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1. CNN Sacks Kathy Griffin Over Trump Video as Backlash Builds -

NEW YORK (AP) – Kathy Griffin has lost a decade-long gig ringing in the new year for CNN as a backlash builds over her video displaying a likeness of President Donald Trump's severed head.

2. Haslam: Achievement School District Still Needed, But Changes Near -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says there is a continuing need for the state-run Achievement School District. But the school district for the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state, in terms of academic achievement, is being “streamlined,” Haslam said last week during a visit to the Aspire Coleman Elementary School in Raleigh.

3. ASD Loses 29 Employees in ESSA Shift -

The state-run Achievement School District is losing 29 employees including 13 who are involved in running the first schools in Frayser taken over by the district in 2012.

The changes, which include another 16 positions in the central office, are the most significant ever for the ASD, which takes over state schools in the bottom 5 percent in terms of academic achievement.

4. ASD Sheds 29 Employees in ESSA Shift -

The state-run Achievement School District is losing 29 employees including 13 who are involved in the direct running of the first schools in Frayser taken over by the district in 2012.

The changes, which include another 16 positions in the central office, are the most significant change to the district for the bottom 5 percent of public schools in the state in terms of academic achievement.

5. Former NFL Player, Tennessee Broadcaster Bill Anderson Dies -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Bill Anderson, who played on two NFL championship teams with the Green Bay Packers as part of an eight-year NFL career, has died. He was 80.

6. Tennessee GOP Leaders Expecting Crowded Field in 2018 Governor’s Race -

Former Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd got two mentions last Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s breakfast forum – one from guest speaker U.S. Rep. David Kustoff and another from chamber president Phil Trenary.

7. Local Democratic and Republican Partisans Already Looking To 2018 -

U.S. Rep. David Kustoff says former Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey was right in describing his 8th Congressional District as the most Republican of the state’s nine congressional districts.

8. Democratic and Republican Partisans Prepare for Next Election -

At least five potential Republican candidates for Governor in 2018 were among the crowd of 400 people at the Saturday, Feb. 25, Lincoln Day Gala of the Shelby County Republican Party.

Meanwhile, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry told a group of 150 Democrats at an “Obama Day” event Saturday that they and other Democrats across the state can elect one of their own as governor in 2018.

9. Last Word: Wessman Trouble, Selling 495 Union and An Underground Film Icon -

When Wessman Development came to town last year with the idea of a boutique hotel, the Palm Springs, California company was part of the flood of smaller hotel projects Memphis was seeing and is still seeing. Then the company added another hotel and just this month the redevelopment of a building on Madison west of Second Street as apartments with retail on the ground floor. In a very short period of time, Wessman has had a lot of plans for Memphis.

10. Criswell Take Reins As MAAR Board President -

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

11. What are the Odds? Blackburn is Still the Favorite -

Tennessee has its search firm and its search committee is in place to find the replacement for Dave Hart as the university’s athletic director.

Hart announced last August he would retire June 30, and with Tennessee undergoing a transition in its chancellor’s position, the search for Hart’s replacement was put on the back burner.

12. Ernest Strickland Takes On Workforce Role at Chamber -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has promoted Ernest Strickland to senior vice president of workforce development, a newly created role. Strickland, who has worked at the chamber since 2006, previously served as vice president of international and business partnerships.
In his new position, he is responsible for creating and implementing the chamber’s workforce development strategy. His department serves as a liaison, working directly with existing and prospective businesses to ensure they are able to attract and retain a qualified workforce today and in the future.

13. State Giving $1 Million to 29 Communities for Tourism -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say 29 Tennessee communities will receive more than $1 million in grants to improve tourism infrastructure.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd said Thursday that the Tourism Enhancement Grants help counties and cities increase the economic impact of tourism. Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000.

14. Robinson Takes on Dual Roles At Campbell Clinic -

Dr. James Robinson recently joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics in two roles: as the lead physician for the clinic’s new daytime walk-in program and as a sports medicine family practice doctor treating sports injuries for young athletes and weekend warriors.
The walk-in clinics are offered at all five Campbell Clinic locations, and Robinson staffs the program in the Germantown office. 

15. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

16. Last Word: Election Impact, Fun with Election Cross Tabs and DeSoto vs. Marshall -

Now, about the idea being discussed starting late last week that when the Feds are looking at someone running for office or holding office they have to take into consideration how close the next election is for that person.

