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VOL. 128 | NO. 56 | Thursday, March 21, 2013

FedEx Misses Analysts’ Expectations

FedEx Corp. reported third quarter earnings that missed analysts’ expectations on continued weakness in international air freight markets and customers that chose less expensive and slower shipping services.

Miracle Workers

MED Foundation gala to raise money for hospital’s lifesaving efforts

Jennifer Harvey was still several months away from her due date when she developed life-threatening high blood pressure, a condition known as preeclampsia.

Aitken Departs Post Without Board Opposition

In the end there weren’t any attempts Tuesday, March 19, to talk John Aitken into remaining as Shelby County Schools superintendent.

Hattiloo Theatre Ready to Rise at Overton Square

Hattiloo Theatre is preparing to break ground on its build-to-suit facility at Overton Square in Midtown within the next 45 days, as it finalizes some last-minute financing and lines up subcontractors.

GPAC Names Main Theater in Honor of Duncan-Williams

The next time an art lover heads to the Germantown Performing Arts Centre to take in a world music concert, watch a ballet or enjoy any of the host of other acts lined up for GPAC’s new season, they’ll be doing so inside the Duncan Williams Performance Hall.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
77°F
Light Rain with Thunder
Wind: 15 mph
Humidity: 48%

EVENTS

National Hispanic Professional Organization-Memphis will meet Thursday, March 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Accion CEO Janie Barrera will speak. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to info@nhpomemphis.us or 466-6476.

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Humes Optional School Scrubbed by Schools Board

Plans for an optional school at Humes Middle School in the new school year were called off Tuesday, March 19, by the countywide school board.

Aerotropolis Pitch to Council Receives Mixed Reaction

After years of very general talk about the aerotropolis concept, Memphis City Council members are ready for leaders of the effort to bring it in for a landing in specific terms that work with plans in smaller areas of the district around Memphis International Airport.

Coffee, Beer Bar Slated for Downtown

Downtown residents soon will be able to grab a cup of Joe, locally brewed beer and a fresh sandwich or salad in one fell swoop.

Brooks’ Goal: Doing the ‘Conservative, Right Thing’

State Rep. Kevin Brooks, R-Cleveland, sees a simple, biblical guidepost for the lopsided Republican majority in the state House.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Bradley, Burch Porter Recognized for Pro Bono Work in Community

Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC and probate attorney Beth Bradley have been honored for giving back to the community.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Explore Alternatives to Banks

Ray’s Take In decades past you built a relationship with your bank and, more importantly, your banker. After so many mergers, that’s become harder to do. Generation low interest rates have banks piling up fees on their customers as well as limiting services It might be worthwhile to at least consider options other than the neighborhood brick-and-mortar bank.

Feyer Cruises to Fourth ACPT Title

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament is like an annual meeting for the cruciverbalism industry. At the 36th installment of this event, the three-peat crown wearer, Dan Feyer, a pianist from Manhattan, pretty much went wire to wire.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Mountaintop Removal Ban Killed in Tennessee Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) – A measure to ban mountaintop removal coal mining in Tennessee is dead this session.

Haslam's School Voucher Bill Up in Senate Education Committee

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

Court Cuts Fees for Lawyers for TennCare Patients

NASHVILLE (AP) – A federal appeals court has struck down a significant portion of the $2.57 million in legal fees awarded to attorneys who have represented TennCare patients in a years-long fight with the state of Tennessee.

AARP: $30 for Every $1 Spent on Medicaid Expansion

NASHVILLE (AP) – A study commissioned by the AARP finds that Tennessee would reap nearly $30 for every dollar spent on expanding Medicaid.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Senate Set to Approve Huge 2013 Spending Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate moved ahead Wednesday toward a vote on a huge, bipartisan spending bill aimed at keeping the government running through September and ruling out the chance of a government shutdown later this month.

Fed Stands by Stimulus, Sees Stronger US Economy

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy has strengthened after pausing late last year but still needs the Fed's extraordinary support to help lower high unemployment.

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PROPERTY SALES 81 217 5,290
MORTGAGES 94 276 6,985
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 72 1,628
BUILDING PERMITS 384 712 12,691
BANKRUPTCIES 66 241 5,541
BUSINESS LICENSES 27 85 2,146
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