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VOL. 41 | NO. 18 | Friday, May 05, 2017

Builders, buyers discover hidden gem in White House

Once-sleepy town hits growth spurt as home prices surge elsewhere

Erin Robertson, 30, and her husband, Joel, 34, moved to White House in 2013, drawn to the rural nature of the small city far removed from traffic and crowds but close enough to I-65 they can get to Nashville or Bowling Green fairly quickly.

One-light town going through big changes

Anyone looking to buy a home in Sumner County probably has already discovered three facts: existing inventory is low, new construction is what’s available, and a buyer’s best bet is White House.

What it means to straddle two counties

Like Goodlettsville, Brentwood and a few other cities in Middle Tennessee, White House is located in two different counties. But does it really matter which side – Sumner or Robertson – a business or resident falls on?

Watkins College designs a fresh approach

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is executing a rebranding campaign that reintroduces the 131-year old school as a bold and decisive player in the world of elite art schools.

‘Wacky’ silos a nod to Watkins creativity

The most recent example of creative flair at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film took place recently when the school unveiled its new Silo Studios, 5,000-square-feet of studio space for graduating seniors to use while working on their final year theses.

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EVENTS

Elder Law Expo and Workshop. Free educational workshops for the community specifically designed for health care professionals working with seniors, family caregivers caring for seniors and anyone who would like to learn more about healthcare and the law pertaining to the needs of seniors. Registration required. Topics Thursday include: “What on Earth is Elder Law?” Jake Mason, Atty., Heritage Law Group, 10 a.m.; Dementia, Aging & Memory Loss”, Megan Mason, MD, St. Thomas Medical Partners, 11 a.m.; Physiological Changes in Older Adults and the Role of Exercise/Physical Activity in Prevention of Falls and Physical Decline”, Todd Jenkins, Exercise Physiologist, Tristar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, 1 p.m.; “Healthcare and the Law”, Deborah R. Farringer, Assistant Professor of Law, Belmont University College of Law, 2 p.m. Volunteer State Community College, Humanities Building, 1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin. Complimentary Lunch. Register and learn more: www.heritagelawtn.com

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Why rebrand?

Why do companies, organizations or individual professionals rebrand? Is it really necessary, and why is so much attention paid to considerations such as fonts and colors? The Ledger asked two national rebranding experts to explain.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Forrest kerfuffle might be sign of bigger problem

Legislation that slipped through the House of Representatives honoring an unknown author who penned a Nathan Bedford Forrest apologist biography was enabled by the climate within the Republican-controlled body, a Memphis legislator says.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Stay out of the attic. It’s a dangerous up there

Last week, word spread that a woman who was walking about her attic had fallen through the ceiling and onto the floor below. She experienced a mean fall that injured several vertebrae and opened a gash in her scalp that required several staples to close.

REAL ESTATE

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for April 2017

April 2017 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate edges down to 4.02 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates barely moved this week after rising last week for the first time in five weeks. The benchmark 30-year rate remained above the key threshold of 4 percent.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Robinson gives Mariota weapons for success

Just when we think we’ve figured out Titans G.M. Jon Robinson, he reinvents himself. On the first night of the recent NFL draft, we assumed Robinson would play it safe, trading the No. 5 overall pick to acquire more draft capital.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans draft about more than physical skills

It’s easy to look at the Tennessee Titans’ 2017 draft and conclude General Manager Jon Robinson drafted for need.

Titans part ways with coordinator of college scouting

We would be remiss if we let this draft get away without paying some sort of respect to long-time Titans scout and front office executive Blake Beddingfield, who was shown the door Monday after 18 years with the organization.

NEWSMAKERS

Adams and Reese picks new partner in charge

Adams and Reese Government Relations Team leader Brad A. Lampley has been named partner in charge of the firm’s Nashville office.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF: Open-air driving with structure

Car shoppers looking for a Mazda Miata coupe have a new choice for 2017: the new Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, with a targa-looking, power hard top.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Make 2017 the year you fully embrace video

If marketers had a zodiac calendar, we might call 2017 “The Year of the Video.” Online video is enjoying the spotlight, due in part to its increasingly crucial role in social media, and consumption is also at an all-time high. That is a definite plus for video marketing.

