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VOL. 43 | NO. 38 | Friday, September 20, 2019

Navigating the Medicare maze

Missteps to avoid as open enrollment period looms

As 10,000 new beneficiaries each day age into a Medicare population that already supports 60 million, it is important to understand which plan to select when open enrollment begins Oct. 1.

We like 'Medicare-for-all,' dislike 'national health plan'

Medicare-for-all is getting increasing traction as a campaign issue in the run-up to the 2020 presidential elections.

Will block grant help cure what ails state’s TennCare program?

Gov. Bill Lee has released details of the state’s proposal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for about half, or $7.9 billion, of the state’s Medicaid funding to come through a federal block grant.


Mayor-elect inherits fight with state comptroller

Nashville Mayor-elect John Cooper, who campaigned on a platform of restoring order to Metro’s finances, is inheriting a file of correspondence from the Tennessee comptroller’s office concerning how the city manages cash and what will happen to its 2020 budget without a key revenue source – privatized parking – which Cooper has said he won’t allow.

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Night Market. Nashville Farmers’ Market hosts a night market the third Friday of every month. Rain or shine, 5-9 p.m. The restaurants and shops stay open late and there are artisans, farmers and live music. Free and family friendly. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa Parks Blvd. Information

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‘Because I love it:’ Volunteers rescue Walden’s Puddle

From ailing eagles to orphaned opossums, from forsaken fawns to wounded woodchucks, some 120 species of Middle Tennessee wild birds and animals are provided treatment, rehabilitation and a second chance for survival – salvation, in other words – at Walden’s Puddle Wildlife Center of Greater Nashville.


Hello? Ticked Off? I have a complaint about this feature

Its appeal is like that of a car wreck from which you can’t look away.


New Metro Council has housing issues to resolve

With the mayor’s race in the rear-view mirror, developers, builders and Realtors are making efforts to discern how the election will affect their industries. Most of the matters the Council considers have to do with real estate, and most of that zoning.


Quessenberry’s TD caps years of struggle

David Quessenberry was in the spotlight for the Tennessee Titans in Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts after catching the Titans’ first TD of the game on a tackle eligible play.

Henry, Mariota among top concerns

Same old Titans – win when they are not expected to, lose when they are not expected to.

Week 3 predictions

Titans 21, Jaguars 20: Picking the Titans to win is like putting a game in the loss column, but given the Jaguars are playing backup Gardner Minshew at quarterback, the Titans should be favored to win on a short week, even on the road. But it will take a better effort than what they gave against the Colts.


Freshman To’o To’o gets a foot up on competition

Henry To’o To’o has given announcers a reason to grab the pronunciation guide because they know they will be calling his name multiple times.


Sherrard Roe places 25 on Best Lawyers list

Twenty-five attorneys at Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2020.


Grand Hyatt shows off its indoor spaces

The 25-story Grand Hyatt Nashville, opening in the fall of 2020, has released updated renderings of its indoor event spaces.


Gas sippers: Honda Insight vs. Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Car shoppers seeking superior fuel economy have two particularly intriguing choices this year: the Honda Insight and the Toyota Corolla Hybrid.


Leaning in isn’t always enough in securing rightful place in company

Your seat is down there, right at the end.


The 6 biggest retirement mistakes – and 1 defense

One of the biggest retirement mistakes you can make is not realizing what you don’t know.


Want to attract top candidates? Interview them like you want them

Years ago, job interviewing was an event. During my first job post-college search, I flew to companies across the U.S.


Minshew, defense shine as Jaguars thump Titans 20-7

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Minshew Mania is gaining momentum.

NFL bans on-field pyrotechnics, reviewing Titans incident

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has banned any on-field pyrotechnics and "flame effects" at any league or team events, including games, in the wake of an incident at last Sunday's game at Nissan Stadium.


China: FedEx pilot suspected of 'smuggling weapons'

BEIJING (AP) — A FedEx pilot who was detained in southern China is under investigation on suspicion of "smuggling weapons and ammunition" after air gun pellets were found in his baggage, a foreign ministry spokesman said Friday.


23 states sue Trump to keep California's auto emission rules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and 22 other states sued Friday to stop the Trump administration from revoking the authority of the nation's most populous state to set emission standards for cars and trucks.

Auto union strike is latest worry in Flint, GM's birthplace

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The birthplace of General Motors has been on an economic roller-coaster ride for more than a century as the automaker rose, crashed and retooled for changing markets. Now, the city of Flint is again steeling for economic impact amid a nationwide United Auto Workers' strike against the automaker.

AP Source: GM's offer to UAW would add lower-paying jobs

DETROIT (AP) — A General Motors offer to invest $7 billion in U.S. facilities includes $2 billion from joint ventures and suppliers for new plants that would pay workers less than the top union wage, a person briefed on the matter said.


Tennessee attorney general appeals dropping death sentence

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general is appealing after a black inmate on death row had his sentence converted to life in prison because of concerns that racism tainted his jury selection pool.

Tennessee's abortion wait period law faces court arguments

NASHVILLE (AP) — Four years after Tennessee passed a law requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, abortion clinics are getting a chance to argue against it in court.


FAA chief meets Boeing officials, tries out Max simulator

DALLAS (AP) — The chief of the Federal Aviation Administration tested the Boeing 737 Max in a flight simulator Thursday, but the FAA declined to say how its updated anti-stall software performed.


Senate tech critic to Facebook CEO: Sell WhatsApp, Instagram

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met Thursday with President Donald Trump and other critics of the tech industry, the Senate's most vocal detractor offered a challenge: Sell your WhatsApp and Instagram properties to prove you're serious about protecting data privacy.


