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VOL. 128 | NO. 79 | Tuesday, April 23, 2013

International Paper Talking Xpedx Merger

Memphis-based International Paper Co. acknowledged Monday that it is in talks with Unisource about a possible merger of Unisource and IP’s xpedx printing distribution business.

Steady Groove

Independent retailers get boost from Record Store Day

This year’s Record Store Day, an international celebration held the third Saturday in April, brought casual music fans along with diehards and vinyl evangelists into music shops around the country, including Goner Records and Shangri-La Records in Memphis.

Bike Ride Benefits Local Cancer Patients

Years of grueling medical training had taken a toll on Brad Somer, an oncologist and hematologist with The West Clinic in Memphis.

Hopson Eliminates All But One Executive Director's Position

The still forming central office of the consolidated school sytem will include only one executive director -- the executive director of safety and security.

Mitsubishi Back Story Moves to Manufacturing

The back story of the new Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. plant that formally opened in Southwest Memphis last week includes a sewer pipe, the Mojave Desert and artificial lightning.

Suburban Mayors Preach Patience to Parents

Suburban leaders are counseling patience among parents of children in their communities who will be part of the coming merger of the county’s two public school systems.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Four-Way Self Storage Facility Sells for $1.3 Million

6780 Country Park Drive Memphis, TN 38134

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Dining Out for Life

Last week we discussed the Memphis Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which is focused on making a positive, and eternal, impact in the arena of athletics. This week let us explore an organization with the mission of helping people affected by HIV/AIDS live well: Friends For Life Corp.

STATEWIDE

Some Pilot Flying J Sales Staff Suspended

NASHVILLE (AP) – Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says he has suspended several members of the sales team at Pilot Flying J, the family-owned truck stop chain that is under a federal fraud investigation.

STATE GOVERNMENT

108th General Assembly Adjourns for Year

NASHVILLE (AP) – The 108th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on Friday, the first time in 45 years that lawmakers have finished as early as April in the first year of a session.

A Look at the Bills That Passed, Failed in 2013

Here is a look at some of the top pieces of legislation that passed or failed during the first session of the 108th Tennessee General Assembly.

Failed Education Bills on Radar for Next Session

NASHVILLE (AP) – In the last few years, Tennessee hasn't shied away from contentious education initiatives as it seeks to remain at the forefront of education reform in the nation.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Flight Delays Pile Up Monday After FAA Budget Cuts

NEW YORK (AP) – It was a tough start to the week for many air travelers. Flight delays piled up all along the East Coast Monday as thousands of air traffic controllers were forced to take an unpaid day off because of federal budget cuts.

Fallout for States Rejecting Medicaid Expansion

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rejecting the Medicaid expansion in the federal health care law could have unexpected consequences for states where Republican lawmakers remain steadfastly opposed to what they scorn as "Obamacare."

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MORTGAGES 89 356 21,366
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 6 61 4,251
BUILDING PERMITS 199 701 39,202
BANKRUPTCIES 50 234 15,482
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