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VOL. 44 | NO. 44 | Friday, October 30, 2020

What could go wrong?

Plenty. Here’s how to make sure your vote counts

Chris Davis just knows it’s going to rain Nov. 3. He cares because he’s the Knox County administrator of elections, Nov. 3 is Election Day and weather there has been lousy on four of the last six elections.

Election Day frequently asked questions

Do I have to vote for every candidate or issue on the ballot?

No

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Barry White really got it together on this rebuild

When scrolling through the various residential real estate sales that occur each week in Nashville, it is interesting to take look at the tax records and view the names of the various owners who have inhabited the properties over the years.

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EVENTS

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REAL ESTATE

Top Davidson County commercial sales for September 2020

Top commercial real estate sales, September 2020, for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US long-term mortgage rates flat this week; 30-year at 2.81%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were little changed this week after marking a new all-time low last week.

TENNESSEE TITANS

How far can Titans go with sub-par defense?

In baseball, there is the old notion that it’s hard to fix a bad bullpen.

Beware the rookie with hot hand

First down: Pressure the rookie. The Titans won’t be facing a seasoned vet like they did in Ben Roethlisberger, but rookie Joe Burrow has had the lowly Bengals competitive in a number of games this year. If the Titans are going to correct their mistakes and suddenly find some pass rush on defense, getting after a rookie QB would be a good place to start.

Henry studied former greats, combines speed, power

Derrick Henry has few words to say until he's asked about his favorite running backs. The Tennessee Titans' star running back quickly rattles off 15 names from Jim Brown, Gale Sayers and Walter Payton to Eric Dickerson, LaDainian Tomlinson and Adrian Peterson.

NEWSMAKERS

Presnell honored by Defense Research Institute

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP partner Todd Presnell has been selected by the Defense Research Institute as the 2020 recipient of the Tom Segalla Excellence in Education Award, which honors a member of DRI whose contributions through legal scholarship exemplify the highest educational standards of DRI and further its mission of improving the skills of the defense lawyer.

BRIEFS

S2 Cognition claims better athlete evaluation

Nashville-based S2 Cognition officials say the company can measure and quantify the previously unseen characteristics of the brain that separate elite athletes from the rest of the pack.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Party of 5? Your new vehicle has arrived

Trucks and SUVs are the top-selling vehicles in America, and the sales trends show no signs of cooling off. They’ve become the de facto family vehicles for a number of reasons, including a high ride height for better visibility, enhanced versatility thanks to roomy cargo areas, available all-wheel drive for extra wet-weather traction and the feeling of safety imparted by a larger vehicle.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

More money isn’t only fix for overworked workforce

Overworked and underpaid. It’s an old, jokey statement that’s not so funny now. No, it seems like you work more hours than you ever did, and your ends still come up 2 feet from meeting.

PERSONAL FINANCE

How losing ‘Obamacare’ could cost you

If the Supreme Court throws out the Affordable Care Act, your finances and your future could pay the price.

CAREER CORNER

No pants? no problem: Good story makes for great interview

In recognition of the Halloween season, I want to share one of my own frightening job interview stories.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Picking pandemic side gig takes some hustle, thought

Side gig. Side job. Side hustle. It goes by many names and serves many purposes. For some, it’s a way to keep the lights on. For others, it’s an opportunity to save for a goal or follow a passion.

NASHVILLE SC

Hollingshead, Maurer help FC Dallas beat Nashville 1-0

NASHVILLE (AP) — Ryan Hollingshead scored in the 19th minute, Jimmy Maurer had his second consecutive shutout and FC Dallas beat Nashville 1-0 on Wednesday night.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee offers drive-through COVID testing in rural areas

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is offering drive-through COVID-19 testing on Saturday in rural areas in each of the three grand divisions. The testing sites will be open from 9 a.m. to noon local time and will stay open until everyone in line has received a test, according to a news release from Gov. Bill Lee's Unified Command Group.

EDUCATION

Tennessee offering $5M in grants for charter schools

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's administration is offering $5 million in grants for charter schools across the state.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Virus shutdowns in the rearview for US automakers, GM booms

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is posting huge third quarter numbers, pulling in $4 billion in profit over three months, after a short money-losing stretch as the spread of COVID-19 shut down all U.S. auto factories.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

751,000 seek US jobless benefits as virus hobbles economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to 751,000, a still-historically high level that shows that many employers keep cutting jobs in the face of the accelerating pandemic.

