the month.

US government sees record monthly deficit of $737.9 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government piled up a record deficit in April, traditionally a month of big budget surpluses.

Why prospect of deflation could pose a threat to US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economic paralysis caused by the coronavirus led in April to the steepest month-to-month fall in U.S. consumer prices since the 2008 financial crisis — a 0.8% drop that was driven by a plunge in gasoline prices.

Consumer prices off by most since '08 as virus slows economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economic paralysis caused by the coronavirus led in April to the steepest month-to-month fall in U.S. consumer prices since the 2008 financial crisis — a 0.8% drop that was driven by a plunge in gasoline prices.

House rescue package includes $25 billion for Postal Service

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new coronavirus aid package released by House Democrats includes $25 billion for the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service, which is expected to run out of money by the end of September without additional support from Congress because it's losing so much revenue during the pandemic.

Cubicle comeback? Pandemic will reshape office life for good

LONDON (AP) — Office jobs are never going to be the same.

China suspends penalties on more US goods in trade truce

BEIJING (AP) — China suspended punitive tariffs on more U.S. goods including radar equipment for aviation Tuesday amid pressure from President Donald Trump to buy more imports as part of a truce in their trade war.

Business to Europe: Get busy on stimulus

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Major business groups in Germany, France and Italy are urging European governments to ramp up their joint fiscal stimulus efforts against the economic downturn cased by the virus outbreak, saying that the EU response "must be of an unprecedented scale."


Trump: Fed retiree fund should ban Chinese investments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has directed the U.S. federal employee retirement fund to scrap its plan to place more than $4 billion into Chinese investments, a move that comes as the president blames Beijing almost daily for not doing more to stop COVID-19 from spreading around the world.

Trump praise of 'tormented' Flynn raises pardon speculation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump voiced strong support Thursday for his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, raising speculation that a pardon may be coming after Flynn's lawyers disclosed internal FBI documents they claim show the FBI tried to "intentionally frame" him.

Bulging deficits may threaten prized Pentagon arms projects

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's $3 trillion effort to rescue the economy from the coronavirus crisis is stirring worry at the Pentagon. Bulging federal deficits may force a reversal of years of big defense spending gains and threaten prized projects like the rebuilding of the nation's arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Trump campaign fundraising slows for 2nd straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's fundraising pace slowed slightly for the second straight month as the nation reeled from the coronavirus outbreak.


Park: Crowds stayed manageable during reopening of Smokies

GATLINBURG (AP) — Crews had to rescue one hiker and dealt with congestion in a few popular places when the Great Smoky Mountains reopened over the weekend, but crowds stayed manageable, a park spokeswoman said Monday.


'Bullseye' target found at Nashville NAACP president's home

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville head of the NAACP said a police officer who responded to his home after a bullseye-like target appeared in his front yard dismissed his concerns.


Tennessee COVID-19 leader leaving for university adviser job

NASHVILLE (AP) — The head of Tennessee's COVID-19 team will step down at the end of the month to take a job with a university in South Carolina, Gov. Bill Lee announced.

Absentee ballots now available for eligible Tennesseans

NASHVILLE (AP) — Eligible Tennesseans can now request an absentee ballot to vote by mail in the Aug. 6 election, according to a news release from the Secretary of State's office.


New coronavirus test is imperfect step toward mass screening

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new type of coronavirus test offers a cheaper, quicker way to screen for infections, moving the U.S. toward the kind of mass screening that experts say is essential to returning millions of Americans to school and work.

White House recommends tests for all nursing home residents

WASHINGTON (AP) — With deaths mounting at the nation's nursing homes, the White House strongly recommended to governors Monday that all residents and staff at such facilities be tested for the coronavirus in the next two weeks.

Trump faces virus at White House amid push to 'reopen' US

WASHINGTON (AP) — As he encouraged the country to "reopen," President Donald Trump confronted cases of the coronavirus in the White House itself on Monday, spotlighting the challenge he faces in instilling confidence in a nation still reeling from the pandemic.

