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VOL. 132 | NO. 81 | Monday, April 24, 2017

Grizzlies Even Series with Spurs in Game 4 OT Victory

Conley Scores 35 and Grizz Survive Kawhi Leonard's 43 Points

It’s a series now. Check that, it’s more than a series.

The Week Ahead: April 24-30

Happy Monday, Memphis! Those potholes and rough patches of broken asphalt you dodge on your morning commute may be in line for repair pretty soon, and there’s a full list of entertaining and informative events to attend in the coming days, including the annual RegionSmart Summit. Here’s what you need to know about the Week Ahead...

Young Says Hooks Led in ’60s Without Pursuing Politics

Just before he came to Memphis in April 1968 with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Andrew Young remembers a meeting in Atlanta with King and U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Harry Belafonte and Richard Hatcher, the newly elected African-American mayor of Gary, Indiana.

NAREB Kicks Off Events to Build Black Homeownership

With homeownership rates among African-Americans 20 percent below the national average, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers has launched a “Two Million Black Homeowners in Five Years” initiative with the hopes of closing the homeowner gap.

Last Word: Two Science Marches, Bill Lee Kicks Off and Andrew Young on Ben Hooks

Rainy Sunday in the city with ponchoed partisans of the Porter-Leath Ragin' Cajun gathering and Africa in April overlapping from the riverfront to Danny Thomas Boulevard. In Germantown, it was a soggy but colorful 5k for the Germantown Municipal School District with shades of blue, orange and of course pink, or was it red?, at different parts of the run.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: Northeast at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 74%


Memphis Botanic Garden continues its 2017 Vine to Wine wine-tasting series Tuesday, March 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. This month’s tasting, called “Conserve Water… Drink More Wine!” celebrates Earth Day with a selection of eco-friendly and biodynamic wines. Tickets are $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/winetastings for details.

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Unfinished Business Fuels Boyd’s Gubernatorial Bid

By any measuring stick, Randy Boyd is a renaissance man. The founder of Radio Systems Corp. served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development for two years before he stepped down earlier this year.


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.


Riding New Wave

In RegionSmart world, leaders learn to love their neighbors

In 2007, about a half-dozen Memphis companies came together to found the Urban Land Institute Memphis chapter. It was a fine start. Six years later, ULI Memphis was convening a group of mayors from the tri-state area and, at least initially, trying very hard to make it informal and non-threatening.

Editorial: Realistic Regionalism And the Road Ahead

There can be an eye-roll factor to calls for regionalism. And some of that is justified. Over many years, we’ve seen leaders who didn’t want to be near one another – much less agree to anything – emerge from a meeting and declare a breakthrough simply because they had been in a room together.

April 21-27, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1865: The steamboat Sultana, many times over its capacity of several hundred people on board, explodes on the Mississippi River north of Memphis after docking at the cobblestones Downtown. Most of the passengers on board are Union soldiers just released from Confederate prison camps at the end of the Civil War, many returning to homes in East Tennessee.


Racist Phone Tirade Prompts Reactions, Denials

A recorded racist telephone tirade purportedly by a former membership programs and services director of the Greater Memphis Chamber and her husband directed at the staff of a restaurant in Turks & Caicos went viral Friday, April 14, a week ahead of the chamber’s announcement of a new minority business effort.

Loflin Yard Planning More After Initial Success

Not long after the opening of the Downtown bar, restaurant and entertainment space Loflin Yard, Janet Boscarino just knew.

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.

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.

House, Senate Approve IMPROVE Act

The House and Senate are nearly ready to send the IMPROVE Act to Gov. Bill Haslam, passing it with relatively wide voting margins after months of debate.


Former MATA CEO Placed on Diversion in Prostitution Case

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The former CEO of the Memphis Area Transit Authority has been placed on six months' diversion after entering a plea to charges of patronizing prostitution.


Unemployment Rates Fall to Record Lows in 4 US States

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unemployment rates fell to record lows in four U.S. states in March after months of steady job creation nationwide.


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.

Wells Fargo Ups Sales Practices Settlement to $142 Million

NEW YORK (AP) – Wells Fargo agreed Friday to expand a recently settled class-action lawsuit by an additional $32 million as well as extend claims for fraudulent accounts that may have been opened going back to 2002.


Bebe Expects to Close All its Stores by the End of May

NEW YORK (AP) – Clothing chain Bebe says it expects to close all its stores by the end of May, making it the latest retail casualty of the migration to online shopping.


FDA Approves 2nd Near-Copy of Remicade for Immune Disorders

Federal regulators on Friday approved another alternative version of Remicade, an expensive injected drug widely used for rheumatoid arthritis and other immune system disorders.

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