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1. Unemployment Rates Fall In 21 US States Last Month -

More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery.

The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates dropped in 21 states, rose in 17 and were unchanged in the remaining 12. Meanwhile, hiring increased in 34 states and fell in 16.

2. May 6 Early Voting Nearing 1,000 Mark -

Early voting in advance of the May 6 election day in Shelby County was poised to top 1,000 at the beginning of the Easter weekend.

The first two days of the early voting period in the Shelby County primary elections showed 847 citizens voted early or cast absentee ballots, according to figures from the Shelby County Election Commission. With no balloting on Good Friday, the voting period was to resume Saturday for a third day with several campaigns planning to include early voting rallies in their weekend plans.

3. Innovation Risk Brings Rewards -

Suppose I told you that you could spend $185,000 and turn it into $25 million or more in a few years. You would accuse me of phishing, an investment scam, or dismiss the proposition as foolhardy. Yet, these are the types of returns we see from clients and those in the world who invest in breakthrough innovation at their companies.

4. Cates, Kornegay Look to Future While Honoring Colliers’ Past -

The memory is scorched in Andy Cates’ mind.

It was 2005 and Cates, just 29 years old at the time, was being made a partner at Colliers International Memphis, the commercial real estate firm.

5. Baptist Named Among 100 Great Hospitals -

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis was recently named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2014 list of “100 Great Hospitals in America.”

To develop this list, the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team conducted research, considered nominations and evaluated hospital ranking sources, such as U.S. News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals, Healthgrades, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, The LeapFrog Group and several other resources.

6. This week in Memphis history: April 18-24 -

1984: On the front page of The Daily News: Studebaker’s was about to open in the Overton Square space that had been Playhouse on the Square. The Dallas-based chain of diners featured a Memphis version that was heavy on the neon and Elvis and 1950s nostalgia decor with waitresses in poodle skirts or cheerleader outfits and doormen with white sports coats and carnations.

7. High-Tech Workshop -

Give a crew of tech-savvy creatives a digital sandbox in which to stretch their imagination, and they’re liable to build something fun and inventive that requires so much inspiration it feeds back into their real job.

8. Target Expands Subscription Service Tenfold -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target is vastly expanding the goods available to order by subscription as it fends off its biggest non-traditional retail rival, Amazon.com.

9. Baptist Named Among 100 Great Hospitals -

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis was recently named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2014 list of “100 Great Hospitals in America.”

To develop this list, the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team conducted research, considered nominations and evaluated hospital ranking sources, such as U.S. News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals, Healthgrades, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, The LeapFrog Group and several other resources.

10. Hands Up, You’re in Tennessee -

ARMED AND DANGEROUS. I got an email last week from a White Station classmate.

“Aren’t you the guy who once wore a western style .22 pistol in a holster into the drug store at Poplar and Perkins? Man, were you ever ahead of your time.”

11. Grizzlies Share Similar Season with Champs -

When the Miami Heat came to town in early April, they were not the two-time defending NBA champions as much as they were the next obstacle between the Grizzlies and their desired destination: The Western Conference playoffs.

12. Year on The Bridge -

In a tiny chapel at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, a group of three people listened intently last week as traffic whizzed by an open door onto Poplar Avenue on the other side of a wrought iron fence.

13. Fed Survey: Growth Picks Up Across Most of US -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided.

Ten of the Fed's 12 regions reported an increase in economic activity, according to the Beige Book survey released Wednesday. In most places, the Fed described the improvement as "modest or moderate." Only Cleveland and St. Louis reported slower growth.

14. House Passes Haslam Free Tuition Plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is headed to his desk after passing the House on Tuesday.

15. Jones Grows Into Legislative Career -

Some people are born into politics; others grow into a political career. For Tennessee Rep. Sherry Jones, it was a little bit of both.

16. Council Questions Five-Year Wharton Plan -

It’s usually a quick bottom line for any local government budget proposal – does it mean a property tax hike?

The $596 million operating budget submitted to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 15, by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. does not include a property tax hike.

17. McCullough: Trucking Critical to Local Economy -

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series on Carnival Memphis’ annual Business & Industry Salute, which this year is trucking.

Jim McCullough could have ended up in a cubicle working in the accounting industry after he graduated from the Mississippi State University School of Business.

