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VOL. 41 | NO. 17 | Friday, April 28, 2017

The Old Man in the Crease

The second-oldest goalie in this year's playoffs is having a run for the ages

With the final selection in the eighth round of the 2004 NHL Draft – after some 257 players had already been selected – the Nashville Predators took a chance on a lanky, young back-up goaltender from Finland.

Predators learning, growing with each playoff experience

Having just produced the greatest playoff accomplishment in franchise history, the Nashville Predators are now looking to take another milestone step.

Predators' Fiala out of playoffs after breaking leg

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nashville general manager David Poile says Predators forward Kevin Fiala broke his left leg during Game 1 against St. Louis and is recovering from surgery to repair his femur.

Dean’s hurdle: Winning over state’s rural voters

As mayor, Karl Dean helped usher in Nashville’s current boom of economic growth and development. Now, as candidate for governor of Tennessee, Dean wants to bring prosperity to other corners of the state.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Rock n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. The St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon runs through Nashville on Saturday beginning at 8th Avenue and Broadway and ending at Nissan Stadium. The race will feature live music at every mile and a finish line festival to be capped off by a post-race concert featuring The Band Perry at Ascend Amphitheater at 7 p.m. (free for race participants or $35 for non-racers). Information on race and associated road closures: www.runrocknroll.com/nashville

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

IMPROVE Act fight an insight into testy election ahead

In case anyone’s keeping stats, Senate leadership soundly defeated House leadership this session in the gas tax/tax cut battle.

TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Woolworth on 5th a fitting tribute to city’s sit-ins

Police didn’t stop me from entering the five-and-dime, site of one of America’s eventual and monumental civil rights victories.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Lack of inventory leaves buyers fighting for scraps

There are more than 200 businesses planning to relocate to or expand existing operations in the Nashville pipeline, says Ralph Schulz, CEO and president of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for March 2017

Top commercial real estate sales, March 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Hits and misses in UT’s quest for junior college gold

Things were supposed to be so easy for Jonathan Kongbo. He arrived at the University of Tennessee last year as the No. 1-ranked junior college prospect in the nation. He had the combination of size and speed that everybody wants in a defensive lineman. The sky was the limit.

NEWSMAKERS

Catalano, Fisher join Frost Brown Todd

Frost Brown Todd has hired James P. Catalano as member and Alexandria S. Fisher as senior associate to the firm’s Nashville office.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

2017 Lancer: All-wheel drive at a bargain price

If you’re looking for a bargain on an all-wheel-drive car, the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer might be the one for you.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Influencer marketing to dominate in 2017

I am part of Generation X – the last generation that ever scheduled their childhood evenings around when a beloved TV program was set to air.

CAREER CORNER

You didn’t get the job. What’s the best path forward?

Being overlooked for a job is the worst. It’s especially bad after you’ve had a series of interviews. You took off work (multiple times), bought a new suit and updated your resume.

SPORTS

Titans draft offensive playmaker, cornerback in 1st round

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans headed into the draft needing to find more offensive help for quarterback Marcus Mariota while also boosting a defense that ranked 30th in the NFL against the pass last season.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Haslam learns from Insure Tennessee loss in road funding win

NASHVILLE (AP) — Not long after seeing fellow Republicans in the Legislature reject his effort to expand Medicaid, Gov. Bill Haslam was touring the state to pitch another politically difficult proposal to boost funding for roads and bridges.

Tennessee lawmakers seek to ban sexting by minors

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers want to make it against the law for minors to send or keep sexually explicit messages on smartphones.

Criminal records bill passes in Legislature

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Legislature has passed a bill that will make it easier for people convicted of lower-level offenses to get their criminal records wiped clean.

Resolution honoring Klan leader denounced as 'underhanded'

Memphis lawmakers blasted a Smyrna legislator Thursday morning, accusing him of violating their honor system by sliding a resolution through the House honoring an author they perceive as a Nathan Bedford Forrest apologist.

Tennessee Senate OKs bill LGBT groups deemed discriminatory

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Senate has passed legislation requiring use of the "natural and ordinary meaning" of undefined words in state law, which LGBT advocates fear could spur discrimination against same-sex couples and transgender people.

