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1. Transgender Troops Can Re-Enlist In Military – For Now -

WASHINGTON (AP) – New guidance released Friday by the Pentagon makes it clear that any transgender troops currently in the military can re-enlist in the next several months, even as the department debates how broadly to enforce a ban on their service ordered by President Donald Trump.

2. Baker Donelson Adds AI Technology to Services -

Memphis-based law firm Baker Donelson is adding artificial intelligence technology software developed by Kira Systems to provide business clients with faster, more cost-effective legal services, the company announced.

3. Baker Donelson Adds AI Technology to Services -

Memphis-based law firm Baker Donelson is adding artificial intelligence technology software developed by Kira Systems to provide business clients with faster, more cost-effective legal services, the company announced.

4. Federal Trade Commission Investigating Equifax Breach -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Federal Trade Commission has become the latest authority to announce an investigation into the massive security breach at credit agency Equifax.

The FTC said Thursday that it was opening an investigation into how Equifax got hacked and tens of million Americans' personal information was either accessed or stolen. Typically the FTC does not disclose who it is investigating, but the agency said the high amount of attention in this case made it necessary.

5. Action on Student Loan Forgiveness Delayed as Rules Revised -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tens of thousands of former students who say they were swindled by for-profit colleges are being left in limbo as the Trump administration delays action on requests for loan forgiveness, according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press.

6. Equifax Breach: Criticism From Lawmakers, What People Can Do -

NEW YORK (AP) – There's no way around it: The news from credit reporting company Equifax that 143 million Americans had their information exposed is extremely serious.

Crucial pieces of personal data that criminals could use to commit identity theft – Social Security numbers, birthdates, address histories, legal names – were all obtained. That's information that cannot change. And once that data is out there, it's basically out there forever.

7. AP Sources: Feds Probe Uber's Tracking of Lyft Drivers -

DETROIT (AP) – The Justice Department in Manhattan is investigating whether Uber illegally used software to track drivers for Lyft, its main ride-hailing competitor, to gain an advantage in attracting and recruiting drivers, according to two people familiar with the probe.

8. Events -

Rhodes College will host “The Book Thief” author Markus Zusak for an interactive conversation about the book and the larger questions it raises Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. in McNeill Concert Hall on Rhodes’ West Campus, 613 University St. Zusak’s presentation is part of the 2017 Memphis Reads program. Free and open to the public. Visit rhodes.edu for details.

9. Council to Weigh Statues, Funding Projects -

Memphis City Council members have a busy agenda Tuesday, Sept. 5: continued discussion regarding bypassing a Tennessee Historical Commission waiver process to remove Confederate monuments and a recently enacted ban on sewer connections to properties outside the city limits.

10. Latino & Local -

Mauricio Calvo has heard the saying “all politics is local” in the course of making and maintaining connections through the Latino Memphis organization he leads. But prior to this year, political connections for the organization were more about getting needed services and building long-term relationships over time.

11. Artist Cat Peña Named Director Of CBU’s Ross Gallery -

Cat Peña, a Memphis-based artist, arts administrator and independent public art consultant, has been named director of the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University. As an artist, Peña’s work in recent years has centered on public art installations, including “There’s More To Be Proud Of,” a canopy of metallic streamers on display in the Edge District through next February. In addition, she is the founder of Collabortory, a creative platform that expands public art practices through collaborative and social practices.

12. Events -

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will host its kickoff breakfast Thursday, Aug. 17, at 7:15 a.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Find outhow to join the walk and what impact the organization is making, and receive tips for raising funds and awareness. Learn more about the walk at makingstrideswalk.org/memphistn; RSVP for the breakfast to memphistnstrides@cancer.org or 901-278-2091 by Monday, Aug. 14.

13. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present the regional premiere of “9 to 5” Friday, Aug. 11, through Sept. 3 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

14. Last Word: Bakery Questions, Komen Name Change and the Price of A Run For Gov. -

City Hall opens a set of four public meetings on the Fairgrounds Thursday evening at 5 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center to start the movement again toward another master plan for Fairgrounds redevelopment. And it’s hard to tell at the outset what this will look like because there are so many possibilities. There are also so many fault lines in these discussions.

