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1. ‘Super Bowl’ Bound -

For years, fans have been leaving University of Memphis football games early. Home games at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium were a kind of cruel test for the diehard fans.

How long could they sit there while their team was getting pummeled yet again?

2. College Football Notebook: September 23, 2014 -

The University of Memphis had lost three straight games to Middle Tennessee and five of the last six. Getting beat by the Blue Raiders each year had become commonplace and another sign of a program in perpetual struggle.

3. Technology Key to Knoxville’s Improving Economy -

Multiple industry sectors have always been a strength for the Knoxville job market, and that deep bench is helping the area once again as state and national economies improve.

From high-tech spinoffs out of both the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratories to a strong manufacturing climate, the area is benefiting as both companies and investors ramp up their expansion and hiring efforts, says Rhonda Rice, who serves as executive vice president of the Knoxville Chamber

4. High-Flying Vols Can’t Overlook Arkansas State -

KNOXVILLE – You had to be hiding under a rock not to hear the buzz this week about the University of Tennessee’s football team.

One person not reveling in the Vols’ 38-7 season opening victory over Utah State on Sunday night was UT coach Butch Jones.

5. Author Support Key to Booksellers’ Success -

Building relationships with customers and forming partnerships with other organizations is a key ingredient to keeping Union Ave Books vibrant in the Knoxville community.

Flossie McNabb, who owns the store with her daughter, Bunnie Presswood, caters to both writers and readers in choosing events and activities. And she is open to offering new opportunities for her customers, including a book club for Southern Literature that will start later this month.

6. Problem Property -

The city of Memphis and the Downtown Memphis Commission suffered a stinging setback this week in their quest to rid a key section of Main Street of a deteriorating eyesore, one that has survived multiple attempts to be sold and defied repeated orders to clean up.

7. Congress Races to Finish VA, Highway Bills -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and headed toward a five-week summer break with no agreement in sight on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States.

8. GM Safety Crisis Grows as Recalls Mount -

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors' safety crisis worsened on Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles to its ballooning list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches.

The latest recalls involve mainly older midsize cars and bring GM's total this year to 29 million, surpassing the 22 million recalled by all automakers last year.

9. Former US Senator Howard Baker Jr. Dies -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., a moderate Republican known as the politician who inquired what President Richard Nixon knew during the 1973 Senate Watergate hearings, has died. He was 88.

10. Congress, FBI Moving on Veterans Affairs Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – As Congress moves to help thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care, the FBI said it has opened a criminal investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs.

11. FedEx, International Paper Join Buyback Trend -

Recent stock repurchases by major U.S. corporations since the recession are a financial fact of life and the city’s best known publicly-held companies are no exception to the practice that can have multiple motives as well as multiple effects.

12. Relationship Building Blocks -

When you’re working to turn over a new leaf in your career, you start with the basics: an updated resume, a catchy cover letter, new business cards and a fresh LinkedIn profile. These pieces are requirements of your search, but they’re not where the important work happens. The foundation of a long-term career is built on networking.

13. Yellen to Investors: Expect Continuity at the Fed -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sought Tuesday to reassure investors that she will embrace the approach to interest-rate policy that her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, pursued before he stepped down as chairman last month.

14. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis East will meet Wednesday, Feb. 5, at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Business consultant Lane Carrick will speak. Cost is $17. RSVP at Lee Hughes at lmhughes@bellsouth.net.

15. Driving While Stupid -

DRIVING US CRAZY. I write about things Memphis, and there’s nothing more Memphis than the idiots on our roads. Our driving is like our unpredictable, even dangerous creativity, our shtick of doing old things in new ways and scaring people to death while we’re at it.

16. At 11th Hour, Congress Debates Plastic Gun Ban -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With 3-D printers increasingly able to produced plastic weapons, the House voted Tuesday to renew a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines.

