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1. Government to Overhaul Medicare Payments to Doctors, Hospitals -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3-trillion health care system.

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3. CBO: Deficit to Shrink to Lowest Level of Obama Presidency -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday.

4. Haslam Making 6 More Stops This Week on Insure Tennessee Tour -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is making six more stops around the state to promote his Insure Tennessee plan to extend health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income people.

5. Plan Calls for Closing Some Trails in Old Forest -

The state is planning to close some trails within the Old Forest of Overton Park in Memphis.

The Old Forest State Natural Area is owned by the city of Memphis and managed by Overton Park Conservancy under the guidance of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Natural Areas.

6. Welch Allyn Acquires Hubble Telemedical -

Welch Allyn Inc. has acquired Hubble Telemedical Inc., a privately held health care company founded by University of Tennessee Health Science Center researcher Edward Chaum and Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher Kenneth Tobin, who developed a way to provide remote diabetic retinopathy screening and analysis in primary care doctors’ offices and other convenient settings.

7. Questions Still Surround Future of Arkansas Medicaid Plan -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – While Gov. Asa Hutchinson has made it clear he wants to keep Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion in place through the end of next year, what's less certain is what happens after that for the thousands receiving health coverage through the program.

8. Anti-Medicaid Expansion Lawmaker Criticizes Radio Ads -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada, a staunch opponent of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans, on Friday decried what he called "dishonest scare tactics" by a conservative group running radio ads targeting GOP lawmakers.

9. Paragon Recognized for Healthy Work Environment -

Memphis-based Paragon Bank was recently awarded the 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award for the State of Tennessee.

10. Germantown’s Trainers Studio Aims to Keep Clients Close -

Susan Ritter had been a Marine and a competitive athlete. Mike Farah had been a successful corporate executive who almost worked himself into an early grave, lost 50 pounds, retired, and began competing in body building competitions.

11. Home Services Keep Seniors Independent -

Sooner or later, most people end up caring for aging mothers and fathers or become seniors themselves, wondering who to turn to when independent daily living becomes impossible.

Both propositions are frightening and stressful.

12. OK, Baby Boomers: Time for Some Hard Decisions -

She works in her yard, maintains a garden, watches her diet and is waiting for her exercise group to get started at the FiftyForward Center in Madison.

Asked about long-term care insurance, Eva Mai Nelson says, “I’ve thought about it. I don’t think it’s worthwhile to buy at my age.” She’s 83.

13. 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.

14. Church Health Center to Hold Walk April 11 -

Walking as One, the Church Health Center's annual community event celebrating wellness in action in Memphis, will be held April 11 at 9 a.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave.

15. U of M Online RN-to-BSN Program Among Best -

The online RN-to-BSN program in the University of Memphis’ Loewenberg School of Nursing has been named one of the best online classroom experiences by RNtoBSN.org.

16. UTHSC Professor Honored by Academy of Inventors -

Duane Miller, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

17. Qsource Awarded $700,000 for Vaccine Study -

Tennesseans put themselves at risk for pneumonia simply because they don’t get vaccinated, and pneumonia kills 1 out of 20 people who get it.

A new study headed by Qsource aims to understand the barriers to pneumococcal vaccination, how to better communicate its importance and identify motivating factors that influence behavioral change.

18. Sears Crosstown Will Receive New Name -

The team behind the redevelopment of the Sears Crosstown site will unveil a new name for the development during a Feb. 21 community groundbreaking ceremony.

“Until now, when Memphians have talked about the building, they’ve called it Sears Crosstown,” the development team said in a statement announcing the groundbreaking ceremony, which will be held 88 years to the day after the initial groundbreaking in 1927. “But Sears is long gone, and the surrounding neighborhood proudly claims the name Crosstown. Now it’s time for something new.”

19. Events -

Youth Villages Soup Sunday will be held Sunday, Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FedExForum, 191 Beale St. The event will feature soup, bread, dessert and other delicacies from more than 50 Memphis-area restaurants and caterers, plus live entertainment and Kids Zone. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for ages 6-10. Visit soupsunday.org.

