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1. Bayer Selling $9B in Ag Business Ahead of Monsanto Merger -

WASHINGTON (AP) – German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG has agreed to the U.S. government's demand that it sell about $9 billion in agriculture businesses as condition for acquiring Monsanto Co., a U.S. seed and weed-killer maker.

2. Judge Orders Trump Administration to Implement Energy Limits -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal judge in San Francisco on Thursday ordered the Trump administration to implement energy-use limits for portable air conditioners and other products that were adopted during the last days of the Obama presidency.

3. Groups Speak Against Trump’s Environmental Agenda -

Three activist groups are holding a series of events in Memphis highlighted by the appearance of several speakers Wednesday, Feb. 14, outside the Lorraine Motel that call for action by President Trump’s administration and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.

4. Groups in Memphis Speak Against Trump’s Environmental Agenda -

Three activist groups are holding a series of events in Memphis highlighted by the appearance of several speakers Wednesday, Feb. 14, outside the Lorraine Motel that call for action by President Trump’s administration and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.

5. Digest -

Memphis Toys R Us

To Remain Open

A representative with Toys R Us has confirmed to The Daily News that the retailer’s Memphis location, at 7676 Polo Ground Blvd., won’t close after all.

6. Trump Choosing White Men as Judges, Highest Rate in Decades -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is nominating white men to America's federal courts at a rate not seen in nearly 30 years, threatening to reverse a slow transformation toward a judiciary that reflects the nation's diversity.

7. Exxon Settles Pollution Case With Feds by Upgrading 8 Plants -

DALLAS (AP) – Exxon Mobil settled air pollution violations with the Trump administration by paying a $2.5 million civil penalty and promising to spend $300 million on pollution-control technology at several plants along the Gulf Coast.

8. Trump Adviser Resigned Ahead of Negative Magazine Story -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who resigned Friday from an unpaid post as President Donald Trump's adviser on deregulation efforts, stepped down as The New Yorker was preparing to publish a lengthy article detailing Icahn's potential conflicts of interest and questioning the legality of his actions.

9. VW Executive Pleads Guilty in Emissions Scandal -

DETROIT (AP) – A German Volkswagen executive pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy and fraud charges in Detroit in a scheme to cheat emission rules on nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles.

Shackled at the wrists and ankles and wearing red prison garb, Oliver Schmidt appeared before U.S. District Judge Sean Cox as part of the U.S. government's case involving the automaker, which has admitted to using software to get around U.S. emission standards.

10. Editorial: The Ultimate Sustainability At the Corrections Center -

A life is a natural resource, more valuable than the resources being conserved at the Shelby County Corrections Center to great effect. So, with inmate levels at the corrections center currently at a relatively low level, we think there is another kind of opportunity for the aging prison.

11. Daimler to Recall 3 Million Vehicles to Ease Diesel Doubts -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – German automaker Daimler will voluntarily recall 3 million Mercedes-Benz brand cars with diesel engines in Europe to improve their emissions performance, the company said Tuesday, in the wake of widespread public debate over the future of diesel.

12. MATA Eyes Greener Future, Prepares For Upcoming Service Changes -

Despite being hampered by a tight budget, the Memphis Area Transit Authority is making strides to be more green and environmentally sensitive, including participating in National Dump the Pump Day in June and offering reduced fares on “Ozone Days” throughout the year, as well as recently collaborating with the EPA to install air pollution-monitoring stations.

13. Justice Dept. Ending Settlement Payouts to Outside Groups -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department will no longer allow big companies and banks to settle cases by donating to outside organizations, ending a little-known practice that had become a rallying cry for some conservatives.

14. Last Word: Sessions Visit, Election Day and Beale Street's Journey -

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Memphis Thursday to talk about crime in a city whose record homicide count in 2016 Sessions has recently mentioned. Sessions is in town to talk with local, state and federal prosecutors and law enforcement. When the Attorney General comes to town, he or she is usually coming with policy talking points from the White House.

