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By: Geert De Lombaerde
Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015 - 09:59
Large German labor union IG Metall has partnered with the United Auto Workers to launch the Transnational Partnership Initiative, a program that calls for better pay and working conditions at the U.S. plants of German car makers, which employ some 100,000 people. The unions say the industry's shift toward the South has come with a deterioration in the quality of life for many of its workers.
By: Geert De Lombaerde
Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015 - 08:59
Avondale Partners analyst Paula Torch says investors should look at the beaten-up shares of AAC Holdings — they've recovered only slightly from their summer slump — as a chance to buy a company with a clear growth pipeline and the financing to pull it off.
By: William Williams
Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015 - 07:15
Lipscomb and Vanderbilt universities have simultaneously announced work fueled by federal monies. HIV diagnoses are disproportionately high among young African American males, especially those who engage in sexual activity with men, according to a recently completed $1.5 million VU study supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services.
By: William Williams
Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015 - 06:49
The Metro Council has reappointed local developer Jimmy Granbery to the Metro Development and Housing Agency Board of Commissioners. Granbery, chief executive officer of H.G. Hill Realty Co., serves as the board’s vice chair for development. He was appointed to the board in July 2011. In addition, Granbery is chair of the Urban Land Institute and a member of both the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
By: Geert De Lombaerde
Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 14:54
Hospital stocks already had fallen a long way from their spring peaks. On Thursday, they took another tumble after executives with insurance giant UnitedHealth Group said they may not return to the insurance exchange market in 2017. That's a sharp turnabout from last month, when the company said it would add 11 states to its exchange lineup.
By: William Williams
Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 14:21
Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for October was 5.6 percent, down from the September revised rate of 5.7, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today. October 2014 to October 2015, Tennessee's unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent from 6.6 percent, according to a release. The national preliminary unemployment rate for October was 5 percent, down from the 5.1 percent September mark. The U.S. rate was 5.7 percent in October 2014.
By: William Williams
Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 12:32
Austin-based Forestar Group Inc. has landed multiple permits for its mixed-use Music Square Flats now under construction in Music Row. According to Metro Codes Departments documents, the four permits are valued at a collective approximately $28.2 million. Franklin-based Construction Enterprises Inc. is handling the work. Read more here. 
By: Geert De Lombaerde
Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 09:53
LifePoint Health executives are going to the debt market to raise $300 million in eight-year senior debt for all-encompassing "general corporate purposes." We don't have details yet about the terms of that funding, but the Brentwood-based hospital owner says it might spend the money on acquisitions or to buy back its shares. LifePoint shares (Ticker: LPNT) this morning are down some 5 percent to about $70.25. They've dropped about 7 percent over the past six months.
By: William Williams
Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 07:20
Veteran local wine retailer Ed Fryer — he of 12th & Pine Beverage Co. fame — has opened in a shop in Hillsboro Village. Craft beer lovers take note: Fryer is installing a growler filling station in the space, which is best know, perhaps, for once accommodating Village Wines & Spirits. The affable Fryer caught Nashvillians' attention a few years ago when he opened his short-lived (due to odd state alcoholic beverage laws) (yn) in Hill Center Green Hills.
By: Geert De Lombaerde
Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 07:10
A Florida-based company that a year from now aims to have a network of 175 electronic device repair stores around the country has set up its first shop in Nashville. The franchised location in the 21st Avenue South building anchored by Chipotle and Subway is being run by Susan Wright, who previously spent 14 years in various roles at tech giant Oracle. Check out more info here.