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1. Collins Leaving as City's Chief Financial Officer -

City of Memphis chief financial officer Brian Collins is leaving the post he’s held for the last five years across two mayoral administrations to become executive director of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, Collins announced Friday, Nov. 17. He is leaving City Hall in January and starts his new job Jan. 8.

2. The Next Four Years -

A week before candidates for the 2018 Shelby County elections could pull qualifying petitions to run, Shelby County Commissioner David Reaves was thinking out loud on Facebook.

“Next four years,” was how it began.

3. Graceland Sues Over Concert Venue Scrapped By Grizz Noncompete -

Graceland is challenging the noncompete agreement the city and county governments have with the Memphis Grizzlies in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Shelby County Chancery Court.

The lawsuit by Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. and Guesthouse at Graceland LLC seeks a declaratory judgment against the city of Memphis, Shelby County and Memphis Basketball LLC.

4. Tigers Easily Tamed by No. 25 Alabama in Opener -

They weren’t very good from the free-throw line (22 of 36 for 61.1 percent) and they were abysmal from 3-point range (2 of 17 for 11.8 percent). None of the players, with the exception of guard Kareem Brewton (13 points), could consistently create his own shot and they collectively finished with seven assists and 17 turnovers.

5. Non-Bank Lenders See Business Rise Among Shelby County Homebuyers -

One byproduct of the steady upward climb in volume generated by Shelby County’s mortgage market over the past year or two is that banks – traditional brick-and-mortar institutions, that is – haven’t been the only beneficiary of the consumer demand behind that trend.

6. Editorial: Fairgrounds Redevelopment Is About More Than Buildings -

The Mid-South Fairgrounds contains parking lots, a few buildings, a stadium and an arena in a central location. What we project onto that is another matter, as the question of what to do at the Fairgrounds opens up a closet where resentment is packed in with a hatbox or two of gilded memories and a file cabinet of plans.

7. Sports Complex Remains Driver of Fairgrounds Redevelopment Plan -

Parts of the city’s tentative plan for redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds may still come and go and the cost estimates could vary. But Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration made it clear at a Monday, Nov. 6, public meeting to unveil the most specific plan yet that a youth sports tournament complex is the anchor and driver of the financing for a redevelopment covering 175 acres.

8. Last Word: Fairgrounds Surprises, Aquarium Reprise and Six Open Commission Seats -

There are lots of renderings and blueprints floating around this city of ours these days. Land opening up, locations changing, possibilities revealed, new uses for old places and old places giving way to new. So it’s not surprising to see some smaller changes that are nevertheless highly visible. Thus comes word with the new week that Spin City, the corner tenant at Poplar and Highland in Poplar Plaza, will close with the new year and Spaghetti Warehouse, on Huling Downtown, will close later this month in the week before Thanksgiving.

9. Harris Cites Effects of ‘Trump Approach’ on County Races -

Three weeks into his run for Shelby County mayor on the 2018 ballot, state Sen. Lee Harris told a group of 30 supporters in Victorian Village Wednesday, Nov. 1, that he is running as a response to the “Trump approach.”

10. Run Women Run -

In 2018, Shelby County voters will be presented with a long ballot as candidates compete for most county offices, many school board and suburban government positions and congressional and legislative seats.

11. Protecting Wealth -

Gena Wolbrecht, who heads up the newly launched investment program at BankTennessee, encourages potential clients to make some of the same considerations they do when they turn to other non-financial specialists like a doctor.

12. Block Party Slated At MBCC Oct. 28 -

Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church (MBCC) will host a free community block party in conjunction with Crump Police Station at University Place Apartments from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28.

13. Memphis College of Art Closing Doors -

Memphis College of Art, the 81-year-old Overton Park institution, will close by May of 2020 after years of financial struggles.

The college’s board described the pending process as an “orderly dissolution of MCA’s real estate and other assets to fund the College’s debt obligations and other liabilities, including providing sufficient funding to serve existing students who remain at MCA.”

14. Memphis College of Art Closing Its Doors -

The Memphis College of Art will close by May of 2020 in what the board of the 81-year old Overton Park institution is describing as an "orderly dissolution of MCA’s real estate and other assets to fund the College’s debt obligations and other liabilities, including providing sufficient funding to serve existing students who remain at MCA."

15. The Ties That Bind -

When Big River Crossing was about to open a year ago, Doug Carpenter was asked often where the Tennessee-Arkansas state line is over the Mississippi River.

