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VOL. 131 | NO. 80 | Thursday, April 21, 2016

Major Violent Crime Countywide Up 18.3 Percent From 2015

The major violent crime rate was up 18.3 percent countywide for the first three months of 2016 compared to the first quarter of 2015, according to crime statistics released Thursday, April 21, by the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission.

5 Area Kroger Stores to Begin Taking Online Orders

Kroger has identified the first Memphis-area stores that will participate in the grocery chain’s online ordering system that lets shoppers buy some items online and arrange a time to pick them up.

Memphis' Startup Accelerators Teaming Up This Summer

For several years now, Memphis hasn’t been home to a unified hub of startup companies and activities so much as a collection of startup archipelagos, the disparate factions of activity sometimes duplicating the work of other groups.

SPORTS

Grizzlies Hope to Grind Out a Playoff Win at Home

April 22, 2004. The Memphis Grizzlies’ first home playoff game in franchise history at The Pointed House now known as Bass Pro Shops.

Local Weather
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Humidity: 75%

EVENTS

Morton Museum of Collierville History will host an opening reception for “Portrait of Collierville: 1940-1945,” featuring research by 63 St. George’s Independent School students, on Thursday, April 21, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 196 N. Main St. in Collierville. The students’ research centered on the ways Collierville contributed to the World War II effort and was affected by the war. Visit colliervillemuseum.org.

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Last Word: The Bible Veto Override Vote, Grizz Nostalgia and Kroger Goes Online

The Tennessee Legislature hoped to end its 2016 session Wednesday at the end of an eventful day that included a failed attempt to override Gov. Bill Haslam’s veto of the bill that would have made the Bible the official state book.

Dedric Lawson May Give NBA a Look

After coach Josh Pastner left the University of Memphis for Georgia Tech and before the Tigers had hired Tubby Smith to replace him, forward Dedric Lawson announced he would not test out his NBA Draft prospects and would return to school for his sophomore season.

EDUCATION

Hopson Adds Empowerment Zone, Other School Moves to Closings List

Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson coupled a tentative school closings list heavy with charter schools Tuesday, April 19, with a Whitehaven “empowerment zone” and other reconfigurations for the school year that begins in August.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

City Council Approves Parkside Development

The Memphis City Council has approved the concept of Parkside at Shelby Farms Park, a $200 million mixed-use development on the northern border of Shelby Farms Park.

State Lifts Memphis Health & Ed Board Bond Moratorium

The Memphis Health, Education and Housing Facility Board is back in business.

City Budget Season Begins With the Basics

The Memphis City Council Budget Committee begins its work next week with afternoon sessions that lead to a goal of a June 7 council vote on Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s first budget proposal.

Veto Of Bible As Official Tenn. Book Survives Challenge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee has a state reptile, a state rock and a state song in the moonshine-themed "Rocky Top." For now, though, the Bible will not be its official state book.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

$12.6M Building Permit For New Ballet Memphis HQ

2144 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104, Permit Amount: $12.6 million -
Ballet Memphis is setting the stage for its Overton Square headquarters as Grinder, Taber & Grinder recently applied for a $12.6 million building permit for new construction.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Finding a Compromise on the Greensward Issue

The current debate over the Memphis Zoo’s use of the Greensward for overflow parking is more complex than most realize. Opponents of this usage try to paint a very compelling picture of the Zoo as a massive, profit-driven enterprise which came into Overton Park like an invasive species and has recklessly expanded, gobbling up park land and taking it away from the citizens.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Insure Tennessee: In Like A Lion, Out With A Committee

What started with a roar is ending with a whimper.

Rudolph: The Hidden Story

This column is about Rudolph, the reindeer with the red nose. Or, rather, the literature via which he was created. I heard that it all started in a department store. Could this be true?

Alabama Beaches Provide Relaxing Alternative

It takes a moment after waking before I remember I’m in Orange Beach, Alabama. I usually sleep harder when visiting the beach, and this night seemed like all the rest.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Lawmakers Fail To Conclude Tennessee Legislative Session

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A lengthy debate over a proposed veto override, partisan squabbling and a disagreement over a tax cut have delayed the planned conclusion of the legislative session.

Lawmakers Scramble to Conclude Tennessee Legislative Session

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers are scrambling to try to conclude their business for the year on Wednesday.

Tennessee Passes Resolution to Sue Feds Over Refugees

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A resolution that would direct Tennessee to sue the federal government over its refugee resettlement program passed Tuesday in the state Legislature.

REGIONAL NEWS

Comedian Tracy Morgan Scraps Planned Mississippi Performance

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) – Comedian and actor Tracy Morgan has scrapped a scheduled April 29 performance in Mississippi, citing its contested religious-objections bill for his decision.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Canadian Pacific Says Railroads Will Need Mergers in Future

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The CEO of Canadian Pacific still thinks railroad mergers are needed if the industry is to handle more freight, even after the company's bid for Norfolk Southern crumbled under stiff resistance.

Study: MLB Teams Could Do Better Hiring Minorities, Women

Major League Baseball teams could do a better job of hiring minority candidates for managing and GM posts or women for VP and other administrative positions, according to an annual report released Wednesday.

REAL ESTATE

Missing Ingredient for Millennials: Down-Payment Savings

WASHINGTON (AP) – Short of savings and burdened by debt, America's millennials are struggling to afford their first homes in the face of sharply higher prices in many of the most desirable cities.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Treasury Official Says Harriet Tubman Will Go On $20 Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has decided to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, making her the first woman on U.S. paper currency in 100 years, a Treasury official said Wednesday.

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