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VOL. 43 | NO. 16 | Friday, April 19, 2019

Remodel, add on or start over

Like the location but hate the house? Buy anyway and make it yours

Christian and Wendy Seem loved the home they found in a quiet Brentwood neighborhood. It was larger than the house where they were living nearby, the yard was almost twice as big and it had a full basement.

Affordable housing options still available in Davidson County

People in the real estate industry have an expression that explains why Middle Tennessee commutes are getting longer and the main arteries more crowded.

The amenities of downtown in laid-back Nolensville

When she’s in the mood for a casual meal, Nathalie Burack can step out the door of her new townhome and stroll down the street for a gourmet hamburger. A shop selling spirits, wine and craft beer is opening nearby, along with a popular Mexican restaurant and a nail bar.

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REIN Event. Use a Self-Directed IRA to Grow Your Money. An introduction class. Realtors will receive continuing education credit. Fee: $20 and up. Thursday, 6 p.m. REIN Center, 4525 Harding Road, Suite 200. Information, registration

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Market sees higher prices, more inventory, fewer sales

The law of supply and demand is taking a beating in the Nashville real estate market. Inventory is on the rise, with 11,276 properties on the market compared with 8,521 at this time last year. Yet the price of a single-family home has increased from $297,915 to $305,000 during that same period. Condos have followed the trend, rising from $218,600 to $223,000.


Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for March 2019

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

US mortgage rates increased this week with 30-year at 4.17%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates increased this week, though they remain lower than a year ago in a positive sign for home sales.


Do we really have to welcome all to our state parks?

The South prides itself on being welcoming, my native Mississippi going so far as to officially bill itself as “the Hospitality State.” In general, it serves us well.


Tennessee bill to limit police oversight panels goes to gov

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are sending Gov. Bill Lee a bill that would limit community oversight boards that investigate police misconduct, but maintain reduced subpoena power for them.

Details shift in state’s Medicaid block grant plan

The latest legislative iteration in the move to receive billions in federal TennCare funds as a block grant would curb new federal mandates, add flexibility for the state to control pharmacy costs, set a floor for federal funding and remove previous requirements for state legislators to approve any TennCare deal that Gov. Bill Lee negotiates.


NFL Draft a gold (aluminum, actually) mine for King David

After smiling at the white-haired stranger, King David lowers the top half of his body into a dark-green dumpster a few feet outside Nissan Stadium – the ultimate field of dreams for those whose egos are being massaged by single-minded politicians during the three-day NFL Draft rodeo and bacchanalia.

Music City’s big weekend

What’s happening, when and where:


Draft hosting overshadows draft talk for Titans fans

As Nashville prepares to host its first NFL Draft, talk of who the Tennessee Titans will take with the 19th pick in that draft has taken a backseat to lost cherry trees, fear of downtown gridlock, how to get up front for the Tim McGraw, CeCe Winans and Dierks Bentley concerts and what celebrities will be spotted around town.

Titans could use Iowa tight end

The Tennesseee Titans could go any number of ways in the first round of the draft this year and are certainly not in control of their own fate at No. 19.


Preds lean on ‘consistent’ Johansen for deep run

In a Predators season plagued by inconsistency, Ryan Johansen remained steady. Never injured, always reliable. Productive the whole way.

Predators’ power play woes continue in playoffs

The Predators finished the regular season with the league’s worst power play, converting just 12.9 percent. Things didn’t improve in the first three games of the playoffs as Nashville went 0 for 8.


Cumberland Trust adds trust administrator

Nashville-based Cumberland Trust recently added David Liles to its estate administration team as a trust administrator. In his role, Liles supports the administration of post-mortem estates and helps clients and beneficiaries understand the steps of the estate settlement process.


Bradley wins Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has won the 2018 Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year ($50 to $100 million) Award from M&A Advisor for the firm’s role in the Chapter 11 case of Vanguard Healthcare and its 17 subsidiaries.


How new Jeep Gladiator compares with Colorado, Tacoma

The midsize truck segment has been gaining in popularity in recent years. Now there’s a new player in the segment to further stoke a truck lover’s desire: the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator.