15. Tax Breaks Broaden For Residential, Retail Deals -

Some changes are coming in the rules surrounding incentives that the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County – or EDGE – can use for different kinds of development and for broader use of tax increment financing – or TIF – zones to sustain redevelopment.

16. First Alliance Bank Inks 10-Year Lease to Move to Clark Tower -

Memphis-based First Alliance Bank has signed a 10-year lease to relocate its Poplar Avenue branch into the recently remodeled Clark Tower office building.


5100 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38137

17. Trump Says Transgender People Should be Barred From Military -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said Wednesday he wants transgender people barred from serving in the U.S. military "in any capacity," citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption."

18. Low-Key FBI Director Pick Would Lead Agency Through Tumult -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The attorney selected to replace James Comey as FBI director is described by those close to him as admirably low-key, yet he'd be taking over the law enforcement agency at a moment that's anything but tranquil.

19. Saturday Legal Aid Clinic To Celebrate 10 Years -

A ceremony and reception will be held Saturday, July 8, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2nd Saturday Legal Aid Clinic, or 2SLAC, serving the Memphis community.

The event will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.

20. Events -

Memphis Area Legal Services, the Memphis Bar Association and the Access to Justice Committee will host a free legal advice and counsel clinic Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Volunteer attorneys provide free legal assistance on a first-come, first-served basis the second Saturday of each month. Visit malsi.org.

21. Legal Fight Continues Over Mississippi Gay-Marriage Law -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Wrangling continues over a Mississippi law that lets merchants and government officials cite their religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples.

Attorneys filed papers Thursday asking the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to block the law .

22. 2nd Saturday Legal Aid Clinic To Celebrate 10 Years -

A ceremony and reception will be held Saturday, July 8, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2nd Saturday Legal Aid Clinic, or 2SLAC, serving the Memphis community.

The event will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.

23. Events -

POTS@TheWorks will present the world premiere of “Victory Blues,” a winner of the 2015 NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition, Friday, July 7, through July 30 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

24. Events -

The Metal Museum will host Whet Thursday: Young Professionals on Thursday, July 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 374 Metal Museum Drive. Enjoy the museum and grounds for free while networking with other young professionals and enjoying food trucks and live music. Cost is free. Visit metalmuseum.org.

25. Micromanaging Nashville is Job 1 for Legislature -

Metro Nashville is used to getting hammered by the Legislature’s Republicans.

Nearly every time the Metro Council tries to come up with a solution to growing problems, conservatives in the General Assembly swoop in and save the rest of the state from Music City’s attempts to better handle its success.

26. Last Word: Corporate Musical Chairs, Another Dollar General and Ronnie Grisanti -

The three-way deal by which Memphis-based Fred’s was to buy hundreds of Rite-Aid stores from Walgreens just keeps getting worse for Fred’s even though the deal happened last week without Fred’s. An analyst says Fred’s got cut out because of questions about the corporation’s viability to enter into what is an ambitious change of course for the company on a large scale.

27. Tennessee, Left Coast a World Apart on Immigration -

San Francisco resident Terry Karlsson relishes her hometown’s reputation for embracing “multi-cultural diversity.”

The wife of a Swedish immigrant, Karlsson says she believes San Francisco’s status as a sanctuary city, one in which it refuses to participate in the enforcement of federal immigration law, reflects a nation born of people who moved here, a land of immigrants from many countries.

28. Analysis: Mississippi LGBT Law Faces More Court Scrutiny -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is in for a long court fight over constitutional questions about its law dealing with religious objections to same-sex marriage.

Legislators in 2016 passed House Bill 1523 , called the "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act."

29. Groups File Lawsuits Over New Arkansas Abortion Restrictions -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Abortion-rights groups asked a federal court Tuesday to block Arkansas from enforcing new restrictions lawmakers approved this year, including a ban on a commonly used second-trimester procedure that the groups say would make it nearly impossible for many women in the state to have an abortion.

30. Public Report Analyzes Mississippi Mental Health Spending -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A report commissioned by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health confirms federal findings that the state has spent more on institutional care than community-based services for people with mental disabilities.