CAREER CORNER

First-job gap: Skills vs. requirements

You’ve made it through four years of college. Now what? Getting your first job after graduation can feel like a daunting task. We have such high hopes of finding the perfect career quickly and easily – until we hit a wall. Based on a recent Wall Street Journal piece, many college graduates can relate.

PREDATORS

Ducks' reward for Game 7 win is date with Rinne and Preds

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks finally cleared a major psychological hurdle with their gritty Game 7 victory over Edmonton on Wednesday night. After four consecutive years of failure in winner-take-all showdowns, they stood up to an upstart opponent and finished a series strong.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee state park outsourcing push draws no bidders

NASHVILLE (AP) — A push by Gov. Bill Haslam's administration to outsource hospitality services at a Tennessee state park has drawn no bidders.

COURTS

Lesbian couple get divorce after politically charged battle

NASHVILLE (AP) — A judge has granted a divorce decree to a lesbian couple after a custody battle that was targeted by dozens of conservative Tennessee lawmakers who tried to intervene in the case.

MIDSTATE

2 projects announced for improvements at Clarksville's Swan Lake

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials have announced two projects to improve Swan Lake, an attraction at Dunbar Cave State Park in Clarksville.

HEALTH CARE

ACA exchanges grow thinner with Aetna leaving for 2018

While Republicans rewrite the Affordable Care Act in Washington, the immediate future of the law has grown hazier with the nation's third-largest health insurer saying that it will completely divorce itself from state-based insurance exchanges.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan annual profit rises on strong US, China, Europe sales

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co.'s profit rose by 27 percent in the fiscal year that ended in March to 663.5 billion yen ($5.8 billion), as strong sales in the U.S., China and Europe and the sale of its stake in a parts maker offset damage from the strong yen, the company said Thursday.

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-year mortgage rate ticks up to 4.05 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates inched higher this week. The benchmark 30-year rate remained above the key threshold of 4 percent.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks slide in morning trading; oil heads higher

U.S. stocks were broadly lower in morning trading Thursday as investors sized up the latest batch of earnings reports from retailers and other companies. Real estate stocks fell the most. Oil prices headed higher.

Claims for US unemployment aid fall by 2,000 to 236,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought jobless benefits last week, and the number of people collecting unemployment checks felt to the lowest level since 1988 — more evidence the U.S. job market remains strong.

Wholesale prices jumped in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation at the wholesale level jumped in April by the largest amount in three months, fueled by rising prices of food and energy.

Lower sales drag down Macy's profit, results miss forecast

NEW YORK (AP) — Lower sales dragged down Macy's profit during the first quarter as customers' habits shift to more online shopping and retail locations lose traffic.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Comey's firing: Trump frustration finally boiled into action

WASHINGTON (AP) — For weeks, President Donald Trump had been seething.

GOP concerns on Trump and Comey pose threat to their agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several Republican senators are questioning the timing of President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. But even as the issue emerges as a potential distraction from the GOP's legislative agenda, most are dismissing Democratic calls for a special counsel, and their hand-wringing looks unlikely to lead to any concrete action.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 10
STATE LEGISLATURE

Legislature wraps up session without increasing contribution limit

The Legislature wrapped up its business for the year, adjourning Wednesday after taking up a spate of last-minute bills, including postponing a bill increasing the amount of campaign contributions lawmakers could accept.

Fitzhugh's K-12 bill passes House will have to wait a year in Senate

House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh pushed his K-12 education fund to passage Tuesday, but the possibility of funding and Senate approval will have to wait until 2018.

