Editorial Results (free)
1. IRS Loses Appeal on New Rules for Tax Preparers
- Wednesday, February 12, 2014
McLEAN, Va. (AP) – The IRS on Tuesday lost a federal appeal in a legal battle over its effort to institute competency exams and other new regulations for as many as 700,000 paid tax preparers.
2. New Plan to Spur Entrepreneurship Growth
- Wednesday, January 15, 2014
On one of the first pages of a more than 80-page plan to kick start entrepreneurial growth in the Memphis area, a reader is greeted with a stark assessment.
“The Memphis economy is broken,” reads one of the bullet points within the newly released development plan called MEMx, a blueprint developed by Memphis-based Start Co. with help from the national JumpStart Inc. organization as well as with input from more than 200 Memphis partners and community leaders.
3. Congress OKs New IRS Chief, Ends Turbulent Year
- Monday, December 23, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – A cross Congress ended its business for the year Friday as the Senate approved a new boss for the troubled Internal Revenue Service but remained slowed and bitterly riven over majority Democrats' weakening of Republicans' power to filibuster.
4. IRS Nominee on Track for Approval Despite Acrimony
- Wednesday, December 11, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's choice to head the Internal Revenue Service told senators Tuesday he will work to restore public trust in the agency in the wake of the tea party scandal even as the IRS takes on new responsibilities administering the president's health care law.
5. Kelley Shares Memphis Stories as Public Defender Assistant
- Friday, November 08, 2013
Lurene Kelley loves to tell a good story. These days she’s sharing some important stories that often go unheard in her role as special assistant for organizational communications in the law offices of the Shelby County Public Defender.
6. Editorial: Blight Patrol Example of Cleaning Up Crime
- Saturday, September 21, 2013
Most people who go to prison will get out at some point. The question is, will they change their lives?
There is help through programs like Lifeline and its Blight Patrol, but much of this is up to the person coming out of prison and – make no mistake – it is difficult.
7. Cleanup Crew
- Saturday, September 21, 2013
DeAndre Brown runs what might be the best known landscape business in areas of Memphis where the yards have brush and trees taller than the vacant houses they completely obscure.
“We operate a little differently than other contractors. Most have subcontractors that work separately,” he said. “We are one large crew of 60 men or women. We get the heavy equipment in first. Then a team of weed eaters will go in behind that, then a team of people go in behind them and clean up.”
8. Questions Raised About Criminal Justice System
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Shelby County’s public defender and the head of the Shelby County Corrections division say courts and prisons are changing and evolving as views about crime and punishment begin to change.
But Public Defender Stephen Bush and County Corrections Division director James Coleman said the intervention needs to start before citizens come into contact with the criminal justice system.
9. Rising Tax Revenue Eases Pressure for Budget Cuts
- Wednesday, August 07, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Rising tax receipts are shrinking the federal deficit, and that will shape the budget debate when Congress returns from vacation next month. The big question for lawmakers: Should they renew, end or modify the tens of billions of dollars in "sequester" cuts in government spending that took effect earlier this year?
10. Watchdog: IRS Enjoy Luxury Rooms at Conference
- Wednesday, June 05, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Already under siege, the Internal Revenue Service was cited by a government watchdog for a $4.1 million training conference featuring luxury rooms and free drinks, even as conservative figures told Congress Tuesday they had been abused for years while seeking tax-exempt status.
11. Obama: No Special Prosecutor to Investigate IRS
- Friday, May 17, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama dismissed the idea of a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service Thursday, saying probes by Congress and the Justice Department should be able to figure out who was responsible for improperly targeting tea party groups when they applied for tax-exempt status.
12. Justice Department to Investigate IRS Targeting of Tea Party
- Wednesday, May 15, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department is opening a criminal investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of tea party groups for extra scrutiny over whether they qualified for tax exempt status, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday.
13. Obama Says He Won't Tolerate Political Bias at IRS
- Tuesday, May 14, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – When members of Congress repeatedly raised concerns with the Internal Revenue Service about complaints that Tea Party groups were being harassed last year, a deputy IRS commissioner took the lead in assuring lawmakers that the additional scrutiny was a legitimate part of the screening process.
14. IRS Apologizes for Targeting Tea Party Groups
- Monday, May 13, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was "inappropriate" targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.
