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1. Experts Question Benefits of Fluoride-Free Toothpaste -

Dental health experts worry that more people are using toothpaste that skips the most important ingredient — fluoride — and leaves them at a greater risk of cavities.

Most toothpastes already contain fluoride. While health authorities recognize fluoride as a cavity blocker, the internet is dotted with claims, often from "natural" toothpaste marketers and alternative medicine advocates, that fluoride-free toothpaste also prevents cavities.

2. Inflation, Gas Prices, Tariffs Squeeze Consumers -

The price of a can of Coca-Cola? Likely going up. A package of Pampers? That too. Plane tickets? They also may be more expensive. These items and more may cost more in the coming months as people start feeling the effects of higher fuel prices and raw-material costs as well as a range of tariffs.

3. As US Birthrates Drop, Kimberly-Clark Feels the Pinch -

DALLAS (AP) – Americans are having fewer babies, and diaper makers are feeling the pinch.

Kimberly-Clark said Tuesday it will cut as many as 5,500 jobs, or 13 percent of its workforce, in an attempt to lower costs.

4. P&G Tops Forecasts as Company Cuts Costs, Steps Up Marketing -

CINCINNATI (AP) – Procter & Gamble reported a quarterly profit Tuesday that topped Wall Street expectations as the world's biggest consumer products company worked on slashing costs and pruning its product lineup to offset slow growth.

5. What a Recession Does to Your Money -

NEW YORK (AP) — If we are indeed in the midst of a recession — and we won't know we're in one until well after it's begun — stocks likely still have a long way to go down.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index has dropped 14 percent since peaking last summer, and it joined markets around the world in another steep slide on Thursday. Worries are high that the sharp slowdown in China's growth, falling U.S. corporate profits and other downward pressures will pull the economy back into a recession.

6. Some Funds Offer to Tame Market's Chaos, But at a Price -

NEW YORK (AP) — Freaked out by the stock market's big swings?

Then the investment industry has something it built just for you: funds that hope to offer a steadier ride. That sounds especially comforting after this year's jarring start for markets, in which drops of more than 1 percent have become typical. But be careful, the funds carry their own risks.

7. Memphis Council Approves Recycling Cart Loan Effort -

The city of Memphis could close the gap in outfitting its households with new and larger recycling carts if a no-interest loan comes through.

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Jan. 5, the plan by the Public Works division to pursue the $5.2 million loan that would allow the city to buy 105,000 recycling carts.

8. Memphis Council Approves Recycling Cart Loan Effort -

The city of Memphis could close the gap in outfitting its households with new and larger recycling carts if a no-interest loan comes through.

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Jan. 5, the plan by the Public Works division to pursue the $5.2 million loan that would allow the city to buy 105,000 recycling carts.

9. Council OKs Strickland's Directors, He Defends Pay Raises -

Memphis City Council members approved Mayor Jim Strickland’s slate of 12 division chiefs and directors Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the first council meeting of 2016. And Strickland defended the pay raises for some of those positions compared to the salaries those appointed positions paid in the Wharton administration.

10. Food for Thought -

If you’re shopping at Kroger or Wal-Mart, you might see Chef Jenn. She won’t be hard to miss in her white chef’s jacket, and a blue scarf around her neck, smiling out at you from inside the freezer case on a package of her buffalo-style shrimp dip or on a shelf housing a box of her new cheese grits or “hushpuppies with a bark.”

11. Drug Execs Behind Female Libido Pill Have Run Afoul of FDA -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A small drugmaker from North Carolina may succeed next week where many of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies have failed: in winning approval for the first drug to boost women's sexual desire.

12. Is the Market Flourishing Or Flailing Right Now? -

4 Percent: On Feb. 4 of this year, the S&P 500 closed at 2,041. In the nearly six months since that date, the S&P 500 has basically been boxed into a trading range. That range has had a floor of 2,040 and a ceiling of 2,130 (an all-time high that was reached on May 21).

