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1. Shelby County Home Sales Rise 10 Percent in October -

Home sales activity in Memphis and Shelby County certainly wasn’t spooky in October, with sales up 10 percent compared to the same month a year ago.

Memphis and Shelby County recorded 1,479 homes sales, up 10 percent from 1,343 in October 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. The 1,479 homes sold in October is down 4 percent from 1,543 in September.

2. Batch Subscription Service Expands, Adds Gifts -

The Batch subscription service that sends a surprise collection of local goods each month to subscribers’ doorsteps expanded to Memphis at the beginning of this year after launching first in Nashville.

3. States Told to Find Way to Clear Medicaid Backlog -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A half-dozen states with backlogs for Medicaid enrollees were facing a federal deadline Monday to create plans for getting those low-income residents enrolled in health coverage.

4. High-Tech Workshop -

Give a crew of tech-savvy creatives a digital sandbox in which to stretch their imagination, and they’re liable to build something fun and inventive that requires so much inspiration it feeds back into their real job.

5. Tigers Sign 12 Defensive Players -

The Seattle Seahawks proved that the old maxim that “defense wins championships” can still apply in the modern-day NFL.

But for the University of Memphis, which will start its second season in the American Athletic Conference, defense is more basic than that: It’s what kept the Tigers in games last season, and with a lot of seniors on that team, coach Justin Fuente needed to restock.

6. Race to Enroll Young and Healthy for New Insurance -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing a rapidly approaching deadline, the White House and its allies are racing to enroll young people in new insurance plans offered under President Barack Obama's signature health care law, a sweeping effort that underscores how crucial the so-called "young invincibles" are to the measure's success.

7. Batch Memphis Launches Gift Service -

The three Nashville friends who started Batch Nashville, which delivers a surprise batch of local goods each month to subscribers’ doorsteps, are bringing the service to Memphis.

Nashville entrepreneur Sam Davidson said the group behind Batch Nashville had been looking to bring the model to another city in the state and looked for one “that had a growing sense of local pride, as well as a national brand.”

8. Twitter Soars in Market Debut -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shares of Twitter went on sale to the public for the first time Thursday, instantly leaping more than 70 percent above their offering price in a dazzling debut that exceeded even Wall Street's lofty hopes.

9. Healing Music -

A sign hangs in the lobby at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital acknowledging the charitable efforts of an arguably unlikely group of hospital supporters.

Those supporters are a collection of Memphis musicians who represent a genre-spanning cross-section covering everything from hip-hop to modern rock. They’ve been performing live and donating music recently in service of a dedicated fundraising effort for the hospital, and the sign in the hospital lobby, a simple expression of gratitude, reads “Thank You Musicians for Le Bonheur.”

10. Koury’s Success Defined by Partnerships, Programming -

Heather Baugus Koury has been executive director of the American Institute of Architects Memphis chapter for more than a decade, and although she was just named to the distinguished status of Honorary AIA, she’s never considered becoming a practitioner.

11. Grizzlies Proving Life After Mayo Just Fine -

It seemed only fitting that on the night O.J. Mayo returned to Memphis with the Dallas Mavericks – averaging 20 points a game and leading the NBA in 3-point shooting – that Mike Conley would break the Grizzlies’ franchise record for career assists.

12. Michigan House Approves Right-to-Work Limiting Unions -

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The Michigan House approved the first of two right-to-work bills Tuesday that would weaken union power in the historical labor stronghold as hundreds of protesters rallied at the Capitol.

13. Real Estate Profession Trends Toward Teams -

The residential housing market is recovering, but traditional real estate agents may not be, according to one agent who began at the height of the economic collapse.

Josh Hisaw of The Hisaw Team said that high-volume sales are now beyond the reach of individuals.

14. Electrolux Construction Reaches Milestone -

Construction on the Electrolux North America Cooking Products Memphis plant reached a milestone this week as workers put the company logo and name on the headquarters building in the Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park.

15. Back to the Gridiron -

It was the last day before fall practice would begin. First-year University of Memphis football coach Justin Fuente couldn’t wait to get started.

“This is the longest day of the year,” he said.