US productivity increases 4.9% in third quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity increased between July and September, but at a slower pace than in the previous quarter.

UK extends wage support scheme until March amid new lockdown

LONDON (AP) — The British government and the Bank of England joined forces Thursday to provide further support to an economy that is set for a difficult winter following the imposition of new coronavirus lockdown measures.

Alibaba revenue up 30% as virus drives demand for e-commerce

HONG KONG (AP) — China's biggest e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding on Thursday reported a 30% jump in quarterly revenue, as China recovers from the virus and online shopping demand remains high.

ELECTION 2020

Biden pushes closer to victory in race for the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden was pushing closer to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to carry the White House, securing victories in the "blue wall" battlegrounds of Wisconsin and Michigan and narrowing President Donald Trump's path.

Democrats' Senate drive halted by GOP; key races undecided

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats faced increasingly long odds as the battle for Senate control hangs in balance, and Republicans brushed back multiple challengers to protect their majority. Still, it was too soon for the GOP to declare victory.

Election splits Congress, GOP bolstered as Democrats falter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The election scrambled seats in the House and Senate but ultimately left Congress much like it began, deeply split as voters resisted big changes despite the heated race at the top of the ticket for the White House.

Trump sues in 3 states, laying ground for contesting outcome

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Democrat Joe Biden inched closer to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House, President Donald Trump's campaign put into action the legal strategy the president had signaled for weeks: attacking the integrity of the voting process in states where the result could mean his defeat.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4
NASHVILLE AREA

Judge: Petition against Nashville property tax hike invalid

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee judge has ruled that a local effort to roll back a contentious 34% property tax increase in Nashville is invalid.

STATE GOVERNMENT

New bill aims to stop execution of intellectually disabled

NASHVILLE (AP) — The first bill to be prefiled for the upcoming legislative session in Tennessee seeks to give people with an intellectual disability who have been sentenced to death a chance to prove their disability and that they should not be executed.

Republicans maintain control in Tennessee Legislature

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republicans will maintain their supermajority control of Tennessee's General Assembly after Tuesday's election as Democrats failed to make big gains in their attempt to expand their influence over the state.

STATEWIDE

Republican Hagerty wins open Tennessee Senate seat

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Bill Hagerty has won the U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee being vacated by retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Harshbarger wins Tennessee's open House race

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Diane Harshbarger on Tuesday won an open U.S. House seat in northeastern Tennessee, while incumbents held onto the state's remaining eight congressional seats.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Italy to lock down 4 regions to slow COVID surge

ROME — Four regions in Italy are being put under severe lockdown, forbidding people to leave their homes except for essential reasons, in an effort to slow surging COVID-19 infections and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed.

Virus hospitalizations surge as pandemic shadows US election

Americans went to the polls Tuesday under the shadow of a resurging pandemic, with an alarming increase in cases nationwide and the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 reaching record highs in a growing number of states.

Pints poured, retail therapy: England readies for lockdown

LONDON (AP) — Thirsty drinkers in England will be enjoying their final freshly poured pints in a pub for a month Wednesday while shoppers will get one last dose of retail therapy as the country prepares to join large swathes of Europe in lockdown as part of intensified efforts to contain the resurgent coronavirus.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech leads Wall Street rally, shrugging off election limbo

Technology and health care companies led a stock market rally Wednesday, as Wall Street embraced the upside of more gridlock in Washington.

Fed confronts a shaky US economy that likely needs more help

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials are meeting this week with the economy facing growing threats from a resurgence of the coronavirus and from Congress' failure to provide any further aid for struggling individuals and businesses.

Jackpot! Expansion of gambling in the US wins big at polls

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. gambling industry won big at the polls Tuesday, with three states authorizing legal sports betting and three others either approving or expanding casino gambling.

Push to relax drug laws gains big victories on state ballots

A nationwide push to relax drug laws took a significant step forward Tuesday as more states legalized marijuana for adults and voters made Oregon the first state to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of street drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

Services sector expands for fifth consecutive month

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The U.S. services sector, where most Americans work, registered its fifth consecutive month of expansion in October.

