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1. Haslam: Memphis Has Not Been Ignored During His Administration -

On the heels of gubernatorial candidates courting Memphis and calling for increased state involvement, Gov. Bill Haslam is defending his record, saying the Bluff City hasn’t been overlooked on his watch.

2. Haslam: Memphis Has Not Been Ignored During His Administration -

State

Haslam: Memphis Has Not Been Ignored During His Administration

Special to The Daily News

On the heels of gubernatorial candidates courting Memphis and calling for increased state involvement, Gov. Bill Haslam is defending his record, saying the Bluff City hasn’t been overlooked on his watch.

3. Trump Rejects Official Puerto Rico Hurricane Death Toll -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected the official conclusion that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from last year's Hurricane Maria, arguing without evidence that the number was wrong and calling it a plot by Democrats to make him "look as bad as possible."

4. Defying Polls, Nixon Looks to Upset Cuomo in N.Y. Gubernatorial Primary -

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Polls may show her far behind New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Thursday's Democratic primary, but Cynthia Nixon says she knows something that Cuomo and the pollsters don't.

5. AP Poll: Voters Open to Candidates Who Aren't Very Religious -

NEW YORK (AP) — Religion's role in politics and public policy is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to a poll released Tuesday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

6. Pence to Headline Knoxville Fundraiser for Blackburn's U.S. Senate Bid -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will headline another Tennessee fundraiser for Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in her Senate bid.

7. Poll Gives Bredesen Edge Over Blackburn in Senate Race -

An NBC/Marist poll is giving former Democratic governor Phil Bredesen a slight edge over Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in a race that could change the makeup of the U.S. Senate.

8. The Seam Eyes Growth With New Personnel, Technologies -

With nearly 20 years of software development for commodities industries like cotton and peanuts, local fintech company The Seam is looking to the future, developing new technologies supporting sustainable agriculture initiatives.

9. St. Kitts Mixes Authenticity, Beauty -

“We never get cruisers in the shop. I’m surprised you’re not staying on the island. Cruisers don’t find us.”

We had just struck up a conversation with an artist at The Gallery Cafe, an independent art gallery and café on the north side of Independence Square in Basseterre, the capital of the Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis. We were a few blocks from the more tourist-heavy part of the capital city, apparently just out of the normal reaches of day tourists arriving by cruise ship.

10. St. Kitts Mixes Authenticity, Beauty -

The Daily Traveler

St. Kitts Mixes Authenticity, Beauty

LANCE WIEDOWER

Special to The Daily News

“We never get cruisers in the shop. I’m surprised you’re not staying on the island. Cruisers don’t find us.”

11. Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh Stresses Independence, Won't Discuss WH subpoenas -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh repeatedly stressed the importance of judicial independence on the second day of his confirmation hearing Wednesday as he faced questioning from senators, including Democrats who fear he would be President Donald Trump's man on the high court. But he declined to address whether Trump could be subpoenaed or could pardon himself.

12. Water Coolers Replace School Drinking Fountains in Detroit -

DETROIT (AP) — Thousands of Detroit public schools students were told Tuesday to drink from district-supplied water coolers or bottled water on the first day of classes, after the drinking fountains were shut off because of contaminants in some water fixtures.

13. Chaos Marks Start of Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Quarreling and confusion disrupted the start of the Senate's confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, with Democrats trying to block the proceedings over documents withheld by the White House while protesters interrupted the session in a persistent display of opposition.

14. Report: Nearly 3,000 Deaths in Puerto Rico Linked to Hurricane Maria -

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Maria killed nearly 3,000 people in Puerto Rico in the desperate, sweltering months after the storm — almost double the previous government estimate — with the elderly and impoverished most affected, according to an independent study ordered by the U.S. territory.

15. Cohen's Lawyer Walks Back Claim Trump Knew of Russia Meeting -

NEW YORK (AP) — Another day, another twist in what Michael Cohen may — or may not — know about Donald Trump, Russian dirt and the 2016 election.

