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1. Olive Garden Defends Breadstick Policy -

NEW YORK (AP) – Olive Garden is defending its practice of giving customers as many breadsticks as they want, saying the policy conveys "Italian generosity."

The remark is part of a response by the chain's parent company, Darden Restaurants Inc., to a nearly 300-page criticism released by hedge fund Starboard Value last week. Starboard took Olive Garden and its management to task for a litany of issues, including its liberal distribution of breadsticks, its failure to salt the water used to boil its pasta and even the length of the asparagus it serves.

2. Racquetball Tournament to Benefit Church Health Center -

The 10th annual E-Force PowerSlam Racquetball Open to benefit the Church Health Center will be held Oct. 24-25 in Memphis.

WellWorX Sporting Clubs at 6161 Shelby Oaks Drive will serve as the host site for the tournament. Multiple skill and age divisions for men and women are available for singles and doubles play. The entry fee for one event is $45; participants may play up to three events and receive a reduced rate for the second and third events.

3. Events -

Remington College Memphis campus will hold the 3 Lives blood drive, a national effort to recruit minority blood donors, Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Remington, 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. Visit 3lives.com.

4. Tennessee Steps Up the Fight Against Blight -

While the national economy is still rebounding from the 2008 housing crisis, foreclosures, vacant homes and blighted properties are a lingering issue many markets throughout the country have to address.

5. Five Out-of-the-Box Interview Questions -

If you need to hire a fundraising professional, you are in good company. This is one of the hardest positions to fill. It is even harder to retain a talented fundraiser.

We have written extensively on these topics over the years because they are a major issue confronting the nonprofit sector.

6. Council Could Close Door on Alternative Health Plans -

Memphis City Council members could put to rest alternatives to the health care insurance benefits cuts they approved in June when they meet Tuesday, Sept. 16.

The question is whether they would do that with some kind of vote or indication through discussion or whether they will simply let the June decision stand and take no further votes.

7. Influence Game: Chemical Trade Tries to Shape Regulations -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The powerful chemical industry is putting its lobbying muscle behind legislation that would establish standards for chemicals used in products from household goods to cellphones and plastic water bottles – but also make it tougher for states to enact their own regulations.

8. Olive Garden Investor: Back Off on the Breadsticks -

NEW YORK (AP) – Maybe there is such a thing as too many breadsticks.

In a nearly 300-page treatise on what's wrong with Olive Garden and its management, investor Starboard Value suggests the Italian restaurant chain is being reckless with its unlimited breadsticks. The hedge fund notes the chain's official policy is to bring out one breadstick per customer at a time, plus an extra for the table.

9. Plans for Site of Closing International Paper Mill are Uncertain -

COURTLAND, Ala. (AP) – A year after International Paper announced that it would close a north Alabama mill because of declining demand, there's much uncertainty about the site's future.

10. Riverboat Enthusiasts Try to Save Delta Queen -

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A group of riverboat enthusiasts is trying to get the 1920s era paddlewheeler Delta Queen back on the Mississippi River.

Former Delta Queen Steamboat Co. executive Cornel Martin was in St. Louis this week seeking support and investment for his company, DQSC LLC, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

11. Dedric Lawson Joining Tigers a Year Early -

Dedric Lawson, a 6-foot-8 forward, has said he will reclassify and come to the University of Memphis in 2015 instead of 2016, according to an ESPN.com report.

12. TPC Southwind to Host Birdies for the Brave -

As part of the PGA Tour’s “Together, anything’s possible” charitable mission, TPC Southwind will conduct fundraising for nine military homefront groups as part of Birdies for the Brave, a national outreach initiative dedicated to supporting members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families.

13. Events -

Methodist Olive Branch Hospital will hold an educational seminar on surgical weight loss options with Dr. George Woodman and staff Monday, Sept. 15, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the hospital, 4250 Bethel Road. Call 516-0611.

14. 8 Ways to Protect Your Online Identity -

Each year, millions of Americans are victims of data breaches. Credit card fraud alone has affected 41 percent of consumers over the last five years, according to Aite Group's 2014 Global Consumer Fraud Survey.

