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1. Watchdog: Budget Cuts Lead to Poor Taxpayer Service at IRS -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS provided poor customer service during this year's tax filing season as taxpayers struggled with a rise in identity theft and complications related to President Barack Obama's health law, a government watchdog said Wednesday.

2. Under Fire for Data Breach, Obama Personnel Chief Steps Down -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The embattled head of the government's personnel office abruptly stepped down Friday, bowing to mounting pressure following the unprecedented breach of private information her agency was entrusted to protect.

3. Want to Get Into Knoxville-Area Showbiz? Here’s How -

“Chasing the fun” keeps Jaime Hemsley, founder and owner of Gage Models and Talent Agency, in high gear to find her clients opportunities in the entertainment business.

“There’s lots of different ways to get involved in the industry,” she says, adding that her clients work both locally and nationally. Her agency recently booked a client with a TV reality dating show. Gage is headquartered in Knoxville but has clients throughout the southeast and works with agencies in New York and Los Angeles.

4. Boner, Fate and the Summer of Shame -

Phil Bredesen knew what he was trying to do. He just didn’t know if he could accomplish it.

“I had this sense that Nashville was ready for change,” says the former Metro mayor and Tennessee governor, reflecting on his early motivation for taking on the system that had run Nashville for decades.

5. Local Green News Piles Up, From Shelby Farms to CBU -

Chelsea Avenue Floodwall Becomes ‘Permission Wall’: The city’s renaissance of murals is taking a different form on the section of North Memphis floodwalls that are a border of sorts for the still developing Chelsea Greenline.

6. Haslam Appoints Bonnie Hommrich as Children’s Services Commissioner -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Bonne Hommrich as commissioner of the state Department of Children's Services.

Hommrich has served for more than a decade as a deputy commissioner for child programs at the agency. According to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1HfFoJf), Haslam said in a statement that the 68-year-old Hommrich "has dedicated her entire career to helping children and families."

7. Certificate of Need Process Back in Spotlight -

The state-level approval process Methodist South Hospital recently cleared that allows it to pursue an $8.7 million emergency department expansion has been in legislative crosshairs in Nashville recently.

8. MPLOYment Opportunities -

John Hickman has been consumed lately by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s upcoming centennial celebration. Parties need to be planned. Showings and displays must be coordinated. Marketing must be launched. And the facility must look great.

9. FCC to Phone Companies: You Can Stop Unwanted Robocalls -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tired of automated phone calls urging you to vote for a certain candidate or pitching you a cruise vacation? You can now tell your phone company that federal regulators say it's OK to block them.

10. Tennessee State Employees Slighted by 'Voluntary' Buyout -

More and more, Tennessee’s state employees are feeling the same harsh realities of those working – or formerly working – in corporate America.

On the heels of 1,500 buyouts under the Bredesen administration in 2008 and 850 layoffs in 2010, Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration is offering voluntary buyouts to more than 2,000 employees in the executive branch.

11. Awards Spotlight Knoxville's Top Achievers -

The depth and strength of the Knoxville area business community was highlighted recently with the Knoxville Chamber’s 11th annual Pinnacle Business Awards presentation.

A dry cleaner, government contractor, clothing designer, technology innovator and media executive were among the Knoxville area companies and business leaders recognized for their achievements.

12. State Employment Policies Not Great for Recruiting -

If job security is your goal, working for the state might not be such a good idea.

Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration offered a voluntary buyout recently to more than 2,000 state employees, a proposal workers had known about since February.

13. Love of Learning -

Porter-Leath’s recent donation of a few thousand books to its preschool students serves as one of the latest examples of how the nonprofit is exposing infants and toddlers to the written word in a larger push to prepare children for long-term learning success.

14. Salomon Joins Harkavy Shainberg -

Jason D. Salomon, one of the 25 lawyers in Tennessee certified as an estate planning specialist, has joined Harkavy Shainberg Kaplan & Dunstan PLC as a member of the firm.
Salomon focuses his practice primarily in the areas of estate planning, trust implementation and probate administration. He also addresses issues regarding disability planning, elder law, nonprofits and small-business succession.

15. Absolute Recovery Services Enjoys Solid Growth in Short Time -

Jason Burnett has worked his way through several different collections firms specializing in everything from retail to bank to medical debt.

