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1. Back to School Fair July 29 At Miss. Boulevard Church -

Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church and local partners will offer services to families and children in preparation of the first day of school during a Back to School and Community Health Fair on Saturday, July 29.

2. Alexander, Corker Look Beyond ‘Skinny Repeal’; Cohen Rant Goes Viral -

Tennessee’s two U.S. senators see the failure of the “skinny repeal” health care bill in the Senate as a missed opportunity.

Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker both supported the measure, along with all but three of the rest of the Republican majority in the Senate. But the bill that would have repealed Obamacare without an immediate replacement and which Republicans senators didn’t want the House to approve and send to President Donald Trump fell short of passage with only 49 votes.

3. Alexander, Corker Look Beyond ‘Skinny Repeal’; Cohen Rant Goes Viral -

Tennessee’s two U.S. senators see the failure of the “skinny repeal” health care bill in the Senate as a missed opportunity.

Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker both supported the measure, along with all but three of the rest of the Republican majority in the Senate. But the bill that would have repealed Obamacare without an immediate replacement and which Republicans senators didn’t want the House to approve and send to President Donald Trump fell short of passage with only 49 votes.

4. Back to School Fair Saturday at Miss. Blvd. Church -

Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church and local partners will offer services to families and children in preparation of the first day of school during a Back to School and Community Health Fair on Saturday, July 29.

5. Q & A: On Ole Miss, Memphis Football, NBA … -

The floor is open for questions – on Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss, the amazing Memphis Redbirds and streaky St. Louis Cardinals, the start of University of Memphis football practice, and a few NBA matters …

6. Resolution, Dollar-Figure Miscues Raise Sanitation Workers’ Grants by $20,000 -

After all of these years, maybe what happened Tuesday, July 25, to the city’s plan to pay the 14 surviving sanitation workers from 1968 a grant of $50,000 each was part of the larger narrative of the enduring turmoil of that historic time.

7. Overton Gateway Compromise Approved By Council -

Memphis City Council members approved the Overton Gateway mixed residential development Tuesday, July 25 in a pair of unanimous votes – one for the plans on the north side of Sam Cooper Boulevard at East Parkway and the other for the plans on the south side of Sam Cooper at East Parkway.

8. Overton Gateway Compromise Approved By Council -

Memphis City Council members approved the Overton Gateway mixed residential development Tuesday, July 25 in a pair of unanimous votes – one for the plans on the north side of Sam Cooper Boulevard at East Parkway and the other for the plans on the south side of Sam Cooper at East Parkway.

9. Juxtaposing Views Greet Voting Change -

Memphis City Council members Edmund Ford Jr. and Patrice Robinson have each been on the winning side of a council runoff election and share a district border along Elvis Presley Boulevard in Whitehaven.

10. House Moves to Fill VA's Budget Gap Despite Vets' Objections -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-led House is moving to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall in its Choice program of private-sector care. But the plan was meeting resistance from many Democrats following stiff protests from veterans' groups.

11. Guest Op-Ed: Memphis 3.0? Let’s Think More About Memphis 10.0 -

Lately I’ve been asking myself a question, “What would it take for Memphis to reduce poverty by 50 percent in the next 15 years?” Furthermore, “What would it take for Memphis to be the size of New York in 50 years?”

12. Commission Locks In $4.11 Tax Rate With 10-0 Vote -

Shelby County Commissioners closed the books Wednesday, July 19, on another budget season with approval on third and final reading of a county property tax rate of $4.11.

The fourth commission meeting in a week and a half ran about 20 minutes, ending with the 10-0 vote. Several commissioners were absent from the special meeting.

13. Made-In-USA Goods Can Be Pricey and Elusive. Just Ask Trump -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's push this week to get Americans to buy goods "made in America" is harder than it might seem.

Even for Trump.

The gold-plated pens the president uses to sign laws are assembled in Rhode Island but lacquered and engraved in China. The Boeing jet he posed with to showcase America's industrial might is 30 percent foreign-made. The firetruck the administration parked at the White House this week to promote U.S.-made goods gets about 10 percent of its parts from abroad.

