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VOL. 129 | NO. 35 | Thursday, February 20, 2014

Memphis Airport Changes Reflect New Reality

Memphis International Airport, gutted by the downsizing of Delta Air Lines, is pursuing a $114 million “concourse modernization” plan that will eliminate a large number of gates and result in upgrades to what is left.

Walker Avenue Remake

Redevelopment of YMCA at center of neighborhood’s new life

The former Mason YMCA on Walker Avenue near the University of Memphis is getting a new look. The redevelopment of the 11,500-square-foot property is underway and should be complete by the end of the year.

SCS Attendance Zone Proposal Affects 7,000 Students

Shelby County Schools board members got their first detailed look Wednesday, Feb. 19, at a set of more than two dozen changes in student attendance zones in the 2014-2015 school year that could affect nearly 7,000 students in the school system.

Three Town Center Concepts Take Shape

The city of Memphis would move government offices into two shopping malls and the Soulsville Town Center under tentative “conceptual” plans Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. took Tuesday, Feb. 18, to the Memphis City Council.

Deadline Nears for Pinnacle Awards

The deadline for the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council’s 13th annual Pinnacle Awards ceremony is fast approaching.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
63°F
Cloudy
Wind: 6 mph
Humidity: 60%

EVENTS

Memphis Pink Palace Museum will host a lecture by Commercial Appeal columnist Wendi Thomas titled “Mid-South Racial Present” Thursday, Feb. 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the museum, 3050 Central Ave. The free lecture is presented in conjunction with the “RACE: Are We So Different?” exhibit. Visit memphismuseums.org.

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Tour Shows Work Progressing in Pyramid

The opening date for Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid is still tentative.

Businessman Berger Tosses Hat Into Political Ring

Memphis businessman Taylor Berger was thinking about it pretty much until the last minute Tuesday, Feb. 18, when he pressed send on an email that announced his intention to run for a seat on the Shelby County Commission.

County Primary Filing Deadline Arrives

A couple of days before the filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries, it looked like a political season with lots of action at the deadline itself.

Grizzlies Grit-n-Grind Way to Needed Win

It took until Tuesday, Feb. 18, but with the Grizzlies’ 98-93 victory over New York, they raised their record at FedExForum (15-14) above .500 for the first time since they were 3-2 after a home loss to Toronto on Nov. 13.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Is That Big Move Going to Pay Off?

Ray’s Take You’re contemplating moving to another home – maybe even to another city or the country. The catalyst could be a job offer, school changes, the desire for more living space or to be near family. While your personal, family and career situation will be major factors in the final decision, don’t forget to consider the financial angle as well. There are more costs for a new home than the selling price alone.

Uphill Struggles

I read in the paper about some folks who’ve done well with weight loss and fitness resolutions. They attribute their success to posting goals, activities and results on Facebook. “Got up at 4, started running at 4:30, did three miles. Tomorrow, five.” That kind of thing.

MEMPHIS AREA

Tennessee Official: UAW no Deal Breaker for Memphis Site

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee officials promoting a 6-square-mile "mega site" outside Memphis say it would be ideally suited for a new auto assembly plant — even if its workers are represented by the United Auto Workers union.

STATEWIDE

VW Union Chief Won't Give Up Fight for US Plant

BERLIN (AP) – Volkswagen's top workers' representative says he won't give up the fight for unionization at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Lawmakers Seek Compromise on School Voucher Bill

NASHVILLE (AP) – Lawmakers trying to decide on a limited school voucher program in Tennessee or a broader one say they're close to reaching an agreement on legislation.

Wedding Services Bill Dead This Session

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to protect wedding-related businesses from lawsuits if they refuse to provide services to same-sex couples is dead for the session after being withdrawn from a Senate committee on Tuesday.

REGIONAL

Arkansas Legislators Vote Down Medicaid Bill Again

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Legislation to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion has again failed in the state House.

Bill to Keep Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Office Vacant Advances

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas senators have cleared a path for a vote on a bill aimed at keeping the lieutenant governor's office vacant until the November general election.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Fed Minutes Point to Continued Paring of Stimulus

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials agreed at their January meeting that further gradual reductions in their stimulus would be appropriate as long as the economy keeps improving.

REAL ESTATE

US Housing Construction Down 16 Percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home construction fell in January for a second month but the weakness in both months reflected severe winter weather in many parts of the country. The expectation is that housing will deliver another year of solid gains, helped by an improving economy.

TECHNOLOGY

Google Aims to Provide Broadband in 34 More Cities

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is planning to offer high-speed Internet service in 34 more cities scattered across eight states in the company's boldest challenge yet to cable and telecommunications providers.

FCC Won't Appeal Ruling on Internet Neutrality

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission says it won't appeal a court decision that struck down rules it designed to ensure that the transmission of all Internet content be treated equally. The agency says it will fashion new rules.

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MORTGAGES 101 483 6,709
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 77 1,556
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