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1. Fed Report Finds Economy Growing at Moderate Pace in Summer -

WASHINGTON (AP) — While U.S. housing and auto sales showed strength over the summer, manufacturers were feeling pressure from China's economic slowdown and the oil industry was squeezed by lower energy prices.

2. US Stocks Close Flat Friday After Volatile Week -

U.S. stocks ended the day little changed Friday, letting investors breathe a little easier after a week where both the highs and lows were extreme.

The market gave investors a hard jolt the first two days of trading this week on concerns about the health of China's economy. The rebound Wednesday and Thursday was just as sharp as investors decided to scoop up beaten-up stocks.

3. Fed Vice Chair in Spotlight as Markets Seek Rate Hike Clues -

WASHINGTON (AP) — What once seemed a sure bet — that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates in September — suddenly appears less certain following a wild week of stock market turbulence.

4. Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Drops to 3.84 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped this week to their lowest levels since May, in a week marked by turmoil in global markets that was stoked by economic developments in China.

5. Despite Stock Fall, Financial Health of Many Remains Solid -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans have just absorbed a financial beating — at least as measured by their stock holdings. It's the kind of blow that can feed a sense of helplessness about retirement, college savings and higher-than-expected bills.

6. Federal Reserve: Memphis Banks Steady in 2nd Quarter -

Talk to Metropolitan Bank CEO Curt Gabardi about his bank founded in 2008, and the story he’ll tell is of an institution today with the necessary resources and people to grow at a steady clip, in spite of a local banking landscape that’s fraught with competition.

7. Survey: Most Economists Say Fed Will Raise Rates in 2015 -

NEW YORK (AP) — The vast majority of business economists expect the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates before the end of the year, according to a survey released Monday.

Minutes from the Fed's meeting in late July showed that officials could raise rates as early as September. Seventy-seven percent of survey respondents believe the Fed will raise rates from their current near-zero levels, but only 37 percent of respondents believe it will happen as soon as next month.

8. US Home Sales Soar in July to Fastest Pace Since 2007 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their home-buying for a third straight month in July, as sales accelerated to the strongest pace in eight years.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes rose 2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.59 million, the fastest rate since February 2007. Sales have jumped 9.6 percent over the past 12 months, while the number of listings has declined 4.7 percent.

9. Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Eases to 3.93 Pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week, with the key 30-year loan rate remaining under 4 percent.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ticked down to 3.93 percent from 3.94 percent a week earlier. A year ago, the average rate was 4.10 percent.

10. US Consumer Inflation Slowed in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The biggest drop in airline fares in nearly two decades slowed consumer inflation in July following two months of slightly faster gains.

The Labor Department said Wednesday that its consumer price index rose 0.1 percent in July following increases of 0.3 percent in June and 0.4 percent in May.

11. Fed at July Meeting Appeared to Be Moving Closer to Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials in their July discussions appeared to move closer to their first interest rate hike in nearly a decade but expressed wide-ranging concerns about wages, inflation and a significant slowdown in China.

12. US Homebuilder Sentiment Improves in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders grew slightly more optimistic about the housing market in August, putting their confidence at levels last seen a decade ago during the debt-fueled housing boom.

13. More Millennials Stuck Renting for Years Before Buying Home -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home ownership, that celebrated hallmark of the American dream, is increasingly on hold for younger Americans.

Short of cash, burdened by student debt and unsettled in their careers, young adults are biding time in apartments for longer periods and buying their first homes later in life.

14. US Wholesale Stockpiles in June Show Largest Gain in Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesalers increased their stockpiles in June by the largest amount in more than a year, while sales crept up slightly.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that wholesale stockpiles rose 0.9 percent, the largest monthly gain since April 2014. Sales increased 0.1 percent in June yet have dropped 3.8 percent over the past year largely because of cheaper oil prices.

15. China's Move to Devalue Currency Could Reverberate Globally -

BEIJING (AP) — China's surprise move Tuesday to devalue its currency has intensified concerns about the world's second-largest economy, whose growth has reached a six-year low. It may also fan political tensions with the United States and Europe, whose exports could become comparatively costlier.

16. US Productivity Growth Rebounds to 1.3 Percent in Second Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity rose at a moderate pace in the April-June quarter as growth picked up and hiring remained steady.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that worker productivity increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.3 percent, up from a drop of 1.1 percent in the first quarter. The first quarter's decline was revised sharply higher from a previous estimate of a 3.1 percent decline.

17. US Consumer Borrowing Hits Another Record in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer borrowing hit another record in June, good news for the American economy.

