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VOL. 123 | NO. 146 | Monday, July 28, 2008

Blackburn Touts District, Blasts ‘Earth-First-Istas’

In a note to supporters on her campaign Web Site, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn casts herself as a champion of rural Tennesseans – and uses strong language to differentiate herself and her constituents from environmentalists and “liberal elites.”

La. Firefighters’ Retirement Sues Over RMK Fund

Christopher Burke, a senior vice president with Regions Financial Corp., was one of three Regions representatives who met in September 2004 with the board of trustees that governs the Louisiana Firefighters’ Retirement System.

New Home Sales Drop 0.6 Percent In June

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of new homes fell in June for the seventh time in the past eight months, more proof that the worst housing slump in decades is getting deeper.

US Slowdown Still Weighs On Lodging, Leisure

NEW YORK (AP) – The lodging sector looked less than comfortable Thursday as earnings reports from two major hotel and casino companies outlined the troubles facing the industry in the U.S.

Eccentric Studios Brings ‘Strip to Fit’ To Exercise Mainstream

The owners of one local small business have received a lot of exposure over the past couple of weeks. The local and national media reports about Eccentric Studios have kept the phones ringing at the Bartlett fitness studio, despite the fact the business possibly was not going to open.

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EVENTS

The Engineers’ Club of Memphis Inc. will meet today at noon at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Mike Rogers will give a speech titled “Levees and Insurance.” Cost is $12. No reservations are required.

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S&P Places Some Fannie, Freddie Ratings on Watch

NEW YORK (AP) - Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's on Friday put the risk-to-government, subordinated debt and preferred stock ratings of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on watch for possible downgrade.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 80 401 13,843
MORTGAGES 99 439 16,005
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 19 63 2,202
BUILDING PERMITS 233 998 28,755
BANKRUPTCIES 49 276 8,926
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 136 4,701
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 23 141 5,534
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 88 2,982

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