20. Airlines Expect Another Big Year With Help From Cheaper Fuel -

DALLAS (AP) – Leaders of United and Southwest gave an upbeat forecast for 2015 that combined strong travel demand and cheaper fuel. Airline stocks soared on Thursday.

The price of jet fuel has dropped by about half since September, boosting airline profits and tamping down fear that global economic weakness could hurt the carriers. Analysts expect all four of the biggest U.S. airline operators to post bigger profits this year than in 2014.

21. Qsource Awarded $700,000 for Vaccine Study -

Tennesseans put themselves at risk for pneumonia simply because they don’t get vaccinated, and pneumonia kills 1 out of 20 people who get it.

A new study headed by Qsource aims to understand the barriers to pneumococcal vaccination, how to better communicate its importance and identify motivating factors that influence behavioral change.

22. Frogs And Toads -

OF FROGS AND TOADS. Years and years ago, I was served a couple of striking culinary metaphors that have not only proven to be unforgettable but seem to get better and better with age.

The first was on the wall of my dentist in the 100 North Main building, one of those focal points you stare at while somebody probes your molars with this and that. It was a photograph of a pyramid of frogs inscribed with this:

23. Haslam on Statewide Tour to Tout Insure Tennessee -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he isn’t counting votes in the Tennessee legislature just yet for his Insure Tennessee Medicaid expansion proposal.

At least he’s not counting hard votes for the upcoming Feb. 2 special legislative session as he holds a series of nine public forums across the state.

24. Government Closer to Goal of 9.1 Million Enrolled Under Health Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is moving closer to its goal of 9.1 million people signed up for private coverage under the president's health care law.

The Health and Human Services Department says at least 400,000 people signed up last week. That brought total enrollment in the 37 states served by HealthCare.gov to more than 7.1 million.

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26. Haslam Hits the Road to Promote Insure Tennessee Proposal -

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday kicked off a statewide tour to make the hard sell for his proposal to extend health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income Tennesseans.

27. UTHSC Professor Honored by National Academy of Inventors -

Duane Miller, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

28. Sears Crosstown Will Receive New Name -

The team behind the redevelopment of the Sears Crosstown site will unveil a new name for the development during a Feb. 21 community groundbreaking ceremony.

“Until now, when Memphians have talked about the building, they’ve called it Sears Crosstown,” the development team said in a statement announcing the groundbreaking ceremony, which will be held 88 years to the day after the initial groundbreaking in 1927. “But Sears is long gone, and the surrounding neighborhood proudly claims the name Crosstown. Now it’s time for something new.”

29. Save Time in Addition to Money -

Ray’s take: I’ve often heard that you can tell more about a person by looking at how he or she spends their time and money rather than what they claim is important to them. January is a good time to take stock of not only your finances but also how you spend your time. And the two can be related.

30. Fighting Breast Cancer Requires Awareness -

To “fight like a girl,” as the slogan on so many pink T-shirts says, starts with knowing the enemy. Breast cancer is pervasive enough that one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. Church Health Center to Hold Walk April 11 -

Walking as One, the Church Health Center’s annual community event celebrating wellness in action in Memphis, will be held April 11 at 9 a.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave.

34. Haslam Stumps for Insure Tennessee -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is stumping for his Insure Tennessee Medicaid expansion proposal with a stop in Frayser Wednesday, Jan. 21, ahead of the Feb. 2 special legislative session on the proposal.

35. Walter Awarded AAF Silver Medal -

Ronald A. Walter, president and general manager of WREG-TV, has been chosen to receive AAF Memphis’ 2015 Silver Medal, the highest form of individual recognition given by local chapters of the American Advertising Federation. The annual award, which honors an exceptional leader for a career of outstanding accomplishment and contribution in the industry, will be presented at AAF Memphis’ luncheon Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden.

36. Training Abroad -

After growing up in Bosnia, going to medical school there and even training in neurosurgery there, Dr. Kenan Arnautovic had to go through training all over again when he came to the United States in 1994.

