VOL. 127 | NO. 150 | Thursday, August 2, 2012
A new Tennessee Supreme Court will hear the latest court challenge to how state appellate court judges are selected.
Schools ballot questions dominate Shelby County election day
Polls open across Shelby County at 7 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, in elections that already promise to be memorable for problems during the early voting period as well as the mixture of issues and one-of-a-kind contests on the ballot.
When the polls open across Shelby County Thursday, Aug. 2, election officials will be watching closely in several areas for continuing election problems.
Real estate information company Chandler Reports is hosting its “Master Your Market: Second Quarter Update” event for local agents, appraisers, builders, investors and bankers Thursday, Aug. 9.
There are recommendations to come, decisions by two school superintendents instead of one about who works on the coming schools merger and more public meetings after 75 already by the schools consolidation planning commission.
The Methodist Healthcare Foundation is preparing to honor three individuals and one organization for their significant commitments to faith and healing in the Mid-South community and beyond.
MEMPHIS LAW TALK
Jeff Weintraub is among what might be one of the few third-generation lawyer families in Memphis.
Ray’s Take If a family of four goes out for an evening at the movies, admission alone runs about $34, and you can add almost 24 percent more if it’s a 3D movie. All that’s before the sticker shock of the refreshment counter. Two hours later, it’s all over and you go home about $50 poorer. That’s a lot of money for a brief experience. Yet, even as families struggle through the recession, the average amount of money spent on entertainment admissions (along with video games and gambling) has increased 18 percent since 2000.
Of late, in my spare time, I’ve been “litzing” old crossword puzzles. It’s been quite the educational experience!
MEMPHIS (AP) – Discount-store operator Fred's Inc. said Wednesday that a key revenue figure edged up in July, boosted by markdowns aimed at increasing customer traffic. The company also raised its earnings guidance for the second quarter, citing a tax settlement with the state of Tennessee.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – More than half of U.S. counties now are classified by the federal government as natural disaster areas mostly because of the drought.
DETROIT (AP) – General Motors and Ford lost ground to Japanese automakers last month as their rivals made a strong comeback from last year's earthquake.
WASHINGTON (AP) – A private survey shows U.S. businesses kept hiring at a modest pace in July, suggesting the job market could be improving after three sluggish months.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy is losing strength and repeated a pledge to take further steps to boost growth if hiring remains weak.
BALTIMORE (AP) – Medicare's war on fraud is going high-tech with the opening of a $3.6 million command center that features a giant screen and the latest computer and communications gear. That's raising expectations, as well as some misgivings.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Another strong gain in homebuilding pushed U.S. construction spending up for a third straight month in June.