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VOL. 44 | NO. 13 | Friday, March 27, 2020

Little virus that can topple skyscrapers

Supply chain interruptions threaten Middle Tennessee building boom

Imagine building a big, brand-new house without hardwood floors for the dining room and den. Or no carpet for the bedrooms. Without ceramic tile in the kitchen or foyer.

Census: Nashville’s growth mostly downtown, near Rutherford Co. line

As Middle Tennessee begins collecting data for the 2020 U.S. Census amid a global pandemic, numbers released earlier this year show Davidson County grew by nearly 46,000 people between 2013 and 2018, a larger gain than any other county in Tennessee.

TOURISM

Spyridon planning ahead for post-virus recovery

Twenty years ago, Butch Spyridon was aggressively beating the drum for a new convention center in downtown Nashville. The need was there, he said, and during the next few years he and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau (now the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.) would work to pull together a growing coalition of business, community and elected leaders that resulted in the new Music City Center’s construction and eventual 2013 opening.

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EVENTS

Nashville Earth Day Festival. Environmentally-friendly vendors, educational booths, workshops and speakers, as well as live entertainment, a beer garden and a green market. This festival is free and family-friendly. Saturday, April 18 at Centennial Park. Information

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JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Ride it till the wheels fall off? We’re past that

As an early-warning coronavirus screening, Kayne tested our new temporal thermometer on my forehead for evidence of a fever. Initial results – 87.6 degrees – showed I was apparently freezing to death

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Please don’t put lives at risk just to sell another house

Rick French, a veteran real estate agent with more than 40 years of experience, was a leader in demonstrating protocol at the advent of the COVID-19 epidemic, requiring booties, gloves and eyewear to be worn during showings of his listings.

GUEST COLUMNIST

Access to public meetings must continue during crisis

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issued an executive order Friday that gave much-needed relief and guidance on how governing bodies may conduct meetings electronically in light of a need to contain the spread of coronavirus.

NEWSMAKERS

Barnes elected to board for Commercial Law Institute

The Mid-South Commercial Law Institute recently elected Stites & Harbison PLLC attorney Erika Barnes as one of five new directors of its 25-member board of directors. She will serve a five-year term.

BRIEFS

Davidson County clerk branches remain open

Due to Covid-19 virus, the Davidson County Clerk’s Main Office and Green Hills branch will be closed to the general public, but some branch offices will be open.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Wear isn’t the only reason to replace your car’s tires

Tires are of vital importance since they are the only part of the vehicle that makes contact with the road. Yet motorists often neglect their condition and age, and the results can be catastrophic.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Retirement paycheck that last through golden years

Saving and investing for retirement might actually be easier than deciding how to safely spend what you’ve accumulated.

CAREER CORNER

Ready to skip town? Here’s how to choose a new city

If you were to look for a new job, where would it be? Very often, when we’re searching for a new job, we look in our immediate area. We look for something within driving distance of our home.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans GM wants long-term deal with NFL rushing leader Henry

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans don't want Derrick Henry going anywhere anytime soon, and the NFL rushing leader sounds as if he's eager to stick around, too.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Accused Tennessee lawmaker reverses, will seek reelection

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct decades ago has reversed course and says he will now seek reelection after all.

EDUCATION

University of Tennessee moving summer classes online

MARTIN (AP) — The University of Tennessee says summer session classes at all campuses will be delivered online in response to the new coronavirus outbreak.

Why rich students get more financial aid than poor ones

Colleges are increasingly spending more to woo affluent students with scholarships based solely on academic or other achievements, experts say. And it's leaving those who need aid the most with fewer resources to afford college.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee grapples with what to disclose amid virus outbreak

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee started out its fight against coronavirus by declining to tell people which counties the virus had been found in. Then came a wave of criticism from across the state.

Double strike: Tornado, virus push Tennesseans to the limit

NASHVILLE (AP) — When Jose Cojom's house collapsed around his family in a tornado that struck after midnight, he knew his life was going to get much harder. But that was just the beginning. A few weeks later, the restaurant where he cooks closed its doors because of the coronavirus.

