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1. Three Tigers Selected for East-West Shrine Game -

University of Memphis safety Fritz Etienne, cornerback Bobby McCain and defensive end Martin Ifedi have accepted invitations to play in the 90th East-West Shrine Game. The game will be played Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised by the NFL Network.

2. Three Tigers Selected for East-West Shrine Game -

University of Memphis safety Fritz Etienne, cornerback Bobby McCain and defensive end Martin Ifedi have accepted invitations to play in the 90th East-West Shrine Game. The game will be played Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised by the NFL Network.

3. Paulson: AIG Bailout Designed to be Punishment -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The 2008 government bailout of American International Group Inc. was specifically designed to punish the insurance giant, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said in U.S. court Monday.

4. 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.

5. Is It Really Time to Relax Lending Standards? -

Just when you thought it was safe to believe in the wisdom of the system, they pull this.

Back in 2008, when the Great Recession made its way into Middle Tennessee and the area began to feel the pain that other regions had endured for several years, the financial world collapsed.

6. Finding Life Influencers -

Coaches such as Alabama’s Nick Saban get paid millions to lead and win championships, so it’s only natural that Saban would say something like this:

“We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist.”

7. FedEx Founder Highlights Economic Club Fall Slate -

FedEx founder Fred Smith will make a rare public speaking appearance in Memphis Nov. 6, as part of the fall 2014 lineup of speakers planned for the Economic Club of Memphis.

8. Congress, FBI Moving on Veterans Affairs Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – As Congress moves to help thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care, the FBI said it has opened a criminal investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs.

9. State of the Union: Of Pledges, Pleas and Setbacks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Here's a little secret about the State of the Union address that President Barack Obama will deliver next week: He'll give Congress a long list of requests but few likely will be approved. That's just the reality of a politically divided government.

10. Give Me My Money -

IT’S MINE, AND I WANT IT BACK.

“I thought I heard the captain say
Pay me my money down
Tomorrow is our sailing day
Pay me my money down”

11. New Prospects in 2014 for an Immigration Overhaul -

WASHINGTON (AP) – His agenda tattered by last year's confrontations and missteps, President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws.

12. 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.

13. New House GOP Plan as Debt-Limit Deadline Nears -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Time growing desperately short, House Republicans pushed for passage of legislation late Tuesday to prevent a threatened Treasury default, end a 15-day partial government shutdown and extricate divided government from its latest brush with a full political meltdown.

14. In Government Shutdown, Obamacare Just Rolls On -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans pulling on the budget thread can't neatly unravel President Barack Obama's health care law.

A partial government shutdown next week would leave the major parts of the law in place and rolling along, according to former Democratic and Republican budget officials, as well as the Obama administration itself. Health care markets for the uninsured would open as scheduled on Tuesday.

15. No Surprises for Alexander and GOP Incumbents -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Faced with a potentially serious primary challenger, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander was not about to sit back and wait.

The former two-term governor locked down endorsements, banked more than $3 million and linked arms with popular Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and former GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee. When conservative state Rep. Joe Carr announced he would challenge Alexander, the senator's team was ready.

16. Obama Challenges GOP to Accept Corporate Tax Deal -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Seeking to ease Washington gridlock, President Barack Obama on Tuesday challenged Republicans to accept a new fiscal deal to cut corporate tax rates in exchange for more government spending on jobs programs.

17. Palin Email Hacker Released From Supervision -

A Tennessee student convicted of hacking Republican Sarah Palin’s email in the 2008 election year has been released early from federal supervision.

David Kernell was supposed to be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office until November 2014 after being released from prison in 2011.

18. Immigration Backers Plan Push for Reform -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Backers of comprehensive immigration legislation are gearing up for a campaign to push the House to act, even as some begin openly voicing fears they're already losing the fight.

19. US Government Collecting Huge Number of Phone Records -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency's need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach.

20. Committee Nears Final Vote on Immigration Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Far-reaching immigration legislation neared a final committee vote on Tuesday as the White House and Democratic supporters pressed the panel's chairman to delay a showdown over the rights of gay spouses until a debate in the full Senate.

