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1. Start Co. Teams Hit Key Business Milestones -

Six of Start Co.’s alumni teams hit major business milestones recently.

The teams participated in the summer accelerator programs in 2013, 2014 and 2015 as well as participating in post-acceleration activities to continue to build their businesses.

2. Lack of Available Labor Defines Workforce Landscape -

If the American South were its own country it would have a larger economy than Germany, which is one of the reasons why coordinating regional workforce efforts in the Mid-South is paramount.

At the second annual RegionSmart Summit Thursday, April 27, hosted by the Mid-South Mayors’ Council, Michael Randle, owner and publisher of Southern Business and Development, shared this and other interesting statistics of the labor force during his presentation.

3. Memphis News Economic Overview: Key Barometers Trending Upward -

Many business leaders in Memphis have acknowledged something of a paradox to their current sentiments in recent weeks – a mix of both optimism and uncertainty about the national and local economies.

4. Pinch Concept Plan Passes Council’s First Reading -

The concept plan that would guide development of the nine-block area between Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was approved by the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 25, on the first of three required readings.

5. View From the Hill: IMPROVE Act an Insight Into Testy Election Ahead -

In case anyone’s keeping stats, Senate leadership soundly defeated House leadership this session in the gas tax/tax cut battle.

Whether this is a forerunner to a Republican gubernatorial primary remains to be seen as Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and House Speaker Beth Harwell weigh decisions. It’s not as if they’d be facing off against each other, though, since businessman Bill Lee and former Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd are definitely in the race and not hurting for money.

6. McDonald's US Sales Climb, Customer Traffic Still a Focus -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's says new Big Mac sizes helped boost a key sales figure in the U.S., but that it is still working on trying to attract more customers to its stores.

The world's biggest burger chain said Tuesday that global sales rose 4 percent at established locations in the first three months of the year. That included a 1.7 percent increase in its flagship U.S. market, where the fast-food chain has suffered four straight years of declining customer visits.

7. Tennessee AG to Defend Abortion Bill if it Becomes Law -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee attorney general's office says it would defend an amended abortion bill in court if it becomes law, despite previously calling the legislation's key restrictions "constitutionally suspect."

8. Nearing 100 Days, Trump Says His Presidency is 'Different' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions.

He's startled world leaders with his unpredictability and tough talk, but won their praise for a surprise strike on Syria.

9. Parkinson Calls for Elimination of Achievement School District -

State Rep. Antonio Parkinson is renewing his call for an end to the Achievement School District amid revelations a charter school operator hired a convicted felon to run Lester Prep.

10. Choosing a Donor Management System, Part One -

Technology makes the world go ’round. And that includes the world of fundraising. The complaints related to fundraising technology are many and varied. Some people complain they can’t produce “simple” reports requested by management. Others are vexed by the standalone nature of a product. Integrating with accounting is a common complaint, as is the frustration that arises when trying to reconcile fundraising data with that recorded by accounting. A common question – with a complex answer – arises: “What type of donor database should we be using?” 

11. Start Co. Teams Hit Key Business Milestones -

Six of Start Co.’s alumni teams have hit major business milestones recently.

The teams participated in the summer accelerator programs in 2013, 2014 and 2015 as well as participating in post-acceleration activities to continue to build their businesses.

12. Grizzlies Even Series with Spurs in Game 4 OT Victory -

It’s a series now. Check that, it’s more than a series.

It’s a gunfight minus the spoons. It’s the No. 7 seed Memphis Grizzlies having a real chance to take out the No. 2 San Antonio Spurs and the NBA’s preeminent coach and a cold-blooded superstar that almost single-handedly broke Bluff City hearts.

13. NAREB Kicks Off Events to Build Black Homeownership -

With homeownership rates among African-Americans 20 percent below the national average, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers has launched a “Two Million Black Homeowners in Five Years” initiative with the hopes of closing the homeowner gap.

14. Unfinished Business Fuels Boyd’s Gubernatorial Bid -

By any measuring stick, Randy Boyd is a renaissance man. The founder of Radio Systems Corp. served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development for two years before he stepped down earlier this year.

