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Legacy to open Cleveland facility

The former Rolling Hills Golf Course in Cleveland will soon house a 39-bed assisted living facility and 20,000-square-foot Alzheimer's and memory care facility.

Legacy Village of Cleveland, which is developing the new facility known as The Harbor, plans to open the senior living complex this fall at at 2255 Candies Lane with a design, colors, furniture, and common areas to reflect a 1950's era to remind residents of happier times.

The Harbor at Legacy Village of Cleveland will feature a state-of-the-art technology and non-drug therapy program called SimpleC, a leader in memory stimulation technology, that uses treatments such as music, trusted voice, and reminiscence time and place therapies.

"Everything about The Harbor is done with the intention of enhancing the memory care treatment and helping those suffering from memory loss to continue living a full life with purpose and joy," said Shannon Alvey, executive director for Legacy Village of Cleveland.

Tours of The Harbor along with a SimpleC demonstration are now available now. Persons may call (423) 472-4700 for more information.

German court looks at VW diesel records

Germany's highest court says investigators can examine internal documents seized last year from automaker Volkswagen as part of a probe into the diesel emissions scandal.

The Federal Constitutional Court on Friday dismissed a legal complaint from Volkswagen seeking to block authorities from using the documents for their investigation.

Volkswagen has been embroiled in a scandal involving its diesel vehicles since 2015, when U.S. authorities revealed the company had used engine software to cheat on emissions tests.

Volkswagen recently paid a one-billion euro (1.2 billion-dollar) fine after German prosecutors concluded the company failed to properly oversee its engine development department.

The scandal has also already cost Volkswagen $20 billion in fines and civil settlements in the United States.

English sues Trump, resigns from CFPB

Leandra English, the deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau who unsuccessfully sued President Donald Trump for control of the consumer watchdog agency, said Friday she plans to resign next week.

English was the chief of staff for Richard Cordray, President Barack Obama's director of the bureau. She was promoted to deputy director shortly before Cordray resigned in late November. Citing the law that created the bureau, English and Cordray argued that she was now the acting director of the bureau.

President Trump, citing longstanding laws over presidential appointees, named his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, as acting director of the bureau. It created a standoff between the White House and the CFPB, and it was unclear for several days who was actually in charge of the bureau.

English sued to block Mulvaney's appointment, but federal judges repeatedly ruled that President Trump had the power to appoint who he wanted into federal agencies. English said she plans to drop her lawsuit against the White House as well, citing the fact that President Trump nominated last month Kathy Kraninger to be the next permanent director for the bureau.

Alabama to collect online taxes Oct. 1

Alabama will begin collecting online sales taxes on Oct. 1.

The Alabama Department of Revenue announced the move in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision last month that states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

The state in 2016 established regulations that remote retailers with more than $250,000 in sales in Alabama should pay tax in the state. However, the constitutionality of the rule had been in question until the Supreme Court decision. The Department of Revenue said the regulation will be enforced going forward.

A number of online retailers, including Amazon, already remit taxes to the state through the Alabama Simplified Sellers Use Tax. The program allows companies to pay a flat 8 percent sales tax, instead of navigating different county and city tax rates.

Trade deficit drops to 19-month low

The U.S. trade deficit dropped in May to the lowest level in 19 months as U.S. exports rose to a record level. But the trade gap between the United States and China increased sharply, underscoring the economic tensions between the world's two biggest economies.

The Commerce Department says the May trade deficit — the difference between what America sells and what it buys in foreign markets — fell 6.6 percent to $43.1 billion. It was the smallest imbalance since October 2016.

Exports climbed 1.9 percent to a record $215.3 billion. Imports were up a smaller 0.4 percent to $258.4 billion.

The United States imposed penalty tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese goods on Friday. China retaliated in kind, starting what Beijing called the "biggest trade war in economic history."

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