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VOL. 123 | NO. 233 | Friday, November 28, 2008

Airport’s East-West Runway to be Rebuilt

The east-west runway at Memphis International Airport will be shut down for almost nine months in 2009 during a $53 million reconstruction project that will improve the runway’s ability to handle heavy loads.

City, County Leaders Discuss Consolidation

A public discussion this week led by Memphis City Council Chairman Myron Lowery, Shelby County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Deidre Malone and Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. hinted at some of the myriad complexities related to city-county consolidation.

Safety Group Issues Holiday Toy Warnings

WASHINGTON (AP) – If the toy fits inside the tube from a toilet roll, it’s too small for the tiny tots, consumer advocates warned this week.

Encouraging Dip In Rate of New Cancers, Deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) – The rate of new cancer cases finally may be inching down – cautiously optimistic news, but a gain that specialists worry could be derailed by economic turmoil.

Architect Leads Hospital Projects From Memphis to China

It’s a long way from West Tennessee to Shenzhen, China, but David Rhodes’ career path has taken him there.

Local Weather
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Wind: South at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 55%

EVENTS

The Memphis Holiday Parade will be held today at 5 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. The South Main shops and galleries will host magic shows, face painting, balloon artists and stilt walkers. After the parade, the South Main Jolly Trolley Tour with parties and art openings will be held.

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Men Accused in Obama Plot Plead Not Guilty

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - Two white supremacists charged with plotting to kill President-elect Barack Obama and dozens of other black people pleaded not guilty Wednesday to new criminal charges added to an earlier federal indictment.

Obama Adds Econ Advisers, Says 'Help on the Way'

CHICAGO (AP) - President-elect Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to have an economic plan ready for action on the nation's financial crisis on his first day in office. "Help is on the way," he declared.

US: 4 New Reports Reveal Battered Economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government released a quartet of reports Wednesday that paint a bleak picture of the U.S. economy: Jobless claims remain at recessionary levels, Americans cut back on their spending by the largest amount since the 2001 terrorist attacks, orders to U.S. factories plummeted and homes sales fell to the lowest level in nearly 18 years.

Weekly US Rail Shipments Jump, Inflated by Holiday

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shipments carried by U.S. railroads rose 6.6 percent last week, boosted by comparison to a year-ago period slowed down by the Thanksgiving holiday, a major industry trade group reported Wednesday.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 61 331 19,904
MORTGAGES 80 391 23,305
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 35 231 13,335
BUSINESS LICENSES 28 76 6,213
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 21 94 4,936

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