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VOL. 129 | NO. 6 | Thursday, January 9, 2014

Council Approves Ballpark Deal, Changes Coming

When AutoZone Park opens for another season of Redbirds baseball, you probably won’t notice anything different about the ballpark itself, though it will be owned by the city and the Redbirds will be owned by the St. Louis Cardinals.

New Management

Downtown Memphis Commission takes over Beale Street

It was shortly after 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, and Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris got an urgent message about a problem on Beale Street.

Germantown Planning Commission OKs Plan for Whole Foods

Developers on Tuesday, Jan. 7, cleared a key regulatory hurdle for a planned Whole Foods Market store in Germantown.

PRSA Memphis, Rossie Prep for Busy Year

The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is kicking off what incoming chapter president Kim Speros Rossie is calling a busy 2014 by naming Beverly Robertson, outgoing president of the National Civil Rights Museum, as the 2014 recipient of the chapter’s Communicator of the Year Award.

Little Outlines Options for City’s Pension Liability

Changing retirement and health care benefits for city of Memphis employees going forward is a given, said city Chief Administrative Officer George Little this week.

Grizzlies’ Gutsy Comeback Falls Short

Fans had reason to cheer when the Grizzlies’ overtime game with the San Antonio Spurs ended Tuesday, Jan. 7, at FedExForum.


Get Ready for 2014 Taxes Now

Ray’s Take: Some of us have already started gathering our records and receipts in preparation for completing our 2013 federal income tax forms. However, it’s not too soon to be thinking about 2014 taxes as well. Changes in the tax code – from bracket revisions to the 3.8 per cent investment tax – could have an impact on your withholding and tax bill a year from now.

‘Nigerian’ Inheritance Scam Leads to Lawyer’s Suspension

Early last month an attorney whose name I’ll spare you was suspended from practice for 12 months by his state’s lawyer disciplinary panel. Someone the lawyer had represented in a criminal case presented documentation indicating that he (the client) was the beneficiary of a large bequest. From a long-lost cousin. In Nigeria.


Fans Gather at Graceland for Presley's Birthday

MEMPHIS (AP) – Television and radio personality Wink Martindale remembers the day nearly 60 years ago when Elvis Presley's first single, "That's All Right," played for the first time on the radio.


Health Management Holders Approve Sale to CHS

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP)Health Management Associates Inc. shareholders have approved the company's sale to competitor Community Health Systems.


How to Get Ahead in Business With a Short Resume

NEW YORK (AP) – Hey twentysomethings, dreaming of trading in the safety of a regular paycheck to start your own business? There's no secret sauce. Instead, founders of three companies have obvious tips: Work hard, network and ask for help.

Business Lobby Seeks Major Push on Immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) – The president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says the nation's biggest business lobby intends to "pull out all the stops" to pass an overhaul of immigration laws. That would place the chamber on the side of President Barack Obama on one of the White House's top legislative priorities of the year.

Madoff-Related Fraud to Cost JPMorgan $2.5 Billion

NEW YORK (AP) – For more than 15 years, there were signs something was amiss with what federal prosecutors in Manhattan call the "703 account" at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

US Consumer Borrowing Up $12.3 Billion in November

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans increased their borrowing in November, led by continued gains in auto and student loans.

Southwest Traffic, Revenue Figure Jump in December

DALLAS (AP) – A key revenue figure for Southwest Airlines Co. soared in December on stronger passenger traffic, a sharp turnaround from November that may have reflected the unusually late Thanksgiving holiday.


Fed Reduced Bond Buys After Seeing Big Job Gains

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve agreed last month to modestly reduce its bond purchases because of improvements in the job market that many Fed members felt would be sustained.


Experts Withdraw From Internet Security Conference

WASHINGTON (AP) – At least eight researchers or policy experts have withdrawn from an Internet security conference after the sponsor reportedly used flawed encryption technology deliberately in commercial software to allow the National Security Agency to spy more easily on computer users.

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