Americans piled on another $20.7 billion in debt in June, bringing total consumer borrowing to a record $3.42 trillion, the Federal Reserve reported Friday.

18. Steady US Job Gains Likely Foretell a New Era: Higher Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new era of higher rates on home and car loans, steeper borrowing costs for businesses and the government – maybe even a bit more return for savers – is about to arrive.

19. Is the Market Flourishing Or Flailing Right Now? -

4 Percent: On Feb. 4 of this year, the S&P 500 closed at 2,041. In the nearly six months since that date, the S&P 500 has basically been boxed into a trading range. That range has had a floor of 2,040 and a ceiling of 2,130 (an all-time high that was reached on May 21).

20. US Consumer Spending Edges Up in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumer spending in June rose by the smallest amount in four months as shoppers cut back on purchases of cars and other big-ticket items.

Consumer spending edged up 0.2 percent in June, the poorest showing since a similar increase in February, the Commerce Department reported Monday.

21. US Paychecks Grow at Record-Slow Pace in Second Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn't lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus and incentive pay for some workers.

22. US Economy Posts Solid 2.3 Percent Growth Rate in Q2 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy posted a solid rebound in the April-June quarter after a harsh winter, led by a surge in consumer spending and a recovery in foreign trade that bode well for the rest of the year.

23. Fed Holds Steady on Rates, Seeks Further Economic Gains -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve appears on track to raise interest rates later this year but signaled Wednesday that it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before doing so.

24. As Fed Meets, It Edges Toward First Rate Hike Since 2006 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is getting close to raising interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, perhaps in September. When it meets this week, though, don't expect any timetable for a rate hike to be spelled out in a post-meeting statement. For now, the Fed wants to keep its options open.

25. Can US Housing Industry's Comeback Endure? The Outlook Dims -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. housing market has sizzled this summer, lifting expectations that home sales will finally help drive an economic expansion now in its seventh year.

Or will it?

26. St. Jude and ALSAC Get New Board Chairs -

The boards of both St. Jude and its fundraising arm have new chairmen.

Former Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Memphis branch regional executive Martha Perine Beard has been elected as the new St. Jude board of governors chair.

27. St. Jude and Fundraising Arm Get New Board Chairs -

The boards of both St. Jude and its fundraising arm have new chairmen.

Former Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Memphis branch regional executive Martha Perine Beard has been elected as the new St. Jude board of governors chair.

28. US Home Sales Surged in June to Fastest Pace in 8-Plus Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought homes in June at the fastest rate in over eight years, pushing prices to record highs as buyer demand has eclipsed the availability of houses on the market.

29. Unemployment Fell in 21 US States in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell last month in 21 U.S. states and were unchanged in 17, as widespread job growth and a shrinking workforce reduce the ranks of those out of work.

30. Fed Directs 8 Biggest US Banks to Hold Extra Capital -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are directing the eight biggest U.S. banks to hold capital at levels above industry requirements to cushion against unexpected losses and reduce the chances of future taxpayer bailouts.

31. Rising Gas Prices Push Inflation Up Modestly in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rising gasoline prices pushed inflation up modestly in June, leaving overall consumer prices higher than they were a year earlier for the first time since December.

Economists say the tick up in consumer prices makes it more likely the Federal Reserve will end a policy of keeping short-term interest rates near zero for more than six years. "Rebounding inflation combined with solid employment growth will likely lead the Fed to raise rates in September," said Gregory Daco, head of U.S. macroeconomics at Oxford Economics.

32. Fed Survey Finds Economic Growth in All Regions of US -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy was expanding in all regions of the country in the late spring, aided by strong sales of autos and other consumer goods.

In its latest survey of business conditions, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday that some of its regions reported that lower energy prices were encouraging consumers to shop and eat out more. Growing sales of homes and commercial real estate also boosted the economy.

33. Yellen: First Fed Rate Hike Likely Later This Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday she is encouraged by signs that the economy is reviving after a brutal winter. And if the improvements stay on track, the Fed will likely start raising interest rates later this year.

34. Yellen: Fed Still on Track to Raise Rates This Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the Fed is on track to start raising interest rates later this year but expressed multiple concerns over headwinds that are still holding back the U.S. economy.

35. $10 Bill Change Rankles Descendant of Alexander Hamilton -

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Doug Hamilton is just fine with plans to put a woman's portrait on U.S. paper money, but he'd prefer that the Treasury Department leave the $10 bill alone – particularly the prominent visage of his great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Alexander Hamilton.

