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VOL. 132 | NO. 104 | Thursday, May 25, 2017

Judge Rules Senses Can Remain Open While Reapplying for Permit

Senses, the Poplar Avenue nightclub that found itself in the midst of zoning dispute, will be allowed to remain open for business while the owners and the county sort out the zoning issues.

Memphis Jewish Home Turns 90, Plans Expansion

Eugenia Levitch and Martha Mitchell have only known each other for about a year, yet they've got their comedy routine down pat.

New City & State Location Highlights Medical District Upswing

Come next spring, the Broad Avenue Arts District coffee and retail venture City & State is expanding to the Memphis Medical District.

Beale Street Cover Charge Cut, Larger Debate Remains

The Saturday night summer cover charge on Beale Street is going from $10 to $5 next month. But the discussion about the Beale Street Bucks program is hardly over. And the crowd control measure is certain to raise longer-term questions about who controls the city-owned district.

Last Word: Sessions Visit, Election Day and Beale Street's Journey

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Memphis Thursday to talk about crime in a city whose record homicide count in 2016 Sessions has recently mentioned. Sessions is in town to talk with local, state and federal prosecutors and law enforcement. When the Attorney General comes to town, he or she is usually coming with policy talking points from the White House.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale will be held Friday and Saturday, May 22-23, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3939 Poplar Ave. Items include hardbacks and paperbacks, children’s books, CDs, DVDs and more, all priced at $2 or less. Proceeds will help expand Memphis Public Library collections and improve community services. Call 901-415-2840 for details or email memphislibrary.org.

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Council Sets Stage for City Employee Pay Raises

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, May 23, a 1 percent across-the-board pay raise for all city employees setting the stage for a final vote on budget matters at the June 6 council session.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Medical District Apartments Sell for $5.2 Million

A medical district apartment switches hands in a multimillion-dollar deal, a Downtown developer plans an apartment complex near FedExForum, and a California investor buys a local industrial portfolio. Details in this week’s Real Estate Recap...

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Unwilling Private Sector Gives Park Workers a Victory

Two state parks are celebrating victories in an atmosphere of uncertainty created by the governor’s penchant for privatizing state functions.

Children are Watching

A passage from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” states, in paraphrase: A child goes forth each day, and the first object that the child sees, that object he/she becomes, for a day, or part of a day, or for days stretching into years.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee General Fund Revenues Beat Projections by $159M

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee general fund tax collections have exceeded expectations by $159 million in April.

Suicides Increase in Tennessee, New Report Shows

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new report shows that suicides in Tennessee are increasing with middle-aged people being most at risk.

Report: Nashville Needs 31K Affordable Rental Units By 2025

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new report from Mayor Megan Barry's office says Nashville's shortage of affordable housing units is projected to rise to nearly 31,000 in 2025 if nothing is done to create new options for low-income residents.

US ECONOMY

Fed Minutes: Officials Back Reducing Bond Holdings This Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials signaled in discussions early this month that they would likely start reducing the Fed's huge portfolio of bond holdings later this year, a step that could cause borrowing rates to rise.

How Food Stamp Cuts Could Ripple Through the Economy

NEW YORK (AP) – A proposal to curtail the nation's food stamp program would pinch families struggling to pay for groceries and ripple through other areas of the economy, including supermarkets and discounters, as people shuffle their budgets.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Women CEOs Earn Big Pay, But Few of Them Have the Top Job

NEW YORK (AP) – Women CEOs earned big bucks last year, but there's still very few of them running the world's largest companies.

AIRLINES

FAA Tells Airlines to Remove Some Seats From Smaller Planes

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal safety regulators are telling airlines to remove a certain type of seat from their planes, saying the seat could cause neck injuries during otherwise survivable crash landings.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump Team Eyes Public Asset Sales to Pay for Infrastructure

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is eyeing plans to encourage the sale of public assets, such as airports and bridges, to help pay for a $1 trillion overhaul of the nation's aging infrastructure, an administration official said Wednesday.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 115 270 19,843
MORTGAGES 141 311 23,225
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 48 8,352
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 74 196 13,300
BUSINESS LICENSES 25 48 6,185
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 85 13,080
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 73 4,915

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