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1. Events -

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Aug. 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email info@southmainmemphis.net.

2. 3 Ways Insurers Can Discourage Sick From Enrolling -

Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest – and costliest – patients from enrolling.

3. Events -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis will hold free how-to clinics with Lowe’s and a kickoff of Habitat’s 2014 building season Thursday, Aug. 28, at Memphis Habitat, 7136 Winchester Road. Clinics will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will focus on painting and working with hardware and power tools. The short kickoff program will follow. Visit memphishabitat.com for details.

4. US Home Price Gains Slow in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices increased at a slower pace in June – a cooldown that could continue for several more months.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 8.1 percent in June from 12 months earlier, according to a Tuesday report. That's down from 9.4 percent a month earlier and the smallest annual gain since December 2012.

5. Events -

Orion Federal Credit Union will hold a grand opening celebration for its newest branch Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. at 4805 American Way. Visit orionfcu.com.

6. TiVo to Make Version for Those Without Cable -

NEW YORK (AP) – Here's a sign more households are going without cable or satellite TV: TiVo Inc. is making a digital video recorder just for so-called cord-cutters.

7. Oak Ridge Biomass Steam Plant Already Closed -

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) – When Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Biomass Steam Plant opened in 2012, it was supposed to save the lab money while also cutting pollution. But the plant had to be shut down after just a year and a half when a systems check found that some parts were already failing.

8. Events -

Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum will host its 2014 Economic Development Forum Tuesday, Aug. 26, through Thursday, Aug. 28, at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Attendees can hear nationally known speakers, learn business growth strategies and get access to business capital. Register at edf.mmbc-memphis.org.

9. Macon Homes Complex Sells for $800,000 -

500 N. Claybrook St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Sale Amount: $800,000

Sale Date: Aug. 20, 2014
Buyer: Crosstown Macon Homes LLC
Seller: Macon Homes
Details: The 24-unit Macon Homes section 8 apartment complex at 500 N. Claybrook St. in Midtown has sold for $800,000.

10. Millington Leaders Emphasize Unique School System -

For much of the move to the demerger of public education in Shelby County, the Millington Municipal Schools district has been overshadowed by the five other suburban school systems.

All six formed starting in January and three weeks ago opened for classes, but Millington school system leaders, principals, teachers and civic leaders didn’t have their opening celebration until this past weekend, the day after the Millington Central High School Trojans beat the Germantown Red Devils in the first weekend of high school football.

11. Events -

Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum will host its 2014 Economic Development Forum Tuesday, Aug. 26, through Thursday, Aug. 28, at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Attendees can hear from nationally known speakers, learn business growth strategies and get access to business capital. Register at edf.mmbc-memphis.org.

12. E-Books Cut Costs for Tennessee State Students -

Tennessee State University students face higher costs, tacked on by state government, but that downer could be offset by “e-books” that can save students $735 each semester.

TSU is set to offer the electronic books to freshmen and sophomores for general education courses in an effort to lower the cost of traditional books, according to the university.

13. Middle Tennessee State’s Goal: Students Graduating on Time -

Tennessee’s higher education funding formula is based largely on retaining students, and Middle Tennessee State University plans to stay focused on student support in 2014.

The university initiated the “Quest for Student Success” in October 2013 in an effort to keep students on track and boost its 52 percent graduation rate to 62 percent by 2020.

14. Vanderbilt Students Find Happiness in Music City -

As the Class of 2018 begins to poke around the Vanderbilt University campus, the newest Commodores will be met with the highest of expectations.

“This class is projected to have the highest academic quality in our history as measured by high school class rank and SAT scores,’’ says Doug Christiansen, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions.

15. Council Rejects Utility Construction Contract -

The Memphis City Council approved on the first of three readings Tuesday, Aug. 19, an ordinance that adjusts the city’s policy on the investment of the city’s pension fund. The change would up the percentage of investments in real estate from 5 percent to 10 percent.

