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1. The Good (Youth), Bad (Injuries) & Ugly (12-9 Win at Cleveland) -

As the Tennessee Titans head into their bye week, they use this time to self-evaluate the first seven games of the season.

So, we are here to help them delve into what went right, what went wrong and what was just plain awful through the first seven games of the 2017 season.

2. Full Text of Gov. Bill Haslam's State of the State Address -

Here is the full text of Gov. Bill Haslam's annual State of the State address as prepared for delivery to a joint convention of the Tennessee General Assembly on Monday.

Speaker Harwell, Lieutenant Governor McNally, Speakers Pro Tem Tracy and Johnson, Members of the 110th General Assembly, Justices, Constitutional Officers, General Slatery, Commissioners, Friends, Guests, fellow Tennesseans, and for the seventh year in a row, the woman voted best first lady in the land, Crissy. My kids even made it this year.

3. GE, Baker Hughes Create Powerful New Player in Energy Sector -

NEW YORK (AP) – General Electric is taking advantage of a prolonged energy slump to become a bigger player in the oil and gas drilling business, a bet that could pay off big when prices recover.

4. Businesses Welcome Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail Completion -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – No more orange barrels to drive around, no more lane shifts, no more trouble getting in and out of parking spaces.

"Hallelujah," said Pam Fair, a co-owner of Sparrows on Main, a boutique on East Main Street that opened in May 2014. Four months later, work began on the Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail.

5. The Week Ahead: June 6-12 -

Time to get this week started, Memphis! There’s plenty to keep you busy in this week’s roundup of need-to-know happenings, from the 50th anniversary of a seminal civil rights moment to a blast from the '80s-movie past...

6. Buffett Says US Economy Weaker Than He Expected But Growing -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Billionaire Warren Buffett said the U.S. economy appears weaker than he thought it would be as recently as last fall, but that doesn't change his optimistic long-term view of the country's prospects.

7. Obama Renews Push for Paid Leave for Working Parents -

BALTIMORE (AP) – President Barack Obama on Thursday renewed his push for paid leave for parents and other workers, saying he's astonished that so many people don't get paid sick leave.

8. Memphis Resolutions -

The end of the year hastens a season of resolutions about the year ahead, resolutions about what to include on the blank canvas of a new year.

No matter who you are, the road to 2015 starts at the same place – through the experience of 2014. With that in mind, we surveyed many of the people we’ve covered in these pages in the last year to talk about the possibilities ahead.

9. Real Estate Rally -

Commercial real estate can offer insight into the strength of the local economy. Through the office, retail, industrial and apartment developments that mark the region the economy at work in the real world can be seen.

10. Yellen Signals More Aggressive Stance Toward Banks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve may be about to turn more aggressive in its regulation of the financial system.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen suggested Tuesday that current regulatory rules might not be enough to prevent the kind of risk-taking that triggered the 2008 financial crisis and nearly toppled the entire banking system.

11. Fannie, Freddie Post Strong Earnings for Third Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac posted strong earnings for the July-September period as the housing market continued to recover. The gains will enable the mortgage giants to finish repaying their taxpayer aid or come close to doing so five years after they were rescued by the government.

12. Home Sweet Veterans Home -

Earlier this year we were introduced to a group of volunteers who want to ensure that veterans from the Memphis area have access to the services of a Veterans Home that is close to their family, friends and community.

13. Obama Seeks to Put Personal Touch on Cliff Talks -

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) – President Barack Obama, trying to put a personal touch on "fiscal cliff" negotiations, visited a northern Virginia family's basement apartment Thursday to press his hardline on tax rate increases for the wealthy.

14. Mississippi Gets Funds to Keep Up With Jobless Benefits -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Labor has given the state of Mississippi $2.5 million to prevent and detect improper unemployment insurance benefits.

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., says the program will help the state better track payments and update computer systems.

15. Premiums for Family Health Plans Hit $15,745 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Annual premiums for job-based family health insurance went up just 4 percent this year, but that's no comfort with the price tag approaching $16,000 and rising more than twice as fast as wages.

16. US Unemployment Aid Applications Rise to 386K -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, suggesting hiring remains sluggish.

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment benefit applications rose 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 386,000, an increase from an upwardly revised 380,000 the previous week.

