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VOL. 130 | NO. 78 | Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Memphis Budget Proposal Includes More Street Paving, Health Insurance ‘Overhang’

Street paving is the centerpiece of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s capital improvements budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Going Green

Hnedak Bobo Group practices sustainable principles

On a recent Friday afternoon, Hnedak Bobo Group team members were huddled in the company’s basement at 104 S. Front St.

School Board Approves $973.5M Budget, Seeks $14M In New County Funding

Shelby County Schools board members sent a $973.5 million operating budget proposal to the Shelby County Commission Tuesday, April 21, for funding.

Start Co. Startups Pull in $1.8 Million

The funding announcements keep rolling in for startup teams that participated in Start Co.’s 2014 round of accelerator programming.

Grizzlies-Blazers Series Just Getting Started

Had this been an NFL Playoff game, Portland coach Terry Stotts would have summed up the just-ended season and perhaps said an optimistic word about next year.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
44.0°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 55%

EVENTS

JETS Memphis (Jet & Engine Trading Society) will host its second annual evening reception Wednesday, April 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, 191 Beale St. The commercial aviation business and networking event will include heavy hors d’oeuveres, drinks, and rock and soul music. Visit team.aero/jetsmemphis to RSVP.

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Cohen Says Pot Legalization Odds Still Long In Tennessee

On the second observance of “4/20” – the unofficial underground day of open marijuana usage – since several states legalized the drug, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen told a group at the University of Memphis that Tennessee probably will be the last state to follow suit or even legalize medical usage.

NEWSMAKERS

Dr. Neil Bomar Joins Support Solutions

Dr. Neil Bomar has joined Support Solutions as its first staff psychiatrist, a role in which he will help individuals with intellectual disabilities and those with a history of long-term mental illness who are currently supported by the organization. Bomar’s addition makes Support Solutions one of the only industry providers in the Mid-South to provide this level of support.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Spokesperson Offers Brands Larger Voice

Partnering with a brand spokesperson is a strategy for giving a larger voice to your message and allowing the positive feelings the market has for that spokesperson to transfer over to your brand.

Memphis Aims to Expand Recycling Efforts

Editor’s Note: This column will appear weekly throughout April in honor of Memphis and Shelby County’s Sustainability Month.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Restrictions for Tennessee's 7 Abortion Clinics Head to Governor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislation that would place licensing restrictions on all seven of Tennessee's abortion clinics was overwhelmingly approved by state lawmakers Tuesday and sent to the governor, who's expected to sign them into law.

Tennessee School Voucher Proposal Fails Again

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee has failed once again.

Last-Ditch Effort in Legislature Could Save School

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A last-minute jockeying effort is afoot in the legislature to potentially allow a troubled virtual school to remain open, despite an order that it close because of failing scores.

Tenn. House Member Seeks Protection Against Haslam Vetoes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A state House member is seeking to delay votes on Gov. Bill Haslam's legislative proposals to insure against vetoes of embattled measures such as allowing people with handgun carry permits to be armed in city parks.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

AP Source: DEA Chief Set to Resign From Agency Soon

WASHINGTON (AP) – The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Michele Leonhart, is expected to resign soon, an Obama administration official said Tuesday.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Employers Cut Jobs in 31 US States as Growth Slows

WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers in 31 U.S. states cut jobs last month as weak economic growth weighed on hiring and a slowdown in oil and gas drilling caused big job losses in some states.

HEALTH CARE

FDA: Safety Problems Prompted Review of Homeopathic Remedies

WASHINGTON (AP) – A top federal drug regulator says that increased safety problems with homeopathic remedies contributed to the government's decision to revisit its oversight of the products at a public hearing this week.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 46 229 20,995
MORTGAGES 74 248 24,609
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 27 8,637
BUILDING PERMITS 478 837 43,174
BANKRUPTCIES 61 177 14,079
BUSINESS LICENSES 12 58 6,459
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 29 114 13,625
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 67 5,136

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