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VOL. 46 | NO. 20 | Friday, May 20, 2022
SPECIAL EMPHASIS: HEALTH CARE

How long since you’ve seen your doctor?

COVID-19’s other risk: Postponed medical care

Time passed differently in the pandemic, the days moving slowly and the years were flying past. Many of the usual “bookmarks” of time – celebrations, events and milestones – were canceled.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Nashville headed in the wrong direction or going too fast?

In 2015, the first year of the Vanderbilt Poll, 72% of respondents said Nashville was headed in the right direction. “Millennials are the most optimistic but the positive feelings stretch across income levels, race and age categories,” Vanderbilt reported at the time.

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EVENTS

Sumner Regional Medical Center Nurse Hiring Event. On-site interviews with recruiters and nursing directors. Conditional offers may be extended to qualified candidates. Bring your CV and proof of TN nursing license. Walk-ins welcome or pre-register online. Panera Bread, 1037 Glenbrook Way, Hendersonville. Monday, 4-6 p.m. Information

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Don’t misjudge deceptive signs of slowing market

Has the Midstate real estate market slowed? This is a question asked by potential buyers hoping the answer is “yes.” And there are some signs that point in that direction.

REAL ESTATE

Top Davidson County commercial sales for April 2022

Top commercial real estate sales, April 2022, for Davidson County, as compiled by the Nashville Ledger.

Home sales tumble again as mortgage rates surge

Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes slowed for the third consecutive month in April as mortgage rates surged, driving up borrowing costs for would-be buyers as home prices soared to new highs.

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edge down to 5.25%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates retreated modestly this week, but interest on the key 30-year loan remains at decade-high levels.

NEWSMAKERS

Baker Donelson names Nebel for new position

Baker Donelson has named Meagan Nebel to serve as the firm’s first director of lateral recruiting and integration, a newly created role responsible for managing the recruitment, acquisition, integration and retention of shareholders and of counsel.

BRIEFS

TDEC awards grants for community recreation

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has awarded $6.37 million to communities throughout the state from the Local Parks and Recreation Fund program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Acura MDX vs. Audi Q7: It depends on what you value

Acura launched its MDX three-row luxury SUV more than 20 years ago, and a redesigned fourth-generation model has arrived for 2022. It features a sleeker design, a more spacious cabin and a new range-topping Type S trim.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Learn your parents’ financial plans ASAP

My mom died at age 61, when I was 31. Seeing her headstone in a field of others smacked me with a brutal, if obvious fact: Everyone, including everyone’s parents, will die.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Too many weddings? Here’s how to afford going – or not

It’s a banner year for weddings, with industry experts at the Wedding Report predicting more than 2.5 million couples will tie the knot – a 40-year high. But you might find your finances aren’t quite ready to take on the costs associated with being a wedding guest or a guest at multiple weddings.

How to reduce taxes when you sell your home

Home values have been soaring, but the amount of home sale profit you can shelter from taxes has not.

RELIGION

Report: Top Southern Baptists stonewalled sex abuse victims

The Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee — and thousands of its rank-and-file members — now have opportunities to address a scathing investigative report that says top SBC leaders stonewalled and denigrated survivors of clergy sex abuse over two decades while seeking to protect their own reputations.

STATE GOVERNMENT

With public camping a felony, Tennessee homeless seek refuge

COOKEVILLE (AP) — Miranda Atnip lost her home during the coronavirus pandemic after her boyfriend moved out and she fell behind on bills. Living in a car, the 34-year-old worries every day about getting money for food, finding somewhere to shower, and saving up enough money for an apartment where her three children can live with her again.

EDUCATION

Lee University considers limiting student speech on gender

CLEVELAND (AP) — A private Christian university is considering strictly limiting the free speech rights of its students when it comes to sexuality and gender, from how they behave to what they wear and what they can say on campus or even online, according to published reports.

COURTS

Appeals court: Florida law on social media unconstitutional

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law intended to punish social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, dealing a major victory to companies who had been accused by GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis of discriminating against conservative thought.

MEDIA

Video game workers create first union at big U.S. game maker

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Video game workers at a division of game publisher Activision Blizzard have voted to unionize, creating the first labor union at a large U.S. video game company.

