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1. Transit Passes Benefit Employers, Workers -

Commuting on public transit just got easier for a few thousand Memphians, thanks to a new bus route between Nonconnah Corporate Center and Airways Transit Center.

Nonconnah’s management requested the bus service, which it sees as an important tool to attract and retain tenants. This public-private experiment in transit will help support new jobs, employee satisfaction, and environmental responsibility.

2. Hooker Fights for Right to Die on His Terms -

John Jay Hooker, a household name in Middle Tennessee if nowhere else, is suffering from stage 4 metastatic cancer with weeks, not months to live.

3. US Postal Service Reports $586M Net Loss for Spring -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service on Monday reported a net loss of $586 million this spring, a big improvement for the cash-strapped agency compared to a nearly $2 billion loss during the same period last year.

4. Ramsey Clear in Push to Politicize Supreme Court -

Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has a penchant for igniting flames of partisanship, and the retirement of Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade is no exception.

5. US Paychecks Grow at Record-Slow Pace in Second Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn't lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus and incentive pay for some workers.

6. Campbell Clinic Opens New Spine Center -

Campbell Clinic recently opened the Campbell Clinic Spine Center, located at 8000 Centerview Parkway in Cordova. This facility offers comprehensive care for both common and complex disorders of the neck and back.

7. Lawyer: Tennessee Shooter's Uncle Detained in Jordan -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — An uncle of the man who killed four Marines and a sailor in attacks on Tennessee military sites has been in custody in Jordan since a day after the attack, a lawyer said Tuesday.

8. Campbell Clinic Opens New Spine Center -

Campbell Clinic recently opened the Campbell Clinic Spine Center, located at 8000 Centerview Parkway in Cordova. This facility offers comprehensive care for both common and complex disorders of the neck and back.

9. 6 Things to Know When Writing a Proposal -

Summer reading is highlighted in Oprah and other magazines each year. A good read is great to enjoy on the beach or curled up on a lawn chair. But what about a good summer write?

That’s right – start writing now to help the money come in at the end of the year, or perhaps next spring. That’s how it’s done. Writing proposals now prevents future complaints such as, “How can I write that proposal in just three days?” It’s called planning ahead.

10. Piano-Playing Senator's Latest Tune: New Education Policy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – How does a musician-senator fill the time during yet another partisan Senate stalemate?

In Sen. Lamar Alexander's case, he sits down at a borrowed piano in his Capitol Hill office and, with a grin, bangs out "The Memphis Blues."

11. Mannis’ Hard Work Pays Off for Himself, Others -

Eddie Mannis, Knoxville businessman, entrepreneur, volunteer and donor, grew up understanding the value of hard work.

He says he knew it would be the defining factor in his life.

That standard has seen his company, Prestige Cleaners/Prestige Tuxedo, grow from a start-up using 30-year-old dry cleaning equipment to a business with a state-of-the art facility in North Knoxville.

12. Events -

Mid-South Association for Financial Professionals will meet Thursday, May 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will discuss jobs and economic growth for the city of Memphis. Register at midsouthafp.org.

13. Preserving East Tennessee's Endangered Buildings -

When preservation comes up in conversation, it brings to mind crumbling Victorian mansions or maybe an old Woolworth’s sitting idle downtown.

That’s definitely been the case in and around Knoxville, and it’s a mindset that Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance (ETPA) are working hard to break.

14. US Retail Sales Flat-Line in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. shoppers kept their spending in check in April, as modest wage growth over the past year keeps family budgets tight.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that retail sales were unchanged last month after rising 1.1 percent in March. Sales have risen just 0.9 percent over the past 12 months. Steady hiring has yet to spark significantly higher incomes.

15. Events -

The American Legion will host a town hall meeting to discuss the quality and timeliness of Veterans Affairs health care with local veterans Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 53, 400 Legion Road. The Legion will also set up a Veterans Benefits Center Tuesday through Thursday, April 21-23, at the Whitehaven Community Center, 4318 Graceland Drive. Visit legion.org.

16. Don't Panic, College Seniors: Jobs for Grads Likely to Grow -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The consulting and accounting firm EY is aggressively recruiting on college campuses this spring. The company formerly known as Ernst & Young plans to hire 9,000 graduates from U.S. universities this year, up from 7,500 in 2014. But recruiting isn't as easy as it used to be.

