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1. The Business Case for Investing in Green Space -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays through April in honor of Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County.

During 2013 the Greater Memphis Chamber formed the Chairman’s Circle, a group of over 100 Memphis business leaders organized to push for action on key issues to accelerate the regional economy. Early in the life of the organization we created “moon missions,” which are coordinated efforts to truly transform our community.

2. Milestone Year -

The day after First Tennessee Bank celebrated its 150th birthday a few weeks ago by shooting fireworks over its Downtown Memphis headquarters, with executives and bank stakeholders mingling on a nearby hotel rooftop, the bank’s chairman, president and CEO looked back with pride at his bank’s long history.

3. Growing Demand for US Apartments Pushing Up Rents -

These are good times for U.S. landlords. For many tenants, not so much.

With demand for apartments surging, rents are projected to rise for a fifth straight year. Even a pickup in apartment construction is unlikely to provide much relief anytime soon.

4. Report Says Blacks, Latinos Losing Economic Ground -

WASHINGTON (AP) – African-Americans and Latinos are losing economic ground when compared with whites in the areas of employment and income as the United States pulls itself out of the Great Recession, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says.

5. Dishcrawl Memphis Cooks Up Busy Schedule -

Like the diners who flock to its ever-expanding menu of opportunities to enjoy the culinary best of Memphis, Dishcrawl Memphis has a full plate in front of it.

On the heels of selling out a “Secret Supper” and three Dishcrawl events already this year, April will see Dishcrawl host its “Secret Supper 3.0” on April 1, followed by a “Best of the Bars” crawl on April 9. The secret supper event will take place at a location in East Memphis that hasn’t been disclosed yet, and the bar crawl will focus on a selection of pub food found in some of the bars Downtown.

6. Flood Insurance Policies Face Hike in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For many Tennessee property owners in flood-prone areas, a move by Congress to soften steep increases to subsidized insurance policies may come as little comfort.

7. Backlog Backlash -

The first thing Veronica Coleman-Davis wanted to do was take a look at where thousands of untested rape kits had been stored over the last 30 years.

The former U.S. attorney is investigating how the backlog came to be. It’s an effort that, until her appointment in February by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., had been pointed at clearing the backlog with no answers from any of the players in the criminal justice system about how the backlog happened in the first place.

8. City, Arena Prepare for Tourney Spotlights -

It’s an audition. That’s the simplest way to explain Memphis serving as host for the inaugural American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament March 12-15 at FedExForum.

The city would love a callback and eventually to become the new conference’s permanent, or at least predominate, tournament home. And AAC officials perhaps made a calculated decision to hold the first league tournament here.

9. First Tennessee Celebrates 150th Anniversary -

First Tennessee Bank is using Abraham Lincoln’s famed top hat as a symbol of the milestone the venerable financial institution is celebrating this year.

10. New Women’s Business Group Grows In Memphis -

A new business group for professional women and business owners has launched in Memphis and is meeting at Napa Cafe next week to hear a veteran sales strategy consultant talk about authenticity in the digital world.

11. I Choose Memphis: Bradley James Leon -

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

Name: Bradley James Leon

12. Rape Kit Backlog Plan Outlined -

As Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced Wednesday, Feb. 12, that the city would have help from a national nonprofit on the Memphis Police Department’s backlog of 12,000 rape kits, criticism was growing of the problems in the local criminal justice system that led to the backlog.

13. More Foodie Fun -

The leadership of Memphis’ Dishcrawl events has put together a growing list of events, surprises, gatherings and more for 2014 that should whet the appetite of the city’s foodie community.

14. Heritage Trail Financing Plans Change -

The city of Memphis is making changes in its plans to finance two housing developments that are part of the broader Heritage Trail plan for redevelopment of the area south of FedExForum and into South Memphis.

15. Wage Hike for Federal Contract Workers Limited -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's plan to raise the minimum wage for federally contracted workers is winning praise from unions and labor activists, but it could take a year or more before any hikes take place and the impact may not be as widespread as some advocates had hoped.