ENVIRONMENT

Contractor quitting puts Shell in spotlight over climate

BERLIN (AP) — A longtime contractor for Shell has publicly called out the oil and gas company's climate plans, accusing the company of "double talk" by saying it wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions while working on tapping new sources of fossil fuel.

HEALTH CARE

Harris, surgeon general, warn of health care worker burnout

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy are warning of burnout among the nation's health care staff after more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the potential for severe worker shortages in the years ahead if the situation is not addressed.

COVID-19

Pfizer says 3 COVID shots protect children under 5

Three doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine offer strong protection for children younger than 5, the company announced Monday. Pfizer plans to give the data to U.S. regulators later this week in a step toward letting the littlest kids get the shots.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street ends higher following 7 straight weeks of losses

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Monday following seven weeks of declines that nearly ended the bull market that began in March 2020.

European Central Bank chief signals possible July rate hike

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The president of the European Central Bank on Monday gave the clearest sign yet that policymakers will aim to raise interest rates as soon as July to ease surging inflation.

For Americans, 2021 delivered healthiest finances in 8 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' financial health reached its highest level in nearly a decade last year, the Federal Reserve said Monday, spurred by a strong job market and government support payments.

World Food Program chief presses billionaires 'to step up'

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The head of the U.N.'s World Food Program is telling billionaires it's "time to step up" as the global threat of food insecurity rises with Russia's war in Ukraine, saying he's seen encouraging signs from some of the world's richest people, like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.

Starbucks leaving Russian market, shutting 130 stores

Starbucks is pulling out of the Russian market. In a memo to employees Monday, the Seattle coffee giant said it decided to close its 130 stores and no longer have a brand presence in Russia.

Zelenskyy urges 'maximum' sanctions on Russia in Davos talk

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for "maximum" sanctions against Russia during a virtual speech Monday to corporate executives, government officials and other elites on the first day of the World Economic Economic gathering in Davos.

Average US gasoline price jumps 33 cents to $4.71 per gallon

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 33 cents over the past two weeks to $4.71 per gallon.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Ethics panel opens investigation into GOP's Madison Cawthorn

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee is investigating allegations that Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn had a conflict of interest in a cryptocurrency he promoted and engaged in an improper relationship with a member of his staff, the panel said Monday.

US, others say APEC walkout aimed at Russia over invasion

BANGKOK (AP) — The United States and four other nations that walked out of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group meeting in Bangkok over the weekend underlined their support Monday for host nation Thailand, saying their protest was aimed solely at Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine.

EU to keep budget rules looser for longer amid war fallout

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has moved to prolong looser limits on spending by member countries for an extra year in a bid to counter the economic fallout from Russia's war in Ukraine.

UK's Boris Johnson awaits judgment of 'partygate' report

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been shadowed by career-threatening scandal for months — but so far he has escaped unscathed.

UKRAINE

Pentagon says more high-tech weapons going to Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 50 defense leaders from around the world met Monday and agreed to send more advanced weapons to Ukraine, including a harpoon launcher and missiles to protect its coast, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters.

After 3 months of war, life in Russia has profoundly changed

When Vladimir Putin announced the invasion of Ukraine, war seemed far away from Russian territory. Yet within days the conflict came home — not with cruise missiles and mortars but in the form of unprecedented and unexpectedly extensive volleys of sanctions by Western governments and economic punishment by corporations.

Russian sentenced to life in Ukraine's 1st war crimes trial

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian court sentenced a 21-year-old Russian soldier to life in prison Monday for killing a civilian, sealing the first conviction for war crimes since Moscow's invasion three months ago.

'They ruined everything': Fleeing the devastation in Ukraine

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Houses on fire. Artillery blasting through thick apartment walls. People hiding in basements without electricity, water or gas as their towns are pulverized above them.


FRIDAY, MAY 20
TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans agree to deal with third-round pick Petit-Frere

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with third-round pick Nicholas Petit-Frere on Thursday.

NASHVILLE AREA

FIFA plans to announce 2026 World Cup sites on June 16

CHICAGO (AP) — FIFA intends to announce the 2026 World Cup sites during a news conference in New York on June 16.