16. War Hero and Presidential Candidate John McCain Dies at 81 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain, who faced down his captors in a Vietnam prisoner of war camp with jut-jawed defiance and later turned his rebellious streak into a 35-year political career that took him to Congress and the Republican presidential nomination, died Saturday after battling brain cancer for more than a year. He was 81.

17. Ex-Michigan State Gymnastics Coach Charged In Nassar Case -

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former head coach of Michigan State's gymnastics team was charged Thursday with lying to an investigator when she denied that witnesses told her years ago about being sexually assaulted by ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar.

18. It’s Lee’s to Win Unless He Makes a Rookie Mistake -

When Bill Lee drove a tractor through tiny Eagleville last October, hardly anyone noticed. Only a handful of supporters milled around in the parking lot of the Farmers Co-op in southwest Rutherford County that morning where Lee spent a few minutes talking to people inside the store before emerging to ride to another town as part of a statewide tour, a precursor to an RV ride he would take later in the Republican primary race.

19. El Salvador, Taiwan Break Ties as China Isolates Island Foe -

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan broke off diplomatic ties with El Salvador on Tuesday as the Central American country defected to rival Beijing in the latest blow to the self-ruled island China has been trying to isolate on the global stage.

20. Luttrell Vetoes Commission Move to Limit Ability to Hire Outside Legal Counsel -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has vetoed an ordinance given final approval by the Shelby County Commission earlier this month that would limit the power of the mayor to seek outside counsel and bar any county elected official from using special counsel to file a civil lawsuit against the commission.

21. Around Memphis: August 20, 2018 -

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out…

22. TruGreen Hires FXI Exec As Next President, CEO -

TruGreen, the Memphis-based lawn care company serving more than 2.3 million customers across the country, has a new driver behind the wheel.

On Tuesday, Aug. 14, the company announced the appointment of John Cowles as president and CEO, effective Sept. 17.

23. University District Set To Begin 1st Phase Of TIF Fund Improvements -

It’s been about two years since the Highland Strip TIF was first created by local development officials to improve public infrastructure in the area surrounding the University of Memphis.

But, since a TIF, or tax increment financing, funds work by allocating a portion of new property taxes generated by a development over period of time, it’s taken some time for the money from new developments along the Strip to add up.

24. U.S. Newspapers to Trump: We're Not Enemies of the People -

NEW YORK (AP) — Newspapers from Maine to Hawaii pushed back against President Donald Trump's attacks on "fake news" Thursday with a coordinated series of editorials speaking up for a free and vigorous press.

25. TruGreen Hires FXI Exec As Next President, CEO -

TruGreen, the Memphis-based lawn care company serving more than 2.3 million customers across the country, has a new driver behind the wheel.

On Tuesday, Aug. 14, the company announced the appointment of John Cowles as president and CEO, effective Sept. 17.

26. Democrats Pick 'firsts,' GOP Goes for Trump Fave in Primaries -

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a night of firsts, Democrats in Vermont's primary chose the nation's first transgender gubernatorial nominee. In Minnesota, they picked a woman who would be the first Somali-American member of Congress. Connecticut Democrats nominated a candidate who could become the first black woman from the state to serve in Congress.

27. Kansas Governor Concedes, Says He Will Endorse GOP Nominee -

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says he will endorse Republican nominee for governor Kris Kobach after conceding in the state's GOP primary in a surprise announcement a week after their neck-and-neck finish threatened to send the race to a recount.

28. Hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh to Start Sept. 4 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will begin the day after Labor Day, Republicans announced Friday over Democratic objections that they are rushing the process without properly delving into his background.

29. Puerto Rico Cites Storm Death Toll of 1,427 in Damage Report -

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is estimating in a report to Congress that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, though an island official said Thursday that the confirmed toll remains frozen at 64 pending a scientific review due out soon.

