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1. After the Campaign -

The 2014 election year began in January with dissent from the floor.

At the end of the Shelby County Democratic Party’s annual Kennedy Day fundraiser in January, former Memphis City Council member and state Rep. Carol Chumney, who was not among the speakers, challenged the party establishment from her table to do more to support women running for office.

2. Skip Check-In; Latest Hotel Room Key is Your Phone -

NEW YORK (AP) – Hotels don't want guests to have to linger at the front desk – or even stop by at all.

New programs are helping speed up the check-in process for busy travelers, or in at least one case, letting them go straight to their rooms by using their smartphone to unlock doors.

3. Fuel Costs Ease, US Airline Profits Soar -

DALLAS (AP) — Profits are soaring at the biggest U.S. airlines as fuel prices drop — but don't expect fares to fall too.

Heading into the busy holiday-travel period, the airlines expect even cheaper fuel, thanks to the nosedive in crude oil prices. The price of jet fuel, an airline's biggest single expense, has dropped by about one-fifth since mid-June.

4. Recruiter’s Career Twist -

Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.

5. Harpeth Hall: ‘Tenacious’ Curriculum, Dedication to Tradition -

Harpeth Hall’s new head of school is a fierce proponent of single-sex education who says that an all-girls school can nurture a female mind, especially one interested in going into a STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math.

6. Coverage Gap Leaves Rural Tennessee Hospitals on Life Support -

Four rural hospitals have closed and dozens are at risk of shuttering: That’s the fallout, some say, from Gov. Bill Haslam’s decision not to join the Affordable Care Act in 2013 and tap into millions in promised federal funds for Tennessee’s financially-strapped health care institutions.

7. ‘People’s Mayor’ to Share Story at RISE Gala -

Every politician has a past, but not like this one.

Evelyn Wynn-Dixon was, at the low point, a homeless single mother so distraught she believed her four young children would be better off without her. She considered jumping from a bridge overlooking Interstate 75 in Atlanta.

8. Steffner Adds SIOR Role to Real Estate Resume -

Since Joe Steffner opened his own commercial real estate firm 10 years ago, the industry veteran has had a front row seat to some wild changes in the industry.

He experienced everything from the boom days of the early- and mid-2000s to the depths of the recession and its crushing aftermath as the decade ended.

9. Democratic Divide Widens in Election Results -

Democrats have retained their seven-vote majority on the new single-district Shelby County Commission that takes office Sept. 1.

That and the re-election victory of Democratic incumbent Cheyenne Johnson in the race for Shelby County Assessor of Property were the only bright spots for a divided local Democratic Party that lost every other countywide partisan elected position to Republicans in the Aug. 7 county general election, just as they lost every countywide position to Republicans four years earlier.

10. Alexander Looks to Fend Off Tennessee GOP Challengers -

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (AP) – After losing his first bid for Tennessee governor 40 years ago, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander shed his blue suit and buttoned-up appearance for a plaid shirt, hiking boots and a 1,000-mile walk around the state.

11. More Departures From Haslam-Owned Truck-Stop Chain -

NASHVILLE (AP) – With a year-long federal fraud investigation looming over it, the huge truck-stop chain owned by the family of the Cleveland Browns owner and Tennessee's governor is doing some housecleaning at its highest levels.

12. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

13. Caught in the Middle -

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

14. Seminar Explores Complicated Details of Health Care Law -

The Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, became law in 2010.

But the law has grown and changed so much since then that its pages number more than 25,000, and if you stack them one on top of another they are more than 10 feet high, says Tim Finnell, founder and president of Group Benefits LLC.

15. Primaries Offer First Major Test of Voter ID Laws -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In elections that begin next week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots – the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.

16. New Housing Option Comes to Victorian Village -

Florence Hervery had been thinking about the next phase of her life for some time.

The 55-year-old Whitehaven resident had been mulling over a move Downtown, but she wanted a home, not a condominium or apartment, and was hesitant to move into the bustling Downtown core.

17. Amazon.com Sees Delivery Drones as Future -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon.com is working on a way to get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less – via self-guided drone.

Consider it the modern version of a pizza delivery boy, minus the boy.

18. Thieves Pose as Truckers to Steal Huge Cargo Loads -

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — To steal huge shipments of valuable cargo, thieves are turning to a deceptively simple tactic: They pose as truckers, load the freight onto their own tractor-trailers and drive away with it.