16. Colleges' Bank Deals Saddle Students With Big Fees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – As many as 900 colleges are pushing students into using payment cards that carry hefty costs, sometimes even to get to their financial aid money, according to a report released Wednesday by a public interest group.

17. Ambitious Educators -

KIPP Memphis, which currently educates 500 students in grades five through nine at two schools, has embarked on an ambitious expansion plan that will include opening 10 collegiate schools educating roughly 4,500 students in North and South Memphis by 2016.

18. 100 Years of Design -

Evans Taylor Foster Childress, which celebrates its centennial in March, can trace its origins to two distinguished Memphis architectural firms.

19. Taking Action Can Prevent Workplace Embezzlement -

Embezzlement can be a major embarrassment for a large firm or the kiss of death for a small business.

Embezzlement is the act of dishonestly appropriating company funds by the person who is trusted with the company funds, and the high frequency of these crimes is driving several business owners to search out ways to protect themselves from this form of internal theft.

20. Gay Leads Grizzlies to 90-86 Win Over Timberwolves -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies saw that Zach Randolph wasn't there to help them on Wednesday night, so they played harder.

The Minnesota Timberwolves saw that Zach Randolph wasn't there to beat up on them again, so they took it easy.

21. With Lockout Nearing End, Basketball Back in Focus -

NEW YORK (AP) – These are the kinds of negotiations NBA fans have been waiting for.

Teams began talking to agents Wednesday as the lockout inched closer to its end, and basketball moved back into focus. Dwight Howard and Chris Paul were linked to trade speculation, while free agents such as Tyson Chandler and Nene were in the news after months of attorneys getting all the ink.

22. NBA Players File Antitrust Lawsuits Against League -

NEW YORK (AP) – NBA players kept offering economic concessions, and it was never enough to satisfy owners.

So with no labor deal and no place else to go, players decided to take their fight to the courtroom.

23. Lesser-Known Miss. Gov Candidates Offer Platforms -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democratic and Republican primaries this coming Tuesday will narrow the field of candidates for Mississippi governor.

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant of Brandon and commercial building contractor Dave Dennis of Pass Christian are spending the most in the five-person race for the Republican nomination, while Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and Clarksdale businessman and attorney Bill Luckett are grabbing the most attention on the Democratic side.

24. Clayborn-Ball Temple Plays Role In Area’s Future -

A historic Downtown church is for sale after decades of attempts by the AME church leadership to bring it back.

What happens to Clayborn Ball Temple could be a bellwether for redevelopment efforts for the area just south of FedExForum. It’s an area developers and planners refer to as SoFo.

25. Historic Downtown Church For Sale -

Clayborn-Ball Temple, a landmark Downtown church, is being sold by the AME church that owns the property.

The church, near Fourth Street and Linden Avenue, has been on the market for several months said Sam Mitchell, director and broker of KW Commercial, a division of Keller Williams Realty.

26. Tenn. Senate OKs Ban on Teaching of Homosexuality -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State law would forbid Tennessee public school teachers and students in grades kindergarten through eight from discussing the fact that some people are gay, under legislation that passed Friday in the state Senate.

27. Haslam In Memphis After Signing Schools Consolidation Bill -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is in Memphis Monday for the announcement that Mitsubishi will be building a plant at Rivergate Industrial Port.

But before he leaves town, Haslam will be asked multiple times, privately and publicly, about his decision to sign the schools consolidation bill as the weekend began.

28. Coleman-Etter, Fontaine Merges with Crye-Leike -

Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. continues to expand its standing as the largest real estate firm in the Mid-South area by merging with Memphis-based Coleman-Etter, Fontaine Realtors.

29. Business Sense -

Mark Luttrell has a little more than eight weeks under his belt as Shelby County mayor, and he’s spent much of that time on things that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

30. A New Era -

As the Grizzlies mark their 10th season in Memphis, whispers of “contender” and “dark horse” can be heard in the halls of FedExForum.

The positive outlook is an encouraging sign for a team that sat at the bottom of the league just two seasons ago and has endured a bumpy ride during its decade-long tenure in Memphis.