31. RedRover Adds Will Cook As Design Architect -

RedRover Sales & Marketing has added three new employees in recent months, including design architect Will Cook, who has more than 10 years of graphic design experience and comes to RedRover from The Commercial Appeal and Savant Learning Systems. In his new role, Cook primarily designs print and web collateral for RedRover’s clients while also assisting the sales and marketing teams in other ways, including participating in sales meetings and calls.

32. Seay Leading Raleigh UPP In Parental Coaching Efforts -

The ACE Awareness Foundation’s fourth Universal Parenting Place recently opened at Christ Community Health Services in Raleigh, with Tara Seay serving as site director/parenting coach. Seay is a licensed professional counselor–mental health service provider.
In her new role at the Raleigh UPP, she’ll provide parents and caregivers with individual therapy and give clinical insight in group therapy programs. In addition, she will develop new programs over time to cater to the needs of the population that we serve in the Raleigh area.

33. Law Could Allow Guns at Nashville Bus Hub Used By Schools -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Police and security guards keep watch as thousands of children zigzag through Nashville's downtown bus hub each morning and afternoon, catching buses between home and school.

34. The Buying And Selling Of Memphis -

Even before he went to federal prison for 25 years on a racketeering conviction in 1995, Danny Owens had a real estate portfolio. The strip-club kingpin who defined the industry in Memphis across a 20-year period owned the old Memphian movie theater and made possible its 1986 sale to Playhouse on the Square by donating $160,000 toward its purchase.

35. Insurers Continue to Hike Prices, Abandon ACA Markets -

People shopping for insurance through the Affordable Care Act in yet more regions could face higher prices and fewer choices next year as insurance companies lay out their early plans for 2018.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is asking regulators for a 23 percent price hike next year because it doesn't expect crucial payments from the federal government to continue. That announcement comes a day after Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City said it will leave the individual insurance market next year, a decision that affects about 67,000 people in a 32-county area in Kansas and Missouri.

36. Last Word: Deeper on Beale, End of Session and Johnny Mathis -

Beale Street keeps its cover charge on Saturday nights during its Memphis In May peak. But the district has some complex questions to resolve about its future and who controls that future. If that wasn’t evident before, it became apparent at City Hall Tuesday. It wasn’t the council action on the Beale Street Bucks program that was significant as much as it was the council’s discussion.

37. Events -

IRIS Orchestra will present a screening of “Born in Chicago” Monday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at Malco’s Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Ave. Live music from the Memphis Blues Society starts in the lobby at 6:30 p.m.; a Q&A and meet-and-greet with Chicago blues legend Corky Siegel will follow the screening. Admission is $15. Call 901-751-7669 to order tickets.

38. Raleigh Springs Town Center ‘On Track and On Budget’ -

It’s the end of an era with the final demolition of Raleigh Springs Mall underway, and city and community leaders hope it’s the beginning of a brighter future with the much-anticipated Raleigh Springs Town Center set to rise in its place.

39. Trump Limits IRS Action Over Church Political Activity -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is seeking to further weaken enforcement of an IRS rule barring churches and tax-exempt groups from endorsing political candidates, though his executive order on religious freedom is disappointing some of his supporters.

40. Thompson Securing Funds For Ballet Memphis’ Future -

Amelia Thompson has joined Ballet Memphis as development associate. In her new role, she works on the administrative side of the organization to generate and secure funding for Ballet Memphis’ daily annual operating budget as well as its capital campaigns.

41. ServiceMaster Q1 Income Holds Steady; IP Profits Drop -

A pair of Memphis-based corporations – ServiceMaster Global Holdings and International Paper Co. – posted first-quarter numbers Thursday, April 27, that reflect ongoing changes at both.

42. Events -

A Crosstown Concourse job fair will be held Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Central Atrium of the Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave. The fair will feature 15 tenants looking to fill more than 60 positions in a range of fields, including health care, arts, operations, retail and security. Visit crosstownconcourse.com/jobfair to register. 

43. Mississippi Governor Sets Special Session to Start June 5 -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is calling Mississippi legislators back to the Capitol for a special session starting June 5.

He is asking them to set the final pieces of the state budget for the year that begins July 1.