19. Brokers Simplify, Confuse Health Exchange Shopping -

This month's glitch-filled rollout of the health insurance marketplaces created by federal law is a business opportunity for brokers and agents, but regulators warn that it also opened the door for those who would seek to line their pockets by misleading consumers.

20. Chisley Named CEO of Methodist North Hospital -

Gyasi C. Chisley has joined Methodist North Hospital as CEO. In his new role, Chisley will lead thousands of associates and aligned and contracted medical staff. He says that as health care transitions from volume to value, his platform is to grow outpatient practices, physicians and services while creating a viable patient-centered environment.

21. Bunker: Taxes, Schools Governed Lakeland Election -

The new mayor of Lakeland wants more economic development in the heavily residential suburban community to boost its tax base to support its own school system.

Shelby County Commissioner Wyatt Bunker upset incumbent Lakeland Mayor Scott Carmichael last week in the unofficial results from the town’s municipal elections.

22. Cyber Crime Growing Priority for FBI -

Glankler Brown PLLC attorneys on Wednesday, Sept. 11, welcomed FBI Supervisory Special Agent Scott E. Augenbaum as the guest speaker for a cyber crime seminar for staff and clients at its East Memphis office.

23. Who You Calling ‘Hillbilly’? -

In a Huffington Post article with the dateline of Venice, Italy, actor Scott Haze says he spent three months living in the Tennessee mountains to prepare for a role in a film. Losing 45 pounds, eating a piece of fish and an apple each day, and sleeping in caves, Haze hardened himself to the role of a deranged killer for “Child of God,” which is about to premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

24. Taste of Australia -

When asked where good wine is made, even the teetotaler will come up with an answer of France, Italy or California.

But not many, even with years of sniffing corks, tend to think of Australia.

25. Judge Likely to Approve AMR Bankruptcy Exit -

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal judge signaled Thursday that he is leaning toward approving American Airlines' emergence from bankruptcy protection but wanted more time to reflect.

"I'm finding the arguments in favor of confirmation fairly persuasive," Judge Sean H. Lane said from the bench. He could sign off on American's restructuring plan at the next hearing on Sept. 12 or in a written decision prior.

26. Government, States Try to Block Proposed Airline Merger -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government is trying to block the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways, saying it would cause "substantial harm" to consumers by leading to higher fares and fees.

27. Pfizer to Pay $491 Million to Resolve Drug Marketing Case -

The U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday that drugmaker Pfizer Inc. will pay almost $491 million to resolve an investigation into illegal marketing of the organ transplant drug Rapamune by a company Pfizer later acquired.

28. Rising Home, Stock Prices Boost US Confidence -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are more confident in the U.S. economy than at any point in the past five years, thanks to surging home values, a brighter job market and record-setting stock prices.

29. Justice Department to Investigate IRS Targeting of Tea Party -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department is opening a criminal investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of tea party groups for extra scrutiny over whether they qualified for tax exempt status, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday.

30. Brighter View on Jobs and Pay Lifts US Confidence -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans are more optimistic the job market is healing and will deliver higher pay later this year. That brighter outlook, along with rising home prices, cheaper gasoline and a surging stock market, could offset some of the drag from the recent tax increases and government spending cuts.

31. Judge Indicates Support for American-US Airways Deal -

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal bankruptcy judge signaled his support for the $11 billion merger of American Airlines and US Airways.

But Judge Sean H. Lane deferred giving his official blessing until he could further consider the timing of a severance package for outgoing American CEO Tom Horton.

32. ‘Teacher Town’ -

There was a time not too long ago when teacher residency programs in Memphis were exercises in isolation. The new teaching recruits in and out of those programs often talked of being overwhelmed in their new school and career environments. But in the larger maelstrom of changes to the face of local public education, the residency programs are growing across all the different types of public schools emerging in advance of the August merger of city and county schools.

33. Unemployed Complain They Need a Job to Find a Job -

NEW YORK (AP) – Help wanted. Qualifications: Must already have a job.

It's a frustrating catch for those out of work in an era of high unemployment: looking for a job, only to find that some employers don't want anyone who doesn't already have one.

34. Startup Ground Zero -

For three days over the past week, Memphis was effectively ground zero for technologists, startup founders, investors and entrepreneurs from near and far.

For that, the city can thank the organizers of the Everywhere Else startup conference who, with help from a collection of sponsors and supporters, took what was initially going to be called “Pitchmas,” happening last December, and refashioned it in a matter of months.

