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1. Crone Promoted at Trane Mid-South -

Jim Crone has been promoted to comprehensive solutions business development manager with Trane Mid-South. In his new role, Crone will work with large commercial, industrial and institutional customers throughout the Mid-South to develop performance-based comprehensive solutions for capital improvements and operational efficiencies.

2. Student Debt, Rising Rents Take Bite Out of Real Estate Market -

Hefty student loans are a major stumbling block for young Americans as they try to buy their first home, a National Association of Realtors’ annual survey shows.

In spite of an improved job market and low interest rates in 2014, the number of first-time homebuyers dipped to 33 percent, down 5 percent from the previous year and the lowest since the National Association of Realtors began tracking the rate in 1981.

3. $42 Million Permit Filed For Target Fulfillment Center -

5461 Davidson Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Permit Amount: $42 million

4. Lew Says Congress Should Turn Efforts Toward Business Taxes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is pushing Congress to simplify federal business taxes after Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Democrats and Republicans are too far apart to agree on sweeping changes to taxes paid by individuals and families.

5. Retailers Setting Eyes on Memphis -

The Memphis-area retail sector, fueled by several new retailers entering the market and a massive amount of grocery-based activity, experienced a strong 2014.

Grocery store activity came into full bloom this year, with market leader Kroger investing heavily in its stores and higher-end, organic-focused chains targeting the market for growth.

6. City Council Approves Pension Changes -

Memphis City Council members put to rest Tuesday, Dec. 16, at least the City Hall portion of the debate about city employee benefits and the liability of those benefits by approving changes to the city’s pension plan.

7. Long-Term Success -

Insurance products by definition tend to be long-term oriented, providing value over an extended period of time. No surprise, then, that Memphis insurance agency Lipscomb & Pitts, which opened its doors with one employee in 1954, all of a sudden finds itself celebrating 60 years in business.

8. Downtown Knoxville Tourism Finally Finds its Stride -

When Kim Trent moved to Knoxville in 1990, she could stand along Gay Street on a Sunday and be the only soul in sight. Today, she’s a face in the crowd.

9. Cotton Council Apartments Sell for $6.1 Million -

1918 North Parkway
Memphis, TN 38112
Sale Amount: $6.1 million

Sale Date: Sept. 16, 2014
Buyer: Lynxco LLC
Seller: Cotton Council Apartments LLC
Details: Lynxco LLC, an affiliate of Rhodes College, has purchased the former National Cotton Council building on North Parkway in Midtown for $6.1 million. Rhodes intends to use it as student housing, according to the school’s website.

10. Fueling Film -

FuelFilm, a nonprofit that wants to serve as a launch pad of sorts for independent filmmakers and to kick the Memphis film industry up a notch, is ready for its close-up.

The organization has already seen a productive 2014 and is moving forward with big plans for the 5-year-old nonprofit. Already, for example, it’s raised more than $40,000 in outside funding and supported the creation of more than two dozen short films and five features, not to mention the 35 workshops, panels and events it has run.

11. Council Hears Alternatives to Health Insurance Cuts -

Memphis City Council members fielded several plans Tuesday, July 15, for alternatives to health insurance cuts approved by the council last month. But leaders of the police and fire unions were not among those making an alternative proposal at the committee session, the first in a series of what amount to public hearings.

12. Volkswagen to Build New SUV in Tennessee, Add 2,000 Jobs -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Volkswagen plans to build a new seven-passenger SUV at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, adding about 2,000 factory jobs as it tries to reverse U.S. sales that have fallen for the past two years.

13. Strickland: Shorten Pension Ramp-Up -

The Memphis City Council chairman thinks the city shouldn’t take five or six years to ramp up to an annual pension fund contribution of $100 million but instead do it in two fiscal years.

“I think everyone is in uniform support of fully funding our annual contribution,” council chairman Jim Strickland said on the WKNO-TV program “Behind the Headlines.” “In fact, I don’t think we ought to take six years. I think we ought to take two years. Get it fully funded, whether its $60 million or $100 million.”

