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2. Dave & Buster’s to Open Cordova Location -

7930 Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38133 

Landlord: Brixmor Property Group 

Tenant: Dave & Buster’s 

3. Memphis Economists: Trump Tweets Turn the Page on GOP Playbook -

It’s long been a cornerstone of Republican political orthodoxy that government should “get out of the way” of businesses, and that the fewer mandates and regulations, well, the better.

4. Youth Villages' New Marketing Officer Aims to Raise Nonprofit’s Identity -

For 15 years, Jennifer H. Jones was with Hilton Worldwide. Her task as senior director of brand marketing: build up the profiles of Conrad Hotels & Resorts and Waldorf Astoria Hotels.

Not long after Jones joined nonprofit Youth Villages last September as chief marketing officer, she was on a business trip. Her new boss, Youth Villages CEO Pat Lawler, wanted to know how she was doing – given that she was staying at the Hampton Inn and not the Waldorf.

5. TDN Seminar to Focus on Popularity of Memphis Sports -

When the Memphis Grizzlies rallied from 24 points down to beat the Golden State Warriors in overtime on national television, the accomplishment echoed. For days, it had Memphians asking one another, “Did you see that? Did you stay up for that? Could you believe it?”

6. Last Word: Haslam To Talk Gas Tax, Rallings Talks Protesters and Beale Street -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam talks gas tax Wednesday in Nashville. Actually, he will be rolling out his full list of legislative priorities in the capitol. But much of the attention will be on what he proposes in the way of the state’s gas tax – something he’s talked about but not committed a specific position to for the last two years.

7. GM to Add or Keep 7,000 US Jobs, Make $1B Factory Investment -

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors plans to invest $1 billion in U.S. factories and add thousands of new white-collar jobs, measures that have been in the works for years but were announced Tuesday after criticism from President-elect Donald Trump.

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9. Methodist Hospital Pulls $80M Building Permit -

An $80 million “interior buildout” permit application for Methodist University Hospital has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

The permit for the 1265 Union Ave. location lists Turner Construction as the contractor, Juan Self as architect and Mike Sheridan as the engineer.

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11. Last Word: Valero Protest Arrests, Anticipating Trump's Impact & Saving Booksellers -

A busy King holiday weekend that reflects what the week as a whole will probably be like at least politically. The weather is anyone’s guess. A group of about 40 people protested at the entrance to the Valero refinery in South Memphis Monday afternoon and a dozen were arrested by Memphis police.

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13. Meritan Receives Senior Tech-Training Grant -

Meritan Inc. has received a $15,564 grant to fund technology training for seniors 60 and older who participate in the Memphis-based nonprofit’s Senior Community Service Employment Program.

14. The Week Ahead: January 17-23 -

Good morning, Memphis! This is a good week to be inspired, as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his courage to motivate and inspire change. Plus, UrbanArt Commission celebrates its 20th anniversary and the Brooks Museum of Art unveils an exhibition sure to make you hoppy – err, happy. Here’s what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

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17. Bartlett CPA Firm Merges With ATA -

Bartlett-based accounting firm McLean & Associates PLLC has merged with Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs, the eighth-largest accounting firm in Tennessee.

18. Arc Mid-South Planning Disability Day on the Hill -

Advocates for those with disabilities are heading to Nashville Feb. 8 for Disability Day on the Hill, an annual meeting with state lawmakers to discuss legislative issues.

The Arc Mid-South will be providing accessible bus transportation for this event, leaving at 5:30 a.m. from its offices at 3485 Poplar Ave., and returning by 6:30 p.m.

19. 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.

20. Hyde Foundations to Match $2M for Ballet Memphis -

The Memphis-based Hyde Family Foundations announced Tuesday, Jan. 10, that it will grant up to $2 million in matching funds to Ballet Memphis for money raised as part of the organization’s current campaign.

