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VOL. 128 | NO. 116 | Friday, June 14, 2013

Council Faces Pressure in Financial Crisis

The Memphis City Council is caught between hints of a state takeover of city finances and the possibility of a lawsuit by most, if not all, of the city’s municipal labor unions in a fiscal crisis that is also evolving into a significant labor dispute.

Inspiration, Not Imitation

Virginia educator preaches value of different teaching models

The superintendent of the Albemarle County, Va., school system told a group of educators in Memphis this week she is concerned U.S. schools are too based on an outdated 20th century industrial model.

City’s Latest Dishcrawl Comes Downtown

Memphians have proven to be hungry for the dish crawl concept – a way for foodies to explore multiple restaurants in one night.

MAA: Merger Means Modest Job Growth

MAA expects modest job growth in Memphis from its merger with Colonial Properties Trust and believes its current headquarters can absorb any new employees that may arrive.

Lifeblood Works to Ensure Summer Blood Supply

Growing up, David Wiemar can remember his father answering the phone in the middle of the night to go donate blood at the local children’s hospital in Birmingham, Ala. He’s continued that tradition and also shared it with his son, Charles Wiemar.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
80°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 10 mph
Humidity: 58%

EVENTS

The Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel, RedRover Sales & Marketing and Angela Copeland will hold Memphis to Moore, a fundraiser for rebuilding efforts in Moore, Okla., Friday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at Westin, 170 Lt. George W. Lee Ave. Funds will go to the Moore Public Schools Tornado Relief Fund. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Visit memphistomoore.org.

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MEMPHIS STANDOUT

ACEC Role Lets Matheny Advocate for Engineers

Harvey Matheny, associate with the Memphis office of Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. and current president of the Memphis chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee, has seen plenty of changes in the local engineering market over the past several years.

SPORTS

Spotlight on Redbirds as Only Game in Town

A year ago at this time, the Memphis Redbirds were in the midst of a season so bad they were already almost 20 games out of first place. It was, as infielder Ryan Jackson recalled, a “grind.”

Hollins Move Latest In New Grizz Plan

Lionel Hollins repeatedly said more than he should have. So it is only fitting that the end of Hollins’ tenure as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies was marked by deafening silence from franchise CEO Jason Levien and then, finally, a press release saying the franchise was going to “move in a different direction.”

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Costco Connection

MEMPHIS IN COSTCO. Have you ever noticed that what appears to be of a reasonable size in Costco grows in volume and dimension with every mile between Costco and home?

STATE GOVERNMENT

Judge Rules in Favor of Occupy Nashville Members

NASHVILLE (AP) – A federal judge has ruled in favor of members of the Occupy Nashville movement who claimed their free speech rights were violated when they were arrested while protesting in 2011 on War Memorial Plaza.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Unpaid Internships in Jeopardy After Court Ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unpaid internships have long been a path of opportunity for students and recent grads looking to get a foot in the door in the entertainment, publishing and other prominent industries, even if it takes a generous subsidy from Mom and Dad.

Airlines' On-Time Performance Falls, US Says

The nation's airlines struggled to stay on schedule in April, with nearly one in four flights arriving late, according to new government figures.

REAL ESTATE

Mortgage Rates Rise to 3.98 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fixed U.S. mortgage rates rose for the sixth straight week, putting the average rate on the 30-year loan just shy of 4 percent.

HEALTH CARE

Court Says Human Genes Cannot be Patented

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that companies cannot patent parts of naturally-occurring human genes, a decision with the potential to profoundly affect the emerging and lucrative medical and biotechnology industries.

Coverage May be Unaffordable for Low-Wage Workers

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's called the Affordable Care Act, but President Barack Obama's health care law may turn out to be unaffordable for many low-wage workers, including employees at big chain restaurants, retail stores and hotels.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 74 312 10,190
MORTGAGES 103 400 13,275
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 60 2,598
BUILDING PERMITS 0 562 24,086
BANKRUPTCIES 72 299 9,832
BUSINESS LICENSES 39 110 3,713
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 129 519 14,482
MARRIAGE LICENSES 13 81 3,144

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