17. Williams Honored by Tennessee Urban Forestry Council -

Laurie Williams, adult education coordinator at Memphis Botanic Garden, was recently awarded the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council’s President’s Award for her contribution to establishing and maintaining viable community forests in Tennessee. Williams was one of seven individuals the urban forestry council honored this year.

18. Shutdown Over, Obama Surveys Damage and Blames GOP -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government unlocked its doors Thursday after 16 days, with President Barack Obama saluting the resolution of Congress' bitter standoff but lambasting Republicans for the partial shutdown that he said had damaged the U.S. economy and America's credibility around the world.

19. New House GOP Plan as Debt-Limit Deadline Nears -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Time growing desperately short, House Republicans pushed for passage of legislation late Tuesday to prevent a threatened Treasury default, end a 15-day partial government shutdown and extricate divided government from its latest brush with a full political meltdown.

20. FedEx Posts 7 Percent Earnings Increase -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. posted a quarterly profit 7 percent higher than a year ago for its fiscal first quarter, ended Aug. 31.

21. Beyond Graceland -

Graceland – the Whitehaven mansion and the artifacts in it – is not for sale.

But 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises, the corporation that operates Graceland and owns the rights to the entertainer’s image, royalties and publishing on his music, is for sale as another Elvis Week reaches its end.

22. Culture of Health -

Local businesses are encouraging employees to get up, get out and get moving by offering wellness programs and financial incentives.

Companies including Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz PC and the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South have signed on for new initiatives like the Memphis Business Group on Health’s (MBGH) CEO Culture of Health program and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthy Worksite Program, with an end goal of helping employees become more active and ultimately lowering health insurance costs.

23. Judicial Election Process Muddied -

The Judicial Nominating Commission had a busy last few days before it went into limbo last week.

The commission sent Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam two slates for each of the three appeals court vacancies to come a year and two months from now when three appellate court judges opt not to run for re-election and end their terms.

24. FedEx Fourth-Quarter Profit Slumps 45 Percent -

FedEx Corp. on Wednesday, June 19, reported fourth-quarter profit dropped 45 percent amid tepid economic growth and customers that chose less expensive and slower international shipping services.

25. World Looks to Bernanke to Clarify Stimulus Plans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Is the era of ultra-low interest rates nearing an end? That's the question – and the fear – Chairman Ben Bernanke will face this week when he takes questions after a Federal Reserve policy meeting.

26. Between Economy and Trouble, Obama Approval Steady -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy is recovering, the White House is dealing with multiple controversies, and President Barack Obama appears generally unaffected either way.

He's getting no significant uptick in approval from gains in housing, jobs and the stock market. Likewise, he has so far seen no downtick from the recent storms over the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS and a leak investigation that has swept up the phone records of Associated Press journalists.

27. Obama Pitches Public Works Spending to Create Jobs -

MIAMI (AP) – Trying to show that the economy remains a top priority, President Barack Obama promoted a plan Friday to create construction and other jobs by attracting private money to help rebuild roads, bridges and other public works projects.

28. Wonderstone Worth Wait -

Since writing about magician David Kwong last November, I’ve been waiting for “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” to come out. David’s listed as one of the film’s two magic consultants at IMDB, though I saw three names in the film’s credits. I enjoyed the film on the day it was released, and now I’m watching the reviews roll in on Rotten Tomatoes.

29. FedEx Misses Analysts’ Expectations -

FedEx Corp. reported third quarter earnings that missed analysts’ expectations on continued weakness in international air freight markets and customers that chose less expensive and slower shipping services.

30. US Economy Barely Grew in Fourth Quarter, But Rebound Likely -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The weakest quarter for the U.S. economy in nearly two years may end up being a temporary lull. Economists think growth has begun to pick up on the strength of a sustained housing recovery and a better job market.

31. Local Politicians Split on Fiscal Cliff Bill -

There was only one vote for the American Taxpayer Relief bill Tuesday, Jan. 1, among the nine Tennesseans who represent the state in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, said he wasn’t happy with all of the agreement but voted for it because of the tax cuts it maintained.

