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VOL. 46 | NO. 12 | Friday, March 25, 2022

Gathering dust, gaining value

Buyers are collecting houses like art amid fight for record-low inventory

Nashville’s white-hot residential real estate market is the gift that keeps on giving to armchair analysts: How high can prices go? Is this a bubble, such as the mortgage-driven one that collapsed in 2008-09? Is now the time to cash out? Who’s buying, and what will they pay?

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Stadium went from ‘magnificent’ to hovel in a hurry

The first game played at what was then Adelphia Coliseum in 1999 brought a sellout crowd, a Titans preseason victory and rave reviews for the “polished up and perfectly groomed” new sports venue.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Rising rates add another hurdle for harried buyers

Historically, rising interest rates force hesitant buyers to jump from the fences and into the fray. As rates have begun a steady climb recently, borrowers are clamoring to lenders in order to lock rates before they increase even more.

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EVENTS

Williamson, Inc. Young Professionals. Hear how the husband-wife team behind Sticks & Stones Axe grew their business. Connect with other young professionals who live or work in Williamson County while throwing around some axes. Young Professional events are designed for professionals 40 and younger. Space is limited, advance registration is required. Wednesday, 4-5:30 p.m. Note: Closed-toe shoes and signed waiver are required for throwing axes. Free. Information

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REAL ESTATE

Top Davidson County commercial sales for February 2022

Top commercial real estate sales, February 2022, for Davidson County, as compiled by the Nashville Ledger.

Long-term US mortgage rates up to 4.42%, highest since 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates jumped again this week as the 30-year loan rate climbed to its highest level since January of 2019.

UT SPORTS

Big changes loom for Vol roster, coaching staff after loss

By several measures, the Tennessee men’s basketball team’s season was a success. The Vols captured their first SEC Tournament title in 43 years. They beat Kentucky, Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn and North Carolina. They finished undefeated at Thompson-Boling Arena and were ranked No. 5 in The Associated Press poll.

NEWSMAKERS

Kidd ranked among top financial advisers

Brock Kidd, a founding partner and managing director for Pinnacle Asset Management and private wealth manager with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., was recently named to Barron’s list of the 2022 Top 1200 U. S. Financial Advisors Ranked by State.

BRIEFS

55+ community being built in Murfreesboro

Del Webb, a builder of active adult communities for those 55 and older, has broken ground on its first community, Del Webb Southern Harmony, in Murfreesboro.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

What actions can void your new car warranty?

A new car limited warranty, sometimes called a “bumper-to-bumper” warranty, is a contract between the vehicle owner and the automaker. It promises to take care of any applicable repairs provided that the owner properly maintains the vehicle.

PERSONAL FINANCE

How to keep your tax return from getting hung up

There might never be a good time to draw the IRS’ attention, but this year you really want to avoid extra scrutiny.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Invest what you can afford to lose in friend’s business

Ben & Jerry’s was started by childhood best friends. Four grad school buddies founded Warby Parker. A long friendship-turned-partnership brought Clear to TSA security lines across the U.S. A shopping trip between two pals launched size-inclusive clothing brand Universal Standard.

CAREER CORNER

No, those who like remote work aren’t hiding anything

As you probably know by now, I’m a supporter of working from home. I believe that, when it’s possible, it can provide an increased quality of life for the employee and a cost savings for the employer.

PREDATORS

McCarron scores twice as Predators beat Senators 4-1

NASHVILLE (AP) — Michael McCarron scored twice and Juuse Saros made 36 saves to lead the Nashville Predators over the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Tuesday night.

STATE GOVERNMENT

TN Budget: New Titans stadium, grocery tax pause, vote machines

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican state lawmakers peppered Gov. Bill Lee's finance team with questions Tuesday about its proposal to authorize $500 million in bonds to help the Tennessee Titans build a new enclosed stadium. Some said the request caught them by surprise, since they approved a tax break for the team's planned stadium upgrades just last year.

COURTS

Jackson wins GOP vote, nearly assuring Supreme Court seat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maine Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday she will vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, giving Democrats at least one Republican vote and all but assuring that Jackson will become the first Black woman on the Supreme Court.

Judge won't halt execution over intellectual disability

NASHVILLE (AP) — A judge on Tuesday dismissed a motion to declare a Tennessee death row inmate intellectually disabled, a move that would have prohibited his upcoming execution.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Biden eyes boost to mining of minerals for electric vehicles

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing higher oil prices after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, President Joe Biden is looking at invoking the Defense Production Act this week to increase the mining of critical minerals for the batteries used in electric vehicles.