21. Apple's Cook Faces Senate Questions on Taxes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate dragged massively profitable Apple Inc. into the debate over the U.S. tax code Tuesday, grilling CEO Tim Cook over allegations that its Irish subsidiaries help the company avoid billions in U.S. taxes.

22. Critics Revive Past Promises to Knock Obama Budget -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Advocates for seniors say President Barack Obama is breaking his promise to protect Social Security, while conservatives say he is breaking his promise not to raise taxes on the middle class.

23. 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.

24. On Economics, Foreign Policy, Corker Eager to Act -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican Sen. Bob Corker is spending a lot of time lately talking to Democrats.

The freshman lawmaker from Tennessee unveiled his own 10-year, $4.5 trillion solution for averting the end-of-year, double economic hit of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts and then spoke briefly last week with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Deficit-cutting maven Erskine Bowles had forwarded Corker's proposal to White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew.

25. Election Follows Script in County -

In Shelby County and Tennessee the presidential race stuck to the script both national campaigns expected.

President Barack Obama carried Shelby County and Republican challenger Mitt Romney took the state and its 11 electoral votes.

26. Race to the Finish -

Republican state Sen. Brian Kelsey walked into the storefront at the Carrefour shopping center earlier this month and liked what he saw of the local effort for the Romney-Ryan presidential ticket.

27. Hagerty to Go on Leave to Work for Romney -

Bill Hagerty is stepping away from his role as commissioner of the state Economic and Community Development Department to work for Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

Hagerty will serve as a member of the campaign’s presidential readiness team in Washington. He held a similar role in U.S. Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign four years ago.

28. Hagerty Takes Leave For Romney National Campaign -

Tennessee Economic and Community Development commissioner Bill Hagerty will take an unpaid leave of absence from state government from Sept. 17 to Nov. 6 to join the Romney-Ryan presidential campaign.

29. Study: Less Religious States Give Less to Charity -

BOSTON (AP) – A new study on the generosity of Americans suggests that states with the least religious residents are also the stingiest about giving money to charity.

The study released Monday by the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that residents in states where religious participation is higher than the rest of the nation, particularly in the South, gave the greatest percentage of their discretionary income to charity.

30. First Lady to Visit Memphis -

First lady Michelle Obama is coming to Memphis June 28 for a fundraiser reception at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

The $500 a person reception is for the Obama Victory Fund 2012, the campaign committee of her husband, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

31. Dimon Survives Votes on Pay, Chairmanship -

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The CEO of JPMorgan Chase survived a shareholder push Tuesday to strip him of the title of chairman of the board, five days after he disclosed a $2 billion trading loss by the bank.

32. Obama-Romney Showdown Starts Off With a Harsh Tone -

MENDENHALL, Pa. (AP) — The 2012 presidential general election has begun. It won't be pretty.

Tuesday marked Day One, in essence, of the contest between the two virtually certain nominees, Republican Mitt Romney and Democratic President Barack Obama. Rick Santorum's departure removed the last meaningful bump from Romney's path to the GOP nomination. Romney and Obama wasted no time in portraying the voters' choice in dire, sometimes starkly personal terms.

33. Santorum Campaigns In Cordova Pre-Super Tuesday -

GOP Presidential contender and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania blitzed the Memphis area Sunday, March 4, attending services at Bellevue Baptist Church and Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, both in Cordova.

34. 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.

35. McConnell: Extend Tax Cut Short-Term and Long-Term -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate's top Republican on Thursday urged the GOP-led House to pass a short-term renewal of payroll tax cuts and break an impasse that threatens all workers with a Jan. 1 tax increase. Within hours, a House Republican freshman broke ranks and agreed, signaling that fierce pressure from almost every corner of the Republican Party had begun to crack conservative opposition to a short-term fix.

36. Defense Hawks Insist on Sparing Military From Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress' defense hawks insist the military should be spared from automatic spending cuts after a special panel failed to reach a deal on reducing the deficit.

No way, says President Barack Obama, who vowed Monday to veto any effort to undo the roughly $1 trillion in across-the-board cuts, half from domestic programs and half from defense.

37. Regulator Says Fannie, Freddie Bonuses Necessary -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said Thursday that million-dollar bonuses paid to executives at the companies were necessary to keep the mortgage giants running.