Tennessee deadline for candidate qualifying is Thursday

NASHVILLE (AP) — The deadline to qualify to run for many offices in this year's elections in Tennessee is quickly approaching.

SPORTS

Survey: Athletic directors bracing for financial crisis

Athletic directors at the nation's biggest schools are bracing for a potential financial crisis related to the coronavirus pandemic.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Trump considers limits on domestic travel to virus hot spots

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is weighing grounding domestic flights between coronavirus hot spots as he ramps up efforts to try to contain the pandemic's spread.

Nearly 3,000 sailors to leave carrier amid virus outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3,000 sailors aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier where the coronavirus has spread will be taken off the ship by Friday, Navy officials said as they struggle to quarantine crew members in the face of an outbreak.

AP-NORC poll: Broad support for state virus control efforts

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that a majority of Republicans and Democrats alike approve of how state and local governments are handling the coronavirus outbreak. Fewer than half of Americans say the same of the response by the federal government and President Donald Trump, opinions driven by deeply partisan views about the president and his administration.

Trump's contradictory views on China shift as crisis grows

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has held an unequivocal position about China and the coronavirus — several of them.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US unemployment claims hit 6.6 million – another record high

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high set just one week earlier — a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus.

US trade gap falls to $39.9B in February, lowest since 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit tumbled in February to the lowest level since 2016 as exports fell and imports fell more. The politically sensitive gap in the trade of goods with China narrowed in February when the world's No. 2 economy was locked down to combat the coronavirus outbreak..

Outbreak: bankruptcies, layoffs and quiet skies

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on Thursday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.

Shut-in TV viewers push 'Let's Make a Deal' to record rating

NEW YORK (AP) — Shut-in television viewers tuned in to the game show "Let's Make a Deal" in record numbers last week.

Apply here: How to spend $2.2 trillion – and rescue economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump aims to shovel $2.2 trillion into the U.S. economy over the next few weeks to try to cushion its free fall. But that means putting his fate in the hands of banks, profit-minded businesses and government bureaucrats he has frequently derided, along with a man who has emerged as arguably the biggest power broker to business in Washington: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Q&A: How to get aid for a small business hit by virus crisis

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of small business owners will be turning to the government, seeking help for an individual and nationwide cataclysm, the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Gun background checks smash records amid coronavirus fears

Background checks required to buy firearms have spiked to record numbers in the past month, fueled by a run on guns from Americans worried about their safety during the coronavirus crisis.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Toyota, China's BYD announced electric car venture

BEIJING (AP) — Toyota Motor Co. and Chinese electric automaker BYD Co. announced a partnership Thursday to develop battery-powered vehicles, adding to a flurry of industry tie-ups to share soaring development costs.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Infrastructure often embraced by both parties, to no avail

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wants to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure projects to create jobs and help the collapsing economy rebuild from stunning blows of the coronavirus pandemic. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that seems about right.

Georgia Sen. Loeffler gets renewed scrutiny over stock moves

WASHINGTON (AP) — The husband of Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler recently acquired as much as $415,000 in stock in DuPont de Nemours, a chemical company that manufactures protective equipment in exceedingly high demand because of the coronavirus pandemic.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1
MIDSTATE

Tennessee inmates to donate to tornado relief efforts

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Correction announced Tuesday that inmates across the state will donate more than $1,000 for tornado relief efforts.

STATEWIDE

Smokies-area businesses urged to stop soliciting tourists

SEVIERVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials want tourism businesses to stop soliciting tourists in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Lee: More information to be released on COVID-19 deaths

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that Tennessee will soon release location information on where coronavirus deaths have occurred in the state after his administration initially declined to do so.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

AP-NORC poll: Broad support for efforts to control outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that a majority of Republicans and Democrats alike approve of how state and local governments are handling the coronavirus outbreak. Fewer than half of Americans say the same of the response by the federal government and President Donald Trump, opinions driven by deeply partisan views about the president and his administration.

AP-NORC poll: Less than half back Trump's pandemic response

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans give high marks to state and local governments for their handling of the fast-moving coronavirus pandemic that has swiftly remade everyday life. But less than half approve of the job done thus far by President Donald Trump and the federal government, according to a new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Trump resists national shutdown, leaving it up to states

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is resisting calls to issue a national stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the new coronavirus despite his administration's projections that tens of thousands of Americans are likely to be killed by the disease. One by one, though, states are increasingly pushing shutdown orders of their own.