18. AutoZone Park Field to Get Makeover at Season’s End -

This season the Memphis Redbirds are celebrating their 15th year playing at AutoZone Park and the stadium at Third and Union is still a head-turner, even after all these years.

But the playing surface is also celebrating its 15th season and hasn’t been a beauty for a while now.

19. ABA President Silkenat Shares Notion Of ‘Civil Gideon’ -

The president of the American Bar Association sees at least a discussion on the way about a “civil Gideon” – a requirement that a citizen who cannot afford an attorney in a civil court proceeding should have one appointed by the court.

20. Foreclosures Continue Fall in First Quarter -

Foreclosure activity is one of those things where even declines are not as always universally cheered.

In Shelby County, 760 residential foreclosures were filed during the first quarter, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. That’s down 24 percent from 1,000 residential foreclosures during the first quarter of 2013.

21. Wharton Outlines $596 Million Budget Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. warned Tuesday, April 15, that “half measures” in converting city employees to a defined contributions benefits plan would not restore the city’s financial health and resolve an unfunded pension liability of hundreds of millions of dollars.

22. Congress is Giving States the Transportation Blues -

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: the government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements.

23. Parent Trigger Legislation Fails This Session -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A bill seeking to make it easier for parents to convert struggling public schools into charter schools has failed in a House subcommittee.

The measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. John DeBerry of Memphis died when it failed to receive a motion in the House Finance Subcommittee on Tuesday.

24. Archer-Malmo Adds Staff, Expands Downtown -

For Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo, the story has been consistent, with a trajectory that seems to only go in one direction.

The firm, says CEO Russ Williams, is “on another big growth surge here.”

25. Wharton Takes Budget to City Council -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. takes a budget proposal to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 15, that is supposed to be a departure for an administration that, since 2010, has come to the council with options instead of a total budget plan.

26. No Candidates Withdraw by Deadline -

It appeared no candidates who made the April 3 filing deadline for the August state and federal primary elections and nonpartisan county elections withdrew by the Thursday, April 10, withdrawal deadline.

27. Mayoral Contenders Differ on Economic Development -

Economic development incentives including property tax breaks look to be the real dividing line among the three contenders for Shelby County mayor in the May county primaries.

That’s where Deidre Malone, Steve Mulroy and Kenneth Whalum showed the most friction in a Thursday, April 10, forum and debate in the airport area sponsored by the Shelby County Democratic Party.

28. Commission Budget Season Begins Quietly -

Shelby County Commissioners began their budget season quietly with a first look in committee sessions last week at a $1.2 billion consolidated county budget proposal by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

29. Housing Market Stumbles in First Quarter -

Shelby County home sales slowed in the first quarter when compared to the same three-month period in 2013.

Shelby County recorded 3,270 home sales in the quarter that ended March 31, down 3 percent from the 3,383 homes sold in the first quarter of 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

30. First Tennessee Bank Expands to Houston -

Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank has expanded to Houston.

The company has tapped longtime Houston banker Gary Olander to be its Houston market president. He joined First Tennessee March 25 and is building a team of top Houston bankers for First Tennessee.

31. House Passes Ryan Budget With Big Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans rallied behind a slashing budget blueprint on Thursday, passing a non-binding but politically imposing measure that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years with sweeping budget cuts and termination of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

32. Wal-Mart and Wild Oats Unveil Cheaper Organic Line -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make them more affordable for its low-income customers.

33. Open Carry Bill Presents Haslam Campaign Flashback -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that his administration is carefully examining the ramifications of a bill passed by the Senate that would allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without state-issued permits.

34. Feed the Imagination -

SHOPPING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT. The courtyard you’re in was once stacked with wooden cases, the food trucks you see were once mule-drawn wagons waiting to load those cases, the locally-brewed beer you’re sipping the reincarnation of what filled them, the live music you hear covering the century-old echoes of the South’s once busiest brewery – the Tennessee Brewery.

35. Fundraising Help for Orchestra Continues -

The Kickstarter campaign to raise at least $25,000 for the financially struggling Memphis Symphony Orchestra has beaten its goal, pulling in a little more than $28,500.

