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VOL. 124 | NO. 215 | Monday, November 2, 2009

Conference to Highlight Trade Importance

The North American Free Trade Agreement was implemented in 1994 with hopes of fostering trade among the U.S., Canada and Mexico. A few years later, transportation officials announced plans to build an interstate that would connect Canada and Mexico by running through the heart of America – including Memphis.

Regions Maintains Top Spot in Tenn. Market Share

Regions Financial Corp. is bullish on Memphis. And the Birmingham, Ala.-based bank has hard numbers to back up that optimism.

Hyde, Frist Stress Importance of School Reform Plan

The possibility of tens of millions of dollars in private funding for the Memphis City Schools system isn’t as important as the reform plan the school system is pursuing along with the money.

Hamilton’s Fireplace Shop Keeps Winter at Bay

Except for the chimney, Hamilton’s Fireplace Shop has just about anything required to turn an empty hearth into the heart of a home.

Dover to Close Memphis Motorsports Park

Dover Motorsports Inc., the owner of Memphis Motorsports Park, is waving the checkered flag and will end racetrack operations there, the company reported Friday.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
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Wind: Northwest at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 53%

EVENTS

InMotion Orthopaedic Research Center and the Memphis Bioworks Business Association will present the Memphis Orthopaedic Research Lecture Series today from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Memphis University School, 6191 Park Ave. The speakers will be Dr. Weikuan Gu, associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and Marcus Scott, director of research, implant fixation and augments at Smith & Nephew Inc. For reservations, call 866-1452.

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THE MEMPHIS NEWS

TennCut: Why the state Medicaid program is slashing services to thousands of disabled people

Thyroid disease, congestive heart failure, blood clots, anemia and rheumatoid arthritis are just some of the health problems Memphian Ann B. wakes up to every day. For 11 years, she has been covered under a class of TennCare called Supplemental Social Security, or the “Daniels” class. Ann asked that her last name be kept anonymous.

The Best of the Worst: One Patient's Survival Story

When Linda Fann found out her 39-year-old daughter, Jacqueatha Phillips, who was born with spina bifida and is covered under TennCare’s Medically Needy Spend Down category, was facing service cuts, she took matters into her own hands.

TennCare Issues Show Just Where Government’s Priorities Lie

When government runs amok and its cogs begin grinding up the citizens it's supposed to serve, there’s got to be a last resort. In the case of the slipups chronicled in this week’s cover story, they’re called state senators and representatives.

Though New Place Not There Yet, Wally Joe Still Working It

If the truism in the restaurant industry is it takes twice as long to open a restaurant as you plan, try this: Wally Joe left his eponymous establishment on Sanderlin Avenue, which opened in May 2002, in December 2006.

‘Evil’ Wine’s No Trick, Certainly A Treat

You might think the label of Evil 2007 is upside-down, but not to a bat hanging by its feet from a bare branch.

Mozart Mixes With 'Carol Burnett Moments' In Opera Memphis Show

Opera is one of the grander forms of high art, but on occasion, it’s just what some might call silly. The director of Opera Memphis’ season opener said to expect pure comedy from the company’s production of a Mozart classic.

His Own Words: Wharton’s Inaugural Speech Pushes ‘One Memphis’

Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. became Memphis mayor on Monday.

STATEWIDE

Report: Tenn. Pre-K Not Effective After Second Grade

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new report shows the effectiveness of Tennessee’s pre-kindergarten program diminishes after the second grade, but supporters say it still provides a valuable foundation that will help at-risk children succeed.

REGIONAL

Analysis: No Single Route to Judgeships in Miss.

An AP news analysis

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Va. Lawmaker Helps People Affected by IP Mill Closure

FRANKLIN, Va. (AP) - Rep. Randy Forbes has set up a Web site to help people affected by Memphis-based International Paper Co.'s decision to close its plant in Franklin.

Consumer Spending Falls In September, Incomes Flat

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer spending plunged in September by the largest amount in nine months, reflecting the end of the government’s “Cash for Clunkers” auto sales program. Incomes, the fuel for future spending, were flat.

Gov't Says Stimulus Saved or Created 650,000 Jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 650,000 jobs have been saved or created under President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan, the White House said Friday, saying the president's goal of 3.5 million jobs by the end of next year is on track.

Democrats Want to Curb Banks' Overdraft Fees

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior congressional Democrats say legislation is still needed to limit how lenders charge customers who overspend on their accounts, even though some big banks have already curbed high-fee overdraft programs.

NATIONAL POLITICS

US Congress Ethics Report Leaks, Revealing Names

WASHINGTON (AP) - Internal investigations into the conduct of more than two dozen members of the U.S. House of Representatives were exposed in an extraordinary, Internet-era breach involving the secretive process by which Congress polices lawmaker ethics.

Obama Lifts Ban on US Entry for Those with HIV

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. will overturn a 20-year-old U.S. travel ban against people with HIV early next year.

Home Sales: The Unknown Frontier

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 115 270 19,843
MORTGAGES 141 311 23,225
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 35 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 74 196 13,300
BUSINESS LICENSES 25 48 6,185
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 40 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 73 4,915

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