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1. Neighborhood Art -

Downtown’s South Main neighborhood may have been part of the first official arts district in the city of Memphis, but that’s not been exactly obvious while looking around on a drive or walk through the area.

2. Unintended Consequences: ER Visits Increase -

Hospital officials have been pushing for the state to expand Medicaid health care coverage for thousands of Tennessee’s poorest citizens, despite two significant and related concerns:

Expansion will lead to increased visits to the most expensive place in America for routine health care, the emergency room.

3. Downside of Low US Mortgage Rates: Less Selling -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell.

4. Congress Probes How IRS Emails Could Go Missing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Internal Revenue Service commissioner said Friday the agency will not share with Congress additional details about its lost emails related to the ongoing tea party investigation until its own review is finished because he said Republicans are releasing inaccurate, interim information.

5. House Passes Ryan Budget With Big Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans rallied behind a slashing budget blueprint on Thursday, passing a non-binding but politically imposing measure that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years with sweeping budget cuts and termination of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

6. House Democrats Unveil Budget Plan With Tax Hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Democrats unveiled their response to Paul Ryan's GOP budget on Monday, and it relies on a $1.5 trillion in higher taxes over the coming 10 years and the economic benefits of immigration reform to make the numbers work.

7. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

8. Obama 2015 Budget Focuses on Boosting Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget Tuesday that would funnel money into road building, education and other economy-bolstering programs, handing Democrats a playbook for their election-year themes of creating jobs and narrowing the income gap between rich and poor.

9. Both Sides Pledge New Effort on Jobless Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans and Democrats both pledged Wednesday to renew efforts at resurrecting jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, but immediate prospects for compromise appeared dim one day after a Senate deadlock.

10. Bipartisan Budget Agreement Nears Final Passage -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate lined up Wednesday to give final congressional approval to legislation scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock.

11. Bipartisan Negotiators Seek Modest Budget Pact -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican and Democratic negotiators reached out for a budget agreement Tuesday to reduce automatic spending cuts aimed at programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon, risking a backlash from liberals and conservatives that highlighted the difficulty of compromise within divided government.

12. Democrats Launch Effort to Renew Jobless Benefits -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats on Capitol Hill have launched a drive to renew jobless benefits averaging less than $300 a week nationwide for people out of work for more than six months.

Benefits for 1.3 million long-term unemployed people expire just three days after Christmas. Lawmakers say another 1.9 million people would miss out on the benefits in the first six months of next year.

13. Negotiators Report Little Progress in Budget Talks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House and Senate budget negotiators say they're not close to an agreement but plan to keep at it.

"We're trying to find common ground but we're not there yet," said House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. He said Republicans and Democrats have spent lots of time in the recent past airing their differences but it's now time to find a way to strike an accord. "The hard part is figuring out where we agree," Ryan said.

14. Spending Cuts, Shutdown Lower US Budget Deficit -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. government started the first month of the 2014 budget year with a smaller budget deficit, signaling further improvement in the nation's finances at a time when lawmakers are wrestling to reach a deal to keep the government open past January.

15. Both Sides Agree: No Major Budget Deal Foreseen -

WASHINGTON (AP) — On this, GOP budget guru Rep. Paul Ryan and top Senate Democrat Harry Reid can agree: There won't be a "grand bargain" on the budget.

16. Shutdown Over, Obama Surveys Damage and Blames GOP -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government unlocked its doors Thursday after 16 days, with President Barack Obama saluting the resolution of Congress' bitter standoff but lambasting Republicans for the partial shutdown that he said had damaged the U.S. economy and America's credibility around the world.

17. Lew Urges Quick Increase in US Borrowing Limit -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on Thursday urged Congress to raise the government's borrowing limit before Oct. 17, warning that a Republican idea to prioritize payments with cash on hand could cause "irrevocable damage" to the U.S. economy.

18. Cohen, Fincher Embody Washington Divide -

The two congressmen who represent Shelby County in Washington couldn’t disagree more on the cause of the government shutdown and its coming intersection with the national debt ceiling.

“It’s the Republicans that are the problem,” Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said Monday, Oct. 7, before leaving Memphis to catch a flight for Washington. “It’s folly what they are talking about, and they know that now. … They wanted a government shutdown – yippee-ki-yay.”

