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VOL. 131 | NO. 42 | Monday, February 29, 2016

Mud Island Management Search Narrows to Two

A committee reviewing proposals to manage the Mud Island River Park has narrowed the field of four contenders down to two.

Lynch at NFL Combine, UT Troubles, Memphis Carries Senior Day

Paxton Lynch went through all the drills – physical and mental – at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and, brace yourself for this deep insight, but the “experts” feel confident that his pro career will land somewhere between Tom Brady and Tim Tebow.

The Week Ahead: February 29, 2016

How was your weekend, Memphis? We know what you’ll be doing Tuesday (voting, of course!), but plenty of nonpolitical happenings grace this week’s calendar too – from a trio of Grizzlies games to a fundraiser supporting fair housing.

Clinton Visits Churches, Trump Rallies In Millington

Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton made surprise appearances at two Memphis churches Sunday, Feb. 28, the day after Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump drew a crowd of 10,000 less than 12 hours earlier in Millington.

Kasich Draws Memphis Crowd of 700

Republican presidential contender John Kasich told a group of more than 700 people in Memphis Friday, Feb. 26, the country needs leaders who think as Americans first and Republicans and Democrats second.

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EVENTS

University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music will host Jazz Week 2016 with nightly concerts Tuesday through Saturday, March 1-5, at 7:30 p.m. in Harris Concert Hall, 3775 Central Ave. Most concerts are free. Visit memphis.edu/music for a schedule.

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Farm and Gin Show Features Startup-Ag Combo

The annual Mid-South Farm and Gin Show looks like any other gathering of farmers over the years, but there is a distinct entrepreneurial underpinning this year merging technology with venture capital.

Last Word: The Moving Election Comes to Town and Missing Early Voters Are Found

We probably haven’t had this much action with so many presidential candidates in the Memphis area since the 1984 Democratic presidential primary campaign.

Council To Discuss Limiting End-of-Agenda Speakers

With six new members, the Memphis City Council’s committee sessions so far this year have included several briefings about various parts of city government and council procedures.

Hardy: Human Collateral, Strong Networks Can Propel Women to Success

The ‘good old boys’ club is the fabric of the business community.

State Agency Denies Baptist Application for Freestanding ER in Lakeland

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency has denied Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.’s application for a certificate of need to build a freestanding emergency room facility in Lakeland.

Archer Malmo Wins Best in Show at 2016 ADDYs

The Memphis chapter of the American Advertising Federation brought creative directors from Chicago, Austin and Santa Monica to Memphis over the weekend to judge 724 entries in the chapter’s 49th annual American Advertising Awards competition for creative excellence.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Parent Leaders are the ‘Voice’ for Their Children and the Community

Parents take on many different roles in the lives of their children: cheerleader, counselor, teacher, friend, and so many more. A role we don't hear about as often though is advocate. What exactly does that mean?

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

The Moving Election

The 2016 presidential primaries come to Tennessee

The Trump balloons were a late arrival to the Shelby County Republican party’s annual Lincoln Day Gala, the local party’s largest annual fundraiser.

Editorial: Your Anger And The Political Process

The moving national elections that are our presidential primaries have never generated a 40 percent or higher voter turnout in Shelby County.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Neil Young, Paul Simon, Modest Mouse Top Beale Street Music Fest Lineup

Neil Young, Beck, Paul Simon, Train and Modest Mouse are among the headliners for the 2016 Beale Street Music Festival, April 29-May 1, in Tom Lee Park.

Trump Books Millington Rally Date

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is bringing his campaign to Shelby County over the weekend.

Snapshots: Get an Early Taste of Old Dominick Distillery

Construction is underway at the Old Dominick Distillery, located at 301 Front St. When it opens to the public later this year, the distillery will brew and bottle two kinds of vodkas and three kinds of whiskey. Planned for the 1920s warehouse are two tasting rooms, a rooftop patio, restaurant and retail area in addition to best-in-class distillery infrastructure.

Claim Adds to Greensward Controversy

Legal counter claims, parking study options and lots of old maps with even more long-filed plans have become the complex face of the Overton Park Greensward controversy.

David Lusk Gallery Turns Page in New Space

More than most weeks, David Lusk is especially ready for Friday this week. Eight months after renovation work began, Lusk is ready to host a public celebration officially unveiling his longtime art gallery’s new home at 97 Tillman St. on Feb. 26.

STATEWIDE

Report: Racial History Fuels Some Backlash Against ASD

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Some of the backlash against the state's Achievement School District is rooted in the historical experience of Memphis and the River City's history of highly charged racial dynamics that date back to the 19th century, a new report says.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Renewed Bill Would Allow Stores To Stock Wine Before July 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – All isn't lost for consumers hoping to buy their first bottle of wine at a Tennessee supermarket on July 1.

REGIONAL NEWS

Mississippi Governor: April Named Confederate Heritage Month

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is proclaiming April as Confederate Heritage Month, but without mentioning slavery.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Wal-Mart Lays Off Employees In Technology Wing

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP)Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it has laid off between 1 percent and 3 percent of its employees in its information services division.

US ECONOMY

US Consumer Sentiment Slips In February

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers lost a little confidence this month amid worries that slowing economic growth will hurt the job market, the University of Michigan says.

US Economy Ends 2015 on Better Note, Starts 2016 With a Bang

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy got a double dose of good news Friday. Economic growth in the final three months of 2015 didn't slow as much as previously estimated, and consumers roared back to life in January, spending at the fastest clip in eight months.

TECHNOLOGY

CEO Tim Cook Defends Apple's Resistance in FBI iPhone Case

CUPERTINO, California (AP) – Apple CEO Tim Cook defended his company's opposition to the FBI's iPhone-hacking plan at its annual shareholder meeting, one day after the tech giant formally challenged a court order to help the FBI unlock an encrypted iPhone used by a murderous extremist in San Bernardino, California.

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