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Due to cuts, Navy bands change approach

Navy Bands

MILLINGTON, Tenn. — Military bands are a valued part of American culture, with their musicians lending a sense of patriotism, pride and nostalgia to performances at sporting events, hospitals, small-town parades and service-member funerals.

For years, Navy Band Mid-South, based in Millington, Tennessee, played for audiences that not only enjoyed renditions of "God Bless America" or the Navy theme song, but also pieces of rock and roll and jazz music. But because of budget cuts, the Navy decided to dismantle the 30-plus member band, sending its musicians to other bands around the world and disappointing some in small towns.

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Is the next governor already in the picture?

Next Gov

NASHVILLE — With the dust barely settled on Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s election to his second term, the parlor game of speculating about who will run to succeed the term-limited governor in 2018 is already in full swing.

A look at some of the Republicans who could be interested in running:

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Med Week1

MED Week is a national program of the Minority Business Development Agency under the US Department of Commerce. Annually it recognizes the power of minority businesses.

In Memphis, the yearly MED week observation is presented by The Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum (The MMBC Continuum) and the Memphis MBDA Business Center. The MMBC Continuum was awarded a MBDA Business Center in 2012 as part of a four-year grant.

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Roundup: News briefs


Abortion rights supporters want vote invalidated

NASHVILLE (AP) — Opponents of Amendment 1 are asking a federal judge to void the vote that amended the Tennessee Constitution to make it easier for lawmakers to restrict abortions.

In a lawsuit filed late Friday in federal court, plaintiffs claim that the state ignored the plain language of the constitution, which says it can be amended by "a majority of all the citizens in the state voting for governor, voting in ... favor" of the amendment.

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‘Now, this is the absolute truth’


Jesus take the wheel … right now!

James David Manning, a Harlem pastor, is making outrageous claims that semen is being put into Starbucks coffee to boost the flavor.

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