13. New Fitness Zone to Open in Audubon Park -

The city of Memphis is getting a permanent outdoor adult fitness zone at Audubon Park.

The park is a result of a year-long partnership between the city and Meta, a Procter & Gamble product line led by Metamucil. The fitness area of the park is expected to be open for public use by mid to late summer.

14. New Fitness Zone to Open Tuesday at Audubon Park -

The city of Memphis is getting a permanent outdoor adult fitness zone at Audubon Park.

The park is a result of a year-long partnership between the city and Meta, a Procter & Gamble product line led by Metamucil. The fitness area of the park is expected to be open for public use by mid to late summer.

15. Wal-Mart's Push on Animal Welfare Hailed As Game Changer -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say.

Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products are made and sold across the retail industry.

16. Super Bowl Ad Winners and Losers -

Think there was only one big game on Super Bowl Sunday? A typical NFL game has only 11 minutes of actual “game action” compared to 63 minutes of commercials, according to The Wall Street Journal. With 30 seconds of commercial airtime going for $4.5 million this year, it is clear that Super Bowl advertising is serious business, making for an equally interesting off-the-field game unfolding when the clock stops.

17. Counterpart Experiences Big 2014 -

2014 was a particularly consequential year for Counterpart Communication Design. The marketing communications firm with offices in Memphis and Dallas grew its staff by almost 40 percent this year, for example, in addition to reimagining its creative department and adding a Web analysis team to meet constantly evolving digital needs.

18. VA Chief Vows Renewed Focus on Customer Service -

WASHINGTON (AP) – On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department announced a reorganization Monday designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department and its maze-like websites.

19. Proctor & Gamble Taking Out its Batteries -

NEW YORK (AP) — Procter & Gamble plans to remove its batteries and make Duracell a stand-alone company.

The world's largest consumer products maker, which acquired Duracell in 2005, has been trimming its product lineup to focus on its top performers. After it finishes jettisoning more than half its brands around the globe over the next year or two, P&G said it will be left with about 70 to 80 brands.

20. Recruiter’s Career Twist -

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

21. Procter & Gamble Cancels On-Field NFL Promotion -

NEW YORK (AP) – Procter & Gamble is canceling an on-field breast cancer awareness promotion it had been planning with the National Football League, the latest sponsor to respond to the NFL's growing problems.

22. Watchdog: VA Managers Lied About Delays -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Managers at more than a dozen Veterans Affairs medical facilities lied to investigators about scheduling practices and other issues, the department's inspector general said Tuesday.

23. New VA Chief: Veterans Agency Too Complicated -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Veterans Affairs Department with its 14 different password-protected websites is too complicated for most veterans to navigate, new Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Monday, promising to make it easier for them to get disability benefits, health care, job training and other benefits.

24. Senate Confirms McDonald as Veterans Affairs Secretary -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.

25. Deal to Improve Veterans' Health Care Costs $17 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill's chief supporters said Monday.

26. 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.

27. Consumer Spending Likely to Boost Growth in 2014 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hopes are rising that consumers will drive stronger growth in 2014 after they stepped up spending at the end of last year in the United States and Europe.

The outlook for spending is brightening even though growth is weakening in some large emerging economies and slowing the sales of consumer product giants such as Unilever and Procter & Gamble.

28. End User Holds the Keys -

Last week we had Shekhar Mitra, the former head of global research and development for Procter & Gamble in Memphis for a strategy working session with our Southern Growth Ventures portfolio company, Dermaflage. We are very fortunate to have Mr. Mitra on the board, and we asked him to share his innovation model with the team over lunch.

29. French Quarter Deal Collapses -

A Texas-based group had inked a deal to purchase the long-vacant French Quarter Suites Hotel near Overton Square, but the proposed sale fell through the cracks.

Austin, Texas-based ASC Management had until Oct. 31 to close on the purchase of the 105-room inn at the northeast corner of Madison Avenue and Cooper Street but did not complete the sale.

