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VOL. 129 | NO. 63 | Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Council to Weigh Pension, School Funding

Memphis City Council members take a closer look Tuesday, April 1, at recommendations to cut city spending and use the savings to devote to the city’s unfunded pension liability.

Mosaic in the Making

South Main art projects foster neighborhood identity

A group of artists soon will be chosen to add something new to the canvas of Downtown’s South Main Historic Arts District.

Bares: EPIcenter Effort Targets ‘Scalability’

It’s all about “scalability” when it comes to creating new businesses in Memphis, and that means creating ones with a reach beyond the city to customers in other places – customers that more often than not are other businesses, not consumers.

Berger Withdraws From Commission Race

In a somewhat abrupt turnaround, Memphis businessman Taylor Berger has decided to withdraw his candidacy for the Shelby County Commission about a month after announcing his intent to run for the District 5 seat.

Live Music Series Coming to Overton Square

Overton Square is getting a live music series called Thursdays Squared.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
48°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 16 mph
Humidity: 71%

EVENTS

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital will hold a stroke survivor group meeting Tuesday, April 1, at 5 p.m. in suite 250 of Medical Office Building A, 7655 Poplar Ave. Stroke survivors will discuss caregiving issues; partners and family will discuss time and stress management. Call 516-6929.

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GOVERNMENT AGENDA

April 1 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, April 1, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Industrial Portfolio Sells for $43 Million

4550 Swinnea Road, 6005 Freeport Ave., 3399 E. Raines Road, Memphis, TN, Sale Amounts: $10.1 million; $14.8 million; $18 million -

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Sustainability is a Win for All

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays through April in honor of Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County.

Are You Begging or Fundraising?

Fundraising is a noble profession. As a fundraiser you meet some of the best people around. You provide people with information and opportunities that allow them to pursue things that are important to them: “things” that really can’t be bought. You can’t buy an end to world hunger, gun violence, AIDS or domestic violence: you have to give. When you ask people to give you bring people together with projects, programs and institutions that align with their beliefs. You help people realize some of their highest aspirations.

MEMPHIS AREA

NY Attorney General Sues FedEx Over Cigarettes

NEW YORK (AP) – FedEx has cost New York state more than $10 million by unlawfully shipping contraband cigarettes to consumers, the state's attorney general said Monday as his office joined a lawsuit brought against the company last year by New York City officials.

REGIONAL

Mississippi Governor Signs Criminal-Justice Overhaul Bill

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday signed a bill designed to make the criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Yellen: Job Market Needs Low Rates 'For Some Time'

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made clear Monday that she thinks the still-subpar U.S. job market will continue to need the help of low interest rates "for some time."

Auto Safety Chief Says GM Didn't Share Key Data

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal safety regulator says General Motors didn't share key information that might have led to a faster recall of small cars.

HEALTH CARE

Deadline Dash: Health Care Sign-Ups Amid Glitches

WASHINGTON (AP) – A flood of last-minute applicants rushed to sign up for health insurance on Monday, deadline day for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more than 125,000 people at a time using the fragile system despite a new spate of intermittent ills.

Supreme Court Takes Up Drug Company Dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is wading into a patent dispute between rival pharmaceutical companies over a multiple sclerosis treatment.

TECHNOLOGY

Jury Selection Begins in Apple-Samsung Case

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Jury selection began Monday in the latest legal battle between the fiercest rivals in the world of smartphones, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 64 64 16,477
MORTGAGES 72 72 21,504
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 4,266
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 39,378
BANKRUPTCIES 0 0 15,542
BUSINESS LICENSES 13 13 5,504
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 84 84 23,657
MARRIAGE LICENSES 37 37 5,072

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