17. An ‘Epiphany’ for Legislators on In-State Tuition -

Tina Sharma grew up in Tennessee, graduated from Martin Luther King High School in Nashville and enrolled at Belmont University. She calls the Volunteer State home.

18. End of Robust Hiring Streak Raises Doubts About Job Market -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For months, the U.S. economy's strength has been flagging.

Manufacturing slowed. Fewer homes were built. Cheaper gas failed to ignite consumer spending. Yet month after month, employers kept on hiring vigorously.

19. Holding On -

The national outlook for traditional enclosed malls is bleak. No new enclosed mall has been built in the U.S. since 2006. More than 24 have closed since 2010, and an additional 60 are teetering on the edge, according to data from Green Street Advisors. Around 15 percent of malls nationwide are expected to close in the next decade.

20. New Woes for Healthcare.Gov: Wrong Tax Info Sent Out -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a new setback for the health care law and the people it's supposed to help, the government said Friday it made a tax-reporting error that's fouling up the filings of nearly a million Americans.

21. Economic Indicator Posts 0.2 Percent Gain in January -

An index designed to predict the future health of the U.S. economy rose in January by the smallest amount in five months, indicating the economy’s momentum may have slowed a bit.

The New York-based Conference Board said Thursday its index of leading indicators increased 0.2 percent in January, the weakest gain since a 0.1 percent rise in August.

22. Debt, Pension Overhang Top City Council Priorities -

UPDATE: Council committee sessions are beginning late Tuesday – at 10:30 a.m. – because of weather-related road conditions, and committees will have a condensed schedule, according to council staff.

23. Common Core is Working – So Kill It -

Common Core determines what Tennessee’s K-12 students should know and when they should learn it, yet like many other issues it has become a political pariah, especially for the state’s Republican leaders.

24. Insure Tennessee Fails to Win Sound Bite Test -

Fresh off a resounding November re-election victory, Gov. Bill Haslam ran smack dab into the reality of Tennessee politics: The Republican Party abhors anything connected to President Barack Obama.

25. City Talking Debt Restructure Two Years After State Warning -

The Memphis City Council approved changes to city health insurance coverage in June and pension coverage in December.

But later amendments to both sets of benefits, the city’s debt service payments, a 2010 restructuring of city debt, and the city’s annual required pension contribution are all factors that will influence city finances for years, said city finance director Brian Collins.

26. Luttrell Warns of Tax Hike Without Insure Tennessee -

Two hours before the state Senate committee vote in Nashville that signaled the death of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Medicaid expansion proposal, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said failure to pass the expansion could mean a county property tax hike to fund Shelby County’s public safety net hospital.

27. Luttrell Warns of Tax Hike Without Insure Tennessee -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell urged Tennessee legislators Wednesday, Feb. 4, to approve the proposed Insure Tennessee Medicaid expansion as the Legislature continues its special session in Nashville on the issue.

28. Medicare Chief Steps Down, Ran Health Care Rollout -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Medicare's top administrator unexpectedly resigned Friday, becoming the latest casualty in the turmoil over the president's health care law, which is still struggling for acceptance even as millions benefit from expanded coverage.

29. Booking a Trip to the ER on Your Smartphone? It's a Breeze -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – It's like OpenTable for medical appointments.

No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings.

30. Memphis Resolutions -

The end of the year hastens a season of resolutions about the year ahead, resolutions about what to include on the blank canvas of a new year.

No matter who you are, the road to 2015 starts at the same place – through the experience of 2014. With that in mind, we surveyed many of the people we’ve covered in these pages in the last year to talk about the possibilities ahead.

31. Knoxville Area a Magnet for Retirees -

Retired air traffic controller Sterling King moved to Knoxville when his brother needed him. Five years later, he has fallen in love with the area and everything it has to offer.

Moderate weather, without the bone-chilling Northern winters or the searing heat of Florida summers, is a big draw, along with its location in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, says King, 58, who migrated from Dayton, Ohio, to Raleigh, North Carolina, and then to Knoxville.

32. Pension ‘Concept’ Flips Council Script -

For most of her seven years on the Memphis City Council, Wanda Halbert has been the most outspoken member when it comes to last-minute items added to the council’s agenda for a vote.

