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VOL. 129 | NO. 143 | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sales Tax Push Continues in City Debate

The idea of a sales tax hike referendum in November to fund a restoration of cuts in city health care insurance benefits keeps rolling.

Building Community

Grace-St. Luke’s teams up for first GraceBuilders House

Over a recent weekend, around 30 members of Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church descended on a home in the Northwood Hills community just north of Raleigh.

Regional One Health Expands Footprint

In the last year, Regional One Health has added about 100 employees and its new name.

Supreme Court Justices Make Campaign Push

Among the candidates going door to door in Memphis this summer looking for votes was a Tennessee Supreme Court justice.

TheGRIND Evolves as First Anniversary Approaches

The one-year anniversary is approaching for theGRIND, a digital publication that launched in January to bring its own take on covering the people, places and events of Memphis.

Grizzlies Promote Wexler to Business Operations President

The Memphis Grizzlies have promoted Jason Wexler to president of business operations of the team and FedExForum.

U of M Athletics Director Appointed to NCAA Council

University of Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Leadership Council.

Local Projects Win State Grant Money

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam handed out five oversized grant checks Wednesday, July 23, on the University of Memphis campus for a total of $1.4 million in grants funding for various pedestrian, park and recreation projects across Shelby County.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Develop Interests Before Retirement

Ray’s take: Retirement success is not automatic. It takes planning – and not just financial planning. According to a study by University of Missouri – Columbia, couples should plan for retirement, both financially and socially, and consider the changes that may occur in their relationships and day-to-day activities.

Pairing Off

“Got a pair of nickels for a dime?” “Sure. Here you go: 5, 10, 15 cents.”

MEMPHIS AREA

Elvis' Last Cadillac Going on Auction Block

MEMPHIS (AP) – Elvis Presley's last Cadillac is among 72 items being auctioned next month at Graceland during the annual celebration known as Elvis Week.

STATEWIDE

Health Advocacy Groups File Lawsuit Against State

NASHVILLE (AP) – Three advocacy groups filed a class action lawsuit on Wednesday accusing the state of Tennessee of failing to provide certain services required by the federal health care law.

Tennessee Signs Out-of-State Firm for Ads

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee officials have signed a five-year, $60 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to produce the "Made in Tennessee" tourism campaign.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Women Business Owners Face Gender Gap, Report Says

NEW YORK (AP) – Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday.

US Economy, Though Sluggish, May Now Be Sturdier

WASHINGTON (AP) – Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged.

IMF Sees US Growth at Weakest Since Recession

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. economic growth this year will likely be at the weakest pace since the Great Recession ended, the International Monetary Fund said, mostly because of a sharp, weather-related contraction in the first quarter.

Retail Trade Group Reduces Annual Sales Forecast

NEW YORK (AP) – The nation's largest retail trade group has pared its annual sales forecast because of slower-than-expected growth during the first half of the year tied to winter storms and lingering economic woes.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Senate Bill Targets Companies That Move Overseas

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate voted Wednesday to advance an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain.

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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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