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VOL. 42 | NO. 49 | Friday, December 7, 2018

Nine years and 27 distilleries later ...

2009 law boosts distillers, creates new tourism draw

With legal battles behind them and hundreds of aging barrels ready to be tapped, craft distilleries statewide are part of a growing army of whiskey businesses poised to share their liquid gold and their houses of origin.

Whiskey Trail: From Memphis to the Smoky Mountains

The Tennessee Whiskey Trail has 26 distilleries across the state from the Tennessee Distillers Guild’s 30-member roster. These distilleries range from small, boutique-style operations to well-known distilleries that have been making legendary Tennessee Whiskey for generations.

State decides what is, isn’t ‘Tennessee Whiskey’

Amid the now-lauded legislation that allowed for the re-emergence of Tennessee distilleries was a smaller bill signed separately by Gov. Bill Haslam in 2013, and it redefined what constitutes a ‘Tennessee Whiskey.’

MY TAKE

Nashvillians seeing red from an island of blue

When I decided to move back to Nashville, everyone I told in New York seemed to approve of the destination. People had either been here and liked it, knew someone who’d been and liked it or wanted to come, expecting to like it.

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EVENTS

Handel’s Messiah. Featuring the resounding Hallelujah Chorus, it’s Nashville’s grandest Messiah – full of passion, drama and passages of stunning beauty. Celebrate the season as your Nashville Symphony & Chorus perform one of the most inspiring works of music ever written. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place. Thursday-Sunday. Fee: $30-$90. Information

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Amazon-themed real estate deceptions already upon us

The Amazon announcement has created some devious practices among real estate types. Several weeks ago, Gov. Haslam and Mayor Briley proclaimed that Nashville had been selected by Amazon as the site of its Operations Center of Excellence and its accompanying 5,000 jobs.

UT SPORTS

Schofield's father almost missed once-in-a-lifetime moment

Anthony Schofield received a text message from his son, Admiral, last Thursday wanting to know if he would be at Tennessee’s big game against No. 1 Gonzaga the following Sunday in Phoenix.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Henry runs into NFL record book as Titans rout Jaguars 30-9

NASHVILLE (AP) — Under center at the 1-yard line, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota checked out of a quarterback sneak, and Derrick Henry did the rest — as much with his arms as his legs.

Schedule makers give Titans odd December

The Tennessee Titans seem to have caught a break with the latter part of the schedule – four home games in the month of December, and most of them against sub-.500 opponents. But a closer look reveals a hazard, a number of short-week games.

Titans in playoffs? Don’t bet on it

It is hard to think of the Tennessee Titans as a playoff contender given their season-long inconsistency.

NEWSMAKERS

Bradley partner named top life sciences lawyer

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP partner Lela M. Hollabaugh has been named by Who’s Who Legal as one of the world’s leading life sciences attorneys and is listed in the Product Liability chapter of the 2019 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Time to step back, take new approaches to productivity

Round and round and round. That’s how your week goes. Monday morning up, breakfast, work, home, dinner, fall into bed, sleep, do it again ‘til Friday, like a five-day circle.

PERSONAL FINANCE

New credit scoring could help credit card-shy millennials

Millennials’ aversion to credit cards can make it hard for them to build good credit scores. A recently announced scoring system, the UltraFICO, may someday help them and other consumers get loans and credit based on how they use their bank accounts.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Insurance against depreciation? Not a bad idea

About 85 percent of new car buyers will use some sort of financing to pay for their vehicle, the credit reporting company Experian has found. If you’re such a buyer, you can expect that a car dealership will try to sell you gap insurance during your purchase.

CAREER CORNER

Interviews can seem harder than the actual job

Have you ever had to do extra work in a job interview? One of my most intense interviews ever was at Target. I interviewed there after graduate school for a project management role. The process was unlike one I had ever seen up to then.

EDUCATION

Interim UT president announces transparency initiative

KNOXVILLE (AP) — University of Tennessee Interim President Randy Boyd is rolling out an initiative aimed at providing the UT system with greater transparency and accountability.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Renault: No wrongdoing by Ghosn in compensation

PARIS (AP) — Renault says an internal investigation has found no wrongdoing in the awarding of compensation to CEO Carlos Ghosn, who has been indicted in Japan on charges of falsifying financial reports.

Arrest of Nissan star Ghosn raises speculation over coup

TOKYO (AP) — The surprise arrest of Nissan's former chairman on charges of falsifying financial reports is providing a window into possible corporate intrigue at the Japanese automaker.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson joins her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning induction on Thursday along with Stevie Nicks and the top fan vote-getter, Def Leppard.

