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1. Clean-Air Rules Assailed as Too Much, Too Little -

DENVER (AP) — Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough.

2. International Paper Profits Fall 38 Percent -

International Paper reported second quarter earnings of $161 million Tuesday, July 29, a $98 million drop from the second quarter a year ago when IP reported net earnings of $259 million.

The drop in profits came as the Memphis-based company took restructuring charges including a new pre-tax loss of $324 million. Most of that, $262 million before taxes, was for debt extinguishment.

3. International Paper Profits Fall 38 Pct. -

International Paper reported second quarter earnings of $161 million Tuesday, July 29, a $98 million drop from the second quarter a year ago when IP reported net earnings of $259 million.

The drop in profits came as the Memphis-based company took restructuring charges including a new pre-tax loss of $324 million. Most of that, $262 million before taxes, was for debt extinguishment.

4. D. Canale Affiliate Buys Property for Distillery -

301 S. Front St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Sale Amount: $785,000

Sale Date: July 10, 2014
Buyer: Dominick Properties LLC
Seller: 301 South Front Street GP

5. Cleveland Speedway Sells at Auction for $800,000 -

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) – After multiple years on the market, the Cleveland Speedway has been sold at auction for $800,000.

Retired investor Al Chapman of Chickamauga, Georgia, told WRCB-TV Chattanooga he's not sure what the future holds for the track, but keeping it open and operating is an option.

6. Crazy Beautiful Moving to Overton Square -

A locally owned boutique clothing store will be the newest tenant at Overton Square. Crazy Beautiful signed a lease on 1,531 square feet at 2111 Madison Ave. in Overton Square, between Breakaway Running and Sweet Noshings.

7. Wal-Mart Names New CEO of US Discount Division -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is replacing the chief of its U.S. discount stores in what could be an indication that it's losing confidence that its largest business unit will rebound after more than a year of disappointing results.

8. D. Canale Affiliate Buys Property for Distillery -

An affiliate of D. Canale & Co. has bought the Downtown property where it will develop a spirits distillery and public tasting room.

9. Grizzlies Promote Wexler to Business Operations President -

The Memphis Grizzlies have promoted Jason Wexler to president of business operations of the team and FedExForum.

The new position gives Wexler primary leadership responsibility for all aspects of the business, including ticket sales and service, arena operations, corporate partnerships, marketing communications and broadcast, community investment and general operations.

10. Crazy Beautiful Moving to Overton Square -

A locally owned boutique clothing store will be the newest tenant at Overton Square. Crazy Beautiful signed a lease on 1,531 square feet at 2111 Madison Ave. in Overton Square, between Breakaway Running and Sweet Noshings.

11. First Horizon Reports Positive Quarter -

For the second quarter of its 150th anniversary year, the Memphis-based parent company of First Tennessee Bank reported growth in profit as well as increases in loans, while continuing to reduce the drag of the mortgage business the company sold in 2008.

12. From Despair to Belief -

A July weekday afternoon, about 2:45. It’s the perfect time for just about anyone to be nodding off in class.

But in the basement of Midtown Church of Christ, where HopeWorks Inc. is housed, class is in session and a dozen men and their teacher are having a lively discussion.

13. Microsoft Cutting 18,000 Jobs, Signals New Path -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.

14. Uber, Lyft Operating Despite Cease-and-Desist Notices -

Uber and Lyft continued to shuttle customers back and forth early this week, undaunted by the city’s decision last week to send the companies cease-and-desist letters.

A representative from Uber said the company had not received any notice from the city by Tuesday, July 15, and indicated the company has no intention of putting the brakes on the app-based service.

15. D. Canale to Open Distillery, Public Tasting Facility -

Longtime Memphis food and beverage wholesaler D. Canale & Co. will develop a spirits distillery and public tasting room at 301 S. Front St. Downtown.

16. Electrolux Readies Air Conditioning Initiative -

The Memphis Electrolux plant is readying its “Keeping Memphis Cool” initiative to come later this week.

The company will donate room air conditioning units to needy families and individuals in Memphis through Neighborhood Christian Centers.