14. Tennessee Teachers Push Back on Evaluation Process -

NASHVILLE (AP) – When Tennessee was competing for a half-billion dollars in federal education money, teachers agreed to allow the state to ramp up its use of student test scores for evaluating educators.

15. Union Membership Holds Steady at 11.3 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation's union membership held steady at 11.3 percent last year, but losses among state and government workers suggest an ominous trend for the future of organized labor.

16. Delinquent Taypayers Identified on Social Media -

The Shelby County trustee is calling out Shelby County’s biggest delinquent taxpayers on the Internet.

Starting this week, Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will begin posting on social media the names and property addresses of the county’s largest delinquent property tax payers based on total taxes owed.

17. Delinquent Taxpayers Identified on Social Media -

The Shelby County trustee is calling out Shelby County’s biggest delinquent taxpayers on the Internet.

Starting this week, Trustee David Lenoir will begin posting on social media the names and property addresses of the county’s largest delinquent property tax payers based on total taxes owed.

18. Events -

Small Business Saturday will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, at participating small businesses across Memphis. The nationwide event includes retailers, restaurants, museums, entertainment venues and more. Visit shopsmall.com for a list of participating businesses.

19. Events -

The Daily News’ offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of Thanksgiving. Offices will reopen Monday, Dec. 2, at 8:30 a.m. and remain open through normal business hours.

20. Fresh Market, Whole Foods Seek Approval From Boards -

Two planned high-profile grocery stores will be seeking regulatory approval in the coming weeks.

The Fresh Market is applying for a special-use permit from the Land Use Control Board Dec. 12 to convert the existing Ike’s store on Union Avenue into one of the chains upscale grocery stores.

21. Nelson Takes New Role at Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence -

Amanda C. Nelson has joined the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence as director of consulting, a newly created position. Nelson will oversee, coordinate and promote the alliance’s management consulting services, and manage its three-year capacity-building program, the Program for Nonprofit Excellence.

22. Mobile Health Clinic Hits Streets to Help Homeless -

Baptist Memorial Health Care and Christ Community Health Services rolled out a new state-of-the-art mobile health clinic earlier this month, and the larger, modernized vehicle will give Baptist Operation Outreach the ability to treat more of the area’s homeless population in need of medical care.

23. House GOP, Democrats Clash Over Immigration -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans took a tentative step toward offering citizenship to some unauthorized immigrants Tuesday, but hit an immediate wall of resistance from the White House on down as Democrats said it wasn't enough.

24. Decades After King’s Death, Memphis Jobs in Spotlight -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Decades after Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to death here, some of the striking sanitation workers who marched with him are again fighting for their jobs.

25. Federal Workers Brace for Furloughs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – First there was a two-year pay freeze. Now furloughs loom, as federal agencies make personnel costs a prime target for across-the-board budget cuts that went into effect March 1. The result: anxiety and low morale in a workforce often envied for its job security.

26. Avant Finds Soul, Passion in South Main Neighborhood -

In 2002, Ben Avant, now 35, was a young, Charleston, S.C.-based stock and bond trader with a world of possibilities at his feet and a heavy choice to make.

27. Atlantic Track Grows Local Operations -

Bloomfield, N.J.-based Atlantic Track & Turnout Co. is expanding its Memphis operations with a 12,900-square-foot pre-engineered metal building addition with a bridge crane at 363 E. Bodley Ave.

28. Restaurants See Plenty of Activity in 2012 -

There were new restaurant openings, expansions and major milestones celebrated.

Alliances were formed, events were debuted and, of course, a few joints were shuttered.

In most respects, 2012 was a banner year for the Memphis food scene, and 2013 could be even more promising, said Patrick Reilly, owner of Majestic Grille and president of the Memphis Restaurant Association.

