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VOL. 128 | NO. 71 | Thursday, April 11, 2013

Claim Costs Could Rise Dramatically

Medical claims costs could jump 32 percent nationally by 2017 for individual policies under the Affordable Care Act health care law, according to a study released recently by the Society of Actuaries.

Call to Action

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to address U of M law school graduates

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s famous father was a political iconoclast who captured the imagination of voters with stirring assurances in his speeches like, “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, he sends a tiny ripple of hope out into the world.”

County Tax Rate Projected to Increase by 33 Cents

The Shelby County property tax rate would increase at least 33 cents in order to produce the same amount of revenue for county government it currently produces.

Lynch Looks Ahead to Chisca’s Possibilities

When the cast of “Memphis: The Musical” opens its run at The Orpheum Theatre later this month, they will include an extra performance the afternoon of April 26.

Tony Bennett Kicks Off New Live at the Garden Season

Tony Bennett, Robert Plant and Foreigner are among the top-drawing acts scheduled to perform at Memphis Botanic Garden during the Live at the Garden 2013 concert season, which kicks off June 1.

Local Weather
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Humidity: 66%

EVENTS

National Hispanic Professional Organization-Memphis will meet Thursday, April 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Meri Armour, CEO of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, will speak. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to info@nhpomemphis.us or 466-6476.

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Status of Auto Inspection Talks Varies

The state of Tennessee is helping facilitate talks between city and county leaders about the coming deadline.

City, County Bill for Klan Rally: $175,585

The cost to the city of Memphis and Shelby County governments for the massive response to a March 30 Ku Klux Klan rally at the Shelby County Courthouse was $175,585.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Probate Judge Gomes Chose Legal Career to Help Others

It was no joke when, on April 1, Kathleen Gomes was appointed by the Shelby County Commission to take the seat being vacated by retiring Probate Court Judge Robert Benham.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Take Time to Budget Your Vacation

Ray’s Take It’s that time when people start looking forward to summer vacations. Unfortunately, all too often, the aftermath of those vacations turns out to be more than just wonderful memories – a blown budget and burdensome debt.

Judge v. Doc – Settled

Something happened recently that cries out for me to get a column from it. I got an email from a friend with a link to a “health column” in a ski resort town newspaper somewhere in these United States. The column’s author was a doctor with a clinic in the ski village.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Senate Votes to Block Access to Gun Carry Records

NASHVILLE (AP) – Before last year's elections, the Senate Republican Caucus obtained a copy of the entire database of handgun carry permit holders in Tennessee. On Wednesday, the GOP-controlled chamber voted to block public access to those records.

Georgia Senator Opposed to Border Resolution Cheered

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers gave rousing applause to welcome a Georgia senator who opposed a resolution calling for redrawing the border between the two states.

Beer Tax Bill Headed to Governor

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to freeze the state's beer tax is headed to the governor for his consideration.

School Security Bill Advancing in Legislature

NASHVILLE (AP) – Proponents of a measure that allows school districts to hire individuals with prior law enforcement experience say it's a needed option for financially strapped schools.

Charter Panel Bill Slowed in Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) – Lawmakers questioned a proposal to create a special panel to authorize charter schools in several Tennessee counties during debate at the state Legislature Tuesday, while a nonprofit group criticized the governor's decision to withdraw his school voucher program.

House Panel Advances Welfare Penalty for Parents

NASHVILLE (AP) – A Tennessee House committee on Tuesday recommended passing a bill that would dock the welfare payments of parents of children who fail at a school despite Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's opposition to the measure.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

White House Projecting Slow Economic Gains Ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's new federal government budget outline depicts a still-fragile economy continuing its slow but steady recovery from the deep 2007-2009 recession. The White House forecast sees the U.S. unemployment rate not falling to pre-recessionary levels of below 6 percent until after Obama has left office.

Obama Budget Talks Sale of Largest Public Utility

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Obama administration's 2014 budget is calling for a strategic review of the Tennessee Valley Authority, opening the possibility that the largest U.S. public utility could be sold.

Defense Budget Counts on Cuts Congress Rejected

WASHINGTON (AP) – Call it the wishing and hoping defense budget.

Obama Budget: Cover Uninsured, Trim Medicare, Tax Cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's new budget offers Medicare cuts to entice Republicans into tax negotiations, while plowing ahead to cover the uninsured next year under the health care law the GOP has bitterly fought to repeal.

Minutes Show Fed Supports Stimulus Through Midyear

WASHINGTON (AP) – A majority of Federal Reserve policymakers want to continue extraordinary bond purchases to help boost the U.S. economy at least through the middle of the year, according to minutes from the Fed's last meeting released Wednesday.

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PROPERTY SALES 81 301 17,656
MORTGAGES 101 347 22,998
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 10 48 4,477
BUILDING PERMITS 208 722 41,947
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