15. Critics Revive Past Promises to Knock Obama Budget
- Friday, April 12, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Advocates for seniors say President Barack Obama is breaking his promise to protect Social Security, while conservatives say he is breaking his promise not to raise taxes on the middle class.
16. Due Process
- Saturday, January 26, 2013
One at a time. That is the most noticeable change so far at Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court as a result of a landmark settlement in November with the U.S. Justice Department. The children before the court come before the court magistrates one at a time. No more groups of juvenile defendants waiting for their case to come up as other cases are being heard.
17. Taxes Rising for Most People Despite Fiscal Deal
- Thursday, January 03, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – While the tax package that Congress passed New Year's Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013.
18. Diverse Career Brings Spickler Back to Public Defender’s Office
- Thursday, October 18, 2012
Upon graduating from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2000, Josh Spickler took a fortuitous first step into his legal career with the Shelby County’s Office of Public Defender under A C Wharton Jr.
19. Luttrell: Merger Process Must Move Faster
- Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says the countywide school board isn’t moving fast enough on the transition to the August 2013 merger of Shelby County’s two public school system.
20. Lawmakers Seize on Report Detailing Impact of Cuts
- Wednesday, July 18, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats seized on a new report estimating that automatic budget cuts will cost the economy 2 million jobs to level election-year charges that underscored the deep political divide over how to avert the looming crisis.
21. Juvenile Court Needs ‘In-Depth Culture Change’
- Monday, June 25, 2012
The head of the committee overseeing a developing plan for changes at Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court said the court will undergo an “in-depth culture change” that includes “race neutral decision making.”
22. Baptist to Host Former President Bush
- Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Former President George W. Bush has stayed largely out of the limelight following his departure from office in January 2009, choosing to focus on writing his memoir and on other private interests.
At an event in Memphis next month to help Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. celebrate its centennial year, the 43rd president will shed a little light on some of those things that he and his family have been up to since leaving the White House.
23. 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.
24. Pelosi Names Final Members to Debt Supercommittee
- Friday, August 12, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's appointment Thursday of three Democrats to Congress' new debt-reduction supercommittee completes the roster of a panel whose members are already being tugged in competing directions.
25. Republicans Planning Cost Curbs on Health Benefits
- Monday, March 14, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans will "lead with our chin" and offer politically explosive cost curbs this spring on programs like Medicare, Medicaid and perhaps Social Security, the party's point man for curbing crippling budget deficits said Thursday.
26. Long Legal Fight Ahead for Health Law
- Wednesday, December 15, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – The scorecard on the legal fight over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is two judges in favor and one against.
But these are the early rounds in preliminary bouts. The one that really counts – a showdown at the Supreme Court – is at least a year away.
27. New County Commission, Mayor Go to Work
- Thursday, September 09, 2010
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell took his first batch of appointees to the Shelby County Commission Wednesday in the first committee sessions of the commission’s new term of office.
28. Obama Planning New Package of Economic Aid
- Tuesday, September 07, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – Eager to jumpstart the economy ahead of crucial midterm elections, President Barack Obama said Friday he intends to unveil a new package of proposals, including tax cuts and targeted spending, to spark job growth.
29. Luttrell’s Staff Filled With Familiar Faces
- Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Shelby County Mayor-elect Mark Luttrell is taking some of his team from the sheriff’s department with him when he switches offices Sept. 1
30. Luttrell Assembles Team
- Tuesday, August 24, 2010
As interim Shelby County mayor Joe Ford attended his last County Commission meeting, county mayor elect Mark Luttrell began naming the team he will go into office with on Sept. 1.
31. Companies Hire at Slow Pace for 3rd Straight Month
- Monday, August 09, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – Companies showed a lack of confidence about hiring for a third straight month in July, making it likely the economy will grow more slowly the rest of the year. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.5 percent.
32. Former Indy Mayor’s Advice To Local Government: Cut Red Tape
- Monday, March 08, 2010
Combining city and county governments is not the issue, the former mayor of Indianapolis told the Metro Charter Commission last week.
Stephen Goldsmith said the group drafting a consolidation charter for voters on the November ballot should be more focused on efficiency.
33. Outsider Image So Hot Even Ex-Insiders Want It
- Friday, February 26, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) - Ask national Republicans to name a model 2010 congressional candidate, and they're likely to mention Stephen Fincher. A 37-year-old farmer and gospel singer from Frog Jump, Tenn., Fincher has raised more than $675,000 in his bid to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. John Tanner.
