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VOL. 129 | NO. 77 | Monday, April 21, 2014
EMPHASIS Technology

High-Tech Workshop

Creatives at archer-malmo cook up high-tech projects in new lab

Give a crew of tech-savvy creatives a digital sandbox in which to stretch their imagination, and they’re liable to build something fun and inventive that requires so much inspiration it feeds back into their real job.

Crews Center Finds Place in Startup Landscape

At the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Memphis, a feeder system for the rest of the city’s technology, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem is slowly coming together.

MentorMe Startup, Founder Continue to Thrive

Memphian Brittany Fitzpatrick’s startup MentorMe is on a roll, having secured a six-figure round of funding after graduating from Memphis’ Seed Hatchery accelerator as well as the NewMe accelerator program in San Francisco.

First-Quarter Business Licenses Up 21.8 Percent

The number of business licenses issued by the Shelby County Clerk’s Office in the first quarter of 2014 was 21.8 percent higher than the same period in 2013.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
55°F
Cloudy
Wind: 6 mph
Humidity: 74%

EVENTS

The Orpheum Theatre will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Tuesday, April 22, through Sunday, April 27, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

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Ongoing Rape Kit Backlog Fallout Expands

The ongoing fallout from the backlog of untested rape kits is beginning to develop some boundaries and dividing lines as it moves into federal court and expands outside court to include a backlog of 300 rape kits by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.

Dunavant Awards Honor Craft, Lewellen

It’s a long way from Collierville Town Hall to 201 Poplar Avenue. So the two recipients of the annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards will meet Monday, April 21, near the University of Memphis to be honored.

SMALL BUSINESS

Cates, Kornegay Look to Future While Honoring Colliers’ Past

The memory is scorched in Andy Cates’ mind.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Innovation Risk Brings Rewards

Suppose I told you that you could spend $185,000 and turn it into $25 million or more in a few years. You would accuse me of phishing, an investment scam, or dismiss the proposition as foolhardy. Yet, these are the types of returns we see from clients and those in the world who invest in breakthrough innovation at their companies.

Blue Streak Making Difference for Memphis Kids

To say that the job I was given when I was superintendent of Catholic School for the Memphis Diocese was daunting would be an understatement. One of the assignments I had was to resurrect Catholic education in the inner city of Memphis.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Some Fear Bill Will Hurt Babies Born Addicted

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Opponents of a Tennessee bill that would punish pregnant women who abuse narcotics say it will have the unintended consequence of hurting the very people it's supposed to protect: the babies.

Winners and Losers in Tennessee Legislative Session

Here is a list of some of the winners and losers of the legislative session that concluded on Thursday.

108th General Assembly Adjourns for Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State lawmakers concluded a session Thursday in which they approved measures to allow folks to buy wine in grocery stores, fight methamphetamine production and give high school graduates free tuition at community colleges.

REGIONAL

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Dips Below 7 Percent

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped below 7 percent for the first time in more than five years.

Mississippi Jobless Rate Rises in March as Payrolls Fall

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent in March as more people entered the labor force than could find jobs.

Pepsi Franchise to Open Center in Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A Pepsi franchise is planning to build a new customer service center in Cape Girardeau that could create 74 jobs.

HEALTH CARE

Late Sign-Ups Improve Outlook for Obama Health Law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 72 368 16,413
MORTGAGES 66 422 21,432
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 76 4,266
BUILDING PERMITS 176 877 39,378
BANKRUPTCIES 60 294 15,542
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 98 5,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 69 423 23,573
MARRIAGE LICENSES 17 95 5,035

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