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VOL. 130 | NO. 124 | Friday, June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Extends Gay Marriage Nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally.

React: Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling

A divided U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Here is a roundup of local reaction to the landmark ruling.

Memphis Mayoral Election Heating Up As Strickland, Wharton Take Turns

Here come the yard signs.

Grizzlies Draft LSU’s Jarell Martin, Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison

The Memphis Grizzlies needed more shooting and may have found at least some of it in two off-Broadway draft day trades. But with the 25th overall pick in the first round Thursday night, June 25, the Grizzlies went a different direction and chose 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward Jarell Martin from LSU.

Baptist's Healing Hand

Memphis health care organization quantifies impact with economic study

Comprised of 14 hospitals and more than 4,000 affiliated physicians spanning three states, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. is obviously known as a place where patients can turn to address their physical health.

Local Weather
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Wind: from the South at 17.3 gusting to 33.4 mph
Humidity: 40%

EVENTS

The Gavel Club of Memphis will meet for a Dutch treat lunch Friday, June 26, at 11:30 a.m. in the Holiday Inn University of Memphis Medallion Room, 3700 Central Ave. The 2015 Memphis Gavel Award will be presented to Quota International president Beverly Burroughs, and the guest speaker is Moore Tech president Skip Redmond. For more information, call Bob Gray at 901-494-8639.

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Grizzlies Facilities Getting $350,000 Upgrade

The Memphis Grizzlies have applied for a $350,000 building permit to upgrade facilities at FedExForum, 191 Beale St.

Wharton Proposes to Move Forrest Statue and Grave

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is proposing to remove the statue of Confederate General, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest from the park formerly named in his honor.

Shelby County Unemployment Zigzags in May

The unemployment rate in Shelby County was 6.7 percent in May, which was higher than the previous month but lower than the year-ago month.

Nike Formally Opens $301 Million Frayser Expansion

Executives of Nike Inc. are in Memphis Friday, June 26, to formally open the $301 million expansion of the sports shoe and apparel giant’s Northridge distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Boulevard.

Dog Daycare Bringing New Life to East Memphis Retail Center

A new doggy daycare and camp is coming to East Memphis.

Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law Subsidies

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

Sea Isle Principal Prepares ‘The Island’ for New School Year

Cardboard letters on the cinderblock wall just inside the entrance to Sea Isle Elementary School in East Memphis welcome students to “the island” – a much quieter place in these summer days but not a deserted island.

SPORTS

Memphis Redbirds' Winning Record Doesn't Extend to Attendance

The Memphis Redbirds are running last in the 16-team Pacific Coast League’s attendance race; the St. Louis Cardinals own the best record in the 30-team on-field competition run by Major League Baseball.

Tigers Alumni Game a Chance for Fans to Relive Fond Memories

It’s not the Final Four. In fact, it’s not even a November nonconference game against some directional school.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

In It Together

WE’RE RELATED. For a few years, Nora was in a handbell choir at our church. The choir was invited to perform here and there. Being an Episcopal church, those trips were more a celebration than a solemn occasion, and, like the service itself, food and drink were central to the issue at hand. I tagged along because the here and there included roux-full places like Mobile and New Orleans.

'Underqualified' for a Job? You Can Still Apply

If you’re like most people, there was a time in life when you were underqualified for a job. This is typically the case when you apply for your first job. It can also happen when you make a big career change midstream and have to start over.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Titans' Home Field to Be Renamed Nissan Stadium

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Titans' home field is changing its name from LP Field to Nissan Stadium.

Test Score Results Show Gains in All High School Subjects

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State education officials say they're taking steps to address reading test scores that have remained relatively flat in early grade levels over the past five years.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Federal Judge Steps Out of Case Against Rep. Joe Armstrong

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Chief U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan has recused himself from the tax fraud conspiracy case against state Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville.

Haslam's Communications Director Leaving for Private Sector

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's director of communications is leaving to become a communications consultant in the private sector.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Consumers Ramp Up May Spending; Largest Gain Since 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer spending surged in May with the biggest monthly increase in nearly six years – a sign of stronger economic growth ahead.

Stronger Economy, Cheap Gas Expected to Spur Holiday Travel

NEW YORK (AP) – A stronger economy, rising consumer confidence and cheap gasoline will likely have Americans traveling in big numbers this Independence Day.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

GOP Measure Would Permit Longer Tandem Trucks

WASHINGTON (AP) – Over the objections of safety advocates, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a trucking industry bid supported by FedEx to allow longer tandem trucks on the nation's highways.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 46 229 20,995
MORTGAGES 74 248 24,609
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 27 8,637
BUILDING PERMITS 282 641 42,978
BANKRUPTCIES 61 177 14,079
BUSINESS LICENSES 12 58 6,459
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 85 13,596
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 67 5,136

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