14. Will a Sugar Deal With Mexico Affect US Treat Prices? -

NEW YORK (AP) – Are Americans getting a raw deal on sugar prices?

President Donald Trump called a recent agreement on sugar with Mexico a "very good one" for both countries. But companies that make candy, cakes and other foods containing the sweetener say it will lead to Americans paying more than they already do.

15. Memphis 3.0? Let’s Make Memphis 10.0 -

Lately I’ve been asking myself a question, “What would it take for Memphis to reduce poverty by 50 percent in the next 15 years?” Furthermore, “What would it take for Memphis to be the size of New York in 50 years?”

16. Blight More Than Out-of-State LLCs -

The prominent role investors play in buying single-family homes in Memphis to rent them out is part of the city’s significant problem with blight.

But there are some property owners who live here who don’t even know that their loved one who died recently made them a property owner.

17. On National Summer Learning Day, Memphis Takes Stock of Programs for Kids -

When it comes to summer learning, it’s been a better year for Memphis, where a range of new programs have helped to stem learning loss that hits hard in communities with a high number of low-income students.

18. Bridge Protest Anniversary Draws More Action, Reflection -

A year after the spontaneous protest march that ended with more than 1,000 people shutting down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge for several hours, the leader of that effort was again moving north along B.B. King Boulevard on Sunday, July 9.

19. Last Word: Rumors, The Return of Tyreke Evans and Broadband in Millington -

There is a popular saying attributed to Winston Churchill that goes like this: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Even before social media, that was certainly the case in this part of the world called Memphis. The part of our history that doesn’t fit in books is littered with rumors that turned the city upside down in a much shorter period of time than it took to repair the damage done. That is what happened this weekend with Memphis Light Gas and Water.

20. Hiring Surged Last Month in a Sign of US Economic Vitality -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hiring surged in June in a surprising show of U.S. economic vitality eight years into the recovery from the Great Recession. Pay gains remain weak, though, a stark reminder of one of the economy's key shortcomings.

21. City Plan Closes Retirement Gap for Sanitation Workers, Keeps Social Security -

Over nearly four decades, different city council and mayors have grappled with a legacy of the 1968 sanitation workers strike.

It has endured as history has come to terms with the strike and its violent end and the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination has become a museum.

22. Progress Demands Cooperation -

The Penrose Staircase is an illusory structure resembling a staircase that seems to ascend forever around the perimeter of a square. An artificial construct of the human mind, it provides insights into the nature of the cognitive economy.

23. 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.

24. McConnell Delays Health Care Vote; Trump Engaged -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican legislation overhauling the Obama health care law (all times EDT):

2:40 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is delaying a vote on a Senate health care bill while GOP leadership works toward getting enough votes.

25. Opera Memphis Using Grant to Reach Mostly Absent Audience -

Innovation isn’t necessarily the first word that comes to mind to describe opera. That’s one reason Opera Memphis’ award of a $28,000 Innovation Grant – among the first to be handed out by OPERA America, funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation – is interesting, to say the least.

26. GOP Leaders Add Penalty for Lapsed Coverage to Health Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders added a penalty for people who've let their insurance lapse Monday as party leaders prepared to begin pushing their health care measure through the Senate, despite a rebellion within GOP ranks.

27. Angry Dems Turn Against Leaders After House Election Losses -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Party divisions were on glaring display Wednesday as a special election loss in a wildly expensive Georgia House race left bitter lawmakers turning their anger on their own leaders.

28. Last Word: Wahlburgers, CA For Sale and Council Day -

We really go for hot food brands around here – whether its restaurants or supermarkets. And it makes us suckers to some degree. I don’t mean that in a bad way. Memphis without being open to all possibilities and what others see as impossible is just not Memphis. But when it comes to the business of brands sometimes you start to wonder. We may be guilty of putting too much weight on a brand to solve problems that no brand anywhere can solve.

29. Boyd Talks Gaps In Higher Ed During Whitehaven Stop -

Republican contender for governor Randy Boyd says there is a gap in the state’s Tennessee Promise plan and its reality.

