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VOL. 131 | NO. 85 | Thursday, April 28, 2016

State Terminates TNReady Vendor Contract

The state of Tennessee has terminated its $108 million contract, effective immediately, with the Durham, North Carolina, company that missed three deadlines this month to send written student achievement tests to school districts that couldn't download online versions of the test.

Memphis Banking Market Finding Renewed Equilibrium

It took about 10 minutes for First Tennessee Bank’s parent company to wrap up its annual meeting of shareholders this week.

Gasol on the Mend, Stephenson Looking For Home

Struggling to get over the way the Grizzlies’ season ended – in a wave of injuries and 10-day contracts before the San Antonio Spurs hit them with that first-round broom?

Kyles Played Big Role in Civil Rights Movement

The world knows him through his story of standing near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in 1968 just seconds before King was assassinated.

Reaction to the Death of Civil Rights Leader Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles

Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles died Tuesday in Memphis after a long illness. Here's a roundup of reaction from local leaders, Kyles' associates and the National Civil Rights Museum...

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EVENTS

Memphis College of Art will host an MFA Open House for prospective students on Friday, April 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. The event will take place concurrently with an opening reception for “Hueman: MFA Thesis Exhibition.” Visit mca.edu.

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Last Word: TNReady Termination, NFL Draft Day and What Drove The Bible Bill

When students in public schools take tests these days, it is about more than how they are doing and whether they know what is being taught them.

Women's Foundation to Honor 3 Influential Memphians

The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis is entering its 21st year as a nonprofit set on transforming the lives of underprivileged women and their families.

SCS Board Eyes Three Charter School Closings

Shelby County Schools board members voted Tuesday, April 26, to close three Memphis charter schools performing in the bottom 5 percent of all schools statewide in terms of student achievement.

Snapshot: ‘Dearly Beloved’ Prince Fans …

A free Tuesday, April 26, showing of the movie “Purple Rain” at The Orpheum Theatre drew a capacity crowd that lined up on Beale between Main and Front streets hours before the screening. Orpheum CEO Brett Batteson said Prince’s management had contacted the theater about booking a date at the venue just days before the entertainer’s death.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Farm-To-Table Restaurant For Shelby Farms

415 E. Patriot Lake Road, Memphis, TN 38134 -
Construction is soon to start on The Kitchen restaurant in Shelby Farms. 

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Leaders Say No at Times

Wise decision-making is a core function of leadership. Your job as a leader is to keep the main thing, the main thing. How do you achieve that goal knowing that there are times when everything seems like a good idea, everything seems important, achievable, a good decision.

Constitutional Violations Easy as Pie

His name is Cameron Ward. He was born in Montreal in 1957, graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1979, and received his law degree in 1983 from the University of Ottawa. He was admitted to the Bar of British Columbia in 1984, practiced with major Vancouver firms for nine years, and then founded his own firm in 1993.

Did ‘People Back Home’ Really Sway No Votes on Bible?

I thought about skipping church Sunday and playing golf. After listening to the House of Representatives’ debate on the Bible bill, I could probably skip church for a month and still be in good standing.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Speaker Harwell's Health Care Task Force Holds First Meeting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Members of a health care task force assigned with proposing alternatives to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee plan on Tuesday stressed their desire to include "circuit breakers" to prevent out-of-control costs.

Tennessee AG to Appeal Recount Order on Abortion Amendment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The office of Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery announced on Tuesday that it is going to appeal a federal judge's ruling requiring a recount of a 2014 vote that made it easier to restrict abortions in the state.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

GM Making Investments at Tennessee and Michigan Factories

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) – General Motors is investing $790 million at its plant in Tennessee and another $118 million in Michigan.

McDonald's Tests McNuggets Without Artificial Additives

NEW YORK (AP) – Like the indestructible Twinkie, Chicken McNuggets are practically a culinary punchline, a symbol of hyper-processed fast food with a list of ingredients that reads like a chemistry exam. But now McDonald's wants to take at least some of the mystery substances out.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Fed Keeps Key Rate Unchanged; No Hint on Timing of Next Hike

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve kept a key interest rate unchanged Wednesday against the backdrop of a slowdown in U.S. and global growth and provided no hint of when its next rate hike may occur.

FBI Says It Won't Disclose How It Accessed Locked iPhone

WASHINGTON (AP) – The FBI said Wednesday that it will not publicly disclose the method that allowed it to access a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, saying it lacks enough "technical information" about the software vulnerability that was exploited.

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