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1. Eve Didn’t Poison Toomer’s Corner Trees -

Justin Fuente again did football-obsessive mankind a favor this summer with his annual women’s clinic.

“By and large, men know a lot less than they think they do and women know a lot more,” said the University of Memphis football coach.

2. CoreLogic: US Home Prices Rose More Slowly in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices rose in May compared with a year earlier, but the gains have slowed.

Data provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that prices increased 8.8 percent in May compared with 12 months earlier. The pace of gains has slowed as more homes have come onto the market, according to CoreLogic.

3. US Home Price Gains Slow in April Amid Tepid Sales -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices rose in April compared with a year earlier, but the increase was the smallest annual gain in 14 months. Price gains have slowed this year as sales have faltered.

4. House Passes Curbs on NSA Surveillance -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House on Thursday passed legislation to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of American phone records, the first legislative response to the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

5. New Redbirds GM has Deep Cardinals Connections -

The huge ring that Craig Unger wears on his finger just doesn’t tell the story of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2011 World Series triumph, although that’s the story Unger is in the business of trying to help replicate.

6. Frontier Airlines Lands Memphis Return -

Frontier Airlines made a triumphant return to Memphis Friday, March, 7, complete with pilots and passengers wearing Elvis sunglasses.

The Frontier jet from Denver – with “Hector” the otter emblazoned on its tail – arrived at Gate C7 at Memphis International Airport just before 1:30 p.m., and passengers were greeted with a celebratory atmosphere, including light jazz music and balloons.

7. Governors Erupt in Partisan Dispute at White House -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation's governors emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday claiming harmony, only to immediately break into an on-camera partisan feud in front of the West Wing.

8. Fed: US Economic Growth Healthy Over Holidays -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth remained healthy in most U.S. regions in late November and December, helped by gains in consumer spending and factory output.

9. Bowling for Who-Knows-What -

On the day after Christmas, 1958, I turned 7. The next day, Ole Miss played Florida in the Gator Bowl. The only other bowl games then were Sugar, Orange, Rose, and Cotton – all played on New Year’s Day – plus Sun, Tangerine, and Bluegrass, played earlier. Eight in all.

10. Obama Signs Bipartisan Budget Deal, Defense Bill -

HONOLULU (AP) – President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military, marking a modest end to a challenging year for the White House and Congress.

11. Delta to Honor Extremely Cheap Mistake Fares -

NEW YORK (AP) – Some lucky fliers capitalized on a computer glitch Thursday and scored some really cheap flights on Delta Air Lines.

From about 10 a.m. to noon ET, certain Delta fares on the airline's own website and other airfare booking sites were showing up incorrectly, offering some savvy bargain hunters incredible deals. A roundtrip flight between Cincinnati and Minneapolis for February was being sold for just $25.05 and a roundtrip between Cincinnati and Salt Lake City for $48.41. The correct price for both of those fares is more than $400.

12. Embassy Suites Memphis Sells for $24.8 Million -

1022 S. Shady Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $24.8 million

Sale Date: Nov. 15, 2013
Buyer: 1022 South Shady Grove LLC
Seller: 1022 Shady Grove LLC
Loan Amount: $22.6 million
Loan Date: Nov. 15, 2013
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: Great American Life Insurance Co.
Details: An affiliate of Chicago-based hotel asset manager Lodging Capital Partners LLC has paid $24.8 million for the Embassy Suites Memphis hotel at 1022 S. Shady Grove Road in East Memphis.

13. Embassy Suites Memphis Sells for $24.8 Million -

An affiliate of Chicago-based hotel asset manager Lodging Capital Partners LLC has paid $24.8 million for the Embassy Suites Memphis hotel at 1022 S. Shady Grove Road in East Memphis.

14. Expedia Raising Money for St. Jude -

Online travel site Expedia is launching a month-long campaign that includes travel giveaways and exclusive travel coupons to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Anyone who wants to take part can visit stjude.expedia.com to enter more than 150 giveaway sweepstakes. Each entry comes with a suggested donation of $5, 100 percent of which goes to the hospital, and participants can choose as many trip options as they want.

