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VOL. 43 | NO. 12 | Friday, March 22, 2019

Betting our schools on Lee’s voucher plan

Education savings accounts offer choice, little evidence of improving outcomes

State lawmakers who want school vouchers in Tennessee have watched their plans go up in flames for years after clashing with public school advocates in both urban and rural districts. But Gov. Bill Lee has brought new life to the idea by pushing for a voucher-like program known as education savings accounts.

Voucher promoters employ old model for new effort

Parents and teachers will join Tennessee lawmakers this spring in trying to determine what Gov. Bill Lee’s Education Savings Account proposal, a school-choice option that is similar to school vouchers, would mean to them.

Public funds for religious schools? There is a precedent

How could it be constitutional to use state tax dollars to send a child to a private religious school?


Griffey ignores constitution with Trump shout out

This week’s topic requires that I temporarily forsake my goal of making this a Trump-free zone. For that I blame Rep. Bruce Griffey.

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Boy with a gun is now man with a plan to help at-risk teens

The guy who long ago buried “Trigga” – his gun-slinging street name – is running a few minutes late because he’s straightening out a work-site problem concerning one of his employees.


Let the seller beware when the buyer’s house hasn’t sold

Sellers in a frantic real estate market are not likely to accept an offer contingent on the sale of the buyer’s current residence.


Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for February 2019

Top commercial real estate sales, February 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US average mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 4.28 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, giving an incentive to potential buyers as the spring homebuying season opens.


Granlund finding his footing with Predators

Zach Parise didn’t hesitate when asked what he will miss most about his former linemate, Mikael Granlund.


GSRM Law welcomes Bashinsky as associate

The law firm of Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC has hired Lisa Bashinsky as an associate attorney. Bashinsky will practice in the firm’s Business and Corporate section, with a focus on providing legal representation to businesses, entrepreneurs, individuals and professionals with their business transactions and commercial needs.


Latest US News rankings boost VU grad programs

Vanderbilt University’s schools of nursing, education and medicine have moved up on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 graduate school rankings.


Are prepaid car maintenance plans worth it?

Prepaid car maintenance plans are one of the most common items a dealership finance and insurance manager will offer you when you buy a new car.


How to give money advice to someone not seeking help

Unsolicited money advice is like stale fruitcake: Most people wish the givers would just keep it to themselves.


Something odd about that job offer? Wait for another

The premise of my column, which comes from one of my career mentors, might sound a bit confusing.


Sheriff: Gross overcrowding leads to brawl at Tennessee jail

ASHLAND CITY (AP) — A Tennessee sheriff says overcrowding at the Cheatham County Jail led to a brawl that injured five people, including two correctional officers.

Fort Campbell soldiers return from deployment to Africa

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Fort Campbell says more than 100 soldiers are returning from a deployment to Africa.


Tennessee bill to stop local plastic bag bans heads to gov

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are sending Republican Gov. Bill Lee a bill that would ban local governments from regulating certain plastic bags and utensils.

Watered-down Tennessee 'bathroom bill' heads to floor votes

NASHVILLE (AP) — A watered-down Tennessee bill spelling out that the state's public indecency law applies to bathrooms and changing rooms for single-sex, multi-person use is heading toward floor votes.


Cuba, Google move to improve island's connectivity

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba and Google are signing a deal moving the island one step closer to having a state-of-the-art connection to the modern internet.

UK report finds technical risks in Huawei network gear

LONDON (AP) — British cybersecurity inspectors said Thursday they found significant technical issues in Chinese telecom supplier Huawei's software that pose risks for the country's mobile networks.


US economy revises down Q4 growth rate to 2.2%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter last year to an annual rate of just 2.2 percent. There are concerns that growth has slowed even more in the first quarter this year as global weakness, fading government stimulus and rising trade tensions take a toll on the economy.