EDUCATION

TSU starts scholarship for public school grads

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee State University has announced a new full scholarship program for 100 Nashville public school graduates to study business, education, engineering and heath sciences.

Vanderbilt University to offer master of nursing degree

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is accepting applications for a new master of nursing program to launch in January.

COURTS

Farmer sues VW over climate change; German court has doubts

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany cast doubt Friday on claims by a German farmer that automaker Volkswagen is partly responsible for the impact that global warming is having on his family business.

ENVIRONMENT

Energy secretary: We must find a solution for nuclear waste

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — It is critical to find a solution for storing the nation's spent nuclear fuel, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Friday during a visit to a nuclear power plant in Connecticut.

Carbon removal technologies to get $3.5B federal investment

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government is investing in machines that suck giant amounts of carbon dioxide out of the air in the hopes of reducing damage from climate change.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Hyundai announces $5.5B electric vehicle plant in Georgia

ELLABELL, Ga. (AP) — Hyundai Motor Group confirmed Friday the company will spend $5.5 billion on a huge electric vehicle plant near Savannah that will employ thousands — a deal Georgia's governor called the largest economic development project in the state's history.

Musk denies sexual misconduct allegation by flight attendant

NEW YORK (AP) — Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has denied a claim of sexual misconduct by a flight attendant contracted by SpaceX who worked on his private jet in 2016.

MEDIA

Netflix pays $59 million to settle tax dispute in Italy

MILAN (AP) — Netflix has agreed to pay more than 55.8 million euros ($59 million) to settle a tax dispute, Milan prosecutors said Friday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks got close to a bear market. Here's what that means

NEW YORK (AP) — The bear came close to Wall Street but then backed off.

FDA head: Baby formula factory could reopen by next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Food and Drug Administration told lawmakers Thursday that a shuttered baby formula factory could be up and running as soon as next week, though he sidestepped questions about whether his agency should have intervened earlier to address problems at the plant that have triggered the national shortage.

Japan welcomes new US Indo-Pacific economic initiative

TOKYO (AP) — Japan welcomes a new U.S. economic initiative for the Indo-Pacific that President Joe Biden is expected to roll out during a visit to Tokyo next week because it demonstrates American commitment to a regional economic order that is not just about market access, an official said Friday.

'I can't see the light': War fuels surging prices in Europe

MILAN (AP) — Edoardo Ronzoni inspects a construction site near Milan that he shut down in March as costs for materials skyrocketed. He can't complete a half-built roundabout at an intersection known for fender-benders because asphalt, cast-iron pipes and concrete are too expensive — prices exacerbated by Russia's war in Ukraine.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

US official: Biden mulls Cuba invitation for Americas summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is considering inviting a Cuban representative to the Summit of the Americas, a U.S. official said Friday, as his administration tries to salvage an event that risks collapsing over disagreements about the guest list.

Ginni Thomas' emails deepen her involvement in 2020 election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and a conservative political activist, urged Republican lawmakers in Arizona after the 2020 presidential election to choose their own slate of electors, arguing that results giving Joe Biden a victory in the state were marred by fraud.

Yellen's global tax plan meets resistance abroad and at home

KOENIGSWINTER, Germany (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen celebrated a "historic day" last summer when more than 100 nations agreed to a global minimum tax deal, aimed at putting the world's countries on a more equal footing in attracting and keeping multinational companies. President Joe Biden tweeted that the idea was "diplomacy reshaping our global economy and delivering for our people."

Finland says Russia suspending natural gas supplies

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Russia will cut off natural gas to Finland after the Nordic country that applied for NATO membership this week refused President Vladimir Putin's demand to pay in rubles, the Finnish state-owned energy company said Friday, the latest escalation over European energy amid the war in Ukraine.

Senate OKs overhaul of baby formula rules in aid program

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a bill Thursday aimed at easing the baby formula shortage for families participating in a government assistance program that accounts for about half of all formula purchased in the United States.

Senate ships $40B Ukraine aid bill to Biden for signature

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has whisked a $40 billion package of military, economic and food aid for Ukraine and U.S. allies to final congressional approval, putting a bipartisan stamp on America's biggest commitment yet to turning Russia's invasion into a painful quagmire for Moscow.