17. City: Rideshare Services Need Permits for Airport Use -

The city of Memphis will ask popular ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft to cease and desist operations until they acquire city permits.

“We know (Uber and Lyft) are doing business in Memphis without the required permit,” said Memphis spokeswoman Dewanna Smith. “We will send them a cease-and-desist notice along with an application and links to our ordinances. That letter has only recently been approved by counsel and will be going out soon.”

18. Wright Taking UAM to New Heights -

When Keri Wright was a little girl, her dad built an airplane out of plywood and fitted it with controls and switches, and she and her brother would play in the plane next to their sandbox.

As she grew older, the family went to an airshow every summer in Oshkosh, Wis., and Wright loved watching the F-16 fighter jets zoom overhead.

19. Tommy John Surgery Growing More Common -

Envision a baseball board game with dice and a spinner in which players try to go from Little League to pitching and winning Game 7 of the World Series.

Let’s call our fictional game “Bringing the Heat.” One can imagine positive squares where players learn “you just struck out 12 in a game, move ahead two spaces” or “you just had your fastball clocked at 94 MPH as a junior in high school, move ahead three spaces.”

20. City to Issue Cease-and-Desist Notices to Rideshare Services -

The city of Memphis will ask popular ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft to cease and desist operations until they acquire city permits.

“We know (Uber and Lyft) are doing business in Memphis without the required permit,” said Memphis spokeswoman Dewanna Smith. “We will send them a cease-and-desist notice along with an application and links to our ordinances. That letter has only recently been approved by counsel and will be going out soon.”

21. PC Shipment Slump Bottoms Out -

NEW YORK (AP) – A two-year slump in personal computer sales ended in the second quarter, helped by improving demand in developed markets like North America and Europe.

PC sales have fallen in recent years, hurt by surging demand for tablets and other mobile devices. Tough economic conditions around the world have also disrupted sales. But quarterly figures released Wednesday by the research firms Gartner Inc. and International Data Corp. show the global slump is easing.

22. Square Entertainment -

Everything about the redevelopment of Overton Square followed a script.

But weather, or bad weather for that matter, can wreak havoc on the best-laid plans.

After acquiring Overton Square and spearheading construction and leasing, landlord Loeb Properties wanted to activate the revived entertainment district with programming that would draw people to the revitalized district.

23. Some US-Bound Air Travelers Must Turn On Phones -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Passengers at some overseas airports that offer U.S.-bound flights will soon be required to power on their electronic devices in order to board their flights – a measure intended to enhance aviation security at a time when intelligence officials are concerned about hidden explosives, a counterterrorism official said.

24. Grow Your Talent Pool With Older Workers -

Part one of a two-part series. Are you overlooking a valuable pool of prospective employees and volunteers? Are you unknowingly operating from outdated stereotypes of “senior citizens” and leaving talent sitting on the sidelines?

25. Addison at Collierville Owner Files $17 Million Loan -

400 Orchard Circle
Collierville, TN 38017
Loan Amount: $16.8 million

Loan Date: July 1, 2014
Maturity Date: July 1, 2021
Borrower: G&I VII Addison at Collierville LLC
Lender: CBRE Capital Markets Inc.
Details: The owner of the 226-unit Addison at Collierville apartments at 400 Orchard Circle W. has filed a $16.8 million loan on the property.

26. Joe Brown Renews Weirich Allegations -

After a week in which his campaign for Shelby County district attorney general took heavy criticism from numerous political fronts, including his own party, Joe Brown said he has no regrets about alleging Republican incumbent District Attorney General Amy Weirich is gay.

27. Waller Lansden Leases in Renaissance Center -

A Nashville-based law firm is moving into permanent space at the Renaissance Center office building.

Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis LLP, which opened a Memphis office in February, has leased 10,000 square feet in the East Memphis office building at 1715 Aaron Brenner Drive.

28. Graceland May Remove Presley's Old Airplanes -

MEMPHIS (AP) — For 30 years, tourists from around the world have paid money to get a look at two airplanes once owned by Elvis Presley at Graceland in Memphis. Fans enjoy touring the planes for their direct connection to Presley and his jet-setting lifestyle, a sort of touchstone to the life of the King of Rock and Roll and his family.