So, when Halbert rolled out a compromise plan on the city’s pension changes Tuesday, Dec. 2, she took some heat from other council members.

33. VA Chief Vows Renewed Focus on Customer Service -

WASHINGTON (AP) – On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department announced a reorganization Monday designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department and its maze-like websites.

34. City, County Take Different Paths on Insurance -

City of Memphis human resources director Quintin Robinson came from City Hall on the other side of the Main Street Mall last week to watch how Shelby County government handled changes to its health insurance plan for employees.

35. For-Profit Programs Face 'Gainful Employment' Rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For-profit colleges with graduates unable to pay back their student loans could soon face scrutiny by the federal government.

Schools with career-oriented programs that fail to comply with the new rule announced Thursday by the Obama administration stand to lose access to federal student-aid programs.

36. County Commission Differences Remain -

Shelby County Commissioners still have a problem with each other. And the problem at the center of all of the complexities of what are normally routine items remains a Democratic county commissioner elected chairman in September with the votes of all six Republican commissioners and himself.

37. MentorMe Accepted into Points of Light Accelerator -

MentorMe, a startup from Memphis that provides cloud mentoring software, has been accepted into the Points of Light Civic Accelerator.

The accelerator is a national startup accelerator focused only on investing in civic ventures – any enterprise that inspires, equips and mobilizes people to create positive change.

38. MentorMe Accepted Into Points of Light Civic Accelerator -

MentorMe, a startup from Memphis that provides cloud mentoring software, has been accepted into the Points of Light Civic Accelerator.

The accelerator is a national startup accelerator focused only on investing in civic ventures – any enterprise that inspires, equips and mobilizes people to create positive change.

39. Little Sees ‘Acceptance’ in City Insurance Drama -

City Chief Administrative Officer George Little says he hopes the city’s long debate about health insurance coverage changes will mean a shorter discussion about proposed pension changes to come.

40. Watchdog: VA Managers Lied About Delays -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Managers at more than a dozen Veterans Affairs medical facilities lied to investigators about scheduling practices and other issues, the department's inspector general said Tuesday.

41. A More Earth-Friendly Burial Option Now Available -

When Dara Ashworth’s father died this spring after battling metastatic melanoma, she and her two sisters struggled with the best way to honor his life, his memory and his body.

Their father, Leonard Daniel Hamby, 64, a lab technician with the Tennessee Department of Health, didn’t have a specific plan, but the family knew enough about his wishes and knew that he didn’t want a traditional burial.

42. 3 Ways Insurers Can Discourage Sick From Enrolling -

Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest – and costliest – patients from enrolling.

43. Vols: Looks Like 6-6 Season -

Pull out your 2014 schedules, UT fans.

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

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

44. University of Tennessee Students Return to Transforming Campus -

Colleges and universities, no matter how venerable and historic, were designed to move forward, to be progressive.

New academic disciplines are developed, buildings are replaced and tuition goes up. Coaches come and go.

45. Central Defense Security Enhances Camp Program -

Central Defense Security has enhanced its yearly summer camp program for Memphis children.

The company, a leading provider of business, retail and warehouse security, teamed up with the City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods for the third straight year to support the program, and the company sponsored more than 130 campers at 10 camps around the city.

46. US Postal Service Loses $2 Billion This Spring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Postal Service lost $2 billion this spring despite increasing its volume and charging consumers more money to send mail, officials said Monday.

The loss for the spring quarter, which ended June 30, was significantly higher than the $740 million loss for the same three-month period last year. The agency blamed increases in compensation and benefit costs for the red ink and said it would be unable to make a congressionally mandated payment of $5.7 billion this September for health benefits for future retirees. The loss came despite a 2 percent increase in operating revenue compared to last spring.

47. Central Defense Security Enhances Camp Program -

Central Defense Security has enhanced its yearly summer camp program for Memphis children.

The company, a leading provider of business, retail and warehouse security, teamed up with the City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods for the third straight year to support the program, and the company sponsored more than 130 campers at 10 camps around the city.

48. US Consumer Spending Up 0.4 Percent in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in June, providing momentum for the economy going into the second half of the year.

Consumer spending increased 0.4 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis following slower increases of 0.3 percent in May and 0.1 percent in April, the Commerce Department said Friday.