HEALTH CARE

Florida secures $860M from CVS, others to settle opioid case

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The CVS drug store company and pharmaceutical companies will pay Florida a combined $860 million as part of the settlement of an opioid epidemic case, state officials said Wednesday.

Nurses: Guilty verdict for dosing mistake could cost lives

NASHVILLE (AP) — The moment nurse RaDonda Vaught realized she had given a patient the wrong medication, she rushed to the doctors working to revive 75-year-old Charlene Murphey and told them what she had done. Within hours, she made a full report of her mistake to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

MEDIA

How China's TikTok, Facebook influencers push propaganda

WASHINGTON (AP) — To her 1.4 million followers across TikTok, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, Vica Li says she is a "life blogger" and "food lover" who wants to teach her fans about China so they can travel the country with ease.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Biden receives 2nd booster, presses Congress on virus funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden called on Congress to pass billions of dollars in additional funding to fight the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday, as he received a second booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine a day after federal regulators approved a fourth shot for those aged 50 and older.

Biden administration launches COVID website for 1-stop info

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is launching what it says is a one-stop website that will help people in the United States access COVID-19 tests, vaccines and treatments, along with status updates on infection rates where they live.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks fall, breaking a 4-day winning streak on Wall Street

Stocks ended lower on Wall Street Wednesday, breaking a four-day winning streak but keeping major indexes in the green so far for the week.

Even as inflation bites, corporate profits remain flush

NEW YORK (AP) — What's immune to high inflation? So far, the profits at big U.S. companies.

Amazon, union organizers face off again in Alabama

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — For union organizers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, the second time could be a charm — or not.

Russia war ends era of globalization that kept inflation low

For decades, the free flow of trade across much of the world allowed the richest nations to enjoy easy access to low-priced goods and supplies. It meant solid economies and stable markets.

European Central Bank chief: No data suggests stagflation

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — No data currently suggests Europe will fall into stagflation, a combination of high inflation, little or no economic growth and high unemployment, the European Central Bank 's president said Wednesday.

US growth in Q4 revised lower to 6.9%, slower growth to come

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy ended 2021 by expanding at a healthy 6.9% annual pace from October through December, the government reported Wednesday, a slight downgrade from its previous estimates.

German economic advisers slash 2022 growth forecast to 1.8%

BERLIN (AP) — The German government's panel of independent economic advisers on Wednesday slashed its 2022 growth forecast for Europe's biggest economy in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and concern over energy supplies and prices.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden signs bill making lynching a federal hate crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidents typically say a few words before they turn legislation into law. But Joe Biden flipped the script Tuesday when it came time to put his signature on the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act.

EXPLAINER: What the law says about presidential records

WASHINGTON (AP) — Revelations of a roughly eight-hour gap in official records of then-President Donald Trump's phone calls on the day of last year's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol are raising fresh questions about the diligence — or lack thereof — of his record keeping.

UKRAINE

White House: Intel shows Putin misled by advisers on Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials have determined that Russian President Vladimir Putin is being misinformed by advisers about his military's poor performance in Ukraine, according to the White House.

Russia bombards areas where it pledged to scale back

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces bombarded areas around Kyiv and another city just hours after pledging to scale back operations in those zones to promote trust between the two sides, Ukrainian authorities said Wednesday.

Cyberattack in Ukraine war affected thousands across Europe

A cyberattack targeting a satellite network used by Ukraine's government and military agencies shortly after Russia's invasion also knocked offline tens of thousands of broadband internet users across Europe, the satellite owner disclosed Wednesday.

Number of Ukraine refugees passes worst-case U.N. estimate

MEDYKA, Poland (AP) — The number of people who have fled Ukraine since Russian troops invaded has surpassed 4 million, the United Nations reported Wednesday as shelling continued in places where Moscow had vowed to ease its military operations.

Poland to end Russian oil imports; Germany warns on gas

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland announced steps Wednesday to end all Russian oil imports by year's end, while Germany issued a warning about natural gas levels and called on people to conserve, new signs of how Russia's war in Ukraine has escalated tensions about securing energy supplies to power Europe.


TUESDAY, MARCH 29
TENNESSEE TITANS

Gov. Lee to propose $500M for new Titans stadium

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee plans to propose $500 million in bonds in the state budget to help fund a new covered Tennessee Titans stadium envisioned for Nashville, two sources confirmed to The Associated Press.