15. University of Memphis, UTHSC May Soon Face Outsourcing Decisions -

Forty-one state lawmakers signed a letter requesting the state put a hold on its outsourcing plans until the General Assembly can scrutinize its effect on state workers and services.

The state is set to sign a contract April 28 with Chicago-based JLL for facilities management work that could be used by universities and departments statewide. Even local government jobs could be doled out to the contractor.

16. Regulators Sue Ocwen Financial, Say It Mishandled Mortgages -

NEW YORK (AP) – State and federal authorities have sued mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial Corp., saying the company botched the handling of millions of mortgage accounts. The action sent Ocwen's shares plunging about 50 percent.

17. Amid Competition, Verizon Loses Key Customers for First Time -

NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon, the once-unstoppable cellphone leader in the U.S., lost key wireless customers for the first time, even as it brought back unlimited data plans to counter smaller rivals.

18. Titans Sold on Robinson-Mularkey Plan -

In Jon Robinson and Mike Mularkey the Tennessee Titans trust – completely.

They’ve earned that respect with moves made in free agency and the draft, as well as the culture shift they’ve helped instill in the locker room.

19. Memphis Airport Unveils Updated Modernization Plan -

The Memphis International Airport unveiled an updated $214 million, multiyear plan to completely overhaul its B Concourse, where almost all of the airport’s operations will be consolidated upon completion.

20. Last Word: Data Night at the Forum, Passing Gas and Graceland's Las Vegas Exit -

It’s a $30,000 fine, about $5k more than expected by most. And Grizz players say they will chip in to pay the fine the NBA levied on coach David Fizdale for his epic rant on the officiating in Game 2 of the playoff series between the Grizz and the Spurs.

21. View From the Hill: Tearful End for Non-Citizen Tuition Relief Bill -

State Rep. Raumesh Akbari grew so emotional she couldn’t speak. On the verge of tears, the Memphis Democrat started to talk about a high school from her Shelby County district with a large number of undocumented immigrant students.

22. Bikesmith Adding New Events, Expanding to Crosstown Concourse -

Jim Steffen is pedaling harder this year. The proprietor of The Bikesmith – an operation that includes a truck that doubles as a mobile bike shop and a retail presence inside a converted auto garage at 509 N. Hollywood St. – is making good on his ambition to do more this year.

23. Shockey Named President Of 59th Liberty Bowl -

Leigh Shockey, chairman and CEO of Drexel Chemical Co., has been elected president of the 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Shockey is a longtime board member of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Festival Association.

24. Overcoming Opioids: The Quest for Less-Addictive Drugs -

Tummy tucks really hurt. Doctors carve from hip to hip, slicing off skin, tightening muscles, tugging at innards. Patients often need strong painkillers for days or even weeks, but Mary Hernandez went home on just over-the-counter ibuprofen.

25. Absences, Fitness, Atmosphere – New Ways to Track Schools -

WASHINGTON (AP) – How often do students miss school? Are they ready for college? Are they physically fit? Is their school a welcoming place?

States are beginning to outline new ways to evaluate their schools, rather than relying just on traditional measures such as test scores.

26. Game 1 Suggests Grizzlies Don’t Have Enough to Compete for 48 Minutes -

The Grizzlies can win a quarter. They won the first quarter in Game 1 of their playoff series at San Antonio. Even led by as many as 13 points before carrying a 30-25 lead into the second quarter.

But in the three quarters that followed they were outscored 27-19, 32-15 and 27-18. That added up to a 111-82 loss that, until the Grizzlies prove otherwise, confirmed the worst fears about how this series will go.

27. How Trump Insurance Changes Could Affect Coverage Next Year -

A much tighter sign-up deadline and coverage delays will be waiting for some health insurance customers now that President Donald Trump's administration has finished a plan designed to stabilize shaky insurance markets.

28. Memphis’ Political History Reflects Changes With New Entries -

There was a moment during the March unveiling of former Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s portrait in the Hall of Mayors when the task of framing history gave way to the present.

