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1. 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.

2. US Trade Deficit Drops to $44.4 Billion in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit fell in May as U.S. exports hit an all-time high, helped by a jump in exports of petroleum products. Imports dipped slightly.

The trade deficit narrowed 5.6 percent in May to $44.4 billion after hitting a two-year high of $47 billion in April, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

3. How to Get Unstuck From a Rut -

Perspective is everything. In life and work life this adage proves true time and time again.

If you can see opportunity without preset lenses, you are more prone to make advantageous use of this gift. If you harness the skill to zoom out and zoom in, you see your business in many different settings, in different categories and segments, and serving different customers. We, at the Studio, cannot empathize the power of fresh thinking and a cached perspective.

4. Slowing Chinese Economy Likely to Pinch US, Too -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After watching China narrow the U.S. lead as the world's largest economy, Americans might be tempted to cheer signs that the Chinese economy might be stumbling.

Any schadenfreude would be short-sighted.

5. Iraqi Trade Delegation Visits Memphis -

An Iraqi trade delegation in Memphis this week got a look at the FedEx Memphis SuperHub and met with the local Iraqi community.

Naufel Alhassan, commercial counselor for Iraq’s U.S. embassy, also met Monday, April 21, with leaders of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

6. US Trade Deficit Hits $42.3 Billion in February -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit climbed to the highest level in five months in February as demand for American exports fell while imports increased slightly.

The deficit increased to $42.3 billion, which was 7.7 percent above the January imbalance of $39.3 billion, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

7. US Trade Deficit Rose To $39.1 Billion in January -

The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in January as a rise in imports of oil and other foreign goods offset a solid increase in exports.

The trade deficit increased to $39.1 billion, up 0.3 percent from December’s revised $39 billion deficit, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

8. US Trade Deficit Rose To $39.1 Billion in January -

The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in January as a rise in imports of oil and other foreign goods offset a solid increase in exports.

The trade deficit increased to $39.1 billion, up 0.3 percent from December’s revised $39 billion deficit, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

9. Retailers of All Stripes Sing Holiday Blues -

NEW YORK (AP) – Several major retailers slashed their fiscal fourth-quarter profit forecasts this week in the latest sign that Americans didn't spend briskly during the holiday shopping season.

10. US: Oil Output to Near Record; Prices Stay Tame -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Energy Department says the nation's energy picture is getting ever rosier. Production is rising, consumption is slowing, and prices are expected to remain in check.

11. US Trade Deficit Drops to $40.6 Billion in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit fell in October, helped by America's energy boom that lifted overall exports to an all-time high.

The trade gap narrowed to $40.6 billion in October, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That's 5.4 percent lower than the September gap of $43 billion, which was higher than initially estimated.

12. US Trade Deficit Widens 8 Percent in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit widened in September as imports increased to the highest level in 10 months while exports slipped. The wider gap suggests growth was somewhat slower over the summer than previously estimated.

13. FDA Enlists Companies to Head Off Drug Shortages -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration announced a new proposal Thursday to try and head off more shortages of crucial medications that have disrupted care at hospitals and clinics nationwide.

14. FDA Enlists Companies to Head Off Drug Shortages -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration announced a new proposal Thursday to try and head off more shortages of crucial medications that have disrupted care at hospitals and clinics nationwide.

15. FDA Enlists Companies to Head Off Drug Shortages -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration announced a new proposal Thursday to try and head off more shortages of crucial medications that have disrupted care at hospitals and clinics nationwide.

16. FDA Enlists Companies to Head Off Drug Shortages -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration announced a new proposal Thursday to try and head off more shortages of crucial medications that have disrupted care at hospitals and clinics nationwide.

17. FDA Enlists Companies to Head Off Drug Shortages -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration announced a new proposal Thursday to try and head off more shortages of crucial medications that have disrupted care at hospitals and clinics nationwide.

18. FDA Enlists Companies to Head Off Drug Shortages -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration announced a new proposal Thursday to try and head off more shortages of crucial medications that have disrupted care at hospitals and clinics nationwide.

19. FDA Enlists Companies to Head Off Drug Shortages -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration announced a new proposal Thursday to try and head off more shortages of crucial medications that have disrupted care at hospitals and clinics nationwide.

