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1. Federal Data Show Health Disparities Among States
- Friday, December 13, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Residents in some parts of the U.S. are signing up for health care coverage at a significantly greater rate than others through the new online insurance marketplaces now operating in every state.
2. GOP States Offer Little Help on Buying Insurance
- Thursday, October 03, 2013
ATLANTA (AP) – After three years of bashing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republican governors were surprisingly mute on the first day consumers could shop for insurance policies through online marketplaces.
3. Striking Back Against Court's Voting Rights Ruling
- Friday, July 26, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration opened an aggressive new front in the battle over voter protection Thursday, singling out Texas for legal action and promising broader efforts to come after last month's Supreme Court ruling that wiped out a major provision of the Voting Rights Act.
4. Environmental Protection Agency Denies States' Request for Ethanol Waiver
- Monday, November 19, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency has denied requests from several governors to waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol.
A renewable fuels law requires that 13.2 billion gallons of ethanol be produced by this year and 15 billion gallons be produced by 2015. That's good for corn farmers, but it's angered poultry, hog and cattle farmers. They say they've seen big jumps in corn-based feed costs as corn is diverted to make ethanol vehicle fuel.
5. Obama's Health Care Overhaul Turns Into a Sprint
- Friday, November 09, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The long slog has turned into a sprint. President Barack Obama's health care law survived the Supreme Court and the election; now the uninsured can sign up for coverage in about 11 months.
6. Mississippi Says No Thanks to Medicaid Expansion Dollars
- Friday, October 19, 2012
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi has long been one of the sickest and poorest states in America, with some of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease and more than 1 in 7 residents without insurance. And so you might think Mississippi would jump at the prospect of billions of federal dollars to expand Medicaid.
7. Gibson Guitar Deal a Contrast With Earlier Stance
- Wednesday, August 08, 2012
The deal Gibson Guitar Corp. and federal prosecutors said they reached this week to drop a criminal case against the Tennessee-based guitar maker represents a sharp reversal from the combative stance Gibson took publicly last year.
8. Democratic Court Clerk Primary Tops Early Voting
- Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The winner so far on the March 6 election day ballot in Shelby County headlined by the Republican presidential primary appears to the Democratic primary for General Sessions Court clerk.
So far, early voter turnout is greater in the countywide Democratic primaries, which include a hotly contested five-way primary race for General Sessions Court clerk.
9. Obama's Health Overhaul Lags in Many States
- Tuesday, January 24, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Here's a reality check for President Barack Obama's health overhaul: Three out of four uninsured Americans live in states that have yet to figure out how to deliver on its promise of affordable medical care.
10. 4 GOP Candidates Have No Tenn. Delegates
- Monday, January 02, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – There are nine Republican presidential candidates on Tennessee's primary ballot, but four of them have no committed delegates to the party's nominating convention.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads in delegates while one-time House Speaker Newt Gingrich, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have substantial numbers committed to their campaigns, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/uBYhUb). Ex-Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has three delegates.
11. Economists: Obama's Policies 'Fair' or 'Poor'
- Thursday, December 29, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama gets mediocre marks for his handling of the U.S. economy, and Mitt Romney easily outpolls his Republican rivals in an Associated Press survey of economists.
12. Study: Twitter Users Tough on Republicans, Obama
- Friday, December 09, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – The 2012 presidential contenders have had a rough go of it on Twitter, according to an analysis of the political conversation taking place on the popular social network.
13. 10 Candidates File for Tenn. Presidential Primary
- Tuesday, December 06, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) – Nine Republican candidates have filed paperwork to be placed on the ballot for Tennessee's March primary.
Secretary of State Tre Hargett said Monday that the only Democrat who has filed is President Barack Obama.
14. Livestock Farmers Say Ethanol Eats Too Much Corn
- Monday, November 28, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Livestock farmers are demanding a change in the nation's ethanol policy, claiming current rules could lead to spikes in meat prices and even shortages at supermarkets if corn growers have a bad year.
15. Defense Hawks Insist on Sparing Military From Cuts
- Wednesday, November 23, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress' defense hawks insist the military should be spared from automatic spending cuts after a special panel failed to reach a deal on reducing the deficit.
No way, says President Barack Obama, who vowed Monday to veto any effort to undo the roughly $1 trillion in across-the-board cuts, half from domestic programs and half from defense.
16. Democrats, Republicans Far Apart on Deficit Deal
- Thursday, November 17, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – A Democrat on a special deficit-cutting "supercommittee" Wednesday questioned whether Republicans are still interested in negotiating after the panel's top GOP member said Republicans have "gone as far as we feel we can go" on tax hikes.
17. GOP Hopefuls Oppose Potential Deficit Deal
- Wednesday, November 16, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The top Republican in the House says a recent proposal by GOP members of a special deficit committee is a "fair offer" despite criticism from conservatives who say it breaks the party's pledge on taxes.