15. Expedia Raising Money for St. Jude -

Online travel site Expedia is launching a month-long campaign that includes travel giveaways and exclusive travel coupons to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Anyone who wants to take part can visit stjude.expedia.com to enter more than 150 giveaway sweepstakes. Each entry comes with a suggested donation of $5, 100 percent of which goes to the hospital, and participants can choose as many trip options as they want.

16. Obama Holds Martin Luther King as Personal Hero -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Barack Obama was 2 years old and growing up in Hawaii when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Fifty years later, the nation's first black president will stand as the most high-profile example of the racial progress King espoused, delivering remarks Wednesday at a nationwide commemoration of the 1963 demonstration for jobs, economic justice and racial equality.

17. Memphis: Fourth-Most Affordable City -

Memphis is the fourth-most affordable city to live in the nation, data from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) show.

According to the C2ER rankings of more than 300 metropolitan areas, only Harlington, Texas, Norman, Okla., and Pueblo, Colo., have lower average local costs. The Cost of Living Index measures regional differences in the average cost of consumer goods and services such as grocery bills, housing and rent, utility, transportation and health care.

18. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will host a performance of “Les Miserables” to benefit the Memphis Child Advocacy Center Saturday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. A pre-performance reception and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $60 and are available through MCAC, 888-4342.

19. Events -

Eclectic Eye will host a Starck Eyes trunk show Friday, Aug. 16, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at its Collierville boutique, 3670 S. Houston Levee Road, suite 102, and an l.a. Eyeworks trunk show Saturday, Aug. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. at its Midtown boutique, 242 S. Cooper St. Visit eclectic-eye.com.

20. Events -

Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will hold a female business leader lunch Thursday, Aug. 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin Ave., suite 122. Female business leaders will discuss various topics, including ways to cultivate programs for women in business. Lunch is Dutch treat. Email rsvp.lpbc@lpinsurance.com.

21. US Home Prices Rise in May by Most in 7 Years -

U.S. home prices jumped 12.2 percent in May from a year ago, the most in seven years. The increase suggests the housing recovery is strengthening.

Real estate data provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that home prices rose from a year ago in 48 states. They fell only in Delaware and Alabama. And all but three of the 100 largest cities reported price gains.

22. Gasoline Prices Begin Summer Slide -

NEW YORK (AP) – Gasoline prices are on a summer slide, giving U.S. drivers a break as they set out for the beach and other vacation spots for the Fourth of July.

The national average for a gallon has fallen for 21 days straight and is now below $3.50 for the first time since February. The reason: Oil prices have been relatively stable, and refineries are turning out more gasoline after completing springtime maintenance.

23. US Home Prices Rise in May by Most in 7 Years -

U.S. home prices jumped 12.2 percent in May from a year ago, the most in seven years. The increase suggests the housing recovery is strengthening.

Real estate data provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that home prices rose from a year ago in 48 states. They fell only in Delaware and Alabama. And all but three of the 100 largest cities reported price gains.

24. Unemployment Fell in Half of US States in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in half of U.S. states last month, led by drops in California, West Virginia, New York and Hawaii.

The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates rose in 17 states and were unchanged in eight.

25. Events Lined Up for Elvis Week in Memphis -

MEMPHIS (AP) – An appearance by former Elvis Presley co-star Mother Dolores Hart and a listening party for a new box set featuring his performances at Stax Records are highlights of the annual celebration of the rock n' roll icon this August.

26. US Home Prices Jumped in April by Most in 7 Years -

U.S. home prices soared 12.1 percent in April from a year earlier, the biggest gain since February 2006, as more buyers competed for fewer homes.

Real estate data provider CoreLogic says prices rose in April from the previous April in 48 states. Prices also rose 3.2 percent in April from March, much better than the previous month-to-month gain of 1.9 percent.

27. US Home Prices Jumped in April by Most in 7 Years -

U.S. home prices soared 12.1 percent in April from a year earlier, the biggest gain since February 2006, as more buyers competed for fewer homes.

Real estate data provider CoreLogic says prices rose in April from the previous April in 48 states. Prices also rose 3.2 percent in April from March, much better than the previous month-to-month gain of 1.9 percent.