31. Consolidation Sides Gather Steam for Battle -

Organizers on both sides of the consolidation issue are stepping up their efforts on the way to the Nov. 2 ballot.

A proposed consolidation charter goes to voters on the ballot and must pass in the city of Memphis and the county outside Memphis in separate vote counts.

32. Noted Interior Designer to Be Featured at Brooks -

Noted New York interior designer and author Bunny Williams will be the featured speaker Friday for a fundraiser to benefit Decorative Arts Trust, a support group of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

33. Fannie Seeks Less Money, Bailout Price May Shrink -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fannie Mae is asking for less money from the government, a sign that the cost to taxpayers for bailing out the mortgage giant could be billions lower than once thought.

The government-controlled mortgage buyer said Thursday it has now set aside enough money to cover the majority of losses stemming from bad loans made from 2005 through 2008.

34. Oldham Resignation Leaves Behind Questions for Future Elections -

The U.S. Justice Department’s interest in the race for Shelby County sheriff has added an election eve surprise to the contest that could have longer lasting implications.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Bill Oldham, the Republican nominee for sheriff, has resigned from the department’s No. 2 position.

35. Permit Numbers Good News for Homebuilders -

The success of the Vesta Designer Home Showcase, which ended earlier this month, can be measured in the number of tickets sold – 13,600.

And the show, featuring custom-designed residences in Germantown’s Neshoba Grove Subdivision, can be measured in the number of homes that sold – five.

36. Land of Lenny's -

With the opening of a second Downtown Lenny’s, the Memphis-born restaurant chain has the city covered as good as the hot pepper relish on its signature subs.

The new restaurant, slated to open Monday at 153 S. Main St., is just a short jaunt of seven blocks – not even a half-mile – from the existing one at 22 N. Front St.

37. Geithner to Visit Beijing Amid Currency Dispute -

MUMBAI, India (AP) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will visit Beijing for talks with a Chinese vice premier for economic affairs on Thursday, Geithner's spokesman said, in a sign the two sides are moving toward settling a dispute over China's currency controls.

38. Housing Market Shows Weakness for Second Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of previously owned homes plunged in January to their lowest level since summer, providing fresh evidence that high unemployment and tight lending standards are outweighing the government's attempts to prop up the market.

39. Home Sales Up Year-Over-Year in South -

MIAMI (AP) - Home sales in the South posted an annual increase of 8 percent in January as buyers grabbed hold of federal tax credits and affordable prices.

However, sales plummeted 35 percent from December, a sign that the housing market's recovery may be on shaky ground.

40. Discount Rate Hike A Good Sign For Economy -

The era of billion-dollar bailouts and an economy stuffed to the gills with money virtually created out of thin air is drawing to a close.

The unprecedented actions by the federal government to stave off economic collapse had to end sometime. And a variety of local bank analysts, financial advisers, chief financial officers and others regard Friday’s announced hike in the Federal Reserve’s discount rate as a step – albeit an early one – in that direction.

41. Events -

Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a birthday celebration Monday at 10 a.m. at its Midtown headquarters, 910 Vance Ave. The event is free and open to the public and will include music, a keynote address by Bartholomew Orr, senior pastor at Brown Missionary Baptist Church, cake and volunteers will participate in a special holiday meals delivery. For more information, call 529-4544.

42. Update: Senate Delays Requiring Paper on Voting Machines -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to delay a law requiring a paper trail on voting machines until the 2012 election cycle.

The 22-10 vote was the chamber's second run at the measure after it failed to gain a majority by one vote on the last day of last year's legislative session.

43. Courthouse Marks 100 Years Today -

The Shelby County Courthouse celebrates its centennial today.

And its best-known guests have already taken their seats.

The six seated figures outside the building, which represent wisdom, peace, prosperity, justice, liberty and authority, have been photographed countless times and even featured in a few movies. Each was carved from a single piece of Tennessee white marble.

44. Museum President Talks About Renovations -

This has been a busy month for the National Civil Rights Museum.

The Memphis institution normally honors national and international leaders in October with the annual Freedom Awards. This year, the Dalai Lama came to town early as the international honoree.

