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VOL. 128 | NO. 31 | Thursday, February 14, 2013

School Budget Debate Far From Over

The countywide school board’s $145 million “ask” is on its way to the Shelby County Commission.

For Love of Money

Valentine's Day means big business for some

The staples of a great Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart – flowers, candy and delicious food – equal big business for local establishments specializing in romantic fare.

Pinnacle Awards Entries Due Friday

The deadline for local commercial real estate brokers to enter the 12th annual Pinnacle Awards is Friday, Feb. 15.

Tennessee Judicial System Awaits Changes

Tennessee’s judicial system is in the midst of a makeover. This week, Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey announced the launch of the state’s first judicial redistricting process in nearly 30 years. It follows the state’s recent legislative redistricting process that occurred a little more than a year ago and was led by the General Assembly’s Republican majority.

Southwest Executive Hints at Airline’s Plan for Memphis

The Traffic Club of Memphis’ February luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 12, featured Wally Devereaux, director of sales and marketing for the Cargo Management Group of Southwest Airlines.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
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Wind: 7 mph
Humidity: 52%

EVENTS

National Hispanic Professional Organization-Memphis will meet Thursday, Feb. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Rene Bustamante, staff vice president of Global Cash Management at FedEx, will speak. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to info@nhpomemphis.us or 466-6476.

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Hopson Seeks $57 Million Owed Schools

Interim Memphis City Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson hopes to meet with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. next week about $57 million.

Reardon Cautions Downtowners About Heritage Trail

The University of Memphis professor spearheading the opposition of demolishing the city’s last remaining public housing project in the Vance Avenue neighborhood says that while the Heritage Trail Community Redevelopment Plan appears to be on “indefinite hold,” it is not dead, and Downtowners should beware.

Ramsey Steered to the Right by Harvey, Reagan

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has one issue that has drawn little attention that he wants to pass through this session of the legislature: redrawing the state’s judicial districts.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Grida Uses Special Skills for Community Work

Nicole Grida, associate with Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan PLLC, learned the value of extracurricular activities while in high school in Hellertown, Pa.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Is College Really Worth the Cost?

Ray’s Take The struggle recent graduates have had finding jobs has many people wondering if college is still worth the expense. According to some reports, it is. Consider this recent finding by the Lumina Foundation and Georgetown University’s Center on Education: The unemployment rate for college graduates is 6.8 percent, but it’s nearly 24 percent for those with only a high school diploma.

Still Knee High

Few columns have drawn as much feedback as the one I wrote in May 2011 about the PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection I had in my left knee – the knee that was on the list for replacement.

STATEWIDE

Government Wants Gaylord's Flood Lawsuit Dismissed

NASHVILLE (AP) – A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments on whether to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Gaylord Entertainment Company seeking money for property damage to its luxury hotel and convention center, the Grand Ole Opry and other sites during the 2010 flooding of the Cumberland River.

REGIONAL

Environmental Groups Announce TVA Pollution Suit

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) – A coalition of environmental groups has announced plans to sue the Tennessee Valley Authority over violations of the clean water act.

Arkansas Panel Approves 20-Week Abortion Ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A Senate panel has advanced legislation banning most abortions in Arkansas at 20 weeks into a pregnancy after the lawmaker proposing the ban added exemptions for rape and incest.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Thomson Reuters to Cut 2,500 Jobs

NEW YORK (AP) – News and financial information company Thomson Reuters on Wednesday said it is cutting 2,500 jobs, or about 4 percent of its workforce, this year as it tries to reduce costs and turn around its largest division.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama Pushes for Higher Minimum Wage on Plant Tour

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – President Barack Obama pushed for a higher minimum wage at a re-opened manufacturing plant Wednesday because he says Americans who work full time should not be in poverty.

Boehner: 'Hard to Imagine' Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker John Boehner says "it's hard to imagine" the Republican-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate reaching a budget deal.

White House Releases College Cost Website

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is releasing a website designed to help college-bound students have a better sense of how much their education will cost and how much they can expect to pay in student loans.

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PROPERTY SALES 63 269 16,682
MORTGAGES 85 313 21,745
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 56 4,322
BUILDING PERMITS 0 209 39,587
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