17. General Sessions Judge Anderson Reprimanded by Conduct Board -

Shelby County General Sessions Court Judge Bill Anderson has been publicly reprimanded by the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct for intervening in the case of an acquaintance arrested and jailed in Bartlett last year.

18. Claims Pushing ACA Marketplace Rates Higher, Some Providers Out -

Memphians with health care insurance through the state’s marketplace exchange or those looking to acquire health care insurance are bracing for rate increases that come on Jan. 1.

Rates for the two remaining insurers with marketplace plans available for the Memphis market next year – Cigna and Humana – are set to increase roughly 45 percent each.

19. Drugmaker Pfizer Decides Not to Break Up Business -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Drug giant Pfizer says it won't split into two publicly traded companies, despite pressure from investors frustrated by its lagging stock price, ending years of Wall Street speculation over its strategy and future.

20. Memphis Mother Waives Hearing in Stabbings of 4 Children -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A woman accused of stabbing her four young children has waived her preliminary hearing, meaning a grand jury will decide whether to indict her in the killings.

Twenty-nine year old Shanynthia (Shuh-NIN-thee-uh) Gardner was arrested after her 7-year-old son escaped from their Memphis apartment on July 1 and told someone that his mother was stabbing his sister. Authorities found the bodies of three daughters and a son, all younger than 5.

21. June 10-16: This week in Memphis history -

2015: Andrea Miller is named the new president of LeMoyne-Owen College, making her the first woman to lead the city’s only historically black college. Miller is selected by the college’s board of trustees in a meeting on campus that lasts several hours as students, alumni and other supporters wait on the lawn outside Brownlee Hall for the announcement.

22. Parkinson: OK to ‘Go A Little Bit Extreme’ to Get Job Done -

With U.S. Marine Corps training, Rep. Antonio Parkinson knows how to grab people’s attention.

He did that earlier this year when he sponsored legislation to kill the Achievement School District, Tennessee’s solution for turning around struggling schools.

23. Allergan, Pfizer Call Off Proposed $160B Merger -

Top U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and Irish rival Allergan are charting independent futures after scrapping a record $160 billion deal torpedoed by new Treasury Department rules meant to block American companies from moving their corporate addresses overseas – on paper – to avoid U.S. taxes.

24. Bipartisan Skeptics Doubt Haslam’s Outsourcing Plan -

Poor timing and questionable numbers: That’s how legislators are viewing a business justification plan for outsourcing facilities management across Tennessee.

The Office of Customer Focused Government tells state senators, if all departments opt in, the state could save $35.8 million by the second year of a contract under study for building operations and services – without laying off state workers or cutting pay and benefits.

25. Last Word: Post Caucus, Fincher's Exit, 1919 Handwriting and Your Rolodex -

That close (very little light between index finger and thumb) between Clinton and Sanders in Iowa Monday evening.
Both live to fight another day in another state—New Hampshire.
And because it is Iowa – they each get to declare victory as long as they don’t go into a lot of detail about the totals.
This is one of those cases where it is like horsehoes and hand grenades – close does count.

26. New Superintendent Says ASD Not Monolithic -

The superintendent of the state-run Achievement School District says critics of the district for the state’s lowest-performing schools don’t understand that the organization doesn’t operation conventionally.

27. Memphis Legislators Sound Off On State-Run School District -

Armed with a Vanderbilt University study showing Shelby County schools that were taken over by the state’s Achievement School District are showing little to no improvement, Memphis legislators are nearly ready to kill the experiment.

28. Pfizer, Allergan $160B Deal Forms World's Largest Drugmaker -

Pfizer and Allergan are joining in the biggest buyout of the year, a $160 billion stock deal that will create the world's largest drugmaker.

It's also the largest so-called inversion, where an American corporation combines with a company headquartered in a country with a lower corporate tax rate, saving potentially millions each year in U.S. taxes.

29. Voters Fill in City Hall Blanks In Last Election of Busy 2015 -

The 2015 election season was put to rest last week: A low-turnout set of five Memphis City Council runoff elections filled in the blanks of what will be a different City Hall starting in 2016.

With a 4.8 percent turnout across the turf of five single-member City Council districts, voters in the Thursday, Nov. 19, non-partisan council runoff races defined the new council that takes office in January. The 13-member body will include six new faces.

30. Council Runoff Elections: Morgan Tops Springer, Boyd Over Anderson -

With a scant 4.8 percent turnout, Memphis voters filled in the blanks at City Hall Thursday, Nov. 19, by electing four new members to the Memphis City Council and returning an appointed incumbent.

