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VOL. 127 | NO. 57 | Thursday, March 22, 2012

FedEx to Pay $3M Settlement

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Patricia Shiu, director of the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, unveiled the details Thursday, March 22, of a $3 million settlement with FedEx Ground related to thousands of workers turned down for jobs over the last several years.

FedEx Says Economy Isn't as Robust as It Hoped

NEW YORK (AP) - FedEx says the global economy isn't growing as strongly as expected and customers are reacting by choosing cheaper means of shipping packages. The world's second-largest package delivery company is predicting a slower pace of growth this year for the U.S. and abroad than most economists.

Digital Age

Tech-savvy seniors manage homes, health

User-friendly digital technology isn’t just for kids anymore. Smartphone-based home-monitoring systems are making seniors one of the largest market segments for home security companies.

Animal Services Staff to be Trained in Handling Techniques

The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County has teamed up with Memphis Animal Services to train city workers in animal handling and the law.

Election Commission Says No To Municipal Schools Referenda

The Shelby County Election Commission says requests to put referenda on the ballot May 10 to create municipal school districts are “procedurally defective.”

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: South at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 68%


The Greater Memphis Chamber will hold a breakfast forum Thursday, March 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Memphis Marriott East, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Mike Brewer, vice president of Nike’s North America supply chain, will speak. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Contact Ericka Milford at 543-3518 or emilford@memphischamber.com to register.

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EDGE Board OK's Tax Freeze, New Loan Fund

Economic development officials have granted a five-year tax freeze to an expanding importer and wholesale distributor of safety products to industrial distributors and retailers.

Downtown Board Grants Incentives

A new loft-style apartment development, a retail renovation and a new clothing store all got a helping hand from a Downtown development board Wednesday.

AG's Opinion Familiar Front In Schools Discussion

The schools consolidation saga is moving into déjà vu territory with a new legal opinion from the Tennessee attorney general on a schools ballot question and legislation affecting the process moving in Nashville.

Council Nixes One-Time Tax Hike

Almost a year after they approved a one-time, 18-cent property tax hike, the Memphis City Council this week rejected levying the additional tax bill.

MPO Chief Shares Long-Range Transportation Plans

The Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has been providing long-range transportation planning for the region for more than 30 years.

Iberiabank Reaches Deal To Acquire Florida Bank

It has a pristine new local market headquarters building on Poplar Avenue near the Erin Way Shopping Center.

HopeWorks Fundraiser To Feature Poverty Expert

HopeWorks, a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Memphians break the cycle of crime and poverty, will feature Dr. Ruby Payne at its annual fundraiser, “An Evening of Hope,” Thursday, March 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Woodland Hills Event Center, 1000 Woodland Hills Drive, in Cordova.

Fed. Drug Trial Moves to Conclusion

It may have been one of the more unusual PowerPoint presentations. Closing arguments in the Craig Petties drug organization trial in Memphis federal court began Tuesday, March 20, with the presentations most associated with corporate workshops and seminars adapted to summarize what has been a complex set of events covering seven years.

Fed Officials to Announce Settlement with FedEx Thurs.

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Patricia Shiu, director of the labor department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, will host a conference call Thursday morning to “announce the settlement of a significant case involving systemic hiring discrimination” that involves the ground delivery unit of FedEx.


Local AWA President Wants To Grow, Promote Org.

When Emily Campbell Taube addressed the guests at the end of January for the annual Association for Women Attorneys banquet and silent auction at The Racquet Club of Memphis, the AWA’s new president shared some of her ideas about the direction of the group.


Open Eyes, Ears To Avoid Overselling

Salespeople have two ears and one mouth for a reason. The formula for sales success is 80 percent listening and 20 percent talking. Good listeners “hear” more than just the words their prospects speak. They also pick up on nonverbal cues.

I-Bomb Offends, Even in Puzzle

If the clue were “hardly licit,” my first answer would be ILLEGAL. But what if the clue were, as it was in the Thursday Times puzzle a few weeks ago, “One caught by border patrol”? Would you think of ILLEGAL? If not, as it crept into the grid while you solved the crossers, would you be offended?


Controversial Abortion Proposal Withdrawn

NASHVILLE (AP) – An amendment to a bill in the Tennessee Legislature that would have resulted in the online publication of the names of doctors who perform abortions has been withdrawn amid a flurry of controversy.

AG: State Can't Drug Test Welfare Recipients

NASHVILLE (AP) – A Tennessee attorney general's opinion says the state can't broadly drug test people as a condition of receiving welfare.


Senate Votes to Move Ahead on Small Business Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Legislation making it easier for small businesses to raise money survived a test vote in the Senate on Wednesday, increasing the chances it could emerge as one of the few bipartisan bills to pass Congress during this election year.


US Home Re-Sales Complete Best Winter in 5 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home sales are gradually coming back. A mild winter and a stronger job market have helped boost sales ahead of the crucial spring buying season.

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