It came when attorney Ricky E. Wilkins talked about the importance of Wharton and his predecessor, Willie Herenton – the only two black mayors in Memphis history – to the city’s political present. Wharton attended the event; Herenton was noticeably absent.

29. First Horizon Reports Busy, Profitable First Quarter -

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company kicked off 2017 with a busy first quarter, a period in which the company saw net income growth of 13 percent, an improvement in deposits and loans, a 29 percent boost to its dividend and the closing of a key acquisition.

30. Money Behind New Zoo Parking Terms -

In the third attempt to bring an end to the Overton Park Greensward controversy last summer, Memphis City Council member Bill Morrison decided it was best not to try to reach agreement on all points, but on most points.

31. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Richard Hill of 901 Pest Control will present “Questions to Ask Your Pest Control Company.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

32. Last Word: Busy Council Day, County Property Tax Cut Call and Gas Tax Vote Nears -

The Lawsons – K.J. and Dedric – are on their way to Kansas after leaving University of Memphis basketball they announced Monday. And Markell Crawford confirmed Monday that he will be transferring too. Crawford is the sixth Tiger player to head for the door since the season’s end. What will Tigers basketball look like by the next season?

33. Council Faces Beale Street, Parking Decisions -

Memphis City Council members have an agenda full of hot spots Tuesday, April 11. They vote on a move to abolish the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority, check to see if both sides paying for a Memphis Zoo parking solution in Overton Park are on the same page and take a final vote to change on-street parking around FedExForum and The Orpheum Theatre to a flat fee of $10 for “special events.”

34. Events -

A strategic management seminar presented by Fisher Phillips, Judy Bell Consulting and HR Professionals magazine will be held Tuesday, April 11, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., suite 909. Supervisors, managers and HR professionals will learn about how to prevent sexual harassment lawsuits, hire A-players, handle LGBT issues, be an effective leader, and more. Visit hrprofessionalsmagazine.com to register.

35. The Week Ahead: April 11-17 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! For those so inclined, get out your John Calipari hate towels because he will be featured in an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary this week. It’s also time for some Memphians to vote again and the Grizzlies wrap up the regular season on the way to a first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, a rival that will not be getting a key to the city.  

36. Accelerator Programs Keep Memphis Starting Up -

The mantra is “never stop starting.” The constituency it applies to is entrepreneurs in Memphis and those who come here flush with ideas and creativity. And for Memphis’ startup community – from the sixth floor of Start Co.’s 88 Union Ave. hive of activity to the Memphis Bioworks Foundation and points in between – that exhortation to “never stop” is as much a rallying cry as it is a marker highlighting one of the more dynamic and fledgling sectors of the city’s economy.

37. Starting Up -

Scott Vogel is part of a small but scrappy band of entrepreneurs in Memphis focused on building and launching startups. Some have come here from around the country to participate in any of the area’s startup accelerators. They’ve founded everything from innovative medical devices to enterprises built around new twists on old challenges.

38. Last Word: Spring Votes, Those Tax Bills and Tim McCarver on Baseball Changes -

Look for more details on the specifics of the “Gateway” project to start to emerge now that a crucial if overlooked piece of the geographic puzzle in the north Downtown area has come into public view. The city’s largest hotel, also the city’s original convention center hotel, is about to change hands and go back to flying the Marriott flag.

39. City's Largest Hotel Changes Hands In Latest 'Gateway' Puzzle Piece -

The largest hotel in the city by room count is changing hands in what is a key part of the city’s effort to remake the Memphis Cook Convention Center as a part of a larger “Gateway project” in the general convention center area.

40. Cable Giant Comcast Offers Cellular Plans on Verizon Network -

NEW YORK (AP) – The cable giant Comcast will start selling cellphone plans called Xfinity Mobile in the coming months, using a network it's leasing from Verizon.

Many subscribers will save money, especially if they don't use a lot of data. The catch: Only Comcast internet customers can sign up.

41. Last Fed Meeting's Minutes Show Talk of Paring Bond Holdings -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials last month discussed the possibility of reducing their enormous portfolio of bond holdings later this year, sooner than many investors have been expecting.

