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1. Southwest Bag Workers Picketing Over Flight Delays -

DENVER (AP) – Saying Southwest Airlines is neglecting workers and its customers, baggage handlers are bringing attention to the company's slide in on-time performance as they seek a new contract.

2. Automakers Aim to Drive Away Car Computer Hackers -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance.

Meticulously overwhelming its computer networks, the hackers showed that – given time – they would be able to pop the trunk and start the windshield wipers, cut the brakes or lock them up, and even kill the engine.

3. SpaceX Breaks Ground on Texas Rocket Launch Site -

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) – The commercial rocket launches that could begin as early as 2016 in the southernmost tip of Texas will be a critical step toward one day establishing a human presence on Mars, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Monday.

4. Southwest Changing the Look of Its Planes -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines is putting a new paint job on its planes, adding a splash of bright color as it enters middle age and faces many changes.

The airline introduced its new livery Monday to a rally of several hundred employees in a hangar at its headquarters next to Dallas Love Field.

5. US Manufacturing Grows at Fastest Pace in 3 1/2 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. manufacturing grew in August at the strongest pace in more than three years as factories cranked out more goods and new orders rose.

The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index rose to 59 from 57.1 in July, the ISM said Tuesday. That was the highest reading since March 2011. Any measure above 50 signals that manufacturing is growing.

6. FAA Proposes to Fine Southwest Airlines $12 Million -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.

7. 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.

8. Amazon Asks FAA for Permission to Fly Drones -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.

The news sent Amazon's shares up nearly 5 percent in midday trading.

9. Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing Lure Interns With Perks -

SEATTLE (AP) – Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing sweeten already lucrative job offers in Seattle with subsidized, furnished housing. Transportation is covered from anywhere in the country, including airport food, baggage fees and taxis. There's free breakfast and dinner, biweekly housekeeping, a private party with Macklemore and Deadmau5.

10. 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.

11. Elon Musk Unveils Spacecraft to Ferry Astronauts -

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) – A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will lower the cost of going to space.

12. 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.

13. Southwest Announces Potential Flights From Dallas -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines Co. is raising the ante over Dallas Love Field.

14. Events -

The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County will host the “All in for Animals” Texas Hold ’Em charity poker tournament Saturday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. at 935 Farm Road. The poker tournament will feature prizes, food, and a beer and bourbon bar. Cost is $50 before Friday, Feb. 21, or $60 at the door. Visit memphishumane.org.

15. Obama Asks CEOs for Help Hiring Long-Term Jobless -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Confronting an economic recovery slowed by persistent joblessness, President Barack Obama on Friday won commitments from nearly 300 companies to reach out to the nearly 4 million Americans who have been jobless for half a year or more.

16. US Durable Goods Orders Drop 4.3 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Businesses cut back sharply on their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in December with a key category that signals business investment plans falling by the biggest amount in five months.

17. NLRB: No violations at Chattanooga VW Plant -

The National Labor Relations Board has determined that the United Auto Workers union and Volkswagen did not violate federal labor laws last year in Chattanooga.

An investigation into possible violations began after workers filed complaints in the midst of the union's organizing efforts at the plant.

18. American Airlines Orders 90 Regional Jets -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – American Airlines, fresh out of bankruptcy and newly merged with US Airways, said Thursday that it will buy 90 new regional jets from Brazil's Embraer S.A. and Canada's Bombardier Inc. and use them to replace smaller, less fuel-efficient planes.

19. CEOs More Optimistic About Economy and Hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A survey of chief executives at the largest U.S. companies shows a growing number are slightly more optimistic about the economy's prospects for the next six months and expect to boost hiring.

20. Chasing Growth -

The pressure to show investors growth and a return is one of the most basic realities of operating as a public company.

And the three Memphis-based companies on this year’s Fortune 500 list are pressing forward on their own distinct paths toward satisfying that pressure.

21. Airport Center Signs Two New Tenants -

Memphis International Airport Center in Southeast Memphis has recently experienced positive leasing activity.

Lansing Building Products, a major supplier of building products such as siding, windows, gutters, trims, railings, columns and stone, renewed its 24,524-square-foot lease at 3510 Winchester Road.

