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VOL. 129 | NO. 183 | Friday, September 19, 2014

Airport Authority Approves RedRover Contract

Memphis International Airport should have a new team of storytellers on board.

Michelle's Message

First Lady Tells St. Jude Kids About Being 'Working Mom'

First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 18, was a tightly scripted affair that afforded her an up-close look at the world-renowned hospital and a cross-section of its precocious patients, who she met with in an activity room as they worked on a project.

Marx-Bensdorf Expands in East Memphis

A prominent Memphis realty company has expanded its presence in East Memphis. Marx-Bensdorf Realtors has grown in the office building at 5860 Ridgeway Loop Blvd. by 526 square feet, bringing its total to 4,653 square feet.

Tennessee Unemployment Rises to 7.4 Percent

Tennessee’s unemployment rate ticked slightly higher in August from its level in July, while remaining a percentage point lower than August 2013.

Community Advocates Seek Crime Solutions

In mid-August, Memphis Police brass realized they had a crime problem in different parts of the city.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
67°F
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Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 93%

EVENTS

ArtsMemphis will hold an opening reception for works from TOPS Gallery Friday, Sept. 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at ArtsMemphis, 575 S. Mendenhall Road. ArtsMemphis is lending its space to TOPS, a Downtown gallery, through Nov. 14. Visit artsmemphis.org.

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Little Sees ‘Acceptance’ in City Insurance Drama

City Chief Administrative Officer George Little says he hopes the city’s long debate about health insurance coverage changes will mean a shorter discussion about proposed pension changes to come.

SPORTS

Tigers Hope to ‘Grind’ Win Against MTSU

It’s a big game. Big enough that the University of Memphis got the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen – “The Grindfather” – to do a short video urging fans to come out for the football game this Saturday, Sept. 20, against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.

Athletes Behaving Badly

Make us laugh. That’s all we ask. Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston gets cited for stealing $32 worth of crab legs from a Publix: That’s funny.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

100 Percent Sure

IF A PROGRAM IS 100 PERCENT SUCCESSFUL, GET WITH THE PROGRAM. I wrote something three years ago when President Obama visited Booker T. Washington High School. In light of recent events, I’d like to visit those words again.

Are You Sharing Too Much?

When it comes to job seeking, sometimes less is more. Everything we do – from the clothes we wear to our resumes to our social media accounts – says something about us. These things are pieces of our personal brands.

STATE GOVERNMENT

New Chief Justice Echoes Haslam Mantra on Review

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – First, the state Supreme Court hired Gov. Bill Haslam's top legal adviser as Tennessee's next attorney general. Now the high court's new chief justice is also adopting the Republican governor's rhetoric.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Stock Gains Lift US Household Wealth to Record High

WASHINGTON (AP) – Strong stock market gains and higher home prices boosted Americans' net worth in the April-June quarter to a record high, a trend that could encourage more spending.

Brighter Economy Driving Up Holiday Hiring Plans

NEW YORK (AP) – UPS will hire up to 95,000. Kohl's plans to take on 67,000 and FedEx 50,000. Wal-Mart will add 60,000.

After Record Profits, Airlines Keep Adding Jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of jobs at U.S. airlines keeps growing – although slowly – as some of them post record profits.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Fed Keeps Rates Low, But Brace for the Inevitable

WASHINGTON (AP) – Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday.

HEALTH CARE

Health Law Enrollment Now 7.3 Million

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration says 7.3 million people have signed up for subsidized private health insurance under the health care law – down from 8 million reported earlier this year.

REAL ESTATE

Volatile Apartment Sector Reduces US Home Building

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home construction plunged in August, led by steep decline in the volatile apartment category. But single-family house construction, a larger and more stable portion of the market, fell only modestly.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 324 13,221
MORTGAGES 0 477 17,235
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 82 3,380
BUILDING PERMITS 0 366 30,930
BANKRUPTCIES 0 276 12,619
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 87 4,576
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 487 19,380
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