US trade deficit falls to $63.9 billion in September

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell in September after hitting a 14-year high the previous month as exports outpaced imports.

Uber, Lyft spend big, win in California vote about drivers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride-hailing and delivery services spent $200 million in a winning bet to circumvent California lawmakers and the courts to preserve their business model by keeping drivers from becoming employees eligible for benefits and job protections.

Debut of Chinese e-finance giant derailed by fear of risks

BEIJING (AP) — The world's biggest online finance company was racing toward a stock market debut when it was derailed by Beijing's anxiety about risks in the fledgling industry, jarring global investors and deepening uncertainty about China's financial markets.

ELECTION 2020

Biden wins Wisconsin, presidency still hangs in balance

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of the United States presidency hung in the balance Wednesday as Democratic challenger Joe Biden picked up a win in Wisconsin and fought President Donald Trump in other battleground states that could prove crucial in determining who wins the White House.

EXPLAINER: States still in play and what makes them that way

WASHINGTON (AP) — A handful of pivotal states remained in play Wednesday in the tightly contested U.S. presidential race. Here, The Associated Press reviews them and examines the reasons why they could still go to either Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Joe Biden:

Trump sues in Pennsylvania, Michigan; asks for Wis. recount

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump campaign said it filed lawsuits Wednesday in Pennsylvania and Michigan, laying the groundwork for contesting the outcome in undecided battleground states that could determine whether President Donald Trump gets another four years in the White House.

With presidency in reach, Dems grapple with disappointment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats went into Election Day hoping to reclaim the White House and majorities in both chambers of Congress in a victory that would demonstrate an unmistakable repudiation of President Donald Trump and a Republican Party remade in his image.

AP VoteCast: Trump, Biden coalitions show race, class divide

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans sorted themselves into two distinct camps of voters in Tuesday's presidential election, exposing the clear and entrenched partisan divisions that separate voters by gender, class and race.

There's no winner yet in the presidential race. That's OK

WASHINGTON (AP) — America woke up Wednesday morning without a winner of the presidential election. That's OK.

World waits nervously, impatiently for US vote count

From Ford Model T cars that popped off the assembly line in just 90 minutes to 60-second service for burgers, the United States has had a major hand in making the world a frenetic and impatient place, primed and hungry for instant gratification.

Trump seeks to stop 'all voting,' but only counting remains

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll take the presidential election to the Supreme Court, but it's unclear what he means in a country in which vote tabulations routinely continue beyond Election Day, and states largely set the rules for when the count has to end.

AP VoteCast: Voters favor Biden on virus, Trump on economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters in the U.S. presidential election faced a public health crisis and a wounded economy, but neither candidate emerged as the clear choice to handle both of those issues, according to AP VoteCast.

Dems head toward House control, but lose incumbents to GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Disappointed Democrats drove Wednesday toward extending their control of the House for two more years but with a potentially shrunken majority as they lost at least seven incumbents and failed to oust any Republican lawmakers in initial returns.

Democrats' Senate drive halted by GOP, but control teeters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats had a disappointing night in the battle for Senate control, but it was too soon for Republicans to take a victory lap Wednesday, although they brushed back multiple challengers to protect their now teetering majority.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3
STATEWIDE

Open Senate race on tap for Election Day in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee voters will decide an open race for U.S. Senate on Election Day after setting an early and absentee voting record amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

AP News Guide: A look at Tennessee's election

NASHVILLE (AP) — With all eyes on the presidential election, the biggest race in Tennessee remains the open U.S. Senate seat now that Republican incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander is retiring as his term ends. A handful of U.S. House and legislative seats also remain competitive in the GOP-dominant state. Here is a summary of those races on the ballot:

Tennessee U.S. attorneys appoint officials to oversee vote

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's three U.S. attorneys have each appointed officials to lead the Justice Department's handling of election fraud and voting rights concerns on Election Day.