30. Events -

Community Legal Center hosts Cocktails for a Cause Friday, Aug. 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 1509 Peabody Ave. No speeches, no agenda – just a good time with all proceeds benefiting CLC. Visit clcmemphis.org for details.

31. Events -

Community Legal Center hosts Cocktails for a Cause Friday, Aug. 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 1509 Peabody Ave. No speeches, no agenda – just a good time with all proceeds benefiting CLC. Visit clcmemphis.org for details.

32. U.S. Goes Ahead with Tax on Canadian Newsprint -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Commerce Department is going ahead with a tax on Canadian newsprint, a threat to the already-struggling American newspaper industry.

The revised tariffs unveiled Thursday are mostly lower than those originally imposed earlier this year. But they would still hit the paper used by newspapers and other publications with an anti-dumping border tax as high as 16.88 percent.

33. Blackburn Releases 1st TV Ad in Tennessee U.S. Senate Bid -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn has released her first TV ad in her Senate bid.

34. Report: Malaysia Airlines plane could have been hijacked -

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian-led independent investigation report released Monday, more than four years after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, highlighted shortcomings in the government's response and raised the possibility of "intervention by a third party."

35. CBS keeps Moonves in place during sexual misconduct inquiry -

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS will keep CEO Les Moonves in place during an investigation of sexual misconduct charges against him, the company said. It will hire an outside counsel to conduct the probe.

36. Study: 'Medicare for all' projected to cost $32.6 trillion -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for all" plan would boost government health spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, requiring historic tax hikes, says a study released Monday by a university-based libertarian policy center.

37. United Natural Foods to Buy Supervalu for $1.26 Billion -

United Natural Foods is buying Supervalu for $1.26 billion, creating a grocery food wholesaler with a diverse customer base.

United Natural Foods of Providence, Rhode Island, said Thursday it's paying $32.50 per share in cash, or a premium of 67 percent, for each share of Supervalu Inc. Including the assumption of debt, the deal is valued at nearly $3 billion.

38. Choose Health Care Power of Attorney Carefully -

In June’s article, “Putting the ‘Power’ in Power of Attorney,” I discussed several benefits of having a general durable power of attorney. In this month’s article, I highlight the importance of what arguably is the most important estate planning tool – the durable health care power of attorney. 

39. Hill Bellan Rejoins Shea, Moskovitz & McGhee -

Attorney Hillary Hill Bellan, who originally joined Shea, Moskovitz & McGhee in 2012, says she always enjoyed working at the law firm and missed it when she moved to Florida in 2014. Now she is back in Memphis and has rejoined the firm, focusing her practice exclusively on family law matters, including divorce, custody disputes, child support modifications, parental relocation and termination of parental rights.

40. Kavanaugh: Watergate tapes decision may have been wrong -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested several years ago that the unanimous high court ruling in 1974 that forced President Richard Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes, leading to the end of his presidency, may have been wrongly decided.

41. Civil Rights Legend Meredith Says He's on a Mission From God -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — James Meredith is a civil rights legend who resists neatly defined narratives.

42. Pence Touts Conservative Credentials of Blackburn, Black -

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence touted Republican tax cuts and regulatory rollbacks Saturday, using a visit to Tennessee to also heap praise on the conservative credentials of two GOP congresswomen waging tough campaigns for statewide offices.

43. Around Memphis: July 23, 2018 -

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out…

44. Editorial: The Majority We Need In This Election -

Early voting in advance of the Aug. 2 Election Day is underway, and the results in the local, state and federal races will be the first indication of where Memphis and Shelby County are politically in the wake of Donald Trump’s election in 2016.

45. Trump Slams Rate Increases by Independent Federal Reserve -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Thursday cast aside concerns about the Federal Reserve's independence, saying he was "not happy" with the Fed's recent interest rate increases.

