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1. Fast Food Workers Prepare to Escalate Wage Demands -

CHICAGO (AP) – Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

2. Lot Shortage Poses Next Roadblock -

Local homebuilders say a dearth of developed lots is slowing down the new housing rebound, weighing down an industry still trying to drag itself out of the rubble left by the worst recession in decades.

3. Women Business Owners Face Gender Gap, Report Says -

NEW YORK (AP) – Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday.

4. Council Moves to Bridge Gaps in Health Coverage Changes -

The ad hoc committee that gathered municipal union leaders, city retirees and Memphis City Council members at the same table to talk about city health insurance meets Thursday, July 17, for the first time since the council approved health insurance plan changes that have drawn vocal protests from city employees and retirees.

5. City Council Turns Again to Benefits Discussions -

Memphis City Council members won’t take any major votes Tuesday, July 15, on city employee benefits.

But the controversial topic will likely dominate much of another council day at City Hall. The council is in the gap between its approval of health insurance changes in June and an October vote on the companion proposal to change city employee pension plans for new hires and those with less than 10 years of service.

6. US Records $71 Billion Budget Surplus in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government ran a monthly budget surplus in June, putting it on course to record the lowest annual deficit since 2008.

The Treasury Department said Friday that its June surplus totaled $71 billion, following a $130 billion deficit in May. The government also ran a surplus in June 2013, bolstered by dividends from Fannie Mae, the mortgage giant under federal conservatorship for the past six years.

7. Economists Lower Forecasts for US Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter.

8. UTHSC Researcher Finds Racial Gap in Med Adherence -

The launch of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit in 2006 has encouraged more elderly patients to take their heart medications as prescribed.

But while the longstanding gap between white and minority patients in cardiovascular medication adherence has narrowed, black seniors are still less likely to adhere to medication goals than Hispanic Medicare participants, and both groups lag white seniors in the rate of adherence in using the common drugs that treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

9. UTHSC Researchers Find Racial Gap in Medication Adherence -

The launch of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit in 2006 has encouraged more elderly patients to take their heart medications as prescribed.

But while the longstanding gap between white and minority patients in cardiovascular medication adherence has narrowed, black seniors are still less likely to adhere to medication goals than Hispanic Medicare participants, and both groups lag white seniors in the rate of adherence in using the common drugs that treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

10. US Trade Deficit Drops to $44.4 Billion in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit fell in May as U.S. exports hit an all-time high, helped by a jump in exports of petroleum products. Imports dipped slightly.

The trade deficit narrowed 5.6 percent in May to $44.4 billion after hitting a two-year high of $47 billion in April, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

11. Brooks Residency Case Resumes in Court -

When Chancellor Kenny Armstrong takes the bench Thursday, July 3, to resume his hearing on the effort to unseat Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks, he will likely have the same basic question he had when the hearing recessed Tuesday in his courtroom.

12. Highway Crisis Looms as Soon as August, US Warns -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Gridlock in Washington will lead to gridlock across the country if lawmakers can't quickly agree on how to pay for highway and transit programs, President Barack Obama and his top officials warned Tuesday.

13. Baker’s Career Mirrored State’s Political Story -

As the week begins, political leaders of both parties and across several generations will gather in East Tennessee for the funeral of former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker.

14. New Push to Get Girls Into Computer Sciences -

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Diana Navarro loves to code, and she's not afraid to admit it. But the 18-year-old Rutgers University computer science major knows she's an anomaly: Writing software to run computer programs in 2014 is – more than ever – a man's world.

15. Current Account Deficit Up From 14-Year Low -

A drop in U.S. exports and lower income from overseas investments drove the U.S. current account deficit to its highest level in 18 months.

The Commerce Department says the deficit jumped to a seasonally adjusted $111.2 billion in the January-March quarter, up from a revised total of $87.3 billion in the October-December quarter. The fourth quarter's total was the smallest in 14 years.

16. Good Medicine for the Soul -

It was one of those medication one-upmanships at a recent meeting when some attendees were discussing the number of medications they were taking to address a plethora of medical conditions.

Needed as the medications were, it seemed like a lot of information, side effects and drug interactions to manage, not to mention vitamins, herbal remedies and over-the-counter medicine. Seeing different specialists for different conditions and inconsistent communication seems to be a growing concern, a gap in patient care, particularly for those who do not have the knowledge or resources to manage their medication.