His marketing firm DCA has overseen publicity for the crossing from concept through construction, so he has learned much about the history of the Harahan Bridge and the mighty river below it. But the stateline wasn't marked

16. American Athletic Conference Making Noise -

At the 2015 American Athletic Conference’s football media days, commissioner Mike Aresco made the case for the league as a “challenger brand” to the established Power Five of the SEC, Big Ten, ACC, Big 12 and PAC-12.

17. Democrat Bredesen Confirms Interest in Tennessee Senate Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the last Democrat to win a statewide race in Tennessee, is considering a bid to succeed retiring Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.

18. Memphis Hosts 15th Musculoskeletal Industry Conference -

The annual Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference returns to Memphis this week for the 15th time, bringing together venture capitalists and industry leaders from around the country to give them a “target-rich environment” in which to network and potentially make deals.

19. Monumental Decision -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland may not even get a discussion with the Tennessee Historical Commission Friday, Oct. 13, about moving the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest out of a city park.

20. Corker’s Public Disagreement with Trump A Defining Moment in His Political Career -

Many politicians have touchstones outside the world of politics and holding office they will return to and use in their political life.

In the case of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker the tell or indication of that touchstone, he has said, is the sweat on his upper lip that has served as an indication a business deal was near but not yet done.

21. Memphis Women’s Basketball Team Loses Key Player -

University of Memphis women’s basketball senior forward Ashia Jones has suffered a season-ending injury, causing her to miss a second season.

Jones transferred from the University of Tennessee at Martin after the 2014-15 season, where she was the fourth-leading scorer in the nation at 23.4 points per game. Jones also missed her first eligible season in 2016-17 with the Tigers due to a season-ending ACL injury.

22. Connecting The Pieces -

The Pinch District – a Downtown mini-neighborhood of only a few blocks sandwiched between the Memphis Cook Convention Center, Uptown, The Pyramid and the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – has been a neglected donut hole of development for years, as investments have poured into other areas of Downtown around it.

23. US Trade Deficit Narrows to $42.4 Billion in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rising exports and falling imports cut the U.S. trade deficit to $42.4 billion in August, the lowest in 11 months.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that the trade gap – the difference between exports and imports – fell in August from $43.6 billion in July.

24. Hiring Larry Scott As Offensive Coordinator Big Mistake For Jones -

If/when Butch Jones is fired at Tennessee, a number of reasons will be cited. Among them:

• A 41-0 no-show at home against Georgia

• A combined 3-11 record against rivals Alabama, Florida and Georgia

25. Pinch District Redevelopment Discussion On Tap -

The nine-block area between the Pyramid and the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital known as the Pinch District is set to be remade in transformative fashion as part of the city moving closer to its bicentennial in 2019.

26. State Politicians in No Hurry to Fix Health Insurance -

We don’t need no stinkin’ special session on Medicaid expansion.

That’s pretty much the Republican response to House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh’s call for Gov. Bill Haslam to bring lawmakers back to Nashville after the Graham-Cassidy bill failed in Congress.

27. Profound Effect -

The life of a college basketball walk-on tends to be an uneven equation. All those hours of practice, day after day after day. In return, precious minutes on game nights. Well, every few weeks.

In the case of Jonathan Wilfong, a Memphis University School grad who walked on at Southern Methodist University, he played 11 minutes his entire freshman season and 22 as a sophomore. He got a little more run the next two years, including a 16-minute stint when SMU smashed the University of Memphis 103-62 as Wilfong scored four points.

28. Retail Group Expects Holiday Sales to Rise 3.6 to 4 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) – With stores closing and retailers filing for bankruptcy, a trade group says it still expects holiday sales to at least match the 3.6 percent growth of a year ago, as online shopping keeps increasing and improving wages may put people in a mood to spend.

29. After 40-13 Loss at UCF, Memphis Tigers Embrace a Put-up or Shut-up Mentality -

Had the University of Memphis football team gone into Orlando last Saturday and defeated UCF, the Tigers would have been 4-0 and likely moved into the Top 25. In fact UCF (3-0) did slide into the 25th spot in the Associated Press poll after giving Memphis a 40-13 beatdown.

30. Editorial: The 5,000-Seat Noncompete In a Changing Memphis -

The mantra has been clear since Graceland dramatically changed the plans for its proposed Whitehaven concert venue: Almost nobody in officialdom wants to touch the Memphis Grizzlies’ noncompete clause for FedExForum.

31. Full Steam Ahead: Funds of All Types Rose Again Last Quarter -

NEW YORK (AP) – Utopia is still in effect for fund investors. Funds of all types again powered higher in the third quarter, as stocks and bonds around the world rose in unison. Not only did investors get strong returns from their funds, they also got them with remarkably few headaches along the way.