29. Report: Health Law Sign-Ups Dogged by Data Flaws -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Many of the 8 million Americans signed up under the new health care law now have to clear up questions about their personal information that could affect their coverage.

30. Waller Lansden Leases Space in Renaissance Center -

A Nashville-based law firm is moving into permanent space at the Renaissance Center office building.

Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis LLP, which opened a Memphis office in February, has leased 10,000 square feet in the East Memphis office building at 1715 Aaron Brenner Drive.

31. Cypress Realty Files $7 Million Construction Loan -

Cypress Realty Holdings Co. has filed a $7 million construction loan for a medical office building on Wolf River Boulevard in Germantown.

32. Cohen Touts Labor Union Endorsements -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, rolled out endorsements Monday, June 30, from much of the leadership of local labor unions in his re-election campaign.

33. Paragon Bank Celebrates Record 2013 -

At Paragon Bank’s annual shareholders’ meeting this month, the bank’s leadership team could be forgiven for brimming with confidence.

34. Jerry's Sno Cones Could Add Cordova Location -

Memphis institution Jerry’s Sno Cones could be adding a second location in Cordova.

A company operating as Ross Enterprises LLC purchased a nearly 1-acre vacant lot with an address listed as 0 Bonnie Lane, just off Germantown Parkway in Cordova, in 2013 for $120,000. Records from the Shelby County Assessor of Property’s office list the owner of the property as Jerry’s owner David Acklin.

35. FAA, Developers Clash Over Tall Buildings -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government wants to dramatically reduce the allowable height of buildings near hundreds of airports – a proposal that is drawing fire from real estate developers and members of Congress who say it will reduce property values.

36. BancorpSouth Names President, Chief Operating Officer -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Chris Bagley, a 31-year veteran of the banking industry, has been named BancorpSouth's new president and chief operating officer.

37. Jerry’s Sno Cones Could Add Cordova Location -

Memphis institution Jerry’s Sno Cones could be adding a second location in Cordova.

A company operating as Ross Enterprises LLC purchased a nearly 1-acre vacant lot with an address listed as 0 Bonnie Lane, just off Germantown Parkway in Cordova, in 2013 for $120,000. Records from the Shelby County Assessor of Property’s office list the owner of the property as Jerry’s owner David Acklin.

38. ServiceMaster Begins Trading on NYSE -

The parent company of Memphis-based ServiceMaster Co. LLC began trading on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, June 26, in an initial public offering of its common stock.

The move to the market comes a day after ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. announced it was pricing the offering of 35.9 million shares at $17 per share. The pricing was below analysts’ estimates of $18 to $21 per share.

39. Google Shows Off Android Auto, Wearables -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Some 1 billion people are now using Android devices, Google said as the company kicked off its two-day developer conference Wednesday in San Francisco.

But the online search leader's effort to broaden its focus beyond smartphones and tablets was on full display as the company unveiled far-reaching plans to push further into the living room, the family car and the TV set.

40. Schadt Reflects on ArtsMemphis Time, Looks Ahead -

Thirteen years is a long time to do one job and do it well, which explains why Susan Schadt already talks with an air of wistfulness about her imminent departure as president and CEO of ArtsMemphis at the end of this year.

41. Schadt Stepping Down as ArtsMemphis CEO -

ArtsMemphis President and CEO Susan Schadt is stepping down from her role at the arts funding organization after 13 years, as she heads to a new job at a Memphis-based publishing firm.

December 31 is her last day with ArtsMemphis, after which she’ll take over as CEO and owner of Wild Abundance Publishing. That firm, which Schadt founded in 2008, specializes in books focused on conservation and the arts.

42. Schadt to Leave ArtsMemphis at Year End -

ArtsMemphis president and CEO Susan Schadt will step down from her role at the arts funding organization after 13 years, soon heading to a new job at a Memphis-based publishing firm.

