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VOL. 132 | NO. 34 | Thursday, February 16, 2017

CCDC Approves Grants for Downtown Apartments, Public Art Project

Wessman Development’s plans to convert a long-vacant historic building in Downtown Memphis into luxury apartments, a high-end basement bar and coffee shop took another step forward Wednesday, Feb. 15.

West Memphis Takes Tourism Cue From Big River Crossing

As a book-end to the newly opened Big River Crossing, West Memphis is rebooting its convention and visitors bureau with a renewed approach to marketing the town and its municipal building and auditorium as a destination for tourists and businesses.

Memphis Baseball Academy Bets on HitTrax Technology

It wasn’t that long ago that Ryan Huber, 26, was still a small-college baseball player and stepping in the batter’s box for one-on-one showdowns with pitchers.

Critical Focus Plan Gets Good Initial Reviews

The 19 low-performing, low-enrollment schools in Shelby County Schools’ “critical focus” group would share in 20 new behavioral specialists SCS plans to put in its budget proposal.

Last Word: Lovell's Aftermath, West Memphis Tourism and Batter Up

Political turbulence in the state capitol this week centered on one of the newest members of the Shelby County Delegation leaves the politically-minded among us with a lot to take in when you add the Beltway turbulence of the week in D.C.

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EVENTS

Opera Memphis will perform Gilbert & Sullivan’s family classic “The Pirates of Penzance” Friday through Sunday, Feb. 17-19, at Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter Road. In conjunction with the show, Opera Memphis and the Mid-South Buccaneers are hosting Pirate Fest – an afternoon of pirate games, art activities, stories and live music from the Bluff City Barnacles – Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at GPAC. Pirate Fest is free for everyone (no tickets needed); tickets to the performance can be purchased at operamemphis.org.

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Democrats Want Investigation of Lovell’s Resignation

NASHVILLE – A day after former Rep. Mark Lovell resigned abruptly, House Majority Chairman Ryan Williams says he asked Lovell to step down, but only if accusations of sexual misconduct against him were true.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Luxury Apartments Begin $17 Million Expansion

3333 Hacks Cross Road, Memphis, TN 38125: Fieldstone Apartment Homes, a gated community in southeast Memphis, is in the process of another massive expansion.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Finding Weekend Escape in Tuscaloosa

When I hear Tuscaloosa, it’s almost always in the classic voice of former college football announcer Keith Jackson as he welcomes TV viewers to the campus of the University of Alabama.

View From the Hill: Outsourcing, Rates Worry Park Fans

Dunlap resident Kathy Gilbert opposes privatization of Fall Creek Falls on a number of fronts.

STATEWIDE

Flying POW-MIA Flag Over State Capitol Would Cost $100K

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An estimated $100,000 price tag has caused a Republican state senator to revise his proposal to require the POW-MIA flag to be flown over the Tennessee Capitol year-round.

New Tennessee Chancellor Vows to Move 'Quickly' in AD Search

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – New Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport says the school plans to move "very quickly" in hiring an athletic director but isn't specifying a target date on making the selection.

HEALTH CARE

Insurer Humana Bails on ACA Exchange Business for 2018

Health insurer Humana is leaving the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges, including Tennessee's, for next year as it regroups after ending its proposed combination with rival insurer Aetna.

Following Trump Order, IRS Shifts on Health Care Mandate

WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS says it's following President Donald Trump's executive order on health care by easing enforcement of the unpopular Obama-era requirement for people to have coverage or risk fines.

US ECONOMY

US Consumer Prices Post Biggest Rise in Nearly 4 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer prices rose in January at the fastest pace in nearly four years, strengthening the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year.

US Retail Sales Rise in January, Led By Gas and Restaurants

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans increased their spending at gasoline stations and restaurants in January, boosting retail sales even though auto buying fell.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump Tells Retail CEOs People Will 'Love' His Tax Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump met Wednesday with the CEOs of large retailers like Target and Best Buy, who have a built-in concern: They're worried about a possible border tax on imported goods.

Puzder Withdraws Nomination to be Trump's Labor Secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary abruptly withdrew his nomination Wednesday after Senate Republicans balked at supporting him, in part over taxes he belatedly paid on a former housekeeper not authorized to work in the United States.

TECHNOLOGY

Yahoo Issues Another Warning in Fallout From Hacking Attacks

LONDON (AP) – Yahoo is warning users of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016, the latest development in the internet company's investigation of a mega-breach that exposed 1 billion users' data several years ago.

Trump Tells Retail CEOs People Will 'Love' His Tax Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump met Wednesday with the CEOs of large retailers like Target and Best Buy, who have a built-in concern: They're worried about a possible border tax on imported goods.

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