49. US Job Growth Eases but Tops 200,000 for a Sixth Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sixth straight month of solid 200,000-plus job growth in July reinforced growing evidence that the U.S. economy is accelerating after five years of sluggish expansion.

50. Pharmacy Sales Boost Major Drugstores in June -

A jump in pharmacy revenue fueled June sales growth for two of the nation's largest drugstore chains, and they may start adding gains from the health care overhaul later this year.

Walgreen Co. and Rite Aid Corp. said Thursday that pharmacy revenue from their established stores climbed more than 11 percent at Walgreen and 5 percent at Rite Aid last month. Walgreen runs the nation's largest drugstore chain with 8,215 stores, while Rite Aid ranks third with 4,754. The company in the middle, CVS Caremark Corp., doesn't report monthly results.

51. Economy Shrank at Steep 2.9 Percent Rate in First Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy shrank at a steep annual rate of 2.9 percent in the January-March quarter as a harsh winter contributed to the biggest contraction since the depths of the recession five years ago. But the setback is widely thought to be temporary, with growth rebounding solidly since spring.

52. Why a Grim US Economic Picture is Brightening -

WASHINGTON (AP) – When the government updates its estimate Wednesday of how the U.S. economy fared last quarter, the number is pretty sure to be ugly. Horrible even.

The economy likely shrank at an annual rate of nearly 2 percent in the January-March quarter, economists estimate. That would be its bleakest performance since early 2009 in the depths of the Great Recession.

53. Training Ground -

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

54. US Bank Earnings Decline 7.7 Percent in First Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. banks' earnings declined 7.7 percent in the January-March quarter from a year earlier, as higher interest rates dampened demand for mortgage refinancing and reduced banks' revenue from the mortgage business.

55. Events -

Healthy Memphis Common Table will hold its fourth annual meeting and recognition luncheon, “Cracking the Code to Real Health Equity,” Thursday, May 22, at 11:30 a.m. at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Health care quality and disparities expert Dr. Marshall H. Chin will present the keynote. Visit healthymemphis.org.

56. Mind Over Data Captures Imagination With Touch Screens -

Mind Over Data is one of those Memphis companies that tends to fly under the radar, even though its high-tech handiwork can be found across the country and easily touches the imagination of people who encounter it.

57. Events -

Tennessee Genealogical Society will hold its annual spring seminar, featuring certified genealogist Diane Giannini, Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers; RSVP required. Visit tngs.org.

58. Economic Gauge Up for 3rd Straight Month -

A measure of the U.S. economy’s health rose in March for the third consecutive month, a sign of stronger growth after harsh winter weather caused the economy’s pace to slow.

The Conference Board said Monday that its index of leading indicators increased 0.8 percent in March after a 0.5 percent rise in February and modest 0.2 percent gain in January. It was the best showing since a 0.9 percent gain in November.

59. Job Market for College Grads Better But Still Weak -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With college commencement ceremonies nearing, the government is offering a modest dose of good news for graduating seniors: The job market is brightening for new grads – a bit.

60. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Company will present “The Taming of the Shrew” Wednesday, April 23, through May 4 at Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Ave. Buy tickets at tnshakespeare.org.

61. Economic Gauge Up for 3rd Straight Month -

A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in March for the third consecutive month, a sign of stronger growth after harsh winter weather caused the economy's pace to slow.

The Conference Board said Monday that its index of leading indicators increased 0.8 percent in March after a 0.5 percent rise in February and modest 0.2 percent gain in January. It was the best showing since a 0.9 percent gain in November.

62. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Peter Pan,” a world premiere from the choreographer of “Cinderella” and “Wizard of Oz,” Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

63. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Spring’s Best Plant Sale Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

64. End of Windows XP Support Spells Trouble for Some -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and with an estimated 30 percent of businesses and consumers still using the 12-year-old operating system, the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger.

65. US Home Market: Few Buyers and Not Enough Sellers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Entering the 2014 spring buying season, the U.S. housing market faces an unusual dilemma: Too few people are selling homes. Yet too few buyers can afford the homes that are for sale.

66. US Service Firms Grow More Quickly, Boost Hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service firms expanded more quickly last month as new orders rose and hiring increased, a positive sign the economy is rebounding after an unusually cold winter.

