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VOL. 132 | NO. 80 | Friday, April 21, 2017

Grizzlies Beat Spurs 105-94 in Game 3

The tone had been set three nights earlier in San Antonio. First-year coach David Fizdale had watched his team not just get beat by the San Antonio Spurs, but in his view disrespected by the officials.

Memphis Chamber Sets Goal for Local, Minority Contracts

The Greater Memphis Chamber has set a goal of 600 new business-to-business contracts for minority- and women-owned enterprises and locally-owned firms by the end of the year.

Court OKs $16.8M Settlement in First Tennessee Bank Class-Action Suit

Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Mary Wagner has approved an agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit against First Tennessee Bank related to overdraft fees that calls for the bank to put $16.8 million into a settlement fund.

Memphis Airport Unveils Updated Modernization Plan

The Memphis International Airport unveiled an updated $214 million, multiyear plan to completely overhaul its B Concourse, where almost all of the airport’s operations will be consolidated upon completion.

Memphis, Nashville Mayors Praise Passage of Haslam’s Road Funding Bill

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland lauded the Tennessee Legislature for passing the IMPROVE Act, including a combination of fuel tax and fee increases designed to improve transportation funding.

Local Weather
Currently
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69.0°F
Mostly Cloudy and Breezy
Wind: from the South at 24.2 gusting to 36.8 mph
Humidity: 68%

EVENTS

The 31st annual Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, April 21-23, in Robert R. Church Park (Fourth and Beale streets). The festival will showcase the Republic of Togo from an international perspective, with music, food, a diverse cultural marketplace and more. Hours are 8 a.m. until late night; admission is $5. Visit the festival’s Facebook page for a complete schedule.

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Bartlett Opens Greenway; Ghost River Natural Area Grows

The city of Bartlett has 29 parks, and every one of them has a walking trail. But the path that formally opens to the public Friday, April 21, at a trailhead at Santa Valley Road and U.S. 64 is Bartlett’s first venture in a full-fledged greenway.

Last Word: The Day After, $21.9M More for SCS and First Tennessee Overdrafts

Take That For Data, Indeed. The Grizz crack the century mark over the Spurs 105-94 in a motivated Game 3 of the playoff series before a loud and proud Forum. Game 4 is Saturday on Beale. Meanwhile, Markel Crawford chooses. He will be leaving the Tigers basketball program for Ole Miss.

Corker Sees Trump Foreign Policy Evolving, Not Moderating

U.S. foreign policy should be to “keep the volume up” on North Korea’s progress in developing a nuclear capability and intercontinental ballistic missiles, says U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, “with the acknowledgement that what you could bring in is Russia, China, South Korea and Japan into a conflict.”

EDGE Board Approves Two PILOTs, GMACW Merger

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

Porter-Leath's Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival Returns Sunday

Known to some as the unofficial start of the spring festival season in Memphis, the 25th annual Stinson’s Industrial Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival benefiting Porter-Leath takes place Sunday, April 23, from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. at Wagner Place, between Union Avenue and Beale Street.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

University of Memphis, UTHSC May Soon Face Outsourcing Decisions

Forty-one state lawmakers signed a letter requesting the state put a hold on its outsourcing plans until the General Assembly can scrutinize its effect on state workers and services.

Often-Arrested Lee Sisters Get Civil Rights Due on Capitol Hill

During the civil rights era, the Lee sisters wouldn’t have been welcomed at the State Capitol. Half a century later, legislators honored the Memphis family on the House floor, recognizing their efforts in the 1960s when they participated in protests across the city and Southeast as high school and college students.

AG: Bill Could Conflict With Gay Marriage Ruling, State Law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A state attorney general opinion says legislation requiring use of the "natural and ordinary meaning" of undefined words in Tennessee code could, in some cases, conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling and state law about interpreting gender-specific words as inclusive.

House Delays Vote on 23-Hour Alcohol at 2 Nashville Bars

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee House has put off a vote on a bill that would allow two Nashville bars to serve alcohol for 23 hours a day.

SPORTS

Revamped Redbirds Off to Flying Start, but Clapp Still Waiting for a Call

At first, new Memphis Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp wasn’t all that comfortable in his own office. When the Redbirds played the St. Louis Cardinals in an exhibition game at AutoZone Park just before the big league season started, Clapp saw his desk as almost a foreign object.

Tennessee's 6-6 Freshman Has a Message: ‘I Will Not Eat You’

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones knew he got a special player when he signed five-star offensive lineman Trey Smith of University School of Jackson.

Who Will Grab the Spotlight in Vols' Spring Game?

Tennessee completes its fifth spring practice under head coach Butch Jones on Saturday, April 22, at 4 p.m. with the DISH Orange & White Game at Neyland Stadium.

‘Good Locker Room’ Doesn’t Happen by Accident

The first time I heard the term “good locker room” in relation to an NFL team, I figured it had something to do with TVs, air conditioning and nearby shower accommodations.

Titans Sold on Robinson-Mularkey Plan

In Jon Robinson and Mike Mularkey the Tennessee Titans trust – completely.

THE PRESS BOX

NFL Experts Can’t Agree On QBs in Upcoming Draft

The NFL Draft starts on Thursday, April 27, and it seems more than likely that Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett will go first overall to the hapless Cleveland Browns. 

THE TIPPING POINT

Andrews Gazes into Memphis’ Green Future

Imagine you’re in a helicopter. Stretched out beneath you is one of the country’s largest urban parks – 4,500 acres of sprawling hills, glistening lakes, and furry green forest, dotted with tiny people who are walking, cycling, picnicking, fishing, kayaking and riding horses.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Our Best Point of View

Editor’s note: At press time, The Daily News learned a proposal to construct two silos on the riverfront was withdrawn from the Board of Adjustment agenda.

Target-Date Funds and Taxes

Ray’s Take Target-date funds are mutual funds that contain a collection of other mutual funds that are designed to invest aggressively at the beginning and, over a long time horizon, move money into progressively more conservative holdings as the target date approaches.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Student Found Safe, Teacher Arrested in California

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A 15-year-old Tennessee girl who disappeared with her teacher more than a month ago was found safe in California and the teacher was arrested, authorities said Thursday.

REGIONAL NEWS

Arkansas Officials Ask Courts to Clear Path for Executions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas prepared again Thursday to conduct its first executions since 2005, wary and weary after a series of court decisions gutted its unprecedented plan to put eight men to death before the end of the month.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Amid Competition, Verizon Loses Key Customers for First Time

NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon, the once-unstoppable cellphone leader in the U.S., lost key wireless customers for the first time, even as it brought back unlimited data plans to counter smaller rivals.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump Orders Probe Into Whether Steel Imports Harming US

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump directed his administration Thursday to expedite a just-launched investigation into whether steel imports are jeopardizing U.S. national security, saying, "This is not an area where we can afford to become dependent on other countries."

EPA Chief Delays Methane Rule at Behest of Oil and Gas Firms

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency is again moving to derail Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing pollution from the fossil fuel industry.

MEDICAL NEWS

FDA Further Restricts Pain Medication Use in Kids

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – U.S. regulators are strengthening warnings about the dangers of two types of powerful painkillers due to risks of slowed breathing and death.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Regulators Sue Ocwen Financial, Say It Mishandled Mortgages

NEW YORK (AP) – State and federal authorities have sued mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial Corp., saying the company botched the handling of millions of mortgage accounts. The action sent Ocwen's shares plunging about 50 percent.

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