46. JLL Circling Again Just When State Workers Felt Safe from Outsourcing -

Just when workers at the state’s college campuses thought it was safe to go back in the water, corporate sharks are once again circling.

Jones Lang LaSalle, the state’s contractor for facilities management and grounds, asked to make proposals at Tennessee’s 13 junior colleges to see if it can take over. Tennessee’s colleges of applied technology are believed to be in the mix, too.

47. Small Businesses are Upbeat, But Tariff Fallout is a Threat -

Small business owners remain generally optimistic, two recent reports show, but economists say the escalating trade disputes between the U.S. and its biggest trading partners could turn their upbeat attitude around.

48. Federal Reserve Projects Further Gradual Hikes in Key Rate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve said Friday it expects low unemployment and rising inflation will keep it on track to raise interest rates at a gradual pace over the next two years. By late 2019, the Fed says its key policy rate should be at a level that will be slightly restrictive for growth.

49. Students Write Bill to Open Civil Rights Files -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Doug Jones introduced a bill this month that would clear the way to open records from civil rights cold cases – a bill written by high school students.

50. Early Opening -

Early voting in advance of the Aug. 2 Election Day opens Friday, July 13, at five locations across Shelby County. On Tuesday, 22 additional sites will be open through July 28. Between the Shelby County Election Commission and Chancery Court there were three other sets of early-voting locations and hours in a three-week period before Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins signed off Tuesday afternoon on a fourth set.

51. Government Falls Short of Deadline to Reunite Kids, Parents -

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Some immigrant toddlers are back in the arms of their parents, but others remained in government custody away from relatives as federal officials fell short of meeting a court-ordered deadline to reunite dozens of youngsters forcibly separated from their families at the border.

52. Court Nominee Kavanaugh Begins Making His Case to Senators -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, mapped out strategy with Republican leaders Tuesday, launching a fierce confirmation battle that could remake the court for decades and roil the midterm elections in the meantime.

53. Last Word: The Jenkins Ruling, No More City Court Clerk and Harwell's Quest -

Making your early voting plan for Friday’s debut of the voting period in advance of the Aug. 2 election day? Well, you might want to hold off until after Tuesday morning. That’s when the latest changes could get set in stone … or not.

54. Former Football Player Mario Reed Spreads Message of Never Losing Hope -

It took relatively little time for Mario Reed to figure out that to survive in a life without the use of his arms and legs – taken from him in a split second during a high school football game in 1997, he would have to look inward – as deep as he could go.

55. Bar Assn. Poll Recommends All Four Appointed Judges -

The Memphis Bar Association poll of the most qualified candidates in the special judicial races on the Aug. 2 ballot recommends all four of the judges appointed to those positions in the interim.

Just over 1,000 attorneys participated in the poll, which asked respondents to pick who is the most qualified among the contenders in those races as well as court clerks on the August ballot.

56. District 99 State Rep. Ron Lollar Dead at 69 -

State Rep. Ron Lollar, R-Bartlett, who had served Northeast Shelby County in the state Legislature since 2006, died Friday morning in his sleep. He was 69 years old.

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald, who was at Lollar’s house, was among several people who confirmed the representative’s death in the early morning hours.

57. Bar Assn. Poll Recommends All Four Appointed Judges -

The Memphis Bar Association poll of the most qualified candidates in the special judicial races on the Aug. 2 ballot recommends all four of the judges appointed to those positions in the interim.

Just over 1,000 attorneys participated in the poll, which asked respondents to pick who is the most qualified among the contenders in those races as well as court clerks on the August ballot.

58. Democrats Organize for Early Voter Turnout at Germantown Site -

Shelby County Democrats plan to bring out Democratic voters on the July 13 opening of the early-voting period at two polling sites – one each in Whitehaven and Germantown.

The Shelby County Election Commission picked those two locations – Abundant Grace Fellowship Church in Whitehaven and New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Germantown – last week as a compromise to complaints about making Agricenter International the only early-voting site open for the entire 14-day period in advance of the Aug. 2 Election Day.