Facebook facing housing discrimination charges from HUD

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook is again facing charges of discrimination because of its ad-targeting system, this time by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

UK leader Theresa May makes final push on EU divorce deal

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was making a final push Thursday to save her European Union withdrawal deal after her promise to step down gained the deal some support but failed to win over lawmakers from Northern Ireland.

US trade negotiators arrive in China for resumed talks

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. trade negotiators arrived in Beijing on Thursday to start a new round of talks aimed at ending a tariff war over China's technology ambitions as officials hint they might be making progress.


Adviser and allies warning Trump against issuing pardons

NEW YORK (AP) — The end of the special counsel's investigation sparked fresh speculation that President Donald Trump might pardon some of those charged in the probe. It's also spawned a don't-go-there chorus from some of Trump's closest advisers and GOP allies.

Mueller's evidence is likely a massive amount of material

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats say they want "all of the underlying evidence" in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation . But what is all of that evidence?


Tennessee spikes 'trigger' abortion ban bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have spiked a measure to ensure most abortions would be outlawed should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade.

Tennessee voucher bill seeks to block immigrant families

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Wednesday tweaked a sweeping voucher proposal to ensure schoolchildren living in the country illegally are prohibited from accessing the program.

Tennessee Senate panel recommends against sports wager bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee Senate panel has voted to recommend against passing a bill to legalize sports betting in the state.


Lebanon latest city to try to curb abortions with zoning

LEBANON (AP) — The city of Lebanon, Tennessee, has drafted a zoning ordinance similar to one being discussed in Mt. Juliet that seeks to regulate abortion services in the city.

Harpeth River protection group drops sewer plant opposition

FRANKLIN (AP) — A nonprofit organization devoted to protecting the Harpeth River is dropping its opposition to the City of Franklin's sewage treatment plant expansion.


Former Fisk dean's home to be designated historic site

NASHVILLE (AP) — Fisk University says the Tennessee Historical Commission is dedicating a historical marker next week at the former home of the Rev. William J. Faulkner, the former dean of men and dean of the chapel at Fisk.


Coal investor offers to buy power plant slated for closure

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A coal investor has offered to purchase a Tennessee Valley Authority plant in Kentucky that's slated for closure next year.


Predators sign Fabbro to three-year, entry-level deal

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Dante Fabbro to a three-year, entry-level contract.


Tennessee fires Holly Warlick after first-round NCAA exit

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has fired women's basketball coach Holly Warlick after a season in which the Lady Vols barely kept their NCAA Tournament streak alive and then promptly lost in the opening round.

Tennessee suspends DB Kenneth George Jr. after arrest

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has suspended defensive back Kenneth George Jr. indefinitely after police said he punched an officer on the side of the head last week.


Trump seeks to end government control of mortgage companies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has issued an order for the government to end its 10-year conservatorship of the mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.


EU aims to put speed limit technology on cars

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Union is moving to require cars and trucks to have technology that would deter speeding as well as data recorders to document the circumstances of accidents.

Nissan's governance committee says Ghosn had too much power

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — A Nissan committee set up to strengthen corporate governance after the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn said Wednesday an investigation found he had wielded too much power and recommended the scandal-hit Japanese automaker add more independent outside directors to its board and better oversee compensation and auditing.

Ford closing 3 factories in Russia in broad overhaul

MOSCOW (AP) — Ford said Wednesday it will close three factories in Russia, causing heavy job losses, as it pulls out of passenger vehicle manufacturing in the country.


Trump sees 'Obamacare' as potent issue - as do Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — If Democrats are anxious to turn attention aware from the Mueller report and toward the issue of health care, President Donald Trump is giving them an opening.

Centene to buy WellCare for $15B creating ACA powerhouse

Centene is spending more than $15 billion on rival WellCare to dive deeper into government-funded health coverage in the same week that President Donald Trump's administration renewed its attack on the Affordable Care Act.


Judge grants class action status in private prison lawsuit

NASHVILLE (AP) — Shareholders suing private prison operator CoreCivic have won class action status for a lawsuit claiming the company inflated stock prices by misrepresenting the quality and value of its services.

