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VOL. 132 | NO. 14 | Thursday, January 19, 2017

Major Violent Crime Up in 2016, Driven by Growth in Murder Rate

Major violent crime in Memphis for 2016 was up 3.2 percent from 2015 fueled by a 23.9 percent increase in the murder rate and a 4.3 percent rise in aggravated assaults from a year ago.

Haslam Tax Plan Would Secure Funds for Road, Infrastructure Projects

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NASHVILLE – Memphis legislators are weighing Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to raise fuel taxes and slightly cut the grocery tax, while assessing the impact on local governments of a Hall income tax reduction and a major business tax reduction that is proposed.

St. Jude Expansion Looks East of Campus

The city’s plan for the Pinch District between the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital isn’t the only reason the city will seek expanded uses of the Tourism Development Zone and an expansion of a Tax Increment Financing district.

TDN Seminar to Focus on Popularity of Memphis Sports

When the Memphis Grizzlies rallied from 24 points down to beat the Golden State Warriors in overtime on national television, the accomplishment echoed. For days, it had Memphians asking one another, “Did you see that? Did you stay up for that? Could you believe it?”

Last Word: Haslam's Call, Redbirds Change Branding and Economists on Trump

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Wizards over Grizz in pre inaugural D.C. Wednesday evening 104-101. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Cong. Steve Cohen in a number of Facebook and Twitter posts at the game. The Grizz return home Friday to play the Kings. Meanwhile, the Tigers in Houston Thursday to play the Cougars.

Local Weather
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Wind: South at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 97%

EVENTS

The Memphis chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers will host a screening of “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Malco Paradiso, 584 S. Mendenhall Road. The film examines the lives of minimalists from all walks of life who are striving to live a meaningful life with less. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at napomemphis.com; all proceeds benefit the Le Bonheur Club.

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Memphis Economists: Trump Tweets Turn the Page on GOP Playbook

It’s long been a cornerstone of Republican political orthodoxy that government should “get out of the way” of businesses, and that the fewer mandates and regulations, well, the better.

Youth Villages' New Marketing Officer Aims to Raise Nonprofit’s Identity

For 15 years, Jennifer H. Jones was with Hilton Worldwide. Her task as senior director of brand marketing: build up the profiles of Conrad Hotels & Resorts and Waldorf Astoria Hotels.

Council Discusses Disbanding Beale Street Authority

Several Memphis City Council members talked Tuesday, Jan. 17, about undoing the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority and acting directly to hire a day-to-day manager for the entertainment district.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Memphis Lawmaker: Junk Food Bill Would Bully the Poor

State Rep. Joe Towns Jr. of Memphis isn’t surprised that Rep. Sheila Butt dropped her bill limiting “junk food” for food stamp recipients.

View From the Hill: Cooperatives Ready to Fill Broadband Void

Rural broadband backers such as Misty O’Beirne in Rutherford County can take heart. Legislation to spread high-speed internet into cyberspace deserts is making the right connections.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Dave & Buster’s to Open Cordova Location

7930 Germantown Parkway, Memphis, TN 38133  -
The popular restaurant/sports bar/adult arcade Dave & Buster’s will join the likes of Ikea, Nordstrom Rack and Trader Joe’s on the list of popular franchises opening their first locations in the Bluff City.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Spring Break Ideas From Memphis

Spring break is right around the corner and if you’re still thinking of ideas for the family – even ones that have you joining the crowds – I have some thoughts.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Schools to Be Graded on A-to-F Scale

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The state of Tennessee is planning to give schools a grade of A to F in order to increase accountability.

Tradition, Not Politics, Puts Tennessee Band in Trump Parade

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The University of Tennessee marching band will perform Friday in its 15th presidential inaugural parade since 1953, despite a social media backlash over statements made by President-elect Donald Trump.

REGIONAL NEWS

Arkansas Governor Vows to Seek Deeper Tax Cuts in 2 Years

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson got a cool reception from fellow Republicans when he proposed a tax cut for low-income residents that was more modest than some legislators had hoped. So, he made them a pledge: Pass it now and he'll push for much deeper cuts in two years.

ECONOMY

Federal Reserve Sees Growth Pickup at End of Last Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew a bit faster at the end of last year, spurred by healthier sales for manufacturers and steady hiring that is slowly pushing up wages.

Yellen Says Fed Close to Achieving Its Economic Goals

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the economy has come a long way in recovering from the 2008 financial crisis, and the Fed is getting close to achieving its goals of maximum employment and stable inflation.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

US Sues Oracle, Says It Pays White Men More Than Others

NEW YORK (AP) – The Labor Department is suing Oracle, claiming that the technology giant pays white male workers more than their non-white and female counterparts with the same job titles.

JPMorgan Settles Mortgage Discrimination Lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) – JPMorgan Chase will pay $55 million to settle federal charges that independent brokers working for the bank discriminated against minorities seeking home mortgages during the housing crisis.

HEALTH CARE

AP-NORC Poll: Americans of All Stripes Say Fix Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP)Sylvia Douglas twice voted for President Barack Obama and last year cast a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to "Obamacare," she now sounds like President-elect Donald Trump. This makes her chuckle amid the serious choices she faces every month between groceries, electricity and paying a health insurance bill that has jumped by nearly $400.

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MORTGAGES 116 328 1,254
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