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VOL. 128 | NO. 94 | Tuesday, May 14, 2013

City Enticing FBI to Move Downtown

City leaders are attempting to bring the FBI Downtown. The FBI is searching for a significant amount of office space, and local leaders, including U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, are urging the law enforcement agency to locate Downtown.

Grocery Gadgetry

Technology helps Kroger cut customer wait times

Kroger’s Memphis-area shoppers might not have noticed, but the supermarket chain is paying more attention to them these days.

ServiceMaster Reports "Disappointing" First Quarter

The ServiceMaster Co. saw operating revenue and operating income decline during the first three months of 2013.

FedEx Plans Distribution Center in Southwest Illinois

SAUGET, Ill. (AP) FedEx Corp. is building a $23.5 million ground distribution facility in southwestern Illinois that will process 10,000 packages an hour once fully operational.

Grizzlies Take Down Thunder in Overtime

Moments before Game 4 of the Grizzlies-Oklahoma City playoff series tipped off at FedExForum Monday night, Tony Allen, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol stood at midcourt to be recognized for making the NBA’s All-Defensive teams (Allen first-team, Gasol and Conley second-team).

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
52°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 80%

EVENTS

National Association of Women Business Owners Memphis chapter will meet Tuesday, May 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3935 Galloway Ave. Lori Turner-Wilson, co-founder of RedRover Sales & Marketing, will speak. Cost is $25 for NAWBO members, $30 for nonmembers and $35 at the door. Visit nawbomemphis.org.

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Property Tax Complicates Sales Tax Considerations

Whether it is a tax hike or a tax rate hike, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s proposed 28-cent increase in the city property tax rate has complicated the idea of a half-percent city sales tax hike to go on the ballot later this year if the property tax hike sticks.

Schools Budget Gap At $35.7 Million In New Budget Draft

The countywide school board should have a budget proposal ready for the Shelby County Commission by the end of this week. And as it stands now, it would require just under $36 million in new funding.

Workforce Investment Network Director Looks to Broaden Program

The new director of the local Workforce Investment Network program wants to take the employment-training program a step further by broadening its impact and continuing to work closely with employers.

City Third Worst in US for Asthma Sufferers

A recent study by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America placed Memphis No. 3 on a list of the most challenging places in the U.S. to live in with the chronic disease. In 2012, Memphis ranked No. 1.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Oakhaven Warehouse Sells After Foreclosure

4120 Air Trans Road, Memphis, TN 38118

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

A Fond Farewell for Now

Hard to believe, but almost three years has passed since I wrote the first “Giving Back” column in 2010. Credit goes to James Overstreet, associate publisher of The Daily News, who pulled me aside one day and asked if I had ever thought about sharing my ideas and some of our Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club philanthropic efforts with a broader audience. What started as an idea to share helpful tips, quickly evolved into a pipeline for positive stories, a spotlight for local nonprofits, and an avenue to provide easy ways to get more engaged in our community.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee First Lady, Muppet Against Obesity

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam is teaming up with Grover, the loveable Muppet from Sesame Street, and United HealthCare to teach kids the benefits of eating healthy and getting in shape while helping them learn to love reading.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Department of Children’s Services Files Outline Abuse

NASHVILLE (AP) – Records released by the state Department of Children's Services showing 42 cases where children died or nearly died after the agency had some type of involvement with them shows that half of the kids were under 1 year old. Some of the records didn't even include the child's age.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Retail Sales Rise in April on Cars, Clothing

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lower-priced gas allowed Americans to step up their spending at retailers in April, from cars and clothes to electronics and appliances. The rebound from a weak March suggests consumers remain resilient in the face of higher taxes and could continue to drive economic growth this spring.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama Says He Won't Tolerate Political Bias at IRS

WASHINGTON (AP) – When members of Congress repeatedly raised concerns with the Internal Revenue Service about complaints that Tea Party groups were being harassed last year, a deputy IRS commissioner took the lead in assuring lawmakers that the additional scrutiny was a legitimate part of the screening process.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 307 5,073
MORTGAGES 101 483 6,709
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 77 1,556
BUILDING PERMITS 0 720 11,979
BANKRUPTCIES 84 341 5,300
BUSINESS LICENSES 36 125 2,061
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 152 594 7,058
MARRIAGE LICENSES 36 117 1,458

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