16. United Lures Top Fliers With Promise of a Hot Meal -

NEW YORK (AP) – To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs.

The carrier has been looking for ways to woo back some of its top fliers who defected to other carriers following a rocky merger with Continental Airlines. So, it's upgrading first class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights.

17. Tennessee Now Seeks to Renovate Cordell Hull Building -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is backing off earlier plans to demolish the 60-year-old Cordell Hull office building located next to the state Capitol in Nashville and instead hopes to renovate it.

18. Airport Authority OKs Concourse Overhaul -

An ambitious effort to reconfigure Memphis International Airport for the future will get underway this fall, when demolition of portions of two concourses begins and a single concessions vendor takes control.

19. Council Rejects Utility Construction Contract -

The Memphis City Council approved on the first of three readings Tuesday, Aug. 19, an ordinance that adjusts the city’s policy on the investment of the city’s pension fund. The change would up the percentage of investments in real estate from 5 percent to 10 percent.

20. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will present “Stick Fly” Thursday, Aug. 21, through Sept. 14 at the theater, 37 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at hattiloo.org.

21. Another Round -

Some time in October, lovers of local craft beers could enjoy a cold brew in a new tasting room at Memphis Made Brewing Co.’s facility in the Cooper-Young district.

22. Fullilove Calls Off Sales Tax Hike Try, Unions May Try -

Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove pulled the plug Tuesday, Aug. 19, on a proposed November referendum on a citywide half cent sales tax hike.

23. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host musician Graham Nash for a discussion and signing of his memoir, “Wild Tales,” Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

24. Six Revealing Sales Interview Questions -

The new hire failure rate is astonishing and expensive, and it’s even worse for sales candidates who can be among the toughest to properly vet. Leadership IQ reports that of 20,000 new hires tracked in a recent study, 46 percent failed within 18 months.

25. Consumer Prices Edge Up 0.1 Percent in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer prices rose in July at the slowest pace in five months, held back by a drop in gasoline prices.

Consumer prices edged up a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent last month, after larger gains of 0.3 percent in June and 0.4 percent in May, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. It was the smallest increase since a similar 0.1 percent rise in February.

26. Government Wants to Make Cars Talk to Each Other -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.

27. Google's Pivotal IPO Launched a Decade of Big Bets -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit.

And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further.

28. Developer Files Permit for Graceland-Area Hotel -

3411 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Permit Cost: $3.5 million

29. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will host Stephani Brownlee’s CD release party Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. in Studio A, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Museum admission is free to Shelby County residents with ID. Visit staxmuseum.com.

30. US Producer Prices Rise Just 0.1 Percent in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Falling gasoline costs lowered the prices that U.S. companies received for their goods and services last month, keeping overall inflation in check.

The producer price index rose 0.1 percent in July, following a 0.4 percent gain in June, the Labor Department said Friday. The index measures the cost of goods and services before they reach the consumer.

31. Events -

Memphis Area Business and Professional Women will meet Monday, Aug. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5530 Walnut Grove Road. Attorney Stephen Biller will discuss how he can be of benefit to women minority-owned businesses. RSVP to Martha Ervin at 489-5481.

32. Events -

In the Pinc will hold the 2014 Women Small Business Owner’s Expo Saturday, Aug. 16, from noon to 4 p.m. at Baker Community Center, 7942 Church St. in Millington. Tickets are $10 and admit two people. Visit inthepinc.net.

33. Amazon Debuts Mobile Payment App and Card Reader -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.

34. Events -

Church Health Center Wellness and Bring It Food Hub will hold a Bring It, Cook It, Take It cooking class Thursday, Aug. 14, at 5:30 p.m. at 1115 Union Ave. The class will include cooking demonstrations using fresh produce, plus tastings and recipes. Cost is $5 and includes a bag of produce. Visit churchhealthcenter.org.