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

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

30. Big Things Coming in North Mississippi for Baptist -

Continuing to expand its reach and services in North Mississippi, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. has unveiled plans to build a larger Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi campus in Oxford, replacing its existing 13-acre hospital campus at 2301 S. Lamar Boulevard in the college town.

31. 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.

32. Southland Sells Parcels To Bank For $1 Million -

A Downtown property that real estate investor Terry Lynch once planned for residential and retail space was sold back to the lender for slightly less than $1 million.

33. Job Creation Driving Highway Bills in Congress -

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

34. Council Approves Pink Palace Renovation and Elvis Presley Blvd Funding -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Feb. 21, the terms of a $20 million multi-year renovation of the Memphis Pink Palace Museum and advanced $16 million in funding over two fiscal years starting this June for improvements along Elvis Presley Boulevard in Whitehaven.

35. Obama Call for Manufacturing Revival a Tough Goal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is making a strong election-year push for an economic revival "built on American manufacturing." But he faces an uphill slog, with little consensus even within his own party on how to do it.

36. Tax Reform in This Election year: It's Not Likely -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tax reform sounds like a good idea to lots of people, but where to start? Eliminate the popular deduction for home mortgages? End the write-off for charitable contributions? How about expanding the Social Security payroll tax?

37. Wonder Bread Maker Hostess Seeks Bankruptcy Protection -

NEW YORK (AP) – Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, is seeking bankruptcy protection, blaming its pension and medical benefits obligations, increased competition and tough economic conditions.

38. Wonder Bread Maker Hostess Seeks Bankruptcy Protection -

NEW YORK (AP) – Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, is seeking bankruptcy protection, blaming its pension and medical benefits obligations, increased competition and tough economic conditions.

39. Delta, Lufthansa to Hike Prices to Cover Emissions -

NEW YORK (AP) – Within days of new European rules on carbon emissions produced by passenger jets, two major airlines say they will raise fares.

Delta Air Lines Inc. began adding $6 per round trip to the price of tickets sold in the U.S. for travel to Europe. And Deutsche Lufthansa AG said it will raise prices but not right away.

40. Republicans Aim to Quash New Union Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans are maneuvering to short-circuit an effort by Democrats on the National Labor Relations Board to approve rules that would quicken the pace of union elections.

41. Hoteliers Seek New Identities, Better Branding -

Several Mid-South hotels are in the midst of rebranding, and more are anticipated through next year.

The hotel rebranding trend has taken off since 2010 and includes reflagging to completely new brands as well as conversions to new identities within the same brand.

42. HopeWorks, Businesses Give Hope Through Internships -

A number of local businesses are offering hope to the city’s chronically unemployed in the form of internships that provide real-world, on-the-job training.

The program is coordinated by HopeWorks, a 22-year-old nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping poor and chronically unemployed Memphians find steady work.

43. The Second Coming of Schools Reform -

Depending on what happens in Memphis federal court this could be either the last or the next to last school year for the Memphis City Schools system as we know it.

And it has been a busy one even before the first day of classes – even without what is expected to be a landmark court ruling setting the terms for a consolidation of city and county schools systems.

44. Public Hearings Next Step for Madison Bike Lanes -

The tentative plan for bicycle lanes on Madison Avenue between Cleveland and Cooper streets is broadening to look at larger changes or adjustments in the Midtown street environment.

And a decision on how to do that and restripe the street is due by the end of July.

45. The Great Debate -

At our W&A State of the Union in February, we discussed that, in our opinion, the primary threat to America’s national supremacy was not China or an emerging competitor, but our rapidly deteriorating Federal fiscal position. We postulated that the national consciousness on the issue had moved beyond the denial and anger phases and entered into the acceptance phase, with several detailed proposals circling Capitol Hill, and that eventually one would land, forcing debate.

46. UPTA Gives Aspiring Theater Workers Chance in Slow Economy -

Anyone searching for a job these days knows they are up against thousands of invisible applicants. Theater actors and technicians, though, often see their competition firsthand.