Disinformation board's ex-leader faced wave of online abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nina Jankowicz, like so many millennials, was excited to share a social media post announcing her new job on Twitter late last month when she was named executive director for a new disinformation board established by the Department of Homeland Security.

UKRAINE

US accuses Russia of weaponizing food in Ukraine war

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia on Thursday of weaponizing food and holding grain for millions of people around the world hostage to help accomplish what its invasion of Ukraine has not -- "to break the spirit of the Ukrainian people."

G7 countries to provide $19.8 billion in aid to Ukraine

KOENIGSWINTER, Germany (AP) — The Group of Seven leading economies agreed Friday to provide $19.8 billion in economic aid to Ukraine to help keep tight finances from hindering its ability to defend itself from Russia's invasion.


THURSDAY, MAY 19
PREDATORS

Predators extend coach John Hynes, assistants through 23-24

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators have extended the contracts of coach John Hynes and his assistants through the 2023-24 season, trying to build on a season with several individual successes for a franchise that wound up being swept in the playoffs for the first time.

NASHVILLE SC

Nashville tops Montreal 2-1, ups home unbeaten streak to 23

NASHVILLE (AP) — Hany Mukhtar scored the deciding goal to spark Nashville to a 2-1 victory over CF Montreal on Wednesday, upping Nashville's home unbeaten streak to 23 straight.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Female country stars to join Wynonna Judd on tour this fall

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country stars Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Brandi Carlile, Little Big Town, Martina McBride and Ashley McBryde will join Wynonna Judd on tour this fall after the sudden death of her mother and musical partner, Naomi Judd.

STATEWIDE

Illinois seen as best option for Tennesseans seeking abortions

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Leaders of a Tennessee abortion clinic calculated driving distances and studied passenger rail routes as they scanned the map for another place to offer services if the U.S. Supreme Court lets states restrict or eliminate abortion rights.

1 in 20 Tennessee residents missed during US head count

Around 1 in 20 residents in Tennessee and Arkansas were missed during the 2020 census, and four other U.S. states had significant undercounts of their populations which could short-change them of federal funding in the current decade, according to figures from a survey the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday.

COURTS

Tennessee doctor agrees to prescription limits in settlement

MANCHESTER (AP) — A Tennessee physician has been barred from prescribing a number of controlled substances in settling a lawsuit that accused him of prescribing drugs with no legitimate medical purpose.

Court: Some rail rate talks allowed in price-fixing suits

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that details of some of the conversations between the nation's four largest railroads about their rates can now be included in lawsuits challenging billions of dollars they charged their customers, but the mixed ruling will also exclude some documents.

ENVIRONMENT

Biden forest plan stirs dispute over what counts as "old"

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's order to protect the nation's oldest forests against climate change, wildfires and other problems devastating vast woodlands is raising a simple yet vexing question: When does a forest grow old?

AUTO INDUSTRY

Federal agency sends team to probe Tesla crash that killed 3

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's road safety agency has dispatched a team to investigate the possibility that a Tesla involved in a California crash that killed three people was operating on a partially automated driving system.

TRANSPORTATION

UK freezes assets on Russian airlines, preventing slot sale

LONDON (AP) — Britain on Thursday froze the assets of three Russian airlines, preventing them from selling landing slots at U.K. airports that are worth up to 50 million pounds ($62 million).

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end lower, nearing but not quite in a bear market

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended another volatile day lower on Wall Street Thursday, bringing the market closer to its first bear market since the beginning of the pandemic.

Fed nominee Michael Barr calls inflation 'far too high'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's pick to be the Federal Reserve's top banking regulator pledged Thursday to help reduce high inflation and provide "clear rules" to govern financial innovation.

McDonald's era in Russia coming to a close, restaurants sold

McDonald's has begun the sale of its restaurants in Russia 30 years after the burger chain became a powerful symbol of easing of Cold War tensions between the United States and Soviet Union.

More Americans apply for jobless benefits last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans applied for jobless aid last week, but the total number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits is at a 53-year low.

