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VOL. 129 | NO. 3 | Monday, January 6, 2014

Verso Paper Buying NewPage in $1.4 Billion Deal

NEW YORK (AP) – Coated papers maker Verso Paper is buying NewPage Holdings Inc. in a deal valued at $1.4 billion including debt.

Music Maker

Saint Blues celebrates 30th anniversary with events, new guitar models

Memphis-based guitar maker Saint Blues Guitar Workshop is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014 and is marking the occasion in part with the introduction of several new guitar models.

Plans in Works for Dormant Midtown Project

City officials are working on plans to kick-start the dormant Washington Bottoms project at Poplar Avenue and Cleveland Street in Midtown.

Consolidation Voting Case Still Complex in 3rd Year

Three years after all the votes were counted in dual votes on an attempt to consolidate city and county governments, the federal lawsuit over the dual-vote requirement in state law continues.

Creative Aging Mid-South Delivers Arts to Elderly

Meryl Klein is on a mission to bring color, music, movement and beauty to senior citizens throughout the Mid-South.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Battleground Lacrosse Gives Area Players Place to Shop

Damon Waxler was led into the world of memorabilia by collecting as a child. It would eventually lead to opening the store Dixie Pickers in October 2012 on Main Street in Collierville’s Town Square.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Will a Leader Take a Stand?

Despite its history of entrepreneurialism, Memphis is a ghost town when it comes to birthing and growing businesses.

Staying Out of the Frying Pan

Last year, the whole country watched as celebrity chef Paula Deen found herself in the frying pan of bad publicity and damaging legal action. Now that the fire has more or less cooled, what lessons can employers and human resources professionals learn from what happened?

STATEWIDE

Court Reinstates Antitrust Suit Against Dean Foods

NASHVILLE (AP) – A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit that claims Dean Foods conspired with another milk processor and a dairy cooperative to reduce competition in the milk industry.

STATE GOVERNMENT

State Rep. Charles Curtiss Resigns From Seat

NASHVILLE (AP) – Democratic State Rep. Charles Curtiss has stepped down after serving as a Tennessee lawmaker for 19 years.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Bernanke: 2014 Could be Better Year for US Economy

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday predicted a stronger year for the U.S. economy in 2014, saying several factors that have held back growth appear to be abating.

Will Surge of Older Workers Take Jobs From Young?

CHICAGO (AP) – It's an assertion that has been accepted as fact by droves of the unemployed: Older people remaining on the job later in life are stealing jobs from young people.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

US Spy Court: NSA to Keep Collecting Phone Records

WASHINGTON (AP) – A secretive U.S. spy court has ruled again that the National Security Agency can keep collecting every American's telephone records every day, in the midst of dueling decisions in two civilian federal courts about whether the surveillance program is constitutional.

Government Might Deregulate Corn, Soybean Seeds

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The federal government on Friday proposed eliminating restrictions on corn and soybean seeds genetically engineered to resist a common weed killer, a move welcomed by many farmers but worrisome to scientists and environmentalists who fear it could invite growers to use more chemicals on crops.

Interior Department Ends Federal 'Blueway' Program

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A U.S. Interior Department program intended to recognize conservation efforts along the nation's waterways was dissolved on Friday amid opposition from landowners and politicians who feared it would lead to increased regulations and possible land seizures.

HEALTH CARE

Government: Birth Control Mandate Should Not be Blocked

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration urged a Supreme Court justice Friday to stop blocking the new health care law's requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.

Skimpy Health Law Plans Leave Some ‘Underinsured’

WASHINGTON (AP) – For working people making modest wages and struggling with high medical bills from chronic disease, President Barack Obama's health care plan sounds like long-awaited relief. But the promise could go unfulfilled.

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PROPERTY SALES 72 238 10,116
MORTGAGES 103 297 13,172
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 20 60 2,598
BUILDING PERMITS 192 562 24,086
BANKRUPTCIES 75 227 9,760
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