Dec. 31 is her last day with ArtsMemphis, after which she’ll take over as CEO and owner of Wild Abundance Publishing. That firm, which Schadt founded in 2008, specializes in books focused on conservation and the arts.

43. Team Setting -

In February, three executives at the Church Health Center moved into a shared office space.

After working in separate silos in separate buildings, which created its own set of headaches, Chief Administrative Officer Jennie Robbins, Chief Operating Officer Michaela Sturdivant and Chief Strategic Officer Ann Langston moved into a new world – an office that all three would use.

44. Crime Data Show iPhone 'Kill Switch' Cuts Thefts -

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New crime data show Apple's addition of a "kill switch" to its iPhones last September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said Thursday.

The report by state attorneys general, prosecutors, police and other officials from a year-old initiative called "Secure Our Smartphones" said Google and Microsoft will incorporate a kill switch into the next version of their operating systems on smartphones. The three systems – Android, iOS, and Windows Phone – are used in 97 percent of smartphones in the U.S.

45. Battle Lines -

The city’s operating and capital budgets are just about set for the new fiscal year next month. Hard decisions made about health insurance for city employees and retirees Tuesday, June 17, are unlikely to be revisited by the Memphis City Council.

46. What to Aid Ailing Casino Market -

TUNICA RESORTS, Miss. (AP) – As Tunica grapples with the Harrah's closure, the state of Mississippi hasn't acted to support the industry. But there are proposals under discussion that might bolster the remaining casinos and the tax revenue they produce. Here's a brief look at some:

47. Long Council Day Comes With Change, Emotions -

It was apparent early in the long council day Tuesday, June 17, at City Hall that there wouldn’t be many amendments to the $600 million operating budget and $84 million capital budget the council would approve later that evening.

48. Council Approves Budgets, Stable Tax Rate, Health Insurance Changes -

Memphis City Council members approved a $600 million operating budget and an $84 million capital budget Tuesday, June 17, for the city government fiscal year that begins July 1.

And the council gave final approval to larger changes to employee and retiree health insurance plans designed to make long term changes necessary to right the city’s financial condition.

49. Partners Drive Startup Ecosystem -

Building startups is tough work that requires the engagement of money, mentorship and professional support.

Back before there were incubators, accelerators and formal platforms to systematically assist startup companies, there were critical trusted advisers in the community to help guide entrepreneurs as they started up. Those advisers were local bankers, lawyers, marketers, accountants and others where entrepreneurs could turn for support and guidance. While new startup infrastructures have sprung up to provide knowledge, capital and other resources, professionals continue to be the backbone driving entrepreneurial growth.

50. County Budget Season Not Over Yet -

The Shelby County Commission defeated two competing versions of the county property tax rate for the new fiscal year on the second of three readings Monday, June 16.

But they both advance to third and final readings when the commission meets in July.

51. Aren Investments Buys Winchester Haverty’s -

6870 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38115
Sale Amount: $1.1 million

Sale Date: June 2, 2014
Buyer: Aren Investments LLC
Seller: Kirsch Associates LP
Loan Amount: $850,000
Loan Date: June 2, 2014
Maturity Date: Nov. 15, 2015
Lender: BancorpSouth Bank
Details: Local real estate investment firm Aren Investments LLC has paid $1.1 million for the Haverty’s furniture store at 6870 Winchester Road in Hickory Hill.

52. Council to Vote on Insurance Changes, Budget -

Most of council day at City Hall Tuesday, June 17, will be devoted to closing out most, but not all, of the city’s budget season.

The Memphis City Council should make final decisions Tuesday on a stable city property tax rate and approve operating and capital budgets for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

53. Training Ground -

You can’t perfectly simulate a real-life disaster. Dr. Joe Holley knows this better than most.

54. Babalu Tacos & Tapas Adds to Square -

In the 1970s, Bill Latham worked as a waiter in Jackson, Miss., at the TGI Fridays restaurant there, one of the first few locations of the chain.

55. Council Weighs Timeline for Key Votes -

The Memphis City Council’s vote later this month on health insurance changes for city employees and retirees is critical in terms of increasing the city’s annual required contribution toward its unfunded pension liability.