38. 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.

39. State Issues Can be Tricky for Presidential Field -

CINCINNATI (AP) — Mitt Romney gingerly distanced himself from a labor issue on the Ohio ballot one day. The next, he embraced the initiative "110 percent."

The equivocation not only highlighted his record of shifting positions but also underscored the local political minefields national candidates often confront in their state-by-state path to the presidency.

40. Ark. Gov.: I'll 'Probably' Back Fellow Dem. Obama -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday that he doesn't expect President Barack Obama to win Arkansas' six electoral votes and said he'll "probably" vote for his fellow Democrat in next year's election.

41. Senate Republicans Offer Their Own Jobs Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republicans introduced legislation Thursday aimed at creating jobs by overhauling the nation's tax laws, cutting business rules and boosting offshore oil exploration.

42. 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.

43. Econ Club Has Speakers On ‘Cutting Edge’ -

This fall’s slate of speakers coming to the city thanks to the Economic Club of Memphis includes a cyber-security expert, a prominent New York Times business columnist and a former government official who was an early supporter of “Reaganomics.”

44. AP-GfK Poll: Views on Economy, Obama Role Sour -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans' views on the economy have dimmed this summer. But so far, the growing pessimism doesn't seem to be taking a toll on President Barack Obama's re-election prospects.

45. Debt-Limit Votes: Senate Momentum, House Concerns -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House began debate Monday on the hard-bargained plan to avert a national financial default, even as the White House and congressional leaders struggled to round up enough votes to approve it. Supporters said momentum for the deficit-reduction compromise was on their side, but resistance from both liberals and conservatives made the outcome unclear.

46. Senate Panel Agrees on Defense Budget Blueprint -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A blueprint for defense programs approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee would write into law the handling of captured terrorist suspects, including a permanent ban on building facilities in the United States to house those currently at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

47. 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.

48. Proposed Federal Aid Cuts Threaten Rural Airports -

IRONWOOD, Mich. (AP) – A couple of times a month, Dr. Walter Beusse drives from his suburban Chicago home to Milwaukee, where he catches a flight north to Ironwood in Michigan's remote Upper Peninsula to work in a hospital emergency room.

49. Ill Housing Markets Trump Ideology for Many in GOP -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Shutting down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should fit seamlessly into the Republican drive to shrink government. After all, keeping the ailing mortgage giants afloat has cost taxpayers $150 billion and many in both parties want private lenders to finance a bigger share of the nation's $11.3 trillion residential mortgage market.

50. Retail Sector Adding Jobs, But Not Always Careers -

Erin Abell left a job in finance to volunteer for John McCain's presidential campaign in early 2008. She had hoped to return to the industry after the election, but by then Wall Street was on life support, and Abell had to live off credit cards until joining a friend's startup.

51. Republicans Press for Senate Vote on Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republicans want to box majority Democrats into allowing a health care repeal vote even if GOP lawmakers expect to be on the losing side.

"We need to have a vote on it because we promised the people we would," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Sunday on "Face the Nation" on CBS. "We have to have a vote on repeal so that everybody is on record whether they want to repeal."

52. Obama, Hill Leaders Meet: Taxes, Treaty on Tap -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House and Senate leaders from both parties sat down Tuesday for their first postelection meeting with President Barack Obama in an atmosphere charged with tension over taxes and a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia.

53. GOP Economists Criticize Fed's Bond-Purchase Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's plan to rejuvenate the economy by having the Fed buy $600 billion in Treasury bonds is coming under renewed attack – this time from fellow Republican economists.

54. White House, GOP Look for Middle Ground on Taxes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House and Republican lawmakers set the terms for a looming tax debate Sunday, coalescing around a possible temporary extension of existing income tax rates that would protect middle class and wealthy Americans from sharp tax increases next year.

55. Boehner to Campaign for Nunnelee in Southaven -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — U.S. House Republican leader John Boehner will campaign for congressional candidate Alan Nunnelee in northern Mississippi on Thursday, signaling the GOP's intense effort to win back a seat it lost in 2008.

