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VOL. 128 | NO. 66 | Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cardinals Weigh Buying Redbirds

The St. Louis Cardinals are showing renewed interest in purchasing the Memphis Redbirds, but any deal that would transfer ownership of the team and AutoZone Park from the nonprofit Redbirds Foundation almost certainly would require “city involvement,” foundation president Ray Pohlman said Thursday, April 4.

Lofty Company

FedEx founder included on Barron’s list of ‘World’s Best CEOs’

For creating the overnight package-delivery business four decades ago, and for everything his company has done since, FedEx Corp. founder Fred Smith has been placed among an elite group of chief executives by the business magazine Barron’s.

Sammons Outlines Airport Strategic Plan

The chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board got a view of just how devastating passenger air service cuts by Delta Air Lines have been to the airport this past Easter as his Delta flight landed in Memphis.

Council OKs Registry for Blighted Properties

For months, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and the Memphis City Council had delayed final votes on his proposal to require the registration of property to make it easier for the city to find the owners of blighted property.

Council Ups Ante in Auto Inspections Standoff

City funding of auto emissions inspections is still due to run out on June 30, the end of the current fiscal year at City Hall.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Memphis chapter will meet Thursday, April 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thomas Center at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. Daniel Moore of Watkins Uiberall PLLC will discuss best practices in nonprofit accounting. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Register at afpmemphis.org.

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Favors Began Activism Early With Kennedy

State Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, has one word to describe the state’s proposed school voucher system: rip-off.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Bankruptcy Lawyer Coury Joins Glankler Brown

It’s been a long time coming, but Michael Coury has made the move to Glankler Brown PLLC.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Disconnecting Could Mean a Richer Life

Ray’s Take Every time you go out to lunch you see it: everyone’s smart phones are right there on the table, ready for texting, talking, checking emails, or some quick research. What happened to simply staying connected to the ones right there in front of you?

‘Keep the Keyhole Clean’

In a Paul Greenberg column I met the word “mitteleuropaish” for the first time. Greenberg (winner of a Pulitzer in 1969) was discussing a recently released book, “Kafka: The Office Writings.” He wrote, “A combination attorney, actuary and all-around bureaucrat, (Kafka) seems to have carried out his duties with a combination of mitteleuropaisch flair and German efficiency.”

MEMPHIS AREA

Decades After King’s Death, Memphis Jobs in Spotlight

MEMPHIS (AP) – Decades after Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to death here, some of the striking sanitation workers who marched with him are again fighting for their jobs.

Restored Video Shows James Earl Ray in Memphis

MEMPHIS (AP) – Newly-restored videotapes showing James Earl Ray's return to Memphis to face trial for the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. have been released on the 45th anniversary of the civil rights leader's death.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Sponsor Withdraws Contentious Ticket Bill for Year

NASHVILLE (AP) – A bill seeking to put controls on the secondary ticket market has been withdrawn amid what its sponsor called fierce lobbying on both sides.

Charter School Authorizer Bill Passes House Panel

NASHVILLE (AP) – A measure that would create a special panel to authorize charter school applications for failing schools is advancing in the state Legislature.

Analysis of Lawmaker Expenses Killed in House

NASHVILLE (AP) – A resolution calling for a comprehensive study of lawmaker allowances has been killed in a House committee after unanimously passing the Senate.

Wine Bill to Get 2nd Chance in Senate Committee

NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislation to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores isn't quite dead yet.

Bill Would Seal Handgun Permit Records From Public

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to seal Tennessee's handgun carry permit records from public scrutiny is headed for a full Senate vote.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Service Firms Grow More Slowly, Hiring Weakens

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two reports Wednesday showed that U.S. service companies grew more slowly in March and private employers pulled back on hiring. The declines suggest businesses may have grown more cautious last month after federal spending cuts took effect.

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PROPERTY SALES 72 238 10,116
MORTGAGES 103 297 13,172
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 40 2,578
BUILDING PERMITS 192 562 24,086
BANKRUPTCIES 75 227 9,760
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 71 3,674
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 126 390 14,353
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 68 3,131

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