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VOL. 132 | NO. 24 | Thursday, February 2, 2017

Strickland Says City Willing to Discuss De-Annexation of "Six to Seven" Areas

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said his administration will recommend six to seven parts of the city that could possibly be de-annexed when a de-annexation task force meets Thursday, Feb. 2, at City Hall.

Trump Travel Ban March Draws 1,000

A group of approximately 1,000 people, including immigrants from the Middle East, Mexico and Latin America as well as across various religious faiths, marched Downtown Wednesday, Feb. 1, to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration travel ban order.

Goldman Sachs Exec Talks Trump, Economy at U of M

The first question presented to this week’s speaker at the latest Economic Club of Memphis gathering mentioned President Donald Trump by name.

Nonprofit Alliance CEO Nancy McGee Retiring

Nancy McGee, who has given 25 years of service to the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, is retiring as CEO of the organization but will remain with the alliance as CEO emeritus through April of this year.

Creative Aging Delivers Music as Therapy

With his acoustic electric guitar and pedalboard, Steve Johnston is a one-man memory band: He is Roy Orbison singing “Oh, Pretty Woman” and Elvis Presley chanting the chorus of “Johnny B. Goode” and crooning “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear.”

Local Weather
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Wind: South at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 35%

EVENTS

IRIS Orchestra, in partnership with Memphis College of Art and Germantown Performing Arts Center, will present a student art show and sale Thursday, Feb. 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at GPAC, 1801 Exeter Road. The show will feature MCA students’ pieces inspired by IRIS’ February concert, “A River Runs Through It.” Dress is artistic; no RSVP required. Visit irisorchetra.org.

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Last Word: Travel Ban Protest, Other Trump React and Sierra Club Goes To Court

Grizz over the Nuggets in Denver Wednesday 119-99. The Tigers play USF in Tampa Thursday.

State Says County Must Fund Planned Parenthood Condom Contract

The Tennessee Department of Health says Shelby County government is required to fund a grant to Planned Parenthood for the distribution of free condoms as part of larger effort to combat the spread of the HIV virus.

Environmental Groups Filing Lawsuit Over TVA's Plan to Drill Memphis Aquifer

The Sierra Club and a group called Protect Our Aquifer were expected to file a lawsuit Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Chancery Court, challenging new water wells the Tennessee Valley Authority is planning to dig at its new Allen Combined Cycle Plant in southwest Memphis.

Connecting People at Heart of Plans For $12M Friendship Park

Heartsong Church and the Memphis Islamic Center, neighbors in Cordova, are shattering notions of hatred and divisiveness seen elsewhere in the world with plans to develop a $12 million Friendship Park connecting their two properties.

Dunbar Elementary Gets Reprieve, But Carnes Closing

Dunbar Elementary School will remain open next August, while Carnes Elementary will close its doors forever at the end of the current school year.

Powers Hill Selected For Design of Zoo Parking

Powers Hill Design LLC will come up with plans for the expansion of Memphis Zoo parking in Overton Park.

Fenter Leaving GMACW For Marion

The leader of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce is leaving the local workforce development effort to become superintendent of the Marion School District in Arkansas.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Reducing Felony Possession Charges Aim of Parkinson’s Pot Bill

NASHVILLE – Rep. Antonio Parkinson says his legislation dealing with marijuana isn’t designed to decriminalize pot but to reduce felony possession charges – and the stumbling blocks attached to them – in addition to saving the state money.

School Voucher Legislation Reintroduced in Tennessee House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – School voucher proponents are hopeful that this is the year they can finally pass legislation to direct state money to pay for private school tuition in Tennessee.

GOP Lawmaker Wants Tennessee IDs to Identify Non-Citizens

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican lawmakers want to require government-issued IDs in Tennessee to prominently feature the words "alien" or "non-U.S. citizen" in capital letters for anyone without permanent residency status.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Temple Israel Expanding Into Crosstown Concourse

495 N Watkins St., Memphis, TN 38104 -
In a letter that went out to its congregation over the weekend, Temple Israel announced plans to expand into the Crosstown Concourse this summer.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Never Too Young For History Travel

My son brought home a bad grade on a social studies test today.

3 Reasons IT Should Be in Your Operating Plan

Your primary focus is raising awareness and funds for your organization. Are you using the technology you have to help you achieve your mission? Perhaps you have thought about expanding your use of technology, but don’t have the time to do it. 

View From the Hill: Haslam Plan Tilts Broadband Playing Field

State Reps. Pat Marsh and Art Swann emerged from a meeting underwhelmed by Gov. Bill Haslam’s legislation to spread broadband internet access across Tennessee.

MEMPHIS AREA

Wilson Named Circuit Judge in 5 North Mississippi Counties

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A DeSoto County Court judge is being promoted to a circuit judgeship for five counties in northern Mississippi.

Man Guilty of Shooting Memphis Officers Raiding His Home

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Treveno Campbell said he didn't know he was firing at police when he fatally shot a Memphis officer during a chaotic raid of his home four years ago.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

US Senate Confirms Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-led Senate has confirmed Rex Tillerson as President Donald Trump's secretary of state.

GOP Pushes 2 Top Cabinet Picks Through to Full Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans jammed two of President Donald Trump's top Cabinet picks through the Senate Finance Committee with no Democrats in the room Wednesday after suspending a rule that would have otherwise barred them from taking the vote. The tactic seemed a warning shot that they might deploy brute political muscle in the upcoming fight over the Supreme Court vacancy.

ECONOMY

Fed Leaves Key Rate Unchanged at a Time of Uncertainty

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has left its key interest rate unchanged at a time of solid economic gains but also heightened uncertainty surrounding the new Trump administration.

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW to Pay $1.2 Billion or More to US Owners of Big Diesels

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Volkswagen has agreed to pay at least $1.2 billion in buybacks and compensation to settle claims from U.S. owners of cars with larger diesel engines that the company rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

Data: Self-Driving Cars Needing Less Human Help Than in Past

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Self-driving car prototypes appear to be getting better at negotiating California streets and highways without a human backup needing to intervene, according to data made public Wednesday by California transportation regulators.

Reducing Felony Possession Charges Aim of Parkinson’s Pot Bill

NASHVILLE – Rep. Antonio Parkinson says his legislation dealing with marijuana isn’t designed to decriminalize pot but to reduce felony possession charges – and the stumbling blocks attached to them – in addition to saving the state money.

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