45. GM All But Certain to File for Chapter 11 -

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors, the company that put tail fins on a Cadillac and was once the nation's largest employer, moved to the edge of bankruptcy protection Wednesday as debtholders refused a last-ditch deal. Crosstown rival Chrysler hoped to pull off a quick exit from Chapter 11 and prove there is hope yet for a leaner Detroit.

46. Williams Street Grocery Closes, Files for Bankruptcy -

The owner of Williams Street Grocery & Deli has filed for bankruptcy and closed the business at 755 Williams Ave. near LeMoyne-Owen College, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

47. ‘Green’ Movement Sprouts Further Into Real Estate Biz -

Lynn Pfund became “green” through the unlikeliest of circumstances – breast cancer. Now a survivor of that dreaded disease, Pfund, a 23-year real estate veteran and broker for Keller Williams, has become passionate about all things eco.

48. Home Sales Freefall Continues in Q1 -

Shelby County home sales continued their downward spiral during the first quarter of 2009, proof that consumer confidence has yet to be restored and that credit issues have yet to be resolved.

Just 3,078 homes were sold in the first three months of 2009, down 25 percent from 4,101 in Q1 2008, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. The period’s total marked the lowest first quarter since Q1 2001, which saw 3,107 home sales.

49. Pastor Seeks Computer Expert For Literacy Effort -

Donated computers, with blank, black screens and their cords still coiled, sit in a freshly painted room at Bent Tree Apartments.

The Rev. James Williams wants them plugged in and lighting up the minds of the people who live in this neighborhood where he has operated a ministry, the Hope Fellowship Baptist Church, for the past 10 years. Williams already has an after-school learning lab set up for the children who live there. Now, he wants the same for adults so parents can read to their children.

50. Kelsey Calls For Williams’ Resignation -

Memphis area lawmaker Brian Kelsey added to the drama in Nashville this week when a surprise Republican choice for state House speaker was elected, apparently with some engineering from Democratic legislators.

51. Employment Lawyers, Businesses Face Law Changes -

Employment and labor lawyers throughout the country – along with businesses of all sizes – are facing changes to existing and proposed legislation.

The changes include the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the two controversial bills President-elect Obama has said he will sign when he obtains his office: The Employee Free Choice Act and the RESPECT Act, both of which will change the process by which companies may unionize.

52. Tennessee Voters Must Be in Line By Closing Time -

Polls in Tennessee opened Tuesday to bright, sunny skies and long lines of voters waiting to cast ballots in what election officials expect to be a record turnout.

The advice to voters was this: Get in line before the polls close or you won't get in the door.

53. Wal-Mart Turnaround Signals Philosophical Shift -

Wal-Mart executives say they are finished trying to build a third super store at Houston Levee and Macon Road in Cordova.

Monday’s 10-3 vote by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners ended a two-year process in which Wal-Mart executives won approval from the city-county Land Use Control Board, but were opposed by the local Office of Planning & Development.

54. Builders' February SalesOff 25 Percent From 2007 -      Residential home sales by Shelby County builders declined 25.3 percent in February compared to the same month last year, revealing further evidence of an ongoing local housing slump.
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55. Former Employees Sue Cargill For $3M in Damages -

A group of former and current Cargill Inc. employees has filed a $3 million federal lawsuit against the Minneapolis, Minn.-based company claiming they've been subjected to a hazardous work environment, racial discrimination and retaliation.

56. Events -

The Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library will host the Financial Literacy Forum today from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 3030 Poplar Ave. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., will be the keynote speaker. This event is open to any person with a disability or anyone who provides service or care for people with disabilities.

57. Events -

The Engineers' Club of Memphis will hold a meeting today at noon at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Cost is $12 and no reservations are required. W. Lewis Wood, professional engineer, will speak on "Ethics of Professional Engineering."

58. Events -

eWomenNetwork hosts "Entrepreneuring With Enthusiasm," an accelerated networking luncheon, today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., ninth floor. Cost is $55. For information or to reserve a display table, call 210-9582 or visit www.ewomennetwork.com.

59. U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Property Seizures -

Johnnie Williams' more than 76,000-square-foot drum and pallet manufacturing facility at 806 Walnut St. is among the properties listed for sale at the next Shelby County tax sale, which is set for June 1.