28. Cocktail Napkin Reality -

North Mississippi attorney Stan Little’s private plane had become so popular with friends they joked that he should start his own regional airline.

“Anybody that knows someone who owns a plane wants to borrow it,” he said. “Once you have done that once, you never want to go back through an international airport hub ever again.”

29. Summer Travel Forecast: Better, but No Blowout -

NEW YORK (AP) – This summer, high rollers are flying to lavish hot spots for their vacations. The rest of us are driving to less luxurious places like nearby campgrounds.

The good news: At some U.S. campgrounds these days you get live bands, air guitar contests and chocolate pudding slip 'n slides.

30. The Ultimate Gift: Family Raises Donor Awareness -

On Rachel Escue’s 16th birthday, she went with friends to take her driver’s license test. She also signed up to become an organ donor.

31. Popular Elvis Exhibit Returning to Brazil -

A hugely popular exhibit of some of Elvis Presley’s most flashy personal items is returning to Brazil.

Elvis Presley Enterprises says “The Elvis Experience” will be exhibited in Porto Alegre, Brazil, from May 16 through July 2.

32. Insurers Warn of Overhaul-Induced Sticker Shock -

Some Americans could see their insurance bills double next year as the health care overhaul law expands coverage to millions of people.

The nation's big health insurers say they expect premiums – or the cost for insurance coverage – to rise from 20 to 100 percent for millions of people due to changes that will occur when key provisions of the Affordable Care Act roll out in January 2014.

33. Longtime Family Lawyer to Host Divorce Seminar -

Prominent Memphis family law attorney Larry Rice is gearing up to hold his 25th anniversary Divorce Skills Seminar next week.

34. US Home Prices Rose Last Year by Most in 6.5 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices jumped by the most in 6.5 years in December, spurred by a low supply of available homes and rising demand.

Home prices rose 8.3 percent in December compared with a year earlier, according to a report Tuesday from CoreLogic, a real estate data provider. That is the biggest annual gain since May 2006. Prices rose last year in 46 of 50 states.

35. Flu Season 'Bad One for the Elderly,' CDC Says -

The number of older people hospitalized with the flu has risen sharply, prompting federal officials to take unusual steps to make more flu medicines available and to urge wider use of them as soon as symptoms appear.

36. Flu More Widespread in US; Eases Off in Some Areas -

NEW YORK (AP) – Flu is more widespread across the nation, but the number of hard-hit states has declined, health officials said Friday.

Flu season started early this winter, and includes a strain that tends to make people sicker. Health officials have forecast a potentially bad flu season, following last year's unusually mild one. The latest numbers, however, hint that the flu season may already have peaked in some spots.

37. No Deal in Sight as Deadline for Fiscal Deal Nears -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A last-gasp effort Thursday to avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts got off on the same convulsive, partisan tone that marked congressional attempts to resolve the impasse before lawmakers left Washington to go home for Christmas.

38. US Home Prices Rise in October by Most in 6 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A measure of U.S. home prices rose 6.3 percent in October compared with a year ago, the largest yearly gain since July 2006. The jump adds to signs of a comeback in the once-battered housing market.

39. Decision Time for Medical Exchange -

The deadline has arrived for governors across the country to declare their intent to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on whether they will create their own state-run insurance exchanges under the new federal health care law.

40. Obama's Health Care Overhaul Turns Into a Sprint -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The long slog has turned into a sprint. President Barack Obama's health care law survived the Supreme Court and the election; now the uninsured can sign up for coverage in about 11 months.

41. After Pandit, a Smaller Citigroup Could Get Smaller Yet -

NEW YORK (AP) – The incredible shrinking bank may have to shrink more.

In the hours after Tuesday's surprise announcement that Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit was stepping down, speculation was rife, and facts scant, about what lay ahead for the nation's third-largest bank.

42. Measure of US Home Prices Rises by Most in Six Years -

A measure of U.S. home prices jumped 4.6 percent in August compared with a year ago, the largest year-over-year increase in more than six years.

CoreLogic, a private real estate data provider, also said Tuesday, Oct. 2, that prices rose 0.3 percent in August from July, the sixth straight monthly gain.

43. Census Data Another Sign Economy has Bottomed Out -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Five years after the housing bust, the U.S. economy is showing signs of finally bottoming out.

