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VOL. 133 | NO. 23 | Wednesday, January 31, 2018

DMC Wants Benchmark Hotel Declared Nuisance

The Downtown Memphis Commission is seeking to have the Benchmark Hotel property at 164 Union Ave. declared a public nuisance.

SCS Looking To Move Out of Central Offices Near Fairgrounds

Shelby County Schools is in the due diligence phase of a relocation out of its long-time central office near the Mid-South Fairgrounds. And it comes as the city is pursuing a redevelopment of the fairgrounds and areas around it.

Target Fulfillment Center Closing, Vendor Laying Off 486 Memphis Workers

A Target fulfillment center in southeast Memphis is closing in April, resulting in 486 layoffs.

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Local nonprofit planning mission hospital in the Philippines

Nia Zalamea was supposed to be an English professor until realizing that the English major at the University of Virginia involved more work than she wanted or would be able to handle.

Nashville Court Orders Second Attempt at Mediation on Monuments

The Nashville chancellor who Monday ordered a hold on selling or transferring ownership of Confederate monuments removed from two Memphis parks followed up the next day with an order that all sides in the dispute enter mediation.

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NAWBO Memphis will host a reception honoring Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Hattiloo Theatre, 37 Cooper St. The chapter is recognizing Strickland and the city for the progress being made in increasing business and spending with women- and minority-owned businesses. Tickets are $15. Visit nawbomemphis.org.

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Last Word: Wiretaps in the Wright Case, Target Layoffs and SCS Looks To Move

Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis among those boycotting the State of the Union address Tuesday evening by President Donald Trump. “The president is unworthy of the podium, the position and the power.” Republican Congressman David Kustoff of Germantown among those not boycotting SOTU. “Just one year after president Trump took the oath of office, our economy is the strongest it has been in decades. … We passed historic tax reform and we bolstered our military and support our veterans. Last year, the president kept his promises and tonight, he told the American people that he is not done.”


University of Memphis Baseball Team To Count More on Pitching in 2018

On April 5 last season, the University of Memphis baseball team owned a 20-9 record and twice had beaten Ole Miss – once when the Rebels were ranked eighth nationally and once when they were ranked 11th.

Local Crime Statistics Show General Crime Rise, Drop in Murders

Year-end crime statistics from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission confirm a drop in the murder rate for 2017 compared to the city’s record murder rate in 2016.

Campbell Clinic Wins PILOT for $30 Million Germantown Expansion

Campbell Clinic has been awarded an eight-year retention PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) from the Germantown Industrial Development Board to help pave the way for its campus expansion plans, which include a $30 million, 120,000-square-foot new facility.


Dunavant Set Gold Standard As Public Servant

For the late Bobby Dunavant, who worked as Shelby County Probate Court Clerk for 40 years from 1954 to 1994, qualities like being honest, accessible, generous, empathetic and highly attentive to detail made him beloved by friends and colleagues throughout his life.


Haslam Proposes Completion Condition for Tennessee Promise

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s final State of the State address Monday, Jan. 29, included a call to continue education reform with some changes to the administration’s signature higher education reforms.


Ford Outlines Budget Process As Memphis’ New CFO

Shirley Ford has been named chief financial officer for the city of Memphis. Ford, who was selected to be CFO by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and confirmed by the City Council, has served as the city’s comptroller since 2014. She has more than 30 years of financial, accounting and managerial experience. In addition, she is a certified public accountant and a certified municipal finance officer as designated by the state comptroller.


Lawyer: Wiretaps, Recordings Part of Wright Investigation

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The lawyer for a Tennessee man charged with killing former NBA player Lorenzen Wright says wiretaps and audio recordings are included in the investigative files in the case.


Two-Step Authentication Adds Layer Of Security

Cloud-based email and collaboration systems are gaining popularity because they offer so many benefits to businesses of any size, but they also can present new challenges.

Mystery Surrounds Super Bowl Ads

In another record-breaking year, with ad costs exceeding $5 million per 30-second spot, big brands are, once again, putting it all on the line. Some will score big and others will be answering to their boards about their multimillion-dollar blunders.

People Hire People

If you’re looking for a job, there’s a good chance you’re applying online. And chances are good that applying online is your go-to option. It makes sense.


Report: 538 Public Records Exemptions in Tennessee Law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A report has found that there are now 538 exemptions to Tennessee's public records law, about six times as many as there were three decades ago.

Tennessee Athletics Has $10.8 Million Surplus in 2016-17

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's athletic department has reported a $10.8 million budget surplus for the 2016-17 fiscal year.


Amazon, Buffett And JPMorgan Join Forces on Health Care

Three of corporate America's heaviest hitters – Amazon, Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase – sent a shudder through the health industry Tuesday when they announced plans to jointly create a company to provide their employees with high-quality, affordable care.

Business Titans Face Complex System in US Health Care Push

The leaders of Amazon.com, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan announced the ambitious goal of improving health care coverage all of their employees. They say they are forming a new company that will be "free from profit-making incentives and constraints" and hint its results might be applied on a broader scale. But the campaign is in its early planning stages.

Federal Judge Wants Opioid Lawsuits To End In Settlement

The goal is impressive: Hammer out a legal deal that starts guiding the nation out of an epidemic of opioid addiction.

US Officials Seek Packaging Fix for Diarrhea-Drug Abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. health regulators on Tuesday asked makers of popular anti-diarrhea drugs to sell their medications in smaller amounts to make them harder to abuse.

FDA Ends Arkansas Nicotine Research After Monkey Deaths

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has axed a nicotine addiction study at an Arkansas lab after the deaths of four squirrel monkeys.


Pfizer, Riding Tax Changes, Puts Up Huge Q4 Profit

Pfizer's fourth-quarter profit soared to $12.27 billion thanks to a huge tax benefit related to the U.S. tax system overhaul.


For-Profit Loan Forgiveness Program Could See Major Cut

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department's plan to provide only partial loan forgiveness to some students defrauded by for-profit colleges could reduce overall payments by about 60 percent, according to a preliminary analysis obtained by The Associated Press.


Child Experts: Just Say 'No' To Facebook's Kids App

BOSTON (AP) – Child development experts and advocates are urging Facebook to pull the plug on its new messaging app aimed at kids.

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