20. Buying Yellen -

President Obama recently made it official that Janet Yellen will succeed Ben Bernanke as the head of the Federal Reserve. Janet has spent much of her career as a dedicated and vocal advocate for the unemployed. With participation rates low, and the unemployment rate high, the markets anticipate that Janet will continue, if not augment, Ben Bernanke’s expansionary monetary policies. A renewed enthusiasm for monetary stimulus has had observable market impact.

21. Henry Named Sales Manager at Mercedes-Benz of Collierville -

Edgar L. Henry II has been named sales manager for Mercedes-Benz of Collierville, scheduled to open next spring. In his new role, Henry will manage the sales of all new and pre-owned cars sold at the dealership.

22. US Trade Deficit Widens to $39.1 Billion in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit widened in July from a four-year low in June. American consumers bought more foreign cars and other imported goods, while U.S. companies exported fewer long-lasting manufactured goods.

23. US Economy Grew at 2.5 Percent Rate in Spring -

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate from April through June, much faster than previously estimated. The steep revision was largely because U.S. companies exported more goods and imports declined.

24. US Economy Grew at 2.5 Percent Rate in Spring -

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate from April through June, much faster than previously estimated. The steep revision was largely because U.S. companies exported more goods and imports declined.

25. The New One Thing -

Now that earnings season has essentially ended, the stock market needs a new muse. The next earnings season begins in early October. In between, analysts will tweak models and revise forecasts, but real data releases overpower estimate releases. In mid-September, the Fed will either reduce bond purchases or buy more time. President Obama will choose between the over-politicized Larry Summers, the over-dovish Janet Yellen or the over-qualified Don Kohn to succeed Ben Bernanke as the next Fed head. We will also soon revisit Washington’s favorite debate over the debt ceiling.

26. Trade Commission Bans Imports of Some Samsung Products -

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple won a partial victory in its long-running patent dispute with Samsung on Friday when a federal administrative panel found Samsung in violation of two Apple patents and blocked imports of some Samsung devices.

27. Smaller US Trade Gap Could Lift Second-Quarter Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A sharp decline in the trade deficit with other nations suggests the U.S. economy grew this spring at a faster pace than previously estimated, helped by a record level of exports.

28. US Economy Grew at Sluggish 1.7 Percent Pace in Second Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew from April through June at an annual rate of 1.7 percent – a sluggish pace but stronger than in the previous quarter. Businesses spent more, and the federal government cut less, offsetting weaker spending by consumers.

29. Canada Threatens Tariffs Against US Products -

TORONTO (AP) – Canada warned Friday that it may impose tariffs on everything from orange juice to bread if the United States doesn't change a meat-labeling policy that Canadian beef and pork industries say is costing them more than CA$1 billion (US$979 million) a year.

30. US Trade Deficit Up 8.5 Percent to $40.3 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit widened in April, as demand for foreign cars, cell phones and other imported goods outpaced growth in U.S. exports.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the trade gap rose 8.5 percent in April from March to $40.3 billion.

31. US Trade Deficit Falls to $38.8 Billion in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in March for a second month as the daily flow of imported crude oil dropped to the lowest level in 17 years. The deficit with China hit a three-year low.

32. US Trade Deficit Narrows to $43 Billion in February -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly narrowed in February as exports climbed close to an all-time high and the volume of imported crude oil fell to the lowest level in 17 years.

33. Breweries Launch 'High Tax Ale' to Urge Change -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A special joint offering from Tennessee craft brewers Yazoo and Calfkiller features an unusual sales pitch to beer aficionados: "Now With Even More Taxes!"

The new product going on sale this week is the latest effort among brewers to draw attention to Tennessee's highest-in-the-nation tax scheme for beer, which high-end brewers argue disproportionately affects their ability to compete.

34. Corona-Bud Revise Deal to Appease Regulators -

NEW YORK (AP) – Anheuser-Busch InBev changed the terms of its proposed $20.1 billion acquisition of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo Thursday in an attempt to push through a deal that federal regulators say will kill competition.

35. US Fourth-Quarter Growth Stronger on Export Gains -

The U.S. trade deficit narrowed sharply in December because exports rose while oil imports plummeted. The smaller trade gap means the economy almost surely grew in the October-December quarter – an improvement from the government’s estimate last week that it shrank in the final months of 2012.

36. Expert: Memphis Has Big Story to Tell -

Memphis area commercial real estate brokers were not only brought up to speed on the latest numbers and trends Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Property Forecast Summit – they were also briefed on how to tweak their marketing strategy to recruit business by a former executive with the Federal Reserve.