Biden invokes Defense Production Act for formula shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula and authorized flights to import supply from overseas, as he faces mounting political pressure over a domestic shortage caused by the safety-related closure of the country's largest formula manufacturing plant.

EXPLAINER: Why is Wall Street close to a bear market?

NEW YORK (AP) — The bears are rumbling toward Wall Street. The stock market's skid this year has pulled the S&P 500 close to what's known as a bear market. Rising interest rates, high inflation, the war in Ukraine and a slowdown in China's economy have caused investors to reconsider the prices they're willing to pay for a wide range of stocks, from high-flying tech companies to traditional automakers.

Japan records trade deficit as imports surge on energy costs

TOKYO (AP) — Japan recorded a trade deficit in April as its imports ballooned 28% due to soaring energy costs and the yen's weakness against the dollar.

Spy agencies urged to fix open secret: A lack of diversity

WASHINGTON (AP) — The peril National Security Agency staff wanted to discuss with their director didn't involve terrorists or enemy nations. It was something closer to home: the racism and cultural misunderstandings inside America's largest intelligence service.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Jan. 6 panel asks GOP lawmaker to testify about Capitol tour

WASHINGTON (AP) — The congressional committee investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection sent a letter Thursday to a House Republican in an effort to learn more about a tour he led of the building the day before the deadly attack.

House approves bill to take aim at gasoline 'price gouging'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A closely divided House approved legislation Thursday to crack down on alleged price gouging by oil companies and other energy producers as prices at the pump continue to soar.

Rebutting Turkey, Biden lauds NATO bids of Sweden, Finland

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flanked by the leaders of Finland and Sweden, President Joe Biden forcefully supported their applications to join NATO on Thursday as Russia's war in the heart of Europe challenges the continent's security. The U.S. president rejected Turkey's opposition, insisting the two countries "meet every NATO requirement and then some."

Lawmakers grill FDA commissioner over baby formula shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Food and Drug Administration faced congressional lawmakers for the first time Thursday over the shortage of baby formula that has rattled American parents and become a growing political liability for President Joe Biden.

Congress OKs latest $40B to help Ukraine repel Russians

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a $40 billion infusion of military and economic aid for Ukraine and its allies on Thursday as both parties rallied behind America's latest, and quite possibly not last, financial salvo against Russia's invasion.

House passes domestic terrorism bill after Buffalo shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation late Wednesday night that would bolster federal resources to prevent domestic terrorism in response to the racist mass shooting in Buffalo, New York.

US warns abortion ruling could increase extremist violence

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion striking down the constitutional right to abortion has unleashed a wave of threats against officials and others and increased the likelihood of extremist violence, an internal government report says.

Harris to meet with abortion providers as court ruling looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will speak Thursday with abortion providers from states with some of the nation's strictest restrictions to thank them for their work, the White House said.

Inflation, Russia-Ukraine war draw G7 finance leaders' focus

KOENIGSWINTER, Germany (AP) — Finance ministers for the Group of Seven leading economies grappled Thursday with deepening inflation concerns and the immediate effects of Russia's war in Ukraine, with U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warning that it all adds up to a "very difficult economic situation."

Biden has an eye on China as he heads to South Korea, Japan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden embarked Thursday on a six-day trip to South Korea and Japan aiming to build rapport with the two nations' leaders while also sending an unmistakable message to China: Russia's faltering invasion of Ukraine should give Beijing pause about its own saber-rattling in the Pacific.

UKRAINE

Senate confirms Brink as new US ambassador to Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Bridget Brink late Wednesday as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, filling the post as officials plan to return American diplomats to Kyiv during the nation's continuing battle against the Russian invasion.

US intel shows Russians fear Mariupol abuse will backfire

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has gathered intelligence that shows some Russian officials have become concerned that Russian forces in the ravaged port city of Mariupol are carrying out grievous abuses, a U.S official familiar with the findings said Wednesday.

Red Cross registers Mariupol POWs as hundreds more surrender

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Hundreds more fighters have emerged from the Mariupol stronghold where they made their last stand and surrendered, Russia said Thursday, and the Red Cross worked to register them as prisoners of war, as the end of a key battle in the conflict drew closer.

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