35. Conference Turns Memphis Into Startup Hotspot -

The Everywhere Else startup conference that kicked off at the Memphis Cook Convention Center earlier this week has turned the city into ground zero for technologists, startup founders, investors and entrepreneurs.

36. Startup Conference Billed as ‘Must Attend’ -

Scott Case, the founding chief technology officer of Priceline.com and Startup America CEO, had some words of praise for Memphis and Tennessee while on a panel at November’s Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum in Palm Springs, Calif.

37. Growth Capital Wasteland -

Capital makes the world go round – or at least it used to before the recession and our new economic reality took hold. Enacting growth strategies is difficult without capital to invest. This is certainly true for early stage companies that need enough runway to get the business off the ground and then gain momentum to cash flow the business.

38. Former Harrah’s Headquarters Sells for $4.1 Million -

The previous owner of the East Memphis office complex at 1023 Cherry Road has reinvested in the asset for $4.1 million.

39. Former Harrah’s Headquarters Sells for $4.1 Million -

The previous owner of the East Memphis office complex at 1023 Cherry Road has reinvested in the asset for $4.1 million.

40. Blue CRUSH Cuts Point to Larger Divide -

Crime numbers may be the most politically volatile set of statistics elected officials can debate or rely on.

The statistics mean little to someone who has been a crime victim. But they are a way of validating whether public money is being spent effectively. On the other hand, how crimes are counted always will be debated.

41. TVA Board Votes to Delegate Authority to CEO -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority's board voted Monday to delegate certain authority to the utility's new chief executive in case five of its vacancies aren't filled before Congress adjourns this month.

42. This Den of Grizzlies Players Doesn’t Bluff -

They were three words that were perfect for summing up Zach Randolph. Three words that were perfect for describing the Memphis Grizzlies seven games into this NBA season.

“I don’t bluff,” Randolph told reporters when asked about his exchange of unpleasantries with the Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins after the Grizzlies’ 107-97 victory on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Oklahoma City, and on national television no less.

43. This Den of Grizzlies Players Doesn’t Bluff -

They were three words that were perfect for summing up Zach Randolph. Three words that were perfect for describing the Memphis Grizzlies seven games into this NBA season.

“I don’t bluff,” Randolph told reporters when asked about his exchange of unpleasantries with the Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins after the Grizzlies’ 107-97 victory on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Oklahoma City, and on national television no less.

44. Filings Represent Numerous Possibilities for Schools Case -

All six population maps for Carroll and Gibson counties are on file. And Memphis federal court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays has all of the material he needs to make a critical ruling on the future of municipal school districts in Shelby County.

45. Local Mortgage Market Up 22 Percent -

It’s been an old story for several quarters – for a few years now, in fact: Rates are low, and homebuyers keep tiptoeing back into the market.

That’s especially liable to be the case going forward, in light of the Federal Reserve’s steps last week to keep interest rates low for an indefinite period of time. Indeed, the local mortgage market continues to feel the effects of those low rates.

46. Mays Opens Hearings On Municipal Schools With Testimony -

The first of two days of testimony in the federal court case over the state laws setting up municipal school districts ended with a lot of reading material for U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays.

47. Kickstarter Projects Generate Millions of Dollars -

NEW YORK (AP) – A funny thing happens on Kickstarter, the website where people ask for money to finance their projects. Sometimes, they get more money than they ask for.

Sometimes, they get millions more.

48. American CEO Bashes US Airways; Calls it Desperate -

BOSTON (AP) – American Airlines CEO Tom Horton wants to set the record straight: It was he who approached US Airways CEO Doug Parker about the possibility of combining the two airlines, not the other way around.

49. Wal-Mart's Proxy Vote Shows Dissent Against Execs -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart's final shareholder vote for its board of directors showed unprecedented dissent against key executives and board members, including CEO Mike Duke, in the wake of allegations of bribery in Mexico.

50. City Moves Forward With 25-Square Blight Strategy -

The city started a pilot program last year to clean up blight by utilizing a 25-square-block strategy.

Due to the program’s success, the 25-square strategy is being implemented as the strategy for neighborhood improvement going forward. The program entails crews working in predetermined “target zones” to mitigate grass and weed overgrowth, abandoned and dilapidated houses, litter and debris, impassable sidewalks, congested alleys, potholes and vacant lots.

51. American Makes its Case Against Union Contracts -

NEW YORK (AP) – American Airlines argued before a federal bankruptcy judge Monday that its union contracts need to be changed to make the company financially stable.

