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1. Landing Zone -

Beale Street Landing was supposed to cost far less than $43 million and be completed much sooner than the decade it took from the design competition.

But the head of the Riverfront Development Corp. overseeing the 6-acre landing and its construction says with the formal two-day opening of the landing starting Friday, June 27, the riverfront project at the foot of Beale Street and on the northern edge of Tom Lee Park should begin to counter critics of how the project has been managed.

2. Merck to Pay $3.85 Billion for Hepatitis C Drug Developer -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Merck & Co. will spend about $3.85 billion for Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc., a small company developing hepatitis C medicines that, together with Merck's experimental drugs, could produce lucrative combo therapies that quickly cure most patients with the blood-borne virus afflicting tens of millions.

3. Gas Prices Have Familiar Look as Summer Nears -

NEW YORK (AP) – The price of gasoline looks familiar this Memorial Day. For the third year in a row, the national average will be within a penny or two of $3.64 per gallon.

Stability wasn't always the norm. Between 2003 and 2008 average retail gasoline prices more than doubled, reaching an all-time high of $4.11 per gallon in 2008. Prices then collapsed as the U.S. plunged into recession. But after a two-year run-up between 2009 and 2011, the price of gasoline has remained in a range of roughly $3.25 to $3.75 per gallon.

4. Malone to Challenge Luttrell In August Mayoral Showdown -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone will challenge incumbent Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in the August county general election after winning the Tuesday, May 6, Democratic mayoral primary.

5. Bayer to Buy Merck Consumer Business for $14.2 Billion -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Germany's Bayer plans to buy U.S.-based Merck & Co.'s consumer health business, creating a combined medicine cabinet of household names from Bayer's aspirin to Merck's Claritin allergy pills.

6. US Proposes Pay-for-Priority Internet Standards -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new Internet rules that would allow Internet service providers to charge content companies for faster delivery of their services over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes.

7. Wal-Mart and Wild Oats Unveil Cheaper Organic Line -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make them more affordable for its low-income customers.

8. Roland ReElected At Filing Deadline, Two Countywide Races Set For August -

One of the six Shelby County Commission incumbents seeking re-election this year was effectively elected to a new four-year term in a new district with the noon Thursday, Feb. 20, filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries.

9. Mississippi Children Learn With Blues Curriculum -

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) – In cotton country a couple miles east of the Mississippi River, just off a road known as the blues highway, fourth graders at Tunica Elementary School are exploring the Delta's homegrown music to learn about rhythm, rhyme and chord progression.

10. Government Reaches Agreement to Allow Airline Merger -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department says it has reached an agreement to allow American Airlines and US Airways to merge, creating the world's biggest airline.

The agreement requires the airlines to scale back the size of the merger at Washington's Reagan National Airport and in other big cities.

11. 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.

12. Government: Most Heating Bills to Rise This Winter -

The government forecast Tuesday that most households will pay more for heat this winter. Heating oil users will catch a slight break, but still pay near-record prices to keep warm.

Prices for natural gas, electricity and propane should be higher, the primary reason that more than 90 percent of U.S. homes will incur higher heating expenses.

13. GOP States Offer Little Help on Buying Insurance -

ATLANTA (AP) – After three years of bashing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republican governors were surprisingly mute on the first day consumers could shop for insurance policies through online marketplaces.

14. Postmaster: Money Woes Behind Rate Hike Request -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Thursday the Postal Service had no choice but to ask for an emergency rate hike given the agency's dire finances.

One day after his cash-strapped agency proposed raising the first-class stamp price to 49 cents, Donohoe urged swift action by Congress to overhaul the Postal Service and fix its finances.

15. Analyst Downgrades FedEx Shares After Long Rally -

NEW YORK (AP) – Goldman Sachs downgraded shares of FedEx Corp. on Thursday, saying that the package-delivery giant's stock was at a fair price after a long rally.

