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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. Training Ground -

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

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. Events -

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

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. 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.

46. 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.

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. 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.

51. 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.

52. 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.

53. 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.

54. 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.

55. 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.

56. 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.

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. 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.

61. 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.

62. 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.

63. 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.

64. 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.”

65. 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.

66. 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.

67. 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.

68. 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.

69. Select Health Alliance Names Sullivant Chief Medical Officer -

Baptist Memorial Health Care’s Select Health Alliance has named Dr. Henry Sullivant as its first chief medical officer. Sullivant will lead the physician-led clinical integration project, with the mission to deliver a better insurance care model that will then go to the marketplace as a collaborative effort between a physician group and a hospital.

70. Coffield Finds Home to Contribute to Memphis -

When Ashley Coffield accepted the position as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region last spring, it was a sort of homecoming for the Rhodes College graduate.

Only, she didn’t have to move at all.

71. US Banks Earn Record $42.2 Billion in 2nd Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. banks earned more from April through June than during any quarter on record, aided by a steep drop in losses from bad loans.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. says the banking industry earned $42.2 billion in the second quarter, up 23 percent from the second quarter of 2012. About 54 percent of U.S. banks reported improved earnings from a year earlier.

72. Smaller US Trade Gap Could Lift Second-Quarter Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A sharp decline in the trade deficit with other nations suggests the U.S. economy grew this spring at a faster pace than previously estimated, helped by a record level of exports.

73. Spring Creek Ranch Addition Tops Shelby County Commission Agenda -

Shelby County Commissioners consider an events center for Spring Creek Ranch golf course Monday, Aug. 5, as well as a mixed-use commercial site at Austin Peay Highway and Millington-Arlington Road by First Citizens National Bank.

74. House Ready to Lower Rates on Student Loans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The cost of borrowing for college is about to drop.

The House on Wednesday was expected to give final congressional approval to bipartisan legislation linking student loan interest rates to the financial markets. The impact: lower rates for most students now but higher ones down the line if the economy improves as expected.

75. Senate Set to Finish Work on Student Loan Deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Borrowing for tuition, housing and books would be less expensive for college students and their parents this fall but the costs would start climbing almost immediately under a deal the Senate was poised to pass Wednesday.

76. Senators Ready to Restore Lower College Loan Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan compromise on student loans promises better deals for students and parents over the next few years but could spell higher rates as the economy improves.

The Senate deal pegs the interest rates on new loans to the financial markets and was expected to come to a vote next week, well before students returning to campus this fall had to sign their loan agreements.

77. Methodist University Hospital Begins Emergency Department Expansion -

Methodist University Hospital has begun construction on a $33.5 million expansion and renovation of its emergency department.

Jamie Carter, interim CEO for Methodist University Hospital, said the aging facility isn’t large enough to accommodate the hospital’s growing number of emergency department visitors.

78. Retailers Report Strong Gains for June -

NEW YORK (AP) – June sales heated up for stores, in a sign that Americans likely will continue to spend during the important back-to-school shopping season.

U.S. retailers reported their strongest sales gains since January, as shoppers, enticed by warm weather and an improving economy, took advantage of summer discounts.

79. Work Begins on Baptist Women’s Pediatric Emergency Room -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. on Thursday, July 11, held a groundbreaking celebration to commemorate beginning construction on a new pediatric emergency department at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women.

80. Slower US Growth Might Lead Fed to Delay Tapering -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy may not be strong enough for the Federal Reserve to slow its bond purchases later this year.

That's the takeaway from economists after the government cut its estimate Wednesday of growth in the January-March quarter to a 1.8 percent annual rate, sharply below its previous estimate of a 2.4 percent rate. The main reason: Consumers spent less than previously thought.

81. Retailers Report Modest Gains for May -

NEW YORK (AP) – In the latest sign that Americans are feeling better about the overall economy, stores across the country had a pickup in sales in May.

An improving job picture, better housing market and stock market rallies have all led to consumer confidence reaching five-year highs. That has left Americans a bit more likely to reach into their pockets and spend, as monthly revenue reports released by national retailers on Thursday show.

82. AutoZone Beats Forecast in Third Quarter -

AutoZone Inc.’s just-ended fiscal third quarter results show why it’s a rarity among public companies.

