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Pushing through uncertainty for the truth about the Real ID

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Come October 1, a new level of enforcement will come into play relative to the Real ID Act that Congress passed in 2005 in the wake of the terrorist attacks that rocked the country on Sept. 11, 2001. It has taken the federal government 15...

Handy Park makeover signals more than an updated venue

Some of the sounds coming from Handy Park in the Beale Street Entertainment District in Downtown Memphis are chest-rattling forerunners of a wave of improvements under the guidance of an African-American-owned, general-contracting firm, Castle Black Construction. Twin brothers Jarrett Logan and Jonathan Logan own Castle...

Open-house meetings shaping up for proposed crude oil pipeline

A company that is proposing a 45-mile crude oil pipeline to run through Shelby, DeSoto and Marshall counties is planning a series of open houses toward the end of January and into February, according to Deidre Malone, a spokesperson for the project. All American Pipeline,...

Memphis area reflects lingering diversity issue among McDonald’s franchise operators

Three African Americans have leasing rights to about half a dozen of the 50-plus McDonald’s franchises in Memphis, Collierville, Somerville, Arlington and the surrounding area and that trio of operators could drop to two by the end of the month. In addition to brothers James...

Runoffs slated for two City Council districts

For voters in Memphis City Council districts 1 and 7, the political season will continue as runoffs were warranted after votes from the Municipal Election were tallied Thursday night. Voters also approved a half-cent sales tax hike pitched to restore benefits to city police and...

Mayor Harris off track with MATA moves, says County Clerk Halbert

Shelby County Clerk Wanda Halbert on Wednesday said she is angry and frustrated with the way Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’ administration is handling a proposal to charge drivers more in vehicle fees if they own more than two vehicles. Harris’ plan would add $145...

Waiver of Juvenile Court fees dubbed ‘right thing to do’

In a move to help struggling households, Shelby County officials have opted to stop charging Juvenile Court fees not ordered by state law. The announcement came during a joint press conference (Aug. 26) that included Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr., Mayor Lee Harris, Juvenile Court Clerk...

POLITICS 2019: Don’t overlook the sales-tax referendum

Memphis police and firemen are taking their push for better benefits directly to the voters with a referendum on the Oct. 3 ballot that would approve a half-cent city sales tax increase. The increase would restore city benefits to police and firefighters that the city...

New Chicago group taking Memphis 3.0 concerns to court

The head of a New Chicago advocacy group says she has filed a lawsuit in federal court to prevent the Memphis City Council from going forward with approval of the Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan. The New Chicago Community Partnership Revitalization CDC and a coalition of...

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren rolls into Memphis with fix-government pitch

With Memphis-born Aretha Franklin's "Respect" playing, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the stage at Douglass High School Sunday afternoon as her presidential bid rolled into a Southern swing. The event at Douglass High was an organizing event and the first stop of a sweep through...