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VOL. 41 | NO. 3 | Friday, January 20, 2017

Is Legislature finally ready to fund transportation projects?

Frustrated commuters look to better roads, light rail

Angie Graves has always been a resident of Portland in Sumner County, pretty much on the same property. She is currently living in the same home her father once rented when she was a child.

From frustration to fixed: The long life of a road project

One surefire way to get some heated interaction on social media ­– other than talking politics – is a discussion of traffic, road conditions or both. But ranting about why there isn’t an interstate ramp here or a turn lane there simply won’t get the job done.

Moving Forward issues first transit scorecard

NASHVILLE – In its first scorecard, Moving Forward finds that the Middle Tennessee region has made progress in a number of key areas, most notably in developing a regional transit plan. The challenge ahead is securing funding from local and state sources.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Legislators change tune on who can offer broadband

Rural broadband backers such as Misty O’Beirne in Rutherford County can take heart. Legislation to spread high-speed internet into cyberspace deserts is making the right connections.

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EVENTS

Night Market at Nashville’s Farmers Market. Night Market takes place on the 3rd Friday of each month, 5-8 p.m., and features shopping with local makers, activities for families, live music, seasonal adult beverages, and food options from restaurants and food trucks. Check in each month for special events and featured artisans. Information: http://nashvillefarmersmarket.org

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Buyers bypass hibernation to post big winter sales numbers

Many among the hordes relocating to Nashville have admired the changing of the seasons in the area, especially those coming from California. And lately, of course, they’ve been able to enjoy all four in a matter of 24 hours.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for 2016

Top commercial real estate sales, 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for Dec. 2016

Top residential real estate sales, December 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Is Saban's dominance bad for SEC? Of course not

I keep reading that Nick Saban is ruining SEC football because his Alabama program is so dominant. And I just don’t get it.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Final 4 is proof NFL teams must have elite QBs

Now that the NFL playoffs are down to four teams remaining, it is easy to point out the common thread among them: Elite play at the quarterback position.

Conference championship predictions

After going 4-0 on predictions last weekend, it’s on to the conference championship games to determine which teams will play in Super Bowl LI.

NEWSMAKERS

Bradley elevates 2 attorneys to partner

Travis G. Lloyd and Junaid Odubeko have been named partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

’17 Pacifica has more technology than earlier Chrysler vans

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is a sharp-looking, roomy and versatile minivan with more technology than previous Chrysler vans and thoughtful features that other minivans can lack.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Raise prices and keep customers? Yes you can

When planning your price increase, you probably thought about:

CAREER CORNER

The real reason a company doesn’t return your interest

Interviewing for a job is an incredibly personal process – at least for the job seeker.

NASHVILLE AREA

Hundreds in Nashville silently protest Trump swearing-in

NASHVILLE (AP) - Hundreds of people sat in silent protest at a Nashville park while President Donald Trump took the oath of office.

STATEWIDE

State giving $1 million to 29 communities for tourism

NASHVILLE (AP) - State officials say 29 Tennessee communities will receive more than $1 million in grants to improve tourism infrastructure.

Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate up in December

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's preliminary unemployment rate for December rose slightly to 4.9 percent compared with November.

HEALTH CARE

Costco agrees to pay $12M over lax pharmacy practices

SEATTLE (AP) — Costco Wholesale Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $12 million to settle Justice Department allegations of lax pharmacy controls over a four-year period.

GOP governors who turned down Medicaid money have hands out

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican governors who turned down billions in federal dollars from an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law now have their hands out in hopes the GOP-controlled Congress comes up with a new formula to provide insurance for low-income Americans.

COURTS

Uber pays $20 million to settle claims of driver deception

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber Technologies is paying $20 million to settle allegations that it duped people into driving for its ride-hailing service with false promises about how much they would earn and how much they would have to pay to finance a car.

NY lawsuits blame social media in terror attacks

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter says it has suspended 360,000 user accounts in the past 18 months for threatening or promoting acts of terrorism.

AUTO INDUSTRY

US ends probe of Tesla fatal crash without seeking recall

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into a fatal crash involving electric car maker Tesla Motors' Autopilot system without seeking a recall, but they criticized the way the company markets the semi-autonomous driving feature.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Dow industrials break 5-day losing streak

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are ending higher, recouping much of the market's loss from a day earlier and breaking a 5-day losing streak for the Dow Jones industrial average.

Will Trump end globalization? The doubt haunts Davos' elite

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — It's been impossible to escape the shadow of Donald Trump at this year's gathering of the business elites at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.

Russia invites Trump to its top investment forum

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — A top Russian official says President-elect Donald Trump can only succeed if he cooperates with Russia — and invited Trump to the country's flagship investment forum to boost economic ties.

ECB keeps stimulus on high even as economy picks up

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank has warned there is still little sign of an enduring pick-up in shop prices and workers' wages in the eurozone — a symptom of economic weakness that means the bank will leave its stimulus programs running nearly full blast at least until year-end.

WTO chief frets over trade war talk

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The World Trade Organization's top official has voiced his concern that talk of a trade war between the U.S. and China could become self-fulfilling.

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