REAL ESTATE

US mortgage rates fall to 3-month low; 30-year at 4.63 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week to their lowest level in three months, an inducement to prospective homebuyers in a haltingly recovering market.

ENVIRONMENT

Diplomat: Consensus near on global warming rules

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — A diplomat representing Fiji at the U.N.'s annual climate talks says he expects a "helpful" outcome but also one that won't make everyone happy.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks rise again; tech and high-dividend companies climb

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mixed in morning trading Thursday as technology and health care companies rise. Safer, high-dividend stocks in real estate and utilities are also climbing. Banks are falling, and smaller companies continue to lag their larger rivals.

Apple deepens Austin ties, expands operations east and west

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Apple will build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, break ground on smaller locations in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, and over the next three years will expand in Pittsburgh, New York and Colorado.

Eurozone stimulus program to end as growth worries resurface

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is ending the massive stimulus program that helped nurse the eurozone economy back to health over the past four years — despite the emergence of new risks including a global trade war and Brexit.

UK leader seeks EU lifeline after surviving confidence vote

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was seeking a Brexit lifeline from European Union leaders Thursday after winning a no-confidence vote among her own Conservative lawmakers at home — a victory won only after she put a time limit on her leadership.

NATIONAL POLITICS

As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has now been abandoned by two of his most powerful protectors, his longtime lawyer and the company that owns the National Enquirer tabloid, bringing a perilous investigation into his campaign one step closer to the Oval Office.

UN chief says Yemen's warring sides agreed on Hodeida truce

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — The United Nations secretary general on Thursday announced that Yemen's warring sides have agreed after week-long peace talks in Sweden to a province-wide cease-fire in Hodeida and a withdrawal of troops from the contested Red Sea port city.

Senate to vote on aid to Yemen in wake of Khashoggi slaying

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are expected to vote Thursday on a resolution that would call on the U.S. to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a measure that would rebuke Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Barack Obama receives RFK Human Rights award at NYC gala

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Barack Obama was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award at a gala in midtown Manhattan Wednesday evening.

Pledge to limit tenure as speaker wins over Pelosi critics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Nancy Pelosi all but ensured that she will become House speaker next month, quelling a revolt by disgruntled younger Democrats by agreeing to limit her tenure to no more than four additional years in the chamber's top post.

Trump's 10 'Terrorists': The evolution of a statistic

WASHINGTON (AP) — For some time now, President Donald Trump has been encouraging people to think of Mexico as a portal for international terrorists who "pour" into the U.S. Except, he says, for 10 who were recently caught by the U.S.: "These are very serious people."


WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 12
REGION

Magnitude 4.4 earthquake jolts Tennessee; felt in Atlanta

DECATUR (AP) — An earthquake that struck eastern Tennessee early Wednesday could be felt as far away as Atlanta, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

MIDSTATE

I-65 interchange near Saturn Pkwy draws US transportation grant

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal grant of $25 million has been awarded to build a new interchange on Interstate 65 in Tennessee.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee corn producers increasing promotion of crop

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's corn producers have agreed to raise money to help increase the consumption and sale of corn grown in the state.

NASHVILLE AREA

New historical marker recognizes Nashville slave market

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee State University educator has successfully worked to have a historical marker put up recognizing the Nashville slave market.

PREDATORS

Ellis scores go-ahead goal as Predators beat Senators 3-1

NASHVILLE (AP) — Pekka Rinne was beaten early, but never again.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Tencent Music shares rise on first trading day

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares in Chinese streaming music giant Tencent Music Entertainment rose nearly 8 percent to $14 on Thursday, their first day of trade.

HEALTH CARE

Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just days left to enroll, fewer people are signing up for the Affordable Care Act , even though premiums are stable, more plans are available and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Lawyers protest detention of Kelly, Ghosn's co-accused

TOKYO (AP) — Lawyers for Greg Kelly, the American executive arrested last month with Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn on suspicion of underreporting Ghosn's pay, unsuccessfully protested Wednesday his prolonged stay in Japanese detention.

TECHNOLOGY

For retailers, the smartphone is future of store experience

NEW YORK (AP) — Just a few years ago, retailers considered smartphones the enemy of the in-store experience they were trying to create. Customers often whipped out their device to compare prices online and then walked out of the store to buy the same product elsewhere.

