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VOL. 131 | NO. 132 | Monday, July 4, 2016

The Week Ahead: July 4-10

Happy Fourth of July, Memphis! We hope you’re enjoying a long weekend – and if you do have to work today, we hope you’re able to sneak out early enough to watch some of the local fireworks displays tonight. Here are details on a few of them, plus other local happenings you need to know about this week…

Methodist Exec: 'Can’t Afford to Not Discuss Expanding Medicaid'

A task force of state lawmakers appointed by Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell has rolled out its plan for an expansion of Medicaid in Tennessee that’s more limited than the one envisioned by Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan.

Strickland Unveils Greensward Solution, Zoo Not Happy

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has put forth his plan to end parking on the Overton Park Greensward.

Snapshots: Over the Top for Veteran

Sgt. Victor Smith, a member of 130th Military Police Company and veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, received a new roof June 30 as part of a national program to honor the service of soldiers.

Roland Wants Revisit of Budget Cut

The exact numbers always take a few weeks. That’s the nature of budgets forged by political compromise and groups of elected officials.

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Riverfront Fireworks Spectacular will take place Monday, July 4, at Mud Island River Park, 125 N. Front St. The park opens at 3 p.m., live music and children’s activities begin at 6 p.m., and the fireworks display will launch from the southern tip of Mud Island at 9:15 p.m. Visit memphisriverfront.com.

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Aretha Franklin’s Childhood Home Safe for Now

Aretha Franklin’s birthplace at 406 Lucy Ave. in South Memphis is getting an encore. Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter has suspended his demolition order for six weeks to give some breathing room to the LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corp.’s recently revived campaign to turn the house into a museum.


Changing of the Guard

Memphis growing a deeper bench of talent across health care industry

Michael Ugwueke’s office at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is a long way from his childhood years in war-torn Nigeria.

Editorial: Health Care: Memphis’ Innovation Tradition

Leading one of the city’s medical institutions is often the job of lifetime.

July 1-7: This week in Memphis history

2014: Hard Rock Cafe Memphis’ new location opens at the corner of Beale and Second streets after 17 years at Beale and Hernando.


Joe Brown Placed on Disability Inactive Status as an Attorney

Attorney and former Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown – perhaps best known as the host of the syndicated “Judge Joe Brown” show – has been placed on disability inactive status by the Tennessee Supreme Court and barred from practicing law in Tennessee.

Loeb Properties to Reposition YoLo, Kwik Shop Grill

YoLo Frozen Yogurt in Overton Square and the Kwik Shop Grill at Central Avenue and East Parkway are both on their way out.

ServiceMaster Plans Different Second Street Look

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. and its landlord, Belz Enterprises, plan to remove the pedestrian skybridge into the Peabody Place development that crosses over Second Street. And the plans call for adding more than 50 new windows to the second and third level surfaces on the Second Street side of the mall.

Kevin Dean Leaves Legacy at Literacy Mid-South for ‘New Adventure’

After five years of leading the charge for building a stronger community of skilled readers, Thursday, June 30, is Kevin Dean’s last day as executive director of Literacy Mid-South. He leaves behind a legacy of milestones he orchestrated for the nonprofit organization, which aims to provide literary resources to all backgrounds and ages.

Pinch District to Move in a New Direction: Up

The Pinch District is getting a sky-high development treatment. For decades, the north Downtown neighborhood has been known as a sea of parking lots punctuated by a handful of small businesses.


Lawsuit: Disabled Woman Injured By Security at Airport

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A disabled St. Jude Children's Research Hospital patient was injured, and then arrested, by security workers at a Memphis International Airport checkpoint, a lawsuit alleges.


Pat Summitt Latest Exception to Tennessee Flag-Lowering Rule

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's order for flags to be flown at half-staff following the death of former University of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt is the latest exception to state protocols that normally reserve the honor for members of the military.


US Construction Spending Fell Again in May

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. construction spending fell for a second month in May, with weakness hitting all areas of building.


Death Sparks 'Autopilot' Car Probe; Man Had Speeding Tickets

WASHINGTON (AP) – The first American death involving a car in self-driving mode presents a dilemma: How aggressively to embrace the potentially life-saving technology after a fatal crash. The driver's history of speeding complicates the question.

Tesla Crash Could Hurt Sentiment on Driverless Cars

DETROIT (AP) – It was the crash the auto industry knew was coming but still feared.

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