22. US Businesses Worry About a Prolonged Shutdown -

NEW YORK (AP) – As the government's partial shutdown enters a second day, most companies across the country are doing business as usual. Yet concern is rising that a prolonged shutdown would cause some work at private companies to dry up and consumers to lose faith in the U.S. economy.

23. Frontier Airlines Sold to Ultra-Cheap Airline Investor -

Frontier Airlines is being sold to William Franke, a pioneer of the cheap tickets and high fees airline business that has spread overseas and is growing in the U.S.

Franke is the former chairman of Spirit Airlines, which has earned consistent profits by jamming more seats on its planes and charging extra for things that other airlines do for free, such as printing a boarding pass at the airport, or using the overhead bin.

24. Haslam Cites Manufacturing Boom in Grants -

Armed with a $16.5 million fund approved by the General Assembly, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has lots of West Tennessee stops this week as he awards grants that will provide workforce training equipment to state schools certifying workers or training them for associate degrees.

25. Orders for US Durable Goods Rise 4.2 Percent in June -

Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods rose in June, bolstered by a surge in aircraft demand and more business spending. The increase suggests companies are more confident in the economy and could boost economic growth in the second half of the year.

26. Southwest Airlines' Second-Quarter Profit Slips 2 Percent -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines is getting a small break at the fuel pump, and that's helping it to slightly beat Wall Street expectations for profit.

The company saved 16 cents a gallon on fuel in the second quarter, which added up to $88 million. That made a difference in a quarter during which revenue barely grew.

27. Orders for US Durable Goods Rise 4.2 Percent in June -

Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods rose in June, bolstered by a surge in aircraft demand and more business spending. The increase suggests companies are more confident in the economy and could boost economic growth in the second half of the year.

28. US Chief Executives Optimistic About Hiring -

Chief executives for the largest U.S. companies are more optimistic about sales over the next six months and plan to add more workers.

The Business Roundtable said Wednesday that its April-June quarterly survey found 32 percent of its members expect to expand payrolls in the next six months. That’s up from 29 percent in the January-March survey. And 78 percent expect their sales to increase. That’s up from 72 percent from the previous survey.

29. US Chief Executives Optimistic About Hiring -

Chief executives for the largest U.S. companies are more optimistic about sales over the next six months and plan to add more workers.

The Business Roundtable said Wednesday that its April-June quarterly survey found 32 percent of its members expect to expand payrolls in the next six months. That’s up from 29 percent in the January-March survey. And 78 percent expect their sales to increase. That’s up from 72 percent from the previous survey.

30. United Restarts 787 Flights After Grounding -

United Airlines is again flying the 787, four months after smoldering batteries forced the plane to be grounded worldwide.

A United 787 flight took off from Houston on Monday morning and landed in Chicago.

31. Southwest to Save by Delaying Delivery of Planes -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines Co. is delaying delivery of new airplanes and filling the gap with used planes to reduce spending over the next five years.

32. FedEx to Buy Boeing Jets From United Airlines -

FedEx Corp. says it will buy up to 30 Boeing aircraft from United Airlines and convert them into cargo planes.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

33. FedEx to Buy Boeing Jets from United Airlines -

MEMPHIS (AP) – FedEx Corp. says it will buy up to 30 Boeing aircraft from United Airlines and convert them into cargo planes.

34. National College Ready for Growth -

The National College of Business and Technology has a new building with new technology and more classroom space.

Now the for-profit school is waiting for an end to the lull it has seen since summer.

35. Airbus to Drop Lithium-Ion Batteries in A350 -

PARIS (AP) – Airbus abandoned its plans to use lithium-ion batteries for its new A350 airplanes due to the uncertainty surrounding the technology following the grounding of Boeing's 787, the company said.

36. Southwest Executive Hints at Airline’s Plan for Memphis -

The Traffic Club of Memphis’ February luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 12, featured Wally Devereaux, director of sales and marketing for the Cargo Management Group of Southwest Airlines.

Devereaux’s talk focused primarily on the cargo side of Southwest’s business, but he did drop a few hints of what to expect from the passenger side as 2013 unfolds. Devereaux said he could not comment on airfare questions because he did not know.

37. Boeing Wraps Up 787 Test Flights for Now -

Boeing conducted a second test flight of its 787 on Monday as it looks for the cause of battery problems that have grounded the planes. It said no more tests are currently planned.