The airline lost more than $10 billion in the decade leading up to its declaration of bankruptcy in November. During that same period most of its major rivals used the bankruptcy process to cut wages and benefits, which American says has left it saddled with higher labor costs.

52. US Airways Makes Deals With 3 AMR Unions -

DALLAS (AP) – US Airways has struck deals with unions at American Airlines to win their support for a possible merger of the two airlines.

The unions are angry that American is trying to cut jobs and labor costs while under bankruptcy protection. They represent 55,000 pilots, flight attendants and ground workers at American, the nation's third-largest airline

53. Status Update: Facebook to Go Public, Raise $5B -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook made a much-anticipated status update Wednesday: The Internet social network is going public eight years after its computer-hacking CEO Mark Zuckerberg started the service at Harvard University.

54. Obama's Health Overhaul Lags in Many States -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Here's a reality check for President Barack Obama's health overhaul: Three out of four uninsured Americans live in states that have yet to figure out how to deliver on its promise of affordable medical care.

55. Back to Black -

The Friday after Thanksgiving, often dubbed, “Black Friday,” is considered by many to be the traditional start of the holiday season shopping in the U.S.

The origin of the term varies. Some sources attribute the Philadelphia Police Department’s coinage of the phrase in 1966 to describe the hectic traffic and chaotic crowds on the busy shopping day. Others deem the expression to reflect a retailer’s shift to profitability during the holiday season, when a boost in sales moves a business out of the “red” and into the “black.”

56. Industry Growth -

The local banking and finance industries have proven to be a temporary boon of late to a group of people hit hard by contractions in banking and housing: architects and construction workers.

At the moment, a handful of new branches or office locations are either in some phase of construction or are preparing to open for companies that include Independent Bank, Evolve Bank & Trust, Metropolitan Bank, Iberiabank and Shoemaker Financial.

57. Events -

Jobnewsmemphis.com will hold a career fair Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memphis Hilton, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, pre-register, bring resumes and prepare to be interviewed. For more information, call 761-3025 or visit www.jobnewsmemphis.com.

58. Events -

The Tennessee Beta Unit of Parliamentarians will hold its monthly meeting and educational program Monday, Oct. 24, at 5:45 p.m. at the Memphis Public Library & Information Center’s Poplar-White Station branch library, 5094 Poplar Ave.

59. Consumers' Confidence Remains Weak in September -

NEW YORK (AP) – Consumers' confidence remained weak in September after dropping to a post-recession low during the month before. That's left economists to wonder just what it'll take to get Americans feeling good about the economy again.

60. CEO Says TN Officials Understand Entrepreneurship -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership, says Tennessee officials understand that fostering entrepreneurship will drive economic prosperity.

61. Kroger Buys Eight Schnucks To Reopen -

Eight Memphis area Schnucks supermarkets will become Kroger stores in a purchase of the rival stores announced Friday, Sept. 2.

Executives of Kroger’s Delta Division announced the purchase, saying the eight stores will re-open under the Kroger name within weeks after a temporary closing.

62. Kroger Buys Eight Schnucks To Reopen -

Eight Memphis area Schnucks supermarkets will become Kroger stores in a purchase of the rival stores announced Friday, Sept. 2.

Executives of Kroger’s Delta Division announced the purchase, saying the eight stores will re-open under the Kroger name within weeks after a temporary closing.

63. School Board Elections Next Step in Process -

All eight of the entities involved in the schools consolidation case in Memphis federal court agree that the Shelby County Commission should draw the district lines for a new countywide school board.

64. Point of Sale -

Shoppers look for bargains. That’s been the case for ages, but it’s especially true during these trying economic times.

The market reacts to what consumers want, and developers’ answer to this need of late has been the outlet mall.

65. Council to Appoint 13th Member -

Memphis City Council members should be back up to full strength by the end of the day Friday, July 22.

The council meets for the second time in a week Friday at 8 a.m. with one item on the agenda – appointing a citizen to the vacant District 7 council seat.

66. Last-Minute Filers Make Election Deadline -

A flurry of last-minute filings came at the noon Thursday, July 21, deadline for candidates in the Oct. 6 Memphis elections to turn in their qualifying petitions.

Shelby County Election Commission staffers were still checking the signatures on the petitions filed Thursday to make sure those signing were voters and lived in the districts they signed for or the city in the case of the citywide races.