16. Events -

The Daily News and In-Synk will host a Leadership Lunch and Learn discussing Marcus Buckingham’s book “The One Thing You Need to Know” Friday, Jan. 17, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Triumph Bank boardroom, 5699 Poplar Ave. Tickets are $20. Visit lnltheonething.eventbrite.com.

17. Bowling for Who-Knows-What -

On the day after Christmas, 1958, I turned 7. The next day, Ole Miss played Florida in the Gator Bowl. The only other bowl games then were Sugar, Orange, Rose, and Cotton – all played on New Year’s Day – plus Sun, Tangerine, and Bluegrass, played earlier. Eight in all.

18. US Home Price Gains Slow in October From September -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices rose in October from the previous year at the fastest pace in almost eight years. But price gains slowed in most U.S. cities from September to October, suggesting the increases are leveling off.

19. The Year That Was -

2013 brought plenty of unique and out-of-the-ordinary moments, as well as the launch of new events, businesses and civic ventures that collectively made the Memphis experience richer.

Much of it was covered in these pages, including in recent days a U.S. Supreme Court justice eliciting chuckles from and sharing his constitutional philosophy with an audience of Memphis lawyers.

20. Failed Education Bills to Return in New Session -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Proponents of revamping education laws in Tennessee cite a recent report that ranked the state's students tops in the nation in academic improvement as proof that recent reforms are working and more should be considered.

21. Location is Key for Success of Downtown’s New York Pizza -

As businesses expand and contract, corporations find homes in faraway cities and new technology means that law offices don’t have to adhere to the convenience of proximity the courthouse affords, so goes the Downtown workforce.

22. Cox Departs Airport Authority as Southwest Adds Flight -

Longtime Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority President and CEO Larry Cox celebrated his final board meeting before retirement with the announcement that Southwest Airlines is adding a flight next summer.

23. Fast-Food Protests Return Amid Push for Wage Hikes -

NEW YORK (AP) – Fast-food workers and labor organizers are marching, waving signs and chanting in cities across the country Thursday amid a push for higher wages.

Organizers say employees planned to forgo work in 100 cities, with rallies set for another 100 cities. But it's not clear what the actual turnout has been or how many of the participants are workers. By afternoon, disruptions seemed minimal or temporary at the targeted restaurants.

24. Memphis Receives Grant To Increase College Grads -

Memphis is among 20 U.S. communities chosen as the first partners in a national initiative aimed at increasing the ranks of college graduates.

The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation on Wednesday promised as much as $200,000 to the communities over three years. The foundation’s goal is to raise the percentage of Americans with college degrees from 38 percent to 60 percent by 2025.

25. Urban Planner Whitehead Drawn to City Lights -

As planning director for the Memphis & Shelby County Office of Planning and Development, Josh Whitehead wears the hat of a mediator – a facilitator of wishes among government, private business, developers and citizens.

26. Memphis Receives Grant to Increase College Grads -

Memphis is among 20 U.S. communities chosen as the first partners in a national initiative aimed at increasing the ranks of college graduates.

The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation on Wednesday promised as much as $200,000 to the communities over three years. The foundation's goal is to raise the percentage of Americans with college degrees from 38 percent to 60 percent by 2025.

27. US Home Prices Rise Just 0.2 Percent in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A measure of U.S. home prices rose only modestly in October, adding to signs that prices have stabilized after experiencing big gains earlier this year

Real estate data provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that prices increased 0.2 percent in October from September. That's up from a 0.1 percent gain in September. But it is down sharply from a 0.9 percent increase in August.

28. Commission Debates Pay for County Offices -

Shelby County Commissioners appear to have another deadlock similar to the one that spilled over from 2011 into 2012 on drawing new district lines for the 13-member body.

This time the issue is what to pay those holding six countywide elected offices once all of the votes are counted next August in the county general elections.

29. Lawmakers Urge Bidding for Gates in Airline Merger -

Four key members of Congress say that all airlines – not just low-fare carriers – should be able to bid on gates and landing rights that American Airlines and US Airways will give up after their merger.

30. Lawmakers Urge Bidding for Gates in Airline Merger -

Four key members of Congress say that all airlines – not just low-fare carriers – should be able to bid on gates and landing rights that American Airlines and US Airways will give up after their merger.