That’s one example among many of how, once the orchestra’s dire straits became known earlier this year, supporters have been lining up to come to the rescue. And more chances for the public to help are still to come.

36. Charlotte’s World -

The first sentence of a recent national news story described Charlotte Jones Anderson as the “most influential woman in the NFL.”

37. Bank of America Paying $772 Million Over Credit Card Extras -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Bank of America Corp. is paying $772 million in fines and refunds to settle regulators' accusations that it misled customers who bought extra credit-card products and illegally charged others for credit monitoring and reporting services they didn't receive.

38. Constantly Commenting Coach -

On the day after a certain university’s basketball team hung in there and won a game, a sports-oriented radio station repeatedly aired an excerpt of an interview with the winning head coach. Here’s a snippet: “We got cold. Couldn’t make any shots. … But I thought our defense was a constant. It was the constant denominator.” The constant what?

39. Women’s Foundation Honors Five Legends -

The list of Legends Awards honorees keeps growing. Since 2009, the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis will have honored 32 women with the addition of this year’s five Legends Award honorees. This year’s honorees range in age from 86 to 97 but, if anything, their vast years of experience have served as an inspiration to younger women.

40. New Perspective -

When the U.S. Postal Service closed its branch office at 826 Mississippi Blvd. near E.H. Crump Boulevard in 2012, workers carted off an oil painting that hung there for several decades with little thought about the man portrayed in the painting.

41. Obama Signs Actions Taking Aim at Gender Pay Gap -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages, President Barack Obama signed directives Tuesday that would make it easier for workers of federal contractors to get information about workplace compensation. He seasoned his move with a sharp rebuke of Republicans whom he accused of "gumming up the works" on workplace fairness.

42. Reversing Sprawl Through Connectivity -

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

Last week, Smart Growth America released “Measuring Sprawl 2014,” a report examining development in 221 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. and evaluating development on a national index. With a score of 71, the greater Memphis region ranks near the bottom of the list at number 196 out of 221. Furthermore, Memphis ranks as the sixth most sprawled large metropolitan area.

43. Former Memphian Finds Online Success With StyleBlueprint -

Former Memphian Elizabeth Fox and Liza Graves launched the online lifestyle publication StyleBlueprint.com in January 2009 with the goal of connecting women with their community.

44. Open House -

The historic James Lee house in Victorian Village is days away from a grand opening celebration, the culmination of a restoration several years in the making that has turned the property once home to the Memphis College of Art into a bed-and-breakfast inn.

45. Museum Reopening Raises Issues About Present -

There was a moment in the April 5 two-hour reopening ceremony for the renovated National Civil Rights Museum that demonstrated the tension that still exists when it comes to the important issue of who is telling the story of history.

46. Appellate Judge Appointed to Tennessee Supreme Court -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday named Criminal Appeals Judge Jeff Bivins to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court bench.

Bivins, 53, will replace Justice Bill Koch, who is retiring in July to become dean of the Nashville School of Law.

47. First Tennessee Bank Expands to Houston -

Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank has expanded to Houston.

The company has tapped longtime Houston banker Gary Olander to be its Houston market president. He joined First Tennessee March 25 and is building a team of top Houston bankers for First Tennessee.

48. 2014 Campaigns Hit the Streets -

With the April filing deadline behind them and early voting for the county primaries a week and a half ahead, those running for elected office in Shelby County this year kept a full weekend schedule.

49. Experts Highlight Health Care Game-Changers -

Both before the Affordable Care Act became law and after, consumers viewed health care costs differently than they do other costs.

So said Dr. Scott Morris during a panel discussion at The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc.’s Health Care Reform seminar Thursday, April 3, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

50. Diversified Trust Makes Promotions in Memphis -

Memphis-based Diversified Trust, a comprehensive wealth management firm with more than $5 billion in assets, has promoted seven professionals in its Memphis office.

Robin Smithwick, managing principal of Diversified’s Memphis office, attributed the move to the company’s next generation of leaders becoming more visible and taking on greater responsibility around the firm, which also is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

51. Sam Moore Records Song to Honor King -

Veteran singer Sam Moore of the soul duo Sam & Dave is releasing a song in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. to coincide with the anniversary of the civil rights leader's death.