15. US Says Fiat Chrysler Used Software to Beat Emissions Tests -

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is suing Fiat Chrysler, alleging that some of its diesel pickup trucks and Jeep SUVs cheat on emissions tests.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Justice Department marks the second time the government has gone after an automaker alleging use of software on diesel engines that allows them to emit more pollution on the road than during Environmental Protection Agency lab testing.

16. Last Word: Murphy's, Mount Arlington in Midtown and Surgery Open House -

Senses, the nightclub on the eastern side of the Poplar viaduct, is back. Apparently it’s been back for a little while but the top code enforcement official involved says it is news to him and may be a violation that puts this matter in Environmental Court.

17. Judge Orders Volkswagen to Pay $2.8B in Emission Scandal -

DETROIT (AP) – A judge on Friday ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests, blessing a deal negotiated by the government for a "massive fraud" orchestrated by the German automaker.

18. Cooperation, Payments to Owners Help VW Avoid Bigger Penalty -

DETROIT (AP) – By cooperating with federal investigators and quickly agreeing to compensate car owners, Volkswagen likely will avoid a massive criminal fine for cheating on diesel emissions tests and trying to cover it up.

19. White House Doubles Down on Trump's Voter Fraud Claim -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House on Tuesday stuck firmly to President Donald Trump's claim that millions of people voted illegally in the November election, but provided no evidence to back up his assertion.

20. Despite Scandal, VW in Running for Global Sales Crown -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – It's ironic: Volkswagen spent 2016 battling a huge scandal over cars it rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

And now stands a decent chance to pass Toyota for the title of world's biggest carmaker for the year.

21. Volkswagen: Draft Deal in Scandal Contains $4.3B in Fines -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – German automaker Volkswagen AG said Tuesday that it was in "advanced talks" with United States authorities over a proposed settlement in its diesel emissions scandal under which the company would pay $4.3 billion in criminal and civil fines.

22. US Approves Fix for Some Volkswagen Diesels -

DETROIT (AP) – Volkswagen will soon be able to repair some of its diesel cars so they meet U.S. emissions standards.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board said Friday that they have approved a fix for around 67,000 of the 475,000 Volkswagens and Audis with 2-liter diesel engines that were programmed to cheat on U.S. emissions tests.

23. Volkswagen Reaches Deal on Final Cars in Emissions Scandal -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Volkswagen reached a deal with U.S. regulators and attorneys for car owners for the remaining 80,000 diesel vehicles caught in the company's emissions cheating scandal, a federal judge announced Tuesday.

24. Magic Pipe: Carnival's Princess Pays $40M Fine for Sea Waste -

MIAMI (AP) – Princess Cruise Lines will pay a $40 million penalty after pleading guilty to seven federal charges in an illegal ocean pollution case that involved one ship's use of a so-called magic pipe to divert oily waste into the waters, authorities said Thursday.

25. 50 Years Later, Black Panthers Look Back at Party's Founding -

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Black Panthers emerged from this gritty Northern California city 50 years ago, declaring to a nation in turmoil a new party dedicated to defending African-Americans against police brutality and protecting the right of a downtrodden people to determine their own future.

26. 'Played the Fool': Car Owners Slam Volkswagen Emissions Deal -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Several angry Volkswagen owners told a federal judge on Tuesday that a $10 billion settlement does not adequately compensate them for the automaker's emissions cheating scandal.

27. Williams Hired for Memphis Blight-Fighting Fellowship -

The city of Memphis and University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law recently hired Brittany J. Williams as the city’s first Neighborhood Preservation Fellow. In that role, Williams will represent the city in Environmental Court lawsuits against property owners who have vacant, abandoned or dilapidated properties that violate city codes.

28. Tennessee to Get $570M In Volkswagen Settlement -

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, along with the Division of Consumer Affairs, announced Tuesday, June 28, a settlement requiring Volkswagen to pay more than $570 million for violating state laws prohibiting unfair or deceptive trade practices by marketing, selling and leasing diesel vehicles equipped with illegal and undisclosed “defeat device” software.

