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VOL. 129 | NO. 100 | Thursday, May 22, 2014

City Budget Dispute Remains Staring Match

It was the first thing Memphis Fire Director Alvin Benson told Memphis City Council members Tuesday, May 20, during budget committee hearings.

Airport Artists

Memphis International showcases students’ works

Several years ago Richard White, vice president of properties and business development at the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, noticed what he thought was a troubling trend.

ABF Freight Receives PILOT for Possible Expansion

ABF Freight System Inc. has received a tax break for the proposed expansion of its Memphis facility.

West Clinic Portfolio Sells for $12.1 Million

Core Real Estate Capital has completed the sale of three West Clinic Cancer Centers to 2014 Acquisitions 11 LLC, an affiliate of Net Lease Capital Advisors.

Zoo Parking Controversy Continues to Accelerate

When the Memphis Zoo pulled its funding of a free trial shuttle Tuesday, May 20, the Overton Park Conservancy moved up the start date two weeks from June 7 to this Saturday, May 24.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
35°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 78%

EVENTS

Healthy Memphis Common Table will hold its fourth annual meeting and recognition luncheon, “Cracking the Code to Real Health Equity,” Thursday, May 22, at 11:30 a.m. at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Health care quality and disparities expert Dr. Marshall H. Chin will present the keynote. Visit healthymemphis.org.

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Book Serves as ‘Love Letter’ to Memphis

Samantha Crespo has written her first book with a simple goal: to make readers fall in love with Memphis.

Redbirds Earn Primetime TV Game May 29

The days of black-and-white television and the likes of Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle running around in flannel uniforms are gone. But the “Game of the Week” is coming to Memphis and AutoZone Park.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Your Life in Five Years

Ray’s take: A typical job interview question is “Where do you see yourself in five years?” So should you be asking yourself this question in general? Is a five-year plan a must to your fiscal future?

Eye-Catching Reads

“I will not be venomous!” This is what I imagined to be the mantra of the reptile written about in Frankie Frisco’s “Second thoughts” sports column in the May 10 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: “A Spurs official said the snake was determined to be non-poisonous ….”

Encouraging Company Volunteerism

Boosting workplace morale may be as easy as leveraging your team’s talents outside the office via volunteer efforts.

STATEWIDE

Poll Shows Tennessee Voters Favor Free Tuition Plan

NASHVILLE (AP) – A majority of Tennessee voters support Gov. Bill Haslam's program to cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate, as well as higher education standards, according to the latest Vanderbilt University poll released Wednesday.

SPORTS

AP Sources: Wolves Get Permission to Talk to Joerger

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – With the Memphis Grizzlies front office in turmoil, the Minnesota Timberwolves are considering trying to lure coach Dave Joerger away to coach the team in his home state.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Cleaner Air Could Mean Higher Electric Bills

NEW YORK (AP) – Electricity prices are probably on their way up across much of the U.S. as coal-fired plants, the dominant source of cheap power, shut down in response to environmental regulations and economic forces.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Proposal Would Stop Door-to-Door Mail for Millions

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of Americans would no longer get mail delivered to their door but would go to communal or curbside boxes instead, under a proposed law.

Minutes: Fed Began Weighing Options for Rate Rise

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has begun to discuss the tools it could use to finally pull back the extraordinary stimulus it's provided the U.S. economy since 2008. But Fed officials plan further discussions and have set no timetable for any increase in interest rates.

Proposal: Airlines Openly Disclose Seat, Bag Fees

WASHINGTON (AP) – Passengers love the idea, but airlines hate it. The government wants to require that travelers be told upfront about basic services that aren't included in the price of a ticket and how much extra they'll cost.

TECHNOLOGY

FBI Head: Cyber Crime Posing 'Enormous Challenge'

WASHINGTON (AP) – Law enforcement faces an "enormous challenge" in preventing state-sponsored cyber crimes, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday, days after the Justice Department charged five Chinese military officials with hacking into American companies to steal trade secrets.

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PROPERTY SALES 65 366 17,721
MORTGAGES 70 417 23,068
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 91 4,519
BUILDING PERMITS 210 932 42,157
BANKRUPTCIES 62 299 16,691
BUSINESS LICENSES 19 80 5,781
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