Friday through Monday the 17th Unified Professional Theatre Auditions convention takes place at Playhouse on the Square and the Memphis Marriott Downtown, an event drawing hundreds of hopeful actors and technicians seeking work in a down market.

47. Obama Goal: 'Putting the Economy Into Overdrive' -

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) – More than half the nation disapproves of President Barack Obama's policies to reduce stubbornly high unemployment, a new Associated Press-GfK poll said Friday as Obama refocused his job-creation efforts on a business-friendly vision emphasizing innovation and exports to other countries.

48. 112th Congress Convenes; Boehner Elected Speaker -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly elected speaker John Boehner hailed the Republican Party's return to control of the House Wednesday, vowing a more open legislative process but acknowledging that "a great deal of scar tissue has built up on both sides of the aisle."

49. Teachers Displeased With New MCS Grading Standards -

Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash had hoped for better timing.

A key part of his reform efforts is a new grading system in which teachers don’t give students failing grades, at least until final grades determine whether a student moves on to the next grade.

50. Split Vote Takes Down Metro Charter Proposal -

The metro consolidation charter won a narrow victory with Memphis voters Tuesday but was crushed by Shelby County voters outside Memphis.

The first consolidation charter to go to voters in 39 years had to win both in Memphis and outside Memphis in order to consolidate the city of Memphis and Shelby County governments.

51. Lokion Celebrates 10 Years With ‘10x10’ Music Gift -

From offices at 88 Union Ave., high atop Downtown Memphis and overlooking the Mississippi River, Megan Jones feels on top of the world.

52. Events -

The Small Business Chamber Breakfast Club will meet Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Office Suites Plus, 6000 Poplar Ave., suite 250. For more information, visit www.smallbusinesschamber.com.

53. Church Says ‘No’ to CVS -

Berclair Baptist Church on Wednesday night voted against selling its building to CVS Corp., but the retail pharmacy’s efforts to take over another corner church at a busy intersection in Memphis is further proof of an ongoing commercial development trend.

54. Church Says ‘No’ to CVS -

Berclair Baptist Church on Wednesday night voted against selling its building to CVS Corp., but the retail pharmacy’s efforts to take over another corner church at a busy intersection in Memphis is further proof of an ongoing commercial development trend.

55. Taking Care of Business -

A diverse mix of Memphis businesses is defying the odds and finding success spanning multiple family generations. Grant & Co., Champion Awards, Jim’s Place East, Barden Stone and Broadway Pizza are among the Memphis institutions thriving under second- and third-generation ownership and management.

56. Efforts Increased to Reach the ‘Unbanked’ -

This spring, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced the launch of “Bank On Memphis,” a financial literacy campaign whose goal is to bring “unbanked” Mid-Southerners into the financial mainstream.

The initiative’s goal is to end the cycle of dependence on money orders, check-cashing services and high-interest payday loans used by low-income individuals, thereby increasing their net worth and accumulation of assets.

57. Salespeople Form A Business’ Lifeline -

Regardless of your experiences with salespeople, they are some of the most important people in business. It is true: Nothing happens until somebody sells something.

For there to be a space industry somebody first sold the president on putting a man into orbit. The sale closed and gave us NASA.

58. Wharton, Local Bankers Launch Financial Literacy Push -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. gathered about two dozen bankers and finance professionals in his seventh-floor conference room at City Hall Wednesday to launch an ambitious financial literacy campaign.

59. Wharton, Local Bankers Launch Bank On Memphis -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. gathered about two dozen bankers and finance professionals in his seventh-floor conference room at City Hall Wednesday to launch an ambitious financial literacy campaign.

60. Kiesewetter Selected As Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow -

Jay W. Kiesewetter of Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Prather PLC has been selected as a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation.

He is one of just 35 attorneys throughout the state honored this year with the invitation.