37. Work Under Way at Cordova Safety Products -

FTN Financial Capital Markets, a divisioRenovation plans are moving forward for Memphis-based Cordova Safety Products’ new digs at 4025 Viscount Ave.

38. Work Under Way at Cordova Safety Products -

Renovation plans are moving forward for Memphis-based Cordova Safety Products’ new digs at 4025 Viscount Ave.

39. US Challenges Deal to Merge Budweiser and Corona -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop Anheuser-Busch InBev's proposed $20.1 billion purchase of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo, which would unite the ownership of popular beers like Budweiser and Corona.

40. US Trade Gap Grows to $48.7 Billion as Imports Surge -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit expanded in November to its widest point in seven months, driven by a surge in imports that outpaced only modest growth in exports.

The Commerce Department report Friday suggests trade will drag on economic growth in the October-December quarter. A wider trade gap slows growth because it means Americans spent more on foreign products while U.S. businesses earned less in overseas sales.

41. Survey Shows China's Manufacturing Improving -

BEIJING (AP) – China's manufacturing activity rose to a 14-month high in December, adding to signs the world's second-largest economy is recovering, but export orders weakened, a survey showed Friday.

42. Exxon: US Energy Revival has Staying Power -

NEW YORK (AP) – Exxon says the energy renaissance in the U.S. will continue and predicts that North America will become a net exporter of oil and natural gas by the middle of the next decade.

43. Oil Ends Lower on Economy Concerns -

NEW YORK (AP) — Benchmark U.S. crude gave up some early gains Monday on a surprise expansion of German exports and signs of increased oil consumption in China to finish lower. Concerns about the so-called fiscal cliff in the U.S. continued to dog traders and investors.

44. Blu Logistics Rebrands, Grows Memphis Presence -

Blu Logistics has made its move into Memphis and hopes to fill a niche in the local logistics market.

The company opened a Downtown office in early September and adopted a new brand image in mid-November.

45. Oil Inches Up to $86 as Storm Pounds US Coast -

The price of oil recovered slightly Tuesday, rising to above $86 a barrel, even as a massive storm was pounding the heavily populated U.S. East Coast, reducing demand for fuel by keeping drivers off roads, closing businesses and silencing activity in New York City and other metropolitan areas.

46. Oil Rises as Massive Storm Aims for East Coast -

The price of oil rose slightly Friday as data showed the U.S. economy is muddling along and the East Coast prepares for a potentially damaging storm.

Benchmark oil rose 23 cents to end at $86.28 per barrel Friday.

47. US may Soon Become World's Top Oil Producer -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer.

Driven by high prices and new drilling methods, U.S. production of crude and other liquid hydrocarbons is on track to rise 7 percent this year to an average of 10.9 million barrels per day. This will be the fourth straight year of crude increases and the biggest single-year gain since 1951.

48. Nucor’s Third-Quarter Profit Falls 39 Percent -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Nucor Corp.'s third-quarter net income plunged 39 percent on lower sales and prices as demand for steel fell in the sluggish global economy.

49. US Trade Deficit Rose to $44.2 Billion in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit widened in August from July because exports fell to the lowest level in six months. The wider deficit likely dragged on already-weak economic growth.

50. Nucor Corp. Lowers Earnings Estimate -

Nucor Corp., which has a steel plant in Memphis, announced Tuesday, Sept. 18, it is lowering its third quarter earnings to 35 cents per diluted share from earnings a year ago of 57 cents per diluted share.

51. Nucor Lowers Earnings Guidance -

Nucor Corporation, which has a steel plant in Memphis, announced Tuesday, Sept. 18, that it is lowering its third quarter earnings to 35 cents per diluted share from earnings a year ago of 57 cents per diluted share.

52. Oil Prices Fall on Sour Economic News From China -

NEW YORK (AP) – The price of oil fell slightly Monday after an unexpectedly weak economic report from China and warnings of a further slowdown.

But the hope of stimulus action by the Federal Reserve on Thursday served as a safety net, preventing the price from falling further.

53. Growth Streak -

Andrew Holliday and Daniel Brown, the founding partners of Memphis-based branding and marketing firm Harvest Creative, used to joke about one day making the Inc. 500|5000, the list published each year by Inc. Magazine that honors the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.

54. Mallory’s Career Prepares Him for Logistics Council -

When W. Neely Mallory III learned in late July that he had been appointed chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Regional Logistics Council, he was honored to assume that leadership role, he said.