16. Automakers Report Sales Up Double-Digits in August -

DETROIT (AP) – The major U.S. and Japanese automakers all posted double-digit U.S. sales gains last month as car buyers snapped up pickup trucks and small cars to lead the industry toward its best month in six years.

17. Events -

The Daily News will host its HR Rules and Ramifications Seminar and panel discussion Thursday, Aug. 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art auditorium, 1934 Poplar Ave. The seminar will include an overview of changing employment laws and advice on dealing with real-life workplace issues. Paul Pattenof Jackson Lewis LLP will present the keynote. Cost is $25. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

18. 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.

19. US Airways Shareholders Approve American Merger -

NEW YORK (AP) – US Airways shareholders overwhelmingly approved a proposed merger with American Airlines, bringing the companies closer to creating the world's biggest airline.

The main hurdle now is a review by antitrust regulators at the U.S. Department of Justice. Concerns have been raised about the merger's impact on airfares, and the combined airline's potential dominance at Washington's Reagan National Airport.

20. Gov. Haslam Struggles to Meet Pilot Recusal Pledge -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has struggled almost from the start of his administration to fulfill a campaign pledge to avoid handling matters relating to Pilot Flying J, the family-owned truck stop chain run by his brother, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.

21. Gasoline Prices Begin Summer Slide -

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

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

22. Southwest Puts Fall Flights on Sale Briefly -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines Co. is running a three-day sale on fall travel, and other airlines are starting to match the lower prices.

23. More Charges May Come in Case Involving Haslams -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sudden guilty pleas by a pair of mid-level executives show the investigation into the truck stop chain controlled by the family of Tennessee's governor and the Cleveland Browns' owner is picking up steam, with prosecutors likely setting their sights on higher-ups at the company, experts say.

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

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

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

25. Past Due -

In the last five years, the 600 computers in the Memphis Public Library & Information Center were used 1.2 million times.

In that same five years, the budget for the library system of 18 locations has been cut 21 percent and there has been a 20 percent reduction in hours over the same five years.

26. Pilot Flying J CEO Haslam Won't Step Aside Amid Probe -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Cleveland Browns owner and Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam on Friday again denied any wrongdoing and said he wasn't stepping aside, a day after an FBI affidavit alleged his truck stop chain had defrauded customers with diesel fuel rebates.

27. Panera Trying New Pay-What-You-Want Experiment -

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Order a bowl of turkey chili at a St. Louis-area Panera Bread cafe and it'll cost you a penny. Or $5. Or $100. In other words, whatever you decide.

Three years after launching the first of five pay-what-you-want cafes, the suburban St. Louis-based chain on Wednesday quietly began its latest charitable venture that takes the concept on a trial run to all 48 cafes in the St. Louis region.

28. Senate Set to Approve Huge 2013 Spending Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate moved ahead Wednesday toward a vote on a huge, bipartisan spending bill aimed at keeping the government running through September and ruling out the chance of a government shutdown later this month.

29. Exterior Plans for Bass Pro Approved -

Bass Pro Shops’ exterior building and site improvements for repurposing the city-owned Pyramid as a destination retailer were approved by the Design Review Board Wednesday, March 6, but the board asked for more time to digest the company’s controversial signage requests.

30. Exterior Plans for Bass Pro Approved -

Bass Pro Shops’ exterior building and site improvements for repurposing the city-owned Pyramid as a destination retailer were approved by the Design Review Board Wednesday, March 6, but the board asked for more time to digest the company’s controversial signage requests.

31. ServiceMaster Posts Operating Loss in 2012 -

The ServiceMaster Co. reported an unaudited operating loss of $532.8 million in 2012 on operating revenue of $3.1 billion.

32. Pump Prices Level Off After Big Surge; Oil Rises -

Pump prices leveled off over the weekend, breaking a monthlong string of daily increases that boosted the cost of driving.

On Monday, Feb. 25, the national average for gas stood at $3.777 a gallon, down a fractional from $3.781 on Friday, Feb. 22, according to AAA, the Oil Price Information Service, and Wright Express. The price is still up about 44 cents from a month ago.

