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VOL. 131 | NO. 76 | Friday, April 15, 2016

Tubby Smith: 'Sky's the Limit' for Memphis Basketball Program

Wearing a University of Memphis lapel pin on his suit jacket, Tubby Smith was introduced on the floor of FedExForum Thursday, April 14, as the 18th head coach in Tigers history.

No New ASD Schools Added in 2017-2018 School Year

The state-run Achievement School District will not add any new schools in the 2017-2018 school year, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Friday, April 15.

Memphis Gets Proven Commodity in Tubby Smith

It started immediately, before the hiring was even official. The audible sighs on sports talk radio, the Twitter whining, and the figurative eye-rolling.

Haslam Vetoes Bible Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday vetoed a bill seeking to make Tennessee the first state to designate the Bible as its official book.

Three Withdraw From August Ballot At Thursday Deadline

Three contenders in the Aug. 4 state legislative primaries in Shelby County withdrew from the races by the Thursday, April 14, withdrawal deadline including two would-be challengers of veteran Democratic state House members from Memphis.

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EVENTS

Memphis Botanic Garden will hold the Spring’s Best Plant Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. MBG’s largest sale of the year features a wide assortment of plants plus specialty garden items by local artisans. Admission is free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

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Last Word: Tubby Time, Haslam's Veto and Africa in April's 30th Year

It was just four weeks ago that all of this talk about change at the top of the Tiger basketball chart was put to rest. Coach Josh Pastner’s performance was reviewed by the University of Memphis administration and he was staying at least for another season. Four weeks to the day of that announcement, Pastner is the new coach at Georgia Tech and we are in the first day of the Tubby Smith era at the U of M.

Hopson Includes 6 Charter Schools Among 10 Possible Closures

Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson has 10 schools on a closing list for the 2016-2017 school year and six of them are charter schools.

Three Decades In, Africa in April Maintains Cultural Focus

It was 30 years ago that David and Yvonne Acey answered a dilemma from an educators’ conference about levels of learning among African-American students compared to white students.

FedEx Unveils Latest Global Citizenship Report

FedEx Corp. has been busy with more than worldwide package delivery and the operation of its sprawling logistics empire over the past year.

Memphis College of Art Making Moves to Consolidate Campuses

Memphis College of Art has confirmed the consolidation of its Downtown campus with its Overton Park campus and will begin relevant construction over the summer.

THE TIPPING POINT

Murry-Drobot Brings Hope to Domestic Violence Survivors

For the first seven years of her life, Olliette Murry-Drobot grew up in a home where her father physically abused her mother. It’s a harrowing experience she says she still grapples with.

SPORTS

Warriors Beat Grizzlies for Record 73rd Win; Now It's the Alamo

When the Grizzlies nearly beat the Golden State Warriors at FedExForum a few nights ago, falling 100-99, there was that feeling of letting one slip away (and yes, some people believe the officials took it away).

LEGISLATIVE PROFILE

Parkinson: OK to ‘Go A Little Bit Extreme’ to Get Job Done

With U.S. Marine Corps training, Rep. Antonio Parkinson knows how to grab people’s attention.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

R.I.P. Sears Laurelwood

DOUG, JANICE, SUSAN, PETE, DAD. AND SEARS. Doug Ford – two-time major winner and golf Hall of Famer – is 93, and coincidently that’s what I shot at Ridgeway last week.

Memphis Startup Economy Felt Nationally

A couple of years ago you wouldn’t find many Memphians in the startup world crisscrossing the United States over the course of a year, let alone on a single day.

A Look at the Numbers

Ray’s Take: The economy is in flux and there’s a lot of uncertainty over the direction of the capital markets and interest rates. It’s a familiar refrain by this point. Volatility has increased to a numbing level where perhaps we aren’t paying attention as closely as we should to what’s happening in the financial world around us.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Senate Passes $35B Tennessee Spending Plan; House Up Next

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Senate has passed the state's nearly $35 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning July 1, and the House is expected to follow suit later in the day.

Tennessee Supreme Court Case Records Available to be Ordered

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Records of Tennessee Supreme Court cases that were previously only available by visiting Nashville can now be requested online.

Tennessee House Approves Fetal Remains Act

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislation that would put new restrictions on the transfer of fetal remains from an abortion is close to getting to the governor.

STATEWIDE

Nashville Officials Seek Moratorium on Achievement School District

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Metro Nashville Public Schools has joined Shelby County officials in calling for the Achievement School District to discontinue takeovers of struggling schools.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Microsoft Sues US Over Secret Demands for Customer Data

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – In the latest clash over privacy rights in the digital age, Microsoft is suing the U.S. government over a federal law that allows authorities to examine customer emails or online files without the individual's knowledge.

Poll: Americans Prefer Low Prices to Items 'Made in the USA'

WASHINGTON (AP) – The vast majority of Americans say they prefer lower prices instead of paying a premium for items labeled "Made in the USA," even if it means those cheaper items are made abroad, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

HEALTH CARE

Report: US Medicine Spending Up 8.5 Percent in 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – U.S. spending on prescription drugs rose 8.5 percent last year, slightly less than in 2014, driven mainly by growing use of ultra-expensive new drugs and price hikes on other medicines.

CONSUMER NEWS

Still Need More Time? How To File A Tax Extension

Procrastinators rejoice: tax day is a bit later this year and if you still can't make that, there's still time to file for an extension.

Bail Bond Executives Indicted in Separate Theft-Tax Fraud Cases

The president of Memphis Bonding Co. and a manager at 24 Hour Bonding Co. of Memphis were indicted separately Friday, April 15, by a Shelby County grand jury on theft and sales tax fraud charges.

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