Thursday’s winners join new council members Martavius Jones and Philip Spinosa in taking office January 1, making six new faces on the 13-member council.

31. Last Election of 2015 Decides Five Council Races -

The last election of 2015 in Shelby County will fill in the blanks in a changing of the political guard at City Hall.

Six weeks after Memphis voters ousted incumbent Mayor A C Wharton and replaced him with Jim Strickland and elected two new members to the 13-member City Council – Martavius Jones and Philip Spinosa – voters will decide who gets five more council seats.

32. North Texas Could Never Upset the Vols, Right? -

No way Tennessee’s football team can lose Saturday’s homecoming game against North Texas, one of the worst teams in college football.

Right?

Tennessee (5-4) was a 40.5-point favorite early in the week coming off a 27-24 victory over South Carolina last Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

33. Andy Cates: Memphis in ‘Pivotal’ Time -

When more than 100 of the city’s most prominent developers and real estate professionals got together Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Crescent Club in East Memphis, much of the focus was on a list of more than two dozen real estate projects.

34. Achievement School District Names New Leader -

Malika Anderson, a deputy superintendent of the state-run Achievement School District, is the district's new leader.

Anderson’s appointment was announced Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Nashville by Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen.

35. Five City Council Races Destined for Runoffs -

The identity of the Memphis City Council that will take office in January with six new members was still in flux at the end of a very long and frustrating Oct. 8 election night.

The races for four of those six open seats and the seat now held by an appointee to the council are going to a Nov. 19 runoff election – one week before Thanksgiving.

36. DMC to Honor Downtown Visionaries at Street Party -

The Downtown Memphis Commission plans to honor six individuals and companies for their contributions to the advancement of the district.

The 2015 Downtown Vision Awards will be presented Thursday, Sept. 24, at the South Main Street Party at The Chisca on Main, 272. S. Main St. The event runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. The Downtown Vision Awards presentation will take place in the gazebo at 5:30 p.m.

37. Is State’s Role to Provide a Service or Turn a Profit? -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam appears to be on the brink of privatizing state government. But he won’t be able to do it without a battle, especially from university unions and Democratic lawmakers.

38. Memphis Mayoral Field Set at 10 -

Shelby County Election Commissioners have certified the Memphis election ballot for Oct. 8.

These are the names to appear on that ballot for the 15 elected offices.

The commission met hours after the noon Thursday, July 23, deadline for candidates to withdraw from the ballot if they wished.

39. Haslam Needs to Back Up Call for More Local Control -

If Gov. Bill Haslam is trying to build political capital, he’s making the right move by trying to light a fire under local officials.

He might also want to turn up the flame on his own game.

40. Automotive Supplier Investing $13 Million to Build Pulaski Plant -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An automotive supplier is investing more than $13 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Giles County that is expected to create 147 jobs.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced this week that Proper Polymers will build the injection molding plant in Pulaski.

41. Corker to Speak at Chamber Luncheon -

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s industry councils will host U.S. Senator Bob Corker at their biannual Joint Council Meeting on Friday, May 15.

The event, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., will be held at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

42. Massey Helps Grow Memphis CCIM Chapter -

Unlike countless college students who hop from one major to another, Shawn Massey always knew he wanted to be involved in commercial real estate.

43. Bass Pro Announces Opening Week Lineup -

Bass Pro Shops has unveiled the celebrity lineup and schedule for its opening festivities, kicking off with a free Evening for Conservation event Wednesday, April 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Here is the press release from Bass Pro:

44. Businessman Pleads to Anabolic Steroid Charge -

A New Orleans businessman selling dietary supplements entered a guilty plea Monday, Jan. 26, in Memphis federal court to conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids and intentionally misbranding what was billed as a dietary supplement.

45. Hitting the Accelerator -

Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.

Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.

46. Veterans Care Battles Bureaucracy, Hesitancy -

The new generation of veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq face a homeland that knows about post-traumatic stress disorder.

But those veterans still face a massive federal bureaucracy that requires them to sort it out as they also try to deal with issues on their own.

47. Poll: Many Insured Struggle With Medical Bills -

WASHINGTON (AP) – They have health insurance, but still no peace of mind. Overall, 1 in 4 privately insured adults say they doubt they could pay for a major unexpected illness or injury.

48. Senior Americans Burdened With Student Debt -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments.

49. 3 Ways Insurers Can Discourage Sick From Enrolling -

Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest – and costliest – patients from enrolling.