59. Grocery Veteran Bringing Cash Saver Store to Former Kroger Southgate Site -

Rick James got his start in the grocery store industry at 15 when he, like a lot of teenagers, got his first job bagging groceries at a small independent retailer outside Union, Missouri.

60. Trump Choice to Head IRS Says He’ll Work For All Taxpayers -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under sharp questioning from some Democratic senators, President Donald Trump's choice to head the IRS promised on Thursday to work for the benefit of ordinary taxpayers in administering the massive new tax law.

61. Federal hate crime charges filed in Virginia rally death -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a woman and injuring dozens more, now faces federal hate crime charges.

62. Justice Kennedy retiring; Trump gets 2nd Supreme Court pick -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, giving President Donald Trump a golden chance to cement conservative control of the high court.

63. 5 Tips for Recruiting Gen Z Sales Talent -

Savvy sales managers are looking to reach, hire and retain the next wave of sales professionals, and they have found their answer in Gen Z. Born between 1996 and 2010 (ages 22 and under), Gen Z will comprise the largest generation ever to enter our workforce. They’re often called the igen because they’re digital natives – a generation reared on technology. They’re adept at learning in front of mobile screens, tablets or laptops.

64. Triplett Returns to Ensafe as Director of Design Engineering -

After beginning his career with EnSafe in 1990 and working his way up to project manager and lead engineer over the next 17-plus years, Chris Triplett has rejoined the company as its director of design engineering. He spent the past decade working with Barge Design Solutions, and in his new role Triplett will provide leadership to EnSafe’s corporate engineering design group for design execution and delivery. He will also work closely with clients across EnSafe’s landscape to understand their needs and to provide engineering solutions.

65. Lower Costs, Fewer Benefits in New Health Insurance Option -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration's new health insurance option offers lower premiums for small businesses and self-employed people, but the policies are likely to cover fewer benefits.

66. Trump Announces Plans for Pentagon to Create 'Space Force' -

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – Vowing to reclaim U.S. leadership in space, President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new "Space Force" as an independent service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space.

67. Weigh Your Options For Long-Term Care -

Ray’s Take: As of August 2017, the oldest person alive was a 117–year-old woman named Violet Brown from Jamaica. And when I scrolled through the list of the top 100 oldest people alive, only three were men. I’ll let you try and make sense of that.

68. Grizzlies Controlling Owner Robert Pera as Elusive as Ever -

Part of me wants to give Robert Pera a pass. Or at least the benefit of the doubt. Because at the end of it all, what matters most is this:

69. Lake District Lands Malco Theater, Former Benchmark Seeks New Life -

3536 Canada Road,
Lakeland, TN 38002

Tenant: Malco Theatres Inc.

Tenant’s Agent: Michael Lightman, Michael Lightman Realty

Landlord: The Lake District

70. Malco Planning Theater For Lakeland’s Lake District -

More good news for Lakeland residents as Malco Theatres Inc. has signed a letter of intent to construct a “state-of-the-art” movie theater in The Lake District.

71. Analysis: HUD Plan Would Raise Rents for Poor by 20 Percent -

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Housing Secretary Ben Carson says his latest proposal to raise rents would mean a path toward self-sufficiency for millions of low-income households across the United States by pushing more people to find work. For Ebony Morris and her four small children, it could mean homelessness.

72. Malco Planning New 'State-of-the-Art' Theater for Lake District -

More good news for the residents of Lakeland as Malco Theatres Inc. has signed a letter of intent to construct a “state-of-the-art” movie theater in The Lake District.

The news of Malco’s 38,000-square-foot theater comes several months after the 160-plus-acre mixed-use Lake District project announced its first tenant would be The Stock Market, an upscale grocery store operated by independent retailer Jeff Burkhead.