44. FCC Chief Lays Out Attack on 'Net Neutrality' Rules -

NEW YORK (AP) – Internet companies are readying for a showdown with a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said in a Wednesday speech that he wants to ditch the Obama-era rules, hated by telecoms, that prevent broadband and wireless companies from interfering with the sites and apps that consumers use. He wants to undo their legal basis and to eliminate the FCC's broad powers to monitor Verizon, AT&T and Comcast for bad behavior.

45. Influencer Marketing To Dominate in 2017 -

I am part of Generation X – the last generation that ever scheduled their childhood evenings around when a beloved TV program was set to air. It was a time when television created celebrities that brands coveted as spokespeople to promote their products. Think of Michael Jordan for Nike, Suzanne Somers for the ThighMaster or Michael Jackson for Pepsi.

46. Events -

SRVS and West Tennessee disability services providers will host an Employment and Community First services career fair Wednesday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lipscomb & Pitts Building first-floor conference center, 2670 Union Ave. Staff will be conducting on-site interviews and hiring support staff and job coaches for ECF Services. Email kytrinia.miller@srvs.org for details.

47. Railgarten Addresses ‘Confusion’ About Use of Shipping Containers -

If Railgarten’s intention was to be a transformative force in the section of Midtown between Overton Square and Cooper-Young, then its first week of business has been a resounding success.

However, following what the venue called “confusion” regarding its use of shipping containers as a design element, Railgarten issued a statement outlining where they currently stand with the Shelby County Office of Planning and Development.

48. Mississippi Ethics Law Will Restrict Use of Campaign Money -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi politicians will face new limits next year on how they can use campaign cash, under an ethics law the Legislature passed after media investigations revealed spending on everything from mortgage payments to cowboy boots.

49. Report: Centralize System for Indigent Counsel -

There should be one central statewide data and reporting system for how the poor are represented in civil and criminal matters in Tennessee, according to a state task force that reported its findings Monday, April 10, to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

50. Accelerator Programs Keep Memphis Starting Up -

The mantra is “never stop starting.” The constituency it applies to is entrepreneurs in Memphis and those who come here flush with ideas and creativity. And for Memphis’ startup community – from the sixth floor of Start Co.’s 88 Union Ave. hive of activity to the Memphis Bioworks Foundation and points in between – that exhortation to “never stop” is as much a rallying cry as it is a marker highlighting one of the more dynamic and fledgling sectors of the city’s economy.

51. Events -

The Super Chevy Show auto show kicks of its 2017 national tour Friday through Sunday, April 7-9, at Memphis International Raceway, 5500 Victory Lane in Millington. The show will feature drag racing, a professionally judged car show, a nonjudged “Show ‘n’ Shine,” an automotive swap meet, a pro show with jet cars and wheelstanders, and more. Visit superchevy.com/show for hours and tickets.

52. Last Word: The CA Marks A Year, Bike Lanes and Nicole Miller for Fashion Week -

The city of Memphis is in a two-front legal fight in federal court over alleged surveillance of protesters that landed several dozen of them on the City Hall list – according to each of the two lawsuits filed this past month.

53. Norris’ Broadband Bill Clears State Senate Hurdle -

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris’ broadband internet access bill is rolling through the General Assembly.

54. Griffin Joins Memphis in May To Lead Marketing Efforts -

Robert Griffin has joined Memphis in May International Festival as director of marketing, a role in which he’s responsible for all marketing and communication programs, promotions, media and public relations, marketing research and sponsorship activation for the annual festival. 
Griffin comes to Memphis in May with nearly 20 years’ experience in marketing and advertising.

55. Battered By Scandal, Marines Issue New Social Media Policy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Battered by a nude photo-sharing scandal, the Marine Corps has issued a longer and more detailed social media policy that lays out the professional and legal ramifications for service members culpable of online misconduct. Among the coming changes: a requirement that all Marines sign a statement acknowledging they have read and understand the new guidelines.

56. Trump's Budget: Build Up Military, Build the Wall -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget Thursday, proposing a far-reaching overhaul of federal spending that would slash many domestic programs to finance a big increase for the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

57. Tennessee Group Sues Over State Horse Massage Regulation -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee free-market group is suing the state over regulation of horse massage therapy.