60. Pinch District Gets Pinch of Renewal with New Condos -

Downtown's Pinch District is about to get a big dose of economic activity.

The $9 million Pinch Place, the $5 million Harbor Lights and the $2.1 million Turning Pointe condominium developments are in varying stages of construction on a block bounded by Auction, North Main and Front streets and North Parkway.

61. Archived Article: Lead - Clay lane notes:

Mixed-Use Project Planned for DeSoto

Reunion development to offer blend of home, work, retail

ANDY MEEK

The Daily News

Mississippi developer Clay Lane found inspiration for his latest venture by looking north.

His ...

62. Archived Article: Real Briefs - Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors luncheon is 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Memphis Area Home Builders Association, 776 Germantown Parkway. Mike Heidingsfield, Memphis Shelby Crime Commission pre...

63. Archived Article: Real Focus - Olive Branch

Olive Branch, Miss., home-building on solid footing

By DAVID LYONS

The Daily News

Theyve widened most of the main thoroughfares to six lanes and hung traffic lights every mile or so. Traffic starts backing up in both directi...

64. Archived Article: Real Focus (desoto) - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Industrial development boom continues in North Mississippi By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News As urban sprawl continues toward northern Mississippi, more developers are crossing the line and taking their industrial projects into ...

65. Archived Article: Mba P.2 - Bar Association announces nominees Bar Association announces nominees William H. Haltom Jr., president of the Memphis Bar Association, has released the report of the Nominations and Elections Committee for 2001. The 2001 president will be G. Patrick...

66. Archived Article: Law Focus - By Stacey Wiedower New law hangs up on telemarketing calls By Stacey Wiedower The Daily News A little more than a year ago, state Rep. Matt Kisber (D-Jackson) and his wife had just finished dinner when the phone rang. The caller was trying to sell s...

67. Archived Article: Groundhog (market) - Groundhog to see 20,000 Tennessee shadows Groundhog to see 20,000 Tennessee shadows By Sharon H. Fitzgerald and Laurie Johnson For the third straight year, Tennessees work force will be humming a collective rendition of "Me and My Shadow" ...

68. Archived Article: Law Focus1 - Memphis Bar Association announced nominees Memphis Bar Association announced nominees The Memphis Bar Association has released the report of its nominations and elections committee, which was chaired by Prince Chambliss. The association president fo...

69. Archived Article: Lead - By LAURIE JOHNSON Mapco, Bellevue Baptist granted zoning variances By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Williams Refining LLC and Bellevue Baptist Church were among applicants granted zoning variances Wednesday by the Memphis and Shelby County Board of ...

70. Archived Article: Redbrds (back) - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Corporate sponsors and Redbirds bring baseball to inner city By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Officials at seven local corporations have provided $50,000 in financial backing to the Memphis Redbirds to expand a program bringing...

71. Archived Article: Law Focus - Each April 16, the taxpayers of the nation breathe a collective sign of relief. Its over - again. Taxing changes Knowing 1997 tax law changes helps individuals, employers and corporations plan ahead By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Each April 16, ...

72. Archived Article: Taxes - By SUZANNE THOMPSON By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News The Internal Revenue Service is expecting 16 million federal income tax returns to be filed electronically this year, according to William E. Williams, former deputy commissioner of the IRS. Wil...

73. Archived Article: Weather Chg - By CAMILLE H Weather on the Web Several sites on the Internet offer the latest weather information 24 hours a day By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News Cold temperatures and the threat of snow and sleet in the Mid-South have caused many people to sear...

74. Archived Article: Weather Chg - By CAMILLE H Weather on the Web Several sites on the Internet offer the latest weather information 24 hours a day JAN. 15, 1997 -- Cold temperatures and the threat of snow and sleet in the Mid-South have caused many people to search for real-time we...

75. Archived Article: Law Analys - Largest law firms continue growth Largest law firms continue growth Firms with up to 1,858 employees grew 3.4 percent in 1995 U.S. law firms continued to grow in 1995, achieving moderate growth throughout the country, according to the 1996 Of Counse...