32. Congress at Crossroads After Another GOP Health Care Failure -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is at a crossroads after Republicans' stinging failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law. But what's next – more partisan conflict or a pragmatic shift toward cooperation?

33. Shafer: Graceland, FedExForum Should Compromise on Whitehaven Arena -

Shelby County Commission chairwoman Heidi Shafer says there may be some kind of compromise still to be made when it comes to a performance venue at Graceland in Whitehaven.

34. Opera Memphis Kicks Off Effort to Diversify Audience -

The typical opera company busies itself with the normal things you might imagine – staging lavish productions, selling tickets and working to fill impressive venues with as many patrons as possible.

35. Editorial: Beale Street and The Line for City Leaders -

When he was mayor, Willie Herenton had a saying that was his answer to speculation about whether he had crossed a legal line. Like the time when he bought an option on land fronting Union Avenue near AutoZone Park that was being considered as a possible site for a new convention center or hotel.

36. Widening The Path -

He asked to only be a small part of this story. But when you come up with an idea so good, so powerful, that it’s named as one of the top 20 ideas in the Forbes Change the World Competition, you are the story’s foundation.

37. Flee Joins Youth Villages To Lead Digital, Creative Strategy -

Travis Flee has been named a director of Youth Villages’ marketing and communications department, where he serves as director of digital strategy and creative services. Flee comes to Youth Villages with nearly 20 years of marketing experience, serving most recently as the director of digital brand marketing for Hilton Worldwide.

38. Google Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Gender Pay -

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) – Google faces a new lawsuit accusing it of gender-based pay discrimination. A lawyer representing three female former Google employees is seeking class action status for the claim.

39. US Budget Deficit Up Slightly to $107.7 Billion in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government recorded a slightly larger deficit in August than a year ago, while the deficit through the first 11 months of this budget year is well above the same period last year.

40. American Household Income Finally Topped 1999 Peak Last Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a stark reminder of the damage done by the Great Recession and of the modest recovery that followed, the median American household only last year finally earned more than it did in 1999.

41. Apple May Test the Bounds of iPhone Love With a $1,000 Model -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple is expected to sell its fanciest iPhone yet for $1,000, crossing into a new financial frontier that will test how much consumers are willing to pay for a device that's become an indispensable part of modern life.

42. Is Business Killing Our Creative Sprits? -

This week there was an article in Inc. magazine that was wildly popular on social media. Elon Musk named his favorite books and there was only one business book out of 10. The rest were science fiction, classics, great books. Many were surprised to learn that Musk finds inspiration in the arts and other fields and finds the canon of management literate uninspired, clichéd, even boring.

43. Graceland: Arena Won’t Compete With Forum -

The managing partner of Graceland Holdings LLC says the plan for a new Whitehaven arena with 5,000 to 6,000 seats isn’t to compete with any venue in Memphis and Shelby County.

44. Pamela Urquieta Paves Innovative Pathways -

Pamela Urquieta has worked closely with about 100 student innovators, and led workshops for another 1,000, during her two-year tenure as program coordinator at LITE Memphis. LITE, which stands for Let’s Innovate Through Education, is a Memphis-based nonprofit that focuses on connecting students with internship and entrepreneurship opportunities.

45. Graceland: New Arena Not Competing With Forum -

Graceland plans to go to the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) in the next week seeking a bigger percentage of the city and county property tax revenue from its 120-acre campus for a $50 million arena in Whitehaven.

46. Graceland Says New Arena Not Competition For Forum -

The managing partner of Graceland Holdings LLC says the plan for a new $40 million  to $50 million Whitehaven arena with 5,000 to 6,000 seats isn’t to compete with any venue in Memphis and Shelby County.

47. Old Hat vs. New Tricks -

It’s no secret businesses see value in leveraging technology like social media in their marketing efforts. While technology has opened new doors in customer acquisition, it has also created new headaches for sales teams who find themselves struggling to adapt in today’s changing market landscape.

48. Baptist Opens Specialty Pharmacy -

Baptist Memorial Health Care has opened the first specialty pharmacy in the system, a place that the hospital’s leadership says is especially well-suited to care for the medication needs of patients dealing with chronic health conditions.

49. Education Expert Cites Need for Preschool Access, Higher Teacher Pay -

Education research continues to show that early intervention sets the foundation for students’ future academic success. On Friday, Memphis’ Hutchison School hosted nationally acclaimed education researcher Dr. Amanda VanDerHeyden for a talk titled "How Critical Is a Strong Early Childhood Education.”