17. Editorial: MERI Helping City Address Big Problem -

In the alphabet soup of acronyms that sometimes define to the public any organization with lots of moving parts, the Medical Education and Research Institute – or MERI – may be just another set of letters to some.

18. Training Ground -

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

19. Many Seek New Homes Near Cities But are Priced Out -

WASHINGTON (AP) – City living has been a blessing for Tim Nelson.

The Phoenix lawyer moved downtown a few months ago into a new $389,000 home with a warehouse-style floor plan, a Jacuzzi tub and kitchen counters made of Caesarstone quartz. His favorite coffee spot is three blocks away. When the Arizona Diamondbacks play on Friday nights, he can watch postgame fireworks from his deck.

20. Coalition Vows Push for Minority Business Gains -

For decades, goals and percentages have been set for minority business participation in city and county governments.

Both governments have compliance offices. Elected officials look at percentages and ask questions about participation on particular projects.

21. Auto Industry Gets Serious About Lighter Materials -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Roofs made of carbon fiber. Plastic windshields. Bumpers fashioned out of aluminum foam.

What sounds like a science experiment could be your next car.

While hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials.

22. Plough Grant Requires All Rape Kits Be Tested -

Before they agreed to put up $750,000 toward funding the disposition of the city’s untested rape kit backlog, leaders of the Plough Foundation wanted assurances that the city would process every rape kit.

23. Facing the Music -

Starting over is one of those tasks that requires a fresh set of eyes if it’s to be pulled off successfully.

There has to be an acceptance that what was and what will be probably are mutually exclusive and a willingness to try new things, to be different and, above all else, to keep pressing forward.

24. MATA President Calls for Expanded Service -

The interim leader of the Memphis Area Transit Authority wants the city’s bus line to get more involved in “transportation management associations.”

MATA’s interim president and general manager, Tom Fox, describes the associations as “groups of employers banding together to provide some kind of services to supplement what MATA can provide.”

25. Hopson Contract Extension Faces Tight Timeline -

The Shelby County Schools board will discuss Tuesday, May 27, an extension of Dorsey Hopson’s three-year contract to be superintendent of the school system.

And a vote could come at the board’s June 17 work session, if not sooner. Under state law, the body has up to 45 days before the August school board elections to extend the contract or leave the matter for consideration by the next school board.

26. Hospitals Reach Out to Attract Affluent Immigrants -

HOUSTON (AP) – The menu includes pork or chicken dumplings, fried rice or chicken congee soup with jasmine rice and ginger. It's an enviable repast that diners take in bed – hospital beds.

27. Senate Panel Approves 6-Year Highway Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate panel on Thursday approved a bill to keep federal highway programs going for the next six years, but it remained unclear whether Congress would act in time to prevent a disruption in transportation aid to states this summer.

28. Federal Government Acknowledges Gaps in Oil Well Inspections -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal agency tasked with managing oil and gas development on Wednesday acknowledged it needed to do more to improve oversight of drilling, pointing to a lack of funding as reasons it failed to inspect oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination.

29. Retailers Launch Cybercrime Info Sharing Center -

NEW YORK (AP) – Some of the country's largest retailers are banding together in hopes of protecting consumers' personal and financial information from hackers and thieves.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association, along with several top retailers ranging from Gap Inc. to Walgreen Co., on Wednesday launched an intelligence sharing center focused on the prevention of cybercrimes against retailers.

30. Is Your Service Square? -

Point blank, the easiest way to sell a product is to make something everyone wants.

Manufacturers go to great lengths testing and perfecting their products before going to market. Aligning products with what the target audience desires is called product-market fit, which means making sure the product fits a need the market wants.

31. US on Track for Narrowest Budget Gap Since 2008 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. government ran a big surplus in April, thanks to a flood of tax payments that helped keep the budget on track for the lowest annual deficit in six years.

The Treasury Department said Monday that April's surplus totaled $106.9 billion, down slightly from last April's $112.9 billion surplus. The government typically runs a surplus during April, when individual tax returns are due and corporations make quarterly tax payments.

32. Haslam Vows ‘Full Effort’ for Re-Election -

As Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam seeks re-election, he has some challengers in the statewide August Republican primary and he’ll face a Democratic opponent in the November general election.

But Haslam’s path to re-election in 2014 should be an easy one. He is heavily favored as the incumbent with no Democratic contender who is backed by the state Democratic Party establishment.

