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VOL. 133 | NO. 134 | Friday, July 6, 2018

Democrats, NAACP Go To Court Over Early Voting Sites, Hours

The Shelby County Democratic Party and several other organizations including the Memphis Branch NAACP have filed two lawsuits against the Shelby County Election Commission in Shelby County Chancery Court over early voting locations and hours in advance of the Aug. 2 election day.

District 99 State Rep. Ron Lollar Dead at 69

State Rep. Ron Lollar, R-Bartlett, who had served Northeast Shelby County in the state Legislature since 2006, died Friday morning in his sleep. He was 69 years old.

Review of Mud Island Museum Begins as River Museum Closes Early for Season

The former director of Governors Island in New York and the head of a Colorado company that helps develop outdoor adventure businesses are coming to Memphis this month as part of the process of rethinking the 36-year-old Mud Island Mississippi River Museum.

Hotel Planned For Fourth and Beale Vacant Nightspot

Plans for a five-story 120-room hotel on the northeast corner of Fourth and Beale Street go to the Center City Revenue Finance Corporation Tuesday, July 10, seeking a 15-year tax break for the $16 million project.

Helping Hands

Hospitality Hub’s Work Local initiative expands to University District

Most mornings it’s not uncommon to see dozens of homeless Memphians lined up outside Hospitality Hub’s Downtown location, hoping to get selected for the nonprofit’s Work Local program, which offers $50 and a meal in exchange for five hours of work cleaning up around the city.

Local Weather
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Wind: South at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 67%


Dixon Gallery & Gardens hosts Food Truck Friday July 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 4339 Park Ave. Pick up lunch from an on-site food truck or visit Dixon’s Park & Cherry Cafe. Admission to the gardens is free during the event. Visit dixon.org.

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Memphis Basketball's New Players, Holdovers Pledge Unity and Common Goal: Winning

They are a blended family, this collection of players left over from Tubby Smith’s two-year tenure and the new guys – some dripping with hype – who have arrived with Penny Hardaway.

Last Word: River Museum Review, Tigers' Blended Family and Oxford Crackdown

It’s not the Gulf. It’s Lake Pontchartrain that draws the crowds on Mud Island. The Riverwalk replica of the Gulf of Mexico’s neighbor that is. A few adjustments is all it took to return authorized wading to the area at the end of the scale model of the Mississippi River. The river park is changing as it continues to make its way through the annual season from the summer and into the fall.


If Warriors Are A Lock For 2019 NBA Title, What Would You Bet On It?

Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls ruled the NBA in the 1990s with six championships, twice winning three in a row. The Kobe/Shaq Los Angeles Lakers won three straight titles in the early 2000s and then the Lakers won back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010 without Shaquille O’Neal.


22-Year-Old Going After Piece of $29B Mattress Industry

Starting a mattress company isn’t on the to-do list of most teenagers, but Kayla Duerstock did just that. Duerstock, 22, in May relaunched Revived 365, the company that she started in her teens in hopes of grabbing a piece of the $29 billion mattress industry that has been disrupted by online mattress sales in recent years.


Lessons From Ronald McDonald

CIRCLES AND ARCHES. Our son, Gaines, called the other night and we talked a bit about business, his now and mine once.

When You Need Money Fast

Ray’s Take: It’s something we hope never happens to us, but at least once in your life, you will find yourself needing money fast. More than you ever dreamed of when you set up your six months’ worth of expenses emergency fund. So what do you do if you find yourself in this situation?


Predators prospect skates around illness mystery that ended BU season

On Jan. 5, Predators prospect Patrick Harper helped guide the U.S. national team to a bronze-medal victory at the World Junior Championship, scoring a goal and adding an assist in a lopsided American win.


Oldest Elephant at Tennessee Sanctuary Turning 70

HOHENWALD, Tenn. (AP) — This is a birthday to remember.

Group: Tennessee School Graduation Shouldn't Have Had Prayer

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Freedom From Religion Foundation is telling a Tennessee school district that a high school graduation should not have begun with prayer.

Baseball Field in Arkansas Dedicated 21 Years After Tornado

COLLEGE STATION, Ark. (AP) — A town in central Arkansas struck by a tornado 21 years ago finally has a new baseball complex.

Parole Denied For Man Convicted in Killing of Arkansas Child

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A man convicted in the slaying of a 4-year-old girl Arkansas girl has been denied parole after becoming eligible for release following rulings by the state's and nation's highest courts.

Sen. Hyde-Smith: Tighten Security at US Border With Mexico

JACINTO, Miss. (AP) — A Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi says she wants to strengthen the nation's border with Mexico.

Changes made to plan aimed at security, underage drinking

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A north Mississippi city is considering changes to a proposed ordinance meant to increase security and reduce underage drinking.


Newsrooms Hold Moment of Silence for 5 Shooting Victims

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Newsrooms across the country paused Thursday to observe a moment of silence for the five employees of a Maryland newspaper who were killed a week ago in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history.

Trump Closes in on Supreme Court Pick; 3 Judges Top List

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

US to Reunite Migrant Families as Immigration Politics Boil

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by a public outcry, the Trump administration said Thursday it will meet court-ordered deadlines for reuniting families separated at the border, even as the politics of immigration remained at a boil.

Statue of Liberty Climber Charged With Trespassing

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman was charged on Thursday with misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct for climbing the base of the Statue of Liberty on a busy Fourth of July in what prosecutors called a "dangerous stunt."


Fed Officials Discuss Rate Hikes That Could Slow Growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials last month said they expect to keep raising interest rates and suggested that by the next year, they could be high enough that they could start slowing growth, according to minutes of their discussion released Thursday.

Technology Companies Lead US Stocks Higher; Oil Prices Fall

Technology companies led U.S. stocks broadly higher in afternoon trading Thursday, turning major indexes higher for the week. Health care stocks and consumer-focused companies also posted solid gains as traders returned from the Independence Day holiday. The market was rallying even as global trade tensions appeared set to ratchet up Friday, when U.S. tariffs on billions in Chinese imports are set to kick in.

48 Texas gas stations accused of Harvey price gouging settle

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Four dozen Texas gasoline stations accused of Hurricane Harvey-related price gouging have agreed to issue refunds to purchasers.

Average US 30-year mortgage rates fall to 4.52 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, offering a slight degree of relief to would-be homebuyers.

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