35. Memphis In May Ends Fiscal Year on High -

The Memphis in May International Festival finished its fiscal year with about $180,000 more in revenues than expenditures.

Unaudited figures from the festival’s fiscal year, which ended July 31, show total revenues for the monthlong set of events and programs of $7.2 million and expenses of $7.1 million.

36. Events -

Rizzo’s Diner and the Memphis Crisis Center will hold a “Less to Wine About Wednesday” fundraiser Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the restaurant, 106 G.E. Patterson Ave. Rizzo’s will donate 25 percent of the day’s profits to the crisis center. Visit rizzosdiner.com.

37. Cold Email Mastery, a Click Away From Anyone -

Cold calling is a tough business, though a necessity for many companies. The cost of sales is high, as is sales rep rejection and fatigue. Imagine if email could significantly improve your engagement rate with otherwise cold prospects. If executed well, it can, explains Scott Britton with life-longlearner.com, the forensic accountant of the email world whose company was acquired by Constant Contact for $100 million in 2012.

38. Lower Cost Moves Bridge Project Closer to Reality -

The Big River Initiative, the nonprofit group raising private funding for a pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk on the Harahan Bridge across the Mississippi River, has $2.5 million to raise to get the project started.

39. Harahan Rebid Comes in $5 Million Lower -

Preliminary bids on the Harahan Bridge pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk and a West Memphis trail system connecting to the bridge came in $5 million lower than the first round of bids on the projects.

40. Obama Takes Step to Improve Government Technology -

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) – The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly.

41. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

42. Midtown Corner Could See Turnaround -

While Midtown as a whole is experiencing a resurgence, two properties at the key intersection of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard remain vacant, decaying eyesores.

But a real estate agent representing the owner of the vacant office building and hotel at the southwest corner of Union and McLean says both properties are under contract to be sold.

43. US Productivity Recovers After Steep First-Quarter Fall -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. workers were more productive in the April-June quarter and labor costs rose slightly, a sharp turnaround from grim first-quarter figures.

The Labor Department said Friday that that productivity increased 2.5 percent at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, after plummeting 4.5 percent in the first quarter. That was the steepest drop in 31 years, and reflected a sharp 2.1 percent contraction in the economy. Economists blamed most of that shrinkage on temporary factors, such as harsh weather and a cutback in stockpiling by businesses.

44. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

45. Overton Square Parking Permit Trial Approved -

Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Aug. 5, approved a residential parking permit zone in the Overton Square area on a one-year trial basis. The trial program is a way of resolving parking problems that have come with the revitalization of the Overton Square area. Some homeowners have complained that they can’t park near their homes because of the side street traffic, specifically around Restaurant Iris and Second Line on Monroe Avenue.

46. Fred’s July Sales Metric Edges Up -

Fred's sales at stores open at least a year edged up 0.7 percent in July, helped by better customer traffic and stronger sales of some general merchandise.

But the discount retailer lowered its second-quarter guidance, in part because of costs at its pharmacy department.

47. Events -

L’Ecole Culinaire will host a community back-to-school beach party open house Friday, Aug. 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the school, 1245 N. Germantown Parkway. The event will include food samples from coastal regions, hands-on activities and information about the school and culinary careers. Cost is free. Email robin.levan@vatterott.edu or call 314-264-1812.

48. Events -

L’Ecole Culinaire will host a community back-to-school beach party open house Friday, Aug. 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the school, 1245 N. Germantown Parkway. The event will include food samples from coastal regions, hands-on activities and information about the school and culinary careers. Cost is free. Email robin.levan@vatterott.edu or call 314-264-1812.

49. Fred's July Sales Metric Up, Cuts Second-Quarter Outlook -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Fred's sales at stores open at least a year edged up 0.7 percent in July, helped by better customer traffic and stronger sales of some general merchandise.

But the discount retailer lowered its second-quarter guidance, in part because of costs at its pharmacy department.