Tennessee lawmakers make late session push on final bills

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers nearly checked off the last of their lingering legislative priorities Tuesday, as they moved to require metal detectors for gun-banning city facilities and pushed to let older adults without a college degree or certificate attend community college for free.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee reinstates teacher convicted of statutory rape

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee State Board of Education has reinstated the teaching license of a former teacher who pleaded guilty to the statutory rape of a student in 2007.

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW chairman defends decision not to publish probe results

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen's board chairman has defended the decision not to publish results of the investigation it commissioned into its scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests, saying it could expose the company to legal risks.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks rise as energy companies rally with oil prices

NEW YORK (AP) — Energy companies jumped with the price of oil Wednesday, but overall, stocks finished only slightly higher as a quiet week of trading continued.

Federal government records $182.4 billion budget surplus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government ran the second highest monthly surplus on record this April as tax revenues were pushed higher by a change in the deadline for corporate tax payments.

Tesla CEO says company to start selling solar roof tiles

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla will soon begin selling solar roof tiles.

Postal Service, citing losses, seeks higher stamp prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is hoping it can soon raise stamp prices by a penny or more.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Republicans question Trump's firing of FBI director

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a dozen Republican senators voiced concerns Wednesday over President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, in a series of statements suggesting the GOP was not yet prepared to close ranks behind its president. But most Republicans also refused to embrace Democratic calls for a special counsel and it was not clear their hand-wringing would result in any action.

Comey sought more Russia probe resources before firing

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the days before his firing by President Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey told U.S. lawmakers he had asked the Justice Department for more resources to pursue the bureau's investigation into Russia's interference in last year's presidential election, three U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Senate blocks move to overturn Obama-era rule on drilling

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprising win for environmentalists and Democrats and a blow to the fossil-fuel industry, the Senate on Wednesday failed in a bid to reverse an Obama-era regulation restricting harmful methane emissions that escape from oil and gas wells on federal land.

Trump defends Comey firing, says both parties will thank him

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump defended his firing of FBI Director James Comey, asserting in a flurry of tweets Wednesday that Republicans and Democrats "will be thanking me." Trump did not mention any effect the firing might have on the probe into contacts between his 2016 campaign and Russia.

AP Analysis: Trump thrusts US presidency into perilous area

WASHINGTON (AP) — With his shocking dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, Donald Trump is propelling the presidency into rarely traversed territory.

Key moments that led up to FBI Director Comey's firing

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly fired James Comey as director of the FBI in the midst of the law enforcement agency's investigation into whether Trump's presidential campaign was connected to Russian meddling in the election. In a letter to Comey, Trump said the dismissal was necessary to restore the public's trust and confidence.


TUESDAY, MAY 9
MUSIC INDUSTRY

Keith Urban, Ballerini, Rhett top contenders at CMT Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban lead the 2017 CMT Music Awards nominations with four each, including nods in the video of the year and social superstar categories.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Senate punts on Nashville-only short-term rentals bill

A day after the House targeted Nashville with a tough bill on short-term rentals, the Senate deferred action on legislation blocking the Metro Council from enacting any prohibitions.

House votes to amend Constitution to state rights come from God

The House of Representatives took the first legislative step Monday toward rewriting the state Constitution with a measure recognizing liberties come from Almighty God rather than governments.

Tennessee Senate passes $37B spending plan for next year

The state Senate approved a $37 billion budget Monday complete with the governor’s IMPROVE Act package of fuel tax increases and tax reductions.

Tennessee House votes against online sales tax requirement

NASHVILLE (AP) — An effort to require large online retailers to collect sales taxes on items bought in Tennessee has been stripped out of a bill on the House floor.

Same-sex couples sue over Tennessee 'natural meaning' law

NASHVILLE (AP) — Four married lesbian couples expecting children through artificial insemination filed a lawsuit Monday over concerns that a new Tennessee statute requiring use of the "natural and ordinary meaning" of words in state law could strip them of their rights as parents.

Bill to allow suburban lawmakers to stay in hotels fails

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill seeking to allow state lawmakers who live within 50 miles of the Capitol to be reimbursed for occasional hotel stays in Nashville has been removed from consideration for the year.