21. Volunteer Memphis Hosts MLK Days of Service -

Volunteer Memphis, in partnership with United Way of the Mid-South, is preparing to hold its inaugural MLK Days of Service, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

The four-day initiative is scheduled for Friday through Monday, Jan. 13-16, with a different theme each day:

22. WestTNHBA Donates To Hickory Withe Association -

The West Tennessee Home Builders Association hosted its 2016 VESTA Home Show in Fayette County and chose the Hickory Withe Community Association as the official charity partner to receive a $10,500 donation.

23. State Systems Makes Its Fifth Acquisition in 2 Years -

Memphis-based total protection company State Systems Inc. has acquired Community Fire Safety Systems in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, marking the company’s fifth acquisition in less than two years and the second in Middle Tennessee.

24. Frontier Increases Size Of Memphis-Denver Flights -

Memphis International Airport has announced that Frontier Airlines will increase the size of its Memphis to Denver route beginning April 21.

The Denver-based airline, which returned to MEM with Memphis-Denver service in 2014, plans to swap its current 150-seat Airbus A319 with a 230-seat Airbus A321, which will be the largest scheduled passenger plane operating at MEM since 2011.

25. 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.

26. Student Petitions to Save Booksellers -

Support continues to pour in for Booksellers at Laurelwood, Memphis’ largest independent bookstore that announced recently it is set to close next month.

Shoppers immediately flocked to the store, which has hung large closing signs in its windows and begun a liquidation sale. A competitor, Burke’s Book Store, issued a rallying cry – a long statement, to be exact – encouraging the community to do what it can to help keep the store open and to support independent bookstores.

27. Last Word: Humes Next, Top ZIPs in Residential and Payback in the Legislature -

Add Dave & Buster’s to the list of "it" retail hot spots. The restaurant-arcade has inked a lease in Cordova by Wolfchase Galeria with plans to open later this year, probably fourth quarter.

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29. January 13-19, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1977: On the front page of The Daily News, the Memphis City Council considers a resolution honoring undercover police officer Joe Hoing for his role in the federal investigation of the Memphis Playgirl strip clubs owned by Art Baldwin of Nashville.
And council members are considering their own investigation to follow up on allegations that Baldwin was paying off some Memphis police officers. “We have prided ourselves on having no organized crime in Memphis,” council member Andy Alissandratos says during the council discussion. “But apparently it has been accused of benefiting from it.”
Hoing worked his way into Baldwin’s organization starting as Baldwin’s driver and becoming a manager of the Memphis nightclubs – he brought in another undercover officer who took his place as Baldwin’s driver.
The investigation of Baldwin would branch off into a federal probe of the administration of then-Tennessee Gov. Ray Blanton for the selling of prison pardons and paroles by those in Blanton’s inner circle. Blanton himself would be convicted and serve jail time for selling liquor licenses.

30. Rhodes College’s Presidential Transition Reflects Larger Changes in Education -

Rhodes College president Bill Troutt kept it simple last month when he introduced Marjorie Hass as the next president of the liberal arts college.

“You have chosen well,” he told the school’s board of trustees.

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32. Local Mortgage Market Closes Out Strong 2016 -

Sam Goff, vice president of Independent Bank’s mortgage division, was already upbeat about the Memphis-area mortgage market as 2016 was only just getting under way.

33. Shelby County Home Sales Prices Hit Record High -

The Memphis and Shelby County housing market remained healthy in 2016, where a record high in average home sales prices and a 15-year low in foreclosures helped make the housing crisis of last decade seem more and more like a distant memory.

34. Last Word: Charter Schools Views, Capitol Hill Round Up & Explaining The Cold War -

Double trouble Wednesday in Oklahoma. The Grizz lose to the Thunder 103-95 in OKC. They are on their way to Houston for a Friday game before returning home Sunday for the MLK game against the Chicago Bulls at the Forum. Meanwhile Tigers lose to Tulsa Wednesday, also in Oklahoma, 81-71. They are back at the Forum Saturday to play South Florida.

