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1. Memphis Sound at 60 -

As Stax Records and Royal Studios both wrap up a year of celebrating their 60th anniversary, The Memphis News looks back at the creators and purveyors of the Memphis sound and its significance, both in its heyday and today.

2. Man Pleads Guilty in Stanley Scandal -

The man who was charged with trying to extort former Tenn. State Sen. Paul Stanley over an affair with a legislative intern has pleaded guilty in Nashville Criminal Court.

3. Extortion Indictment in Stanley's Affair -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville grand jury returned an indictment Friday against a man charged with trying to extort $10,000 from then-Sen. Paul Stanley over an affair with a legislative intern.

4. County OKs Spinoff Of MED Clinics -

The Regional Medical Center at Memphis has the blessing of the Shelby County Commission to spin off its Health Loop clinics as part of a cost-cutting plan for the financially struggling hospital.
The move was approved by the commission on Monday. The spinoff is one several actions recommended by FTI Cambio, the consulting firm providing interim
management of the MED and devising strategies to cut costs.
The firm has lived up to its contract in the eyes of the finance committee for the county-owned hospital. The committee recommended in another meeting Monday that the hospital pay FTI Cambio its full $10.4 million fee. A portion of that amount, $3.2 million, was tied to specified performance standards.

5. MED Task Force Members Appointed -

Shelby County Interim Mayor Joyce Avery and County Commissioner Joe Ford, who will become county mayor Dec. 10, have appointed a task force to brainstorm short- and long-term solutions to the revenue crisis at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

6. Paul Stanley's Fall From Grace -

Jim Kyle, a Memphis Democrat who serves as minority leader in the state Senate, gave the first lunchtime address of 2009 to the Memphis Rotary Club.

Rotarians got a bird’s-eye view of the state’s financial picture from Kyle, who described choices needed to close the state’s budget shortfall. Kyle this week announced his candidacy in the 2010 gubernatorial race.

7. Special Election Date Set for Oct. 15 -

The Shelby County Election Commission has shaved 12 days off the race for Memphis mayor. The body set Oct. 15 as the special election date. The date was moved up from Oct. 27 to coincide with a special set of primary elections Gov. Phil Bredesen is expected to order to fill the District 31 State Senate seat.

8. Stanley Leaving Senate Aug. 10 -

After privately talking things over with his wife Tuesday, State Sen. Paul Stanley decided to resign from the legislature Aug. 10.

Stanley told The Daily News he "went back and forth" with his wife Kristi, director of government affairs for the Memphis Area Home Builders Association, over what to do about his future. Stanley called his decision the best one he could make for his family.

9. Update: Top Legislator "Working to Resolve" Stanley Matter -

State Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, is the Majority Leader of the Tennessee Senate and the second Republican this week to call for the resignation of State Sen. Paul Stanley.

Norris described his belief that Stanley should give up his seat over an alleged affair with a 22-year-old legislative intern as the “right thing for his family’s sake and for the sake of his constituents.” Norris, who was returning from an out of town trip Tuesday morning, issued a statement suggesting a behind-the-scenes effort to put the scandal to rest has been in the works.

10. Shelby County GOP Chair Calls On Stanley To Resign -

The first calls for the resignation of State Sen. Paul Stanley have begun within the Republican Party.

11. Local GOP Head Calls On Stanley To Resign -  

The first calls for the resignation of State Sen. Paul Stanley have begun within the Republican Party.

Shelby County GOP chairman Lang Wiseman Monday afternoon called for the Germantown legislator to give up his Senate seat.

Stanley resigned his committee chairmanship last week over an alleged affair with a legislative intern.

The 22-year-old woman’s boyfriend has been charged in Nashville with theft and extortion. He is specifically accused of trying to blackmail Stanley for $10,000 in exchange for explicit pictures of the intern in Stanley’s Nashville apartment.

Stanley, who has refused comment since the incident went public last week, called the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation after the initial threat in April. TBI agents had the 47-year-old legislator arrange a meeting with Joel Watts, the boyfriend of former intern McKensie Morrison.

The TBI took Watts into custody after the exchange behind a Mexican restaurant.

“We are all obviously disappointed in the revelations of the past week,” Wiseman wrote as he praised Stanley for legislative accomplishments. “However, as more and more details continue to surface, it is clear that the time has come for Paul to resign his seat in the Senate. … There are certain basic standards that we require of those persons who we hold up as our leaders, and we have every right to expect that they will respect their position of honor. It is for this reason that the time has come for Sen. Stanley to do the honorable thing and step aside for the benefit of himself, his family, his Senate colleagues, his party and the voters of District 31.”

Wiseman’s statement came after remarks this weekend by Lt. Gov. and Senate speaker Ron Ramsey in Nashville. Ramsey told reporters at a GOP gathering there that he had called on Stanley to give up his committee chairmanship. He also condemned the alleged affair, saying Stanley only told him that he and his wife had separated but said nothing about the photographs and the alleged extortion attempt.

When asked by reporters, Ramsey and other legislators of both parties had said a resignation from the Legislature was up to Stanley.

But Wiseman said he and other local Republican leaders had been talking with Senate Republicans in recent days on what to do if Stanley didn’t step down soon.

Wiseman said his call for Stanley’s resignation is “not about moralizing.”

“We all deserve the chance for forgiveness if sought with a contrite and repentant heart. However, forgiveness is not the same thing as freedom from consequence.”

Wiseman left the timing of a resignation up to Stanley to minimize the cost of a special election.

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12. Stanley Resigns Committee Chairmanship -

Speaking with The Daily News Wednesday, top leaders of both political parties in the state Senate hesitated to condemn their colleague, Sen. Paul Stanley of Germantown, for his alleged relationship with a 22-year-old legislative intern.

13. Stanley May Talk Today About Extortion Allegation -

The TBI is investigating an alleged attempt to extort $10,000 from state Sen. Paul Stanley, of Germantown.

A court affidavit filed in Nashville in April mentions a memory disc containing “explicit” photographs of legislative intern McKensie Morrison that “appeared to be taken in Stanley’s apartment.” The affidavit goes on to say Morrison was “engaged in a sexual relationship with Stanley.”

14. Stanley Target of Extortion Attempt In April TBI Says -

The TBI is investigating an alleged attempt to extort $10,000 from state Sen. Paul Stanley, of Germantown.

A court affidavit filed in Nashville in April mentions a memory disc containing “explicit” photographs of legislative intern McKensie Morrison that “appeared to be taken in Stanley’s apartment.” The affidavit goes on to say Morrison was “engaged in a sexual relationship with Stanley.”

15. Archived Article: Law Briefs - The Memphis Bar Associations Young Lawyers Division will sponsor a seminar from 1:30 p The Memphis Bar Associations Young Lawyers Division will sponsor a seminar from 1:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. today at Memphis City Council chambers titled "Reducin...