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VOL. 129 | NO. 48 | Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mays Accepts Suburban Schools Settlements, Dismisses Related Court Claims

The Memphis Federal Court judge overseeing the three-year old court case over the reformation of public schools in Shelby County has dismissed the last major claim of the case, all remaining claims still pending.

Book Blitz

Literacy Mid-South in midst of whirlwind period of activity

Literacy Mid-South is spending part of this month literally surrounded by books.

County Commission Approves Crosstown Funding

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, March 10, $5 million in county funding for public infrastructure on the $180 million Crosstown redevelopment project.

Shelby County Party Heads Look Ahead to Primaries

As Shelby County Democrats try to improve on losing every countywide office to Republicans in the 2010 county elections, party leaders are also warning political figures who identify as Democrats not to cross party lines.

Exeter Property Group Acquires Industrial Portfolio

Exeter Property Group has acquired a 4.4 million-square-foot industrial portfolio – including four properties in Memphis – for $132 million.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
85°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 8 mph
Humidity: 41%

EVENTS

Calvary Episcopal Church will hold its 2014 Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop weekdays through April 11 at the church, 102 N. Second St. Speakers from various faiths will speak from 12:05 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.; the Waffle Shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Visit calvarymemphis.org for a list of speakers.

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Calvary Lenten Series Enters 91st Year

Times have changed. Not so much that Calvary Episcopal Church leaders have stopped believing in the value of the daily Lenten Preaching Series because 2014 marks the series’ 91st continuous year.

Grizz Need Strong Finish for Playoff Chance

Twenty games to go and, at this point, even a 13-7 finish might not be good enough to ensure the Grizzlies make the Western Conference Playoffs.

Frontier Airlines Lands Memphis Return

Frontier Airlines made a triumphant return to Memphis Friday, March, 7, complete with pilots and passengers wearing Elvis sunglasses.

Election Commission Hopeful for School Board Ruling

John Ryder, an attorney for the Shelby County Election Commission, capped a week of cryptic court filings in the case by quoting a line from “Macbeth” as he made the Election Commission’s point that Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays should rule soon.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Galvanizing Company Files Permit for Facility

3328 Fite Road, Millington, TN 38053, Permit Cost: $1.9 million -

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Campaign Packaging

Part one of a two-part series. Do you need to raise money for your nonprofit? If you answer “yes,” you are in good company. Fundraising is critical for most nonprofits and it takes time to build relationships that generate the revenue needed to operate.

STATEWIDE

State to Offer Free Guided Hikes on March 22

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee State Parks is offering free guided hikes at each of the 54 state parks on March 22.

REGIONAL

Furniture Company Expanding in Pontotoc

PONTOTOC, Miss. (AP) – Delta Furniture Company plans to expand its operations in Pontotoc, creating 50 jobs in a $520,000 investment.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Americans Board Public Transit in Booming Numbers

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming.

Southwest Announces Potential Flights From Dallas

DALLAS (AP)Southwest Airlines Co. is raising the ante over Dallas Love Field.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama Economists: Rosier Picture if Budget Passed

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's top economists say the nation is on track to make economic progress over the next two years, but say it would do even better if Congress would enact the additional spending he proposed in his most recent budget. A divided Congress in an election year is not likely to heed that call.

HEALTH CARE

Health Law Cited as US Uninsured Rate Drops

WASHINGTON (AP) – The share of Americans without health insurance is dropping to the lowest levels since President Barack Obama took office, but sign-ups under his health care law lag among Hispanics – a big pool of potential beneficiaries.

Administration Drops Proposed Medicare Changes

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration says it's pulling the plug on proposed changes to the Medicare prescription program that ran into strong opposition on Capitol Hill.

County Commission Approves Crosstown Funding

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, March 10, $5 million in county funding for public infrastructure on the $180 million Crosstown redevelopment project.

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PROPERTY SALES 32 344 10,222
MORTGAGES 52 452 13,327
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 10 86 2,624
BUILDING PERMITS 0 783 24,307
BANKRUPTCIES 60 359 9,892
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 133 3,736
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 76 595 14,558
MARRIAGE LICENSES 23 104 3,167

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