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VOL. 129 | NO. 65 | Thursday, April 3, 2014

Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

Filing Frenzy

Juvenile Court race highlights election deadline

Until Tuesday, no one was running for the District 7 seat on the Shelby County Schools board. No one had pulled a qualifying petition from the Shelby County Election Commission until just two days before the filing deadline for candidates on the August election ballot.

Council Displeased With Budget Ideas

This isn’t going to be pretty. Two weeks before Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. takes a budget proposal to the Memphis City Council, council members reacted angrily to how Wharton’s administration set the stage for its definitive recommendations.

Toast Cafe Chain Seeks Memphis Expansion

A breakfast-focused restaurant chain called Toast Cafe, described by its CEO as the “antithesis of a greasy spoon,” is looking to expand into Memphis by opening as many as five stores over the next two to three years.

Council Defers Action on Music Hall of Fame

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame, launched in 2012, would have a home on Beale Street – specifically in the new location of the Hard Rock Cafe at Second and Beale streets –under a $1.2 million proposal that already has some private financial backing.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
60°F
Cloudy
Wind: 10 mph
Humidity: 75%

EVENTS

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Memphis Medical Center partners will host Spring at the Park Thursday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Health Sciences Park, at the corner of Madison Avenue and Dunlap Street. The event will include arts performances, food trucks and vendors. Cost is free. Call 576-7185.

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Taveras Aims to Prove Himself at Top

Before every Memphis Redbirds season, there is picture day. On Monday, March 31, the Redbirds held an open workout at AutoZone Park, but first, players lined up like school kids in the first-base dugout to don a Redbirds jersey and cap and get their pictures taken.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Invest Early For the Best Retirement

Ray’s Take The very best friend a young investor has is time. Someone who puts $4,000 per year into retirement accounts starting at age 22 could have $1 million by age 62, assuming an 8 percent average return. Waiting 10 years to start contributing means you would need to put in $8,800 per year to get the same results.

One and One for the Morrisseys

Robin and Darren Morrissey, wife and husband, finished one and one at the 2014 Clinton School Puzzle Festival. That would be first place in crosswords and first place in Sudoku.

Now Tack!

In sailing, when the wind shifts direction, you must move your sails or risk losing the wind. The first indication of a shifting breeze comes from the telltales, strips of lightweight material attached to the sails that foreshadow a change in conditions. Recently, the market telltales have been active.

STATEWIDE

Co-Op Health Enrollment Still Unknown in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) – It's still too early to tell whether an insurance co-op created solely to sell health plans to Tennesseans through the federal government's exchange was able to compete with the state's big insurers.

Federal Waiver Gives Tennessee Hospitals $80 Million

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's U.S. senators say they will continue to seek a permanent fix for the state's financially struggling hospitals after they were granted a federal waiver that gives them $80 million.

Tennessee Children Rank 32nd for Health, Well-Being

NASHVILLE (AP) – A new national report finds Tennessee's children rank 32nd among all states for academic success, health and economic well-being.

Haslam: No Threat Implied in VW Incentive Offer

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says making a $300 million incentive package to Volkswagen subject to labor talks concluding to the state's satisfaction was not a threat but a "statement of reality."

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam Regrets No Raises for Teachers Next Year

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that he regrets not being able to give the state's teachers a raise and pledged to find ways to increase their pay after vowing to do so last year.

Rep. Barrett Rich to Retire from Tennessee House

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Rep. Barrett Rich says he won't run for another term representing his rural West Tennessee district in the House this year.

Bill to Prohibit Teacher Licensure Rules

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would prohibit standardized test scores from being tied to teacher licensing is advancing in the House.

Bill Seeks 'In God We Trust' Signage at Capitol

NASHVILLE (AP) – A bill calling for the phrase "In God We Trust" to be painted in the tunnel that connects the Tennessee Capitol and the Legislative Plaza is headed for a full House vote.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

High Court Loosens Reins on Big Campaign Donors

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court's conservative majority voted Wednesday to free wealthy donors to give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want, further loosening the reins on giving by big contributors as the 2014 campaign moves into high gear.

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PROPERTY SALES 72 368 16,413
MORTGAGES 66 422 21,432
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 76 4,266
BUILDING PERMITS 176 877 39,378
BANKRUPTCIES 60 294 15,542
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 98 5,491
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