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1. Sentencing Changes Sought for Business Crimes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal panel that sets sentencing policy eased penalties this year for potentially tens of thousands of drug dealers. Now, defense lawyers and prisoner advocates are pushing for similar treatment for an arguably less-sympathetic category of defendants: swindlers, embezzlers, insider traders and other white-collar criminals.

2. Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing Lure Interns With Perks -

SEATTLE (AP) – Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing sweeten already lucrative job offers in Seattle with subsidized, furnished housing. Transportation is covered from anywhere in the country, including airport food, baggage fees and taxis. There's free breakfast and dinner, biweekly housekeeping, a private party with Macklemore and Deadmau5.

3. Why a Grim US Economic Picture is Brightening -

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

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

4. House Votes to Make Business Tax Break Permanent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House voted Thursday to make permanent a generous tax break that makes it easier for small businesses to buy new equipment and improve their property, part of an election-year showdown over a series of expired tax breaks worth billions.

5. House Passes Bipartisan Fix to Health Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has approved bipartisan legislation that would exempt U.S. health plans sold to expatriate workers from having to comply with requirements under the Affordable Care Act.

6. Election Commission May Move Initial Early Voting Site -

Shelby County Election Commissioners certified the ballot Wednesday, April 16, for the Aug. 7 state and federal primary elections and the nonpartisan judicial and Shelby County Schools board elections on what politicos call the “big ballot.”

7. Archer-Malmo Adds Staff, Expands Downtown -

For Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo, the story has been consistent, with a trajectory that seems to only go in one direction.

The firm, says CEO Russ Williams, is “on another big growth surge here.”

8. Feds File Suit Against For-Profit College Chain -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed suit Wednesday against a large, for-profit college chain alleging that it pushed students into high-cost private student loans knowing they would likely end in default.

9. FDA Looks to Reboot Nonprescription Drug System -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration is looking to revamp its system for regulating hundreds of over-the-counter drugs, saying the decades-old process is not flexible enough to keep pace with modern medical developments.

10. Solid US Job Growth Cuts Unemployment to 7 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. job market is proving sturdier than many had thought.

Solid job growth in November cut the U.S. unemployment rate to 7 percent, a five-year low. The surprisingly robust gain suggested that the economy may have begun to accelerate. As more employers step up hiring, more people have money to spend to drive the economy.

11. Soulful Synergy -

What happened at the corner of McLemore Avenue and College Street in the 1960s is nothing short of extraordinary.

At the crossroads of segregated neighborhoods in South Memphis, two white business partners would open the doors wide to whites and blacks alike, who congregated to write and record songs that would set off a soul explosion heard around the world.

12. St. Jude’s Downing Elected to Institute of Medicine -

Dr. James R. Downing of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been elected to the Institute of Medicine, a branch of the National Academy of Sciences.

Downing, the hospital’s scientific director, deputy director and executive vice president, becomes the sixth member of the institute from St. Jude.

13. Air Traffic Control Modernization Hits Turbulence -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ten years after Congress gave the go-ahead to modernize the nation's air traffic control system, one of the government's most ambitious and complex technology programs is in trouble.

14. Holding Court -

As has been reported in national newspapers and business magazines for months, the fall’s law school enrollment nationally is down from this time last year and beyond.

The American Bar Association’s ABA Journal reported in August that “Law school applications for the fall of 2013 have dropped 17.9 percent and applicants are down 12.3 percent.”

15. Groups Race to Hire, Train 'Obamacare' Guides -

CHICAGO (AP) – With the program known as "Obamacare" only weeks away from its key launch date, hectic preparations are in motion in communities across the country to deal with one of its major practical challenges: hiring and training a small army of instant experts who can explain the intricacies of health insurance to people who've never had it.

16. Group Kicks Off National Tour on Health Law Defunding -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – One of the chief backers of a plan to defund the federal health care law by tying it to budget negotiations said Monday that he didn't believe Republicans would be blamed for a government shutdown as supporters of the approach launched a national tour to spur support for the idea.

17. Senate Introduces No Child Left Behind Successor -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The one-sized-fits-all national requirements of No Child Left Behind would give way to standards that states write for themselves under legislation Senate Democrats announced Tuesday.