33. Filling the Voids -

Last year was a banner year for adaptive reuse projects in Midtown and Downtown.

Developers announced plans for the Sears Crosstown building, Overton Square, Hotel Chisca, James Lee House and old United Warehouse in the South Main Historic Arts District. Construction began on The Pyramid, turning it into a 220,000-square-foot mega-Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World, and Memphis in May moved into its new headquarters at 56 S. Front St., a 14,600-square-foot building that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

34. Liberty Bowl Moves Raise Questions About Coliseum -

Memphis City Council members approved $12 million in funding Tuesday, Jan. 8, for the coming design and renovation of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to make it comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

35. City Liberty Bowl Moves Raise Questions About Coliseum -

Memphis City Council members approved $12 million in funding for the coming design and renovation of Liberty Bowl stadium to make it comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

And the architect working on that project as well as the overall Fairgrounds renovation for the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told council members Tuesday, Jan. 8, plans for the Mid-South Coliseum are still to come.

36. Medicare Premiums Could Rise for Many Retirees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – They may not agree on much else, but there's a change to Medicare that President Barack Obama and Republicans both support: Expand a little-known law so more retirees that the government considers well-off are required to pay higher monthly premiums.

37. Holiday Shoppers May See Big Discounts Soon -

NEW YORK (AP) – If shoppers don't show up in stores soon, more 70 percent off sale signs will.

After a promising start to the holiday shopping season over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, sales have slowed as worries about weak U.S. job growth and other concerns have caused Americans to spend less.

38. Wells Fargo Funds Start Homebuyer Program -

A major effort to help people buy and keep homes in Memphis and Shelby County has launched, thanks to funding received by Memphis and Shelby County from Wells Fargo.

The Memphis-Shelby County Helping Homebuyers program is providing down payment assistance of up to $15,000 to qualifying borrowers who buy and live in a home in the city or county. The funds also can be used for renovation.

39. Gas Prices Fall as Northeast Travel Restricted -

Gasoline prices fell Wednesday as travel in the storm-battered Northeast remained restricted by felled trees, power outages and flood damage.

The national price for a gallon of gasoline fell 1.3 cents overnight to $3.521 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service. That's about 26 cents less than a month ago.

40. Sandy Unlikely to Damage US Economy, Analysts Say -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Airlines canceled thousands of flights and stranded travelers. Insurers braced for damages of up to $5 billion. Retailers expected shrunken sales.

Hurricane Sandy is causing disruptions for companies, travelers and consumers. But for the overall economy, damage from the storm will likely be limited. And any economic growth lost to the storm in the short run will likely be restored once reconstruction begins, analysts say.

41. EdR’s Net Income Rises in Third Quarter -

EdR reported a net income of $489,000 in the third quarter, the Memphis-based collegiate housing real estate investment trust reported after market close Thursday, Oct. 25.

That compared to a $6.5 million loss during 2011’s third quarter. EdR attributed its year-over-year net increase to improvements in same-community net operating income, operating profits of new communities, lower interest expense and a $5.2 million gain on sale of assets in 2012.

42. EdR’s Net Income Rises in Q3 -

EdR reported a net income of $489,000 in the third quarter, the Memphis-based collegiate housing real estate investment trust reported after market close on Thursday, Oct. 25.

That compared to a $6.5 million loss during 2011’s third quarter. EdR attributed its year-over-year net increase to improvements in same-community net operating income, operating profits of new communities, lower interest expense and a $5.2 million gain on sale of assets in 2012.

43. Gas Prices Hit Late-Summer Record -

U.S. drivers are paying an average of $3.72 per gallon on Monday. That’s the highest price ever on this date, according to auto club AAA, a shade above the $3.717 average on Aug. 20, 2008. A year ago, the average was $3.578.

44. USDA Cuts Corn Outlook as Drought Takes Toll -

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The government slashed its expectations for U.S. corn and soybean production for the second consecutive month Friday, predicting what could be the lowest average corn yield in more than 15 years as the worst drought in decades scorches major farm states.

