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VOL. 130 | NO. 95 | Friday, May 15, 2015

'King of the Blues' B.B. King Dead at 89 at Home in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) – B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89.

Council Vacancy Draws Eight Applicants

Eight citizens have applied for a vacancy on the Memphis City Council, some with no intention of serving beyond the end of 2015 and others with plans to seek a full, four-year term in the October elections.

Southbrook Mall Funding Put On Hold By Wharton

City funding for renovations at Whitehaven’s Southbrook Mall is off at least for now, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Thursday, May 14, signaling more time in limbo for the controversial project.

Kid Coders

CodeCrew bringing computer science to Memphis children

A new nonprofit has launched in Memphis formed around the notion that where children are born shouldn’t pre-determine the opportunity they have to get hands-on experience – and build careers – in tech and computer-related fields.

Men’s Salon Opening in Germantown

Germantown is getting an upscale styling salon and grooming service made just for men.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 58%


WYNIT Distribution will host a distribution center and warehouse job fair Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at WYNIT, 4655 E. Shelby Drive. For more information, visit wynit.com or call 800-GO-WYNIT.

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Tennessee Appeals Court Reverses Another Shelby County Conviction

As two high profile Memphis murder cases moved toward retrial this week, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals reversed another murder conviction in Shelby County Criminal Court earlier this month.

FedEx Indictment on Illegal Drug Shipments Will Go Forward

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A judge on Thursday rejected FedEx's attempt to toss out a federal drug indictment that accuses the company of knowingly shipping illegal prescription drugs.


Last Stand: Only a Game 6 Victory Can Keep Grizzlies’ Season Alive

With Tony Allen on the bench because of a strained hamstring and thus not available to wander through the junior dance team’s routine or to harass Golden State guard Klay Thompson, the crowd at Oracle Arena for Game 5 needed another target.

Painful Lesson: Grizzlies Make Warriors Better

There was so much that the Golden State Warriors did not have to be taught. They did, after all, win 67 games in the regular season. They swept the New Orleans Pelicans out of the first round and coach Monty Williams out of his job.


Getting to the Bottom

A BIG BASS PROBLEM. We’ve done it. Just like a lure, the light reflects off a shiny object and draws a crowd.

The Power of Grit

This NBA basketball season has been an exciting one for the Memphis Grizzlies. If nothing else, Mike Conley’s recent injury and subsequent return to the game has demonstrated that the Grizzlies, and the city of Memphis, have some serious grit.


Panel Approves Plans to Move Tennessee Legislative Offices

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The State Building Commission has approved the first step to make an overhauled building next to the state Capitol the new home of the Tennessee General Assembly.

Customers Say Fraud at Haslam-Owned Chain Went Deeper

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – After a 2013 FBI raid on the truck-stop chain owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Pilot Flying J moved quickly to settle fraud claims. But a handful of companies that refused to settle say they have uncovered a deception that other firms overlooked.


Entergy Says Grid Manager Savings Exceed Projections

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Entergy Corp. estimates its electrical customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas saved more than $250 million during the first year of Entergy's membership in a regional grid manager.


Monthly Average of Unemployment Claims Falls to 15-Year Low

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits ticked lower last week, pushing down the four-week average of applications to its lowest level since April 2000.


US Court Halts Contentious Law on Contact Lens Price-Fixing

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A federal appeals court has halted a new Utah law banning price-fixing for contact lenses that could have wide-ranging implications for the industry amid a fight between manufacturers and discount retailers.

Consumer Agency Opens Review of Student Loan Services

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opened a public inquiry Thursday into student loan servicing practices that it says can make paying back loans "stressful or harmful."

USDA Creates New Government Certification for GMO-Free

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.

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