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VOL. 41 | NO. 25 | Friday, June 23, 2017

Losing the Cup a big win for Preds fans

Up to $30M in extra revenue could bolster future rosters, fund more rinks

The Nashville Predators’ unprecedented run to the Stanley Cup Final was gold for the franchise in more ways than one.

Amplify Awards shine light on immigrant success

The news for, and about, immigrants and immigration today is laden with stories of borders, barriers and fear.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Get ready: Mortgage rates, monthly payments on rise

The Federal Reserve voting to increase the interest rate on a Wednesday – as it did last week – doesn’t mean that mortgage rates will rise on the following Thursday.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Nashville Symphony Community Concert. Community Concerts are at parks across the Midstate. Attendees are invited to take a picnic, a blanket or lawn chair. Tuesday, June 27: Hadley Park, 1037 28th Ave. N., 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 28: Southeast Park Greenspace, 5260 Hickory Hollow Parkway, 7:30 p.m. Information: www.nashvillesymphony.org

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REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for May 2017

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

Long-term US mortgage rates slip this week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped slightly this week.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Cup run a top moment in state sports history

Time and again during the recent Stanley Cup Final, people asked the rhetorical question: Is this the greatest moment in Nashville sports history?

NEWSMAKERS

Nashville attorneys honored by TBA

Nashville attorneys Steve Cobb and Larry Bridgesmith were both presented President’s Awards at the Tennessee Bar Association annual convention.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Acura TLX a bargain for entry-level luxury sedan

Acura’s top-selling car, the compact TLX, has been restyled for 2018 and is now even more of a bargain as an entry-level luxury sedan.

FAMILY TRAVEL

Child traveler now knows he’s being taken for ride

I remember it like it was yesterday, even though it actually was five years ago.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

You need to sweat the small stuff. Here’s why

It’s always the little things. A chocolate on the pillow or slippers beneath a turned-down bed. Stickers for a customer’s kids. A lagniappe in the box to make a baker’s dozen: all things to ensure a speedy return of buyer or client.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Marketing pros should walk mile in CEO’s shoes

Many marketing professionals have found themselves at odds with their CEO, be it over competing priorities or different versions of success. The same often holds true for marketing agencies and their clients’ leadership teams.

CAREER CORNER

3 tips for getting a win at your next job interview

Interviewing is hard work. If you’re looking for something new, you know that finding a job is a job.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Former Senate Speaker Ramsey to lobby former colleagues

KINGSPORT (AP) — Former Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is plotting a return to the hallways of the state Capitol complex.

REGION

Jeff Bezos' rocket engine plant to come to northern Alabama

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A private spaceflight company owned by Amazon-founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a powerful new rocket engine in Alabama for space flight, the company and state officials announced Monday.

SPORTS

Tennessee adds Kurt Gulbrand as associate AD for development

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has hired Kurt Gulbrand as senior associate athletic director for development.

STATEWIDE

MTSU survey: Tennessee consumer optimism dips slightly

MURFREESBORO — The most recent statewide survey of Tennessee consumers by MTSU’s Office of Consumer Research indicates consumers’ outlook on the economy “has waned heading into the summer months.”

Environmental groups challenge TVA nuclear reactor plan

OAK RIDGE (AP) — Environmental groups are challenging the Tennessee Valley Authority's proposal to use a Tennessee nuclear reactor design site abandoned in the 1970s to develop new small modular reactors.

MIDSTATE

Electrolux boosts expansion of Tennessee plant to $45M

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Electrolux is investing an additional $20 million in a plant in Tennessee, bringing the total amount the Swedish appliance maker is spending at the facility to $45 million.

HEALTH CARE

Budget office: Senate health bill adds 22 million uninsured

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured in 2026 than under President Barack Obama's health care law, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday, in a blow to GOP leaders' hopes of pushing the plan through the chamber this week.

GOP leaders add penalty for lapsed coverage to health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders added a penalty for people who've let their insurance lapse Monday as party leaders prepared to begin pushing their health care measure through the Senate, despite a rebellion within GOP ranks.

