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1. US Consumer Spending Dips 0.1 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer spending fell in July, with a drop in auto purchases accounting for most of the weakness. Income growth also slowed.

Consumer spending edged down 0.1 percent last month after a 0.4 percent increase in June, the Commerce Department reported Friday. It was the first decline in spending since January. Income growth slowed to 0.2 percent in July, the weakest showing in seven months.

2. Feds Reviewing Reynolds Deal to Buy Lorillard -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Federal regulators are putting Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc.'s planned $25 billion takeover of rival Newport maker Lorillard Inc. under the microscope.

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4. Redbirds Season to Open With Cardinals Exhibition -

The Memphis Redbirds will open the 2015 season at AutoZone Park with an April 3 exhibition game versus the St. Louis Cardinals.

Memphis kicks off its regular season at home April 9 by welcoming the Iowa Cubs (Triple-A Cubs) and Omaha Storm Chasers (Triple-A Royals) during an eight-game homestand.

5. Events -

The Chick-fil-A 5K walk/run benefiting Junior Achievement will be held Monday, Sept. 1, starting at AutoZone Park, 200 Union Ave. Opening ceremonies will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the race will start at 9 a.m. Register at chickfila5k.com.

6. Launching Your Own ‘Ice-Bucket Challenge’ -

Last week we focused on the excitement – and revenue! – generated by the ALS Foundation’s “ice bucket challenge.” We’re talking millions and millions of dollars. And we imagine your nonprofit organization or college is thinking “why didn’t we think of that?!” Or maybe a board member has approached your executive or development director with a request launch your own challenge.

7. The Gold Left on the Table -

I always feel bad for clients of a full-cycle innovation project. After the many ideation and co-creation sessions, there are far too many viable concepts to pursue. In many cases, millions of dollars of market expansion, new products with tested, validated appeal and new licensing opportunities get swept aside just because there are too many possibilities.

8. Council to Review Alternative Health Plan -

Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Sept. 2, talk over a proposed high-deductible health insurance plan that would restore health benefits for city employees and retirees.

The 1:30 p.m. executive session discussion by the full council is the first since the leaders of the Memphis Fire Fighters Association pitched the plan at a health insurance oversight committee session in July.

9. Rock for Love 8 to be Held Sept. 5-7 -

Rock for Love 8, the eighth annual Church Health Center benefit concert weekend, is set for Sept. 5-7 at Crosstown (block party), Overton Square and the Levitt Shell.

Friday’s Crosstown block party will feature a rare headlining appearance from the Dirty Streets at the Hi Tone. Earlier in the night, bands will perform at Crosstown Arts, Amurica, the Church Health Center’s bay space and on an outdoor Visible School stage. The night will also feature food trucks, a hula hoop luau, flea market, comedy, art exhibition and more.

10. Labor Day Chick-fil-A 5K Registration Open -

Runners and walkers will fill AutoZone Park on Labor Day for the 12th annual Chick-fil-A 5K, benefiting Junior Achievement.

Five participants in the Monday, Sept. 1, event will go home with one year of free chicken meals from Chick-fil-A. The top overall male and female runners will be awarded a $50 gift card from Fleet Feet, along with the 52 weeks of free chicken. Two participants will be randomly selected for the prize, and the final year of free meals will be awarded to the participant with the best costume. All are encouraged to don black spots, wear cow ears or pin a tail on to dress in the spirit of Chick-fil-A’s cow mascot.

11. UTHSC Professor Receives Alcohol Research Grant -

Dr. Alex Dopico, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been awarded $1.9 million to extend funding for his ongoing research into the effects of alcohol on the brain.

12. Tigers Get Commitment from 6-Foot-11 Center -

Nick Marshall, a 6-foot-11, 220-pound senior center from Lexington (Tennessee) High has publicly committed to the University of Memphis basketball team.

13. Events -

Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will host a female business leader luncheon Thursday, Sept. 4, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin Ave. The Dutch treat lunch brings together business leaders and up-and-coming leaders to discuss various topics related to women in business. Register at thelpbc.com.