42. IMPROVE Act Could be Renamed; Alternative Plan in the Works -

Legislation containing a gas-tax increase moved out of a key committee Wednesday, April 5, with proponents saying it could be called the IMPROVE Act or the 2017 Tax Cut Act because of several tax reductions designed to make it easier for Tennesseans to swallow.

43. Cardinals Conceding Nothing to Anyone in 2017 -

The Chicago Cubs made history in 2016 by winning the World Series and breaking a 108-year draught. The St. Louis Cardinals made a little minor history by missing the playoffs after getting there five straight years and six of the last seven seasons.

44. NCAA 'Reluctantly' Agrees to Let North Carolina Host Events -

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – The NCAA has "reluctantly" agreed to consider North Carolina as a host for championship events again after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people.

45. Responding to Bad Reviews -

It’s a catch-22 type of situation. You need to put your business out there in this age of social media, but in doing so, you open yourself up to criticism, bad reviews and the like.

Despite the risks, social media is a marketing tactic that is a must for most companies. If you aren’t out there, your competitors are, and that is riskier than the possibility of a bad review. Knowing you won’t please all of the people all of the time, understand that an occasional bad review will happen. Knowing what to do next is key.

46. Respect For Athletes And Actors -

In the business world, things move fast. You write a business proposal, seek approval and move on to your next project. Efficiency is key in business. Move fast. Waste little time. Produce as much output as possible.

47. Grizzlies Limp Into Closing of Regular Season -

For a brief and blessed time the Grizzlies’ injury reports were vacant. This was back before Chandler Parsons’ season ended with yet another knee issue, before Marc Gasol’s left foot strain, JaMychal Green’s sore left shoulder and Andrew Harrison’s gimpy right ankle.

48. US Economy Grew at Steady 2.1 Percent Rate in Q4 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the fourth quarter than earlier estimates, as consumers ramped up spending that's expected fuel growth throughout 2017.

49. New Face of Memphis Animal Services Begins to Show -

When you walk through the doors of Memphis Animal Services, you may not recognize the place. Euthanasia rates are low. Relationships with local rescue groups are strong. Community outreach is booming. And there’s a new director at the helm: Alexis Pugh, a fresh pair of hands for a shelter that has had a rocky past.

50. Toshiba Says Westinghouse Files for Bankruptcy Protection -

TOKYO (AP) – Japan's embattled Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday that its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection, marking a key step in its struggles to stop the flow of massive red ink.

51. White House Calls for Domestic Cuts to Finance Border Wall -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is proposing immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community grants so U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico, can cover the down payment on the border wall.

52. Yellen: Banks Play Vital Economic Role in Poor Communities -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that U.S. banks must do all they can to promote economic development in low-income areas where high unemployment has persisted despite the overall job market's significant gains.

53. Last Word: Tri-State Inks Move to Midtown, Main and Gayoso and 'Wise Trek' -

The open land across Union Avenue from AutoZone Park remains just that as some of it has changed hands again. Vision Hospitality buying the land that had been the location of the Greyhound bus station at Union and Hernando. Vision Memphis LLC sold to Vision Hospitality of Knoxville for $4 million, according to a warrant deed we reviewed Monday.

54. Last Word: Basketball Capitol, Gang Fight in Southwest Memphis and Moving Polk -

There is something to be said for hosting a round of the NCAA’s March Madness without having a team in the playoffs. Much to be said against it. But after a weekend of what I think most of us here will call the most compelling of the regionals featured prominently on national television, you really can find very little to complain about. It might even have rekindled the intensity of our civic love of basketball.

55. Northern Mississippi Lawmaker Discloses Dementia Diagnosis -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A colorful Mississippi state lawmaker who is an undertaker by trade drew a standing ovation from colleagues Friday after announcing from the House floor that he has dementia, vowing to live out his days with "the gusto of a hound dog."

56. FedEx Express to Launch Liege-Memphis Flight -

FedEx Express will begin operating a new flight linking its world hub in Memphis to TNT’s European air hub in Liège, Belgium, beginning in early April.

