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VOL. 124 | NO. 63 | Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Legislature Works to Bolster Anti-Blight Law

Two Memphis-area lawmakers are proposing amendments to Tennessee’s Neighborhood Preservation Act, which allows homeowners to sue owners of nearby rental properties that fall into disrepair and cause home values to decline.

Holt Sues Attorney In Stanford Financial Fallout

Laura Pendergest-Holt, the chief investment officer of Stanford Financial Group, has filed a lawsuit against Stanford’s former attorney and his firm that claims they “hung her out to dry” and which seeks damages of more than $20 million.

Developer Turns Vacant Warehouses Into Living Space

A row of multi-colored duplexes tucked behind an old warehouse on Linden Avenue could be a textbook illustration for urban infill development and adaptive reuse.

Lots of Work Awaits New Airport Area Leader

The Memphis Airport Area Development Corp. has a new pilot at the helm.

Wharton Applauds CSX Trail Decision

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners has accepted a $4.7 million grant from Shelby Farms Park Conservancy to turn part of the old CSX railroad corridor into a walking trail.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Southeast at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 77%


Talk Shoppe will present “How to Motivate Your Customers to Call You” today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. Andy Wick of Visual Thunder and Judy Burda of JUUDYY Graphic Design will present the seminar. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

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Arkansas May Vote to Allow Casinos

Arkansas voters may have a casino proposal on the ballot in 2010 because the state’s attorney general has approved the wording for a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow casinos in seven counties, including Crittenden.

Walgreen Gives Free Care to Jobless and Uninsured

NEW YORK (AP) – Drugstore operator Walgreen will offer free clinic visits to the unemployed and uninsured for the rest of the year, providing tests and routine treatments for minor ailments through its walk-in clinics – though patients will still pay for precriptions.

Court Ends Philip Morris Appeal of $79.5M Award

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a cigarette maker’s appeal of a $79.5 million award to a smoker’s widow, ending a 10-year legal fight to keep her from collecting.

The Flintco Cos. Names Musson Business Development Director

Troy Musson has been hired by The Flintco Cos. Inc. as its director of business development for Flintco’s Memphis and Springdale, Ark., offices.

Medtronic Says Endeavor Stent Approved in Japan

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Medtronic Inc. said Monday Japanese regulators approved its Endeavor drug coated stent for sale, and the medical device maker plans to launch the product May 1.

Bill Would Require Photo ID to Vote in Tenn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that would require Tennessee voters to show photo identification at the polls is headed for a full Senate vote.

Proposal Would Address Jail Cell Regulations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Proposals that would examine or make changes to jail cell regulations are advancing in the Senate.

English-Only Driver's Tests Advances

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that would require all written driver's license tests in Tennessee to be given in English is advancing in the Senate.

TVA Planning Ash Spill Health Monitoring, Research

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority will use an independent university research group to guide health monitoring of residents and verify cleanup of contaminated areas from a massive coal ash spill, the agency's top executive said Tuesday.

With Autos, Obama Expands Government's Role

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's extraordinary auto industry intervention is assertive and coldly pragmatic, with a dose of caution and a sentimental nod to the automobile's place in the American psyche.

FAA Sees 9 Percent Fewer Air Passengers This Year

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration predicts that nearly 9 percent fewer passengers will board major U.S. airlines for domestic flights this year, and that traffic on international flights will also decline as the bleak economy curbs business travel and vacation plans.

Sun-Times Media Group Files for Bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP) - The Sun-Times Media Group, owner of the Chicago Sun-Times and dozens of suburban newspapers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Tuesday, making it the fifth newspaper publisher to seek protection from creditors in recent months.

Jackson Attorney, Al Gore's Uncle, Dead at 91

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - Former Circuit Court Judge Whit LaFon, an uncle of former vice president Al Gore, has died in Jackson. LaFon was 91.

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