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VOL. 44 | NO. 27 | Friday, July 3, 2020

Days of slumber

How, why NASCAR is breathing new life into long-dormant track

What goes around comes around. That karma-like phrase, popularized in the 1970s, will take on new meaning for area auto racing fans next June when the NASCAR Cup Series returns to the Nashville market for the first time in 37 years.

Newgarden hot for IndyCar to race on hometown track, too

Josef Newgarden, the two-time (and reigning) NTT IndyCar Series champion, is anxious to race again at what he considers his hometown track.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

The best, worst from the 111th General Assembly

Tennessee legislators, having adjourned sine die and high-tailed it homeward, it’s time for a final report card on the 111th session of the General Assembly.

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EVENTS

Chamber Chat. As a way of leading, informing and supporting members, the Nashville Area Chamber is launching Chamber Chat, formerly known as Member Orientation. Making the most of your membership investment is important, as your business plays a key role in the Chamber’s mission of creating regional economic prosperity. Join a Webex to hear from Chamber staff about member benefits and involvement opportunities. Thursday, 1-2 p.m. Information

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Residential real estate sales definitely on the decline

As the number of cases of COVID continue to grow, the Nashville residential real estate market continues to post baffling numbers.

REAL ESTATE

US long-term mortgage rates hit all-time low again

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week with the benchmark 30-year home loan hitting its lowest level ever.

UT SPORTS

Pruitt works to get ahead of Black Lives Matter unrest

One way UT will ‘create change’ is helping players register to vote

As a white male, Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt can’t possibly understand what his Black players live through on a daily basis.

NEWSMAKERS

Bryant-McCormick, Stranch win 2020 Athena Awards

Kee Bryant-McCormick, an attorney with Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC, is this year’s winner of the Athena Leadership Award, and Grace Stranch, an attorney who has been honored by the Tennessee Supreme Court for her commitment to pro bono work, has been named winner of the Athena Young Professional Leadership Award.

BRIEFS

More people want to relocate to Nashville

A record 27% of home searchers looked to move to another metro area in April and May 2020, a new report from Redfin finds, with Nashville seeing the biggest jump in the share of people looking to move in since last year.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

5 SUVs recommended for cargo space, fuel economy

Many people like SUVs because of the greater cargo space and a higher driving position they provide compared to a sedan. But one of the typical trade-offs is reduced fuel economy.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Some taxpayers face a desperate wait for refunds

As a 58-year-old woman on disability, Robin Short of Wallingford, Connecticut, relies on her tax refund to catch up on bills. She filed her return electronically in February, opting for direct deposit so she could get her $773 refund quickly.

CAREER CORNER

Planning a big career change? Hold that thought

If you’ve found yourself out of work because of COVID-19 you’re likely searching for something new. You might be doing some soul searching. You want to figure out what you should have been, or what you’d like to be in the future. You may even wonder if you’re living in the right city.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee panel meets today on Capitol's Confederate bust

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee panel is meeting Thursday to decide whether to recommend that the bust of a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader be removed from the state Capitol.

Lee: Forrest bust should go in museum

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Wednesday that the bust of a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader should be removed from the state Capitol and put in the state museum.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vanderbilt cuts at least 8 from athletics communications

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt has laid off at least two people with six more forced to re-apply for their jobs as the Southeastern Conference's lone private school works to merge its athletics communications department with the university's main communications office.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Country band Lady A files suit against singer with same name

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country group Lady A, which dropped the word "Antebellum," from their name because of the word's ties to slavery, has filed a lawsuit against a Black singer who has performed as Lady A for years.

COURTS

Supreme Court rules Manhattan DA can obtain Trump taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a prosecutor's demand for President Donald Trump's tax returns as part of a criminal investigation that includes hush-money payments to women who claim they had affairs with Trump.

Supreme Court says Congress can't get Trump records, for now

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Manhattan district attorney's demand for President Donald Trump's tax returns, but kept a hold on Trump's financial records that Congress has been seeking for more than a year.