30. You Should Play to Win in Business -

A.G. Lafley, CEO of Procter & Gamble, the keynote speaker at the FedEx Institute of Technology’s Innovation Expo, shared a wealth of insights on leadership and strategy from his experience and his collaboration with Peter Drucker. However, his most impactful message was so simple, many in the audience may have missed it – strategy is about making choices. That’s all there is to it. Make decisions about what business you are in, how you win in this business and then stick to them.

31. Bite Yourself Before You Get Bitten -

A few weeks ago we attended the FedEx Institute of Technology’s Innovation Expo to hear Philip Mudd, formally of the CIA and FBI, speak about risk, and A.G. Lafley, CEO of Procter & Gamble, discuss product development and market strategy. We will share with you their messages in our next two columns, as both had unique insight on strategy.

32. Microsoft Says CEO Ballmer to Retire in 12 Months -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, known as much for his zany personality as his business discipline, will leave a legacy of mixed results and a monumental challenge for his yet-to-be-named successor.

33. A Year After IPO, Facebook Aims to be Ad Colossus -

NEW YORK (AP) – It was supposed to be our IPO, the people's public offering.

Facebook, the brainchild of a young CEO who sauntered into Wall Street meetings in a hoodie, was going to be bigger than Amazon, bigger than McDonald's, bigger than Coca-Cola. And it was all made possible by our friendships, photos and family ties.

34. Reality TV's New Stars: Small Businesses -

NEW YORK (AP) – There's no business like small business.

Mix the high stakes of running a small business with a dash of family drama and throw in a camera crew and you get hit reality television shows such as "Pawn Stars," ''Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" and "Duck Dynasty."

35. Georgia-Pacific Pays $1.5 Billion for Buckeye Technologies -

Memphis-based Buckeye Technologies Inc. is being bought by Georgia-Pacific LLC, the two companies announced Wednesday, April 24.

The deal, valued at approximately $1.5 billion, including debt, still faces regulatory approval. But the boards of both companies have signed off on terms that include Buckeye stockholders getting $37.50 per share.

36. Riding the Rails -

By some estimates, America’s railroad companies are in the midst of the largest investment boom since the Gilded Age – when America’s railroad track mileage tripled between 1860 and 1880.

This year, North American’s freight railroads plan to invest $24.5 billion in intermodal terminals, new track, bridges and tunnels, safety equipment and rail cars, according to the Association of American Railroads.

37. Obama Pressing Business and Labor on Fiscal Cliff -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a challenge to Republicans, President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to extend expiring tax cuts immediately for all but the highest income earners as a way to eliminate half of the so-called fiscal cliff that threatens to send the economy back into recession.

38. Performance Of Memphis Public Cos. Varies Widely -

Memphis is home to several publicly traded companies that have made an indelible mark on industries ranging from transportation to finance and manufacturing.

Here’s a snapshot of how those companies are faring at the moment. (For a detailed look at AutoZone, see related story, "The Fast Lane.")

39. Takeovers, Anticipated European Deal Lift Stocks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks gained steadily Monday on a round of corporate takeovers and reports that Europe's bailout fund will be larger than anticipated. The Dow Jones industrial average was up nearly 130 points in the late afternoon. The Nasdaq composite index turned positive for the year.

40. AP Interview: P&G's US Leader on Growth Strategies -

CINCINNATI (AP) – While many of Procter & Gamble Co.'s top executives are looking overseas for expansion, Melanie Healey's focus is on growing what already is the consumer products maker's biggest market.

41. Stodgy Consumer Staples Appeal in Down Markets -

When the stock market gets dicey, focus on companies that make basic everyday products like toothpaste, toilet paper, razor blades and baby food. Consumers buy them no matter what the economy's doing.

42. Forget Competition – Help Each Other -

Lots of geniuses work alone and make remarkable contributions to our world. I joke that if you’re playing Trivial Pursuit or Jeopardy and you’re stuck for an answer, try Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Jefferson. They pretty much did it all.

