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VOL. 129 | NO. 64 | Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ignite Memphis Doubling Event Capacity

Ignite Memphis, an event at which Memphis creatives give a series of slide-based presentations on a range of diverse topics, sold out its gathering in November.

Change Agents

Healthy Memphis Common Table helps diabetes patients help themselves

Greg Smith was a hard worker. Ran a carpet cleaning crew, didn’t mind putting in 10 or 12 hours a day to get the job done.

Council Unhappy With Budget Plans So Far

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. got a rough reception at the Tuesday, April 1, Memphis City Council session as it set the stage for Wharton’s budget proposal to come in two weeks.

Candidates Commit as Deadline Nears

The first day of spring was March 20, but, after months of fundraisers and petition filings, the last day of the month served as the start of this year’s political season.

Campfield Sticks to Goals of Smaller Government

For a decade, state Sen. Stacey Campfield has been unafraid of making headlines.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
56°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 13 mph
Humidity: 62%

EVENTS

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, April 2, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. National Civil Rights Museum president Beverly Robertson will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

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Laurelwood Unplugged Concerts Start April 3

Laurelwood Shopping Center is kicking off the latest version of its yearly concert series this week.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Methodist University Hospital Names Liebman New CEO

Jeff Liebman has joined Methodist University Hospital as chief executive officer. In his new role, Liebman said, he will ensure the hospital continues to be a community resource providing the highest possible quality of care to the community while following the guidelines of the Methodist LeBonheur mission.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Talk Like TED in Your Sales Pitch

TED is a nonprofit committed to spreading ideas in the form of succinct yet powerful talks that are all 18 minutes or less – the ideal length of time to connect with and persuade viewers.

STATEWIDE

Report: Tennessee Offered Contingent Incentives to VW

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration, according to documents obtained by WTVF-TV in Nashville.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Bill OKs For-Profit Entities to Manage Charter Schools

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would allow a charter school to be operated by a for-profit entity narrowly advanced out of the House Education Committee.

State Employees, Teachers Won't Get Pay Increase

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he won't be able to give state employees and teachers a pay increase next year mainly because of reductions due to an ongoing decline in revenue collections, which state officials are looking into.

House Votes to Clear Way for Rocky Top Name Change

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state House has voted to allow Lake City to change its name to Rocky Top despite ongoing legal efforts by the rights owners of the bluegrass standard to block the move.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Congress Demands Answers on Delay in GM Recall

WASHINGTON (AP) – The piece needed to fix a defective ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, according to documents submitted by General Motors to lawmakers investigating why the company took 10 years to recall cars with the flaw.

HEALTH CARE

White House: 7 Million Signed Up for Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a key milestone for the 4-year-old health care law, the Obama administration says more than 7 million people signed up for health care through insurance exchanges, surpassing a threshold once seen as unattainable.

Deadline Brings High Interest for Health Insurance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy initiative.

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PROPERTY SALES 72 368 16,413
MORTGAGES 66 422 21,432
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