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VOL. 129 | NO. 152 | Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Delta Airlines Cutting More Memphis Flights

Delta Airlines is once again slashing service at Memphis International Airport, eliminating flights from Memphis to Denver and Austin, Texas, in September.

Early Diagnosis

Program targets early prevention, treatment of scoliosis

Of the approximately 7 million people in the United States that have scoliosis (curvature of the spine), most of them are teenagers and children.

City Mulls Plan to Buy Former State Building

It would be cheaper and more efficient for the city of Memphis to lease and then buy the vacant Donnelley J. Hill state office building across Main Street from Memphis City Hall than to continue leasing multiple properties spread across town, consultants and city officials told City Council members Tuesday.

Justice Department Maps Election Day Presence

The U.S. Justice Department presence in Shelby County on the Thursday, Aug. 6, election day will include attorneys and others with the Civil Rights Division monitoring polling places across the county.

Council Approves Graceland Plan, Moves on Sales Tax Hike Referendum

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Aug. 5, a tourism development zone application for the 120-acre Graceland campus and the master plan the zone would finance that includes a 450-room resort hotel and an archive exhibition space.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
56°F
Cloudy
Wind: 16 mph
Humidity: 60%

EVENTS

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Aug. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Michelle Fowlkes of the Memphis Crime Commission will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

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Cotton Gin Workers Sue for Racial Harassment

Three workers at Memphis Cotton Gin and Federal Compress filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, Aug. 5, against the owners of a South Memphis cotton warehouse and the company that manages the warehouse.

Start of School Features Historic Change

A child ready for his first day of school Monday, Aug. 4, in the new Bartlett City Schools system mistakenly got on a bus bound for Shelby County Schools that ran close to the route he was supposed to take.

Democrats Continue to Talk of Election Problems

Once all of the votes are counted in Thursday’s election, Shelby County Democratic Party leaders will probably challenge the results or at least point to what they consider to be irregularities.

City Reviews Ridesharing Policies

The city of Memphis is reviewing policies and procedures related to vehicles for hire after a firestorm related to ridesharing services such as Lyft and Uber erupted earlier this summer.

American Marketing Association Memphis Chapter Preps for New Events

The Memphis chapter of the American Marketing Association is gearing up to be a hub of new networking and educational opportunities for local marketing professionals in the city.

Haslam, Alexander Look to Boost Republican Turnout

U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher remembers the first time that he talked with U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Cohen Goes to Court Over Williams Ballot

The Democratic primary for the 9th Congressional District continued to be about endorsements with days left until election day polls open in the contest between incumbent Steve Cohen and challenger Ricky E. Wilkins.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Johnson to Lead Pink Palace Fundraising Efforts

Cathi Johnson has joined the Pink Palace Family of Museums as director of development. In her new role, she’ll design, implement and manage the museum system’s fundraising efforts, including individual and corporate gifts and sponsorships, grant writing, capital funds and planned giving.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Brand Lessons from Apple

The essence of a brand isn’t so much about rationale arguments; instead, it’s how it makes the market feel emotionally. So believed the late Steve Jobs.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Supreme Court Races See Spending Spike

NASHVILLE (AP) – An influx of campaign spending on three Tennessee Supreme Court seats has transformed what is traditionally a sleepy affair into a hard-fought campaign that has raised questions about the role of partisan politics in the judiciary.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

S&P: Wealth Gap is Slowing US Economic Growth

WASHINGTON (AP) – Economists have long argued that a rising wealth gap has complicated the U.S. rebound from the Great Recession.

Gannett Splits Publishing, Broadcasting in Two

NEW YORK (AP) – The game of survival is on for newspapers, as USA Today owner Gannett on Tuesday became the most recent major media entity to say it will divide its print and broadcast divisions into separate companies.

Target Lowers Forecast, Estimates Breach Costs

NEW YORK (AP) – Target has lowered its second-quarter forecast citing the promotional discounts it had to use to attract shoppers.

US Factory Orders Rise 1.1 Percent in June

WASHINGTON (AP) – Orders to U.S. factories increased in June, led by demand for aircraft, industrial machinery and computers and electronics.

REAL ESTATE

Year-Over-Year US Home Prices Show a Slowing Gain

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices rose in June by the smallest year-over-year amount in 20 months, slowed by modest sales and more properties coming on the market.

HEALTH CARE

Poll: Obama Health Law is a Tale of 2 Americas

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's health care law has become a tale of two Americas.

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PROPERTY SALES 66 378 15,444
MORTGAGES 67 456 20,235
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 109 3,995
BUILDING PERMITS 175 1,046 36,888
BANKRUPTCIES 58 290 14,633
BUSINESS LICENSES 16 80 5,209
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 76 388 22,205
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