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VOL. 42 | NO. 39 | Friday, September 28, 2018

Seniors struggle to get on board transportation revolution

Help arriving for older riders in sector geared to youth market

There’s no getting around the fact that Tennessee’s senior citizens are having trouble getting around.

Lawsuit funds create transportation options for seniors

Five years ago, a settlement among National Health Investors and National HealthCare Corp., and the state of Tennessee (as well as the receiver for SeniorTrust of Florida and ElderTrust of Florida) created a $40 million fund for charitable purposes.

Private sector advances

The private sector has seen the need for ramped-up senior transportation options and is engaging at the national, regional and local levels.


Leaders ignore calls to drop out of Obamacare lawsuit

A Christian group pleading with Tennessee leaders to drop out of a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act could be compared to a tree falling in the forest.

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Rover hopes to reach ‘hyper-local’ audience

Outfitted with a concept he loved and a name he hated, Brad Dennison unleashed Rover, a news product that combines mobile, web and print platforms with local content, on the surprised communities of Green Hills and Belle Meade this spring.

Rover sniffs out unlikely partners in Nashville venture

The birth of Rover, a new, hyper-local news product, was the result of several happy accidents.


NFL longevity a snap for veteran Brinkley

Most valuable Titan you’ve never heard of

Beau Brinkley has one of the most anonymous jobs in the NFL.

Eagles at Titans: What to watch

After two improbable division wins with a short-handed team – especially on offense – the Titans have to feel like they are playing with house money going into Week 4. The next challenge doesn’t get any easier as the world champion Philadelphia Eagles (Eight months after the Super Bowl, it still seems strange to type that) come to town. Here are some keys for the Titans in what will likely be another uphill challenge.

Titans GM on releasing receiver: Reached point of no return

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans now are without their top two receiving threats this season, releasing wide receiver Rishard Matthews after they couldn't trade the veteran.


Tender, loving care pays dividends for owner-broker

After years of strategic and passionate renovation, Tracey DeWire, a real estate broker with American Heritage, has listed the cottage she owns at 1207 Forrest Avenue for $565,000.


Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for August 2018

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

US mortgage rates up; 30-year at 7-year high 4.72 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates are up for the fifth straight week, with the key 30-year rate reaching its highest level in more than seven years.


Bradley partner receives M&A advisor award

David W. Stempel, a partner in Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Nashville office, is among the winners of the M&A Advisor’s ninth annual Emerging Leaders Awards.


Petra Coach opens first European office

Petra Coach, a business coaching firm based in Nashville that works with leaders, teams and corporations, has announced the launch of Petra Coach Europe. The move marks Petra Coach’s first international expansion of its coaching services, which were created by founder and CEO Andy Bailey.


Undercover: What really goes on in our prisons

You cannot escape. You’re stuck where you are and, though you’ll rail and squirm, resist and rant, you decide in the end that there’s little you can do but wait the situation out. Whether it’s in mind or in body, welcome to confinement.


High-end buyers get first shot at newest safety, tech trends

Historically, the latest innovations in vehicle technology debut on high-end luxury vehicles. Developing new features is an expensive endeavor, and usually only wealthy shoppers are willing to pay for them.


Your job search window for 2018 is narrowing

It’s less than sixty days until Thanksgiving, which will trigger a slowdown in hiring.


Stalled out in search ranking? Consider PageRank and TrustRank

There are a jaw-dropping 2.3 million internet search queries per minute. How does Google decide which results you see? How can you get your business to the top of the list?


Bloomberg to headline fundraiser for Bredesen US Senate bid

NASHVILLE (AP) — Ex-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will headline a fundraiser for Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen's Tennessee U.S. Senate bid.


New Tennessee State Museum building opening today

NASHVILLE (AP) — A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for the opening of the new Tennessee State Museum building in Nashville.

Haslam, Dean, Lee to headline gov's conference next month

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and the two leading candidates seeking to succeed him will be the keynote speakers at the governor's annual economic development conference next month.