52. Redistricting Has Little Effect on Tenn. GOP -

While Republican lawmakers in some states may have benefited from congressional redistricting, the changes had little effect in Tennessee.

Republicans were able to give themselves a built-in advantage in House elections by doing well in the statewide elections in many states, then gerrymandering congressional districts in key states after the 2010 census. The strategy may prove to be advantageous going into the 2014 midterm elections and beyond, regardless of the political climate in November.

53. City, Schools Agree To Mediation on Funding -

The city of Memphis and Shelby County Schools have agreed to an “official mediation process with a third party mediator” to resolve the $57 million claim and judgment the school system has against the city and the $89 million counterclaim the city is pursuing against the school system for capital funding.

54. MAAR’s New MLS System Designed for Mobile Users -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors had a system that allowed members to access its Multiple Listing Service on mobile devices, but users sometimes had to jump through sizable hoops to connect with the system while in the field.

55. Market Mystery -

Over the last several years, investors ranging from mom-and-pop shops to large hedge funds have been acquiring single-family homes in Memphis at a historic pace.

But determining the long-term impact that investor purchases have made on neighborhoods remains elusive.

56. Past, Present, Future -

The weekend before the formal reopening of the National Civil Rights Museum, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s voice could be heard in the museum plaza.

57. 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.

58. Bill Extends Tax Breaks for Wind Farms, Filmmakers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Wind farms, NASCAR tracks and filmmakers would keep their treasured tax breaks as part of an $85 billion package of temporary tax cuts passed by a key Senate committee Thursday.

59. 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.

60. Restivo Group Moves to New Midtown Digs -

The Restivo Group Realtors has expanded into new offices at 1861 Madison Ave. in the landmark Gilmore Building.

61. City, Schools Agree To Mediation on Funding -

The city of Memphis and Shelby County Schools have agreed to an “official mediation process with a third party mediator” to resolve the $57 million claim and judgment the school system has against the city and the $89 million counterclaim the city is pursuing against the school system for capital funding.

62. Filing Frenzy -

Until Tuesday, no one was running for the District 7 seat on the Shelby County Schools board. No one had pulled a qualifying petition from the Shelby County Election Commission until just two days before the filing deadline for candidates on the August election ballot.

63. Council Displeased With Budget Ideas -

This isn’t going to be pretty. Two weeks before Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. takes a budget proposal to the Memphis City Council, council members reacted angrily to how Wharton’s administration set the stage for its definitive recommendations.

64. Council Unhappy With Budget Plans So Far -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. got a rough reception at the Tuesday, April 1, Memphis City Council session as it set the stage for Wharton’s budget proposal to come in two weeks.

65. House Votes to Clear Way for Rocky Top Name Change -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state House has voted to allow Lake City to change its name to Rocky Top despite ongoing legal efforts by the rights owners of the bluegrass standard to block the move.

66. Sam Moore Records Song to Honor King -

Veteran singer Sam Moore of the soul duo Sam & Dave is releasing a song in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. to coincide with the anniversary of the civil rights leader's death.

67. Talk Like TED in Your Sales Pitch -

TED is a nonprofit committed to spreading ideas in the form of succinct yet powerful talks that are all 18 minutes or less – the ideal length of time to connect with and persuade viewers.

TED Talks have a distinct style – a formula that often results in spectacularly high levels of viewer engagement. This style is predicated on several guiding principles asked of TED Talk presenters, as outlined by Carmine Gallo in “Talk Like TED.”

68. Candidates Commit as Deadline Nears -

The first day of spring was March 20, but, after months of fundraisers and petition filings, the last day of the month served as the start of this year’s political season.

With the filing deadline for the August state and federal primaries, as well as nonpartisan Shelby County Schools board and judicial positions, Thursday at noon, candidates began Monday, March 31, making the set-in-stone decisions that will point election efforts toward voters and away from the groundwork.

69. Jury Selection Begins in Apple-Samsung Case -

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Jury selection began Monday in the latest legal battle between the fiercest rivals in the world of smartphones, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features.

70. Mississippi Governor Signs Criminal-Justice Overhaul Bill -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday signed a bill designed to make the criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive.

Bryant said House Bill 585, which becomes law July 1, will protect public safety and could save the state $266 million in prison expenses, spread over 10 years.