Justices reject new Kavanaugh's arguments in fraud case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is rejecting arguments made by Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he was an appeals court judge in a case involving securities fraud.

Immersed in business feuds, Avenatti is charged with fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even before federal prosecutors unsealed charges against Michael Avenatti, the lawyer best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in legal battles against President Donald Trump was facing legal scrutiny for his business practices.


FAA to revamp oversight after two deadly Boeing crashes

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to revamp oversight of airplane development after the two deadly crashes of Boeing's new 737 Max raised questions of whether the FAA has gone too far in letting companies regulate themselves, according to testimony prepared for a Capitol Hill hearing on Wednesday.


Facebook extends ban on hate speech to 'white nationalists'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is extending its ban on hate speech to prohibit the promotion and support of white nationalism and white separatism.

Apples wins 1, loses 1 in battle over iPhone technology

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A mind-bending battle over some of the technology used in iPhones became even more muddled Tuesday when a federal trade agency handed separate victories to the embittered foes, Apple and Qualcomm.


Health care, tech lead US stocks lower

Technology and health care companies drove a broad slide in U.S. stocks Wednesday, erasing some of the market's solid gains from a day earlier.

US trade gap falls 15 percent to $51.1B in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit tumbled nearly 15 percent in January as imports fell and exports rose. Shipments of American goods to China skidded to the lowest level in more than eight years as the world's two biggest economies remained locked in a trade war.

May says she'll step down if Brexit deal approved

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May told Conservative lawmakers Wednesday that she will step down once the U.K.'s exit from the European Union is delivered — a dramatic concession meant to bring enough of her colleagues on board to push her deal over the line.

European Central Bank ready to act if trouble hits economy

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is ready to take further action to help the economy if the outlook takes a sudden turn for the worse, bank President Mario Draghi said Wednesday.


Prosecutor: Grand jury in Russia probe 'continuing robustly'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A grand jury that was involved in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation is "continuing robustly," a federal prosecutor said Wednesday.

House Democrats likely to punt on budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leaders appear likely to give up on passing a budget this year rather than trying to bridge divisions between progressives seeking more money for domestic programs and more moderate members in swing districts who fear being attacked on tax hikes.

With eye on 2020, Senate Dems unveil voting, ethics overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats have unveiled legislation making it easier to vote and curbing the influence of big money in politics.

Biography: Trump turned Barbara Bush away from GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barbara Bush says Donald Trump caused her "angst" during the 2016 election and led her to question whether she was still a Republican in the months before she died.

Trump assembling an army of operatives for re-election fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2016, President Donald Trump compared Hillary Clinton's campaign to the lumbering federal bureaucracy. Now he's building one of his own.

GOP lawmakers set goal of summer vote for trade deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and House Republicans moved to build congressional support for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade accord on Tuesday with lawmakers selling the plan as offering big benefits for American workers. But prospects remain uncertain as Democrats are in no hurry to secure a political victory for the president.


Tennessee push wants state book to cover Appalachian dialect

NASHVILLE (AP) — It's pronounced "app-uh-latch-uh," not "app-uh-lay-sha."

Tennessee counties eye vote paper trail; state stays neutral

NASHVILLE (AP) — Amid growing national concerns about election security, Tennessee's three largest counties plan to begin using voting machines that produce a verifiable paper trail in time for the presidential primaries in March 2020, whether the Republican-led state requires it or not.

Bill to ban renting to tenants in US illegally dead for year

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee bill to ban most landlords from renting or subleasing housing to people in the U.S. illegally is dead for this year's legislative session.

Tennessee bill axes penalty for some guns on private grounds

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee bill to eliminate penalties when carry permit holders bring guns to some private properties and immediately leave when they realize firearms are banned is headed toward floor votes.

Bill would prevent license suspensions for unpaid court debt

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are throwing support behind legislation that would prevent the state from revoking or suspending driver's licenses over unpaid court costs.