67. City Council Looks to Fill Ware’s Seat -

The Memphis City Council is taking applications to fill the District 7 council seat of Barbara Swearengen Ware, and council chairman Myron Lowery has set a target date of filling the seat no later than July 22.

68. Schools Case Moves Toward Expedited Trial -

Something surprising happened in the first hearing in the schools consolidation federal lawsuit last week.

All of the sides knew specifically what U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays would decide to get the case moving toward a trial on the merits scheduled for September. The rulings from Mays on the applicability of state laws governing schools consolidation and the Shelby County Commission’s move to appoint a countywide school board would set the stage for that trial.

69. Mid-South Coliseum Next in Preservationists’ Crosshairs -

With the recent demolishment of Union Avenue United Methodist Church in the rearview mirror, Memphis Heritage Inc. is back and perhaps more empowered than ever.

70. Qualifying Period for City Races Opens -

Here come the city elections. Monday is the first day candidates in the Oct. 6 Memphis elections can begin picking up and filing qualifying petitions for mayor, all 13 seats on the Memphis City Council, City Court clerk and the three divisions of City Court.

71. Mays To Hold Schools Consolidation Hearing -

Most of the Shelby County Schools board wants a court order in Memphis federal court Thursday that will stop the plan by the Shelby County Commission to appoint a new countywide school board on March 28.

72. County School Board Seeks Injunction From Thursday Schools Hearing -

Most of the Shelby County school board wants a court order in Memphis federal court Thursday that will stop the plan by the Shelby County Commission to appoint a new countywide school board on March 28.

73. Mayall Celebrates 1 Year With Real Estate Board -

It’s been nearly one year since First National Realty Inc. principal Larry Mayall challenged the established order and formed his own independently operated Mid-South Real Estate Board. Mayall touts the new board, which includes all school districts and all mapping for the Mid-South region, as “one board and one MLS (Multiple Listing Service) for the tri-state market area.”

74. Key House Republican Praises Obama Housing Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration's plan to gradually dissolve ailing housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and to shrink the government's role in the mortgage market drew praise from House Republicans on Tuesday. The GOP chairman of the House Financial Services Committee called the proposal a good starting point for bipartisan negotiations over a housing overhaul.

75. In Tough Economy, Rental Property Investments Shine -

With the housing market depressed and credit tight, Memphis’ home rental business doesn’t appear to be losing steam any time soon.

Last week, Memphis Investment Properties LLC hosted a three-day tour for a group of 19 New Zealand investors that bought 16 houses for a total $1.08 million.

76. Fla. Judge Strikes Down Obama Health Care Overhaul -

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – A federal judge declared the Obama administration's health care overhaul unconstitutional Monday, siding with 26 states that sued to block it, saying that people can't be required to buy health insurance.

77. Added Gratuity Not Intended to Deter Large Dining Groups -

How festive to be part of a large group at a restaurant, with the conversation, the clinking glasses on extended arms, the laughter, the tasting of colleagues’ food. At this time of year, with office Christmas lunches taking place throughout the city and suburban towns, restaurants are often filled by groups of people toasting the best wishes for the holidays and exchanging presents. What fun!

78. Turning the Page -

Davis-Kidd Booksellers has something in common with the classics found on its shelves.

The East Memphis store, a venerable anchor of the Laurelwood Shopping Center, has undeniably become a classic in its own right.

79. Tab for Fannie, Freddie Could Soar to $259B -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government spelled out Thursday just how much the most expensive rescue of the financial crisis will end up costing taxpayers — as much as $259 billion for mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

80. Despite Foreclosure Halt, Mortgage Crisis Not Over -

MIAMI (AP) – For most Americans at risk of losing their homes, the brutal business of foreclosure goes on.

Bank of America halted foreclosures across the country to address paperwork problems, but three other banks did so only in 23 states. Other banks holding millions of mortgages have not suspended any foreclosures.

81. Schnucks Closure a Sign of Market’s Struggle -

News that the Schnucks supermarket at 1150 N. Germantown Parkway is closing brought to light an important realization about today’s economy.

82. 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.

83. Dem Leaders Prepare for Legal Challenge -

Local Democratic Party leaders are collecting affidavits as a start toward formally challenging the Aug. 5 Shelby County election results.

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 people gathered at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union hall in Midtown this week.

84. A Sense of Place -

June West was born with a proverbial thick skin. She said her parents blessed her with an uncanny ability to take criticism in stride, an important trait for anyone who faces the verbal abuse that West routinely absorbs as executive director of the nonprofit Memphis Heritage Inc.