67. Events -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Memphis Medical Center partners will host Spring at the Park Thursday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Health Sciences Park, at the corner of Madison Avenue and Dunlap Street. The event will include arts performances, food trucks and vendors. Cost is free. Call 576-7185.

68. Deadline Brings High Interest for Health Insurance -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy initiative.

69. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, April 2, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. National Civil Rights Museum president Beverly Robertson will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

70. US Economic Growth for 4th Quarter Revised Higher -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter, slightly more than previously estimated, as consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three years.

71. High Court Seems Divided Over Birth Control Rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court seemed divided Tuesday over whether employers' religious beliefs can free them from a part of the new health care law that requires that they provide coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge.

72. Congress Confronts Medicare Cuts to Doctors' Fees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hope is fading for a Capitol Hill drive to permanently fix Medicare's outdated payment formula and spare doctors from automatic cuts in their fees next month. Now the question is whether lawmakers can regroup and come up with a short-term solution when the current patch expires.

73. 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.

74. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will present “Black Pearl Sings!” Thursday, March 20, to April 6 at the theater, 656 Marshall Ave. Visit hattiloo.org.

75. US Employers Posted More Open Jobs in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers advertised slightly more jobs in January than in December, a sign that hiring should remain steady in coming months.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers posted 3.9 million job openings, up 1.5 percent from December. That is still below November's nearly six-year high of 4.1 million, the first month that openings topped 4 million since March 2008.

76. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will hold the eighth annual Daffodil Dash 3-Miler and 1-mile Family Fun Run Saturday, March 8, at 10 a.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. Race-day registration is $25; children 12 and younger are $10 (family fun run only). Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

77. Howard Students Volunteer Spring Break in Memphis -

Last year, Howard University’s Alternative Spring Break program came to Memphis for the first time with the help of Whitehaven graduate and Howard student Ayanna McFarland.

This year McFarland, a junior at Howard, has returned and brought almost 50 students with her. There is no beach and there are no mountains, but, as McFarland knows too well from having grown up here, there are educational hills to climb.

78. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the official Tennessee Arbor Day Celebration Friday, March 7, at 10 a.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. The city of Memphis will be recognized for earning the Tree City USA designation, and seedlings will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

79. Healing in Las Vegas -

Last year, I injured my left ring finger. Despite treatment, it got worse. By year’s end, it was popping each time I opened my hand. And hurting like crazy when I squeezed my hand shut. My family doc diagnosed “trigger finger” and assured me minor surgery could fix it.

80. Panel Votes Down Heart Safety Claim for Naproxen -

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) – A majority of federal health experts said Tuesday that new research is not strong enough to conclude that naproxen, the pain reliever in Aleve and many other medications, is safer on the heart than rival drugs used by millions of Americans to treat arthritis and everyday aches and pains.

81. Plans in Works for Dormant Midtown Project -

City officials are working on plans to kick-start the dormant Washington Bottoms project at Poplar Avenue and Cleveland Street in Midtown.

Memphis Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb confirmed that he is working on the effort but said he was not yet able to release detailed information on the project.

82. US Construction Spending Up 1 Percent in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. construction spending rose in November at the strongest pace in more than four years, driven by solid gains in home construction and commercial projects.

The Commerce Department said construction spending increased 1 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $934.4 billion. That's the fastest rate since March 2009 and a slight improvement on the revised 0.9 percent gain in October.

83. Ratings Agencies Weigh In on City’s Bonds -

Standard & Poor’s, one of the big three bond-rating agencies, has assigned a AA rating to the city’s general obligation bonds and the revenue bonds proposed for use in a city purchase of AutoZone Park, and has given the city’s financial health a “stable” outlook on both fronts.

84. Congress OKs New IRS Chief, Ends Turbulent Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A cross Congress ended its business for the year Friday as the Senate approved a new boss for the troubled Internal Revenue Service but remained slowed and bitterly riven over majority Democrats' weakening of Republicans' power to filibuster.

85. Crosstown Construction Bidding Process Underway -

Construction documents for the ambitious Sears Crosstown redevelopment project have hit the street.

Memphis-based Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. is serving as the general contractor for the $180 million project, and bids for subcontracting work on everything from electrical systems to plumbing went out this week.