Lawmakers move to stop cities from banning plastic bags

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee could become the latest state to ban local municipalities from regulating certain plastic bags and utensils.


Khalid, Brandi Carlile, Kelly Clarkson to sing at ACM Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — The ACM Awards will feature collaborations between pop star Khalid and Kane Brown, three-time Grammy-winner Brandi Carlile with Dierks Bentley and pop star Kelly Clarkson pulling double-duty with performances with both Jason Aldean and Dan + Shay.

EU parliament backs landmark copyright bill

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The European Parliament approved Tuesday a landmark copyright bill which seeks to give creative writers and artists better protection of their rights and income.


Regents approve new programs, fee changes at colleges

NASHVILLE (AP) — The body that governs Tennessee's college system says it has approved new training programs at nine technical colleges and changes in some student fees at six community colleges.

Tennessee community college graduation rates on the rise

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee higher education officials say community college graduation rates are on the rise.


Todd Helton cited on DUI charge, enters treatment center

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former All-Star first baseman Todd Helton has received a misdemeanor citation on a charge of driving under the influence after getting involved in a one-car accident.


Saros' shutout lifts Predators over Wild 1-0

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Donato's bid to tie the game caromed off the crossbar, and the Minnesota Wild were stuck with another agonizing defeat.


High court seems wary of involving judges in redistricting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed wary Tuesday of getting federal judges involved in determining when electoral district maps are too partisan.

Avenatti hit with Nike extortion claims, other charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A year ago, Michael Avenatti's star was rising as the combative, media-savvy lawyer representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in her legal battles against President Donald Trump.


Report: Tennessee home prices still rising, permits drop

Home prices in Tennessee continued rising in the fourth quarter of 2018 while construction permits were down from the previous quarter, the latest quarterly housing report from the MTSU Business and Economic Research Center finds.

US home price gains fall to lowest in more than 6 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at their slowest pace in more than six years in January, as higher mortgage rates last year weighed on sales.

US housing starts slumped 8.7 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of homes under construction fell 8.7 percent in February, as ground breakings for single-family houses plunged to their lowest level in nearly two years.


Google, McClatchy collaborating on local news experiment

NEW YORK (AP) — Google and the McClatchy publishing company say they will work together on an experiment launching three digital-only outlets to provide local news in U.S. communities that are currently news "deserts."

Newspapers largely shun Apple's news subscription service

NEW YORK (AP) — Many newspaper publishers — after suffering for a decade from job losses, shrinking ad dollars and circulation declines — are so far shunning Apple's new "Netflix for news" subscription.

Apple's news subscription service a mixed bag for publishers

NEW YORK (AP) — On Monday, Apple launched what some have called a "Netflix for news" — a $10-a-month subscription service that offers access to hundreds of magazines and a handful of newspapers. But most major U.S. news publishers aren't participating.


EU ignores US calls to ban Huawei in 5G cyber blueprint

LONDON (AP) — The European Commission has ignored U.S. calls to ban Chinese tech supplier Huawei as it announced a series of new cybersecurity recommendations for next-generation mobile networks.

Researchers: ASUS computers infected by auto-update virus

BOSTON (AP) — In a sophisticated targeted espionage operation, hackers infected tens of thousands of computers from the Taiwanese vendor ASUS with malicious software using the company's online automatic update service, security researchers reported Monday.


Oklahoma settles with maker of OxyContin over opioid crisis

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The maker of OxyContin and the family that owns the company have reached a $270 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma over the prescription painkiller's role in the nation's deadly opioid crisis, a person familiar with the agreement said Tuesday.

Dems cry foul as Trump calls for striking down 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has told a federal appeals court it wants the entire Affordable Care Act struck down, an outcome that could leave millions uninsured and re-ignite a winning political issue for Democrats.

11.4M sign up for Obama-era health plans this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says 11.4 million people have signed up for coverage this year under former President Barack Obama's health law. That's just a slight dip from 2018.