50. Poll: Obama Health Law is a Tale of 2 Americas -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's health care law has become a tale of two Americas.

States that fully embraced the law's coverage expansion are experiencing a significant drop in the number of uninsured residents, according to a major new survey released Tuesday. States whose leaders still object to "Obamacare" are seeing much less change.

51. Sherman Joins Campbell Clinic as Sports Medicine Physician -

Dr. Henry “Hank” Sherman has joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics as a sports medicine family practice physician in its Southaven office. Sherman treats patients who suffer from a variety of orthopedic injuries – from competitive athletes looking to get back in the game to weekend warriors who want to stay active later in life.

52. Memphis Bar Judicial Poll Released -

The Memphis Bar Association poll of attorneys on the judicial races on the Aug. 7 ballot shows 16 percent to as high as 38 percent of the attorneys participating have no opinion in many of the judicial races.

53. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “The Book of Mormon” Tuesday, June 24, through Sunday, June 29, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

54. Events -

Stax Music Academy, Stax Museum and Memphis Public Library will host Vaneese Thomas for a Soul & Blues Brown Bag Series concert and Q&A Monday, June 23, at noon in the amphitheater behind the academy, 926 E. McLemore Ave. The series continues each day through Friday, June 27. Visit staxmuseum.com for a lineup.

55. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

56. Federal Court Ruling Ends Consolidation Quest -

The last unresolved issue of the 2010 attempt to consolidate city of Memphis and Shelby County governments ended quietly last week in Memphis federal court.

The 2010 federal court lawsuit over the failed consolidation attempt – the most serious attempt in 39 years – ended with an order Wednesday, March 19, from U.S. District Judge Thomas Anderson granting a motion for summary judgment by defendants in the case.

57. Holiday Shopping Season: A Disappointment So Far -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sparse crowds at malls and "50 percent off" signs at The Gap, AnnTaylor and other stores give a clue as to how the holiday season is going.

This is shaping up to be the most discount-driven holiday season since the country was in a deep recession. It's also one of the most disappointing for stores.

58. Weirich Opens Re-Election Campaign -

There were lots of judges on hand as Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich opened her re-election campaign Sunday, Nov. 10.

59. Anderson to Lead Stand for Children -

Betty Anderson, a consultant and strategist for the Tennessee Charter Schools Association, is the new executive director of Tennessee Stand for Children.

60. Electrolux Donates Air Conditioners -

Executives at the Memphis Electrolux plant donated 200 room-size window air conditioning units Friday, July 12, as part of efforts by the Metropolitan Interfaith Association and Neighborhood Christian Centers to help needy Memphians in the worst of the summer heat.

61. Student Loan Rates Double Without Congress' Action -

WASHINGTON (AP) – College students taking out new loans for the fall term will see interest rates twice what they were in the spring – unless Congress fulfills its pledge to restore lower rates when it returns after the July 4 holiday.

62. Five Years in the Life -

Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines has just merged with more than 150 flights a day at Memphis International Airport shifting to the Delta brand. And Delta’s CEO, Richard Anderson, said Memphis would be an integral hub with more traffic.

63. County Veterans Court Receives $20,000 Grant -

Shelby County’s Veterans Court is getting a $20,000 grant from the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization, the commission announced Monday, April 8.

The court, headed by General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Bill Anderson, is one of two freestanding courts in the state that focus on a docket of offenders who are military veterans or are currently serving in the military.

64. County Veterans Court Receives $20,000 Grant -

Shelby County’s Veterans Court is getting a $20,000 grant from the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization, the commission announced Monday, April 8.

The court, headed by General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Bill Anderson, is one of two freestanding courts in the state that focus on a docket of offenders who are military veterans or are currently serving in the military.

65. ServiceMaster Employee Retires After 50 Years -

Just before the Christmas holiday break, Frances Hill retired from Memphis-based ServiceMaster Co. after more than 50 years.

66. ServiceMaster Employee Retires After 50 Years -

Just before the Christmas holiday break, Frances Hill retired from Memphis-based ServiceMaster Co. after more than 50 years.

67. Lease Takes Appling Farms to Capacity -

A distributorship of Pella Corp. has inked 11,300 square feet in Appling Farms Corporate Park, 6972 Appling Farms Parkway.

68. Consultant’s Advice For Memphis: Fly Delta -

The advice seemed to take aim at the most tender part of the raw nerve running through the recent civic discussion about Delta Air Lines Inc.’s cuts in air service at Memphis International Airport and the higher fares that have come with the cuts.