Justices rule swath of Oklahoma remains tribal reservation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a large chunk of eastern Oklahoma remains an American Indian reservation, a decision that state and federal officials have warned could throw Oklahoma into chaos.

TRANSPORTATION

Lawyer: TSA makes changes after whistleblower's complaint

The Transportation Security Administration has improved coronavirus protection for airport screeners after a TSA official accused the agency of endangering travelers, the whistleblower's lawyer said Wednesday.

TECHNOLOGY

Germany seizes server hosting pilfered U.S. police files

BOSTON (AP) — At the behest of the U.S. government, German authorities have seized a computer server that hosted a huge cache of files from scores of U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement agencies obtained in a Houston data breach last month.

EU court: No need to reveal IP addresses in uploading cases

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that online platforms don't have to disclose the full personal data including email addresses, telephone numbers or IP addresses of users who illegally upload movies and copyright material.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

CDC: No rewriting of guidelines for reopening schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite President Donald Trump's sharp criticism, federal guidelines for reopening schools are not being revised, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Tennessee reports large increase in COVID-19 cases, deaths

MEMPHIS (AP) — Tennessee reported its largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases as the state's total climbed to nearly 56,000 cases on Wednesday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Layoffs stuck at high level as 1.3 million seek jobless aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a historically high pace that shows that many employers are still laying people off in the face of a resurgent coronavirus.

Buffett makes annual donations worth $2.9B to 5 charities

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett has given away another $2.9 billion of his Berkshire Hathaway stock to five foundations as part of his plan to gradually give away his fortune.

ELECTION 2020

State: Tennessee counties all have updated mail voting info

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's elections coordinator says all 95 counties have updated their websites or written materials to reflect a judge's ruling that every eligible voter can choose to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden proposes $700 billion-plus 'Buy American' campaign

Launching an economic pitch expected to anchor his fall presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is proposing sweeping new uses of the federal government's regulatory and spending power to bolster U.S. manufacturing and technology firms.

Biden-Sanders task forces unveil joint goals for party unity

WASHINGTON (AP) — Political task forces Joe Biden formed with onetime rival Bernie Sanders to solidify support among the Democratic Party's progressive wing recommended Wednesday that the former vice president embrace major proposals to combat climate change and institutional racism while expanding health care coverage and rebuilding a coronavirus-ravaged economy.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

House to interview fired NY prosecutor probing Trump allies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ousted U.S. attorney who was leading investigations into President Donald Trump's allies is set to appear before the House Judiciary Committee for a private interview as the panel deepens its probe of politicization at the Justice Department.

Pentagon leaders face grilling on use of military in unrest

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's top leaders are going before Congress for the first time in months to face a long list of controversies, including their differences with President Donald Trump over the handling of protests near the White House last month during unrest triggered by the killing of George Floyd in police hands.

About that border wall, Mr. Presidents ... who's paying?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has made building some 450 miles of wall on the U.S.-Mexico border a defining issue of his presidency, and long vowed that Mexico would pay for it.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 8
NASHVILLE SC

MLS to resume season minus Dallas amid growing virus concern

Major League Soccer is about to resume its season — in a state that has seen a huge spike in coronavirus infections, with one team absent because of a COVID-19 outbreak, and with plenty of worry about what will happen next.

COURTS

Judge dismisses GM's bribery lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge in Detroit has tossed out General Motors' lawsuit alleging that Fiat Chrysler paid off union leaders to get better contract terms than GM.

Supreme Court expected to rule on Trump tax records Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is expected to rule Thursday on whether Congress and the Manhattan district attorney can see President Donald Trump's taxes and other financial records that the president has fought hard to keep private.

Supreme Court sides with Catholic schools in employment suit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is siding with two Catholic schools in a ruling that underscores that certain employees of religious schools, hospitals and social service centers can't sue for employment discrimination.