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36. Trump Leaving His Global Business – To Be Run By His Sons -

NEW YORK (AP) – Breaking with presidential precedent, Donald Trump said Wednesday he will continue to profit from his global business empire after he enters the White House this month.

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38. Volunteer Memphis Hosting MLK Days of Service -

Volunteer Memphis, in partnership with United Way of the Mid-South, is preparing to hold its inaugural MLK Days of Service, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

The four-day initiative is scheduled for Friday through Monday, Jan. 13-16, with a different theme each day:

39. WestTNHBA Donates To Hickory Withe Association -

The West Tennessee Home Builders Association hosted its 2016 VESTA Home Show in Fayette County and chose the Hickory Withe Community Association as the official charity partner to receive a $10,500 donation.

40. State Systems Makes Its Fifth Acquisition in 2 Years -

Memphis-based total protection company State Systems Inc. has acquired Community Fire Safety Systems in Thompson's Station, Tennessee, marking the company’s fifth acquisition in less than two years and the second in Middle Tennessee.

41. LA Fitness Eyes Collierville, Urban Village Moves Ahead -

1048 W. Poplar Ave.
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $3.7 million

Sale Date: Jan. 5, 2017

Buyer: Fitness International LLC

42. Last Word: Rallings at Rotary, The Weight of Cotton and Ugwueke's Path -

It’s becoming pretty obvious that this is going to be a big year for the issue of crime and violence in our city. It’s also becoming the year that Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings has found his voice in a job that may be the ultimate glass house for politicians.

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44. 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.

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46. Hyde Foundations Will Match Up to $2M for Ballet Memphis -

The Memphis-based Hyde Family Foundations announced Tuesday, Jan. 10, that it will grant up to $2 million in matching funds to Ballet Memphis for money raised as part of the organization’s current campaign.

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48. 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.

49. Last Word: Opening Day in Nashville, Parking Pass or Parking Space and Ell Persons -

Lots of formalities Tuesday in Nashville where the 2017 session of the Tennessee Legislature begins. And that’s what this first week back will be about on the floors of the state House and the state Senate. Away from the floors, the real business of speculation and vote counting and drafting language is already well underway.

50. Tigers Roll Tulane In New Orleans -

Markel Crawford and Dedric Lawson each scored 24 points as the University of Memphis defeated Tulane 80-59 on Saturday, Jan. 7, in New Orleans.

Crawford was a career-best 5 of 6 from 3-point range and hit 8 of 11 shots overall. He also picked up American Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors after averaging 21.5 points and 4.5 rebounds for the week. Lawson added 10 rebounds to his effort for his 13th double-double of the season. He also had five blocks, three assists and two steals. Lawson made the AAC Weekly Honor Roll.

51. Arc Mid-South Planning Disability Day on the Hill -

Advocates for those with disabilities are heading to Nashville Feb. 8 for Disability Day on the Hill, an annual meeting with state lawmakers to discuss legislative issues.

The Arc Mid-South will be providing accessible bus transportation for this event, leaving at 5:30 a.m. from its offices at 3485 Poplar Ave., and returning by 6:30 p.m.

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53. Parents, Save Up: Cost of Raising a Child is More Than $233K -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Expecting a baby? Congratulations! Better put plenty of money in your savings account.

The Department of Agriculture says the estimated cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 is $233,610, or as much as almost $14,000 annually. That's the average for a middle-income couple with two children. It's a bit more expensive in urban parts of the country, and less so in rural areas.

54. Last Word: The Elvis Tradition, Cordova Brewery and Parkside Path -

For about three decades now, there has been a cultural and political tradition around the birthday of Elvis Presley. It used to be a proclamation by the Shelby County Mayor and the Memphis Mayor on the steps of Graceland with a birthday cake.

