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VOL. 128 | NO. 19 | Tuesday, January 29, 2013

First Charter School Faces Renewal

Countywide school board members make a decision Tuesday, Jan. 29, about the future of the first charter school in the city as well as in the state.

Tech Talk

Lunches, meetups add to growing startup scene

It is a pleasant lunchtime hour on a recent weekday, and a small gathering of technologists has huddled at Panera Bread in the Laurelwood shopping center for their monthly confab.

Haslam Says Downtown State Workers to Stay Downtown

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has included funding in his budget proposal for a $62 million renovation at the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis and a $45 million center for the University of Memphis’s nursing and audiology programs.

Dunavant Awards Honor, Discuss Good Government

An award for elected and non-elected public officials marking its 10th anniversary this year began as a way to honor the late Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant and to counter the damage done 10 years ago by the Tennessee Waltz federal public corruption investigation.

CREW Memphis Hosts National Leadership Summit

The 2013 Commercial Real Estate Women Network National Winter Leadership Summit and Council Meeting will take place this week at The Peabody hotel, as women in the industry network, learn more about Memphis and help the local chapter build its brand within the Memphis-area market.

Cash Talks of ‘Perfect Storm’ During Reform

Kriner Cash says there were big “distractions” that began just before he became Memphis City Schools superintendent four-and-a-half years ago that created a “perfect storm” for his efforts to “transform” the school system.

Gore to Promote Book in Memphis Appearance

Al Gore is coming to Memphis next month to promote his new book, “The Future.”

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Quince Fred’s Super Dollar Sells for $2.1 Million

6500 Quince Road, Memphis, TN 38119

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Take Stand With Positives

Last week we discussed DeNeuville Learning Center, which is an organization that is working to assist women of all backgrounds and cultures in learning the skills needed to make positive choices for themselves and their families. This week let us highlight the importance of infusing positive energy into our community and being intentional to share hope-filled and uplifting stories, like those of our everyday heroes, who are leading by example to strengthen the Mid-South.

Immigration Reform on Horizon

November’s presidential election clarified a need for bipartisan immigration reform; Republican intransigence on this issue melted away as they watched about 71 percent of Latinos vote in favor of the Democratic candidate.

STATEWIDE

King College Becoming King University

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) – King College is changing its name to King University.

Q&A on the Health Overhaul and Medicaid in Tennessee

As Tennessee's legislative sessions gets under way, Gov. Bill Haslam and lawmakers are debating how to implement President Barack Obama's health care law, including the final form of a health insurance exchange and whether the state will expand its Medicaid program. Here are some answers to commonly raised questions about the health law in Tennessee:

STATE GOVERNMENT

Auditors Fault 3 State Agencies on Film Incentives

NASHVILLE (AP) – State auditors say they have serious concerns about oversight of the state film incentives programs.

REGIONAL

Barge Hits Mississippi River Bridge; Oil Cleanup Ongoing

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) – Cleanup crews with booms skimmed oily water from the Mississippi River a day after a barge with more than 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge near Vicksburg, spreading a sheen of light crude that kept part of the waterway shut to ship traffic Monday, authorities said.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Economists Growing More Upbeat About Year Ahead

NEW YORK (AP) – Economists are increasingly, but still cautiously, optimistic about growth in the year ahead with the hiring expected to pick up in coming months.

Barnes & Noble Executive Plans More Store Closings

NEW YORK (AP) – Barnes & Noble plans to continue to shrink its store base.

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