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VOL. 40 | NO. 24 | Friday, June 10, 2016

Nashville's visionary against bigotry

Renata Soto’s work empowers immigrants and unifies the city

If Renata Soto needs encouragement in a world filled with fear or distrust of immigrants and refugees, she need only look as far as the people coming to Casa Azafrán to find their place in America.

Soto shrugs off ‘snub’ by state lawmakers

Conexión Américas Executive Director Renata Soto doesn’t dwell on the state Senate’s rejection of a resolution honoring her as chair of the National Council of La Raza.

International corridor continues to develop

When Renata Soto talks about the evolution surrounding Casa Azafrán, she can’t help but mention the variety of cuisine in South Nashville.


Estate sale pickers get piece of picker’s life

By the time the antique dealer from Leiper’s Fork finishes digging and winching to freedom the bronze statue that Tammy Wynette had installed decades ago in the red dirt of this Oak Hill front yard, I had talked about The Beverly Hillbillies, admired the office and desk where Louise Scruggs spent a day chasing Bob Dylan for me and culled through Earl Scruggs’ record collection with the thoughtful guidance of one of Nashville’s best upright bassists.

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Real Estate Investors Network. Williamson County Lunch. Rehabbers, builders, commercial, mini-storage, wholesalers, private lenders, transaction funders, hard-money lenders, bankers, title attorneys, Realtors and vendors discuss deals, the state of the market and how they can help each other prosper. Thursday, 11:30 a.m., First Watch, 1000 Meridian Blvd, Suite 118, Franklin. Information: www.reintn.org. Some additional June opportunities:

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Sellers buck trend, avoid pre-inspection

Anyone considering selling a home in the near future should be aware of some new trends and take heed as things pertain to inspections.


Health care funds leaving Tennessee for other states

Adam Nickas, the new executive director of Tennesseans for a Responsible Future, is looking for a sweeping plan to catch some 280,000 people who fall into a health-care coverage gap across the state.


Truxton Trust welcomes Knight

Truxton Trust announces Kimberly (Kim) J. Knight, CTP, AAP, has joined the firm as senior vice president, Treasury Management sales officer.


Safety, technology upgraded in '16 Focus hatchback

Ford’s jack-of-all-trades Focus hatchback has been upgraded for 2016 with a racy RS model, new safety features and a more responsive voice-recognition system for making phone calls and sending texts.


Expect new defensive tricks from veteran LeBeau

When Dick LeBeau entered the NFL as a player in 1959, the Houston Oilers were just a glint in Bud Adams’ eye.


Part 1: Golf game becomes as serious as a heart attack

I was 50 when I died. April 21, 2002. I can’t forget the date.


Create professional image with updated logo

It seems 2015 was a big year for new logos. Several companies, including IHOP, OpenTable, Turner Broadcasting, Spike TV and Google made some sort of change last year.


Volkswagen to launch more electric cars after diesel scandal

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen plans to ramp up its offerings of electric vehicles as it fights to bounce back from a scandal over diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests.


Average US 30-year mortgage falls to 3.54 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week amid continued global economic concerns.


Applications for US unemployment aid rise to still-low level

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week, but to a low level that indicates employers are still cutting relatively few jobs.

US consumer prices climbed in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices rose a moderate amount in May, driven up by rising energy costs and the biggest increase in shelter costs in more than nine years.

Stock indexes fall yet again as British vote looms

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were declining for a sixth day Thursday as investors continued to brace for next week's vote on whether Britain would remain a member of the European Union. Japanese stocks plunged 3 percent after the Bank of Japan decided not to increase its economic stimulus efforts.

Shanghai Disneyland opens with hopes cash will rain down

SHANGHAI (AP) — Walt Disney Co. opened Shanghai Disneyland, its first theme park in mainland China, with a lavish celebration Thursday featuring Communist Party leaders, a children's choir, Sleeping Beauty and other Disney characters.

Macy's reaches tentative deal with union

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's says it has reached a tentative deal with the union representing workers at its flagship store in New York City, avoiding a strike.


Haslam still not prepared to endorse Trump after meeting

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam still isn't ready to endorse Donald Trump after a New York meeting he helped organize with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.


Nashville schools vote to sue state over education funding

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools board has voted to sue Tennessee for a greater share in education funding.

Nashville airport sets single-day departures record

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nashville International Airport set a record this week for the highest number of single-day departures in its history.