33. I Choose Memphis: Kesha Whitaker -

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

Name: Kesha Whitaker

Job title and company: Communications and Development Manager, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis

34. Bosse’s Commitment, Expertise Aid CPA Firm -

Helping individuals and businesses manage and keep track of assets and investments is an important task for a CPA firm like Cannon Wright Blount, a Memphis-based company that’s always looking to break away from the pack and distinguish itself in terms of products and service offerings.

35. Yellen Foresees Continued Low Borrowing Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. economy is improving but noted that the job market remains "far from satisfactory" and inflation is still below the Fed's target rate.

36. Entrepreneur Day Spotlights Power of Innovation -

Already in recent weeks, Moziah “Mo” Bridges, the 12-year-old founder of the Memphis-based Mo’s Bows bow tie business, has appeared on the hit ABC show “Shark Tank.”

If the exposure alone wasn’t enough, Bridges also impressed fashion mogul and “Shark Tank” panelist Daymond John into offering to mentor him.

37. Rudd Charts Path at University of Memphis -

The incoming president of the University of Memphis should name his provost or chief academic officer this week as he prepares to take office May 16.

M. David Rudd was appointed president of the city’s largest institution of higher learning last week by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

38. US Economy Likely to Rebound From Slow 1st Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Expect a dreary report Wednesday when the government issues its first estimate of how fast the U.S. economy grew in the January-March quarter. Brutal weather kept consumers and businesses in hibernation for much of the winter and likely slowed growth to a scant annual pace of just 1.1 percent.

39. Microsoft Warns of Internet Explorer Security Gap -

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft says a security gap in Internet Explorer could allow an attacker to take complete control of a computer if the user clicks on a malicious link.

The vulnerability affects versions 6 through 11 of the Web browser.

40. Agape HeartLight to be Held Aug. 15 -

Hope Presbyterian Church will be the site of the Agape Child & Family Services’ 16th annual HeartLight event Aug. 15 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, will be the featured speaker. Fortune Magazine recently named Canada one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” due in part to the Harlem Children’s Zone educational reform program.

41. Crossroads -

After starting work as a butcher when he was just a teenager, Ron Manis began his career as a truck driver in 1979.

“I started when I was 16 years old, learning how to cut meat and, after being in that building 10 hours a day every day, I thought I wanted to do something outside and I’ve been driving a truck ever since,” Manis said. “Every time I saw one going down the road I thought to myself that I’d like to do that one day to see what it was like, seeing places I’ve never seen before, meeting interesting people.”

42. A Fading Middle-Class Perk: Lower Mortgage Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For three decades, the U.S. middle class enjoyed a rare financial advantage over the wealthy: lower mortgage rates.

Now, even that perk is fading away.

Most ordinary homebuyers are paying the same or higher rates than the fortunate few who can afford much more.

43. Agape HeartLight to be Held Aug. 15 -

Hope Presbyterian Church will be the site of the Agape Child & Family Services’ 16th annual HeartLight event Aug. 15 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, will be the featured speaker. Fortune Magazine recently named Canada one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” due in part to the Harlem Children’s Zone educational reform program.

44. First Lady Announces One-Stop Job Site for Veterans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for companies to mine for skills and talents.

45. Affordable Care Act Only Chips Away at a Core Goal -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Swan Lockett had high hopes that President Barack Obama's health overhaul would lead her family to an affordable insurance plan, but that hasn't happened.

Instead, the 46-year-old mother of four from Texas uses home remedies or pays $75 to see a doctor when she has an asthma attack.

46. Savers Beware: Fees May be Shrinking Your 401(k) -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees.

And now a new study finds that the typical 401(k) fees – adding up to a modest-sounding 1 percent a year – would erase $70,000 from an average worker's account over a four-decade career compared with lower-cost options. To compensate for the higher fees, someone would have to work an extra three years before retiring.

47. Medicare Database Reveals Top-Paid Doctors -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million.

Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a move to open the books on health care financing.

48. 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.

49. Tennessee Legislative Session Nearing End -

Legislative leaders are hoping to adopt Tennessee's annual spending plan as early as this week, clearing the way to the conclusion of the legislative session.

But that assumes that the Republican-controlled House and Senate can find quick agreement over budget cuts proposed by Gov. Bill Haslam to close a funding gap created by flagging tax revenues.

50. 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.

51. US Trade Deficit Hits $42.3 Billion in February -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit climbed to the highest level in five months in February as demand for American exports fell while imports increased slightly.

The deficit increased to $42.3 billion, which was 7.7 percent above the January imbalance of $39.3 billion, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

52. Ignite Memphis Doubling Event Capacity -

Ignite Memphis, an event at which Memphis creatives give a series of slide-based presentations on a range of diverse topics, sold out its gathering in November.