30. Lawmakers: Talk, Action On Crime Don’t Match -

State Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris of Memphis says some of the rhetoric about criminal justice reform – not locking up as many nonviolent offenders for longer sentences – doesn’t match the push for legislation in Nashville.

31. Higher Prices Squeezing Both Renters and Would-Be Homeowners -

A diminished supply of available homes is swelling prices in large U.S. metro areas from New York to Miami to Los Angeles, squeezing out would-be buyers and pushing up rents as more people are forced to remain tenants.

32. Editorial: Memphis NAACP And The Crucible -

It’s hard to imagine a more perilous birth than the one that brought the Memphis Branch NAACP into the world a century ago.

Let’s be specific about what that world was like in 1917, because it is a horrific reality we should never forget.

33. Century Mark -

During a visit to Memphis in April, Andrew Young was talking with reporters about his lengthy public history – being part of Dr. Martin Luther King’s inner circle, a congressman, mayor of Atlanta, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. It was as he talked about King’s death in Memphis that Young, without any prompting, talked about a trio of Memphis attorneys – Benjamin Hooks, Russell Sugarmon and A. W. Willis – that were the key to his and King’s efforts to get things done in Memphis and the surrounding region.

34. Trump Orders More Cash, Industry Input, for Apprenticeships -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered more money and a bigger role for private companies in designing apprenticeship programs meant to fill some of the 6 million open jobs in the U.S.

35. Medicaid Cuts Could Hit Rural Children Hardest -

As Congress fiddles with an Obamacare replacement, one likely to cut billions in Medicaid spending, health care experts warn a decrease in funding could be hard on Tennessee.

During a recent forum in Jackson, Andy Schneider of the Georgetown Center on Children and Families reported that 50 percent of Tennessee’s children in small towns and rural areas are covered by Medicaid, a higher percentage than the rest of the nation, and more than in Tennessee’s urban areas where 39 percent have Medicaid.

36. Amazon Offers Prime Discount to Those on Government Benefits -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is making a play for low-income shoppers. The online leader is offering a discount on its pay-by-month Prime membership for people who receive government assistance.

37. Wal-Mart Works to Close Gap Between Itself and Amazon -

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) – Even after an online spending spree, it may be hard for Wal-Mart to escape the Amazon in the room.

Wal-Mart's acquisition of Jet.com and brands that appeal to younger shoppers have given it an e-commerce boost as it works to close the gap between itself and the online leader. The world's largest retailer is betting on essentials like cereal and diapers, and has adjusted its shipping strategy to better compete with Amazon's Prime program.

38. States Struggle With Oversight of Online Charter Schools -

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – As U.S. children flock to virtual charter schools, states are struggling to catch up and develop rules to make sure the students get a real education and schools get the right funding.

39. Agape Launches $6M Fundraising Campaign -

Agape Child & Family Services has launched a $6 million campaign called “Love Your Neighborhood” that aims to fund its growth through 2020.

The faith-based nonprofit agency, which is dedicated to providing children and families in Memphis with healthy homes, recently was awarded a state contract to extend its services to thousands more Memphians in under-resourced communities.

40. Agape Launches $6 Million Fundraising Campaign -

Agape Child & Family Services has launched a $6 million campaign called “Love Your Neighborhood” that aims to fund its growth through 2020.

The faith-based nonprofit agency, which is dedicated to providing children and families in Memphis with healthy homes, recently was awarded a state contract to extend its services to thousands more Memphians in under-resourced communities.

41. Hardy: EDGE’s MWBE Program Not Working -

The chairwoman of the Greater Memphis Chamber board said first indications are that minority business requirements in tax breaks awarded by the Economic Development Growth Engine – or EDGE – aren’t working.

42. Wal-Mart Sees Online Sales Surge, More Shoppers at Stores -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart saw online sales surge as it changed up its shipping offers, and drew more shoppers to its stores as well in the most recent quarter even as retail overall is more competitive.

43. Burr is Building a Prison-to-Opportunity Pipeline -

The first time Mahal Burr walked into the Shelby County Jail, she was planning to meet with prison officials. Instead, to her surprise, she was shown into a room with 18 incarcerated kids.