Court OK's limiting free birth control on religious grounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — More employers who cite religious or moral grounds can decline to offer cost-free birth control coverage to their workers, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, upholding Trump administration rules that could leave more than 70,000 women without free contraception.

2 female firsts at the Supreme Court announce retirements

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that the first-ever women to hold two prominent positions at the court, handling the justices' security and overseeing publication of the court's decisions, are retiring.

Chief Justice Roberts recently spent a night in a hospital

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts spent a night in a hospital last month after he fell and injured his forehead, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said Tuesday night.

TECHNOLOGY

Civil rights groups denounce Facebook over hate speech

Facebook keeps telling critics that it is doing everything it can to rid its service of hate, abuse and misinformation. And the company's detractors keep not buying it.

HEALTH CARE

Walgreens dives into primary care with clinic expansion

Walgreens will squeeze primary care clinics into as many as 700 of its U.S. stores over the next few years in a major expansion of the care it offers customers.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Rise in COVID-19 cases worries tourist destination Branson

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A surge in coronavirus cases is proving worrisome in the popular southwestern Missouri tourist destination of Branson.

CDC: Minorities affected much more in meatpacking outbreaks

A new report studying the impact of the coronavirus on workers at meat processing plants has found that 87% of people infected were racial or ethnic minorities and that at least 86 workers have died.

Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools in fall

President Donald Trump launched an all-out effort pressing state and local officials to reopen schools this fall, arguing that some are keeping schools closed not because of the risks from the coronavirus pandemic but for political reasons.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street's rally gets back on track as tech leads the way

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street's rally got back on track Wednesday after more gains for big technology stocks helped pull the S&P 500 to its sixth gain in seven days.

US consumers reduced their borrowing by $18.3 billion in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers reduced their borrowing for a third straight month in May as the millions of jobs lost because of the coronavirus pandemic made households less eager to take on new debt.

United Airlines sending layoff notices to nearly half of US employees

United Airlines will send layoff warnings to 36,000 employees - nearly half its U.S. staff - in the clearest signal yet of how deeply the virus outbreak is hurting the airline industry.

UK gets creative: job bonus and eating out schemes announced

LONDON (AP) — The British government unveiled a raft of measures Wednesday it hopes will limit an anticipated spike in unemployment as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Renters face financial cliff ahead; limited help available

Renters are nearing the end of their financial rope.

Brooks Brothers, worn by Lincoln and Kennedy, goes bankrupt

NEW YORK (AP) — Brooks Brothers, the 200-year-old company that dressed nearly every U.S. president, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, the latest major clothing seller to be toppled by the coronavirus pandemic.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Vindman retiring from Army, lawyer blames Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a national security aide who played a central role in President Donald Trump's impeachment case, announced his retirement from the Army on Wednesday in a scathing statement that accused the president of running a "campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation."

Data: Congress created virus aid, then reaped the benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least a dozen lawmakers have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to newly released government data, highlighting how Washington insiders were both author and beneficiary of one of the biggest government programs in U.S. history.

Trump 'flexible' on size of convention as lawmakers shy away

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coronavirus cases surging in Florida, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he's "flexible" on the size of the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville.

In risky bid, Trump stokes racial rancor to motivate voters

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is wielding America's racial tensions as a reelection weapon, fiercely denouncing the racial justice movement on a near-daily basis with language stoking white resentment and aiming to drive his supporters to the polls.


TUESDAY, JULY 7
NASHVILLE SC

MLS Nashville-Chicago match postponed after 5 positive tests

Major League Soccer has postponed the second match of the MLS is Back tournament after five Nashville players tested positive for COVID-19, the league announced Tuesday.

ELECTION 2020

Tuesday is deadline to register for Tennessee Aug. 6 primary

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennesseans are running out of time to register to vote in the Aug. 6 primary election.

