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VOL. 128 | NO. 46 | Thursday, March 7, 2013

Exterior Plans for Bass Pro Approved

Bass Pro Shops’ exterior building and site improvements for repurposing the city-owned Pyramid as a destination retailer were approved by the Design Review Board Wednesday, March 6, but the board asked for more time to digest the company’s controversial signage requests.

‘All is Not Lost’

City’s homeless transform their lives through Baptist project

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. has been nationally recognized for its work providing health care services for the homeless population of the Mid-South, helping people like Grace Hilton-Young transform their lives.

Memphis Firm Continues to Press Dell

The Memphis-based investment firm opposing Dell Inc.’s proposed $24.4 billion buyout because it says the amount undervalues the company is continuing to press its case, sending a letter this week to Dell’s board at the same time Dell’s share price was climbing higher.

Special Master Has Tight Five-Month Window

The special master appointed by U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays to oversee the schools merger knows the political and fiscal dealings of large local government entities.

State Delays Auto Inspection Takeover

The state of Tennessee has told the city of Memphis it will probably take two years for it to take over auto inspection duties in Shelby County.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
45°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 65%

EVENTS

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, March 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thomas Center at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. Mike Bruns, board chairman for Youth Villages and the Church Health Center, will discuss board engagement and fundraising. Cost is $15 for AFP members and $25 for nonmembers. Register at afpmemphis.org.

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‘Bad Cop’ McCormick Tries to Rein in Fellow Republicans

State Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, said he sometimes has “to play the bad cop.”

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Real Estate Law, Community Work Keep Purdom Busy

Clay Purdom, director and shareholder with Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston PC, says he comes from a “numbers family.”

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Don’t Dwell on Market Downturn

Ray’s Take In my 30 years of investment management, I’ve found there is always someone predicting another market downturn. Eventually they’ll be right. After all, historically, there’s been a bear market about every three years. Should you be concerned? Not overly, unless your decisions make a market downturn even more painful.

‘Roberta’ Arrives

The due date was Feb. 7. First child. The expectant couple declined all invitations, exhortations and overt begging from friends and relatives to disclose, or even hint at, the name they planned to give their daughter.

MEMPHIS AREA

Memphis, Nashville Airports Get Expedited Screens

NASHVILLE (AP) – The airports in Nashville and Memphis will soon offer the Transportation Security Administration's pre-check program.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Sponsors Won't Advance Abortion Ultrasound Bill

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Republican sponsors of a measure setting ultrasound requirements in advance of abortions have decided not to push the bill forward in the Tennessee General Assembly this year.

Senator's Traffic Stop Part of Vanderbilt Police Debate

NASHVILLE (AP) – The effort to strip Vanderbilt University of its police force over a nondiscrimination policy for student groups has brought up a traffic stop involving the chairwoman of the Senate committee handling the bill, but the lawmaker says she doesn't know why the incident has become part of the debate.

Critics of Vanderbilt Policy Seek to Strip Police Power

NASHVILLE (AP) – Opponents of a Vanderbilt University policy banning discrimination in student groups want to enact a law to strip the private school of its police powers if it doesn't change its ways.

Charter School Authorizer Bill Advances

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that seeks to create a special panel that would authorize charter school applications advanced out of a key House committee Tuesday despite concerns that it strips control from local school districts and could dig into taxpayers' pockets.

REGIONAL

House Passes Home-Brewing Bill, Sends It to Bryant

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The House has sent a bill to Gov. Phil Bryant that would legalize home brewing in Mississippi.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Factory Orders That Signal Investment Surge

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. orders for machinery and other factory goods that signal business investment surged in January, indicating confidence in the economy.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

House Approves Bill Preventing Shutdown March 27

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House approved legislation Wednesday to prevent a government shutdown on March 27 and blunt the impact of newly imposed spending cuts on the Defense Department.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 72 206 16,619
MORTGAGES 84 228 21,660
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 21 56 4,322
BUILDING PERMITS 0 209 39,587
BANKRUPTCIES 73 222 15,764
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 51 5,542
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 86 287 23,860
MARRIAGE LICENSES 21 72 5,107

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