19. Health Care’s ‘Lost Opportunity’: A Q&A with Phil Bredesen -

More than two years after leaving state office, Phil Bredesen, the popular former governor and mayor of Nashville, is still on the go. While enjoying a post-political life in Nashville that includes gardening and grandparenting with his wife, Andrea Conte, Bredesen remains active in promoting bipartisan solutions to issues such as the national debt as a speaker and as a member of the Governors’ Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.- based think tank.

20. September 27-October 3, 2013: This week in Memphis history -

2012: Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan raised an estimated $1 million during a private fundraiser at The Racquet Club for the Romney-Ryan presidential ticket. The Memphis stop was one of several fundraisers across the state and included a later gathering at the home of FedEx founder and CEO Fred Smith. In the November presidential general election the Romney-Ryan ticket carried Tennessee. President Barack Obama carried Shelby County.

21. New Study Warns of US Long-Term Debt Problems -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government could run out of cash to pay its bills in full and on time sometime between the end of October and the middle of November if lawmakers fail to increase its $16.7 trillion borrowing cap, Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf said on Tuesday.

22. LaVere Stays Busy in Preparation of New Album -

Memphis-based musician Amy LaVere’s third solo album, “Runaway’s Diary,” won’t be released until early next year, but the songwriter, bassist and vocalist has a few summer projects that should keep anxious fans satisfied.

23. Talks Underway for Club 152 Reopening -

The owners of Club 152 on Beale Street and prosecutors with the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office have been talking since the club was shut down a week ago as a public nuisance.

Both sides are due back before General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter Thursday, May 21.

24. House GOP Gears Up for Debt Showdown This Summer -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Get ready for another debt showdown this summer. House Republicans are preparing for one.

The House Ways and Means Committee passed a bill Wednesday to protect Social Security recipients and investors in Treasury bonds if the government hits the limit of its borrowing authority.

25. House Passes GOP Budget Plan Promising Deep Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House passed a tea party-flavored budget plan Thursday that promises sharp cuts in safety-net programs for the poor and a clampdown on domestic agencies, in sharp contrast to less austere plans favored by President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies.

26. Senate Set to Approve Huge 2013 Spending Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate moved ahead Wednesday toward a vote on a huge, bipartisan spending bill aimed at keeping the government running through September and ruling out the chance of a government shutdown later this month.

27. Obama Presses On With GOP Charm Offensive -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama pressed on with his Republican charm offensive Thursday, holding a White House lunch with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan in an effort to soften the ground for potential talks on a long-term deficit reduction deal.

28. House Approves Bill Preventing Shutdown March 27 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House approved legislation Wednesday to prevent a government shutdown on March 27 and blunt the impact of newly imposed spending cuts on the Defense Department.

29. New Pinnacle Chief Operating Officer has Delta Connections -

The new chief operating officer of Pinnacle Airlines Corp. and the last COO for the regional air carrier while it is located in Memphis is a former chief operations officer of Delta Private Jets and former president of Comair.

30. New Pinnacle Chief Operating Officer has Delta Connections -

The new chief operating officer of Pinnacle Airlines Corp. and the last COO for the regional air carrier while it is located in Memphis is a former chief operations officer of Delta Private Jets and former president of Comair.

31. Federal Budget Deficit Estimated at $845 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal budget deficit will drop below $1 trillion for the first time in President Barack Obama's tenure in office, a new report said Tuesday.

The Congressional Budget Office analysis said the government will run a $845 billion deficit this year, a modest improvement compared to last year's $1.1 trillion shortfall but still enough red ink to require the government to borrow 24 cents of every dollar it spends.

32. Gowen Named Marketing Head at Renshaw Property Management -

Kellyn Gowen has joined Renshaw Property Management as marketing coordinator. In her new role, Gowen manages social media, marketing and communications for the company’s 800 Mid-South rental properties, serves as a liaison for property owners and real estate agents, and spearheads marketing efforts for vacant properties.

33. Events -

The Blues Foundation will host the 29th annual International Blues Challenge Tuesday, Jan. 29, through Saturday, Feb. 2, in Beale Street venues and other Downtown locations. Visit blues.org for a full schedule and tickets.