18. Lesson in Perry’s PR Recovery
- Wednesday, November 16, 2011
No matter what your political affiliations, you have to give Texas Governor Rick Perry credit for leading a strong recovery strategy after his “oops” moment in the recent Republican presidential debate.
19. Bernanke Shows Fed's Independence With Texas Trip
- Thursday, November 10, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – A town hall meeting with Ben Bernanke and a group of military families discussing family finances wouldn't normally draw much notice.
But for this particular event, the Federal Reserve chairman is venturing into Texas. And those who watch the Fed say the visit sends a message to Bernanke's critics: The Fed is independent and won't be intimidated.
20. State Issues Can be Tricky for Presidential Field
- Friday, October 28, 2011
CINCINNATI (AP) — Mitt Romney gingerly distanced himself from a labor issue on the Ohio ballot one day. The next, he embraced the initiative "110 percent."
The equivocation not only highlighted his record of shifting positions but also underscored the local political minefields national candidates often confront in their state-by-state path to the presidency.
21. Striking a Chord
- Friday, October 14, 2011
When Texas Gov. and current Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry came to Memphis two weeks ago for a fundraiser at Memphis Botanic Garden, he didn’t immediately head to the microphone after Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey introduced him.
22. Obama Knocks GOP Leader, Says GOP Blocks Jobs Vote
- Wednesday, October 05, 2011
DALLAS (AP) – President Barack Obama is criticizing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for saying the president's $447 billion jobs bill will not get a vote in its entirety in the Republican-led House.
23. Sen. Alexander Recalls Early Days of Governorship
- Monday, October 03, 2011
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said he tends to favor the trio of governors in the still forming field for the Republican presidential nomination.
“I like the governors,” Alexander, a former governor of Tennessee, told more than 100 students last week at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphries School of Law. “I think President Obama has many admirable qualities and some policies I agree with. But I think what’s not as strong is (his) executive leadership.”
24. Perry Holds Memphis Fundraiser
- Friday, September 30, 2011
After he introduced Texas Gov. and current GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry at a fundraiser in Memphis Wednesday, Tenn. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey spoke with The Daily News. He defended the recent controversial remarks and stance of Perry over immigration – specifically, over a Texas law that makes possible a college tuition break to the children of illegal immigrants there.
25. Obama Says He Can't Fix Immigration on His Own
- Thursday, September 29, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing weakening support among Hispanics, President Barack Obama expressed deep frustration Wednesday over what he called an inaccurate and damaging perception that he can fix the nation's flawed immigration system on his own.
26. Analysis: Democrats Hit Reset on Health Care
- Wednesday, September 28, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Weary of getting pounded over the new health care law, Democrats are hitting the reset button for next year's elections.
They're changing the subject to Medicare.
27. Econ Club Has Speakers On ‘Cutting Edge’
- Wednesday, September 28, 2011
This fall’s slate of speakers coming to the city thanks to the Economic Club of Memphis includes a cyber-security expert, a prominent New York Times business columnist and a former government official who was an early supporter of “Reaganomics.”
28. Herman Cain Bus Tour Coming to Shelby County
- Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain, who grabbed headlines over the weekend with his surprise win in the Florida Republican Party’s straw poll, is coming to Tennessee next month.
The bus tour of various sites throughout the state includes a stop in Bartlett at the W.J. Freeman Park gazebo Oct. 14.
29. Obama Lets States Opt Out of Federal School Rules
- Monday, September 26, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Nearly everyone agrees the fix needs fixing. The No Child Left Behind law that was supposed to improve American education has left schools grumbling at being labeled "failures," state officials fuming and complaints everywhere about required testing.
30. Candidate Central
- Friday, September 23, 2011
At one point during his quick stop in Memphis this week, former Massachusetts governor and current Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney quoted a few lines from the poet Sam Walter Foss to a cadre of the city’s business elite.
31. Fed to Shift $400B in Holdings to Boost Economy
- Thursday, September 22, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve will use more than $400 billion to try to drive down long-term interest rates, make home and business loans cheaper and invigorate the U.S. economy.
32. Bernanke is Tolerating Dissent but Pushing Past It
- Tuesday, September 20, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – For someone known as a consensus builder, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sure generates – and shrugs off – a lot of dissent.
Bernanke last month pushed ahead with a plan to keep short-term interest rates near zero through mid-2013 despite three dissenting votes on the Fed's policy-making committee. For decades, the Fed's culture, and sometimes its strong-willed chiefs, have normally capped dissents at two.
33. Liberals Would Raise Social Security Tax for Rich
- Thursday, September 15, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Nervous that Social Security seems under siege from all sides, congressional liberals on Wednesday proposed raising the payroll tax that funds the program, but only for people earning more than $250,000 a year.