Dolly Parton donates $1 million to coronavirus research

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country icon Dolly Parton is making a big donation to help fund coronavirus research, as well as taking time out every week to read children's books online to kids everywhere.

Coast Guard: Cruise ships must stay at sea with sick onboard

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has directed all cruise ships to prepare to treat any sick passengers and crew on board while being sequestered "indefinitely" offshore during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wimbledon canceled 1st time since World War II

WIMBLEDON, England — Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump says 'life and death' at stake in following guidelines

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Americans to brace for a "hell of a bad two weeks" ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained.

White House projects 100K-240K US deaths from virus, if ...

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Americans to brace for a "hell of a bad two weeks" ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained.

April 1, rent's due: Many struggle to pay in virus outbreak

It's the first of the month, and everybody knows the rent's due. For millions of Americans, Wednesday is the first time the landlord is knocking on the door since the coronavirus outbreak turned the economy upside down.

Should you wear mask in public if not sick with coronavirus?

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you're not sick with the new coronavirus, should you wear a mask in public? Global health authorities say no. Amid a shortage of masks, the U.S. is sticking with that advice but Tuesday, President Donald Trump suggested people who are worried wear a scarf.

US warship captain seeks crew isolation as virus spreads

WASHINGTON (AP) — The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus is asking for permission to isolate the bulk of his roughly 5,000 crew members on shore, which would take the warship out of duty in an effort to save lives.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Car sales crash, and so does crude, as virus seizes markets

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on Wednesday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks skid as physical, economic toll of virus worsens

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street and markets around the world fell sharply Wednesday as the economic and physical toll caused by the coronavirus outbreak mounts — and as experts say they still can't predict when it will end.

Pelosi sees infrastructure package similar to Trump $2T plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats want to enact a massive infrastructure package upgrading the nation's broadband, road and water systems, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday, in the next installment of Congress' effort to help the country weather the destructive blows inflicted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Macy's to be removed from S&P 500; credit rating downgraded

Its market value just a fraction of what it was five years ago, Macy's is being removed from the S&P 500 index.

Sprint and T-Mobile merge, creating new wireless giant

NEW YORK (AP) — Mobile carrier T-Mobile has completed the takeover of smaller rival Sprint, creating a new wireless giant that rivals AT&T and Verizon in size.

Survey: US manufacturing slides in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Manufacturing contracted in the United States and around the world last month, dragged down by economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.

US construction spending down 1.3% in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects fell 1.3% in February with housing and nonresidential construction both showing weakness even before the coronavirus struck with force in the United States.

U.S. businesses cut 27,000 jobs in March, before virus hit

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies shed 27,000 jobs in March, according to a private survey, a figure that mostly reflected the economy as it stood before the full impact of the viral outbreak.

Early divisions as Congress weighs next help for economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bipartisan partnership that propelled a $2.2 trillion economic rescue package through Congress just days ago is already showing signs of strain, raising questions about how quickly calls for massive followup legislation may bear fruit.

Trump and Putin discuss oil, Japan limits international mail

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on Wedy related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.

HEALTH CARE

FDA wants heartburn meds off the market due to contamination

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators are telling drugmakers to immediately pull their popular heartburn drugs off the market after determining that a contamination issue with the medications poses a greater risk than previously thought.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Watchdog finds new problems with FBI wiretap applications

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department inspector general has found additional failures in the FBI's handling of a secretive surveillance program that came under scrutiny after the Russia investigation, identifying problems with dozens of applications for wiretaps in national security investigations.


TUESDAY, MARCH 31
NASHVILLE AREA

Cooper announces $1.9M in SBA disaster loans available

Mayor John Cooper today announced that more than $1,931,600 in disaster loans have been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration for Davidson County businesses and residents with losses resulting from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding on March 3. Seventy-six disaster loans have been approved statewide in the amount of $5,078,200 for affected survivors.

