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VOL. 126 | NO. 22 | Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Gov. Haslam Enters Local Schools Fray

After studiously trying to stay out of the local schools standoff for a week, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday got involved in a carefully chosen way.

Glimpse into History

Withers museum to open as ‘daytime’ attraction on Beale

David Simmons has seen them peering in the windows of his new storefront at 333 Beale St.

Amended Norris Bill Clears Senate Education Committee

A bill to lengthen the schools consolidation process by three years won the approval of the state Senate Education Committee Wednesday afternoon in Nashville.

Pyramid Problems Could Move Bass Pro Shops Project

Bass Pro Shops is still committed to a super store and other attractions Downtown, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told the Memphis City Council Tuesday. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the outdoors retailer is still committed to a conversion of The Pyramid.

Shelby Democratic Legislators Without Details on Schools Legislation

Republican state legislators from Shelby County didn’t show Tuesday for a meeting of the legislative delegation at City Hall with local elected leaders on the schools standoff.

Mueller’s Sales Up On Higher Copper Prices

Memphis-based Mueller Industries Inc. posted a net income of $17.7 million on net sales of $527 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. It also showed an increase in net sales for the year after two rough years for the bottom line.

25 Years Later, Financial Federal Still Going Strong

It’s not hard these days to find a local bank trying to attract customers by promising how different it is from the competition.

Green Hope Strengthens at Sharp Manufacturing

In the last two years, a lot of dignitaries have taken the tour of the Sharp Manufacturing Co. plant in Hickory Hill to fly the flag of clean energy and solar energy in particular.

OrthoStat Fills Orthopedic Niche

The staff at OrthoStat has seen a steady stream of hand, foot, hip, spine and other orthopedic injuries since opening its doors in the fall.

Stephen Hegdale Named General Manager at BarDett

Stephen Hegdale has been named general manger of BarDett, dba A.S. Barboro, a Memphis-based distributor of Miller and Coors beer with ties to Nashville’s Det Distributing Co.

The Brain Bone’s Attached to the Wallet Bone

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series.

Lions and Zebras and Stress, Oh My

One of my healthy addictions is watching National Geographic TV specials.

STATEWIDE

Friday is Deadline to Apply for Disaster Loans

NASHVILLE (AP) – Friday is the deadline for private, nonprofit organizations in Tennessee to submit disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

HEALTH CARE

Romney to Obama: Hit 'Pause Button' on Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is calling on President Barack Obama to "press the pause button" on the federal health care overhaul in the wake of a judge's decision declaring it unconstitutional.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

UPS Sees 2011 Profit Topping Pre-Recession Peak

NEW YORK (AP) – UPS expects to boost earnings above pre-recession levels this year by expanding in parts of the world where economic growth is strongest and keeping a lid on costs.

Google, Microsoft Spar Over Search Results Quality

SEATTLE (AP) – Google is accusing Microsoft Corp. of cheating to make its Bing search engine better. Microsoft says the way it is improving results isn't copying.

Factory Activity Grows at Fastest Pace in 7 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) – Factory activity expanded in January at the fastest pace in nearly seven years, as America's manufacturers reported a sharp jump in new orders.

GM, Chrysler, Kia Report Big Jan. US Sales Gains

DETROIT (AP) – U.S. sales of cars and trucks rose in January, a strong start to what the auto industry hopes will be an extension of last year's recovery.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Senators Propose Rigid Spending Cap

WASHINGTON (AP) – Social Security, Medicare and virtually every other federal program would face the budget ax under legislation unveiled in the Senate that seeks to force Congress to cut spending dramatically over the coming decade.

Factory Activity Grows at Fastest Pace in 7 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) – Factory activity expanded in January at the fastest pace in nearly seven years, as America’s manufacturers reported a sharp jump in new orders.

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