73. Blackburn’s Scattershot Hits Surprise Targets -

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is doubling down against Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat, hammering him as a liberal in the vein of Obama, Clinton, Schumer and Pelosi.

74. Trump Orders 'Immediate Steps' to Boost Coal, Nuclear Plants -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Friday directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take "immediate steps" to bolster struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants to keep them open, calling it a matter of national and economic security.

75. Walmart Offers Employees New Perk: Cheap Access to College -

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart is offering its employees a new perk: affordable access to a college degree.

America's largest private employer, which in the past has helped its workers get their high school or equivalency degrees, hopes the new benefit will help it recruit and retain higher quality entry-level employees in a tight U.S. labor market.

76. Indie Bookstores and Barnes & Noble Find Common Ground -

NEW YORK (AP) – When Barnes & Noble Chairman Len Riggio delivers a keynote address at this week's publishing convention, he will be introduced by a man once considered a bitter rival, CEO Oren Teicher of the American Booksellers Association.

77. Candidates Stake Claims For November Elections -

At the Memorial Day holiday, the incumbent mayors of Bartlett, Germantown and Lakeland had pulled petitions to seek re-election in municipal elections on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald and Lakeland Mayor Wyatt Bunker pulled their qualifying petitions from the Shelby County Election Commission on May 18, the opening day of the filing period. Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo, who has already kicked off his re-election campaign, pulled his petition four days later.

78. Fed Chair Powell Stresses Importance of an Independent Fed -

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned Friday that the Fed's independence from political pressure must be respected if it is to succeed in controlling inflation, maximizing employment and regulating the financial system.

79. Univ. of Memphis to Manage Own Capital Projects -

The University of Memphis will manage its own construction projects effective July 1 with a vote last week in Nashville by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

The THEC vote allows the university to manage new construction on its campus through the school’s board of trustees and the state building commission.

80. Are Nonprofits For ‘Them’ Or For Everyone? -

The impact of the nonprofit sector can be felt in all aspects of our individual and collective lives. We may not always see that impact, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

Direct services, advocacy, education, research and performing arts are but a few of the types of organizations with impact that rolls, ripples and roars across our country and beyond our borders.

81. MIFA Marks 50 Years of Interfaith Activism -

When a group of Memphis religious leaders marched from St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral to City Hall the day after Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968, they were in the middle of a pivotal year for an ecumenical movement whose impact is still being felt.

82. International Paper Hopes for Talks In Deal to Acquire Smurfit Kappa -

After recently being given a June 6 deadline by the Irish Takeover Panel to make a final binding offer to acquire Europe’s largest cardboard box producer, Smurfit Kappa Group, Memphis-based International Paper Co. decided against a hostile takeover attempt and is instead hoping to open a dialogue with the company to determine a mutually beneficial path forward.

83. FedEx Rolls Out the Purple Runway For Its Next Generation of Pilots -

FedEx Express is paving a runway for the pilots of tomorrow – a direct pipeline to flying for the Memphis-based delivery services company on the Fortune 500 list.

The subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced Purple Runway – A FedEx Pathways Program this spring to address an industry-wide shortage of up-and-coming pilots.

84. Beale Street Bucks Comeback Recommended as Lawsuit Dismissed -

Almost a year after all cover charges to get in the Beale Street Entertainment District were dropped, the cover charge program known as Beale Street Bucks could be making a comeback.

The suggestion is sure to renew a vocal debate about whether charging a cover after 10 p.m. on Saturdays during the summer is an effective security measure or selective crowd control on the street that gave birth to the blues, where Saturday night crowds are a part of its history. 

85. US Clings to Health Coverage Gains Despite Political Drama -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans kept up their health insurance last year despite President Donald Trump's all-out push to dismantle the Obama-era coverage expansion. That's the counter-intuitive conclusion from a major government survey Tuesday.