House Democrats to unveil Affordable Care Act rescue package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading House Democrats, backed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are unveiling broad legislation to shore up the Affordable Care Act. It's an attempt to deliver on campaign promises about health care and to — just maybe— change the conversation.


Banks, technology companies power a rebound for US stocks

Stocks finished broadly higher on Wall Street Tuesday, erasing the market's modest losses from a day earlier.

US targets 'vast network' for evading Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved Tuesday to break up a group of Iranian-linked companies that has transferred around $1 billion to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions on the country.

US consumer confidence weakens in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers were feeling less confident this month amid continued volatility in the financial markets.

Wall Street bonuses fell $30K in 2018 despite profit upturn

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state's comptroller says the average bonus paid to Wall Street security industry employees dipped by more than $30,000 despite an 11 percent increase in securities industry profits in 2018.

UK government defiant as Parliament takes control of Brexit

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers were preparing to blow open the Brexit process and put a host of rejected options back on the table — including keeping the U.K. close to the European Union or even remaining a member — as Prime Minister Theresa May defiantly insisted Tuesday that Parliament should approve her twice-defeated divorce deal instead.

Uber acquires Mideast competitor Careem for $3.1 billion

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ride-hailing service Uber announced on Tuesday it has acquired Mideast competitor Careem for $3.1 billion, giving the San Francisco-based firm the commanding edge in a region with a large, young, tech-savvy population.

New trade deal getting a boost from Trump, business groups

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and business groups are stepping up efforts to win congressional approval for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade accord . But prospects are uncertain given that Republicans are at odds with some aspects of the plan and Democrats are in no hurry to secure a political victory for the president.

Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House failed Tuesday to override President Donald Trump's first veto, salvaging his effort to steer billions of extra dollars to erecting border barriers and delivering a victory to the White House in a constitutional and political clash that's raged for months.


Lawmakers denounce plan to divert military money for wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers on Tuesday denounced Defense Department plans to use military funds to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall, telling Pentagon leaders the "unbelievably irresponsible" maneuver will threaten the agency's future ability to shift money around when needed.

US expands ban on foreign aid to overseas abortion providers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday expanded the Trump administration's ban on U.S. aid to groups that promote or provide abortions to include organizations that comply with the rules but give money to others that don't.

Pentagon to defend projects targeted by Trump border project

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top defense leaders are expected to get a barrage of questions when they face worried lawmakers on Capitol Hill for the first time since the Pentagon spelled out the military construction projects that could lose funding this year to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall.

Ethics body questions ex-EPA chief's $50-a-night condo deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal ethics officials are balking at a $50-a-night Washington condo deal by former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt.

Trump says investigation abused him, led to 'evil things'

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats pressed the Justice Department to provide the full report from special counsel Robert Mueller even as Republicans gleefully called for them to "move on" from the Russia investigation . President Donald Trump accused those responsible for launching Mueller's probe of "treasonous things against our country" and said they "certainly will be looked into."


Tennessee blows 25-point lead, beats Iowa 83-77 in OT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Admiral Schofield ran around the court in sheer joy, waving a March Madness towel after Tennessee made it back to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2014.


Predators assign Watson to AHL on long-term injury loan

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators have put forward Austin Watson on a long-term injury loan to their American Hockey League affiliate, a week after he earned reinstatement from the NHL.


Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant ups minimum wage to $16 hourly

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Volkswagen is increasing the minimum wage at its Chattanooga plant to $16 an hour.


$775M settlement reached in Xarelto blood thinner lawsuits

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The pharmaceutical companies behind the widely advertised blood thinner Xarelto reached a $775 million settlement in 25,000 lawsuits alleging patients were not adequately warned about the risks of life-threatening complications, plaintiff attorneys and the manufacturers said Monday.

Rolled joints for aching joints: More seniors use marijuana

LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — The group of white-haired folks — some pushing walkers, others using canes — arrive right on time at the gates of Laguna Woods Village, an upscale retirement community in the picturesque hills that frame this Southern California suburb a few miles from Disneyland.