56. FAA OKs Commercial Drone Flights Over Land -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it has granted the first permission for commercial drone flights over land, the latest effort by the agency to show it is loosening restrictions on commercial uses of the unmanned aircraft.

57. Council to Review Actuary Numbers Tuesday -

Memphis City Council members meet in committee Tuesday, June 10, at 5 p.m. to go over the latest numbers from the actuary consulting firm they hired to review city finances.

Segal Consulting of Atlanta’s preliminary estimate of the city’s unfunded pension liability was $457 million, well below the $700 million preliminary estimate from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration.

58. Garden Ridge Buys Winchester Target -

Plano, Texas-based home décor retailer Garden Ridge has paid $4.6 million for the former Target store at 7697 Winchester Road in Southeast Memphis.

59. UPS Names Longtime Employee as Next CEO -

Package-delivery giant UPS has named a longtime company veteran as its next CEO.

The company said Friday that Chief Operating Officer David Abney will take the top job Sept. 1. Current Chairman and CEO Scott Davis will become nonexecutive chairman at that time.

60. State Systems Prides Itself on Protecting Customers -

In 1986, the father-and-son team of Robert and Bob McBride bought a fledgling small business called State Systems.

61. International Paper Names Sutton President and COO -

Mark S. Sutton, the senior vice president of industrial packaging for International Paper Co., is the company’s new president and chief operating officer.

62. Autobahn Garage Owner Looks to Sell -

It was 1975 when Brian Ragghianti moved into the automobile service center shop at 2218 Central Ave., better known as the Autobahn Garage.

63. Budget Changes Include Cooper-Young Garage -

A Cooper-Young parking garage and a pool of capital funding divided equally among the seven Memphis City Council districts are the two biggest ticket items in the way of still-tentative budget amendments proposed by council members.

64. Council Begins Decisions on City Financial Changes -

Memphis City Council members took the first steps Tuesday, June 3, toward major changes in pension benefits for city employees and began delving into the details of even broader changes in health insurance coverage for city employees and retirees.

65. Online Pirates Thrive on Legitimate Ad Dollars -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Movie and music piracy thrives online in part because crafty website operators receive advertising dollars from major companies like Comcast, Ford and McDonald's.

That's the conclusion of several recent reports that shed light on Internet piracy's funding sources.

66. International Paper Names Sutton President and COO -

Mark S. Sutton, the senior vice president of industrial packaging for International Paper Co., is the company’s new president and chief operating officer.

67. Bailey Continues Call for Shelby Farms Development -

Walter Bailey is the only serving Shelby County Commissioner who was part of the 1970s debate on the commission about what to do with the farmland that was the old Shelby County Penal Farm.

68. Luttrell, Malone Clash on Pre-K Expansion -

The top two contenders for Shelby County mayor had the closest thing yet to a debate Monday, June 2, on budget priorities.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and his Democratic challenger, former County Commissioner Deidre Malone, didn’t address each other directly.

69. Commission Approves Budgets and Dueling Tax Rates Without PreK Amendment -

Shelby County Commissioners signed off Monday, June 2, on a $1.1 billion consolidated operating budget for all of Shelby County government as well as a $75 million capital budget, both for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

70. Perkins Hotel Sells After Foreclosure -

2700 S. Perkins Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $2.2 million

Sale Date: May 23, 2014
Buyer: HC Memphis LLC
Seller: Douglas M. Alrutz, successor trustee
Details: The Inn at Thousand Oaks hotel at 2700 S. Perkins Road in Parkway Village has sold for $2.2 million following a first-run foreclosure notice filed earlier this year.

71. Council to Discuss Retirement Plan Changes -

Memphis City Council members begin moving Tuesday, June 3, toward the first of three votes on a quartet of ordinances that would fundamentally change health care and pension benefits for city employees.

