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VOL. 129 | NO. 128 | Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Weirich Says Brown ‘Out of Touch With Reality’

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich says a video posted Tuesday on the campaign website of Democratic challenger Joe Brown questioning her sexual orientation represents a “sad day” in local politics.

Still Rock ‘n’ Roll

Hard Rock Cafe blends mix of artifacts at new Beale Street digs

When Jeff Nolan, the Hard Rock Café’s music and memorabilia historian, got to Memphis Sunday, June 29, to prepare for the next day’s preview tours of the new Hard Rock location at Beale and Second streets, he grabbed a bite to eat at nearby Rum Boogie Café.

Council Delays Action on Pension Plan Changes To October

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, July 1, to delay final votes on a set of ordinances to change the city’s pension for new hires and employees on the job for less than 10 years.

Club Crave Property Sees New Activity

A nightclub developer known for projects in Hollywood and the recent Fly Lounge at FedExForum has plans for the old Club Crave property on the northeast corner of Fourth and Beale streets.

Graceland May Remove Presley's Old Airplanes

MEMPHIS (AP) — For 30 years, tourists from around the world have paid money to get a look at two airplanes once owned by Elvis Presley at Graceland in Memphis. Fans enjoy touring the planes for their direct connection to Presley and his jet-setting lifestyle, a sort of touchstone to the life of the King of Rock and Roll and his family.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
54°F
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Wind: 5 mph
Humidity: 80%

EVENTS

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, July 2, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Latino Memphis director Mauricio Calvo will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

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FedEx Employee Fatally Injured at Memphis Hub

MEMPHIS (AP) – FedEx Corp. says an employee injured in an accident at its world hub in Memphis has died.

FedEx Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Nashville

NASHVILLE (AP) – A FedEx plane made an emergency landing in Nashville, Tennessee, after a report of smoke in the cockpit.

Cohen Touts Labor Union Endorsements

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, rolled out endorsements Monday, June 30, from much of the leadership of local labor unions in his re-election campaign.

Medical Device Accelerator Prepares for Demo Day

Teams participating in ZeroTo510, Memphis’ medical device accelerator program, are gearing up to show the new technologies they’ve devised to investors in a bid for follow-on funding next month.

Armstrong Questions Finding in Brooks Residency Case

Chancellor Kenny Armstrong wants to know who made a specific finding that county commissioner Henri Brooks doesn’t live in the district she represents.

Memphis Bar Reveals Judicial Candidate Poll

All but three of the 24 local judicial incumbents on the Aug. 7 ballot came out on top in the Memphis Bar Association poll of judicial candidates released Monday, June 30.

University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Le Bonheur Form Pediatric Obesity Center

Doctors like to go where they are needed.

ServiceMaster Completes Public Offering

ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. announced Tuesday, July 1, that it has completed its initial public offering of common stock at $17 a share.

Gastro One Forms New Practice

Gastro One and Memphis Gastroenterology Group have merged, creating the largest gastroenterology practice in the Memphis Metro area.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Health Choice Selects Abisch to Lead Population Health Services

Ellen Abisch has joined Health Choice LLC as senior director of population health services. In the newly created position, Abisch will be responsible for designing, implementing and managing population health and wellness programs for the Health Choice network.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

10 Deadly Sins of Email Marketing

Part one in a two-part series. Data released last year by a research firm called Return Path cites that the average individual receives more than 400 commercial emails per month – emails from businesses selling products and services versus email from colleagues, friends or family.

STATEWIDE

Ex-Senator Baker Remembered for Crossing the Aisle

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. was remembered Tuesday for his ability to bridge political divides in Washington while also establishing the Republican Party as a statewide force in Tennessee.

Lawsuit Financing Company to Leave Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) – A new Tennessee law targeting the practice of financing the costs of lawsuits is leading an Illinois company to leave the state.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor, Education Chief Release TCAP Data

NASHVILLE (AP) – The latest data shows Tennessee students made gains in the majority of the state's 31 grade and subject-level tests.

Board in Favor of Teacher Evaluation Proposal

NASHVILLE (AP) – The State Board of Education gave a nod of approval for a proposal that could allow teachers who consistently score highly on annual state-mandated teacher evaluations to bypass training requirements to advance or to renew licenses.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Southwest Opens New Chapter: International Flights

DALLAS (AP) – After four decades of expanding to all corners of the lower 48 states, Southwest Airlines flies into new territory on Tuesday – Jamaica, the Bahamas and Aruba.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Highway Crisis Looms as Soon as August, US Warns

WASHINGTON (AP) – Gridlock in Washington will lead to gridlock across the country if lawmakers can't quickly agree on how to pay for highway and transit programs, President Barack Obama and his top officials warned Tuesday.

REAL ESTATE

CoreLogic: US Home Prices Rose More Slowly in May

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices rose in May compared with a year earlier, but the gains have slowed.

HEALTH CARE

Report: Health Law Sign-Ups Dogged by Data Flaws

WASHINGTON (AP) – Many of the 8 million Americans signed up under the new health care law now have to clear up questions about their personal information that could affect their coverage.

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PROPERTY SALES 74 312 15,378
MORTGAGES 125 389 20,168
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 23 109 3,995
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