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VOL. 129 | NO. 75 | Thursday, April 17, 2014

Foreclosures Continue Fall in First Quarter

Foreclosure activity is one of those things where even declines are not as always universally cheered.

Smoother Take-Off

TSA PreCheck lands at Memphis International

Andrew Taylor flies out of Memphis International Airport frequently for business and leisure.

ABA President Silkenat Shares Notion Of ‘Civil Gideon’

The president of the American Bar Association sees at least a discussion on the way about a “civil Gideon” – a requirement that a citizen who cannot afford an attorney in a civil court proceeding should have one appointed by the court.

AutoZone Park Field to Get Makeover at Season’s End

This season the Memphis Redbirds are celebrating their 15th year playing at AutoZone Park and the stadium at Third and Union is still a head-turner, even after all these years.

McCullough: Trucking Critical to Local Economy

Jim McCullough could have ended up in a cubicle working in the accounting industry after he graduated from the Mississippi State University School of Business.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
75°F
Cloudy
Wind: 6 mph
Humidity: 71%

EVENTS

Memphis Pink Palace Museum will host Dr. Jim Dalton of GTx Corp., presenting “Genetics, Race and Medicine,” Thursday, April 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the museum, 3050 Central Ave. Cost is free. Visit memphismuseums.org.

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Council Questions Five-Year Wharton Plan

It’s usually a quick bottom line for any local government budget proposal – does it mean a property tax hike?

Southbrook Mall Plans Simmer

If the city is going to spend money on a renovation of the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven, it should be part of a larger plan for Whitehaven and tie in to the aerotropolis concept.

Jones Grows Into Legislative Career

Some people are born into politics; others grow into a political career. For Tennessee Rep. Sherry Jones, it was a little bit of both.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

February Has Stock Market ‘Reboot’

Frustrating. A word often used to describe computers, smartphones, tablets and, quite often, the stock market.

Fantasy Games and Online Gambling

Despite the federal prohibition of “online gambling,” fantasy sports are cropping up everywhere – especially last month during March Madness and now as baseball season gets underway.

Intaxicating Humor

To file or not to file? For an extension, that is. Indeed, this is the question. For mid-April is upon us yet again.

MEMPHIS AREA

Memphis Making Progress on Rape Kit Testing

MEMPHIS (AP) – City officials say they have tested more than 4,000 sexual assault kits and generated 14 indictments from evidence found in them, as they try to reduce a backlog of more than 12,000 rape kits that sat untested since the 1980s.

STATE GOVERNMENT

House Passes Bill to Allow Electric Chair in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee could electrocute death row inmates if lethal injection drugs are unavailable, under legislation what won approval Wednesday in the state House.

Senate Wants Schools to Recite Tennessee Flag Salute

NASHVILLE (AP) – The recitation of a little-known "Salute to the Flag of Tennessee" in the state Senate is often met with confusion with visitors to the upper chamber of the General Assembly.

House Passes Haslam Free Tuition Plan

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is headed to his desk after passing the House on Tuesday.

Panel Makes Common Core Compromise Proposal

NASHVILLE (AP) – A special committee of lawmakers on Tuesday recommended that the testing component of Tennessee's Common Core education standards be delayed for one year.

Tennessee House Votes to Express Regret for Slavery

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state House has voted to express "profound regret" for slavery and segregation in Tennessee, but stopped short of an outright apology.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Yellen: Fed Stimulus Still Needed for Job Market

NEW YORK (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. job market still needs help from the Fed and that the central bank must remain intent on adjusting its policy to respond to unforeseen challenges.

Fed Survey: Growth Picks Up Across Most of US

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 83 415 10,637
MORTGAGES 87 499 13,826
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 80 2,724
BUILDING PERMITS 0 915 25,222
BANKRUPTCIES 79 343 10,235
BUSINESS LICENSES 19 97 3,833
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 143 573 15,130
MARRIAGE LICENSES 23 106 3,273

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