MIDSTATE

Longtime former Montgomery County Sheriff Smith dies

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — Authorities say former longtime Montgomery County Sheriff Billy R. Smith has died.

SPORTS

Tennessee senior associate AD Ward stepping down this summer

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee senior associate athletic director Mike Ward has announced he will be stepping down this summer.

COURTS

US Appeals court holds crisis bailout of AIG lawful

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld as lawful the government's bailout of American International Group in the heat of the financial crisis. It overturned a lower-court decision favoring the insurance giant's former CEO.

HEALTH CARE

Blue Cross Blue Shield now willing to cover Knoxville area

NASHVILLE (AP) — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee has reversed course and decided that it is willing to offer Obamacare insurance plans in the Knoxville area in 2018.

Senate GOP discussing health overhaul's Medicaid provisions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans trying to craft a health care overhaul discussed Tuesday how to ease provisions in the House-passed bill phasing out President Barack Obama's expansion of Medicaid. On television talk shows and congressional town hall meetings, meanwhile, attention on the GOP drive to repeal Obama's law showed no signs of fading.

Senate Dems ask GOP to drop their plan to repeal 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats asked Republicans Tuesday to drop their bid to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, offering to help improve the nation's health care system if they did. On television talk shows and congressional town hall meetings, the GOP drive showed no signs of fading from public view.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Nasdaq sets another record; energy stocks hold back S&P 500

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nasdaq composite index ticked higher to another record Tuesday, but a drop by energy stocks held other indexes back.

Trump's '8th wonder of the world' sold for fraction of cost

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump wrote "The Art Of The Deal," but it was Florida's Seminole Indians who made a truly amazing deal to buy the opulent casino built by the man who is now president of the United States.

AP FACT CHECK: No, manufacturing and coal are not rebounding

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wants to show that his economic vision of America — making products again, raising great buildings and mining coal — is already coming true, despite the lack of legislation powering that dream. So when the latest jobs report came out, the White House eagerly trumpeted the robust results. But it was out of tune.

Job openings increase slightly in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steady job growth has left U.S. employers with an increasingly shallow pool of unemployed workers to consider hiring, something that could lead to faster wage gains.

Chaos at Florida airport after Spirit cancels 9 flights

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Irate passengers swarmed ticket counters and some started a near-riot at Fort Lauderdale's airport after Spirit Airlines canceled nine flights, blaming the decision on pilots' failure to show up.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump delaying decision on Paris climate deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is delaying a decision on whether to withdraw from the landmark international climate deal struck in Paris under the Obama administration.

Fiscal discipline? Not now, as GOP pushes tax cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans relentlessly complained about big budget deficits during Democratic President Barack Obama's two terms, but now a growing number in the GOP are pushing for deep tax cuts even if they add to the government's $20 trillion debt.

Kushner firm apologizes for reference to White House ties

WASHINGTON (AP) — Plenty can go wrong when foreign money mixes with immigration green cards, real estate deals and political connections.

Kushner emerged as conduit for Canada on NAFTA talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the day the White House threatened to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, emerged as a key conduit between the United States and Canada.


MONDAY, MAY 8
STATE LEGISLATURE

Bill requiring one hour of PE for TN students fails after dropped ball

Legislation requiring one hour of physical education per week for elementary students stumbled and fell Monday when it hit a procedural hurdle.

PREDATORS

Predators can rest after clinching first-ever Western finals berth

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators may have been the last team in the Western Conference this postseason. Now they're the NHL's first team to reach a conference final.

HEALTH CARE

Health care fight shifts to Senate, where GOP wants a reboot

WASHINGTON (AP) — It took plenty of blood, sweat and tears for Republican leaders to finally push their health care bill through the House last week. Don't expect the process to be less complicated in the Senate, though more of the angst in that more decorous chamber will likely be behind closed doors.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook removes accounts in fight against fake news

LONDON (AP) — Facebook says it has deleted tens of thousands of accounts in Britain ahead of the June 8 general election in a drive to battle fake news.