45. 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.

46. TVA Considering Fuel Made From Nuclear Weapons -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority is preparing an environmental impact statement on the use of fuel made from surplus nuclear weapons to power its nuclear plants.

47. Scorched Earth -

The daily hustle and bustle of city life makes it easy for Memphians to forget that the urban pocket they call home sits amid one of the nation’s richest agricultural regions, one that’s suffering the economic impact of unusually high temperatures and a nationwide drought.

48. News Corp. Considers Split in 2 -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Under pressure to limit contagion from the British phone-hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. said Tuesday that it is considering splitting into two publicly traded companies.

49. New Ideas for Fairgrounds Emerge As Bass Pro Project Moves Ahead -

A C Wharton Jr. noted last week that as Shelby County mayor he signed the paperwork selling Shelby County government’s partial ownership interest in The Pyramid to the city of Memphis. And as Memphis mayor, he signed the paperwork making the city’s exclusive ownership of The Pyramid official.

50. Forum Addresses Airfare Concerns -

Southwest Airlines will come to Memphis International Airport at some point. But when the Dallas-based carrier does, Memphis airline passengers shouldn’t expect it will drop airfares at the airport back to pre-recessionary levels.

51. Airfare Forum Draws Southwest Predictions -

Southwest Airlines will come to Memphis International Airport at some point. But when the Dallas-based carrier does, Memphis airline passengers shouldn’t expect it will drop airfares at the airport back to pre-recessionary levels.

52. Straighten Up and Fly Right -

NOTE TO DELTA AND THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY: IT’S NOT YOUR AIRPORT. Tom Jones has suggested that Delta is doing to us what hard-core protagonist Debbie did to Dallas. This time around, Delta is the only one deriving any pleasure out of the act and charging us two, three, even four times the going rate for the experience.

53. Expect Lower Gas Prices Heading Into Memorial Day -

If you're lucky enough to live in some parts of the United States, you may see gas pump prices fall to around $3.25 a gallon or less in the next week or two. Even West Coast drivers should get some relief from prices that are still above $4 a gallon.

54. Facebook Investors to Cash Out More Shares -

NEW YORK (AP) – Insiders and early Facebook investors are taking advantage of increasing investor demand and selling more of their stock in the company's initial public offering, the company said Wednesday.

55. Toyota, Chrysler See Big April Sales Gains -

DETROIT (AP) – Toyota and Chrysler saw big U.S. sales gains in April, but they came at the expense of General Motors and Ford.

When automakers finish reporting numbers on Tuesday, industry-wide sales are likely to rise only a little above April of 2011, but the annual pace is expected to match February and March. Automakers and analysts noted that this April had more Sundays than last year and fewer cars are sold on Sundays

56. Local to Open Second Locale in Overton Square -

After having a popular Downtown presence for more than two years, Local Gastropub has inked its second location in Overton Square.

Local Gastropub will open in the former Yosemite Sam’s at 2126 Madison Ave., at the northwest corner of Madison and North Cooper Street. The 100-year-old, 5,826-square-foot, two-story building housed Yosemite’s Sam’s for 39 years before Loeb Properties Inc. acquired the property from Faye Pannell in August for $350,000.

57. Local Gastropub Picks Overton Square for 2nd Locale -

After having a popular Downtown presence for more than two years, Local Gastropub has inked its second location in Overton Square.

Local Gastropub will open in the former Yosemite Sam’s at 2126 Madison Ave., at the northwest corner of Madison and Cooper. The 100-year-old, 5,826-square-foot, two-story building housed Yosemite’s Sam’s for 39 years before Loeb Properties Inc. acquired the property from Faye Pannell in August for $350,000.

58. Local Gastropub Picks Overton Square for 2nd Locale -

After having a popular Downtown presence for more than two years, Local Gastropub has inked its second location in Overton Square.