The Beacon Center Legal Foundation on Thursday sued the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners in Davidson County Chancery Court.

58. Veteran Attorney Bartlett Joins Shea, Moskovitz & McGhee -

Attorney Gray Bartlett has joined Shea, Moskovitz & McGhee, where his practice areas include criminal defense, asset forfeiture and federal criminal law. Prior to joining the firm, Bartlett practiced for 17 years with Ballin, Ballin & Fishman PC.

59. Airports, Legal Volunteers Prepare for New Trump Travel Ban -

SEATTLE (AP) – Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump's new travel ban – mindful of the chaos that accompanied his initial executive order but hopeful the forthcoming version will be rolled out in a more orderly way.

60. Yahoo Salvages Verizon Deal With $350 Million Discount -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts.

61. Criswell Take Reins As MAAR Board President -

Tommie Criswell has begun her yearlong tenure as president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ board of directors. Criswell has actively volunteered with MAAR for more than 20 years. At Crye-Leike East Memphis, where she serves as broker/manager, she focuses on residential real estate along with some commercial real estate sales. 

62. Avoid Business Crisis With Plan -

Natural disasters, bankruptcy, insider trading, bad social media reviews, product recalls and the like are certainly what initially comes to mind when you think of a crisis that could strike and devastate your business. Then you think to yourself – what is the likelihood that any of those things will really happen to me?

63. Events -

Elmwood Cemetery will host its Love on the Rocks walking tour Saturday, Feb. 11, at 10:30 a.m. starting at Elmwood Cottage at the cemetery, 824 S. Dudley St. This adults-only walking tour of the “romantically challenged” includes tragic (and humorous) tales of love gone wrong. Tickets are $20. Register at elmwoodcemetery.org.

64. Reducing Felony Possession Charges Aim of Parkinson’s Pot Bill -

NASHVILLE – Rep. Antonio Parkinson says his legislation dealing with marijuana isn’t designed to decriminalize pot but to reduce felony possession charges – and the stumbling blocks attached to them – in addition to saving the state money.

65. Reducing Felony Possession Charges Aim of Parkinson’s Pot Bill -

NASHVILLE – Rep. Antonio Parkinson says his legislation dealing with marijuana isn’t designed to decriminalize pot but to reduce felony possession charges – and the stumbling blocks attached to them – in addition to saving the state money.

66. Local and State Reaction To Trump Immigration Executive Order -

Here is reaction from state and local leaders to federal court orders in four states over the weekend blocking an executive order signed by President Donald Trump Friday, Jan. 27, that restricts immigration and travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. The original order applied to those with green cards and has since been changed to allow those with green cards.

67. Governor Proposes Rural Broadband Expansion for Tennessee -

NASHVILLE – State government will provide private companies with millions of dollars in grants and tax credits to extend broadband internet access while allowing electric co-ops to enter the retail broadband business under legislation Sen. Mark Norris is set to sponsor.

68. Graves Named Director Of Downtown YMCA -

Angelic Graves has joined YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South as executive director of the Louis T. Fogelman Downtown YMCA. Graves, a Chicago native, comes to Memphis from the YMCA of Metro Chicago, where she most recently served as executive director of the South Side YMCA.

69. County Commission Renews Bolton Contract -

The Shelby County Commission voted Monday, Jan. 9, to renew a $65,000 contract with attorney Julian Bolton that runs through the 2017 calendar year.

70. Burgess Suggests Fewer Deputies In Courtroom -

Shelby County Commission chairman Melvin Burgess wants to see a broader use of Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies within the city working with Memphis Police.

71. Tenn. Streamlines System To Fight Human Trafficking -

In honor of National Human Trafficking Day on Wednesday, Jan. 11, Tennessee has announced a streamlined, statewide collaboration enforced by Gov. Bill Haslam’s office, local law enforcement and four regional nongovernmental organizations to fight human trafficking.

72. Despite Scandal, VW in Running for Global Sales Crown -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – It's ironic: Volkswagen spent 2016 battling a huge scandal over cars it rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

And now stands a decent chance to pass Toyota for the title of world's biggest carmaker for the year.