Twitter to label disputed COVID-19 tweets

Chicago (AP) — Twitter announced Monday it will warn users when a tweet contains disputed or misleading information about the coronavirus.

Quarantine fashion: Buyers ditch PJs for elevated loungewear

MIAMI (AP) — When Los Angeles-based fashion blogger Jacey Duprie finally emerged from days in sweats, changing into black jeans, an ankle-length camel sweater and Gucci loafers, she counted it as one of those "very big victories that used to be small victories."

AP-NORC poll: Majority disapprove of coronavirus protests

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans disapprove of protests against restrictions aimed at preventing the spread the coronavirus, according to a new poll that also finds the still-expansive support for such limits — including restaurant closures and stay-at-home orders — has dipped in recent weeks.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's perfect China 'ban,' death toll myths

WASHINGTON (AP) — Truth often takes a beating when President Donald Trump talks about his administration's response to the coronavirus and the subsequent death toll in the U.S. This past week was no exception.

Schumer calls on VA to explain use of unproven drug on vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat on Sunday called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why it allowed the use of an unproven drug on veterans for the coronavirus, saying patients may have been put at unnecessary risk.

Pence spends weekend at home after exposure to infected aide

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was self-isolating Sunday after an aide tested positive for the coronavirus last week, but he planned to return to the White House on Monday.


Tech stocks keep rallying, help keep Wall Street steady

Wall Street was split on Monday, as continued gains for technology and health care stocks helped cover up for more prevalent losses elsewhere.

Risk of reopening US economy too fast: A W-shaped recovery

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the coronavirus erupted in the United States, it triggered quarantines, travel curbs and business shutdowns. Many economists predicted a V-shaped journey for the economy: A sharp drop, then a quick bounce-back as the virus faded and the economy regained health.

Trump advisers cite need to stop 'permanent' economic toll

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of President Donald Trump's top economic advisers emphasized on Sunday the importance of states getting more businesses and offices open even as the pandemic makes its way to the White House complex, forcing three members of the administration's coronavirus task force into self-quarantine.

Chinese investment in US drops to lowest level since 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — China's direct investment in the United States fell last year to its lowest level since the Great Recession, even before the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of global commerce.

A distinct possibility: 'Temporary' layoffs may be permanent

WASHINGTON (AP) — In late March, Britney Ruby Miller, co-owner of a small chain of steakhouse restaurants, confidently proclaimed that once the viral outbreak had subsided, her company planned to recall all its laid-off workers.


Tennessee judges: It's OK to film clothed women in public

KINGSPORT (AP) — Three appeals court judges in Tennessee have ruled that it is not illegal to film women fully clothed in public without their permission.

Supreme Court appears divided in Catholic schools case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday seemed divided over how broadly religious institutions including schools, hospitals and social service centers should be shielded from job discrimination lawsuits by employees.


Nihill promoted as Titans team president Underwood retires

NASHVILLE (AP) — Burke Nihill has been promoted to Tennessee Titans president/CEO to replace Steve Underwood, who is retiring from a full-time role.


1 law firm gets lion's share of $112M in NFL concussion fees

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After years of infighting over $112 million in legal fees in the NFL concussion case, a federal appeals court has approved a plan that gives nearly half the money to a single law firm.

Catholic schools, ex-teachers clash in Supreme Court case

WASHINGTON (AP) — First, Kristen Biel learned she had breast cancer. Then, after she told the Catholic school where she taught that she'd need time off for treatment, she learned her teaching contract wouldn't be renewed.

Tennessee AG opposes push to delay executions due to virus

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general is opposing motions to delay executions scheduled in August and October due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Judge blocks Tennessee from implementing voucher program

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee judge on Thursday blocked the state from implementing a contentious school voucher program just days after ruling the program unconstitutional.


Nashville closing 8 streets to promote social distancing

In an effort to provide additional outdoor space for walking, running and biking, the city of Nashville is unveiling 4.5 miles of temporary street closures in eight Nashville neighborhoods. The effort is a collaboration between Metro Public Works, the office of Mayor John Cooper, and the Metro Planning Department. The closures, which will apply to thru traffic, will allow local residents to spend time outside while maintaining 6 feet of physical distance from their neighbors. Streets will remain open to local traffic, including deliveries. Signage will be put in place beginning tomorrow, May 9th.


