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VOL. 131 | NO. 6 | Friday, January 8, 2016

After Criticism, Urban Child Institute Ups its Grant Game

The Urban Child Institute has approved a 5 percent annual granting strategy that will equate to giving about $8 million to local organizations to support children’s needs.

Memphis Average Airfare Continues Drop

The average airfare at Memphis International Airport has dropped more than $93 since 2012, according to passenger and fare data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

FedEx, TNT Merger Nabs Regulatory Approval in Europe

FedEx Corp. has received the green light to proceed with its $4.8 billion acquisition of Dutch delivery company TNT Express.

From City to Rural County, Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry Delivers

Poverty and hunger are easy enough to find in Memphis. You don’t have to go far from the Mid-South Food Bank’s offices, at 239 South Dudley St., before you start wandering into pockets of isolation – food deserts.

Last Word: The Crest, OPEB Fever, Armstrong Leaves and An Elvis Warning

The crest is here and it is not quite 40 feet on the Mississippi River gauge. The projections Thursday evening going into Friday’s crest of the river at Memphis changed a bit from the 40.3 foot level. The crest is 39.8 feet.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 82%


The Memphis Irish Society is enrolling for its 2016 Irish Gaelic class, set to begin Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Germantown area (contact for exact venue). The class is free, informal, and is open to all adults and children of middle-school age and older. It will meet most Saturdays throughout the year with some breaks. Email erin.shepherd@memphisirish.com for details.

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Grizz Sign Former Tiger to 10-Day Contract

The Memphis Grizzlies have waived veteran backup big man Ryan Hollins and signed former University of Memphis guard Elliot Williams to a 10-day contract.

Armstrong Leaves MPD After Five Years of Change

In five years as Memphis Police Department director, Toney Armstrong has seen more changes in law enforcement culture and how officers are perceived than most of his predecessors in the position ever saw.

Citing Future, NexAir CEO Talks Merger And Acquisition

When nexAir CEO Kevin McEniry says his company is always on the lookout for growth opportunities, it’s both an accurate reflection of its evolution over 75 years and also something of an understatement.

Luttrell: State Likely to Mandate $1B Liability

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said the state of Tennessee will most likely move to require Shelby County Schools to fully fund its $1.5 billion liability for health insurance and similar employee benefits.

Memphis City Schools Liability Questions Remain

It’s been overshadowed by City Hall’s liability crisis of the last two years.


Candidates Already Gearing Up For August Elections

The ballot for the March 1 Tennessee presidential primaries and county primaries for General Sessions Court Clerk was set while many voters were focused on the holidays and preparations for the new city leaders taking office in January.


SEC Still Overrated? Wrap Your Head Around SEC West, Says Bielema

That an Arkansas team played its best football at season’s end, coming into Memphis and defeating Kansas State 45-23 in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, hardly qualifies as a surprise.

Mediocre Grizz, McGwire Gets It, NCAA Madness

Wednesday night, Jan. 6, Grizzlies at Oklahoma City on ESPN. It was, well, must-grimace TV.


Let’s Not Forget

BELL. BOWLING. CROWE. GARDENHIRE. KELSEY. NICELY. ROBERTS. AND NORRIS. As the Tennessee General Assembly gets going in 2016, let’s remember how they started 2015 – with the abandonment of common sense and decency and hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans.

Back to Basics: Investing 101

Ray’s Take Learning how to invest your money is one of life’s more important lessons. You don’t need to be Warren Buffet to start investing. But you do need to have a basic understanding of investment and investment terms along with the confidence to make a plan.


Chancellor Morgan to Retire Amid Board of Regents Shakeup

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chancellor John Morgan is stepping down as head of the Tennessee Board of Regents following Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's announcement that he wants to grant more autonomy to the six four-year universities in the system.

Haslam Names Page to Fill Tennessee Supreme Court Vacancy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has named Appeals Judge Roger A. Page to fill a vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court.


Mississippi's Freeze Earns Raise, 1-year Contract Extension

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze has received a one-year contract extension and raise that will push his salary to $5 million per year by 2018.

Arkansas Governor: Remove Robert E. Lee From King Holiday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he wants lawmakers to end the state's practice of commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day.


Survey: US Progress on Health Insurance Stalled in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Going into President Barack Obama's last year in office, progress has stalled on reducing the number of uninsured Americans under his signature health care law, according to a major survey out Thursday.


Renault-Nissan to Introduce 10 Self-Driving Vehicles by 2020

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — The Renault-Nissan Alliance is entering the race to build autonomous cars with a plan to introduce 10 models capable of temporarily relieving humans of their driving duties on highways and city streets.


Hudson Bay's Online Push, Snaps Up Luxury Deal Site Gilt

NEW YORK (AP) — Hudson Bay has purchased the luxury deal site Gilt Group Holdings Inc. for $250 million as traditional retailers follow shoppers, and their money, online.

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