31. November 22-28: This week in Memphis history -

2012: U.S. District Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays ruled the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County had to stop their movement toward suburban school districts, voiding the moves they had made to date toward the goal.

32. Government to Require Seat Belts on Large Buses -

WASHINGTON (AP) – New tour buses and buses that provide service between cities must be equipped with seat belts starting in late 2016 under a federal rule issued Wednesday, a safety measure sought by accident investigators for nearly a half century.

33. Lead Local -

The T-shirt is plain and black with a simple logo that reads “Eat Local,” and if you see someone wearing it, the chances are pretty good they work at a locally owned restaurant.

In recent years there has been a “Buy Local” campaign among some business leaders that’s been hard to miss. Less conspicuous but still easy to find is evidence of perhaps a more influential trend – how the city is moving toward what might be called a “Lead Local” preference based on some recent changes in leadership of some of the city’s most important institutions.

34. Airline Merger Could Bring Changes to Memphis Airport -

Delta Air Lines considers itself a “low-cost carrier” that should be able to apply for the slots and gates US Airways Group Inc. and American Airlines are giving up as part of their merger settlement agreement with the U.S. Justice Department.

35. How American-US Airways Deal Impacts Competitors -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it would let the merger of American Airlines and US Airways proceed after the two carriers agreed to give up landing and takeoff slots and gates at key airports, notably Washington's Reagan National and New York's LaGuardia. With the agreement, the government hopes to increase access to the nation's busiest airports for low-cost airlines and to maintain flights to smaller cities.

36. Government Reaches Agreement to Allow Airline Merger -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department says it has reached an agreement to allow American Airlines and US Airways to merge, creating the world's biggest airline.

The agreement requires the airlines to scale back the size of the merger at Washington's Reagan National Airport and in other big cities.

37. Agreement Keeps Merged Airline at 5 Tennessee Airports -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's top five airports will continue to be served by a merged US Airways and American Airlines for the next five years under an agreement with the state.

The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday announced it reached an agreement to allow the two entities to become the world's largest airline after agreeing to scale back its presence at Reagan National Airport in Washington and in other big cities.

38. Retiring Moore ‘Transformed’ Chamber -

When John W. Moore took the reins of the Greater Memphis Chamber in 2005, the organization was at the end of its latest economic development campaign and financial resources were strained.

“We were in incredible financial distress when I took over,” Moore said. “We weren’t even going to make the next payroll and it was really scary, but the chamber now is on great financial footing thanks to the hard work of a great team.”

39. Leadership Memphis Boosting School Success -

It is often said that good leaders inspire others to have confidence in their leadership. Great leaders inspire others to have confidence in themselves. This is exactly what the great leaders who have been a part of Leadership Memphis for the past thirty-five years have done; encourage the greatness in the emerging leadership in Memphis.

40. Comptroller Letter Emphasizes Pension Decisions To Come -

If anyone at City Hall has any illusions that the state of Tennessee is no longer concerned about city government’s unfunded pension liability, Tennessee Comptroller Justin P. Wilson cleared up that point earlier this month with a letter to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. that was released Tuesday, Oct. 15.

41. St. Jude Selects Kun as Clinical Director -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has appointed senior physician and internationally recognized radiation oncologist Dr. Larry Kun as its new clinical director and executive vice president.

Kun has served as chair of the St. Jude Department of Radiological Sciences and will remain in that position.

42. US Bank Accused of Housing Discrimination in Memphis -

A fair housing organization is accusing a second major bank of discriminating against minority neighborhoods and property owners in Memphis for the way it handled bank-owned properties.

The National Fair Housing Alliance on Tuesday, Oct. 15, amended a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, alleging U.S. Bank failed to maintain and market properties in minority neighborhoods, while paying special care to its homes in predominantly white neighborhoods. The national nonprofit housing alliance said its investigation found that the bank’s properties in predominantly minority neighborhoods were much more likely to have structural and aesthetic problems than its homes in white neighborhoods.

43. Basar Looks to 2014 County Commission Election -

It may be the first time that a Shelby County Commissioner has given public notice of a barbecue.