'Little League for esports' hopes to organize youth gaming

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Christian Pineda plays a lot of video games, but he's best at "Minecraft." Hunched over a laptop in the front row of a half-full movie theater last month, the 13-year-old eagerly showed off why.

Google grilled in Congress: What's ahead for tech companies

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. lawmakers' grilling of Google CEO Sundar Pichai may have sounded like a broken record, but it amplified the prickly issues facing tech companies as Democrats prepare to take control of the House next month.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street ends higher with help from tech and health care

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks couldn't hang on to a big gain Wednesday, but they still finished broadly higher as technology and health care companies rose. That helped reverse some of the market's big losses from the week before.

When it comes to natural gas, US 'open for business'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last November, diplomats from Brazil to Japan joined oil and gas executives at the headquarters of Washington's largest lobbying group to christen a new partnership.

US consumer prices flat in November as energy plunges

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in November, the best performance since prices actually fell eight months ago. The docile inflation reading reflected a big drop in the cost of gasoline and other energy products.

US officials: China poses serious national security threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cyber threats from China and its theft of intellectual property from American companies pose large economic and national security challenges for the United States, national security officials said Wednesday.

NATIONAL POLITICS

House passes farm bill, sending it to Trump's desk

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid.

UK's May wins party no-confidence vote, but troubles remain

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a brush with political mortality Wednesday, winning a no-confidence vote by Conservative lawmakers that would have ended her leadership of party and country.

Trump comments upend US approach to Huawei, trade talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China have taken pains this week to emphasize that their trade talks are entirely separate from the U.S. case against a top Chinese technology executive. But with a few words, President Donald Trump obliterated the distinction.

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's once-devoted lawyer and all-around fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison after telling a federal judge that his "blind loyalty" to Trump led him to cover up the president's "dirty deeds."

Trump campaign Russia contacts alarm intelligence experts

WASHINGTON (AP) — From suggestions of "political synergy" and offers of business deals to contact with more than a dozen people in then-candidate Donald Trump's orbit, Russian outreach to the Trump campaign has a familiar and alarming pattern to experts in the intelligence field.

Alabama senator says farmers scared by Trump's tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Doug Jones said Alabama's soybean farmers and automobile manufacturers are "scared to death" over President Donald Trump's tariff wars, but he cautioned Democrats from spending too much time attacking the president as the party tries to win back heartland voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

Julian Castro moves toward 2020 White House run

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro says he's taking a step toward a possible White House campaign in 2020 by forming a presidential exploratory committee. The Texas Democrat tells The Associated Press that he will announce a decision Jan. 12.

China mum on detained Canadian, queries status of employer

BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign ministry denied knowledge Wednesday of the detention of a former Canadian diplomat but said the organization he was working for, the International Crisis Group, is not registered in China and so any of its work in the country would be illegal.

Trump cites France attack as reason for US-Mexico wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is citing a shooting attack in France as he calls on Democratic congressional leaders to support funding for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Analysis: A rancorous first glimpse of new Trump-Dem dynamic

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first encounter with newly empowered congressional Democrats produced a striking Oval Office display that revealed how ill-prepared he is for the biggest political challenge of his presidency.

Flynn's lawyers say his lie to FBI 'uncharacteristic'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn asked a judge Tuesday to spare him prison time, saying he had devoted his career to his country and taken responsibility for an "uncharacteristic error in judgment."


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11
TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans RT Jack Conklin, TE Smith placed on injured reserve

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Titans right tackle Jack Conklin and tight end Jonnu Smith have been placed on injured reserve with knee injuries, a double blow for a team on the fringe of the playoff race.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vanderbilt hires G League President Malcolm Turner as new AD

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt has hired NBA G League President Malcolm Turner as its new athletic director, opting for a business executive over candidates with experience in college athletic administration for the Southeastern Conference's only private university.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Former Ford Argentina executives sentenced in torture cases

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine court on Tuesday sentenced two former Ford Motor Co. executives to prison for helping agents of the country's former dictatorship round up 24 Argentine union workers who were tortured and held in military jails.

Detention of Nissan's Ghosn extended through Dec. 20

TOKYO (AP) — A Tokyo court ruled Tuesday that Nissan Motor Co.'s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, and another executive will remain in custody through Dec. 20, more than a month after their arrest. Their detention could continue for months more under the Japanese legal system.

TECHNOLOGY

GOP House leader notes gap of distrust as Google CEO grilled

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy kicked off a congressional grilling of Google CEO Sundar Pichai by noting a "widening gap of distrust" between tech companies and the American people.