Americans are on the move again after putting their lives on hold and staying put. More young adults are leaving their parents' homes to take a chance with college or the job market, while once-sharp declines in births are leveling off and poverty is slowing.

44. Advocates: 39 States' Obesity Rates to Pass 50 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) – A group campaigning against obesity predicts that by 2030 more than half the people in 39 states will be obese – not merely overweight, but obese.

Mississippi is expected to retain its crown as the fattest state in the nation for at least two more decades. The report predicts 67 percent of that state's adults will be obese by 2030; that would be an astounding increase from Mississippi's current 35 percent obesity rate.

45. Facts, Feelings Go Hand in Hand -

Investment Lesson: Sentiment Growth just as good as Earnings Growth Two factors move stock prices, earnings and sentiment. Earnings tend to be backward looking while sentiment tends to be forward looking. In market parlance, multiples or valuation ratios (price/earnings, price/book, price/sales) measure sentiment. Stocks prices increase when earnings increase, sentiment increases or both increase.

46. US Poverty on Track to Rise to Highest Since 1960s -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.

47. Finding a Niche -

This is the second in a two-part series looking at the state of the local travel agency industry. The first story ran in The Daily News June 29.

The age of self-service travel, in which customers are performing every task, from booking flights and hotels online to checking themselves in electronically at the airport, has forced many travel agencies in recent years to close their doors.

48. 3 TV Display Makers Settle LCD Price-Fixing Case -

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Three Asia-based companies have agreed to pay $571 million to settle claims by officials in eight states that they conspired to inflate prices for liquid crystal display screens used in televisions and computer monitors, according to New York's attorney general.

49. Fire Still Burning Strong For A2H Founder Askew -

Mark Askew’s engineering career began with a long, strange trip from Memphis in 1969.

But it’s the years of work he did after returning home that are paying off with high honors from his industry peers this year.

50. Elvis Products Keeping Retail Outlets Busy -

A variety of new products have recently come to market or will soon that will all keep alive the legacy of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Those products include apparel, books, music, a film and more.

51. To Snag the Best Airfares, Flexibility is Key -

NEW YORK (AP) – To snag the best airfares, travelers need to be adventurous and willing to pick up at a moment's notice.

OK, now let's be realistic. Most people making summer travel plans need just that: plans. They get a week off, maybe two, and aren't going to spend hard-earned cash on a last-second whim.

52. Mississippi Economy Shrank 0.8 Percent in 2011 -

Mississippi dipped back into recession in 2011, with overall economic output shrinking 0.8 percent, according to federal figures released Tuesday.

The Magnolia State was one of only six states where the economy contracted in 2011, along with Alabama, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey and Wyoming.

53. Granting Wishes -

Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South plans to grant 220 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions this year.

On Thursday, May 24, the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council was able to witness one of those wishes being granted firsthand at Windyke Country Club, as well as donate enough funds to share the power of three additional wishes.

54. Strike up the Band -

For anyone who finds themselves in conversation with Mei-Ann Chen about the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, its big plans for the year and major guest performers who’ve been lined up, be prepared to get an earful on a topic about which Chen will evangelize, her smile broad and voice brimming with cheer.

55. Late Payments on Mortgages Fall in 1st Qtr. -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The percentage of U.S. homeowners behind on their mortgage payments dropped in the first three months of this year to the lowest level since 2009, according to a new report.

56. 1 in 2 New Graduates are Jobless or Underemployed -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The college class of 2012 is in for a rude welcome to the world of work.

A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don't fully use their skills and knowledge.

57. 2nd Panel Blasts GSA for Parties, Trips, Bonuses -

WASHINGTON (AP) – General Services Administration witnesses came under sharp criticism from Congress for a second day on Tuesday, as lawmakers expressed outrage over junkets, bonuses and parties paid for by taxpayers.

58. House GOP Unveils Budget Blueprint -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Conservative House Republicans on Tuesday set up what appears to be a potential re-run of last year's turbulent domestic policy fight with President Barack Obama, putting forward an election-year budget manifesto that would blend steep social program cuts with reduced tax rates.

