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VOL. 124 | NO. 125 | Monday, June 29, 2009

UPDATE: Moody, McFadgon and Gray Out At City Hall

The director of the troubled city division of Public Services and Neighborhoods will be leaving City Hall with Mayor Willie Herenton on July 10.

Commission Moves to Next Phase of Tax Vote

When the Shelby County Commission meets this afternoon, the body will take the second of three required votes on a new county tax rate for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

SunTrust Exec’s Consulting Role Follows Other Leadership Changes

William R. Reed Jr., vice chairman of Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks Inc., will retire at the end of August to work as a consultant for the bank with a focus on Memphis.

Mobile Vet Expands Practice

Veterinarians measure their success in the number of dogs, cats and other animals they heal during a career, and while Dr. Amy Serino Moffat is no different in that regard, she has another way to gauge her accomplishments – the odometer.

Stores Sell Out of Jackson Recordings

Fans rushed to Memphis music stores and snatched Michael Jackson recordings from the shelves as soon as news broke of his death Thursday, buying out the inventories of Poplar Tunes and Spin Street within a couple of hours.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will present a workshop titled “Advocacy & Public Policy” Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Alliance office, 5100 Poplar Ave. Cost is $65 for members, $125 for nonmembers and $55 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

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The Politics of Rape: What went wrong at MSARC

There’s no such thing as a textbook rape victim. There are, however, some very thick and detailed textbooks on how medical and legal authorities should come to a victim’s aid.

Politics at Root Of Rape Center Failures

When government does not serve the people, whom does it serve?

Frist Touts New Education Initiative

Former U.S. Senate Republican leader Bill Frist started the year by announcing he would not be a candidate for Tennessee governor in 2010.

WyreStorm Leaps Out With HDMI Products

The owners of WyreStorm launched their new business within weeks of a cable connectivity upgrade that is expected to set the standard for home entertainment systems.

Marshall’s Latest Effort Combines Memphis, London Sounds

Memphis soul singer Susan Marshall said she “really gets off on harmonizing and singing backup” for other artists, and to that end, she has a list of credits with various touring artists the likes of Lenny Kravitz and Lucinda Williams.

Law Allows Distilled Spirits in Approving Counties

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - County governments can decide whether they want distilleries to be located in their communities under a proposal signed by the governor.

Tenn. GM Workers Hold Out Hope for Future

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) - Union leaders at General Motors' manufacturing plant in Spring Hill say they see a future for the facility despite losing out on producing a new small car model to a plant in Michigan.

May Incomes Surge, But Savings Outpace Spending

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. households pushed their savings rates to the highest levels in more than 15 years in May as a big boost in incomes from the government’s stimulus program was devoted more to bolstering nest eggs than increased spending.

Stanford's Lawyer Asks for Client to be Released

HOUSTON (AP) - Defense attorneys are opposing a prosecutors' request to delay an order granting Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford a bond that would free him until he is tried on charges he swindled investors out of $7 billion.

Treasury Sets Purchase Process for Bank Warrants

WASHINGTON (AP) - The administration has established the process for determining the price for millions of stock warrants the government holds that represent the final ties many large banks have to the $700 billion bailout program.

Climate Bill Debate Begins in House

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has begun debating a historic and hotly contested global warming bill.

WTO: Some Trade Limits OK to Stop Climate Change

GENEVA (AP) - The World Trade Organization acknowledged Friday that some limits on free trade may be necessary to stop runaway climate change – provided the restrictions aren't a cover for protectionism.

Jackson Lived Like King But Died Awash in Debt

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jackson the singer was also Michael Jackson the billion-dollar business.

July Fourth By The Numbers

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 115 270 19,843
MORTGAGES 141 311 23,225
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 35 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 74 196 13,300
BUSINESS LICENSES 25 48 6,185
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 40 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 73 4,915

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