Connecting the FedEx Express and TNT worldwide networks is important, according to FedEx, to give TNT customers around the globe direct access to the portfolio of FedEx services in the U.S. and Canada.

57. Tamron Hall to Keynote Legends Awards Luncheon -

Award-winning journalist and philanthropist Tamron Hall will serve as the 2017 Annual Tribute Luncheon keynote speaker for the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

The luncheon is April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. The presenting sponsor is FedEx Corp.

58. From Art to Zumba, Memphis Seniors Taking Steps to Keep Mind & Body Fit -

For people like Bill Wilson, 74, keeping active mentally as well as physically is the key to a healthier life.

59. Genetic Code -

While the anachronistic farmer trope may be a common pop-culture perception, these stewards of the land have in fact been on the cutting edge of technology for thousands of years.

And every milestone since the Neolithic period, from the first plows to today’s automated tractors, has allowed farmers to increase their yields and support a perpetually growing population.

60. Health Bill Vote Delayed in House in Setback to Trump, Ryan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – GOP House leaders delayed their planned vote Thursday on a long-promised bill to repeal and replace "Obamacare," in a stinging setback for House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump in their first major legislative test.

61. Tamron Hall to Keynote Legends Awards Luncheon -

Award-winning journalist and philanthropist Tamron Hall will serve as the 2017 Annual Tribute Luncheon keynote speaker for the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

The luncheon is April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. The presenting sponsor is FedEx Corp.

62. Veterans Balk at Proposed Tax Relief Method -

Veterans in the state Legislature are balking at inclusion of a veterans tax relief plan in Gov. Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act, saying it should be removed to stand on its own.

“The idea that the amendment on the IMPROVE Act for the veterans property tax relief is being done on the backs of veterans is despicable,” said state Rep. Micah Van Huss, a Marine Corps veteran who is spearheading the effort.

63. Last Word: The Overton Park Split, Democrats Help The Gas Tax Bill and LaVar Ball -

The city's tallest building, the fenced-off, derelict, 38-story 100 N. Main Building, cited in the past by fire officials for code violations including fire alarms that don't work -- had a small fire Wednesday 34 floors up.

64. Trump's SEC Pick, an Ex-Goldman Lawyer, to Face Skepticism -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Goldman Sachs may be about to get another friend in Washington.

Jay Clayton, a well-connected Wall Street lawyer who is President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, is sure to face sharp questions from Democrats at his confirmation hearing Thursday over his years of work for Goldman and other financial giants.

65. FedEx Express to Launch Memphis-Liege Flight -

FedEx Express will begin operating a new flight linking its world hub in Memphis to TNT’s European air hub in Liège, Belgium, beginning in early April.

Connecting the FedEx Express and TNT worldwide networks is important, according to FedEx, to give TNT customers around the globe direct access to the portfolio of FedEx services in the U.S. and Canada.

66. Private Reprimand Ends Jackson Case Aftermath -

The private reprimand for District Attorney General Amy Weirich issued by the state Board of Professional Responsibility is probably the last formal word on the way the prosecutor’s office tried Noura Jackson for the murder of her mother.

67. Corker To Keynote Dunavant Awards -

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker will be the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of Memphis East’s annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

Co-sponsored by The Daily News, the awards luncheon is 11:30 a.m., April 18, at the Memphis Hilton, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

68. Blake Solutions Finishes Rebranding -

Locally owned Blake Solutions has unveiled a new name and new look in an effort to reflect its growth in the multiunit surfaces industry, which includes hospitality, student housing, multifamily, and senior living.

69. Pivot For Innovation -

Pivoting your way to profitability, Somik Raha, SmartOrg. There are many unforeseen hazards between concept and launch. Pivoting provides a unique opportunity to learn from experience and to change course at key development stages, making the difference between attaining mediocre results and achieving astounding success.

70. Hollywood Feed Opens 50th Location -

Memphis-based Hollywood Feed recently opened its 50th location at 2220 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Duluth, Georgia. It is the second Georgia location for the holistic pet food and product retailer, which has stores across the Southeast in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Texas.