56. IRS Asked to Examine Big-Spending GOP-Allied Group -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two organizations that advocate for tougher campaign finance rules are asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the tax-exempt status of a Republican-allied group that has been airing millions of dollars in political advertising.

57. House Dems Deeply Divided Over Obama Tax Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congressional Democrats are confronting deep divisions within their nervous ranks over whether to support President Barack Obama's plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans – or just punt the entire matter until after voters go to the polls Nov. 2.

58. Charting a True Course -

The charter is good reading. No lie.

I’m tired of being lied to, how about you?

With the birth of the 24/7 news cycle and the growth of the technology to spin endlessly within it, truth has been challenged as never before. Even in the face of truth, those threatened by it continue to lie – even as their pants burn brightly. We even lie about lies, euphemistically calling them such soft and fuzzy things as misconceptions, misstatements, misinterpretations, fabrications, exaggerations – you know – just a little fib.

59. Fewer Democratic Candidates Seeking Obama’s Help -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – President Barack Obama doesn’t go there anymore.

The days of Obama traipsing around the country to states like Montana, Indiana or Arkansas in freewheeling campaign mode – and with sky-high popularity lifting Democratic candidates – are long over. With his approval rating sliding, the president in the next few weeks is primarily sticking to big cities – Milwaukee, Cleveland and Philadelphia – and other party strongholds, like Connecticut, where he can help fellow Democrats in the midterm election homestretch.

60. Senate Sends Obama $600M Border Security Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Determined to show a commitment to stopping the flow of illegal immigrants, the Senate convened a special session Thursday and passed a $600 million bill to put more agents and equipment along the Mexican border.

61. Obama Overtures to Business Fall Flat -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Labeled antibusiness by Republicans and some corporate chiefs, President Barack Obama mounted a campaign to show he wasn't. But his charm offensive has hit a rocky patch.

Business leaders gripe about burdensome new financial and health care regulations, what they see as unfriendly tax policies and vast government spending. They were put off by Obama's harsh depiction of "fat cat bankers" and "reckless practices," a label he applied both to Wall Street and to oil-spill giant BP.

62. Job Losses = Vote Losses  -

First, the good news. The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) manufacturing index for July came in at 55.5, down from June’s level of 56.2, but still well above the expansion threshold of 50. July’s ISM non-manufacturing index also expanded at 53.8. Additionally, auto sales in July rose 5.1 percent from a year ago. Since September 2008, the only month that has seen a higher surge in sales was August 2009, which was a response to the “cash for clunkers” program.

63. GOP Looks to Erase Democrats' Comfy House Majority -

WASHINGTON (AP) – No fewer than 65 House seats across the country – an overwhelming majority held by Democrats – are at risk of changing political hands this fall, enough to bolster Republican hopes of regaining power and stoke fears in President Barack Obama's party of losing it.

64. Parker Joins Management of Semmes-Murphey -

Dr. Autry Parker has joined the pain management team at Semmes-Murphey Neurologic & Spine Institute. Parker is a board certified, fellowship trained anesthesiologist, specializing in the treatment of severe and chronic pain.

65. Bristol Palin: Hacked E-mail Meant Harassing Calls -

KNOXVILLE (AP) - Bristol Palin said she received countless phone calls and hundreds of text messages when her cell number was posted online after her mother's e-mail account was hacked. Only one really scared her.

66. Accused Palin Hacker Gets Final Pre-Trial Hearing -

A man charged in East Tennessee with hacking Sarah Palin’s e-mail during the 2008 presidential campaign has a court hearing less than a week ahead of his trial, where Palin plans to testify.

David Kernell’s attorney has numerous motions pending at the final pre-trial hearing Thursday before U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips in Knoxville.

67. Second Democrat Files to Run for Gordon Seat -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Iraq war veteran Brett Carter is the second Democrat to file a petition to run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Bart Gordon.

68. Marine Captain Files as Democrat for Gordon Seat -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Marine Capt. Ben Leming of Murfreesboro has filed a petition to run as a Democrat for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Bart Gordon.

Adviser Jeff Clark told The Associated Press on Monday that Leming, 34, got permission from the secretary of the Navy to file his candidacy, but can't actively campaign until his active duty ends May 1.

