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VOL. 126 | NO. 93 | Thursday, May 12, 2011

GIS Maps Pinpoint Flood Response

Two University of Memphis professors who wanted to see for themselves the local emergency response to the historic rise of the Mississippi River have changed the nature of the local response to flooding and other disasters by posting the information online.

Incorrect Message

National media distort Memphis flood scene

Mud Island resident Kelly Earnest was out of town when several recent days of torrential rain contributed to the Mississippi River’s historic rise and crest of nearly 48 feet this week.

Flooding Forces Firm To Redesign BBQ Locale

Following last Monday’s announcement that the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is moving from Tom Lee Park to the Mid-South Fairgrounds, planners had less than 48 hours to turn around the new design at Tiger Lane.

Special Coverage: Mid-South Flooding

Coverage of the rising waters in the Memphis area

Mays Hears First Arguments in Schools Consolidation Case

Federal Judge Hardy Mays heard arguments and testimony Thursday from all sides in the schools consolidation lawsuit.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 82%


Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will hold a technology lunch and learn with State Systems Inc. Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Old Venice Pizza Co., 368 Perkins Road Extended. The topic is “Impact of Emerging Technology on Cabling Systems.” For reservations, contact Debbie Jones at 531-6564 or djones@statesystemsinc.com.

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Handy-Clay Re-Files Job Dismissal Lawsuit

The former public records coordinator for the city of Memphis is still challenging in court her dismissal from the job late last year.

Nonprofits Step Up Flood Assistance

Flooding has shifted the Mid-South Food Bank into disaster mode, placing additional strain on an agency that already feeds not only Memphis, ranked as the nation’s hungriest city, but a total of 325 feeding programs in 31 counties.

Consolidation Back in Court

All sides in the schools consolidation court case are to meet Thursday in Memphis federal court for the first open court hearing since second- and third-round efforts to mediate an out-of-court settlement began last month.

Frager Grows Practice, Plans For Immigration Seminar

By 1995, Barry Frager, owner of The Frager Law Firm PC, had worked for both sides of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Pre-Retirement or Bust

Ray’s Take: Are you prepared for retirement? With the ups and downs of home values and many investments, ballooning costs of health care and taxes, many people who thought they had their ducks in a row for retirement are now getting cold feet. Couple that with extended life expectancies and you’ve got lots of question marks.

Collection of Puns Entertains

A few weeks back, I advocated the use of puns. Within days, maybe hours, of that column’s appearance, I received an email from David R. Yale, the “Pundit of Double Entendres,” as he is referred to on the title page of his book.


2 Memphis Food Warehouses Accused of Having Filth

MEMPHIS (AP) – Federal regulators have filed a complaint against two Memphis-based food warehouses, alleging that they have filthy conditions.


Bill to Curb Teacher Bargaining Advances in House

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to limit teacher's collective bargaining rights is advancing after the House speaker stepped in once again to cast a tiebreaking vote.

Guns on Campus Bill Sparks Republican Infighting

NASHVILLE (AP) – The demise of a bill seeking to allow faculty and staff to carry guns on the campuses of public colleges has led to a flare-up between Republican lawmakers in the Tennessee House.

Bill to Close Economic Development Records Stalls

NASHVILLE (AP) – A bill to close access to public records in local governments' economic development deals has stalled in the Tennessee House.


BancorpSouth to Shutter 23 Branches in 6 States

TUPELO, Miss. (AP)BancorpSouth Inc. said Tuesday that it will close 23 bank branches in six states this summer as part of a plan to consolidate operations.


SunTrust Adds CSI Capital to Wealth Management Biz

ATLANTA (AP)SunTrust Banks Inc. has acquired the assets of CSI Capital Management, a money management firm whose roster of wealthy clients includes high-profile athletes. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Job Openings Rise to Highest Level Since Sept. '08

WASHINGTON (AP) – Companies in March advertised the most jobs since the peak of the 2008 financial crisis, a sign that hiring is likely to remain healthy in the months ahead.


Proposed Federal Aid Cuts Threaten Rural Airports

IRONWOOD, Mich. (AP) – A couple of times a month, Dr. Walter Beusse drives from his suburban Chicago home to Milwaukee, where he catches a flight north to Ironwood in Michigan's remote Upper Peninsula to work in a hospital emergency room.

House Passes Bill to Speed Up Oil Drilling

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House has passed another bill putting offshore oil and gas drilling on the fast track.

GOP Seeks Leverage in Talks Over Debt Ceiling Hike

WASHINGTON (AP) – It was a tough-talking House Speaker John Boehner who warned Wall Street this week that Congress won't raise the government's debt ceiling without massive spending cuts that most Democrats oppose.

Obama Focusing on Debt in Meeting With Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is wading into the swirl of deficit-trimming budget plans, looking to cast himself as a broker in the struggle to tame the federal debt.

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