16. Memphis Health Center Awarded $3.7 Million -

The federal agency has awarded a $3.7 million grant to the Memphis Health Center, which provides affordable health care services to Shelby County residents.

The grant comes from Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

17. FTC: Family Raised $187 Million for Cancer, Spent It on Themselves -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million it collected for cancer patients to buy themselves cars, gym memberships and take luxury cruise vacations, pay for college tuition and employ family members with six-figure salaries, federal officials alleged Tuesday in one of the largest charity fraud cases ever, involving all 50 states.

18. Memphis Health Center Awarded $3.7 Million -

A federal agency has awarded a $3.7 million grant to the Memphis Health Center, which provides affordable health care services to Shelby County residents.

The grant comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

19. Consumer Agency Opens Review of Student Loan Services -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opened a public inquiry Thursday into student loan servicing practices that it says can make paying back loans "stressful or harmful."

20. ServiceMaster Ups First-Quarter Earnings -

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. posted first-quarter earnings of $28 million, the company reported Tuesday, April 28.

21. Obama Uses Hospital Funds to Push Medicaid Expansion -

MIAMI (AP) — The Obama administration is dialing up the pressure on a handful of states that have resisted expanding Medicaid coverage for their low-income residents under the federal health care overhaul.

22. Congress OKs Bill Reshaping Medicare Doctors' Fees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Conservatives hated that it's expected to swell federal deficits over the coming decade. Liberals complained that it shortchanged health programs for children and women.

23. Pinnacle Awards Honor Commercial Real Estate Standouts -

The local commercial real estate community gathered at the Memphis Botanic Garden Thursday, April 9, for the 14th annual Pinnacle Awards. Every year, the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council honors its members based on their transactional volume, merit and community activity.

24. AT&T Paying $25 Million to Settle US Action Over Data Breaches -

WASHINGTON (AP) – AT&T is paying $25 million in a settlement with federal regulators over data breaches at call centers in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines that compromised customer data for some 280,000 U.S. customer accounts.

25. Scarboro Takes Reins at Regional Fed -

Douglas Scarboro has been named regional executive of the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In that role, Scarboro is responsible for working with business leaders and local communities in western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas to inform the setting of monetary policies.

26. Five of the Nation’s Finest -

Each year the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognizes the contribution of small business to the national economy with the Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards. Five from Knoxville’s business community – The Tomato Head, Management Solutions LLC, Design Innovation Architects Inc., Visionary Solutions LLC and AMS Corp. – have been chosen for inclusion in the annual program.

27. 2,000 Job Seekers Expected At Multicultural Career Expo -

The second annual Multicultural Career Expo promises to bring together the communities and businesses of the Mid-South, with organizers expecting 2,000 jobseekers to visit with 50 companies across the health care, financial services, travel, logistics, higher education and nonprofit sectors.

28. Obama Signs Order Creating New Cyber Sanctions Program -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday authorized a new U.S. government approach to deterring cyberattacks: financial sanctions against malicious overseas hackers and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of cyberespionage.

29. Obama Urges Expansion of 'Take Child to Work' Day -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says the White House will open next month's annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day to children whose parents don't work in the building.

30. ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ -

After getting his degree in social work, Don Leyrer, 62, spent the first half of his career in the field, including housing abused children, before moving on to law enforcement as a probation officer.

31. Harahan Bridge Could Get Brighter -

Memphis civic and business leaders are in the early stages of talking with an anonymous donor about lighting the Harahan Bridge while a Memphis-based movie theater titan is exploring building a new theater Downtown.

32. Tax Refund Advances Appeal to More Cash-Strapped Americans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees.

33. Wyatt Tarrant, Medtronic Honored for Pro Bono Work -

The Memphis office of the law firm Wy- att Tarrant & Combs and the regional legal department of Medtronic were honored this month in Nashville by the Tennessee Bar Association for their commitments to providing free legal service.

34. Wyatt Tarrant and Medtronic Honored For Pro Bono Work -

The Memphis office of the law firm Wyatt Tarrant & Combs and the regional legal department of Medtronic were honored this month in Nashville by the Tennessee Bar Association for their commitments to providing free legal service.

35. MRG Enjoys Flurry of Leasing Activity -

Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC is reporting leasing activity at its retail, office and industrial properties.

