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VOL. 128 | NO. 101 | Thursday, May 23, 2013

Changes Coming to Literacy Mid-South

Major changes are on the way to Literacy Mid-South, which has been helping adults and young adults learn to read for nearly four decades.

Strategic Science

Robotics competition makes technology priority for high school students

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, Memphis high school students guided Frisbee-flinging robots around a large room at Medtronic Spine’s headquarters.

Local Startup Chosen for Launch TN Conference

Memphis’ startup community will have a presence next month at Southland, Launch Tennessee’s new conference highlighting Southern culture and technology to be held in Nashville.

State Concerns Blow Up City Budget

When the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. went to the state earlier this year for approval of a $112.4 million refunding bonds issuance, it was the second time in four years City Hall had used a debt tactic known as “scoop and toss.”

Talks Underway for Club 152 Reopening

The owners of Club 152 on Beale Street and prosecutors with the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office have been talking since the club was shut down a week ago as a public nuisance.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
77°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 7 mph
Humidity: 89%

EVENTS

The Peabody Rooftop Party will be held Thursday, May 23, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. Gary Escoe’s Atomic Dance Machine will perform. Tickets are $10. Visit peabodymemphis.com or call 529-4000.

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Kroger Announces Changes to Whitehaven Store

The latest upgrade of a Kroger supermarket in Memphis to be announced by the grocery giant’s Delta Division will be the Whitehaven store at 1212 E. Shelby Drive.

Armstrong Hears Whalum-Woods Election Dispute

On his way this week to hearing and later deciding the case of a disputed election for a countywide school board seat, Chancellor Kenny Armstrong got a feel for the complexities voters faced in the 2012 election and beyond.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Love of Public Service Drives Caldwell to Law School Role

In 2008, the Tennessee Supreme Court laid out a strategic plan to get attorneys more involved in pro bono work.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Consider Retirement Funds Before Job Change

Ray’s Take Job hopping, especially in the early years, is more common than ever. Careers are more evolutionary now, as the days of lifetime jobs seem long gone. However, a lot of retirement savings can wind up lost if care is not taken when changing jobs.

Commencement Address – Part 1

(With apologies to Schmick, Wheelan, Rowling, Lamott, Wallace, Sedaris and others, here is the graduation speech I’ve never been asked to give – in two parts.)

STATE GOVERNMENT

Notice of Appeal Filed in Campfield Libel Lawsuit

LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. (AP) – A former Democratic candidate for the state House has filed notice that he will appeal the dismissal of his libel lawsuit against state Sen. Stacey Campfield.

REGIONAL

Beebe: Working Quickly to Pick New Arkansas Treasurer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he hopes to name a replacement in the next several days for the state treasurer, who resigned over accusations she took cash bribes from a bond broker.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Median CEO Pay Rises to $9.7 Million in 2012

CEO pay has been going in one direction for the past three years: up.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama Threatens Veto of House Student Loan Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is threatening to veto House Republicans' student loan bill.

REAL ESTATE

US Home Sales Tick Up to Highest in 3.5 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes ticked up last month to the highest level in three and a half years, helped by a jump in the number of houses for sale.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 43 12,074
MORTGAGES 0 78 15,834
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 3,130
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 28,832
BANKRUPTCIES 3 100 11,771
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 18 4,292
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 190 17,922
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 43 3,711

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