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VOL. 129 | NO. 148 | Thursday, July 31, 2014

City Hall Saga Charts New Directions

After a bit of a breather, all sides in City Hall’s simmering political dispute over health insurance changes for city employees and retirees sat down at the same table Tuesday, July 29, and offered a few new directions.

Chisca Rebirth

Historic hotel moves to next redevelopment steps

As the Carlisle Corp. began to really delve into the guts of the old Chisca Hotel on Main Street, company officials discovered hidden gem after hidden gem.

Scripps To Spin-Off Newspapers Including Commercial Appeal

The E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati announced Wednesday, July 30, that it will spin off its newspapers, including The Commercial Appeal, in 2015 into a new Journal Media Group to be headquartered in Milwaukee along with newspapers from the Journal Media Group of Milwaukee.

Mays Orders End To Kellogg Lock-Out

U.S. District Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays has ordered an end to the lock-out of union workers at the Memphis Kellogg plant.

FedEx Founder Highlights Economic Club Fall Slate

FedEx founder Fred Smith will make a rare public speaking appearance in Memphis Nov. 6, as part of the fall 2014 lineup of speakers planned for the Economic Club of Memphis.

Local Weather
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Humidity: 55%

EVENTS

Overton Square will hold a Thursdays Squared concert Thursday, July 31, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Tower Courtyard at Trimble Place and Florence Street. The series continues through Aug. 28. Visit thursdayssquared.com for a schedule.

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Council Aims to Strengthen Local Medical Device Firms

Shelby County medical device manufacturers are known for their innovation. But it took about three years of meetings before officially forming the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council this July.

Riverside Debate Reflects Pace of Riverfront Change

On the day that the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation unveiled plans to add a soccer field, volleyball court and six-station fitness loop to Tom Lee Park, city engineers got an earful in the Beale Street Landing breezeway from critics of other changes to the stretch of Riverside Drive that runs by the park and the landing.

County Schools Show Gains in Reading, Science

The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program – or TCAP – test data for Shelby County Schools students in grades 3-8 shows 41.7 percent were proficient or advanced in math, with 41 percent proficient or advanced in reading and 52 percent proficient or advanced in science.

Achievement School District Touts Proficiency Gains

The state-run Achievement School District grew its math proficiency percentages in its second school year by 2.2 percentage points, reading and language arts by 3.4 percentage points and science proficiency percentages by half a percentage point – all compared to the previous 2012-2013 school year.

Brooks Museum Director Takes Position in Cincinnati

Cameron Kitchin is leaving his position as director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art to become director of the Cincinnati Art Museum.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

What’s Your Investment Risk Profile?

Ray’s Take Risk. It’s something we are all involved in every day – sometimes consciously and sometimes not.

Checking Out the Meanings Behind ‘Glamazon’

I was checking something out online the other day when I came across the word glamazon.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

More Vigorous US Economy Appears to Be Emerging

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

As Fed Meets, Key Issues Likely to Stay Unanswered

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve will likely end a policy meeting Wednesday with a lot of questions unanswered:

GOP Blocks Tax Hike on Firms Moving Overseas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas.

Senate Reprieve for Highly Contested Border Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border won a temporary reprieve in the Senate Wednesday as lawmakers maneuvered to offer some response to the crisis before adjourning for the summer.

GOP Pushes House Toward Approving Obama Lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushed a divided House Wednesday toward a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.

Ex-IRS Official Called Conservatives Crazies

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois Lerner was biased against conservative groups and targeted them for extra scrutiny.

HEALTH CARE

Probe Exposes Flaws Behind HealthCare.gov Rollout

WASHINGTON (AP) — Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 87 87 14,804
MORTGAGES 80 80 19,410
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 22 3,817
BUILDING PERMITS 142 142 35,472
BANKRUPTCIES 62 62 14,096
BUSINESS LICENSES 62 62 5,053
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 99 99 21,532
MARRIAGE LICENSES 37 37 4,594

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