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1. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

2. Fisher Joins Boy Scouts Chickasaw Council as CEO -

Richard L. Fisher has joined the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America as chief executive officer. In his new role, Fisher will extend character development and leadership skills to youth who live in the Chickasaw Council territory, which includes the Mississippi Delta, Memphis, and Shelby and Crittenden counties.

3. Muni Schools Questions Pass, Cohen Wins Big -

Voters in each of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County approved establishing municipal school districts in the unofficial results of the Thursday, Aug. 2, county general and state and federal primary elections.

4. Muni Schools, Cohen, Weirich, Johnson, Stanton, Kyle Take Early Vote -

Voters in each of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County were overwhelmingly approving the establishment of municipal school districts and a half cent sales tax hike to fund them in the first vote totals released Thursday, Aug. 2 by the Shelby County Election Commission.

5. School Board Looks for Consensus -

After effectively ruling out Kriner Cash last week as the leader of the consolidated Shelby County school system, school board members now turn to a decision about how to select that superintendent.

6. School Board Races Set -

The chairman of the countywide school board, Billy Orgel, has effectively won election to his District 7 school board seat without opposition.

Five other incumbents appointed to the seven-district school board seats by the Shelby County Commission filed for re-election at the Thursday, April 5, filing deadline.

7. Cohen-Hart in Congressional Race at Filing Deadline -

The chairman of the countywide school board, Billy Orgel, was effectively elected to his District 7 school board seat without opposition at the Thursday, April 5, filing deadline for candidates on the Aug. 2 primary and general election ballot in Shelby County.

8. MED Fdtn. Names Brandenburg Director of Development -

Joe Brandenburg has joined The MED Foundation as director of development.

Hometown: Connersville, Ind.

Education: B.A., mass communications, Western Kentucky University; master’s in public administration, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

9. Schools Get Fresh Start With New Board -

The separate Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools boards are no more when the end of September rolls over into October.

And the 23 members of the countywide Shelby County Schools board take the oath of office Monday, Oct. 3 at the MCS auditorium.

10. Cash Says Ballot Question Short On Answers For Voters -

Memphis City Schools superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash said Monday it’s not clear what voters in the March 8 referendum are deciding.

Cash challenged MCS board members to fill in the blank with sentences beginning with “A yes vote is a vote for –“ and “A no vote is a vote for – “.

11. Many Reasons for Compromise Failure -

The Shelby County school system’s compromise offer to the Memphis City Schools board failed this week for a number of reasons.

Those reasons suggest different motives on the MCS board for supporting a charter surrender and turning over the larger school system to the much smaller county school system.

12. MCS Board Votes Down Schools Standoff Compromise -

The Memphis City Schools (MCS) board voted down a compromise proposal Tuesday from Shelby County School officials.

The 2-7 vote against the compromise sets the stage for the Shelby County Election Commission to meet Wed. and set a date for a March referendum on the MCS charter surrender approved by the board in December.

13. Early Voting Under Way in School Board Runoff -

Early voting is under way for Memphis voters in a district race not decided on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Sara Lewis and Cherry Davis face off in the nonpartisan race to decide who will claim the District 6 Memphis City Schools board seat. Incumbent Sharon Webb finished third in her bid for re-election.

14. Split Vote Takes Down Metro Charter Proposal -

The metro consolidation charter won a narrow victory with Memphis voters Tuesday but was crushed by Shelby County voters outside Memphis.

The first consolidation charter to go to voters in 39 years had to win both in Memphis and outside Memphis in order to consolidate the city of Memphis and Shelby County governments.

15. Whalum and Webb Draw Challengers In School Board Races -

Memphis school board members Betty Mallott and Martavius Jones were unopposed at Thursday’s filing deadline for the four Memphis school board races on the Nov. 2 ballot. Noon was the deadline for candidates to file their qualifying petitions in the school board races as well as three sets of municipal elections in Bartlett, Collierville and Germantown.

16. Whalum and Webb Draw Opposition At Filing Deadline -

Memphis school board members Betty Mallott and Martavius Jones were unopposed at Thursday’s filing deadline for the four Memphis school board races on the Nov. 2 ballot, according to a list from the Shelby County Election Commission.

17. Brian Moynihan to Succeed Ken Lewis as BofA CEO -

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) - Bank of America's new CEO says he doesn't expect to lead a major shift in strategy at America's largest bank when he takes over from Ken Lewis on Jan. 1. But with loan losses continuing to mount amid double-digit unemployment rates, it remains to be seen whether investors will embrace staying the course.

18. Obama to Banks: Ease Lending to Businesses -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama challenged top bankers Monday to explore "every responsible way" to increase lending, saying they were obliged to help after being rescued by taxpayers. He asked them to "take a third and fourth look" at their small-business lending.

19. Bank of America Loses $2.24B as Loan Losses Rise -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Bank of America Corp. said Friday it lost more than $2.2 billion in the third quarter as loan losses kept rising, providing more evidence that consumers are still struggling to pay their bills.