15. Allow Innovation to Expand Business Model -

As your innovation efforts begin to move from the ideation to the testing phase, or the co-creation with consumers or customers, outlandish and disruptive concepts present themselves. As messy as children arriving, they show up, saying, "Feed me, let me scream at the top of my lungs, I’m uncivilized,” all without speaking.

16. Vaco Memphis Expands, Emphasizes Risk Solutions -

Somebody else’s problem provides your business an opportunity. That’s just the way things work and for much of Vaco Memphis’ 10 years, their focus was on offering recruiting and consulting services in areas that included technology, accounting, finance, logistics and administration.

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18. Titans Buying What New Coaches Selling -

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Titans did what few believed they could do when they went into Kansas City and dominated the Chiefs on Sunday.

And while one win is hardly enough for Titans fans to start making Super Bowl reservations, there is the sense that something is vastly different about this organization from the past few years.

19. Asking for Moon Might Leave You Grounded -

There were 3,226 closings in August, Greater Nashville Association of Realtors numbers show, up 4.6 percent from last August. It could have increased 24.6 percent if there were more listings.

“Inventory is continuing to decrease,” GNAR president Hagan Stone notes. “There is demand from buyers.”

20. Apple Pushes Digital Wallet Service With Apple Pay -

Apple is betting that people want to pay with a tap of the phone rather than a swipe of the card.

The technology company on Tuesday introduced a new digital wallet service called Apple Pay that is integrated with its Passbook credential-storage app and its fingerprint ID security system.

21. Fundraiser for The Bridge to Be Held Sept. 20 -

Fundraiser being held to benefit The Bridge, a street paper operated by college students

The Bridge, Memphis’ first street newspaper, will hold its “Under One Roof” fall fundraiser Sept. 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Rhodes College McCallum Ballroom, 2000 North Parkway.

22. Events -

The fourth annual Downtown Museum Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, with free or half-price admission at 15 local museums and attractions. For more information on participating attractions, visit facebook.com/downtownmuseumday.

23. Legal Issues Await Mob Attack Investigation -

Memphis police could make more arrests in the Poplar Plaza mob attack, but investigators believe they have the teenagers who started the riot on the parking lot of the Kroger supermarket Saturday, Sept. 6, that injured three people.

24. Events -

ANF Architects will host an opening night reception for the Memphis Camera Club’s “Places We Worship” Friday, Sept. 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at ANF, 1500 Union Ave. Visit anfa.com.

25. Door Opener or Doorstop -

When I talk with millennials who have recently graduated from college, one thing is clear: They’re struggling to figure out what exactly to do next.

A common theme is they’re taking jobs that would normally be considered beneath their skill level.

26. At the Counter -

THE COLLEGE INN, FULL CIRCLE. The future was in my hands. My parents had set me free and I sat there all by myself for the very first time, my own stool at the counter, my own menu in front of me and a cool new show on the TV above. It was 1957. I was eight. The show was Perry Mason. And I was in control.

27. Wade: NFL Has Addiction Problem -

Wading in with thoughts on several topics … So a former FBI director will investigate how the NFL handled evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case – the tape that commissioner Roger Goodell says he never saw until recently – and here’s what I wonder about the state of our society:

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29. Ex-Workers Sue Closed West Memphis Hospital -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Former workers at a closed Arkansas hospital have filed a lawsuit, claiming administrators withheld part of their pay for insurance but didn't pay the premiums.

30. Senior Americans Burdened With Student Debt -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments.

31. Regional Airlines Not Sharing in Majors' Success -

DALLAS (AP) – For passengers traveling between smaller cities and large hub airports, the ticket may say Delta, American or United, but they're likely flying on a regional airline whose planes are painted in the major carrier's colors.

32. Apple Pushes Digital Wallet With Apple Pay -

Apple is betting that people want to pay with a tap of the phone rather than a swipe of the card.

The technology company on Tuesday introduced a new digital wallet service called Apple Pay that is integrated with its Passbook credential-storage app and its fingerprint ID security system.