NASHVILLE AREA

Vanderbilt taps 26 notable names to democracy project board

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Vanderbilt University initiative aimed at bridging the gap of political polarization in the U.S. has named 26 members to its advisory board, ranging from politicians to musicians.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tenn. lawmakers push penalties in transgender athlete ban

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nearly a year after Tennessee Republicans banned transgender athletes from participating in girls' sports, GOP lawmakers are attempting to pass harsh penalties against public schools that violate the newly enacted measure.

Congress residency rule affecting '22 race heads to governor

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Monday passed a residency requirement for Republican and Democratic U.S. House and Senate hopefuls that would kick in right away, a move that aims to nudge at least one GOP hopeful for a redrawn, open Nashville House seat off a crowded primary ballot.

Tennessee House advances school book scrutiny bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee House on Monday passed a bill that lets school boards deem books "obscene" and threatens to withhold education funding and slap school librarians with criminal penalties if orders to remove them aren't followed.

WEST TENNESSEE

FedEx Corp. founder Fred Smith will step down as CEO in June

FedEx Corp. said Monday that Fred Smith will step down on June 1 as CEO of the package-delivery company that he founded and be succeeded by the company's president and chief operating officer.

COURTS

Justices cast doubt on Texas immunity claim in vet's lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday cast doubt on Texas' claim that it can't be sued by a former state trooper who says he was forced out of his job when he returned from Army service in Iraq.

Environmental law group sues TVA over gas pipeline documents

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The Southern Environmental Law Center has sued the nation's largest public utility for failing to disclose full contracts related to proposed natural gas pipelines.

Gov. Lee picks 3 for appellate judge openings

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has picked a professor and two criminal court judges to take the bench on two appellate courts.

Democrats push toward vote on Jackson for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee is pushing Ketanji Brown Jackson closer to confirmation, setting up a vote next week to recommend her nomination to the full Senate and seat her as the first Black woman on the Supreme Court.

ENVIRONMENT

Renewable energy chief: climate goals need 'radical action'

BERLIN (AP) — The world needs to take "radical action" to shift away from fossil fuels and ensure global warming doesn't pass dangerous thresholds, the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency said Tuesday.

MEDIA

Google chief: IT focus on reliable information for Ukraine

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Information technology companies are focused on providing reliable information and stymying Russian propaganda about the invasion of Ukraine, the CEO of Google and Alphabet Inc. said Tuesday.

HEALTH CARE

UnitedHealth to buy LHC Group for $5.4 billion

UnitedHealth Group will spend $5.4 billion to acquire LHC Group and delve deeper into home health, an area of care expected to grow as baby boomers age.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

FDA OKs another Pfizer, Moderna COVID booster for 50 and up

Americans 50 and older can get a second COVID-19 booster if it's been at least four months since their last vaccination, a chance at extra protection for the most vulnerable in case the coronavirus rebounds.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street builds on gains as talks on Ukraine progress

Wall Street built on its recent gains and closed higher Tuesday as talks on ending the war in Ukraine showed signs of progress.

Senate advances controversial Fed nominee on party-line vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday agreed to consider the nomination of Lisa Cook for a position on the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors on a 50-49 party-line vote.

FTC sues Intuit to stop 'bait-and-switch' TurboTax ads

The Federal Trade Commission is suing TurboTax maker Intuit, saying its ads for "free" tax filing misled consumers.

Spain, Portugal emerge as 'energy island' in Europe's crisis

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Amid the mayhem provoked in the world energy market by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Spain and Portugal have emerged in a strategically advantageous position as an "energy island" in Europe, with a relatively low reliance on Russian natural gas.

US job openings, quitting at near record high in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — Job openings hovered at a near-record level in February, little changed from the previous month, continuing a trend that Federal Reserve officials see as a driver of inflation.

US consumers still confident, outlook not as rosy

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence bounced back in March and remains high, though consumers' short-term outlook is not quite as rosy.

TV ratings company Nielsen acquired in $16 billion deal

Nielsen is being acquired for $16 billion, including debt, about a week after the TV ratings and marketing data company rejected a $9 billion offer.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden to sign bill making lynching a federal hate crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday was signing a bill into law to make lynching a federal hate crime, more than 100 years after such legislation was first proposed.