Hertz, Clear partner to speed rentals with biometric scans

Biometric screening is expanding to the rental car industry.

Senators wrestle with rebuke of Saudis for Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are considering multiple pieces of legislation to formally rebuke Saudi Arabia for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with momentum building for a resolution to call Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman complicit in the killing.

ENVIRONMENT

Trump administration proposes major rollback of water rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration proposed withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country Tuesday, making good on President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to weaken landmark Obama-era water rules long opposed by some developers, farmers and oil, gas, and mining executives.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wild ride to nowhere: US stocks rise, fall and repeat

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks careened between big gains and losses on Tuesday before indexes ended the day mixed, the latest dizzying run for a market that's been dominated by them in recent months.

US wholesale prices rise 0.1 pct., a sign inflation in check

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices barely rose last month as a sharp decline in the cost of gas offset pricier freight trucking services and mobile phone plans.

With new board in place, CBS to decide Moonves' exit pay

NEW YORK (AP) — The newly elected CBS board faces daunting tasks: deciding whether former CEO Les Moonves gets a $120 million exit package following a sexual-misconduct investigation and charting a path for CBS to recover after the scandal.

CBS sells Television City for $750M to LA developer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS says it has sold Television City, its Los Angeles headquarters and production facility, to a real estate developer for $750 million.

China, US discuss plans for trade talks

BEIJING (AP) — China's economy czar and U.S. trade envoys discussed plans for talks on a tariff battle, the government said Tuesday, indicating negotiations are going ahead despite tension over the arrest of a Chinese tech executive.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump bickers with Dem leaders, threatens gov't shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bickering in public with Democratic leaders, President Donald Trump threatened repeatedly on Tuesday to shut down the government if Congress doesn't provide the money he says is needed to build a wall at the Mexican border.

Pelosi says for Trump, wall is a 'manhood thing'

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is unloading on President Donald Trump after their Oval Office confrontation over government funding.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump sees a border wall where none exists

WASHINGTON (AP) — As if spotting a mirage in the southwestern desert, President Donald Trump and his aides are seeing a wall standing along the Mexico border where none exists.

Farm bill compromise unveiled, clearing way for vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers have reached an agreement on the farm bill, a mammoth package that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program that serves nearly 40 million low-income Americans.

Stumbling bloc: How did Brexit become such a mess?

LONDON (AP) — Tuesday was supposed to be the day that Britain's battle over Brexit was resolved.

Trump says military to build wall if Democrats refuse

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to pressure Democratic congressional leaders into supporting his demand for billions of dollars to build his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, threatening to have the military build it "if Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country."

Finding a White House chief of staff turns into a scramble

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanted: Top aide to most powerful leader in world. Chief qualification: Willing to take the job. Must also be prepared to tolerate regular undermining by boss and risk of steep legal bills. Post-employment prospects: Uncertain.

Some Trump allies starting to worry about investigations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's intensifying legal troubles are unnerving some of his fellow Republicans. Despite his brash stance, they believe the turmoil has left him increasingly vulnerable as he gears up for what is sure to be a nasty fight for re-election.


MONDAY, DECEMBER 10
TECHNOLOGY

Google accelerates Plus closure after another privacy lapse

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is still having trouble protecting the personal information on its Plus service, prodding the company to accelerate its plans to shut down a little-used social network that it created to compete against Facebook.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Report: Voting paper trail still needed in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — A state government group says Tennessee should still keep a paper trail of voters' ballots roughly 10 years after coming out with a similar recommendation that resulted in little change.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Musk suggests Tesla's new chairwoman won't rein him in

NEW YORK (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk dismissed the idea that the company's new chairwoman can exert control over his behavior.

GM fights government to retain tax credit for electric cars

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation's largest automaker contends with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of workers.

ENVIRONMENT

55 Tennessee state parks to offer free guided hiking events

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is offering free guided hikes at 55 state parks to kick off 2019.

COURTS

Trump plan to reclassify nuke waste alarms environmentalists

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Trump administration wants to reclassify some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to lower its threat level and make disposal cheaper and easier.

Prosecutors indict Nissan's Ghosn for underreporting pay

TOKYO (AP) — Prosecutors have charged Nissan Motor Co.'s former chairman Carlos Ghosn, another executive and the automaker itself for allegedly violating financial laws by underreporting income.

Justices won't hear states' appeal over Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks struggle higher as markets remain volatile; oil drops

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks remained volatile Monday as the market took a dive in early trading only to erase those losses later and end slightly higher.

