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VOL. 131 | NO. 66 | Friday, April 1, 2016

Memphis Presence Helps Turn Tide on Controversial Legislation

The Tennessee Legislature’s de-annexation debate is over for now. But the bill’s effect on the Memphis-Capitol Hill relationship has left a larger political imprint than the proposal.

Metropolitan Bank Putting Focus on Mergers & Acquisitions

The leadership at Metropolitan Bank is feeling confident enough about its balance sheet, its talent bench and its future prospects that it let shareholders know in recent days – we’re looking for banks to buy.

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.

Last Word: Greensward Truce, Connor Schilling Retires and MEMFix Goes East

You’ve heard of the mediation process surrounding the long-term use of the Overton Park Greensward by the Memphis Zoo for its overflow parking.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
44.0°F
Fair
Wind: Northeast at 12.7 mph
Humidity: 53%

EVENTS

Opera Memphis will present the 2016 Midtown Opera Festival from Friday, April 1, through Sunday, April 10, with most shows at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. Events include a variety of opera performances, dance and jazz concerts, and more. Schedule and tickets are available at operamemphis.org.

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Local Nominees Sought for Annual Dunavant Awards

The path isn’t always a smooth one lined with platitudes and milestones.

MARTHA KELLY'S MEMPHIS

A Visual Bite of the Calvary Waffle Shop

Every month, The Memphis News is giving our readers an illustration from local artist Martha Kelly of places, events, sights and sounds that make Memphis ‘Memphis.’

SPORTS

For Hobbled Grizzlies, Wins Now Precious As Gemstones

Red diamonds, a 14th century Ming vase, William Shakespeare’s signature and, of course, the unfiltered Gregg Popovich compliment. Yes, these are among the rarest things on planet earth.

Will Barton Making His Own Path in NBA

Will Barton, in case you were wondering, still talks with his old college basketball coach.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Open to Progress

WE CANNOT REMAIN STILL. When the news of the assassination broke on April 4, 1968, I ran to the dorm phone to call home to find out what in my world was going on, if my city was on fire, my family safe. All the lines to Memphis were busy, the answers would have to wait.

Financial Advice is Not a Luxury

Ray’s Take: There’s an old saying that if you don't know where you're going, it's difficult to get there. That is never truer than with your financial goals.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam Announces 3-Year Plan for Tennessee Road Projects

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's plan for road construction involves $2 billion for 94 projects around Tennessee over the next three years.

Ad Campaign Launched Over Bill to Refuse Patient Counseling

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A coalition of groups has launched an ad campaign against House Speaker Beth Harwell and other lawmakers over a controversial bill that would allow counselors to refuse to treat patients on the basis of "sincerely held religious beliefs."

Navy Duty Leads Lundberg to Miss Rest of Legislative Session

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State Rep. Jon Lundberg, a captain in the Navy Reserve, will miss the remainder of the legislative session after being called up for duty at the Pentagon.

Bill to Have Lawmakers Fill US Senate Vacancies Fails

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill to have state lawmakers fill U.S. Senate vacancies has been defeated.

Haslam Remains Opposed to Making Bible Official State Book

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that he remains opposed to a renewed effort to make the Holy Bible the official state book of Tennessee.

Juvenile Life-Sentence Bill Dies in Tennessee Legislature

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that would have allowed juvenile offenders to have shorter life-in-prison sentences has died in the Tennessee Legislature.

ECONOMY

US Applications for Jobless Aid Rise, But Still Near Lows

WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but applications still stayed near historic lows that point to a stable job market.

HEALTH CARE

Medicare Opens New Push on Hip, Knee Replacement

WASHINGTON (AP) – From Akron to Tampa Bay, from New York City to San Francisco, Medicare on Friday launches an ambitious experiment changing how it pays for hip and knee replacements in an effort to raise quality and lower costs.

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