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VOL. 42 | NO. 16 | Friday, April 20, 2018

Nashville transit decision guide

What you need to know to cast an informed vote on transit referendum

Ralph Schulz got stuck in traffic. It was on a Thursday, around 1 p.m., and he says it took him 23 minutes to drive along Broadway for two blocks, between Third and Fifth avenues.

Timeline of improvements if plan is approved

If the transit package is approved by voters on May 1, expect changes to follow this timeline:

How Let’s Move Nashville was born

If a transit plan can have parents, this one has at least three:

How does one tunnel beneath downtown?

When talk of tunneling under downtown Nashville first surfaced last fall, many wondered if it could be done. After all, common wisdom had it that Nashville is built on limestone, so subways are out of the question.

Transit web links, remaining events schedule

Additional sources of information to consult in advance of voting on the transit referendum

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Preds Party in the Park. Outdoor watch party scheduled for Game 5 of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Music City Walk of Fame Park, which is located across Fifth Avenue South from Bridgestone Arena. The party will start at 5:30 p.m., three hours before the game gets underway in Bridgestone Arena at 8:30 p.m and will include a second large screen in Walk of Fame Park on Fifth Avenue near the Preds Pro Shop. DJ Robert Luke will entertain the crowd 5:30-6:30 p.m., and the Les Kerr Band will perform 6:30-7:30 p.m. before the DJ returns to the stage. Food trucks will be on hand, kiosks will offer beer for purchase, and there will be team merchandise on sale. Hot dogs and bottled water will be available at family-friendly prices. Information

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Sex Week seems tame compared to Legislature's antics

Why should UT Knoxville be limited to its annual Sex Week when Tennessee legislators are celebrating year-round?

PREDATORS

Watson, Sissons revert to goal-scoring selves

In their formative years, forwards Austin Watson and Colton Sissons were goal-scorers, a significant part of the reason the Predators drafted them in the first and second round, respectively.

Subban a finalist for Norris Trophy

  7:20am

NEW YORK (AP) — Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators are the finalists for the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman.

Predators, Penguins look to lock up second round spots

  7:05am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mario Lemieux had one question for Sidney Crosby after the Pittsburgh star slipped past his boss as the Penguins' career playoff scoring leader during a Game 4 romp over Philadelphia.

Avalanche will start backup goalie Andrew Hammond in Game 5

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche will go with backup goaltender Andrew Hammond for Game 5 in Nashville after starter Jonathan Bernier suffered a lower-body injury.

Forsberg, Rinne help Predators beat Avalanche 3-2 in Game 4

DENVER (AP) — Now that was more of the start Nashville was looking for. The finish? Not as much.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

‘Nerve-racking’ days ahead for NFL draftees

By the end of next weekend, six new picks – give or take a few due to potential trades – will become the newest Tennessee Titans draft class.

Titans to play 3 prime-time games in 2018, 2 on Monday night

  7:03am

NASHVILLE (AP) — Reaching the divisional round of the AFC playoffs has paid off with three prime-time games for the Tennessee Titans this year — the most since 2009.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

The process of elimination in multiple-offer scenarios

These multiple-offer scenarios are getting old, and buyers are mad as heck and aren’t going to take it anymore. That is until this weekend when they will dust the frustration off their jackets and boots and dive back into the fray.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for March 2018

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

Average US 30-year mortgage rate rose to 4.47 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates climbed upward this week, slightly worsening affordability for homebuyers.

NEWSMAKERS

Littler adds attorneys in Nashville office

Littler, an employment and labor law practice representing management, has grown its Nashville office with the relocation of two attorneys and the addition of a new associate.

BRIEFS

Cullum & Maxey to join Camping World

Camping World Holdings, Inc. has agreed to buy Cullum & Maxey Camping Center in Nashville.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

You can only hope this book will put you to sleep

It’s 3 a.m., and you’re still awake. Bedbugs are the least of your worries; the TV’s off, the lights are off, but your brain isn’t.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

7 things you might not know about new car warranties

Most of us know the new-car basic warranty, often referred to as the “bumper-to-bumper warranty,” is designed to protect the owner against any factory defects during the first few years of ownership. But did you know this coverage doesn’t actually apply to the bumpers? The vehicle’s bumpers are considered body panels and so aren’t covered.

CAREER CORNER

Always have enough money to escape unhappy job environment

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Margaret Heffernan, whose incredibly impressive career includes running five companies in the United States and the United Kingdom, being a college professor, authoring five books and giving multiple TED Talks. Originally from Texas, Margaret has lived all over, including in the U.K.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Is it more important to like the company or product?

New York Times best-selling author Robert Cialdini is known for his expertise on the subject of persuasion – specifically the role it plays in driving consumers to purchase a particular product or service.

NASHVILLE AREA

Predators Foundation giving more than $600K in grants

  7:01am

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators Foundation is giving out grants totaling more than $600,000.