34. Forecasting 2013 in Sports -

2013 Sports Forecast by the numbers: 1. The Grizzlies swing a deal before the trade deadline but are fined by the NBA when, out of habit, they try to trade O.J. Mayo.

2. The Memphis Airport is invited to join the Big East.

35. Groups: $12 Million Mystery Donation was Crime -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two election watchdog organizations on Thursday urged the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission to investigate more than $12 million in campaign contributions that were mysteriously funneled through two little-known companies in Tennessee to a prominent tea party group. The origin of the money, the largest anonymous political donations in a campaign year filled with them, remains a secret.

36. Memphis Chamber to Host New York Times’ Sanger -

Next week, the Greater Memphis Chamber is hosting a conversation in Memphis with the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times.

David Sanger, who’s also the author of the new book “Confront and Conceal” and who has been at the vanguard of reporting on issues related to Iran for the Times, will be here as part of the chamber’s regular “A Conversation With …” series.

37. Retirement Worries Grow; 30-Somethings Most Uneasy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Younger Americans in their late 30s are now the group most likely to doubt they will be financially secure after retirement, a major shift from three years ago when baby boomers nearing retirement age expressed the greatest worry.

38. Taking Stock -

The presidential race is still too close to call, the debates won’t shift things much from a statistical perspective and there’s a fair chance Democrats will retain their majority in the U.S. Senate.

39. Political Outsourcing -

It has been 12 years since Shelby County voters have encountered a Democratic or Republican presidential nominee on the general election ballot who had some kind of political presence in the region, if not the city, before they made their bid for president.

40. Soulsville Charter School Only School Invited to Vice Presidential Debate -

The Soulsville Charter School is the only school in the nation invited to the vice presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 11, at Centre College in Danville, Ky.

And it’s all because of this message:

41. Soulsville Charter School Only School Invited to Vice Presidential Debate -

The Soulsville Charter School is the only school in the nation invited to the sole vice presidential debate of the election season Thursday, Oct. 11 at Centre College in Danville, Ky.

And it’s all because of this message:

42. Ryan Raises $1 Million In Memphis Stop -

Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan raised approximately $1 million for the Romney-Ryan presidential ticket during a Thursday, Sept. 27, fundraiser at the Racquet Club in Memphis.

43. House to Pass 6-Month Spending Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – As its last major act before leaving Washington for the fall campaign, the House is voting to put the government on autopilot for six months.

The temporary spending bill is needed to avert a government shutdown when the current budget year expires Sept. 30. At issue are the day-to-day operating budgets of Cabinet agencies that are funded annually by Congress through 12 appropriations bills.

44. Ramsey Aide Recommended for GOP Convention Role -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey's top aide has been recommended for an official role at next week's Republican National Convention.

45. USDA Buys Meat to Help Drought-Stricken Farmers -

The U.S. Agriculture Department will buy up to $170 million of pork, lamb, chicken and catfish to help drought-stricken farmers and ranchers.

USDA Secretary Tim Vilsack says the purchase for food banks and other federal food nutrition programs will help producers struggling with the high cost of feed.

46. Hill Leaders May Punt Spending Bills to Next Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With the agenda for a postelection lame duck session of Congress already stacked high, congressional leaders are considering lightening the load by punting much of the remaining budget work of Congress to next year.

47. Repealing Obama's Health Care Law Won't be Easy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Yes, if Mitt Romney wins the White House and his Republican allies retake the Senate, he could shred most of President Barack Obama's health care law without having to overpower a Democratic filibuster.

48. Strike up the Band -

For anyone who finds themselves in conversation with Mei-Ann Chen about the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, its big plans for the year and major guest performers who’ve been lined up, be prepared to get an earful on a topic about which Chen will evangelize, her smile broad and voice brimming with cheer.

49. House GOP Unveils Budget Blueprint -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Conservative House Republicans on Tuesday set up what appears to be a potential re-run of last year's turbulent domestic policy fight with President Barack Obama, putting forward an election-year budget manifesto that would blend steep social program cuts with reduced tax rates.

50. Memphis Symphony CEO Takes Philadelphia Job -

The president and CEO of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra is leaving to become executive vice president of advancement for the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Ryan Fleur joined MSO in 2003 as president and CEO after similar postings with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in Boston and the New York Philharmonic.