37. 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.

38. House, Senate at Odds Over Who Goes First on Medicaid Plan -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican leaders in the state House and Senate are at odds about who should go first on taking up Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income Tennesseans.

39. Memphis' RN-to-BSN Program Rated One of Nation’s Best -

The online RN-to-BSN program in the University of Memphis’ Loewenberg School of Nursing has been named one of the best online classroom experiences by RNtoBSN.org.

40. Study: Insure Tennessee Could Bring $1.1 Billion to State -

A University of Tennessee economic study commissioned by advocates for expanding Medicaid says Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee could create 15,000 jobs and bring more than $1.1 billion in new spending to the state.

41. Agape Receives Grant From March of Dimes -

The March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter has awarded a grant to Agape Child & Family Services to support its Families In Transition, or FIT, ministry.

FIT serves homeless pregnant and parenting mothers and their children. The grant’s focus is on improving maternity and birth outcomes for the underserved maternal and child health needs in the Mid-South.

42. Women’s Physician Group Merges With MOGA -

The largest private provider of women’s health care in the region is growing. Memphis Obstetrics and Gynecological Association PC has announced the merger of practices with Women’s Physician Group, with WPG becoming a division of MOGA.

43. Agape Receives Grant From March of Dimes -

The March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter has awarded a grant to Agape Child & Family Services to support its Families In Transition, or FIT, ministry.

FIT serves homeless pregnant and parenting mothers and their children. The grant’s focus is on improving maternity and birth outcomes for the underserved maternal and child health needs in the Mid-South.

44. Start Co. Teams With Innova Memphis -

Start Co. has a new partner that’s bringing new funding with them to bolster the venture development organization’s efforts.

45. Booking a Trip to the ER on Your Smartphone? It's a Breeze -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – It's like OpenTable for medical appointments.

No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings.

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48. Health Care Overhaul Sign-Ups Edge Higher -

With a month to go in the 2015 open enrollment season, the Obama administration says sign-ups under the president's health care law are edging higher.

The Health and Human Services Department says at least 163,000 people signed up last week for subsidized private health insurance.

49. 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.

50. FDA Approves Appetite-Zapping Implant for Obese Patients -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators have approved an appetite-suppressing implant designed to treat obesity by zapping nerves that connect the stomach and the brain.

The Maestro Rechargeable System uses electrodes implanted in the abdomen to stimulate the vagus nerve, which signals to the brain that the stomach is empty or full. Patients and doctors can adjust the device settings using external controllers.

51. Fellow Republicans Reluctant About Haslam's Health Proposal -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to offer health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income Tennesseans is getting a tepid response from fellow Republicans in the Legislature – so much so, that he has yet to find a Senate sponsor for his proposal.

52. Federal Deficit in October-December Up Slightly at $176.7 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal deficit for the first three months of the budget year is up slightly from the same period a year ago, reflecting the absence of a special payment from mortgage company Freddie Mac that helped narrow the gap in 2014.

53. Help Wanted: US Job Openings at 14-Year High -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The rapid hiring that made 2014 a stellar year for job gains is showing no sign of slowing down.

U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years in November, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That suggests businesses are determined to keep adding staff because they are confident strong economic growth will create more demand for their goods and services.

54. County Commission Endorses Haslam Plan -

At the first Shelby County Commission meeting of 2015, all but one of the 13 commissioners voted for a resolution backing Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s Medicaid expansion plan, “Insure Tennessee.”

That included some vocal Republican opponents of the Affordable Care Act in general.

55. County Commission Endorses Haslam's Medicaid Expansion Plan -

Shelby County Commissioners, including some vocal Republican opponents of the Affordable Care Act in general, are calling on the Tennessee Legislature to approve Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee Medicaid expansion plan.

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57. Study: Insure Tennessee Could Bring $1.1B to State -

A University of Tennessee economic study commissioned by advocates for expanding Medicaid says Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee could create 15,000 jobs and bring more than $1.1 billion in new spending to the state.

