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VOL. 129 | NO. 51 | Friday, March 14, 2014

Mississippi River Geotourism Effort Touted

The National Geographic Society wants to create an interactive media geotourism project that guides visitors on journeys they can coordinate up and down the length of the Mississippi River.

Staging Success

Permanent Live at the Garden stage underway

When the Live at the Garden summer concert series at Memphis Botanic Garden launches its 14th season in June, it will feature a new permanent stage and several other amenities.

Timid Play Knocks Tigers Out of Tourney

Memphis coach Josh Pastner admitted the loss was “embarrassing.”

Shelby County CRE Sales Up 14 Percent in February

Shelby County recorded 49 commercial real estate sales in February, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

McCusker Aims for Criminal Court Clerk

Michael McCusker is used to the assumptions when the assistant district attorney general tells voters he is running for office this year.

Rardin Takes Trial Advocacy Training to Liberia

Assistant Shelby County District Attorney General Kevin Rardin is leaving for Liberia next month for a week of trial advocacy training in the African nation.

RedRover Adds Corporate Veteran to Ranks

It started with Ilenia Buggy scanning LinkedIn and stumbling across RedRover Sales & Marketing, the Memphis-based agency with the catchy canine-infused theme that caught her attention.

SPORTS

Nichols’ Rookie Award Comes With Accolades

First, there was the debate. Would Briarcrest star Austin Nichols really stay home and play for the Memphis Tigers? Or would outside offers, including ones from Duke, Kansas and North Carolina, be too good to pass up?

Wins Come in Various Ways

One night at FedExForum, the Grizzlies beat Portland by 10 points as they shoot a season-best 56 percent, three players score 17 or more points, and energizer James Johnson never gets on the floor.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Talking Sex

ALL OF OUR COLLEGE PRESIDENTS SHOULD GET SEXY. The Tennessee General Assembly has long been afraid of sex.

Defining Luck

Some people seem to have all the luck. From the outside, they appear to get every promotion, make more money, drive a nicer car and live in a nicer house. It’s like they are surrounded by a ray of sunshine all day. This seems especially true of celebrities, company heads and professional athletes. How do they get so lucky, and when will my luck change?

STATEWIDE

Dollar General Fiscal Fourth-Quarter Profit Rises

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dollar General's profit during the fourth-quarter was curtailed by harsh winter storms that have affected the entire retail sector, but it also issued a weak outlook for this year and shares slipped in premarket trading.

Grand Ole Opry House Celebrates 40th Anniversary

NASHVILLE (AP) – Country music's most famous radio show, WSM-AM's "Grand Ole Opry," has been on air since 1925, but the show didn't find a permanent home until the Grand Ole Opry House opened 40 years ago.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee House Votes to Delay Common Core Standards

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to delay further implementation of the state's Common Core standards was approved in the House on Thursday, even though Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has called them key to Tennessee students' improvement.

Bill to Allow School Staff to Get Insulin Training

NASHVILLE (AP) – Missy Gaw's 10-year-old daughter has to have a dose of insulin each time she eats. If no nurse is available to administer the dosage at the girl's Nashville elementary school, then Gaw or her husband drive there to do so.

Senate Decries ‘Radical Agenda' of UT's Sex Week

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state Senate has passed a resolution directing the University of Tennessee to require parents to opt in to allowing student fees to go toward events deemed "controversial or objectionable."

NATIONAL BUSINESS

McDonald's Hit by Lawsuits Over Worker Pay

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's workers in three states filed lawsuits against the fast-food chain this week, saying the company engages in a variety of illegal practices to avoid paying them what they're owed.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

US Budget Deficit Hits $193.5 Billion in February

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. government is running a deficit that is 23.6 percent lower than in the same period a year ago through the first five months of this budget year, another sign of improvement in the nation's finances.

Obama Signs Memo to Strengthen Overtime Pay Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) – Seeking to influence workers' incomes where possible, President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum Thursday directing the Labor Department to devise new overtime rules that would make more workers eligible for time-and-a-half pay for their extra hours of work.

TECHNOLOGY

Google Redesigns Search Results on PCs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Web surfing through the Internet's main gateway now looks slightly different on personal computers, thanks to a few cosmetic changes to Google's search engine this week.

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