14. Veteran Titan Gives Human Face to ALS Awareness -

A year ago, Tim Shaw was trying to hang on to his roster spot with the Tennessee Titans.

Now, at age 30, Shaw revealed last week that he is suffering from ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

15. Is It Really Time to Relax Lending Standards? -

Just when you thought it was safe to believe in the wisdom of the system, they pull this.

Back in 2008, when the Great Recession made its way into Middle Tennessee and the area began to feel the pain that other regions had endured for several years, the financial world collapsed.

16. Tigers Get Commitment From 6-Foot-11 Center -

Nick Marshall, a 6-foot-11, 220-pound senior center from Lexington (Tennessee) High has publicly committed to the University of Memphis basketball team.

17. Events -

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Aug. 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email info@southmainmemphis.net.

18. Standing Out in The Crowd -

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel as part of the Memphis Urban League Young Professional’s 2014 Empowerment Conference. We spoke on the topic of “Stand Out in the Crowd.”

19. It Begins -

KICKING IT OFF. Here we go again. Some years ago, I found myself at a tailgate party in downtown Tuscaloosa. Even though the game wasn’t until that afternoon and it was only mid-morning, there were plenty of people well into their cups.

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21. UTHSC Professor Receives Alcohol Research Grant -

Dr. Alex Dopico, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been awarded $1.9 million to extend funding for his ongoing research into the effects of alcohol on the brain.

22. Events -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis will hold free how-to clinics with Lowe’s and a kickoff of Habitat’s 2014 building season Thursday, Aug. 28, at Memphis Habitat, 7136 Winchester Road. Clinics will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will focus on painting and working with hardware and power tools. The short kickoff program will follow. Visit memphishabitat.com for details.

23. Counsel to the Council? -

In the statewide daily I read each morning, the Aug. 13, 2014, “Judge Parker” comic strip featured legal secretary Gloria saying to senior partner Sam, “Rocky Ledge is talking about having Steve come aboard as corporate council” (sic). I’m not a reader of this strip. Or any soap-operaesque strips, actually. Though I can remember a time in life when I read “Mary Worth” on a regular basis. I just can’t remember why.

24. Beneficiary Forms Trump Your Will -

Ray’s take: Few people like to think about death – particularly their own. But a sound estate plan includes dealing with that possibility to be certain your wishes are honored after you “make the switch.”

25. Cohen: Ferguson Police Could Have ‘Shot to Wound’ -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said police in Ferguson, Mo., could have shot to wound instead of shot to kill Michael Brown in the fatal incident there this month that has prompted national and international reaction to a number of race-related issues beyond the shooting.

26. AP Survey: Fed's Outlook Correct but Not Solution -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Economists appear to be of two minds about the Federal Reserve.

They agree with the Fed that the job market still isn't healthy. Yet the latest Associated Press survey of economists finds that most fear the Fed will wait too long to raise interest rates and thereby risk stoking inflation or creating asset bubbles.

27. Events -

Orion Federal Credit Union will hold a grand opening celebration for its newest branch Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. at 4805 American Way. Visit orionfcu.com.

28. Ice Bucket Challenge Spotlights Viral Video Power -

Perhaps one of the greatest viral phenomena – the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – has dominated social media channels for the past month, raising an impressive $70 million to date, compared to $2.5 million typically raised by the nonprofit during the same time period.

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30. Southwest, Frontier Add Memphis Flights -

Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines are increasing service at Memphis International Airport, providing more service for local flyers and boosting the facility’s transition away from a high-priced hub airport.

31. Tennessee Agencies Have $121 Million in Military Surplus -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Since 1993, Tennessee law enforcement agencies have received more than 41,000 military surplus items worth at least $121 million, much of that going to the state's smaller cities and counties.

32. Appeals Panel Weighing Occupy Nashville Suit -

CINCINNATI (AP) – A special three-judge panel focused on issues of camping, protests, free speech and executive power on Monday during arguments in an appeal of a lawsuit brought by Occupy Nashville protesters arrested on War Memorial Plaza in October 2011.

33. Oak Ridge Biomass Steam Plant Already Closed -

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) – When Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Biomass Steam Plant opened in 2012, it was supposed to save the lab money while also cutting pollution. But the plant had to be shut down after just a year and a half when a systems check found that some parts were already failing.