New to travel rewards? Here are 5 myths to overcome

Twenty-four years ago, I knew so little about travel rewards that I took an around-the-world trip without signing up for a single frequent traveler program. Those lost points and miles still haunt me.


Don’t be shy about asking your parents for financial advice

Parents are often more than happy to offer financial advice to their children. They like to feel needed and want to make sure you’re on solid financial ground. But it’s important to turn the tables and ask about their financial plans, too.


Trump encourages Tennessee to pass school voucher plan

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposed school voucher bill in Tennessee has caught the attention and support of President Donald Trump.


Moon rocks to be studied at University of Tennessee

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville will help analyze moon rocks collected decades ago and never before opened.


Nissan ex-chair Ghosn awaiting release on bail

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, was awaiting release from the Tokyo Detention House on Thursday after he paid 500 million yen ($4.5 million) in bail.


Predators disappointed after earliest playoff exit since '15

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators had every piece in place for another long playoff run chasing the Stanley Cup.


US durable goods orders up solid 2.7% in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose 2.7% in March with a key category that tracks business investment decisions rising at the strongest pace in eight months.

Major German banks scrap merger talks over fear of costs

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany's Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank said Thursday they were halting talks on a possible merger that aimed to create a stronger global banking player, saying it would be too risky and costly.

Climate activists block entrance to London Stock Exchange

LONDON (AP) — Environmental activists who have disrupted the British capital for 10 days blocked the main entrance to the London Stock Exchange on Thursday, gluing themselves to the doorway while wearing LED displays reading "climate emergency."

3M to cut 2,000 jobs, 1Q results miss Wall Street's view

ST PAUL, Minn. (AP) — 3M plans to cut 2,000 globally as part of a restructuring due to a slower-than-expected 2019.


Ex-Vice President Joe Biden launches 2020 White House bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, declaring the soul of the nation at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election.

Putin: NKorea ready to denuclearize — if it gets guarantees

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirmed during their first summit Thursday he is willing to give up his nuclear weapons — but only if he gets an ironclad guarantee of security beforehand.


Feds intend to sue Nashville lawmaker over pain clinics

NASHVILLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors said this week they intend to file a lawsuit against a Tennessee state senator and other co-owners of a now-shuttered pain clinic company.

Tennessee House OKs sports betting bill, clearing key hurdle

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill that would allow sports betting in Tennessee passed the House on Wednesday, a key hurdle in a state that has been historically hesitant to expand gambling.

Tennessee House seeks to fund disabled insurance program

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House lawmakers say they're fighting to secure funding in next year's budget so that disabled children will be able to get Medicaid assistance.

Republican Powers wins Tennessee Senate special election

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Bill Powers has won a Tennessee Senate special election.

11 big firms say Tennessee bills discriminate against LGBTQ

NASHVILLE (AP) — Eleven large companies are urging Tennessee's Republican legislative leaders to oppose bills they say discriminate against LGBTQ people.

After unusual delay, state House narrowly OKs voucher bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — An ongoing fight over using public dollars to pay for private school tuition turned tense Tuesday, as a key Tennessee House vote didn't get officially tallied for 40 minutes until a single lawmaker changed his no to a yes, while Senate leaders advocated for a drastically different version.


Fire damages historic Tennessee courthouse

LOUDON (AP) — A fire has caused significant damage to one of the oldest courthouses in Tennessee.

Smokies announces dates for synchronous firefly viewing

GATLINBURG (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are announcing the predicted peak dates for viewing the park's synchronous fireflies this year.


Poll: Americans split on college admissions fairness

BOSTON (AP) — As a sweeping bribery scandal reignites debate over college admissions, a pair of polls reveal that many Americans think the nation's universities place too much emphasis on factors such as wealth, family ties and athletic ability.


Tesla's $700M Q1 net loss much larger than expected

Tesla posted a surprisingly large $702.1 million net loss in the first quarter as sales of its electric cars slumped and demand appeared to be waning.