32. Fiscal Cliff Efforts Ongoing, Boehner Offers Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner pushed ahead on negotiating a broad deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," even as the GOP leader readied a backup plan Tuesday to pressure the White House with little time left to avoid a double hit on the economy.

33. Timely Delivery -

On Dec. 10 FedEx Corp. is expected to have its busiest day in the 40-year history of the global shipping company.

Each year, the corporation plots out the day when shipments across its portfolio of services are expected to reach their peak for the year, which always occurs during the holiday shopping season.

34. Obama Pressing Business and Labor on Fiscal Cliff -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a challenge to Republicans, President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to extend expiring tax cuts immediately for all but the highest income earners as a way to eliminate half of the so-called fiscal cliff that threatens to send the economy back into recession.

35. Highpoint Church Buys Briarcrest’s East Memphis Campus -

After seven years of leasing space for its worship services, Highpoint Church has acquired Briarcrest Christian School Systems Inc.’s property at 6000 Briarcrest Ave. for $7.25 million.

36. Smith: Woes Accelerate FedEx Change -

FedEx Corp. founder and CEO Fred Smith ended 10 hours of immersion for analysts and investors in changes at the Memphis-based corporation Wednesday, Oct. 10, by telling the group of 200, “I think maybe we arrived at a better strategy through the wrong process.”

37. Most Americans Say the Rich Don't Pay Enough Taxes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – As the income gap between rich and poor widens, a majority of Americans say the growing divide is bad for the country and believe that wealthy people are paying too little in taxes, according to a new survey.

38. Unemployment Could Stay High as US Economy Slows -

WASHINGTON (AP) – High unemployment isn't going away – not as long as the economy grows as slowly as it did in the April-June quarter.

Weak consumer spending held growth to an annual rate of just 1.5 percent, even less than the 2 percent rate in the first quarter. And few expect the economy to accelerate in the second half of the year as Europe's financial woes and a U.S. budget crisis restrain businesses and consumers.

39. FedEx Cost Reduction Gains Attention -

A few minutes into this week’s earnings conference call with analysts, FedEx Corp. founder and CEO Fred Smith used three words that came to define much of the rest of the nearly hour-long conversation – “cost reduction program.”

40. U of M Adds Iconic Symbols to Campus -

As workers began adding the platforms to the Beale Street Landing project on the city’s riverfront over the weekend, on the other end of the riverfront, workers prepared to move the Ramesses statue from the front of The Pyramid.

41. Bowen: Cracking The U of M’s Combination -

If new University of Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen were a player, we would be debating his “upside.”

42. FedEx Reports 126 Pct. Earnings Increase -

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

43. Job Creation Driving Highway Bills in Congress -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The lure of roads, bridges, buses and trains isn't enough anymore to drive an expensive transportation bill through Congress. So to round up votes, congressional leaders are pitching the bills as the hottest thing around these days: job generators.

44. Barnes’ IP Practice Bridges Law, Science -

Some lawyers may have a background that includes previous experience in real estate or time in politics.

Kenneth Barnes, an intellectual property attorney with Crone & McEvoy PLC, was a researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for five years before going to law school. And don’t let the shelves of law books fool you.

45. Speaker to Introduce ‘Urban Magnet’ Concept -

Todd Richardson knows it takes a village to create a village.

Last summer Richardson – Crosstown Arts co-director and a University of Memphis assistant professor – was in Vancouver seeking ideas and connections that could aid in the transformation of the vacant Sears Crosstown building into an arts-based, mixed-use development.

46. U of M Lands Big East Invitation -

It got done. Not on the timetable originally envisioned and not without much angst along the way. But that’s old news overtaken by better news:

As of July 1, 2013, the University of Memphis will officially be a competitor in the Big East.

47. Fed Likely to Hint of No Rate Increase Before 2014 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It could be quite a while yet before the Federal Reserve starts raising the interest rates it's kept at record lows for three years.