STATEWIDE

Lee cites 'legal challenges' surrounding COVID-19 death info

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee says "legal challenges" are preventing Tennessee's top health officials from releasing location information on where coronavirus deaths have occurred in the state.

Knox to release arrestees; Memphis canceling court dates

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Knox County's judges have ordered the sheriff's office to book and release all arrestees charged with misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies in an effort to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, while Memphis has canceled all out-of-custody court dates in April.

Deadline for rural broadband internet grants extended

MEMPHIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended a deadline for funding requests by rural communities and businesses seeking to improve high-speed broadband internet access.

MIDSTATE

Red Cross again extends assistance deadline after tornadoes

NASHVILLE (AP) — The American Red Cross announced Monday that it once again was extending the deadline for emergency financial help for Middle Tennessee residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed earlier this month by several deadly tornadoes.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Those without broadband struggle in a stuck-at-home nation

NEW YORK (AP) — In Sandwich, New Hampshire, a town of 1,200 best known as the setting for the movie "On Golden Pond," broadband is scarce. Forget streaming Netflix, much less working or studying from home. Even the police department has trouble uploading its reports.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's misfires on virus death rates, tests

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a grim reality of surging coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is making premature assertions about relatively low death rates in the U.S. and revising history about how seriously he viewed the threat, including the need for ventilators.

White House turns to statistical models for virus forecast

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like forecasters tracking a megastorm, White House officials are relying on statistical models to help predict the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and try to protect as many people as possible.

How dire projections, grim images dashed Trump's Easter plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The two doctors spread out their charts on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks fall, capping Wall Street's worst quarter since 2008

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell Tuesday to close out Wall Street's worst quarter since the most harrowing days of the 2008 financial crisis.

A guide to surviving financially as the bills come due

The coronavirus has dealt a financial blow to millions of Americans and now April's bills are coming due.

What you need to do to get your government stimulus check

The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks in the next three weeks.

US consumer confidence sinks as virus begins having impact

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence tumbled this month to its lowest level in nearly three years as the impact of the coronavirus on the economy began to be felt.

Fed steps in once again to try to smooth out lending markets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is intervening once again to try to smooth out the world's lending markets, this time by lending dollars to other central banks in exchange for Treasurys.

Companies find a new purpose; workplace rules have changed

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on Tuesday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.

Amazon fires warehouse worker who staged walkout

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon fired a worker who organized a walkout at a New York warehouse to demand greater protection against the new coronavirus, saying the employee himself flouted distancing rules and put others at risk.

Treasury wants airlines to say how they will pay back loans

DALLAS (AP) — The Treasury Department wants airlines to say how they will compensate the government for $25 billion in grants used to keep employees on the payroll during the coronavirus outbreak.

New online store offers help to shuttered indie booksellers

Andy Hunter, founder of a new online sales outlet for independent booksellers, had seen a crisis building well before the coronavirus pandemic shut down many of the country's stores.

Macy's, Kohl's, Gap to furlough majority of their workers

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's, Kohl's and Gap Inc. all said Monday they will stop paying tens of thousands of employees who were thrown out of work when the chains temporarily closed their stores and sales collapsed as a result of the pandemic.

World Bank sees outbreak taking a big toll on Asia's economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Bank is estimating that the cornavirus outbreak will cause economic growth to slow significantly this year in China and other East Asian-Pacific countries, throwing millions into poverty.

Inflation in Europe sags amid outbreak, oil price decline

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Inflation in the 19 countries that use the euro currency sagged to 0.7% in March from 1.2% February as the virus outbreak and an oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia rippled through the economy.

REAL ESTATE

US home prices rose at 3.1% annually in January

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. home price growth was showing signs of acceleration in January, a sign of the solid demand that existed before the coronavirus outbreak caused millions of job losses and tossed the U.S. economy into a likely recession.

ENVIRONMENT

Ex wildlife chief: Trump rule could kill billions of birds

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — At a former open pit copper mine filled with billions of gallons of toxic water, sirens and loud pops from propane cannons echo off the granite walls to scare away birds so they don't land.