55. Study: Chinese Imports Cost 96,300 Jobs in Mid-South Since 2001 -

A new report from a liberal think tank says Chinese imports caused the loss of 2.7 million jobs in the United States, including 96,300 in the Mid-South, since the industrializing nation joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

56. US Trade Deficit Falls to Lowest in 18 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit fell to its lowest level in 18 months in June, pushed down by a steep drop in oil imports and a rise in exports.

The trade gap narrowed to $42.9 billion in June, down from $48 billion in May, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

57. US Economic Outlook Brightens on Jobs, Trade Data -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The outlook for the U.S. economy brightened a little Thursday after new data pointed to improvement in hiring and greater exports.

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits last week fell by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 361,000, the Labor Department said. Economists noted that the level suggests the modest job creation in July could carry over into August.

58. Gibson Guitar Deal a Contrast With Earlier Stance -

The deal Gibson Guitar Corp. and federal prosecutors said they reached this week to drop a criminal case against the Tennessee-based guitar maker represents a sharp reversal from the combative stance Gibson took publicly last year.

59. Gibson Guitar Acknowledges Exotic Wood Violation -

Federal prosecutors say a deal has been reached to drop the criminal case against Gibson Guitar Corp. after the instrument maker acknowledged its exotic wood imports violated environmental laws.

60. House Committee Approves Normal Trade With Russia -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A House committee on Thursday approved legislation to end Cold War restrictions and normalize trade with Russia as U.S. business groups pressed for quick congressional action.

61. Nucor Shares Hammered After Q2 Earnings Drop -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nucor Corp. said Thursday that its net income slid 63 percent in the second quarter, dragged down by a joint-venture charge and expense connected to an acquisition.

62. US Trade Deficit Falls in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in May from April, helped by cheaper oil that lowered imports and an increase in American exports to Europe and China.

But economists cautioned that the global economy has weakened since then. And they noted that the decline in the deficit wasn’t enough to alter their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter.

63. Oil Price Climbs as Norwegian Strike Looms -

The price of oil climbed nearly 2 percent Monday, July 9, as Norway prepares for a shutdown of its North Sea crude production.

Norway’s oil industry, which produces more than 3.8 million barrels of oil and natural gas per day, says platforms were set to switch off after 5 p.m. CDT Monday due to a strike by offshore oil workers over retirement benefits. The government still may intervene to keep oil and gas flowing.

64. Oil Falls on Concerns About Europe -

The price of oil declined Monday as Spain’s banking crisis added to concerns about the troubled European economy.

Tropical Storm Debby also appeared to be shifting away from the heart of America’s oil production in the Gulf of Mexico, reducing the chances for a sustained disruption in U.S. supplies.

65. Nucor Says Steel Imports Cause of Lower Profits -

Nucor Corp. executives lowered the steel company’s expected second-quarter profit results Wednesday, June 13, citing the impact of steel imports on the domestic market.

66. US Trade Deficit Narrowed to $50.1 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit shrank in April, but only because a big drop in imports offset the first decline in U.S. exports in five months.

The Commerce Department said Friday that the trade deficit narrowed 4.9 percent in April to $50.1 billion.

67. Export Growth Earns Mallory ‘E’ Star Award -

Mallory Alexander International Logistics has capped eight years of successive export growth with the President’s “E” Star award to go with the Presidential "E" award the company earned in 2006

68. Expect Lower Gas Prices Heading Into Memorial Day -

If you're lucky enough to live in some parts of the United States, you may see gas pump prices fall to around $3.25 a gallon or less in the next week or two. Even West Coast drivers should get some relief from prices that are still above $4 a gallon.

69. US Trade Gap Widens at Fastest Pace in 10 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit rose in March at the fastest rate in 10 months. A rise in consumer goods lifted imports to a record level, outpacing a solid gain in U.S. exports.

70. Global Connections -

Although the Memphis in May International Festival is widely known for its Beale Street Music Festival and World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the festival’s focus on developing international economic trade and fostering Memphis companies’ global business relationships remains central to its mission.

71. Rise in US Exports Brightens Outlook for Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The outlook for U.S. economic growth is looking slightly better.

American businesses sold a record number of goods and services in Europe, China and other foreign markets in February, while imports declined.

72. Nucor Says Supply, Prices to Hurt Q1 Earnings -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Steel maker Nucor Corp. predicted Thursday that its first-quarter earnings will fall short of last year's as prices have deteriorated since January with more inventory in the marketplace from domestic mills and imports.

