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VOL. 41 | NO. 21 | Friday, May 26, 2017

440 fast track

Work on pothole-plagued stretch to begin in 2018

Now that the ink has dried on the IMPROVE Act, the state law that raises additional funds for transportation projects, the real work begins – building roads, fixing bridges, easing traffic and boosting safety.

Asphalt or concrete? 440 questions remain

It’s entirely possible that when Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said this month she was “thrilled” that the state had listed I-440 repairs as a top priority, thousands of Midstate residents fist-bumped in agreement.

Midstate road, bridge projects

Road and bridge projects scheduled for the next 12 to 14 years under the IMPROVE Act, the recently passed state law that raises revenue for infrastructure projects. Some projects that span more than one county might not be shown.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Unwilling private sector gives park workers a victory

Two state parks are celebrating victories in an atmosphere of uncertainty created by the governor’s penchant for privatizing state functions.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Bluegrass Evening at Amqui Station. Fans of traditional bluegrass, Americana and “new” grass will enjoy listening to headlining acts and pickers jamming on the Station’s lawn and front porch. Amqui Station & Visitors Center, 303 Madison Street, Madison. 7-10 p.m. Fee: Adult, $10, $15 at the gate. Both tickets include 3 beers as part of the admission. Youth (7-14) $5; 6 and younger free. Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amqui-station-pickin-party-tickets-9305104819?aff=es2

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TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Behind-the-scenes guardians of Nashville’s heroes

A volley of gunshots slightly interrupts my calm as I stand on one of my favorite knolls in the Nashville National Cemetery.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

And in the end, who has to pay for new plumbing?

I was a big fan of the Beatles, as some may know, for most of my life. Then I had read hundreds of books and wrote a couple about the lads from Liverpool. Now, I am a historian and have a radio show to prove it. The intro to the show identifies me as a historian, so I must be.

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 3.95 pct, 2017 low

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week to their lowest levels of the year. The benchmark 30-year rate dipped below the key 4 percent mark.

PREDATORS

Next man up: Character carries Preds to Cup finals

Just five games into this history-making hockey season, the Nashville Predators faced an early character test.

Top 10 Predator moments (so far) of 2017

With the Predators preparing for their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final, it’s difficult to recall that this team began the playoffs with very few expectations six weeks ago.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Wide Receiver U? That’s so 20 years ago

At the 2015 SEC Media Days, Tennessee coach Butch Jones referred to his school as “the original Wide Receiver U.”

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Honda adds five-door Civic hatchback for 2017

Honda has brought its first five-door Civic hatchback to the U.S. from England, and it comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the passenger room of a sedan and SUV-like cargo space.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

No deal beats a bad deal. Don’t get burned

Suppose you have 10 ounces of red dye and your associate has 10 ounces of yellow dye. The assignment is for each of you to create 10 ounces of the perfect shade of orange. The fair solution: exchange five ounces of each color.

NASHVILLE AREA

US Senate votes to name courthouse after actor Fred Thompson

NASHVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Senate has voted to name Nashville's new federal courthouse after former Sen. Fred Thompson, the late actor who appeared in at least 20 movies and in the TV series "Law & Order."

HEALTH CARE

Insurers continue to hike prices, abandon ACA markets

People shopping for insurance through the Affordable Care Act in yet more regions could face higher prices and fewer choices next year as insurance companies lay out their early plans for 2018.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Retailers help send indexes to records on 6th day of gains

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed for the sixth day in a row Thursday as strong first-quarter results from retailers like Best Buy and PVH led indexes to record highs. That offset weakness in energy stocks caused by a plunge in oil prices.

Retailers cheer GOP retreat on ending debit card fees limit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Restaurants, grocers and other businesses celebrated on Thursday as House Republicans backed off efforts to eliminate the cap on fees that banks can charge retailers when customers use a debit card.

OPEC and other nations set to extend output cuts

VIENNA (AP) — OPEC and other oil nations meeting Thursday were set to extend their production cuts in an effort to shore up prices. But the intended impact could be short-lived.

Sears revenue continues decline amid tough landscape

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears' extended decline in sales persisted during the first quarter and the storied retailer vowed additional spending cuts to offset its slowing business.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump plan to sell off half of oil stockpile sparks debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's proposal to sell nearly half the U.S. emergency oil stockpile is renewing debate about whether the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is still needed amid an ongoing oil production boom that has seen U.S. imports drop sharply in the past decade.

22 GOP senators want US to pull out of Paris climate accord

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other Republicans on Thursday urged President Donald Trump to follow through on his campaign pledge to pull out of the Paris climate accord.

GOP candidate for US House charged with assaulting reporter

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Republican candidate in the nationally-watched election Thursday for Montana's sole congressional seat has been charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly grabbing a reporter by the neck and throwing him to the ground.