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1. Beale Street Merchants Roll Out Seasonal Fast Pass -

The Beale Street Merchants Association has begun pre-sales of a seasonal all-access pass geared toward frequent patrons of the entertainment district.

The Beale Street Fast Pass, which costs $150, offers the cardholder and one guest a range of benefits from April 15 to Oct. 1. Among the features: free cover and the ability to skip club entry lines at participating venues; discounted parking in the 250 Peabody Place garage; immediate access to Beale after a security check-in; red-carpeted entrance at Third Street and Beale; and special incentives at participating venues throughout the season.

2. Beale Street Merchants Roll Out Seasonal Fast Pass -

The Beale Street Merchants Association has begun pre-sales of a seasonal all-access pass geared toward frequent patrons of the entertainment district.

The Beale Street Fast Pass, which costs $150, offers the cardholder and one guest a range of benefits from April 15 to Oct. 1. Among the features: free cover and the ability to skip club entry lines at participating venues; discounted parking in the 250 Peabody Place garage; immediate access to Beale after a security check-in; red-carpeted entrance at Third Street and Beale; and special incentives at participating venues throughout the season.

3. Fed Numbers Show Improving Banking Market -

The five largest Memphis-based banks all got bigger over the past year. That’s according to new figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis covering the fourth quarter, which show continued improvement among local banks in a variety of key metrics like loans and loan-loss reserves.

4. This week in Memphis history: January 15-21 -

1996: Alanis Morissette plays the Auditorium. Her 1995 album, “Jagged Little Pill,” was peaking at the time, including heavy rotation on MTV of the video of the single “You Oughta Know.”

5. St. Jude, Methodist, Le Bonheur Prep For a Year of Expansion -

Flush with updated master plans, plentiful resources and abundant cash to spend, the arrival of 2016 finds at least three Memphis hospitals with ambitious New Year’s resolutions.

A flurry of announcements over the past month has set the stage for a veritable building and investment boom Downtown and in the medical district between Methodist University Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The activity will play out starting this year and beyond, resulting in everything from expanded campus footprints to the deployment of new cutting-edge equipment.

6. St. Jude Shows Off $90M Proton Therapy Center -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is now treating patients in its new proton therapy center with an advanced form of radiation technology and a system that was designed, developed and implemented in partnership with Hitachi.

7. Wal-Mart to Launch Own Mobile Pay System -

NEW YORK (AP) — The mobile payment wars are heating up.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said it's launching its own mobile payment system that will allow shoppers to pay with any major credit or debit card or its own store gift card through its existing smartphone app at the cash register.

8. This Week in Memphis History: December 4-10 -

1985: Playhouse on the Square has made the move to the Memphian movie theater at 51 S. Cooper St. and is preparing for a Dec. 15 opening, with “Gypsy” as its first show. The theater company has received more than $100,000 in donations to help with the renovation project.

9. How to Fly Free Forever: Put $170 Million on Your AmEx -

NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian, who doesn't exactly struggle to afford a plane ticket, can now likely fly free, in first class, with his whole family, anywhere in the world, for the rest of his life.

10. Payments Company Payscape Expands to Memphis -

The financial technology company Payscape has landed in Memphis, opening an office here with plans to ramp up quickly as it works to introduce the community to its merchant services and payment processing capabilities.

11. Roundup: Memphis Financial Firms Stay Busy -

Here’s a look at some of what’s kept Memphis’ financial community busy in recent weeks, from deals to new products and services to personnel changes.

• Lenders in Memphis and Shelby County had a decent October, according to the latest numbers from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Purchase loan activity was up 11 percent for the month on a volume basis.

12. Two Jumbo Phones From Samsung Ahead of Expected New iPhone -

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung has unveiled two new Android smartphones with jumbo screens as it seeks to recapture some of the sales lost to Apple after larger iPhones came out last year.

Samsung said Thursday that the new Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus will start shipping Aug. 21. Usually, Note phones don't come out until well after Apple's new iPhone models in September.

13. Poll: Few in US Have Received Credit Cards With Chips -

Even as an Oct. 1 deadline approaches to replace Americans' out-of-date credit cards with new cards embedded with computer chips, the vast majority of Americans still have not received their new cards and only a small minority are using the chips at all, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows.

14. New Chip Credit Cards Putting Squeeze on Small Businesses -

NEW YORK (AP) — New credit and debit cards with computer chips are putting the squeeze on small businesses.

The cards being rolled out by banks and credit card companies are aimed at reducing fraud from counterfeit cards. As chip cards are phased in, magnetic stripe cards, which are easier for thieves to copy, will be phased out. Businesses of all sizes face an Oct. 1 deadline to get new card readers and software that can handle chips. Most estimates of transition costs for small companies vary from the low hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars due to the wide range of equipment used.