COURTS

High court could halt move toward leniency for kids who kill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday suggested it could halt what has been a gradual move toward more leniency for children who are convicted of murder.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ferrari profit steady as it recovers lost lockdown output

MILAN (AP) — Luxury sportscar maker Ferrari on Tuesday reported its profits remained flat in the third quarter as it recovers lost production from the coronavirus shutdown.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Cruise industry throws in the towel on 2020, looks to 2021

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The cruise industry has jettisoned hopes of restarting operations this year.

English retailers fret over Christmas as lockdown 2.0 looms

LONDON (AP) — This year, the annual illumination of the Christmas lights on London's famous Oxford Street was very much a bittersweet moment.

UK to roll out rapid COVID-19 testing in Liverpool

LONDON (AP) — A half-million people in the English city of Liverpool will be regularly tested for COVID-19 in Britain's first citywide trial of widespread, rapid testing that the government hopes will be a new weapon in combating the pandemic.

Germany eyes antigen tests to keep elderly safe from virus

BERLIN (AP) — As Europe tries to break a surge in coronavirus infections, Germany is counting on a new type of test to avoid closing nursing homes to visitors, a move that caused considerable anguish among residents and relatives in the spring.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks rally again worldwide as Election Day finally arrives

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street posted solid gains on Election Day, sending the S&P 500 up 1.8%.

Market debut of Chinese e-finance giant Ant postponed

HONG KONG (AP) — The planned stock market debut of the world's biggest online finance company, Ant Group, was suspended in Shanghai and Hong Kong on Tuesday, disrupting a record-setting $34.5 billion initial public offering that highlighted China's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Australian central bank cuts key interest rate to 0.1%

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's central bank on Tuesday cut its benchmark interest rate by 0.15 of a percentage point to a record low 0.10% in a bid to lift the economy from a pandemic-induced recession.

ELECTION 2020

Judge orders USPS to search centers for ballots

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered U.S. Postal Service inspectors to sweep more than two dozen mail processing facilities for lingering mail-in ballots and for those ballots to be sent out immediately.

Trump, Biden hand their fate to voters, with robust turnout

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters flocked to the polls on Tuesday despite the threat of the coronavirus and the potential of long lines to choose between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, in an election that will influence how the U.S. confronts everything from the pandemic to race relations for years to come.

Control of Senate at stake as Trump's allies face Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Control of the Senate is a razor-close proposition in Tuesday's election, as Republicans fight to retain their majority against a surge of Democratic candidates confronting the president's allies across a vast political map.

EXPLAINER: States to watch closely on election night

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden each have a path to win the White House. The former vice president is competitive in all the battleground states Trump carried in 2016, and has put a handful of traditional Republican states, including Georgia and Arizona, in play. Trump can win by defending a wide swath of territory he won in 2016, but his hopes for reelection are heavily dependent on the swing states of Florida and Pennsylvania.

EXPLAINER: A long night, or more, before president is known

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a good chance Americans won't know the winner of Tuesday's presidential election when they go to bed that night.

Election Day shadowed by threats of legal challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even before Election Day, the 2020 race was the most litigated in memory. President Donald Trump is promising more to come.

Trump 'army' of poll watchers led by veteran of fraud claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — A veteran Republican operative who got his start in politics by helping to persuade a judge to throw out hundreds of mail-in ballots is organizing an "army" of volunteers for President Donald Trump's campaign to monitor voting in Democratic-leaning areas on Tuesday.

EXPLAINER: What's 270? The math game behind the US election

WASHINGTON (AP) — What's all this hubbub about 270?

EXPLAINER: Calling a race is tricky: How AP does it

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the 2020 U.S. general election, The Associated Press will declare winners in more than 7,000 races – starting with the White House and reaching down the ballot to every seat in every state legislature.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2
TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans acquire Desmond King to help secondary

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans think defensive back Desmond King can help their defense, and now coach Mike Vrabel says they will have to wait until possibly Saturday at the earliest to see him work in person.

Bengals start fast, find combination to close out Titans

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals started fast again Sunday. This time, rookie quarterback Joe Burrow also delivered the finishing touch.

Continuing defensive struggles proving costly to Tennessee

CINCINNATI (AP) — Each week, Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel watches the same costly mistakes.

MIDSTATE

MTSU raising concerns about UT plan to add Martin Methodist

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University is raising concerns about the University of Tennessee system's plan to acquire Martin Methodist College and make it the state's ninth four-year undergraduate school.