17. Reducing Fraud, Waste, Abuse -

On March 21, 2012, Mayor A C Wharton Jr. took a step that will put the City of Memphis on the road to recovery by creating a fraud hotline to report fraud, waste and abuse and ethics violations. As long as those who investigate the complaints for Memphis conduct thorough all-encompassing investigations – the creation of the hotline will be a “game changer” for the city, its employees and the taxpayers.

18. US Household Wealth Takes Biggest Hit Since 2008 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans' wealth last summer suffered its biggest quarterly loss in more than two years as stocks, pension funds and home values lost value.

At the same time, corporations raised their cash stockpiles to record levels.

19. Economy Shows Signs of Health After Summer Slump -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy appears slightly healthier than many had feared it was a few weeks ago, raising hopes that it can end the year on an upward slope.

A raft of data Thursday show layoffs are trending down to a six-month low and factories in the Mid-Atlantic are growing again after contracting for two months. Nevertheless, home sales fell and the housing market is expected weigh on the economy deep into 2012.

20. House Approves Bill to Delay, Scrap EPA Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House on Friday took another swipe at the government's ability to control air pollution, passing a bill that would delay or scrap rules to reduce mercury and other harmful air emissions.

21. Target's Blunder With Designer Continues -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target is a victim of its own success.

The discounter drummed up so much hype around its exclusive, limited-time line by upscale Italian designer Missoni that its website crashed and was down most of the day on Sept. 13 when the collection was launched, angering customers. More than a week later, some shoppers who bought the Missoni for Target line are posting on social media websites Facebook and Twitter that they won't shop at Target again because their online orders are being delayed – or worse, canceled – by the retailer.

22. Household Wealth Dipped in the Spring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans' wealth declined this spring for the first time in a year, as stocks and home values fell. At the same time, corporations increased the size of their cash stockpiles.

23. Whether You Win – Part 2 -

Success is never inevitable, right? You can’t win ‘em all. Last week we looked at lost-phrases. This week the focus is on winning. Or won-phrases, anyway.

Perhaps ironically, the phrase “You can’t win ‘em all” is almost always associated with losing. As is also the case with “no-win situation,” a predicament in which a favorable outcome is considered an impossibility.

24. $8M Apt. Project on Tap for Mud Island -

The developers of a roughly $8 million apartment development planned for Mud Island are scheduled to go before the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. Tuesday, Sept. 13, to apply for a nine-year tax freeze for the project.

25. New Apartment Development Planned for Mud Island -

The developers of a roughly $8 million apartment development planned for Mud Island are scheduled to go before the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. Tuesday to apply for a 9-year tax freeze for the project.

26. Southwest Posts Q2 Profit of $161 Million -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines Co. set records for full planes, and higher fares boosted revenue as the summer vacation season kicked into high gear.

27. Turn Weaknesses To Strengths -

I was reading in Psychology Today about a new book, “A First-Rate Madness,” whose author, Nassir Ghaemi, describes historical figures who exhibited symptoms of mental illness. Among them were Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln, who, according to the Tufts psychiatrist, had “an eye for assessing tough situations because of their ‘depressive realism.’”

28. Morgan Keegan Settles Fraud Claim, Sale Possible -

Regulators have announced a roughly $200 million settlement with Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. in a fraud case several agencies brought against the firm last year.

29. Morgan Keegan Settles Fraud Claim, Sale Possible -

Regulators have announced a roughly $200 million settlement with Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. in a fraud case several agencies brought against the firm last year.

30. AP Survey: Economists Warn Against More Fed Action -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The best cure for the economy now is time.

That's the overwhelming opinion of leading economists in a new Associated Press survey. They say the Federal Reserve shouldn't bother trying to stimulate the economy — and could actually do damage if it did.

31. Special Coverage: Mid-South Flooding -

Coverage of the rising waters in the Memphis area

MIM Triathlon Still Planned

Despite rising floodwaters, next weekend’s Memphis in May Triathlon event is still on, the Tunica Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced.

32. Ex-Smith & Nephew Workers Push Back -

Smith & Nephew now has to deal with countercomplaints filed by some of the nine employees the company fired last month after the company claimed they were planning to resign together, start their own company and use Smith & Nephew trade secrets.

