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VOL. 127 | NO. 82 | Thursday, April 26, 2012

Juvenile Court Discrimination Found In Scathing DOJ Report

The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday, April 26, that juvenile offenders in Shelby County are denied due process rights and that black children are treated differently and more harshly than white children by the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County, including the process used to transfer children who are to be tried as adults.

Celebrating Law

Memphis legal community kicks off weeklong festivities

The Memphis legal community is poised to kick off its annual weeklong celebration of the profession that will include a party in Downtown’s Court Square, a naturalization ceremony for new citizens and a remembrance of the dozens of lawyers and judges who died over the past 12 months.

Delta Confident Despite Q1 Loss

Delta Air Lines Inc. posted a net loss of $39 million in the first quarter of 2012 including taxes, but thanks to fuel hedging gains the Atlanta-based airline posted its best March quarter since 2000.

Jones Has Memphis Homecoming At GPAC

Rising star Caroline Jones’ performance Saturday, April 28, at Germantown Performing Arts Centre’s 2012 Gala will be a homecoming of sorts for the New York-based singer-songwriter.

American Queen Makes Historic Comeback

When the American Queen pulls into its Memphis home port Thursday morning, April 26, it will be the second time the world’s largest steamboat has stopped in the city.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
72°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 5 mph
Humidity: 78%

EVENTS

The Greater Memphis Chamber will hold a Small Business Council breakfast Thursday, April 26, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The topic is “Make Your Business Mobile.” Cost is $25 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers. Call Erica Milford at 543-3518 for details.

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Pera, Lightman, Rainer V Take Top Pinnacle Awards

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council honored the top performers in commercial real estate for 2011 at the 11th annual Pinnacle Awards gala, held Tuesday, April 24, at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis.

Road Projects to Up Megasite’s Presence

When state and local leaders formally opened the West Tennessee Solar Farm in Haywood County earlier this month, Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer had one of the biggest applause lines of the day.

Memphis Biz Group on Health Recognizes Hospitals

Memphis Business Group on Health (MBGH) celebrated area hospitals at a luncheon held on the campus of Rhodes College on Tuesday, April 24, where nearly 100 member organizations and other health care professionals were in attendance.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Family Ties Inspired Baptist to Pursue Law

Ahsaki Baptist, an associate in the Memphis office of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP who’s been with the firm for five years, was surrounded by the law growing up.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

All-Inclusive Trips Help You Relax

Ray’s Take We recently returned from a family vacation at an all-inclusive resort. It’s the fourth time we’ve done for many good reasons. As the person whose wallet usually gets the biggest workout on family trips – opening it up repeatedly for meals, snacks, beverages, activities, and more – I really appreciate the value of an all-inclusive resort, but there other advantages, as well.

Beat Poetry At its Finest

Last week we took a peek at the police blotter work of Sgt. Jennifer Shockley of the Unalaska, Alaska, police department.

MEMPHIS AREA

System to Ease Flood Danger in Memphis in Works

MEMPHIS (AP) – A year after the historic Memphis flood, emergency officials are teaming up with federal agencies to create a network of river gauges and weather stations in surrounding Shelby County to better monitor the Mississippi River tributaries that overflowed, forcing hundreds from their homes.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam's Spending Plan Headed to Senate Floor

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's more than $31 billion spending proposal is headed for a vote on the Senate floor.

Parent Grading Bill Passes Senate 27-0

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would allow parents to grade themselves on how involved they are in a student's school performance has passed the Senate.

House Votes to Require Older Kindergarten Students

NASHVILLE (AP) – The House has voted to approve a Republican bill aiming to require children to be older before they can enroll in kindergarten over Democrats' arguments that the measure is aimed at laying off teachers.

Charlie Daniels Honored by Tenn. Lawmakers

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Senate paid tribute to country music legend Charlie Daniels Wednesday morning.

Henry Returns to Legislature After Hospital Tests

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Sen. Douglas Henry has returned to the Legislature.

REGIONAL

Law Tries to Bring More Doctors to Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A new Mississippi law aims to bring more physicians to the state.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Fed: Economy Growing Moderately; No Policy Changes

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve says the economy is growing moderately while cautioning that risks from Europe remain. It's holding off on taking any further steps to boost the recovery.

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