69. Atheist Group Plans to Lobby Tenn. Legislators -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A national group of atheists plans to lobby Tennessee lawmakers on issues involving separation of church and state.

According to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/NgxoKA ), the Secular Coalition for America announced intention on Tuesday to organize a local chapter aimed at increasing the clout of local atheists and agnostics.

70. Wharton: ‘Everything is Coming Together’ -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. had to make a decision Monday, July 2: Get up before dawn and catch a flight to Atlanta or stick with a scheduled and extensive bus tour for newspaper editors and others of the three core city neighborhoods he has targeted in a small-business innovation effort.

71. Delta Announces Additional August Cuts -

Delta Air Lines will mark the one-year anniversary of its cuts to service at Memphis International Airport by cutting additional service at its Memphis hub.

The Atlanta-based global carrier announced Friday, June 22, it will reduce its Memphis operation from 150 daily flights to approximately 125 daily flights.

72. Poll: Just a Third Favor Obama Health Care Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just a third of Americans back President Barack Obama's health care overhaul on which the Supreme Court is about to pass judgment, a new poll finds. But there is overwhelming support among both supporters and opponents for Congress and the president to begin work on a new bill if the high court strikes down the two-year-old law.

73. AIRfair? -

Two frequent-flyer businessmen booked side-by-side seats on Delta Air Lines flights from Minneapolis to St. Louis last month, with one of them getting charged a higher price than the other each time they tried booking it.

74. Delta Air Lines Buys Pennsylvania Refinery -

Delta Air Lines has bought on oil refinery near Philadelphia in a $150 million deal that the airline with a Memphis hub said should help stabilize the price of jet fuel that airline executives have cited as a major factor in its fare hikes and cuts in capacity.

75. TDN Seminar to Focus on Health Care Reform -

Friday, March 23, marks the second anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act, whose complexities continue to leave many business owners confused.

Even many professionals who consult with small businesses regarding policies and employee benefits are struggling to keep up with the numerous changes being implemented by health care reform.

76. Workers Oppose Anti-Living Wage Legislation -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Workers from across the state are speaking out against legislation that would prevent Tennessee cities and counties from establishing a living wage.

About 100 workers gathered on the steps of the state Capitol to protest the measure that would ban higher wage requirements set by local governments and repeal any standard that has already been set, which in this case would be in Memphis.

77. Wharton Q&A Hits on Top Priorities -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. gave representatives of the city’s business community a glimpse into his mind Tuesday, Jan. 31, as well as some background on his priorities within the context of his 100-day plan for the city.

78. Clinton Auto Parts Plant to Expand, Add 188 Jobs -

CLINTON, Tenn. (AP) – Eagle Bend Manufacturing, Inc., is planning a $64 million expansion of its Clinton plant over the next five years. The move is expected to create 188 new jobs.

79. Bargain Hunters Divided Shopping Season Into 2 -

NEW YORK (AP) – The holiday shopping season turned out to be two seasons: the Black Friday binge and a last-minute surge.

Together, they added up to decent sales gains for retailers. And the doldrums in between showed how shoppers have learned to wait for the discounts they know will come.

80. Thomison Joins PGM/Trumbull -

Dr. John Thomison has joined Pathology Group of the Mid-South/Trumbull Labs LLC.

Hometown: Nashville

81. Haslam Opposes Weakening Tenn. Open Meetings Law -

Gov. Bill Haslam opposes efforts to water down Tennessee’s open meetings law that says no more than two city or county officials can deliberate in private.

The Republican governor told reporters after a speech in Nashville Thursday morning that he sees little reason to overhaul the current rules. But Haslam acknowledged that it’s difficult to explain why local governments fall under the open meetings act while the state Legislature does not.

82. Delta to Close Memphis Base for Some Pilots in 2012 -

The Memphis base for Delta Air Lines pilots flying DC 9 and Airbus A320 aircraft will be closed in December 2012, according to an announcement from the airline’s flight operations department.

83. Casada Weighs In on Anti-Bias Legislation -

Editor’s Note: This is an occasional series that profiles Tennessee’s state legislators. Credit his friends – and the inspiration of Ronald Reagan – with starting state Rep. Glen Casada on the road to public service.

84. Gov Consolidation Suit Slow In Federal Court -

As the issue of schools consolidation moves toward the mechanics of a merger, a federal court case over Memphis and Shelby County government consolidation has been moving slowly.