33. Fundraiser for The Bridge to Be Held Sept. 20 -

The Bridge, Memphis’ first street newspaper, will hold its “Under One Roof” fall fundraiser Sept. 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Rhodes College McCallum Ballroom, 2000 North Parkway.

34. Events -

Eyewear Gallery will hold free vision screenings for children Thursday and Friday, Sept. 11-12, at the store, 428 Perkins Road Extended. The screenings, which aim to help end learning disability misdiagnoses, will continue Thursdays and Fridays through September. Call 763-2020.

35. Late Pass -

A football spirals in slow motion across the Texas sky. The state championship hangs in the balance. Spoiler alert: If you’ve not watched “Friday Night Lights,” go watch it – all 76 episodes – and then return.

36. Woeful Period for US Markets -

September 8, 2014, S&P 2000 = 11 + 4 percent + 11 percent + 1.5 percent + 2.5 percent. The last five years have been consistently wonderful for the U.S. markets. Over the time period, the S&P 500 has advanced more than 17 percent annually. Only four bull markets (advances uninterrupted by a 20 percent decline) have lasted longer and returned more. What has this bull been eating?

37. Seniors and Student Loan Co-Signatures – Should You? -

Ray’s take: Your grandchild has been accepted to his or her college of choice. Great news! But now that the celebration of acceptance is over, it’s time to do a realistic budget and figure out where the money will come from to pay for tuition and all the other expenses associated with attending college.

38. Watchdog: VA Managers Lied About Delays -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Managers at more than a dozen Veterans Affairs medical facilities lied to investigators about scheduling practices and other issues, the department's inspector general said Tuesday.

39. Home Depot Confirms Breach in US, Canada Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shares of Home Depot sank before the opening bell Tuesday after confirming that its payment systems had been hacked, potentially exposing millions of shoppers who used credit and debit cards at its more than 2,000 U.S. and Canadian stores.

40. Events -

Christian Brothers High School will dedicate McEniry Hall, its new science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM) building, Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. on its campus, 5900 Walnut Grove Road. The new building houses a CBHS-Christian Brothers University dual-enrollment program that offers college classes and credits to CBHS students. Call 261-4942 .

41. Three Secrets to Closing More Business -

Considering how hard salespeople have to work to land a meeting with a prospective customer, it’s surprising how little effort is typically put into the follow-up with that prospect after the meeting. The result is a lost opportunity and the need to work harder than necessary to meet sales targets.

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43. Shelby County Mortgage Market Down 19 Percent in August -

BankTennessee president and CEO Jim Rout sees new home sales and resales “fairly steady” at the moment.

But, in a common refrain among many local bankers looking at their recent numbers, the activity is not at the level that might be expected, considering still-historic low interest rates.

44. City Leaders Face Mixed Reaction to Poplar Plaza Attack -

Memphis police had arrested and charged 11 juveniles by the end of the day Monday, Sept. 8, in the mob attack Saturday at the Poplar Plaza shopping center.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said several parents had followed the advice he and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. gave Sunday and turned in their children after learning they may have been involved in the attack that injured two other teenagers working at the Kroger supermarket at Poplar Plaza.

45. New VA Chief: Veterans Agency Too Complicated -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Veterans Affairs Department with its 14 different password-protected websites is too complicated for most veterans to navigate, new Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Monday, promising to make it easier for them to get disability benefits, health care, job training and other benefits.

46. 5 Fundraising Job Considerations -

The possibility of a new position as a fund development or fundraising professional brings excitement and anticipation. A new position could mean the opportunity to “finally” put one’s professional skills to use. Maybe with a new position there will be greater opportunities to implement best practices and to meet – or even exceed – goals.

47. Real Estate Road Show on Tap Wednesday -

The next Shelby County Real Estate Road Show to promote Shelby County’s Tax Sale and Land Bank will be Wednesday, Sept. 10.

48. Events -

Latino Memphis will host its 2014 leadership luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Keynote speaker George P. Bush will share his thoughts on the positive role Latinos play in the U.S. Tickets are $100. Visit latinomemphis.org.

