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VOL. 129 | NO. 60 | Thursday, March 27, 2014

School Board Approves $52.6 Million Capital Ask

Shelby County Schools board members have approved 25 sets of attendance zone changes for the first school year of the demerger and sent a $52.6 million capital “ask” for the current fiscal year to the Shelby County Commission for consideration.

Tasty Transformation

Baskin-Robbins debuts new flavors, fresh look for stores

Goodbye, “31 Flavors.” Hello, “40 Flavors.”

Seminar Explores Complicated Details of Health Care Law

The Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, became law in 2010.

Second Lawsuit Filed Over Rape Kit Backlog

Three women allegedly raped by Anthony Alliano during a string of rapes in the Cordova area covering a decade have filed suit in Memphis Federal Court over the delay in testing their rape kits.

Harrah's Tunica to Close in June

Harrah’s Tunica casino will close June 2, according to an announcement Wednesday, March 26, by Caesars Entertainment, the parent company of Harrah’s

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
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Wind: 14 mph
Humidity: 46%

EVENTS

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will host a roundtable with Ayn Maddox, managing partner of coaching and consulting company CreativExpressions, Thursday, March 27, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Cheffie’s Cafe, 483 High Point Terrace. The topic is “How Relationships Turn a Salesperson Into a Consultant.” Cost at the door is $20. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

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Coleman Resigns As County Corrections Head

Shelby County Corrections Division director James Coleman has resigned effective immediately citing “personal reasons.”

New Retail Center Proposed for Downtown Memphis

A new mixed-use retail center could be headed to the area south of FedExForum Downtown after the developer received approval Wednesday, March 26 for two drive-thru windows and several other code variances.

Group of Retail Trucks Set for Memphis Debut

A group of mobile retail businesses – think food trucks, except with a retail component instead of food – will be launching in Memphis soon, with the debut of each so-called retail truck staggered throughout April and May.

Plans Coming Together for Tennessee Brewery Untapped

Plans are taking shape for the six-week “temporary activation” project coming to the Tennessee Brewery at 495 Tennessee St., an initiative starting in late April that will be called “Tennessee Brewery Untapped.”

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Time to Ignore Financial Predictions

Ray’s Take. Financial “experts” like to make predictions about what the markets, the economy and sundry other things financial will do in the months ahead. At the beginning of 2013, one well-known economist predicted 2013 would bring 50 percent unemployment alongside a 90 percent drop in the stock market. Thankfully, he was about as far off the mark as you can get. What’s in store for 2014?

Another Five-Peat

“Never in the history of competitive crossword puzzle solving has there been a rivalry like the one between Tyler Hinman and Dan Feyer.” Thus begins a write-up of last week’s American Crossword Puzzle Tournament at time.com.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Senate Panel to Take Up School Voucher Bill

NASHVILLE (AP) – Lawmakers are hoping to get some kind of school voucher legislation moving again this week.

Bill to Repeal Tennessee Motorcycle Helmet Law Fails

NASHVILLE (AP) – The latest effort to get rid of Tennessee's motorcycle helmet requirement has failed in a Senate committee.

Senate Sponsor Says Compromise Near on Common Core

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate sponsor of a contentious proposal to delay further implementation of Tennessee's Common Core education standards for two years said Tuesday that a compromise is close on the legislation.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Young Workers Change Jobs Frequently, Study Shows

WASHINGTON (AP) – Young adults born in the early 1980s held an average of just over six jobs each from ages 18 through 26, a Labor Department survey showed Wednesday.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

High Court Bolsters Domestic Violence Gun Ban Law

WASHINGTON (AP) – People convicted of minor domestic violence offenses can be barred from possessing guns even in states where no proof of physical violence is required to support the domestic violence charge, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

HEALTH CARE

Millions Could Get Extra Time for Health Sign-Ups

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law. That would let the administration boost sign-ups and aid Democrats under attack over the program's troubles.

TECHNOLOGY

Report: Digital Sites Bring Momentum to News

NEW YORK (AP) – Growing digital outlets are bringing "a sense of momentum" to the news business even as long-term problems continue to plague the industry, a journalism think tank said on Wednesday.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 67 67 10,289
MORTGAGES 107 107 13,434
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 24 24 2,668
BUILDING PERMITS 393 393 24,700
BANKRUPTCIES 60 60 9,952
BUSINESS LICENSES 16 16 3,752
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 149 149 14,706
MARRIAGE LICENSES 31 31 3,198

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