72. Commission to Vote on Budget, Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners take final votes Monday, June 2, on a $1.1 billion operating budget and a $75 million capital budget for Shelby County government, and the first of three votes on a new property tax rate for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

73. Change on Tap for Many Local Public Companies -

Here’s a snapshot of recent news and developments at some of the publicly traded companies based in Memphis, reflecting the influence these companies have and the shadows they cast both in Memphis and beyond, in industries that range from bioscience to banking.

74. New Path -

A lot has changed for Memphis-based TruGreen lawn care in the last six months.

The company behind one of the best known brands in lawn care became its own independent company at the start of 2014, spinning off from The ServiceMaster Co. in a move that meant changes for both companies.

75. Apple's Beats Buy is Two-Sided for Music Streaming -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats sheds light on a rarely recognized reality in the streaming music industry: It's hard to succeed in the business without offering other products and services.

76. Membership Rises Again for Indie Bookstores -

NEW YORK (AP) – Independent booksellers may never regain the stature of the pre-digital, pre-superstore era, but their presence continues to grow.

The American Booksellers Association, the independents' trade group, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that core membership has increased to 1,664, up from 1,632 last year and more than 200 higher since 2009. It's the fifth straight increase for an organization that was losing members for decades and seemed in danger of permanent shrinkage under the combined pressures of Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble Inc. and Borders, discount clubs and a weak economy.

77. Peppertree Apartments Owner Files $3 Million Loan -

The owner of the 306-unit Peppertree Apartments at 4243 Graceland Drive in Whitehaven has filed a $3.2 million loan on the property.

78. AutoZone Quarterly Profit Rises 7.4 Percent -

Memphis-based AutoZone Inc. has enjoyed double-digit earnings per share growth every quarter since the latter part of the administration of President George W. Bush – 31 straight quarters, to be precise.

79. Prime Urgent Clinic Rebrands as MedPost -

Prime Urgent Medical Clinic, located in Cordova, has a new name: MedPost Urgent Care.

The center becomes part of a new and growing national network of urgent care centers launched by Tenet Healthcare, the parent company of Saint Francis Hospital. The MedPost network currently consists of 23 urgent care centers in eight states.

80. City Council Awaits Final Actuary Report -

The Memphis City Council is expected to get a final report June 10 from Segal Consulting of Atlanta, the actuary firm it hired to review pension liability and annual required contribution estimates by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration and municipal unions.

81. ABF Freight Wins PILOT for Memphis Expansion -

ABF Freight System Inc. has received a tax break for the proposed expansion of its Memphis facility.

82. More Departures From Haslam-Owned Truck-Stop Chain -

NASHVILLE (AP) – With a year-long federal fraud investigation looming over it, the huge truck-stop chain owned by the family of the Cleveland Browns owner and Tennessee's governor is doing some housecleaning at its highest levels.

83. ABF Freight Receives PILOT for Possible Expansion -

ABF Freight System Inc. has received a tax break for the proposed expansion of its Memphis facility.

84. Proposal Would Stop Door-to-Door Mail for Millions -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of Americans would no longer get mail delivered to their door but would go to communal or curbside boxes instead, under a proposed law.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform debated Wednesday a bill to direct the U.S. Postal Service to convert 1.5 million addresses annually – 15 million over the next decade – to the less costly, but also less convenient delivery method.

85. City Council Awaits Final Actuary Report -

The Memphis City Council is expected to get a final report June 10 from Segal Consulting of Atlanta, the actuary firm it hired to review pension liability and annual required contribution estimates by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration and municipal unions.

86. City Budget Dispute Remains Staring Match -

It was the first thing Memphis Fire Director Alvin Benson told Memphis City Council members Tuesday, May 20, during budget committee hearings.

87. Council Hesitates Over Fire Recruit Class Funding and Charter Restrictions -

Memphis City Council members discussed a new recruit class Tuesday, May 20, for the Memphis Fire Department that is not in Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s budget proposal.

But council members voted down a plan to come up with the $1.7 million for the class of 100 fire recruits from a $3 million cut in the line item for fire department sick leave, proposed by council member Kemp Conrad.

88. Microsoft Unveils Larger Surface Tablet -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft announced a larger version of its Surface tablet to make the device more compelling as a laptop replacement.

