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VOL. 133 | NO. 69 | Thursday, April 5, 2018

Herenton Says He Wants to Be Mayor Again

Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton says he intends to run for mayor again in the 2019 city elections.

Two Downtown Hotel Projects Moving Forward After Delay

Two Downtown Memphis hotel projects that were seemingly in stasis appear to moving forward.

Anniversary of King's Assassination Marked With Marches, Rallies

Several thousand people marching under the banners of unions and civil rights organizations marched peacefully Wednesday, April 4, from the headquarters of the American Federal of State County and Municipal Employees at Beale Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard to Mason Temple Church of God in Christ.

King's Children See New Movements, Same Challenges 50 Years After Mountaintop

The bright and multi colored lights at Mason Temple Church of God In Christ gave way for a few minutes Tuesday, April 3, to a single white spotlight on the empty pulpit of the South Memphis church and a recording of part of the speech Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered from the pulpit 50 years ago Tuesday.

A Place to be Heard

AngelStreet Memphis lifting girls up through music

On a recent weekday afternoon at AngelStreet in North Memphis, dozens of girls age 8-18 are practicing a song, “We Are the World.” Their voices seem to blend together naturally. It takes but a few seconds to hear the talent that’s in the room.

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EVENTS

The city of Memphis dedicates I Am A Man Plaza with a ceremony and open house Thursday, April 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the plaza, which is adjacent to Clayborn Temple at Hernando Street and Pontotoc Avenue. The city plaza is dedicated to the 1,300 city sanitation workers that went on strike in 1968 and includes a wall with the names of the strikers. Thursday’s event will also feature food trucks and live performances. Cost is free. Visit iammemphis.org.

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Last Word: MLK50s Big Day, Hotel Changes and Murica on Capitol Hill

The peak of the MLK50 events came Wednesday with a chill but some sunshine and lots to consider. Understand -- this isn’t over. There are still a few more events to go through the weekend and even into next week. If nothing else, a lot more Memphians and visitors got a good look at most of South Main in the best way possible – on foot. And if the Beale Street District ever expands east to Danny Thomas, the intersection there makes a really good place for a party.

Local Experts To Tackle Health Care Changes

Eight years after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, health care can still spark contentious debates around the country, though there are nevertheless a few things people can agree on.

Universal Life Insurance Building Reopens With New Hope for Black Economic Growth

There is still some build-out to be done on the Universal Life Insurance building at Danny Thomas Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. But Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and other dignitaries cut the ribbon Tuesday, April 3, on the formal reopening on the 1920s Egyptian-themed landmark in black business enterprise.

Luttrell Says He Might Veto Contract And Budget Amendment Moratorium

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says placing a moratorium on any contracts or budget amendments through the end of August is “counterproductive” and he is considering, among other reactions, a veto of the measure approved Monday, April 2, by the Shelby County Commission.

Airport Overhaul Hits Milestone With B Concourse Closure

Roughly a year after Memphis International Airport first unveiled its $214 million modernization plan, the project is taking its next significant step.

SPORTS

Lomax Commits to Memphis Tigers, Hardaway Staff Hire May be Near

Penny Hardaway’s first commitments as head coach at the University of Memphis are his son, Jayden, and East High point guard Alex Lomax. Jayden announced his commitment Tuesday, April 3, and Lomax made his official through social media early Wednesday morning.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Lawmakers See Conspiracy In UT Board Alterations

It’s not that hard to light a fire under some state lawmakers, but the University of Tennessee FOCUS Act raised blood pressure considerably in the House of Representatives before barely passing with 51 votes.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Tracing Civil Rights Struggle Through Travel

Attention is on Memphis this year with the MLK50 commemoration to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination on April 4, 1968. Keeping this focused on travel, I believe it’s a good time to point out some of the newer civil rights sites across the U.S., along with a few that have been around for a while – all opportunities to honor King’s legacy while trying to better understand the struggle.

Fake Hotel Booking Websites a Growing Problem

NBC ran a story about a family who booked a room on the ocean but found they had no view of the water at all when they got to the hotel. A family of five arrived at the hotel and found that the room reserved for them only had one king bed. It was summer in Florida, the hotel was full, and there was nothing the manager could do to accommodate the families.

MLK 50

AP Was There: The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – In the spring of 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had won victories on desegregation and voting rights and had been planning his Poor People's Campaign when he turned his attention to Memphis, the gritty city by the Mississippi River. In his support for striking sanitation workers, King wanted to lead marches and show that nonviolent protest still worked.

AP Journalists Recall Covering MLK Assassination

Nancy Shipley was working in a news office in Nashville, Tennessee, when the call came 50 years ago. Gene Herrick was in Chicago routing photos to newspapers when his phone rang. Jack Thornell got the call in New Orleans; Kathryn Johnson heard the news in Atlanta.

MEMPHIS AREA

Memphis Police: 9 Arrested Protesting Immigrant Detention

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Nine people were arrested Tuesday during a protest over the detention of immigrants in Memphis, Tennessee.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Medical Marijuana Bill Dies in Tenn. Legislature

Legislation decriminalizing medical marijuana in Tennessee is effectively dead for the year after its Senate sponsor, Nashville Republican Sen. Steve Dickerson, withdrew the bill from a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, April 3.

Ethics Office: Congressman May Have Misused Campaign Funds

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Republican congressman from Tennessee may have improperly converted more than $100,000 from his campaign committee and leadership political action committee into personal use over the past decade, according to an independent ethics office that asked the House Ethics Committee to review the matter.

Tennessee Bill on Defense of School Bathroom Policy Fails

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee bill that would have required the state attorney general's office to defend local school districts over their bathroom policies for transgender students appears dead for the year.

Bump Stock Ban Proposal Fails in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An effort by Democratic lawmakers to ban bump stocks in Tennessee has failed.

REGIONAL NEWS

Arkansas State University Gets $10 Million From Alumnus

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas State University is renaming its business college to honor an alumnus who donated $10 million to his alma mater.

Study: Flood Control Engineering Likely Has Worsened Floods

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Flood control work in the Mississippi River and its tributaries has likely made floods worse in Mississippi and Louisiana, researchers say.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

ADP Report Says Small Business Hiring Slowed in March

NEW YORK (AP) – Small business hiring slowed in March, a sign that company owners are holding on to their cautious approach to expanding their staffs.

CVS Health Eyes Kidney Patients for Next Expansion Into Care

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) – CVS Health is now planning to treat kidney failure patients, as the national drugstore chain continues to branch deeper into monitoring and providing care.

TECHNOLOGY

Up to 87M Affected in Facebook Scandal, More Than Thought

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook revealed Wednesday that tens of millions more people might have been exposed in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal than previously thought and said it will restrict the data it allows outsiders to access on its users.

Two Downtown Hotel Projects in Question Appear to be Moving Forward

Two hotel projects Downtown Memphis that were seemingly in stasis both appear to moving forward.

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