Commissioner Steve Basar has held four at his house in the year that he’s been on the elected body. And he told political supporters at a fundraiser last week that he has “sunshined” all of them, a shorthand term to describe the public notice required by Tennessee’s open meetings law – or Sunshine Law – for any deliberative gathering of two or more commissioners.

44. TigerLIFE Leads to Better Lives -

It is a well-worn adage that what gets you to the top is the people with whom you surround yourself. This is true for individuals as well as for organizations, institutions, and cities. Memphis is no different in its collective vision of being at the top of those “Best of” lists. Based on current announcements, Memphis is faring well, and getting better.

45. Logistics Limelight -

World-renowned as a logistics and distribution hub, Memphis will further raise its profile this month with events that showcase the city’s transportation assets and standing in the global economy.

46. Holding Court -

As has been reported in national newspapers and business magazines for months, the fall’s law school enrollment nationally is down from this time last year and beyond.

The American Bar Association’s ABA Journal reported in August that “Law school applications for the fall of 2013 have dropped 17.9 percent and applicants are down 12.3 percent.”

47. Complaint Alleges Bank of America Discrimination -

Bank of America allegedly discriminated against minority neighborhoods and property owners in Memphis in the way it handled bank-owned properties, according to an amended complaint filed with the federal government.

48. Economist Outlines US Freight Network at Intermodal Conference -

The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute at the University of Memphis welcomed a distinguished list of guest speakers to its seventh annual Intermodal Freight Conference at the FedEx Institute of Technology Tuesday, Sept. 24.

49. US Home Prices Rise 12.4 Percent, Most in 7.5 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices rose 12.4 percent in July compared with a year ago, the most since February 2006. An increase in sales on a limited supply of available homes drove the gains.

50. Memphis Landmarks Garner National Media Praise -

The Memphis brand is having a moment.

In just the past week alone, national media attention has showcased a handful of local businesses and landmarks, with outlets talking up everything from Beale Street and the National Civil Rights Museum to Graceland, the Memphis Grizzlies and Muddy’s Bake Shop.

51. School Board Makes Hopson's Superintendent Role Permanent -

Somewhere around the time he underwent his first trial by fire – presenting the school system’s budget to the Shelby County Commission for approval – Dorsey Hopson began rethinking whether he was interested in being the superintendent of the consolidated school system on a long-term basis.

52. School Board Moves To Make Hopson Permanent Superintendent -

At its first meeting as a seven-member body with one vacancy, the countywide school board voted Tuesday, Sept. 3, to authorize its chairman to negotiate contract terms with interim schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

53. Perez: Fast-Food Strikes Show Need for Wage Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The recent spate of fast-food worker strikes is another sign of the need to raise the minimum wage for all workers, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in an interview with The Associated Press.

54. Pending Sales of US Homes Slip but Remain Solid -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy U.S. homes in July, but the level stayed close to a 6.5-year high. The modest decline suggests higher mortgage rates have yet to sharply slow sales.

55. Unemployment Rates Fall in Two-Thirds of US Cities -

Unemployment rates fell in two-thirds of large U.S. metro areas in July, a sign of widespread improvement in the job market.

The Labor Department said unemployment rates fell in 239 of the nation’s 372 largest cities in July from June. Rates rose in 103 and were unchanged in 30.

56. Wiseacre Set to Open City’s First Taproom -

The city’s newest craft brewery will be officially open for business at the end of the week.

Wiseacre Brewing Co. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 28, for its 13,000-square-foot brewery at 2783 Broad Ave., and the fledgling brewery will unveil its taproom and some of its craft beers to the public Friday, Aug. 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

57. Opera Memphis Opens Season With Free Shows -

Opera Memphis is opening its 2013-2014 season with a month of free opera performances staged at various public venues around Memphis and Shelby County.

The free performances will be presented every day in September, and will lead up to the company’s season-opening production of Rigoletto on Oct. 3 and 5.

58. Opera Memphis Opens Season With Free Shows -

Opera Memphis is opening its 2013-2014 season with a month of free opera performances staged at various public venues around Memphis and Shelby County.

The free performances will be presented every day in September, and will lead up to the company’s season-opening production of Rigoletto on Oct. 3 and 5.

