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VOL. 133 | NO. 14 | Thursday, January 18, 2018

Average Airfare at MEM Continues to Drop

The average airfare at the Memphis International Airport for the third quarter of 2017 fell to $379, which marks a $16 drop year-over-year and a $26 drop from the second quarter of 2017, according to data released by the Department of Transportation.

Memphis Out of Running for Amazon's Second Headquarters

Memphis is out of the running for Amazon’s massive second headquarters. The Seattle-based ecommerce giant released a list of 20 finalists Thursday, Jan. 18, out of the 238 proposals submitted by cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Strickland: Memphis About to Meet Goal of Net Gain in Police Ranks

When the Memphis Police Department graduates a class of about 80 recruits Thursday, Jan. 18, at First Baptist Church–Broad, the MPD will have a net annual gain in police officers for the first time in seven years.

Hass Wants Rhodes to Embrace Change

After six months as president of Rhodes College, Marjorie Hass says small liberal arts colleges like Rhodes are “on the defensive.”

Teaming Up

Casinos join forces more often in era of declining revenue

Several factors have combined to upend business conditions at the Tunica casinos in recent years, but there is renewed optimism among gaming operators there who are discovering there is strength in numbers.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Novel will host Perre Coleman Magness, author of “The Southern Sympathy Cookbook: Funeral Food with a Twist” for a discussion and signing Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. The cookbook includes unexpectedly humorous obituaries and anecdotes alongside staples of Southern funerals. Visit novelmemphis.com.

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Chamber to Host Free MWBE Certification Fair on Jan. 23

In an effort to generate more certified minority and women-owned businesses in Shelby County, the Greater Memphis Chamber will host its first joint certification fair with the county on Jan. 23.

Last Word: Snow Week, Liberal Arts and Their Critics and Tunica Casinos

Snow Day 3 as this becomes a snow week for many of us. Granted one of those days was a federal holiday in which the temperature was above freezing and the sun was out. During the second consecutive snow day Wednesday for Shelby County Schools students, Candous Brown, a teacher at Raleigh Egypt High School held class anyway via Facebook.

Midtown BBQ Restaurant Will Stay Open After Bankruptcy Filing

The Overton Square restaurant Stanley Bar-B-Que that was formerly known as Schweinehaus has filed for bankruptcy, though chef and co-owner David Walker says it isn’t going anywhere for now.

Memphis Sports Landscape Getting More Crowded

As president of business operations for the Memphis Grizzlies and FedExForum, Jason Wexler is more than busy. Grizzlies’ home games. And this season, home games at the Landers Center in Southaven for G League affiliate the Memphis Hustle.

Frayser CDC Growing, Expanding Headquarters

The Frayser Community Development Corp. is a lot busier these days, so much so that it’s expanding its headquarters at 3684 N. Watkins St., where the organization is bursting at the seams.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Reversing The Travel Slump

U.S. travel industry representatives earlier this week expressed concern over declines in international travelers to the U.S.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Despite Need, Expanding Health Care Not in Cards

Springfield resident Felicity Palma struggled mightily when she moved to Tennessee from Florida two years ago after suffering health problems and losing her job.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Audit: Tennessee Should Require Rape Kit Backlog Update

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An audit suggests that Tennessee lawmakers require updates on the 9,000-plus rape kits statewide, including almost 7,000 in Memphis, that were awaiting testing in July 2014.

Tennessee Lawmaker Moves to Drop School Voucher Push

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee lawmaker has taken steps to follow through on a promise not to pursue school voucher legislation this year.

STATEWIDE

Railroad Company Still Probing Tennessee Oil Spill Cause

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A Norfolk Southern Railway official says the company still doesn't know how thousands of gallons of oil ended up in the Tennessee River and Citico Creek.

Officials Promise Better Tennessee Teacher Preparation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee education officials plan to increase teacher preparation program outcomes across the state.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Increasing Fees

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Great Smoky Mountains National Park says it is raising fees for front-country campgrounds and picnic pavilions by 10 to 25 percent.

REGIONAL NEWS

Arkansas Legislative Panel Backs Proposal to Ban Herbicide

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers recommended regulators move forward Tuesday with efforts to ban an herbicide that farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, advancing the prohibition despite a lawsuit by a maker of the weed killer.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Apple to Build 2nd Campus, Hire 20,000 in $350B Pledge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. that will be partially financed by an upcoming windfall from the country's new tax law.

Verizon Pushes Further Into Sports Streaming With NBA Deal

NEW YORK (AP) – Yahoo users will be able to stream eight basketball games for free under a new deal with the NBA.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Senate Committee Approves Nomination of Powell for Fed Chair

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate Banking Committee has voted for a second time to approve President Donald Trump's nomination of Jerome Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Fed Survey Finds Solid Growth, Rising Wages

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve reported Wednesday that the economy was growing at a moderate pace at the start of the year, with the majority of business contacts optimistic about prospects for 2018.

Entire Operation of Federal Consumer Regulator Under Review

NEW YORK (AP) – The Trump-appointed acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Wednesday that he is launching a review of all the federal consumer watchdog agency's policies and priorities.

HEALTH

Walmart Offers Way to Turn Leftover Opioids Into Useless Gel

Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel.



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PROPERTY SALES 83 170 7,919
MORTGAGES 93 201 9,400
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 32 40 1,398
BUILDING PERMITS 113 243 16,850
BANKRUPTCIES 50 105 5,511
BUSINESS LICENSES 37 69 3,017
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 75 3,325
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