73. Former Cleo Site Sells For $2.6M -

A Memphis-based buyer has bought more than 1 million square feet formerly occupied by Cleo Inc. gift-wrapping company in Airport Industrial Park Section A for less than two-thirds of the listing price.

74. US Trade Deficit Rises to $124.1B -

A slight drop in exports and a rise in imports widened the broadest measure of the U.S. trade deficit at the end of last year. The increase pushed the gap to its widest point in three years.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday, March 14, that the current account trade deficit increased 15.3 percent in the October-December quarter, to $124.1 billion.

75. US Trade Deficit Grew to 3-Year High in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit surged in January to the widest imbalance in more than three years after imports grew faster than exports.

Rising oil prices helped drive imports to a record high, as did stronger demand for foreign-made cars, computers and food products.

76. Benz Repair Shop to Open On Cooper St. -

A high-end automobile maintenance and repair shop soon will be added to Cooper-Young’s booming portfolio of local businesses.

Shane Herbers, founder of Midtown Motor Werks, has leased 5,000 square feet at 795 S. Cooper St. from Richard Sullivan.

77. Obama Call for Manufacturing Revival a Tough Goal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is making a strong election-year push for an economic revival "built on American manufacturing." But he faces an uphill slog, with little consensus even within his own party on how to do it.

78. Trade Deficit Widens to $48.8 Billion in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Monthly U.S. exports to Europe grew in December, a hopeful sign after a steep decline the previous month. But, some economists remain concerned that the region's debt crisis will still weigh on the U.S. economy this year.

79. US Service Industry Growth Surges in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service companies grew at the fastest pace in 11 months in January as companies started hiring to keep up with rising demand.

The Institute for Supply Management said Friday that its index of non-manufacturing activity jumped to 56.8 percent in January from 53 percent in December. The survey's employment index soared to its highest level since February 2006. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.

80. Rising Factory Output Gives Economy a Lift -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factories are roaring back from the depths of the recession, cranking out more machinery, vehicles and energy.

Factory production has surged 15 percent above its lows of 2½ years ago and is helping drive the economy's recovery.

81. US Service Companies Grew at Faster Pace in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service companies grew at a faster pace in December, helped by an economy that gained strength in the final months of the year.

An increase in new orders and stronger imports drove the modest expansion in a sector that employs roughly 90 percent of the work force. But a gauge of hiring showed many service firms were hesitant to add workers.

82. In a First, Gas and Other Fuels are Top US Export -

NEW YORK (AP) – For the first time, the top export of the United States, the world's biggest gas guzzler, is – wait for it – fuel.

Measured in dollars, the nation is on pace this year to ship more gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel than any other single export, according to U.S. Census data going back to 1990. It will also be the first year in more than 60 that America has been a net exporter of these fuels.

83. Natural Gas Fueling Plans May Spur Vehicle Growth -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The United States has record supplies of natural gas and plenty of reasons to promote natural-gas powered cars, but so consumers, manufacturers and fuel suppliers haven't shown much interest.

84. Trade Deficit Shrinks for Fourth Month -

The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in October to its lowest point of the year after Americans bought fewer foreign cars and imported less oil.

The shrinking trade gap boosted growth over the summer and may do so again in the final three months of the year.

85. Unemployment Aid Hits 7-Month Low, Trade Gap Falls -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The outlook for American jobs and trade looked a little brighter Thursday, despite growing uncertainty overseas.

The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week fell to a seasonally adjusted 390,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the fewest since April.

86. Trade Gap Slips to $45.6 Billion in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit narrowed slightly in August because imports fell a little more than exports. The trade gap with China hit a record high for a single month.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that the deficit dipped to $45.61 billion in August, the lowest gap in four months. The July deficit was revised upward to $45.63 billion.

87. Leadership Academy Announces Graduates -

The Leadership Academy has announced its September 2011 Fellows Program graduates.

