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VOL. 128 | NO. 253 | Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Rape Kit Backlog Triggers Calls for Change

As the Memphis Police Department backlog of rape kits moves into federal court with the new year, there will be another attempt to change Tennessee laws to delay the statute of limitations in rape cases to start running when rape kits are processed.

Tasty Treats

Nothing Bundt Cakes franchise opens in East Memphis

Nothing Bundt Cakes opened its doors to a welcomed holiday rush late last week, as the bakery franchise made its entry into the Memphis market.

Association for Women Attorneys to Host Annual Banquet

In less than a month, the Association for Women Attorneys will host its annual bash that includes a silent auction, cocktail reception and an award presented to a prominent member of the legal community.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Highland Street Family Dollar Sells for $1.6 Million

656 S. Highland St., Memphis, TN 38111, Sale Amount: $1.6 million -
The Family Dollar retail store at 656 S. Highland St. near the University of Memphis has sold for $1.6 million.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
73°F
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Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 87%

EVENTS

The 55th AutoZone Liberty Bowl, featuring the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Rice University Owls, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 3 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Country vocal group Diamond Rio will perform at halftime. Visit autozonelibertybowl.org.

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LOCAL COLUMNISTS

How to Succeed in Fundraising

Happy New Year! Are you beginning 2014 with your hopes pinned on a bountiful new year? Does your vision of December 2014 include smiling faces as you toast members of your fundraising team, celebrating a year that broke fundraising records? Are you dreaming of fundraising success, or are you planting seeds that can bear fruit this year and for years to come?

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Home Electricity Use in US Falling to 2001 Levels

NEW YORK (AP) – The average amount of electricity consumed in U.S. homes has fallen to levels last seen more than a decade ago, back when the smartest device in people's pockets was a Palm pilot and anyone talking about a tablet was probably an archaeologist or a preacher.

Sales of Ford Brand Vehicles to Top 2.4 Million in 2013

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Ford says 2013 North American sales of cars and trucks bearing its namesake brand will top 2.4 million, making Ford again the top-selling U.S. brand over Toyota.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Congress Letting 55 Tax Breaks Expire at Year End

WASHINGTON (AP) – In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty – once again – for millions of individuals and businesses.

HEALTH CARE

Federal Health Care Sign-Ups Pass 1 Million Mark

HONOLULU (AP) – The government's rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration says.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 166 10,044
MORTGAGES 0 195 13,070
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 40 2,578
BUILDING PERMITS 0 370 23,894
BANKRUPTCIES 0 152 9,685
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 51 3,654
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 264 14,227
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 53 3,116

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