36. Lew Sticking With Plan to Put Woman on $10 Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is sticking with his plan to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill with a woman.

37. Fed Officials Still Cautious in June About Rate Hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers last month saw signs that the economy was healing after its winter slump but still wanted more signs of improvement before they began raising interest rates.

38. US Job Openings Stay High, But Actual Hiring Falters in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Job openings stayed close to a 15-year high in May. It's a sign that companies are expecting continued economic growth, but the level of advertised jobs hasn't driven the same kind of increase in actual hiring.

39. US Unemployment Falls to 7-Year Low, But Wages are Flat -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.

40. Experts Give Their Take on Jobs, Fed and Financial Markets -

NEW YORK (AP) – If investors hoped Thursday's U.S. jobs report would give them clarity, they were probably disappointed.

The report, one of the most-watched pieces of news in financial markets, painted a mixed picture for U.S. employment. And it left a key question hanging over stocks and bonds: When and how quickly will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates?

41. US Manufacturing Growth Improves in June; Hiring Jumps -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. manufacturing growth improved in June, helped by a jump in employment.

The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its manufacturing index rose to 53.5 last month from 52.8 in May. Manufacturing activity matched January's level for the highest this year. Any reading above 50 signals expansion.

42. Here's Why Home Sales Are Finally Surging -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Real estate has gotten hot again.

Home sales are on pace for their best year since 2007. First-time buyers are streaming back into the market. Prices are skyrocketing, aided by a stronger job market and tantalizingly low mortgage rates that are creating pressure for buyers to act fast.

43. Wunderlich’s Hogan Offers Latest Read on Economy -

A little more than a year ago, Wunderlich Securities Inc. chief market strategist Art Hogan stood before an audience of business leaders assembled by The Daily News – part of the paper’s regular seminar series – and offered his take on an economic recovery that looked different depending on where a person stood.

44. County Commission Faces Red Ink in Final Budget Votes -

Shelby County Commissioners try again Monday, June 22, to approve the county’s various budgets and a property tax rate before the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

The commission’s budget deliberations have centered on how county government should use a $6 million surplus, and budget committee sessions Wednesday, June 17, provided the best indicator of how things might go on the 13-member body.

45. Current Account Trade Deficit Widens to $113.3 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The deficit in the broadest measure of U.S. trade increased in the January-March quarter to the highest level since the spring of 2012 as American exports declined.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that the deficit in the current account increased to $113.3 billion in the first quarter, up 9.9 percent from a fourth quarter deficit of $103.1 billion. It was the largest imbalance since a $118 billion deficit in the second quarter of 2012.

46. Feds Charge Joe Armstrong With Fraud, Tax Evasion -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Democratic state Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville has been indicted on federal fraud and tax evasion charges connected to an increase in the state's cigarette tax in 2007.

47. Fed Sees Stronger Economy, Leaves Key Rate at Record Low -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy has strengthened since a slump early this year, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday, but it wants to see further gains in the job market and higher inflation before raising interest rates from record lows.

48. Fed Likely to Signal Coming Rate Hike If Economy Strengthens -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With evidence that the U.S. economy is rebounding from a winter slump, the Federal Reserve will likely signal this week that an interest rate increase is coming – just not quite yet.

49. Investors, Mind Your Footing -

Bonds Can Lose Money After All. Heightened Fed concerns mixed with rising inflation indices in the U.S. and Europe have continued to press interest rates higher across the curve.

As a consequence, the vast majority of bond market indices have turned negative on the year. The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Market index has shed 0.73 percent, while the longer dated U.S. Treasury 20+ Year index has fallen more than 7 percent through June 11.

50. US Factory Output Down In May, Hurt by Oil Refining Cuts -

U.S. factory output slipped in May, hurt by a decline in oil refining that overshadowed solid gains by automakers.

The Federal Reserve said Monday that manufacturing output declined 0.2 percent last month, as productivity has basically been flat since January.

51. US Wholesale Prices Jump in May, Led By Eggs, Gasoline -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Prices at the wholesale level rose at the fastest pace in nearly 3 years in May, pushed higher by a sharp jump in the cost of gasoline and a record increase in the price eggs related to an outbreak of avian influenza. But outside of increases in volatile food and energy costs, core inflation remained moderate.

52. Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Jumps to High for Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates jumped this week to their highest levels this year, with the key 30-year rate topping 4 percent for the first time since late 2014.