58. Memphis Law School, Le Bonheur Team Up -

The University of Memphis Institute for Health Law & Policy and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital will launch a Healthy Homes Partnership this week, with a kick-off Thursday at 6 p.m. at the law school.

59. Millions More People to Get Their Credit Score for Free -

NEW YORK (AP) – Millions more people will have free access to their FICO credit score this year. That's good news for consumers, since the number is widely used by lenders to check potential borrowers' financial health.

60. Got Help Paying for Health Care? Watch Your Mailbox -

WASHINGTON (AP) – If you're among the millions of consumers who got financial help for health insurance last year under President Barack Obama's law, better keep an eye on your mailbox.

61. Coming to a Car Near You: Auto Technology at CES -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Self-driving cars garner much of the attention, but in reality, we're years away from tooling around in something like Knight Rider's KITT. Coming sooner to a car near you: smartphone apps on dash displays, cruise control that adapts to cars around it, remote engine starting and more.

62. Women’s Physician Group Merges With MOGA -

The largest private provider of women’s health care in the region is growing. Memphis Obstetrics and Gynecological Association PC has announced the merger of practices with Women’s Physician Group, with WPG becoming a division of MOGA.

63. Methodist to Close Fayette Hospital -

Methodist Fayette Hospital in Somerville is tentatively slated to close March 27, according to Methodist Healthcare executives who said Thursday, Jan. 8, they made the “difficult decision” because of several years of a declining inpatient volume.

64. Haslam Eager to Defend Insure Tennessee Plan -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam hopes that when the special session of the Tennessee Legislature begins Feb. 2 the ceremony of the start of a legislative session as well as his second inaugural will have passed.

65. US Construction Spending Slips 0.3 Percent in November -

A sharp slowdown in government-built schools and infrastructure caused U.S. construction spending to fall slightly in November.

The Commerce Department said Friday that construction spending slipped 0.3 percent in November, after having climbed an upwardly revised 1.2 percent in October and 0.6 percent in September.

66. Coca-Cola Cutting Up to 1,800 Jobs -

Coca-Cola says it will cut between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs in coming months to trim costs.

The world's biggest beverage maker says it began notifying workers in the U.S. and some international locations Thursday. It said job types are across all parts of its business and include about 500 cuts at its Atlanta headquarters.

67. University of Memphis Awarded Grant for Nutrition Study -

Marie van der Merwe, assistant professor of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Memphis, has received a grant of nearly $400,000 from the Juice Plus Co. to direct a clinical trial evaluating the health benefits of a dried fruit and vegetable supplement.

68. Memphis Ambassadors Program Seeks Applicants -

The Memphis Ambassadors Program is accepting applications for new ambassadors for the 2015-2016 school year. The program, presented by the City of Memphis and Mayor A C Wharton Jr., is open to high school students (grades 9 to 12) who reside in one of the seven City Council districts.

69. Crosstown Developers File $80.5 Million Loan -

The Crosstown development team has secured an $80.5 million loan on the property.

Crosstown Building Owner LLC filed the loan with SunTrust Bank, according to a Dec. 30 deed of trust. McLean Wilson, the Crosstown development team’s co-leader, signed the trust deed.

70. Shedding Stress, Pounds on the Dance Floor -

Learning how to ballroom dance may be a check mark off of someone’s to-do list, but the benefits of dancing, considered a sport by some, are far reaching.

Morgan Gist, a student at Let’s Dance Ballroom Dance Studio in Maryville, says she’s lost 15 pounds in the three months that she’s been taking lessons.

71. Editorial: Insure Tennessee Expansion Brings Wellness Over Time -

The problem with wellness initiatives is our definition of the health care coverage issue in America.

Politically the issue is defined as one of cost and who pays it.

Obesity rates and other statistics on our health as a population center come into play when we are on the side of the wall where we talk about the burden on public and safety net hospitals. That discussion intensifies and becomes urgent when those hospitals are facing new funding crises.