71. Redistricting Has Little Effect on Tennessee GOP -

While Republican lawmakers in some states may have benefited from congressional redistricting, the changes had little effect in Tennessee.

Republicans were able to give themselves a built-in advantage in House elections by doing well in the statewide elections in many states, then gerrymandering congressional districts in key states after the 2010 census. The strategy may prove to be advantageous going into the 2014 midterm elections and beyond, regardless of the political climate in November.

72. Berger Withdraws From Commission Race -

In a somewhat abrupt turnaround, Memphis businessman Taylor Berger has decided to withdraw his candidacy for the Shelby County Commission about a month after announcing his intent to run for the District 5 seat.

73. Council to Weigh Pension, School Funding -

Memphis City Council members take a closer look Tuesday, April 1, at recommendations to cut city spending and use the savings to devote to the city’s unfunded pension liability.

Meanwhile, the council votes on a resolution that would set aside $4.8 million a year for the next 12 years to pay the $57 million city government owes Shelby County Schools for cutting city funding to the legacy Memphis City Schools system in 2008.

74. Camp Shelby to Become Equipment Hub -

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – The Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center is being considered as a depot for the return, redeployment and disposal of military equipment now in Afghanistan.

75. Pittman Brings Love of Memphis to Yelp Role -

On a recent lunchtime visit to Mot & Ed’s, the restaurant at 1354 Madison Ave. specializing in Southern food with a popular stuffed burger, Joelle Pittman immediately got the owner’s attention after the owner introduced herself and found out Pittman works for Yelp.

76. Brown’s Contempt Hearing Reflects Political Skirmish -

Joe Brown’s bid to unseat District Attorney General Amy Weirich in the 2014 elections probably wasn’t supposed to begin this way – in a courtroom dispute with Juvenile Court that has nothing to do with Weirich.

77. Ramsey: Pay Raises, Higher Ed Funding Face Cuts -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says worse-than-expected revenue collections could force Tennessee to cancel planned pay raises for state employees and reduce planned investments in higher education.

78. EPE Files Permit for Studio Near Graceland -

Elvis Presley Enterprises has filed a $670,000 permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build a new studio building on land north of Graceland.

The permit, which lists Flintco Inc. as the general contractor, comes about four months after New York-based Authentic Brands Group – the company that owns Elvis Presley’s intellectual property and the rights to operate Graceland – announced plans for upgrades around the mansion.

79. This week in Memphis history: February 28-March 3 -

2013: A group of 61 Ku Klux Klan members along with neo-Nazis and Aryan Nations members rallied at the Shelby County Courthouse to protest the plan by the City Council to rename three Confederate-themed parks. The massive police response included 400 law enforcement officers in riot gear, a chain link fence around the Klan protestors and another chain link fence two blocks away around a group of 1,200 counter protestors and curious onlookers. One counter protestor was arrested.

80. Walk-In Clinics Rising as Response to ACA -

When the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, medical providers were not sure what to expect.

But four years down the road, it’s evident the ACA has presented some opportunities – not just for patients, but for how care is delivered and, yes, marketed. And that has meant a rise in walk-in clinics nationally and locally.

81. Employers, Workers Navigate Compliance Rules -

As a certified health care reform specialist, Tim Finnell can stand back and from a distance say the Affordable Care Act does not really have a beginning and an end.

“There will never be final rules,” said Finnell, the president and founder of Group Benefits LLC. “Everything’s going to keep changing.”

82. House Approves Bill to Stop Cut to Medicare Docs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House on Thursday passed legislation to give doctors a yearlong reprieve from a looming 24 percent cut in their payments from Medicare.

The bill passed on a surprise voice vote and advanced to the Senate, which hopes to pass it before a Monday deadline. The vote was delayed by an hour amid doubt that the measure could muster the two-thirds vote required under fast-track procedures.

83. Panel Advances Parent Trigger Bill in Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would allow parents to decide the fate of a struggling school is advancing in the Senate.

The so-called parent trigger legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown was approved 8-1 in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

84. Cards, Redbirds Could Be Dodging Rain -

The old baseball maxim that sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains is hanging heavy in the air for the Friday night, March 28, exhibition game at AutoZone Park between the Memphis Redbirds and the St. Louis Cardinals.