29. Tennessee to Get $570M In Volkswagen Settlement -

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, along with the Division of Consumer Affairs, announced Tuesday, June 28, a settlement requiring Volkswagen to pay more than $570 million for violating state laws prohibiting unfair or deceptive trade practices by marketing, selling and leasing diesel vehicles equipped with illegal and undisclosed “defeat device” software.

30. AP Sources: VW to Pay Nearly $10.2B to Settle Emissions Claims -

DETROIT (AP) – Volkswagen has agreed to take a series of steps costing about $10.2 billion to settle claims from its unprecedented diesel emissions cheating scandal in the U.S., two people briefed on the matter said Thursday.

31. Attorney Wesley Fox Joins Shea Moskovitz & McGhee -

Wesley Fox has joined family law firm Shea Moskovitz & McGhee PLC as an associate attorney. Fox earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2014 and previously served as a Title IV-D attorney for Shelby County.

32. Last Word: Memphis Gets Busy, Elections Future and Past and Dad Rock In C-Y -

While their folks are still getting settled over in the front office at The Commercial Appeal, Gannett announces Monday an $815 million offer to buy Tribune Publishing which would put The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune in the expanding USA Today family.

33. Federal Officials Monitoring Sewage Spill in Memphis’ Cypress Creek -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A broken sewage line is dumping up to 50 million gallons of untreated wastewater per day into a Mississippi River tributary in Tennessee, and federal environmental officials said Friday they are monitoring the situation.

34. Federal Officials Monitoring Sewage Spill in Memphis’ Cypress Creek -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A broken sewage line is dumping up to 50 million gallons of untreated wastewater per day into a Mississippi River tributary in Tennessee, and federal environmental officials said Friday they are monitoring the situation.

35. FTC Sues VW Over False 'Clean Diesel' Advertising Claims -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal consumer watchdog sued Volkswagen on Tuesday, charging the company made false claims in commercials promoting its "Clean Diesel" vehicles as environmentally friendly.

36. US Government Sets Record for Failures to Find Files When Asked -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration set a record for the number of times its federal employees told disappointed citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn't find a single page requested under the Freedom of Information Act, according to a new Associated Press analysis of government data.

37. VW Employee Chief Urges US to Consider Fallout of Fines -

BERLIN (AP) – The head of Volkswagen's employee council said Tuesday he hopes that American authorities will consider the potential fallout on jobs in the U.S. and beyond as they mull what fines to impose on the company over its emissions-rigging scandal.

38. US Fight Over Gunman's Locked iPhone Could Have Big Impact -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A U.S. magistrate's order for Apple Inc. to help the FBI hack into an iPhone used by the gunman in the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, sets up an extraordinary legal fight with implications for ordinary consumers and digital privacy.

39. High Court Upholds Government's Energy Conservation Program -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a win for the Obama administration and environmental groups, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 5-year-old federal program that pays large electric customers to save energy during times of peak demand.

40. US Sues VW Over Emissions-Cheating Software in Diesel Cars -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department sued Volkswagen on Monday over emissions-cheating software found in nearly 600,000 vehicles sold in the United States.

The civil complaint against the German automaker, filed on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency in U.S. District Court in Detroit, alleges the company illegally installed software designed to make its diesel engines pass federal emissions standards while undergoing laboratory testing. The vehicles then switched off those measures to boost performance in real-world driving conditions, resulting in greenhouse gas emissions up to 40 times greater than federal environmental standards.

41. University of Memphis Promotes Health Through Architecture -

Five departments of the University of Memphis are now members of the American Institute of Architects’ Design & Health Research Consortium.

The partnership works to improve public health by drawing out its connections to lived environment and architecture.

42. University of Memphis Promotes Health Through Architecture -

Five departments of the University of Memphis are now members of the American Institute of Architects’ Design & Health Research Consortium.

The partnership works to improve public health by drawing out its connections to lived environment and architecture.

43. US, States Announce Settlement with BP Over Gulf Oil Spill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department and five states on Monday announced a $20 billion final settlement of claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

44. Q&A: A Look at Volkswagen's Emissions Crisis -

German automaker Volkswagen AG admits that it rigged U.S. emissions tests so it would appear that its diesel-powered cars were emitting fewer nitrogen oxides, which can contribute to ozone buildup and respiratory illness.