50. Overton Square Parking Permit Trial Approved -

Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Aug. 5, approved a residential parking permit zone in the Overton Square area on a one-year trial basis. The trial program is a way of resolving parking problems that have come with the revitalization of the Overton Square area. Some homeowners have complained that they can’t park near their homes because of the side street traffic, specifically around Restaurant Iris and Second Line on Monroe Avenue.

51. Events -

Memphis Light, Gas and Water board will meet Thursday, Aug. 7, at 1:30 p.m. in the MLGW administration building 220 S. Main St. Visit mlgw.com.

52. Asia Feels Boost From US GDP -

Yippee, GDP! Last week, the U.S. government reported that GDP in the second quarter grew 4 percent and revised the first-quarter number upward from -2.9 percent to -2.1 percent. U.S. equity markets celebrated briefly and then became seriously fearful of Federal Reserve inflation countermeasures.

53. How Much Should I Save for Retirement? -

Ray’s take: Saving for retirement. It’s something we are all aware of and working on regularly. But how much do you need to save for retirement?

That is the quintessential question everyone asks. And the answer is not so clear. It depends. Truly.

54. New Logistics Venture Lands $250,000 Investment -

Start Co.’s “Summer of Acceleration” already has proven a success for at least one startup that’s participated in one of the organization’s accelerators this year.

55. TVA to Cut More Than 2,000 Jobs -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The nation's largest public utility is eliminating more than 2,000 jobs as part of a $500 million cost-cutting campaign.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the Tennessee Valley Authority is making the cuts this year to pare expenses and make electric rates in the Tennessee Valley more competitive with neighboring utilities.

56. Target Lowers Forecast, Estimates Breach Costs -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target has lowered its second-quarter forecast citing the promotional discounts it had to use to attract shoppers.

The Minneapolis-based retailer also said Tuesday it expects gross expenses tied to a massive data breach this past winter to come to $148 million in the period, which will be offset by $38 million in insurance. It also paid $1 billion to retire $725 million in debt.

57. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Aug. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Michelle Fowlkes of the Memphis Crime Commission will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

58. City Mulls Plan to Buy Former State Building -

It would be cheaper and more efficient for the city of Memphis to lease and then buy the vacant Donnelley J. Hill state office building across Main Street from Memphis City Hall than to continue leasing multiple properties spread across town, consultants and city officials told City Council members Tuesday.

59. Events -

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital will hold a stroke survivor group meeting Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 4 p.m. in Medical Office Building A, 7655 Poplar Ave, suite 250. The group will discuss issues that can affect patients after a stroke. Email angela.mensi@mlh.org or call 516-6929.

60. I Choose Memphis: Tim Young -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Tim Young

61. Utility to Pay Tennessee Coal Ash Victims $27.8 Million -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest public utility has agreed to pay $27.8 million to settle claims from Tennessee property owners who suffered damages from a huge spill of toxin-laden coal ash sludge.

62. Events -

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital will hold a stroke survivor group meeting Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 4 p.m. in Medical Office Building A, 7655 Poplar Ave, suite 250. The group will discuss issues that can affect patients after a stroke. Email angela.mensi@mlh.org or call 516-6929.

63. Local Movers Hit the Big Leagues -

Steven Reed, Jeff Coletta and Jonathan Greer met as children while playing youth football at the Germantown Youth Athletic Association, igniting a life-long bond that remains to this day.

64. UTHSC Professor Receives $2.5 Million Grant -

Donna K. Hathaway, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Advanced Practice and Doctoral Studies in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a $2.5 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health.

65. Events -

The Cooper-Young Business Association will hold a Red Hot Summer Music concert Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Cooper-Young gazebo at Cooper Street and Young Avenue. Davy Ray Bennett will perform. The series continues Wednesdays through Aug. 27. Visit cooperyoung.biz.