Stocks fall on fresh trade worries

Wall Street closed out a volatile week with losses Friday as investors worried that upcoming trade talks aimed at resolving the costly trade war between Washington and Beijing could be in trouble.

Fed announces plans to provide more support for repo market

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says it will keep pumping cash into a vital but obscure corner of U.S. financial markets in coming weeks.

Trump says he doesn't need China trade deal before election

WASHINGTON (AP) — As China and the U.S. near a new round of trade talks, President Donald Trump said Friday he doesn't feel he needs to secure an agreement before next year's election.

Walmart to stop selling electronic cigarettes at its stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam's Clubs following a string illnesses and deaths related to vaping.

2 Federal Reserve officials highlight deep divisions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Federal Reserve officials who dissented from this week's quarter-point rate cut on Friday highlighted the current deep divisions at the central bank.

House votes to end forced arbitration in business disputes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a bill Friday to end forced arbitration clauses that prevent workers and consumers from filing lawsuits in disputes with companies over employment practices, billing or civil rights.


Trump denounces 'partisan' whistleblower but says ID unknown

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump irritably defended himself Friday against an intelligence whistleblower's potentially explosive complaint, including an allegation of wrongdoing in a reported private conversation Trump had with a foreign leader.

US military to present Trump with several options on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will present a broad range of military options to President Donald Trump on Friday as he considers how to respond to what administration officials say was an unprecedented Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia's oil industry.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump team distortions on fuel economy rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his team are distorting the facts in explaining the administration's decision to stop California from setting its own emission standards for cars and trucks.


A FedEx pilot is detained before boarding a flight in China

FedEx says one of its pilots was detained in China after an item was found in his luggage before he boarded a commercial flight.

UT to livestream campus spot recently marred by hate message

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee will set up a livestream at a rock that's often painted by students to promote events, but was recently marred by an anti-Semitic message.


Average 30-year mortgage rate rises to 3.73%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates shot up this week, yet they stayed close to the historic lows that appear to be helping the real estate market.

Mortgage rates boosted US home sales 1.3% in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales rose 1.3% in August to the highest level in 17 months, as mortgage rates near historic lows have spurred a rush of home-buying.


Huawei debuts phone without Google apps as US sanctions bite

MUNICH (AP) — Huawei launched a new flagship smartphone on Thursday but it comes without popular Google apps such as Chrome or YouTube after U.S. sanctions kicked in, limiting its appeal to consumers.


Pelosi unveils an ambitious plan to lower drug prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to seize the agenda on a leading consumer issue, announced an ambitious prescription drug plan Thursday that would allow Medicare to negotiate prices for seniors and younger people.


'Middle of the herd' no more: Amazon tackles climate change

NEW YORK (AP) — Online shopping giant Amazon revealed a carbon footprint Thursday that rivals that of a small country and vowed to reduce the damage to the planet by cutting its use of fossil fuels.


Stocks little changed after rally wanes

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are sputtering at the close on Wall Street Thursday after an early rally fizzled.

Walgreens, Google affiliate to launch drone delivery test

Walgreens and a Google affiliate are testing drone deliveries that can put drugstore products on customer doorsteps minutes after being ordered.

President Trump says Fed Chair Powell's job is 'safe'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite all of his attacks on the Federal Reserve, President Donald Trump says Chairman Jerome Powell's job is safe.

Labor nominee says he won't be influenced by corporate work

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to lead Labor Department tried to assure senators Thursday that his years of legal work for corporate clients would not influence his actions as a Cabinet member.

Airbnb says it will go public in 2020

Airbnb Inc. said Thursday it plans to go public in 2020, a long-awaited move by the home-sharing company that is both loved and reviled for its disruption of the hotel business.

France floats tariffs on US goods amid Airbus-Boeing dispute

PARIS (AP) — France's finance minister says Europe is ready to impose retaliatory tariffs next year on U.S. goods as part of a long-running dispute over subsidies to plane makers Airbus and Boeing.

Bank of England holds rates as it awaits Brexit clarity

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England kept its main interest rate unchanged at 0.75% Thursday, its last scheduled interest rate decision before Britain is due to leave the European Union.

Japan central bank stands pat after Fed rate cut

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's central bank opted Thursday to keep its monetary policy unchanged despite the growing signs of trouble that prompted the Federal Reserve to cut its benchmark rate.


Key Senate panel approves $250 million for election security

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Senate panel on Thursday approved $250 million to help states beef up their election systems, freeing up the money after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came under criticism from Democrats for impeding separate election security legislation.

House OKs measure to prevent possible end-of-month shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a short-term bill Thursday to prevent a federal shutdown when the budget year ends Sept. 30, and give lawmakers until the Thanksgiving break to negotiate and approve $1.4 trillion for federal agencies.

Iran envoy: 'All-out war' to result if hit for Saudi attack

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Any attack on Iran by the U.S. or Saudi Arabia will spark an "all-out war," Tehran's top diplomat warned Thursday, raising the stakes as Washington and Riyadh weigh a response to a drone-and-missile strike on the kingdom's oil industry that shook global energy markets.

House chairman: Whistleblower complaint may involve Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's director of national intelligence is refusing to turn over to Congress a whistleblower complaint that reportedly concerns Trump making an unspecified promise to a foreign leader. It's a matter of urgent concern, the intelligence community's inspector general said.

Trump says gun negotiations going 'very slowly'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pouring cold water on prospects for a bipartisan compromise on gun legislation, even as his aides circulate a draft plan on Capitol Hill.

Walmart CEO McMillon named Business Roundtable chairman

The Business Roundtable, a group that represents the most powerful companies in America, is naming Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon as its new chairman.

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