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VOL. 130 | NO. 25 | Friday, February 6, 2015

Insure Tennessee: Failure by Politics and Procedure

The momentum that killed the Insure Tennessee proposal and ended the special session of the Tennessee legislature Wednesday, Feb. 4, was fueled by ideological opposition to the Affordable Care Act and President Barack Obama.

Flying High

Teen lab space at the Central Library gets a name, tentative opening date

Young visitors to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library will soon find themselves on cloud nine.

Wolfchase Appears to Be Preparing for Cheesecake Factory

The owner of the Wolfchase Galleria appears to be preparing for the arrival of a Cheesecake Factory restaurant.

Developer Seeks Permit to Renovate The Horizon

The new owner of The Horizon condominium tower on Riverside Drive Downtown is moving forward with renovating the tower.

Greenprint Maps Plan for 25-Year Development

Open a trail or bike lane in the Memphis area and one of the first questions will be about how it links up to other trails or greenlines or bike lanes.

Spokeswoman: Republican Rep. Nunnelee of Mississippi Dies

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi, a fiscal and social conservative elected to Congress in a Republican wave of 2010, has died. He was 56.

Assessor Allegations Dismissed as ‘Baseless’

An anonymous ethics complaint against Shelby County Assessor Cheyenne Johnson in January included lots of documents and lots of allegations.

Memphis Botanic Garden Names New Executive Director

Scott McCormick has been named the new executive director of the Memphis Botanic Garden Foundation.

Loeb Properties Bullish on Center City Development

When Loeb Properties Inc. acquired the warehouse at 2542 Broad Ave. in 1995, Aaron Petree, the company’s current vice president of brokerage, was just starting high school.


Tigers’ Season: Inconsistent Play, Lukewarm Support

It has become a nightly ritual at University of Memphis home games. When a member of the stats crew walks down press row holding a sheet of paper displaying the “announced attendance,” members of the Fourth Estate roll their eyes and shake their heads.

Now Fuente Can Point to the Trophies

Recruiting is selling. Yeah, sometimes it’s buying, too, but that’s another, more cynical, column for another day.

Redbirds Reveal New ‘Birds on the Bat’ Logo

Now owned by their parent St. Louis Cardinals, the Memphis Redbirds will look the part in 2015 with a new primary logo that more closely resembles the “birds on the bat” logo worn by the major-league club.


Lifelong Fan

YOU GOTTA LOVE ‘EM. When some fall in love, falling headlong and defenseless, even despite subsequent events and the weight of time and change, never mind the disappointment and the heartbreak – never mind life – the love remains because that fall and the feel of it last a lifetime.

Using Creativity in Your Job Search

It goes without saying. Applying online can be a long, difficult process. You’re often left wondering if anyone has read your resume, or if they even know you exist at all.


Open Records Advocate: Citizens Have Tougher Time Than Media

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Denial of public records, excessive fees to find out what the government is doing, violations of open meetings law and long delays in getting information are some of the problems open records advocates find in Tennessee.

Poll: 79 Percent Approve of Tennessee's Free Tuition Plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new poll by Middle Tennessee State University shows overwhelming support for Gov. Bill Haslam's program to make community college and technical schools free for upcoming graduates.


6 of 7 Who Killed Insure Tennessee are on State Health Plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Six of the seven Republican senators who voted to kill Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans are enrolled in the state government health plan.


Hackers Access Records for Millions of Anthem Customers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Hackers broke into a health insurance database storing information for about 80 million people in an attack bound to stoke fears many Americans have about the privacy of their most sensitive information.


Lawmakers to Fed: We Want Details About Leak Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two Democratic lawmakers are asking the Federal Reserve for details on its reported probe of a leak of market-sensitive information about interest-rate policy.

Outgoing FDA Chief Saw Changes to Food Safety, Tobacco Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) – From food safety to tobacco regulation and politically charged drug approvals, Margaret Hamburg reset the course of the embattled Food and Drug Administration.


Net Neutrality and What It Could Mean to You

WASHINGTON (AP) – A top U.S. regulator just announced he wants more power to oversee Internet service, much in the same way that the government already regulates phone service and other public utilities. The goal is to prevent Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Sprint and T-Mobile from blocking or slowing down Web traffic, or striking deals with companies that provide content like Amazon, Google or Netflix to move their data faster than others.

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