That’s why the next incarnation of Ignite is more than doubling its venue capacity by moving from Crosstown Arts to Playhouse on the Square, where 12 speakers next week will challenge, inform and perhaps inspire the crowd that’s come to hear them.

53. Editorial: Government Must Address Coverage Gap -

Our national discussion of the Affordable Care Act continues to say so much about more than the issue of affordable health care.

It continues to be the most profound statement about what passes for political discourse and the decision-making process our elected officials have created for issues that are of crucial importance to citizens.

54. Caught in the Middle -

Even before the Affordable Care Act came along, Deborah Casey was living between a logistical rock and an economic hard place. Casey, a 61-year-old widow, draws a monthly Social Security check based on her husband’s earnings. She works part-time for Shelby County (no benefits), and to continue receiving the same amount in that Social Security check, she has to keep tabs on how much she makes. This is exactly how someone who wants to provide for herself winds up on a “fixed income.”

55. With Health Law, Workers Ponder the I-Quit Option -

CHICAGO (AP) – For uninsured people, the nation's new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for Stephanie Payne of St. Louis, who already had good insurance, the law could offer another kind of escape: the chance to quit her job.

56. Current Account Deficit Falls to 14-Year Low -

Big gains in exports and overseas investment income narrowed the U.S. current account deficit to the lowest level in 14 years in the October-December quarter.

The imbalance fell to $81.1 billion in the fourth quarter, down from $96.4 billion in the July-September quarter, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That’s the smallest gap since the third quarter of 1999.

57. Veterans' Unemployment Edges Down but Remains High -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The unemployment rate for veterans who served since 2001 dipped slightly in 2013 to 9 percent, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That's down from 9.9 percent the year before, but well above overall civilian unemployment levels of around 7 percent over the same period.

58. Current Account Deficit Falls to 14-Year Low -

Big gains in exports and overseas investment income narrowed the U.S. current account deficit to the lowest level in 14 years in the October-December quarter.

The imbalance fell to $81.1 billion in the fourth quarter, down from $96.4 billion in the July-September quarter, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That’s the smallest gap since the third quarter of 1999.

59. White House Promotes Economic Issues Facing Women -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Add pay equity to President Barack Obama's 2014 do-it-himself wish list.

The White House is launching a campaign to promote a host of economic issues facing women, a key voting bloc in this year's midterm election.

60. Low-Wage Jobs Unexpectedly a Way of Life for Many -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For years, many Americans followed a simple career path: Land an entry-level job. Accept a modest wage. Gain skills. Leave eventually for a better-paying job.

The workers benefited, and so did lower-wage retailers such as Wal-Mart: When its staffers left for better-paying jobs, they could spend more at its stores. And the U.S. economy gained, too, because more consumer spending fueled growth.

61. U of M Finalists Include Three Provosts -

The group of four finalists to become the next president of the University of Memphis includes three provosts including the university’s current provost and one former university president.

The four finalists were named last week by a search committee to the Tennessee Board of Regents, which should make its decision in the spring with the goal being to name a new president for the city’s largest institution of higher education in time for whoever is selected to begin their duties in July.

62. Commission to Vote on Crosstown Funding -

Shelby County Commissioners will vote Monday, March 10, on $5 million in public infrastructure funding for the Crosstown redevelopment project.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

63. Council Looks to Pinpoint Pension Numbers -

The Tuesday, March 4, discussion Memphis City Council members had with Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson, Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard and consultants from four actuarial firms centered on the city’s pension liability.

64. Obama 2015 Budget Focuses on Boosting Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget Tuesday that would funnel money into road building, education and other economy-bolstering programs, handing Democrats a playbook for their election-year themes of creating jobs and narrowing the income gap between rich and poor.

65. Latest Airline Perk: Safe Distance From the Masses -

NEW YORK (AP) – On flights from San Francisco to Hong Kong, first-class passengers can enjoy a Mesclun salad with king crab or a grilled USDA prime beef tenderloin, stretch out in a 3-foot-wide seat that converts to a bed and wash it all down with a pre-slumber Krug "Grande Cuvee" Brut Champagne.

66. Feds File Suit Against For-Profit College Chain -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed suit Wednesday against a large, for-profit college chain alleging that it pushed students into high-cost private student loans knowing they would likely end in default.