Donors to GOP: No cash until action on health care, taxes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — At least one influential donor has informed congressional Republicans that the "Dallas piggy bank" is closed until he sees major action on health care and taxes.

Trump scrambles for GOP health votes; budget score looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans skeptical about a GOP health overhaul bill are expressing some doubt about holding a vote this week as they await a key analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. President Donald Trump, making a final push to fulfill a key campaign promise, insists Republicans are not "that far off" and signaled last-minute changes are coming to win votes.

PROMISES, PROMISES: What Trump has pledged on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is not known for plunging into the details of complex policy issues, and health care is no exception. Since his campaign days, Trump has addressed health care in broad, aspirational strokes. Nonetheless he made some clear promises along the way.

COURTS

Supreme Court rules for Missouri church in playground case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playground surfaces and other non-religious needs.

Trump travel ban partly reinstated; fall court arguments set

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to go forward with a limited version of its ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries, a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency.

Supreme Court rejects gun rights appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is rejecting yet another call to decide whether Americans have a constitutional right to carry guns with them outside their homes.

AUTO INDUSTRY

BMW announces $600M expansion as it celebrates 25 years

BMW said Monday it will invest an additional $600 million to expand its South Carolina plant, creating 1,000 new jobs over the next four years.

Takata files for bankruptcy, overwhelmed by air bag recalls

Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S. on Monday, saying it was the only way to ensure it could carry on supplying replacements for faulty air bag inflators linked to the deaths of at least 16 people.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock indexes close mostly higher; oil recovers

U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Monday, snapping a four-day losing streak for the Dow Jones industrial average on a day of largely listless trading.

US durable goods orders fell in May by the most in 18 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — Demand for long-lasting U.S. factory goods fell by the most in 18 months, and a key category that tracks business investment also slipped, evidence that manufacturing output is barely growing.

New study of Seattle's $15 minimum wage says it costs jobs

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's $15-an-hour minimum wage law has cost the city jobs, according to a study released Monday that contradicted another new study published last week.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Q&A: Why a tax overhaul is such a tough job for GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Why are Republicans struggling mightily to reach a consensus on how to overhaul the nation's tax system?

Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is eager to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin with full diplomatic bells and whistles when the two are in Germany for a multinational summit next month. But the idea is exposing deep divisions within the administration on the best way to approach Moscow in the midst of an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. elections.

Top Republican to press for $696.5 billion defense budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential House committee chairman will press his case for a $696.5 billion defense budget in 2018, a blueprint that provides more military spending than at any point during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Trump's Indonesian business partner slapped with travel ban

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities in Indonesia have issued a travel ban against the Indonesian business partner of U.S. President Donald Trump after he was accused of threatening a deputy attorney general, officials said Monday.


FRIDAY, JUNE 23
NASHVILLE AREA

Prosecutors seek 35-year term in deadly meningitis outbreak

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say the co-founder of a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak that affected 153 in Tennessee should be sent to prison for 35 years for showing "an unconscionable disregard for the lives of the patients."

Program to fast-track med school to send doctors to rural TN

NASHVILLE (AP) — A university and medical college have created a new program to funnel doctors to rural Tennessee.

Nashville library system to get rid of overdue fines

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's library system is ditching fines for overdue books, movies and music and forgiving the ones patrons currently owe.

Mayor asks private prison firm to pay for scabies care

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is asking a private prison company to cover out-of-pocket costs for city employees affected by a scabies outbreak at a jail.

STATEWIDE

Slatery elected chair of attorneys general group

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III has been elected by his colleagues to serve as chair of the Southern Region of Attorneys General, which stretches from Texas to Virginia.

Haslam taking business recruiting trip to Europe

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is headed to Europe next week to try to recruit more foreign investment in Tennessee.

REAL ESTATE

New homes sales rebounded 2.9 percent in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes rebounded in May, helped by strong sales gains in the South and West.