Ford to invest $500M in electric vehicle startup Rivian

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is sinking a half-billion dollars into electric vehicle startup Rivian in a deal that has the companies working together on a new Ford electric vehicle based on Rivian underpinnings.

Nissan slashes profit amid Ghosn scandal, lagging sales

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan cut its profit forecast for the fiscal year through March on Wednesday to reflect slowing sales, higher costs and the fallout from a criminal investigation of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.

Tesla CEO heads down perilous road in pursuit of profit

Tesla has lost nearly $6 billion since setting out to revolutionize the auto industry 15 years ago, but CEO Elon Musk foresees a profitable future fueled in part by a ride-hailing service made up of electric cars driven by robots.


Stocks edge lower a day after record

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks gave up an early gain and drifted mostly lower on Wall Street as investors continue digesting a steady flow of corporate earnings.

Facebook anticipates an FTC privacy fine of up to $5 billion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook said it expects a fine of up to $5 billion from the Federal Trade Commission, which is investigating whether the social network violated its users' privacy.

Wall Street keeps hitting records. What do investors do now?

The S&P 500 just hit an all-time high, recovering from last year's dramatic plunge. The economy seems to be on fairly solid footing, still it's anyone's guess what happens next for the stock market.

Boeing's troubled jet will cost $1 billion to fix

Boeing estimates that it will spend $1 billion to fix the 737 Max and has pulled its forecast of 2019 earnings because of uncertainty surrounding the jetliner, which remains grounded after two crashes that killed 346 people.

Writings on gender issues magnify scrutiny of Trump Fed pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Additional provocative commentaries about women written by Stephen Moore, President Donald Trump's pick for the Federal Reserve board, emerged Tuesday, a day after a second White House Fed choice withdrew from consideration.


Trump forms battle plan for post-Mueller probes: Just say no

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just say no. As House Democrats ramp up their post-Mueller investigations into President Donald Trump, his strategy for responding is simple: Resist on every legal front. The administration is straining to hold off congressional investigators, including their efforts to obtain the president's tax returns, his business' financial records and testimony from former senior aides.

Conservatives reject move to topple PM Theresa May, for now

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May's job is safe, for now, after Conservative lawmakers decided against enabling a new challenge to her leadership.

House Democrats wrestle with White House over investigations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The struggle between House Democrats and the Trump administration over investigations intensified as a former White House official defied a subpoena and the Treasury Department ignored a deadline for providing President Donald Trump's tax returns.


Tennessee House narrowly advances voucher bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — An already contentious voucher-like proposal took a dramatic turn in Tennessee as Republican leaders refused to acknowledge a vote spiking the proposal on the House floor and Senate leaders advocated for a drastically different version.

Tennessee lawmakers send governor 'triggered' abortion ban

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal that would effectively outlaw most abortions in Tennessee if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade is headed to the governor's desk.

Tennessee House advances $21M tax break for FedEx expansion

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee House has advanced a bill aimed at giving FedEx $21.3 million in tax breaks over seven years for its $1.3 billion Memphis hub expansion.

Bill would allow cameras to be installed on school buses

NASHVILLE (AP) — A $13 million proposal to install cameras on school buses in order to catch drivers who properly fail to stop when students are being dropped off is advancing in Tennessee.

Tennessee House advances bill to expand convenience voting

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are expanding a pilot project that would allow more people to vote at any polling site inside their county.


Vanderbilt announces plan to reduce environmental impact

NASHVILLE(AP) — Vanderbilt University has unveiled a plan to reduce its environmental impact and says it wants to use renewable energy to power the Tennessee campus entirely.


Home builder to establish $14M facility in Westmoreland

NASHVILLE (AP) — A home building company plans to set up a $14 million Tennessee facility expected to create about 110 new jobs.


Western Kentucky U. cuts ties to its Confucius Institute

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Western Kentucky University is cutting ties to its Confucius Institute due to a new federal policy.


Tennessee officials contact 600 at risk for measles exposure

KNOXVILLE (AP) — After confirming a case of measles in Tennessee, health officials say they are working to contact more than 600 people who may have been exposed to the highly contagious disease.


