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VOL. 128 | NO. 129 | Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Judicial Election Process Muddied

The Judicial Nominating Commission had a busy last few days before it went into limbo last week.

‘Back to Life’

Habitat ReStore helps revive dormant shopping center

Memphis resident Geraldine Harris has been shopping at the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis ReStore since it opened two years ago, finding discount prices and unique items she couldn’t locate anywhere else.

Wharton Calls for 'Revenue Director'

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to hire a city “revenue officer” as a next step in efforts to change financial practices at City Hall.

Mercedes-Benz Dealership Opening in Collierville

Construction gets underway later this month on a 41,000-square-foot Mercedes-Benz dealership in Collierville that will include a 16,000-square-foot showroom and provide about 50 new jobs for the area.

19th Century Club, Lee House Facing Different Futures

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Monday, July 1, the Midtown mansion that has been home to the 19th Century Club on Union Avenue for most of the 20th century and some of the 21st will probably be demolished.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
87°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 8 mph
Humidity: 63%

EVENTS

The Downtown Memphis Commission design review board will meet Wednesday, July 3, at 4 p.m. in the commission’s conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

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Jones Keeps Peer Power’s Financial Foundation Solid

Kela Jones has carved out a niche building the fundraising arms of Memphis-based nonprofit organizations.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Best Honored for Exchange Club Family Center Work

Dr. Jara Best has received Volunteer Mid-South’s Spirit of Giving award for Adult Volunteer of the Year for her work with The Exchange Club Family Center. Best, a pediatrician, is a member of the center’s board and has served as a volunteer with the facility’s domestic violence programs for children and women, as well as the First STEPS (Skills to Ensure Parenting Success) program.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Boost Sales by Talking Their Talk

Linguistics is the study of human language. Since a sales pitch is essentially just a conversation between two people, those with a deep understanding of the nuances behind the spoken word – or linguistics – will find more success in the sales profession.

MEMPHIS AREA

Citizens Group Raising Money to Build Veterans Home

MEMPHIS (AP) – A citizens group is seeking help in raising money to build a home for veterans who need long-term care and rehabilitation services.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Cut in Dependent Allowances for Unemployed Delayed

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennesseans facing a cut in their unemployment benefits are getting a reprieve – thanks to the federal government.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Factory Orders Rise 2.1 Percent in May

WASHINGTON (AP) – Orders to U.S. factories rose in May, helped by a third straight month of stronger business investment. The gains suggest manufacturing may be picking up after a weak start to the year.

More Jobseekers Push City Unemployment Rates Up

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unemployment rates rose in two-thirds of U.S. cities in May, as steady hiring encouraged more of those out of work to look for jobs.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Fed Approves Higher Bank Capital Standards

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve approved higher requirements for the amount of capital reserves banks must hold to cushion against unexpected losses. The change is aimed at preventing a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis.

HEALTH CARE

Justice: Hospitals to Pay $34 Million Settlement

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Fifty-five hospitals in 21 states have agreed to pay $34 million to the U.S. government to settle allegations that they used more expensive inpatient procedures rather than outpatient spinal surgeries to get bigger payments from Medicare.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 43 12,074
MORTGAGES 0 78 15,834
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 39 39 3,168
BUILDING PERMITS 292 292 29,124
BANKRUPTCIES 3 100 11,771
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 18 4,292
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 190 17,922
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 43 3,711

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