69. Hearing Held on Tenn. Warrants in Palin Hacking Case -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – A man accused of hacking the personal e-mail of former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin attended a Wednesday court hearing on his motion to block prosecutors from using some Internet provider records at an April 20 trial.

70. US Census Forms Arrive in the Mail: What to Expect -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Let the count begin.

More than 120 million U.S. census forms begin arriving Monday in mailboxes around the country, in the government's once-a-decade population count that will be used to divvy up congressional seats and more than $400 billion in federal aid. Fast-growing states in the South and the West could stand to lose the most because of lower-than-average mail participation rates in 2000 and higher shares of Hispanics and young adults, who are among the least likely to mail in their forms.

71. Search Warrants At Issue in Palin Hacking Case -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – The attorney for a University of Tennessee student accused of hacking the personal e-mail of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is challenging search warrants in the case.

72. Tourism Helps Tenn. Farms Stay in Business -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - In a tough year for Tennessee's state budget, the departments of tourism and agriculture have found a mutual silver lining: a boomlet in agricultural tourism.

Milking cows (sort of), wandering through corn and cotton mazes, watching chicks hatch, having a country wedding and picking melons are among the activities drawing city folks and their pocketbooks to farms around Tennessee.

73. Hoyer: Comprehensive Health Bill May Be No Go -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic congressional leaders confronted the reality Tuesday that they may not be able to pass the comprehensive health care overhaul sought by President Barack Obama. Republican leaders prepared to do everything in their power to make sure they can't.

74. Obama Report: 95,000 Jobs To Come Each Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. is likely to average 95,000 more jobs each month this year, while personal savings will remain high as credit remains tight, according to a White House report released Thursday.

75. Brown's Independence Could Face Senate Test -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Scott Brown says he's a different kind of Republican, a centrist willing to work with Senate Democrats to fix health care and the ailing economy.

76. Sharpton’s Peabody Tab Grows With Amended Complaint -

The Rev. Al Sharpton’s nonprofit civil rights group has an unpaid tab that’s now six figures long. It stems from an event at The Peabody in 2008.

Almost $20,000 has been added to the original bill for a high-profile national convention Sharpton’s group brought to Memphis, according to court documents the hotel’s attorneys filed this month.

77. More Senators Support Bernanke Confirmation -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Support for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's confirmation for a second four-year term mounted Monday as the White House appeared to stanch opposition that had roiled the financial markets.

78. Not So Easy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trimming back the 2,000-page, trillion-dollar Democratic health care bills to the parts that average Americans understand and like may not be as simple as it sounds.

A complete ban on insurance companies denying coverage to people with medical problems would be out of the question. Forget about guaranteed health insurance for all Americans – it costs too much.

79. Court Eases Business, Union Election Spending Rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A major ruling Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court could change how presidential and congressional campaigns are funded, possibly opening the floodgates of money from corporations, labor unions and other groups.

80. Black Joins Race to Succeed Gordon in Congress -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican state Sen. Diane Black of Gallatin announced Thursday she is joining the race to succeed Democratic U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon.

81. Tenn. Democrat Lincoln Davis Plans to Run in 2010 -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis said he will run again, unlike two Democratic congressional colleagues who have decided against seeking re-election in Tennessee districts that Republicans are eager to take in 2010.

82. Bipartisan Budget Group Says Deficit Curbs Needed -

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan group of former lawmakers and budget officials called on Congress and President Barack Obama Monday to commit to reining in trillion-dollar plus budget deficits to avoid dragging down the economy.

83. Tenn. Rep. Gordon Won't Seek Re-Election Next Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Bart Gordon, a 13-term congressman from Tennessee, announced Monday he will not seek re-election next year, the latest Democrat in a string of retirements.

Gordon, 60, won re-election easily last year, garnering 74 percent of the vote, but was still on a list of Democrats targeted by Republicans in midterm elections.

84. Thompson to Publish Memoir -

Fred Thompson, the former Tennessee senator and 2008 Republican presidential candidate, has penned his memoir and given it a title that reflects his early days in small-town Tennessee.

The 67-year-old former politician, actor and avuncular radio host who graduated from the University of Memphis titled his book “Notes from a Country Lawyer.” It’s scheduled for release in May.