Boeing said Monday's flight lasted one hour and 29 minutes and was uneventful. Flight-tracking service FlightAware showed that the plane flew from Boeing Field in Seattle, east over Washington State, and back.

38. New Breed Expands Memphis Footprint -

New Breed Logistics recently announced plans to expand its Memphis operations with an investment of $23 million that will create 468 warehouse and distribution jobs.

The privately held 3PL company helps businesses design and operate efficient supply chains. Its newest facility will consist of 404,000 square feet at 4585 Quality Drive, and the company will also significantly expand operations inside its facility at 4895 Citation Drive.

39. New Breed Logistics Expands in Memphis -

New Breed Logistics executives announced Wednesday, Jan. 16, they are expanding their Memphis operations in a move that will create nearly 500 warehouse and distribution jobs.

New Breed, based in High Point, N.C., is a third-party logistics provider. The privately held company is hired by companies to help them design and operate their supply chains. New Breed also manages warehouse space at more than 75 distribution centers that employ more than 7,500 people around the world.

40. New Breed Logistics Expands in Memphis -

New Breed Logistics executives announced Wednesday, Jan. 16, they are expanding their Memphis operations in a move that will create nearly 500 warehouse and distribution jobs.

New Breed, based in High Point, N.C., is a third-party logistics provider. The privately held company is hired by companies to help them design and operate their supply chains. New Breed also manages warehouse space at more than 75 distribution centers that employ more than 7,500 people around the world.

41. FedEx Reports 12 Percent Earnings Drop -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, reported second quarter net income of $438 million, down 12 percent from last year’s $497 million. The company attributed the income drop to several factors, including weakness in global markets, higher fuel costs and disruptions resulting from Superstorm Sandy.

42. FedEx Reports Earnings Drop, Buys More Planes -

FedEx Corp. this morning reported revenue rose 5 percent to $11.1 billion for its fiscal second quarter, compared to $10.6 billion during the same period in 2011. Operating income dropped $718 million, 8 percent from $780 million last year.

43. Delta Buys Stake in Virgin Atlantic, Holds Investor Day -

On the heels of agreeing to buy a 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic from Singapore Airlines for $360 million on Tuesday, Delta Air Lines Inc. held its annual investor day conference on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Atlanta and detailed the restructuring of its fleet, which will affect flights between Memphis and Birmingham.

44. Fire Suppression Systems Urged in All Cargo Planes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government should require fire suppression systems in all cargo containers or compartments of planes to prevent the kind of ferocious in-flight blazes that have killed four cargo pilots over the past six years, federal accident investigators said Wednesday.

45. Project Copilots -

A pair of local firms has partnered to design the $25 million expansion of the FedEx Air Operations Training Center that’s under way at 3851 Airways Blvd. – a project that will double the size of the Memphis simulator training facility.

46. Drop in Key US Durable Goods Orders Shows Weakness -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Signs that U.S. manufacturing is faltering emerged from a report Friday that orders for long-lasting factory goods, excluding the volatile transportation category, fell in July for the fourth time in five months.

47. Study: Companies Paid More to CEOs Than in US Tax -

NEW YORK (AP) – Twenty-six big U.S. companies paid their CEOs more last year than they paid the federal government in tax, according to a study released Thursday by a liberal-leaning think tank.

48. US Seeks $162M in Fines Against AMR, American Air -

DALLAS (AP) – Federal safety regulators are seeking up to $162.4 million in fines against American Airlines and its affiliates for alleged violations of U.S. safety standards going back several years. The sanctions would dwarf any previous penalties against an airline.

49. Fuel Hedging Costs Delta $168M in Q2 -

Delta Air Lines Inc. lost $168 million, or 20 cents a share, on its fuel hedge strategy that the company touted when fuel prices were high.

50. Delta Finalizes Deal for Southwest 717s -

Delta Air Lines will start taking delivery of Boeing 717s from AirTran Airways next year in a deal with the Southwest Airlines subsidiary designed to replace smaller 50-seat regional jets Delta had been flying.

51. FedEx to Buy 19 Boeing 767s -

FedEx Express announced Friday, June 29, it will buy 19 Boeing 767-300F aircraft for delivery sometime between fiscal years 2015 and 2019.