55. The Week Ahead: January 10-16 -

Good morning, Memphis! Just as the weather here can go from frigid to balmy in a matter of days, the mulching of Christmas trees clashes with the Boys of Summer this week. Plus, the Tennessee General Assembly kicks off its new session, and Paradiso is “Singin’ in the Rain.” Here’s what else you need to know in The Week Ahead…   

56. Bartlett CPA Firm Merges With ATA -

Bartlett-based accounting firm McLean & Associates PLLC has merged with Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs, the eighth-largest accounting firm in Tennessee.

57. Baker Donelson Completes Merger With Ober/Kaler -

Memphis-based Baker Donelson and Baltimore-based Ober/Kaler have completed their previously announced merger, creating one of the 50 largest law firms in the nation.

The firm, which maintains the name of Baker Donelson, added nearly 110 attorneys and more than 100 staff members from Ober/Kaler. That brings its headcount to more than 800 attorneys and advisers, including around 380 shareholders.

58. Homeless Alliance Seeks Help With Annual Count -

The Community Alliance for the Homeless is seeking volunteers to help with its annual point-in-time count, to be held Jan. 25.

The annual count, which is required nationally by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides a snapshot of homelessness in Memphis and Shelby County. It also helps measure the progress of efforts to end homelessness.

59. 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.

60. Parkside Developers Finish Acquiring Land for Shelby Farms Urban Village -

Developers of Parkside at Shelby Farms, a proposed mixed-use project, took another step forward with the purchase nearly 40 acres of vacant property adjacent to Shelby Farms.

61. Zoo Parking Space Dimensions Emerge as Issue in Greensward Compromise -

Some members of the city’s Overton Park Parking Committee want to talk about changing one of the key ground rules for reconfiguring and expanding the Memphis Zoo’s parking area.

And the zoo’s representative on the committee that met Thursday, Jan. 5, is adamant that the requirement for parking spaces to be 10 feet by 20 feet should remain as it is.

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63. January 6-12, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1978: The Sex Pistols play Taliesyn Ballroom in Midtown – the second of seven stops on the original band’s one and only U.S. tour – with Memphis punk trip Quo Jr. opening. The British band’s reputation prompts Memphis authorities to look over the setting for the show as well as go see the performance for themselves.
The ballroom, an annex to the Nineteenth Century Club on Union Avenue, is a short-lived live music venue that already has hosted REO Speedwagon’s first Memphis show.
Mid-South Concerts founder Bob Kelley originally plans a show with no seats until police and fire officials insist there must be seats. The late change means more tickets have been sold for the show then there are seats and some ticketholders are locked out initially.
The Sex Pistols play a full set with police officials watching, ultimately concluding there isn’t anything particularly inflammatory or illegal about the band, whose best known song is “God Save The Queen.” Eight days after the Memphis show, the band plays its final date in San Francisco – and the Sex Pistols break up.

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65. Trump’s Turn -

If the election of Donald Trump was a mystery, there are even more questions about what will he do once he takes office Jan. 20. The clues may or may not be in the conduct of his campaign.

“Donald Trump campaigned without being tied to the traditional parameters of conservative-liberal dialogue that we’ve come to know over the past 20 or 30 years,” said Memphis attorney John Ryder, who is legal counsel to the Republican National Committee. “The hopeful part about that is that allows him to move past those divisions and enter new territory.”

66. Last Word: Booksellers Options, New Parking Spaces and The Memphis Open -

Somewhere in the back of our minds, I think most of us knew there were probably some circumstances under which Booksellers at Laurelwood might remain open. And as it turns out there are some terms the owner is talking about just past the post-New Year’s shock of work that the store will close in February.

67. Zoo Parking Space Dimensions Emerge as Issue In Greensward Compromise -

Some members of the city’s Overton Park Parking Committee want to at least talk about changing one of the key ground rules for the rearrangement and expansion of the Memphis Zoo’s parking area.

And the zoo’s representative on the committee that met Thursday, Jan. 5, is just as adamant that the requirement for parking spaces to be 10 feet by 20 feet should remain as it is.