61. Private Sector Union Membership Shrinks -

WASHINGTON (AP) - A majority of union members now work for the government, partly because massive layoffs in the recession plunged the private sector's union levels to a record low.

Local, state and government workers make up 51.5 percent of all union members – becoming the majority of organized labor for the first time, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

62. Bredesen: Teacher Testing Deal Needed by Weds. Evening -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bredesen said a final agreement on how to use student test scores in teacher evaluations was needed by late Wednesday to keep the state's application for nearly half a billion dollars in federal "Race to the Top" money on track.

63. Commission Appointments Not Without Rancor -

John Pellicciotti is pursuing his master’s degree in political science from the University of Memphis. He’s writing his thesis. And this week, after trying several times for several years, the small-business owner and consultant got some real-world experience in his degree area.

64. Pressure Mounts to Stop Antibiotics in Agriculture -

FRANKENSTEIN, Mo. (AP) – The mystery started the day farmer Russ Kremer got between a jealous boar and a sow in heat.

The boar gored Kremer in the knee with a razor-sharp tusk. The burly pig farmer shrugged it off, figuring: “You pour the blood out of your boot and go on.”

65. Out of Bounds -

The August report from the NCAA calls him “student-athlete 1.” Everyone but the NCAA and the University of Memphis calls him Derrick Rose.

66. Church’s Future Leaves Midtown Corner in Flux -

The intersection of Union Avenue and Cooper Street is one of the busiest in Midtown, as evidenced by the steady flow of cars, the bustling Ike’s parking lot and the Playhouse on the Square construction site.

67. New York Suit Exchange Doubles Jobs With New Bartlett Location -

The New York Suit Exchange recently took what some might consider a gamble when it opened another store and doubled the number of its employees.

Besides the obvious risk of investing in an expansion during a recession, it also exposed itself to cannibalization. Sales at the new store at 7980 U.S. 64 in Bartlett could have eaten away at the market share of the Downtown store at 310 Union Ave.

68. Internal Affair -

One in five of the Memphis school system’s new teachers quits after a year in the classroom. After three years, 40 percent of the new hires are gone. For those who do hang around, the process of becoming – and remaining – a teacher is the story of a system within the school system.

69. APME Survey: Newspaper Cuts Clip Younger Workers -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cost-cutting newspapers are losing many of their youngest reporters, editors and photographers at the same time publishers are trying to break some of their old habits and learn new tricks on the Internet.

70. Sanders Praises Bar Leadership Program -

Craig P. Sanders, an associate at Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC, recently graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law Program, a six-month training program that equips attorneys with the vision and knowledge to become effective leaders in their profession and communities.

71. Braking Point: Inside MATA's identity crisis -

The bus system in Memphis has an undeserved “mythology,” according to the people who run it. However, some who ride Memphis Area Transit Authority buses everyday – and many who don’t – contend the system is far from perfect.

72. Dunavant Subsidiary Joins Ranks Of Green Logistics Firms -

A Memphis-based third-party logistics firm has turned a rebranding campaign into a way to reinvent the way it does business.

Centrix Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of cotton company Dunavant Enterprises Inc., has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the transportation industry to increase fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions along the global supply chain.

73. Here Comes the Sun: Memphis’ cut of the state’s solar energy plan -

The Sharp Manufacturing plant in Hickory Hill has always been a symbol as much as a working part of the city’s economic infrastructure.

The plant on South Mendenhall Road represents the city’s first truly international big business presence. It opened in 1978 after Japanese executives came to Memphis to negotiate directly with city leaders. And once the deal closed, a now-legendary picket line was thrown up by local union leaders. The picketing symbolized organized labor’s determination to have a voice in local economic development.

74. Hope Works Swims Against Recession Tide to Rebuild Lives -

Sometimes people who have made the wrong choices in life become so burdened by guilt they become resigned to being bad. Antonio Owens helps them confront that guilt so they can live a good life.