The announcement, which came after the end of the trading day on Wall Street, also included word of the conversion of four Boeing 777 long-range freighters to the equivalent purchase value of 767s across fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

52. FedEx Places Boeing 767 Order -

FedEx Express announced Friday, June 29, it will buy 19 Boeing 767-300F aircraft for delivery sometime between fiscal years 2015 and 2019.

The announcement, which came after the end of the trading day on Wall Street, also included word of the conversion of four Boeing 777 long-range freighters to the equivalent purchase value of 767s across fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

53. Southwest Will Try Out Live TV on 5 Planes -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines plans to sell live television service on five planes and expand it to more aircraft by mid-July.

The airline said Thursday that it would offer seven sports and news channels for passengers to watch on their own devices.

54. Fewer US CEOs Plan to Hire -

A survey of chief executives shows fewer large U.S. companies plan to hire or boost spending in the next six months, reflecting a weaker U.S. economy.

The Business Roundtable says 36 percent of its CEO members plan to add workers over the next six months. That’s down from 42 percent when the survey was last taken three months ago.

55. FedEx Earnings Up Amid Cost Increases -

The permanent retirement of 24 jets in the FedEx Express fleet signals some headwinds in FedEx Corp.’s new fiscal year, which began June 1.

56. FedEx Reports Earnings Increase, Says Costs Will Rise -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. on Tuesday, June 19, reported earnings of $1.99 per diluted share for the quarter ended May 31, up 24 cents a share from a year ago.

57. FedEx Moves Up Aircraft Retirement -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. has moved up its plans to retire 24 aircraft, most of which the global cargo giant had already parked.

58. FedEx Files Permit App to Expand Sort Facility -

FedEx is planning to expand a sort facility near its Super Hub by Memphis International Airport, according to a $1.7 million building permit application filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

59. Political Battle Over Student Loans Heating Up -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that President Barack Obama was acting "beneath the dignity of the White House" when he traveled around the country this week to pressure Republicans to help keep federal student loan costs from ballooning. Boehner said Obama should reimburse taxpayers for the trips' costs.

60. More US CEOs Plan to Step Up Hiring -

A growing number of chief executives at large U.S. companies say they are more optimistic about the economy and plan to step up hiring. The brighter view from the boardroom comes after the best three months of job growth in two years.

61. FedEx Reports 126 Pct. Earnings Increase -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. reported net earnings for its third quarter of $521 million or $1.65 a share compared with $231 million in earnings a year ago or 73 cents a share.

62. Popular Small Business Bill Hits Senate Obstacles -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It might seem a recipe for success: Legislation to help small businesses raise capital passed the House last week with 95 percent of lawmakers voting for it and President Barack Obama's support. But in today's Congress, nothing comes easy.

63. American to Make More Room for Some Economy Seats -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – American Airlines plans to add a few roomier seats to its economy cabin and charge most passengers more for them.

Elite members of American's frequent-flier program and customers who buy full-fare coach tickets will get the perk for free, if the seats are available.

64. Obama Promotes Steps to Boost US Trade -

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) – President Barack Obama on Friday called for more steps to help U.S. companies compete overseas, standing in front of an enormous Boeing Dreamliner to summon a bright future for American manufacturing and exports.

65. Administration Nominees Awaiting Next Move by GOP -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republicans are returning to Washington in an angry mood over President Barack Obama's appointments to two key agencies during a year-end break.

More than 70 nominees to judgeships and senior federal agency positions are awaiting the next move from Republicans, who can use Senate rules to block votes on some or all of Obama's picks.

66. GOP Hopefuls Assail Obama Labor Board Appointments -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With an eye on the upcoming South Carolina primary, Republican presidential candidates on Thursday assailed President Barack Obama for bypassing the Senate to name three new members to the National Labor Relations Board.

67. FedEx Earnings Up 76 Pct. to $497M -

FedEx Corp.’s earnings rose significantly during the quarter ended Nov. 30, spurred by a jump in e-commerce during the Thanksgiving weekend, the company has announced.

68. FedEx Earnings Up 76 Pct. to $497M -

FedEx Corp.’s earnings rose significantly during the quarter ended Nov. 30, spurred by a jump in e-commerce during the Thanksgiving weekend, the company announced Thursday, Dec. 15.

The Memphis-based company also announced a delay in the rollout of new domestic jets as it signed an order for other new jets as well as international changes to meet “weakness” in Asia.