UT's Laurel Hall to close due to mold, students to relocate

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee at Knoxville is closing one of its on-campus residence halls that houses nearly 600 students, citing elevated mold levels in several rooms and common areas.


TBI investigating 38 shootings involving police

MEMPHIS (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into 38 shootings involving police, the agency said Wednesday after officers fatally shot a man in a Memphis suburb.

Teachers union sues student loan servicer Navient

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Navient, one of the country's largest student loan servicing companies, alleging that it failed to guide eligible borrowers through a critical student loan forgiveness program.

Tennessee Supreme Court hears lethal injection arguments

NASHVILLE (AP) — With an execution scheduled for next week, 32 death row inmates in Tennessee are asking the state's high court to declare Tennessee's lethal injection method unconstitutional.


Poll: Young Americans say online bullying a serious problem

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Teens and young adults say cyberbullying is a serious problem for people their age, but most don't think they'll be the ones targeted for digital abuse.


Global stocks slip as US Treasury yields surge

NEW YORK (AP) — Global stocks are falling Thursday as interest rates in the U.S. continue to rise. In the U.S., internet and technology companies and high-dividend stocks are falling. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note is rising further after hitting a seven-year high a day ago.

US opens criminal probe of Denmark's top bank amid scandal

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The United States government has opened a criminal investigation into the flow of dirty money through the Estonian branch of Denmark's biggest bank, the lender said Thursday.

Amazon to cut bonuses, stock benefits as it raises wages

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon made a big splash this week with its $15 an hour minimum wage announcement, but lost in the fine print: Existing warehouse workers will no longer receive stock in the company or collect bonuses.

Toyota, SoftBank setting up mobility services joint venture

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's No. 1 automaker Toyota Motor and technology giant SoftBank Group are setting up a joint venture to create mobility services in what they called a "united Japan" effort to face global competition.


GOP senator: Secret FBI report shows no Kavanaugh misconduct

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Senate Republican said Thursday the confidential FBI report on charges that Brett Kavanaugh sexually abused women three decades ago "found no hint of misconduct" by the Supreme Court nominee.

Senators start reading crucial new FBI file on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators began reviewing the new FBI background file on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Thursday and will use the confidential material about the judge's background to help decide how they'll vote on his precarious nomination.

Who sees it? Senators, staff to have access to FBI report

WASHINGTON (AP) — All 100 senators, and a handful of Senate staff, will be able to read the FBI's new report on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But it's unclear if the public will see it.

Probes of Trump taxes carry potential for millions in fines

NEW YORK (AP) — Though President Donald Trump insists he did nothing wrong on his taxes, experts say he could be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars in civil fines if state and federal authorities substantiate a New York Times report that found he and his family cheated the IRS for decades.

Trump adviser says GOP candidates should embrace president

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has a message for vulnerable House Republicans tiptoeing around President Donald Trump: Get on board or start packing.

Canada relieved trade deal done, won't forget Trump attacks

TORONTO (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to make Canada pay after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he wouldn't be bullied in trade talks. Trump called Trudeau "weak" and "dishonest." He threatened tariffs on cars and slapped them on steel.


Dean strongly supports universal pre-K in debate

MEMPHIS (AP) — Democrat Karl Dean said he supports making pre-kindergarten education universally available in the state during the first debate of the Tennessee governor's race in Memphis on Tuesday.

Hundreds of US teacher candidates shake up midterm elections

Last September, school speech therapist Kathy Hoffman was settling into the new academic year, working with youngsters in her small classroom behind a playground at Sahuaro Ranch Elementary School in a blue-collar neighborhood outside Phoenix.


DeVos to miss deadline in easing college fraud protections

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department says it'll miss a key deadline in its push to ease regulations for for-profit colleges.

UT ag institute gets $7.5M for potato-based defense study

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is receiving up to $7.5 million for a study that will use potatoes to detect nerve agents, radiation and plant pathogens to help deployed troops and civilians in war-torn areas.


