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VOL. 42 | NO. 8 | Friday, February 23, 2018

Construction workers hold all the cards in this building boom

Labor shortage drives wages higher, delays completion of key projects

Wondering why the contractor you hired to work on your house never showed up or why your car keeps hitting potholes on Interstate 440 and other roads across Nashville?

New generation of tradesmen prepare for jobs

In his previous job, Caleb Murphy was a member of a U.S. Army explosive ordnance disposal unit – “the bomb squad,” he explains more bluntly – in Afghanistan.

High costs, hurdles of overcoming infertility

The dream seems straightforward enough. Couples work on careers, find a place to call home and have children.

Starfish Foundation helps clear infertility challenges

It would take Kara and Brandon Edwards three years of emotional, financial and physical struggle to achieve pregnancy.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

The Triple Sip. Wine, beer and spirits tastings, as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Nashville. There also will be a silent auction and live music. $60 in advance, $70 at the door. Nashville Farmers Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. Friday, 6-9 p.m. Information: www.rmhcnashville.com/event/the-triple-sip

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STATE GOVERNMENT

Clemmons: UT football fiasco at heart of Haslam's plan to shrink Board

Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to shake up the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees is getting blitzed by legislators, some contending it’s linked to the hiring of the Tennessee Vols football coach.

Legislators likely to put cork in Sunday wine sales for pre-k

Legislation sending revenue from Sunday wine sales to prekindergarten expansion faces a battle on several fronts when it reaches a committee in early March.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Consensus on gun legislation? Not on your life

That burning smell emanating from the General Assembly isn’t coming from the flame of bipartisanship. More likely it’s the result of scorched-earth politics.

Bredesen: U.S. Senate win possible for Dems

The last Democrat to win statewide elected office in Tennessee eight years ago acknowledges times have changed.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

You can go down swinging or live to buy another day

In March of 1836, the Battle of the Alamo occurred in San Antonio, Texas.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for January 2018

Top commercial real estate sales, January 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Long-term mortgage rates climb to 4.40 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates crept higher this week, upping the costs of borrowing to purchase a home just as more of the millennial generation is entering the real estate market.

PREDATORS

Young Olympian might be spark Preds need

As impressive a performance as the Predators have put on through three quarters of the regular season, they’ve looked in recent weeks like a team in need of a boost.

NEWSMAKERS

Bass, Berry & Sims names new practice leadership

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has appointed Kevin H. Douglas to serve as chair of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group.

BRIEFS

HealthStream forms ‘innovative’ partnership

HealthStream, a Nashville-based platform in healthcare for workforce development, has announced a seven-year deal with Press Ganey Associates.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Clutch performance: Top picks for those who prefer stick shifts

It’s true that cars with a manual transmission are a dying breed. In fact, manual-equipped vehicles make up less than 3 percent of current U.S. car sales, Edmunds research finds.

CAREER CORNER

What’s the ROI of your college education?

College is expensive; private college is even more so. My undergraduate school is now charging approximately $50,000 per year, just for tuition.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Three customer surveys that matter most right now

A routine misstep in marketing campaigns is to neglect your customers and what they need, want and value.

NASHVILLE AREA

Affidavit: Nude photo taken with ex-bodyguard's work phone

  7:18am

NASHVILLE (AP) — State investigators have found a nude photo and partially nude photo of a woman that they believe were taken with the work cellphone of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's former lead bodyguard, with whom she has admitted having an extramarital affair, according to court documents filed Thursday.

SPORTS

Rinne earns 300th win as Predators rout Sharks 7-1

  7:17am

NASHVILLE (AP) — For a guy who was drafted 258th overall in 2004, Pekka Rinne has put together quite a career.

STATEWIDE

State Senate speaker, 18 other senators endorse Blackburn

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Senate leader and 18 other Republican state senators have endorsed U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in her U.S. Senate bid.

MIDSTATE

Williamson superintendent charged with assault in student emergency

FRANKLIN (AP) — A schools superintendent in Tennessee has been charged with assault in connection with an encounter with a high school student.

HEALTH CARE

GOP, Dem governors push national health care compromise

  7:21am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bipartisan group of governors working to strike compromise on hot-button policy issues will take on the health care question at an event Friday.

Leading liberal policy group unveils 'coverage for all' plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading liberal policy group is raising the ante in the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Glitches or not, Nissan starts testing semi-autonomous rides

  7:23am

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — In the future Nissan envisions, driverless cars will pick up children from school and recommend restaurants to tourists in various languages.

BMW looking at Chinese-made electric MINI

  7:24am

BEIJING (AP) — BMW Group said Friday it is talking with China's biggest SUV maker about a possible partnership to produce electric versions of its MINI as automakers ramp up electric development under pressure from Beijing to meet sales quotas.

Ford names Lincoln chief to replace ousted N. American head

DETROIT (AP) — A veteran executive who has led Ford's Lincoln luxury brand will now head American operations, replacing an executive who was ousted this week over allegations of inappropriate behavior.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks mixed as Wall Street seen edging higher

  7:22am

BEIJING (AP) — Stock markets slipped in Europe on Friday, but Wall Street was expected to rise on the open and Asian indexes closed higher.

US bank halts NRA credit card, car rental firm ends discount

  7:24am

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The nation's largest privately-owned bank holding company and a major car rental chain said Thursday they will stop promotions aimed at National Rifle Association members.

Newly pet-friendly General Mills spends $8B on Blue Buffalo

  7:20am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Its sales under pressure with fewer grocery lists including processed foods, General Mills will try to balance its own shift in that direction, and its revenues, with the $8 billion acquisition of Blue Buffalo, a higher end pet food products company.

NPR adopts new measures after sex harassment investigation

National Public Radio has adopted a series of measures to improve its workplace culture, following an independent investigation into sex harassment issues stemming from the ouster of a top executive.

So long, free Footlongs: Subway to shake up rewards program

NEW YORK (AP) — Subway is shaking up its loyalty rewards program, giving customers the ability to earn $2 discounts instead of free Footlongs.

New charges brought against ex-Trump campaign associates

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump bucks NRA, backs raising age for buying assault rifles

  7:26am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump says, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America's public reckoning over gun violence. He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in U.S. schools.

Trump Jr.'s foreign policy speech in India boosts concerns

  7:20am

NEW DELHI (AP) — As criticism mounted that the American president's eldest son was pushing an ethics boundary by making a foreign policy speech at an Indian business summit, conference organizers hurriedly changed the speech's title.

Trump wants to ban bump stocks; ATF doesn't know if it can

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has ordered his Justice Department to ban rapid-fire bump stocks like the ones used in last year's Las Vegas massacre— but officials aren't sure they can.

Pennsylvania congressional map battle lands in Supreme Court

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A request by Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Legislature to stop a new congressional map from being implemented is now in the hands of the nation's highest court.

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