69. At FedEx, No Elves but Plenty of Workers and Tech to Move Gifts -

LOS ANGELES – With Christmas less than two weeks away, it's crunch time at the nation's shipping companies.

What Memphis-based FedEx Corp. said was its busiest day of the year came Monday, when the carrier moved about 17 million packages nationwide.

70. 3 Senior Executives Leaving American Airlines -

DALLAS (AP) – The exodus of top leaders at American Airlines is growing, a week after parent AMR Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection.

71. Machinists Reach Tentative Deal With Boeing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A contentious labor dispute between the government and Boeing Co. that spawned a national political fight likely will be settled after the company and the Machinists union announced Wednesday they'd reached a tentative deal on a new four-year collective bargaining agreement.

72. American Airlines Files for Bankruptcy Protection -

DALLAS (AP) – The parent company of American Airlines filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, seeking relief from crushing debt caused by high fuel prices and expensive labor contracts that its competitors shed years ago.

73. State Issues Can be Tricky for Presidential Field -

CINCINNATI (AP) — Mitt Romney gingerly distanced himself from a labor issue on the Ohio ballot one day. The next, he embraced the initiative "110 percent."

The equivocation not only highlighted his record of shifting positions but also underscored the local political minefields national candidates often confront in their state-by-state path to the presidency.

74. Stocks End Higher on Reports of Help for Europe -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing higher following reports that China will come to the aid of Europe by investing in a financial rescue fund.

Agence France-Presse reported that China has agreed to invest in Europe's financial rescue program. The fund will be used to support struggling countries in the European Union.

75. Seeing Success -

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

76. Survey: CEOs of Big Companies Foresee Less Hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Only about one-third of chief executives of the largest U.S. companies expect to hire or spend more in the next six months, down sharply from about half who said so three months ago.

77. US House Passes Bill Targeting Boeing Labor Case -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-dominated House approved a bill Thursday that would undercut the government's labor dispute with Boeing Co., wading into a case that has angered business groups and become a major political issue in the Republican presidential primary.

78. Manufacturers Lobby Against Deeper Defense Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Military spending has been "cut to the bone" and deeper reductions could cost the nation tens of thousands of defense jobs, a coalition of manufacturers warned Wednesday in pleading for a special deficit-reduction committee to spare Pentagon budgets.

79. House GOP to Spike Rules as Part of Jobs Agenda -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House Republican agenda this fall will focus on repealing environmental and labor regulations that GOP lawmakers say are driving up the cost of doing business and discouraging employers from hiring new workers.

80. Delta Orders Boeing 737s -

Delta Air Lines, as expected, has ordered 100 Boeing 737-900ER aircraft to upgrade its fleet and cut maintenance costs.

The Atlanta-headquartered airline with a passenger hub at Memphis International Airport expects to take delivery of the aircraft between 2013 and 2018. The 180-seat airplanes will replace Boeing 757s, 767s and Airbus A320s.

81. Delta Orders Boeing 737s -

Delta Air Lines, as expected, has ordered 100 Boeing 737-900ER aircraft to upgrade its fleet and cut maintenance costs.

The Atlanta-headquartered airline with a passenger hub at Memphis International Airport expects to take delivery of the aircraft between 2013 and 2018. The 180-seat airplanes will replace Boeing 757s, 767s and Airbus A320s.

82. Higher Durable-Goods Orders Ease Economic Worries -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A surge in demand for autos and aircraft drove orders for long-lasting manufactured goods higher in July, easing fears that the U.S. economy might be on the verge of another recession.

83. FedEx CFO Points to ‘Positive Changes’ on Way -

The chief financial officer of FedEx Express told analysts at a New York conference this week the Memphis-based shipping giant sees growth in international markets, especially China, Mexico and Latin America.

84. Stocks Mixed After Biggest Day in a Year -

NEW YORK (AP) — One day after the Dow Jones industrial average had its best day this year, the stock market is drifting between slight gains and losses Wednesday. Analysts say concerns about lifting the U.S. debt limit are trumping strong earnings from Apple and a slew of new deals.