34. Labor Day Chick-fil-A 5K Registration Open -

Runners and walkers will fill AutoZone Park on Labor Day for the 12th annual Chick-fil-A 5K, benefiting Junior Achievement.

Five participants in the Monday, Sept. 1, event will go home with one year of free chicken meals from Chick-fil-A. The top overall male and female runners will be awarded a $50 gift card from Fleet Feet, along with the 52 weeks of free chicken. Two participants will be randomly selected for the prize, and the final year of free meals will be awarded to the participant with the best costume. All are encouraged to don black spots, wear cow ears or pin a tail on to dress in the spirit of Chick-fil-A’s cow mascot.

35. Events -

Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum will host its 2014 Economic Development Forum Tuesday, Aug. 26, through Thursday, Aug. 28, at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Attendees can hear nationally known speakers, learn business growth strategies and get access to business capital. Register at edf.mmbc-memphis.org.

36. Discover Labor Day Getaways Close to Home -

Labor Day, the traditional end to summer. Public swimming pools are closing and college football is getting underway.

It’s also time for one last getaway before fall settles in, especially if you have school-age children.

37. Getting In on Ice Bucket Challenge -

In the heat of summer having a bucket of ice water thrown on you may not be a bad thing. It’s a phenomenon that’s sweeping the nation – contagious fundraising spurred on by social media, sports celebrities, television hosts, movie stars and international performers. Everyone – it seems – is in on it. Well, except for the two of us. We are enjoying the summer heat with no ice water – but we’re giving to ALS anyway. Here’s the reason: we want to be “in with the in crowd.”

38. Women of Hope CEO Fights Ebola in Sierra Leone -

A war does not occur in a vacuum, and neither does a health crisis, such as the Ebola virus now spreading through West Africa. Kim Kargbo knows this too well.

Kargbo, 47, president and CEO of Memphis-based Women of Hope International, is to leave for Sierra Leone on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Kargbo was raised there by parents serving as missionaries, and she also worked there in the 1990s and 2000s amid the country’s decade-long civil war.

39. Shelby County New-Home Permits Drop 7.8 Percent in July -

The local homebuilding industry can still mystify a veteran builder and developer like David Goodwin Jr.

Goodwin and other homebuilders expected 2014 to be a healthy year for the industry, especially entering the spring and early summer.

40. Huckabee: 'Stop the Fight' Over Common Core -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer students in struggling schools, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday. The position puts him at odds with a significant bloc of Republicans.

41. Yellen: Job Market Makes Fed Hesitant on Rate Hike -

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the Great Recession complicated the Fed's ability to assess the U.S. job market and made it harder to determine when to adjust interest rates.

42. Lawsuits Challenge FAA Drone, Model Aircraft Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency's ban on commercial drone flights.

43. Tennessee Inmates Sue Over Electric Chair -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Ten death row inmates in Tennessee are suing to prevent the state from using the electric chair as a backup execution device should it be unable to obtain drugs needed to give lethal injections.

44. Rock for Love 8 to Be Held Sept. 5-7 -

Rock for Love 8, the eighth annual Church Health Center benefit concert weekend, is set for Sept. 5-7 at Crosstown (block party), Overton Square and the Levitt Shell.

Friday’s Crosstown block party will feature a rare headlining appearance from the Dirty Streets at the Hi Tone. Earlier in the night, bands will perform at Crosstown Arts, Amurica, the Church Health Center’s bay space and on an outdoor Visible School stage. The night will also feature food trucks, a hula hoop luau, flea market, comedy, art exhibition and more.

45. Memphis Habitat, Lowe’s Host How-To Clinics -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis and Lowe’s are teaming up to host clinics and a build kickoff party.

Memphis Habitat and Lowe’s will host the free how-to clinics and kickoff celebration on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m. at Memphis Habitat, 7136 Winchester Road.

46. Events -

Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum will host its 2014 Economic Development Forum Tuesday, Aug. 26, through Thursday, Aug. 28, at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Attendees can hear from nationally known speakers, learn business growth strategies and get access to business capital. Register at edf.mmbc-memphis.org.