72. Tennessee’s Health Problem -

For years, the concept of “wellness” or “preventive health” measures has been the “eat your vegetables” mantra of a growing national discussion on health care that has focused primarily on the cost of such care and who should pay for it or try to control it.

73. Methodist to Close Fayette Hospital -

Methodist Fayette Hospital in Somerville is tentatively slated to close March 27, according to Methodist Healthcare executives who said Thursday, Jan. 8, they made the “difficult decision” because of several years of a declining inpatient volume.

74. Coca-Cola Cutting Up to 1,800 Jobs -

Coca-Cola says it will cut between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs in coming months to trim costs.

The world's biggest beverage maker says it began notifying workers in the U.S. and some international locations Thursday. It said job types are across all parts of its business and include about 500 cuts at its Atlanta headquarters.

75. Events -

2015 Memphis International Auto Show will be held Friday, Jan. 9, through Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. The show will feature hundreds of new models, hot rods and high-end luxury vehicles, as well as test drives and family fun. Visit memphis-autoshow.com for details and discounted tickets.

76. Sick Irony -

A SPECK OF CEREAL. Insure Tennessee reminds me of Lorne Greene, David Letterman and a can of Alpo.

You remember Lorne, don’t you? Dad on “Bonanza”? In an old commercial for Alpo, he made his ancient dog fetch a stick to get fed. As she struggled back with the stick in her gray jaws, Lorne suggested that her longevity was due to Alpo – dog food, he said, “without a speck of cereal.”

77. Sens. Corker, Alexander to Chair Committees -

Tennessee’s two Republican U.S. senators are committee chairmen in the Senate’s new GOP majority.

Junior Sen. Bob Corker was named chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday, Jan. 7.

78. Fashion Designers Spruce Up Smartwatches -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Smartwatches don't have to look ugly to be functional. Clothing and accessories designers are collaborating with engineers to produce computerized wristwatches that people will want to wear all day and night.

79. Haslam Calls Special Session on Medicaid -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has set Feb. 2 as the date for a special session of the Tennessee Legislature on his Medicaid expansion proposal.

The proclamation issued Thursday, Jan. 8, includes more details that legislators have been awaiting since Haslam announced the general terms of his proposal in December.

80. Survey: US Companies Stepped Up Hiring in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses ramped up hiring last month in the latest sign that the nation's economy is expanding despite worries about global growth that have sent financial markets tumbling.

81. UT Medical School Looking at Expansion -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The University of Tennessee Health Science Center says it is looking at expanding its program in Nashville.

The Tennessean reports UTHSC Chancellor Steve J. Schwab said in a statement that the institution, which is based in Memphis, is eyeing "a major construction project" that would bring allow it to attract more medical students to Middle Tennessee.

82. University of Memphis Awarded Grant for Nutrition Study -

Marie van der Merwe, assistant professor of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Memphis, has received a grant of nearly $400,000 from the Juice Plus Co. to direct a clinical trial evaluating the health benefits of a dried fruit and vegetable supplement.

83. City Council Delays Vote on Beale Tourism Authority -

At the first Memphis City Council meeting of 2015, council members delayed for two weeks a vote on a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to guide future development of the entertainment district through a nine-member appointed board.

84. Council Signals Return to Schools Funding Mediation -

It’s back to mediation Thursday, Jan. 8, in the six-year long schools funding deadlock between the city of Memphis and Shelby County Schools.

That was the next step several Memphis City Council members pointed to after more than an hour behind closed doors at City Hall Tuesday with their attorney as well as city Chief Administrative Officer George Little.

85. County Commissioners to Discuss Medicaid Expansion -

In their first committee sessions of 2015, Shelby County Commissioners will discuss Wednesday, Jan. 7, the impact the proposed Insure Tennessee program will have on Regional One Health, Memphis’ public hospital.

86. Batts Joins HealthChoice as Complex Care Manager -

Kenneth Batts has joined HealthChoice’s new Population Health team as complex care manager. In his new role, Batts will reach out to patients identified with complex medical needs to schedule home visits, where he’ll provide customized intervention and condition education, including goal setting, care coordination, and long-term support with the goal to achieve improvements in their health.