Local Gastropub will open in the former Yosemite Sam’s at 2126 Madison Ave., at the northwest corner of Madison and Cooper. The 100-year-old, 5,826-square-foot, two-story building housed Yosemite’s Sam’s for 39 years before Loeb Properties Inc. acquired the property from Faye Pannell in August for $350,000.

59. Seeking Friendlier Skies -

Local business travelers are looking everywhere for relief from sky-high airfares.

Many are hopeful that once Southwest Airlines establishes a presence at Memphis International Airport beyond a few Memphis-Atlanta flights, increased competition will result in lower fares and more options for local travelers.

60. Study: Social Media Plays Role for Job Searchers -

At Obsidian Public Relations in Downtown Memphis, it’s not unusual to find employees on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media sites as they handle their clients’ PR needs throughout the day.

61. Pressure Builds for Civilian Drone Flights at Home -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Heads up: Drones are going mainstream.

Civilian cousins of the unmanned military aircraft that have tracked and killed terrorists in the Middle East and Asia are in demand by police departments, border patrols, power companies, news organizations and others wanting a bird's-eye view that's too impractical or dangerous for conventional planes or helicopters to get.

62. Hedgepeth’s Work Intersects With Council Role -

A Memphian born and raised, Reid Hedgepeth takes great pride in his city’s institutions, whether they be the tangible of medicine and education, or the more intangible of sports and politics.

63. Memphians Take Plunge for Special Olympics -

Special Olympics athletes and their supporters will plunge into the chilly waters of the Mississippi River Saturday, Feb. 4, to raise money for the organization’s Greater Memphis chapter, which provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

64. Fed Unlikely to Raise Rates Until at Least 2014 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve went further than ever Wednesday to assure consumers and businesses that they'll be able to borrow cheaply well into the future.

The Fed pushed back the date for any likely increase in its benchmark interest rate by at least a year and a half, until late 2014 at the earliest.

65. Morgan Keegan Deal Coming Into Focus -

The $930 million deal reached earlier this month in which Raymond James Financial Inc. is buying Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. isn’t scheduled to close for several more weeks. Regulatory approvals are needed, plus there’s a lot of work ahead to integrate the two investment firms.

66. In a First, Gas and Other Fuels are Top US Export -

NEW YORK (AP) – For the first time, the top export of the United States, the world's biggest gas guzzler, is – wait for it – fuel.

Measured in dollars, the nation is on pace this year to ship more gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel than any other single export, according to U.S. Census data going back to 1990. It will also be the first year in more than 60 that America has been a net exporter of these fuels.

67. Can't Sell? Become 'Rentrepreneur' -

You may have tried to sell off some of your unused stuff without success or deciding it wasn’t worth it. That does not mean you can’t do better renting out things you are not using much.

68. Congress Pushes Back on Healthier School Lunches -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Who needs leafy greens and carrots when pizza and french fries will do?

In an effort many 9-year-olds will cheer, Congress wants pizza and french fries to stay on school lunch lines and is fighting the Obama administration's efforts to take unhealthy foods out of schools.

69. Former C’ville Fitness Center Sells For $2.7M -

Memphis-based Hackmeyer Properties has bought the former Prairie Life Fitness Center at 3690 S. Houston Levee Road in Collierville from Prairie Life Fitness LLC for $2.7 million and is leasing the 57,264-square-foot facility to a new fitness company.

70. Jack Daniel Distillery Targeted for More Taxes -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's Jack Daniel distillery, celebrated for years in folksy advertising, is being targeted to pay more taxes – with a tab of up to $5 million.

71. Mailing a Letter to Cost a Penny More Next Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It'll cost a penny more to mail a letter next year.

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday that it will increase postage rates on Jan. 22, including a 1-cent increase in the cost of first-class mail, to 45 cents.

72. Bank of America Earns $6.2B on Accounting Gains -

NEW YORK (AP) – Bank of America earned $6.2 billion in the third quarter on accounting gains and the sale of a stake in a Chinese bank, which offset lower revenue and income in its credit card, real estate and investment banking businesses.