86. Poll: Majority in Tennessee Want Medicaid Expansion -

A poll conducted by Vanderbilt University shows more than three in five Tennesseans support an expansion of Medicaid, though nearly half also have a negative view of the federal health care law.

The survey of 800 randomly selected registered voters released Wednesday showed 63 percent favored an expansion of Medicaid, while 34 percent were against it.

87. Poll: Majority in Tennessee Want Medicaid Expansion -

A poll conducted by Vanderbilt University shows more than three in five Tennesseans support an expansion of Medicaid, though nearly half also have a negative view of the federal health care law.

The survey of 800 randomly selected registered voters released Wednesday showed 63 percent favored an expansion of Medicaid, while 34 percent were against it.

88. IRS Nominee on Track for Approval Despite Acrimony -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's choice to head the Internal Revenue Service told senators Tuesday he will work to restore public trust in the agency in the wake of the tea party scandal even as the IRS takes on new responsibilities administering the president's health care law.

89. Audit: Health Care Subsidies Vulnerable to Fraud -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More troubles for the health care overhaul. Subsidies to help people buy insurance under the law may be vulnerable to fraud, a Treasury Department watchdog said Tuesday in a report suggesting that concerns about the law are far from over.

90. US Manufacturing Grows at Fastest in 2.5 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. manufacturing grew in November at the fastest pace in 2½ years as factories ramped up production, stepped up hiring and received orders at a healthy clip.

91. Church Health Center Expands Wellness Facility -

Church Health Center Wellness is expanding its medical presence within its 80,000-square-foot wellness and fitness center as part of an increasingly integrated health care philosophy, adding five exam rooms to accommodate demand from its uninsured, working patient population.

92. Pote Builds Bridges Through Seedco Community Work -

Seedco is a national nonprofit whose mission statement since 1987 has been “to advance economic opportunity for people, businesses and communities in need.”

This is done, says Lisa Pote, senior vice president for Seedco’s Mid-South regional office, by working with individuals and businesses, and within the communities themselves, “to be a contribution to the communities that we’re in.” Seedco has been working within Shelby County since 2004, and has 30 employees.

93. High Court Considers Whistle-Blower Protections -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court looked back Tuesday at the collapse of energy giant Enron to determine who is protected from retaliation after blowing the whistle on a company's misdeeds.

94. HUD Adviser Talks Housing for Homeless -

Jennifer Ho said she views her job as a senior adviser to U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan as looking at the problem of homelessness like a jigsaw puzzle.

95. States Enact Laws to Stock Epinephrine at Schools -

NASHVILLE (AP) – When a third-grade student who had been stung by a wasp developed welts on his neck and had trouble breathing, school nurse Amanda Williams had the necessary dose of epinephrine to counter the allergic reaction.

96. MBI Anticipates Little Change Under New Owner -

With a new owner in place, Memphis Business Interiors (MBI) anticipates little change to its operations – but it does expect to grow.

New owner Rhonda Bradley said the only changes she has in sight for the 18-year-old office design firm are “adding new areas, strengthening service in areas we cover currently and growing in training and development of current employees.”

97. New Jersey Firm Buys Pendleton Place Apartments -

1780 Pendleton St.
Memphis, TN 38114
Sale Amount: $3.1 million

Sale Date: Sept. 11, 2013
Buyer: Pendleton Apartments LLC
Seller: Pendleton Investors LLC
Details: An affiliate of Teaneck, N.J.-based The Aspen Cos. has paid $3.1 million for the Pendleton Place Apartments at 1780 Pendleton St. in the Defense Depot area.

98. Baptist Begins Construction on $14.1 Million Pediatric ER -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. began construction this week on a new pediatric emergency department at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women.

99. Regency at Raleigh Owner Files $1.6 Million Loan -

The owner of the Regency at Raleigh apartment complex at 4544 New Allen Road has filed a $1.6 million construction loan on the property.

100. Weddle-West Voted GRE Board Chair-Elect -

Dr. Karen Weddle-West, dean of the graduate school, vice provost for academic affairs and director of diversity initiatives at the University of Memphis, has been voted chair-elect of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Board. The national board establishes all policies for the GRE program, the most widely used graduate-school admissions test, and oversees GRE assessments, services and research.