73. County Commission Renews Bolton Contract -

Shelby County Commissioners voted Monday, Jan. 9, to renew a contract with attorney Julian Bolton after some debate about whether Bolton’s position is necessary.

74. County Commission Continues Bolton Contract, Approves Legislative Wish List -

Shelby County Commissioners voted Monday, Jan 9, to renew its contract with attorney Julian Bolton after some debate about whether Bolton’s position in necessary.

75. Memphis Law Firm Changes its Name -

Memphis-based law firm McNabb, Bragorgos & Burgess PLLC has added a name to its shingle. The new name – McNabb, Bragorgos, Burgess and Sorin PLLC – reflects two members of the firm: Richard E. Sorin, who has been with the law practice since its inception in 2002, and Marc A. Sorin, Richard’s brother, who joined the firm in 2010.

76. Memphis Law Firm Changes its Name -

Memphis-based law firm McNabb, Bragorgos & Burgess PLLC has added a name to its shingle. The new name – McNabb, Bragorgos, Burgess and Sorin PLLC – reflects two members of the firm: Richard E. Sorin, who has been with the law practice since its inception in 2002, and Marc A. Sorin, Richard’s brother, who joined the firm in 2010.

77. Agency Orders TransUnion, Equifax to Pay $23M for False Ads -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators have ordered credit-reporting agencies TransUnion and Equifax to pay about $23 million for falsely advertising that the credit scores they sell consumers are the same ones lenders use to make credit decisions.

78. Liz Weston: 6 Money Resolutions You Can Actually Keep -

Let's face the grim truth: Those 10 pounds you want to lose will likely be among your New Year's resolutions next year, too.

If you really want a sense of accomplishment, take care of money tasks that don't require ongoing discipline and that you typically don't have to repeat every year. Some of these are "one and done," while others you may have to revisit as your life changes, but all will give you a sense of progress toward your financial goals.

79. Memphis-Area Planned Parenthood Nears $12 Million Fundraising Goal -

Bracing for an uncertain future as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, Planned Parenthood of the Greater Memphis Region is taking steps to stay operational in the event of losing its federal funding.

80. Minority Contract Percentages Get Approval -

Shelby County Commissioners gave final approval Monday, Dec. 19, to a resolution that sets specific percentages for specific minority and other groups for getting a share of county government contracts.

81. County Commission Approves Specific Minority Contract Percentages -

Shelby County Commissioners gave final approval Monday, Dec. 19, to a resolution that sets specific percentages for specific minority and other groups for getting a share of county government contracts.

82. City Budget Season on the Way With Concerns -

One of the highlights of 2016 for the Memphis City Council that took office in January with six new members was a budget season in which there were no significant changes in the proposal by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, who also took office in January.

83. County Commission Tries Again on Minority Business Ordinance -

Shelby County Commissioners hold their third meeting of the month Monday, Dec. 19 – and there could be a fourth, depending on what happens on one of two ordinances that would establish new programs for a larger share of county government contracts for locally owned, minority-owned and women-owned businesses.

84. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Ashton Lee, author of “Queen of the Cookbooks,” for a discussion and signing Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

85. Events -

Memphis 3.0 kickoff rallies continue through Saturday, Dec. 10, at locations around Memphis. The kickoff rallies will include a short overview of Memphis 3.0 followed by an extended opportunity for citizens to provide input on the future of their neighborhoods. Upcoming rallies include (start time is 5:30 unless otherwise noted): Tuesday, Dec. 6, at East High School; Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Pipkin Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds; Thursday, Dec. 8, at McFarland Community Center; Friday, Dec. 9, at Bert Ferguson Community Center; and Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. at the Cossitt Library and 2 p.m. at the McWherter Senior Center. Visit memphis3point0.com for details.

86. Pot Ordinance, County Ambulance Service Top County Commission Agenda -

There are seven no votes on the Shelby County Commission against an ordinance allowing Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies to write a civil summons with a $50 fine for possession of a half ounce or less of marijuana.

87. Trump Says He's Leaving Businesses to Avoid Conflicts -

NEW YORK (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump declared Wednesday he will leave his business empire behind to focus on his presidency. But the prospect that he could simply shift more control to three of his adult children looked too cozy to some business-ethics specialists who suggest the arrangement could bring unprecedented conflicts of interest into the Oval Office.