53. US Household Wealth Reaches New High: Nearly $85 Trillion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A rising stock market and climbing home prices boosted Americans' net worth to a new high in the first three months of the year.

The Federal Reserve said Thursday that the value of Americans' stock holdings, real estate and other assets rose to $84.9 trillion from $83.3 trillion in the final three months of last year. Stock portfolios rose $487 billion, home values by $503 billion.

54. Number of US Job Openings Jumped to a 15-Year High in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers advertised the most open jobs in April than at any time in the 15 years that the government has tracked the data, a sign that this year's steady hiring will likely continue.

55. Do More Jobs Mean More Economic Security? Not for Some -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy is churning out a lot of jobs these days but not a lot of financial security for many of the people who hold them.

Pay growth, though improving, remains tepid. Many workers have few opportunities to advance. Others have taken temporary, part-time or freelance jobs, with little chance of landing full-time permanent work with benefits.

56. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 16 Percent in May -

Lending has ticked up at Memphis-area banks, mortgage rates are still low and the supply of new homes remains limited.

Those are some of the reasons lenders cite when explaining why mortgage lending in Memphis continues to hum along above last year’s totals. Last month continued that trend, new figures show, with mortgage volume countywide getting a 16 percent boost in May compared to May 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

57. 5 Reasons Why US Employers are Showing Confidence in Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers last month delivered a vote of confidence in the U.S. economy.

They added 280,000 jobs – a surprisingly robust total at a time when consumers are hesitant to spend and the economy appears less than fully healthy. Some key industries, from energy to manufacturing, have been struggling. And economic troubles overseas have put investors on edge.

58. US Consumer Borrowing Up $20.5 Billion in April -

Consumer borrowing surged again in April, helped by the largest gain in credit card borrowing in a year.

The Federal Reserve says consumer borrowing expanded by $20.5 billion in April, down only slightly from a gain of $21.3 billion in March which was the biggest increase in eight months. The strong gains pushed consumer credit to a fresh record of $3.38 trillion.

59. Memphis Banks Report Modest First Quarter -

Absent a few individual challenges, Memphis-area banks as a collective gave off encouraging signs about their health and outlook in the first quarter, according to Federal Reserve figures.

Some of the most important metrics, like profitability, always come with a reminder by regulators that any change in performance at First Tennessee Bank, Memphis’ largest bank, can overshadow results at the rest of its smaller peer institutions. That was certainly true in the first quarter, when First Tennessee’s parent company took a loss, driven by a mortgage-related legal settlement, which resulted in the bank showing almost $65 million worth of red ink for the quarter.

60. Fed Sees Moderate Economic Growth Around Country This Spring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace in most regions of the country in April and May, as consumers ramped up spending at retailers and auto dealers, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.

61. Survey: US Business Hiring Picks Up in May to 201,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. companies stepped up hiring in May, a private survey found, evidence that employers remain confident in the economy even after it contracted at the start of the year.

62. More Older Americans are Being Buried by Housing Debt -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Al and Saundra Karp have found an unconventional way to raise money and help save their Miami-area home from foreclosure: They're lining up gigs for their family jazz band.

63. Fuel and Potential Fires for the US Economy Ahead -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The US economy should get better after a sputtering first quarter, but how much better? It's complicated.

Steady hiring and low gas prices should help power solid growth through the rest of 2015. The harsh winter and a labor dispute that slowed trade at West Coast ports are both over. Home sales and construction are rebounding, along with business investment.

64. Yellen: 1st Rate Hike Likely By Year End If Economy Improves -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday she expects to begin raising interest rates later this year – if the job market improves and the Fed is confident inflation will climb closer toward its target rate.

65. US Consumer Prices Ticking Up as Fed Weighs First Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Core consumer prices outside of food and energy posted the biggest increase in April in more than a year, suggesting that an improving U.S. economy is finally starting to lift prices. That could prompt the Federal Reserve to start raising interest rates later this year.

66. Fed Minutes Indicate June Rate Hike Unlikely -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers largely agreed when they met last month that June would be too early to start raising interest rates, as they debated whether the economy's winter weakness would fade or persist.

67. Banks Fined More Than $5 Billion, To Plead Guilty to Market Rigging -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Four of the world's biggest banks agreed Wednesday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency markets – a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission of criminal wrongdoing from a major financial institution.

68. US Industrial Output Falls for 5th Month on Lower Drilling -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A plunge in energy-related drilling and sluggish manufacturing sent U.S. industrial output down for a fifth straight month in April.