66. Ask a Lawyer -

JUDGED BY LAWYERS. Q: What do you when you have a lawyer buried up to the neck in sand?

A: Not enough sand.

Lawyers can’t catch a break.

Q: What the difference between a lawyer and a catfish?

67. Events -

Dixon Gallery and Gardens will host Food Truck Friday on Aug. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Dixon, 4339 Park Ave. Admission to the gardens is free during food truck hours. The lunch event continues every Friday through September. Visit dixon.org for a schedule.

68. Home Market Still Facing Obstacles -

After suffering through a brutal slump in the wake of the worst economic downturn in decades, the local real estate industry has slowly merged onto the road to recovery, though a few speed bumps that could slow progress remain.

69. Probe Exposes Flaws Behind HealthCare.gov Rollout -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday.

70. GOP Pushes House Toward Approving Obama Lawsuit -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushed a divided House Wednesday toward a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.

71. GOP Blocks Tax Hike on Firms Moving Overseas -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas.

The bill would have prohibited companies from deducting expenses related to moving their operations to a foreign country. It also would have offered tax credits to companies that move operations to the U.S. from a foreign country.

72. More Vigorous US Economy Appears to Be Emerging -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year.

That was the general view of analysts Wednesday after the government estimated that the economy grew at a fast 4 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter. Consumers, businesses and governments joined to fuel the second-quarter expansion. The government also said growth was more robust last year than it had previously estimated.

73. UTHSC Professor Receives $2.5 Million Grant -

Donna K. Hathaway, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Advanced Practice and Doctoral Studies in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a $2.5 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health.

74. Events -

Overton Square will hold a Thursdays Squared concert Thursday, July 31, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Tower Courtyard at Trimble Place and Florence Street. The series continues through Aug. 28. Visit thursdayssquared.com for a schedule.

75. In GOP South, Pushback Against Obama Climate Rules -

ATLANTA (AP) — In the Republican-heavy Southeast, critics said Tuesday that a plan by President Barack Obama's administration to cut pollution would raise electricity prices, result in job losses and may not significantly curtail the carbon emissions blamed for global warming.

76. Senate Confirms McDonald as Veterans Affairs Secretary -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.

77. Events -

Church Health Center Wellness and Bring It Food Hub will hold a Bring It, Cook It, Take It cooking class Thursday, July 31, at 5:30 p.m. at 1115 Union Ave. The class will include cooking demonstrations using fresh produce, plus tastings and recipes. Cost is $5 and includes a bag of produce. Visit churchhealthcenter.org.

78. Difference Maker -

When the Green Machine Mobile Food Market rolled up to University Place a year ago – the market being housed inside a lime green retired MATA bus – the first customer was a 103-year-old former school teacher in a wheelchair.

79. Deal to Improve Veterans' Health Care Costs $17 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill's chief supporters said Monday.

80. Zillow Buying Trulia to Build Real Estate Titan -

NEW YORK (AP) — Zillow and Trulia, two companies that changed the way people shop for homes, are combining.

Real estate website operator Zillow Inc. is buying its rival in a $3.5 billion deal that will make the biggest player in the online real estate information market.

81. Virgin America Files Plans for IPO -

NEW YORK (AP) — Virgin America's next destination is Wall Street.

The California-based airline filed on Monday for an initial public offering of shares.

Virgin America Inc., which operates out of Los Angeles and San Francisco, flies to 22 airports in the United States and Mexico and has a fleet of 53 planes. It is known for offering a variety of perks on its jets, including live TV, movies, leather seats and purple mood lighting.

82. House Bill Lets Airlines Advertise Pre-Tax Fares -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for airlines and their workers' unions, the House rejected consumers' complaints and passed legislation Monday letting airline advertising emphasize the base price of tickets, before taxes and fees are added.

83. Events -

B.I.G. for Memphis, a business interest group that connects Memphis Police colonels and business leaders, will meet Wednesday, July 30, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Phelps Security, 4932 Park Ave. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell will present the State of the County. Visit phelpssecurity.com.