Free grocery store backed by country singer, actress

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country singer Brad Paisley and wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, are partnering with Belmont University to open a free grocery store in Nashville.


ATF: Hundreds of guns stolen in Memphis seized near Chicago

MEMPHIS (AP) — Most of the roughly 400 guns that were stolen from a United Parcel Service facility in Tennessee have been recovered in the Chicago area, federal authorities say.


Cosmetology students win key ruling in dispute over labor

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has cleared the way for possibly thousands of people to be paid for work performed while they were students at a chain of cosmetology schools in Michigan and two other states.

Media asks Tennessee high court to boost press protection

NASHVILLE (AP) — A group of Tennessee publishers and broadcasters is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn precedent and strengthen protections for the press.

Tennessee Supreme Court to hear lethal injection arguments

NASHVILLE (AP) — With an inmate set to be executed next week, Tennessee's Supreme Court is hearing arguments Wednesday about the constitutionality of its lethal injection method.


Survey: Companies continue to pass health costs to workers

If your employer is sticking you with a bigger share of the medical bill before health insurance kicks in, you may have to get used to it.

Proposed rule change worries some about radiation regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The EPA is pursuing rule changes that experts say would weaken the way radiation exposure is regulated, turning to scientific outliers who argue that a bit of radiation damage is actually good for you — like a little bit of sunlight.


EU lawmakers want to cut car emissions by 40 percent by 2030

PARIS (AP) — The European Parliament wants to cut CO2 emissions from new cars and vans by 40 percent by 2030 and will try to convince the European Union's 28 nations to back the idea despite objections from the powerful car industry.

GM, Honda team to produce self-driving vehicles

General Motors and Honda are teaming up on self-driving vehicle technology as big automakers and tech giants race to develop the next generation of personal transportation.

US auto sales fell by 4% in Q3, Nissan down 9%

Vehicle sales are slowing down despite a run on big SUVs. Major automakers said Tuesday that U.S. sales fell 7 percent in September and 4 percent for the June-through-September quarter, compared with the same periods last year.


Emergency alert test going out to mobile phones nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 225 million electronic devices across the United States will wail and buzz Wednesday afternoon as the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducts an emergency alert test.


Strong economic signs lift US stocks; bond prices drop

NEW YORK (AP) — Encouraging reports on hiring and growth in the service sector sent small companies and banks higher Wednesday and knocked bond prices into a tailspin. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note spiked to its highest level in more than seven years.

Holiday sales expected to grow in a strong economy

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, says it expects sales in November and December to rise between 4.3 percent and 4.8 percent to $717.45 billion to $720.89 billion as shoppers continue to be in a spending mood in a stronger economy.

Survey: US companies added a healthy 230,000 jobs last month

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added a robust 230,000 jobs in September, a private survey found, a sign that strong economic growth is spurring companies to add more workers.

US services firms grew at a record pace in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services firms expanded at a record pace last month, stepping up production and hiring, in another sign of strength for the American economy.

Ripple effect? Amazon's $15 wage may help lift pay elsewhere

WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of sluggish pay gains, the economy may be starting to work for America's low-wage workers.

Toys R Us ... not dead yet

There may be a second act for Toys R Us, the retail wonderland for children that turned out the lights at hundreds of stores for what was thought to be the final time over the summer.

Eurozone economy appears to lose momentum as exports stall

LONDON (AP) — The 19-country eurozone economy lost momentum in September despite a resilient performance by the services sector in Italy, according to a closely watched survey released Wednesday.


Trump slams Times 'hit piece' on reported tax avoidance plan

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed outrage over a New York Times report that he received at least $413 million from his father over the decades, much of that through dubious tax dodges, including outright fraud.

Flake: Trump's mocking of Ford 'appalling'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake says President Donald Trump's mocking of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, was "not right" and "kind of appalling."

