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VOL. 130 | NO. 186 | Thursday, September 24, 2015

Trader Joe's Confirms First Memphis-Area Store

Trader Joe’s has confirmed plans for its first Memphis-area store. The specialty grocer ended months of speculation and announced Wednesday, Sept. 23, that it would open a 12,500-square-foot store in Germantown.

Long-Vacant Union Avenue Properties Get Another Day

The city of Memphis and the Downtown Memphis Commission are negotiating with the owners of two vacant buildings in the 600 block of Union Avenue in an effort to avoid General Sessions Environmental Court declaring the properties a public nuisance.

Memphis Mayoral Contenders Talk Public Transit

The four major contenders for Memphis mayor all favor keeping the Mid-South Coliseum in some form and a Memphis Zoo parking garage.

New Deputy Memphis AD Mark Alnutt Has Power Five Aspirations

Looking back, Mark Alnutt always was an inside guy.

Public Outcry Kills Tennessee Bill to Charge for Public Records

People of every political stripe across Tennessee are rising in protest to legislation allowing government to charge fees for inspection of public records.

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EVENTS

The Metal Museum will host Repair Days Weekend Thursday, Sept. 24, through Sunday, Sept. 27, at the museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. Metalsmiths from around the country will be on hand to repair broken metal objects; all proceeds benefit the museum. Visit metalmuseum.org for a schedule of activities.

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Criminal Appeals Court Cancels Memphis Teacher’s Retrial

The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Tuesday, Sept. 22, that a local school teacher convicted of attempted first-degree murder in a 2012 beating of his wife will not get a new trial. Criminal Court Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett had ordered the new trial for Michael Halliburton in June, right after sentencing him to 20 years in prison.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

‘Set It and Forget It’ Investing

Ray’s Take: Creating a retirement plan is a very personal thing because no one but you knows what you want for your future. But a plan is a must-have for everyone, and there are numerous ways to create a retirement plan as individual as you are.

‘Deflategate’ Ruling Bounces Commish

Court’s in recess and there goes the judge! In New England, the Patriots again start the season as the Tom Brady Bunch. In New York, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has crow for breakfast. Case closed!

MEMPHIS AREA

Scalia Addresses Constitution, Same-Sex Marriage in Speech

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Tuesday criticized judges who believe the Constitution is a "living" document, saying they amount to policy makers who are rewriting it and making moral decisions for the entire country about same-sex marriage and other issues. He also referred to this summer's same-sex marriage ruling as "extreme."

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Lawmakers Plan Hearings on VW Emissions Scandal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lawmakers in Tennessee plan to hold hearings over whether the Volkswagen emissions scandal could imperil the nearly $900 million in state and local incentives that have been directed toward the German automaker's lone U.S. plant in Chattanooga.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Volkswagen CEO Steps Down, Takes Responsibility for Scandal

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned Wednesday, days after admitting that the world's top-selling carmaker had rigged diesel emissions to pass U.S. tests during his tenure.

REGIONAL

Little Rock Officials Weigh Renaming Confederate Boulevard

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Though only a short stretch of Little Rock's Confederate Boulevard remains, to some it is a glaring reminder of the city's checkered racial past.

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PROPERTY SALES 77 286 16,478
MORTGAGES 95 347 19,032
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 176 569 33,695
BANKRUPTCIES 59 183 10,920
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 77 5,275
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 102 11,446
MARRIAGE LICENSES 27 97 3,964

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