87. Deborah Tate Named Director of Tennessee Administrative Office of Courts -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court has appointed former Federal Communications Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate as director of the Administrative Office of the Courts.

88. Memphis Ambassadors Program Seeks Applicants -

The Memphis Ambassadors Program is accepting applications for new ambassadors for the 2015-2016 school year. The program, presented by the City of Memphis and Mayor A C Wharton Jr., is open to high school students (grades 9 to 12) who reside in one of the seven City Council districts.

89. The Preserve at Southwind Sells for $28 Million -

7991 Capilano Drive
Memphis, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $28 million

Sale Date: Dec. 22, 2014
Buyer: Southwind Apartments LP
Seller: G&I VII Preserve at Southwind Apartments LP
Loan Amount: $18 million
Loan Date: Dec. 18, 2014
Maturity Date: Oct. 31, 2020
Lender: Jackson National Life Insurance Co.
Details: A team that includes Memphis-based Foegelman Venture Partners has sold The Preserve at Southwind apartment community for $28 million.

90. FDA Drug Approvals Reached 18-Year High in 2014 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration approved 41 first-of-a-kind drugs in 2014, including a record number of medicines for rare diseases, pushing the agency's annual tally of drug approvals to its highest level in 18 years.

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92. Fast-Food Resolution: Transform Junk Food Image -

NEW YORK (AP) – Fast-food chains have a New Year's resolution: Drop the junk.

As people express distaste for food they think is overly processed, McDonald's, Taco Bell and other chains are trying to shed their reputation for serving reheated meals that are loaded with chemicals. That includes rethinking the use of artificial preservatives and other ingredients customers find objectionable.

93. US Construction Spending Slips 0.3 Percent in November -

A sharp slowdown in government-built schools and infrastructure caused U.S. construction spending to fall slightly in November.

The Commerce Department said Friday that construction spending slipped 0.3 percent in November, after having climbed an upwardly revised 1.2 percent in October and 0.6 percent in September.

94. Crosstown Developers File $80.5 Million Loan -

The Crosstown development team has secured an $80.5 million loan on the property.

Crosstown Building Owner LLC filed the loan with SunTrust Bank, according to a Dec. 30 deed of trust. McLean Wilson, the Crosstown development team’s co-leader, signed the trust deed.

95. Walgreen Completes Alliance Boots Deal -

Walgreen completed its purchase of European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots and on the final day of 2014, the combined company's stock will begin trading under the ticker symbol "WBA."

The nation's largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that shares long traded under the symbol "WAG," have been converted to the ticker symbol of the new company called Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. Walgreen is now a subsidiary.

96. Report: 4 Million Actively Enroll in Health Plans -

The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what the administration called "an encouraging start."

97. Crosstown Developers File $80.5 Million Loan -

The Crosstown development team has secured an $80.5 million loan on the property.

Crosstown Building Owner LLC filed the loan with SunTrust Bank, according to a Dec. 30 deed of trust. McLean Wilson, the Crosstown development team’s co-leader, signed the trust deed.

98. Loeb Acquires Newby’s Restaurant Space -

Memphis-based Loeb Properties has acquired one of the most venerable locations on the Highland strip.

Loeb purchased the long-time home of club and restaurant Newby’s at 535 and 539 Highland St. from Paragon Bank. A purchase price was not disclosed Friday, Jan. 2.

99. New Laws OK Wine Shipments, Ban Tiger Selfies -

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – New state laws taking effect Thursday give livestock in California more living room, approve direct-to-consumer wine shipments in Massachusetts and levy the ultimate punishment on wannabe teen drivers in Nevada by denying them licenses if they skip too much school.

100. Poll: Americans Support Menu Labeling -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than half of Americans say they already have enough information at restaurants to decide whether they are making a healthy purchase. But they want even more.

According to an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted in December, most Americans favor labeling calories on menus in fast food and sit-down restaurants. Most favor labels for prepared foods in the grocery store, too.