Maybe not before 2014.

That's the thinking of many analysts as the Fed prepares this week to provide more explicit clues about how long short-term rates will likely stay near zero.

48. Binkley Promoted to VP at Boyle -

Les Binkley has been promoted to vice president at Boyle Investment Co.

Hometown: Memphis

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

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

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

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

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

51. Senate Rejects 2 Balanced Budget Amendments -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate on Wednesday voted against changing the Constitution to require a balanced budget as Congress hit yet another dead end in its search for a way out of its fiscal morass.

52. Fed Nearing a Plan to Clarify Direction of Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve under Ben Bernanke has gone further than ever to explain its policies to the public. It's ready to go further still.

A Fed policy meeting Tuesday will likely focus, in part, on an evolving plan to reveal the direction of interest rates more explicitly. The Fed may decide, for example, to regularly update the public on how long it plans to keep short-term rates at record lows.

53. Harpist Highlights Iris String Concert -

To have a full orchestral sound, one doesn’t necessarily need an entire orchestra. At least that’s the theory behind the Iris Orchestra’s upcoming concert.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. Iris presents “String Theories,” an all-string orchestral concert featuring two solo pieces by renowned harpist Elizabeth Hainen of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.

54. Poetry Collection Worth a Look -

Unlike a day, a year, a month or a season,/ A week hasn’t a name; what is the reason? No quotation marks. The couplet is mine. Almost deep, but not quite. Consider the work that inspired the above (warning: it’s deeper):

55. France Perfect Spot to Broaden Palate -

We all know that travel is broadening, and there’s no reason why that expansion of knowledge and experience shouldn’t apply to what we eat and drink. We don’t have to necessarily go as far as chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain, who gleefully scarfs down inner and outer organs of creatures many of us in the safety of our own homes would regard as bizarre, if not life-threatening, but we should try to extend the boundaries of our personal envelopes as we can.

56. ‘Brave New World’ -

When the Memphis City Schools system held a “read for the record” celebration last week at Downtown Elementary School, “Llama Llama Red Pajama” wasn’t just read aloud to and by the grade-schoolers. For the first time, some read along using e-books, or digital books.

57. Bernanke is Tolerating Dissent but Pushing Past It -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For someone known as a consensus builder, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sure generates – and shrugs off – a lot of dissent.

Bernanke last month pushed ahead with a plan to keep short-term interest rates near zero through mid-2013 despite three dissenting votes on the Fed's policy-making committee. For decades, the Fed's culture, and sometimes its strong-willed chiefs, have normally capped dissents at two.

58. Examining the Current Dining Landscape -

So, where was I?

Oh, right, I was writing about the now-closed restaurant M. Wells in Long Island City, Queens, N.Y., and the completely different approaches taken by two reviewers of the briefly wildly popular place – it closed after a year because of a rent dispute – Sam Sifton of The New York Times and Alan Richman of GQ. Why bother, since my readers and I live in the Mid-South? Because, to my mind, the controversy brings up issues that relate to how we dine out in a rapidly changing world.

59. Greenspan: Controlling Gov't Debt Will be Painful -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says there is no credible way to control the government's debt without inflicting pain on the economy.

Greenspan is telling members of a Senate Finance Committee Tuesday that the country has waited too long to address the problem.

60. Obama Tax Proposal Worries Social Security Allies -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Some Social Security advocates fear that President Barack Obama's desire to cut taxes supporting the program will undermine its vaunted stature as a self-financing pension system that provides checks to retirees based on contributions they made while working.

61. Food Critics Contrast Old vs. New School -

Every realm of human endeavor is subject to controversy and scandal, from politics, history and religion to sports, the arts, love and marriage, and just about any other effort, belief or philosophy that bears influence on our hearts and minds. How would newspapers and magazines, television and the Internet function without the constant fuel provided by the controversies and scandals that seem to engulf global culture?