18. Obama Says He Won't Tolerate Political Bias at IRS -

WASHINGTON (AP) – When members of Congress repeatedly raised concerns with the Internal Revenue Service about complaints that Tea Party groups were being harassed last year, a deputy IRS commissioner took the lead in assuring lawmakers that the additional scrutiny was a legitimate part of the screening process.

19. IRS Apologizes for Targeting Tea Party Groups -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was "inappropriate" targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.

20. Obama to Nominate Package of Labor Board Members -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated three candidates for full terms on the National Labor Relations Board, which has been in limbo since a federal appeals court invalidated his recess appointments to the agency.

21. Airline Passenger Complaints Surged in 2012 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Airline passengers are getting grumpier, and it's little wonder.

Airlines keep shrinking the size of seats to stuff more people onto planes, those empty middle seats that once provided a little more room are now occupied and more people with tickets are being turned away because flights are overbooked.

22. Scooter Ads Face Scrutiny From Government, Doctors -

WASHINGTON (AP) – TV ads show smiling seniors enjoying an "active" lifestyle on a motorized scooter, taking in the sights at the Grand Canyon, fishing on a pier and high-fiving their grandchildren at a baseball game.

23. 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.

24. US Gains Jobs But Jobless Rate Up -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. job market is proving sturdier than expected at a time when the economy is under pressure from Washington gridlock and the threat of government spending cuts.

25. Court: Obama Appointments are Unconstitutional -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a setback for President Barack Obama, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that he violated the Constitution in making recess appointments last year, a decision that could severely curtail the president's ability to bypass the Senate to fill administration vacancies.

26. Justice Department Seeks Injunction Against Peanut Butter Plant -

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The Department of Justice is seeking a permanent injunction against the nation's largest organic peanut butter plant, an eastern New Mexico facility that has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 42 people in 20 states this fall.

27. AIRfair? -

Two frequent-flyer businessmen booked side-by-side seats on Delta Air Lines flights from Minneapolis to St. Louis last month, with one of them getting charged a higher price than the other each time they tried booking it.

28. New York Co. Buys Into Four Lenox Park Bldgs. -

3150 Lenox Park Blvd., 6750 Lenox Center Drive, 6745 Lenox Center Court and 6775 Lenox Center Court Memphis, TN 38115

29. US Unemployment Aid Applications Hit 4-Year Low -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell to a four-year low last week, bolstering the view that the job market is strengthening.

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications dropped 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 348,000. That's the lowest level since March 2008, just months into the Great Recession. The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, dipped to 355,000, matching a four-year low.

30. Senate Passes Highway, Transit Programs Overhaul -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate voted Wednesday to overhaul transportation programs and keep aid flowing to thousands of construction projects while strengthening highway and auto safety.

31. Congress Targets Federal Workers for Savings -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal workers have become the go-to targets as Congress, and the White House, search for ways to lower the deficit, pay for tax cuts and put off looming reductions to defense spending.

32. Payroll Tax Cut Talks Adrift on Capitol Hill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The prospects for an extension of President Barack Obama's signature payroll tax cut, once considered a slam dunk on Capitol Hill, now seem far less certain as House-Senate talks have deadlocked over finding ways to pay for it.

33. Nation Adds 200K Jobs in December Hiring Surge -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Four painful years after the Great Recession struck and wiped out 8.7 million jobs, the United States may finally be in an elusive pattern known as the virtuous cycle – an escalating loop of robust job growth, healthier spending and higher demand.

34. Methodist, CBU Alliance Addresses Underserved -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has enlisted nursing students at Christian Brothers University to extend community health outreach in underserved Memphis neighborhoods through Methodist’s Congregational Health Network.

35. Federal Roundup Nabs $76M in Counterfeit Goods -

MIAMI (AP) – Authorities conducting a six-week counterfeit sweep in three countries seized 327,000 phony items including fake Hello Kitty clothing and cheap imitation Casio G-Shock sport watches that if legitimate carry suggested retail prices of more than $76 million, federal investigators said Thursday.

36. FedEx, UPS Holiday Package Volume Up From 2010 -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Tiera Washington's workload doubled during the holiday rush at UPS' largest air hub, where seemingly endless streams of packages are sorted and shipped as the peak season puts the package delivery company to the test.