STATEWIDE

Unused prescription drugs can be dropped off at event

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennesseans who have unused prescription drugs they no longer need can safely dispose of them Saturday at locations all around the state. It's part of the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration's 13th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Boyd raises $1.25M in donations for Tennessee gov's race

NASHVILLE (AP) — Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd's campaign says it has raised $1.25 million for the Republican's gubernatorial bid.

HEALTH CARE

Appeals court upholds decision to block Anthem bid for Cigna

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday left in place a decision blocking Anthem Inc.'s bid to buy rival health insurer Cigna Corp, saying that a bigger company is not better for consumers.

Short of support, House won't vote on health bill this week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House won't vote on Republican legislation scuttling much of President Barack Obama's health care law until at least next week, a GOP leader said Thursday. The decision deals a setback to the White House, which has pressured congressional Republicans to pass the bill by Saturday — President Donald Trump's 100th day in office.

REAL ESTATE

Fewer people signed contracts to buy US homes in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer consumers signed contracts to buy U.S. homes last month as the spring buying season revs up with stiff competition for homes amid lagging inventory.

Average 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.03 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for the first time in five weeks. The benchmark 30-year rate pushed back above the key threshold of 4 percent.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM is motoring as profit jumps 34 pct on US truck, SUV sales

DETROIT (AP) — People are buying more SUVs and trucks and paying General Motors handsomely for them, pushing the company's first-quarter net income up 34 percent to a record $2.6 billion.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook gearing up to fight political propaganda

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is acknowledging that governments or other malicious non-state actors are using its social network to influence political sentiment in ways that could affect national elections.

YouTube ad boycott could spell trouble for Alphabet's Google

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — YouTube's inability to keep big-brand ads off unsavory videos is threatening to transform a rising star in Google's digital family into a problem child.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks close modestly lower, but end higher for the week

U.S. stocks closed modestly lower Friday, ending just short of another milestone for Wall Street.

US economy expanded at weakest pace in 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending. The result fell far short of President Donald Trump's ambitious growth targets and underscores the challenges of accelerating economic expansion.

Retailers and insurers get taxed more, tech less under Trump plan

NEW YORK (AP) — To understand taxes, you have to think about geography. Don't worry, this will make sense eventually.

Amazon, the online giant, experiments with physical stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Is the online retail giant also looking to conquer physical stores?

Southwest Airlines to end practice of overbooking flights

Southwest Airlines plans to stop overbooking flights — an industry practice implicated in an ugly incident on a United Airlines flight that has damaged United's reputation with the flying public.

NATIONAL POLITICS

House OKs bill averting Saturday gov't shutdown, Senate next

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just hours to spare, the House easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump's 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving for the weekend without completing two other measures he's coveted: A Republican health care overhaul and a budget financing government for the entire year.

Court agrees to hold off ruling on carbon restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the Trump administration's request, a federal appeals court agreed Friday to postpone a ruling on lawsuits challenging Obama-era restrictions on carbon emissions.

Trump: 'I thought it would be easier'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is sounding wistful as he reflects on his first 100 days on the job.

Trump signs order aimed at opening Arctic drilling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Working to dismantle his predecessor's environmental legacy, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday aimed at expanding oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

AP FACT CHECK: Claims about Trump's tax plan don't hold up

WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting to the bottom of President Donald Trump's tax plan is difficult because it exists so far as bullet points on a single page, with no detail. Still, there are reasons to be wary about some of the claims coming out of the White House about it.

Trump tax plan stands to benefit the man in the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Among the likely winners in President Donald Trump's tax-cut plan would be a real estate developer turned reality TV star who now happens to occupy the White House.

Trump says US won't leave NAFTA – for now

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, but could still withdraw if he concludes a renegotiated pact is not "a fair deal for all."

Trump finds that CEO-as-president isn't always a natural fit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump won the White House by arguing that what America needed was a president who had proved himself as a steely and successful corporate leader with no political baggage — someone, say, like himself.

Democrat threatens to oppose spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The second-ranking House Democrat is threatening to withhold votes for a short-term spending bill to keep the government open, if Republicans try to push for a health care vote this week.

Flynn was warned not to accept foreign government payments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was warned by authorities when he retired from the military in 2014 not to take foreign government-sourced money without "advance approval" from the Pentagon, according to documents released Thursday by the ranking Democrat on a House oversight committee.

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