15. Why Americans Are Getting New Credit Cards -

NEW YORK (AP) – A big change is happening inside your wallet.

U.S. banks, tired of spending billions each year to pay back fleeced consumers, are in the process of replacing tens of millions of old magnetic strip credit and debit cards with new cards that are equipped with computer chips that store account data more securely.

16. CMA Fest a Blast for Artists, Merchants -

The Glimmer Twins wannabe in the white cowboy hat and the 21-year-old blonde who has worked her tail off to climb from the audience to one of the main stages at CMA Music Festival display different but genuine levels of excitement about Music City’s biggest week.

17. East Tennessee’s Endangered 8 -

The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance’s list of endangered heritage sites for the region:

1. The Stonecipher-Kelly House in Morgan County was built around 1814 by the first permanent white settlers in that area, as part of a Revolutionary War land-grant.

18. Simply Fashion, Dots Stores Closing -

Simply Fashion and Dots stores nationwide are closing, and going-out-of-business sales are starting Thursday.

Simply Fashion, a discount retailer of women’s clothing, accessories and footwear, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month. The privately held company currently runs about 243 stores under the Simply Fashion and Dots names.

19. Simply Fashion and Dots Stores Closing Nationwide -

Simply Fashion and Dots stores nationwide are closing, and going-out-of-business sales are starting Thursday.

Simply Fashion, a discount retailer of women’s clothing, accessories and footwear, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month. The privately held company currently runs about 243 stores under the Simply Fashion and Dots names.

20. Simply Fashion and Dots Stores Closing Nationwide -

BOSTON (AP) – Simply Fashion and Dots stores nationwide are closing, and going-out-of-business sales are starting Thursday.

Simply Fashion, a discount retailer of women's clothing, accessories and footwear, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month. The privately held company currently runs about 243 stores under the Simply Fashion and Dots names.

21. Mobile Merchants Gets Retailers, Chefs Rolling -

Barry Lichterman and Blake Lichterman own a small fleet of retail and food trucks, but you won’t see their name on any of the vehicles.

22. Nashville Investment Firm Expands to Germantown -

Nashville-based boutique investment banking and wealth management firm Avondale Partners is expanding to West Tennessee, with the opening of an office in Germantown.

The new office – headed by John Santi as managing director – will provide institutional and individual investors access to the full range of Avondale’s services, from equity analysis to investment banking, retirement plan management and wealth management.

23. This Week in Memphis History: April 17-23 -

2014: The formal dedication of the Overton Park Bike Gate on the western edge of the Midtown landmark draws a crowd of several hundred people, dozens of whom come with their bicycles for a ride from the gate on East Parkway to Shelby Farms Park. The nearby Hampline connecting the park to the western end of the Greenline was still under construction at the time.

24. Nashville Investment Firm Expands to Germantown -

Nashville-based boutique investment banking and wealth management firm Avondale Partners is expanding to West Tennessee, with the opening of an office in Germantown.

The new office – headed by John Santi as managing director – will provide institutional and individual investors access to the full range of Avondale’s services, from equity analysis to investment banking, retirement plan management and wealth management.

25. St. Jude Adds Chair of Radiation Oncology -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has a new chair for its Department of Radiation Oncology, a key position at a time when the hospital has increasingly taken steps to bolster its radiation therapy programs.

26. MATA Head Draws Heat on Trolley Delays -

The president and CEO of the Memphis Area Transit Authority told a group of South Main residents and business owners this week the trolley system is “starting all over from scratch” and won’t be operational any time soon.

27. To Combat Fraud, Visa Wants to Track Your Smartphone -

NEW YORK (AP) – Those days of calling your bank to let them know that, yes, you really are in Thailand, and yes, you really did use your credit card to buy $200 in sarongs, may be coming to an end.

28. Nashville’s Most Romantic Restaurants -

Romance means something different for everyone, but most people can agree that if there is low lighting, soft music, a charming companion and something delicious to eat, you’ve already got the makings of one outstanding evening.

29. Opponents of Big River Steel Mill Defend Suit Against Plant -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Opponents of a new steel mill under construction in eastern Arkansas argued in a court hearing Friday that they didn't forfeit their right to sue to stop the plant just because the state had already issued a permit.

30. Bad Santa? 5 Tips to Tackle Your Holiday Gift Returns -

As anyone who's received a drugstore cologne gift set well knows, even Santa Claus gets it wrong sometimes.

Friends and relatives? Yes, them too.

