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VOL. 127 | NO. 148 | Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Shelby County’s Early Voting Tops 62K

As Shelby County Election Commission officials admitted there was a problem with early voting, turnout by early voters soared for the voting period that ended Saturday, July 28, in advance of Thursday’s election day.

Business as Usual

Farmers markets weathering record drought, high temperatures

Despite a summer of unusually high temperatures and a nationwide drought that’s been called the worst the U.S. has seen in 25 years, Memphis’ farmers markets have been thriving, according to many participants.

Commission Debates Muni Schools Case Subpoena

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a resolution Monday, July 30, to stop a subpoena by their attorneys in the municipal schools district federal court case.

Colliers Trio Nearly Triples Retail Portfolio

In the past 12 months, Colliers International Memphis’ retail team of Andrew Phillips, Ed Thomas and Laura Frazier has grown its retail portfolio from about 300,000 square feet to nearly 850,000 square feet.

Pera Open to Local Partners in Grizz Bid

In the course of meetings with business and civic leaders here over the last couple of weeks, California technology businessman Robert Pera has decided it would be a good idea to bring local partners into his bid to purchase the Memphis Grizzlies.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
76°F
Cloudy
Wind: 5 mph
Humidity: 67%

EVENTS

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 31, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. David Rutherford will present “Global Warming in the U.S. South,” a collaboration among the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Cost is $18 per person. Email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org for reservations.

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Cohen, Hart in Final Preparations for Primary

Steve Cohen and Tomeka Hart agree that serving in Congress is about relationships, something they each said in separate interviews with The Daily News editorial board.

Photo Library Card Suit Back In Court Tuesday

All sides in the federal court case over the city of Memphis’s photo library cards will be back in Nashville federal court ahead of schedule.

Debate Continues on Merger Plan

When countywide school board members meet Tuesday, July 31, they will have a final plan for the merger of the two public school systems in Shelby County that looks a lot like the tentative plan they got last month.

State Grant Includes Walker Ave. Improvements

On one very hot afternoon, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s effort to break public-private development projects out of Downtown got a $1.5 million boost.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Shelby Crossing Retail Center Sells for $2M in Foreclosure

6100 Macon Road, Memphis, TN 38134 -
Flagstar Bank FSB has bought back a shopping center near Bass Pro Shops on Macon Road at a $2 million foreclosure sale after owners Sun Shelby LLC defaulted on a 2007 loan through the bank.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Providing Hope, Healing

Last week we spotlighted the efforts of the Soulsville Foundation, which funds and operates The Soulsville Charter School, the Stax Music Academy, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. This week let us turn our attention to an organization focused on providing one location that effectively combines civil, criminal, health and social services for victims of domestic violence: the Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County.

STATEWIDE

Many More Tick-Borne Illnesses This Year Than Last

NASHVILLE (AP) – The payback for this year's mild winter and early spring appears to be more insect-borne disease.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Democrats Hoping to Win Some Seats in Primary

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Democrats are looking at Thursday's primary as a critical step in the rebuilding urged by an internal analysis last year.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

As Election Nears, New Rules are Facing Delays

WASHINGTON (AP) – When the Obama administration agreed to set the first-ever federal limits on runoff in Florida, environmental groups were pleased. They thought the state's waters would finally get a break from a nutrient overdose that spawns algae, suffocates rivers, lakes and streams and forms byproducts in drinking water that could make people sick.

Democratic Report Blasts For-Profit Colleges

WASHINGTON (AP) – For-profit colleges put revenues above education, and charge students high tuition and loan rates that could leave them in debt for years, a Senate Democratic report said Monday.

HEALTH CARE

23andMe Seeks FDA Approval for Personal DNA Test

WASHINGTON (AP) – Genetic test maker 23andMe is asking the Food and Drug Administration to approve its personalized DNA test in a move that, if successful, could boost acceptance of technology that is viewed skeptically by leading scientists who question its usefulness.

TECHNOLOGY

IPhone Appeal Dims as Samsung Shines

NEW YORK (AP) – The latest iPhone looks much the same as the first iPhone, which came out more than five years ago. That hasn't been a problem for Apple – until, now.

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