75. Appeals Court to Hear Appeal of Chrysler Sale -

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal appeals court late Tuesday halted Chrysler's sale of the bulk of its assets to Italy's Fiat pending an appeal by a trio of Indiana state pension and construction funds.

76. A New Day for King Cotton: Biotech and agribusiness redefine themselves -

If you’re in the right place at the right time during May, you might glimpse a motorcade cutting through mid-day traffic, followed by a green bus with a big papier-mache boll weevil on top. Nothing hints at Memphis’ agribusiness roots like that longtime foe of the cotton plant.

77. Next Stop: Norfolk Southern’s intermodal plans take shape -

The freight trains that rumble through Memphis are hard to ignore, especially the ones that parallel or bisect main thoroughfares and disrupt traffic. But even people who don’t cross railroad tracks during their commutes are likely to hear the distant blare of horns at some point during the day as locomotives make their way into and out of the city.

78. Chrysler to Close 5 More Plants; Court Case Begins -

NEW YORK (AP) - Attorneys for Chrysler LLC said the company will file a motion by Saturday morning to sell substantially all of its assets to Italian automaker Fiat Group SpA, but that won't include eight plants, including five that the automaker revealed it will shutter by the end of next year.

79. Chrysler Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Chrysler LLC filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday and will form an alliance with the Italian carmaker Fiat Group SpA in an effort to revive the U.S.’ ailing third-largest automaker.

80. Union Leaders Recommend Approval of Chrysler Deal -

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich.(AP) - The United Auto Workers union will own 55 percent of a restructured Chrysler LLC and its retiree health care trust will get a seat on the board if union members vote to approve contract concessions this week.

81. Apartment Variances Raise Concerns In Medical District -

The approval of variances to build a four-story apartment complex that will tower over neighboring buildings on Monroe Avenue has raised concerns that the Memphis & Shelby County Board of Adjustments will not enforce new guidelines for the Downtown medical district.

82. Permit Filed For Owens Corning Alteration -

693 Corrine Ave.
Memphis, TN 38107
Permit Cost: $600,000

Permit Date: Applied March 2009
Owner: Belz Union Realty Co. GP
Tenant: Owens Corning Corp.
Contractor: Southern Integrated Services Inc.

83. Commercial Real Estate Hangs on for Dear Life -

The pulse of commercial real estate is barely detectable, but the fact that it’s still registering a beat is remarkable considering the trauma it’s suffered over the past year.

From March 2008 through February 2009, commercial sales in Shelby County declined 35 percent compared to the prior 12-month period, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

84. Lewis Addresses Proposed Legislation, Possible Changes in Employment Law -

Frederick J. Lewis, a shareholder in the Memphis office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC, has been named to the 150 Best Lawyers 2009 list published by BusinessTN magazine. Lewis was one of only eight labor and employment lawyers named to the list.

85. Union Membership Rises for Second Straight Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Union membership jumped to 12.4 percent of the nation's work force last year, amid widespread job losses and credit woes in a troubled economy.

The ranks of organized labor rose by 428,000 workers in 2008, the biggest annual gain since the government began compiling such data in 1983, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday.

86. AT&T to Cut 12,000 Jobs, 4 Percent of Staff -

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T Inc. joined the recession's parade of layoffs Thursday by announcing plans to cut 12,000 jobs, about 4 percent of its work force.

87. Ohio Voters Finally Picking President, Lawmakers -

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohioans lined up early Tuesday to cast ballots in a historic election that ended hard-fought campaigns set to change the White House, the U.S. Capitol and the Ohio Statehouse.

88. Sept. Commercial Sales Drop 18% -

Shelby County’s commercial real estate market was highlighted by a wide variety – but a low volume – of transactions in September, revealing a continued slowdown because of the credit crisis and overall economic slowdown.