Klingberg's OT goal ends Preds' season

DALLAS (AP) — With a chance to clinch a playoff series at home for the first time in 11 years, the Dallas Stars needed overtime again. They didn't need quite as many this time, and won't have to go back to Music City.


Transgender plaintiffs want birth certificate gender change

NASHVILLE (AP) — When Jason Scott wanted to attend community college in Seattle, he needed a high school transcript, and he couldn't get that without a birth certificate. The only problem was that Scott is transgender and his Tennessee birth certificate lists him as female.

Father of man accused in Waffle House shooting is sued twice

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Two lawsuits have been filed against an Illinois man whose son is accused of killing four people and injuring three others in a shooting at a Nashville Waffle House.


US new-home sales climbed 4.5% in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes increased 4.5% in March, the third straight monthly gain as the housing market appears to be cautiously recovering from a mortgage rate spike last year that caused homebuying to slump.


Google self-driving unit Waymo picks Detroit factory site

DETROIT (AP) — Google's self-driving car spinoff Waymo says it will reopen an axle plant in Detroit to convert conventional vehicles so they can drive autonomously.

Tesla CEO plans to hand the car keys to robots next year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects to start converting the company's electric cars into fully self-driving vehicles next year as part of an audacious plan to create a network of robotic taxis to compete against Uber and other ride-hailing services.

US expands probe into air bag failures to 12.3M vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto safety regulators have expanded an investigation into malfunctioning air bag controls to include 12.3 million vehicles because the bags may not inflate in a crash. The problem could be responsible for as many as eight deaths.


Back to the same record, but it's a different stock market

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock investors had to go on a harrowing round trip over the last seven months, but the market may be in a healthier place after it.

Henry Bloch, co-founder of tax company H&R Block, dies at 96

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Henry Bloch, who helped found tax preparation giant H&R Block, died Tuesday at age 96, the company announced.

Walgreens to hike minimum age for store tobacco sales

Walgreens has decided to ban tobacco sales to minors several weeks after a federal official called the drugstore chain a top violator of laws restricting access to cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and other products.

Twitter says 1Q profit rises on ad demand, daily users up

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter Inc. on Tuesday said earnings in the first three months of the year rose on strong ad demand while user numbers posted healthy growth.

US move to end Iran exemptions sending oil prices higher

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Oil prices have struck 2019 highs in the the wake of the U.S. move to impose sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil, and analysts said Tuesday that oil could get still more expensive.

China lashes out at US over Iran oil sanctions move

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing on Tuesday again lashed out at a U.S. decision to impose sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil, calling it a violation of China's interests that will intensify turmoil in the Middle East and international energy markets.

UK's May under fire as Parliament returns from Brexit break

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May faced renewed pressure Tuesday from her restive Conservative Party to resign as lawmakers returned to Parliament — and to Brexit wrangling — after an 11-day Easter break.


Dems weigh contempt vote after White House defies subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee says the White House is in "open defiance" of his panel after lawyers advised a former official to ignore a subpoena related to the committee's investigation of White House security clearances .

All not in favor of Trump's Buckingham Palace dinner date

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump finally has a date on the calendar for a state dinner at Buckingham Palace — a visit more than two years in the making. The mere announcement of his June visit as the guest of Queen Elizabeth II stirred up fresh anti-Trump sentiment Tuesday among Brits who want to deny him a seat at the table.

AP FACT CHECK: Mueller interviewed many close to president

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is falsely suggesting that the people "closest" to him weren't called to testify before special counsel Robert Mueller and his team because investigators didn't want to hear the "good things" those people would want to share about the president. Plenty of people close to Trump, or who worked closely with him, were interviewed by investigators or invited to do so.


Tennessee House OKs bill to keep daylight saving year-long

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee House has advanced a proposal that would keep the state on daylight saving time year-round.


Land conservation organization acquires 100,000 acres

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A land conservation organization has acquired 100,000 acres (40,469 hectares) on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.