62. Obama Completes Economy Team Ahead of Jobs Speech -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama tapped labor economist Alan Krueger for a top administration post Monday as the White House scrambles for solutions to repair an ailing U.S. economy ahead of the 2012 election.

63. Obama Meets Economic Aide, Talks to CEOs -

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) – A vacationing President Barack Obama has been meeting with a key economic aide and phoning businessmen as he prepares for next month's unveiling of a new jobs and debt plan.

64. Debt-Limit Votes: Senate Momentum, House Concerns -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House began debate Monday on the hard-bargained plan to avert a national financial default, even as the White House and congressional leaders struggled to round up enough votes to approve it. Supporters said momentum for the deficit-reduction compromise was on their side, but resistance from both liberals and conservatives made the outcome unclear.

65. GOP Retools Plan as Congress Seeks Debt Fix -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six days away from a potentially calamitous government default, House Republicans appeared to be coalescing Wednesday around a work-in-progress plan by House Speaker John Boehner to increase the U.S. borrowing limit and chop $1 trillion in federal spending. But the White House dismissed the proposal as a waste of time, and it got a thumbs-down from Senate Democrats and tea party activists, too.

66. Fed Chief to Face Grilling After Weak Jobs Report -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke may feel surrounded when he testifies before Congress this week.

From his left, Democrats will demand to know what the Fed can do to create jobs, especially after the government reported last week that unemployment rose to 9.2 percent in June and the economy generated just 18,000 net new jobs.

67. Grim Jobs Report Casts Shadow Over Debt Talks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Beset by a weak jobs report, President Barack Obama on Friday called for swift action by Congress to raise the nation's borrowing limit, saying the uncertainty over the debt ceiling has hindered hiring in the private sector.

68. Europe Debt Crisis Shadows Fed Meeting on Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – If the U.S. economic slowdown weren't enough to deal with, the Federal Reserve this week must consider a new threat: a resurgent European debt crisis that could imperil the global economy.

69. Group Tries to Entice Purchase of Greened-Up Rigs -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A Tennessee environmental group is using nearly $5 million in low-interest money from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to encourage the purchase of tractor-trailers that emit less air pollution.

70. ULI Conference to Tackle Emerging Trends -

As real estate professionals gather this week to take a look at the latest numbers and trends, they will also get a broader economic view of the recession’s effect on the industry.

They will get a glimpse into the current market Wednesday when the Urban Land Institute (ULI) District Council Memphis holds its annual Real Estate Outlook for the Mid-South.

71. Deficit-Cutting Plan Fails to Advance to Capitol -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's budget deficit commission failed to garner enough support Friday to spur quick congressional action, but it's austere spending blueprint will live on because a majority on the panel embraced it.

72. 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.

73. Commission Leaders Say Cutting Deficit Will Hurt -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Voters who demanded Washington rein in the nation's spiraling debt are getting a message from President Barack Obama and leaders of his deficit commission: It'll hurt.

74. Foreclosure Freeze Could Undermine Housing Market -

NEW YORK (AP) – Karl Case, the co-creator of a widely watched housing market index, was upbeat three weeks ago. Mulling the economy while at a meeting at a resort near the Berkshires, Case thought the makings of a recovery were finally falling into place.

75. Memphis Area Teachers’ Credit Union Appoints Weickenand CEO -

Daniel Weickenand has been appointed chief executive officer of Memphis Area Teachers’ Credit Union. Weickenand’s appointment follows a year-long, nationwide executive search.

