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VOL. 124 | NO. 171 | Tuesday, September 1, 2009

UPDATE: City Council Puts Off Metro Charter Commission Vote For Two Weeks

Most of the members of the Memphis City Council Tuesday talked over the move toward appointment of a Metro Charter Commission.

City Council to Take Up Consolidation Today

Consolidation of Memphis and Shelby County governments could move one more step closer to the ballot today.

UPDATE: Commission Approves Metro Charter Commission

Shelby County Commissioners voted Monday to form a Metro Charter Commission. The resolution passed on a 9-2 vote.

Frontrunners Begin to Emerge in Mayor’s Race

This is the week candidates in the Oct. 15 special election for Memphis mayor begin deciding whether they’re serious, and Sept. 10 is the deadline to withdraw.

Deadline Looms For Homebuyers’ Tax Credit

To extend or not to extend? That is the question.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
44.0°F
Fair
Wind: Calm mph
Humidity: 49%

EVENTS

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet today at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Dr. James Eason, a transplant surgeon, will speak. Lunch is $18 per person and reservations are required. For reservations, e-mail Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

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Judge’s Resignation Spotlights Nominating Comm.

D’Army Bailey’s departure from Division 8 of Circuit Court will be one of the first vacancies to be filled by the newly created Judicial Nominating Commission.

Merck to Keep Schering’s Consumer Products Division

The consumer health products division of Schering-Plough Corp., which is based in Memphis, will remain a core operation when the company is acquired by Merck & Co. Merck announced the new leadership and structure for the combined company on Monday. Richard T. Clark, the president and chief executive officer of Merck who will also head the combined company, said it “plans to place an increased emphasis on growing the consumer business, particularly in markets outside the United States.”

Lit Refrigeration Set to Bring ‘Jr.’ Version of Store to Whitehaven

1665 Winchester Road, Memphis, TN 38116, Sale Amount: $500,000 -
A partnership related to the Lit Refrigeration Co. restaurant supply stores has bought the former Chism Trail grocery store at 1665 Winchester Road in Whitehaven for $500,000. Operating in the transaction as Noble Partners Winchester LLC, the group bought the property Aug. 18 from Remark Chism and will open a Lit store at the site.

Le Bonheur Experts Offer Flu Advice

Doctors from Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center said Monday that flu is spreading in Memphis and will continue to do so in the weeks to come – a situation intensified by the H1N1 virus. Typically flu season arrives much later.

Six More Cases of West Nile Reported in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting six more human cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state's total this year to 26 with two deaths.

Group Opposes Nucor Water Certification

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An environmental group wants a judge to vacate the state's recent issuance of water quality certification to Nucor Corp. for a proposed $2.1 billion pig iron mill in St. James Parish.

Southwest Faces Tuesday Deadline To Replace Parts

DALLAS (AP)Southwest Airlines Co., facing a deadline of Tuesday for settling a dispute with regulators over the use of unapproved parts, reported Monday the parts were installed on almost twice as many planes as it first believed.

Wal-Mart to Sell Goods from Other Vendors on Web

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has launched an addition to its online business that has outside retailers selling nearly 1 million new items through Walmart.com, a move that could help the world's largest retailer catch up in the online world.

WTO OKs $295 Million in Brazilian Sanctions on US

GENEVA (AP) - American goods will face around $295 million in annual sanctions as a result of the United States' failure to eliminate illegal subsidies to U.S. cotton growers, the World Trade Organization ruled Monday.

APME Survey: Newspaper Cuts Clip Younger Workers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cost-cutting newspapers are losing many of their youngest reporters, editors and photographers at the same time publishers are trying to break some of their old habits and learn new tricks on the Internet.

Newsstand Sales of US Magazines Drop 12 Percent

NEW YORK (AP) - Consumers are buying fewer magazines at newsstands given the deep recession and the availability of plenty of free reading material online.

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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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