A win for people who park too long: Tire marking thrown out

DETROIT (AP) — Marking tires to enforce parking rules is like entering property without a search warrant, a federal court said Monday as it declared the practice unconstitutional in Michigan and three other states.

4 apply for judicial vacancy in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Four people have applied for a judicial vacancy in Tennessee.

Faith-based group to settle religious discrimination claim

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Tennessee's leading faith-based health care system is set to pay $75,000 to a worker fired for not getting a required flu shot due to his religion.


MTSU accepting expired and unused medicine in drug take-back

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University is accepting expired, unused and unwanted medications as part of its Drug Take-Back Day.


Home sales fall 4.9% in slow start to spring buying season

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of existing U.S. homes fell in March after a huge gain the previous month, held back partly by a sharp slowdown among the most expensive properties.


New indictment expands case against Nissan ex-chair Ghosn

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese prosecutors said Monday they have indicted Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn on fresh breach of trust charges that expand their allegations of financial misconduct outside Japan.

Tesla gears up for fully self-driving cars amid skepticism

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears poised to transform the company's electric cars into driverless vehicles in a risky bid to realize a bold vision that he has been floating for years.


Samsung delays folding phone launch after breaking issues

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Samsung is pushing back this week's planned public launch of its highly anticipated, $2000 folding phone after reports that reviewers' phones were breaking.

SpaceX suffers serious setback with crew capsule accident

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has suffered a serious setback in its effort to launch NASA astronauts into orbit this year, with the fiery loss of its first crew capsule.


Back to Earth: Washington set to allow 'human composting'

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington appears set to become the first state to allow a burial alternative known as "natural organic reduction" — an accelerated decomposition process that turns bodies into soil within weeks.


US stock indexes end mostly lower after listless trading day

Wall Street capped a day of mostly sideways trading Monday with a slight gain for the benchmark S&P 500 index, as a spike in crude oil prices sent energy companies broadly higher.

Herman Cain withdraws from consideration for Fed, Trump says

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that Herman Cain has withdrawn from consideration for a seat on the Federal Reserve's board amid a focus on past scandals and doubts about his qualifications for the role.

Medicare, Social Security face shaky fiscal futures

WASHINGTON (AP) — The financial condition of the government's bedrock retirement programs for middle- and working-class Americans remains shaky, with Medicare pointed toward insolvency by 2026, according to a report Monday by the government's overseers of Medicare and Social Security.

US won't renew sanctions waivers for importing Iranian oil

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday told five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran.


Impeach or not impeach? Pelosi says focus first on facts

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged divided fellow Democrats Monday to focus on fact-finding rather than leaping to talk of impeachment to hold President Donald Trump accountable for the "highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior" described in special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

Trump says 'nobody disobeys' him, has no impeachment worries

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says that "nobody" disobeys his orders, a reference to the Mueller report, which paints a deeply unflattering picture of his presidency.

Trump, business organization sue Democratic House chairman

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his business organization sued the Democratic chairman of the House oversight committee on Monday to block a subpoena that seeks years of the president's financial records.

Nothing wrong with help from Russians, Trump lawyer says

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted there was "nothing wrong" with the president's 2016 campaign taking information from the Russians, as House Democrats pledged stepped-up investigations into campaign misconduct and possible crimes of obstruction detailed in special counsel Robert Mueller's report .

Warren unveils $640B college debt forgiveness plan

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrat Elizabeth Warren is proposing the elimination of existing student loan debt for millions of Americans, part of a sweeping set of education funding proposals announced as she and other presidential candidates seek to differentiate themselves in a sprawling field.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, AG spread untruths on Mueller report

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is still distorting the truth about the Russia investigation , claiming exoneration from a special counsel's report that he is also assailing as hopelessly biased.


Tennessee AG declines to weigh in on voucher bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — A top Tennessee lawmaker says Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III's decision to not issue a legal opinion on a contentious voucher-like proposal signals it's likely unconstitutional.

Tennessee bill would double Senate campaign donation limits

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee senators have voted to double several campaign contribution limits.