Brexit deal in turmoil as May postpones Parliament vote

LONDON (AP) — Facing almost certain defeat, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday postponed a vote in Parliament on her Brexit deal, saying she would go back to European Union leaders to seek changes to the divorce agreement.

Verizon says 10,400 managers accept buyout offer

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon says 10,400 U.S. managers have accepted a voluntary buyout offered as the company seeks to trim costs to invest more into its push into the next-generation network known as 5G. That's about 7 percent of its global workforce.

Nearly 85 percent of UN nations back migration deal; not US

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Defying fierce opposition from the U.S. and a few other nations, nearly 85 percent of U.N. member states agreed Monday on a sweeping yet non-binding accord to ensure safe, orderly and humane migration.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Macron vows tax cuts, pay rise; will France's anger subside?

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron tried to reassert control over a nation wracked by increasingly violent protests with offers of tax relief for struggling workers and pensioners — and an exceptional admission Monday that "I might have hurt people with my words."

Why Democrats aren't ready to impeach Trump just yet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Democrats who will take the House majority in January are willing to say that President Donald Trump may have committed impeachable offenses. But that doesn't mean they will try to impeach him — at least not yet.

AP FACT CHECK: Prosecutors' filings do not exonerate Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is in denial when it comes to the Russia investigation and other scandals besieging him.

China ups pressure as bail hearing resumes for top tech exec

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — China raised the pressure on the United States and Canada as a bail hearing resumed Monday for a top Chinese technology executive in a case that has fueled U.S.-China trade tensions and roiled financial markets.

Trump looking at several candidates for chief of staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing at least four people to serve as his next chief of staff, after plans for an orderly succession for departing John Kelly fell through.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7
STATE GOVERNMENT

Gov.-elect Lee names 4 more new staffers

NASHVILLE (AP) — Incoming Gov. Bill Lee has named four more staffers as he prepares to take office next month.

STATEWIDE

Reading grants announced for Tennessee 2019 program

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has awarded $8.9 million for next year's summer reading program.

MIDSTATE

$25M federal grant to help add I-65/840 interchange

NASHVILLE (AP) — A $25 million federal grant will help build a new interstate interchange in Middle Tennessee.

PREDATORS

Pettersson nets penalty shot, Canucks beat Predators 5-3

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Chalk up another first for Elias Pettersson.

EDUCATION

UT-Knoxville fraternity under investigation after sexual assaults

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Police at the University of Tennessee are investigating a fraternity after two women reported being drugged and sexually assaulted.

Frist-founded education group announces leadership changes

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee education group founded by former Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is switching up its leadership.

Haslam appoints 20 members to university advisory boards

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed 20 members to the new advisory boards for each of the four campuses within the state's university system.

New Democratic governors show shift on US charter schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was not on the ballot in the Michigan governor's race, but her legacy loomed over the campaign in her home state, which has the country's highest concentration of for-profit charter schools.

COURTS

Tennessee electrocutes second inmate in 2 months

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee inmate became the second person to die in the state's electric chair in just over a month Thursday, nearly two decades after Tennessee adopted lethal injection as its preferred method of execution.

Tennessee to electrocute second inmate in as many months

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee inmate is scheduled to become the second person to die in the state's electric chair in as many months Thursday evening, nearly two decades after the state adopted lethal injection as its preferred method of execution.

Judge's order didn't end family separations at border

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration separated 81 migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since the June executive order that stopped the general practice amid a crackdown on illegal crossings, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.

REAL ESTATE

US average mortgage rates fall; 30-year loan at 4.75%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week amid a steep decline in stock prices.

HEALTH CARE

Report: US health spending hits $3.5T but growth slows

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's health care tab hit $3.5 trillion last year, or $10,739 per person, the government reported Thursday. But behind those staggering figures was some fairly good news:

ENVIRONMENT

Nobel prize winner: no progress from Trump on carbon taxing

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Economics who advocates carbon taxes as the best way to address greenhouse gas emissions says he does not expect U.S. President Donald Trump to back his view.

California first state to mandate solar power for new homes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California became the first state in the nation to require homes built in 2020 and later be solar powered, following a vote by the Building Standards Commission.

US to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling, mining and other activities across millions of acres in the American West that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species.