71. Portfolio Featuring Highland Row for Sale -

A 13-property portfolio that includes the Highland Row mixed-use development near the University of Memphis has been put on the market for sale or recapitalization by CBRE Group Inc. on behalf of Indianapolis-based Milhaus.

72. Grizzlies Updating FedExForum With Fans’ Enjoyment in Mind -

Every NBA offseason brings questions about the roster for the next season. But regardless of on-court changes for the Grizzlies’ 2017-18 season, FedExForum will be improved with multimillion-dollar upgrades highlighted by a new high-definition scoreboard roughly four times the size of the current board.

73. After The Fed: What Some Top Bond-Fund Managers Are Saying -

NEW YORK (AP) – Rising rates don't have to mean despair for bond-fund investors.

Yes, the Federal Reserve raised short-term rates Wednesday, the latest move higher in what economists expect to be a long campaign. Bond investors have historically seen rising rates as the enemy because they result in falling prices for the bonds they own.

74. Yoga Pants, Cozy Clothes May be Key Source of Sea Pollution -

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) – Comfortable clothes are emerging as a source of plastic that's increasingly ending up in the oceans and potentially contaminating seafood, according to Gulf Coast researchers launching a two-year study of microscopic plastics in the waters from south Texas to the Florida Keys.

75. Will Mortgage Rates Rise? What to Know About Fed Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Are mortgage rates headed up? How about car loans? Credit cards?

How about those nearly invisible rates on bank CDs – any chance of getting a few dollars more?

76. Fed Raises Rate and Sees More Hikes as US Economy Improves -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time in three months and forecast two additional hikes this year. The move reflects a consistently solid U.S. economy and will likely mean higher rates on some consumer and business loans.

77. Dean Brings Business Focus to Nonprofit Alliance as Interim CEO -

In 1995 when Nancy McGee became executive director of what is now known as the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, it was just a small grant-writing center. It grew into a holistic nonprofit support organization that offers management services to more than 200 members.

78. Boyd Opens Memphis Campaign for Governor -

Former Tennessee Economic and Community Development commissioner Randy Boyd brought his newly launched campaign for governor to Memphis Wednesday, March 15, with a pledge to continue the economic development policies of Gov. Bill Haslam – policies, particularly in workforce training, that Boyd played a key role in shaping.

79. Fred’s Brings on New Board Members -

Change continues to be the operative word at Memphis-based retailer Fred’s Inc., which has made some key additions to its board in recent days as the company continues pursuing a major turnaround that includes completing its acquisition of 865 Rite Aid stores.

80. Portfolio Featuring Highland Row Development Up for Sale -

A 13-property portfolio that includes the Highland Row mixed-use development near the University of Memphis has been put on the market for sale or recapitalization by CBRE Group Inc. on behalf of Indianapolis-based Milhaus.

81. Last Word: Gas Tax Resurrection, More Monitoring and Germantown's $200 M Plan -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax bill emerged from the workshop effectively on Monday with a sharper cut in the state grocery tax making the complex set of gas tax hike and other tax rollbacks more than revenue neutral.

82. Tennessee Sues Federal Government Over Refugee Program -

NASHVILLE – The state of Tennessee, spearheaded by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, filed suit against the federal government Monday, March 13, challenging the constitutionality of the Refugee Resettlement Program.

83. Verizon Sought $925 Million Penalty for Yahoo's Lax Security -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Verizon initially thought the biggest data breaches in internet history merited a $925 million discount on its acquisition of Yahoo's online services, nearly three times more than the two companies finally agreed upon.

84. Winning the Scale-Up Game -

A Back End of Innovation talk by Daniel Friedman, chief revenue officer for Imaginatik. The Back-End Innovation Game “I am going to focus on how,” says Daniel. “It all starts with asking the right questions.”

85. Five Steps to Engage Volunteers -

A well-run volunteer management program can change the life of your nonprofit. Most leaders know this and yearn for a team they can depend on. At the same time, many delay engaging volunteers because “it’s a lot of work.” That’s the truth. But it’s also true that an investment in volunteers will leverage the work of your organization in ways you can’t yet imagine. 

