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VOL. 129 | NO. 79 | Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SCS Board Approves $946.9 Million Budget Proposal

Shelby County Schools board members approved a $946.9 million operating budget proposal Tuesday, April 22, that now goes to the Shelby County Commission for review and from there to state education officials.

Driver of Love

Road to Recovery program provides assistance for cancer patients

For nine years, Donna Claire Newman and her red four-door Toyota Matrix have been ferrying cancer patients to their doctor and therapy appointments around Memphis.

Iraqi Trade Delegation Visits Memphis

An Iraqi trade delegation in Memphis this week got a look at the FedEx Memphis SuperHub and met with the local Iraqi community.

Alexander Touts Importance of Political Role Models

Among the crowd of 500 who gathered Monday, April 21, for the 11th annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards were fourth- and fifth-graders from White Station Elementary School.

Joerger Still Floating After Epic Game 2

About 12 hours after the Memphis Grizzlies’ epic 111-105 overtime victory at Oklahoma City Monday, April 21, in Game 2 of a first-round Western Conference Playoff series, coach Dave Joerger was still trying to find his voice.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Tennessee Shakespeare Company will present “The Taming of the Shrew” Wednesday, April 23, through May 4 at Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Ave. Buy tickets at tnshakespeare.org.

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Redbirds Name New General Manager

The St. Louis Cardinals have taken another step in their transition as owners of the Memphis Redbirds by naming Craig Unger, who has spent five years in the Cardinals’ front office, as the new general manager of the Redbirds.

Obama Backs Cohen, Brooks Charges ‘Voter Suppression’

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is touting the endorsement of President Barack Obama in his current re-election bid.

Mo’s Bows Founder to Appear on ‘Shark Tank’

Memphis entrepreneur and Mo’s Bows founder Moziah Bridges will appear on the hit ABC show “Shark Tank” this Friday, April 25, and it’s a pretty good bet he’ll be dressed to the nines as he displays his typical pluck and sense of style to a panel of investors that includes Mark Cuban.

Hollins to Speak at Southwest Tennessee Community College Commencement

On May 3, 2013, Lionel Hollins was overseeing the Memphis Grizzlies’ first-round playoff-series-clinching victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at FedExForum.

NEWSMAKERS

Ugwueke Named Methodist Le Bonheur President

Michael O. Ugwueke has been named president and chief operating officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, as well as president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare Memphis Hospitals. In his new role, Ugwueke will be responsible for strategic management of the operations of six hospitals within the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system, as well as other key corporate functions.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Tips for Selling to First-Time Buyers

Savvy salespeople adjust their approach when selling to first-time vs. seasoned buyers in their category – especially when selling complex products or business services. Approach them like two sides of the same coin and you could end up with an unhappy customer and a hit to your brand’s reputation.

Lower Risk of Degenerative Eye Condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is the leading cause of blindness among the U.S population older than 50.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Democrats Bemoan Lack of Medicaid Expansion

NASHVILLE (AP) – House Democratic leaders said Tuesday that Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's decision not to expand Medicaid in Tennessee eclipses his signature plan to cover tuition at two-year colleges.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Job Market for College Grads Better But Still Weak

WASHINGTON (AP) – With college commencement ceremonies nearing, the government is offering a modest dose of good news for graduating seniors: The job market is brightening for new grads – a bit.

US Says Average Airfares Rising Slowly

DALLAS (AP) – The average price of an airline ticket for travel within the U.S. rose by just $1 last year, although prices are still modestly higher than they were five years ago.

REAL ESTATE

Sales of US Existing Homes Slip to 20-Month Low

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in March to their lowest level since July 2012 as rising prices and a tight supply of available homes discouraged many would-be buyers.

HEALTH CARE

FDA Plan Would Speed Up Medical Device Approvals

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration unveiled a proposal Tuesday designed to speed up development and approval of medical devices that treat life-threatening diseases and debilitating conditions.

TECHNOLOGY

In Internet TV Case, Justices Show Concern

WASHINGTON (AP) – Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.

Google Challenges Nonprofits on Ideas to Use Glass

WASHINGTON (AP) – Google has a challenge for U.S. nonprofits.

Attacks on Payment Systems Trail Other Cybercrimes

NEW YORK (AP) – While Target's massive data breach last year caused consumers to panic and drew attention to Internet crime, a new study finds that breaches on retailer payment systems are less common than other kinds of attacks.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 44 13,700
MORTGAGES 0 58 17,884
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 28 3,533
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 32,303
BANKRUPTCIES 0 78 13,081
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 25 4,730
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 121 20,021
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 33 4,230

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