88. Last Word: Fires In the East, Corker at Trump Tower and The Toll of the Cure -

As our week here began very windy and very rainy with clouds all day Monday, there was a different kind of overcast day unfolding in East Tennessee. And by the time of this post the National Guard was patrolling parts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge where wildfires had forced evacuations of both towns – all of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, according to the city manager of Pigeon Forge.

89. School Bus Driver Charged in Deadly Chattanooga Crash -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A school bus driver who authorities say was speeding along a narrow, winding road when he wrapped his vehicle around a tree was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide in the deaths of five children.

90. CBU Honors Salinas As Distinguished Young Alumna -

Gabriela “Gabby” Salinas has been named Christian Brothers University’s 2016 Distinguished Young Alumna. Salinas, who was among the honorees at the Bell Tower Gala on Saturday, Nov. 12, graduated from CBU’s biochemistry program in 2011 and went on to earn a microbiology degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She currently is a pursuing a Ph.D. in immunology and biochemistry at the University of Kentucky.
In addition to her studies and managing her job at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Salinas travels the country advocating the work of St. Jude. She’s also a three-time bone cancer survivor who founded Danny’s Dream Team, a fundraising team of pediatric cancer survivors who now participate in the St. Jude Half Marathon.

91. Events -

Downtown Memphis Commission will host the 2016 Downtown Memphis annual meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. Enjoy a cocktail reception and entertainment the first hour; at 5:30 p.m., the DMC will unveil its strategic priorities and public space considerations for the Main Street Mall area and will present the Downtown Vision Awards. Tickets are $20; preregistration required. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com to register.

92. Events -

Youth Ballet Memphis will present its fall mixed repertory show, “Escapades,” Friday through Sunday, Nov. 11-13, at the Ballet Memphis studios, 7950 Trinity Road. The performance will feature six new works created by Ballet Memphis company members, Youth Ballet Memphis director Janet Parke, and members of the youth ballet company. Tickets are $10 and $15 at balletmemphis.org, by phone at 901-737-7322 and at the door (if available).

93. Baker Donelson to Merge With Ober/Kaler Law Firm -

Baker Donelson is merging with national law firm Ober/Kaler effective Jan. 1, creating one of the 50 largest law firms in the country.

The combined company will retain the Baker Donelson name.

94. Baker Donelson to Merge With Ober/Kaler Law Firm -

Baker Donelson is merging with national law firm Ober/Kaler effective Jan. 1, creating one of the 50 largest law firms in the country.

The combined company will retain the Baker Donelson name.

95. Mississippi Asks Court to Uphold Law Affecting LGBT Rights -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's Republican governor is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a state law letting merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples.

96. Baker Donelson Merging With Ober/Kaler of Baltimore -

Baker Donelson is merging with national law firm Ober/Kaler effective Jan. 1, creating one of the 50 largest law firms in the country.

The combined company will retain the Baker Donelson name.

97. Events -

Strut! Memphis, a fashion show benefiting the Community Legal Center, will be held Thursday, Nov. 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz of Memphis, 5389 Poplar Ave. The fashionable evening will include live music, food and wine, a silent auction and more. Buy tickets at strutmemphis.com.

98. Last Word: DOJ Reviews MPD, Big River Crossing Light Shows and Election Notes -

By the spring, we should have the first report from the U.S. Justice Department review of the Memphis Police Department. And we got a better idea Wednesday of what this study involves.

99. Events -

Zoo Boo 2016 will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 21-23, and Oct. 27-31 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place. Enjoy trick-or-treat stations, a not-so-haunted tour of Primate Canyon, Dracula’s Disco and more at this all-ages event. Advance tickets are $10 for members and $13 for nonmembers; day-of-event tickets are $2 more. Visit memphiszoo.org for details and tickets.

100. Shelby County Commission Approves Ambulance Service Starting Jan. 1 -

In a two-month period, Shelby County government has decided to add ambulances to the services provided by the Shelby County Fire Department after years of regular debates about the wisdom of contracting with private companies for the service.