Trump rollback of mileage standards guts climate change push

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's rollback of mileage standards Tuesday marks a win for Americans who like their SUVs and pickup trucks, but the government's own estimates show big costs, too — more Americans dying from air pollution, more climate-damaging tailpipe exhaust and more expense for drivers at the gas pumps.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

McConnell: Impeachment 'diverted attention' from coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Donald Trump's impeachment trial distracted the federal government from the novel coronavirus as it reached the United States in January, despite warnings at the time from public health experts and members of Congress about the spread of the virus.

China's Huawei warns more US pressure may spur retaliation

BEIJING (AP) — Huawei's chairman warned Tuesday that more U.S. moves to increase pressure on the Chinese tech giant might trigger retaliation by Beijing that could damage its worldwide industry.

US extends Iran nuclear cooperation sanctions waivers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday renewed several waivers on U.S. sanctions against Iran, allowing Russian, European and Chinese companies to continue to work on Iran's civilian nuclear facilities without drawing American penalties.


MONDAY, MARCH 30
COURTS

Judge won't halt Watkins College-Belmont University merger

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville judge has ruled against two students and a teacher who are attempting to block the proposed merger between Watkins College of Art and Belmont University.

NASHVILLE AREA

Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music names Candelaria new dean

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt University in Tennessee named Lorenzo Candelaria as dean of the Blair School of Music.

MIDSTATE

Governor: Dozens at Gallatin nursing home have virus

An outbreak of the new coronavirus at a Tennessee nursing home has forced the facility to be temporarily closed for cleaning with dozens of residents and staff members sent into quarantine, Gov. Bill Lee's office and a hospital said Sunday night.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Singer John Prine is in stable condition, his wife says

NEW YORK (AP) — John Prine is in stable condition after being placed on a ventilator while being treated for COVID-19-type symptoms, his wife, Fiona Whelan Prine said Monday.

Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications

NEW YORK (AP) — Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like "Home" and "Pickup Man," has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 61.

Singer-songwriter Jan Howard dies at 91

NASHVILLE (AP) — Singer-songwriter Jan Howard, who had a No. 1 country hit "For Loving You" with Bill Anderson and wrote hits for others like Kitty Wells' "It's All Over But the Crying," has died at age 91, according to the Grand Ole Opry.

NASHVILLE AREA

In coronavirus pandemic, Nashville's homeless need shelter

NASHVILLE (AP) — Outside the black gates at Room In The Inn, more than 100 members of Nashville's homeless community stand waiting for their lunch ticket numbers to be called.

STATEWIDE

Gov. Lee announces safer-at-home order

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issued a statewide "safer-at-home" order  on Monday to help stem the rapid spread of coronavirus, mandating the closure of all nonessential businesses while urging residents to remain at home whenever possible for the next two weeks.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Trump defends extending virus guidelines as spread continues

WASHINGTON (AP) — Siding with public health experts' dire projections, President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to extend restrictive social distancing guidelines through the end of April, while bracing the nation for a coronavirus death toll that could exceed 100,000 people.

How dire projections, grim images dashed Trump's Easter plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The two doctors spread out their charts on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.

Trump extends virus guidelines, braces US for big death toll

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bracing the nation for a coronavirus death toll that could exceed 100,000 people, President Donald Trump extended restrictive social distancing guidelines through April, bowing to public health experts who presented him with even more dire projections for the expanding coronavirus pandemic.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump gets a reality check on coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — For weeks, President Donald Trump carved out a trail of groundless assurances about the coronavirus pandemic as health officials, governors and local officials sounded alarm about what was coming — and already here. That sunlit trail now has hit a wall.

US agency includes gun sellers as 'critical' infrastructure

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gun rights group is cheering the Trump administration's designation of the firearms industry, including retailers, as part of the nation's critical infrastructure during the coronavirus emergency.

Age is not the only risk for severe coronavirus disease

WASHINGTON (AP) — Older people remain most at risk of dying as the new coronavirus continues its rampage around the globe, but they're far from the only ones vulnerable. One of many mysteries: Men seem to be faring worse than women.