Jan. 6 panel missing roughly 8 hours of Trump's phone calls

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol has identified a roughly eight-hour gap in official records of then-President Donald Trump's phone calls as the violence unfolded and his supporters stormed the building, according to a person familiar with the probe.

Biden budget has Manchin priorities: Tax rich, cut deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's $5.8 trillion budget for next year would trim federal deficits and boost taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Both could appeal to Sen. Joe Manchin amid Democratic hopes of reviving talks with him over the party's derailed social and environment plan.

EXPLAINER: How would billionaire income tax work?

WASHINGTON (AP) — A "Billionaire Minimum Income Tax" is included in President Joe Biden's fiscal year 2023 budget proposal — part of the administration's effort to reduce the federal deficit over the next decade and fund new spending. The proposal "eliminates the inefficient sheltering of income for decades or generations," the White House says.

Jan. 6 committee votes to hold Scavino, Navarro in contempt

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol voted unanimously to hold former Trump advisers Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino in contempt of Congress for their monthslong refusal to comply with subpoenas.

UKRAINE

Relief for Kyiv? Russia vows to scale back near the capital

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia announced Tuesday it will significantly scale back military operations near Ukraine's capital and a northern city, as the outlines of a possible deal to end the grinding war came into view at the latest round of talks.

Biden is skeptical Russia is scaling back operations in Kyiv

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday said he wasn't yet convinced that Russia's announcement that it would scale back military operations near the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv will lead to a fundamental shift in the war.

Ukraine's other fight: Growing food for itself and the world

HORDYNIA, Ukraine (AP) — Planting season has arrived in Ukraine. Boot marks stamped in the frozen earth have thawed. But the Pavlovych family's fields remain untouched in a lonely landscape of checkpoints and churches.

Many in Mideast see hypocrisy in Western embrace of Ukraine

JERUSALEM (AP) — Within days of the Russian invasion, Western countries invoked international law, imposed crippling sanctions, began welcoming refugees with open arms and cheered on Ukraine's armed resistance.


MONDAY, MARCH 28
UT SPORTS

Vol baseball showing no weaknesses while building 23-1 start

Tennessee has been so dominant through the first six weeks of the season that coach Tony Vitello said it probably was good the Volunteers had a one-run game in the finale of their road sweep of previously top-ranked Mississippi.

PREDATORS

Jeannot leads Predators to 5-4 win over Flyers

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tanner Jeannot scored with 1:19 remaining to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville vs. Milwaukee: GOP weighs its convention choices

In Milwaukee, one of two cities vying to host the Republican presidential convention in 2024, Democrats were pilloried by the potential visitors after predawn election results delivered Wisconsin for Joe Biden in the 2020 White House race. Rival Nashville, Tennessee, is run by a mayor whose Democratic brother was effectively redistricted out of his congressional seat by Republicans.

EDUCATION

TSU grant program lures Caribbean students

NASHVILLE (AP) — More than 200 graduating high school students from the Caribbean have applied to Tennessee State University under a tuition assistance grant program, the school said.

COURTS

Judge: Trump likely committed crimes related to election

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday asserted it is "more likely than not" that former President Donald Trump committed crimes in his attempt to stop the certification of the 2020 election, ruling to order the release of more than 100 emails from Trump adviser John Eastman to the committee investigating the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Supreme Court agrees to review California law on pork sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it would review a challenge to a California law that set certain conditions for pork sold in the state.

Justice Thomas joins arguments remotely after hospital stay

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas participated in arguments at the Supreme Court via telephone rather than in person on Monday following a hospital stay of nearly a week.

ENVIRONMENT

Commerce inquiry imperils solar industry, advocates say

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a decision that could dramatically reduce solar imports to the U.S. and undercut President Joe Biden's ambitious climate goals, the Commerce Department said Monday it is investigating whether imports of solar panels from Southeast Asia are circumventing anti-dumping rules that block imports from China.

MEDIA

Nobel Peace Prize-winner's paper closes amid Russia pressure

Russia's leading independent newspaper suspended operations Monday after pressure from Russian authorities, a move that comes less than six months after its editor won the Nobel Peace Prize for his paper's courageous reporting under difficult circumstances.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street shakes off a midday slump and ends higher

Stocks shook off a midday slump and closed higher on Wall Street, though energy companies ended in the red as crude oil prices fell sharply.

US seeks new lithium sources as demand for batteries grows

NEWRY, Maine (AP) — The race is on to produce more lithium in the United States.

