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VOL. 132 | NO. 99 | Thursday, May 18, 2017

Memphis, Shelby County See Bump in Major Violent Crime Rate

Major violent crime in Memphis and countywide increased from January to April by 4.4 percent and 4.2 percent respectively compared to the first four months of 2016, according to numbers released Thursday, May 18, by the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission.

Local Reaction To Mueller Appointment in Trump-Russia Probe

Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate ties between President Donald Trump 2016 campaign and Russia.

NouriTech, Cargill Awarded Tax Incentives for Memphis Facilities

Two President’s Island manufacturing operations, NouriTech’s new gas fermentation facility and Cargill’s corn mill, were awarded a pair of PILOTs from the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County.

Inner City Health Care Company Earns PILOT for Expansion

A health care company serving lower-income areas of South Memphis with a limited range of services has been granted a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) incentive by the Economic Development Growth Engine board to provide more expansive service.

Ronald McDonald House Welcomes St. Jude Children, Families

Jill Crocker knew of Ronald McDonald House Charities and its mission to provide a “home away from home” for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital families and their children receiving treatment. But she had not been there.

Local Weather
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Humidity: 34%

EVENTS

Sierra Club Chickasaw Group will host a Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan update presentation Thursday, May 18, at 5:50 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. John Zeanah, deputy director of the Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development, will discuss an overview of Memphis 3.0, the key findings so far, and a summary of community input received to date. Q&A will follow. Visit facebook.com/Chickasaw.Group for details.

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Last Word: Food Changes, Tax Breaks and 'The Big Bang'

Late hours in Washington for another night Wednesday with word of the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special prosecutor in the Trump-Russia investigation. Here is all of the reaction we had as of late Wednesday from our folks in D.C.

Luttrell: Mend Issues That Divide Region

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says his hope for a more civil national political discourse may be “a little Alice in Wonderland.” And there are times when he sees local discussions veering in the direction of “Nashville and Washington,” he told the Memphis Rotary Club Tuesday, May 16.

Fresh Market Updates Memphis-Area Stores

The Fresh Market has unveiled a new look and shopping experience at its Memphis-area stores, part of changes the brand is rolling out company-wide through 2018.

Pending Elvis Week Will Encompass New Amenities

Graceland Plaza is just about all gone. Only a few brick storefronts remained Tuesday, May 16, in the area across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the late entertainer’s mansion. The late 1960s-era shopping center that became the entry point for tours of the mansion starting in the 1980s is being demolished to become a new entry point and green space for the $45 million Elvis Presley’s Memphis complex that opened in March.

Overton Park Gallery Designed for, by Artists

An art lover and an artist have joined together to give Memphis artists a unique gallery option for showing and selling their work.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Faropoint Acquires Massive Industrial Portfolio for $33.1M

Looking to continue its recent trend of bullish activity in the Memphis market, Faropoint Ventures has acquired a 1.1-million-square-foot industrial portfolio for $33.1 million. Details on that and more commercial real estate news in this week's Real Estate Recap...

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

It’s Great Time to Fly to Europe

News out of the airlines industry doesn’t seem all that great these days. Look no further than recent stories of passengers “bumped” off flights, particularly with United Airlines.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

View From the Hill: Haslam Credits GOP ‘Experiment’ for Tennessee’s Success

If you ask Gov. Bill Haslam, Republican government is the best thing since sliced bread.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Human Rights Commission Official Charged

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An official with the Tennessee Human Rights Commission has been arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of minors.

Tennessee Coach Dave Serrano Will Resign at End of Season

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano will resign at the end of the season.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

US, Europe Swap Air Security Information at Laptop Ban Talks

BRUSSELS (AP) – European Union and U.S. officials swapped information Wednesday about threats involving air travel amid concern that the United States will soon broaden its ban on in-flight laptops and tablets to include planes from Europe.

CONSUMER NEWS

US Households Owe Record Amount, Topping Pre-Recession Peak

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. household debt reached a record high in the first three months of this year, topping the previous peak reached in 2008, when the financial crisis plunged the economy into a deep recession.

FDA, CDC Warn Certain Lead Tests May Produce Too-Low Results

U.S. health agencies on Wednesday warned that certain blood tests for lead poisoning may give results lower than the actual level of lead.

HEALTH CARE

Another Round of Premium Hikes: Blame Trump or Obama?

WASHINGTON (AP) – Another year of big premium increases and dwindling choice is looking like a distinct possibility for many consumers who buy their own health insurance – but why, and who's to blame?

TECHNOLOGY

Google Rolling Out Arsenal of Services, Gadgets

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Google provided a look at its latest digital offerings, with a heavy focus on its efforts to extend artificial intelligence features into more of its apps and services.

NouriTech, Cargill Awarded Tax Incentives for Memphis Facilities

Two President’s Island manufacturing operations, NouriTech’s new gas fermentation facility and Cargill’s corn mill, were awarded a pair of PILOTs from the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County.

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