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VOL. 131 | NO. 65 | Thursday, March 31, 2016

Officer Involved in Darrius Stewart Shooting is Retiring

The city of Memphis pension board granted a line-of-duty disability retirement Thursday, March 31, to Memphis police officer Connor Schilling.

MEMFix East Targets Concrete Jungle Around i-Bank, Clark Towers

East Memphis’ most prominent office towers, Clark Tower and the iBank Tower, are anchors in a strategy to make the Poplar Avenue-facing corner more walkable and memorable.

Memphis Leaders Pleased With 'Reprieve' on De-Annexation Bill

The de-annexation by referendum legislation pending in the Tennessee Legislature was sent to a summer study committee Wednesday, March 30, in the state Senate, effectively killing the proposal for the legislative session.

MATA Board Approves Significant Route Changes

Sixteen bus route changes will take effect in May at the Memphis Area Transit Authority.

Tony Allen Sees his Bleak Chicago Existence in JIFF Kids

As Tony Allen tells it, “I grew up in some of the hardest parts of Chicago.” And when he says “grew up,” he means survived.

Local Weather
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Wind: from the South at 15.0 gusting to 34.5 mph
Humidity: 81%

EVENTS

Memphis Pets Alive will hold its second annual Art Unleashed silent auction Thursday, March 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Crosstown Arts, 430 Cleveland St. Admission is $12 at the door and includes access to food and drinks. Visit memphispetsalive.org.

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Hopson Warns of Budget Cuts Beyond $50 Million

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson says the budget proposal he will take to the SCS board next month includes $50 million in cuts and is still $36 million in the red.

Last Word: The Curtain Falls in Nashville, Political Cuneiform and Ramsey Talks

And in less than a half hour Wednesday, the de-annexation drama that should qualify as the political equivalent of a Netflix binge-watchable television series made just for Memphis was done.

Basar Out in 8th District Race, Luttrell Pulls Petition, Cohen Could Have Easy Ride

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar has called off his plan to run in the crowded Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District, but Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has pulled his petition to join the same crowded field.

Indie Memphis Expanding to East Memphis And Collierville

Expansion seems to be the name of the game for the Indie Memphis Film Festival, which comes back in November for its 19th annual celebration of film and filmmakers.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

ALSAC Buys Warehouse For $6 Million

483 Manassas St., Memphis, TN 38105 -
ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness arm of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has purchased a North Memphis warehouse for $6 million.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Vancouver Features Tastes For All Senses

Every place has a food.

Don’t Chew With Your Mouth Full

I am always looking for useful proverbs, adages, mottos, and the like. Especially stuff that can be easily memorized. Like “Don’t chew with your mouth full.” And “I feel a whole lot more like I do now than I did when I got here.”

Can GOP Keep Grasp On Success Ramsey Built?

As much as Tennessee Republicans want to put a happy face on the departure of Senate Speaker and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, holding it together in the wake of his departure will be an awesome task.

STATEWIDE

'Sham' Cancer Charities Agree to $76M Judgment, Dissolution

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two Tennessee-based cancer charities labeled "shams" by the Federal Trade Commission have settled a massive fraud case, along with their president, by agreeing to a $75.8 million judgment and the dissolution of the businesses.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Audit Questions DHS Children's Food Program Spending

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An audit of the state Department of Human Services by the Comptroller has called into question management and spending in the children's food program.

Longtime TennCare Director Darin Gordon Retiring in June

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – TennCare Director Darin Gordon, who spearheaded Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's unsuccessful Insure Tennessee proposal, announced Wednesday that he is stepping down after 10 years in charge of the state's expanded Medicaid program.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Spotify Adds $1 Billion to War Chest on Way to IPO

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Music streaming leader Spotify has raised $1 billion in debt as it looks to buy companies that could accelerate its growth before listing shares on the public market within the next couple of years, according to two people familiar with the matter.

'Fight for 15' Campaign to Target McDonald's Stores April 14

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's customers stopping in for a Big Mac on the eve of Tax Day may be greeted by demonstrators calling for pay of $15 an hour and a union.

TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft Pitches 'Intelligent' Conversations With Computers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Microsoft wants people to have more intelligent conversations with their computers.

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