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VOL. 128 | NO. 57 | Friday, March 22, 2013

Dunavant Symposium Examines Public Service

Saying there should be “good government” and there must be “ethical government” is easy.

Golfing Options

City golf courses survive budget cuts for new season

Al Patton doesn’t expect the real golfers until the weather gets warmer, more consistent and past the spring showers.

Coffee, Beer Bar Coming Downtown

Downtown residents and visitors will soon be able to grab a cup of joe, locally brewed beer and a fresh sandwich or salad in one convenient spot.

Passenger Traffic Continues to Fall at MEM

Passenger activity at Memphis International Airport continued to fall in February as previous Delta Air Lines Inc. cuts to its local departures led to fewer passengers.

Forum Highlights Concerns With Non-Urgent ER Visits

Healthy Memphis Common Table and the League of Womens Voters hosted a public forum Monday, March 18, at the Great Hall and Conference Center in Germantown to discuss findings from the seventh Take Charge For Better Health Report released earlier this week.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
77°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 8 mph
Humidity: 64%

EVENTS

The University of Memphis Law Review will hold its annual symposium Friday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. This year’s theme is “Breaking the Silence: Legal Voices in the Fight Against Human Trafficking.” Visit memphis.edu/law for a list of speakers.

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SPORTS

Grizzlies Proving Their Brand is Winning Games

The long-term benefits of the Grizzlies’ 90-89 overtime win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, if there are any, won’t be known for a while. The Western Conference playoff standings are ever-changeable.

Time to Burn Brackets

I have one fool-proof method for filling out my NCAA Tournament bracket. I go straight to the 1 vs. 16 games and advance all of the No. 1s into the next round. Seeing as how a No. 1 seed has never lost to a No. 16 seed, this has never failed me.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Musicians Get Plugged in to Cawein’s Signal Flow

When Elizabeth Cawein left her job with the Memphis Music Foundation amid a restructuring of the organization, she had a choice.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Duck, The Dog, The Farm

GOING TO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY. My column last week prompted a number of you to share your memories of the creatures that came home with you from the cages at Katz Drug Store. My friend Bill Haltom, attorney and storyteller, sent me this:

The Power of Women Fundraisers

Women are role models in so many sectors of our economy, and the nonprofit sector is no exception. In honor of women’s history month we salute women who step up to the challenge of raising money for nonprofit organizations and institutions they believe in. Their leadership and vision impact the lives of individuals, families, communities, regions and our nation as a whole.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee February Unemployment Increases Slightly

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's unemployment rate for February was 7.8 percent, a slight increase from the previous month.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Youth Concussion Policy Bill Headed to Governor

NASHVILLE (AP) – Coaches and school athletic directors would be required to complete a concussion safety education course under legislation that's headed to the governor for his consideration.

Competing School Voucher Bill Withdrawn

NASHVILLE (AP) – The sponsor of legislation that was competing with Gov. Bill Haslam's to create a school voucher program withdrew her bill on Wednesday after proponents of a broader program decided they want to focus on the governor's plan.

Senate Panel OKs College Nondiscrimination Ban

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that seeks to bar public universities and colleges from implementing nondiscrimination policies for student groups is advancing in the Senate.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Average for US Jobless Claims at Fresh 5-Year Low

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely changed last week, while the average over the past month fell to a fresh five-year low. The decline in layoffs is helping strengthen the job market.

Poll: Low-Wage Workers, Bosses at Odds on Training

WASHINGTON (AP) – As they struggle to get ahead, many low-wage workers are not taking advantage of job training or educational programs that could help them make the leap to better-paying jobs. They are often skeptical about whether such programs are even worth the trouble, a new survey shows.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

House Passes GOP Budget Plan Promising Deep Cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House passed a tea party-flavored budget plan Thursday that promises sharp cuts in safety-net programs for the poor and a clampdown on domestic agencies, in sharp contrast to less austere plans favored by President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies.

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PROPERTY SALES 67 67 10,289
MORTGAGES 107 107 13,434
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 24 24 2,668
BUILDING PERMITS 393 393 24,700
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