Trump: Saudi king wouldn't last 2 weeks without US support

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — President Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia's king "might not be there for two weeks" without U.S. military support, further increasing his pressure on one of America's closest Mideast allies over rising oil prices.

NY Times: Trump got $413M from his dad, much from tax dodges

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times reported Tuesday that President Donald Trump received at least $413 million from his father over the decades, much of that through dubious tax dodges, including outright fraud.

Mueller shedding more attorneys in Russia investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller is trimming more attorneys from his office, another sign his team of prosecutors is winding down parts of their investigation into potential ties between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign.

Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser he had called credible witness

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump ignited a crowd at a campaign rally in Mississippi by mocking a woman who has claimed she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh decades ago.


4 area schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools

NASHVILLE (AP) — Six Tennessee schools are being recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018, including Discovery School in Murfreesboro, Hume-Fogg Academic High School in Nashville, Merrol Hyde Magnet School in Hendersonville and Scales Elementary in Brentwood.


Tennessee's Bredesen fields questions on Kavanaugh at forum

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democrat Senate candidate Phil Bredesen on Monday faced some backlash from a Tennessee crowd for once again declining to say how he would vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump predicts havoc if Democrats take over Congress

JOHNSON CITY (AP) — As the fate of his Supreme Court pick hangs in the balance, President Donald Trump barnstormed for a Republican Senate candidate in Tennessee, warning that Democrats will unleash havoc if they gain control of Congress and accusing them of trying to sink his nominee.


ATF warns public after 400 guns stolen in Tennessee

MEMPHIS (AP) — About 400 guns have been stolen from a United Parcel Service facility in Memphis, Tennessee, and authorities are concerned about the theft's potential effect on public safety in this city and elsewhere.


Titans building confidence, momentum with 3 consecutive wins

NASHVILLE (AP) — Mike Vrabel has been preaching about playing aggressive from the moment he arrived in Tennessee.

Vrabel: Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro will miss 'few weeks'

NASHVILLE (AP) — Titans coach Mike Vrabel says safety Kenny Vaccaro will miss a few weeks after hurting his right elbow in Tennessee's overtime win over Philadelphia.


Tennessee AD Fulmer: Vols 'working through cultural change'

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer said the Volunteers' football program is "working through a cultural change" and that he remains confident in first-year coach Jeremy Pruitt.


Arrested Audi CEO Rupert Stadler leaves company

BERLIN (AP) — Suspended Audi CEO Rupert Stadler is leaving the automaker, parent company Volkswagen said Tuesday, more than three months after he was arrested as part of a probe into the manipulation of diesel emissions controls.

Climate goals mean Europe will overtake US in electric cars

PARIS (AP) — European carmakers are rolling out electric vehicles like the ones on view this week at the Paris Motor Show to burnish their reputations as technology leaders and to compete with Tesla. But also because EU regulations don't leave them much choice.


EPA says a little radiation may be healthy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is quietly trying to weaken radiation rules, relying on scientific outliers who argue that a little radiation damage is actually good for you — like a little bit of sunlight.

DaVita Medical Holdings to pay $270M over improper billing practices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A health care company has agreed to pay $270 million to resolve allegations it provided inaccurate information to Medicare, federal prosecutors said Monday.


Retailers sink as Amazon raises hourly pay; Dow at a record

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers sank Tuesday after Amazon said it will raise hourly wages for U.S. employees, and smaller companies continued to stumble. Several big industrial companies rose, pushing the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a record high.

Fed Chair Powell says gradual rate hikes best approach

BOSTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that he sees no need to drop the central bank's current gradual approach to raising interest rates.

Amazon jumps out ahead of its rivals and raises wages to $15

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, the business that upended the retailing industry and transformed the way we shop for just about everything, is jumping out ahead of the pack again, announcing a minimum wage of $15 an hour for its U.S. employees that could force other big companies to raise their pay.