33. New Song -

The music and worship arts college formerly known as Visible School officially changed its name to Visible Music College as it prepares to move into its new home at 200 Madison Ave. Downtown later this year.

34. Transplant Patient Brings Tai Chi to Peers -

Twice a week on the campus of Methodist University Hospital in Midtown, Richard Link leads a group of pre- and post-transplant patients in tai chi, an ancient Chinese martial arts form that’s evolved into a gentle exercise connecting mind and body.

35. Ripples From Stanford Scheme Still Felt in Memphis -

The court-appointed receiver who’s unwinding the now-defunct operations of Stanford Financial Group – once fueled by money from a giant Ponzi scheme – is preparing to sell off Stanford property in Collierville.

36. CBO: This Year's Budget Deficit to Hit $1.5T -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A continuing weak economy and last month's bipartisan tax cut legislation will drive the government's deficit to a record $1.5 trillion this year, a new government estimate predicts.

37. Take 25 Percent Off Everything -

My banker called and wanted my annual financial statement. I asked if he still had last year’s, and he did, so I told him take 25 percent off everything on that. This reflects the drop in my business as well as real estate. I feel this is representative of others like me or close.

38. Automotive Industry Holds Conference -

The third annual Southern Automotive Conference kicks off its three-day networking event at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Tunica.

The conference is designed to benefit automotive suppliers and services companies.

39. Toyota's Mississippi Auto Plant Plan Draws UAW Ire -

Toyota's announcement that it will resume construction of a car factory in Mississippi was a much-needed piece of good news for both the state struggling with persistent unemployment and the automaker trying to recover some goodwill after a recall crisis bruised its reputation.

40. Slowly, Americans Are Regaining Their Lost Wealth -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans are recovering their shrunken wealth – gradually.

Household net worth rose last quarter, mainly because the healing economy boosted stock portfolios. But the gain was slight. And it was less than in the previous two quarters.

41. Companies Up Productivity, Put Off Hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers are managing to boost production without creating new jobs.

Squeezing more output from existing staffs allowed companies to boost productivity in the October-December quarter. Last week, the number of people filing new claims for jobless aid rose. The two U.S. Labor Department reports Thursday suggested companies are cutting costs and putting off hiring even as the economy recovers.

42. Personal Incomes, Consumer Spending Up in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Personal incomes rose more than expected in December and consumer spending increased for the third straight month, helping the U.S. economy slowly recover from the worst recession in decades.

43. CBO: Federal Deficit Projected at $1.35T -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Tuesday rejected a plan backed by President Barack Obama to create a bipartisan task force to tackle the federal deficit this year, despite glaring new figures showing the enormity of the red-ink threat.

44. Your Credit Score: How to Improve It Now and Later -

NEW YORK (AP) - Your past is never really behind you. Or so it seems when it comes to credit reports.

As you prepare to shape up your finances in 2010, you'll find that improving your credit score is among the more complicated tasks.

45. Nurse Wage Suit Still Alive, Kicking -

An attempt to gain class-action status in a lawsuit alleging that Memphis hospitals conspired to suppress nurse wages isn’t dead yet.

After issuing an order in October to deny class-action certification because the two plaintiffs did not adequately represent nurses in the Memphis area, U.S. District Judge Samuel H. “Hardy” Mays Sr. is now allowing lawyers for the nurses to make the case for introducing a substitute plaintiff.

46. Obama Signs Homebuyer, Jobless Bill Assistance -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama signed a $24 billion economic stimulus bill into law Friday, giving tax incentives to prospective homebuyers and additional jobless benefits to those idled by the business slump.

47. Aug. Trade Deficit Drops Unexpectedly -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly narrowed in August as exports posted a small gain, while imports fell on a big drop in demand for foreign oil.

The U.S. Commerce Department reported Friday that the trade deficit declined 3.5 percent to $30.7 billion, surprising economists who had expected higher oil prices to push the imbalance to $33 billion. Oil prices did shoot up, but the volume of shipments dropped sharply in August.

48. Gov't to Consumers: Break on Winter Heating Costs -

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's good news for people worried about winter heating bills.