Comcast, Charter Communications step into wireless together

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast and Charter have agreed to cooperate on upcoming cellphone services as both cable companies face growing threats from national wireless carriers such as AT&T and Verizon.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

All is calm: US stock indexes nudge again to record highs

NEW YORK (AP) — A turn higher in the last few minutes of trading was enough to nudge U.S. indexes to more record highs Monday as fear seemed to drain out of the market.

Nashville Fox 17 parent to buy Tribune Media, expanding its local TV reach

NEW YORK (AP) — Sinclair Broadcast Group, already the nation's largest local TV station operator, wants to be even bigger.

Coach's bling fling, will spend $2.4B on Kate Spade

NEW YORK (AP) — Coach will spend $2.4 billion for Kate Spade, tying together two premier brands in the luxury goods sector that have fought to snare younger shoppers.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump administration hollows out EPA science integrity board

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will not reappoint half the expert members of a board that advises the Environmental Protection Agency on the integrity of its science. The decision is the latest in a series of moves that could benefit polluters.

Trump: His support for black colleges remains 'unwavering'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Sunday that his support for historically black colleges and universities remains "unwavering."


FRIDAY, MAY 5
STATE LEGISLATURE

Green out as Trump's pick for Army secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican state senator from Tennessee picked by President Donald Trump to be Army secretary has withdrawn from consideration.

Governor signs Tennessee 'natural and ordinary' meaning bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation requiring words in Tennessee law to be interpreted as having their "natural and ordinary meaning." Gay rights groups call it a sneaky way of denying same-sex couples the legal rights and protections granted to a "husband," a "wife," a "father" or "mother."

Call for moving James K. Polk's body put off until next year

NASHVILLE (AP) — A resolution calling for the body of President James K. Polk to be exhumed from the grounds of the Tennessee Capitol won't be taken up in the state House this session.

Thursday's acrimony is Friday lovefest: House passes $37B budget

Putting a day of acrimony behind it, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a $37 billion budget plan, stripping away nearly $320 million in amendments placed on it the previous day.

House GOP resolves differences over spending plan

NASHVILLE (AP) — House Republicans have resolved their differences over the state's $37 billion annual spending plan.

Tennessee House adjourns amid budget chaos

The House of Representatives adjourned in apparent disarray today after arguing over amendments to $37 billion budget plan, some saying discord stemmed from votes on the governor’s IMPROVE Act.

Tennessee House OKs tightened amusement park safety rules

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee could soon tighten amusement park safety regulations after people were injured on rides in two incidents last year.

Senate OKs 23 hours of alcohol sales at 2 Nashville bars

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two Nashville bars could serve alcohol for 23 hours a day in a bill passed by the Tennessee Senate.

Tennessee lawmakers approve optional 'In God We Trust' tags

NASHVILLE (AP) — The House has given final approval to a bill that would allow Tennessee drivers to choose license plates with the phrase "In God We Trust" on them.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee tourism officials: Visitors up 4.4 percent in 2016

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee tourism officials say 110 million people visited the state last year, a 4.4 percent jump from 2015.

NASHVILLE AREA

Judge Moreland pleads not guilty to corruption charges

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee judge facing federal charges has entered a plea of not guilty to federal charges that stemmed from an investigation that he helped a woman with her legal troubles in exchange for sex.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Jerry Garcia's guitar truckin' to auction, could fetch $1M

NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Garcia's custom-made guitar is truckin' to auction in New York City.

Shunned by radio, women in Nashville embrace outlaw status

NASHVILLE (AP) — As a member of the country trio Pistol Annies, singer-songwriter Angaleena Presley often got questions about the lack of women on country radio, which she responded to with a safe sound bite about musical trends being cyclical and being hopeful for change.

