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VOL. 124 | NO. 219 | Friday, November 6, 2009

UPDATE: Eldred In At Animal Shelter

Darrell Eldred, the former deputy director of the city’s General Services Division, will be running the Memphis Animal Shelter on a day-to-day basis.

Lowery Looks Back on Mayoral Tenure

Myron Lowery felt his return from the mayor’s office back to being a City Council member even before he ended his tenure as mayor pro tempore.

GOP Victories, Health Care Battle Show Party’s Pulse

“Every day that we delay them moving to the floor with this bill is a very, very good thing.”

Saint Francis Makes Progress on Bartlett Expansion

Although construction cranes have yet to appear, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett is moving forward – albeit behind the scenes – on a $45.4 million expansion that will double the number of hospital beds.

Stem Cell Study Under Way at Baptist Hospital

Baptist Memorial Health Care-Memphis has begun its first clinical study involving a stem cell treatment for heart attacks.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
50.0°F
Fair
Wind: Southwest at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 43%

EVENTS

Dr. Adrian Blotner will present a seminar titled “Achieving Healthy Balance: Caring for Yourself & Those You Love” today at 7:30 a.m. at 6401 Poplar Ave., Suite 316. Cost is $30. For reservations, call 761-3255, Ext. 302, or e-mail adminassist@drblotner.com.

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Adoption Support Center’s McDonald Honored for Successful Work

Michael McDonald knows some of the biggest hurdles in adopting a child come after the deed is done.

STATEWIDE

TDOT Losing Some Federal Funds, Gaining Others

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - With the expiration of a federal highway funding act, the federal government has rescinded $190 million in transportation funding to the state.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Judge Refuses to Act in Voting Machine Case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville judge has ruled that the state has time to settle issues over the use of voting machines.

Lawmakers Criticize $70M Tenn. Biofuels Project

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Some state lawmakers say they were misled in approving $70 million for an initiative to turn switchgrass into ethanol and have delayed approval on part of the project.

REGIONAL

Ark. Supreme Court Suspends Circuit Judge

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court suspended a judge on Thursday until the end of his term next year, ruling that he kept practicing law while serving as a circuit judge.

Tourism Shows Slow Growth in Tupelo

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The number of tourists visiting Tupelo this past fiscal year was down, but economic officials say tourism-related revenue grew 17 percent.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

October Sales Offer Relief to Merchants

NEW YORK (AP) – Consumers, enticed by cooler weather and an improving economy, spent a little more in October, handing the retail industry its second consecutive monthly sales gain after more than a year of declines.

Fitch Reviews Whether to Cut Berkshire Rating

CHICAGO (AP) - Fitch Ratings warned Thursday that Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s deal for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. could overexpose Warren Buffett's company to weaknesses in the economy at the expense of its more durable investments.

CVS Caremark Q3 Profit Up But Loses Big Contracts

NEW YORK (AP) - CVS Caremark disclosed more multibillion dollar contract losses in its pharmacy benefits management business and said the head of the unit will depart.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Senate Democrats Advance US Climate Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats sidestepped a Republican boycott Thursday, pushing a U.S. climate bill out of committee in an early step on a long and contentious road to passage.

Democrats' Plan to Help 'Uninsurables' Questioned

WASHINGTON (AP) - You're afraid your cancer is back, and a health insurance company just turned you down.

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