“The sheriff’s office rep said, ‘This is Mahal and Evan from BRIDGES, and they’re going to do an activity with you around youth leadership,’” recalls Burr.

44. Luttrell: Mend Issues That Divide Region -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says his hope for a more civil national political discourse may be “a little Alice in Wonderland.” And there are times when he sees local discussions veering in the direction of “Nashville and Washington,” he told the Memphis Rotary Club Tuesday, May 16.

45. Jackson Visits City Hall In Push for Career Education -

At the top of the Tuesday, May 9, Memphis City Council session, the council heard from civil rights leader and two-time presidential contender Rev. Jesse Jackson.

46. Jackson Visits City Hall In Push for Career Education -

At the top of the Tuesday, May 9, Memphis City Council session, the council heard from civil rights leader and two-time presidential contender Rev. Jesse Jackson.

47. Council Hears Railgarten Dispute in 2 Weeks, Appoints Impasse Panels -

Memphis City Council members will hold an evidentiary hearing in two weeks to sort out a Midtown restaurant-bar that ran afoul of the approvals needed to open with annexes including intermodal containers and an outdoor area.

48. Last Word: BSMF, Budget Books and Milli Vanilli -

Three days of sun and mild temperatures for the Beale Street Music Festival. Not to be all “Dawn Lazarus” about the weather. Of course, it wasn’t just that way over Tom Lee Park. And many of us continue to find there is life outside after you have determined your festival days may be behind you. We were all over the place this weekend including Tom Lee Park and Shelby Farms Park and backyards and trails and on a rising river. Can you still claim you were at BSMF if you were within earshot of it?

49. Yellen Says Women Still Face Challenges in Workplace -

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that women have made major strides in the workplace in the past 125 years, but she expressed concern about barriers that are still holding women back today.

50. Credit Rater Warns on Mississippi, Citing Economy and Taxes -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Another credit rating agency is warning that the financial outlook for Mississippi government finances is weakening.

Standard & Poor's Financial Services on Tuesday downgraded its outlook for state government credit rating to negative from stable.

51. Editorial: Optimism and Uncertainty Amid a ‘WWTD’ Mindset -

Since the presidential election in November, economists and investors have been judging the future by a standard dubbed WWTD: What would Trump do?

Much of the early speculation was based specifically on what Donald Trump said as a candidate. In the last four months, however, that standard has come to be judged increasingly on what is possible with the art of compromise.

52. The Optimal Retirement Age -

Ray’s Take Most of us say we want to do it – retire, that is. Given that, how do we find that perfect time to do it? Retirement at the optimal age isn’t something to be left to chance; it is something that needs to be a rational decision that takes into consideration a variety of variables. Financial variables include how much income you’ll be receiving from all sources and factoring in life expectancy and health issues. Emotional variables include considering that your spouse may have taken you for better or worse, but not for lunch.

53. NAREB Kicks Off Events to Build Black Homeownership -

With homeownership rates among African-Americans 20 percent below the national average, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers has launched a “Two Million Black Homeowners in Five Years” initiative with the hopes of closing the homeowner gap.

54. EDGE Board Approves Two PILOTs, GMACW Merger -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County on Wednesday, April 19, granted tax abatements for a pair of companies with capital investment plans totaling $34 million and approved a resolution that allows the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce to merge into EDGE.

55. Google Refutes Charges, Says There is No Gender Pay Gap -

NEW YORK (AP) – Google said it's "taken aback " by the government's claim that it doesn't compensate women fairly.

The company said it conducts "rigorous analyses" that its pay practices are gender-blind and found "no gender pay gap" in 52 major job categories it analyzed last year. Google added that analysts who calculate suggested pay don't have access to employees' gender data.

56. GOP Happy to ‘Wait and See’ on Medicaid -

Republicans say ho, Democrats say go. In the wake of Trumpcare’s congressional crash, states such as Kansas and North Carolina are joining the majority of the nation in expanding Medicaid rolls.