85. Pachyderm Bonding Slow in Little Rock -

After a month of sharing space, Ellen’s not buying into this threesome thing at the Little Rock Zoo. This according to a June 30 article by L. Lamor Williams in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

86. GE Head Immelt: No Magic Potion on Jobs -

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) – The chairman of President Barack Obama's jobs and competitiveness council said Wednesday there is no magic potion to jobs creation, but the panel is devising pragmatic plans to put people back to work.

87. Clinton: Diplomacy Key to Job Creation in US -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American diplomacy abroad is critical to creating jobs and improving economic conditions at home, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday, urging Congress not to slash the Obama administration's foreign policy budget.

88. Rules Would Speed Up Union Elections -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Labor regulators are proposing sweeping new rules that would dramatically speed up the time frame for union elections, a move that could make it easier for struggling unions to organize new members, and cut the time businesses have to mount anti-union campaigns.

89. Ford Insider Likely to Succeed Mulally -

MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan (AP) – The executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. says the automaker's next CEO likely will be a company insider.

Bill Ford Jr. said Friday he's very happy with the job being done by CEO Alan Mulally, who turns 66 in August.

90. Obama Selects Businessman Bryson for Commerce Post -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama has tapped energy executive John Bryson to lead the Commerce Department, putting a businessman at the helm of an agency tasked with boosting U.S. exports and promoting American business around the world.

91. A Stunningly Simple Solution -

Most people interested in World War II history know about and understand the importance of the Boeing B-17’s role in winning the war. If you live in Memphis, you probably know about a particular B-17 nicknamed “Memphis Belle,” the first United States bomber to complete 25 missions with the crew intact. However, most people have probably never heard of the Boeing Model 299.

92. FedEx Corp. Orders Four Boeing 777s -

Boeing Co. says cargo hauler FedEx has ordered four more of its 777s.

The order would be worth almost $1.08 billion at list prices for the freighter version, although discounts are common.

93. FedEx Orders 4 Boeing 777s, for a Total of 17 -

CHICAGO (AP) – Boeing Co. says cargo hauler FedEx has ordered four more of its 777s.

The order would be worth almost $1.08 billion at list prices for the freighter version, although discounts are common.

94. Boeing Completes 1st Flight of New Passenger Jet -

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) – The Boeing Co.'s newest and largest passenger plane completed its first flight on Sunday, marking another milestone as the company prepares to get the long-haul jumbo jet ready for the market by the end of the year.

95. FedEx to Donate Plane to Mich. Aviation College -

A FedEx Express plane will make its final landing at Western Michigan University’s aviation school, where it will provide real-world training for students.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports Wednesday the donated plane is expected to arrive in late April or early May at the university’s College of Aviation, which is in Battle Creek, Mich.

96. Dow Breaks Through 12,000, First Time Since 2008 -

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average broke through 12,000 for the first time in two and half years Wednesday but edged lower in afternoon trading.

Investors were encouraged by President Barack Obama's call to overhaul taxes on businesses and a jump in new home sales in December. The gains were held back by weak profit forecasts from Boeing Co., Xerox Corp. and other big names.

97. Businesses Hiring in 2011 Face a Buyers' Market -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Companies planning to ramp up hiring this year will have an added luxury: their choice from a flood of applicants, without having to pay a premium for top talent.

Unemployment remains near double digits, and there are nearly five unemployed workers competing for each available job. That is giving employers more confidence, while at the same time enabling them to keep wages low.

98. Memphis Stands Tall as Logistics Industry Struggles -

Although the aftermath of the recession was palpable across all industry sectors in 2010, Memphis continued to prove its status as a critical logistics and distribution center.

The year came to a close with a milestone in economic development when Swedish manufacturer Electrolux said it will build a $190 million manufacturing plant on 800 acres of land in the Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park in southwest Memphis.

99. FedEx Offers Direct Flight From China to Memphis -

Because of its expanding international trade, FedEx Express recently added a new route to meet the growing demand for capacity between Southern China and the United States.

After introducing the Boeing 777F in Shanghai in January, FedEx launched the second 777F route in Shenzhen, with four flights weekly from Tuesday through Friday.

100. Employers Looking at Health Insurance Options -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The new health care law wasn't supposed to undercut employer plans that have provided most people in the U.S. with coverage for generations.

But last week a leading manufacturer told workers their costs will jump partly because of the law. Also, a Democratic governor laid out a scheme for employers to get out of health care by shifting workers into taxpayer-subsidized insurance markets that open in 2014.