67. Editorial: Nation Must Continue Closing Gender Pay Gap -

Women today make 77 cents for every dollar men make in the U.S. economy, President Barack Obama said in his January State of the Union address.

Factoring in men and women performing the same job and the disparity is less but it is still a fact of life.

68. County Primary Filing Deadline Arrives -

A couple of days before the filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries, it looked like a political season with lots of action at the deadline itself.

The deadline is noon Thursday, Feb. 20, with another week for any candidates who meet that deadline to withdraw if they wish.

69. Three Town Center Concepts Take Shape -

The city of Memphis would move government offices into two shopping malls and the Soulsville Town Center under tentative “conceptual” plans Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. took Tuesday, Feb. 18, to the Memphis City Council.

70. Kickstarter Campaign Seeks Funds for Symphony -

Chris James, who plays second flute and piccolo with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, acknowledges the easy temptation to get dejected, even angry, about the financial plight of the symphony as it races to close a six-figure budget gap.

71. Editorial: Let Graduates Know Memphis Needs Them -

There are times when it seems what we need isn’t so much a way to draw tourists to the city as an effort that includes keeping our young adults in Memphis or getting them to return.

But that isn’t nearly as easy a path as it seems.

72. Big Impact on Income Gap is Health Law's New Angle -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Maybe the health care law was about wealth transfer, after all.

If the gap between haves and have-nots is the defining issue of President Barack Obama's second term, his health overhaul was its first-term counterpart.

73. Pressure Mounts for Apple to Expand its Horizons -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple reshaped technology and society when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone seven years ago. Now, the trend-setting company is losing ground to rivals that offer what Apple has stubbornly refused to make: smartphones with lower prices and larger screens than the iPhone.

74. Farm Bill Deal Would Cut Food Stamps by 1 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Farm-state lawmakers are lobbying colleagues member by member, vote by vote as they push for House passage of a massive, five year farm bill that would make cuts to food stamps and continue generous subsidies for farmers.

75. Study: Climbing Income Ladder Hasn't Grown Harder -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Young Americans from low-income families are as likely to move into the ranks of the affluent today as those born in the 1970s, according to a report by several top academic experts on inequality.

76. Survey Finds CEOs More Confident on Global Economy -

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) – With the worst of the global financial crisis behind them, CEOs are ready to move on from the fight for survival their businesses have been in for the past few years, a survey found Tuesday.

77. US Employers Advertise Most Jobs Since March 2008 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers advertised more jobs in November and more Americans quit, positive signs for millions who are unemployed and looking for work.

The Labor Department said Friday that job openings rose 1.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted 4 million, the most in 5 ½ years. And the number of people quitting increased 1.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted 2.4 million, a five-year high.

78. Business Coaching Provides ROI for Companies -

It’s a new year and, like many people, business leaders are also resolving to make some personal and professional improvements.

A global look at company management trends reveals that an increasing number of executives are going the extra mile to up their A games, particularly in a shaky economy. Memphis is no exception. Locally as well as internationally, the executive coaching industry is thriving.

79. Grizzlies’ Gutsy Comeback Falls Short -

Fans had reason to cheer when the Grizzlies’ overtime game with the San Antonio Spurs ended Tuesday, Jan. 7, at FedExForum.

The home team had rallied from a 16-point deficit with 5:25 to play, and made up a 12-point gap in the last 1:59 of regulation. During a wild 14-2 run in those last two minutes, point guard Mike Conley scored nine of his season-high 30 points.

80. In the Press Magazine Hosts Benefit -

In the Press Magazine, an independently owned and operated faith-based magazine, hosted a holiday gala and food benefit Sunday, Dec. 29, at Downtown’s 300 South Main Gallery, marking the publication’s official release party.

81. Holiday Shopping Season: A Disappointment So Far -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sparse crowds at malls and "50 percent off" signs at The Gap, AnnTaylor and other stores give a clue as to how the holiday season is going.

This is shaping up to be the most discount-driven holiday season since the country was in a deep recession. It's also one of the most disappointing for stores.

82. AP Survey: US Income Gap is Holding Back Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn't bad just for individuals.

It's hurting the U.S. economy.

So says a majority of more than three dozen economists surveyed last week by The Associated Press. Their concerns tap into a debate that's intensified as middle-class pay has stagnated while wealthier households have thrived.

83. Wharton to Present Pension Plan to City Council -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will take a five-year plan for meeting the city’s $709 million unfunded pension liability Tuesday, Dec. 17, to Memphis City Council members during their executive session.