Poll: Half of young Americans see better financial future

About half of young Americans expect to be financially better off than their parents, according to a new poll, a sign that the dream of upward mobility is alive but somewhat tempered.

Rooms with new views: Hotels try their hand in home-sharing

Travelers sometimes want a cookie-cutter room in a downtown hotel, and they sometimes want a cozy Tuscan farmhouse to share with friends.

Europe 'more exposed' in next downturn, Moody's warns

LONDON (AP) — In a bleak assessment, credit ratings agency Moody's warned Tuesday that Europe remains highly vulnerable to another economic downturn despite all its fire-fighting efforts over the past few years.

Jack Ma says US-China trade war could last 20 years

GENEVA (AP) — Alibaba founder Jack Ma said Tuesday that the trade dispute between the U.S. and China could last 20 years. But he expressed hope that a solution could be reached as a trade war would "hurt everybody."

Musk to workers: Perform for profit, prove 'naysayers wrong'

TOKYO (AP) — Tesla founder Elon Musk is telling his employees to work hard on the last day of the quarter to prove "the naysayers wrong."


White House tells FBI it can talk to anyone about Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has given the FBI clearance to interview anyone it wants to by Friday in its investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

AP Explains: How NAFTA 2.0 will shake up business as usual

WASHINGTON (AP) — American dairy farmers get more access to the Canadian market. U.S. drug companies can fend off generic competition for a few more years. Automakers are under pressure to build more cars where workers earn decent wages.

Help Wanted: Overseers for Social Security and Medicare

WASHINGTON (AP) — Key posts overseeing the financial health of Social Security and Medicare have been vacant for more than three years, leaving the programs without independent accountability in the face of dire predictions about approaching insolvency.


Lee ends contract with state

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee is no longer contracting with Tennessee, alleviating questions circling him about possible conflicts of interest should he be elected in November.

Trump to hold Tennessee rally, Blackburn Senate fundraiser

JOHNSON CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump is returning to Tennessee for a public rally and a fundraiser for Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate bid.


Mariota looking healthy as Titans beat Eagles 26-23 in OT

NASHVILLE (AP) — Marcus Mariota's right hand sure seems pretty healthy, and the Tennessee quarterback keeps proving he knows how to find ways to win when it matters most.


US construction spending up slightly 0.1 percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects edged up a slight 0.1 percent in August as a strong gain in government spending offset weakness in home building and nonresidential construction.


Little scrutiny in DeVry sale, as DeVos targets protections

WASHINGTON (AP) — A little-known venture capitalist is on the verge of acquiring one of the biggest for-profit colleges in the country, a transaction that would put him in control of a troubled national chain that's more than 60 times the size of the tiny California school he currently owns.


AP FACT CHECK: Trump's falsehoods on health plan protections

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't playing it straight when it comes to his campaign pledge not to undercut health coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions.


Can wireless challenge cable for home internet service?

NEW YORK (AP) — Cellular companies such as Verizon are looking to challenge traditional cable companies with residential internet service that promises to be ultra-fast, affordable and wireless.


Fiat Chrysler's new CEO announces new management structure

MILAN (AP) — The new CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced management changes two months after taking over following the unexpected death of long-time Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne.


US Supreme Court won't hear Tennessee abortion case

NASHVILLE (AP) — In a victory for opponents of abortion, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal in a case that has made it easier to restrict abortion in Tennessee.

Supreme Court term starts without Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's the storm before the calm at the Supreme Court.


Early rally over Canada deal fades, leaving US stocks mixed

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks barreled higher in the early going Monday after the U.S. and Canada agreed to a new trade deal, but the rally ran out of momentum later in the day, leaving major indexes mixed.

US economists optimistic about growth, worried about tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy should grow at a healthy pace this year and next, though the Trump administration's trade policy will likely act as a drag, a group of business economists said.

Despite strong economy, small business owners stay cautious

NEW YORK (AP) — Although the economy is strong and consumers are optimistic, many small business owners are holding fast to their cautious approach to expansion.