20. Government Report Questions Rescue Claims -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The credibility of the government's $700 billion financial rescue program was damaged by claims a year ago that all of the initial banks receiving support were healthy, a new report contends.

21. Ohio AG Takes Lead Role in Bank of America Lawsuit -

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Bank of America Corp. executives improperly concealed billions of dollars in losses and billions in bonuses paid by Merrill Lynch before a shareholder vote on their proposed merger, Ohio's attorney general argued in a class-action securities lawsuit he described as among the largest in history.

22. Report: Bank of America Offering to Repay Some Aid -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Bank of America Corp. is looking to pay back some of the billions in federal bailout aid it has received in an effort to get out from underneath the government's thumb, according to a published report.

23. Lawmakers Say Paulson Bent to Demands of Bank CEO -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers accused former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Thursday of bending to the demands of a major bank and keeping negotiations of a hefty bailout secret in his rush to stabilize financial markets last year.

24. Paulson Defends His Response to Economic Crisis -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Wednesday defended his response to the economic crisis last year as an imperfect, but necessary rescue that spared the U.S. financial market from total collapse.

25. Bernanke Says He Didn't Bully BofA to Buy Merrill -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke faced an unusual political trial Thursday and disputed accusations that he pressured Bank of America to acquire Merrill Lynch in a deal that cost taxpayers $20 billion.

26. Citi Boosting Salaries to Offset Lower Bonuses -

NEW YORK (AP) - Citigroup Inc. is increasing the base salaries of many employees – reportedly by as much as 50 percent for some workers – as it restructures their compensation amid government restrictions on bonuses.

27. House Targets Fed in Bank of America Investigation -

WASHINGTON (AP) - A House panel has subpoenaed documents that lawmakers say could shed new light on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's role in Bank of America's acquisition of Merrill Lynch.

28. Bernanke Invited to Testify on BofA-Merrill Deal -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A congressional panel has invited Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to testify on June 25 about allegations by Bank of America Corp. CEO Kenneth Lewis that government officials pressed him to buy Merrill Lynch & Co. after Lewis became aware of major losses at the investment bank.

29. Events -

Jackson Lewis LLP will lead a seminar discussing how the amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act and revisions to the Family Medical and Leave Act regulations will affect companies today from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the law firm, 999 Shady Grove Road. The seminar is for business owners, chief executive officers, human resource managers and other individuals responsible for personnel matters. Cost is $30 and includes breakfast. To register, call 462-2627 or e-mail mejiam@jacksonlewis.com.

30. Events -

The Shelby County Commission will hold committee meetings today beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the fourth floor committee room of the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. For more information, call Steve Summerall at 545-4301.

31. Lawmakers Want Banks to Report on Bailout Use -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers pressed the Obama administration on Thursday to better track how financial institutions are using the government's financial bailout money, a step the Treasury Department has resisted despite demands from a federal watchdog agency.

32. WSJ: BofA CEO Says Was Told to be Quiet on Merrill -

NEW YORK (AP) - Bank of America Chief Executive Kenneth Lewis told the New York attorney general he believed former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke wanted him to keep quiet about the worsening terms of the bank's acquisition of Merrill Lynch, according to testimony reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

33. BofA CEO: No Plans to Scuttle Countrywide Deal -

NEW YORK (AP) - Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Kenneth Lewis said Wednesday that there are no plans to call off its $4 billion deal to acquire Countrywide Financial Corp., and that he believes charge-offs and delinquencies in the U.S. will peak in the third quarter.

34. Countrywide Financial Says Bank of America Making $2 Billion Equity Investment -

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Countrywide Financial Corp. said Wednesday that Bank of America Corp. has made an equity investment of $2 billion in the company, a deal that comes as the nation's largest mortgage lender tries to weather a credit crunch that's rocked Wall Street and the mortgage industry.

35. New Olivet, LeMoyne-Owen Gear Up for BAMM Fundraiser -

New Olivet Baptist Church's BAMM (Bust-a-Move-Monday), which spotlights one black-owned business a month to encourage community support, is promoting a business of a different kind.

June's top pick, LeMoyne-Owen College, is in the business of educating future community leaders in Memphis, said BAMM public relations volunteer Marilyn Johnson. Chosen businesses usually are promoted through radio and television spots, eBlasts and word of mouth.

36. Baptist Names College of Health Sciences President -

Baptist Memorial Health Care named Betty Sue McGarvey president of the Baptist College of Health Sciences. McGarvey recently served the college as provost and is a graduate of the Baptist School of Nursing. She was a nursing instructor for two years and was among the 10 founders of the Baptist College of Health Sciences.

37. Archived Article: Memos - Clark Cummings was appointed senior vice president and security director for FirstBank

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38. Archived Article: Real Briefs - Chamberlain & McCreery received top honors at the 2001 Vesta Home Show including the Peoples Choice award, which was decide

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