36. Insure Your Love -

Ahhh, February. The month that we proclaim our love to the ones that we hold dear. Now that the roses are withered and the chocolates devoured, with only a few extra pounds to show for it, do you still feel the love? Our love is the glue that keeps our family close, but it won’t pay the bills if we aren’t here.

37. City Requests Fairgrounds Review by ULI Experts -

The upcoming review of the Fairgrounds redevelopment concept by a group of Urban Land Institute experts will move quickly and could be a political wild card.

The city’s request last week for a review by Urban Land Institute’s Advisory Services goes to a part of the planning and land use nonprofit that has been specializing in such political hot potatoes since 1948.

38. Feds Halting Preparations for Challenged Immigration Program -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Homeland Security Department will cease preparations for a program intended to protect millions of immigrants from deportation in the wake of a federal court ruling halting it, Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday.

39. Democrats Seek Relief From Health Law Penalties -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.

40. Wade to Lead Southern College of Optometry's Hayes Center -

Dr. Lisa Wade has been named director of the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence at Southern College of Optometry, which focuses on teaching business principles to help optometrists succeed in independent practice.

41. Anthem Breach: A Gap in Federal Health Privacy Law? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Insurers aren't required to encrypt consumers' data under a 1990s federal law that remains the foundation for health care privacy in the Internet age – an omission that seems striking in light of the major cyberattack against Anthem.

42. Tenn. Safety Dept. Creates Chief of Staff Position -

Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons has named David McGriff to the newly created position of chief of staff to the agency that oversees the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

43. Brean Capital Looks to Expand, Grow in Memphis -

Brean Capital LLC arrived in Memphis a few months ago and sees 2015 as a year of forward momentum for the company, with a planned move to a new office as well as interest in adding to the firm’s local ranks.

44. Outgoing FDA Chief Saw Changes to Food Safety, Tobacco Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – From food safety to tobacco regulation and politically charged drug approvals, Margaret Hamburg reset the course of the embattled Food and Drug Administration.

After nearly six years as FDA commissioner, Hamburg announced her resignation Thursday in an email to staff. She said the agency's chief scientist, Stephen Ostroff, will serve as acting head of FDA.

45. S&P Paying $1.38 Billion to Settle Charges Over Crisis-Era Ratings -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Standard & Poor's is paying about $1.38 billion to settle government allegations that it knowingly inflated its ratings of risky mortgage investments that helped trigger the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

46. Tennessee Safety Department Creates Chief of Staff Position -

Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons has named David McGriff to the newly created position of chief of staff to the agency that oversees the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

47. FDA Approves ADHD Drug for Binge-Eating Disorder -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health regulators have approved an attention deficit disorder drug for a new use: A first-of-its kind treatment for binge-eating disorder.

About 2 percent of U.S. adults, or about 5 million people, have binge eating disorder, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

48. Both Sides Dig In for Insure Tennessee Special Session -

Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 280,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.

49. Agency Services Appoints New Partner and COO -

Angie Pettinger has been appointed as partner and chief operating officer at Agency Services Inc.

She’s filled several leadership roles at the company, a full-service life and health brokerage agency, since joining in 1994. She was originally recruited to lead the firm’s third-party administration division and went on to become a member of the senior leadership team.

50. Both Sides Dig In For Insure Tennessee Special Session -

Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 200,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.

51. Agency Services Appoints New Partner and COO -

Angie Pettinger has been appointed as partner and chief operating officer at Agency Services Inc.

She’s filled several leadership roles at the company, a full-service life and health brokerage agency, since joining in 1994. She was originally recruited to lead the firm’s third-party administration division and went on to become a member of the senior leadership team.

52. Randy Odom Named CEO of Memphis Athletic Ministries -

Randy Odom has been named president and chief executive officer of Memphis Athletic Ministries. Odom joined MAM in 2006 as a neighborhood center director and became chief operating officer in 2012. In his new role, he oversees all operations and programming for 10 neighborhood youth centers that serve more than 900 underserved youth after school each day.

53. Postal Service Proposes Small Rate Increase -

The U.S. Postal Service has proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters – but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.

Under a Jan. 15 filing with the Postal Regulatory Commission, letters to international destinations would rise from $1.15 to $1.20. Postcards would rise from 34 cents to 35 cents.