47. Goodwill Center Helps Job Seekers Reclaim Dreams -

The event was held in the shadow of the shuttered Raleigh Springs Mall, in the expanded section of the Goodwill store at 3830 Austin Peay Highway. It was the grand opening of the Goodwill Job Center.

48. Primary Research and Talking Sticks -

Business, organizations, and nonprofits grow with the level of firsthand experiences they have with their prospects, customers, members or donors. These entities both know themselves and also know their audience, their tribe.

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50. Titans Offense Looks Like NFL Product -

Exciting. Now, there’s a word that hasn’t been associated much with the Tennessee Titans in recent years.

But based on the early preseason, Coach Ken Whisenhunt is fielding a Titans team that might actually be worth watching.

51. Vols: Looks Like 6-6 Season -

Pull out your 2014 schedules, UT fans.

Fall camp is done, and it’s time to get in game-week mode with the season opener against Utah State fast approaching.

So go to the little box next to each of UT’s opponents on the 2014 schedule and pick the winner.

52. Boomsday More Than Fireworks, Football -

It’s hard to imagine a college freshman passing up her first opportunity to spend a weekend at home. But when Boomsday is on the schedule, laundry can wait.

“I’ve stayed for Boomsday since freshman year, even though it’s the first weekend you can go home,” says Carrie Bowman of Hendersonville, who graduated from the University of Tennessee last spring with a degree in speech pathology.

53. That Realtor Key Box Might Welcome Unwanted Visitors -

This one may get me in trouble with some of my peers, but it is important, so here goes.

First, some background.

In most cases, when a buyer’s agents schedule appointments for showings, they find the properties on MLS and print the listing sheets.

54. Events -

The A2H Concert Series will feature Jimbo Mathus Saturday, Aug. 23, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at A2H art gallery, 3009 Davies Plantation Road. Suggested donation is $20; hors d’oeurves and drinks included. RSVP to christinab@a2h.com or 372-0404.

55. Oklahoma State Highlights Tigers’ Schedule -

The University of Memphis has released the non-conference schedule for the 2014-2015 men's basketball season and it includes a home game against Oklahoma State and opening the season in South Dakota on Nov. 18 against Wichita State, which spent much of last season undefeated.

56. US Housing Recovery Appears to be Back on Track -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.

57. United Lures Top Fliers With Promise of a Hot Meal -

NEW YORK (AP) – To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs.

The carrier has been looking for ways to woo back some of its top fliers who defected to other carriers following a rocky merger with Continental Airlines. So, it's upgrading first class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights.

58. UAW Says Volkswagen Signups in Tennessee Hit 670 -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) – A United Auto Workers leader says a new local in Chattanooga has signed up the equivalent of what would have been a winning margin for the union vote at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee.

59. Events -

Pickler Cos. will host One Day, a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Friday, Aug. 22, from noon to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Pickler Wealth Advisors, 1135 Halle Park Circle. The event will include refreshments, T-shirts for sale, music and a dunk tank featuring local celebrities, educators and personalities. Email hhagerman@picklercompanies.com.

60. Minimizing Jargon -

Recently, my doctor explained a topic so complicated that even my two advanced degrees weren’t helping to decipher what she was talking about.

“If we were talking about marketing, I’d completely understand,” I said. “But, unfortunately I don’t. Can you explain this to me again in a more simple way?” My doctor paused, laughed, and said, “You know, this is how I feel when my pest guy comes to tell me about my lawn. I have no idea what he’s talking about!”

61. The Skinny -

THE NAKED TRUTH. Of the occasions I’ve been skinny dipping, two stand out. The first ended in an FBI interrogation and the other in front of a generation of city leaders.

The summer before my senior year in high school, a group of us made frequent trespasses to a secluded wet spot on a farm off Winchester. Elam’s Pond has long since been lost to progress and the airport, the girls and boys who splashed there those bright afternoons have long since become fully clothed and responsible adults – well, fully clothed anyway.

