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VOL. 127 | NO. 127 | Friday, June 29, 2012

Court Upholds Health Care Reform

The Supreme Court has upheld the individual insurance mandate that’s the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul.

‘Value Proposition’

It’s survival of the fittest for ever-changing world of travel agencies

This is the first in a two-part series looking at the state of the local travel agency industry.

First Lady, Health Care Ruling Boost Dem. Faithful

First lady Michelle Obama arrived in Memphis Thursday, June 28, for a campaign rally just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act.

Luttrell Weighs in On Commission’s Motion

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell termed the basis for a legal motion by the Shelby County Commission seeking to stop the Aug. 2 suburban referendums on municipal school districts inflammatory.

Grant to Enhance West Memphis Port

The rails at the Port of West Memphis will meet the edge of the levee with $10.9 million in federal funding announced last week in Washington.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
88°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 6 mph
Humidity: 53%

EVENTS

Playhouse on the Square will present “Xanadu” Friday, June 29, through July 22 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

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MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Clients are the Big Fish At Nicholson’s Marketing Firm

Tim Nicholson is the founder and owner of Bigfish, a Memphis-based branding, website development and social media-focused marketing company that celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Democracy And Goats

EVERYBODY SWIMS IN THIS POOL. A lot has been said about our jury system. Thomas Jefferson offered, “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.”

Ways to Reduce Your Fundraising Stress

If you are responsible for fundraising for a nonprofit you know the meaning of the word stress. It comes with the job. Too often the pressure is on you – and you alone – to ensure fundraising goals are met. You may be a vice president for advancement for advancement with a college, a development coordinator for a local theater or the CEO of a national organization. All feel the pressure.

Sensory Marketing Improves Customer Experience

One of the most intriguing marketing methods that has been used increasingly throughout the years is sensory marketing. Sensory marketing is utilizing all of the human senses in order to affect how customers perceive their experience with a product.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Economy Grew at Modest 1.9 Percent Rate

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy expanded at a 1.9 percent annual rate in the first three months of the year, a weak pace that few economists see changing much this year.

News Corp. Announces Plans to Split

NEW YORK (AP) – Calling it the next logical step in an evolution over nearly six decades, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. said Thursday that it will split into two publicly traded companies.

Natural Gas Prices Drop 3 Percent

NEW YORK (AP) – The price of natural gas dropped more than 3 percent Thursday following reports of an unexpectedly large increase in U.S. supplies.

Southwest Will Try Out Live TV on 5 Planes

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines plans to sell live television service on five planes and expand it to more aircraft by mid-July.

HEALTH CARE

High Court Ruling Benefits Most Health Care Firms

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – The Supreme Court's decision Thursday to uphold President Barack Obama's historic overhaul is expected to be a boon to most of the health care industry by making coverage more affordable for millions of uninsured Americans.

Reaction: Coverage for Most, Scramble for States

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court settled the legal argument over health care Thursday. Now people in the United States will find out if President Barack Obama’s overhaul can work as advertised to provide coverage to millions of uninsured while also keeping costs in check.

TECHNOLOGY

Weather Alerts Coming Soon to Smartphone Near You

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Attorney Bob Burns already gets a lot of information from his smartphone, but he welcomes the prospect of getting a little more – free warnings about life-threatening weather from a sophisticated new government system.

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