Overall industrial production slid 0.3 percent in April after a drop of the same size in March, the Federal Reserve said Friday. The figures suggest that weakness in manufacturing and mining is weighing heavily on the economy.

69. US Household Debt Levels Held Back By Cautious Consumers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. household debt levels were mostly unchanged in the first three months of this year, held back by tight mortgage credit standards and consumer reluctance to borrow heavily.

70. US Economy Rebounding With Solid, If Unspectacular, Job Gains -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rebounding from a dismal start to the year, the U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April, a solid gain that suggested that employers are helping fuel a durable if still subpar recovery.

71. Daily News Seminar Brings Focus to Economy -

As part of his keynote address during The Daily News’ latest seminar, this time focused on the economy, Century Wealth Management president and founder Jay Healy pointed to a photo depicting a crowd a decade ago assembled near St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

72. Fed Chair Yellen Says Stock Market Prices 'Quite High' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday described stock market valuations as high and said the central bank was carefully monitoring their impact on financial stability.

73. Extra Schools Funding Request Gets Good First Reviews -

Shelby County Schools officials took a request Wednesday, May 6, for $14 million in new funding to Shelby County Commissioners and got lots of general support.

But the budget committee session probably means more specific questions to come through emails and phone calls before a majority on the commission considers putting up the extra money. “We have made the tough choices,” SCS board member Chris Caldwell told commissioners, referring to 17 school closings in the last three years. “There’s a method to our madness. We’re not just saying we need more money.”

74. Warren Buffett Says Economy Continues to Improve Steadily -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Investor Warren Buffett? says the economy continues to steadily improve, but the strong dollar has already hurt U.S. exports.

Buffett said in an interview on the Fox Business Network that he thinks the Federal Reserve should be careful about raising interest rates until Europe decides how to deal with its economic concerns.

75. US Wage Growth Shows Signs of Strength As Hiring Picks Up -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Paychecks for U.S. workers are rising at a faster pace as strong hiring in the past year has lowered the unemployment rate and increased competition for workers.

The employment cost index, which tracks wages, salaries and benefits, rose 2.6 percent in the first quarter compared with a year ago, the Labor Department said Thursday. Wages and salaries also rose 2.6 percent.

76. US Economy Barely Grew in First Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy skidded to a near halt in the first three months of the year, battered by a triple whammy of harsh weather, plunging exports and sharp cutbacks in oil and gas drilling.

77. Noting Slower Economy, Fed Not Closer to Rate Hike -

The Federal Reserve downgraded its assessment of the U.S. economy Wednesday after a winter in which growth nearly stopped. It offered no sign that a rate increase might be coming soon.

On a day when the government said the economy barely grew in the January-March quarter, the Fed appeared no closer to raising its benchmark rate from a record low. The Fed noted in a statement that growth has slowed, business investment has softened and exports have declined.

78. With Economy Uncertain, No Fed Rate Hike is Seen Before Fall -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For 6½ years, the Federal Reserve has held its key interest rate near zero, and for nearly that long the financial world has speculated about when the Fed will start raising it.

79. Commission Likely to Question Extras in Schools Budget -

Shelby County Commissioners have the $14 million list of extras the Shelby County Schools system wants in its budget request for the coming fiscal year.

And once the county’s budget committee gets to the request, there should be plenty of questions about each of the 15 line items that include extra teacher, guidance counselor and social worker positions.

80. Shelby County Schools Seeks New Funding for Classroom Investments -

The bottom line on the Shelby County Schools budget proposal headed to Shelby County Commissioners is $973.5 million, but the dollar figure commissioners will be considering is $14 million.

That’s the amount of new funding the system is seeking from county government for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Otherwise, the school system’s budget is balanced.

81. School Board Approves $973.5M Budget, Seeks $14M In New County Funding -

Shelby County Schools board members sent a $973.5 million operating budget proposal to the Shelby County Commission Tuesday, April 21, for funding.

The budget is $14 million in the red and includes a request for Shelby County government to fund the extra amount including a list of 15 items schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson has referred to as “high leverage investments.”

82. Memphis Budget Proposal Includes More Street Paving, Health Insurance ‘Overhang’ -

Street paving is the centerpiece of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s capital improvements budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Wharton is proposing a $656.5 million operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The administration is taking a $55 million capital improvements budget to the Memphis City Council that will include the most street paving the city has done since the federal stimulus fund of 2008, according to Wharton.

83. Why Banks Made More Money Last Quarter -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wall Street and Main Street gave banks a boost last quarter.

