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VOL. 127 | NO. 72 | Thursday, April 12, 2012

Local Firms Part of Asian Trade Mission

Three Memphis area companies are among 11 businesses chosen by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) to participate next week in a medical trade mission focused on expanding their businesses into China and South Korea.

Conspiracy Theory

Tennessee joins suit against Apple

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee joined 14 other states along with the U.S. Justice Department in suing Apple Inc. and major book publishers Wednesday, alleging a conspiracy to raise the price of electronic books they said cost consumers more than $100 million in the past two years by adding $2 to $5 to the price of each e-book.

Commission Looks At Zone Freeze

The schools consolidation planning commission will consider at its Thursday, April 12, meeting a plan to keep all children in the merged school system attending the schools they attend now, at least through the second year of the merger – the 2014-2015 school year.

Municipal Schools Referendums Remain Off 2012 Calendar

Referendums in the Shelby County suburbs on the creation of municipal school districts remain off the table after the Tennessee House removed an amendment from a bill that would have set the stage for holding the referendums this year.

Tactical Magic Design Featured in Textbook

Tactical Magic has been featured in a graphic design textbook for its logo design of Eyewear Gallery in East Memphis, marking the third time the boutique branding firm’s work has been highlighted in a college-level publication.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
72°F
Cloudy
Wind: 7 mph
Humidity: 81%

EVENTS

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will host its monthly luncheon Thursday, April 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christian Brothers University’s Thomas Center. The topic is “The Role of Communications in Fundraising Campaigns.” Cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit afpmemphis.org to register.

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Work Continues At Community Legal Center

Founded in 1994, the Community Legal Center – an integral part of the Memphis law community that provides legal services to the poor – is fast approaching its 20th birthday.

Groups Voice Support Of Effectiveness Initiative

As Shelby County’s two school systems moved from a consolidation question to a consolidation process and then a reformation that includes the possibility of municipal school districts, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been consistent.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

‘Speaking up for Others’ Brought Bellamy to Law

Raquel Bellamy is bilingual, loves to travel and even lived overseas for a year, so all that no doubt helped solidify the practice area that’s today a big part of the boutique law firm she founded in Memphis.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Plan Your Funeral For Family’s Sake

Ray’s Take Whether death comes unexpectedly or after a long illness, it is always a very difficult and emotional time for family members. Since you won’t be there to help and comfort them, you can make the choice to pre-plan your funeral to make things a bit easier.

Lawyers’ ad infinitim?

When I entered law school in 1975, national and state bar associations pretty much prohibited attorneys from engaging in [whisper] advertising. Self-promotion by legal professionals – even in the Yellow Pages – is a product of the late 20th century. When the Supreme Court ruled in 1977 that the advertising ban for barristers was unconstitutional, it was big news!

STATE GOVERNMENT

Horse Slaughter Bill Stalls in Legislature

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The sponsor of a state Senate proposal that seeks to encourage the commercial slaughter of horses in Tennessee withdrew the measure Wednesday, but said he likely will revive it if a similar bill makes progress in the House.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks Make U-Turn, Rise After Big Decline

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are ending the day higher, a turnaround from big losses the day before.

Natural Gas Prices Dip Below $2

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of natural gas has dropped below $2 for the first time in more than a decade.

US Budget Deficit Hits Record High for March

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. budget deficit is running slightly lower than last year's through the first six months of the budget year but is still on track to top $1 trillion for a fourth straight year.

Fed Survey Shows US Growth, Hiring Improves

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Federal Reserve survey of business conditions across the United States suggests last month's pullback in hiring may prove to be temporary.

Bad Data Hurt Job Seekers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of U.S. job hunters are losing out because employers use faulty background-check data drawn from shoddy records, consumer advocates say in a new report.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama-Romney Showdown Starts Off With a Harsh Tone

MENDENHALL, Pa. (AP) — The 2012 presidential general election has begun. It won't be pretty.

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