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VOL. 123 | NO. 76 | Thursday, April 17, 2008

Ain't No 'Chikins'

Chick-fil-A ruffles preservationists' feathers over building acquisition

The fast-food chain planning to tear down a church administrative building along Union Avenue to free up space for a new restaurant has sparked an unusual response from historic preservationists.

MALS’ Stature Grows Under McIver’s Watch

Harrison McIver runs a well-known Downtown law firm. The name doesn't include any partners, founders or shareholders, though. It has a prime location a block from the Shelby County Courthouse and about three blocks from the Criminal Justice Center.

Ferrell Law Firm Aims For Open Relationships With Clients

James K. Ferrell is the founding member of Ferrell Law Firm PLLC, which recently opened an office in Germantown. The firm also has an office in Olive Branch.

Tax Hikes A Familiar Refrain In Herenton's World

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton has proposed five tax hikes since taking office in 1992, including the 58-cent property tax hike he proposed this week to the City Council.

Partnership Turns New Page for Vacant Burke's Building

The former Burke's Book Store at 1719 Poplar Ave. has sold for $445,000 to Poplar Auto Partners, an investment group headed by commercial real estate broker Mark Johnson.

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The Memphis Regional Chamber will launch the Memphis International Business Council and hold the premiere of the China Town Hall webcast today from 4:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the FedEx World Headquarters, Building G, 3670 Hacks Cross Road. Registration begins at 4 p.m. R.S.V.P. to Brenda Montgomery at 543-3541 or bmontgomery@memphischamber.com.

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The Laurels' Greenberg Pins Sales Hopes On Insulated Buyers

Aside from a concrete foundation and the rebar rising from it, there isn't much to see at the fenced-in construction site on the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Highland Street.

Wholesale Prices Up in March

WASHINGTON (AP) - Inflation at the wholesale level soared in March at nearly triple the rate that had been forecast as energy prices kept rising and food costs posted a much bigger jump than anticipated.

Panhandling Pilot Project Could Be Extended if Successful

Half a month into the Downtown pilot security program, security officers already seem to be doing what they were hired to do: put an end to the aggressive panhandling and harassment of Downtowners.

Notary Public Would Have to Be U.S. Citizen Under State Senate Proposal

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that would require a person to be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident before becoming a notary public is advancing in the state Senate.

Proposal to Raise Age of Adult Entertainers Likely Failed

NASHVILLE (AP) - A state proposal that would require adult-oriented entertainers be at least 21 years old has likely failed for the legislative session.

State Legislation Would Change Jury Selection Procedures

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that seeks to make changes to the current procedures for jury selection is advancing in the state Senate.

Bill Would Allow Trained Personnel to Administer Medication

NASHVILLE (AP) - The state Department of Education has been asked to study legislation that would allow trained personnel to administer anti-seizure medications to high-school students in emergency situations.

Proposal Would Specify Restrictions of BEP Funds

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that would set restrictions on local use of state education funds is advancing in the state House.

Blackburn Fixes $164,000 Worth of Campaign Finance Errors

NASHVILLE (AP) - U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is revising her campaign finance statements downward by nearly $164,000 because of accounting errors dating back to 2002.

March Consumer Prices Up, Reflecting Higher Energy Prices

WASHINGTON (AP) - Inflation rose again last month, reflecting big jumps in the cost of energy and airline tickets. And the forecast is for even bigger energy-related increases to come, including the possibility of $4 per gallon gasoline by Memorial Day.

Fed to Auction Another $25 Billion in Treasury Securities

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it will auction an additional $25 billion in super-safe Treasury securities to big investment firms, part of an ongoing effort to provide relief to stressed credit markets.

Fed: Economy Weakened Further in the Spring

WASHINGTON (AP) - The country's economic health deteriorated further in the early spring as shoppers buckled under the strains of the housing and credit debacles and a weaker employment climate.

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