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VOL. 132 | NO. 64 | Thursday, March 30, 2017

Malco Moving Forward With Downtown Theater

Malco Theatre’s multimillion-dollar Downtown movie theater has taken another step toward completion.

Joyner, McCloy to Receive Dunavant Awards

Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner and Memphis Public Libraries director Keenon McCloy are the 2017 winners of the Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

Memphis Police Surveillance Suits Remain Separate

Two Memphis federal court lawsuits accusing the Memphis Police Department of conducting illegal surveillance of protesters will remain separate.

New Face of Memphis Animal Services Begins to Show

When you walk through the doors of Memphis Animal Services, you may not recognize the place. Euthanasia rates are low. Relationships with local rescue groups are strong. Community outreach is booming. And there’s a new director at the helm: Alexis Pugh, a fresh pair of hands for a shelter that has had a rocky past.

MBX Teen Workforce Seminar, Job Fair April 1-2

The 21 percent youth unemployment rate in Memphis in 2015 is evidence of one challenge. It goes further.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
41.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: Northwest at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 62%

EVENTS

Vatterott College-Memphis Appling Farms will hold a college planning night Thursday, March 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on campus, 6991 Appling Farms Parkway. High school students and their families can explore programs offered at the school, tour the campus and learn about financial aid opportunities. Cost is free. RSVP to 901-372-2399.

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Last Word: Watching the Masthead, Dunavant Award Winners and Gin Blossoms

Jones Lang LaSalle says it can save the University of Memphis and by extension the state 12.5 percent of the cost of running its facilities. That’s included in a statewide higher education facilities contract the Haslam administration appears poised to award in a fast-moving return to privatization proposals. But the administration is encountering resistance from legislators who cite a letter from the Tennessee Comptroller that calls into question the cost savings estimates.

Church Health YMCA Opens at Crosstown

The dashboards on the running machines were being adjusted. The weighted balls and other workout equipment was ready. And patrons of the Church Health YMCA at Crosstown Concourse were getting their first good look around the new facility Wednesday, March 29, with leaders of the new Y cutting the ribbon.

Motor Vessel Mississippi Returns to Memphis Riverfront

The largest diesel towboat on the Mississippi River has been known to move 16 to 17 barges at one time – although it has done 33.

Gannett Cuts 30 Percent of Commercial Appeal Newsroom

The Commercial Appeal newsroom got around 30 percent smaller Tuesday, March 28, as a result of cuts made by the newspaper’s still relatively new corporate parent, Gannett Co. Inc.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Penn National Gaming to Buy 2 Tunica Casinos for $44M

1450 Bally Blvd. , Robinsonville, MS 38664  -
A Pennsylvania-based gaming company is planning to add to its Tunica-area holdings by buying the gaming operations of Bally’s Casino Tunica and Resorts Casino Tunica.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Lawmakers Blast Haslam Administration for Process Toward JLL Contract

The Tennessee Department of General Services is set to award a statewide contract for facility management services to Jones Lang LaSalle, a company that already handles 10 percent of state office space and estimates a 15.9 percent savings if all higher education institutes participate.

Norris’ Broadband Bill Clears State Senate Hurdle

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris’ broadband internet access bill is rolling through the General Assembly.

IMPROVE Act Moves Closer to Passage

With hardly a peep of discontent from lawmakers, the governor’s IMPROVE Act containing fuel-tax increases and a host of tax cuts moved out of the House Local Government Committee today.

View From the Hill: A Disjointed Stash of Marijuana Bills

This year’s marijuana bills are a mixed bag.

Norris: Follow Law in Review of History Teaching Standards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris is urging a panel reviewing teaching standards for social studies to follow a state law requiring students to learn about the Tennessee Constitution and state and local governments.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Art of the Catch at Spring Training

This is a story of 27 baseballs and how it took one 10-year-old boy the course of three spring training baseball games to amass that collection.

STATEWIDE

Audit Questions Over $12 Million Intended for Food for Kids

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State auditors are questioning how tens of millions of dollars meant to provide meals and snacks to low-income children in Tennessee were spent.

Tennessee Supreme Court Upholds Lethal Injection Method

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld the state's method of lethal injection.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump's Budget Priorities Set Small Businesses Strategizing

NEW YORK (AP) – The priorities laid out in President Donald Trump's budget message have some small business owners strategizing how they might benefit from a big boost in defense spending, and others thinking about how to make up for revenue they could lose to cuts in grant programs and subsidies.

House Sends Bill to Trump Blocking Online Privacy Regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress has sent President Donald Trump legislation that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could eventually allow internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.

AP Explains: What the Death of Broadband Privacy Rules Means

NEW YORK (AP) – Now that both houses of Congress have voted to block Obama-era broadband privacy rules , what does that mean for you?

BUSINESS

Toshiba Says Westinghouse Files for Bankruptcy Protection

TOKYO (AP) – Japan's embattled Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday that its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection, marking a key step in its struggles to stop the flow of massive red ink.

CONSUMER NEWS

Ford Recalls 570K Vehicles for Fire Risk, Door Latch Trouble

DETROIT (AP) – Ford is recalling more than 570,000 vehicles in North America and Europe to fix separate problems that can cause engine fires and doors to fly open unexpectedly.

TECHNOLOGY

Windows Update Will Bring 3-D, Game Tools and Doodling

NEW YORK (AP) – A major update to Microsoft's Windows 10 system will start reaching consumers and businesses on April 11, offering 3-D drawing tools, game-broadcasting capabilities and better ways to manage your web browsing.

Lawmakers Blast Haslam Administration for Process Toward JLL Contract

The Tennessee Department of General Services is set to award a statewide contract for facility management services to Jones Lang LaSalle, a company that already handles 10 percent of state office space and estimates a 15.9 percent savings if all higher education institutes participate.

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