86. Google's Self-Driving Car Company Escalates Battle With Uber -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A self-driving car company founded by Google is presenting new evidence to support allegations that a former manager stole technology sold to Uber to help the ride-hailing service build its own robot-powered vehicles.

87. Hollywood Feed Opens 50th Location -

Memphis-based Hollywood Feed recently opened its 50th location at 2220 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Duluth, Georgia. It is the second Georgia location for the holistic pet food and product retailer, which has stores across the Southeast in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Texas.

88. Richards Nominated For County Finance Director -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has nominated Wanda Richards as director of county government’s division of Finance and Administration.

89. Millington Pouring Funds Into Projects To Attract New Businesses, Residents -

Millington, the smallest city in Shelby County, has some unique advantages and is making a comeback with millions of dollars in grants to fund infrastructure projects and a collective commitment from city leaders to revive the community and attract new businesses.

90. Editorial: Jackson Case Spotlights Prosecutorial Problems -

Five days after Noura Jackson was convicted of murdering her mother, one of the prosecutors filed a notice with the court saying he had not turned over a note from a key prosecution witness that might have helped the defense.

91. Last Word: Voucher Movement, The Battle of Pontotoc and Ch-Chandler Numbers -

Republican state Senator Brian Kelsey of Germantown had a very good week in the state capitol this week. His school voucher bill got unanimous votes in House and Senate committee this week despite a tide of opposition from local elected officials and leaders including fellow legislators in the Shelby County delegation and all seven public school districts in Shelby County including the six suburban school systems.

92. Miller Strengthens Neighborhoods in Medical District -

Though you may not have noticed, one of Memphis’ districts is being thoughtfully enhanced, one project at a time.

It’s called the Medical District, and it comprises 2 1/2 square miles surrounding nine anchor institutions: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Methodist Healthcare, Regional One Health, Memphis Bioworks, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Baptist College of Health Sciences and the Southern College of Optometry.

93. Richards Nominated For County Finance Director -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has nominated Wanda Richards as director of county government’s division of Finance and Administration.

94. Last Word: Reappraisal Roller Coaster, Closing the Airport Post Office and District 95 -

Four years ago was a very different time in the world of property reappraisals. For the first time in the memory of most, if not all, of the local elected officials looking at how much money they would have, the 2013 reappraisal of property for tax purposes didn’t grow or at least remain level. Values were down reflecting the depths of the recession and more importantly the housing crash.

95. Trump Set to Roll Back Federal Fuel-Economy Requirements -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is moving to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements that would have forced automakers to significantly increase the efficiency of new cars and trucks. The requirements were a key part of former President Barack Obama's strategy to combat global warming.

96. Clayborn Temple Restoration Approaches One-Year Mark -

Box lunches and stained glass were the order of the day as developers of Clayborn Temple hosted the Rotary Club last month at the landmark Downtown church.

It was one in a series of events Frank Smith and Rob Thompson have hosted at the AME Church since they reopened its doors last October to explore uses for it and start a fuller renovation in time for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the spring of 2018.

97. Nonprofit Forum Slated Tuesday, March 7 at AutoZone Park -

The city’s major corporate nonprofit funding organizations – AutoZone Inc., FedEx Corp., First Tennessee Bank, International Paper Co. and ServiceMaster – are collaborating on the second annual Mid-South Nonprofit Forum Tuesday, March 7, at AutoZone Park.

98. New Travel Ban Signed; Iraq Not Included This Time -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Monday signed a reworked version of his controversial travel ban Monday, aiming to withstand court challenges while still barring new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries and temporarily shutting down America's refugee program.

99. Business Economists Disagree With Trump on Trade, Budget -

NEW YORK (AP) – A majority of business economists disagree with the Trump administration on several key issues, notably immigration, trade and the budget, according to a survey by the National Association for Business Economics.

100. Arkansas Legislator Wants to Pack Heat at State Capitol -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Despite metal detectors and armed guards at the doors to the Capitol and leading to galleries overlooking the Arkansas House, a state lawmaker says he would feel safer if he were allowed to pack his own heat.