Walmart to end cigarette sales in some stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart will no longer sell cigarettes in some of its stores though tobacco sales can be a significant revenue generator.

Germany: G7 rejects Russia's demand to pay for gas in rubles

BERLIN (AP) — The Group of Seven major economies have agreed to reject Moscow's demand to pay for Russian natural gas exports in rubles, the German energy minister said Monday.

UAE energy chief doubles down on OPEC alliance with Russia

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' energy minister doubled down Monday on an oil alliance with Russia that's helped buoy crude prices to their highest in years as Moscow's war on Ukraine rattles markets and sends energy and commodity prices soaring.

Ukraine war threatens food supplies in fragile Arab world

BEIRUT (AP) — Layal Aswad was already exhausted by Lebanon's devastating two-year economic collapse. Now, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine sends food and energy prices soaring even further, she finds herself struggling to put food on the table for her family of four.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden says remark on Putin's power was about 'moral outrage'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that he would make "no apologies" and wasn't "walking anything back" after his weekend comment that Russian President Vladimir Putin "cannot remain in power." The president also insisted he's not calling for regime change in Moscow.

Biden's budget plan: Higher taxes on rich, lower deficits

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced a budget blueprint Monday that calls for higher taxes on the wealthy, lower federal deficits, more money for police and greater funding for education, public health and housing.

EXPLAINER: How would billionaire income tax work?

WASHINGTON (AP) — A "Billionaire Minimum Income Tax" is included in President Joe Biden's fiscal year 2023 budget proposal — part of the administration's effort to reduce the federal deficit over the next decade and fund new spending. The proposal "eliminates the inefficient sheltering of income for decades or generations," the White House says.

Biden finds no respite at home after returning from Europe

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the last nine, unscripted words of an impassioned speech about Russia's aggression in Ukraine, President Joe Biden created a troubling distraction, undermining his effectiveness as he returned home to face restive Americans who strongly disapprove of his performance on issues that matter most to them.

Nuclear fears in US amid Russia-Ukraine war: AP-NORC poll

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's war on Ukraine has most Americans at least somewhat worried that the U.S. will be drawn directly into the conflict and could be targeted with nuclear weapons, with a new poll reflecting a level of anxiety that has echoes of the Cold War era.

Scavino, Navarro face contempt vote from Jan. 6 committee

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is pushing ahead with contempt charges against former Trump advisers Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino in response to their monthslong refusal to comply with subpoenas.

UKRAINE

Zelenskyy hints at openness to compromise on eastern Ukraine

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine is prepared to declare its neutrality and consider a compromise on contested areas in the country's east, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said ahead of another round of talks set for Tuesday on stopping the fighting. But he said only a face-to-face meeting with Russia's leader can end the war.

Ukraine pleads for help, says Russia wants to split nation

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused the West of cowardice Sunday while another top official said Russia was trying to split the nation in two, like North and South Korea.

Ukraine refugees near 4 million. Will exodus slowdown last?

MEDYKA, Poland (AP) — A slowdown for good or a temporary lull during the storm of war?

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts Obama-Biden aid to Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Casting himself as tough on Russia, former President Donald Trump lowballed the amount of U.S. military aid provided to Ukraine during the Obama-Biden administration and claimed that only he himself in recent history didn't face a Russian invasion of another country. Not true.


FRIDAY, MARCH 25
TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans hire Chase Blackburn as assistant special teams coach

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have hired Chase Blackburn as an assistant special teams coach after he spent the past six seasons with Carolina.

PREDATORS

Dadonov scores in 'return' as Vegas routs Predators 6-1

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Evgenii Dadonov had a goal and two assists, and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Nashville Predators 6-1 on Thursday night in a game that included a frightening injury.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee bill unraveling local say over pipelines advances

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill that would largely strip the ability of local governments to stop oil and gas pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure projects if they don't want them in their cities and counties.

COURTS

High court gives Biden win for now in Navy vaccine case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is giving the Navy a freer hand determining what job assignments it gives to 35 sailors who sued after refusing on religious grounds to comply with an order to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Former Vanderbilt nurse guilty of homicide in medication error death

NASHVILLE (AP) — A former Tennessee nurse is guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the death of a patient who was accidentally given the wrong medication, a jury found Friday. She was also found guilty of gross neglect of an impaired adult in a case that has fixed the attention of patient safety advocates and nurses' organizations around the country.