85. Allen: Relief Well Timing Depends on Oil's Spread -

THEODORE, Ala. (AP) — A relief well being drilled deep into the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico to shut down the gushing well could be completed ahead of a long-set deadline of mid-August only if conditions are ideal, government and BP officials said Thursday.

86. Over 2 Million Cribs Recalled Amid Safety Concerns -

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 2 million cribs from Evenflo, Delta Enterprise Corp. and five other companies were recalled Thursday amid concerns that babies can suffocate, become trapped or fall from the cribs.

87. Tenn. High Court Considers Changes to Lawyer Rules -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Supreme Court is reviewing proposed changes to the rules that govern the state's lawyers.

The state Supreme Court recently held a five-hour meeting to discuss the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct. The rules were last amended more than six years ago. The latest round of proposed changes was offered by the Tennessee Bar Association.

88. FCC Loses Key Ruling on Internet 'Neutrality' -

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal court threw the future of Internet regulations and U.S. broadband expansion plans into doubt Tuesday with a far-reaching decision that went against the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

89. State Lawmakers Bash Congress to Gain Voter Favor -

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - With tax collections tanking and jobless rates at record highs, state legislators hundreds of miles from Washington have found an easy way to appeal to conservative voters: Bash the federal government.

90. As Cuts Continue, Medicare Wreaks Havoc on Docs -

The doctors at Stern Cardiovascular Clinic are mulling the cut of another 40 people, 25 percent of its remaining 160 employees, plus closing outreach centers in Munford, Ripley, Tenn., and Ripley, Miss.

91. Obama Meets With GOP -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Appealing for bipartisanship in a town where it's hard to find, President Barack Obama sat down with Democrats and Republicans Tuesday to spur cooperation on job creation, deficit reduction and health care overhaul. He promised to do his part – but warned he would take Republicans to task if they don't do the same.

92. MED Officials Brace for News In Bredesen’s Budget Address -

After having made their case to Nashville powerbrokers this week for more funding for the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, officials with The MED are bracing for the news that will come Monday night.

93. AP Source: Obama Considers Levy for Rescued Firms -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Targeting an industry whose political deafness has vexed his administration, President Barack Obama is weighing a levy aimed at recovering tax dollars from government-rescued financial institutions.

94. Docs Deflect Increasing Malpractice Claims -

Tennessee doctors continue to fend off the vast majority of malpractice suits filed, but the five-year trend is unmistakable: The price of success grows higher every year.

Physicians and their insurance companies traditionally close up to 85 percent of malpractice cases without paying a penny to plaintiffs. But in the latest year of data available, 2007, the cost of those wins was up 17.5 percent, following an 8.4 percent rise a year earlier.

95. AP: Ponzi Collapses Nearly Quadrupled in '09 -

MIAMI (AP) - It was a rough year for Ponzi schemes. In 2009, the recession unraveled nearly four times as many of the investment scams as fell apart in 2008, with "Ponzi" becoming a buzzword again thanks to the collapse of Bernard Madoff's $50 billion plot.

96. Federal Judge Postpones School Unitary Hearings -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge has postponed the dates for court hearings on whether the North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts have met their desegregation obligations.

97. CSG Sues Over RMK Losses -

A new participant has stepped into the long-running legal fray over why six Morgan Keegan bond funds lost $2 billion between March 2007 and March 2008.

Memphis-based Consulting Services Group, a firm that provides investment advice to Shelby County’s retirement board and other clients, has filed a lawsuit against Memphis-based investment and brokerage firm Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. The asset management arm of Morgan Keegan ran the six funds in question.

98. CIT Group's Biggest Hurdle: Keeping Customers -

NEW YORK (AP) - A Chapter 11 filing usually means the end of the road for financial companies since they rely so heavily on customer trust. CIT Group Inc. is hoping that its case will be different.

99. Gov't Says Stimulus Saved or Created 650,000 Jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 650,000 jobs have been saved or created under President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan, the White House said Friday, saying the president's goal of 3.5 million jobs by the end of next year is on track.

100. BNSF Railway Preps for Intermodal Yard Opening -

Evidence of Memphis’ importance to the intermodal industry can be seen throughout town, but nowhere is it more apparent than at the intersection of Lamar Avenue and Shelby Drive, where nine-story cranes now dominate the warehouse district’s industrial skyline.