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VOL. 131 | NO. 81 | Friday, April 22, 2016

5 Area Kroger Stores to Begin Taking Online Orders

Kroger has identified the first Memphis-area stores that will participate in the grocery chain’s online ordering system that lets shoppers buy some items online and arrange a time to pick them up.

Strickland in New Seat for Budget Give-and-Take

When Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland finished his budget address to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 19, council member Edmund Ford had a film clip he wanted Strickland and the rest of the council to watch.

EDGE Considering Fast-Track Incentive Program, Diversity Spend Changes

The Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has started work on a new tax incentive program that would help Memphis compete with North Mississippi for industrial projects.

Memphis’ Shrinking Population Cause for Concern

Even as Memphis has grown larger through annexing surrounding communities, its population has steadily dwindled due to outmigration to the surrounding suburbs. Inner-city struggles will become more pronounced if this region’s wealthiest tax base continues that outward pattern, national experts say.

Last Word: Prince, Violent Crime Numbers, and a Parkside Post Script

Prince. It’s hard to think of a musician with a more complete knowledge of music as a social and cultural force and the ability to let that force inhabit his music and what he wanted to accomplish.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
42.0°F
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Wind: Northwest at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 53%

EVENTS

Memphis Black Expo will hold a workforce ready seminar for ages 15-18 on Saturday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to noon in the St. Andrew AME Church community life center, 1472 Mississippi St. The seminar will prepare attendees for the youth summer job fair, to be held April 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at the same location. Attendees must pre-register at memphisblackexpo.com/workforceready and a parent must sign the student in at the event.

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Major Violent Crime Countywide Up 18.3 Percent From 2015

The major violent crime rate was up 18.3 percent countywide for the first three months of 2016 compared to the first quarter of 2015, according to crime statistics released Thursday, April 21, by the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission.

SPORTS

Grizzlies, NBA Preparing for Start of Jersey Sponsorship Era

Everyone understands what corporate clutter looks like. It’s the NASCAR driver’s racing suit, cap and car, where it seems every square inch has been sold off to sponsors and the athlete becomes part Ricky Bobby.

Press Box: Like Marc Gasol, Mike Conley Will Choose 901

Mike Conley is gone. We know this because one unsubstantiated national report beget another.

THE TIPPING POINT

Before Successes, Loeb Started from Zero – Twice

Barreling down Madison Avenue in a black corduroy blazer and a pert, pink pocket square, Bob Loeb seems distracted. Then I realize: he’s editing. Move that tree, put a mural there. Tear that down, build that up.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Tickled Pink

MEMPHIS IN BLACK AND WHITE. AND PINK. I’m glad Billy Orgel got engaged at Justine’s because that inspired his family to save it, not because they miss the crystal and crabmeat but because the place is personal.

Financial Planning Is More Than Just Asset Management

Ray’s take: A common confusion when looking for someone to help you make decisions about your financial future is understanding the difference between asset management and financial planning.

Focusing on Financial Literacy

Teaching Memphians how to manage money is of vital importance to helping our community members achieve their personal and financial goals. April is Financial Literacy Month – a national initiative offering an opportunity for individuals to learn how to adopt effective financial strategies.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Taking Ceremonial Oath of Office

HENDERSON, Tenn. (AP) – An investiture ceremony is planned for Monday for Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Roger Page in the West Tennessee community of Mifflin, where he was raised.

Lawmakers Fail To Conclude Tennessee Legislative Session

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A lengthy debate over a proposed veto override, partisan squabbling and a disagreement over a tax cut have delayed the planned conclusion of the legislative session.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

One-Time Star in Solar Energy, SunEdison Seeks Protection

NEW YORK (AP) – SunEdison, a one-time star in the alternative energy field, filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday after years of rapid-fire acquisitions left the solar company in a desperate cash situation.

REAL ESTATE

More Americans are Expected to Remodel Their Homes This Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – A rising number of Americans are preparing to renovate their homes this year, a potential boost for the economy, according to projections released Thursday by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Capitol Hill Buzz: House Republicans Solve Flag Fight With Coins

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans sidestepped the divisive fight over displays of the Confederate battle flag at the U.S. Capitol with plans to put up state coins instead.

FBI Head Suggests Agency Paid More Than $1M to Access iPhone

WASHINGTON (AP) – FBI Director James Comey has hinted that the FBI paid more than $1 million to break into the locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 115 270 19,843
MORTGAGES 141 311 23,225
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 35 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 74 196 13,300
BUSINESS LICENSES 25 48 6,185
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 40 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 73 4,915

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