73. Why We Buy What We Do -

Do you know the No. 1 reason people buy what they do where they do? There is only one correct answer. It is well-known by most sales professionals. Even though most know this answer, they do not spend the time on it that is called for.

74. Legislation Could Further Expand Facebook Sharing -

Legislation is awaiting a vote in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee – of which U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, is a member – that would enable even more sharing of consumer information on Facebook.

75. $5.1 Million in Deeds Filed for Schnucks Fuel Ctr. Sales -

Six sale deeds totaling $5.1 million have been filed as part of Schnucks’ sale of fuel centers to a subsidiary of The Kroger Co.

76. Inflation Squeezing Consumers in Weak Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers are spending more to fill their tanks, feed their families and pay the rent. At the same time, the number of people applying for unemployment benefits has reached the highest level in three months.

77. Bank of America Will Cut 30,000 Jobs -

Bank of America will cut about 30,000 jobs over the next few years in a bid to save $5 billion per year. The cost-cutting drive is part of a broader effort to reshape and shrink the nation’s largest bank as it copes with fallout from the housing bust.

78. Shocker: Power Demand From US Homes is Falling -

NEW YORK (AP) – American homes are more cluttered than ever with devices, and they all need power: Cellphones and iPads that have to be charged, DVRs that run all hours, TVs that light up in high definition.

79. Gasoline Close to Record High Before Labor Day -

NEW YORK (AP) – Gasoline is nearly the highest it's ever been for this time of year, just ahead of the Labor Day weekend.

The run-up in oil prices this year, combined with a rash of refining problems throughout the U.S., has boosted pump prices. The national average on Thursday was $3.629 per gallon. Drivers will pay more for gasoline this Sept. 1 than in any other year except 2008, when pump prices hit an average of $3.686.

80. Senate Dems Give Way to GOP to End FAA Shutdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate approved legislation Friday ending a two-week partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration and President Barack Obama signed it into law, clearing the way for thousands of employees to return to work and hundreds of airport construction projects to resume.

81. Cook Proposals, Then Let Cool -

Getting up proposals for prospects is usually fun and positive. It somewhat resembles cooking. I am not a cook and I microwave everything, but I like the analogy. Brew up some inventory, bake the price, add in a discount, a dash of free stuff, make some weird hand and facial gestures over it, let cool and deliver in a nice-looking package. Cha-Ching!? One hopes.

82. White House Considers Big Boost to Fuel Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is telling American automakers that it would like cars and light trucks to average 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025 – a boost to fuel economy that would save consumers money at the pump and help with global warming but drive up the cost of automobiles.

83. Natural Disasters Probably Won't Bruise US Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The tornadoes and floods that have devastated parts of the South and Midwest have also hammered the local economies – flooding farmlands, suspending factory work and disrupting energy production.

84. Oil Drops Below $98; Pump Prices Fall Over Weekend -

Oil prices dropped Monday, a good sign for drivers who are finally seeing a little relief at the gas pump.

The average price for a gallon of regular fell 3 cents over the week to $3.955 nationally. That's still nearly 14 cents more than it was a month ago, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service.

85. Businesses Now Hiring at Fastest Pace Since 2006 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American companies are on a hiring spree.

Businesses delivered a jolt of strength to the economy by creating 268,000 jobs in April, the biggest monthly total in more than five years. The gains were solid across an array of industries, even beleaguered construction.

86. Davis-Kidd Owner Inks New Lease -

One of Memphis’ most celebrated booksellers is here to stay. The new owner of Davis-Kidd Booksellers signed a 22,000-square-foot lease Tuesday at 387 Perkins Road Extended in Laurelwood Shopping Center for 10 years as first reported in The Daily News. The lease will begin Friday.

87. Addressing Business Killers -

We know half of all businesses do not last even four years. Some 70 percent are gone before seven years. But there is no sense helping these figures along, is there?

It goes on all the time.