COURTS

Supreme Court allows antitrust suit against NFL to proceed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday an antitrust challenge can go forward to the way the National Football League sells the rights to telecasts of pro football games.

Tennessee Dems lawsuit seeks release of absentee ballot info

NASHVILLE (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed against Tennessee elections officials seeking the release of absentee ballot information.

Justice Barrett joins Supreme Court arguments for first time

WASHINGTON (AP) — She didn't have to wear a black robe or even be in Washington, but Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined her new colleagues at the Supreme Court on Monday to hear arguments for the first time.

REAL ESTATE

US construction spending up again, rises 0.3% in September

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — U.S. construction spending rose 0.3% in September, the fourth straight monthly gain after a coronavirus-caused spring swoon.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Biden defends Fauci against Trump firing threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is defending Dr. Anthony Fauci after President Donald Trump suggested he'd dismiss the nation's top infectious disease expert after Election Day.

UK's Johnson defends lockdown amid criticism of delay

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday defended his decision to impose a second national lockdown, brushing aside criticism that weeks of delay have meant thousands more infections and hundreds of needless deaths.

Germany launches 4-week partial shutdown to curb virus

BERLIN (AP) — A four-week partial shutdown has started in Germany, with restaurants, bars, theaters, cinemas and other leisure facilities closing down until the end of the month in a drive to flatten a rapid rise in coronavirus infections.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

CoolSprings Galleria, Crossings operator files for bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP) — Two mall operators — including CBL, which operates CoolSprings Galleria and Coolsprings Crossing — filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, hurt by the coronavirus pandemic that has forced their tenants to permanently close stores or not pay rent.

Treasury projects borrowing $617 billion in current quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury is projecting that it will need to borrow $617 billion in the final three months of 2020 as the government boosts the sale of Treasury securities to cover record budget deficits.

Wall Street rallies ahead of a potentially turbulent week

Stocks notched broad gains on Wall Street Monday as investors looked ahead to Election Day and the potential for a turbulent stretch for markets.

US manufacturing activity at highest levels in two years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing posted a strong gain in October to the highest level in two years even as coronavirus cases have begun to surge again in many parts of the country.

EU faces knotty trade fights with US — no matter who wins

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — After winemakers, cookie bakers, and olive growers wound up as collateral damage, Europe is closely watching the U.S. presidential election, waiting to see whether the next four years will mean more tariff wars under Republican President Donald Trump or a shift toward less confrontational negotiation under Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

Insider Q&A: Why US economy needs more aid from Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is expected to rebound from a disastrous spring. Paralyzed by the coronavirus, economic output collapsed at a 31.4% annual pace from April through June — the worst such plunge on records dating to 1947.

ELECTION 2020

GOP tries to save its Senate majority, with or without Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are fighting to save their majority, a final election push against the onslaught of challengers in states once off limits to Democrats but now hotbeds of a potential backlash to President Donald Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill.

Campaign draws to a close with US facing a crossroads

PHILADEPHIA (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden have one last chance to make their case to voters in critical battleground states on Monday, the final full day of a campaign that has laid bare their dramatically different visions for tackling the nation's pressing problems and for the office of the presidency itself.

AP Explains: The election result may be delayed. That's OK.

Patience, America. We may not know who won the presidential election on Tuesday night. And if so, it does not necessarily mean anything is broken, fraudulent, corrupted or wrong.

6 key questions going into the 2020 presidential election

Election Day is finally upon us. Or at least what we still call Election Day, since more than 93 million Americans have already cast ballots in an election that has been reshaped by the worst pandemic in more than a century, its economic fallout and a long-simmering reckoning with systemic racism.

Lawyers on standby if cloudy election outcome heads to court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Signature matches. Late-arriving absentee votes. Drop boxes. Secrecy envelopes.

