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VOL. 125 | NO. 53 | Thursday, March 18, 2010

UPDATE: Metro Charter Commission Weighs Parks and Libraries Divisions

The first proposal to reach the Metro Charter Commission for a new consolidated government would create two new divisions -- “parks and community enhancement” and “civilian enhancement.”

FedEx Q3 Earnings Exceed Expectations

Positive signs abound at FedEx, the city’s largest employer.

Checkpoint Redesign Moves Ahead at Airport

An $11 million project that will transform the checkpoint area of Memphis International Airport’s busiest concourse cleared an important milestone Thursday with the selection of a designer.

Methodist North to Unveil ER Renovation

The transformation of an emergency department with an old-fashioned nurses’ station to one with an integrated computer system means people who need care can get it faster at Methodist Healthcare North Hospital.

Fairgrounds Work Continues Despite Flux

On his way home from church one Sunday last month, Kevin Kane and his family decided to go by the Mid-South Fairgrounds to see what was left of the Zippin Pippin.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Variable at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 64%


Trace Hallowell, founder of Tactical Magic, will speak on the topic of “Strategic Branding at the In-Synk Strategic Huddle” today from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Independent Bank, 6209 Poplar Ave. Tickets are $39 for Strategic Huddle members and $49 for nonmembers. To register, visit in-synkbrandinghuddle.eventbrite.com.

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Wharton: New City Office Will Be City Funded

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is defending his creation of a new Office of Talent and Human Capital. And in a Facebook statement Wednesday evening, Wharton also apologized for an apparent change of course in how the office would be funded.

Mortgage Numbers Drop In February

Like anyone in the real estate business, mortgage bankers have April 30 circled on their calendars.

Gibbons Seeks Local Support in Governor’s Race

Bill Gibbons told several dozen Young Republicans Tuesday evening that he needs a big turnout in Shelby County to have a chance in the August GOP primary for governor.

Rardin Connects Afghan Lawyers With W&L Law School

Shelby County Assistant District Attorney Kevin Rardin spoke Wednesday in Lexington, Va., at his alma mater, Washington and Lee University School of Law. Rardin’s speech, “Afghanistan and Rule of Law,” was sponsored by the Middle East and North Africa Law Society.

Local Mock Trial Coaches Prep for State Championship

A small group of local attorneys is hard at work preparing high school students for trial.

Mid-South Food Bank Seeks Donations

Officials at the Mid-South Food Bank are hoping people will use some of the money from their income tax rebates to make a contribution.


Rising Fuel Costs to TVA Passed on to Customers

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP)- The electric bill is going up again in April.


House to Vote on Letting Companies Require English

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A bill that would allow businesses to require their employees to speak English at work is headed for a full House vote.

Tenn. Considering Extra Fines for 'Super Speeders'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee lawmakers are considering ways to add new monetary penalties for speeding drivers as a way to boost funding for the state's trauma centers.

Tenn. Senate Votes for Fish, Birds in Barber Shops

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Let the record reflect that the Tennessee state Senate has endorsed fish tanks and live birds in barber shops.


Bernanke to Wage Fresh Battle For Fed Powers

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke plans to wage a fresh battle against Senate efforts to scale back the Fed’s role in supervising the nation’s banks.

February Wholesale Prices Drop 0.6 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prices at the wholesale level plunged in February by the largest amount in seven months as a big drop in energy prices offset higher food costs.

SEC Boss: Agency Examining Companies

WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission confirmed Wednesday the agency is investigating several companies' actions in the run-up to the financial crisis of 2008.

Need for Wood Highlights US Insect Problems

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - International Paper Co. has had to look beyond its usual suppliers for wood for its central South Carolina mill and turn to places that are known to have tree-destroying gypsy moths.

Scripps Networks Taps UK Firm for Global Licensing

NEW YORK (AP) - Scripps Networks Interactive Inc., the parent of Food Network and other cable channels, on Wednesday said it has reached an agreement with a British firm to license its programs internationally.

United Airlines Sees Higher Q1 Passenger Revenue

NEW YORK (AP) - United Airlines said Wednesday it expects a key revenue metric to rise 16 to 17 percent in the first quarter from a year ago.


US Senate OKs Jobs Bill for Obama's Signature

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. companies that hire unemployed workers will get a temporary payroll tax holiday under a bill that easily won final congressional approval Wednesday.

FACT CHECK: Premiums Would Rise Under Obama Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - Buyers, beware: President Barack Obama says his health care overhaul will lower premiums by double digits, but check the fine print.

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