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VOL. 130 | NO. 85 | Friday, May 1, 2015

Norris Says TennCare Review ‘Essential’

The majority leader of the Tennessee State Senate says the legislature is not done with a proposed expansion of Medicaid.

Pyramid Promises

Bass Pro Shops’ grand opening fulfills vow made 25 years ago

It took about 25 years for an elevator ride to reach the top of The Pyramid.

Shelby County Commercial Sales Revenue Surges in First Quarter

The number of commercial sales in Shelby County dipped in the first quarter when compared to last year but the average sale amount and total sales revenue surged ahead of 2014 levels, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.

Students Raise Funds for Nepal Earthquake Relief

Bishwas Shrestha, a graduate research assistant at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, got a call from a friend late last Saturday night bearing bad news.

Carnival Memphis Set to Honor Legal Heavyweights at Salute Luncheon

Carnival Memphis will bring together leaders in the Mid-South legal industry for its Business and Industry Salute on May 5.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
65.0°F
Overcast and Windy
Wind: from the Northwest at 32.2 gusting to 46.0 mph
Humidity: 73%

EVENTS

2015 Beale Street Music Festival will be held Friday, May 1, through Sunday, May 3, in Tom Lee Park. The kickoff to the Memphis in May International Festival includes more than 60 acts crossing every genre. Tickets are $40 each day. Visit memphisinmay.org/musicfestival for a lineup and more information.

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SPORTS

Without Conley, Grizzlies Use Team Effort to Take Out Portland

Zach Randolph scored the first six points of the game – “throw it to the hand” being an immediate and excellent choice.

With or Without Conley, Grizz Face Pass-Fail Exam in Golden State

We will get to the looming challenge that is the Golden State Warriors in just a moment.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

I Believe in Grit and Grind. Amen.

GLORY BE. As an early convert, I was there for their first win ever – the first outward and visible sign for a city so in need of faith. While we knew grit and grind all too well, who knew we would come to embrace that identity and its disciples with religious fervor?

We’re All in Sales

Lately, I’ve heard the phrase, “we’re all in sales” a few too many times. This thought can be a strange one to grasp when you think about it. For example, how could you ever be considered to be “in sales” if you work in the accounting, operations or legal department?

REGIONAL

Project Focuses on Music, History, Culture of South

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – State and community leaders in six cities are planning to participate in the launch of a project to help preserve the musical heritage and culture of the South.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Wage Growth Shows Signs of Strength As Hiring Picks Up

WASHINGTON (AP) – Paychecks for U.S. workers are rising at a faster pace as strong hiring in the past year has lowered the unemployment rate and increased competition for workers.

Applications for US Unemployment Aid Plunge to 15-Year Low

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted to the lowest level in 15 years last week, evidence that employers are laying off few workers despite a sharp slowdown in economic growth.

Labor Organizers Seek Unusual Ally in Fast-Food Franchisees

NEW YORK (AP) – Labor organizers are opening a new front in their campaign for a $15-an-hour wage for fast-food workers with a push to mobilize an unusual ally: franchisees.

HEALTH CARE

FDA Seeks More Data on Safety of Hospital Hand Cleaners

WASHINGTON (AP) – To fight infections, hospital workers can hit the hand sanitizer a hundred times or more a day. Now, the government wants more study of whether that is safe and how well it actually fights the spread of germs.

REAL ESTATE

$100 Million for a Home? Luxury Buyers Reach a New Threshold

WASHINGTON (AP) – The poshest of luxury homes are acquiring the cachet of a masterwork by Picasso or Matisse.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 89 344 19,573
MORTGAGES 110 422 22,914
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 2 8,305 8,305
BUILDING PERMITS 207 838 40,029
BANKRUPTCIES 60 356 13,104
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 194 6,137
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 30 147 12,996
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 65 4,842

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