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VOL. 133 | NO. 143 | Thursday, July 19, 2018

Lenoir, Harris Clash at Rotary Debate

Republican contender for Shelby County mayor David Lenoir accused Democratic rival Lee Harris of being radical and for “wealth transfer.” Harris, a state senator, said Lenoir, as county trustee, has “almost no experience” with “tough issues” and accused Lenoir of resorting to name-calling.

Tate Censured by Local Democratic Party

Amid early voting, the Shelby County Democratic Party is censuring state Sen. Reginald Tate for derogatory comments he made about Democrats this summer and for calling himself a “black Republican.”

No Limits

An NCAA Bowl Ban Remains, but Ole Miss isn’t Putting Ceiling on Bringing the Program Back

ATLANTA – A year ago at SEC Media Days in Birmingham, then-Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was dancing around and through all manners of questions about the NCAA investigation into his football program. So, among other things, he encouraged everyone in the Ole Miss family to “embrace the blessing that you have and make the most of this growing season as we go through it together.”

Launch Pad Looks To Tap Into Memphis’ Momentum

Launch Pad, an entrepreneurial-focused co-working space, was started in New Orleans in the wake Hurricane Katrina in an effort to help rebuild and foster the city’s small-business infrastructure.

Last Word: Soccer Names, Early Voting and a Censure and Ole Miss's Bowl Ban

We will know the name of the United Soccer League Memphis team Sept. 1 as well as get a look at its logo. Will we go with something like the Rogues or Americans or go for a World Cup-style name suitable for craft beer consumption? Along with the answer to that, we will get an exhibition at the ballpark on that Saturday before Labor Day between the Colorado Rapids of MLS and the Tulsa Roughnecks FC of the USL. So if this is any indication, World Cup and craft beer.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Memphis Botanic Garden hosts 30 Thursdays: Walk After Work July 19 at 6 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. The night is yours to explore MBG’s 96 acres as you wish. Free with garden admission. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays for details.

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Teach For America Corps Members Adjust to New Careers and Community

A New Jersey native who came to Memphis to be a part of an educational movement, Derek Brody struggled with getting to all the material planned for his elementary school students.

Big Attraction Not Key to Remaking Mud Island River Park, N.Y. Expert Tells Memphis Group

Mud Island River Park doesn’t need a master plan or a new big attraction, the former director of Governors Island in New York City told a Memphis group this week.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

JLL Circling Again Just When State Workers Felt Safe from Outsourcing

Just when workers at the state’s college campuses thought it was safe to go back in the water, corporate sharks are once again circling.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Is Disney Magic Fading after Four Straight Years of Visits? Maybe Not

I floated in an inner tube around the hotel’s massive 3-acre lazy river pool and it hit me. I’m floating in a hotel’s lazy river and I’m OK with it.

MEMPHIS AREA

Tennessee Judge Denies Mental Illness Claim in Work Shooting

MEMPHIS (AP) — A Tennessee judge has rejected a claim that a man charged in a workplace shooting could not appreciate his actions because he has mental illness.

STATEWIDE

Power Equipment Maker to Add 200 Tennessee Jobs, Invest $10M

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A power equipment manufacturing company is slated to invest $10 million and add 200 full-time jobs at its Tennessee operations.

Tennessee Zipper Company in Crosshairs of Buy-American Laws

DUNLAP, Tenn. (AP) — Robert Kwasnik has a zipper problem — and it has come to the attention of the highest levels of the U.S. government.

Boyd Takes His 1st Swipe at Lee in Tennessee GOP Gov Race Ad

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Ex-state economic development commissioner Randy Boyd is waging his first attacks on businessman Bill Lee in Tennessee's four-way Republican gubernatorial primary.

REGIONAL NEWS

Arkansas Says Search for Lethal Injection Drugs on Hold

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas prison officials say their search for new lethal injection drugs is on hold until the Legislature adds manufacturers to a law that keeps the state's suppliers of execution drugs secret.

Arkansas Approves Doctor Rules Aimed at Slowing Opioid Abuse

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An Arkansas panel has given final approval to regulations that will require doctors who prescribe high doses of opioid pain medication to follow guidelines meant to limit potential abuse, including exploring alternative treatments and limiting prescriptions.

Publisher Gives Ride to Stranger Who Turns Out to be Escapee

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The publisher of a weekly newspaper in south Mississippi says he unwittingly gave a car ride to a convicted murderer who had just escaped from a state prison near his home.

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

EU Fines Google a Record $5 Billion Over Mobile Practices

BRUSSELS (AP) – European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion Wednesday for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps.

Fed Says Trade War Downturn Could Pose Challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday that the central bank has tools it can use to cushion the potential economic fallout from a trade war. But he told Congress the effort could be challenging if higher tariffs push inflation up too sharply.

Tesla Model 3 Buyers Lose Patience and Maybe Tax Credits

DETROIT (AP) – In March of 2016, Keith Reynolds flew from California to Atlanta so he could claim his spot in line at 4 a.m., and get a three-hour head start on his West Coast competitors.

Soy ‘Milk’ Makers May Need to Find Alternative Description

NEW YORK (AP) – Soy and almond drinks that bill themselves as "milk" may need to consider alternative language after a top regulator suggested the agency may start cracking down on use of the term.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

US Launches National Security Probe Into Uranium Imports

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Commerce Department has started an investigation into the impact of uranium imports on U.S. national security, a move that could limit future imports and add another front to the Trump administration's trade fight.

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