MIDSTATE

Cheatham among 7 counties to have industrial sites evaluated

  7:02am

NASHVILLE (AP) — Seven Tennessee counties have been chosen by the state for a program that evaluates potential industrial sites.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee passes budget amid controversy and drama

  7:05am

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Legislature has passed a $37.5 billion budget following days of controversy after Memphis was punished for removing Confederate statues and student testing failures threatened to hold up passage.

Tennessee lawmakers scramble to pass fix to testing problems

  7:19am

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers scrambled to pass legislation Thursday to make sure no students, teachers or schools suffer as a result of repeated failures with the state assessment test.

House passes bill for monument to unborn

  7:01am

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee House has passed a bill that calls for a monument to unborn children to be placed on the state capitol grounds.

Tennessee passes bill to impose work requirements

  7:08am

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Republican-led Tennessee Legislature on Thursday passed a controversial bill aimed at imposing work requirements on people receiving Medicaid benefits. In Tennessee, the Medicaid program is called TennCare.

STATEWIDE

Trump backs Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee GOP US Senate bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has endorsed Marsha Blackburn in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat from Tennessee.

COURTS

Kushner Cos. subpoenaed by feds after AP report

  7:10am

NEW YORK (AP) — The Kushner Cos. has been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for information related to an Associated Press report that the company filed dozens of false documents about its buildings in New York City.

Man who dressed as superhero sentenced on child porn charges

NASHVILLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Tennessee man who dressed as Spider-Man and washed windows at a children's hospital has been sentenced to more than 100 years in prison on child pornography charges.

UT SPORTS

Tennessee AD Fulmer signs new deal running through 2021

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer has said all along that his appointment as athletic director at his alma mater wasn't a mere short-term arrangement.

AUTO INDUSTRY

1 person in custody after raids at Porsche

  8:08am

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Prosecutors say one person is in custody in an investigation of current and former managers at automaker Porsche, a unit of Volkswagen, over the company's diesel emissions scandal.

HEALTH CARE

US experts back marijuana-based drug for childhood seizures

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of government health advisers is recommending approval of a medicine made from the marijuana plant to treat childhood epilepsy, moving the medication closer to the U.S. market.

TECHNOLOGY

Audit clears Facebook despite Cambridge Analytica leaks

  9:36am

NEW YORK (AP) — An audit of Facebook's privacy practices for the Federal Trade Commission found no problems even though the company knew at the time that a data-mining firm improperly obtained private data from millions of users.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Technology companies help pull stocks lower in late morning

  10:36am

U.S. stocks veered broadly lower in morning trading Friday, extending the market's modest losses from a day earlier. Technology stocks accounted for a big slice of the slide. Health care stocks and consumer goods companies also declined. Energy companies fell along with the price of crude oil.

Wells Fargo to pay $1B for mortgage, auto lending abuses

  10:36am

NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo will pay $1 billion to federal regulators to settle charges tied to its mortgage and auto lending business, the latest chapter in years-long, wide-ranging scandal at the banking giant. However, it appears that none of the $1 billion will go directly to the victims of Wells Fargo's abuses.

Big banks saved $3.6B in taxes last quarter under new law

  9:38am

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's six big Wall Street banks posted record, or near record, profits in the first quarter, and they can thank one person in particular: President Donald Trump.

SunTrust warns 1.5 million clients of potential data breach

  9:35am

NEW YORK (AP) — SunTrust Banks Inc. says accounts for 1.5 million clients could be compromised following a potential case of data theft.

Trump calls OPEC efforts to boost oil prices 'not good'

  7:09am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says oil-producing cartel OPEC "is at it again," and that efforts to maintain high prices "will not be accepted!"

Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines sought more time last year to inspect fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an engine failure that left a passenger dead.

Men arrested at Starbucks say they feared for their lives

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer.

IMF's Lagarde: Trade tensions threaten global economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund is warning that the healthiest global economy in years is being threatened by rising debt levels and a simmering trade dispute between the world's two biggest economies.

NATIONAL POLITICS

In Comey memos, Trump talks of jailed journalists, 'hookers'

  7:12am

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a series of startlingly candid conversations, President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment of a top adviser, asked about the possibility of jailing journalists and described a boast from Vladimir Putin about Russian prostitutes, according to Comey's notes of the talks obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday night.

AP-NORC Poll: Americans expect Russia tension will get worse

  7:12am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans largely fear the country's relationship with Russia and China will get worse in the coming year, and despite signs of diplomatic progress with Kim Jong Un on nuclear weapons, nearly half say the same about North Korea.

Trump legal team in Russia probe gets Rudy Giuliani

  7:13am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump since the early days of his campaign, is joining the team of lawyers representing the president in the special counsel's Russia investigation.

Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba's president

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro said Thursday that he expected 57-year-old Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez to serve two five-year terms as president and eventually take Castro's place as head of the Communist Party, potentially dominating Cuban politics until 2031.

Oil, gas drilling in pristine Alaska refuge takes step ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving toward oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, fulfilling a longtime Republican priority that most Democrats fiercely oppose.

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