Hence the throng of customers who flock to shopping malls soon after the holidays to exchange or return less-than-ideal presents. Retailers generally try to accommodate their wishes, or provide store credit. But it's not always easy.

31. Council to Weigh Next Moves on Beale -

A Beale Street Tourism Development Authority with a nine-member appointed board would oversee the development and management of the entertainment district under the terms of a 13-page resolution that goes to the Memphis City Council this week for discussion.

32. This week in Memphis history: December 5-11 -

2013: The Memphis Ice Run. After the St. Jude Marathon was canceled because of below-freezing temperatures and the threat of icy streets along the route, some of the runners from Memphis and some who had traveled to the city for the annual event ran the course anyway. Race officials who kept the race finish setup in place at AutoZone Park quickly moved in to award medals to those who completed the course.

33. Retail Skirmish Blocks Apple Pay at Checkout Line -

NEW YORK (AP) – Plan on paying in stores with your shiny new iPhone 6? Not so fast.

Retailer resistance to Apple Pay had been expected because Apple hasn't offered incentives to install pricey point-of-sale terminals and train staff on its new mobile payment system. But the decision to not accept Apple Pay by retailers that already have contactless terminals in the checkout line is a "skirmish" rooted in competition.

34. Ben Little's: Service Station Service in Self-Serve World -

The gentle soul who used to get his hair cut by an Everly Father a couple of doors down – and who pumped 100 percent pure gas to keep country immortal Ernest Tubb movin’ on – has enjoyed the last four-plus decades next to what used to be called Hailey’s Shopping Center.

35. October 10-16: This Week in Memphis History -

2004: The Memphis Grizzlies played their first home game at FedExForum, an exhibition game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

1954: President Dwight Eisenhower campaigned in Memphis during the mid-term congressional elections. Republicans had won narrow majorities in the House and Senate two years earlier. But they lost both to Democrats in the midterm elections two years later.

36. First South Financial Launches Business Products -

First South Financial’s tag line “You can bank on us” now applies to a wider group of customers.

The Bartlett-based credit union is offering small- and medium-sized businesses an alternative to the traditional providers of such accounts and services with its own newly launched suite of products for businesses. It includes business checking and savings accounts, as well as escrow accounts, health savings accounts and credit cards.

37. FanBank Shop Local Program Launches in Memphis -

A new shop local rewards program has launched in Memphis, one that brings a different approach to the efforts featuring loyalty cards and aggressive discounting that tend to be the norm.

FanBank, on the other hand, is designed to connect customers with local businesses using an approach similar to that of an airline or hotel rewards program. Participating consumers leave their information on file, and then they go about their shopping habits as normal, incrementally benefiting from the program along the way.

38. Tripp Logistics Renews Nonconnah Corporate Center Lease -

Shawn Glemser, founder and owner of Tripp Logistics, a locally owned and operated logistics and transportation company, has renewed his lease at Nonconnah Corporate Center. Elliot Embry and Hank Martin of NAI Saig Co. represented the landlord, Nonconnah Holdings LLC.

39. This week in Memphis history: March 7-13 -

1982: U2 opened for J. Geils Band at the Auditorium. It was the second Memphis show by U2 who had played the previous year at The Music Hall, a nightspot on Madison Avenue, west of McLean Boulevard. After the Auditorium date, the band dropped in at Miller’s Cave, a Frayser bar, and played two songs with the Miller Brothers Band.

40. February 7-13: This week in Memphis history -

1950: Among the new merchant licenses listed in The Daily News, Memphis Recording Service at 706 Union Ave. The owner of the recording service was a sound engineer for WREC radio who had decided to branch out into making recordings for whoever hired out his studio or hired him to bring his equipment to their event. His name was Sam Phillips. And he would soon add his own independent record label to the business, Sun Records.

41. Beale Merchants Helping Wet Willie’s Employee -

Beale Street merchants and employees are rallying to help one of their own fight a dangerous disease.

In December, Wet Willie’s employee Jessica Braddy was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkin’s disease, and Beale Street businesses are raising funds to help offset her medical costs.

42. Lake to Put Logistics Savvy to Use for Memphis World Trade Club -

Don Lake, vice president of international operations for Dunavant Logistics Group, will add another accomplishment to an already impressive and diverse logistics resume.

43. Dunavant Picks Up TCI's Houston, Dallas Operations -

Dunavant Transportation Group recently completed the acquisition of the Houston and Dallas operations of Transportation Consultants Inc., a New Orleans-based third-party logistics provider founded in 1983.

44. Triumph Bank Completes Purchase of M&P Bank Divisions -

Memphis-based Triumph Bank has finalized the purchase of Merchant & Planters Bank divisions M&P Bank Home Loans and Community Bankers Mortgage Group.

