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VOL. 131 | NO. 25 | Thursday, February 4, 2016

FedEx to Invest $200M in 200-Plus Communities

FedEx is planning to invest $200 million in more than 200 communities by the end of the decade, part of a new global giving platform – FedEx Cares – the logistics giant has unveiled.

Collaborative Aims to Enhance Memphis Medical District

In 2016, the Memphis Medical Center will see $1.8 million in upgrades and enhancements aimed at creating a unified, livable district. That’s the annual budget for the newly established Medical District Collaborative, a nonprofit entity made up of the area’s stakeholders and executives.

Tenn. Approves Incentives for TV Series Production in Memphis

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has approved a grant of up to $4.3 million to support production of a TV series that will be shot in Memphis this spring.

Alexandria Smith Learning the ‘Undercurrents’ of Politics on the Job

It would have made a good story, how another stone-hearted stockbroker that thrives on the “action” had been honing all the necessary skills since age 10.

Last Word: History As Geology, Beyond the Greensward and City Hall's HR Director

History can be like geology once you get it in something that isn’t in the form of a book.

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EVENTS

Ballet Memphis and The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host An Evening with Ballet Memphis: “Places” on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Enjoy a night of drinks, discussion and dance with the minds behind Ballet Memphis’ latest show. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

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Packed Overton Park Traffic Town Hall Seeks View Beyond Greensward

Architect and urban planner Steve Auterman stood before a standing-room-only crowd at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Tuesday, Feb. 2, and made the case for a broader vision of Overton Park.

Details of Bass Pro-St. Jude Pinch Plan Near

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Bass Pro Shops have agreed on a tentative and general plan for future development of the Pinch District, according to Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd.

Time Running Short as Tigers Host UConn and Cincinnati

The Tigers have lost three of their last four games, including that “bad” home loss to East Carolina and a less-than-competitive effort at then-No. 13 SMU last Saturday.

Strickland: Police Body Camera Rollout Requires More Personnel

The rollout of police body cameras will mean hiring more people at the Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office, according to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

Boyd: Tennessee Shifting to ‘Product Development’ Site Selection

Elected officials are going to say it if they talk long enough about economic development.

TENNESSEE LEDGER

Minority Leader Harris Confident Even on Wrong Side of Supermajority

Lee Harris says he ran for state Senate because he felt Memphis could do better on Capitol Hill, defeating Ophelia Ford in 2014.

Only So Much Durham Could Blame on Media

It’s little wonder state Rep. Jeremy Durham had to take a two-week break from the General Assembly.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Spirited Courtrooms

Nine or 10 years ago, in a court I know well, something along the following lines was said between a judge and a somewhat aggrieved defendant in traffic court:

For Whom Do You Create New Products?

According to AcuPoll more than 95 percent of new products fail each year. This harrowing statistic should sound an alarm, one that says, the way we approach the conceptualization and launch of new products does not work

STATE GOVERNMENT

Harwell: Durham Scandal Won't Affect Gubernatorial Decision

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — House Speaker Beth Harwell said Tuesday that the scandal surrounding a Republican lawmaker who has gone on hiatus amid sexual harassment allegations shouldn't damage her prospects as a serious gubernatorial candidate in Tennessee.

Court Says No to Ineffective Counsel Appeals for Parents

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that parents have a constitutional right to be treated fairly during court proceedings in which they face losing their children but they cannot appeal termination orders on the grounds that their appointed attorneys were ineffective.

STATEWIDE

Bourbon, Tennessee Whiskey Producers Toast More Strong Sales

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Producers of Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey are toasting another year of strong sales and revenue growth, led by consumers increasingly ordering high-priced, super-premium brands.

Cost of Watts Bar Nuclear Reactor Rises to $4.7B

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — America's first new power plant to be built in the 21st century may end up costing $200 million more than what it was budgeted last year.

US ECONOMY

Survey: Growth at US Services Companies Slowed in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey says U.S. services companies grew in January at the slowest rate in nearly two years, as global economic challenges are showing some signs of spreading to consumers.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Raise Your Spoons: Ben & Jerry's Now Has Non-Dairy Ice Cream

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Raise your spoons: Ben & Jerry's now has non-dairy ice cream.

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