Court: Wildlife agency needs warrant to search private land

CAMDEN (AP) — A circuit court has ruled that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency can't conduct searches on private property without a warrant, according to a published report.

How would those accused of Ukraine war crimes be prosecuted?

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Each day searing stories pour out of Ukraine: A maternity hospital bombed in Mariupol. A mother and her children killed as they fled Irpin in a humanitarian corridor. Burning apartment blocks. Mass graves. A child dead of dehydration in a city under siege, denied humanitarian aid.

Democrats appear united on Jackson; GOP votes may be elusive

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin announced Friday that he plans to vote for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court, likely clearing the path for President Joe Biden's historic nominee to be confirmed. But Democratic hopes of securing significant Republican support for Jackson's nomination appear to be fading.

Jackson on track for confirmation, but GOP votes in doubt

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than 30 hours of hearings, the Senate is on track to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. But Democrats seem unlikely to confirm her with a robust bipartisan vote, dashing President Joe Biden's hopes for a grand reset after partisan battles over other high court nominees.

Supreme Court Justice Thomas released from hospital

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas was discharged from the hospital Friday after a stay of nearly a week, the Supreme Court said.

Supreme Court nominee's 'empathy' is flashpoint for Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Empathy is not a quality many Republican senators want to see in the next Supreme Court justice.

Russian officials charged in years-old energy sector hacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Russian officials, including hackers with a government intelligence agency, have been charged with the malicious hacking of critical infrastructure around the globe including the U.S. energy and aviation sectors between 2012 and 2018, the U.S. Justice Department and British Foreign Office announced Thursday.

MEDIA

Black News Channel shuts down days after ratings high

NEW YORK (AP) — The Black News Channel has pulled the plug after the 2-year-old venture failed to meet payroll and lost the backing of its biggest investor.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks end mostly higher after another up-and-down day

Major U.S. indexes closed mostly higher Friday, and several of them notched weekly gains, despite a recent run of daily swings on Wall Street as traders try to figure out what's next for the economy.

Reynolds American to cut 350 jobs in consolidation

TOBACCOVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Reynolds American Inc. will cut 350 full-time positions as it consolidates more production into its Tobaccoville plant, the company announced Thursday

US, EU sign data transfer deal to ease privacy concerns

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and United States made a breakthrough in their yearslong battle over the privacy of data that flows across the Atlantic with a preliminary agreement Friday that paves the way for Europeans' personal information to be stored in the U.S.

Small businesses face tax headaches on top of pandemic woes

NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses that have been buffeted by the pandemic, inflation and shipping woes have another challenge to add to their plate: taxes.

EU agrees on new digital rules to rein in Big Tech dominance

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union set the stage for a stepped-up crackdown on big tech companies with an agreement on landmark digital rules to rein in online "gatekeepers" such as Google and Facebook parent Meta.

US, EU announce new partnership to undercut Russian energy

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States and European Union on Friday announced a new partnership to reduce the continent's reliance on Russian energy, a step top officials characterized as the start of a years-long initiative to further isolate Moscow after its invasion of Ukraine.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

60 miles from Ukraine, Biden sees refugee crisis in Poland

RZESZOW, Poland (AP) — Just 60 miles from Ukraine, President Joe Biden saluted Poland on Friday for giving refuge to more than 2 million refugees who have fled Russia's invasion,; then he met with humanitarian experts on the ground about what will be needed to mitigate the growing suffering.

AP-NORC poll: Low marks for Biden on economy as prices rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans say they don't blame President Joe Biden for high gasoline prices, but they're giving his economic leadership low marks amid fears of inflation and deep pessimism about economic conditions.

Jan. 6 committee sets contempt vote for 2 former Trump aides

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Capitol riot said Thursday that it had set a vote for next week to consider contempt of Congress charges for two aides of former President Donald Trump.

Report: Justice Thomas' wife urged overturning 2020 election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, sent weeks of text messages imploring White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to act to overturn the 2020 presidential election — furthering then-President Donald Trump's lies that the free and fair vote was marred by nonexistent fraud, according to copies of the messages obtained by The Washington Post and CBS News.

UKRAINE

Putin's war in Ukraine nearing possibly more dangerous phase

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine is approaching a new, potentially more dangerous phase after a month of fighting has left Russian forces stalled by an outnumbered foe. He is left with stark choices — how and where to replenish his spent ground forces, whether to attack the flow of Western arms to Ukrainian defenders, and at what cost he might escalate or widen the war.