59. Tenn. Among States With Foreclosure Spike in Feb. -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Foreclosure activity surged last month across about half of the nation's states, as banks tackled a backlog of homes with mortgages that had gone unpaid yet remained in limbo due to delays stemming from foreclosure-abuse claims.

60. Tigers Right Their Wrongs Heading Into Postseason -

They assumed greatness. Assumed it as opposed to earning it and proving it.

That’s the quicksand in which this Tigers basketball season started. The college basketball world told them they were a Top 10 team and the Tigers decided they would need, oh, a few days on the beach in Hawaii to prove they were really Top Five and better than Michigan, Georgetown, even Duke.

61. Haslam Seeks Merger of 6 Environmental Panels -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's first effort to reduce state boards will merge six panels with significant environmental duties into three, affecting one with regulatory power over gas stations, including the family's Pilot Travel Centers.

62. Obama Delays Request for $1.2T Debt Limit Increase -

HONOLULU (AP) – President Barack Obama is delaying his request for another $1.2 trillion increase in the United States' debt limit at the request of congressional leaders.

It's basically because of a technicality.

63. Obama Nominates 2 to Federal Reserve Board -

HONOLULU (AP) – A vacationing President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated a Harvard University professor and a former Treasury official under President George H.W. Bush – a Democrat and a Republican – to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

64. Tax Cut Lives: Congress Gives Last-Minute Approval -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After weeks of bickering and doubt, Congress delivered a last-minute holiday tax cut extension to 160 million workers Friday along with further unemployment benefits for millions laid off in the nation's fierce recession and weak economic recovery. It was a convincing victory for President Barack Obama, a humbling retreat for House Republicans.

65. Military Agency Develops ‘NORAD Tracks Santa’ App -

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Want to keep track of Santa this Christmas? There's an app for that.

NORAD is the military organization responsible for the aerospace and maritime defense of the U.S. and Canada. The North American Aerospace Defense Command tracks Santa on Christmas Eve.

66. States Suing Over Health Care Law Collect Funding -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal officials announced Tuesday they are awarding more money to help states carry out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. So what's the surprise?

Seven states that are suing to overturn the landmark law are also on the list for funding.

67. Unemployment Drops In Three-Quarters of US States -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unemployment rates fell in three-quarters of U.S. states last month, a sign that many parts of the country are experiencing modest job gains.

Unemployment rates fell in 36 states in October and rose in only 5, the Labor Department said Tuesday, Nov. 22. Rates were unchanged in 9 states. That’s the best showing since April, when rates fell in 39 states.

68. Tigers Ace First Test, Take Talents to Maui -

Every season has a first game. But this was not a perfunctory tip to an ordinary season. This one felt different, felt like the first act of a play that could have the ultimate, dramatic, ending.

Months from now, no one will remember all the particulars from the University of Memphis’ 97-81 victory over Belmont on Tuesday, Nov. 15. People will forget that Will Barton, Wesley Witherspoon and Joe Jackson all went for at least 20 points, that the game started at 11 a.m. on a Tuesday (to accommodate ESPN) and that outside FedExForum it was a gray, rainy day.

69. Madison Hotel Eatery To Reopen as Eighty3 -

The Westin Memphis Beale Street isn’t the only Downtown hotel whose restaurant is undergoing radical revision, revisioning and rebranding.

Grill 83, the restaurant for the Madison Hotel, which has been closed since Oct. 30, reopens Wednesday, Nov. 16, as Eighty3, a name intended to convey a sense of modernity, casual elegance and, yes, fun.

70. Wilkinson Follows Road Less Traveled -

During his 50-year tenure in real estate, Dan Wilkinson helped establish the Memphis office of Colliers International as one of the dominant industrial real estate companies in the local market and has been involved in more than $1 billion in sales in Memphis and North Mississippi.

71. Social Media, Mobile Tech on the Rise for Weddings -

NEW YORK (AP) – As her grandfather sat pleasantly perplexed at her wedding, Lauren Barnes reached into the recesses of her strapless white gown, whipped out her iPhone and accepted her groom's Facebook relationship change to "married."

72. CVS Caremark Q2 Profit Slips 1 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) – CVS Caremark said Thursday its profit slipped 1 percent in the second quarter as its pharmacy benefits management business weathered lower prices on contract renewals.