Tennessee providing virus patient info to first responders

NASHVILLE (AP) — The names and addresses of Tennesseans who have tested positive for COVID-19 are being provided to first responders, law enforcement and paramedics under a state agreement deemed necessary to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.


White House to direct supply of COVID drug amid access fears

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to head off another chaotic scramble for scarce supplies, the White House said Friday it will step in to help coordinate distribution of the first drug that appears to help some COVID-19 patients recover faster.

Lawyers: Investigators recommend whistleblower is reinstated

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators have found "reasonable grounds" that a government whistleblower was punished for opposing widespread use of an unproven drug that President Donald Trump touted as a remedy for COVID-19, his lawyers said Friday.

Poll: Most in US back curbing in-person worship amid virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — While the White House looks ahead to reopening houses of worship, most Americans think in-person religious services should be barred or allowed only with limits during the coronavirus pandemic — and only about a third say that prohibiting in-person services violates religious freedom, a new poll finds.

Trump 'not sure we even have a choice' on reopening states

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was continuing his push to get states reopened as he praised another Republican governor for rolling back state coronavirus restrictions while welcoming that governor, Greg Abbott of Texas, to the White House. That reopening comes despite Texas failing to meet the administration's recommended benchmarks.

Dead taxpayers got relief checks. Can survivors keep them?

President Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin — and now the IRS — are urging people who received coronavirus relief payments for a deceased taxpayer to return the money to the government.

UN: Live animal markets shouldn't be closed despite virus

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization said Friday that although a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan selling live animals likely played a significant role in the emergence of the new coronavirus, it does not recommend that such markets be shut down globally.


Stocks rise on hopes that awful jobs report marks the bottom

Wall Street brushed off a record-breaking report of job losses and pushed higher Friday as investors reckoned that the very worst of the economic pain caused by the coronavirus pandemic may be passing.

Job market meltdown hits most vulnerable workers hardest

BALTIMORE (AP) — As the coronavirus rampaged across the U.S. economy, it slashed a cruel path of job losses, reduced hours and hardships for America's most vulnerable workers.

Lost your job? Here's what you need to know

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 33.5 million Americans have lost their jobs and applied for unemployment benefits in the past 7 weeks — a stunning record high that reflects the near-complete shutdown of the U.S. economy.

US unemployment surges to a Depression-era level of 14.7%

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus crisis has sent the U.S. unemployment rate surging to 14.7%, a level last seen when the country was in the throes of the Depression and President Franklin D. Roosevelt was assuring Americans that the only thing to fear was fear itself.

Dems eye money for smaller cities, towns in next virus bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eyeing a major expansion of federal assistance, top Democrats are promising that small- to medium-sized cities and counties and small towns that were left out of four prior coronavirus bills will receive hundreds of billions of dollars in the next one.

US, China trade envoys promise 'favorable conditions'

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators promised to create "favorable conditions" for carrying out a truce in their governments' tariff war during a phone call Friday, an official Chinese news agency reported.

America's business of prisons thrives even amid a pandemic

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As factories and other businesses remain shuttered across America, people in prisons in at least 40 states continue going to work. Sometimes they earn pennies an hour, or nothing at all, making masks and hand sanitizer to help guard others from the coronavirus.


Trump praises Barr for dropping Flynn's Trump-Russia case

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abrupt about-face, the Justice Department said it is dropping the criminal case against President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, abandoning a prosecution that became a rallying cry for the president and his supporters in attacking the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation.

Prominent lawyer, Trump donor representing Biden accuser

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer who alleged Joe Biden sexually assaulted her 27 years ago, is being represented by a prominent lawyer and political donor to President Donald Trump's 2016 Republican campaign.