Russia-Ukraine war: Key things to know about the conflict

Ukrainian officials say the death toll from a strike on a theatre last week in the besieged southern port city of Mariupol is in the hundreds — the deadliest single attack since Russia's war started a month ago.

Some prominent Russians quit jobs, refuse to support war

NEW YORK (AP) — The resignation of a senior Russian government official and his reported move abroad wasn't the first voluntary departure of a person from a state job since the start of Russia's war with Ukraine, but it certainly was one of the most striking.

FedEx flight planned to ship medical supplies for Ukrainians

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx Corp. says it will load up a cargo airplane with 76 tons of medical aid for Ukrainian refugees for a flight destined for Poland that is scheduled to leave Memphis International Airport on Saturday.


THURSDAY, MARCH 24
UT SPORTS

Tennessee extends coach Rick Barnes' deal through 26-27

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has rewarded coach Rick Barnes for winning the Volunteers' first Southeastern Conference Tournament championship in 43 years with a contract extension through the 2026-27 season.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Woods sees Titans as best chance at back-to-back Super Bowls

NASHVILLE (AP) — Robert Woods heard from Rams coach Sean McVay shortly after the reigning Super Bowl champs agreed to a deal with Allen Robinson. Given a chance to pick a new team, the receiver nicknamed "Bobby Trees" saw the Tennessee Titans as the best fit in more than one way.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Lee proposes suspension of state, local grocery sales tax

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has proposed a 30-day suspension of state and local grocery sales tax.

COURTS

Justices reject Texas college official's claims over censure

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Thursday against an elected public college official in Texas who complained that his colleagues' censure of his actions violated his free speech rights.

Takeaways: Jackson hearing closes with Trump, civil rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — The historic Senate hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman nominated for the Supreme Court, have been joyful, combative and clarifying, putting on display the breadth of the nation's partisan divide and the unresolved problems of its past.

Jackson heading for likely confirmation despite GOP darts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal judge Ketanji Brown Jackson faced down a barrage of Republican questioning Wednesday about her sentencing of criminal defendants, as her history-making bid to join the Supreme Court veered from lofty constitutional questions to attacks on her motivations on the bench.

AP Fact Check: Blackburn, GOP senators misrepresent Jackson on abortion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators painted Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson as hostile to anti-abortion views, twisting words from a legal brief she co-signed years ago as evidence she would rule broadly against abortion opponents.

Senate committee wraps up hearings on Jackson's nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legal experts praised Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in her final day of Senate hearings on Thursday, with a top lawyers' group saying its review found she has a "sterling" reputation, "exceptional" competence and is well qualified to sit on the Supreme Court.

Former Boeing test pilot found not guilty of deceiving FAA

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former Boeing Co. test pilot was acquitted Wednesday on felony charges of deceiving federal regulators about a key flight-control system that played a role in two deadly crashes involving 737 Max jets.

MEDIA

Opening day: CNN+ streaming service ready for launch Tuesday

NEW YORK (AP) — Once a familiar voice on NPR, Audie Cornish says she signed on to the new CNN+ streaming service in part out of the sense she was helping to open a new frontier.

TRANSPORTATION

Southwest will add a fourth fare level to boost revenue

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines will add a fourth fare category as part of changes designed to attract more business travelers and boost revenue.

TECHNOLOGY

High from hemp: States wrestle with chemically made THC

Over the past few years, Jonny Griffis has invested millions of dollars in his legal marijuana farm in northern Michigan, which produces extracts to be used in things like gummy bears and vape oils.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

How 10 largest US metros changed in COVID's 1st full year

Here's a look at how the 10 most populous metro areas in the U.S. changed during the first full year of the pandemic, from mid-2020 to mid-2021, according to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released Thursday. The population estimates calculate births and deaths, as well as domestic and international migration.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks close higher as choppy trading persists, oil slips

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Thursday and oil prices slipped as a streak of uneven trading continues on world markets.

Ned Johnson, who made Fidelity a fund titan, dies at 91

NEW YORK (AP) — Edward "Ned" Johnson III, a businessman who grew Fidelity Investments into the financial giant it is today, has died. He was 91.

Stock buybacks show no signs of a slowdown so far this year

Companies in the S&P 500 bought a record amount of their own stock last year and don't show any signs of slowing down.

