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VOL. 129 | NO. 25 | Thursday, February 6, 2014

ServiceMaster Lays Off 65 in Restructuring

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Co. has laid off 65 employees and eliminated another 40 vacant positions in a restructuring of its headquarters that began Wednesday, Feb. 5, and was confirmed Thursday.

Police, Fire Directors Discuss Budget With Council

Memphis City Council members got deeper Tuesday, Feb. 4, into the specifics of Memphis Police and Fire Department budget decisions.

Champion Rebrand

T-shirt company aligns name closer with business focus

In 1996, the company known as Champion Awards and Apparel first waded into the world of e-commerce by operating a merchandise website for the Memphis Mad Dogs, the Canadian Football League team that was partly owned by FedEx founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith.

Cohen Against Haslam’s College Plan

The legislator who pushed and finally won passage of the Tennessee Lottery a decade ago doesn’t like the plan by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to use most of the lottery reserve for an endowment to offer two years of community college free to every Tennessee high school graduate.

Literacy Mid-South Gears Up for Busy March

Literacy Mid-South is gearing up for a whirlwind of activity next month.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
70°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 8 mph
Humidity: 47%

EVENTS

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, Feb. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christian Brothers University’s Sabbatini Lounge, 650 East Parkway S. Jeremy Park, president of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, will discuss his book, “Giving Back With Purpose.” Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit afpmemphis.org.

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Harris Brings Motivation to Medtronic Employees

It makes perfect sense for a guest speaker at Medtronic Inc. to deliver a motivational speech titled “Adopting a Global Mindset.”

Memphis Set to Welcome Gonzaga, ESPN

He laughed with officials. During the game. He sat down. During the game.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

College Housing Options Have Different Costs

Ray’s Take: As if college tuition – and books – weren’t expensive enough, there’s also the cost of housing for your college student. Unlike the other two, however, this is one area where you can possibly have a little control over how much money is spent.

The ABAJ and Its Lists

Today’s I Swear Crossword, “Legal Programs–3 of 4,” is the third of a four-part series. The first two ran in early December and early January. If you’ve not solved these three puzzles, please go back and do so before reading on. Or waive your right to complain about my spoiling them in any way.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Senate Defeats Proposal to Elect Attorney General

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate on Wednesday defeated an effort to change the Tennessee constitution to require the popular election of the attorney general.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Survey: US Companies Add 175,000 Jobs in January

WASHINGTON (AP) – A private survey shows that businesses added jobs at a modest pace in January, a sign that hiring may have rebounded after a disappointing figure in December.

US Service Sector Expands on Gain in New Orders

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service companies expanded at a slightly faster pace in January. New orders, sales and hiring showed strength in a sign that financial firms, retailers and information technology companies foresee stronger growth.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Labor Board Tries Again to Change Union Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) – Labor regulators are trying once again to streamline the process in which workers decide whether to join labor unions, a move sure to reignite the bitter debate between union advocates and employers that seek to discourage workers from unionizing.

HEALTH CARE

CVS Caremark Plans to Stop Tobacco Products Sales

CVS, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain, is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products as it continues to shift its focus toward being more of a health care provider.

Merck, Partners to Jointly Test Hot Cancer Drug

Merck & Co.'s hot experimental cancer drug, already closely watched by investors, got more attention Wednesday after the company announced new alliances with three other drugmakers to test it in combination with their drugs.

SPORTS

NFL Awards Thursday Contract to CBS

NEW YORK (AP) – CBS won bidding among broadcast networks to televise eight Thursday night NFL games next fall, and perhaps beyond that.

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