50. Whitehaven Boom Gets Arena Catalyst -

As she looked across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the parking lot of the new Tri-State Bank headquarters at Elvis Presley and Farrow Road last week, Memphis City Council member Patrice Robinson took in the view of the new five-bay retail strip and looked north at another new strip soon to come online, and talked about a third in the works.

51. Graceland Investing $50M in New Theater to Fill Memphis Venue Gap -

The next phase in Graceland’s expansion in Whitehaven is a $40 million to $50 million investment in a 6,000- to 7,000-seat theater and event center about where Heartbreak Hotel currently stands.

52. Graceland To Fill City Arena Gap With $50 Million Whitehaven Theater -

The next phase in Graceland’s expansion in Whitehaven will be a $40 million to $50 million investment in a 6,000- to 7,000-seat theater and event center about where the Heartbreak Hotel currently stands.

53. Lazarov Strategizes to Strengthen Memphis Businesses -

There’s a lot Jami Lazarov can’t tell you about her work. The young attorney – three years into her position as a senior associate attorney at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP – practices the kind of law carried out in high-pressure offices and boardrooms, not high-drama courtrooms. And the specifics stay between Lazarov and her many influential Memphis clients.

54. Ken Hause Cooks Up Strategy To Enhance L’Ecole Culinaire -

L'Ecole Culinaire-Memphis has added Ken Hause its campus director. In his new role, Hause is responsible for overseeing operations of the Memphis campus, including ensuring a rich student experience that leads to employment in the culinary field, while enhancing the school’s reputation for educational excellence, compliance and operational performance.

55. Last Word: Night in the Park, Hattiloo Goes Bigger & Cohen on the Republican Soul -

A gathering in Health Science Park a little before 11:30 Monday evening by a group of protesters who Facebooked that their intent was to take down the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest. Memphis Police showed up quickly and the police supervisor told those around the statue that the park is a private park and that no one can be in the park after 8 p.m. No arrests but the police did ask for identification from those in the park.

56. Cohen Defines Gap Between Trump and Republicans -

There is a distinction to be made between the Republican majorities in the U.S. House and Senate and President Donald Trump, says U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, one of Trump’s most vocal and virulent critics.

57. New Collierville High Signals Shift In Education -

A year from now, the $90 million Collierville High School will open for classes with an estimated 2,600 students.

Collierville Schools superintendent John Aitken is keenly aware that for many citizens the construction work is what they know about the school system entering its fourth school year.

58. Fairgrounds Crosses Liberty Bowl Playbook -

As the city starts anew the planning process for a more active Fairgrounds with more attractions, city council members want the Liberty Bowl to be more active as well.

The council approved Tuesday, Aug. 8, a new five-year contract with the University of Memphis for Tigers football home games. And the council will probably consider similar contracts later this month for the use of the Liberty Bowl by the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and Southern Heritage Classic.

59. Council Approves 5-Year Pact with University for Liberty Bowl Lease -

Just in time for an Aug. 31 football season opener, the University of Memphis has a new five year contract with the city of Memphis for the use of the Liberty Bowl and surrounding Fairgrounds area.

60. 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.

61. US Trade Deficit Narrowed to $43.6 Billion in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in June as exports hit the highest level in 2 1/2 years.

The Commerce Department said Friday that the trade gap slid 5.9 percent in June to $43.6 billion.

62. Last Word: St. Jude School, More Gannett Moves and Maida Pearson Smith -

For most, the school year starts next week. But classes are already underway at St. Jude’s new Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, an idea 15 years in the making, according to the physician who had that idea. The school is a big step in higher education in Memphis and its road to research center status.

63. IRIS Orchestra Fellows Program Bridges Gap to Professional Career -

They get to play in an orchestra next to world-class musicians. They will have mentors and be mentors for children in the Shelby County Schools system. During their 10-month fellowship, they are paid a stipend and housing is provided at artist friendly Crosstown Concourse.

64. 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.

65. 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.

66. 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.

67. 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.

68. 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 …

69. 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.

70. 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.

71. 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.

72. 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.

73. 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.

74. 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?”

75. 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.

76. 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.

77. 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.

78. 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?”

79. 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.

80. 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.

81. 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.

82. 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.

83. 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.

84. 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.

85. 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.

86. 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.

87. 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.

88. 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.

89. 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.

90. 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.

91. 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.

92. 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.

93. 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.

94. 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.

95. 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.

96. 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.

97. 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.

98. 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.

99. 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.

100. 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.