34. Obama Budget: Record Spending, Record Deficit
- Tuesday, February 02, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) - Spelling out painful priorities, President Barack Obama urged Congress on Monday to quickly approve a huge new shot of spending for recession relief and job creation, part of a record $3.8 trillion budget that would boost the deficit beyond any in the nation's history while only slowly beginning to put Americans back to work.
35. Geithner Draws Fire Defending Fed on AIG Bailout
- Thursday, January 28, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats and Republicans alike pummeled U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Wednesday over his role in the $180 billion bailout of insurance giant AIG Inc., venting public anger over Wall Street's return to prosperity while unemployment stands at 10 percent.
36. UTHSC College of Medicine Names Smith Interim Dean
- Wednesday, October 21, 2009
J. Lacey Smith has been named interim dean for the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Smith currently serves as the associate dean of clinical affairs for the College of Medicine and the chief medical officer and executive vice president for UT Medical Group Inc.
37. White House, Congress Project Record Deficits
- Wednesday, August 26, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. government faces exploding deficits and mounting debt over the next decade, White House and congressional budget officials projected Tuesday in competing but similar economic forecasts.
- Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will present a workshop titled “Coaching 101” today from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Alliance office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Donna Pope will lead the workshop. Cost is $65 for members, $125 for nonmembers and $55 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.
39. Complaint Seeks Disbarment of Bush Lawyers
- Tuesday, May 19, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - A coalition of liberal groups filed petitions Monday seeking disbarment of Bush administration attorneys linked to memos on harsh interrogation techniques of detainees.
Complaints were filed against 12 individuals, including former attorneys general John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzales and Michael Mukasey and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, said a member of the groups. The complaints filed with bar associations in the District of Columbia and four states – New York, California, Texas and Pennsylvania – say their licenses should be revoked for "moral turpitude."
40. Defense Chief Proposes Weapons Cuts
- Tuesday, April 07, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday recommended halting production of the F-22 fighter jet and scrapping a new helicopter for the president as he outlined deep cuts to many of the military's biggest weapons programs.
41. AIG Bonuses Won't Stand, Dem Senators Declare
- Wednesday, March 18, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Talking tougher by the hour, livid Democrats confronted beleaguered insurance giant AIG with an ultimatum Tuesday: Give back $165 million in post-bailout bonuses or watch Congress tax it away with emergency legislation.
42. Oil Tumbles On Failed Auto Bailout
- Monday, December 15, 2008
Oil prices fell sharply Friday as a proposed $14 billion bailout for U.S. automakers collapsed in the Senate. Also dragging down prices was another round of poor economic news, as consumers cut back on spending for a record fifth straight month.
43. Congress Sends Bush Bill Restoring Highway Funds
- Monday, September 15, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) - Two months after the White House called a highway trust fund rescue plan a "gimmick" and threatened a presidential veto, President Bush is expected to sign legislation infusing $8 billion into the financially teetering fund that supports road and bridge projects around the country.
44. Fannie Mae Shakes Up Management Team
- Friday, August 29, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae shook up its executive ranks Wednesday, after shares in it and sibling company Freddie Mac rose for the third straight day as investors appeared less certain a government bailout of the two troubled companies is imminent.
45. US Spells Out Fannie-Freddie Backstop Plan
- Tuesday, July 15, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) – Scrambling to bolster eroding investor confidence, the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department have announced steps to brace slumping mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
46. Archived Article: Real Recap
- Tuesday, November 23, 2004
4775 American Way
American Way Property Refinanced for $2.5 Million
4775 American Way
Memphis, TN 38118
Cost: $2.5 million
Borrower: American Way Partnership
Lender: Shenandoah Life Insurance Co.
Trustee: Andrew B. Gibson Jr.
47. Archived Article: Law Focus
- Thursday, February 28, 2002
Mental health court for Memphis Specialized courts finding niche in Tennessee By MARY DANDO The Daily News While some specialized courts have found a home in Shelby County, those in the southwest corner of the state wont be seeing one of the courts ...
48. Archived Article: Focus (rhodes)
- Thursday, February 08, 2001
Smoke, guns and class action suits come together at Rhodes College Smoking guns, class action suits cross at Rhodes By MARY DANDO The Daily News With a theme of "Smoke and Guns," the Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning at Rhodes College wi...