57. Trump Targets Trade Abuses With Executive Orders -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump signed a pair of executive orders Friday focused on reducing the trade deficit just days before he holds his first meeting with his Chinese counterpart.

58. Community Groups Working to Bridge Economic Development Gaps -

When a $1 million award for North Memphis was announced recently, it signaled an opportunity to bring change to those communities.

North Memphis received a $1 million award through the Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) that went to the Memphis Partners for Resilient Communities. But in the Klondike and Smokey City neighborhoods of North Memphis, work has been underway for years to support the people who live and work there in the form of the Klondike Smokey City Community Development Corp.

59. University of Tennessee Tuition Hikes at 3 Percent or Less -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro says tuition increases will be at 3 percent or less for the third year in a row due to self-imposed budget restraints.

60. Norris’ Broadband Bill Clears State Senate Hurdle -

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

61. Yellen: Banks Play Vital Economic Role in Poor Communities -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that U.S. banks must do all they can to promote economic development in low-income areas where high unemployment has persisted despite the overall job market's significant gains.

62. Political Past, Present Meet as Wharton’s Portrait Joins Hall of Mayors -

When A C Wharton Jr. was Memphis mayor, his relationship with the Memphis City Council wasn’t always good. And it would usually get worse whenever he’d call a press conference in the Hall of Mayors on a Tuesday the council was meeting. Some council members thought it was to draw attention from them.

63. Trump: Next Old Hickory or Carnival Barker -

For those who ignore the news – fake or otherwise – Donald Trump won the presidency last November.

While he didn’t capture a majority of the vote, he did win the electoral vote, causing many detractors to call for the elimination of this outdated voting method.

64. Greensward Compromise Text, Discussion Differ on Cost Split -

At the end of a surprising day at City Hall, Memphis City Council member Worth Morgan was anticipating what might happen in the three weeks until the next council session to the compromise for zoo parking in Overton Park.

65. Hopson, Caldwell Plan for SCS Long-Term -

Five years into historic changes in public education locally, the rapid pace of change is starting to give way to longer-term views and plans.

“This has been the first year since the merger that we actually are in a position to do some strategic investments in our schools,” Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson said on the WKNO/Channel 10 program “Behind The Headlines.”

66. Agape Kids Classic May 5 at Windkye -

This year’s Agape Kids Classic, sponsored by Dunbar Mechanical Contractors, will be held May 5 at noon at Windyke Country Club. The event offers a day of golf, fellowship and fun – all in support of the Agape mission to provide healthy homes for children and families in Memphis.

67. Local Concert Business Amping Up, Keeping Memphis Promoters Busy -

The concert business appears to be healthier in 2017, with more performers and artists on tour than in recent years – and more of them are booking shows in Memphis.

But it’s never that simple in the business of shows, where booking is a process and touring is becoming more of a necessity.

68. Next Season’s Memphis Tigers Defense Begins Building Up Now -

If spring football practice is about looking ahead – and it is – then the off-season that precedes it is about looking back. University of Memphis defensive coordinator Chris Ball watched every defensive snap from the 2016 season – 1,025 plays from an 8-5 season.

69. Agape Kids Classic May 5 at Windkye -

This year’s Agape Kids Classic, sponsored by Dunbar Mechanical Contractors, will be held May 5 at noon at Windyke Country Club. The event offers a day of golf, fellowship and fun – all in support of the Agape mission to provide healthy homes for children and families in Memphis.

70. New Midtown Ping-Pong Bar Applies For Beer Permit -

Railgarten, a new Midtown bar hoping to help bridge the gap between Overton Square and Cooper-Young, has applied for an on-premise beer license with the City of Memphis Alcohol Commission.

2166 Central LLC, doing business as Railgarten Diner, was listed as the applicant for the permit.

71. Millington Pouring Funds Into Projects To Attract New Businesses, Residents -

Millington, the smallest city in Shelby County, has some unique advantages and is making a comeback with millions of dollars in grants to fund infrastructure projects and a collective commitment from city leaders to revive the community and attract new businesses.