The Woonsocket, R.I., company said Caremark faced lower prices related to contract renewals. The most significant of those was its retail pharmacy contract with the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program, which the company renewed in the third quarter of 2010. While those renewals cut into its profit, total revenue for CVS Caremark rose 10.9 percent to $14.57 billion as the company began a new 12-year contract with Aetna Inc. and acquired Universal American Corp.'s Medicare Part D business.

73. Balton Uses Biz Venture Exp. to Aid Small Biz -

After serving in the U.S. Air Force for four years and studying accounting at the University of Hawaii between Air Force duties, Steve Balton decided he wanted to use his skills as a consultant for a full-time job.

74. Senators Concerned by Photo ID Requirement to Vote -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sixteen Democratic senators want the Justice Department to look into whether voting rights are being jeopardized in states that require photo identification in order for people to vote.

75. Downtown With Elvis: 2011 Festival Opens Thursday -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Businesses are putting out the welcome mat this week for visitors to the Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival.

And this welcome mat comes with an Elvis flair.

Several downtown restaurants will add Elvis-inspired items to their menus this week. Other business owners will have their employees wear Elvis-related T-shirts or glasses. And, of course, Elvis tunes will be the soundtrack of the week.

76. GOP Concedes Medicare Vouchers Unlikely to Advance -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The GOP plan to replace Medicare with vouchers will have to wait, party leaders acknowledged Thursday as lawmakers and the White House bowed to political realities in pursuing a deal to allow more government borrowing in exchange for big spending cuts.

77. Former Interim Chef Kramer Back in Charge -

“Interim” – a pause or interval in a succession of events

When the restaurant Wally Joe closed in January 2007, owner Fred Carl Jr., founder, president and CEO of Viking Range Corp., decided to keep a restaurant going while looking for a buyer for the space in the shopping center at South Mendenhall Road and Sanderlin Avenue. Appropriately, the temporary restaurant would be called Interim.

78. Foreclosure Activity Slows Sharply in February -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The number of U.S. homes receiving a foreclosure-related notice fell to a 36-month low last month, as lenders delayed taking action against homeowners amid heightened scrutiny over banks' handling of home repossessions.

79. Target to Open 21 New Stores in 13 States in 2011 -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Target Corp. plans to open 21 new stores in 13 states this year as it looks to become customers' one-stop shopping choice.

80. 112th Congress Convenes; Boehner Elected Speaker -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly elected speaker John Boehner hailed the Republican Party's return to control of the House Wednesday, vowing a more open legislative process but acknowledging that "a great deal of scar tissue has built up on both sides of the aisle."

81. Surge in Bankruptcies Shows Signs of Slowing -

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The growth in bankruptcies around the country slowed significantly in 2010 from its breakneck pace in recent years, with about a dozen states recording a decline in filings from consumers and businesses, according to an Associated Press tally Tuesday.

82. Massive Budget Bill Faces Opposition in Senate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The fate of House legislation to freeze the budgets of most Cabinet departments and fund the war in Afghanistan for another year is now in the hands of the Senate, where it faces uncertain prospects.

83. House Democrats' Bill Freezes Most Agency Budgets -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats controlling the House are promising to freeze the budgets of most Cabinet departments while wrapping Congress' unfinished annual spending bills into a single catchall measure.

84. Rainey, Green Pour Hearts Into Midtown’s Fresh Chef Cafe -

Robert Green, spectral thin, stirs a pot of bacon-lettuce-and-tomato soup on a portable propane burner. It’s equipment far different from what he has used in restaurant kitchens throughout a long career as chef in Hawaii, Louisiana and California.

85. TennCare Cited for Innovative Work -

TennCare has been cited for expertise in managed long-term care.

The Center for Health Care Strategies listed Tennessee and four other states as pioneers in designing innovative approaches to delivering care to the elderly and adults with disabilities.

86. Cut-Off of Jobless Aid Would Lower Economic Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) – If Congress lets unemployment benefits expire this week for the long-term unemployed, they won't be the only ones to feel the pain. The overall economy would suffer, too.