45. Supreme Court Upholds Use of Controversial Execution Drug -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

46. How Pope Francis’ Climate Encyclical Translates to Memphis -

On Thursday, June 18, the Vatican released Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical, “Laudato si” (Praise Be to You: On the Care for Our Common Home). For some time now, Catholics, environmentalists and other Vatican watchers were aware that Francis was going to focus on the environment, especially the problem of global climate change.

47. Climate Change as Faith Issue a Tough Sell -

It’s been a tough few years for Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light. The state affiliate of a national network of faith communities, the organization offers its members a spiritual way to respond to climate change issues and challenges from political and other sources.

48. Salomon Joins Harkavy Shainberg -

Jason D. Salomon, one of the 25 lawyers in Tennessee certified as an estate planning specialist, has joined Harkavy Shainberg Kaplan & Dunstan PLC as a member of the firm.
Salomon focuses his practice primarily in the areas of estate planning, trust implementation and probate administration. He also addresses issues regarding disability planning, elder law, nonprofits and small-business succession.

49. Teens Still Critical After Resort Poisoning -

Two Delaware teenagers are still in critical condition more than six weeks after a banned pesticide was sprayed at the Caribbean resort where they were staying, their family said Monday.

Sean and Ryan Esmond and their parents fell ill after an applicator working for Terminix used the pesticide methyl bromide at the resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

50. Teens Still Critical 6 Weeks After Resort Poisoning -

Two Delaware teenagers are still in critical condition more than six weeks after a banned pesticide was sprayed at the Caribbean resort where they were staying, their family said Monday.

Sean and Ryan Esmond and their parents fell ill after an applicator working for Terminix used the pesticide methyl bromide at the resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

51. ServiceMaster Ups First-Quarter Earnings -

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. posted first-quarter earnings of $28 million, the company reported Tuesday, April 28.

52. Editorial: Law Week Highlights Changing Nature of Freedom’s Challenge -

Something so integral to freedom must be an immovable force that is rigid in its consistency and unyielding to the elements and the passage of time.

Or so you would think if you regarded freedom as being kept in some sort of bastion for its own protection.

53. Full-Time Job -

For years, Judge Larry E. Potter has had to juggle a challenging court docket that included thousands of traffic citations and animal abuse cases along with the blight and neglect cases typically associated with the court.

54. Johnson Named Memphis Law School Registrar -

Jamie M. Johnson has joined the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law as law school registrar.

In her new role, Johnson will have direct oversight of the registrar’s office and duties relating to enrollment verification, managing student’s academic records, and ensuring the accuracy, integrity, maintenance and delivery of all law school institutional data. Johnson will also work closely with the dean of academic affairs to administer exams, determine class rank and report grades.

55. Data Breaches: A New Source of Worry for CEOs -

NEW YORK (AP) – Add hackers to the long list of things that give CEOs insomnia.

Target's chief executive, Gregg Steinhafel, is the first boss of a major corporation to lose his job over a theft of customer data. His exit from the helm of the nation's second-largest retailer on Monday shows that –in addition to guiding company strategy and keeping Wall Street happy with ever-growing profits– today's chief executives are being held responsible for lapses in computer security.

56. Supreme Court Seems Divided in Climate Case -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court appeared divided on Monday over the sole Obama administration program already in place to limit power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

57. Senate Ready to Confirm New NLRB Members -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate on Tuesday moved a step closer to approving Democratic nominees to the National Labor Relations Board.

Following a script crafted by the two parties, the Senate voted 64-34 to cut off debate and move to a final confirmation vote for Kent Hirozawa. By the end of the day, the Senate could confirm five nominees waiting to join the independent labor agency.

58. Gov. Haslam Struggles to Meet Pilot Recusal Pledge -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has struggled almost from the start of his administration to fulfill a campaign pledge to avoid handling matters relating to Pilot Flying J, the family-owned truck stop chain run by his brother, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.