59. Group Kicks Off National Tour on Health Law Defunding -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – One of the chief backers of a plan to defund the federal health care law by tying it to budget negotiations said Monday that he didn't believe Republicans would be blamed for a government shutdown as supporters of the approach launched a national tour to spur support for the idea.

60. ‘It Will Get Better’ -

On a recent July morning, a full room of local business leaders gathered in a FedEx Corp. training facility on Airways Boulevard to learn more about Memphis International Airport and its operations.

61. Memphis Seems Headed for ‘Most Improved’ List -

It is the best of times for Memphis. It is the worst of times. Yes, we have challenges. Yes, we are working on solutions. I love Memphis, but I always hold my breath when those negative lists come out proclaiming the 10 worst cities at everything from health to crime to economics to education.

62. US Home Prices Vault Nearly 12 Percent in June -

U.S. home prices surged 11.9 percent in June from a year earlier, reflecting stronger demand amid a tight supply of homes for sale.

CoreLogic, a real estate data provider, said Tuesday that home prices climbed on annual basis in 48 states. They fell only in Mississippi and Delaware. And all but one of the 100 largest cities reported price gains.

63. Student Achievement Takes Focus as School Starts -

When Shelby County public schools open Monday, Aug. 5, the leaders of the unified school district hope it will shift the civic discussion about public education in a different direction than it has taken in the last two and a half years.

64. Made in Memphis -

Memphis’ geography is limited to roughly 300 square miles, but its identity stretches beyond the city limits, resonating to the far corners of the globe.

The city’s brand has obvious cornerstones, such as its place in the nation’s cultural topography. But setting aside those no-brainers, like the rock ‘n’ roll innovator whose mansion in Whitehaven still attracts gawkers from around the world, a lot of what makes Memphis’ story is the story of what’s made in Memphis.

65. Marshall ‘Connects Dots,’ Keeps State Beautiful -

Missy Marshall, who has spent the past 20 years working in state government, was recently named executive director of Keep Tennessee Beautiful.

The public service organization is a partnership with the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the University of Memphis Extended Programs, and is funded by the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

66. Unemployment Rates Rise in 90 Percent of US Cities -

Unemployment rates rose in nearly all large U.S. cities in June as college graduates and many of those still in school began searching for jobs.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that unemployment rates rose in 347 large metro areas in June compared with the previous month. They fell in 12 and were unchanged in 13. In May, rates fell in 109 cities and rose in 243.

67. Wal-Mart Faceoff With DC Fuels Minimum Wage Debate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The bitter standoff between Wal-Mart and Washington, D.C. officials over the city's effort to impose a higher minimum wage on big-box retailers is fueling a wider debate about how far cities should go in trying to raise pay for low-wage workers – and whether larger companies should be required to pay more.

68. Removing Stigmas -

Mental illness and addiction are common in the Mid-South and the rest of the nation, but about 60 percent of Americans don’t receive treatment.

Nationally, about one in five Americans experienced mental illness in the past year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations National Survey on Drug Use and Health released in January 2012. Only about four in 10 people experiencing mental illness received treatment in the last year, the survey also found.

69. Room Race -

To illustrate the stiff competition Memphis faces in landing conferences and conventions because of hotel room capacity available in the city, Memphis-based hotel consultant Chuck Pinkowski points to a formidable foe just three hours away.

70. Jones Keeps Peer Power’s Financial Foundation Solid -

Kela Jones has carved out a niche building the fundraising arms of Memphis-based nonprofit organizations.

“I like to go places you can start with a clean slate,” said Jones, who was recently hired as director of development at Memphis-based Peer Power.

71. Haslam Names Chief of New Workers' Comp Division -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has named Abbie Hudgens as the head of the state's new Workers' Compensation Division.

Hudgens, who had already been focusing on injured workers issues within the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, begins her six-year term on Monday.

72. Avoiding a Tailspin -

Memphis, Nashville feels your pain.

When Delta announced earlier this month it would no longer use Memphis International Airport as a hub – cutting 230 jobs in the process – it brought back bad memories for the Music City.

