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VOL. 123 | NO. 22 | Friday, February 1, 2008

Early Voting Numbers 'Relatively' Robust

Early voter turnout in Shelby County spiked in the final days of the voting period.

Poor Housing Market Hurts Governments' Bottom Line

The topsy-turvy housing market and related mortgage mess are hitting state and local governments where it hurts: right on the bottom line.

Award-Winning Filmmaker Tells Little-Known St. Jude Story

Documentary filmmaker and University of Memphis film professor Craig Leake won two Mid-South Emmy Awards last week in Nashville, Tenn., for his film, "The Chemo Ate My Homework," a look at the teachers who work for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

City, County Reach Tentative Deal With Bass Pro

The city of Memphis and Shelby County government have a tentative deal with Bass Pro Shops to develop The Pyramid.

Republicans Propose Bills to Strengthen DUI Laws

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican leaders are proposing a series of bills they say would further crack down on drunken driving in Tennessee, including a measure that would allow officers to immediately confiscate licenses during arrests.

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The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive today from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ThyssenKrupp Elevators, 9280 Crestwyn Hills Drive. For more information, call the Red Cross at 501-614-4400.

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FDIC's Bair: Subprime Mortgage Modifications are 'Lagging'

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones/AP) - The pace of loan modifications on adjustable subprime mortgages is lagging, which could prompt regulatory action on the mortgage industry, U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair warned Thursday.

Early Voting Exceeds 30,000 in Shelby County

Early voting in advance of Tuesday’s Tennessee presidential primaries has topped 30,000 in Shelby County. The turnout compares to 11,313 early voters in advance of the 2004 presidential primaries in Shelby County and suggests a higher level of voter interest that could boost overall turnout higher than the 10 percent turnout locally in the 2000 and 2004 presidential primaries.

Consumer Spending Slows Abruptly in December - Weakest Growth in 6 Months

WASHINGTON (AP) - Consumers increased their spending at the weakest pace in six months while applications for unemployment benefits soared last week, two more signs the economy is weakening.

Bares' New Role Heralds Longer Days, Stronger Partnerships

The point man for building the Memphis biotechnology industry is now taking the top position of the academic program that feeds that industry with fresh engineers and new ideas.

Small Private School Embraces Webcasting Technology

An East Memphis private Christian academy hosted its first-ever live webcast recently and is gearing up to share many of its future programs and assemblies in the same way.

Abortion Resolution Passes Senate Again, Temporary ID Bill for Immigrants Passes Committee

NASHVILLE (AP) - A resolution that would change the state's constitution to allow more limits on abortion has again passed the Senate but still may face challenges in the lower chamber.

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