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VOL. 126 | NO. 239 | Thursday, December 8, 2011

Pinnacle to Begin Program to Reduce Costs, Debt

Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. is in overhaul mode.

Emergency Situation

MERI training scenario prepares medical personnel for disasters

In a dimly lit building, surrounded by emergency sirens and the loud hum of a waiting military transport aircraft, Memphis medical personnel adjusted their headlamps and checked their radios before navigating through the post-earthquake rubble to prepare their patients for evacuation.

Fuente Looks to Turn Tigers Around

The next phase of University of Memphis football officially began Thursday, Dec. 8.

Home Sales Climb 18 Percent

Home sales posted a significant increase last month, but pricing did the opposite due to the market’s surplus of foreclosures.

Weirich and Ross Unopposed At Filing Deadline

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich appeared to have no opposition in the March GOP primary for the job as the county’s top prosecutor.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
84°F
Fair
Wind: 9 mph
Humidity: 67%

EVENTS

The Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will hold a female business leader lunch Thursday, Dec. 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Napa Café, 5101 Sanderlin Ave., suite 122. The female-focused lunch brings various business leaders and up-and-coming leaders together to discuss challenges and opportunities, as well as serve as a brain trust to cultivate programs focused on women in business. To R.S.V.P., email Jeremy Park at jeremyp@lpinsurance.com.

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Battier to Join Heat, Chalmers Waiting to Decide

MIAMI (AP) – Shane Battier will be with the Miami Heat this season. Mario Chalmers is deciding if he'll be there with him.

Deadline Looms For Candidates In March Primaries

There is the paperwork and there are the deadlines in politics. And then there are the campaigns that begin long before the paperwork or deadlines.

Judicial Selection Topic of Debate

A leading supporter and an opponent of the way judges are chosen in Tennessee will square off for a debate Friday, Dec. 9, in advance of what’s expected to be significant discussion about the topic among state lawmakers in 2012.

Council Cautious About City Finances

Memphis City Council members set the tone for the beginning of a new four-year term of office at their next to last meeting of 2011.

Commercial Appeal Cuts Nine Employees

The Commercial Appeal is planning another round of layoffs, the Memphis Newspaper Guild announced Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Memphis to Introduce TCU’s Fuente as Football Coach

The University of Memphis has confirmed it has named TCU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Justin Fuente the Tigers’ head football coach.

Pinnacle Airlines to Ask Creditors for Help

MEMPHIS (AP) Pinnacle Airlines Corp., which operates regional flights as Delta Connection, United Express and US Airways Express, said Thursday that it's trying to make deals with its major airline partners, creditors and employees to cut costs and reduce its debt.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Asst. County Atty. Kinard Joins Luttrell Staff

In her four years as the assistant county attorney for the Shelby County Commission, Christy Kinard has been a key part of drafting three sets of Shelby County charter amendments and the first proposed metro consolidation charter to go to local voters in 39 years.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Don’t Rely On The Future

Ray’s Take Traditionally, families have expected their financial future to improve as time goes on. It’s part of the American spirit. We expect annual raises and bonuses to keep coming our way. We expect each generation to do better than the last.

Zooming Right Along

The young man had been clocked on radar at 113 mph at 4:30 a.m. The pursuing police officer testified that he caught up to the driver only after the driver pulled over into the parking lot at an IHOP. Asked why he was driving so fast, the subject replied, “My girlfriend called me and said that she wanted some waffles and she wanted ‘em NOW!”

MEMPHIS AREA

Smithsonian Channel to Air Footage From King Murder

NEW YORK (AP) – Some forward-looking college professors enabled television's Smithsonian Channel to offer a look at the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. from the time in which it occurred.

STATEWIDE

Civil Rights Exhibit Opening in Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A traveling exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of Tennessee sit-ins opens Friday at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville.

STATE GOVERNMENT

State Overhauls Phone System for Jobless

NASHVILLE (AP) – A balky telephone system that quickly became overwhelmed when unemployment soared in Tennessee has been overhauled and should be less frustrating for callers.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Consumers Borrow More in Oct. as Economy Improves

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans stepped up their borrowing in October to buy cars and attend college, and they also charged a little more to their credit cards. The second straight monthly gain in overall borrowing suggests consumers are growing more confident in the economy ahead of the crucial holiday buying season.

No Interference in Delta Election, Says Labor Board

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Delta Air Lines did not interfere in an election where baggage handlers rejected a union, a federal labor board ruled Wednesday.

Shoppers Say 'Ho-Hum' Not 'Ho-Ho-Ho' to Sales

Sale, schmale.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Reid: Senate Not Leaving Till Payroll Tax Cut OK

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate won't leave town for the Christmas holiday until Congress approves an extension of the payroll tax cut.

Simpler Credit Card Agreement Gets a Tryout

WASHINGTON (AP) – A simpler credit card agreement is getting a tryout.

GOP Bill Would Increase Congressional Powers

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress would gain major new power over government regulations under legislation set for approval by the Republican-run House.

No. 2 Official Takes Over After FAA Chief Resigns

WASHINGTON (AP) – The sudden resignation of its chief leaves the Federal Aviation Administration in the hands of Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta, who's a well-regarded manager but lacks his predecessor's insider knowledge of the nation's airlines.

REAL ESTATE

2012 Mortgage Delinquencies Seen Dropping Sharply

NEW YORK (AP) – If the U.S. economy does not suffer more setbacks, the rate of mortgage holders behind on their payments should decline significantly by the end of next year, according to credit reporting agency TransUnion.

HEALTH CARE

Justices Consider 'Personal Medicine' Patent Issue

WASHINGTON (AP) – With researchers looking more and more for ways to tailor drugs and tests to each patient's needs, the Supreme Court on Wednesday considered how far companies can go to protect their profits in the burgeoning "personal medicine" field.

Report: We Control Many Breast Cancer Risk Factors

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Women concerned about breast cancer should worry less about cellphones and hair dyes and worry more about weighing or drinking too much, exercising too little, using menopause hormones and getting too much radiation from medical tests. So says a new report on environmental risks by a respected panel of science advisers.

SPORTS

Grizzlies Open Season Dec. 26 at San Antonio

MEMPHIS (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies will open the season Dec. 26 at San Antonio and play their first home game Dec. 28 against Oklahoma City.

McCarver Wins Hall of Fame's Frick Award

DALLAS (AP) Tim McCarver found it a bit hard to offer any analysis after this honor.

TECHNOLOGY

US Justice Dept. Checking E-Book Sales Practices

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Justice Department is looking into possible anticompetitive practices involving e-book sales.

Microsoft Pledges Windows Developers Generosity

NEW YORK (AP) Microsoft Corp. is stepping up its competition with Apple and plans to give developers who write software for Windows computers and devices a greater share of revenue sold through the company's upcoming Windows Store.

Humbled Netflix CEO Still Thinking, Talking Big

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – To hear Netflix CEO Reed Hastings tell it, the bone-headed decisions that have dragged down the Internet's leading video subscription service during the past five months eventually will be forgotten like a bad movie made by a great film director.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 43 43 12,074
MORTGAGES 78 78 15,834
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 3,130
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 28,832
BANKRUPTCIES 97 97 11,768
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 18 4,292
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 190 190 17,922
MARRIAGE LICENSES 43 43 3,711

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