Charter school bill headed to Tennessee governor's desk

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee proposal to tweak how the state intervenes in charter school authorization cases is headed to Gov. Bill Lee's desk.

Protesters arrested after 30-hour long sit-in at Capitol

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee troopers arrested five protesters at the state Capitol after a 30-hour long sit-in outside Gov. Bill Lee's office.

Tennessee advances measure stating God as source of liberty

NASHVILLE (AP) — A resolution that would change the Tennessee Constitution to say God is the source of liberty for the state's citizens has cleared the House.


Lawsuit filed over Waffle House shooting in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — The mother of a woman who was killed in a shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House last year has filed the latest lawsuit over the attack.

Judge: Student in T-shirt lawsuit won't be named

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request from a Tennessee lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct to publicly name the student who has filed a lawsuit against the Republican.


Stackhouse adds Adam Mazarei to staff at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse has hired Adam Mazarei to his coaching staff, adding an assistant who spent the past six seasons with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies.

Vandy coach Stackhouse adds former Pac-12 assistant to staff

NASHVILLE (AP) — New Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse has added longtime Pac-12 assistant David Grace to his staff as associate head coach.


Middle Tennessee sees high demand for health care tech jobs

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Middle Tennessee saw over 12,500 postings for jobs in health care technology last year. That's according to a report released Thursday by Middle Tennessee State University and the Greater Nashville Technology Council.


Honda slows Accord, Civic production as buyers shift to SUVs

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Honda is slowing production of Accord and Civic cars as U.S. buyers continue to favor SUVs and trucks.

Toyota, SoftBank fund, Denso invest $1 billion in Uber

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top automaker Toyota, auto parts maker Denso and internet company SoftBank's investment fund are investing $1 billion in car-sharing Uber's technology unit.

Nissan ex-chair Ghosn appeal on extended detention rejected

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top court said Thursday it has rejected an appeal by former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn's lawyers against his extended detention after his fourth arrest on allegations of financial misconduct.


Google: Android users get browser, search options in EU case

LONDON (AP) — Google said Thursday it will start giving European Union smartphone users a choice of browsers and search apps on its Android operating system, in changes designed to comply with an EU antitrust ruling.

Some of Samsung's new folding phones are already breaking

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some of Samsung's new, almost $2,000 folding phones appear to be breaking after just a couple of days.


National Enquirer being sold to former newsstand mogul

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Enquirer is being sold to the former head of the airport newsstand company Hudson News following a rocky year in which the tabloid was accused of burying stories that could have hurt Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.


Court: EPA has 90 days to justify use of dangerous pesticide

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has given the Environmental Protection Agency 90 days to justify why a widely used but dangerous pesticide should stay on the market.

Climate protests close London bridge; 570 arrests in 4 days

LONDON (AP) — Climate protesters are once again trying to shut down parts of London to urge residents to do more to protect the Earth from rising temperatures.

Americans' energy use surges despite climate change concern

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans burned a record amount of energy in 2018, with a 10% jump in consumption from booming natural gas helping to lead the way, the U.S. Energy Information Administration says.


US home construction slips 0.3% in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction slipped 0.3% in March, as housing starts are running below last year's pace in a sign that inventory could be a challenge for would-be buyers.


US corporations embracing 420 as pot legalization grows

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Potheads have for decades celebrated their love of marijuana on April 20, but the once counter-culture celebration that was all about getting stoned now is so mainstream Corporate America is starting to embrace it.

China downplays political impact of global development push

BEIJING (AP) — China downplayed the political implications of its global Belt and Road infrastructure initiative, saying Friday that it aimed to boost multilateralism amid protectionist trends in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Commission: New NAFTA would deliver modest economic gains

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new North America trade agreement would give the U.S. economy only a modest boost, an independent federal agency has found.

US stocks cap holiday shortened week with modest gains

The major U.S. stock indexes capped a holiday shortened week with slight gains Thursday, reversing some of the modest losses from a day earlier.

IPO mania: Zoom zooms, Pinterest pins down Wall Street

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — There's some tech jubilance in the air on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley as a pair of newly public companies — Zoom and Pinterest — saw their stocks soar on their first trading day.

