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VOL. 124 | NO. 83 | Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ware Implicated but Not Charged in Bribery at Clerk's Office

Eight indicted for taking money to process car tags and titles

Memphis City Council member Barbara Swearengen Ware has been implicated but not charged in bribery allegations at the county clerk’s office.

Commission to Dissect Reappraisal Process

All that’s left to do for the countywide reappraisal is sort through property value challenges, but Shelby County commissioners plan to conduct an ad hoc committee meeting this morning to determine what, if anything, should be done to improve the process.

Conference to Showcase Transportation Info

For the third year in a row, Memphis will take center stage among the logistics, distribution and transportation industries when the city hosts the Memphis Multi Modal Conference May 11-12.

Deadline: What it's Really Like Inside the City's Big Daily

The fall evening six years ago when Chris Peck became the editor of The Commercial Appeal was treated with utmost secrecy inside the newspaper at 495 Union Ave.

Decline of Daily Newspapers a Sad, Sad Spectacle

Eric Barnes is the publisher of The Daily News, The Memphis News and Chandler Reports.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: East at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 94%


The Shelby County Commission will hold meetings today beginning at 9 a.m. at the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. For more information, call Steve Summerall at 545-4301.

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Corker Decries Auto Industry Bailout, Other Federal Moves

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is not only a critic of the federal stimulus package in Washington – he’s also outspoken against the federal bailout of the auto industry, especially since Tennessee is one of the top three states for auto manufacturing.

Giannini Wants Tighter Voter Rolls

In just a month, Bill Giannini has gone from chairing the Shelby County Republican Party to chairing the Shelby County Election Commission.

Commercial Appeal Gains, Loses Readers

The Commercial Appeal showed the biggest gain of any daily newspaper with a circulation of more than 50,000 in one of two new sets of national circulation figures. But other numbers from the same agency for the same period showed a decrease in circulation for the daily.

Swine Flu Measures In Full Swing

The cases were in California, Kansas, New York, Ohio and Texas, according to a statement released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Stress Test Concerns Sink BoA, Citi Shares

WASHINGTON (AP)Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. will need to raise more capital if they can’t convince regulators that “stress test” results were mistaken, said two people familiar with the matter.

US Agency’s ‘Fleeting Expletive’ Rule OK for Now

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled narrowly Tuesday in favor of a government policy that threatens broadcasters with fines over the use of even a single curse word on live television, yet stopped short of deciding whether the policy violates the U.S. Constitution.

UTHSC Professor Dagogo-Jack Appointed A.C. Mullins Chair

Samuel Dagogo-Jack has been appointed to the A.C. Mullins chair in Translational Research, an endowed professorship, at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. Dagogo-Jack has also been named chief of the Division of Endocrinology for the Department of Medicine in the College of Medicine.

Art Exhibits Bring Chile To Memphis in May Forefront

Headliners from various pop genres will entertain the masses on Beale Street and in Tom Lee Park. The sensuous aroma of barbecue will waft through the streets of Downtown. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra will keep Ol’ Man River rollin’ along even though James Hyter has passed away.

Valero Q1 Profit Jumps 18 Pct But Revenue Tumbles

HOUSTON (AP) - Valero Energy Corp. said Tuesday its first-quarter profit rose more than 18 percent, easily beating Wall Street expectations as higher margins for turning crude into gasoline offset weak demand for a variety of refined products.

House Speaker Breaks Tie on Medical Privacy Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - House Speaker Kent Williams has stepped in to break a tie on a proposal to give parents full access to their children's medical procedures and tests.

Tenn. Ethics Budget OK'd; Merger Still Possible

advanced the Tennessee Ethics Commission's spending plan for the upcoming budget year.

Court Rules for Tenn. Death Row Inmate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court granted a new hearing in federal court for a Tennessee death row inmate who was deprived of key evidence at his trial.

Consumer Confidence Soars in April

NEW YORK (AP) - Hopeful signs that the worst may be over for the U.S. economy boosted Americans' moods in April, sending a closely watched barometer of sentiment to the highest level since November.

Pfizer Profit Dips 2 Percent, Sales Fall Much More

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Pfizer Inc. posted a 2 percent drop in first-quarter profit Tuesday, as cost-cutting by the world's largest drugmaker couldn't offset big drops in sales for several medicines, especially a big drop for the cholesterol fighter Lipitor.

Report: AIG Investigation Focusing on 3 Employees

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal investigators are focusing their attention on three employees at American International Group Inc.'s financial products unit amid a probe into derivatives contracts that nearly destroyed the insurance giant, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Obama Administration Expands Housing Aid Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration said Tuesday it is expanding its plan to stem the housing crisis by offering mortgage lenders incentives to lower borrowers' bills on second mortgages.

Hunke, Hillkirk Named to Top Posts at USA Today

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - USA Today, the nation's largest newspaper, filled two top executive positions Tuesday by naming David Hunke as publisher and John Hillkirk as editor.

Union Leaders Recommend Approval of Chrysler Deal

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich.(AP) - The United Auto Workers union will own 55 percent of a restructured Chrysler LLC and its retiree health care trust will get a seat on the board if union members vote to approve contract concessions this week.

Associated Press Corrections

The Associated Press moved two corrections on stories posted to the Web by The Daily News.

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