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VOL. 133 | NO. 79 | Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lee, Boyd, Black Talk Confederate Monuments, Oppose Pre-K Expansion

Three of the four major contenders for governor in the Aug. 2 Republican primary disagree with the removal of Confederate monuments from city parks but also disagree with the state legislature’s decision to cut $250,000 of city funding in retaliation.

EDGE Approves Trio of Tax Abatements

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County approved a trio of tax abatement packages during its Wednesday April 18 meeting.

GoFundMe Page Seeks to Reimburse Memphis for State Money Withdrawal

NASHVILLE – A GoFundMe page has been started on Facebook to raise funds to make up a $250,000 budget cut the Tennessee Legislature levied against the city of Memphis for removing Confederate monuments from two city parks late last year.

Republican Contenders for Mayor Say City Paying for Monuments Misstep

The three Republican contenders for Shelby County Mayor believe the city of Memphis acted improperly in removing Confederate monuments from city parks last year and is, in effect, paying the piper for challenging the Tennessee Legislature.

Last Word: 'Poking The Bear,' National Walk Out Day and McQueen on Capitol Hill

The state House’s Tuesday action cutting $250k in funding for Memphis from Gov. Bill Haslam’s budget proposal is turning into a cause back here, starting with a GoFundMe page. Elsewhere on social media, you can see the unmistakable outline of a party or parties for the cause beginning to form. This is near the end of session for the Legislature when the budget is the last action before going back to the district to run for re-election. Different timing over here, with multiple crawfish outings leading into Memphis in May.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Memphis Botanic Garden hosts 30 Thursdays: Nature at Night Thursday, April 19, at 6 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. Join an MBG staff member on an evening guided tour of the gardens. Free with garden admission. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays for details.

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Civil Rights Cold Case Bill Nears Passage

Years of work behind her, state Rep. Johnnie Turner is making the final push for creation of a state body designed to initiate investigations into civil rights cold cases, potentially solving decades-old murders or giving people the opportunity to put a heinous act behind them.

Away From the Court

Grizzlies leave tough season focused on marketing around NBA Draft

For seven straight years, the Memphis Grizzlies made the playoffs. For seven straight years, the winning on the court provided momentum and opportunity for those working on the business side trying to sell season tickets and arrange corporate sponsorships.

SCS Leaders Question TNReady Credibility

Shelby County Schools board members are questioning the credibility of state student achievement testing after the third major problem with online testing in three years.

Hacker Blamed for Third TNReady Computer Snafu

Frustrated by a third year of TNReady foul-ups, this time with testing statewide disrupted by a suspected hacker, state lawmakers are set to step in and put an end to what they feel is a fiasco.

Fred’s Delays Earnings, Annual Report Due to Specialty Pharmacy Unit Sale

A couple of hours before Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc. was due to begin its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2017 earnings presentation for analysts, the company pulled the plug.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Top Summer Destinations

Springtime is planning time for summer travel. If you’re still considering your options for an upcoming vacation, I’ve listed six destinations that are on my mind for summer travel. Every destination is somewhere I specifically want to visit during an upcoming summer.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Sex Week Seems Tame Compared to Session Antics

Why should UT Knoxville be limited to its annual Sex Week when Tennessee legislators are celebrating year-round?

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Tennessee Lawmakers Grill Education Commissioner Over Test

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State lawmakers have spent the afternoon grilling Tennessee's education commissioner over a new problem with the state's assessment test.

REGIONAL NEWS

The Latest: Judge Defends Right to Oppose Death Penalty

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on an Arkansas judge participating in an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the governor's mansion (all times local):

Sound Insulation Expanding Its Mississippi Delta Factory

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — A company that makes sound insulation is expanding its Mississippi Delta factory, with plans to hire 24 new employees.

North Mississippi County Supervisor Charged With DUI

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a county supervisor in Mississippi has been charged with driving under the influence and careless driving.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

GOP's Regulatory Fight Goes to Another Level Over Car Loans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-led Senate voted Wednesday to block Obama-era guidance a consumer protection agency issued five years ago to help ensure lenders don't charge blacks and Hispanics higher interest rates on car loans.

US NEWS

George W. Bush Says His Mother Didn't Fear Death

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday that his mother, Barbara Bush, didn't fear death because she believed in an afterlife and that she would be "wonderfully received in the arms of a loving God."

Winds Ease But Deadly Wildfires Endure in Southwest US

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Frazzled residents in a part of rural northwestern Oklahoma paralyzed by days of wind-whipped wildfires expressed fear a blaze could overrun their home Wednesday, as firefighters battling the deadly fires there and in Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico found some relief at the promise of easing of dangerous weather conditions.

Excavator Blamed for Island-Wide Blackout in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

GM Replaces Cadillac President After US Sales Decline

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors has replaced the head of its Cadillac luxury brand, which has struggled for years to compete against German and Japanese luxury automakers in the U.S.

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