84. House Votes to Boost Child Tax Credit for Some -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire.

85. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “Shots Fired” author C.J. Box for a discussion and signing Monday, July 28, at 6 p.m. at 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

86. Master Your Market Seminar to Examine Housing Trends -

Real estate industry professionals will have the opportunity this week to learn more about major trends in the local real estate market, including residential and commercial sales, new housing, foreclosures and lending practices.

87. Events -

American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Saturday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Champion Hills at Windyke Apartment Homes, 3788 Links Drive. All blood types, especially O negative, B negative and A negative, are needed. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767 for donor requirements and appointments.

88. Contractors See Bright Days Ahead -

After slogging their way through the deepest economic slump in more than 60 years, Memphis area contractors say the near future looks much brighter than the dark days of the recession and its immediate aftermath.

89. Lot Shortage Poses Next Roadblock -

Local homebuilders say a dearth of developed lots is slowing down the new housing rebound, weighing down an industry still trying to drag itself out of the rubble left by the worst recession in decades.

90. Airlines Report Big Second-Quarter Profits -

Investing in airlines has long been the butt of jokes, especially when many U.S. carriers traipsed through bankruptcy court in the past decade.

Now riding a post-merger tide of higher fares and stable fuel costs, those same airlines are piling up profits – and sharing the newfound riches with investors.

91. Mississippi Sales Tax Holiday Starts Friday -

Mississippi merchants and shoppers are gearing up for the fifth annual back-to-school sales tax holiday.

Mississippi’s sales tax holiday starts Friday, July 25, at 12:01 a.m. and ends Saturday, July 26, at midnight. For retailers, it is one of their busiest times of the year.

92. Events -

UCAN of Memphis will hold its Dare 2 Dream teen conference Friday, July 25, and Saturday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at BRIDGES, 477 N. Fifth St. The anti-bullying conference will include inspirational speaker presentations, workbooks, snacks and school supplies. Cost is $50; parents are encouraged to attend for no additional cost. Visit ucanofmemphis.org.

93. Senate Bill Targets Companies That Move Overseas -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate voted Wednesday to advance an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain.

The Senate voted 93-7 to begin debating the bill, which would prevent companies from deducting expenses related to moving operations to a foreign country. The bill would offer tax credits to companies that move operations to the U.S. from a foreign country.

94. Health Advocacy Groups File Lawsuit Against State -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Three advocacy groups filed a class action lawsuit on Wednesday accusing the state of Tennessee of failing to provide certain services required by the federal health care law.

95. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission board will meet Thursday, July 24, at noon in the commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

96. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, July 23, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. LeMoyne-Owen College President Johnnie Watson will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

97. Survey: Graduates Should Return to Memphis After School -

Measuring economic sentiment among consumers at any given moment in time involves looking at specific data points and how consumers feel about those sets of numbers and facts.

That’s a key element of the Memphis Economic Indicator, a quarterly survey measuring general business and economic sentiment produced jointly by The Daily News and Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP that’s now one year old.

98. Chamber Launches PILOT Education Campaign -

Memphis economic development officials wasted little time launching an information campaign about Memphis and Shelby County’s primary business incentive program.

On July 16, less than a month after the Memphis City Council adopted a budget that included deep cuts to employee and retiree benefits, the Greater Memphis Chamber posted a video exploring how the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive program works and why it is needed.

99. Allergan to Cut 1,500 Employees in Restructuring -

Botox maker Allergan will cut about 13 percent of its workforce as part of a push to become more efficient while it fights a hostile takeover bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

The Irvine, California, company said Monday it plans to trim about 1,500 employees and around 250 vacant positions as it restructures to focus on its "highest value opportunities."

100. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “Gone Dead Train” author Lisa Turner for a discussion and signing Tuesday, July 22, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.