85. Obama Open to Every Good Idea to Stop Job Losses -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama kicked off a White House jobs forum on Thursday by saying he's "open to every demonstrably good idea" to reverse the worst job losses in decades. But Obama said the government's resources are limited and that growth ultimately must come from the private sector.

86. Democrats' Plan to Help 'Uninsurables' Questioned -

WASHINGTON (AP) - You're afraid your cancer is back, and a health insurance company just turned you down.

Under the health care bills in Congress, you could apply for coverage through a new high-risk pool that President Barack Obama promises would immediately start serving patients with pre-existing medical problems.

87. Ashby Brings Immigration Knowledge To Donati Firm -

Bryce W. Ashby recently rejoined the Donati Law Firm LLP after clerking for Judge Bernice Donald in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Ashby, who is fluent in Spanish and has worked extensively as an advocate and organizer in Latino and immigrant communities, practices in labor and employment law and civil rights law.

88. Palin Hacker Defendant Can't Use Questionnaire to Screen Jury -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A University of Tennessee student accused of hacking the personal e-mail account of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin cannot screen potential jurors by questionnaire.

A federal judge in Knoxville denied a request by lawyers for David C. Kernell that a jury pool fill out papers, answering questions about their political inclinations and their attitudes about Palin, who was also the running mate of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

89. Moody’s Economist To Offer Insights For Local Players -

The Economic Club of Memphis is bringing Mark Zandi, chief economist and co-founder of Moody’s Economy.com, to the city later this month to give a dinner presentation at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis.

90. Justice Sonia Sotomayor Celebrated at White House -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama threw a big White House party Wednesday to celebrate Sonia Sotomayor as the Supreme Court's first Latino justice – and to publicly savor the victory sure to earn him points with politically potent Hispanics.

91. Paulson Defends His Response to Economic Crisis -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Wednesday defended his response to the economic crisis last year as an imperfect, but necessary rescue that spared the U.S. financial market from total collapse.

92. Obama Says Unemployment Will Keep Ticking Up -

WASHINGTON (AP) - As he conceded that unemployment will keep growing, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said new jobs will require greater training and post-high school education to achieve a better skilled work force.

93. Democrats Try to Regain Health Care Momentum -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Trying to regain momentum on a core issue of Barack Obama's presidency, House Democrats on Friday unveiled legislation they said would cover virtually all the nearly 50 million uninsured Americans.

94. Senate Off to a Rocky Start on Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Wednesday began writing legislation to revamp the nation's health care system, but its historic first step was overshadowed by partisan anger and cost problems that troubled lawmakers on both sides.

95. Peabody Sues Sharpton Group for $88K -

The South’s Grand Hotel is trying to collect a grand sum of money it claims is owed by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s nonprofit civil rights group.

The Peabody hotel has filed a lawsuit in Shelby County Circuit Court against Sharpton’s National Action Network seeking payment of almost $70,300, plus more than $17,000 in attorney’s fees and other costs. The lawsuit, which puts the total close to $88,000, was filed Tuesday, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

96. Kennedy Health Plan Aids Elders, Young Adults -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Proposals that would help disabled seniors and healthy young adults are among dozens of provisions tucked into sweeping health care legislation that senators will begin considering next week.

97. US Senate Dems to Start Work Next Week on Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats announced plans Tuesday to begin committee work next week on health care legislation designed to assure coverage for millions of Americans who now lack it, a key objective of the Obama administration.

98. White House Frames Health Care As Economic Problem -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A U.S. Senate chairman who has a major role in writing health care legislation said Tuesday he hopes to convince President Barack Obama that taxing some employer-provided benefits will help control escalating costs.

99. Congress Has Little Appetite For Health Care Taxes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s the toughest question of all in the debate over revamping the nation’s health care system – how to pay for expanding coverage to nearly 50 million uninsured people.

Ask lawmakers about raising taxes and the responses range from emphatic opposition to noncommittal statements about “putting everything on the table.”

100. Fred Smith Talks Green: Helps the environment and Fedex's bottom line -

Fred Smith is going green. In the case of the FedEx founder, however, it’s a different shade – something like military fatigue green.