84. Federal Data Show Health Disparities Among States -

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Residents in some parts of the U.S. are signing up for health care coverage at a significantly greater rate than others through the new online insurance marketplaces now operating in every state.

85. Health Care Signups Pick Up but May Not Close Gap -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With time running short, the nation's health care rolls still aren't filling up fast enough.

New signup numbers Wednesday showed progress for President Barack Obama's health care law, but not enough to guarantee that Americans who want and need coverage by Jan. 1 will be able to get it. Crunch time is now, as people face a Dec. 23 deadline to sign up if they are to have coverage by New Year's.

86. US Runs $135.2 Billion Budget Deficit in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. government ran a much smaller deficit through the first two months of the budget year than the same period last year, signaling further improvement in the nation's finances.

87. Pay Gains for Young Women; Inequality Still Seen -

WASHINGTON (AP) – About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government.

88. FedEx Honored For Civic Engagement -

FedEx Corp. is one of the companies honored on this year’s Civic 50 survey, now in its second year, the results of which were published by Bloomberg Thursday, Dec. 5.

89. FedEx Honored for Civic Engagement -

FedEx Corp. is one of the companies honored on this year’s Civic 50 survey, now in its second year, the results of which were published by Bloomberg Thursday, Dec. 5.

90. Agape Celebrates Young ‘Pictures of Hope’ Artists -

Agape Child & Family Services celebrated 14 young photographers Tuesday, Dec. 3, unveiling the Pictures of Hope holiday cards based on the children’s missive to capture their dreams on camera. The celebration and unveiling were part of Agape’s second-annual Meet the Young Artist holiday party, held at Chuck Hutton Chevrolet in East Memphis.

91. Obama: Income Inequality a Defining Challenge -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama turned his focus Wednesday to the pocketbook issues that Americans consistently rank as a top concern, arguing that the dream of upward economic mobility is breaking down and the growing income gap is a "defining challenge of our time."

92. US Trade Deficit Drops to $40.6 Billion in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit fell in October, helped by America's energy boom that lifted overall exports to an all-time high.

The trade gap narrowed to $40.6 billion in October, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That's 5.4 percent lower than the September gap of $43 billion, which was higher than initially estimated.

93. US Trade Deficit Widens 8 Percent in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit widened in September as imports increased to the highest level in 10 months while exports slipped. The wider gap suggests growth was somewhat slower over the summer than previously estimated.

94. Spending Cuts, Shutdown Lower US Budget Deficit -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. government started the first month of the 2014 budget year with a smaller budget deficit, signaling further improvement in the nation's finances at a time when lawmakers are wrestling to reach a deal to keep the government open past January.

95. Chamber Official: Transportation ‘Huge Part’ of Local Economy -

The Traffic Club of Memphis hosted its monthly luncheon on Tuesday at The Racquet Club of Memphis, welcoming Andre B. Dean, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s vice president of public policy and community affairs, as the guest speaker. The club also held its annual board member elections, with incoming President Carey Treadwell of Dynamex Inc. taking the helm for the next year.

96. Agape Helps Families Out of Homelessness -

Agape Child & Family Services continues to grow its Families In Transition program, which provides housing to homeless women who have children or are pregnant.

This year, the program will simultaneously serve 63 families, with an impact to more than 150 families.

97. Gauge of Economic Health Rises 0.7 Percent -

A gauge of the U.S. economy’s future health rose solidly in September, suggesting the economy was making gains before the government shut down for 16 days.

The Conference Board said Wednesday its index of leading indicators rose 0.7 percent in September to a reading of 97.1. That follows a similar gain in August and marked the fifth increase in six months.

98. Gauge of Economic Health Rises 0.7 Percent -

A gauge of the U.S. economy’s future health rose solidly in September, suggesting the economy was making gains before the government shut down for 16 days.

The Conference Board said Wednesday its index of leading indicators rose 0.7 percent in September to a reading of 97.1. That follows a similar gain in August and marked the fifth increase in six months.

99. Grant Helps HopeWorks Expand GED Program -

Last month, Andy Burgess of Memphis received his GED diploma. With his sights set on a career in the transportation industry, Burgess knew the high school equivalency certificate would make him a more viable job candidate.

100. Ex-US Attorney General on Judge Selection Panel -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is one of five new members on a panel that nominates candidates for Tennessee's appeals courts and its Supreme Court.

Gonzales was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam along with Jesse Cannon, Jimmie Carpenter Miller, Cheryl Rice and Amy Weirich.