62. Wade: Pastner Hits Reset Button on Roster, Season -

John Calipari never could have gotten away with this. Wait, let me rephrase that:

Calipari can get away with anything – see two voided Final Fours at UMass and Memphis and his current station as King of College Basketball at Kentucky.

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64. Family Dollar Rejects Dollar General Offer -

Family Dollar has rejected a takeover bid from dollar-store competitor Dollar General, saying it would be too hard for the deal to pass antitrust regulators. Family Dollar's board said it supports its existing deal to be acquired by Dollar Tree.

65. Target Cuts Outlook as Breach Fallout Lingers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target Corp. slashed its annual profit outlook for the second time in three months as the retailer reels from a massive customer-data breach, a botched Canadian expansion and sluggish U.S. sales.

66. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will present “Stick Fly” Thursday, Aug. 21, through Sept. 14 at the theater, 37 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at hattiloo.org.

67. Fed-Casting the Next Six Months -

The central questions for this aging bull market involve the timing, pace and degree of interest rate increases. Low interest rates make equity earnings larger and more valuable. Freeze interest rates here and stocks look cheap. Increase them to historical norms and stocks look expensive.

68. Rail House Roots -

Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series. “Rail house” is a term that businesses – especially restaurants and bars – near train tracks, or with railroad motifs, use in their names.

69. In Case of Incapacitation -

Ray’s take: A financial power of attorney is a powerful tool in your financial planning arsenal in the event your investments or other financial matters need action and you can’t do it.

70. US Won't Reveal Records on Health Website Security -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's health care website because doing so could "potentially" allow hackers to break in.

71. Ballmer Steps Down From Microsoft Board -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company's board, bringing to a close 34 years with the software giant.

Ballmer says he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, civic contributions, teaching and study.

72. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host musician Graham Nash for a discussion and signing of his memoir, “Wild Tales,” Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

73. Six Revealing Sales Interview Questions -

The new hire failure rate is astonishing and expensive, and it’s even worse for sales candidates who can be among the toughest to properly vet. Leadership IQ reports that of 20,000 new hires tracked in a recent study, 46 percent failed within 18 months.

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75. Screwpulp Carves Out Identity in Amazon-Led Industry -

It’s no secret Amazon is the subject of intense public scrutiny at the moment over a flurry of controversial decisions from the online retailing giant against some of the publishers with which it does business.

76. ‘Two Ears, One Heart’ -

The phone rings and rings at the Memphis Crisis Center – 19,000 times in 2013, or 2.2 times every hour, 52 times a day, 365 days a year.

Of the 19,000 calls logged last year, 1,301 – or 3.6 per day – were from people talking about killing themselves.

77. Consumer Prices Edge Up 0.1 Percent in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer prices rose in July at the slowest pace in five months, held back by a drop in gasoline prices.

Consumer prices edged up a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent last month, after larger gains of 0.3 percent in June and 0.4 percent in May, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. It was the smallest increase since a similar 0.1 percent rise in February.

78. Government Wants to Make Cars Talk to Each Other -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.

79. Google's Pivotal IPO Launched a Decade of Big Bets -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit.

And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further.

80. Mississippi Jobless Rate Rises in July, Stays US Worst -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's unemployment rate continued to go in the wrong direction in July, remaining the highest in the nation.

The jobless rate rose to 8 percent in July, the third straight monthly increase, as the number of people reporting they had a job fell faster than the labor force.

81. Community Health Details Attack on Patient Records -

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyberattack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year.

The Franklin, Tennessee, company said Monday that no medical or credit card records were taken in the attack, which may have happened in April and June. But Community said the attack did bypass its security systems to take patient names, addresses, birthdates, and phone and Social Security numbers.

82. Beale Street Begins Charging Security Fee -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Beale Street has instituted a policy that increases safety by charging visitors a new fee.

WMC-TV reports visitors arriving at midnight Saturday or later had to pay a $10 charge to get past a security checkpoint and onto the iconic street in Memphis. The station reports the special event cover charge paid for 23 extra security officers.

83. UTHSC Researcher Gets $1.6 Million Arthritis Grant -

Ae-Kyung Yi, associate professor in the departments of Pediatrics, and Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a grant totaling $1.6 million from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health.