MIDSTATE

Investigation finds officer justified in shooting suspect

LEBANON (AP) — A prosecutor says the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has concluded an officer was justified in shooting a suspect after a high-speed chase in March.

Tennessee sheriff sentenced to 50 months in e-cig scheme

NASHVILLE (AP) — A jailed Tennessee sheriff has been sentenced to about four years in prison for charges related to profiting from the sale of electronic cigarettes to inmates.

COURTS

Jury awards record-setting $110.5M in baby powder lawsuit

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis jury has awarded a Virginia woman a record-setting $110.5 million in the latest lawsuit alleging that using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused cancer.

HEALTH CARE

Trump: Australian universal health care system better than US

BRANCHBURG, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump's praise of Australia's government-funded health care system has raised the ire of Sen. Bernie Sanders, a leading advocate of such single-payer systems.

House repeal of 'Obamacare' hands hot potato to wary Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are claiming a triumph by pushing their legislative centerpiece scuttling much of President Barack Obama's health care law through the House. It was a perilous journey, and its Senate pathway will be at least as bumpy with little doubt the measure will change, assuming it survives.

Anthem asks Supreme Court to review blocked Cigna deal

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health insurer Anthem is not ready to give up its $48-billlion bid for rival Cigna and now hopes to find a favorable audience in the U.S. Supreme Court.

House OKs GOP health bill, a step toward Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Relieved Republicans muscled their health care bill through the House Thursday, taking their biggest step toward dismantling the Obama health care overhaul since Donald Trump took office. They won passage only after overcoming their own divisions that nearly sank the measure six weeks ago.

Pre-existing conditions and the health plan: Who's covered?

The Republican push to replace the Affordable Care Act was revived this week in Congress by a small change to their plan designed to combat concerns over coverage for those with pre-existing health problems.

AUTO INDUSTRY

US probes complaints of brake problems on Nissan Murano SUVs

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's highway safety agency is investigating complaints that the brakes can malfunction on some Nissan SUVs.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

After jobs report, a late push takes stocks to new records

NEW YORK (AP) — A solid pickup in hiring last month helped push the stock market to record highs Friday. The gains were driven by energy, technology and industrial companies.

Punching in past 65: Older-worker rate highest since 1962

NEW YORK (AP) — Retire by your mid-60s? How 1960s.

US employers add strong 211,000 jobs; unemployment 4.4 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring in the United States rebounded in April as employers added a brisk 211,000 jobs, a sign that the economy's slump in the first three months of the year could prove temporary.

Looking for a job? These 5 areas are doing the most hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) — By many measures the job market is in its best shape since before the Great Recession. The unemployment rate is just 4.4 percent, its lowest level in a decade. Employers have added a solid average of 186,000 jobs a month over the past year.

Buffett's investors facing more resolutions, like many firms

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Before billionaire Warren Buffett takes the stage Saturday to spend hours answering at his conglomerate's annual meeting, his investors had to weigh questions about climate change and disclosing political contributions.

Fannie Mae posts $2.8B net income in Q1; $2.8B dividend

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage giant Fannie Mae posted net income of $2.8 billion for the first quarter, an increase from a year earlier for the government-controlled company.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Congress finishes spending bill, sends legislation to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has delivered to President Donald Trump the first significant legislation of his presidency, a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would keep the government running through September — putting off, for now, battles over Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall and his promised military buildup.

GOP-led House panel votes to overhaul Dodd-Frank

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans took a major step toward their long-promised goal of unwinding the stricter financial rules created after the 2008 crisis, pushing forward sweeping legislation that would undo much of President Barack Obama's landmark banking law.

Trump to weaken IRS rule against church political activity

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is seeking to further weaken enforcement of an IRS rule barring churches and tax-exempt groups from endorsing political candidates, in a long-anticipated executive order on religious freedom that has disappointed some of his supporters.

Trump to visit Israel, the Vatican and Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first foreign trip will include stops in Israel, the Vatican and Saudi Arabia before visits to NATO and a summit in Italy.