54. Elton John Fdtn. Awards Grant to Friends for Life -

Friends For Life has received a $75,000 grant from The Elton John AIDS Foundation. The Foundation tackles the most difficult issues related to HIV and has raised more than $300 million since its inception in 1992.

55. One Percent -

Majority and minority are volatile terms in Memphis.

Using them in a context outside race requires an explanation because without that, the assumption is the terms are being used in a racial context.

56. Raymond James Tower Fetches $20 Million -

How much is a 21-story skyscraper overlooking the Mississippi River worth? About $1 million a floor.

New York-based investor Jacob Sofer will pay Parkway Properties around $20 million for the Raymond James Tower at 50 N. Front St. Downtown, according to several people with knowledge of the transaction. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal for the 340,000-square-foot building is $24 million.

57. Wal-Mart Launches Cash Pickup Option for Tax Refunds -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is launching a service allowing customers to pick up their tax refunds in cash at all stores nationwide.

It's the discounter's latest move to offer more financial services, which is seen as a path to bringing more shoppers to its stores.

58. Elton John Foundation Awards Grant to Friends for Life -

Friends For Life has received a $75,000 grant from The Elton John AIDS Foundation. The Foundation tackles the most difficult issues related to HIV and has raised more than $300 million since its inception in 1992.

59. Medicare Chief Steps Down, Ran Health Care Rollout -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Medicare's top administrator unexpectedly resigned Friday, becoming the latest casualty in the turmoil over the president's health care law, which is still struggling for acceptance even as millions benefit from expanded coverage.

60. Postal Service Proposes Small Rate Increase -

The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters – but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.

Under a filing with the Postal Regulatory Commission, letters to international destinations would rise from $1.15 to $1.20. Postcards would rise from 34 cents to 35 cents.

61. IRS Cuts Taxpayer Services as Filing Returns Gets Harder -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS is cutting taxpayer services to historically low levels just as President Barack Obama's health law will make filing a federal tax return more complicated for millions of families.

62. TennCare Ends Contract With Computer Vendor -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – TennCare says it is ending its contract with computer vendor Northrop Grumman Corp. and will find another company to develop a computer system to determine Medicaid eligibility.

63. Forest Service Yanks $10 Million Contract to Boost Its Image -

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service has abruptly decided not to spend $10 million on a five-year nationwide public relations campaign to brand itself as a public agency that cares about people and nature.

64. LGBT-Owned Businesses Get Diversity Boost -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – As a Mexican-American woman who started her own consulting firm in Los Angeles, accountant Sonia Luna has taken advantage of programs aimed at helping minority- and women-owned businesses compete for government and corporate contracts. But increasingly, the fact that Luna also is a lesbian entrepreneur hasn't hurt either.

65. Addressing the Post Office -

“Dear Judge Vic, I am writing about the U.S. Postal Service. My wife and me send several things each month to the same address in a major city in another state. To the home of our kids. A house we’ve stayed at. A place with a porch, where the mail guy leaves packages. A few weeks ago, we sent a box with some presents in it.

66. Counterpart Experiences Big 2014 -

2014 was a particularly consequential year for Counterpart Communication Design. The marketing communications firm with offices in Memphis and Dallas grew its staff by almost 40 percent this year, for example, in addition to reimagining its creative department and adding a Web analysis team to meet constantly evolving digital needs.

67. Allen Morgan Health Center Receives 5-Star Rating -

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have given the Allen Morgan Health Center at Trezevant a five-star quality rating – the highest possible designation for a nursing home facility.

68. TennCare May Scrap Computer System -

A $38 million computer system that had been in the works for the Department of Human Services might be scrapped.

The system under design was supposed to determine Medicaid eligibility, but it has been bogged down with delays and design defects. It was supposed to be operational more than a year ago and is still not complete.

69. Labor Board OKs Personal Use of Company Email -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a victory for unions, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that employees can use their company email accounts for union organizing and other workplace-related purposes, if they do it on their own time.

70. TennCare May Scrap Computer System -

A $38 million computer system that had been in the works for the Department of Human Services might be scrapped.

The system under design was supposed to determine Medicaid eligibility, but it has been bogged down with delays and design defects. It was supposed to be operational more than a year ago and is still not complete.

71. Sharp & Robbins Names Popwell Partner -

Chris Popwell has been named the newest partner at Sharp & Robbins Construction, which will now operate as Sharp, Robbins & Popwell LLC. Popwell joined Sharp & Robbins’ Memphis office in 2008 as an estimator/project manager and most recently served as general operations manager of the Nashville office since 2012.