87. Hernandez’s Journey Leads to Campbell Clinic -

George Hernandez’s career in health care administration has taken him across the country and back.

Now the CEO of Campbell Clinic in Germantown says a national perspective on health care will determine the clinic’s strategies for the future.

88. ‘Aida’ Kicks Off Opera Season with Splash -

Apair of horses, two camels, a handful of snakes and possibly an elephant are heading to Memphis, but it’s not the circus or a petting zoo.

Opera Memphis’ season opener “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi promises a return to grand opera with a multi-species cast and intense human conflict. Performances run Oct. 7 and 9 at the Orpheum Theatre.

89. Medicaid Enrollment Spikes to 48M in Weak Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More people signed up for Medicaid last year than at any time since the program’s inception, as the recession wiped out jobs and workplace health coverage.

A report released Thursday by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation found that enrollment in the safety-net medical insurance program jumped to more than 48 million. With the economy barely improving, states are forecasting a 6 percent increase in the rolls next year, meaning another strain on their cash-depleted budgets.

90. Senate to Move on Stopgap Spending Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers are largely ignoring an Obama administration shopping list as they fashion a stopgap spending bill that's needed to avoid a government shutdown Friday.

The Senate could pass the measure as early as Wednesday, after a likely test vote Tuesday, and the House could clear it for President Barack Obama before the budget year ends at midnight Thursday.

91. Census Data: Marriages in 2009 at Record Low Level -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The recession took a dramatic toll on the institution of marriage in America last year, new figures show, with weddings for people 18 and older at the lowest ebb in over a hundred years.

92. US Homes Lost to Foreclosure Up 25 Pct on Year -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lenders took back more homes in August than in any month since the start of the U.S. mortgage crisis.

The increase in home repossessions came even as the number of properties entering the foreclosure process slowed for the seventh month in a row, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday.

93. Memphians’ Love, Options For Sushi Continue to Grow -

Sushi, the Japanese preparation of raw fish and rice, was unheard of in the United States until after World War II, and then even until the 1970s was largely an exotic phenomenon of the West Coast.

94. GOP Looks to Erase Democrats' Comfy House Majority -

WASHINGTON (AP) – No fewer than 65 House seats across the country – an overwhelming majority held by Democrats – are at risk of changing political hands this fall, enough to bolster Republican hopes of regaining power and stoke fears in President Barack Obama's party of losing it.

95. Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia Dead at 92 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senator Robert C. Byrd, a son of West Virginia coal country who used his mastery of Senate rules and a taste for hardball tactics to become a passionate and often feared advocate for the state and the Senate he loved, died Monday at age 92.

96. At Spill Hearing, BP CEO Says He's 'Deeply Sorry' -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Chastened by heavy criticism from lawmakers, a grim-faced BP chief executive Tony Hayward said Thursday he was "deeply sorry" for his company's catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

97. As Summer Nears, Expect Gas Prices To Go ... Down? -

Gas prices are poised to fall as Memorial Day approaches, a welcome change for motorists used to seeing increases cut into their summer vacation money.

Experts who had been predicting a national average of more than $3 per gallon by Memorial Day now say prices have likely peaked just beneath that threshold. Rising supplies and concerns about the global economy have helped send wholesale gasoline prices plummeting by 25 cents a gallon since last week.

98. ‘Madame Butterfly’ Gets Twist in Memphis -

Giacomo Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” is one of the most performed operas in the world, but Opera Memphis’ upcoming production offers audiences who have “been there, done that” new reasons to enjoy it once again.

99. States May Ban Credit Checks on Job Applicants -

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It's hard enough to find a job in this economy, and now some people are facing another hurdle: Potential employers are holding their credit histories against them.

Sixty percent of employers recently surveyed by the Society for Human Resources Management said they run credit checks on at least some job applicants, compared with 42 percent in a somewhat similar survey in 2006.

100. Outsider Image So Hot Even Ex-Insiders Want It -

NEW YORK (AP) - Ask national Republicans to name a model 2010 congressional candidate, and they're likely to mention Stephen Fincher. A 37-year-old farmer and gospel singer from Frog Jump, Tenn., Fincher has raised more than $675,000 in his bid to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. John Tanner.