Trump EPA proposes rolling back another Obama-era coal rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency proposed another rollback Thursday aimed at easing controls on emissions from coal-fired power plants, this time for new ones, even as warnings mount from the agency's scientists and others about the growing toll of climate change.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan discloses more dubious inspections amid Ghosn arrest

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan, the Japanese automaker under scrutiny after its former chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested on suspicion of financial misconduct, is recalling 150,000 vehicles spanning 11 models in Japan for dubious inspections for brakes and steering.

Fiat Chrysler taps Amazon, Shell execs to fill roles

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is tapping executives from Amazon and Shell Oil Company with previous automotive industry experience to fill its ranks.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks drop 4 percent in rocky week on trade, growth worries

Wall Street capped a turbulent week of trading Friday with the biggest weekly loss since March as traders fret over rising trade tensions between Washington and Beijing and signals of slower economic growth.

Oil producers join forces and cut production again

VIENNA (AP) — Oil prices spiked sharply higher Friday as major oil producers, including the OPEC cartel, agreed to cut global oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day to reduce oversupply.

Oil prices spike on mooted production cut

VIENNA (AP) — Oil prices spiked sharply higher Friday after OPEC countries agreed to a proposal that would see global oil production reduced by 1.2 million barrels a day.

US hiring slower but steady as employers add 155K jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added a smaller but still-healthy number of jobs last month, while the unemployment rate remained at a five-decade low and wages rose at a solid clip.

Health care, business services lead November hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health care and business services led U.S. job gains in November, a month that saw slower hiring overall.

Jobless rates fall for black Americans, adult men

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Americans, adult men and those with just a high school diploma made notable gains in the job market in November.

Marlboro maker places $2.4 billion bet on marijuana

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the world's biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $2.4 billion buy-in.

Lyft aims to beat Uber to US stock market with IPO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lyft still hasn't caught up to Uber in the rapidly growing ride-hailing market, but it's ahead in the race to sell its stock on the public market where the two companies could potentially raise billions to help finance their expansion.

OPEC delays oil output decision pending Russia talks

VIENNA (AP) — OPEC countries hoping to support the price of oil put off their decision Thursday on how much to reduce oil production until they negotiate with ally Russia on Friday on how much it will contribute to the cut.

US household wealth jumps $2T, led by rising stock market

WASHINGTON (AP) — A stock market rally, which has since reversed, propelled U.S. household net worth to a record high of $109 trillion in the July-September quarter.

Record imports push US trade gap to $55.5 billion in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Record imports in October drove the U.S. trade deficit to the highest level in a decade.

China demands Canada release executive of tech giant Huawei

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday demanded that Canada release an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei who was arrested in a case that compounds tensions with the U.S. and threatens to complicate trade talks.

Sears' biggest holder bids $4.6B for rest of bankrupt chain

NEW YORK (AP) — Eddie Lampert and his ESL Holdings hedge fund are offering to buy the rest of Sears for up to $4.6 billion in cash and stock in a move to stave off liquidation.

France gears up to face new riots; Paris shuts down

PARIS (AP) — France mobilized tens of thousands of police officers and made plans to shut down beloved tourist attractions like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre on the eve of anti-government protests that authorities feared could be even more violent than ones that have crippled the country for weeks.

Tech execs at White House field ideas for US dominance

Top executives from Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm gathered Thursday at the White House amid strained ties between President Donald Trump's administration and the tech industry and an ongoing trade war with China.

Survey: US services firms grew in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services firms grew at a slightly stronger pace in November, a sign that the recent stock market sell-offs have yet to dampen enthusiasm among consumers.

Survey: US businesses added a solid 179,000 jobs last month

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses hired new workers at a solid pace in November, adding 179,000 jobs, according to a private survey.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump says he'll nominate Barr for attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he will nominate William Barr, the late President George H.W. Bush's attorney general, to serve in the same role.

Court deadlines set stage for more Russia probe details

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller is set to reveal more details about his Russia investigation on Friday as he faces court deadlines in the cases of two men who worked closely with President Donald Trump.

Trump political aides shifting over to re-election campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House political director Bill Stepien and deputy Justin Clark are leaving the administration to work on President Donald Trump's re-election campaign.

Lawyer: Trump resort hired undocumented workers

NEW YORK (AP) — Two women who cleaned rooms set aside for President Donald Trump at one of his golf resorts in New Jersey say they used false papers to get hired, their supervisors knew it and that many employees there also lack legal documents.

Republicans push through controversial Trump energy nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee for a federal energy board, despite a video that shows the nominee saying that renewable energy "screws up" the nation's electrical grid.

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