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Education:
BBA in Accounting and an MBA at the University of Texas San Antonio
Work Experience:
CEO of MATCU; chief financial officer, FedEx Credit Association; chief financial officer, HEB FCU; Public Accounting
Family:
Wife, Diane; Children, Leah, 18, Michael ,16, and Cole 13
Favorite quote:
“We will either find a way or make one.” – Hannibal
Last book read:
“The Mother Tongue – English and How It Got That Way” by Bill Bryson
Favorite music:
Americana
Favorite movie:
“The Godfather”
Sports team:
Houston Astros
Activities you enjoy outside of work:
Playing guitar, reading, live music and spending time with my family
What talent do you wish you had?
I would like to play guitar as well as Joe Restivo.
Who has had the greatest influence on you?
The greatest influence comes from the members who have entrusted their financial resources with the institutions where I have worked.
What attracted you to Memphis Area Teachers’ Credit Union?
The appeal is the opportunity to do great things for the entire community by providing low-cost financial products and services.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
Turning around troubled institutions and making them successful
What do you most enjoy about your work?
I really get pleasure from working to improve the financial lives of everyday individuals.

76. AP-CNBC Poll: Investors Wary of Stock Trading -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Wild gyrations on Wall Street have made U.S investors leery of buying individual stocks and skeptical that the market is a fair place to park their money.

In an Associated Press-CNBC poll of investors, 61 percent said the market's recent volatility has made them less confident about buying and selling individual stocks. And the majority of those surveyed – 55 percent – said the market is fair only to some investors.

77. Bernanke: Fed Will Take Action if Economy Falters -

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday that the Fed will consider making another large-scale purchase of securities if the slowing economy were to deteriorate significantly and signs of deflation were to flare.

78. AP Poll: Obama at New Low for Handling Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama earned his lowest marks ever on his handling of the economy in a new Associated Press-GfK poll, which also found that an overwhelming majority of Americans now describe the nation's financial outlook as poor.

79. Obama Overtures to Business Fall Flat -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Labeled antibusiness by Republicans and some corporate chiefs, President Barack Obama mounted a campaign to show he wasn't. But his charm offensive has hit a rocky patch.

Business leaders gripe about burdensome new financial and health care regulations, what they see as unfriendly tax policies and vast government spending. They were put off by Obama's harsh depiction of "fat cat bankers" and "reckless practices," a label he applied both to Wall Street and to oil-spill giant BP.

80. Memphis Artists Featured on TV’s ‘Creative License’ -

Katie Smythe appreciates any exposure her dance school, New Ballet Ensemble and School, can get, particularly when it brings her students success.

81. Refinancings Rise as Mortgage Rates Hit 4.56 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) — The lowest mortgage rates in decades are just too good for some people to pass up.

Brokers are reporting rising interest in home refinancings as rates on a 30-year fixed loans have hit record lows in four of the past five weeks. This week the average rate fell to 4.56 percent, the lowest since mortgage company Freddie Mac began tracking rates in 1971.

82. BP: No Oil Leaking Into Gulf From Busted Well -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A tightly fitted cap was successfully keeping oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in three months, BP said Thursday. The victory — long awaited by weary residents along the coast — is the most significant milestone yet in BP's effort to control one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.

83. Back to the Future -

In Friday’s Wall Street Journal, Alan Greenspan warned the U.S. government against continued profligacy by comparing the U.S. and Greece. Ouch!

To wean ourselves off our deficit addiction first requires acknowledgement, and then requires strategy. Continuing denial invites loss of credit confidence, currency outflows and emergency response measures…see Europe.

84. FedEx Reports Strong Quarter -

FedEx Corp. closed the fiscal year on a high note with strong fourth-quarter earnings, but the global shipping giant issued a conservative outlook as it gears up for the next 12 months.

85. FedEx Reports Strong Q4, Forecasts Tepid Year -

FedEx Corp. closed the fiscal year on a high note with strong fourth-quarter earnings, but the global shipping giant issued a conservative outlook as it gears up for the next 12 months.

86. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac to Delist Shares from NYSE -

NEW YORK (AP) - Government-sponsored mortgage purchasers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plan to delist their shares from the New York Stock Exchange. Both stocks tumbled in Wednesday morning trading.

87. Job Hopes Rise on Flurry of Economic Reports -

WASHINGTON (AP) - A handful of economic reports released Thursday raised hopes for an improving job market with fewer layoffs and more hiring.

