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VOL. 128 | NO. 168 | Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Conference to Bridge Gap Between Employers, Training Programs

Out of the near-crisis in hiring workers after the city’s set of economic development plums in the last three years came a workforce training formula that has worked.

Mission of Love

Rock for Love brings annual awareness to Church Health Center

Beginning Sept. 5, Memphis will once again come together to Rock for Love.

School Board Recognizes Labor Groups, Moves Toward Smaller Size

The last meeting of the 23-member countywide school board ended Tuesday, Aug. 27, with gift bags for the 16 school board members whose positions are abolished Friday, as the month ends.

Tigers See Bye Week as Advantage

Most of the college football world is in the midst of game week. The University of Memphis is not, having to wait until 3:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to play Duke.

Ubiquiti Faces Tech Giants in Internet Push

Some of the biggest technology companies have begun making moves toward the same goal being pursued by Ubiquiti Networks Inc., the wireless communications company founded by Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

WKNO will host March on Washington online chats Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the WKNO Digital Media Center, 7151 Cherry Farms Road. The event will include screenings of the PBS documentary “The March” as well as online chats and hosted discussions about the civil rights movement. Participants can watch from home or from noon to 6 p.m. at the Poplar-White Station, North or Whitehaven branch libraries. Visit wkno.org or call 729-8735 for details.

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School Changes to Continue Beyond Labor Day

At the start of the fourth week of the school year for the unified countywide school system, interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong talked directly about school security for the first time.

Wiseacre Brewery Cuts Ribbon Wednesday

A ribbon-cutting ceremony set for Wednesday morning at Wiseacre Brewing Co. is about a business vision coming to fruition – but also something more.

American Athletic Conference Ready for High-Exposure Start to Season

The new American Athletic Conference kicks off Thursday night and nine of the league’s 10 teams play this weekend. ESPN will televise two of the games, other ESPN networks will carry another six games, and NBC will televise Temple at Notre Dame. It’s a high-exposure start for the league formerly known as the Big East.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Moore Rejoins Girls Inc. as President/CEO

Lisa Moore recently joined Girls Inc. of Memphis as president/CEO, returning to the organization where she began her career in the late 1980s. In her new role, Moore said, she will provide leadership and support to equip Girls Inc. of Memphis to effectively and efficiently fulfill its mission of equipping all girls to live strong, smart and bold.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

10 Ways to Attract Pinterest Followers

In its first three years, virtual scrapbooking site Pinterest has taken social media by storm – growing to an impressive 70 million users.

Rates Are Rising, Rates Are Rising

On July 22, 1981, the federal funds rate (the interbank overnight benchmark rate) hit a historic high of 22.36 percent. On Dec. 11, 2011, it bottomed at .04 percent. Between 1981 and today, large company stocks returned nearly 11 percent on an annualized basis. As consensus suggests, falling interest rates undoubtedly make stocks more valuable.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam Names Montgomery to Criminal Appeals Court

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has named Robert "Rob" H. Montgomery Jr. to fill an upcoming vacancy in the eastern section of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Consumer Confidence Rises in August

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans' confidence in the economy inched closer to a 5.5-year high on growing optimism that hiring and wages could pick up in coming months.

Fewer Airline Jobs: US Carriers Trim Ranks by 2.4 Percent

Airline employment has dropped from last summer because of job cuts at American Airlines and regional carriers that use smaller planes.

Starbucks to Roll Out Snack Bars, Fruit Packs

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks says it will start rolling out its own brand of snack bars and fruit pouches, marking yet another push into the packaged food category.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama Holds Martin Luther King as Personal Hero

WASHINGTON (AP) – Barack Obama was 2 years old and growing up in Hawaii when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Fifty years later, the nation's first black president will stand as the most high-profile example of the racial progress King espoused, delivering remarks Wednesday at a nationwide commemoration of the 1963 demonstration for jobs, economic justice and racial equality.

HEALTH CARE

Wal-Mart Expands Benefits to Domestic Partners

NEW YORK (AP) Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it now will extend its health care benefits to its U.S. workers' domestic partners, including those of the same sex.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook: Governments Demanded Data on 38,000 Users

WASHINGTON (AP) – Government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States, the company said Tuesday.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 83 415 10,637
MORTGAGES 87 499 13,826
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 19 99 2,743
BUILDING PERMITS 0 915 25,222
BANKRUPTCIES 79 343 10,235
BUSINESS LICENSES 19 97 3,833
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 143 573 15,130
MARRIAGE LICENSES 23 106 3,273

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