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VOL. 128 | NO. 51 | Thursday, March 14, 2013

School Board Expansion Advanced

Shelby County Commissioners advanced in Wednesday, March 13, committee sessions a general plan to restructure the countywide school board.

Downtown Investment

City center’s housing market experiencing uptick

Downtown’s housing market is seeing more sales, less time on the market, lower price points and inventory shortages.

Land Use to Consider RV Park Conversion

The company that owns the old Memphis Mobile City mobile home park wants to turn the site that flooded seven times in 10 years including floods in 2010 and 2011 into a resort for recreational vehicles with cabins and manufactured homes on adjoining acreage.

McIver Celebrates 15 Years at MALS

Harrison McIver has entered his 15th year as executive director of Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. with a daunting challenge that’s as constant as it is acute.

Kyle Gives Democrats Voice in GOP-Dominated Senate

State Sen. Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, the Democratic leader of the Senate, sees things at the legislature these days he does not like.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
77°F
Light Rain with Thunder
Wind: 15 mph
Humidity: 48%

EVENTS

The Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division Supplier Diversity Department will hold a vendor fair for minority- and women-owned small businesses Thursday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to noon in the MLGW administration building lobby, 220 S. Main St. Call Renise Holliday at 528-4635 for details.

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MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Purifoy’s Police Aspirations Evolve Into Legal Career

Shayla Purifoy majored in urban studies – a mixture of history, political science and sociology – at Rhodes College. Her senior seminar was on community policing.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Review Your Will Regularly

Ray’s Take Let’s assume you’ve done the right thing and have a will in place. That is a good start, but it’s not enough. You need to regularly review your will to make sure it stays in line with your intentions and the law. Congress continues to kick the can down the road on important income tax and transfer payments, but we now have pretty good guidance on estate tax laws both federally and in Tennessee.

Viewer Mail Always Appreciated

“My wife and I enjoy your sense of humor,” the note began. “You write the funniest things!!” Double exclamation point? I like that!! “We read your column in the Memphis paper!! The voice mail one was a scream. The Mrs. has a question. Since you are a judge, professor and wordsmith with your columns, where do you get all this time?”

STATE GOVERNMENT

Sara Kyle Resigns From Tennessee Regulatory Authority

NASHVILLE (AP) Sara Kyle has resigned from the board of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, citing the panel's diminished role under a restructuring of the agency by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

Bill to Increase Fine for Not Wearing Seat Belt

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would increase the fine for not wearing a seat belt by $40 is advancing in the Senate.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Businesses Boost Restocking 1 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. companies increased their restocking in January from December, an encouraging signal that they expect consumers will spend more this year and help the economy grow faster.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

USDA Suspends Some Agriculture Reports Due to Budget Cuts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's statistical arm said it won't issue some agricultural reports this year because of automatic federal budget cuts, alarming some in the dairy industry who fear the information void could wreak havoc with milk prices.

US Budget Deficit Jumps in February by $204 Billion

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. federal budget deficit jumped in February from January, though it is still running well below last year's pace. Higher taxes and an improving economy are expected to hold the annual deficit below $1 trillion for the first time since President Barack Obama took office.

HEALTH CARE

Insurers Warn of Overhaul-Induced Sticker Shock

Some Americans could see their insurance bills double next year as the health care overhaul law expands coverage to millions of people.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 81 217 5,290
MORTGAGES 94 276 6,985
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 72 1,628
BUILDING PERMITS 384 712 12,691
BANKRUPTCIES 66 241 5,541
BUSINESS LICENSES 27 85 2,146
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 52 234 7,292
MARRIAGE LICENSES 10 53 1,511

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