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VOL. 124 | NO. 174 | Friday, September 4, 2009

Councilman Wants to Be Part of Complaint Against Lee

Memphis City Councilman Bill Boyd has asked a judge for permission to join the bitter court fight over the legal bills of former Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division chief Joseph Lee.

Mayoral Field Stands At 28 -- For Now

Next Week Will Determine Final Count

It is the largest field of candidates for Memphis mayor in the 41 year history of the mayor-council form of government – possibly in the history of the city.

Green Movement Keeps Allen & Hoshall Busy

Energy audits are nothing new for Allen & Hoshall, the locally owned engineering firm whose roots date back almost 100 years.

Gov’t Watchdog Saino Among Lowery Appointments

At the Memphis City Council’s recent personnel committee meeting, committee members quickly worked through a slate of mayoral appointments to city boards and commissions.

Teenager Helps Build Habitat Homes

Ben Orgel is only 17 years old, but he has already helped put two families into new homes through Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis.

Republicans to be Listed First on Tenn. Ballots

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State Election Coordinator Mark Goins says Tennessee Republicans will be listed first on all ballots, beginning with a special House election next month.

Simpson May Seek Miss. AG's Office

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson says he's considering a run for state attorney general in 2011.

Dillard's Same-Store Sales Fall

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Dillard's Inc. department store chain says its sales for August fell 14 percent overall from last year and 12 percent in stores open at least a year.

Retailers Report Sales Declines For August

NEW YORK (AP) – Retailers on Thursday posted sales declines for August as shoppers held back on back-to-school purchases and continued to focus on necessities, but overall results came in ahead of analyst predictions.

New Jobless Claims Dip Less Than Expected to 570K

WASHINGTON (AP) – New jobless claims fell slightly last week while the number of Americans receiving unemployment benefits rose, a sign the job market’s recovery will be long and bumpy.

US Service Sector Inched Closer to Growth in August

NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. economy’s service sector inched closer to growth in August, but still shrank for the 11th straight month in the face of weak consumer spending.

Weekly US Rail Shipments Fall 16.1 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shipments carried by U.S. railroads fell 16.1 percent last week compared with a year earlier, a major industry trade group reported Thursday.

FACT CHECK: Biden Ignores Problems with Stimulus

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden proclaimed success beyond expectations Thursday for the $787 billion economic stimulus, but his glowing assessment overlooks many of the program's problems, including delays in releasing money, questionable spending priorities and project picks that are under investigation.

Dealers Should Get 'Clunkers' Money by Sept. 30

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government has approved $500 million in reimbursements to car dealers for sales under the Cash for Clunkers program and dealers should be paid by late September, officials said Thursday.

No Floor in Sight for Natural Gas; Prices Plunge

NEW YORK (AP) - Natural gas prices tumbled again Thursday, hitting new seven-year lows after the U.S. government reported more supplies were put into storage as the entire country pares down on energy usage.

1.3 Million to Lose Jobless Benefits by Year's End

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jobless since January, Donald Money has already moved in with his elderly parents, stopped going to the movies and started using less of his prescription medication so it will last longer.

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