49. The Best Education Comes When Traveling -

Proponents of formal classroom education, the following message might not be for you.

In my opinion, the best education comes on the road, even if it means taking the kids out of school for a few days.

50. Bloodworth: Greenways Increasing Residential Values -

The Memphis region’s existing 50 miles of greenways, paths and trails are responsible for some increase in property values, particularly residential property, says Rusty Bloodworth, vice president of Boyle Investment Co. and past chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s Memphis chapter.

51. IRS Says It Has Lost Emails From 5 More Employees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Internal Revenue Service has lost emails from five more employees who are part of congressional probes into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, the tax service disclosed Friday.

52. Grizzlies to Hold Tryouts for D-League Team -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced that the club’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Iowa Energy, will hold open tryouts for the 2014-15 season on Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hyde Gym on the Memphis University School campus, 6191 Park Ave. Doors will open for registration at 9 a.m.

53. Events -

Rhodes College will host its annual Constitution Day lecture Monday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Dr. Melvin I. Urofsky, an expert on the U.S. Supreme Court, will explore great dissents and dissenters in the history of the court. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

54. Regenerate Corporate Cultures -

What’s good for the bee is good for the hive. Marcus Aurelius noted that "If a thing is not good for the hive, it is not good for the bee.” This statement has profound implications for corporate cultures. In a workplace setting, anything that keeps a culture from dynamically regenerating itself is harmful to its people.

55. 10 Secrets to Easy Business Marketing -

We’re the best kept secret in town! I have heard it more than a few times when someone is describing their business, their institution or services. It’s almost bragging rights to be a secret.

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57. County Commission Begins New Term -

Shelby County Commissioners elect a new chairman Monday, Sept. 8, for the next year at the first voting meeting of their four-year term of office.

And their agenda includes votes on appointments by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell to his second-term team of division directors and administrators.

58. Shelby County Home Sales Down 28 Percent in August -

Shelby County home sales plummeted in August when compared to the same month last year. Realtors sold 1,235 homes in Shelby County in August, down a staggering 28 percent from 1,705 home sales in August 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

59. Redbirds Season to Open With Cardinals Exhibition -

The Memphis Redbirds will open the 2015 season at AutoZone Park with an April 3 exhibition game versus the St. Louis Cardinals.

Memphis kicks off its regular season at home April 9 by welcoming the Iowa Cubs (Triple-A Cubs) and Omaha Storm Chasers (Triple-A Royals) during an eight-game homestand.

60. Memphis Women’s Basketball Holding Fastbreak Picnic -

The Fastbreak Club, the official booster club of the Memphis women’s basketball team, will host a fall picnic for its members Sunday, Sept. 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Penny Hardaway Hall of Fame Building.

61. Delta Resuming Cancun Service in December -

Delta Airlines will resume nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Cancun International Airport in December.

The flights will be offered on Saturdays starting Dec. 20. The initial flights will run through Jan. 10, 2015, and will then run Feb. 14 to Aug. 15.

62. Events -

Rock for Love 8, the annual music festival benefiting Church Health Center, will be held Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7, with concerts in Crosstown, Overton Square and at the Levitt Shell. Visit rockforlove.org for a schedule and to bid in the online auction through Sept. 7.

63. High-Flying Vols Can’t Overlook Arkansas State -

KNOXVILLE – You had to be hiding under a rock not to hear the buzz this week about the University of Tennessee’s football team.

One person not reveling in the Vols’ 38-7 season opening victory over Utah State on Sunday night was UT coach Butch Jones.

64. Late Cuts, Pickups Reveal Titans’ Talent Shortfall -

What exactly does it say about the Tennessee Titans that, after they made their own cut to 53 players, they were still sifting through the scrap heap of other teams’ cuts and making five more moves?

65. Big Love Bus a Big Hit With Titans, Vols Fans -

If you want the ride to a Titans or Tennessee Vols game to be as fun as the football game itself, the Big Love Bus could be your ticket – and a safe one at that.

Launched in May and July by Jessica Jackson and Renee Sprouse, the Big Love Bus incorporates psychedelic painting on the outside of three former school buses with renovated interiors designed to make a trip to any event an experience.