86. Congress Nears Dismantling of Post-Crisis Bank Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress was taking a final step Tuesday toward dismantling a chunk of the rules framework for banks installed to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and foreclosed homes.

87. Clocks May Go a Little Cuckoo With Power Grid Change -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Running late for work or just miss that bus? You could have a good excuse: Your electric clock might be running a bit cuckoo.

Because of a change in federal energy regulations, some scientists say your trusty, older plug-in clock may be losing or gaining a few ticks over time.

88. Porter-Leath Career Fair To Be Held Friday, May 18 -

Porter-Leath will host a career fair on Friday, May 18, to hire new team members. The organization is seeking teachers, family service workers and non-instructional staff to provide high-quality education and support services. Present and future openings include:

89. Last Word: Monuments Ruling, The Open Council Seat and Not So Great Streets -

It is likely just the first round. But the city of Memphis prevailed on every major point in the Wednesday ruling out of Nashville by Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle upholding the removal of Confederate monuments this past December from two city parks.

90. Opening the Book -

A new Learning and Innovation Fund for Educators grant from Lausanne Learning Institutes (LLI) is now available to a team of teachers looking for funding to do creative things in their classrooms.

And the upcoming annual LLI Memphis teacher conference in July will give them the chance to share those ideas with their peers.

91. CBS Corp. Sues Majority Shareholder to Gain Independence -

NEW YORK (AP) – CBS is suing its controlling shareholder as part of its long-running attempt to avoid a combination with Viacom.

Both companies are controlled by National Amusements. That's the holding company run by Shari Redstone, the daughter of media mogul Sumner Redstone. Though National Amusements abandoned a proposal for CBS and Viacom to combine in 2016, CBS fears it may come up again.

92. Postal Service: More Financial Loss as Mail Delivery Slumps -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Postal Service reported another quarterly loss on Friday after an unrelenting drop in mail volume and costs of its health care and pension obligations outweighed strong gains in package deliveries.

93. Teamsters Leaders Facing Probe for Accepting Gifts -

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – An independent investigator has ratcheted up his probe into whether top Teamsters leaders accepted undisclosed gifts from a business that brokered health benefits for the union.

94. NBC Says No Culture of Harassment in Its News Division -

NEW YORK (AP) – NBC's internal investigation following Matt Lauer's firing says it doesn't believe there is a culture of sexual harassment at the news division and that current news executives weren't aware of Lauer's behavior until the complaint that doomed him.

95. From Enduring to Thriving -

By fall 1967, Memphis had a diverse group of people of faith working on a plan to better the community. Diversity, back then, mainly meant black and white, and Christians and Jews. The notion of them working together was considered bold.

96. Commission To Consider Overriding Adviser Veto -

Shelby County commissioners vote Wednesday, May 9, in special session on whether to override a veto by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell of their decision to reappoint attorney Julian Bolton as the commission’s “legislative policy adviser.”

97. Marx-Bensdorf Realtors Named Top Power Broker -

Memphis-based Marx-Bensdorf Realtors has been named a Top 1000 Power Broker in RISMedia’s 30th Annual Power Broker Report, a compilation of the top U.S. real estate firms ranked by sales volume.

98. Independent Weather Service Chosen as Partner for 3 Events -

Cirrus Weather Solutions LLC has been chosen to provide weather forecasting services and on-site meteorological support to three Memphis outdoor entertainment events.

99. Commission Races Feature Basar Upset, Lowery is Newest Commissioner -

The 13-member Shelby County Commission will have eight new faces when all of the votes are counted in the Aug. 2 county general election.

Five of the current incumbent commissioners are term-limited from seeking re-election this year and two other incumbents chose not to seek a second term.

100. Harris, Lenoir to Battle for County Mayor -

Republican David Lenoir and Democrat Lee Harris will meet in the Aug. 2 county general election to decide who will be the next Shelby County mayor. Lenoir and Harris won their respective primaries easily Tuesday, May 1, 2018.