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VOL. 129 | NO. 31 | Friday, February 14, 2014

Report: City Should Stay on at Beale

The city of Memphis should maintain ownership of its properties on Beale Street and create an autonomous board or hire a new development and management company to guide its future, according to a detailed report on the iconic street.

Welcoming Home

U of M works to make campus more ‘veteran-friendly’

Brad Martin recently came across some old photos of University of Memphis students that struck him as a different kind of collegian.

RBCC Law Firm Moving to iBank Tower

The law firm of Rogers, Berry, Chesney & Cannon PLLC, owner of 1713 Kirby Parkway since 2006, recently sold its office building and will relocate to the iBank building on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.

Memphis Advertising Awards Get Campy

Memphis’ advertising industry has been gearing up to go camping.

Democratic Commission Majority Could Be Safe in Elections

With a week to the filing deadline for candidates in the May 6 Shelby County primary elections, it looks as if Democrats will retain their seven-member majority on the Shelby County Commission.

SPORTS

Grizz Look at Final 30 With Hope for Strong Finish

As the Grizzlies took their leave from FedExForum, having won their last home game before the NBA All-Star break, forward James Johnson looked toward the next night’s game at Orlando. He made clear that the Grizzlies were not thinking of Disney World or any other fantasyland, but were committed to the work immediately in front of them.

Heck No, Pastner Won’t Allow Cursing

Tigers coach Josh Pastner has suspended freshman Dominic Woodson from the team for cursing.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Give Memphis a Lift

CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE. Rather than walking a mile in other people’s shoes, try riding a mile on their bus.

Putting Your <3 Into Your Job

The season of love is upon us. Is it fair to say you love what you’re doing for a living? Do you find yourself putting in your all every day, or is it a drag to get up in the morning – or worse yet, to go to bed the night before, knowing your next day’s work is looming over you?

REGIONAL

Arkansas Panel Advances ‘Private Option' Bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An Arkansas legislative panel has advanced the funding bill for the state's compromise Medicaid expansion.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Comcast to Buy Time Warner Cable for $45 Billion

LOS ANGELES (AP)Comcast Corp. will buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for about $45.2 billion in a deal that would combine the nation's top two cable TV companies and create a dominant force in creating and delivering entertainment.

US Retail Sales Down 0.4 Percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cold weather across much of the nation contributed to a drop in retail sales in January. Americans spent less on autos and clothes and at restaurants – a decline that suggests that momentum from consumer spending at the end of 2013 has tailed off.

US Businesses Boost Inventories as Sales Slow

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses restocked their shelves and warehouses at a faster pace in December, but sales slowed, a cautionary sign for the economy.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

GAO Recommends Changes for Student Debit Cards

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congressional investigators say small fees add up for college students using college-issued debit and prepaid cards, which often are used to draw financial aid.

REAL ESTATE

Lenders Repossessed Fewer US Homes in January

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lenders repossessed fewer U.S. homes in January, bringing the number of completed foreclosures down to the lowest level in more than six years.

HEALTH CARE

January Insurance Sign-Ups Meet Monthly Goal

WASHINGTON (AP) – While states are having varying success getting people to sign up, January marked the first time since new health insurance markets opened last fall that a national monthly enrollment target was met.

SPORTS

Science, Not Muscle, Driving Many Olympic Wins

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) – Nineteen-year-old Slovakian luger Josef Petrulak competed in the Sochi Olympics in a 22-year-old sled. That's right: His sled is three years older than he is. His German rivals get a new sled every year, designed by BMW and calibrated to whoosh faster, smoother and smarter every season.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 114 332 10,554
MORTGAGES 119 412 13,739
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 12 80 2,724
BUILDING PERMITS 522 915 25,222
BANKRUPTCIES 80 264 10,156
BUSINESS LICENSES 16 78 3,814
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 92 430 14,987
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 83 3,250

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