REAL ESTATE

US pending home sales trended higher before virus outbreak

BALTIMORE (AP) — Americans signed more contracts in February to buy homes, but the gains are likely relics of a moment before the coronavirus outbreak sent the U.S. economy spiraling into a likely recession.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Some Instacart, Amazon workers strike as jobs get riskier

NEW YORK (AP) — Some Instacart and Amazon warehouse workers walked off the job Monday demanding greater safeguards against the coronavirus, even as both companies are speed-hiring hundreds of thousands of new workers to handle a surge in delivery orders.

Wall Street's rally rolls on, led by health care stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed Monday, led by big gains for health care companies announcing developments that could aid in the coronavirus outbreak.

Urgent question from small businesses: When will aid arrive?

NEW YORK (AP) — When will the money arrive?

Macy's to furlough majority of its 125,000 workers

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's says it will temporarily stop paying tens of thousands of employees who were thrown out of work when the chain closed its stores in response to collapsing sales during the pandemic.

Conditions for companies that get virus aid: Room for abuse?

WASHINGTON (AP) — A $500 billion federal aid package for companies and governments hurt by the coronavirus includes rules aimed at ensuring that the taxpayer money is used in ways that would help sustain the economy. But questions are being raised about whether those guardrails will prevent the kinds of abuses that have marked some corporate bailouts of the past.

Job cuts pile up, Ford to make ventilators at parts plant

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on Monday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.

Stocks extend losses, oil trades below $20 on virus impact

BANGKOK (AP) — World markets started the week with more losses as countries reported surging numbers of infections from the coronavirus, forcing prolonged shutdowns of travel and business in many regions.

German experts say growth rebound could be relatively quick

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A group of leading economists say Germany, Europe's largest economy, will suffer a deep slump in the first half of this year but should rebound relatively quickly from the disruption of the virus outbreak.

Virus forces Europeans to ask: How united do we want to be?

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Europe's fractured union came under new pressure this weekend, as Italy and Spain pleaded for urgent European help to withstand the virus ordeal but Germany showed reluctance to plunge into any radical new solutions.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Gas is cheap, but for many motorists there's nowhere to go

DALLAS (AP) — U.S. gasoline prices have dropped to their lowest levels in four years, and they are almost sure to go lower as oil prices plunge.

New Trump mileage standards to gut Obama climate effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is poised to roll back ambitious Obama-era vehicle mileage standards and raise the ceiling on damaging fossil fuel emissions for years to come, gutting one of the United States' biggest efforts against climate change.

ENVIRONMENT

Yellowstone slaughters wild bison to shrink park's herds

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park is done capturing wild bison for the year after rounding up almost 550 of the wild animals and sending most to slaughter as part of a population control program, park officials said.


FRIDAY, MARCH 27
EDUCATION

UT Trustees appoint Boyd to 5-year term as president

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees on Friday voted unanimously to appoint Interim President Randy Boyd to a 5-year term as president.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vanderbilt's Aaron Nesmith announces he's entering NBA draft

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt guard Aaron Nesmith is forgoing his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NBA draft.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee gets $476K grant for tornado victim mental health

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has landed a $476,000 federal grant to support the mental health needs of victims of deadly tornadoes earlier this month.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Coronavirus deals one-two financial punch to state budgets

The coronavirus is pounding state governments with a financial one-two punch, costing them many millions to try to contain the disease just as businesses are shutting down and tax revenue is collapsing. The sharp drop in revenue could jeopardize some states' ability to provide basic services.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Country singer Joe Diffie tests positive for coronavirus

NASHVILLE (AP) — A publicist for Joe Diffie says the country singer has tested positive for COVID-19.

REGION

Fort Campbell has first coronavirus case

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Fort Campbell has recorded its first case of the new coronavirus at the Army installation.

ENVIRONMENT

Tennessee vehicle emissions testing suspended until May 18

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has announced that Executive Order No. 19, issued March 24 by Governor Bill Lee, suspends requirements for vehicle emissions testing in Tennessee March 12-May 18.

