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CORRECTION: This story was updated at 9:24 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2020, to state that coronavirus testing will be done at Volkswagen Chattanooga on Sunday.

VW offers free COVID-19 testing

Free drive-through COVID-19 testing will be available at Volkswagen Chattanooga this Sunday. The testing will be on a first-come, first-serve basis from 8 a.m. to noon.

The testing at 8001 Volkswagen Dr. is made possible by the state, Gov. Bill Lee's office and the Tennessee National Guard.

"With the help of private-sector partners like VW, we are working to make COVID-19 testing accessible and efficient for Tennesseans," the governor said. "I encourage residents in Hamilton County and surrounding areas to take advantage of testing this weekend as we work to identify cases quickly and protect the health of our state."

The temporary drive-through testing site will provide COVID-19 viral detection tests without an appointment, symptoms, insurance, or a doctor's note, and regardless of immigration status. Patients remain in their vehicles throughout the process.

"It is our privilege to be able to serve as a temporary testing site," said Tom du Plessis, CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga.

 

Mortgage rates rise this week

Average rates on long-term mortgages rose this week for the first time since June 25, after weeks of marking new record lows.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate on the key 30-year home loan increased to 3.01% from 2.98% last week — the first time in 50 years that it slipped below 3%. The rate averaged 3.75% a year ago.

Homebuying demand continues to rebound despite the stagnant recovery and economic indicators pointing to slow growth and possible persistent high unemployment, Freddie Mac said.

The average rate on the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 2.54% from to 2.48% last week.

 

Apple founder hits YouTube for scam

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is launching a legal attack against Google's YouTube video site for allowing con artists to use him as a pawn in a Bitcoin scam believed to have heisted millions of dollars from people around the world.

The personal computer pioneer vented his frustration and anger in a video conference held Thursday to explain why he decided to sue one of the world's biggest internet companies in a California state court earlier this week. The suit also represents 17 alleged victims of the bitcoin scam, including 10 people who live outside the U.S.

The 47-page complaint revolves around a ruse that has used images of Wozniak and high-tech celebrities such as Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk to trick people out of the digital currency Bitcoin. Videos spread on YouTube as part of the scheme entice viewers to send their bitcoins to an anonymous digital address, promising to return double that amount. The return payment never arrives.

It's similar to a scam that surfaced on Twitter last week when hackers hijacked the accounts of more than 100 prominent people, including Gates, Musk, former President Barack Obama and Joe Biden, this year's Democratic Party nominee for president. Twitter was able to regain control of the hacked accounts and purge the scam from its messaging service within a few hours.

 

Ohio governor urges repeal of nuclear bill

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine reversed course on Thursday and called for a nuclear bailout energy law to be repealed in the wake of the state's $60 million bribery scandal.

The Republican DeWine said he continues to support the policy in the bill, including preserving Ohio's two nuclear power plants as part of power generation in the state.

But DeWine says the process that created the bill and the law tainted it irrevocably.

While reasonable people can argue about the policy issues, "the process by which it was created stinks. It's terrible. It's not acceptable," DeWine said.

He called on lawmakers to repeal and revisit the legislation "through an open process that the public can have confidence in."

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