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VOL. 128 | NO. 102 | Friday, May 24, 2013

Baptist, Community Health Alliance Strike Deal

West Tennessee residents who purchase health care insurance through Community Health Alliance beginning this fall will be directed to providers at Baptist Memorial Health Care facilities.

Funding Conundrum

County Commission examines schools budget proposal

There were times this week at the Shelby County Commission when the debate over school funding and the schools merger made the superintendent of the consolidated school system more spectator than presenter.

Grizz Watch Party Planned for Saturday in Handy Park

The Memphis Grizzlies-San Antonio Spurs basketball playoff game at FedExForum Saturday, May 25, is sold out.

Seed Hatchery Teams Begin Next Steps

Participants in this year’s cohort of the Seed Hatchery startup accelerator now face perhaps the most important piece of the 90-day program that puts them through an entrepreneurship boot camp.

Grant Turns Broad Avenue Dock Into Dance Stage

The concrete surface of the loading dock at Power & Tel on Broad Avenue isn’t good for ballet dancing.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
87°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 8 mph
Humidity: 63%

EVENTS

David Lusk Gallery will host an opening reception for Pinkey Herbert’s Circuit exhibit Friday, May 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 4540 Poplar Ave. The show runs through June 22. Visit davidluskgallery.com.

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Kruger Unveils $300 Million Expansion

The North Memphis plant that began by manufacturing automobile parts and eventually produced the bodies and wings for B-25 bombers, celebrated a milestone Wednesday, May 22, with the $300 million expansion of the Kruger Inc. facility near Mud Island in Downtown.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Lincoln Charged With Selling Memphis to World

There is a surge these days in Memphis boosterism, but there may be no one else with their pulse more on what is new and exciting and worth celebrating in the city than Rashana Lincoln.

SPORTS

Grizzlies Confident Despite Odds Against Them

The Grizzlies have to win four of five to beat the San Antonio Spurs and advance to the NBA Finals. In other words, if reality itself could hold up a towel it would read: “I don’t bluff.”

Can Grizz Dig Out of Conference Finals Hole?

So the family room is full for Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. It’s the third quarter, or maybe early in the fourth, and there’s a moment of quiet.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

23 Groans: For the Pun of It

ONCE A PUN A TIME. If it’s held up by this column, I’m about to be robbed of my reputation. Forgive the pun.

No Vision, No Gifts

Part one of three-part series on transformational giving. Philanthropy makes front-page news with the announcement of large, transformational gifts. Think Bill Gates. Oprah Winfrey. Warren Buffet. With the news comes the question, “What would it take for us to receive such a gift?” This three-part series seeks to provide insights that can help nonprofits begin a conversation that may itself be transformational.

STATEWIDE

Federal Grants Help Landowners Conserve Wildlife

NASHVILLE (AP) – Federal officials have set aside more than $1 million for Tennessee landowners who help conserve wildlife.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Applications for US Unemployment Aid Fall to 340,000

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 23,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 340,000, a level consistent with solid job growth.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Between Economy and Trouble, Obama Approval Steady

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy is recovering, the White House is dealing with multiple controversies, and President Barack Obama appears generally unaffected either way.

House Backs Variable Rate Student Loans

WASHINGTON (AP) – Dismissing a veto threat from President Barack Obama, lawmakers in the Republican-led House approved legislation that links student loan rates to the ups and downs of the financial markets.

Birth Control Coverage Up for Federal Appeal

DENVER (AP) – In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of the federal health care law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill.

REAL ESTATE

US New Home Sales Up 2.3 Percent in April

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. sales of new homes rose in April and nearly matched the fastest pace in five years, driving the median price to a record high. The gains suggest the housing recovery is strengthening.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 43 12,074
MORTGAGES 0 78 15,834
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 39 39 3,168
BUILDING PERMITS 292 292 29,124
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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