85. Clash of Contenders -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says his political plans last year didn’t include running for county mayor in 2014.

He was on U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s short list of recommendations for an open federal judgeship, a White House appointment he said he knew he might not get “the first time.”

86. New Retail Center Proposed for Downtown Memphis -

A new mixed-use retail center could be headed to the area south of FedExForum Downtown after the developer received approval Wednesday, March 26 for two drive-thru windows and several other code variances.

87. Report: Digital Sites Bring Momentum to News -

NEW YORK (AP) – Growing digital outlets are bringing "a sense of momentum" to the news business even as long-term problems continue to plague the industry, a journalism think tank said on Wednesday.

88. Millions Could Get Extra Time for Health Sign-Ups -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law. That would let the administration boost sign-ups and aid Democrats under attack over the program's troubles.

89. Group of Retail Trucks Set for Memphis Debut -

A group of mobile retail businesses – think food trucks, except with a retail component instead of food – will be launching in Memphis soon, with the debut of each so-called retail truck staggered throughout April and May.

90. Watered-Down Meth Bill Advancing in Tenn. House -

A watered-down version of Gov. Bill Haslam's anti-meth legislation is advancing in the House, though significant differences remain with the Senate bill.

The House Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday advanced the measure that would set an annual cap of 150 days' worth of allergy and cold medicines like Sudafed that could be bought without prescription. That's double the amount envisioned under Haslam's previous proposal.

91. Elvis Presley Enterprises Files Permit for Studio Near Graceland -

Elvis Presley Enterprises has filed a $670,000 permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build a new studio building on land north of Graceland.

The permit, which lists Flintco Inc. as the general contractor, comes about four months after New York-based Authentic Brands Group – the company that owns Elvis Presley’s intellectual property and the rights to operate Graceland – announced plans for upgrades around the mansion.

92. Tasty Transformation -

Goodbye, “31 Flavors.” Hello, “40 Flavors.”

A new Baskin-Robbins store at 1168 N. Houston Levee Road in Cordova is the first in the Memphis area to feature a new store concept, including offering 40 different frozen flavors instead of the traditional 31.

93. Brown Contempt Jailing Maps Political Challenge -

The arrest of the Democratic nominee for Shelby County district attorney general Monday, March 24, is the best indication yet of the tumult within the local Democratic Party as it attempts to win countywide offices four years after losing every race to Republicans.

94. Lawmakers, Groups Announce Health Initiative -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislative leaders and several groups are launching a new initiative to encourage healthy eating in Tennessee.

A news conference was scheduled at the state Capitol on Tuesday to announce the plan.

95. DA Candidate Brown Jailed For Contempt in Juvenile Court -

Former Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown, who is the Democratic nominee for District Attorney General in the August county general elections, was arrested and jailed Monday, March 24, for being in contempt of court.

96. Survey: Economists See US Growth Pickup This Year -

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — With the pace of U.S. economic growth seen speeding up later this year and next, many business economists expect the Federal Reserve to end its bond purchases this fall or even earlier.

97. Mississippi Sheriffs to Get Pay Raises -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi sheriffs will get their first pay raise in several years, starting July 1. Depending on where they serve, the raise could be as little as $9,000 or as much as $20,000.

98. Crowdfunding on Tap For Local Filmmakers -

Since August, retired financial executives from the Memphis chapter of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) have been working in partnership with leaders from the Memphis-Shelby County Film and Television Commission to start an educational program for filmmakers.

99. Tigers Season Ends On Common Theme -

RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior guard Geron Johnson had guaranteed the Memphis Tigers would win two NCAA Tournament games. But in the wake of their 78-60 loss to top-seeded Virginia Sunday night in the round of 32, Johnson looked a reporter in the eye and offered a revised declaration.

100. School Board to Vote on $52.6 Million Capital Funding -

Shelby County Schools board members take up a $52.6 million capital funding request Tuesday, March 25, that superintendent Dorsey Hopson would take to the Shelby County Commission for funding.

And the board votes as well Tuesday on setting attendance zones for the school year that begins in August – the first school year of the demerger into six suburban school systems as well as a Shelby County Schools system that becomes the city of Memphis and the unincorporated areas of Shelby County.