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VOL. 124 | NO. 218 | Thursday, November 5, 2009

More Evidence Surfaces in Shelter Crisis

‘Inhumane treatment of animals, poor employee attitudes and lack of accountability’ likely to blame

Disgusted with what in hindsight appears to have been widespread mistreatment of animals at the Memphis Animal Shelter, a shelter employee turned to an out-of-town specialist for help.

Scrap Metal Rules Spit-Shined

Once Memphis City Council members thought they had solved the problem of scrap metal looting, they faced another problem – ending a legal stalemate with scrap metal dealers who sued the city of Memphis two years ago over the ordinance.

Justices, AWA Celebrate 30 Years Of Women in Law

The Association for Women Attorneys is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and in a commemoration of the goals women in the law have achieved, the organization Tuesday hosted the three female Tennessee Supreme Court justices – Chief Justice Janice M. Holder, Justice Cornelia A. Clark and Justice Sharon G. Lee – at a continuing legal education seminar at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

Tasty Buffet Owes Big Fine for Federal Labor Violations

The owners of Tasty Buffet are more than two years past due on a fine for federal labor violations that has been doubled to $459,658.

Dexter Rejoins Rainey Kizer Following Stint at FedEx

V. Latosha Dexter has rejoined Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC as a member of the firm’s Employment Law and Civil Rights Practice Group.

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EVENTS

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop today from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Judith Millesen, associate professor at Ohio University, will speak. Cost is $99 for members, $125 for nonmembers and $89 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

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MCS Gets Failing Grade on State Report Card

A state report card issued Tuesday reported Memphis City School students earned two D’s and one F. The same report card shows Shelby County School district earned A’s in academic achievement. In its “Value Added” score, which measures how much a student has improved, the district earned C’s and B’s.

STATEWIDE

Committee Exploring State Department on Aging

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee lawmakers are exploring the creation of a state Department on Aging and Adult Services.

Tennessee Ranks 5th for Business Climate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Site Selection magazine has ranked Tennessee among the five best states in the country for business climates.

REGIONAL

Special Elections Held in Miss.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Ron C. Cooke and Chris Hemphill will compete in the Nov. 24 runoff for justice court judge in Lowndes County.

Ark. House Members Voting On Rule Changes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas House members are meeting at the Capitol to vote on a series of rules changes to prepare for annual sessions.

Commissioner of Miss. Prisons Trying to Trim $8.3M

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps says he's looking for ways to cut $8.3 million out of the $344 million budget for the prison system.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Merck, Now No. 2 Drugmaker, Set for Future Buys

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The new Merck & Co. has become the world's second-biggest drugmaker overnight with a huge acquisition, but it still has a fat wallet and plans more wheeling and dealing.

Fed Again Pledges to Hold Rates at Record Lows

WASHINGTON (AP) - With the recession apparently over, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday held a key interest rate at a record low and again pledged to keep it there for an "extended period" to foster the fragile economic recovery.

GMAC Financial Services Q3 Loss Narrows

NEW YORK (AP) - GMAC Financial Services, the main lender for General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC, said Wednesday its loss narrowed to $767 million in the third quarter, as its auto lending unit made money while its home mortgage unit reported another loss.

Comcast Q3 Profit Up 22 Pct, But Growth Slows

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Comcast Corp. reported a 22 percent increase in third-quarter earnings, buoyed by an investment gain and a lower tax rate as it stepped up promotions on its bundled video, phone and Internet plans.

NATIONAL POLITICS

High Court to Look at Life in Prison for Juveniles

WASHINGTON (AP) - Joe Sullivan was sent away for life for raping an elderly woman and judged incorrigible though he was only 13 at the time of the attack.

Treasury Expects Debt Limit Will be Hit in Dec.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Treasury Department now expects to hit the government's debt limit in December, two months later than its initial estimate, after scaling back an emergency loan program as the financial crisis abated.

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