37. FedEx, UPS Holiday Package Volume Up From 2010 -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Tiera Washington's workload doubled during the holiday rush at UPS' largest air hub, where seemingly endless streams of packages are sorted and shipped as the peak season puts the package delivery company to the test.

38. 2 Centuries After New Madrid Quakes, What's Next? -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The United States was still a young nation when three major earthquakes rocked the central Mississippi River valley in the winter of 1811-1812.

Chimneys fell, the earth heaved and church bells rang hundreds of miles away, set off by the powerful vibrations from what is now called the New Madrid Seismic Zone. As farmland rolled and shuddered, the shock waves spread as far as New York and the Carolinas.

39. Feds Seize 150 Websites in Counterfeit Crackdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal authorities have shut down 150 websites accused of selling knock-off or pirated merchandise to unsuspecting online bargain hunters.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny A. Breuer announced the results of the ICE and FBI three-month investigation on "Cyber Monday," the day that for many shoppers kicks off the online holiday shopping season.

40. Costlier Holiday Travel Off and Running Across US -

CHICAGO (AP) – Holiday travel got off to a soggy start in parts of the country Wednesday as millions of Americans undeterred by costlier gas and airfare set out for Thanksgiving celebrations, but few major problems were reported.

41. A GOP Debt Plan Would Hit Some Popular Tax Breaks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of taxpayers who take advantage of deductions for mortgage interest, charitable donations and state and local taxes would be targeted for potential tax hikes under a GOP plan to raise taxes by $290 billion over the next decade to help reduce the nation's deficit.

42. Median Home Prices Fall for Q3 in Most US Cities -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Home prices dropped in nearly three quarters of U.S. cities over the summer, dragged down by a decline in buyer interest and a high number of foreclosures.

The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that the median price for previously occupied homes fell in the July-September in 111 out of 150 metropolitan areas tracked by the group. Prices are compared with the same quarter from the previous year.

43. Unemployed Seek Protection Against Job Bias -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After two years on the unemployment rolls, Selena Forte thought she'd found a temporary job at a delivery company that matched her qualifications.

But Forte, a 55-year-old from Cleveland, says a recruiter for an employment agency told her she would not be considered for the job because she had been out of work too long. She had lost her job driving a bus.

44. Gov't Report: Fannie Knew of 'Robo-Signing' in '03 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Mortgage giant Fannie Mae knew about allegations of improper foreclosure practices by law firms in 2003 but did not act to stop them, a government watchdog says.

Similar allegations are the subject of a probe by state attorneys general into how lenders and law firms ignored proper procedures to handle a crush of foreclosure paperwork.

45. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present the seminar “How to Effectively Downsize, Smaller is Better” Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

46. Obama Admin Approves 2 Solar Loans Worth $1B -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Energy Department on Wednesday approved two loan guarantees worth more than $1 billion for solar energy projects in Nevada and Arizona, two days before the expiration date of a program that has become a rallying cry for Republican critics of the Obama administration's green energy program.

47. Feds Returning Funds to Online Ponzi Scam Victims -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal authorities say they are returning $55 million to people ripped off by an Internet-based Ponzi scam.

The Justice Department and Secret Service announced Monday that they are returning the funds to 8,400 victims who invested on sites run by AdSurf Daily Inc.

48. SEC Head Under Fire as Ex-Official Says he Got OK -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The head of the Securities and Exchange Commission is facing increased scrutiny from lawmakers after a former top commission official said he was cleared to work on how victims of Bernard Madoff's scheme should be compensated, even though he benefited financially from Madoff's scheme.

49. Economy Grew at Slower 1 Pct. Rate This Spring -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a meager 1 percent annual pace this spring, slower than previously estimated. The downward revision stoked fears that the economy is at risk of another recession.

50. Bernanke Proposes no New Steps to Boost Economy -

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke leaned on Congress on Friday to do more to promote hiring and growth, or risk delaying the economy's return to full health.

51. Economy's Spring Slump Could Last Through Summer -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy's spring slump appears to be extending into the summer, according to a slew of mixed data released Thursday.

Layoffs are rising. Manufacturing activity in the Northeast expanded only slightly in July after contracting in June. Economic growth is projected to pick up this fall, but not enough to give businesses confidence to hire and speed the recovery.