Tennessee paid more than than $850M to unemployed in April

MEMPHIS (AP) — Unemployed people in Tennessee received more than $850 million in benefits in April, state officials said, as the number of jobless surged with employers letting go hundreds of thousands of workers during the new coronavirus outbreak response.


Unanimous Supreme Court throws out 'Bridgegate' convictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court on Thursday threw out the convictions of two political insiders involved in the "Bridgegate"  scandal that ultimately derailed the 2016 presidential bid of then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The justices found evidence of deception, corruption and abuse of power in the scheme, but said "not every corrupt act by state or local officials is a federal crime."


US won't seek recall of millions of Takata air bag inflators

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's highway safety agency will not force automakers to recall millions of newer Takata air bag inflators, citing industry research that shows the devices are safe.


Smoky Mountains National Park to reopen over weekend

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Great Smoky Mountains National Park becomes one of the country's first national parks to reopen Saturday, some of its most popular trails will remain off limits.


Nashville to begin 1st economic reopening phase on Monday

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville will slowly begin reopening its economy next week amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Thursday.


AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely declares kids safe from virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is falsely suggesting that children are safe from the coronavirus as he pushes to reopen the country now and schools in the summer or fall.

Trump valet has coronavirus; president again tests negative

WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the military serving as one of President Donald Trump's valets has tested positive for the coronavirus, the White House said Thursday. It said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have since tested negative for the virus and "remain in good health."

Store workers become enforcers of social distancing rules

NEW YORK (AP) — Sandy Jensen's customer-service job at a Sam's Club in Fullerton, California, normally involves checking member ID cards at the door and answering questions. But the coronavirus has turned her into a kind of store sheriff.

AP Exclusive: US shelves detailed guide to reopening country

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Trump administration has shelved a document created by the nation's top disease investigators with step-by-step advice to local authorities on how and when to reopen restaurants and other public places during the still-raging coronavirus outbreak.

Virus hospitalization is new barrier to military enlistment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department has begun barring the enlistment of would-be military recruits who have been hospitalized for the coronavirus, unless they get a special medical waiver.

Travel crushed by virus; mortgage availability worsens

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.


Stocks rise on hope that worst of economic plunge has passed

Even with the economy still in miserable shape, some investors are finding reasons to hope the worst of the plunge may have passed, and Wall Street rallied to its biggest gain in a week on Thursday.

Uber loses $2.9 billion, offloads bike and scooter business

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber lost $2.9 billion in the first quarter as its overseas investments were hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, but the company is looking to its growing food delivery business as well as aggressive cost-cutting to ease the pain.

US consumer borrowing falls for first time since 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer borrowing fell in March for the first time in more than eight years, with the category covering credit cards dropping by the largest amount in over three decades, the Federal Reserve reported Thursday.

33 million have sought US unemployment aid since virus hit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3.2 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the business shutdowns caused by the viral outbreak deepened the worst U.S. economic catastrophe in decades.

US productivity drops sharp 2.5% in Q1 as labor costs rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity fell a sharp 2.5% in the first three months of this year, the biggest decline since 2015, with labor costs jumping 4.8%.

Global luxury goods sales to slide up to 35% - study

SOAVE, Italy (AP) — The global luxury goods sector is heading for a stunning collapse of up to 35% this year due to coronavirus lockdowns, according to a new study by the Bain consultancy published Thursday.

Neiman Marcus becomes 2nd major retailer to seek Chapter 11

NEW YORK (AP) — Neiman Marcus has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the first department store chain and second major retailer to be toppled by the coronavirus pandemic.


Official: Strict US border policy may remain as virus eases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S, policy of quickly expelling migrants apprehended along the Mexican border may have to stay in place even after coronavirus quarantine restrictions ease around the country, a Trump administration official said Thursday.

Senate fails to override Trump veto on Iran conflict

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has failed in its bid to block President Donald Trump from engaging in further military action against Iran without first seeking approval from the legislative branch.

GOP leader names picks for House panel overseeing virus aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday named five Republicans, including his top deputy and one of Congress' most combative defenders of President Donald Trump, to a new panel tracking federal coronavirus and economic relief spending.

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