US factories grew at slower pace in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories grew at a slower pace in September as manufacturers continued to cope with supply disruptions stemming from trade disputes with China, Europe, Mexico and Canada.

Canada-US reach deal to stay in trade pact with Mexico

WASHINGTON (AP) — Canada is back in a revamped North American free trade deal with the United States and Mexico after weeks of bitter, high-pressure negotiations that brushed up against a midnight deadline.

New Tesla chair must rein in CEO Musk at key moment

WASHINGTON (AP) — It won't be an easy job.

GE, seeking path through its 3rd century, ousts CEO

BOSTON (AP) — After just over a year and declines on several fronts at General Electric, John Flannery has been ousted as the leader of the century-old company.


Obama backs more than 200 Democrats ahead of midterms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is ramping up his involvement in politics ahead of November's elections. On Monday, he endorsed more than 200 Democrats running for offices ranging from local to national.

Republican convention set for August 2020 in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Republican National Convention will be held in North Carolina's largest city in August 2020 and party leaders said Monday they'll gather with an eye on nominating President Donald Trump for a second term.

Flake stokes presidential speculation as court debate rages

BOSTON (AP) — The Republican senator who suddenly sits at the center of the explosive debate over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick was set to address New Hampshire voters on Monday ahead of a possible run for president.

Yale classmate recalls Kavanaugh as frequent, heavy drinker

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI agents interviewed one of the three women who have accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct as Republicans and Democrats quarreled over whether the bureau would have enough time and freedom to conduct a thorough investigation before a high-stakes vote on his nomination to the nation's highest court.


Dean praises GOP governor he hopes to replace

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Democrat Karl Dean is giving campaign trail shout-outs to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam even as Dean seeks to replace him. Never mind that the popular term-limited governor has given his full blessing to Dean's GOP opponent, Bill Lee.


PAC to target Tennessee lawmaker running despite allegations

NASHVILLE (AP) — A national campaign to prevent politicians accused of sexual misconduct from being re-elected in the November election is now targeting a Tennessee lawmaker.


Enrollment in Tennessee community colleges up slightly

DYERSBURG (AP) — A state board says overall enrollment in Tennessee's community colleges has increased slightly this fall.

UT professor accused of inappropriate conduct resigns

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A University of Tennessee professor has resigned amid an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct.


Nashville awarded $9M to replace aging buses

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville officials say the city's bus fleet will get a massive facelift with the help of a $9 million federal grant.


Prosecutor files charge in police shooting of black man

NASHVILLE (AP) — A white Tennessee police officer was charged with criminal homicide Thursday after surveillance footage appeared to show him chasing a black man and opening fire as the man fled from the officer in July.

Tennessee to receive $1.7M from Uber data breach settlement

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general says the state will receive a $1.7 million share from a $148 million nationwide settlement with Uber over its data breach.


US pending home sales fell in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pending home sales slipped in August as fewer Americans signed contracts to purchase a house, the fourth decline in the past five months.


Trump health chief: Premiums to drop for popular ACA plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums for a popular type of "silver" health plan under the Affordable Care Act will edge downward next year in most states, the Trump administration's health chief announced Thursday.


Facebook says 50M user accounts affected by security breach

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook reported a major security breach in which 50 million user accounts were accessed by unknown attackers.


Stocks close out big quarterly gains

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks struggled to a mixed finish on Wall Street as the market closed out its best quarter in nearly five years.

China says it won't be pushed around by US on trade

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China warned Friday that its critical relationship with the United States could break "like a glass," and used the most global of stages to warn the Trump administration it wouldn't be pushed around on trade.

Another hairpin turn for Tesla as stock dives on SEC charge

NEW YORK (AP) — Tesla investors have taken a wild ride as Wall Street values the promise of one of the world's leading electric car makers, the hurdles the company faces as it tries to become a world-class manufacturer, and a mercurial CEO who can get the market buzzing with a single tweet.

