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VOL. 129 | NO. 192 | Thursday, October 2, 2014

FedEx Delivers Service to Memphis Causes

Robin Hicks, communications adviser for FedEx Trade Networks, arrived at the Lucius Burch Natural Area at Shelby Farms Park last week and made her way through the vegetation to the Wolf River.

Classroom Shift

Blended learning program brings technology to schools

Once students in 18 Shelby County schools return from their fall break Oct. 13 they should start taking home the Lenovo Yoga laptop-tablets that are at the heart of the system’s three-year blended-learning pilot program.

Startup Looks to Help Cab Companies Evolve

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft seem to have been eating the traditional cab industry’s lunch.

Delta Makes More Changes at Memphis International

Delta Airlines is making more changes at Memphis International Airport.

Wunderlich Acquires Wealth Management Assets of New York Firm

Memphis-based investment firm Wunderlich Securities Inc. is acquiring the wealth management assets of Dominick & Dominick LLC, a privately held New York-based investment firm.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
75°F
Cloudy
Wind: 9 mph
Humidity: 84%

EVENTS

The Metal Museum will host Repair Days Thursday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 5, at the museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. Metalsmiths from across the country will solder, sharpen, remove dents and repair items, with all proceeds benefiting the museum. Visit metalmuseum.org for a schedule of events.

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Hopson Dispels Charter Takeover Talk

The Innovation Zone schools in the Shelby County Schools system won’t be turned over to charter school organizations, superintendent Dorsey Hopson said Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Cops Talk Changes in Youth Crime Strategy

Memphis Police brass plan to put uniform police officers on some Memphis Area Transit Authority buses.

Baptist Memorial Health Care Cutting 112 Jobs

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. is eliminating 112 jobs across its three-state service area as a cost-cutting measure.

Appeals Court Denies Whalum Election Challenge

More than two years after all of the votes were counted and a year after the election results were formally disputed in court, the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday, Sept. 30, that Shelby County Schools board member Kevin Woods beat the Rev. Kenneth Whalum for the District 4 Shelby County Schools board seat.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Retirement: Savings-to-Income Ratio

Ray’s take: If you've at least started planning for your retirement, congratulations. It's often a hard first step. Follow-up steps are just as important.

Puzzled Groups Across the Land

DAVIDSON, N.C. – A few years ago, Brown University had the largest puzzle-related student activities organization in the country. Its Puzzling Association, with over 30 members, met weekly to solve, discuss and construct. New York Times puzzle editor Will Shortz declared a “Brown Week” in the autumn of 2010, publishing a crossword by a different student for six consecutive days. Natan Last, Class of 2012, had 14 Times puzzles published before he graduated.

STATEWIDE

Commissioner Rethinking Handling of Older Teens

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The head of the state Department of Children's Services is considering whether older teens should be moved from the department's custody into the adult correctional system after a third major escape attempt from one of its juvenile detention centers in less than a month.

Ball Pours $1 Million of Own Money Into Senate Campaign

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Democratic Senate candidate Gordon Ball is pouring $1 million of his own money into his campaign against Republican incumbent Lamar Alexander.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Small Businesses Scramble to Keep Top Staffers

NEW YORK (AP) – People are quitting their jobs at a faster clip and that's pushing small business owners to work harder to hold onto top talent.

Pace of US Factory Activity Slipped in September

WASHINGTON (AP) – The pace of U.S. manufacturing growth slowed in September, as expectations for hiring and new orders slipped from their August levels.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

US Issues Final Minimum Wage Rule for Contractors

WASHINGTON (AP) – Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is issuing a final rule raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour.

TECHNOLOGY

App Teaches Kindergartners Basic Computer Coding

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it.

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