43. Goldman Sachs Says Consumer Products Growth Ahead -

NEW YORK (AP) – Consumer products companies coming off a rocky 2010 should see a more stable future ahead of them in 2011, a Goldman Sachs analyst said Wednesday.

Manufacturers and retailers tried to stimulate shoppers to buy more with aggressive promotions, which often failed or cut into profitability. But analyst Andrew Sawyer said in a research note that companies should see US profits grow in 2011 as ease back on pricey promotion and real demand for products becomes more firm.

44. Procter & Gamble Moves From Soap Operas to Tweets -

CINCINNATI (AP) – Goodbye, "Guiding Light." Hello, YouTube.

Procter & Gamble Co., whose sponsorship and production of daytime TV dramas helped coin the term "soap operas," has pulled the plug after 77 years. Instead, the maker of Tide detergent, Ivory soap and Olay skincare is following its customers online with a big push on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

45. Kroger CEO Takes to the Checkout to Go Beyond Data -

CINCINNATI (AP) – Dressed in blue jeans and and waiting patiently in line at the Starbucks kiosk, Dave Dillon blends in easily with the Saturday morning shoppers in a suburban Cincinnati supermarket.

46. P&G Sets New Environmental Goals -

CINCINNATI (AP) – The world's largest consumer product maker announced Monday that it has set ambitious long-term targets for cutting the waste it produces and improving its energy efficiency.

47. Sanofi-Aventis to Buy Gold Bond Maker Chattem -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis SA said Monday it plans to buy the Chattanooga-based health-care company Chattem Inc., maker of over-the-counter mainstays like Gold Bond skin products, for $1.9 billion in cash.

48. Consumer Spending Falls In September, Incomes Flat -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer spending plunged in September by the largest amount in nine months, reflecting the end of the government’s “Cash for Clunkers” auto sales program. Incomes, the fuel for future spending, were flat.

49. Great Time for US Consumers: America is on Sale -

NEW YORK (AP) - There has never been a better time to be a consumer. America is on sale.

The Great Recession has caused massive job losses and hardship for millions, but it has also fostered a shoppers' paradise. Anyone who still has the means to spend can find unheard of deals.

50. P&G Taps Gary, Ind., Native McDonald to Lead -

CINCINNATI (AP) - Procter & Gamble Co. said Wednesday it chose 29-year company veteran Bob McDonald, citing his broad global experience, to lead the world's largest consumer-products company.

51. 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.

52. Macy's CEO Got 2008 Compensation of $14.82 Million -

NEW YORK (AP) - Macy's Inc.'s Chief Executive and Chairman Terry Lundgren received compensation valued at $14.82 million in 2008, much of it in stock compensation, according to an Associated Press calculation of figures disclosed in a regulatory filing. That was up 3 percent from 2007.

53. P&G's Arnold Steps Down as President -

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Procter & Gamble Co. said Susan E. Arnold stepped down Monday as president, which leaves Chief Operating Officer Robert A. McDonald as the current front-runner to be the next CEO of the world's largest consumer products maker.

54. J.M. Smucker Buys Folgers for $2.95 Billion -

Jams and jellies maker J.M. Smucker made a $2.95 billion bid for more of the breakfast table Wednesday, announcing an all-stock deal for Folgers coffee.

Ohio-based Smucker has a production facility in Memphis.

55. World Trade Club Position One of Carter's Many Roles -

F. Gray Carter is many things to many people. Besides his day job as vice president of purchasing and logistics for Buckeye Technologies Inc., Carter is first and foremost a husband and a father.

But he's also an elder in his church and president of his neighborhood association. He serves on the board for a juvenile diabetes organization and on one for his alma mater, North Carolina State University.

56. O'Connor Uses Sales Techniques to Collect On Delinquent Accounts -

Typically, the mention of a bill collector brings to mind an image of a debtor huddling over a telephone in the shadows checking a caller ID screen or just trying to avoid the ever-vigilant caller altogether.