The Memphis-based auto parts retailer – the nation’s largest in the sector – is an earnings machine. Net sales were $2.2 billion for the quarter, and profit was up 6.8 percent to $265.6 million. The quarter also included AutoZone’s 27th straight period of double-digit earnings-per-share quarterly growth.

83. Retailers Report Modest Gains for April -

Americans spent briskly during the early spring months in the latest sign that they’re encouraged by the economic recovery.

Falling gas prices, a rallying stock market and gains in the job market all fueled Americans’ shopping habits even as cold weather tempered their desire to buy spring fashions.

84. Retailers Report Modest Gains for April -

Americans spent briskly during the early spring months in the latest sign that they’re encouraged by the economic recovery.

Falling gas prices, a rallying stock market and gains in the job market all fueled Americans’ shopping habits even as cold weather tempered their desire to buy spring fashions.

85. Employers Add 165,000 Jobs in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy showed last month why it remains the envy of industrialized nations: In the face of tax increases and federal spending cuts, employers added a solid 165,000 jobs in April – and far more in February and March than anyone thought.

86. Measure of US Economy’s Health Declines in March -

A measure of the U.S. economy’s future health declined slightly in March, signaling that growth could slow this spring.

The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators dipped 0.1 percent last month to 94.7. That’s the first decline after three months of gains. The gauge is designed to anticipate economic conditions three to six months out.

87. Measure of US Economy’s Health Declines in March -

A measure of the U.S. economy’s future health declined slightly in March, signaling that growth could slow this spring.

The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators dipped 0.1 percent last month to 94.7. That’s the first decline after three months of gains. The gauge is designed to anticipate economic conditions three to six months out.

88. Events -

The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter and University of Memphis Law Students’ Chapter of the Federalist Society will host a panel titled “Current Proposals to Change the Electoral College System” Thursday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Cost is free. Email gregory.grisham@jacksonlewis.com or call 462-2616.

89. Events -

In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn about Daniel Pink’s book “To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others” Friday, April 5, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20. Register at in-synksellhuman.eventbrite.com.

90. Events -

In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn about Daniel Pink’s book “To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others” Friday, April 5, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20. Register at in-synksellhuman.eventbrite.com.

91. Events -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Memphis chapter will meet Thursday, April 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thomas Center at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. Daniel Moore of Watkins Uiberall PLLC will discuss best practices in nonprofit accounting. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Register at afpmemphis.org.

92. Clinic Expands Christ Community’s Services -

Last year, Christ Community Health Services delivered 652 Memphis babies. Even with that patient volume, the faith-based medical organization had to turn away about 180 patients daily because the organization’s facilities are stretched beyond capacity.

93. US Jobless Claims Jump 16,000 to 357,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped by 16,000 last week, the second straight weekly increase. But the longer-term trend in layoffs remained consistent with an improved job market.

94. Events -

The Cotton Museum will host Patrick O’Daniel, discussing his book “When the Levee Breaks: Memphis and the Mississippi Valley Flood of 1927,” Thursday, March 28, at 5 p.m. at the museum, 65 Union Ave. Cost is free and includes a complimentary museum tour and reception. Visit memphiscottonmuseum.org.

95. Events -

National Hispanic Professional Organization-Memphis will meet Thursday, March 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Accion CEO Janie Barrera will speak. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to info@nhpomemphis.us or 466-6476.

96. Assisi Foundation Provides Grant to Meritan Inc. -

The Assisi Foundation has given a $201,000 grant to Meritan Inc. to build the first medical residential home solely owned and operated by Meritan.

97. Boyle Celebrates 80 Years, Sponsors Art Exhibit -

Boyle Investment Co. turns 80 this year, and has partnered with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art to celebrate.

98. Assisi Foundation Provides Grant to Meritan Inc. -

The Assisi Foundation has given a $201,000 grant to Meritan Inc. to build the first medical residential home solely owned and operated by Meritan.

99. Retailers Report Slowing Sales Gains for February -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans cut back on spending in February as cold weather and economic challenges chilled their appetite for spring merchandise.

The nation's retailers on Thursday reported that sales slowed in February, a time when most stores get rid of winter merchandise and bring in swimsuits, ankle length pants and other spring fashions.

100. Alternative Spring Break on Docket for Law Students -

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and its Public Action Law Society are sponsoring the fourth annual alternative spring break next week.

It’s a series of events that will involve 48 law students from seven law schools, some of whom will come here from out of state to participate alongside Memphis law students.