AUTO INDUSTRY

UAW says Supreme Court action bolsters Volkswagen case

NASHVILLE (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court action this week in a labor case involving Macy's department store workers should persuade Volkswagen to drop its legal challenges to the United Auto Workers' representation of skilled-trades workers at German automaker's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee, union officials said Thursday.

HEALTH CARE

McConnell's focus: finding votes for Senate health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheered on by the White House, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is focusing on finding the votes he'll need to push the Republican plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law through the Senate.

What's next on health care draft in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leaders have released their 142-page discussion draft of a health care bill, triggering a series of legislative steps with one goal — repeal and replace Democratic President Barack Obama's 7-year-old law.

How the Senate health bill compares to House, 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Republican health care bill would guarantee immediate assistance for insurance markets that are struggling in many states. Yet overall it would do the same thing as its House counterpart: less federal money for health insurance and a greater likelihood that more Americans will be uninsured.

Senate GOP releases 'Obamacare' overhaul, but not all aboard

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid and erase tax boosts that helped Obama finance his expansion of coverage. The measure encountered immediate trouble as four GOP senators said they opposed it but were open to negotiations.

Senate GOP health bill: Tax cuts for rich

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans' new health bill cuts taxes by nearly $1 trillion over the next decade, mostly for corporations and the richest families in America.

Obama: Millions would lose coverage with GOP plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama says the Senate's GOP-written health care bill will cause millions of families to lose health care coverage.

Medical groups unhappy with GOP health care plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medical groups are beginning to weigh in on the Senate Republican health care bill, and they have problems with the proposal.

GOP opposition imperils Senate health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says he and three other Republican senators are preparing to announced their opposition to the Senate health care bill as it's written.

Dem says 'we can do better' than GOP health plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are roundly criticizing the Republican plan to scrap the Obama health care law.

COURTS

Supreme Court sides with immigrants over bad legal advice

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled immigrants can get a second chance in court when their lawyers advise them to plead guilty to a crime that leads to deportation.

Coal company sues HBO's John Oliver for defamation

NEW YORK (AP) — Coal company Murray Energy has sued HBO and its Sunday-night host, John Oliver, for what it says was a "false and malicious broadcast" last Sunday evening. It's seeking financial damages and a court order barring rebroadcasts of the segment's "defamatory statements."

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook wants to nudge you into 'meaningful' online groups

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Now that Facebook is larger than any country, CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks the social network is ready to shepherd people into online communities that become integral parts of their lives.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US indexes inch higher as energy stocks claw from the hole

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes nudged higher Friday after energy companies clawed back some of their sharp losses from earlier in the week.

Sears closes another 20 stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears is closing another 20 stores as the ailing retailer tries to turn around its business.

$120 million fine proposed for travel-deal robocalls

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is proposing a $120 million fine for a scheme that appeared to trick consumers into buying vacation packages that were not what they had expected.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump signs 'historic' bill to transform VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law designed to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's solar-power brainwave was borrowed

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is crediting himself with the idea of building a Mexico border wall of solar panels. But that looks to be a borrowed brainwave; others pitched a solar wall back when he was a skeptic of tapping power from the sun.

No tapes: Trump says he didn't record meetings with Comey

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday on Twitter that he "did not make" and doesn't have any recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on solar, taxes, welfare

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the idea of putting solar panels on the wall he wants to build along the Mexico border sprang from his imagination. Actually, others proposed it, back when he was criticizing solar power as too expensive.

Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended her leadership on Thursday in the face of needling from President Donald Trump and grumbling from fellow House Democrats exasperated after a high-profile special election loss.

Trump publicly doubting that Russia meddled in election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared to cast doubt on the assessment of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that blame Russia for election meddling, questioning Thursday why the Obama administration didn't try to stop it.

Supreme Court last day notable for what was and wasn't said

WASHINGTON (AP) — The last day of the Supreme Court's term was notable not only for what was announced but also for what wasn't.

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