34. Obama Adviser: GOP Candidates Offer No Job Ideas
- Wednesday, September 14, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Barack Obama's top political adviser says none of the president's Republican challengers has much to say about how they're going to create jobs.
David Axelrod told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday that Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, the leading GOP presidential candidates, both "support the same economic theory that got us into this mess in the first place."
35. Obama Tax Proposal Worries Social Security Allies
- Tuesday, September 13, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Some Social Security advocates fear that President Barack Obama's desire to cut taxes supporting the program will undermine its vaunted stature as a self-financing pension system that provides checks to retirees based on contributions they made while working.
36. Unemployment in July Rose in 28 States, Fell in 9
- Monday, August 22, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Unemployment rates rose in July in more than half the states for the second straight month, evidence that job growth remains weak nationwide.
The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment increased in 28 states, fell in nine and remained unchanged in 13. Those are nearly the same figures as in June, when unemployment rose in 28 states, fell in eight and was unchanged in 14.
37. In Midwest, Obama Seeks Ideas for Jolting Economy
- Wednesday, August 17, 2011
PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) – Seeking some help from rural America, President Barack Obama on Tuesday implored Iowans to share ideas with him about how leaders can give an economic jolt to the nation's heartland. He promised better days in a time of relentless joblessness, saying, "We'll get through this moment of challenge."
38. Bradley Named Mid-South Super Lawyer
- Wednesday, February 09, 2011
J. Anthony Bradley has been named for the third consecutive year to the Mid-South Super Lawyers for estate planning and probate practice areas.
39. Abdus-Salaam Joins Methodist South’s Orthopedic Group
- Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Dr. Sharif A. Abdus-Salaam has joined Methodist South Hospital’s orthopedic group located in the Memphis Shoulder and Orthopedic Surgery practice.
Hometown: Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
Education/Work experience: Bachelor’s degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., and doctorate of medicine from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Completed orthopedic surgery residency at Howard University Hospital and a fellowship of shoulder and upper extremity surgery from California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
Family: Wife, Sayyida, a family medicine resident at (the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Saint Francis Family Medicine); daughters: Amirah, 2, and Sidraah, 10 months.
Last book: “Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson.”
Music: Neo-Soul, Hip Hop, R&B, Delta Blues.
What activities do you enjoy outside of work? Bass fishing, family time, watching college football, bike riding, mentoring.
What talent do you wish you had? Tap dancing.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My parents and my high school JROTC instructor.
Why did you pursue a career in medicine? My love for math and science growing up led me to study mechanical engineering in college. After college I developed an interest in orthopedics from talking with friends and having multiple orthopedic procedures. I love helping people get their lives back from injury and/or disease. Orthopedic surgery is a great blend of engineering, medicine and art.
What drew you to Methodist Hospital? Warm and inviting people. Great practice opportunity. Organization seemed to be committed to health of everyone in the community.
What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy seeing a solution to a patient’s problem in my mind’s eye and then using principles of medicine, surgery, engineering and orthopedics to give them their life back. Being able to do a job you enjoy and help others is truly a blessing.
40. GOP Governors: Deep Budget Cuts are Coming
- Friday, November 19, 2010
SAN DIEGO (AP) – Incoming Republican governors from Pennsylvania to New Mexico are vowing to keep campaign promises to slice already cut-to-the-bone budgets and balance them without raising taxes.
41. Judge Has Questions in Gay Marriage Trial in CA
- Tuesday, January 12, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The judge presiding over a highly anticipated gay marriage case peppered lawyers with questions Monday as they presented their opening statements, frequently interrupting the introductory remarks to ask if there was evidence underlying the remarks.
42. Obama Speech to Students Sparks New Controversy
- Monday, September 07, 2009
DALLAS (AP), - When kids all across the country return to school Tuesday, some will see a welcoming message from President Barack Obama and some won't.
Obama's planned address to students has touched off yet another confrontation with Republican critics, who have battered the White House over health care and now accuse the president of foisting a political agenda on children.
43. Neediest Areas Not First for Stimulus
- Tuesday, July 21, 2009
SABINAL, Texas (AP) – Under the Obama administration’s economic stimulus plan, needy communities were supposed to be first in line for money to rebuild highways and jump start the economy.
It hasn’t worked out that way.
44. State Budgets Being Delayed by Stimulus Debate
- Wednesday, February 11, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - Uncertainty over the final scope of the $800 billion-plus economic stimulus plan in Congress has delayed budget action in some states while governors and legislators wait to see how much federal relief they can expect for their cash-strapped programs.
45. Beale Street Funding, Other Issues Raised At Council Meeting
- Thursday, November 08, 2007
Memphis City Council members this week marked the 24th anniversary of the opening of the renovated Beale Street entertainment district with an old question: When does the city get money from the district it owns?
46. Archived Article: Real Briefs
- Tuesday, March 25, 1997
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