66. Will More Rentals Slow Rising Home Prices? -

Hardly a day goes by that a residential real estate broker is not asked: “When will it end?”

Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D., authors Elliot Eisenberg’s Brief Blog and sends it daily to subscribers. Here’s what he had to say on the subject in his August 25 edition:

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70. Editorial: Seeking Creative Solutions for Economic Development -

Among the critical issues facing FedEx outside of the courts is the company’s continued expansion and where its Memphis hub figures into that.

Few in the current arc of the ongoing debate and discussion about payments-in-lieu-of-taxes quarrel with the use of the tax incentives when it comes to FedEx.

71. Home Depot CEO: Probe of Possible Breach Continues -

NEW YORK (AP) – Home Depot's outgoing CEO Frank Blake told investors Thursday that the nation's largest home-improvement chain continues to investigate a potential breach at the company and reassured that customers will not be liable for any potential fraudulent charges.

72. Coalition Works to Preserve Nashville's Music Row -

NASHVILLE (AP) – With development squeezing Nashville's famous Music Row, some in the music industry say time is running out to preserve the district's character and the studios where the Music City's iconic sounds were born.

73. Al Green Among Kennedy Center Honorees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's a rare honor for an artist to receive accolades from the president, let alone have him sing one of your tunes.

Now Al Green can claim both, knowing that President Barack Obama is a fan. Green is among five artists receiving this year's Kennedy Center Honors, the national awards for influencing American culture through the arts, the center announced Thursday.

74. Events -

Rock for Love 8, the annual music festival benefiting Church Health Center, will be held Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7, with concerts in Crosstown, Overton Square and at the Levitt Shell. Visit rockforlove.org for a schedule and to bid in the online auction through Sept. 7.

75. Jobs are Like Buses -

The title of my column today may sound a bit confusing. It comes from one of my own mentors. Years ago, when I was finishing graduate school, I spent a significant amount of time searching for the right job.

76. A Tasteful List 2014 -

MEMPHIS ON A PLATE. Presenting the fourth edition of the Tasteful List, updated for 2014 – second, third and fourth helpings, this year’s specials, delicious memories – an alphabetical survey of local flavor in one decidedly local man’s opinion.

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78. US Companies Add Jobs at Solid Pace in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses added jobs at a healthy pace in August, according to a private survey, the fifth straight month of solid gains.

Payroll processer ADP said Thursday that private employers added 204,000 jobs last month, down from 212,000 in July, which was revised slightly lower. Job gains above 200,000 are usually enough to lower the unemployment rate.

79. Southern Airways Expanding Regional Service -

Southern Airways Express is expanding service from the Memphis area. The company announced Thursday, Sept. 4, new cities to be served from its hub at Olive Branch Airport in Olive Branch, Miss.

Southern is launching several new destinations, adding more flights to Atlanta and upgrading its Destin, Fla., service from seasonal to year-round.

80. Behind Big Macs, a Drama Over Corporate Control -

NEW YORK (AP) – Behind those Big Macs and Whoppers is a hidden drama over corporate control.

The fast-food industry is underpinned by an often tense relationship between companies like McDonald's and Burger King and the franchisees who run their restaurants. Few customers think about this when scarfing down burgers.

81. Memphis Women’s Basketball Holding Fastbreak Picnic -

The Fastbreak Club, the official booster club of the Memphis women’s basketball team, will host a fall picnic for its members Sunday, Sept. 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Penny Hardaway Hall of Fame Building.

82. Delta Resuming Cancun Service in December -

Delta Airlines will resume nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Cancun International Airport in December.

The flights will be offered on Saturdays starting Dec. 20. The initial flights will run through Jan. 10, 2015, and will then run Feb. 14 to Aug. 15.

83. Events -

The Daily News will present the 2014 HR Challenges seminar and panel discussion Thursday, Sept. 4, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Brooks Museum, 1934 Poplar Ave. Meg Crosby, founding principal of PeopleCap Advisors and a former Google HR executive, will discuss five steps for creating a strong corporate culture. Tickets are $25. Visit bit.ly/MEMhr for more information.

