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VOL. 123 | NO. 31 | Thursday, February 14, 2008

Hotels Proliferate Near Wolfchase Mall

Judging from all the shops, restaurants and retail centers that surround Wolfchase Galleria mall, it would appear that consumers clearly love spending money in that commercial corridor. But so does another group of people: hotel developers.

Despite Recent Drama, Charter Commission Faces Full Plate

An emotional discussion on term limits received a lot of attention at this month's meeting of the Memphis Charter Commission.

Sutherland's Legal Career Includes Interlude as Secret Service Agent

Kari Sutherland is a recent arrival at the Memphis office of Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens and Cannada PLLC. She's not new to the practice of law - she previously spent time as an attorney at Butler Snow's Jackson, Miss., office. She has been away from the law firm environment for a few years, though.

Bowers to Be Sentenced Today

Former state Sen. Kathryn Bowers is due in Memphis federal court this afternoon to be sentenced for taking bribes in the Tennessee Waltz corruption sting.

Daily News Investigation Results in Crackdown At Four Motels

The Bellevue Inn, a South Memphis motel featured in an Aug. 24 Daily News story about prostitution, was closed as a public nuisance Tuesday by the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
58°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 6 mph
Humidity: 67%

EVENTS

The Memphis Investors Group will host a panel of local real estate investors at its meeting today at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Germantown Centre, 1801 Exeter Road. The event is free to first-time visitors and members. Repeat visitors pay $20. Early-bird sessions will begin at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Tammy Green at 414-2729 or mig@memphisinvestors.com.

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Homebuilders Group Cuts Off Contributions To Congressional Campaigns

WASHINGTON (AP) - The lobbying group representing homebuilders is cutting off contributions to federal congressional campaigns, saying lawmakers and the Bush administration have not done enough to stabilize the housing market.

Open Records Proposal Would Boost Tennessee's National Ranking

NASHVILLE (AP) - A legislative proposal that aims to expand access to state open records would boost Tennessee's national ranking by the Better Government Association from near the bottom to No. 10.

Herenton Announces $500K Plan for Increased School Security

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton has announced the city will immediately buy 65 walkthrough and 210 handheld metal detectors to be used by every middle, junior and senior high school in the Memphis City Schools system. In addition, the Memphis police department will shift 67 officers to city school campuses. Herenton announced the moves at a Wednesday afternoon City Hall press conference.

Bush Signs Rescue Package to Jump-Start Economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush signed legislation on Wednesday to send $300 to $1,200 rebate checks to millions of Americans as a "booster shot" for the economy.

Consumer Fraud Complaints up 20 Percent in 2007; Identity Theft the Top Complaint, Gov't Says

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans reported 20 percent more cases of consumer fraud in 2007 than the year before, with nearly a third of complaints related to identity theft, the government said Wednesday.

Election Registry Won't Change Fine Against Former Sen. Cooper

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Registry of Election Finance on Wednesday declined to reconsider a record $120,000 fine against former Sen. Jerry Cooper.

Expert Says Tennessee's Pre-K Program is Model for Other States

NASHVILLE (AP) - The director of a national pre-kindergarten advocacy group says Tennessee is a model for other states because of the way it has expanded its pre-K program and shown bipartisan support for it.

Lawmakers Push Special Elections to Avoid Knox Co. Problems

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislators hoping other local governments can avoid recent chaos experienced by Knox County want to require special elections rather than appointments for filling multiple vacancies on a county commission.

Retail Sales Rebound in January, Inventories Post December Increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shoppers put aside worries about the slumping economy to go to the malls and auto dealerships in January. That propelled retail sales to a surprising rebound following a dismal December.

Lawmakers Began Hearing Open Government Legislation

NASHVILLE (AP) - Lawmakers have begun evaluating proposals to change Tennessee's open government laws.

Memphis Blood Bank Reports Laptops Missing With 300K Patient IDs

MEMPHIS (AP) - Lifeblood, the Memphis region's blood bank, says two laptop computers have gone missing that contain information on about 320,000 donors.

Bowers Sentenced to 16 Months in Waltz Case

Former State Sen. Kathryn Bowers was sentenced to one year and four months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Breen this afternoon after pleading guilty this summer to one bribery count. Bowers admitted taking $11,500 in bribes during an undercover FBI sting operation named Tennessee Waltz.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 70 125 13,455
MORTGAGES 119 192 17,541
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 32 3,423
BUILDING PERMITS 0 623 31,553
BANKRUPTCIES 62 128 12,823
BUSINESS LICENSES 40 51 4,648
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 80 233 19,690
MARRIAGE LICENSES 25 69 4,129

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