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VOL. 128 | NO. 98 | Monday, May 20, 2013

Local Demand Drives Southwest Service

Memphis residents hope that Southwest Airlines Co.’s Nov. 3 arrival will bring more frequent flight service and lower fares.

Capital of ’Cue

Barbecue contest solidifies city’s place as pork lover’s paradise

Before the sizzle on the grill, the first sounds of the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest heard in Tom Lee Park are hammers and nail guns.

National Economy Headlines Seminar

The next installment of The Daily News’ ongoing seminar series will offer a comprehensive look at the state of the economy, with insight from a panel of thought leaders and a keynote from the chief economic strategist of Vining Sparks IBG LP.

Commission Begins Busy Week on Schools Front

Shelby County Commissioners may not have much to say at their Monday, May 20, meeting about a critical decision to come on funding for the new consolidated school system.

Club 152 Makes Appearance in Environmental Court

The owners of Club 152 in the Beale Street entertainment district are due in Shelby County General Sessions Environmental Court Monday, May 20, for the first hearing on the injunction that closed the popular nightspot Thursday afternoon as a public nuisance.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
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Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 50%

EVENTS

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 21, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Tim Brown, president of Kroger’s Delta Division, will speak. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

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GOVERNMENT AGENDA

May 20 Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet Monday, May 20, at 1:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Midtown Yoga Owner Bends Over Backward for Clients

Those who practice yoga are known to be very flexible, and the new owner of Midtown Yoga is especially grateful for that fact.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Myth of Rationality

Do decisive people base their decisions on rational factors or do they often rely on intuition and emotions? According to Jan Halper’s book “Quite Desperation: The Truth About Successful Men,” if the truth were known, most executives rely more on emotional factors when making important decisions.

'We Made a Mistake'

Like a carpenter who utilizes an arsenal of powerful tools with extreme caution – because they hold enough power to accidentally saw off a finger or a hand – PR professionals carefully craft statements and key messages for brands because they too have the potential to “cut off” something valuable to a company – like an entire target audience. The statement “we made a mistake” is one of the most powerful declarations a brand can make, but as with all powerful things, it must be used carefully and with precision.

STATEWIDE

7 Tennessee Airports to Get Grant Funds

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced this week that state aeronautics grants totaling more than $316,000 have been approved for seven Tennessee airports.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Unemployment Falls in 40 US States, Rises in 3

WASHINGTON (AP) – Solid hiring helped lower unemployment rates in 40 U.S. states last month, the most since November. The declines show the job market is improving throughout most of the country.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Ousted IRS Chief Regrets Treatment of Tea Party

WASHINGTON (AP) – The ousted head of the Internal Revenue Service apologized to Congress on Friday for his agency's tougher treatment of tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. He said they resulted from a misguided effort to handle a flood of applications, not political bias.

TECHNOLOGY

A Year After IPO, Facebook Aims to be Ad Colossus

NEW YORK (AP) – It was supposed to be our IPO, the people's public offering.

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PROPERTY SALES 74 312 15,378
MORTGAGES 125 389 20,168
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 86 3,972
BUILDING PERMITS 431 872 36,714
BANKRUPTCIES 54 232 14,575
BUSINESS LICENSES 9 64 5,193
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