People using natural gas this winter stand to save $105, compared with last year, and propane users will get even bigger savings, the government said. Households that use heating oil or electric heat also are expected to spend less during the heating season.

49. City Drills Away At Recouping Lee Fees -

The city of Memphis has taken the first step toward recouping settlement money paid in July to the former head of Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division.

The city has filed a motion to join a lawsuit by attorney Ronald Krelstein, who brought his suit against the city and others shortly after the city paid $426,422 to former MLGW president and CEO Joseph Lee.

50. Builders, Firefighters Differ on Sprinkler Rules -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Firefighters and safety advocates say they could triumph over the "last bastion of America's fire problem" – the family home – if officials require sprinklers in every new home.

51. Councilman Wants to Be Part of Complaint Against Lee -

Memphis City Councilman Bill Boyd has asked a judge for permission to join the bitter court fight over the legal bills of former Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division chief Joseph Lee.

52. AP: FEMA May Put Storm Victims in Foreclosed Homes -

MIAMI (AP) - The federal government is exploring how to put Florida hurricane evacuees in foreclosed homes if a Katrina-like storm devastates the region and shelters, hotels and other housing options are full, The Associated Press has learned.

53. Consumer Spending, New Jobless Claims Dip -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Consumer spending fell more than expected in March after two straight monthly gains, a stark reminder of a fragile economy that has pushed a record number of Americans to draw jobless benefits.

54. New Jobless Claims See Unexpected Jump -

The number of people filing new jobless claims jumped unexpectedly last week, while those continuing to receive benefits hit a 10th straight record-high. Both figures show the labor market remains weak and is unlikely to recover anytime soon, despite some signs the economy’s decline is moderating.

55. Bernanke Says Exec Compensation Must be Monitored -

PHOENIX (AP) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday called for banking supervisors to pay "close attention" to compensation practices as they examine the soundness of financial institutions.

56. Lehman’s Chaotic Bankruptcy Destroyed Billions -

As much as $75 billion of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. value was destroyed by the unplanned and chaotic form of the firm’s bankruptcy filing in September, according to an internal analysis by the company’s restructuring advisers.

57. AIG Restricts Exec Compensation, CEO Gets a Dollar -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - American International Group Inc. said Tuesday it is limiting how much it pays its top executives, including granting a $1 salary for this year and the same for 2009 to its Chief Executive Edward Liddy.

58. Rawson Named President Of Benefit Recover Inc. -

Win Rawson has been named president of Memphis-based Benefit Recover Inc.

Rawson joined the company as general counsel in June 2007. Previously, he worked at Lawrence & Russell LLP, where he developed and managed employment and benefits litigation for several Fortune 100 clients.

59. Government Moves Again To Unclog Credit Lines -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government put itself four-square into the country’s banking business Tuesday, resorting to what President Bush conceded was the unwelcome choice of a partial nationalization to loosen paralyzed channels of credit.

60. Benefit Recovery Named On Fastest-Growing List -

Memphis-based Benefit Recovery Inc. has been named to Inc. Magazine’s list of 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America.

The company is No. 2,011 on the list based on its 184.5 percent revenue growth from 2004 to 2008. It also was recognized for its approach to subrogation, strategic partnership with a law firm and employee base.

61. Wal-Mart's Low Price Mantra Extends to Tax Appeals -

After the most recent countywide reappraisal of property in 2005 by the Shelby County Assessor's office, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. did what scores of residential and commercial property owners in the Memphis area typically do.

62. Called on the Carpet -

Class-action lawsuits filed in Memphis, Chicago, San Antonio and Albany, N.Y., this week allege hospitals shared current salary information to hold down nurses' wages.

And a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Memphis cited Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and Methodist Healthcare as defendants.

63. Entrepreneurs Get New Start in Memphis -

This week's Entrepreneur Disaster Relief Workshop, held at the Central Library on the same day as the Katrina Job Coalition's Employment Expo, was tailor made for people like Bridget DiCello.

In August, DiCello started AEP, a small business coaching agency that was an offshoot of another company she ran. She enjoyed a lengthy client list, good contacts and a refurbished office space with new furniture, carpeting and paint. That is, she did until her city was struck by Hurricane Katrina with such vengeance that an estimated 1 million people were forced to leave and business owners fought to stave off financial ruin.

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