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VOL. 123 | NO. 26 | Thursday, February 7, 2008

Search and Recovery

Individuals, Businesses Look Ahead After Storms

Ash Wednesday in Memphis began with a search for loss and destruction. The day after storms raked the city and the region, Memphians focused on repairing the physical damage and coming to grips with the human toll.

Strip Clubs File Suit Against City, County

Owners of seven Memphis strip clubs are taking the city and county to court over the recently enacted ordinance governing the clubs and the dancers who are their main attraction.

Fentress Brings Patent Law Experience To Baker Donelson

Susan Bennett Fentress has joined Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC as of counsel in its Memphis office. She is an intellectual-property attorney with an extensive knowledge of patent law and an interest in science.

24 Killed in Storms Across Tennessee

LAFAYETTE, Tenn. (AP) - Rescue workers in rural areas began searching door to door Wednesday morning for more victims of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes that killed at least 24 people statewide.

Obama, Huckabee Dominate Shelby in Tenn. Primaries

The presidential primary season came to a rain-soaked and stormy end Tuesday evening in Memphis even as some voters were still showing up at the polls.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: Calm mph
Humidity: 63%


The University of Tennessee Health Science Center today will hold a dedication ceremony honoring Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. for its gift of three buildings: 910, 920 and 930 Madison Ave. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in the Freeman Auditorium at the Hamilton Eye Institute, 930 Madison Ave.

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Catherine's HQ To Leave Memphis

Catherine's Plus Size Brand Headquarters is leaving Memphis and becoming a part of its parent company's Bensalem, Pa., headquarters.

Boyle Scoops up Prime DeSoto Land in I-269 Corridor

Boyle Investment Co. outbid the competition for 150 acres of commercial real estate in DeSoto County at an auction in November. And after delays related to surveying the property, the deal finally closed Feb. 1, said project manager Bill Caller of Roebuck Auctions.

Earnings Preview: International Paper

NEW YORK (AP) - International Paper Co. reports earnings for the fiscal fourth quarter today. The following is a summary of key developments and analyst opinion related to the period available by press time.

Sands Shift in Pyramid Saga

At least one Memphis City Council member expects changes to the tentative terms of a development agreement between local government and Bass Pro Shops for use of The Pyramid. Meanwhile, the developer of the rival Pyramid Harbor project has made some changes to his plans already.

Early Report Shows State's Pre-K Program Paying Off

NASHVILLE (AP) - An early assessment of Tennessee's pre-kindergarten initiative shows the program is beneficial, but critics say it's still too early to gauge its effectiveness.

Bill to Create Animal Abuser Database Passes Senate Committee

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to create an animal abuser registry in Tennessee has moved forward in the state Legislature.

Bill Requiring Informed Consent Prior to an Abortion Delayed

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal that would require informed consent before an abortion has been delayed to allow senators a chance to see how the House acts on the measure.

Service Sector Contracts for First Time in Nearly 5 Years

NEW YORK (AP) - For the first time in almost five years, the nation's services sector - including restaurants, travel, banking, construction and retail - contracted in January, stoking rising worries of a recession.

Bill Would Require Bittering Agent Be Added to Antifreeze

NASHVILLE (AP) - A bittering agent would be added to antifreeze under a proposal that passed the Senate.

FDA OKs Medtronic Back Pain Treatment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. said Wednesday the Food and Drug Administration approved its RestoreUltra implantable pain treatment system, which uses focused electrical impulses to treat chronic back and leg pain.

Bill Clarifies Time Period of Temporary License

NASHVILLE (AP) - A bill moving through the Legislature would clarify the length of time a person legally admitted to the United States can maintain a driver's license.

Tenn. Bill Promotes Foreign Language Fluency in Schools

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to encourage high school students to become fluent in a foreign language is moving through the Legislature.

Legislation Seeks to Crack Down on Scrap Metal Thefts

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal aimed at preventing theft of pricey metals like copper is moving through the Legislature.

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