72. US Trade Deficit Jumps to 5-Year High of $48.5 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit jumped in January to the highest level in nearly five years as a flood of mobile phones and other consumer products widened America's trade gap with China. The result underscores the challenges facing President Donald Trump in fulfilling a campaign pledge to reduce America's trade deficits.

73. Last Word: Who Needs To Be Watched, Hopdoddy and Fresh Fed Numbers -

Three Memphis City Council members on Behind The Headlines had quite a bit to say about protesters and lists and police surveillance. Council chairman Berlin Boyd and council members Kemp Conrad and Worth Morgan all say the surveillance question, which is the central issue now that the City Hall list has been pared significantly, is complex because of public postings and protests in public places.

74. GOP Health Bill: Less Government; But What About Coverage? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Health insurance tax credits, mandates, taxation of employer coverage, essential benefits. Mind-numbing health care jargon is flying around again as Republicans move to repeal and replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. It's time to start paying attention.

75. Bills Aimed at Raising Permanent Funding For Road Projects Collide Again This Week -

NASHVILLE – The chairwoman of the House Transportation Subcommittee is defiant in her handling of legislation that could have derailed Gov. Bill Haslam’s fuel-tax plan, a high-profile measure on the panel’s calendar again Wednesday, March 1.

76. Bills Aimed at Raising Road Project Funding Collide Again This Week -

NASHVILLE – The chairwoman of the House Transportation Subcommittee is defiant in her handling of legislation that could have derailed Gov. Bill Haslam’s fuel-tax plan, a high-profile measure on the panel’s calendar again Wednesday, March 1.

77. Tennessee's Film Industry Experiencing Significant Growth -

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) – In a state famous for its banjos and bluegrass, television and movie production certainly isn't the most acclaimed of the Volunteer State's entertainment industries.

78. Trump Tells Retail CEOs People Will 'Love' His Tax Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump met Wednesday with the CEOs of large retailers like Target and Best Buy, who have a built-in concern: They're worried about a possible border tax on imported goods.

79. Trump Tells Retail CEOs People Will 'Love' His Tax Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump met Wednesday with the CEOs of large retailers like Target and Best Buy, who have a built-in concern: They're worried about a possible border tax on imported goods.

80. View From the Hill: Legislators Feel Free to Work Against Haslam -

Democrats appear delighted about division within Republican ranks concerning Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed fuel-tax increase, detecting a possible chink in the armor.

“How many times does the supermajority have to stab the governor in the back and undermine his core proposals before the people of the state of Tennessee wonder whether they need a different group up here?” asks Mike Stewart, House Minority Caucus chairman.

81. View From the Hill: Haslam Plan Tilts Broadband Playing Field -

State Reps. Pat Marsh and Art Swann emerged from a meeting underwhelmed by Gov. Bill Haslam’s legislation to spread broadband internet access across Tennessee.

“I thought there would be a lot more to it,” says Marsh, a Shelbyville Republican, calling the proposal “a drop in the bucket” financially but at least a starting point.

82. Full Text of Gov. Bill Haslam's State of the State Address -

Here is the full text of Gov. Bill Haslam's annual State of the State address as prepared for delivery to a joint convention of the Tennessee General Assembly on Monday.

Speaker Harwell, Lieutenant Governor McNally, Speakers Pro Tem Tracy and Johnson, Members of the 110th General Assembly, Justices, Constitutional Officers, General Slatery, Commissioners, Friends, Guests, fellow Tennesseans, and for the seventh year in a row, the woman voted best first lady in the land, Crissy. My kids even made it this year.

83. TDHS, Agape Partner On Two-Generation Model -

The Tennessee Department of Human Services has partnered with Agape Child and Family Services, a faith-based nonprofit in Memphis, using a two-generation framework serving children and parents in an effort to provide support, permanency and sustainability within the family unit and the community.

84. Recruiting Reforms Could Bring End to Signing Day Circus -

The first Wednesday of February in college football has become a celebration of hat-picking suspense and hopeful speculation. Schools use national signing day to excite their fans, market the program and impress future recruits with a flashy welcome.