Trump decries FBI probe of supporters surrounding Biden bus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday suggested the FBI should stop investigating an incident in which his supporters were seen surrounding a Biden campaign bus in Texas, which led Democrats to cancel an event there.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's errant final pitches on virus, energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Making final arguments before Tuesday's election, President Donald Trump asserted the U.S. was shaking off a coronavirus pandemic that is only getting worse, falsely claimed Democrat Joe Biden would lock down the country for years and baselessly alleged that the COVID-19 death count is being inflated by doctors.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30
NASHVILLE AREA

Gun parts maker plans Nashville facility with 110 new jobs

NASHVILLE (AP) — A company that makes handgun accessories and parts plans to invest $7 million in a new Nashville headquarters, which is expected to create 110 new jobs.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee's online-only sports betting to start on Sunday

NASHVILLE (AP) — Sportsbooks are set to accept the first bets in Tennessee's unique online-only sports betting program starting early Sunday, the Tennessee Lottery announced Friday.

In record year, half of Tennessee voters have voted already

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials say a record of nearly 2.3 million voters have already cast their ballots ahead of the Nov. 3 election, making up just more than half of the state's registered voters.

Frozen Head is Tennessee's 2020 State Park of the Year

WARTBURG (AP) — Frozen Head State Park has been named 2020 State Park of the Year by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

MEDIA

Netflix raising US streaming prices amid booming growth

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Netflix is raising most of its U.S. prices by 8% to 13% as its video streaming service rides a wave of rising popularity spurred by government-imposed lockdowns that corralled people at home during the fight against the pandemic.

COURTS

Prosecutor asks judge to overturn murder conviction

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee prosecutor's office is asking a judge to overturn the conviction of man serving life in a 1998 slaying after finding new evidence.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

COVID-19 spreads more extensively in new study

NEW YORK CITY (AP) — The coronavirus can spread more extensively in households than previous research suggests, and kids can transmit it at about the same rate as adults do, according to a new study.

2nd study testing a COVID-19 antibody drug has a setback

For the second time, a study testing an experimental antibody drug for COVID-19 has been paused to investigate a possible safety issue in hospitalized patients.

'Very confident': NYC hospitals prepare for virus resurgence

NEW YORK (AP) — Like battle-hardened veterans, New York City hospitals and nursing homes are bracing for a potential resurgence of coronavirus patients, drawing on lessons learned in the spring when the outbreak brought the nation's largest city to its knees.

On virus, Trump and health advisers go their separate ways

WASHINGTON (AP) — A multi-state coronavirus surge in the countdown to Election Day has exposed a clear split between President Donald Trump's bullish embrace of a return to normalcy and urgent public warnings from the government's top health officials.

Curious about going to a movie theater? 7 things to know

It's been over two months since movie theaters started reopening in the U.S., but there is still a fair amount of consumer confusion about moviegoing in the COVID-19 era.

Parisians flee, sidewalks empty as France enters lockdown

PARIS (AP) — Parisians fleeing for the countryside jammed the roads ahead of France's lockdown to slow the spread of the resurgent coronavirus, and there was only a sprinkling of people hurrying along city sidewalks Friday as the nationwide restrictions went into effect.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech losses drive Wall Street down again, ending grim week

Wall Street closed out another punishing week Friday with the S&P 500 posting its first back-to-back monthly loss since the pandemic first gripped the economy in March.

Global travel and tourism projected to shed 174 million jobs

LONDON (AP) — The global travel and tourism industry is on course to lose 174 million jobs this year if current restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus remain in place, a leading industry group warned Friday.

US wages and benefits grow at sluggish pace amid pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wages and benefits for U.S. workers grew slowly this summer as employers sought to hold the line on pay gains in the midst of the pandemic.

Federal Reserve expands Main Street program to smaller firms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve will reduce the minimum loan level in its small business lending program and waive some fees to try to boost participation in a program that has so far provided little assistance to struggling companies.

Losses mount for oil majors as pandemic grips global economy

NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil reported its third consecutive quarter of losses as the global pandemic curtailed travel and crippled global economic activity.

US consumer spending rose a moderate 1.4% in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their spending by 1.4% in September, a modest gain but far less than the big increases of late spring, adding to concerns that Americans remain cautious with the viral pandemic resurging across the country and impeding the economy.

Eurozone growth soars record 12.7% but fears grow for winter

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European economy grew by an unexpectedly large 12.7% in the third quarter as companies reopened after severe coronavirus lockdowns, but the rebound is being overshadowed by worries that growing numbers of infections will cause a new downturn in the final months of the year.