They are Mary Elizabeth Anthony of Smith & Nephew; Gene Baker of Smith & Nephew; TaKeisha Butler of Smith & Nephew; Brenda Caldwell of Dr. B Empowerment Services; Donnell Cobbins Jr. of Universal Commercial Real Estate LLC; Jonathan Cross II of Jonathan Cross Venture & Holdings Corp.; Reggie F. Davis of Street Ministries; Shenenka Davis of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis; Jeb Fields of Commercial Advisors; Jonathan Flynt of Bryce Corp.; Lori Guy of First Horizon National Corp.; Channa Halmon of Le Bonheur Center for Children and Parents; Ursala Holmes of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC; Shannon Izquierdo of FedEx Corp.; Jared Johnson of Pier 1 Imports; Ken Kimble III of Boy Scouts of America – Chickasaw Council; Joy Lockridge of Spherion Staffing Services; Nathan Martin of the University of Memphis; Shawn McCutcheon of Regions Bank; Katie Midgley of the Urban Child Institute; Tanner Mueller of First Tennessee Bank; Bettina Kurtz Pearson of First Tennessee Bank; Robin Poston of the University of Memphis; Kerra Saine of First Tennessee Bank; Joy Stephens of Joy Factor Consulting; Colby Stough of Youth Villages; Carrie Strehlau of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Marvin Todd of FedEx Corp.; Brittney Rogers of Duncan-Williams Inc.; Lindsey Waugh of Medtronic Inc.; Carsett Webber of Wright Medical Technology; Josh White of MAA (formerly Mid-America Apartment Communities); and McLean Wilson of Kemmons Wilson Cos.

88. Seeing Success -

On the surface, they don’t have much in common other than their home turf. They include everything from a venerable law firm, prominent regional investment companies, tech firms and even a business that manufactures food products like hot dogs and sandwich meats.

89. Obama Defends Solyndra Loan, Says Solar Viable -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama said Thursday the U.S. must not surrender development of clean energy to China and other countries, despite the spectacular failure of a solar-panel manufacturer that filed for bankruptcy after taking a half-billion dollar government loan.

90. Nucor Projects Lower-Than-Expected Q3 Profit -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Nucor Corp. on Thursday projected a third-quarter profit below average Wall Street predictions, citing lower steel prices and metal margins.

91. US Trade Deficit Narrowed to $44.8 Billion in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A record level of exports and a drop in oil prices narrowed the U.S. trade deficit in July to its lowest point in three months. The jump in exports could give the economy a lift at time when it is at risk of another recession.

92. Oil Industry: Boost in Energy Could Create 1M Jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Government policies to increase domestic energy production could create up to a million jobs over the next seven years, the oil industry said in a report issued a day before President Barack Obama delivers a major speech on jobs.

93. US Trade Deficit Widens in June to $53.1 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American producers sold fewer industrial engines, electric generators and farm products to the rest of the world in June, pushing the trade deficit to the highest level since 2008 and dealing another blow to an already struggling economy.

94. Non-Residential Fixed Investment Rises 6.3 Pct. -

While the nation’s economy is still showing signs of weakness, nonresidential fixed investment increased 6.3 percent in the second quarter of this year, following a revised 2.1 percent increase in the first quarter, according to the Friday, July 29, Gross Domestic Product report by the U.S. Commerce Department.

95. Nucor Corp.'s Q2 Profit More Than Doubles -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Steel manufacturer Nucor Corp. said Thursday that its second-quarter earnings jumped as a 22 percent increase in sales helped offset higher costs. But it cautioned that stiffer competition could affect its third-quarter performance.

96. Drop in Gas Prices Lowered Inflation in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumer prices fell last month for the first time in a year because of a steep drop in gas costs. But Americans paid more for autos, clothes and hotel stays, driving prices outside of volatile food and energy costs up.

97. Oil Imports Drove May Trade Deficit to $50.2B -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit surged in May to the highest level in more than two and a half years, driven wider by a big increase in oil imports and a decline in exports.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the deficit increased 15.1 percent to $50.2 billion in May. That's the largest imbalance since October 2008.

98. Farmers, Ethanol Makers Likely OK With No Subsidy -

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – The likely end of a $5 billion-a-year federal subsidy that helped build the ethanol industry will likely mean two things, experts who have followed its development say.

99. FDA Plan Aims to Increase Import Safety -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. food and drug regulators would share more information with their foreign counterparts as part of a multifaceted strategy to police the safety of millions of imported goods.

100. Current Account Deficit Increases in First Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans bought more expensive foreign oil in the first three months of the year, increasing the deficit in the broadest measure of foreign trade.

The deficit in the current account increased 6.3 percent to $119.3 billion in the January-to-March period, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The increase reflected a big spike in global oil prices that sent petroleum imports surging. The increase in imports offset strong sales by American companies of autos, computers and heavy machinery in foreign markets.