84. National Urban League Young Professionals President to Speak in Memphis -

National Urban League Young Professionals president Brandi Richard will speak this weekend during the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals’ second annual Empowerment Conference.

85. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will host Stephani Brownlee’s CD release party Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. in Studio A, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Museum admission is free to Shelby County residents with ID. Visit staxmuseum.com.

86. Leading by Example -

Have you heard about Raymond Burse, the newly appointed interim president of Kentucky State University who voluntarily reduced his salary by 25 percent to ensure that all university employees would make a minimum hourly wage of $10.25?

87. Council Reviews Pension Investment Changes -

For the first time in months, Memphis City Council members have no committee discussions scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 19, on city health insurance benefits or proposed pension plan changes.

But the council will vote on the first in a series of pension plan changes to come.

88. Supervalu Becomes Latest to Suffer Data Breach -

NEW YORK (AP) – A data breach at Supervalu may have impacted as many as 200 of its grocery and liquor stores and potentially affected retail chains recently sold by the company in two dozen states.

89. US Producer Prices Rise Just 0.1 Percent in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Falling gasoline costs lowered the prices that U.S. companies received for their goods and services last month, keeping overall inflation in check.

The producer price index rose 0.1 percent in July, following a 0.4 percent gain in June, the Labor Department said Friday. The index measures the cost of goods and services before they reach the consumer.

90. Old International Paper Equipment Up for Sale -

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – Some of the last infrastructure left over from International Paper's days of operations will soon be up for bid.

The Adams County Board of Supervisors authorized this week for County Administrator Joe Murray to declare some of the old IP equipment to be excess equipment and advertise it for sale.

91. 5 Tennessee Sites Added to National Register -

Five Tennessee sites, including one in Memphis, have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The registry is part of a nationwide program that coordinates and supports efforts to identify, evaluate and protect historic resources. The Tennessee Historical Commission administers the program in Tennessee.

92. Awards Show Coming to WKNO This Fall -

An awards show produced in partnership with WKNO-TV, the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, Media Source and The Rotary Club of Memphis will launch this fall to honor positive achievements.

For The SPARK Awards, members of the community are invited to nominate individuals, nonprofits, corporations and schools that are igniting change and making a positive impact in the Memphis area.

93. Author Jess Walter to Appear at Libration -

The Memphis Library Foundation has announced that Jess Walter, author of the New York Times bestseller “Beautiful Ruins,” will join fans and library supporters during the foundation’s annual Libration event.

94. Events -

Memphis Area Business and Professional Women will meet Monday, Aug. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5530 Walnut Grove Road. Attorney Stephen Biller will discuss how he can be of benefit to women minority-owned businesses. RSVP to Martha Ervin at 489-5481.

95. Lessons Learned From FAA’s Expanded Use of Electronics -

With business travel season heating up, it’s important to keep some technology etiquette in mind to avoid work liability issues and being a nuisance to those around you.

As many of you road warriors know, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently relaxed some rules around the usage of portable electronic devices during commercial airline flights. This allows passengers to safely use their devices in airplane mode from gate to gate at the airlines’ discretion.

96. Consumers Driving Health Care Innovation -

Everyone in the U.S complains about health care – the rising costs of insurance premiums and co-pays, the lack of innovation, the poor experience at doctor’s offices and hospitals, and price of medications.

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98. Commission Reopens Anti-Discrimination Debate -

Six of the 13 Shelby County Commissioners attend their last meeting Monday, Aug. 18.

The finale of the four-year term of office will feature renewed discussion about a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance and attempts to make the residency requirement for county commissioners more specific.

99. Less-Frenzied House Hunting in Williamson County -

This past week, Realtor Stephanie Tipton Soper had two out-of-town families relocating to Nashville. Both were in search of homes in Williamson County.

Disclosure being the better part of valor, Stephanie is my real estate partner at Christianson, Patterson, Courtney and Associates. With my wife Beth and our twins vacationing in London, Stephanie was the only real estate agent from whom I can draw immediate, deadline-ready data and information, so here she is.

100. Reshaping a City, One Lot at a Time -

John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.