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VOL. 131 | NO. 125 | Thursday, June 23, 2016

Community Foundation Bucks National Trend With Increase in Donations

The most recent Giving USA Report showed that Americans are giving more than ever – a record-high rate of more than $1 billion a day ($373.25 billion in 2015) – but that donations to foundations were down.

Lamar Avenue Grant Gets State’s Sole Focus

The Lamar Avenue improvement project waiting for years to get started could be about to emerge from the planning stage to construction.

SCS Board Closes Northside High Immediately

Northside High School has graduated its last class.

Humane Society Launches Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic

The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County is ramping up efforts to control the pet population by launching a mobile spay and neuter clinic.

Last Word: Lights, Camera, Demolition, Our Cautious Prosperity and City Hall Redux

In south Memphis Wednesday, an old house on Mississippi Boulevard was demolished as part of a press conference to tout anti-blight measures in a city that has a lot of blight.

Local Weather
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Humidity: 87%

EVENTS

A public meeting/open house on the Pinch District redevelopment plans will be held Thursday, June 23, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Balinese Ballroom, 330 N. Main St. City and county leaders invite residents, property owners and other community stakeholders to offer input on a vision for The Pinch. For more information, contact Brett Roler at roler@downtownmemphis.com or 901-575-0540.

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Council Faces Yet Another Residency Requirement

Memphis voters could take up the question of where city government employees should live for the fourth time in 12 years.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

NexAir Signs Lease for New HQ at Crosstown Concourse

495 N. Watkins St., Memphis, TN 38104, Details: Crosstown Concourse has signed another tenant. Memphis-based nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the U.S., will lease 33,000 square feet at the mixed-use tower. -

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

From Exhaustion to Endurance

Not long ago, while waiting in line at the grocery store, I overheard a very weary-looking young father with a baby in his arms and two toddlers sitting in the shopping cart say to the clerk, “My wife is sick, the kids are sick, the baby was up all night, and work is piling up on my desk. I feel like I’m 60.”

Brush With Death Recalled, Part 3

“… That cowboy by her side was only five-foot-three/So I moved in, I never thought he’d dare to stand his ground/Only to discover that he was sitting down.”

MEMPHIS AREA

Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns Duo Dies at 74

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Trumpet player Wayne Jackson, who played standout horn lines on rock 'n' roll, soul, R&B and pop mainstays along with Memphis Horns partner and tenor saxophonist Andrew Love, has died. He was 74.

STATEWIDE

Republican PAC Awards Tennessee Senate Speaker Ramsey

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican political committee GOPAC has given its lifetime achievement award to Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, who is retiring from the Legislature this year.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Uber, Lyft Battle Governments Over Driver Fingerprint Checks

DETROIT (AP) – Hailing a ride with a smartphone app in many U.S. cities is coming down to a fight over fingerprints.

New For-Profit Medical Schools Springing Up Across US

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – For-profit medical schools are starting to pop up around the country, promising to create new family doctors for underserved rural regions.

Allegiant Reaches Contract Deal With Union Pilots

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Discount airline Allegiant Air has settled on a union labor contract with its pilots after more than three years of negotiations.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trustees: Meager Hike in Social Security Benefits Next Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of Social Security beneficiaries can expect only a meager increase in monthly payments next year, the trustees who oversee the massive retirement and disability program said Wednesday.

REAL ESTATE

Goal of Owning Home Still Strong, and 8 Other Housing Trends

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans still want to own homes – if they can afford to. That's the finding of a report being released Wednesday by the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 209 209 16,401
MORTGAGES 252 252 18,937
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 393 393 33,519
BANKRUPTCIES 124 124 10,861
BUSINESS LICENSES 57 57 5,255
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 102 102 11,446
MARRIAGE LICENSES 70 70 3,937

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