The lawsuit, which eight citizens filed last October against the state of Tennessee and the Shelby County Election Commission, challenges the state law that requires any consolidation plan to win dual majorities in separate referenda in the city and in the county outside the city.

85. City Elections Withdrawal Deadline Nears -

Noon Thursday, July 28, is the deadline for candidates who filed for the Oct. 6 Memphis elections to withdraw their names from the ballot if they wish.

And one candidate has already dropped out of a City Council super district race to endorse another candidate.

86. AP-GfK Poll: Worries About Debt Rising Once Again -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just last fall, Americans were feeling better about their personal finances. Now they're starting to worry more about how they'll pay off debts as they feel the nation's economic recovery wobbling.

87. 4 Council Members - All 3 City Court Judges To Run Unopposed In Oct. Elections -

Four incumbent Memphis City Council members and all three incumbent City Court Judges were effectively re-elected at the Thursday, July 21, noon deadline for candidates to file their qualifying petitions for the Oct. 6 Memphis ballot.

88. Bloomberg Grant Highlights Big City Challenges -

When the nonprofit foundation of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg went looking for cities to award grants for innovation, foundation leaders didn’t just give out an address and wait for applications.

89. 15 Counties Designated as Agriculture Disaster -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has designated 15 counties a natural disaster for agriculture as a result of storms and flooding in April and May.

90. Wal-Mart CEO Pushes Plan to Keep Retailer Growing -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. unveiled a $15 billion share buyback program Friday as it hammered home its message to shareholders at its annual meeting that the world's largest retailer will keep growing.

91. Poll: Finances Dictating College, Career Choices -

WASHINGTON (AP) – No matter how many subjects they're acing, most college students these days find economics a grind. Tricky financial calculations influence everything from what school they attend and what major they choose to how quickly they finish their degrees – or whether they graduate at all.

92. Poll: Students Optimistic Despite Money Doubts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For young people who came of age in the recession, the American dream of life getting better for each new generation feels like a myth.

A majority expect to have a harder time buying a house and saving for retirement than their parents did. More than 4 in 10 predict it will be tougher to raise a family and afford the lifestyle they want, according to an Associated Press-Viacom poll of Americans ages 18 to 24.

93. Aviation Summit -

FedEx Corp. founder Frederick W. Smith told several hundred attendees of the Airport Cities World Conference & Exhibition Tuesday that the U.S. is a leader in aviation.

94. FedEx's Smith, Delta's Anderson Tout Aviation Strength -

FedEx founder Frederick W. Smith told several hundred attendees of the Airport Cities World Conference & Exhibition held in Memphis this morning that the U.S. is a leader in aviation. But he said aviation “has reached a point where it is a bit taken for granted.”

95. Schools Referendum Certification Set for March 28 -

The Shelby County Election Commission certified election results this week.

But it was the metro charter referendum results from Nov. 2 instead of the March 8 schools consolidation results.

And the Election Commission is now scheduled to certify the March 8 results on March 28, the same day the Shelby County Commission is set to make appointments to a 25-member countywide school board.

96. Delta Air Lines Announces Record Profit Sharing -

Delta Air Lines announced Monday it is paying $313 million in profit sharing, the largest profit sharing payout in the airline’s history.

The airline, which has a hub at Memphis International Airport, announced the bonus to its 80,000 employees around the world after posting a record $1.4 billion profit in 2010.

97. Motion Hearing Expected in Consolidation Case -

The case of the metro consolidation charter vote count from November begins to move Thursday in Memphis federal court. And what happens might affect the coming March 8 referendum on school consolidation.

98. Fla. Judge Strikes Down Obama Health Care Overhaul -

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – A federal judge declared the Obama administration's health care overhaul unconstitutional Monday, siding with 26 states that sued to block it, saying that people can't be required to buy health insurance.

99. Election Results Portend Coming Battles in County -

The metro consolidation charter proposal crushed by county voters Tuesday goes to Memphis federal court Thursday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Tu Pham holds a telephone conference call status conference that is the first court meeting of all sides in the lawsuit to challenge the separate vote counts for the charter.

100. Split Vote Takes Down Metro Charter Proposal -

The metro consolidation charter won a narrow victory with Memphis voters Tuesday but was crushed by Shelby County voters outside Memphis.

The first consolidation charter to go to voters in 39 years had to win both in Memphis and outside Memphis in order to consolidate the city of Memphis and Shelby County governments.