Scaled-back Thanksgiving plans leave turkey farmers in limbo

For the turkey industry, this Thanksgiving is a guessing game.

ELECTION 2020

Walmart returns guns and ammunition to US store displays

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart has reversed course, announcing it is returning ammunition and firearms to their displays in its U.S. stores.

Texas early voting exceeds total of all 2016 ballots

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texans have already cast more ballots in the presidential election than they did during all of 2016, an unprecedented surge of early voting in a state that was once the country's most reliably Republican, but may now be drifting toward battleground status.

Biden Iowa trip shows Dem confidence as Trump plays defense

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When Joe Biden was last in Iowa, his presidential campaign was on the verge of collapse and he was soundly trounced in the caucuses by a former Indiana mayor nearly 40 years his junior. He returns Friday as the Democratic nominee, believing he's just days away from becoming president-elect.

As virus surges, Trump rallies keep packing in thousands

WASHINGTON (AP) — There are no crowds at Disneyland, still shut down by the coronavirus. Fewer fans attended the World Series this year than at any time in the past century. Big concerts are canceled.

An Election Day role for National Guard? Maybe, but limited

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal laws and long-standing custom generally leave the U.S. military out of the election process. But President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated warnings about widespread voting irregularities have raised questions about a possible military role.

Election emerges as referendum on race relations in America

DETROIT (AP) — Every day feels like a raw wound for Omari Barksdale.

Trump tests limits as Cabinet members fan out to key states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos planned a "Moms for Trump" rally in her home state of Michigan. The Department of Homeland Security's top official was in Texas to celebrate completion of a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency headed to North Carolina after visiting Georgia the day before.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29
VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vanderbilt eager to play again, first up is game vs Ole Miss

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Vanderbilt Commodores have tried to make up for lost time, hoping unexpected practice time will be evident when they finally play their first game in three weeks.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris to play CMAs

NASHVILLE (AP) — Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Luke Combs and more are set to take the stage at the CMA Awards in November.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee early, absentee voting turnout tops 2.1 million

NASHVILLE – By the close of polls on Wednesday, Oct. 28, the 13th day of early voting for the Nov. 3 presidential election, 2,109,156 voters cast their ballot early or absentee by-mail.

Tennessee's early voting period ends today

NASHVILLE (AP) — Thursday marks the last day in Tennessee to vote early in person for the Nov. 3 presidential election.

COURTS

NAACP files suit against Trump's diversity training order

New York (AP) — Three civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging President Donald Trump's executive order that restricts federal agencies, as well as contractors and grant recipients, from offering certain diversity training that the president deems "anti-American."

REAL ESTATE

Fair housing groups: Redfin 'redlines' minority communities

SEATTLE (AP) — Several fair housing organizations accused Redfin of systematic racial discrimination in a lawsuit Thursday, saying the online real estate broker offers fewer services to homebuyers and sellers in minority communities — a type of digital redlining that has depressed home values and exacerbated historic injustice in the housing market.

Pending home sales cool in September, down 2.2%

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The pending sales of existing homes fell 2.2% in September, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday, the first monthly contraction of that figure in four months.

HEALTH CARE

FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US health care system

BOSTON (AP) — Federal agencies warned that cybercriminals are unleashing a wave of data-scrambling extortion attempts against the U.S. health care system designed to lock up hospital information systems, which could hurt patient care just as nationwide cases of COVID-19 are spiking.

Trump rule requires health plans to disclose costs up front

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to pull back the veil on health care costs to encourage competition, the Trump administration on Thursday finalized a requirement for insurers to tell consumers up front the actual prices for common tests and procedures.

TECHNOLOGY

EU digital boss: New rules to curb big tech aim for fairness

LONDON (AP) — The European Union is set to propose new laws to rein in the power of big tech companies, including measures to ensure customers are protected, smaller rivals are treated fairly, and illegal content is dealt with, the bloc's digital and antitrust chief said on Thursday.

China's leaders vow to become self-reliant technology power

BEIJING (AP) — China's leaders are vowing to make their country a self-reliant "technology power" as a feud with Washington cuts access to U.S. computer chips and other high-tech components, hampering Beijing's industrial ambitions.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Volkswagen returns to profit as global auto markets recover

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen said Thursday it returned to profit in the third quarter thanks to cost discipline and a rebound in global sales markets led by China after the lifting of the severe restrictions on activity in the early phase of the pandemic.