The Surface Pro 3 will have a screen measuring 12 inches diagonally, up from 10.6 inches in previous models. Microsoft said it's also thinner and faster than before. The company said it worked closely with chip-maker Intel Corp. to maximize performance in a slim device.

89. Ashlar Hall Owner Hopeful for Building’s Rehab -

The owner of Ashlar Hall says he would like to pursue renovation of the Midtown mansion and hopes he can find multiple tenants to fill the rehabilitated building, which would help offset the cost of repairs.

90. Google Buys Corporate Mobile-Device Manager Divide -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google has bought Divide, a startup that helps companies manage the mobile devices that employees are increasingly relying upon to get their work done.

Financial terms of the acquisition announced Monday were not disclosed. The deal is part of Google's effort to widen corporate usage of smartphones and tablets running on its mobile operating system, Android.

91. Prime Urgent Clinic Rebrands as MedPost -

Prime Urgent Medical Clinic, located in Cordova, has a new name: MedPost Urgent Care.

The center becomes part of a new and growing national network of urgent care centers launched by Tenet Healthcare, the parent company of Saint Francis Hospital. The MedPost network currently consists of 23 urgent care centers in eight states.

92. AAA: Americans Ready to Travel After Rough Winter -

NEW YORK (AP) – A strong case of cabin fever and a little more money to spend should inspire a greater number of Americans to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend.

That's the forecast from auto club AAA, which on Friday said it expects a total of 36.1 million people to travel 50 miles or more. If that estimate holds true, it would be the largest amount of people traveling during the holiday weekend since 2005.

93. Comic Convention Drops Ashlar Hall Plans -

The Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention says it no longer wants to be part of Ashlar Hall’s future under terms proposed by the building’s current owner.

Joe Thordarson, founder of the fantasy convention, said disagreements over how much Ashlar Hall’s current owner, Kenny Medlin, wanted to charge in rent led him to withdraw from the process.

94. Senate: Firms Must Protect Against Malicious Ads -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate warned Google, Yahoo and other leading technology companies Thursday they need to better protect consumers from hackers exploiting their lucrative online advertising networks or risk new legislation that would force them to do so.

95. Airport Budget Includes Terminal Rental Fee Hike -

One impact of Delta Airlines ending hub operations at Memphis International Airport is a rise in the terminal rental rates airlines have to pay.

The Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority’s $124.4 million operations and maintenance budget, which sets the fees and charges that the airlines pay to the Airport Authority, includes a 68 percent increase in the terminal rental rate, from $86.32 per square foot last year to $144.78 per square foot. The budget also include an 11 percent decrease in landing fees, from $1.45 for every 1,000 pounds to $1.29.

96. Motte Looks to Regain Form in Redbirds Rehab Assignment -

When St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte learned he had to have the elbow ligament replacement procedure commonly known as Tommy John Surgery, he didn’t ask, “Why me?”

97. Economic Gardening Program Expands Reach -

A program aimed at helping small and midsize companies grow is being expanded with the hope it will allow existing companies to extend their roots in the community.

The Economic Gardening program, which was launched as a pilot program last year to help 22 existing businesses reach the next level, is expanding to assist 25 more companies, and local officials hope the program can become a permanent fixture in the local economic development toolbox.

98. Why Most Sales Proposals Fail -

You put so much time and energy into getting a prospect to agree to a meeting, preparing for that meeting, pitching your services and gaining agreement from the prospect to consider buying. So why, all too often, is so little time spent on the sales proposal itself? It’s like running the ball to the 10-yard line and then sitting down on the field.

99. Postal Service had $1.9 Billion Quarterly Loss -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Postal Service reported a $1.9 billion loss for the first three months of this year and pleaded again Friday for reforms to its troubled financial system.

The agency said the loss for the quarter that ended March 31 matched the $1.9 billion in red ink in the same period last year and marked the 20th time of the last 22 quarters that it posted a loss.

100. ServiceMaster Reports Q1 Revenue Increase -

The ServiceMaster Co. LLC reported a 4 percent increase in revenues for the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period a year ago.