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VOL. 123 | NO. 81 | Thursday, April 24, 2008

Loeb Suits Headed for Settlement

A pair of federal lawsuits filed by an advocacy group for people with disabilities claiming two Memphis shopping centers were not fully compliant with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act is on its way to a settlement.

Jury Pool Expanded, Questions Thorough For Coming Ford Trial

The corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. will begin next month with a jury pool of 105 people. There will be lots of questions for the jury about their backgrounds and political views, but the questions won't be as direct as whether they are Republicans or Democrats or whom they have supported in what races.

Baker Donelson's Peacher-Ryan In Tune With Pro Bono Needs

Carla Peacher-Ryan, a shareholder at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, has been appointed, along with Antonio L. Matthews, to oversee and coordinate the firm's pro bono work in Memphis.

Restoration Company Introduces Itself To Memphians

An Arkansas-based restoration service company has expanded its footprint across the state line with hopes of tapping into the Mid-South's largest metropolitan market.

Northwest's Q1 Loss Deepens on Massive Charge, Fuel Costs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Northwest Airlines said its first-quarter loss deepened to $4.14 billion, mostly because of a big accounting charge, but high fuel prices still caused an operating loss.

Local Weather
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Wind: from the West at 16.1 gusting to 21.9 mph
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EVENTS

The Memphis Regional Chamber will host its Breakfast Forum today from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Memphis Marriott East, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. The event is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to Ericka Milford at 543-3518 or emilford@memphischamber.com.

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Open Records Proposition Passes Senate Committee

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to expand Tennessee's public records law is advancing in the Senate after the failure of an amendment that would have required open government advocacy groups to

Senate Measure Would Ban Lawyers From DUI Advertising

NASHVILLE (AP) - Defense attorneys would be banned from advertising their expertise with drunken driving cases under a bill advancing in the Senate.

Nail Shop Owner Targets Upscale Clientele

Local construction contractor Ken Thorp has built many commercial structures since 1985, and that includes nail shops, but one opening Friday is "one of the nicest he's ever seen," he said.

ABA Prez Advocates Businesses Elevating the Oppressed With Facts

It's become a way to measure how mammoth some corporations are - comparing their financial positions to that of small developing countries. If the companies are big enough, the comparison can include industrialized nations.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Pilots at Delta and Northwest Soon Will be Talking Again

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Pilots at Delta and Northwest airlines are looking to resume negotiations on merging their work forces as the two carriers combine.

Ordinance to Ban Beer in Strip Clubs to Take Effect Next Week

Late Wednesday afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Bernice Donald denied a request by club owners for a preliminary injunction to block enforcement until the lawsuit is decided.

Commission Approves Charter Changes on First of Three Readings

Shelby County commissioners have approved a set of County Charter amendments on the first of three readings.

KBW Analyst Upgrades SunTrust Stock on Valuation

NEW YORK (AP) - Keefe, Bruyette & Woods upgraded SunTrust Banks Inc., saying the regional bank's stock is undervalued at its current price.

Bill Would Specify Restrictions of BEP Funds

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that would specify restrictions on the use of state education finance funds is advancing in the Senate.

Proposal That Seeks to Keep Students Out of Debt Advances

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Senate Education Committee reconsidered action on legislation that would restrict credit card solicitations to students on college campuses and unanimously passed the measure.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 128 128 17,998
MORTGAGES 155 155 20,990
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 149 149 36,765
BANKRUPTCIES 60 60 11,985
BUSINESS LICENSES 19 19 5,696
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 49 49 12,297
MARRIAGE LICENSES 40 40 4,518

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