89. Boeing's 3Q Profit Dives 38 Percent Amid Strike -

Boeing Co.'s third-quarter profit dropped 38 percent as a strike and supplier production problems hurt results at the world's No. 2 commercial airplane maker. Its shares fell more than 6 percent in afternoon trading on Wednesday.

90. NMB: Delta Did Not Interfere With Union Vote -

ATLANTA (AP) – Delta Air Lines Inc. officials said Wednesday that the National Mediation Board has sided with the company in a dispute in which a national flight attendants union claimed the carrier interfered with a failed effort by some of its flight attendants to unionize.

91. NWA Shareholders OK Delta Combo Plan -

NEW YORK (AP) – Northwest Airlines shareholders on Thursday approved a proposed combination with Delta Air Lines, bringing the carriers one step closer to creating the world’s biggest airline.

92. Memphis Bioworks Heads to the Farm -

The Memphis Bioworks Foundation has taken the next step in its development strategy by formally targeting biofuels and related products.

Since it was founded in 2001, Bioworks has concentrated on human medicine, and mainly on real estate issues; one of the first needs was lab space to help recruit scientists, which involved the 2005 implosion of Baptist Memorial Hospital along Union Avenue to make way for the UT-Baptist Research Park.

93. NAFTA Ramifications Reach Closer to Memphis -

Busy construction sites might offer a glimpse of the future when it comes to logistics, as thousands of Mexican truck drivers make Memphis their destination.

But the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union is leading an uphill battle to stop the incursion of Mexican-based trucks and drivers into the United States, part of a one-year demonstration project related to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

94. Senate Housing Deal Smiles On Builders, Mortgage Cos. -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homebuilders and the mortgage industry are emerging as big victors in a bipartisan agreement reached by Senate leaders on legislation designed to limit the housing crisis.

The $15 billion measure, announced Wednesday by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, contains a $6 billion emergency tax break that would let companies use losses from 2008 and 2009 to offset profits earned over the previous four years, instead of the usual two-year timeframe.

95. Judge Rules MPA President Can Participate in Contract Talks -

The president of the Memphis Police Association will be allowed to participate in contract talks with the city of Memphis.

U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays this week granted a preliminary injunction in the police union’s lawsuit against the city. The lawsuit claims the city violated the Constitutional rights of Lt. Gene Hulley in a dispute that centers on whether a lieutenant, who is considered a supervisor and part of management, can lead the union or should be forced to take a demotion in rank.

96. Ruling Expected In Police Association Injunction Request -

The Herenton administration and the Memphis Police Association already are in court and contract negotiations between the two are just getting started.

U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays soon could issue a ruling on a request by the union for an injunction permitting its president, Lt. Gene Hulley, to take part in the bargaining. Mays heard Thursday from both sides in the federal lawsuit.

97. Complaint Filed OverPolice, Union Talks -      Contract talks between the city of Memphis and the Memphis Police Association began this month without the president of the police union. In light of that, the MPA and its president, Lt. Gene Hulley, filed a complaint th

98. Waddell to Address Globalization At Annual Meeting -

David Waddell, president and CEO of the Waddell & Associates Inc. wealth management firm, will host his annual "State of the Union" meeting Friday at the FedEx Institute of Technology. About 200 people are expected to attend.

99. Corporate Lobbyists Seek Tax Breaks in Proposed $100 Billion Economic-Stimulus Measure -

WASHINGTON (AP) - From Congress to the campaign trail, everyone seems to have an economic stimulus plan - and from missile makers to garden suppliers- every business wants a piece of it.

Several major industry groups - the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Retail Federation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce - said they have been talking with or plan to talk with the Bush administration and lawmakers about how the stimulus package can help their constituents.

100. Raleigh HealthSouth SiteChanges Hands -      The site of a HealthSouth rehabilitation facility at 4100 Austin Peay Highway has been sold for $3.3 million. HealthSouth/Methodist Rehabilitation Hospital LP bought the property last week from HealthSouth Corp.