US experts revisit breast implant safety after new concerns

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — U.S. medical authorities are revisiting the safety of breast implants used by millions of American women, the latest review in an ongoing debate about their potential health effects.


Apple is jumping belatedly into the streaming TV business

CUPERTINO, California (AP) — Jumping belatedly into a business dominated by Netflix and Amazon, Apple announced its own TV and movie streaming service Monday, enlisting such superstars as Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston and Steven Spielberg to try to overcome its rivals' head start.

Apple details new magazine, news app at services event

CUPERTINO, California (AP) — Apple on Monday laid out the details of its news subscription service, Apple News Plus, at an event Monday. It's also expected to launch a video service that could compete with Netflix, Amazon and cable TV itself.


Avenatti charged with trying to extort millions from Nike

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the pugnacious attorney best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, was arrested Monday on charges that included trying to shake down Nike for as much as $25 million by threatening the company with bad publicity.

High court won't referee dispute over Michael Jordan images

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it won't step in to referee a copyright dispute between Nike and a photographer who took a well-known image of basketball great Michael Jordan. That means lower court rulings for the athletic apparel maker will stand.


US setting up expert panel to review FAA, Boeing

NEW YORK (AP) — The Transportation Department says it's creating a special panel of experts to review Federal Aviation Administration procedures for approving new planes including the Boeing jet involved in two deadly crashes.


US stocks end choppy day mixed amid global growth jitters

U.S. stocks capped a day of choppy trading with an uneven finish Monday as investors wrestled to make sense of newly pessimistic outlooks for the global economy.

Slower manufacturing likely drag on small business optimism

NEW YORK (AP) — The growing evidence of a slowdown in manufacturing is likely contributing to the dip in small business optimism that began early in the year.

UK's May: Parliament support too low for 3rd Brexit vote

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May conceded Monday that Parliament would defeat her twice-rejected Brexit divorce deal again if she put it to a new vote, but said she still hopes to change lawmakers' minds and get the agreement approved.

Chinese leader visits France, giant Airbus deal announced

PARIS (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping was greeted with full honors Monday during a state visit to France where he attended the signings of multibillion-dollar deals, including a major sale of 300 aircraft from European plane maker Airbus to China.

Survey: Business economists see slowdown in growth this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's business economists foresee a sharp slowdown in U.S. economic growth over the next two years, in sharp contrast to the Trump administration's predictions that growth will accelerate this year and next.

UK leader meets Cabinet as she fights to stay in power

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was under intense pressure Monday to resign as the price of breaking the country's Brexit impasse and winning support for her unloved EU divorce deal.


Dems demand full Mueller report; Trump says OK with him

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's full report "wouldn't bother me at all" as congressional Democrats clamored for the Justice Department to release the entire document and not just the summary from Attorney General William Barr.

Russia savors Mueller's report but expects tensions to stay

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia savored an "I told you so" moment Monday after special counsel Robert Mueller found no collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow. Government officials also dismissed the extensive evidence uncovered by Mueller of Russian cyber-meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Justices reject foreign company appeal over Mueller subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a company owned by an unidentified foreign government that has refused to turn over information demanded by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Mueller finds no Trump collusion, leaves obstruction open

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence President Donald Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election but reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice. That brought a hearty claim of vindication from Trump but set the stage for new rounds of political and legal fighting.

Trump budget would nix ban on dumping sediment in Lake Erie

CLEVELAND (AP) — President Donald Trump's new budget proposal is seeking to end Ohio's ban on dumping dredged material from Cleveland into Lake Erie.


Tennessee House advances gym tax repeal bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers aren't breaking a sweat over a proposal designed to repeal a $10 million amusement tax on gym memberships.

Bill to provide more scrutiny on public records exemptions

NASHVILLE (AP) — Proposals seeking to create more exemptions to Tennessee's public records law would face more scrutiny under legislation advancing in the statehouse.