Southern Baptists oppose Confederate flag, talk racial unity

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday urged Christians to stop displaying the Confederate battle flag, recognizing that it is perceived by many as a "symbol of hatred, bigotry and racism" that offends millions of people.


Toyota gets bullish on plug-in hybrids with new Prius Prime

TOKYO (AP) — A top engineer at Toyota says the Japanese automaker plans to get as bullish as its rivals in pushing plug-in hybrids with the introduction of its new Prius Prime.

5 questions for retiring GM design chief Ed Welburn

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — During a visit to the Philadelphia Auto Show, 9-year-old Ed Welburn was spellbound by the 1959 Cadillac Cyclone, with its big fins and rocket-like front cones. Then and there, he vowed to become a designer for General Motors Co.


Report: New evidence of rising 'Obamacare' premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums for popular low-cost medical plans under the federal health care law are expected to go up an average of 11 percent next year, said a study that reinforced reports of sharp increases around the country in election season.


Fed leaves rates unchanged; no hint on timing of next hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates unchanged in light of an uncertain job market and offering no hints of when its next rate hike might occur.

A late decline erases gains for US stock market indexes

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market fell for a fifth straight day Wednesday as investors set aside the Federal Reserve's interest rate decision and remained focused on next week's vote on whether Britain will remain in the European Union.

Strike looming at Macy's iconic New York store

NEW YORK (AP) — Workers at Macy's flagship store in New York City are threatening to strike if contract negotiations fail.

US industrial output fell in May; auto production plummeted

WASHINGTON (AP) — Falling auto production fueled a broader decline in U.S. industrial output in May, a potentially worrying sign that manufacturers face economic challenges.

US producer prices up 0.4 percent in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices charged by U.S. producers rose at the fastest pace in four months, driven higher by the biggest monthly increase in energy prices in a year.


Haslam names Parker to head Tennessee Correction Department

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has named longtime state prisons official Tony Parker as the new commissioner of the Department of Correction.


Elvis producer Lincoln 'Chips' Moman dies at 79

NASHVILLE (AP) - Lincoln "Chips" Moman, a Memphis producer, musician and songwriter who helped Elvis Presley engineer a musical comeback in the late '60s and then moved to Nashville to record Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and other top country performers, died Monday in LaGrange, Georgia. He was 79.


State: Hunter Industrial moving new operations to Nashville

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd has announced that Hunter Industrial, a division of the Hunter Fan Company, is opening new operations in Nashville.


MTSU offers new workplace leadership program

MURFREESBORO (AP) - Middle Tennessee State University is offering leadership training to adult learners already in the workforce.


'Net neutrality' rules for fair internet access win in court

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the government's "net neutrality" rules, preserving regulations that force internet providers such as Comcast and AT&T to treat all online traffic — everything from Netflix and cat videos to games and downloads — equally.

Q&A: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

NEW YORK (AP) — An appeals court on Tuesday upheld "net neutrality" rules that treat the Internet like a public utility and prohibit blocking, slowing and creating paid fast lanes for online traffic. They have been in effect for a year.


Apple makes Siri smarter, rolls out software improvements

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is working to make its iPhone and other gadgets smarter, responding to competitors' recent moves by building more artificial intelligence into its Siri digital assistant, photos, maps and other online services.


Stocks fall again as Fed decision, Brexit vote looms

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks in the U.S. and other global markets fell for a fourth day Tuesday as jittery investors await for the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates and worried about Britain's expected close vote on whether to leave the European Union.

Rising US retail sales offer relief after weak jobs report

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a hiring slump, American consumers remain confident about spending — a reassuring sign for the U.S economy.

Oil price unlikely to rise much further, global agency says

LONDON (AP) — The price of oil is unlikely to rise much further after rallying almost 90 percent since January, as the global market shows signs of stabilizing, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday.

Rule aims to protect students from rogue for-profit schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is trying to make it easier for students who have been misled or defrauded by their colleges to have their loans forgiven.


Long lines expected at airport following CMA Fest, Bonnaroo

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nashville International Airport officials have issued a travel alert warning passengers flying out of Music City that crowds could get big at the airport.


Microsoft to buy networking site LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — In a surprise move, Microsoft said Monday that it is buying LinkedIn for about $26.2 billion, a deal that could bring subtle but significant changes for the professional network's more than 430 million members.


High court rejects request to block mercury rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from 20 states seeking to block a federal rule targeting mercury pollution from taking effect while the government revises the rule to account for compliance costs.