68. New Advice: Peanuts in Baby's Diet Can Prevent Scary Allergy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – New parents, get ready to feed your babies peanut-containing foods – starting young lowers their chances of becoming allergic.

The National Institutes of Health issued new guidelines Thursday saying most babies should regularly eat those foods starting around 6 months of age, some as early as 4 months. It's a major shift in dietary advice for a country fearful of one of the most dangerous food allergies.

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70. 2016 – What Can We Learn From the Big Events? -

Ray’s Take One of the most important disciplines in financial planning is the annual review. A time to look at what worked, what didn’t, what needs adjusting and what we learned. As we look back on 2016, we can learn some financial lessons from the big events of the year.

71. Clemson Gives ‘Tackle Football’ Broader Meaning -

All that is lacking is corporate sponsorship. The Under Armour Groin Grab, perhaps. Or maybe the Jockey Junk Pull.

Yes, my dignity took a tumble just typing those words.

But the lead-up to the college football national championship game between Alabama and Clemson has been reduced to TV-MA, for mature audiences only, in the wake of the extracurricular activities in the Clemson-Ohio State semifinal and subsequent comments from players.

72. Scenarios Emerge to Keep Booksellers at Laurelwood Going -

For sale: One beloved, 32-year-old independent bookstore. Asking price? $800,000. That’s what Booksellers at Laurelwood owner Neil Van Uum says he’d accept to unload the store, days after announcing its impending closure and a liquidation sale that begins on Friday, Jan. 6.

73. Barbecue Fans Flock to Tipton County for Bozo’s -

Memphis artist Martha Kelly’s monthly illustration for The Daily News is from Mason, Tennessee. Bozo’s Hot Pit Bar-B-Q is an institution around the Tipton County town.

74. Last Word: Convention Center Hotel, The Crime Discussion and A Gas Tax Hike Plan -

Grizzlies fall to the Clippers 115-106 in Los Angeles. They play Golden State Friday in another West Coast road game.

During the California sojourn, Chandler Parsons turned up on the tabloid TV show TMZ clubbing in the general vicinity of Kendall Jenner after New Year’s Eve with Kate Beckinsale.

75. Homeless Alliance Seeks Help With Annual Count -

The Community Alliance for the Homeless is seeking volunteers to help with its annual point-in-time count, to be held Jan. 25.

The annual count, which is required nationally by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides a snapshot of homelessness in Memphis and Shelby County. It also helps measure the progress of efforts to end homelessness.

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. Booksellers at Laurelwood Set to Close -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood has faced imminent closure before, the lights-out moment once so near that the representative of a liquidation chain paid a visit to get a look at the store and take stock of its inventory.

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79. Mortgage Rates, Home Sales and Prices Seen Rising in 2017 -

Nate Lowenstein has been shopping for a home in Los Angeles, on and off, for more than a year.

His search has been stymied by a stubbornly low roster of homes on the market and the hurdles that come with it: multiple competing bids and higher prices.

80. Fed Minutes: If Economy Heats Up, Rate Hikes May Accelerate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials, who boosted a key interest rate last month, said they might need to accelerate future rate hikes if a faster-growing economy pushes down the unemployment rate farther than currently expected.

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82. Last Word: Laurelwood Lament, Fairgrounds Redux and Deeper on Crime -

Booksellers at Laurelwood made it through the Christmas shopping season but will close its doors in Laurelwood probably in February with the liquidation sale beginning Friday – as in this Friday.

83. Owner: Booksellers at Laurelwood Closing -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood has reached its final chapter after 32 years in business.

Citing a decline in sales and rent obligations, store owner Neil Van Uum says the store is preparing to close, with a liquidation sale to begin Friday, Jan. 6.

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85. Baker Donelson, Ober/Kaler Complete Combination -

Memphis-based Baker Donelson and Baltimore-based Ober/Kaler have completed their previously announced merger, creating one of the 50 largest law firms in the nation.