TRANSPORTATION

JetBlue is the latest airline to retreat from blocking seats

The days of airlines blocking seats to make passengers feel safer about flying during the pandemic are coming closer to an end.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

WHO: Europe now has more than 10 million COVID-19 cases

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization's Europe director said Thursday that the 54-country region has again reached a new weekly record for confirmed cases, with more than 1.5 million confirmed last week and more than 10 million since the start of the pandemic.

Pope ends public audiences, eyes Christmas as virus surges

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is halting his public general audiences and will limit participation at Christmas and other upcoming Masses amid a surge of coronavirus cases in Italy and the Vatican, officials said Thursday.

'Difficult winter': Europe divided on lockdowns; cases soar

BRUSSELS (AP) — The World Health Organization's Europe director expressed deep concern on Thursday after the region again recorded the highest-ever weekly incidence of cases, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of a "difficult winter" as residents in France braced for life under a new month-long lockdown and Spain's parliament voted to extend the country's state of emergency.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street ends higher after shaking off a wobbly start

U.S. stocks shook off an early slide and closed broadly higher Thursday as the market steadied after its worst drop in more than four months.

Tech giants report higher profits - some more than others

Five technology giants are reporting earnings Thursday, providing the latest indication of whether they are rebounding from an economic slowdown earlier this year.

Surge in virus threatens to reverse global economic rebounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The resurgence of coronavirus cases engulfing the United States and Europe is imperiling economic recoveries on both sides of the Atlantic as millions of individuals and businesses face the prospect of having to hunker down once again.

Pelosi scolds White House over no response in virus talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a scolding assessment of COVID-19 relief talks on Thursday, blaming Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for failing to produce answers to her demands for Democratic priorities as part of an almost $2 trillion aid package.

US economy grew at 33% rate in Q3, recovery incomplete

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a record 33.1% annual rate in the July-September quarter but has yet to fully rebound from its plunge in the first half of the year — and the recovery is slowing as coronavirus cases surge and government aid dries up.

Jobless claims fall to 751,000, but new infections a threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 751,000, the lowest since March, but it's still historically high and indicates the viral pandemic is forcing many employers to cut jobs.

European Central Bank: Just wait until December

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank held off from strengthening its current economic stimulus but its President Christine Lagarde said there was "little doubt" that more action would be coming at its December meeting as surging coronavirus infections and new restrictions on activity threaten Europe's economy.

ELECTION 2020

Supreme Court issues flurry of last-minute election orders

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina, yes. Pennsylvania, yes. Wisconsin, no. That's how the Supreme Court has answered questions in recent days about an extended timeline for receiving and counting ballots in those states.

Trump, Biden fight for Florida, appeal for Tuesday turnout

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden are encouraging voters to turn out in person on Election Day next Tuesday, both campaigning in Florida, a state all but essential to the Republican's pathway to another term.

In South, most Black Senate candidates since Reconstruction

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In the battle for control of the U.S. Senate this year, the Deep South is fielding more Black candidates than it has since Reconstruction.

Florida, butt of election jokes, believes system is ready

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Even if the presidential election hinges on a Florida recount like 20 years ago, hanging chads and butterfly ballots won't be around to trip up voters and officials — changes to ballots, equipment and laws have made the Bush-Gore circus a relic never to be revisited, state elections officials believe.

Wisconsin Republican Party says hackers stole $2.3 million

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hackers stole $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party's account that was being used to help reelect President Donald Trump in the key battleground state, the party's chairman told The Associated Press on Thursday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Pelosi wants 'big' health care, infrastructure push in 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is preparing a 2021 legislative agenda with two "great, big initiatives" — expanding health care access and rebuilding American infrastructure — that are longtime Democratic priorities aligned with Joe Biden's platform and taking on fresh urgency in the COVID-19  crisis.

Watchdog says USGS chief retaliated against whistleblower

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. Geological Survey violated federal whistleblower-protection laws by reassigning an employee who lodged an official complaint against him, the Interior Department's inspector general office said Thursday.

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