73. Loeb Enjoying Strong Demand in East Memphis -

Pomp & Poise, a new gift store concept specializing in home and garden items, has signed a new lease at Park Place Center.

Pomp and Poise will occupy 1,400 square feet at the East Memphis retail center at the southwest corner of Park Avenue and Ridgeway Road.

74. Reports Reflect Fed's Message of Stronger Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. housing recovery is strengthening. Factories are fielding more orders. And Americans' confidence in the economy has reached its highest point in 5.5 years.

That brightening picture, captured in four reports Tuesday, suggests that the economy could accelerate in the second half of the year. It underscores the message last week from the Federal Reserve, which plans to slow its bond-buying program this year and end it next year if the economy continues to strengthen. The Fed's bond purchases have helped keep long-term interest rates low.

75. Five Years in the Life -

Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines has just merged with more than 150 flights a day at Memphis International Airport shifting to the Delta brand. And Delta’s CEO, Richard Anderson, said Memphis would be an integral hub with more traffic.

76. Self-Tucker Focused on Designs to Inspire -

Self-Tucker Architects wants to lift the aspirations of the community through great architecture and design.

The firm is currently involved with a variety of high-profile projects across the area, including the National Civil Rights Museum and the new ground transportation center at Memphis International Airport, and past work includes the Stax Museum, Stax Music Academy and the FedExForum.

77. Birthrights -

As Deidra Stephens Clark’s due date approached, she made a straightforward birth plan that included a vaginal birth, an epidural for pain relief and her desire to breastfeed immediately after birth.

78. US Home Prices Jumped in April by Most in 7 Years -

U.S. home prices soared 12.1 percent in April from a year earlier, the biggest gain since February 2006, as more buyers competed for fewer homes.

Real estate data provider CoreLogic says prices rose in April from the previous April in 48 states. Prices also rose 3.2 percent in April from March, much better than the previous month-to-month gain of 1.9 percent.

79. Signed Contracts to Buy US Homes at 3-Year High -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes ticked up in April to the highest level in three years. The increase points to growth in home sales in the coming months.

80. Unemployment Rates Fall in Nearly All Cities -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in almost all large U.S. cities in April, helped by stronger hiring. The gains show the job market is improving throughout the country.

The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates declined in 344 of the 372 largest metro areas. Rates rose in just 17 cities and were unchanged in 11.

81. Memphis in the Meantime -

The city’s tourism and travel industry is thriving as a one-of-a-kind destination for leisure and business travelers, but industry insiders believe a larger, technologically updated convention center is needed in years to come if Memphis wants to remain competitive in bringing larger groups to town.

82. Grant Turns Broad Avenue Dock Into Dance Stage -

The concrete surface of the loading dock at Power & Tel on Broad Avenue isn’t good for ballet dancing.

So the dancers with Collage Dance Collective went with modern dance instead Wednesday, May 22, as the Broad Avenue Arts District formally announced a $350,000 grant from ArtPlace America that will turn part of the loading dock into a dance performance stage.

83. Leadership Memphis Hosts Education Experts -

Marjorie Cohen, senior associate for education with the National League of Cities, will be the featured speaker at the quarterly meeting of Memphis Talent Dividend this week.

84. Leadership Memphis Hosts Education Experts -

Marjorie Cohen, senior associate for education with the National League of Cities, will be the featured speaker at the quarterly meeting of Memphis Talent Dividend this week.

85. City Third Worst in US for Asthma Sufferers -

A recent study by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America placed Memphis No. 3 on a list of the most challenging places in the U.S. to live in with the chronic disease. In 2012, Memphis ranked No. 1.

86. Internet Sales Tax Bill Faces Tough Sell in House -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet.

The Senate voted 69 to 27 Monday to pass a bill that empowers states to collect sales taxes from Internet purchases. Under the bill, states could require out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes when they sell products over the Internet, in catalogs, and through radio and TV ads. The sales taxes would be sent to the states where a shopper lives.

87. Senate Bill Lets States Tax Internet Purchases -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Attention online shoppers: The days of tax-free shopping on the Internet may soon end for many of you.