Tennessee House passes contentious anti-discrimination bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's GOP-dominated House on Thursday approved an anti-discrimination business bill that some critics say is dangerous for LGBTQ people.

Bill to nix 1 court death penalty review goes to Lee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee appears ready to sign into law a measure that could speed up the implementation of a death sentence.


Unprecedented spring flooding possible, US forecasters say

The stage is set for unprecedented major flooding this spring for most of the nation, U.S. weather officials said Thursday.

Tennessee Valley Authority plans to increase solar power

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — The nation's largest public utility plans to rely more on solar power in the future, according to proposals in a draft long-range power plan.


Man accused of dragging Tennessee officer with ATV arrested

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — U.S. Marshals have arrested a man suspected of driving an off-road vehicle that dragged a police officer when a group swarmed a downtown street in Tennessee's capital.


Midstate mayor: Police chief falsified gun training records

PORTLAND (AP) — The mayor of Portland, Tennessee, says an investigation has determined that the leadership of its police department falsified documents related to firearms training.


Vandy fires coach Bryce Drew after 9-23 year, winless in SEC

NASHVILLE (AP) — The worst season in the history of Vanderbilt men's basketball has cost coach Bryce Drew his job.


Crosby, Penguins beat Predators 2-1 in shootout

NASHVILLE (AP) — Late goals have hurt Pittsburgh lately. Sidney Crosby and the Penguins were able to reverse the trend Thursday night.


Big defensive stop allows Maryland to escape Belmont, 79-77

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Maryland's Eric Ayala deflected a pass to set up a steal by Darryl Morsell that stopped Belmont's last-second attempt at an NCAA Tournament upset and the Terrapins escaped with a 79-77 victory Thursday in the East Region.


Police: Vols DB George Jr. arrested for punching officer

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tennessee defensive back Kenneth George Jr. has been arrested for allegedly punching a police officer on the side of the head.


US existing-home sales jumped 11.8 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales soared 11.8 percent in February, aided by accelerating wages and falling mortgage rates that are improving affordability.


Trump slams European automakers, threatens US tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump criticized European auto makers Friday, suggesting he could impose tariffs on imports from companies such as BMW and Mercedes unless they build more plants in the United States.

GM announces 400 jobs, $300M investment for electric

ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from the president over an Ohio plant closure, General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle at a factory north of Detroit.


Boeing to make safety feature standard on troubled Max jets

Boeing will make standard on its troubled new airliner a safety feature that might have helped the crew of a jet that crashed shortly after takeoff last year in Indonesia, killing everyone on board.


Poll: More Americans say too little spending on health

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing majority of Americans want greater government spending on health care, and the increase is being driven by both Democrats and Republicans.


Top US general to meet with Google on China security worries

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer will meet with Google representatives next week amid growing concerns that American companies doing business in China are helping its military gain ground on the U.S.

Facebook left millions of passwords readable by employees

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook left millions of user passwords readable by its employees for years, the company said Thursday , an acknowledgement it offered after a security researcher posted about the issue online.


EU leaders postpone decision on 2050 climate goal

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Friday pushed back a decision on the bloc's long-term efforts to fight climate change, with some countries opposing a pledge to end most emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050.

Floods show national security threat posed by climate change

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — The Missouri River floodwater surging on to the air base housing the U.S. military's Strategic Command overwhelmed round-the-clock sandbagging by airmen and others. They had to scramble to save sensitive equipment, munitions and dozens of aircraft.


Stocks, bond yields fall sharply as growth worries spread

Wall Street was roiled Friday by new signs that global economic growth is slowing. The jitters triggered a sell-off in stocks and sent bond yields sharply lower, flashing a possible recession warning.

US budget deficit sets February record of $234 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government posted a record budget deficit in February, pushing the overall deficit for the first five months of the budget year up 39 percent from a year ago.

Potential recession signal: A key 'yield curve' has inverted

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the most closely watched predictors of a potential recession just yelped even louder.

Trump to nominate conservative Stephen Moore for Fed board

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he will nominate Stephen Moore, a conservative economic analyst, to fill a vacancy on the Federal Reserve's seven-member board.

