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VOL. 129 | NO. 19 | Wednesday, January 29, 2014

IP Merges Xpedx With Unisource

Memphis-based International Paper Co. has reached an agreement to merge its xpedx distribution business with Unisource Worldwide Inc. of Atlanta.

Finding ‘Delicate Balance’

Wharton says city must deal in realism

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. leaned heavily on reality and the practical in a State of the City address Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

UTHSC Nurse Develops 'Socrates' Board Game

Her students were bored. She was frustrated.

Germantown Board OKs Whole Foods Zoning

Two major retail projects in Germantown have received a green light to move forward.

Commission Approves Ballpark Deal

The deal for the city of Memphis to buy AutoZone Park and the St. Louis Cardinals to buy the Memphis Redbirds franchise is on its way to a mid-February closing.

Local Weather
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Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 44%

EVENTS

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis is seeking Feb. 2 Home Team Huddle party hosts. Participants will host a “Super Sunday” party in their homes, businesses, schools or churches and collect donations for Memphis Habitat during halftime. Hosts who sign up by Thursday, Jan. 30, will receive a party pack with posters, supplies and promotion ideas. For more info, visit memphishabitat.com/hometeamhuddle or call 322-3517.

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ZeroTo510 Program Opens Application Period

Applications are now starting to come in for ZeroTo510, the medical device product and services startup accelerator that’s preparing to kick off its third year.

Memphis Finally Finding Touch From Deep

When the Memphis Tigers missed 15 of 17 threes against Southeast Missouri State, the players and coach Josh Pastner said not to worry. And they had a 77-65 victory in that game to back them up.

Court Invalidates Ashlar Hall Transfer

Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter has invalidated Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges’ November transfer of Ashlar Hall to acquaintance Kenny Medlin, after Medlin did not produce a plan for rehabilitating the property.

Wharton Faces Challenges in State of the City

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. may face the most challenging year of his tenure as he delivers his State of the City address Wednesday, Jan. 29.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Attorney Pierotti Joins Thomas Family Law Firm

Nicholas J. Pierotti has joined Thomas Family Law Firm PLC as an attorney, marking the firm’s expansion to include probate issues. Pierotti, a third-generation attorney, joins founder Justin K. Thomas in the Memphis-based practice and will work with clients on both family law and probate matters, including wills and estates.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Super Bowl ‘Ad-stravaganza’ Preview

With one of the most watched television broadcasts in history just days away, buzz is building to a frenzy over which big brands will take home Best in Show in this year’s Super Bowl advertising competition.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Wine-in-Supermarkets Bill Advances in House

NASHVILLE (AP) – The House committee that killed last year's version of a bill to allow wine sales in Tennessee grocery stores on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted in favor of giving cities the ability to hold referendums on the proposal.

Task Force to Study State's Funding Formula

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed a task force to study the state's school funding formula.

REGIONAL

Silver Airways Asked to Reduce Flights

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – The mayors of two Mississippi cities are asking Silver Airways to reduce its flight schedule at their airports.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Durable Goods Orders Drop 4.3 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – Businesses cut back sharply on their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in December with a key category that signals business investment plans falling by the biggest amount in five months.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama Hiking Minimum Pay for New Federal Contracts

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama will sign an executive order setting the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts at $10.10 an hour, the White House said Tuesday. The president will announce the increase during his State of the Union address.

Farm Bill Deal Would Cut Food Stamps by 1 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – Farm-state lawmakers are lobbying colleagues member by member, vote by vote as they push for House passage of a massive, five year farm bill that would make cuts to food stamps and continue generous subsidies for farmers.

TECHNOLOGY

Pressure Mounts for Apple to Expand its Horizons

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple reshaped technology and society when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone seven years ago. Now, the trend-setting company is losing ground to rivals that offer what Apple has stubbornly refused to make: smartphones with lower prices and larger screens than the iPhone.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 79 146 10,368
MORTGAGES 95 202 13,529
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 24 2,668
BUILDING PERMITS 0 393 24,700
BANKRUPTCIES 62 122 10,014
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 37 3,773
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 99 248 14,805
MARRIAGE LICENSES 27 58 3,225

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