Productivity slowed more than initially estimated in the first quarter of the year, a sign that employers are struggling to squeeze more work out of leaner staffs. The lower figure was expected after the government last week revised its growth estimate for the first quarter.

88. CEO Sees Ford Continuing to Improve Into 2011 -

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Ford's chief executive told shareholders that the second-largest U.S. automaker will see "continuing improvement" into 2011 but wouldn't say when the company might reinstate a dividend.

89. Market Gains Set Up CEO Pay Bonanza -

NEW YORK (AP) — America's top CEOs are set for a once-in-a-lifetime pay bonanza.

Most of them got their annual stock compensation early last year when the stock market was at a 12-year low. And companies doled out more stock and options than usual because grants from the previous year had fallen so much in value that many people thought they'd never be worth anything.

90. Obama Urges Bipartisan Effort on Soaring Deficits -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday Washington must urgently confront unpleasant truths about deficits, while the Federal Reserve chairman said failure to mop up red-ink spending would "ultimately do great damage" to the country.

91. Home Sales Rise as Unemployment Claims Fall -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Home sales rose sharply last month and claims for jobless benefits fell last week. The two reports Thursday sketched a picture of a modestly improving economy.

Sales of previously occupied homes increased more than expected in March after three straight months of declines, the National Association of Realtors said. The housing market benefited from government incentives that drew in buyers.

92. Kramer, Crone Form New Alliance -

Chances are that discussions of the coming May elections will be off-limits at the water cooler of a newly formed law firm Downtown.

Attorneys Alan Crone and Bruce Kramer combined their existing practices to form Kramer + Crone, which became effective on April 1. Both attorneys said their mutual respect for each other trumped opposing political ideologies.

93. Life After Recession -

When George Baldwin married his wife, Ann, 30 years ago, he promised her “for better or for worse, in sickness and in health.”

94. FedEx Q3 Earnings Exceed Expectations -

Positive signs abound at FedEx, the city’s largest employer.

Not only was the company’s hometown hub, Memphis International Airport, confirmed this week as the world’s busiest for cargo for the 18th straight year – thanks almost entirely to FedEx’s massive volume – but the shipping giant registered third-quarter profits that nearly doubled from last year.

95. FedEx Q3 Earnings Exceed Expectations -

Positive signs abound at FedEx, the city’s largest employer.

Not only was the company’s hometown hub Memphis International Airport confirmed this week as the world’s busiest cargo airport for the 18th straight year – thanks almost entirely to FedEx’s massive volume – but the shipping giant registered third-quarter profits that nearly doubled the previous year.

96. Mid-South Food Bank Seeks Donations -

Officials at the Mid-South Food Bank are hoping people will use some of the money from their income tax rebates to make a contribution.

97. Focus on Film Means Business -

Erik Jambor lauded the economic impact film festivals have on communities nationwide and emphasized the potential that local events can have on Memphis.

Jambor, the executive director of Indie Memphis, noted Memphis’s international reputation as a creative city during his keynote presentation to the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Breakfast Forum Thursday morning.

98. Miss. Budget Restoration Approved, Sent to Barbour -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Legislature on Wednesday approved a plan to restore about one-fifth of the money Gov. Haley Barbour had cut from the current state budget.

The plan passed the Senate 47-0 and the House 115-2. Barbour is expected to sign it into law.

99. Toyota Apologizes for Handling of Safety Issues -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of Toyota's U.S. operations insisted Tuesday that electronic problems did not contribute to sudden acceleration of its cars, drawing sharp criticism from lawmakers who said such a possibility should not be ruled out and from a tearful woman driver who could not stop her runaway Lexus.

100. Gut-Check for Obama and Dems on Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Abandoning the health care overhaul is not an option, a senior White House official said Wednesday, after President Barack Obama's top domestic initiative took a devastating hit with the Democratic loss of the Massachusetts Senate seat.