88. GM to Raise Car Prices Due to Oil, Metal Costs -

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors Co. said Monday it will raise car and truck prices by an average of $123 per vehicle to make up for its increased oil and metal costs.

89. Airfares are Going Up, and Not Just Because of Oil -

Airlines have used surging oil prices to justify fare increases of up to $60 per ticket since the start of the year. But the rising cost of fuel isn't the only reason it's getting more difficult to find cheap fares.

90. Delving into the Mind of a Salesperson -

There is probably no more uncertain business conditions and mental warfare than those surrounding a salesperson’s day compared to, say, technical or administrative workers. I call it mind-ninja-ing. This applies similarly to the small business owner who is a salesperson himself but of a more Jedi level.

91. Democrats Turn 'Where are the Jobs?' Chant on GOP -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans won sweeping victories last November by taunting Democrats with "Where are the jobs?" Democrats are now throwing those taunts back, saying it's Republicans who will knock thousands of Americans out of work with their demands for deep cuts in federal spending.

92. Decision Places Elected Officials on EDGE Board -

A new Memphis-Shelby County economic development entity will have elected officials on its board. The decision by county commissioners sends the resolution back to the Memphis City Council next month for final approval.

93. How to Avoid Dreaded ‘Going Out of Business’ -

As we saw in last week’s column, staying in business happens less often than going out of business. A business going out is one of the saddest things there is and among the most destructive. What can you do to help prevent this? Here are, in my mind, are 11 absolutes:

94. Investors' Return to US Stocks Could be too Late -

BOSTON (AP) — Investors are finally inching back into the stock market. But are they too late?

While millions sought refuge in traditionally stable bonds over the past two years, they missed a more than 90 percent rally in stocks. Suddenly bonds don't look so safe, and some of the $11 trillion that Americans have parked in mutual funds is shifting back to stocks.

95. Mortgage Modifications Daunting for Homeowners -

HELENA, Mont. (AP) – Laverl "Nick" Nicholson used to look out of his kitchen window at the weeping willows that mark the burial place of two of his daughters. Then a debilitating car wreck left him unable to pay the $220,000 he owed on his northwestern Montana home.

96. 15 Most Significant Things in 2010 -

The year 2010 goes down as one of the worst in history for small businesses. Some 400,000 folded. The rest limped and cut and cut and redid and looked for new revenue. The innovative and coyotes of the bunch survived to earn the right to the G.R.B.O. – Great Recession Business Owner – designation on their business cards. There were events, beautiful and ugly, best and worst, in Small Business Land. Here are some:

97. Wal-Mart Q3 Profit Rises; Pressure Still on in US -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 9.3 percent increase in third-quarter net income as the world's largest retailer benefited from cost controls and a robust international business. The company also raised its full-year profit outlook.

98. Red Ink for Post Office: $8.5B Lost Last Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Postal Service said Friday it lost $8.5 billion last year despite deep cuts of more than 100,000 jobs and other reductions in recent years.

The post office had estimated it would lose $6 billion to $7 billion, but a sharp decline in mail took a toll. Increased use of the Internet and the recession, which cut advertising and other business mail, meant less money for the agency.

99. Are You Wearing Out Chair or Shoe? -

I was disturbed by an upcoming presentation about the diminished role of salespeople to be taken from the book “Inside Advantage” by Bob Bloom. Local adviser Michael Synk posted to his Facebook public that “salespeople no longer add value to the sales process.” Both cited the Internet as where customers first research and then contact the salesperson and thus are now “in control.” These things have supposedly diminished the salesperson’s role. Really?

100. Retail Gas Prices Rise as Thanksgiving Prep Begins -

Retail pump prices are heading back toward their high for the year as Americans map out their plans for Thanksgiving.

Gasoline demand isn't driving up prices, like it does when the summer driving season begins. Instead, investors are betting that oil prices will rise as the Federal Reserve's attempt to stimulate the U.S. economy by purchasing $600 billion in bonds gets into full swing.