72. Allen Morgan Health Center Receives 5-Star Rating -

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have given the Allen Morgan Health Center at Trezevant a five-star quality rating – the highest possible designation for a nursing home facility.

73. Obsidian Kicks Off Pro Bono Project -

Obsidian Public Relations has kicked off the 2014 edition of its annual pro bono public relations project, the goal of which is to use the agency’s expertise to make a big impact for a local nonprofit.

74. Tennessee Spends Millions to Save Emails for Lawsuits -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is spending millions of dollars to save emails that could potentially become evidence in lawsuits.

WPLN-FM reports during recent budget hearings, Department of Children's Services Commissioner Jim Henry said his agency is spending $865,000 to save emails. The expense stems from a 14-year-old federal lawsuit over the state's treatment of children in foster care.

75. Haslam to Hold 4 Days of Budget Hearings This Week -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam is holding four days of budget hearings this week as his administration prepares its annual spending proposal to be delivered to Tennessee lawmakers in January.

76. Memphis May Offer Less Police Services -

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says some services provided by the agency will likely be reduced soon because of staffing levels.

Armstrong told The Commercial Appeal that staffing levels have dropped to 2,160 as of Tuesday, which is the lowest level since 2009.

77. Feds: Bullying, Lying Debt Collectors an Epidemic -

NEW YORK (AP) – The country is facing an epidemic of unscrupulous debt collectors willing to pose as law enforcement and threaten arrest to squeeze dollars out of Americans, a top prosecutor said Tuesday as he announced the arrests of seven people who worked for an Atlanta-area company.

78. Small Business Insurance Exchanges Seek Rebound -

Early enrollment for the health overhaul's small business insurance exchanges fell far short of the 2 million workers who were expected to sign up this year. The shortfall calls into question the future of the exchanges as they begin accepting enrollment for 2015.

79. VA Chief Vows Renewed Focus on Customer Service -

WASHINGTON (AP) – On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department announced a reorganization Monday designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department and its maze-like websites.

80. USPS Adds Sunday Delivery for Holidays -

The U.S. Postal Service will deliver packages on Sundays in major cities and high-volume areas during the holiday season.

Seven-day delivery will run from Nov. 17 through Christmas Day in response to anticipated growing demands.

81. Postal Service Adds Sunday Delivery for Holidays -

The U.S. Postal Service will deliver packages on Sundays in major cities and high-volume areas during the holiday season.

Seven-day delivery will run from Nov. 17 through Christmas Day in response to anticipated growing demands.

82. Budget Deficit Drops to $483 Billion, Lowest Since 2008 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The deficit for the just completed 2014 budget year was $483 billion, the lowest of President Barack Obama's six years in office, the government reported Wednesday.

It's the lowest since 2008 and, when measured against the size of the economy, is below the average deficits of the past 40 years. The deficit equaled 2.8 percent of gross domestic product, which is the economy's total output of goods and services.

83. Tennessee Voters to Decide on Income Tax Amendment -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – In a few weeks, Tennesseans will vote on a constitutional amendment to bar lawmakers from ever imposing a state income tax.

But regardless of what voters decide on Nov. 4, it's unlikely that Tennessee lawmakers would seriously consider an income tax because it's become such a toxic political issue.

84. Tennessee Agency Sends Inaccurate Medicaid Letters -

Officials with a state agency that's been sending inaccurate letters to Tennesseans informing them they don't qualify for Medicaid say they're addressing the issue.

The Tennessean reports the letter sent this year were automatically generated by an outdated computer system when someone applies to the Department of Human Services for food stamps.

85. Nashville School News Briefs -

Montgomery Bell Student, Faculty Films Air

Films and videos by Montgomery Bell Academy students and one faculty member will be featured Oct. 23 on the Nashville Education, Community and Arts TV channel’s Artober celebration.

86. Agency Sends Inaccurate Medicaid Letters -

Officials with a state agency that’s been sending inaccurate letters to Tennesseans informing them they don’t qualify for Medicaid say they’re addressing the issue.

The Tennessean reports the letter sent this year were automatically generated by an outdated computer system when someone applies to the Department of Human Services for food stamps.