The firm, which maintains the name of Baker Donelson, added nearly 110 attorneys and more than 100 staff members from Ober/Kaler. That brings its headcount to more than 800 attorneys and advisers, including around 380 shareholders.

86. Ford Cancels Plan to Build New Mexican Plant, Adds US Jobs -

FLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP) – The auto industry's relationship with President-elect Donald Trump took a dramatic turn Tuesday as Ford Motor Co. decided to shift investment dollars targeted for Mexico to the U.S., while Trump threatened General Motors with a tax on some imported small cars.

87. Snapshots: Dining Experience in Nineteenth Century Club -

Izakaya Restaurant, housed in the historic 16,000-square-foot 19th Century Club mansion at 1433 Union Ave., held a grand opening Jan. 1. The Japanese-French fusion restaurant offers everything from Japanese Kobe beef steaks to fusion dishes and traditional American fare. Shon and Dana Lin invested $3.5 million in the project, which features stained-glass windows and a fireplace in every room. Archer Construction Co. was general contractor and Looney Ricks Kiss was the project’s architect.

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89. Last Word: A Rainbow's Tale, The Two Holiday Peaks and Crosstown High Plans -

I saw it all so clearly on a very cloudy and very rainy Monday in the city. A strong rainbow with bold colors across town from the setting sun on the river. Not some play rainbow that you create with a garden hose or some alleged double rainbow that depends on where you stand. As we were fond of saying in these parts in the 1980s and the 1990s – this was a “world class” rainbow.

90. Last Word: 2016's Toll, Strickland & Herenton and Downtown Hotel Changes Hands -

The city’s homicide count was at 228 as 2016 came to an end, breaking the old 1993 record.

In a few years maybe there will be a better idea of the larger trend that made 2016 a more violent year. Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings has said gangs were a factor in more homicides but not necessarily most of them – or if they did, it still remained an act between two people who knew each other and being in a gang wasn’t necessarily what set off the violent reaction.

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92. Study: Fringe, Mainstream News Sites Differ in Ad Technology -

NEW YORK (AP) – The contrast between mainstream and fringe news sites isn't just about content. A web analytics firm has found clear differences in their underlying advertising technology.

93. China to Ease Curbs on Foreign Investment After Complaints -

BEIJING (AP) – The Chinese government said Friday it will ease restrictions on foreign investment in sectors ranging from banking and internet services to rail equipment and motorcycles, in response to mounting complaints from foreign business groups and governments.

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97. The Week Ahead: January 3-9 -

Good morning, Memphis – and happy 2017! If you’ve made a new year’s resolution, chances are there’s an event this week to help you along the way. Want to get fit? Check out the Memphis Bike Swap. Vowing to read more? Try the BookTini Book Club launch. And that’s just a taste of what’s happening in The Week Ahead…

98. Lawmakers Address Prosecutors, ASD -

The majority and minority leaders of the Tennessee Senate say there is political pressure to break the link in funding for prosecutors and public defenders.

“I think it takes both efforts,” state Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville said on ‘Behind The Headlines,’ the WKNO/Channel 10 program. “I think we need more prosecutors. I think we also need more public defenders.”

99. Last Word: The Bridge Revisited, The Election Year and Lamar Remains Lamar -

One of the biggest stories of 2016 wasn’t planned and the spontaneous nature of the July 10 demonstration that closed the Hernando DeSoto Bridge made it a very unusual story. It was spontaneous and it tapped long held feelings and frustrations. For that reason and others, it is its own story in our continuing review of the year’s biggest stories in Memphis.

100. New Tennessee System Will ID Uninsured Drivers -

The Tennessee Department of Revenue is encouraging Tennessee drivers to prepare for a new insurance verification system it’s launching in January.

The new system verifies drivers’ insurance coverage on a continual basis instead of only checking at the time they renew registration on their vehicle. It was developed as part of the James Lee Atwood Jr. Law, which was passed during the 2015 legislative session and is meant to reduce the number of uninsured motorists on Tennessee roadways.