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VOL. 125 | NO. 204 | Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Consolidation Vote Certification Will Await Court Ruling

The Shelby County Election Commission will not certify the results of the Nov. 2 consolidation referendum until there is some kind of ruling from Memphis federal court on the lawsuit challenging the way the votes are to be counted.

Center Stage

Calvary Episcopal continues annual music series

Last week Kallen Esperian sent her world-renowned operatic soprano soaring through Calvary Episcopal Church.

Pinnacle Seeks CCDC Funds to Aid Move

Downtown boosters are still trying to add incentives to the mix to smooth the way for Pinnacle Airlines Corp. to bring its corporate headquarters to Downtown’s One Commerce Square.

Low Home Sales Yield Slow Job Growth

As the unemployment rate for the construction industry climbed to 17.2 percent in September, local construction experts say the residential numbers are a direct reflection of sales activity.

Businesses Seek Health Payment Reform

Regardless of whether court challenges to health care reform are successful, businesses are likely to continue pushing for a key component of the new legislation – payment reform.

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EVENTS

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Tal Frankfurt, founder of Cloud for Good, will speak on the topic “Managing Your Constituents in the Cloud.” Cost is $45 for members, $75 for nonmembers and $40 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

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Needham Named Public Works Director

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has appointed Tom Needham as the new county director of public works. Needham heads a list of mayoral appointments changing the leadership of the department.

Mueller Earnings Beat Estimates

Memphis-based Mueller Industries Inc. announced Tuesday that it earned $18.9 million during its third quarter, edging out a $200,000 improvement from the same period a year ago.

Argo Joins Crews & Associates as Vice President

Hayden C. Argo Jr. has joined Crews & Associates Inc. as vice president for the investment-banking firm in the Memphis market. Argo will conduct fixed income securities sales.

Social Media Can Be Risky Business

While the upside of social media marketing can be tremendous, it’s not without risks. Just ask MAPCO with more than 400 convenience stores across the southeast.

Workplace Solutions Require Negotiation

When I went to college I pursued a liberal arts degree, a course of study that did little to prepare me for the business world. Yeah, I could critique a piece of art, talk about Lewis and Clark, and understand a little French, but no one ever broached the subject of how to negotiate a business deal or cooperate in the give and take of project management. And then I went to work in the real world.

STATEWIDE

Herron Still Scolding Fincher for no Disclosure

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Roy Herron said Tuesday that his opponent in the 8th Congressional District race should disclose financial documents like his fellow Republican congressional candidate in the 6th District.

REGIONAL

Ark. DHS to Get $3.5M for Mental Health Treatment

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation say the state's Department of Human Services is to receive $3.5 million to provide treatment for people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction and associated mental-health problems.

Mississippi Lawmakers Examine Minority Contracting

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A legislative study committee is taking a look at minority participation in public contracts in Mississippi.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Dow Falls Below 11,000 as Dollar Rises

NEW YORK (AP) — A stronger dollar and a surprise interest rate hike in China that may slow that country's economy helped push stocks sharply lower Tuesday.

Bank of America Posts $7.7B Loss on Special Charge

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America Corp. said Tuesday it lost $7.65 billion during the third quarter due to a charge related to credit and debit card reform legislation passed over the summer.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Even in Liberal Bastions, GOP Sees Election Chance

HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (AP) — In the congressional district that's home to the Kennedy family compound, a Kennedy public skating rink and a Kennedy museum, the heart of liberalism is beating uneasily.

REAL ESTATE

Home Starts Rise Slightly, Building Permits Fall

WASHINGTON (AP) – Home construction rose slightly last month on the strength of single-family homes, but the market was still too weak to propel growth in the battered industry.

Federal Agencies Probing Foreclosure Problems

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says federal agencies are investigating allegations of widespread errors in foreclosure documents.

Moody's: Commercial Property Prices Fell in August

NEW YORK (AP) — Commercial real estate prices slipped 3.3 percent in August to the lowest level since October 2009, according to a report issued Tuesday by Moody's Investors Services.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 331 19,904
MORTGAGES 0 391 23,305
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 1 232 13,336
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 76 6,213
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 4,936

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