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VOL. 132 | NO. 44 | Thursday, March 2, 2017

Design Board Approves Application for Downtown BBQ Joint

After operating a popular barbecue restaurant in southeast Memphis for more than 15 years, Mike Arnold’s plans to open a second Arnold’s Bar-B-Que and Grill location in Downtown took another step forward Wednesday, March 1.

Protesters Pared from City Hall List as Second Lawsuit Filed

Protesters on the City Hall escort list are off the list, Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Wednesday, March 1. But their names will remain on a no trespassing notice for Mayor Jim Strickland’s home.

MMDC Competition Winners Aim to Improve Medical District Efficiency

MedHaul and Sparco Projectpedia were the winning ideas from the recent Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) Operation Opportunity business plan competition, and the entrepreneurs behind the concepts will now work with EPIcenter to cultivate them into successful ventures.

Police Union Cries Foul Over $6.1M Grant

The Memphis Police Association says the city is trying to make an end run around contract negotiations with rank-and-file officers with a set of retention bonuses and other incentives announced this week.

Last Word: Arnold's in the Alley, Haslam's Gas Tax Bill Wins A Round and Hershey

A busy day in the City Hall list saga. The list is a lot shorter, but there is a second lawsuit over this in Memphis Federal Court. And the list itself seems to be giving way to a controversy that is all about whether police were unlawfully following and tracking protesters who broke no laws.

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EVENTS

WKNO Gallery Ten Ninety One will exhibit “Autobiography: Works by Martha Kelly” Thursday, March 2, through March 31 in the WKNO Digital Media Center, 7151 Cherry Farms Road. A closing reception will be held March 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 901-458-2521 or visit wkno.org.

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Study Shows Radiation Raises Risk Of Future Cancer

Thanks to results from a newly released study based at St. Jude, doctors have fresh data on the long-assumed link between using radiation to treat children with cancer and the higher likelihood those patients will develop new cancers later in life.

Germantown Community Theatre Looks for Sustainable Growth

From a philosophical perspective, Germantown Community Theatre artistic director Justin Asher says continued existence – and the theater is in its 46th season – is its own evidence.

SCS to Open 20 Summer Learning Academies, Raising Bar on Student Academic Achievement

Shelby County Schools is preparing a set of 20 summer learning academies that will start at the end of the current school year and use certified teachers with a specific summer curriculum to battle “summer learning loss” in reading, math and science.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

$12 Million Permit Filed For Hickman Building

240 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38103 -
Montgomery Martin Contractors has filed a $12 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to renovate the historic Hickman Building into a mixed-use development that will include the new headquarters of Memphis-based investment firm, SouthernSun Asset Management.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Miller’s Medical Pot Cards Bill Added to Marijuana Debates

NASHVILLE – A measure by state Rep. Larry Miller requiring Tennessee to accept medical marijuana cards from other states met a cool response Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

Fitzhugh Talks About Race for Governor Without Formally Committing

NASHVILLE – House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh hasn’t officially entered the 2018 race for governor, but he has a “gut feeling” it’s a step he should take.

Fall Creek Falls Park Contract Postponed Indefinitely

NASHVILLE – The state is putting an indefinite hold on a proposed contract for a private company to redevelop and operate Fall Creek Falls State Park.

View From the Hill: House Leaders Still Figuring Out Sexual Harassment Policy

In a case of déjà vu all over again, Democratic state Rep. Bo Mitchell isn’t willing to give Republican House leaders a break on their handling of former Rep. Mark Lovell’s resignation for alleged sexual misconduct.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Getting To Know Dallas

Once upon a time, I called Dallas home. But as many Memphians can attest when admitting to never visiting Graceland, as a Dallasite I didn’t hit many of the tourist attractions.

REGIONAL NEWS

Bill Filed to Strip Lee From King Holiday in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A proposal filed Tuesday to remove Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in Arkansas would also require the state to expand what is taught about the civil rights movement and the Civil War in the public schools.

ECONOMY

Fed Survey Finds Economy Growing at Moderate Pace

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy has been growing at a moderate pace, helped by sustained gains in consumer spending.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Hershey Expects to Cut 15 Percent of Global Workforce

NEW YORK (AP) – Hershey says it expects to cut its global workforce by about 15 percent, with the reductions coming mostly from hourly employees outside the United States.

New Exxon CEO Says Company Will Boost Production

NEW YORK (AP) – Exxon's new CEO says the company will increase production and has a mix of projects to handle any level of oil and gas prices.

McDonald's Lays Out Plan It Hopes Can Reverse Drop in Visits

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's acknowledged on Wednesday that it lost 500 million customer transactions in the U.S. since 2012 and laid out its plans to get more people back into its restaurants – including by letting them order and pay on their mobile phones by the end of the year.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Officials: New Trump Travel Ban Removes Iraq From List

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban, American officials say, citing the latest draft in circulation. Trump is expected to sign the executive order in the coming days.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Airports, Legal Volunteers Prepare for New Trump Travel Ban

SEATTLE (AP) – Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump's new travel ban – mindful of the chaos that accompanied his initial executive order but hopeful the forthcoming version will be rolled out in a more orderly way.

TECHNOLOGY

Twitter Adds More Safety Tools, Will Curb Abusive Accounts

NEW YORK (AP) – Twitter is adding more tools to curb abuse on its service as part of its ongoing effort to protect users from hate and harassment. Among other things, the service will attempt to identify offenders on its own, even if no one has reported them first.

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MORTGAGES 130 174 24,535
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 4 27 8,637
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