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VOL. 128 | NO. 41 | Thursday, February 28, 2013

Business Executives Discuss Grizzlies' Impact

For years, FedEx Corp. has brought in 50 of the nation’s leading MBA students to try and recruit them to Memphis.

Donor Recognition

Lifeblood celebrates 50th anniversary by honoring those who give

For more than 50 years, Lifeblood has served an invaluable function to the local community by working with hospitals to meet the constant demand for clean units of blood to be used for traumas and other surgeries.

Commission, City and Suburbs Agree on Schools Master

Attorneys for the Shelby County Commission, the city of Memphis and suburban leaders agree that a special master should be appointed by Memphis Federal Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays.

Kiesewetter Law Firm Inks Lease at Forum III

Jenny Kiesewetter is getting ready to move her boutique law firm into what will be its third home in three years, a product of the workload for employee benefits attorneys like her swelling with each passing month as new regulations come down from the federal government.

Fowlkes Talks Adjustments to Federal Court

After seven months as a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, John Fowlkes said he is adjusting to the difference between being a federal judge and a state criminal court judge.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
92°F
Fair
Wind: 7 mph
Humidity: 54%

EVENTS

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis will host “Getting Heart Smart … What You Need to Know,” presented by Dr. Basil Paulus, Thursday, Feb. 28, at noon at the hospital, 5959 Park Ave. Visit saintfrancishosp.com.

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Halting Medicaid Expansion, Cutting Taxes Drive Casada

State Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, the Republican caucus chairman of the state House, is part friend and part cajoler to the 70 representatives with whom he serves.

Legal Path to Special Master Unclear

If U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays appoints a special master to oversee the merger of Shelby County’s two public school systems, there are legal questions about how much authority the master would have and precisely what he or she would do to advance the merger’s pace.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Riley Takes Reins Of Women Attorneys Group

Fran Riley was named president of the Association for Women Attorneys at the organization’s 33rd annual banquet and silent auction last month.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Savings Isn’t Only Pillar of Successful Retirement

Ray’s Take I’m always emphasizing the importance of saving for retirement. However, you need more than a savings plan if you want to improve your odds for a more fulfilling “third act” of life. You also need to have a plan for what you actually want to do with your time.

Message from the DOC

The voice mail message on my private office line went like this: “This is (name omitted) at (address omitted). Recycling gave me this number. I’m trying to get a trash barrel for my house. It’s been three months since we had one, and I’m using my neighbor’s. Someone get in touch with me as soon as possible at (phone number omitted).”

STATE GOVERNMENT

Senate Rejects Ban on Feds Enforcing Gun Laws

NASHVILLE (AP) – A bill seeking to make it a crime to enforce federal firearms laws in Tennessee has failed in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

REGIONAL

Mississippi House OKs List of Tax Breaks for Businesses

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi House has approved tens of millions of dollars' worth of tax breaks for businesses, but it's unclear if the proposals will survive the Senate.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Apple CEO Promises Investors ‘Great Stuff' to Come

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Apple CEO Tim Cook sought to assure shareholders Wednesday that the company is working on some "great stuff" that may help reverse a sharp decline in its stock price.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Justices Voice Skepticism of Voting Rights Law

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court's conservative justices voiced deep skepticism Wednesday about a section of a landmark civil rights law that has helped millions of Americans exercise their right to vote.

Obama, Top Lawmakers to Meet as Cuts Kick In

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House conceded Wednesday that efforts to avoid automatic budget cuts are unlikely to succeed before they kick in and is initiating new talks with congressional leaders to confront seemingly intractable tax-and-spend issues.

REAL ESTATE

US Pending Home Sales Rise to Highest Since 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) – A measure of the number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes rose in January from December to the highest level in more than 2 ½ years. The increase suggests sales of previously occupied homes will continue rising in the coming months.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 72 327 11,765
MORTGAGES 76 371 15,350
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 41 112 3,023
BUILDING PERMITS 382 972 28,226
BANKRUPTCIES 65 345 11,307
BUSINESS LICENSES 19 117 4,155
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 184 700 17,184
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 100 3,564

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