Citing virus, EPA has stopped enforcing environmental laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday abruptly waived enforcement on a range of legally mandated public health and environmental protections, saying industries could have trouble complying with them during the coronavirus pandemic.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Trump accuses GM of overpromising on breathing machines

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump attacked General Motors Friday, alleging that the company promised to build thousands more breathing machines than it can deliver for coronavirus patients and that it wants too much money for them.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

'Choppy waters' await Navy as virus strikes aircraft carrier

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy, the military service hit hardest by the coronavirus, scrambled Friday to contain its first at-sea outbreak, with at least two dozen infected aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, one of 11 active aircraft carriers whose mission is central to the Pentagon's strategy for deterring war with China and Iran.

Tourists stranded in Asia by canceled flights, shut borders

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — From the sun-soaked beaches of Thailand to the foothills of Mount Everest in Nepal, tourists across Asia are finding their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares as airlines cancel flights and countries close their borders in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Virus changes menus, operations as restaurants struggle

CINCINNATI (AP) — In the battle to keep their New York City restaurant going despite sharp restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak, the owners of Il Posto Accanto are relying on something Beatrice Tosci would have considered sacrilege in normal times.

Not all or nothing: Anti-virus lockdowns could lift slowly

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the millions of Americans living under some form of lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, not knowing when the restrictions will end is a major source of anxiety. Will life events — weddings, funerals, even just simple nights out with friends — be delayed for a few weeks, a few months or much longer?

Are gun shops 'essential' businesses during a pandemic?

In some parts of the U.S., authorities say gun shops aren't essential businesses and should close during stay-at-home orders meant to slow the coronavirus. In other places, officials are stopping background checks for concealed carry permits. Elsewhere, city leaders have invoked emergency powers allowing bans on gun sales.

Federal prisons struggle to combat growing COVID-19 fears

WASHINGTON (AP) — When a federal correction officer geared up for duty recently at a Florida prison complex, he added an N95 mask amid coronavirus fears. He has a sister who had an organ transplant and an elderly mother at home.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

IMF head says global economy now in recession

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund said Friday it is clear that the global economy has now entered a recession that could be as bad or worse than the 2009 downturn.

Stocks drop, but hold on to weekly gains after a big rally

Wall Street closed lower Friday but still notched big gains for the week as investors held out hope that a $2 trillion rescue package will cushion businesses and households from the economic devastation being caused by the coronavirus.

Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress this week to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic.

GOP's Massie outrages House, Trump by seeking to stall vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Thomas Massie has always gone his own way in Congress, ever since he first ran for office inspired by a fellow libertarian-leaning Kentuckian, Rand Paul.

US consumer spending up modest 0.2% in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their spending by a modest amount in February but the expectation is that spending will be hit hard in coming months reflecting the shutdown of the American economy by the coronavirus.

Business fallout: National bills coming due, with risk; consumers see it

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.

Congress locks Trump oversight into $2.2 trillion package

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared that "I'll be the oversight" as lawmakers were in the final days of drafting what became a $2.2 trillion rescue plan for American businesses. In the end, Congress ensured that won't be the case.

Staying afloat: $2.2 trillion bill offers economic lifeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the coronavirus crisis, even doctors can face a cash crunch.

Virus relief package could help Trump, Kushner businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The $2 trillion legislative package moving through Congress to shore up the U.S. economy devastated by the coronavirus was carefully written to prevent President Donald Trump and his family from profiting from the federal fund. But the fine print reveals that businesses owned by Trump and his family still may be eligible for some assistance.


THURSDAY, MARCH 26
NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville launches COVID-19 hotline

Metro Public Health Department officials on Wednesday launched a COVID-19 telephone hotline with nurses and other public health professionals available to answer questions, provide the latest information about COVID-19, and assist Davidson County residents with the assessment process.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee weekly jobless claims 14 times higher amid virus

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee saw more than 14 times as many new unemployment claims filed last week compared to the previous one, quantifying some of the economic consequences of a global coronavirus pandemic that has shuttered businesses to curb further infection.