The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on a bill that would empower states to collect sales taxes for purchases made over the Internet. The measure is expected to pass because it has already survived three procedural votes. But it faces opposition in the House, where some Republicans regard it as a tax increase. A broad coalition of retailers is lobbying in favor of it.

88. Test Drive -

When car sharing meets the parking and driving practices of Memphians on the streets of Downtown, the encounter could go so many ways between bad and good.

So when Zipcar parked four cars in four on-street parking spaces Downtown last month, there were a lot of questions first about how car sharing works but also about whether the national trend would apply to a city with a unique driving culture.

89. Unemployment Rates Fall in 90 Percent of US Cities -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unemployment rates fell in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. cities in March, though most of the declines likely occurred because more Americans stopped looking for work, rather than found jobs.

90. US Home Prices Up Most in Nearly 7 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices rose 9.3 percent in February compared with a year ago, the most in nearly seven years. The gains were driven by a growing number of buyers who bid on a limited supply of homes.

91. Internet Sales Tax Bill to Hit Roadblock in House -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A bill to require Internet shoppers to pay sales taxes for online purchases may be cruising through the Senate but it will soon hit a roadblock in the House.

"There's a lot of political difficulty getting through the fog of it looking like a tax increase," said Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., one of the main sponsors of the bill in the House.

92. Haslams Try to Halt Fallout From FBI Raid on Pilot -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's Haslam family is furiously trying to control the damage following a federal investigation into the family business that could threaten to unravel decades of growing wealth and influence that spans business, sports and politics in the state and beyond.

93. Flight Delays Pile Up Monday After FAA Budget Cuts -

NEW YORK (AP) – It was a tough start to the week for many air travelers. Flight delays piled up all along the East Coast Monday as thousands of air traffic controllers were forced to take an unpaid day off because of federal budget cuts.

94. Failed Education Bills on Radar for Next Session -

NASHVILLE (AP) – In the last few years, Tennessee hasn't shied away from contentious education initiatives as it seeks to remain at the forefront of education reform in the nation.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has even characterized the state's efforts as "courageous leadership."

95. Corporate Contribution -

On a beautiful spring morning last week more than 100 local FedEx employees came together along the banks of the Wolf River to do a beautiful thing.

It was the 40th anniversary of FedEx, whose employees volunteered with the Wolf River Conservancy to pull up invasive privet, plant wildflowers and trees, paint sewer vents and build nesting boxes for indigenous birds.

96. Riding the Rails -

By some estimates, America’s railroad companies are in the midst of the largest investment boom since the Gilded Age – when America’s railroad track mileage tripled between 1860 and 1880.

This year, North American’s freight railroads plan to invest $24.5 billion in intermodal terminals, new track, bridges and tunnels, safety equipment and rail cars, according to the Association of American Railroads.

97. Program Addresses Neonatologist Shortage -

Memphis hospitals face a shortage of physicians that care for critically ill and premature newborn infants.

While the rate is falling, premature births in Shelby County remain well above the national average, says Ramasubbareddy Dhanireddy, who is medical director of the Sheldon Korones Newborn Center at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis and the neonatal intensive care unit at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

98. Midweek Could Bring Severe Storms to Area -

National Weather Service forecasters are urging people in the western half of Tennessee to be vigilant for possible severe thunderstorms.

The Severe Storms Forecast Center says there is a possibility of severe weather Wednesday and Wednesday night across a broad area of the country’s midsection, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. A special weather statement says there is a slight risk for violent weather Wednesday in an area that includes Tennessee counties from the Mississippi River into the western counties of Middle Tennessee. Forecasters say that could include strong thunderstorms with high winds, heavy rain, large hail and an isolated chance of tornadoes.

99. Then and Now -

Jay Bailey pictured marching bands and floats when his mother told him he was going on a march.

“We thought of it as a parade,” said Bailey, who was 6 years old in March 1968. “We thought of it as something fun.”

100. UTHSC, UT Medical Group Form Dermatopathology Lab -

A recently launched joint venture between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and UT Medical Group will bring an academic touch to the diagnosis of skin diseases.

UT DermPath, a new dermatopathology lab that opened Jan. 1, will give dermatology residents hands-on experience while assisting private clinicians.