Mother Russia: South Florida sees a boom in 'birth tourism'

MIAMI (AP) — Every year, hundreds of pregnant Russian women travel to the United States to give birth so that their child can acquire all the privileges of American citizenship.

For EU, Brexit has trashed May's 'strong and stable' image

BRUSSELS (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May used to promise "strong and stable" government. Fellow EU leaders used to believe her.

S&P 500 ends 2-day losing streak as tech leads stocks higher

Technology companies powered a broad rally for U.S. stocks Thursday, snapping the market's two-day losing streak.

Levi Strauss has big day after going public again

NEW YORK (AP) — Levi Strauss & Co., which gave America its first pair of blue jeans, is public for the second time.

Trump, corporate leaders discuss economic, business issues

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is discussing economic and business issues with some of America's top corporate titans.

Export slump deepens for American whiskey producers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — American whiskey producers are suffering a worsening hangover from the Trump administration's trade disputes.

Grudgingly, Europe says Brexit delay is still possible

BRUSSELS (AP) — Worn down by three years of indecision in London, European Union leaders on Thursday were grudgingly leaning toward giving the U.K. a bit more time to ease itself out of the bloc, but they warned that if Britain's Parliament spurns the offer, a chaotic exit loomed in just over a week.

Consumers should soon see benefit of Fed's patience on rates

NEW YORK (AP) — So much for those worries about rising interest rates. Just a few months ago, rising rates were bearing down on everyone from home buyers to stock investors after the Federal Reserve put through seven quarter-point increases in 2017 and 2018.


Mueller concludes Russia-Trump probe; no new indictments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday turned over his long-awaited final report on the contentious Russia investigation that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump's presidency, entangled Trump's family and resulted in criminal charges against some of the president's closest associates.

Now what? Mueller ends the Russia investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now what? Special counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his Trump-Russia investigation and on Friday delivered his final report to Attorney General William Barr.

Beyond Mueller report, Trump faces flurry of legal perils

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump portrayed Robert Mueller as the bane of his existence, but even with the special counsel's Russia investigation wrapped up, he may still have to contend with state and federal investigators in New York.

Trump reversing new sanctions on North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he is reversing his administration's decision to slap new sanctions on North Korea, ordering them withdrawn.

GOP senator proposes modest deficit curbs in new budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Senate Republican Friday unveiled a five-year budget plan that would modestly curb budget deficits that would otherwise soon breach $1 trillion, while rejecting President Donald Trump's gimmick of using war funding to sustain big increases for the Pentagon.

Treasury grants further relief on IRS withholding penalties

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department announced Friday that it is expanding again the relief it grants taxpayers who had too little in income taxes withheld from their paychecks in the first year of a sweeping tax overhaul.

Pompeo says Trump is like biblical queen who saved Jews

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says it's "possible" that President Donald Trump is like Queen Esther, who saved Jews in the Old Testament.

Venezuela is key topic between Trump and Caribbean leaders

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The political and economic crisis in Venezuela tops the agenda of President Donald Trump's meeting Friday with leaders from the Caribbean, a region that has been far from united in joining the U.S. call for the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.

Italy, China deepen ties under wary gaze of US, EU

MILAN (AP) — Italy's head of state told visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday that China's new "Silk Road" linking Europe and Asia must be a "two-way street," addressing concerns among Western allies that the colossal infrastructure project is meant merely to amplify Beijing's global influence.

Trump blames Fed for holding back economic growth in 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the economy would have grown much faster last year if the Federal Reserve had not been tightening credit last year.

CFPB's Kraninger reverses Mulvaney changes to advisory board

NEW YORK (AP) — The new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is reversing yet another policy set by her predecessor by giving more sway to a group of committees that advise the financial watchdog.

Trump to order colleges to back free speech or lose funding

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Thursday requiring U.S. colleges to certify that they protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal research funding, White House officials said.

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