84. Oh Death! -

In the spring of 2002, I coded – for the first and, I hope, only time in my life. That’s my story and ... I was sticking to it, until I told it in the company of a med school cardiologist a few weeks afterward. He interrupted and said, “You died.”

85. US Savings Bond – A Golden Oldie -

Ray’s take: U.S. savings bonds are debt instruments issued and fully backed by the federal government and were once touted as a great way to be patriotic. Their attraction historically has been safety (yes), deferred taxes (yes) and convenience (maybe). Traditionally, they were a staple gift for graduates, newlyweds and newborns.

86. ‘People’s Mayor’ to Share Story at RISE Gala -

Every politician has a past, but not like this one.

Evelyn Wynn-Dixon was, at the low point, a homeless single mother so distraught she believed her four young children would be better off without her. She considered jumping from a bridge overlooking Interstate 75 in Atlanta.

87. Storytellers Needed -

Memphis International Airport, in the midst of reinventing itself as an origin-and-destination airport, is looking for some help telling its story.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority is seeking a marketing and public relations firm to help get the word out about the transformation.

88. Council Aims at Moving Insurance Targets -

At just about every turn of the debate at City Hall about changes in health insurance coverage, Memphis City Council members have seen crucial numbers shift about the impact of the changes and the city’s liability.

89. Delta Resuming Cancun Service in December -

Delta Airlines will resume nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Cancun International Airport in December.

The flights will be offered on Saturdays starting Dec. 20. The initial flights will run through Jan. 10, 2015, and will then run Feb. 14 to Aug. 15.

90. Some Fear Auto Industry Returning to Bad Habits -

DETROIT (AP) – Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past.

As the auto industry strives to sustain its post-recession comeback, car companies are resorting to tactics that some experts warn will lead to trouble down the road.

91. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board will meet Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 4 p.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

92. Brand Voice – Ultimate Competitive Advantage -

Your brand is more than your logo. In fact, customers view brands through three distinct lenses – verbal, visual and experiential.

Your logo and the broader look and feel of your brand identity certainly drive a customer’s visual interpretation of your brand. How they are treated when engaging with your brand drives their experiential impression of your brand. That leaves the verbal lens, which is all about your brand’s spoken and written voice.

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94. Push for Broader Minority Business Participation Grows -

A larger share of business for minority- and women-owned local businesses should begin with an inventory that matches existing businesses with existing opportunities.

And three leaders of the recently revived effort to build that share of business say from there the local Memphis economy overall can grow.

95. Dollar General Raises Family Dollar Bid to $9.1 Billion -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dollar General upped its bid for the rival Family Dollar chain and addressed an earlier roadblock, saying that it will more than double the number of stores it would shed to ease the antitrust concerns of its takeover target.

96. FedEx Building New Distribution Center in Louisiana -

COVINGTON, La. (AP) – Land is being cleared in St. Tammany Parish for a 175,000 square-foot distribution center for Federal Express.

Parish Economic Development Director Don Shea tells The Times-Picayune construction is expected to begin this fall and take about 15 months.

97. US Consumer Spending Dips 0.1 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer spending fell in July, with a drop in auto purchases accounting for most of the weakness. Income growth also slowed.

Consumer spending edged down 0.1 percent last month after a 0.4 percent increase in June, the Commerce Department reported Friday. It was the first decline in spending since January. Income growth slowed to 0.2 percent in July, the weakest showing in seven months.

98. Feds Reviewing Reynolds Deal to Buy Lorillard -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Federal regulators are putting Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc.'s planned $25 billion takeover of rival Newport maker Lorillard Inc. under the microscope.

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100. Redbirds Season to Open With Cardinals Exhibition -

The Memphis Redbirds will open the 2015 season at AutoZone Park with an April 3 exhibition game versus the St. Louis Cardinals.

Memphis kicks off its regular season at home April 9 by welcoming the Iowa Cubs (Triple-A Cubs) and Omaha Storm Chasers (Triple-A Royals) during an eight-game homestand.