51. CBO: Obama Budget Produces 2013 Deficit of $977B -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new analysis of President Barack Obama's budget for next year says the deficit scenario isn't as rosy as the White House painted it.

Friday's Congressional Budget Office report said Obama's budget would produce a $977 billion deficit next year – $75 billion more than predicted by the White House.

52. GOP Critics Hit Obama's $3.8 Trillion Budget -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Congress Tuesday that the president's new $3.8 trillion spending plan would impose new taxes on only 2 percent of the nation's wealthiest families and the alternative would be to seek more painful cuts in other government programs such as defense, Social Security and Medicare.

53. Obama's New Budget: Higher Taxes for the Wealthy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.8 trillion spending plan on Monday that seeks to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade but does little to restrain growth in the government's huge health benefit programs, a major cause of future deficits.

54. Congress Tries to Give President Line-Item Veto -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House sought Wednesday to give President Barack Obama and his successors the line-item veto, a constitutionally questionable power over the purse that has been sought by Republican and Democrats alike.

55. Bernanke Defends Fed Policies Against GOP Critics -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ben Bernanke defended the Federal Reserve's decision to hold interest rates at record-low levels for the next three years, during a contentious hearing before federal lawmakers.

56. Federal Budget Deficit to Dip to $1.1T, CBO Says -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government will run a $1.1 trillion deficit in the fiscal year that ends in September, a slight dip from last year but still very high by any measure, according to a budget report released Tuesday.

57. Obama Uses Tax Proposals for His Political Message -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Aiming tax increases at millionaires and companies that ship jobs abroad may help frame the fairness theme of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, but it's a plan that stands virtually no chance of passing Congress.

58. White House Blasts New Medicare Plan by GOP's Ryan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says a new bipartisan Medicare proposal would cause the health care program for seniors to "wither on the vine."

Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said Thursday the overhaul proposed by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, a Republican, and Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden "would end Medicare as we know it" by shifting costs to retirees.

59. House Says No to Mandating Balanced Federal Budget -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rejecting the idea Congress can't control its spending impulses, the House turned back a Republican proposal Friday to amend the Constitution to dam the rising flood of federal red ink. Democrats – and a few GOP lawmakers – said damage from the balanced-budget mandate would outweigh any benefits.

60. Congress Sputters on Deficit Cuts, Spending Bills -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A sputtering Congress enveloped in an atmosphere poisoned with politics and distrust enters its final weeks of the year struggling to complete a lengthy to-do list on the budget.

61. Waiting For The Tip -

Great seasons end.

Great cities endure.

That’s not just one of the Memphis Grizzlies’ new marketing slogans. Capitalizing on last season’s success and building an enduring franchise are aspirations for the organization as it copes with the reality of the NBA lockout and the ongoing dry spell of professional hometown hoops.

62. Study: Rich Get a Lot Richer, Outpace Middle Class -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The richest 1 percent of Americans have been getting far richer over the last three decades while the middle class and poor have seen their after-tax household income only crawl up in comparison, according to a government study.

63. Economy Gaining but Not Enough to Cut Unemployment -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy is showing signs of modest improvement – not enough to reduce high unemployment but enough to ease fears that another recession might be near.

Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, though some of that was due to technical factors. And the economy grew slightly more in the April-June quarter than previously estimated. Growth is also expected to tick up in coming months.

64. Analysis: Democrats Hit Reset on Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Weary of getting pounded over the new health care law, Democrats are hitting the reset button for next year's elections.

They're changing the subject to Medicare.

65. Obama, GOP Trumpet Jobs Plans in Silicon Valley -

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – The debate over how to create jobs has moved to Silicon Valley, where the president and Republican leaders were each taking to the Internet to trumpet their agendas and win over young voters.

66. Greenspan: Controlling Gov't Debt Will be Painful -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says there is no credible way to control the government's debt without inflicting pain on the economy.

Greenspan is telling members of a Senate Finance Committee Tuesday that the country has waited too long to address the problem.

67. Employers Add No Net Jobs in Aug.; Rate Unchanged -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers stopped adding jobs in August, an alarming setback for an economy that has struggled to grow and might be at risk of another recession.

