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VOL. 124 | NO. 112 | Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wharton Taking Second Look At CSG As Pension Fund Advisor

Mayor Considers Ending Contract

Shelby County mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants the county’s retirement board to closely examine – and possibly end - its relationship with Memphis-based Consulting Services Group, the county’s pension fund advisor.

Commission to Resume Budget Talks Today

Shelby County Commissioners meet today to continue work on a county budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Orgill Exit Right on Schedule, President Says

The closure of Orgill Inc.’s Memphis distribution center will be complete by the end of this year.

Johnson Ascends to Director's Job At Literacy Council

Sallie Johnson, a retired librarian, signed on as interim executive director of the Memphis Literacy Council a year ago with no intention of seeking the post beyond the transition term.

MSARC Questions Persist Despite Move to County Control

The political path the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center took to Shelby County government funding and ultimately county government control was a tortured one.

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The Center for Southern Folklore will launch its new online exhibit “Taylor Made: The Life and Work of Rev. L.O. Taylor” today. The exhibit can be accessed at the center’s Web site at www.southernfolklore.com.

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Higgins Named President, CEO At Barge Waggoner

Robert B. Higgins Jr. has been named president and chief executive officer of engineering, architecture and planning for Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon Inc.

Opposing Budget Aims May Complicate End of Session

NASHVILLE (AP) – The completion of this year’s legislative session is being complicated by competing budget goals from opposite sides of the aisle.

GM Extends Factory Closures for Up to 4 More Weeks

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors Corp. says it will add as many as four weeks to the temporary closures of seven assembly plants due to the continued U.S. auto sales slump.

Anti-Bond Road Builders Host Ramsey Fundraiser

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee road builders, who are lobbying against Gov. Phil Bredesen's plan to issue bonds to pay for bridge projects around the state, have held a fundraiser for Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey's gubernatorial campaign.

Military Visitation Rights Bill Passes Tenn. Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Senate has approved legislation that creates a method for deployed parents to transfer visitation rights for a child to a relative.

Lawmakers Hold Closed Door Meetings on Budget Cuts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Lawmakers grappling with ways to address Tennessee's worsening budget shortfall have been holding closed-door meetings to discuss their options.

Luminex Launches Cystic Fibrosis Tests in Europe

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Biological testing company Luminex Corp. said Tuesday it launched two new cystic fibrosis tests in Europe.

10 Big Banks Get OK to Repay $68B in Bailout Money

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Treasury Department has approved 10 of the nation’s largest banks to repay $68 billion in government bailout money.

US Senate Dems to Start Work Next Week on Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats announced plans Tuesday to begin committee work next week on health care legislation designed to assure coverage for millions of Americans who now lack it, a key objective of the Obama administration.

US Airlines Report More Flights on Time in April

NEW YORK (AP) - Flights on U.S. airlines were on time more frequently in April than the month before and improved from a year earlier, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Former AT&T CEO to Become New GM Chairman

DETROIT (AP) - A former CEO and chairman of telecommunications giant AT&T Inc. will lead General Motors Corp.'s board after the automaker emerges from bankruptcy protection, GM said Tuesday.

Judge Consolidates Madoff Liquidation Cases

NEW YORK (AP) - Separate efforts to sell the business and personal property of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff have been combined to speed the process and get more of the proceeds to those he cheated.

FAA to Inspect Pilot Training at Regional Airlines

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials said Tuesday they will beef up inspection of pilot training programs at regional airlines in response to safety concerns raised by the crash of a regional airliner in New York in February.

Boston Globe Plans Deeper Cuts After Union Vote

BOSTON (AP) - Union members at The Boston Globe narrowly rejected steep cuts in their pay and benefits, but now face even deeper reductions as the 137-year-old newspaper looks to slash $10 million in annual expenses to keep parent company The New York Times Co. from shutting it down.

Congress to Consider 'Cash for Clunkers' Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - Consumers could receive rebates of up to $4,500 for turning in their gas-guzzling cars and trucks for more fuel-efficient vehicles under a House proposal.

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