59. Tomlinson Finds Home With Employment Law -

Courtney Tomlinson has known since the fifth grade that she wanted to be an attorney. Specifically, she had designs on being an environmental lawyer.

60. Obama Nominates 3 to Appeals Court, Testing GOP -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Opening a summer showdown with Congress, a combative President Barack Obama nominated three judges to a powerful appellate court Tuesday and challenged Republicans to stop the "political obstruction" holding up his nominees.

61. Senate Confirms Physicist Moniz as Energy Chief -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Physicist Ernest Moniz won unanimous Senate confirmation Thursday to be the nation's new energy secretary.

Moniz, 68, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, replaces Steven Chu, who served as Energy secretary in President Barack Obama's first term. Moniz served as an energy undersecretary in the Clinton administration.

62. Just Cause -

The concept of environmental justice is joining the issue of sustainability in new discussions about planning and the way cities like Memphis should work.

Local and regional planners meet Friday, April 19, at the University of Memphis to talk about “just sustainability” with the Tufts University planner who has been writing about it for the last decade.

63. US Citing Security to Censor More Public Records -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration answered more requests from the public to see government records under the Freedom of Information Act last year but more often than ever cited legal exceptions to censor or withhold the material, according to a new analysis by The Associated Press. It frequently cited the need to protect national security and internal deliberations.

64. Federal Workers Brace for Furloughs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – First there was a two-year pay freeze. Now furloughs loom, as federal agencies make personnel costs a prime target for across-the-board budget cuts that went into effect March 1. The result: anxiety and low morale in a workforce often envied for its job security.

65. ‘Judge-Sicle’ Murder Mystery Thrills to the End -

How could I not read the latest David Rosenfelt novel, “Airtight?” How could I not?! The author’s very publicist himself sent me an advance reading copy, asking that I do so. That, plus the book starts out with the murder of a judge, and I obviously want that case cracked, right?

66. Club Crave Nuisance Case Moves Slowly -

The Shelby County District Attorney General’s office and attorneys for the owners of Club Crave have been talking privately since prosecutors got the court order that closed the Beale Street nightspot during the Christmas holidays as a public nuisance.

67. Federal Charges Filed in Temple-Inland Paper Mill Spill -

The Justice Department has filed two criminal misdemeanor charges against a Bogalusa, La., paper mill, saying it violated federal environmental laws.

The charges stem from a five-day spill of pulp byproducts into the Pearl River in August 2011.

68. Council Ordinance Addresses Blight -

Memphis City Council members take a final vote Tuesday, Dec. 4, on an ordinance that requires property owners to keep their names and mailing addresses on record with the city.

The proposal, up for third and final reading, is designed to make it easier for the city to determine the ownership of vacant or abandoned property and notify the owners of code violations and serve them with legal notice should the city take them to court for the violations.

69. BP Suspended From New US Government Contracts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration put a temporary stop to new federal contracts with British oil company BP on Wednesday, citing the company's "lack of business integrity" and criminal proceedings stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.

70. Food Awareness -

On a recent humid September morning, a group of casually dressed students sat cross-legged in a field on the Rhodes College campus, deeply engaged in a discussion about the various preparation methods and cultural associations of yams.

71. Council Mulls Funds for Fairgrounds -

Memphis City Council members take a step closer to redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds Tuesday, Aug. 21, with $1.7 million in sales tax revenue generated in the Tourism Development Zone that includes The Pyramid.

72. Scorched Earth -

The daily hustle and bustle of city life makes it easy for Memphians to forget that the urban pocket they call home sits amid one of the nation’s richest agricultural regions, one that’s suffering the economic impact of unusually high temperatures and a nationwide drought.

73. Put Your Legacy Into Words -

Last week we spotlighted BRIDGES, an organization helping to build a community of leaders to advance racial, economic, educational, and environmental justice. This week, as we reflect on a recent visit from LPBC guest speaker Dr. Joseph Michelli, let us share some of his sage advice, which could redefine priorities and ignite our effect on future generations: a legacy statement.