Fees from corporate mergers and commissions from trading fueled profits at big financial firms. But average Americans also helped by taking out more home loans and paying off their debts.

84. Hopson Wants New Funding After Closing Budget Gap -

The Shelby County Schools board likely will meet in special session Tuesday, April 21, to vote on a budget proposal to send to the Shelby County Commission.

As he announced that an earlier $15 million gap in school system revenue and expenditures had been bridged, schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson proposed last week adding $14.2 million to the budget proposal in “high leverage investments.”

85. Don't Panic, College Seniors: Jobs for Grads Likely to Grow -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The consulting and accounting firm EY is aggressively recruiting on college campuses this spring. The company formerly known as Ernst & Young plans to hire 9,000 graduates from U.S. universities this year, up from 7,500 in 2014. But recruiting isn't as easy as it used to be.

86. Average 30-Year Mortgage Rate Edges up to 3.67 Percent -

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week but remained close to historically low levels with the spring home-buying season underway.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the national average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage edged up to 3.67 percent from 3.66 percent last week.

87. Corporate Deals Appetite Hits 5-Year High -

LONDON (AP) – The current wave of corporate takeovers and mergers is set to grow, with the appetite for deals among executives hitting a five-year high thanks to a strong dollar and low oil prices, a global survey found Monday.

88. Fed Minutes: Officials Split Widely on Rate Hike Timing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fed officials disagreed widely when they met last month on when they would be ready to lift interest rates from record lows.

Minutes of the March 17-18 meeting released Wednesday reveal that several policymakers predicted a rate hike in June, while others concerned about low inflation didn't think a rate hike would be warranted until later this year. Still others said the economy wouldn't be strong enough for an increase until 2016.

89. US Consumer Borrowing Climbs to Record High in February -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers increased their borrowing to a record high in February, driven by a large jump in auto and student loans.

The Federal Reserve reported Tuesday that consumer borrowing expanded $15.5 billion in February following a $10.8 billion gain in January. The February increase pushed borrowing to a fresh record of $3.34 trillion.

90. 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.

91. End of Robust Hiring Streak Raises Doubts About Job Market -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For months, the U.S. economy's strength has been flagging.

Manufacturing slowed. Fewer homes were built. Cheaper gas failed to ignite consumer spending. Yet month after month, employers kept on hiring vigorously.

92. Business Forecasters Boost 2-Year Outlook for US Economy -

A business economics group has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic improvement this year and next, particularly for job growth.

The March report from the National Association for Business Economics forecasts more hiring, a lower unemployment rate, a lower inflation rate and more growth in consumer spending in 2015, compared to the group's forecast in December 2014.

93. Yellen: A Rate Increase May Be Warranted Later This Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that continued improvement in the U.S. economy means an increase in the Fed's key interest rate could come later this year.

94. Applications for US Jobless Aid Barely Rose Last Week -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits basically held steady last week, as the job market continues to outpace broader economic growth.

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid rose slightly by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 291,000. Jobless claims have been subdued for the past two weeks after winter storms caused them to spike at the end of February due to closed schools and construction sites.

95. Fed Chair Warns That Wages Might Not Rise Much -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the broad pay increases usually associated with job growth may not occur anytime soon.

Yellen said the Fed will not necessarily wait for wages to rise at a faster pace before it raises a key interest rate from its current near-zero level.

96. Fed: No Rate Hike Until Job Market Improves, Inflation Rises -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it needs to see further improvement in the job market and higher inflation before it raises interest rates from record lows.

97. As Fed Weighs a Rate Hike, US Economy is Looking a Bit Paler -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just as the Federal Reserve seems to be inching toward an interest rate hike because of the strengthening U.S. job market, its task is getting more complicated:

Several key sectors of the economy are flashing some signs of weakness.

98. Scarboro Tapped as St. Louis Fed Regional Executive in Memphis -

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has chosen Doug Scarboro as the new regional executive for the St. Louis Fed’s Memphis branch.

99. US Household Net Worth Reaches Record High of $83 Trillion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fueled by higher stock and home values, Americans' net worth reached a record high in the final three months of 2014.

The Federal Reserve says household wealth rose 1.9 percent during the October-December quarter to nearly $83 trillion. Americans' stock and mutual fund portfolios increased $742 billion, while the value of their homes rose $356 billion.

100. County Commission Ponders Local Disaster Fund -

Shelby County Commissioners are considering matching a local disaster relief fund started by the Memphis City Council last year that would total $500,000.

But a resolution to formally join in the fund drew “concern” Monday, March 9, from Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.