52. Bipartisan Tax Plan Trims Mortgage Deduction -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new bipartisan plan to reduce government borrowing would target some of the most cherished tax breaks enjoyed by millions of families — those promoting health insurance, home ownership, charitable giving and retirement savings — in exchange for lowering overall tax rates for everyone.

53. Hickory Ridge Mall Clerk’s Office to Close -

The Shelby County Clerk’s office in the Hickory Ridge Mall will close Aug. 8 because of county budget cuts.

The clerk’s office announced the closing this week.

That leaves seven clerk’s offices open including the main office Downtown at 150 Washington Ave.

54. FDA Plan Aims to Increase Import Safety -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. food and drug regulators would share more information with their foreign counterparts as part of a multifaceted strategy to police the safety of millions of imported goods.

55. Republicans Press Obama on Spending -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Top House Republicans pressed President Barack Obama Wednesday for a detailed plan on budget cuts, and one leading lawmaker accused him of distorting a GOP Medicare proposal at the center of the partisan divide over spending.

56. Deal Sites Appeal to Shoppers and Businesses Alike -

Groupon is adding 150 employees a month at its U.S. headquarters and trains them in a church because the conference rooms at its headquarters aren't big enough. Ideeli has crammed so much electronic equipment into its New York office that the power goes out every day.

57. 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.

58. Social Security Stopping Mailed Earning Statements -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Those yearly statements that Social Security mails out – here's what you'd get if you retired at 62, at 66, at 70 – will soon stop arriving in workers' mailboxes. It's an effort to save money and steer more people to the agency's website.

59. 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.

60. Clothing Prices to Rise 10 Pct Starting in Spring -

NEW YORK (AP) — The era of falling clothing prices is ending.

Clothing prices have dropped for a decade as tame inflation and cheap overseas labor helped hold down costs. Retailers and clothing makers cut frills and experimented with fabric blends to cut prices during the recession.

61. Kings of the Court -

When the Harlem Globetrotters bring their acrobatic, ball-spinning, high-flying brand of showmanship to FedExForum Wednesday, fans will likewise bring with them certain expectations.

They’ll expect to leave the arena having seen the team dip into a deep bag of tricks that includes seemingly impossible ball-spins, wild dunks and comedic antics.

62. Titan Lives Up to Name with Ambitious Growth Goals -

Shelbyville, Tenn.-based Titan Transfer Inc. is a stalwart in the trucking industry, and the company is beefing up its profile with a new Memphis location and plans to triple in size.

63. Hiring Outlook Brightens as Layoffs Decline -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for unemployment benefits over the past month has reached its lowest point since July 2008, raising hopes that hiring is about to accelerate.

64. Employers Looking at Health Insurance Options -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The new health care law wasn't supposed to undercut employer plans that have provided most people in the U.S. with coverage for generations.

But last week a leading manufacturer told workers their costs will jump partly because of the law. Also, a Democratic governor laid out a scheme for employers to get out of health care by shifting workers into taxpayer-subsidized insurance markets that open in 2014.

65. Bank Exec Checked Only Date on Foreclosure Docs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Wells Fargo executive has acknowledged that he verified only the dates on up to 150 foreclosure documents he signed daily.

The executive made his admission in a May deposition involving a Washington state homeowner. He said he relied on co-workers to ensure that other information in the documents was correct.

66. White House Defends Stimulus, Highlights Projects -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rehabilitating New York's Staten Island Ferry Terminal. Cutting a new highway through Nelsonville, Ohio. Building a trio of battery factories in Michigan.

In a report being released Friday by Vice President Joe Biden, the White House pushes back against criticism of its $814 billion stimulus program and highlights 100 projects that it says are creating jobs and growing the economy.

67. Jobless Claims Rise to Highest Level in 9 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers appear to be laying off workers again as the economic recovery weakens. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits reached the half-million mark last week for the first time since November.

68. Schwab to be Appointed UTHSC Chancellor -

Dr. Steve Schwab can drop the word “interim” from his job title as soon as Thursday when the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees will appoint him chancellor of University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

69. Cohen, Herenton Hit Campaign Trail on Separate Tracks -

In a Raleigh pizza parlor last week, Willie Herenton was in classroom mode as he talked to a group of 50 members of a Frayser-Raleigh civic group.