Tennessee rolls out celebrity social distancing campaign

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is producing a series of public service announcements designed to encourage social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The campaign has the tag line, "Do your part, stay apart," and features Gov. Bill Lee and first lady Maria Lee plus other prominent Tennesseans.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Taylor Swift surprises some fans with cash donations

From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here's a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Toyota seek to restart factories

DETROIT (AP) — Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota took steps Thursday to restart North American factories that have been closed to protect workers from the coronavirus.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Tennessee advises doctors to use diapers, swim goggles to protect faces

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state Department of Health is advising doctors to use diapers and swim goggles to protect their faces if they cannot obtain personal protective equipment due to shortages related to the COVID-19 outbreak, a Tennessee doctor said Thursday.

Trump say feds developing new guidelines for virus risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that federal officials are developing guidelines to rate counties by risk of virus spread, as he aims to begin to ease nationwide guidelines meant to stem the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump has megaphone, but states control virus shutdowns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has the biggest megaphone, but it's governors and local officials who will decide when to begin reopening their economies after shuttering them to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Constitution largely gives states the authority to regulate their own affairs.

Nearly half-million infected worldwide, economic toll rises

The number of coronavirus infections closed in on a half-million worldwide Thursday, with both Italy and the U.S. on track to surpass China, and a record-shattering 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in a single week in a stark demonstration of the damage to the world's biggest economy.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's inaccurate boasts on China travel ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defending early missteps in the U.S. response to the coronavirus, President Donald Trump has repeatedly boasted of travel restrictions on China that he suggests he decided on his own over the objections of health experts and saved "thousands" of lives.

Virus takes toll on US military as it tries to aid civilians

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus is taking a growing toll on the U.S. military, and commanders and senior officials are bracing for worse. From nuclear missile fields at home to war zones abroad, from flight lines to ships at sea, the Pentagon is striving to shield vital missions even as it faces urgent calls for help on the civilian front.

Trump's push to open economy could come at cost of lives

WASHINGTON (AP) — The contrast could hardly be more stark. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has said that if all of his sweeping, expensive measures to stem the coronavirus saved one life, it would be worth it. President Donald Trump has another view: The costs of shutting down the economy outweigh the benefits, frequently telling Americans that 35,000 people a year die from the common flu.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks surge again after relief bill passed; indexes up 6%

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks marched higher for a third straight day Friday as a massive coronavirus relief bill gets closer to passing Congress and Wall Street took some historically bad unemployment figures in stride.

Pelosi forecasts House OK of Senate's $2.2T virus aid plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will give final approval Friday to the massive $2.2 trillion economic rescue bill with robust backing from both parties, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, a vote that would cap Congress' tumultuous effort to rush the relief to a nation battered by the coronavirus.

3.3 million seek US jobless aid, nearly 5 times earlier high

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — almost five times the previous record set in 1982 — amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus.

World leaders vow to coordinate virus response in video call

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of the United Nations told leaders of the world's 20 major industrialized nations during an emergency virtual summit Thursday that "we are at war with a virus – and not winning it" despite dramatic measures by countries to seal their borders, shutter businesses and enforce home isolation for well over a quarter of the world's population.

Business Fallout: Lowe's hiring, McMenu shrinks, top Ford execs to defer pay

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed as it continues to spread across the world. Here is a look at some of the latest developments Thursday related to the global economy, particular economic sectors, and the workplace:

In drastic step, Italy shuts most factories to halt virus

SOAVE, Italy (AP) — Italy has become the first western developed nation to idle most of its industry to halt the spread of the coronavirus, in a potential cautionary tale for other governments, such as the Trump administration, that are resisting such drastic measures.

Bank of England warns of 'large and sharp' UK downturn

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England warned Thursday that the scale and duration of the economic shock stemming from the coronavirus pandemic will be "large and sharp but should ultimately prove temporary."

Fed chair Powell says will provide nearly unlimited lending

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerome Powell says the Federal Reserve would provide essentially unlimited lending to support the economy as long as it is damaged by the viral outbreak.

US economy grew at 2.1% rate in fourth quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy grew by a moderate 2.1% in the fourth quarter of last year, but many economists believe that will be the last positive growth seen for some time as the country endures a sharp contraction due to the coronavirus.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Trump camp threatens local TV stations over Democratic ad

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is threatening legal action against local TV stations in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin if they don't pull a Democratic anti-Trump commercial that uses clips of the president talking about the coronavirus outbreak. The campaign says the ad is false.

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