After years of rivalry, Uber puts NYC taxi cabs on its app

Uber, hit by driver shortages and a surge in food delivery requests during the pandemic, will list New York City taxi cabs on its app, a partnership that until recently would have been unthinkable with both camps fighting ferociously for the same customers.

American weekly jobless claims at lowest level since 1969

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits last week fell to its lowest level in 52 years as the U.S. job market continues to show strength in the midst of rising costs and an ongoing virus pandemic.

Home Depot: Worksheet on privilege gone viral not authorized

NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot said Wednesday that a worksheet about privilege that went viral is an unauthorized document from the company's Canada division.

Scandal at Japanese brokerage widens with executive's arrest

TOKYO (AP) — The scandal at a top Japanese brokerage widened as the vice president of SMBC Nikko Securities was arrested Thursday and the company was charged with stock manipulation.

Japan's Toshiba shareholders vote down restructuring plan

TOKYO (AP) — Shareholders of embattled Japanese electronics and energy giant Toshiba Corp. voted down a major restructuring plan on Thursday, in a setback for the company's management.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Jan. 6 committee sets contempt vote for 2 former Trump aides

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Capitol riot said Thursday that it had set a vote for next week to consider contempt of Congress charges for two aides of former President Donald Trump.

Albright fled the Nazis, climbed to the summit of diplomacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Madeleine Albright fled the Nazis as a child and climbed to the summit of diplomacy and foreign policy in the United States, breaking the glass ceiling as the first female secretary of state and setting the pace for other women to follow.

UKRAINE

Biden promises new Ukraine aid, warns Russia on chem weapons

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Joe Biden and Western allies pledged new sanctions and humanitarian aid on Thursday in response to Vladimir Putin's assault on Ukraine, but their offers fell short of the more robust military assistance that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pleaded for in a pair of live-video appearances.

Nations 'united' in seeking to cut Russian oil, gas imports

PARIS (AP) — Dozens of nations, including the United States and much of Europe, say they are united in seeking to "radically" reduce imports of Russian oil and gas after its invasion of Ukraine, while ensuring those efforts don't fuel climate change.

UN blames Russia for Ukraine humanitarian crisis, urges aid

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Thursday blaming Russia for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and urging an immediate cease-fire and protection for millions of civilians and the homes, schools and hospitals critical to their survival.

Coalition backs war crimes probe over Russia-Ukraine war

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dozens of nations met Thursday to pledge their support to the International Criminal Court's investigation in Ukraine, offering money, technology and expertise to the probe opened soon after Russia's invasion began a month ago.

Russia-Ukraine war: Key things to know about the conflict

Ukraine's cities stood under relentless Russian fire on Thursday, as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked NATO leaders gathered in Brussels to provide unlimited aid — including planes, tanks and other weapons — saying his country is "defending our common values."

Russian war in Ukraine marks 1 month with no end in sight

Russia's war in Ukraine has killed thousands of people, reduced entire cities to rubble and forced millions to flee their homes. The largest military conflict in Europe since World War II has also upset the international security order and sent dangerous ripples through the global economy.

Americans want Biden to be tougher on Russia: AP-NORC poll

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden meets with key allies in Brussels to coordinate a stronger response to Russia's monthlong assault on Ukraine, a new poll shows Americans have yet to rally around his leadership.

Biden, Western allies open 1st of 3 summits on Russian war

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and world leaders opened a trio of emergency summits on Thursday with a sober warning from NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that the alliance must boost its defenses to counter Russia's invasion of Ukraine and "respond to a new security reality in Europe."

Russian stock market, crushed by war, opens with big limits

NEW YORK (AP) — The Russian stock market opened Thursday for limited trading under heavy restrictions for the first time since Moscow invaded Ukraine, coming almost a month after prices plunged and the market was shut down as a way to insulate the economy.

EXPLAINER: How US is expanding aid to Ukrainian refugees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is expanding efforts to help Ukrainian refugees. It has agreed to accept up to 100,000 people escaping from the war and to increase support for Eastern European nations that have taken in most of the people fleeing Russian forces. It's a modest number relative to the need, with an estimated 3.5 million refugees and millions more displaced within Ukraine. It's also modest by historical standards, far less than the number who came from Southeast Asia decades ago.

EXPLAINER: How the US and allies can freeze Russian gold

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and its allies said Thursday they're moving to block financial transactions with Russia's Central Bank that involve gold, aiming to further restrict the country's ability to use its international reserves because of Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. Putin has been building his gold stockpile since 2014.

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