“Somebody answer me. We’re in school here tonight,” he said to the group “The Voice of Raleigh and Frayser” – the latest stop in Herenton’s challenge of Democratic congressional incumbent Steve Cohen in the Aug. 5 primaries.

70. New Claims for Unemployment Insurance Inch Down -

WASHINGTON (AP) — New claims for unemployment benefits dipped for the fourth straight week, a sign the job market is improving at a slow but steady pace.

Employers, encouraged by a recovering economy, are hiring again. But they are not doing it at the level needed to reduce the jobless rate.

71. Foreclosure Moratorium Could Ease Flood Relief Efforts -

Before the floodwaters of May 1 rose in Shelby County, some homes in the Memphis area were already underwater.

The effects of the recession, including homeowners who owe more than their houses are worth, have complicated what is expected to be a long-term recovery from this month’s floods.

72. Credit Scores Can Drop After Getting Loan Help -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some homeowners who sign up for the government's mortgage assistance program are getting a nasty surprise: Lower credit scores.

For borrowers who are making their payments on time but are on the verge of default, the Obama administration's loan modification program can reduce their credit score as much as 100 points. That makes it harder to get a loan and can present a problem when applying for a new job.

73. Washington Federal Warrants Bring $15.39 Million -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Treasury Department has received $15.39 million from the sale of warrants it received from Washington Federal Inc. as part of the support it provided from the government's $700 billion bailout program.

74. Postal Service's Emerging Model: Never on Saturday -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The post office is renewing its effort to drop Saturday delivery – and plans a rate increase – in an effort to fend off a projected $7 billion loss this year.

Without drastic action, the agency could face a cumulative loss of $238 billion over ten years, Postmaster General John Potter said in releasing a series of consultant reports on agency operations and its outlook.

75. 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.

76. The Business of Law -

As many sectors of the economy slowly sputter back to life, the state of the legal industry is often overlooked in economic reports. This trend can be surprising because law firms and corporate legal departments provide the advice and representation necessary for many different kinds of businesses to move forward with their recovery.

77. IRS Settles with 14,700 Over Foreign Accounts -

MIAMI (AP) - More than 14,700 U.S. taxpayers came forward to disclose billions in offshore bank accounts in 70 countries under a voluntary Internal Revenue Service program allowing most to avoid criminal prosecution as long as they pay what they owe, IRS officials said Tuesday.

78. Census: Small US Cities Lose Luster in Downturn -

WASHINGTON (AP) - America's small cities are losing some of their traditional appeal to upwardly mobile families seeking wholesome neighborhoods, a stable economy and affordable living.

A review of newly released census data shows, for example, that cities of between 20,000 and 50,000 residents have lagged behind their larger counterparts in attracting higher-educated residents in this decade.

79. Review: FINRA Needs Reform After Madoff, Stanford -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The brokerage industry's self-policing body must make reforms to protect investors after its inspections failed to uncover the massive Ponzi scheme run by Bernard Madoff and the alleged fraud by R. Allen Stanford, according to a special review.

80. Fresh Bailouts for Smaller Banks Being Weighed -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators and lawmakers are weighing a fresh round of bailouts for banks that were deemed too small or too risky to qualify for earlier aid.

Representatives from the U.S. Treasury Department, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and House Financial Services Committee discussed the plan by phone Thursday, said California Bankers Association Chairman Dan Doyle, who was on the call.

81. Congress Probing SEC's Madoff Failure -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is reopening its inquiry into the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's failure to detect the multibillion-dollar fraud conducted for more than a decade by Bernard Madoff, this time seeking answers from the agency watchdog and potential lessons for lawmakers in crafting new financial rules.

82. Trade, Jobless Claims Figures Show Recession Fades -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit in July hit the highest level in six months as a record rise in imports outpaced a third straight increase in foreign demand for American products, according to government data released Thursday. Both gains provided more evidence the worst recession since the 1930s was losing its grip on the global economy.

83. Deadline Nears for Medicare Policy Input -

As the debate about health care reform rages on with emotional town hall meetings hosted by members of Congress, another public comment process is about to end with sooner ramifications for doctors, hospitals and patients.

