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VOL. 127 | NO. 47 | Thursday, March 8, 2012

Milwaukee Electric Growing in Olive Branch

A 600,000-square-foot build-to-suit is in the works in Olive Branch, a testament to the local industrial market’s position as a prime manufacturing hub.

Speaking Out

Actor-turned-activist brings message to YWCA benefit

For its 15th annual benefit luncheon Wednesday, March 7, the YWCA of Greater Memphis hosted its first ever male speaker – actor-turned-activist and best-selling author Victor Rivas Rivers – who traveled to the Bluff City to speak out against domestic violence.

Conference USA Tourney is Biz Time for City, Tigers

If the University of Memphis reaches the finals of the Conference USA Men’s Basketball Tournament on Saturday, FedExForum will be at full volume and full capacity.

Will Barton: Best Player America Doesn’t Know

Will Barton scans the college basketball landscape and doesn’t understand his national anonymity.

Three Shelter Workers Indicted for Animal Cruelty

The Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit usually uses undercover officers to work on drug cases.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
48°F
Fair
Wind: 12 mph
Humidity: 42%

EVENTS

The HIV/AIDS Network 2012 Conference will be held Thursday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Student Alumni Center, 800 Madison Ave. The topic is “Responding to Challenges in the Mid-South.” Pre-registration is $25 and onsite registration is $35. Visit www.hivmemphis.org for more information or to register.

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AutoZone Boosts Stock Buyback by $750 Million

MEMPHIS (AP) – Automotive replacement part chain AutoZone Inc. said Wednesday it plans to boost its stock buyback program by $750 million.

GOP Politics Resemble 2008 In Tennessee

This time around, leaders of the Tennessee Republican Party were convinced their choice in the Republican presidential contest would be a match with voters in the state’s presidential primary.

New Schools Plan Has Multiple Autonomy Options

The group drafting the blueprint for the structure of a new consolidated countywide school system will discuss Thursday, March 8, a new plan that is a mix of two other options it had been considering.

Petties Jury Hears of 2007 Arrests of Defendants and Plea Talks

When they were arrested separately within months of each in 2007, neither Clinton Lewis nor Martin Lewis went quietly.

Memphis-Made Video Stars ‘Two Kings’

A new music video recently filmed in Memphis features the unlikely duo of veteran country artist Pam Tillis and Memphis native and rising rhythm and blues star Kris Thomas.

Violent Acts Take Stage in Fed Drug Trial

When Mario McNeil allegedly threatened the mother of drug kingpin Craig Petties in 2007, the Memphis drug organization Petties ran from exile in Mexico took it seriously.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Brown Makes Leap To Family Law Firm

Family law attorney Aubrey Brown will celebrate his 18th year in practice at the Memphis firm he recently joined, Shea Moskovitz & McGhee PLC.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Safe Investments Often Dangerous

Ray’s Take The economy is still uncertain, and financial reporters aren’t shedding any light on the future. The truth is things are always uncertain. Many people have retreated to “safe” investments, such as cash, CDs, government bonds or even gold. Unfortunately, these investments aren’t as safe as they may seem.

Viewer Faults Columnist For New Habits

I can’t stop reading “Lio.” Even though it’s the unfunniest funny ever. Today, Lio sees the newspaper boy’s satchel abandoned on the sidewalk. In panel two Lio is visibly shocked, looking at something we can’t see. Panel three shows Lio in the vet’s waiting room with a dragon, whose bloated shape suggests that he’s eaten the newspaper boy.

Trademarks and How To Preserve Them

A trademark is the symbol used by business to identify a product or service so that consumers can distinguish that product or service from those of a competitor. A trademark can have both visible and phonetic characteristics, which help to make is easy for consumers to remember.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Revised Tenn. Lottery Scholarship Bill Advances

NASHVILLE (AP) – Democratic leaders say a revised proposal that would make cutting some students' lottery scholarships in half contingent on lottery revenues is unnecessary because the measure wouldn't be effective for at least another three years.

Workers Oppose Anti-Living Wage Legislation

NASHVILLE (AP) – Workers from across the state are speaking out against legislation that would prevent Tennessee cities and counties from establishing a living wage.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Consumers Borrowed $17.8 Billion More in January

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans stepped up borrowing in January to buy more cars and attend school.

Slower Gains in Worker Output Could Lead to Hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. companies will have to keep hiring steadily to meet their customers' rising demand. That's the message that emerged Wednesday from a report that employers are finding it harder to squeeze more output from their existing staff.

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MORTGAGES 0 313 21,745
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 56 4,322
BUILDING PERMITS 0 209 39,587
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