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VOL. 128 | NO. 62 | Friday, March 29, 2013

Bioworks Foundation to Launch TriMetis

In May, The Memphis Bioworks Foundation will launch TriMetis, a for-profit research company that will be the first of its kind in the region.

Baseball History

Redbirds put focus on past and present during coming season

The last time the Leftfield Loonies were heard from in Memphis, leftfield was near Early Maxwell Boulevard and Central Avenue at the Mid-South Fairgrounds and they were loony for the Memphis Chicks baseball team.

Fairgrounds Events Grow as Klan Protest Nears

As Memphis Police have been planning in preparation for the Saturday, March 30, Ku Klux Klan demonstration at the Shelby County Courthouse, the Mid-South Fairgrounds has been a busy place for organizers of several alternatives to the Klan protest including a “Heart of Memphis” gathering there.

Seminar Will Highlight US Health Reform

The Affordable Care Act provides incentives for the U.S. health care system to integrate care across the entire care continuum – from acute care to outpatient care to better provide care for patients.

Memphis Chemical Rebrands as 1Source

When Memphis Chemical & Janitorial Supply Co. was sold to new owners in 2000, the company’s product mix consisted almost exclusively of chemicals and janitorial supplies, and the company served a client base of mostly local churches.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
86°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 51%

EVENTS

Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club and the University of Memphis will host a Professional Connection Lunch Friday, March 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Center Shelby Room, 499 University St. The series connects students with business and community leaders for discussions and leadership exercises. Cost is free. R.S.V.P. to Jon Campbell at jcmpbll3@memphis.edu or 678-1781.

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Haslam’s Medicaid Option Fuels Debate

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam called it a “third option” as he turned down an expansion of Medicaid funding at least for now with the federal government paying 100 percent of the cost in the first three years.

Hopson Goes ‘All In’ on Schools Post

Dorsey Hopson’s answer was quick and concise when he was asked Wednesday, March 27, if he wanted the job of being superintendent of the consolidated school system on a permanent basis.

Turner’s Political Role Honors His Lineage

State Rep. Mike Turner, D-Nashville, has a political lineage of which he is proud.

SPORTS

Hugs All Around After Tigers Season

Only Josh Pastner could utter the word “Lamborghini” on the occasion of his contract extension and a pay raise that likely pushed his annual salary north of $2 million and come across as grateful, gleeful and humble.

Troubling Trends Plague Grizzlies’ Recent Play

Maybe, just maybe, this will make you feel a less panicked about the state of the Grizzlies. In beating the Grizzlies, 108-101, the other night at Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks led by as many as 30 in the first half yet saw the Grizzlies claw back to within 4 points in the final minute.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Bearden Photos on Display at Leadership Memphis

Willy Bearden is a local filmmaker best known for works such as his 2010 feature “One Came Home” and the Memphis Memoirs series on WKNO-TV.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Means to be Mean

PIECE OF CAKE. Lately, and this is disturbing, I’ve been thinking about Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, as Marie Antoinette, complete with a powdered wig and a cute little stick-on beauty mark, running up and down the halls inviting the poor to eat cake when they run out of bread. But these are not the halls of her Petit Trianon in Versailles at the time of the French Revolution. These are the halls of the state capitol in Nashville at the time of the super majority.

Making the Ask – Part One

How do you ask someone to make a gift to a nonprofit that you believe in? What do you say? When do you ask? What if the person says “yes?” What if she says “no?”

STATEWIDE

Tennessee has $170,000 Available to Help Organic Farmers

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee has $170,000 available for certified organic farmers and those transitioning to organic agriculture.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Bill Would Limit Gun Carry Records to Politicians

NASHVILLE (AP) – An effort to seal Tennessee's handgun carry permit records from public scrutiny would create an exception for political operatives and lobbying groups to still obtain the entire set of names and addresses.

House OKs Bill to Require Proof of Immunization

NASHVILLE (AP) – The mother of a Middle Tennessee State University freshman who died after contracting meningitis says she hopes legislation headed to the governor for his likely signature will prevent the deaths of other college students.

REGIONAL

Bank Sets $500 Million Loan Fund for Mississippi Firms

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) BancorpSouth Inc. is setting aside a $500 million loan fund aimed at Mississippi businesses, saying it will work with state officials to find qualified borrowers.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Scooter Ads Face Scrutiny From Government, Doctors

WASHINGTON (AP) – TV ads show smiling seniors enjoying an "active" lifestyle on a motorized scooter, taking in the sights at the Grand Canyon, fishing on a pier and high-fiving their grandchildren at a baseball game.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

US Jobless Claims Jump 16,000 to 357,000

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped by 16,000 last week, the second straight weekly increase. But the longer-term trend in layoffs remained consistent with an improved job market.

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