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VOL. 129 | NO. 44 | Wednesday, March 5, 2014

AutoZone Grows Sales, Net Income in 2nd Quarter

Whenever AutoZone Inc. chairman, president and CEO Bill Rhodes presents the company’s quarterly earnings to analysts, it’s never long before he starts talking about the weather.

Sales Pitch

Local teams get creative to maintain, attract season-ticket holders

For every professional sports team, there are at least two running narratives: the one on the court or field of play and the one at the box office.

Collierville Approves No Tuition Open Enrollment Policy For In-County Transfers

Collierville Schools board members voted Tuesday, March 4, to approve an open enrollment policy that would open enrollment in their schools to children outside the town limits but within Shelby County on a space available basis at no charge.

Council Weighs Conflicting Liability Numbers, Approves Mall Plan

Memphis City Council members cleared much of their committee calendar Tuesday, Feb. 4, to talk for four hours about specifics of the city’s pension fund liability crisis.

Election Commission Hears Ballot Challenges

Shelby County Election Commissioners could complete the ballot for the May Shelby County primary elections Wednesday, March 5, by deciding on challenges to the residency of three candidates in the Democratic primaries.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
89°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 9 mph
Humidity: 45%

EVENTS

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, March 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Memphis education barn, 2525 Central Ave. Museum CEO Dick Hackett will present “Success Breeds Success.” Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit afpmemphis.org.

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Fincher Outlines ‘Complicated’ Farm Bill Details

The only active row-crop farmer in Congress has been on the road the last month talking particulars of a very complex farm bill with farmers not only in his West Tennessee district, which includes part of Memphis, but in five other states and other parts of Tennessee.

Germantown Schools Tuition Debate Lingers

UPDATE: In a special meeting Friday, March 7, the Germantown Municipal Schools board voted 3-0 to rescind its tuition requirement for open enrollment of students living outside Germantown.

Norris Finds Legislative Leadership Has its Price

Many people who like problem solving usually tackle a tough crossword, or maybe Sudoku.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Eddleman Joins Family Safety Center

Vernetta Eddleman has joined the Family Safety Center, Memphis and Shelby County’s center for victims of domestic violence, as director of client services.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Marketing Strategies On Vine

Given the increasingly shorter attention span of today’s Web user, it’s no wonder Twitter’s looping video app – Vine – is crawling its way into brand marketing strategies across the globe. At more than 40 million users in just over a year, it’s making a run at Instagram, now over three years old with more than 150 million users.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Supermarket Wine Sales Bill Headed to Governor

NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislation that would let voters decide whether their cities or counties allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores has been sent to the governor, who is expected to sign the measure into law.

Tennessee Lawmakers to Take Up Tuition Equality Bill

NASHVILLE (AP) – Supporters of legislation to make children of people living in the country illegally eligible for in-state tuition say the proposal is fair and would benefit the state's economy.

Sponsor Puts Off Change to US Senate Nominations

NASHVILLE (AP) – The sponsor of a proposal to give state lawmakers the power to name U.S. Senate nominees has a hold on the measure.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

RadioShack Closing 1,100 Stores as Troubles Grow

NEW YORK (AP) – There will soon be about 1,100 fewer places to buy batteries.

Apple CFO to Retire, Successor Named

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Apple's longtime Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer will retire in September and he'll be replaced by the company's corporate controller.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama 2015 Budget Focuses on Boosting Economy

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget Tuesday that would funnel money into road building, education and other economy-bolstering programs, handing Democrats a playbook for their election-year themes of creating jobs and narrowing the income gap between rich and poor.

REAL ESTATE

US Home Prices Rose at Solid Pace in January

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices rose in January after three months of declines as a tight supply of properties likely supported prices despite slower sales.

TECHNOLOGY

Dish, Disney Deal Envisions Internet-Delivered TV

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Dish Network and Disney have reached a landmark deal that envisions the day when Dish will offer a Netflix-like TV service to people who'd rather stream TV over the Internet than put a satellite receiver on their roof.

Collierville Approves No Tuition Open Enrollment Policy For In-County Transfers

Collierville Schools board members voted Tuesday, March 4, to approve an open enrollment policy that would open enrollment in their schools to children outside the town limits but within Shelby County on a space available basis at no charge.

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PROPERTY SALES 70 224 13,880
MORTGAGES 105 298 18,124
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 16 55 3,560
BUILDING PERMITS 0 430 32,733
BANKRUPTCIES 81 211 13,214
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 68 4,773
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 103 307 20,206
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