84. Cash for Clunkers Generates 700,000 New Car Sales -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cash for Clunkers generated nearly 700,000 new car sales and ended under its $3 billion budget, the Transportation Department reported Wednesday.

Releasing final data, the government said dealers submitted 690,114 vouchers totaling $2.88 billion. New car sales through the program ended late Monday, and dealers were allowed to submit paperwork to the government until late Tuesday.

85. Corker Tempers Health Care Reform Criticism -

U.S. Senator Bob Corker is preparing for a trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan next week as he runs a gauntlet of town hall meetings this week in 28 counties across the state.

Corker is balancing the visit to an actual war zone with the political war zone over health care reform during the August congressional recess because of his seat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His trip abroad will take him to the region of Afghanistan known for its poppy fields and connection to the world’s illicit drug trade.

86. Madoff Arrives at Prison to Serve Sentence -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff arrived Tuesday at a federal prison in North Carolina to begin serving a 150-year sentence for what is believed to be the largest Ponzi scheme in history.

87. SEC Head Outlines Enforcement, Other Changes -

WASHINGTON (AP) - House lawmakers voiced approval Tuesday for recent changes at the Securities and Exchange Commission in the wake of the Madoff scandal, though some Republicans chafed at new proposed regulations.

88. Bernanke Calls for Revamped Banking Oversight -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Thursday called for a comprehensive approach to strengthening oversight of the U.S. banking system and said information gleaned from big bank "stress tests" should pave the way for improvements on that front.

89. IRS Giving Relief to Some Madoff Investors -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service issued guidelines Tuesday that will allow relief and refunds for some Bernard Madoff victims who were taxed for investment earnings that turned out to be nonexistent.

90. Shanker Named Partner At Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs -

Jill Uiberall Shanker has become a partner at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP. Shanker is a member of Wyatt’s Corporate and Securities Team.

91. Jobless Rate Jumps To 7.2 Percent in Dec. -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation’s unemployment rate bolted to 7.2 percent in December, the highest level in 16 years, as nervous employers slashed 524,000 jobs, capping one of the worst years in modern history for American workers.

92. Obama Predicts Quick Approval of Econ Rescue Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Barack Obama declared the U.S. economy was "bad and getting worse" Monday as he began crisis talks with congressional leaders on emergency action. He predicted lawmakers would approve hundreds of billions of dollars in new spending and tax cuts within two weeks of his taking office.

93. Airport’s East-West Runway to be Rebuilt -

The east-west runway at Memphis International Airport will be shut down for almost nine months in 2009 during a $53 million reconstruction project that will improve the runway’s ability to handle heavy loads.

94. US Foreclosures Surge 53 Percent In June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of homeowners stung by the rout in the U.S. housing market jumped last month as foreclosure filings grew nationally by more than 50 percent compared with June a year ago, according to data released Thursday.

95. Middle Class Not Better Off,Pew Research Says -      Growing numbers of middle-class Americans say they aren't better off than they were five years ago, reflecting economic pressures amid growing debt, a study released Wednesday shows. Their short-term assessment of person

96. ' ... And to All a Good Life' -

Every parent would like to get at least one special Christmas gift for their children, whether it's an iPod, MP3 player, computer or digital camera. You know - that one item the kids can brag about when they go back to school after winter break.

97. Events -

The Small Business Chamber will host
its first Memphis Breakfast Club today from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at InSouth Bank, 5299 Poplar Ave. Cost is free to members and first-time guests. Call 262-9537 for more information or visit www.smallbusinesschamber.com.

98. Archived Article -

5668 Poplar Ave. and
1000 S. Yates Road
Sale Amounts: $23.9 million; $350,000

Sale Date: May 22, 2007

99. Four Memphis Schools To Become ADA Compliant -

As children enjoy their summer vacations, Memphis Board of Education officials are planning to make some needed repairs to their schools.

Bids are being accepted for upgrades on alternative classrooms at Oakhaven High School on Ladbrook Avenue and are part of a package that will make four city schools Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

100. Decision Not to Attend Medical School Led McLaren to Legal Profession He Loves -

James B. McLaren Jr. made a decision at the age of 20 that forever changed his life. Just weeks before he was set to begin the process of attending medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, McLaren decided not to go.