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VOL. 127 | NO. 233 | Thursday, November 29, 2012

Court Decision Not End to Schools Fight

About a half hour before the ruling Tuesday, Nov. 27, by Memphis federal court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays in the municipal school district lawsuit, the chairman of the countywide school board called for his board and the school boards for the six suburban municipal school districts to get together.

Broad Stroke

Allie Cat Arts gallery provides variety of offerings and prices

When Nicole Phillippe, of Memphis, decided to take a leap of faith and open an art gallery, the first thing she did was break the rules.

Permits Up 89 Percent in October

Local homebuilders filed 89 percent more new home permits during October compared to October of last year.

Bar Seminar to Discuss Latest Labor Issues

Talk of several prominent employment law issues and challenges – with insight gleaned from leading national legal figures – will be part of next week’s daylong annual seminar of the Memphis Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
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Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 89%

EVENTS

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will host a labor and employment breakfast briefing Thursday, Nov. 29, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Holiday Inn, 280 Marathon Way in Southaven. The topic is “Preparing for 2013: A Look Back at Significant Employment Law Developments Over the Past Year and What to Expect in the New Year.” Cost is free. R.S.V.P. to rsvp@bakerdonelson.com.

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MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Pettes Finds Every Day a ‘Learning Experience’

With just more than a month under his belt as a practicing attorney, Brandon Pettes believes he is in the best place possible to begin his career and learn on the job with Glankler Brown PLLC.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Ethics, Equity, Whatever

I’m a sucker for a tale about justice and ethics, even if it involves football. Issues stemming from a now-weeks-old football game between the Wyoming Cowboys and the Air Force Academy Falcons have been in the news.

MEMPHIS AREA

Lawsuit: FedEx Fires Driver Over Russian Accent

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A Utah truck driver alleges FedEx fired him because of his Russian accent, even though he offered to appear before corporate higher–ups to demonstrate his English–speaking abilities.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Fire Suppression Systems Urged in All Cargo Planes

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government should require fire suppression systems in all cargo containers or compartments of planes to prevent the kind of ferocious in-flight blazes that have killed four cargo pilots over the past six years, federal accident investigators said Wednesday.

Federal Reserve Survey: US Economy Growing at Steady Pace

WASHINGTON (AP) – A pickup in consumer spending and steady home sales helped lift economic growth in October and early November in most parts of the United States, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The one exception was the Northeast, which was slowed by Superstorm Sandy.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

BP Suspended From New US Government Contracts

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration put a temporary stop to new federal contracts with British oil company BP on Wednesday, citing the company's "lack of business integrity" and criminal proceedings stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.

REAL ESTATE

US Sales of New Homes Dip 0.3 Percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. sales of new homes fell slightly in October and September sales were slower than initially thought. The October sales pace was dragged lower by steep declines on the East Coast, partly related to Superstorm Sandy.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 50 299 14,717
MORTGAGES 59 436 19,330
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 14 91 3,796
BUILDING PERMITS 135 697 35,330
BANKRUPTCIES 58 306 14,034
BUSINESS LICENSES 22 87 5,013
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 121 483 21,433
MARRIAGE LICENSES 22 104 4,557

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