Biden wants US to produce more of its own pandemic supplies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is promising to shift production of medical equipment and other key pandemic-fighting products "back to U.S. soil," creating jobs and bolstering a domestic supply chain he says has been exposed as inadequate and vulnerable by the coronavirus outbreak.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville official wants nearby counties to order masks worn

NASHVILLE (AP) — As Nashville's coronavirus cases continue to surge, a city official on Tuesday called on the mayors of surrounding counties to require masks in public, saying the problem needs to be addressed regionally.

Nashville bars seek restraining order against city officials

NASHVILLE (AP) — Some Nashville bar owners are seeking a temporary restraining order against city officials in an effort to push back against coronavirus restrictions.

CoreCivic drops efforts to keep Nashville jail contract

NASHVILLE (AP) — A private prison company abruptly dropped efforts to keep running a jail in Nashville, saying it won't be used as a "punching bag" as city officials take steps to end the agreement on their own.

Meharry Medical College gets $8 million for school program

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College has received an $8 million grant for its BRIDGE to Success program, according to a Monday news release.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee receiving $81M in federal COVID-19 education money

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that the state's K-12 schools and higher education institutions are receiving an $81 million round of federal money in response to the new coronavirus pandemic.

TECHNOLOGY

TikTok to leave Hong Kong as security law raises questions

HONG KONG (AP) — TikTok said Tuesday it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law that took effect last week.

Samsung projects 23% jump in 2Q profit on strong chip sales

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday its operating profit for the last quarter likely rose 23% from the same period last year, helped by robust demand for memory chips used in personal computers and servers as the coronavirus pandemic has more people working from home.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Court overturns order to have GM, Fiat Chrysler chiefs meet

DETROIT (AP) — An appeals court on Monday said the CEOs of General Motors and Fiat Chrysler don't have to meet to settle a lawsuit between the two automakers.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

COVID-19 data on Medicare's nursing home site is incomplete

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Trump administration required nursing homes to report their COVID-19 cases, it also promised to make the data available to residents, families and the public in a user-friendly way.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street follows solid stock market rally with pullback

Banks and companies that rely on consumer spending led stocks broadly lower on Wall Street Tuesday, as the market gave back some of the big gains it made the past couple of weeks.

Hiring soared in May as mass layoffs eased

WASHINGTON (AP) — The job market took a big step toward healing in May, though plenty of damage remains, as a record level of hiring followed record layoffs in March and April.

Kanye West? The Girl Scouts? Hedge funds? All got PPP loans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's small business lending program has benefited millions of companies, with the goal of minimizing the number of layoffs Americans have suffered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet the recipients include many you probably wouldn't have expected.

Small business aid went beyond hard-hit companies, data show

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Monday identified roughly 650,000 mostly small businesses and nonprofits that received taxpayer money through a federal program that was designed to soften job losses from the coronavirus but also benefited wealthy, well-connected companies and some celebrity owned firms.

Trump donors among early recipients of coronavirus loans

WASHINGTON (AP) — As much as $273 million in federal coronavirus aid was awarded to more than 100 companies that are owned or operated by major donors to President Donald Trump's election efforts, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data.

EU forecasts deeper economic hit from pandemic

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm forecasts that the bloc's economy will contract more than previously expected because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused lockdowns on business and public life that are only slowly being eased.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Alexander, Grassley skipping GOP convention in Florida

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the Senate's most senior Republicans are skipping the GOP national convention in Jacksonville, Florida, where President Donald Trump will be nominated for a second term.

McConnell eyes virus aid as evictions, benefits cuts loom

WASHINGTON (AP) — An eviction moratorium is lifting. Extra unemployment benefits are ending. Parents are being called to work, but schools are struggling to reopen for fall as the COVID-19 crisis shows no signs of easing.

Trump increasingly turning to executive orders, more to come

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is setting a brisk pace lately in issuing executive orders and he's just getting started as he tries to position himself as a man of action on everything from foreign policy to racial justice in an election year. The impact of some of the orders, though, is less than meets the eye.

GOP worries Trump's divisive June imperils Senate control

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's June began with his Bible-clutching photo op outside a church after authorities used chemicals and batons to scatter peaceful demonstrators. It never got less jarring or divisive.


