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VOL. 125 | NO. 27 | Wednesday, February 10, 2010

UPDATE: City, County Consider MED, MCS Funding Swap

City and county leaders met for an hour and a half today Downtown to continue discussions about a funding swap between the two governments.

UPDATE: Ritz Files Discrimination Complaint Over State MED Funding

Shelby County Commissioner Mike Ritz has filed a formal civil rights discrimination complaint on behalf of minority populations in Memphis over Gov. Phil Bredesen’s distribution of federal reimbursements for uncompensated care at state hospitals.

Good Deed Punished

Reporting colleague’s wrongdoing has eye practice in hot water

Doctors and managers at the Eye Specialty Group can’t help but question their decision to turn in a colleague for Medicare fraud.

MED MCS Funding Swap Proposal Emerges

Some Memphis City Council members are working with Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford on a deal in which county government would become the single source of local funding for the Memphis school system. In exchange for that the city would contribute some amount of funding to the Regional Medical Center.

Wharton Ditches Three Division Directors, Retains Others

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. firmed up most of his division directors Tuesday.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
53.0°F
Light Rain
Wind: South at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 89%

EVENTS

The Apartment Association of Greater Memphis will host its quarterly Breakfast of Champions with the featured topic “Personal Property Security” today at 8:30 a.m. at Metro 67, 67 Madison Ave. Reservations are required. For reservations, call 685-9108.

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Is 9th District Really Black? Maybe, Expert Says

One of the most hotly contested issues of the Democratic congressional primary race between Willie Herenton and Steve Cohen may be why the district lines are drawn the way they are.

Black Farmers Leader Stumps for Equitable Treatment – and Money

A week from a planned political rally in Washington, the founder of the National Black Farmers Association was in Memphis Monday to rally farmers for the political cause.

Glankler Brown’s Hancock Elected Bar Foundation Fellow

Jonathan C. Hancock of Glankler Brown PLLC has been elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 710 attorneys across the state.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Tenn. Could Include Motorcycles in 'Lemon Law'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill to include motorcycles in the state's "lemon law" for defective vehicles is advancing in the House.

Bredesen: Either OK Cable Tax, or Find Alternative

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Phil Bredesen on Tuesday challenged lawmakers to approve his plan to eliminate a tax exemption on cable bills or else find another way to restore funding for higher education and save 200 state employees' jobs.

REGIONAL

Mesaba Flights to Continue Into March

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Transportation has directed Mesaba Airlines to continue air service in Tupelo through at least March 15, or until replacement service begins.

Ark. House Backs no Pay Raise for Elected Officials

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The House has approved legislation that would keep the salaries for Arkansas lawmakers, constitutional officers and other elected officials flat next fiscal year.

Miss. House Considers Later School Start

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi lawmakers are considering whether school districts should be banned from starting the academic year before Sept. 1.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Japan Airlines Rejects Delta, Stays With American

TOKYO (AP) – Japan Airlines, wooed for months by Delta Air Lines with promises of cash and global reach, spurned the world's biggest carrier and opted to keep its alliance with American Airlines.

Wholesale Inventories Cut 0.8 Percent in December

WASHINGTON (AP) – Businesses slashed wholesale inventories sharply in December, a much weaker showing than expected and a troubling sign that companies are still too pessimistic about the economy to begin restocking shelves on a sustained basis.

Job Openings Plunged by One-Quarter Last Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – Finding a job got much tougher last year, as the number of available openings fell by nearly one quarter.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Obama Meets With GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) – Appealing for bipartisanship in a town where it's hard to find, President Barack Obama sat down with Democrats and Republicans Tuesday to spur cooperation on job creation, deficit reduction and health care overhaul. He promised to do his part – but warned he would take Republicans to task if they don't do the same.

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