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VOL. 129 | NO. 96 | Friday, May 16, 2014

Comic Convention Drops Ashlar Hall Plans

The Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention says it no longer wants to be part of Ashlar Hall’s future under terms proposed by the building’s current owner.

Land Grab

Overton Park greensward usage conflict sparks call for garage

It’s been implied, but an agreement on the general idea of building a Memphis Zoo parking garage was put in writing this week by the Overton Park Conservancy as protests over paid zoo parking on the park’s greensward are likely to continue.

Civil Rights Leaders Comment on Brooks’ Remarks

The executive director of the civil rights organization Latino Memphis says comments this week by Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks about the struggles of Latinos as minorities in Memphis were regrettable.

Bourland Heflin to Expand, Renovate Poplar Home

A Memphis law firm is expanding its East Memphis office and improving public areas for clients and visitors.

Trustmark Regional President Reflects on Future

When yours is a bank that’s traditionally had a suburban footprint, moving inside the Interstate 240 loop to open a new regional headquarters is the kind of thing that makes a statement.

Germantown Schools Joins Shared Services Pact

When the Germantown Municipal Schools board voted May 5 to not participate in three shared services agreements with the other five suburban school systems, it “strained” the school system’s relationship with the other five, Germantown Schools superintendent Jason Manuel told the board Wednesday, May 14.

SPORTS

Motte Looks to Regain Form in Redbirds Rehab Assignment

When St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte learned he had to have the elbow ligament replacement procedure commonly known as Tommy John Surgery, he didn’t ask, “Why me?”

Prescott Earned Place in Sports Hall of Fame

On Easter Sunday, April 17, 1960, a 13-year-old Allie Prescott and his father were sitting down the third-base line at Russwood Park watching an exhibition game between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

I Was a Teenage Werewolf

MEMORIES OF PARKING. AND FULL MOONS. Last week, if I remember correctly, I mentioned CRS – that remarkable condition that blocks the knowledge of what one had for breakfast but allows a clear and concise image of something that happened in, say, 1966.

Networking Over Coffee

Workers change jobs more frequently now than ever before. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees only stay at a job for a little over four years on average.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee Revenue Collections Continue to Improve

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee revenue collections are continuing to show signs of improvement, with April figures exceeding expectations.

Ex-Lawmaker Named to Tennessee Election Commission

NASHVILLE (AP) – Former state Rep. Donna Rowland Barrett has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Tennessee State Election Commission.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Airlines Expect More Travelers to Fly This Summer

NEW YORK (AP) – More travelers will take to the skies this summer, the U.S. airlines' trade and lobby group predicted Thursday.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Senate Panel Approves 6-Year Highway Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate panel on Thursday approved a bill to keep federal highway programs going for the next six years, but it remained unclear whether Congress would act in time to prevent a disruption in transportation aid to states this summer.

Fewest Americans in 7 Years Seek Unemployment Aid

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in seven years last week, a sign the job market is steadily improving.

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate Dips to 4.2 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week for a third straight week. The low rates could give a boost to the spring home-buying season, which has gotten off to a slow start.

HEALTH CARE

New Health Cost Controls Get Go-Ahead From Feds

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for insurers and employers to use a new cost-control strategy that puts a hard dollar limit on what health plans pay for some expensive procedures, such as knee and hip replacements.

TECHNOLOGY

Senate: Firms Must Protect Against Malicious Ads

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate warned Google, Yahoo and other leading technology companies Thursday they need to better protect consumers from hackers exploiting their lucrative online advertising networks or risk new legislation that would force them to do so.

FCC Votes to Go Forward With Net Neutrality Rules

NEW YORK (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission voted to go forward with the proposal of new rules that could set standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks.

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PROPERTY SALES 75 255 11,693
MORTGAGES 72 295 15,274
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 3 71 2,982
BUILDING PERMITS 198 590 27,844
BANKRUPTCIES 62 280 11,242
BUSINESS LICENSES 35 98 4,136
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