MONDAY, JULY 6
MUSIC INDUSTRY

Country rocker, fiddler Charlie Daniels dies at age 83

NASHVILLE (AP) — Charlie Daniels, who went from being an in-demand session musician to a staple of Southern rock with his hit "Devil Went Down to Georgia," has died at 83.

STATEWIDE

COVID-19 immunity proposal flounders in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Just a few weeks ago, Tennessee looked like a sure bet to become the latest state to protect businesses and other organizations from lawsuits by people impacted by the coronavirus in the push to reopen the economy. Republican Gov. Bill Lee had talked up the change and touted his advocacy on tort reform as a businessman, and he had GOP lawmakers in supermajorities lined up to seal the deal.

COURTS

Supreme Court upholds cellphone robocall ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 1991 law that bars robocalls to cellphones.

Justices rule states can bind presidential electors' votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states' popular vote winner in the Electoral College.

Judge orders Dakota Access pipeline shut down pending review

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered the Dakota Access pipeline shut down pending a more thorough environmental review, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe three years after the pipeline first began carrying oil following months of protests.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ford revives Bronco brand, aims at Jeep's big off-road sales

DETROIT (AP) — When it comes to rugged vehicles that go off the road, over rocks and into the mud to experience nature, Jeep for years has cornered the U.S. market.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Tennessee doctors: Make masks mandatory, enforce rules

NASHVILLE (AP) — A group of critical care physicians on Monday called on Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to do more to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

PGA Tour, Memorial scrap plans to have limited spectators

The PGA Tour and the Memorial scrapped state-approved plans to have limited spectators next week because of what it described as rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump-connected lobbyists reap windfall in COVID-19 boom

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped clients secure more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, among them five former administration officials whose work potentially violates Trump's own ethics policy, according to a report.

Amid pandemic, fewer students seek federal aid for college

The number of high school seniors applying for U.S. federal college aid plunged in the weeks following the sudden closure of school buildings this spring — a time when students were cut off from school counselors, and families hit with financial setbacks were reconsidering plans for higher education.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely says 99% of virus cases benign

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is understating the danger of the coronavirus to people who get it, as more and more become infected in the U.S.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Small business aid went beyond hard-hit companies, data show

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Monday identified roughly 650,000 mostly small businesses and nonprofits that received taxpayer money from a program that was designed to soften job losses from the coronavirus but also benefited some politically connected firms.

Markets swell around the world; Nasdaq sets another record

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rallied worldwide on Monday as investors bet that the economy can continue its dramatic turnaround despite all the challenges ahead.

Q&A: The nuts and bolts of the Paycheck Protection Program

NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses can still get help from the government's coronavirus relief plan after Congress extended the Paycheck Protection Program until Aug. 8.

Activity in services sector shows record rebound in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — Activity in the U.S. services sector rebounded strongly last month, but those gains are now being threatened by the resurgence of coronavirus cases in many parts of the country.

No more delays: What to know about the July 15 tax deadline

It's time to do your taxes — no more delays.

Uber buys Postmates in $2.65 billion all-stock deal

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Uber finally got its food delivery company, acquiring Postmates in a $2.65 billion all-stock deal, the ride-hailing giant confirmed Monday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Trump criticizes Redskins, Indians for weighing name changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday criticized a pair of sports teams that are considering name changes in the wake of a national reckoning over racial injustice and inequality.

Trump lashes out at NASCAR, Bubba Wallace over flag, rope

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASCAR's layered relationship with President Donald Trump took a sharp turn Monday when Trump blasted the series for banning the Confederate flag and wrongly accused the sport's only full-time Black driver of perpetrating "a hoax" when a crew member found a noose in the team garage stall.

Trump's leadership is tested in time of fear, pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not long after noon on Feb. 6, President Donald Trump strode into the ornate East Room of the White House. The night before, his impeachment trial had ended with acquittal in the Republican-controlled Senate. It was time to gloat and settle scores.

Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms

WASHINGTON (AP) — On an average day, President Donald Trump sends about 14 posts to the 28 million Facebook followers of his campaign account. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, delivers about half that many posts to an audience of just 2 million.


THURSDAY, JULY 2
COURTS

Supreme Court won't hear condemned Tennessee inmate's case

MEMPHIS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear the case of a Tennessee death row inmate who claims he should not be executed because he is intellectually disabled.

Supreme Court agrees to hear Nazi art case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to hear a case involving the descendants of a group of Jewish art dealers from Germany who say their ancestors were forced to sell a collection of religious art to the Nazi government in 1935.

Justices: Congress can't see Mueller Russia investigation material

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is denying Congress access to secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation through the November election.

UT professor accused of hiding ties to China wants case tossed

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A University of Tennessee professor accused of trying to hide his ties with China asked a federal court this week to throw out the case, arguing the law he is accused of violating is too vague.

Court could end claims Nestle, Cargill abetted child labor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider ending a lawsuit that claims Nestle and Cargill facilitated the use of child slave labor on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast, a case that could further limit access to U.S. courts by victims of human rights abuses abroad.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville rolling back reopening after virus surge

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville will roll back its reopening in response to a sharp increase in coronavirus cases, Mayor John Cooper said Thursday.

Nashville July 4th fireworks canceled

The recent upswing in COVID-19 cases in Nashville and Tennessee have prompted the cancellation of Nashville's Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th fireworks.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

California reverses course from reopening amid virus surge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It was a simple family get-together; a wedding gathering. About 30 people went out to dinner.

U.S., South Africa report new record coronavirus rises

BERLIN (AP) — The United States and South Africa have both reported record new daily coronavirus infections, with U.S. figures surpassing 50,000 cases a day for the first time, underlining the challenges still ahead as nations press to reopen their virus-devastated economies.

Does wearing a mask pose any health risks?

Does wearing a mask pose any health risks?

Closing bars to stop coronavirus spread is backed by science

Authorities are closing honky tonks, bars and other drinking establishments in some parts of the U.S. to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections — a move backed by sound science about risk factors that go beyond wearing or not wearing masks.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks rise on jobs data, S&P 500 ends week with solid gain

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Thursday as investors welcomed a report showing the U.S. job market continues to climb out of the crater created by the coronavirus pandemic.

US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. unemployment fell to 11.1% in June as the economy added a solid 4.8 million jobs, the government reported Thursday. But the job-market recovery may already be faltering because of a new round of closings and layoffs triggered by a resurgence of the coronavirus.

5 key takeaways from a strong June jobs report

WASHINGTON (AP) — At first glance, the June employment report was a blockbuster.

American and 4 other airlines reach loan agreements with US

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines and four smaller carriers have reached agreement with the government for billions more in federal loans, a sign of the industry's desperate fight to survive a downturn in air travel caused by the virus pandemic.

US trade deficit rises 9.7% in May to $54.6B

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit rose for the third straight month in May. Both exports and imports fell as the coronavirus outbreak continued to take a toll on world commerce.

Europe contains jobless rate, but faces summer of discontent

SPERLONGA, Italy (AP) — Europe has limited the rise in unemployment caused by the pandemic with a wide array of government support programs, but that cannot hide widespread economic distress and anxiety among workers and small business owners.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Watchdog says govt blocking report on Trump-hurricane flap

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says the Commerce Department is trying to block the findings of an investigation into the agency's role in rebuking forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump's inaccurate claims about the path of Hurricane Dorian last year.

Lawmakers to get classified briefing on Russia bounty intel

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. intelligence chiefs conducted classified briefings Thursday for congressional leaders who have demanded more answers about intelligence assessments that Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Only verified intelligence? A look at presidents' briefings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump was never briefed on intelligence that Russia had put a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because there wasn't corroborating evidence.

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