74. Build BRIDGES To Make Difference -

Last week we spotlighted Samaritan’s Feet, which is providing new shoes and renewed hope to the 300 million people around the world who go without shoes each day. We also thanked the volunteers who recently came out and helped us wash the feet of more than 200 kids here in Memphis, providing them with new socks and shoes as a part of the Samaritan’s Feet National Day of Service.

75. Cynthia Ham Named BRIDGES President -

The youth-development organization BRIDGES has a new president.

Cynthia Ham, archer-malmo principal and chief public relations officer, will leave the firm she’s been with for 15 years to start work Feb. 15 as BRIDGES’ new head. She succeeds Jim Boyd, who stepped down late last year after 16 years with the organization, which works to build a community of leaders to advance racial, economic, educational and environmental justice in Memphis and Shelby County.

76. Cynthia Ham is New BRIDGES President -

The youth-development organization BRIDGES has a new president.

Cynthia Ham, principal and chief public relations officer for archer-malmo, will leave the firm she’s been with for 15 years to start work Feb. 15 as BRIDGES’ new head. She succeeds Jim Boyd, who stepped down late last year after 16 years with the organization, which works to build a community of leaders to advance racial, economic, educational and environmental justice in Memphis and Shelby County.

77. Hamm Drawn to Burch Porter For Firm’s Public Service -

Mary Hamm was probably destined to end up at Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC, a Memphis law firm with a storied past, a roster of well-known legal talent and a history of social justice work.

78. House-Senate Negotiators Unveil Spending Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a bundle of spending measures for the ongoing budget year, blending cuts to NASA and community development programs while averting cuts to nutrition programs.

79. Prison Stories Lends Ear to Women Behind Bars -

Elaine Blanchard has a reputation in the Memphis community as a gifted storyteller, but her greatest gift seems to lie in her willingness to listen, particularly to those who are listened to least.

80. Gibson Guitar CEO Defends Company Amid US Probe -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The head of Gibson Guitar said Saturday that he strongly backs conservation as well as federal enforcement of laws meant to protect the tropical hardwoods that his company uses for instruments.

81. Gibson Guitar Chief Says Feds Want to Talk -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Federal officials have asked to meet next week with owners of Nashville-based Gibson Guitars following a raid last month, the company's CEO says.

Henry Juszkiewicz (JUS'-kuh-wits) said the Justice Department requested the meeting for Wednesday, according to The Tennessean.

82. Artists, Politicians Weigh in on Gibson Raids -

British singer-songwriter James Blunt has filmed a brief video of himself praising Gibson Guitar Corp., the embattled guitar maker whose Memphis and Nashville facilities were raided last month by federal agents.

83. BRIDGES to Host Forum on Green Building Design -

BRIDGES is hosting a forum on green building design, the latest event in its Justice Forum series for local, regional and national leaders to gather with the community to engage in conversations inspired by BRIDGES’ mission of advancing educational, racial, economic and environmental justice.

84. Boyd Stepping Down as BRIDGES President -

After 16 years, Jim Boyd is stepping down from his position as president of Memphis nonprofit BRIDGES, a youth-development organization working to build a community of leaders to advance racial, economic, educational and environmental justice in Memphis and Shelby County.

85. Court Casts Doubt on States' Global Warming Suit -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court appeared deeply skeptical Tuesday about allowing states to sue electric utilities to force cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Both conservative and liberal justices questioned whether a federal judge could deal with the complex issue of global warming, a topic they suggested is better left to Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency.

86. Plough Foundation Awards BRIDGES $300,000 -

The Plough Foundation has awarded BRIDGES $300,000 to develop curriculum to expand its Bridge Builders youth program, the agency’s flagship initiative.

Bridge Builders currently serves high school juniors and seniors. The award will allow the nonprofit to expand the program to include youth in grades 6 through 12.

87. Bridges Seeks Sponsors for Kickoff Classic -

Sponsors are needed for the 10th anniversary AIM Charity/Bridges Kickoff Classic, which will be Aug. 20 and 21.