85. City Graduates First Companies Through New Business Accelerator -

The city of Memphis’ inaugural minority business accelerator has graduated its first participants – seven companies whose businesses touch everything from event planning to construction – but in some respects the work is only now just beginning.

86. Imperfect Grizzlies? Yes, And They Have Much Company -

T he Grizzlies have two wins over both the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. That’s, you know, not supposed to happen. And this week, LeBron James sounded off on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ desperate need for a backup point guard. So the world champions have issues.

87. Tigers Model Their Resolve in 70-65 Victory Over UCF -

The game started with the Tigers’ opponent hitting two contested 3-pointers, the Tigers taking and missing a couple of ill-advised jump shots, and UCF running out on two fastbreaks.

Just like that, only two minutes and two seconds into the proceedings, the University of Memphis was losing 10-0. It happened so fast the crowd at FedExForum didn’t even have time for much of a reaction.

88. Final 4 is Proof NFL Teams Must Have Elite QBs -

Now that the NFL playoffs are down to four teams remaining, it is easy to point out the common thread among them: Elite play at the quarterback position.

Whether it is Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers – all of whom have won Super Bowls – or Matt Ryan, who was selected as an All Pro this season and could win the MVP Award, the Patriots, Steelers, Packers and Falcons have a game-changer calling the signals.

89. Saban Dominance Bad for SEC? Not Buying It -

I keep reading that Nick Saban is ruining SEC football because his Alabama program is so dominant.

And I just don’t get it.

The misguided Saban-as-Satan logic goes this way:

90. US Budget Deficit Nearly Doubles in December From Year Ago -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. federal government's budget deficit rose from a year earlier for the second straight month, the latest sign of a rising financing gap.

The Treasury Department said Thursday that the December budget deficit was $27.5 billion, nearly double the $14 billion in December 2015. In the first three months of the government's budget year, the deficit is slightly below last year's total. But adjusting for calendar quirks that moved some large benefit payments into September, the deficit has worsened in the past three months.

91. Tennessee Lawmakers Could Raise, Lower Taxes This Session -

The 110th General Assembly is set to convene on Jan. 10 with unfinished business from previous sessions likely to dominate debate.

Here’s a look at some of the hottest topics expected to arise.

92. 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.

93. Karen Camper Crosses Aisle to Tackle State’s Most Pressing Issues -

Editor’s note: This is part two of Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard’s feature on Memphis state Rep. Karen Camper. Read part one in the Thursday, Dec. 22, edition of The Daily News or online at memphisdailynews.com.

94. What 2017 May Mean for Your Personal Finances -

It's been a tumultuous 2016 – both financially and politically. The year may have left some people wondering, what's next? And, how will it affect me?

Lacking a crystal ball, we asked a few economic experts what they think 2017 may hold in store for Americans' personal finances. Here's their take on what to expect in the year ahead:

95. 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.

96. Gatlinburg Reopens -

I couldn’t believe my eyes late the night of Nov. 28 as I mindlessly scrolled through my Twitter feed and began seeing videos of drivers frantically passing through massive walls of flame shooting skyward along the road.

97. TNReady Report Cards Dip With New Test -

Shelby County Schools leaders have a math literacy program that will rollout in phases starting next year. The plan was already in the works before new state test results were released Tuesday, Dec. 13, for school districts across the state.

98. SCS TNReady Scores Dip Particularly In Math -

Shelby County Schools leaders have a math literacy program that will rollout in phases starting next year.

The plan was already in the works before new state test results were released Tuesday, Dec. 13, for school districts across the state.

99. Federal Budget Deficit Jumps to $136.7 Billion in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government's deficit jumped sharply in November but for the first two months of the budget year is running 10 percent lower than a year ago.

The Treasury Department said Monday that the deficit for November totaled $136.7 billion, compared to a deficit of $44.2 billion in October.

100. Americans' Odds of Earning More Than Parents Have Plunged -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The likelihood that young adults will earn more than their parents has plummeted in recent decades, a study has found, fueling concerns that the American dream of steady upward mobility is foundering amid a widening wealth gap.