57. Matula Joins BuckeyeBoard of Directors -      Kristopher J. Matula has been elected to serve as director for Memphis-based Buckeye Technologies Inc.
     The election of Matula fills the vacancy on the board of directors created by the

58. Fossil Fuels Move Over - Biodiesel Wants to Steal the Show -

On Tuesday afternoon, the cheapest gas to be found in Downtown Memphis' 38103 ZIP Code was $2.71 a gallon at a Mapco on North Bellevue Boulevard. The BP station at 695 Union Ave. had the highest price Downtown, at $2.89 a gallon.

59. Archived Article: Daily Digest - Summit Homes Finances

Summit Homes Finances

Sutton Place Property

Summit Homes LLC has financed nine lots in phase one of the Sutton Place Planned Development for $1.2 million, according to The Daily News Public Records Database, www.memphi...

60. Archived Article: Market Briefs - The Collierville Chamber of Commerce

The Collierville Chamber of Commerce will launch its $1.5 million Collierville Tomorrow campaign at a breakfast meeting that runs from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Ridgeway Country Club.

The campaig...

61. Archived Article: Market Briefs - Cheryl Procter-Rogers, a native Memphian and corporate affairs director for Home Box Offices North Central Region, is the noo

Memphis City Schools will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2003-2004 MCS budget at 5:30 p.m. today in the board of ...

62. Archived Article: Stocks P - Stocks on roller coaster in 2001 Stocks on roller coaster in 2001 The year 2001 was one of great contrasts for Wall Street. Stocks alternately plunged on waves of heavy selling and surged higher, showing the resiliency that has attracted millions of...

63. Archived Article: Ach Foods P.2 - ACH Foods drills for oil deal ACH Foods drills for oil deal Memphis-based ACH Food Cos. Inc., formerly AC Humko Corp., announced its intention to acquire the commercial shortening and oil products business from the Procter & Gamble Co. This mark...

64. Archived Article: Marketplace (plastics) - By JANE DUBOSE Rubber, plastics industries major players in states economy By JANE DUBOSE Special to The Daily News One might say the rubber and plastics industries in Tennessee are the "Rodney Dangerfield" sectors of the states economy. T...

65. Archived Article: Benchmark - Steelworkers at Southwire Win Appeal Jury awards $350,000 in sexual harassment lawsuit filed by EEOC against Harbert Yeargin Inc. The Memphis district office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a verdict in U.S. District Court i...

66. Archived Article: Law Focus (npb) - By STACEY PETSCHAUER Processing patent problems National Patent Board offers companies a way to settle disputes more efficiently By STACEY PETSCHAUER The Daily News With alternative dispute resolution programs becoming increasingly popular, more and...

67. Archived Article: West Tn (bott) - By LAURIE JOHNSON West Tennessee sets capital investment record in 1998 By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Companies spent more than $857 million to build new plants or expand existing ones in West Tennessee during 1998 a record high for capital inves...

68. Archived Article: Benchmark - Shopping Shopping.com sued over `Titanic' video Internet shopping service Shopping.com said it was served with a summons and complaint for allegedly selling the video of the blockbuster motion picture "Titanic" below cost. Shopping, based ...

69. Archived Article: Tech Briefs - BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has launched its home page on the World Wide Web at www BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has launched its home page on the World Wide Web at www.bcbst.com. The site is designed to speed and improve the flow of info...

70. Archived Article: Buckeye Chg - Buckeye buys Memphis Buckeye buys Memphis property, to acquire North Carolina company By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News Since Memphis-based Buckeye Cellulose Corp. went public in November, the company has seen growth in the way of acquisitions the...

71. Archived Article: Memos - Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Memphis has named 16 new board members: James N. Augustine, Rick Bobo, Michael J. Bruns, Darrow R. Calhoun, Mark R. Giannini, James P. Going, Tati Guzman, Lorenzo Hester, Stanley Horton, Trezette T. McNeal, Larry ...