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VOL. 130 | NO. 60 | Friday, March 27, 2015

Tennessee Supreme Court Orders New Trial in Rape Case

The Tennessee Supreme Court ordered a new trial Thursday, March 26, for a Memphis man convicted in 2012 of raping a child and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

High Water

Corps of Engineers chief says river’s infrastructure needs money

The city’s 3.3 miles of floodwalls and five miles of levees held in the 2011 near record rise of the Mississippi River at Memphis.

Flurry of Fred’s News Includes Fourth-Quarter Loss

Fred’s Inc. reported a fourth-quarter loss Thursday, March 26, the day after announcing a major acquisition to its pharmacy network as well as the addition of several new executives.

Ford Talks Then And Now Of Politics

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. still talks about his early political schedule as a first-time candidate in 1996 speaking to Memphis kindergarten students.

Archimania Moving Forward With South Main Plans

Memphis architecture firm archimania is inching closer to building a new headquarters and apartment development in the South Main neighborhood Downtown.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
39°F
Fair
Wind: 5 mph
Humidity: 82%

EVENTS

Another Broken Egg Cafe will hold a grand opening preview benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Friday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the cafe, 6063 Park Ave. Cost to attend is free; donations for St. Jude will be accepted. RSVP to 901-729-7020.

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YES Prep Departure Highlights Terms of Schools Competition

The departure of YES Prep from Memphis before the charter school operator ever got the keys to Airways Middle School shows how public education is shifting with nearly three years of new competition.

SPORTS

Grizz Suffer ‘Beat Down’ as LBJ and Cavs Continue to Step Up

The Cleveland Cavaliers were on a three-game winning streak. The Memphis Grizzlies were on a three-game winning streak. They were each the No. 2 seed in their respective conferences.

U of M Hoops Looking Less Than Stable

So Josh Pastner is transferring to Arizona State, Tom Bowen to Cal, and Nick King and Pookie Powell to points unknown.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Days These Days

GOING RIGHT BACK OUT THERE ANYWAY. I get lots of email about the kind of days friends are having these days – days like mine.

Personally Impersonal

It’s not an uncommon experience for an interview to go incredibly well, and then to receive a very impersonal “thanks, but no thanks” e-mail from the hiring manager. Even worse, you could receive an automated e-mail from the company’s application system that provides virtually no information. This experience can be frustrating at best and anger inducing at worst.

STATEWIDE

Federal Loan Would Support Expansion at Alcoa Plant

ALCOA, Tenn. (AP) – A statement from the U.S. Energy Department says it has given a "conditional commitment" for a $259 million loan to the Alcoa plant in East Tennessee to expand production of lightweight materials for vehicles.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee School Voucher Bill Scheduled for Senate Vote

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislation that would give parents the option to move a child from a failing public school to a private school is scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor on Monday.

Haslam Undaunted By Difficult Prospects for Insure Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he is willing to risk a second defeat of his Insure Tennessee proposal to highlight the need for improving health standards in the state.

Haslam to Continue School Funding Discussion Despite Lawsuit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he's not going to let a lawsuit several East Tennessee school systems filed against the state over funding derail the administration's efforts to address grievances about the state's school funding formula.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Diet Sodas Fall in US; Pepsi Takes Back No. 2 Spot

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans bought less soda for the tenth straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

How Government Aims to Protect Low-Income Users of 'Payday' Loans

WASHINGTON (AP) – Each month, more than 200,000 needy U.S. households take out what's advertised as a brief loan.

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PROPERTY SALES 78 278 3,693
MORTGAGES 113 368 5,162
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 29 106 1,177
BUILDING PERMITS 226 574 9,139
BANKRUPTCIES 59 245 3,587
BUSINESS LICENSES 22 103 1,520
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 330 954 4,869
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