High court rules against Puerto Rico in debt case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Puerto Rico can't use a local law to restructure the debt of its financially ailing public utilities as it tries to overcome a decade-long economic crisis, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.


With economic view hazy, a wait-and-see Fed message expected

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's all about the data.For months, the Federal Reserve has said that once economic data showed a consistently healthy economy, it would be time to resume raising interest rates.

US stocks close slightly lower

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street with materials, technology and industrial companies among the hardest hit in a broad sell-off touching all market sectors.

US says airlines are improving at on-time performance

Airlines are doing a better job of sticking to their schedules, and consumer complaints are falling.

Walgreens cuts ties to blood-testing company Theranos

Troubled blood-testing startup Theranos says it will continue serving customers through independent retail locations a day after the nation's largest drugstore chain severed ties with the company.

Coming later today: Apple's next big software improvements

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With sales of Apple's flagship iPhone slowing , the spotlight is on the company's hunt for its next big thing. Apple's annual software developers conference, which kicks off Monday, will be its next big opportunity to show the world what's coming next.


Prisons keeping schedule blamed for low morale, turnover

NASHVILLE (AP) — State prison officials say they are keeping a controversial shift schedule that critics have blamed for understaffing and violence.


Southern Baptists talk racial unity with black Baptist head

NASHVILLE (AP) — When Ferguson, Missouri, exploded two years ago with racial unrest that spread across the nation, the newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention was moved to action.


'Nashville' television drama gets a new life

NEW YORK (AP) — The television series "Nashville" is getting a second life.


GM to add 700 technical jobs in Ontario, Canada

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will add at least 700 engineering, software development and urban mobility jobs at three sites in Canada.

Tesla denies safety problems with Model S suspensions

DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is denying allegations that there are safety problems with its vehicle suspensions.


US stocks give up recent gains as oil prices sink

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks skidded Friday in a wave of selling that wiped out most of the market's gains from earlier this week. A drop in oil prices took energy companies sharply lower. Investors were also troubled by a poll showing Britain may be more likely to leave the European Union.

US budget deficit shrank in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government's budget deficit shrank sharply in May because of a calendar quirk. But even with latest improvement, the deficit for the first eight months of this budget year is larger than last year.

Dow and DuPont set date for shareholder votes on merger

NEW YORK (AP) — DuPont and Dow Chemical said Friday that they will hold separate shareholder meetings next month to vote on their merger.

US airlines to start scheduled flights to Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — Six airlines won permission Friday to resume scheduled commercial air service from the U.S. to Cuba for the first time in more than five decades, another milestone in President Barack Obama's campaign to normalize relations between the Cold War foes.

Gawker Media files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK (AP) — Gawker Media has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, about three months after pro wrestler Hulk Hogan won a $140 million lawsuit against the online gossip and news publisher.


Study: More help needed for unrepresented in family court

DENVER (AP) — After speaking to more than 100 people in Colorado, Massachusetts, Oregon and Tennessee who represented themselves in family court, researchers are calling on lawyers to provide cheaper services and courts to offer more support.

Attorney: US using 'untested legal theory' against scientist

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The attorney for a nuclear engineer accused of helping a Chinese energy company build nuclear reactors with U.S. technology says the government's case involves "novel and untested legal theories."


Election officials to audit finances of embattled lawmaker

NASHVILLE (AP) — State election officials say they intend to audit the finances of embattled state Rep. Jeremy Durham.


Haslam signs law that overhauls higher education boards

COOKEVILLE (AP) — In a move that will transform higher education in Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill that overhauls the governing boards of some of the state's universities.


Winning streak for stocks ends as banks and miners slump

NEW YORK (AP) — A three-day winning streak for U.S. stocks ended quietly Thursday. A decline in bond yields sent bank stocks lower, while utilities and phone companies moved higher.

More travelers sign up for airport programs, only to wait

NEW YORK (AP) — A growing number of travelers are signing up for the government's expedited airport screening programs, only to face another wait.


House weighs Puerto Rico bill as debt payment looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday weighed a rare bipartisan bill to help ease Puerto Rico's financial crisis and bring relief to the U.S. territory of 3.5 million Americans.

Investigator: FDA still taking months to recall tainted food

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials failed to force a recall of peanut butter and almond products for three months after advanced DNA testing confirmed salmonella contamination, government investigators reported Thursday.

Spiraling drug costs prompt call for major Medicare changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling the rising cost of drugs "unsustainable," congressional advisers on Wednesday recommended major changes to Medicare's popular outpatient prescription program, now 10 years old.

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