The government also reported that the unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent. It was the weakest jobs report since September 2010.

68. 4-Month Low in Unemployment Claims Eases Fears -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After calamitous losses on Wall Street and fears of another recession, the economy got a dose of good news Thursday: The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell below 400,000 for the first time since April.

69. Leadership Memphis Announces Board Members -

Leadership Memphis has announced new board members and officers for its new fiscal year.

The officers and executive committee include Eric Robertson, chair; Beverly Jordan, vice chair; Bryan Ford, treasurer; Veronica Coleman Davis, secretary; Chris McLean, immediate past chair; Jeff Gaudino, alumni chair; Christine Munson, development chair; Lemoyne Robinson, program chair; and Jeane Chapman, marketing chair.

70. Desperate Democrats Eye Tax Cut as Jobs Booster -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Desperate to boost employment and their bleak poll numbers, the White House and Democrats in Congress are turning to a Republican idea for stimulating the economy: tax cuts.

71. CBO: Debt Crisis Looms Absent Major Policy Changes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new report says that the national debt is on pace to equal the annual size of the economy within a decade, levels that could provoke a European-style debt crisis unless policymakers in Washington can slam the brakes on spiraling deficits.

72. Republicans Press Obama on Spending -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Top House Republicans pressed President Barack Obama Wednesday for a detailed plan on budget cuts, and one leading lawmaker accused him of distorting a GOP Medicare proposal at the center of the partisan divide over spending.

73. Obama Gains Foothold; GOP Autumn Surge Behind Him -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Six months after Republicans alarmed Democrats with a midterm election wave, President Barack Obama has shaken off the jitters and found his political footing despite sluggish economic growth and deep public anxiety about the direction of the country.

74. Medicare Overhaul Proposal Causing GOP Stress -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Little more than a month after they backed sweeping changes to Medicare, Republicans are on the political defensive, losing a House seat long in their possession and exhibiting significant internal strains for the first time since last fall's election gains.

75. Despite Differences, Obama, GOP Eye Medicare Limit -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unlikely as it may seem, President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress actually share some common ground on the need to curb Medicare costs to fight the spiraling federal debt.

76. Obama's Deficit Plans Run Into Economic Reality -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – President Barack Obama headed west to sell his big picture deficit-reduction plan. But many people are waiting for a quick fix to their own economic problems caused chiefly by persistent unemployment and the crippled housing market.

77. House Passes $6 Trillion Spending Cut Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Friday passed a Republican budget blueprint proposing to fundamentally overhaul Medicare and combat out-of-control budget deficits with sharp spending cuts on social safety net programs like food stamps and Medicaid.

78. Obama Pivots, Eyes Medicare Changes, Tax Increases -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Forcefully rejecting Republican budget-cutting plans, President Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed lowering the nation's future deficits by $4 trillion over a dozen years and vowed he would not allow benefit cuts for the poor and the elderly to pay for tax breaks for the rich.

79. House GOP Budget Retains Democratic Medicare Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a postelection reversal, House Republicans are supporting nearly $450 billion in Medicare cuts that they criticized vigorously last fall after Democrats and President Barack Obama passed them as part of their controversial health care law.

80. Spending Cuts Not Expected to Dent $1.5T Deficit -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The $38 billion in spending cuts agreed to last week won't prevent this year's budget deficit from setting another record high, estimated at $1.5 trillion.

Most of the agreed-to spending cuts either affect future budgets or amount to accounting gimmicks that won't reduce actual spending.

81. White House: Obama to Lay Out Spending Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama this week will outline a broad plan to reduce the nation's deficit, shifting from immediate budget concerns to the debate over the nation's long-term economic health. Obama is expected to call for cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and tax hikes for the wealthy.

82. GOP Plan to Cut Top Tax Rate Short on Details -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With an ambitious plan that's short on details, House Republicans are calling for big cuts in corporate and individual income tax rates, financed by eliminating scores of credits, deductions and exemptions, many enjoyed by millions of taxpayers.

83. On Location: Memphis Showcases Local, International Films -

In the business of film festivals, international films bring prestige, but local films bring dollars.

This year’s 12th annual On Location: Memphis International Film and Music Festival, Thursday through Sunday, hopes to draw on the best of both worlds.