US consumer spending up modest 0.3 percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending edged up a moderate 0.3 percent in August, the smallest gain in six months, as sales of cars and other durable goods fell. A key gauge of inflation slowed slightly after its biggest annual gain in six years.

Tesla without Musk at the wheel? It's what the SEC now wants

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla without Elon Musk at the wheel? To many of the electric car maker's customers and investors that would be unthinkable. But that's what government securities regulators now want to see.

World's biggest shipping firm tests Russian Arctic route

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world's biggest shipping group, said Friday that one its cargo vessels has successfully passed through the Russian Arctic on a one-off trial journey as a result of melting sea ice.

Powell: Fed rate increases are intended to prolong recovery

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday that the economy is healthy and that the Fed's steady interest rate increases are intended to prolong its expansion.

US economy grew at robust 4.2 percent rate in Q2

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a robust annual rate of 4.2 percent in the second quarter, the best performance in nearly four years, though economists believe growth has slowed in the current quarter partly because of a drag from trade.

August orders for US durable goods jump 4.5 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods rose at a healthy pace last month, though the increase was mostly driven by a surge in aircraft demand.

WTO cuts trade growth forecast amid US tariff disputes

GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization lowered Thursday its global trade growth forecasts, citing increased trade tensions between large economies and heightened uncertainty.

More US corporate giants warn tariffs will mean price hikes

DETROIT (AP) — From Ford to Walmart to Procter & Gamble, a growing number of iconic American companies are warning that President Donald Trump's tariffs on U.S. imports are raising their costs and prices.

Need a spatula now? Amazon has a new store for that

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is expanding its physical presence again, this time opening a 4,000-square-foot store that sells a wide range of products, including shower curtains, Hallmark cards and baby bottles.


GOP agrees to FBI probe of Kavanaugh, delaying Senate vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a dramatic flurry of last-minute negotiations, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh cleared a key procedural hurdle Friday, but his confirmation prospects were still deeply uncertain as Republicans agreed to ask for a new FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations.

Jesuits, legal institutions back away from Kavanaugh vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Educational, legal and religious institutions important to the life of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have come out with calls to either delay or outright cancel the confirmation process.

Trump signs spending plan, avoiding shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an $854 billion spending bill on Friday to keep the federal government open through Dec. 7, averting a government shutdown in the weeks leading up to the November midterm elections.

Rosenstein agrees to private meeting with House lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has agreed to speak privately with lawmakers following reports that he had discussed secretly recording President Donald Trump.

House passes GOP bill to make new tax cuts permanent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have sped legislation through the House to expand their massive new tax law, capping their session for the year as they rush out of town to face voters in the November elections. The new bill would make permanent the individual and small-business tax cuts in the law.

White House pushes back against ABA call for FBI probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is pushing back against a call from the American Bar Association to slow the vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until the FBI can do a full background check.

Trump urges Senate to vote after Kavanaugh's fierce defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — Glued to high-stakes testimony on his Supreme Court nominee, President Donald Trump and his allies were shaken by Christine Blasey Ford's emotional appearance on Capitol Hill. But they stood by Judge Brett Kavanaugh after his forceful pushback against the woman who accused him of sexual misconduct.

AP FACT CHECK: Kavanaugh's claim that witnesses refuted Ford

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh misrepresented the record when he stated that three witnesses have refuted Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that he sexually assaulted her at a party more than 30 years ago.

White House postpones meeting between Trump, Rosenstein

WASHINGTON (AP) — A highly anticipated meeting between President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was postponed until next week to avoid conflicting with a dramatic Senate hearing involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the White House said Thursday.

Trump says he prefers to keep Rosenstein, may delay meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he would "certainly prefer not" to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and that he may delay a highly anticipated meeting with the Justice Department's No. 2 official.

Trump says his past accusers influence thinking on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON (AP) — This is personal for President Donald Trump.

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