87. Wal-Mart Cuts Health Benefits for Some Part-Timers -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation's largest private employer.

88. Wal-Mart Plans 1-Stop Health Coverage Shopping -

Wal-Mart is taking one-stop shopping to another area: health insurance.

The world's largest retailer plans to work with DirectHealth.com, an online health insurance comparison site and agency, to allow shoppers to compare coverage options and enroll in Medicare plans or the public exchange plans created under the Affordable Care Act.

89. Despite Rules, Nursing Homes Still Lack Sprinklers -

Tens of thousands of the country's most vulnerable people are living in nursing homes without adequate sprinklers or that are missing them altogether, according to government data.

Despite a history of deadly nursing home fires and a five-year lead-up to an August 2013 deadline to install sprinklers, 385 facilities in 39 states fail to meet requirements set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency whose duties include regulating nursing homes. Together, those facilities are licensed to house more than 52,000 people, according to data from the agency known as CMS.

90. Government Website for Doc Payments Not Up to Snuff -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Another year, another headache for the Obama administration over a health care website.

This one is called "Open Payments." The goal was to allow consumers to find out if their doctors are getting drug company freebies, travel or other financial benefits that could create ethical conflicts. But since the site launched Tuesday, complaints have been piling up.

91. Drug and Device Firms Paid $3.5 Billion to Care Providers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine.

92. Senators: Widen Medicaid Program for Frail Seniors -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than a dozen U.S. senators from both parties are calling on the Obama administration to broaden a Medicaid program for the nation's frailest seniors, calling it a proven alternative to pricier nursing home care as states seek to limit long-term medical costs.

93. US Bank Refunding $48 Million to Credit Card Customers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. Bank is refunding about $48 million in the latest federal settlement by a major bank over improper billing for extra credit card products that customers didn't receive.

94. Anti-Addiction Groups Call for New FDA Chief -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Anti-addiction activists are calling for the Food and Drug Administration's top official to step down, saying the agency's policies have contributed to a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse.

95. Road to Better Mass Transit -

Picking a new transit chief is critical for a city in transition.

Next year, Nashville residents will elect a new mayor and turn over its large Metro Council.

Davidson County also expects some 200,000 new residents over the next 20 years, and much of the success of future development will depend on the ease of navigating around Nashville – already the nation’s second-worst area for sprawl, according to Smart Growth America.

96. Airport Officials Recommend RedRover for Branding Contract -

Memphis International Airport officials are recommending that RedRover Co. LLC be engaged to help develop an image and marketing campaign for the airport, which is reinventing itself as an origin-and-destination facility.

97. Tennessee Voters to Decide Ban on Income Tax -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennesseans are just weeks away from voting on a constitutional amendment to bar lawmakers from ever imposing a state income tax. The November vote approaches as a new study from ratings agency Standard & Poor's suggests that rising income inequality has a stronger negative effect on the states most reliant on sales tax revenues compared with those with those more dependent on income taxes.

98. Tactical Magic Hires New Creative Services Director -

Andi Crawford-Andrus has joined Tactical Magic as the branding agency’s director of creative services.

Before joining Tactical Magic, Crawford-Andrus worked for several local ad agencies, providing her creative expertise to support well-known brands like First Tennessee Bank and Smith & Nephew. She’s worked in creative advertising and branding in Memphis for nearly two decades and has won a handful of professional honors and distinctions from organizations such as the American Advertising Federation, the Medical Marketing Association and the National Agri-Marketing Association.

99. Human Resources Seminar to Examine Office Cultures -

Russ Williams, CEO of Memphis-based marketing communications firm archer-malmo, doesn’t want to take credit for the creative vibe and culture found inside his firm – and, moreover, he doesn’t even think the firm has necessarily cracked any kind of secret code to put its own culture in place.

100. Tactical Magic Hires New Creative Services Director -

Andi Crawford-Andrus has joined Tactical Magic as the branding agency’s director of creative services.

Before joining Tactical Magic, Crawford-Andrus worked for several local ad agencies, providing her creative expertise to support well-known brands like First Tennessee Bank and Smith & Nephew. She’s worked in creative advertising and branding in Memphis for nearly two decades and has won a handful of professional honors and distinctions from organizations such as the American Advertising Federation, the Medical Marketing Association and the National Agri-Marketing Association.