Walmart, Amazon kick off government online pilot program

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon and Walmart on Thursday kicked off a two-year government pilot program allowing low-income shoppers on government food assistance in New York to shop and pay for their groceries online for the first time.

US retail sales soared 1.6% in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales surged in March at the fastest pace since late 2017, as spending on autos, gasoline, furniture and clothing jumped.

US claims for unemployment aid hit lowest level since '69

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in nearly half a century.

Earth, meet Polo: Ralph Lauren unveils plastic bottle shirt

NEW YORK (AP) — Earth, meet Polo. Polo Ralph Lauren on Thursday launched a version of its iconic polo shirt made entirely of recycled plastic bottles and dyed through a process that uses zero water.


House subpoena for Mueller report escalates investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena Friday for special counsel Robert Mueller's report as Congress escalates its investigation of President Donald Trump.

Trump blasts ex-advisers who say he tried to stop Mueller

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after celebrating the release of the Mueller report as "a good day," President Donald Trump struck a defiant tone Friday, unleashing tweets saying claims in the report by former administration officials that he tried numerous times to stop or influence the probe were "total bullshit."

Mueller report: Trump largely failed to derail Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought the removal of special counsel Robert Mueller, discouraged witnesses from cooperating with prosecutors and prodded aides to mislead the public on his behalf, according to a hugely anticipated report from Mueller that details multiple efforts the president made to curtail a Russia probe he feared would cripple his administration.

Congress plunges into Mueller report, subpoena upcoming

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's now up to Congress to decide what to do with special counsel Robert Mueller's findings about President Donald Trump.

Former counsel may have saved Trump from himself

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don McGahn was barely on speaking terms with President Donald Trump when he left the White House last fall. But special counsel Robert Mueller's report reveals the president may owe his former top lawyer a debt of gratitude.

Analysis: Mueller paints a damning portrait of the president

WASHINGTON (AP) — To Donald Trump, the start of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation looked alarmingly like the end of his presidency. So he tried to stop it.

A beleaguered Trump feared 'the end of my presidency'

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the moment two years ago when Donald Trump learned a special counsel had been appointed to investigate his campaign and Russia, the president responded with profane fury — and something resembling panic.

Barr deepens critics' concerns in handling of Mueller report

WASHINGTON (AP) — It may be special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation report , but the spotlight Thursday belonged just as much to the attorney general who made it public.

AP FACT CHECK: Skewed Trump, Barr claims on Mueller report

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his attorney general are distorting the facts when it comes to special counsel Robert Mueller's report in the Russia investigation.

What the Mueller report says about Trump-Russia contacts

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sweeping two-year investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller identified numerous contacts between President Donald Trump's campaign officials and Russians. But the evidence that his team uncovered during the Russia probe that shadowed Trump's presidency didn't rise to the level of a chargeable crime, he said.

Where the Trump investigations stand after Mueller

NEW YORK (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report outlined Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. But Mueller did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government, and he made no conclusion on the question of whether the president obstructed justice.

The 10 instances of possible obstruction in Mueller report

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election identified 10 instances of possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump. Mueller said in his report that he could not conclusively determine that Trump had committed a crime or that he hadn't.

Full text of Mueller's questions and Trump's answers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller's 448-page investigative report into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election includes 23 unredacted pages of Mueller's written questions and Donald Trump's written responses, the only direct exchange between the special counsel's office and the president.

America about to see Mueller report; Barr gets in first word

WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly two years of waiting, America is getting some Trump-Russia answers straight from Robert Mueller. But first: Another declaration of "no collusion" by President Donald Trump's attorney general.

The Latest: Report says officials blocked Trump's efforts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller says President Donald Trump's efforts to influence the Russia investigation "were mostly unsuccessful," but that was because the people surrounding the president "declined to carry out orders to accede to his requests."

What you won't see in the Mueller report

WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel's Trump-Russia report will be out on Thursday for all to see. But not all of it.

McConnell proposes national minimum age of 21 for tobacco

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationally.

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