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VOL. 126 | NO. 234 | Thursday, December 1, 2011

BCG Contract Approval Expected

The schools consolidation planning commission could approve a contract with an education consultant at its Thursday, Dec. 1, meeting.

Fresh Start

City’s animal services looks for new beginning at facility

The city’s long-beleaguered animal services department will showcase its brand new $7.1 million facility at 2350 Appling City Cove Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. with a grand opening celebration that will include tours for the public and face painting and other activities for young visitors.

VIP Memphis Relaunches as 4Memphis Mag Under New Ownership

4Memphis magazine, formerly VIP Memphis Magazine, is under new ownership.

Grizzlies Eager to Sign C Marc Gasol

MEMPHIS (AP) – Re-signing center Marc Gasol is the Memphis Grizzlies' top priority right now as the franchise attempts to maintain the momentum created during last season's playoff run, general manager Chris Wallace said Thursday.

Chism Vying With Jackson for Court Clerk

With one week to the filing deadline, the race for General Sessions Court Clerk is the busiest of the four races to be decided next year in the March 6 county primaries and the Aug. 2 general elections.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 82%


Gallery Ten Ninety One will host an opening reception for the Bartlett Art Association Exhibit Thursday, Dec. 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at WKNO Digital Media Center, 7151 Cherry Farms Road. The exhibition will run through Dec. 30. The exhibit will feature approximately 90 pieces of art from 26 members of the association. For more information call 458-2521.

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Paperless Movement Brings Efficiency to Business

In 2008, nexAir, a Memphis-based company that specializes in the distribution of gases such as nitrogen and oxygen to hospitals and other medical facilities, was looking for a way to be more efficient.

Airport CEO Larry Cox to Head Chamber Board

The Greater Memphis Chamber has a new chairman of the board. Larry Cox, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, has been elected by the chamber board to succeed former Smith & Nephew executive Joe DeVivo.

Mergers Latest in Baker Donelson Expansion Plans

Since June 2003, the Memphis-based law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has grown from 270 lawyers and public policy advisers to 625.

Choice of Tablets Depends on User

With the holiday season in full swing, ads touting the latest and greatest tablet and smartphone devices abound.


Laughter Laizure Furthers Mission of Community Legal Ctr.

Kathy Laughter Laizure began volunteering with the Community Legal Center in Memphis relatively early in her career. In an effort to help people who couldn’t afford legal representation, she would accept as many pro bono assignments from the organization as possible.


Can You Afford to Retire?

Ray’s Take: Baby Boomers are on the brink of retirement. Or are they? The recent market downturn changed retirement plans for many people as investments shrank and homes lost their value.


IRS Has 1,779 Undelivered Checks to Tennesseans

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Internal Revenue Service in Nashville has $2.1 million in tax refund checks it has been unable to deliver to Tennesseans.

Juvenile Poverty's Bite is Deep in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) – U.S. Census figures bear out the anecdotal evidence of more children in poverty that Tennessee schools have been seeing.

Tennessee's Arnold Center has $2 Million Upgrade

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. (AP) – The Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tennessee has upgraded its Engine Data Acquisition and Processing System in what facility officials call a milestone.

Tenn. Libraries to Share Online Library Catalog

NASHVILLE (AP) – About 100 public libraries across Tennessee will soon be sharing an online library catalog.


Fidelity: 401(k) Balances Drop 12 pct in Q3

BOSTON (AP) – Workers continued to stash more money in their 401(k) plans in the third quarter, but the stock market's sharp decline only left them further behind in reaching their savings goals.

Fed Survey: Most Areas See Slow to Moderate Growth

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy expanded at a slow to moderate pace over the past two months in most areas of the country, but overall hiring was weak, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday.

Productivity Up in Summer While Labor Costs Fell

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. workers increased their productivity over the summer by the most in a year and a half but the gain was smaller than initially thought.

Judge: Goldman Sachs Chairman Can be Deposed in NY

NEW YORK (AP) – Goldman Sachs chairman Lloyd Blankfein can be deposed in a civil case even before the April criminal trial of a former Goldman Sachs board member accused of insider trading, a judge has ruled.

Machinists Reach Tentative Deal With Boeing

WASHINGTON (AP) – A contentious labor dispute between the government and Boeing Co. that spawned a national political fight likely will be settled after the company and the Machinists union announced Wednesday they'd reached a tentative deal on a new four-year collective bargaining agreement.


GOP: Offsetting Cuts Must Cover Payroll Tax Relief

WASHINGTON (AP) – Any extension of this year's payroll tax cut must be paid for with savings from elsewhere in the budget, House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday.

Obama: 'Massive Blow' if GOP Blocks Payroll Tax

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – On the attack, President Barack Obama warned Wednesday of a "massive blow to the economy" if Republicans oppose him over extending a payroll tax cut, as he campaigned for more money in the pockets of U.S. workers – and in his campaign treasury.

Republicans Aim to Quash New Union Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans are maneuvering to short-circuit an effort by Democrats on the National Labor Relations Board to approve rules that would quicken the pace of union elections.

FAA: Changes Coming to Prevent Tarmac Delays

WASHINGTON (AP) – Obama administration officials promised Wednesday to make changes before the Christmas travel season aimed at preventing nightmare scenarios like the one in October when hundreds of passengers were trapped for hours on planes in Hartford, Conn., during a freak snowstorm.

GOP Bill Would Force Action on Canada Oil Pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) – Angered by President Barack Obama's delay of a proposed oil pipeline from Canada, Senate Republicans are moving to force him to act.


Home Market Being Held Back by Wary First-Timers

WASHINGTON (AP) – This should be a great time to buy a first home. Prices have sunk to 2002 levels. Sellers are waiting anxiously as homes languish on the market. Mortgage rates are their lowest ever.

Contracts to Buy Homes Hit Highest Level in a Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes jumped in October to the highest level in a year. But the gain follows three months of declines and isn't enough to signal a housing recovery.


Inspector Highlights Psych Drug Use Among Elderly

WASHINGTON (AP) – Government inspectors told lawmakers Wednesday that Medicare officials needs to do more to stop doctors from prescribing powerful psychiatric drugs to nursing home patients with dementia, an unapproved practice that has flourished despite repeated government warnings.

7-Year Campaign Gets Companies to Make Safer Cosmetics

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – More than 400 companies selling cosmetic and other personal care products have removed potentially hazardous chemicals from them, after a seven-year campaign by a large coalition of consumer, health and environmental groups.


Google Exec: Online Piracy Bills in Congress Wrong

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says Congress is taking the wrong approach to fighting online piracy.

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