84. Obama, House Leader Fail on Budget Deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A visibly frustrated President Barack Obama emerged from a failed meeting on a budget deal Tuesday and said he would demand daily sessions with House Speaker John Boehner until an agreement was hammered out to prevent a U.S. government shutdown at week's end.

85. Republicans Planning Cost Curbs on Health Benefits -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans will "lead with our chin" and offer politically explosive cost curbs this spring on programs like Medicare, Medicaid and perhaps Social Security, the party's point man for curbing crippling budget deficits said Thursday.

86. Obama: Talks on Entitlements 'Have Already Begun' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama said Wednesday that difficult debates on how to address the costs of Social Security and Medicare are "starting now," even though his 2012 budget blueprint lacked any major changes to the large benefit programs.

87. Obama Sends Congress $3.73 Trillion Budget -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.73 trillion budget Monday that holds out the prospect of eventually bringing deficits under control through spending cuts and tax increases. But the fiscal blueprint largely ignores his own deficit commission's plea to slash huge entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare.

88. Bernanke Encouraged by Sharp Drop in Unemployment -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress on Wednesday that the sharp drop in unemployment over the last two months is encouraging but cautioned that it will take several years for hiring to return to normal.

89. The State of Things -

The State of the Union
While the president acknowledged our current fiscal crisis, he did not provide a plan. We will find out on Feb. 14th, when the White House submits its budget for the next fiscal year, if a plan exists.

90. Target Corp. to Expand its Grocery Offerings -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minneapolis-based Target Corp. plans to remodel about 400 of its general merchandise stores across the nation in 2011, building upon the discounter's latest strategy to bulk up its grocery offerings.

91. Events -

The Memphis Central Rotary Club will meet Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. Shelby County Election Commissioner Brian Stephens will speak about Rebuild Government. Cost is $25 for guests. For reservations, call Karen Shea at 683-9099.

92. GOP 'Pledge' Makes Closing Argument to Voters -

STERLING, Va. (AP) – Pushing toward big gains on Nov. 2, House Republicans promised to end a slew of Democratic policies and restore Americans' trust in government as they rolled out a campaign manifesto designed to show they're listening to an angry public and are focused on creating jobs.

93. MSO’s Chen Named Chicago Sinfonietta Director -

Mei-Ann Chen, the new music director for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, has been named music director for the Chicago Sinfonietta beginning in 2011.

94. Service Sector Grows More Quickly in July -

NEW YORK (AP) – Growth in the U.S. service sector picked up in July, according to a trade group's survey, in a good sign for the overall economy and the job market.

The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday its service-sector index rose to 54.3 last month, up from 53.8 in June. Economists had expected a pullback to 53 for July.

95. DOJ: Prosecutor Firing was Politics, Not Crime -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bush administration's Justice Department's actions were inappropriately political, but not criminal, when it fired a U.S. attorney in 2006, prosecutors said Wednesday in closing a two-year investigation without filing charges.

96. Outside Group Airs Anti-Haslam TV Ad in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A national group called the American Future Fund is spending up to $250,000 on television ads hammering Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam for price gouging cases brought against a family-owned Pilot chain of truck stops.

97. House Approves $7B Budget Cut -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats controlling the House approved a plan late last week to cut $7 billion from President Barack Obama’s budget request for foreign aid and the operating budgets for Cabinet agencies.

98. High Court Reins in Prosecutors' Use of Fraud Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday sharply curtailed prosecutors' use of an anti-fraud law that was central in convicting politicians and corporate executives in many of the nation's most prominent corruption cases. The ex-CEO of disgraced energy giant Enron and a Canadian media mogul, both in prison, are among the figures who could benefit from the ruling.

99. New Restaurants Quickly Change Cooper-Young Landscape -

Afew weeks ago, you might have heard waves of despair sweeping through the intersection at Cooper Street and Young Avenue, when Dish, the long-running bar/restaurant, and Blue Fish, the upscale seafood restaurant, closed abruptly.

100. House GOP Leader Taps 4 for Health Summit -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Republican leader has made his picks for President Barack Obama's health care summit.

Rep. John Boehner of Ohio on Wednesday tapped Charles Boustany of Louisiana, a surgeon; Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Peter Roskam of Illinois and Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.