For 10 years, the event has allowed high school football teams from across the Mid-South to come together and to learn about community service, ending in football games to be played at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

88. Bloodworth Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award -

Russell Bloodworth, executive vice president of Boyle Investment Co., has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Memphis Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, the land economics society.

89. Fannin Promoted to Director at Youth Villages Dogwood Campus -

Nicole Fannin has been promoted director of Youth Villages Dogwood Campus.

Fannin joined Youth Villages as a counselor in 2001. Since then, she has served the organization as program manger and regional supervisor for its foster care program.

90. PROMISES, PROMISES: Records Not So Open with Obama -

WASHINGTON (AP) - One year into its promise of greater government transparency, the Obama administration is more often citing exceptions to the nation's open records law to withhold federal records even as the number of requests for information declines, according to a review by The Associated Press of agency audits about the Freedom of Information Act.

91. Retail Leaders Group Spent $850,000 Lobbying in Q4 -

NEW YORK (AP) - The Retail Industry Leaders Association spent $850,000 in the fourth quarter to lobby on a variety of issues from health care reform to consumer product safety, according to a recent disclosure report.

92. Visible School Puts Faith In Christian Music -

Amid an industry in a tailspin, the Visible School in Memphis has put its faith in Christian music.

And while labels flounder nationwide, some industry veterans see opportunity in the move.

“Business is all down,” said Jim Van Hook, a veteran Christian music executive in Nashville. “Across the board, a hit record is 50 percent of what it used to be. Christian music is not an exception. We had to shift from an old business model to a new one.”

93. McCord Announces He Will Retire from Tenn. House -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican state Rep. Joe McCord of Maryville announced Wednesday he won't seek election to a ninth term representing his East Tennessee House seat.

94. Herenton’s Campaign Tactics Familiar Ground -

After months of silence, Willie Herenton is back.

But he’s back in a local political environment that’s very different.

The former Memphis mayor opened his campaign for the 9th Congressional District Democratic primary Saturday in East Memphis before a crowd of 300 people. The speech was heavy with the verbal hooks that characterized the last years of Herenton’s 18 years as mayor.

95. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop today from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Ken Kimble, director of development and marketing for Boy Scouts of America Chickasaw Council, will speak. Cost is $65 for members and $125 for nonmembers. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

96. BRIDGES to Showcase ‘Green’ Tech -

People can see “green” technologies in use and also learn how to implement them in their own homes through a new initiative at the BRIDGES Center.

The center, which is the first green commercial building in Memphis, is opening itself up for tours by appointment. The museum-style displays, which explain environmental technologies ranging from solar panels to rain gardens, are part of the “Ordinary to Extraordinary: Learning & Leaning Green! (O2E)” initiative. The goal is to reduce greenhouse emissions in Memphis by 10 million pounds by 2010.

97. Contenders Focus On Stotts Vacancy -

It’s on to the Tennessee Judicial Commission for some of the contenders who failed to land this week’s appointment of a new judge for General Sessions Criminal Court.

Candidates for a vacant judgeship in Shelby County Circuit Court have until Tuesday to turn in their applications to the commission. The commission will send a list of three finalists to Gov. Phil Bredesen, who will fill the vacancy created by the death this month of Judge Rita Stotts. Stotts died Jan. 2 from complications of cancer.

98. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association will host a continuing legal education seminar today from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the MBA conference room, 80 Monroe Ave., Suite 220. Patrick Wrenn will apply Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” to the practice of law. Registration is $45 and the class is worth 1.5 hours of credit. For more information, call 527-3573.

99. Events -

The University of Memphis will host a five-part series titled “Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature–Identity and Imagination,” in Room 226 of the University of Memphis McWherter Library. The next session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The final session will be held Dec. 4. The series, which discusses Jewish literature, is free and will be led by Dr. David Patterson. For more information or reservations, contact Ross Johnson at 678-8211 or rmjohnsn@memphis.edu.

100. Court to Hear Appeals in Landmark Tobacco Case -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The tobacco industry is asking a federal appeals panel to overturn a landmark ruling that could open the door to more lawsuits from smokers claiming they were harmed because they were deceived by cigarette companies.