45. Triumph Bank Completes Purchase of M&P Bank Divisions -

Memphis-based Triumph Bank has finalized the purchase of Merchant & Planters Bank divisions M&P Bank Home Loans and Community Bankers Mortgage Group.

46. Triumph Bank Acquires Merchants & Planters Mortgage Unit -

Memphis-based Triumph Bank has reached a deal to acquire the mortgage division of Merchants & Planters Bank.

47. August 9-15, 2013: This week in Memphis history -

2010: Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced Tobey Park would be the site for the city’s first neighborhood skatepark. The $440,000 project was completed and opened in November 2011.

2008: Grays Creek residents and others in Cordova began organizing opposition to plans for a new Walmart Supercenter on the northwest corner of Houston Levee and Macon Roads. The project would later be voted down by the Shelby County Commission.

48. Triumph Bank Acquires Merchants & Planters' Mortgage Division -

Memphis-based Triumph Bank has reached a deal to acquire the mortgage division of Merchants & Planters Bank.

49. Court Rules for Amex in Dispute With Merchants -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled against merchants Thursday who object to having to accept American Express debit and credit cards along with the company's iconic charge card.

50. Cocktail Napkin Reality -

North Mississippi attorney Stan Little’s private plane had become so popular with friends they joked that he should start his own regional airline.

“Anybody that knows someone who owns a plane wants to borrow it,” he said. “Once you have done that once, you never want to go back through an international airport hub ever again.”

51. EPayment America Debuts Social Commerce Tool -

Christopher Reckert, president and CEO of Memphis-based ePaymentAmerica, has created a new social commerce tool called Yapyzal, which launched this week.

The tool is intended to allow businesses to design and share product offers on social media sites, then complete the sale via secure credit and debit card processing without leaving the social media platform.

52. EPayment America Launches Social Commerce Tool -

Christopher Reckert, president and CEO of Memphis-based ePaymentAmerica, has created a new social commerce tool called Yapyzal, which launched this week.

The tool is intended to allow businesses to design and share product offers on social media sites, then complete the sale via secure credit and debit card processing without leaving the social media platform.

53. Internet Sales Tax Bill Faces Tough Sell in House -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet.

The Senate voted 69 to 27 Monday to pass a bill that empowers states to collect sales taxes from Internet purchases. Under the bill, states could require out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes when they sell products over the Internet, in catalogs, and through radio and TV ads. The sales taxes would be sent to the states where a shopper lives.

54. Couple Moves to Memphis to Launch Startup -

Pam and Tom Cooper are the co-founders of Boosterville, a Memphis-based startup with an app that helps school fundraisers raise money by connecting them with local businesses.

55. Wills Stewarding Growth of East Memphis Land -

For Walter Wills III, taking care of his neighborhood and the surrounding area is one of his life tasks.

Wills & Wills LP has owned much of the land in the Kirby-Quince corridor for more than 40 years. The area is seeing an influx of medical office and retail users in the past few years, and more are expected with a new Regional Medical Center at Memphis outpatient center in the area.

56. Hollywood Feed Expands, Renews Local Leases -

Hollywood Feed has renewed and expanded two of its Memphis locations.

The Memphis-based natural and holistic pet food merchant is growing its 2648 Broad Ave. warehouse from 44,400 square feet to 77,763 square feet.

57. Hagerty Talks Exports, Incentives -

The state of Tennessee’s economic development effort outside the U.S. has returned formally this week to where it was in 1997 with overseas offices pushing Tennessee exports and foreign investment in the state.

58. Archer-Malmo Grows Again With Lease Expansion -

Archer-malmo has inked an additional 3,000 square feet in the Cotton Exchange Building, bringing its total footprint in the historic 12-story Downtown tower to 41,277 square feet across six floors.

59. Brooks Brothers Relocating to Saddle Creek -

High-end clothier chain Brooks Brothers plans to open a new location at The Shops of Saddle Creek West in Germantown.

The New York City-based retailer will open in 7,500 square feet of space at 7509 Poplar Ave. by early June, taking over the two suites formerly occupied by Indigo and Talbots Men’s. Indigo last month relocated and expanded two spaces down into the old Natural Body Spa & Shoppe space.

60. Macy’s Carriage Crossing to Add Home Department -

A Home Department is in the midst of being added to Macy’s Carriage Crossing, including a full range of housewares and home textiles. The installation will be complete at the beginning of September.

61. Major Retailers to Launch Mobile App for Payments -

NEW YORK (AP) – A bevy of big-name retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best-Buy Co. and Target Corp., are teaming up to create a company that will give customers another way to make purchases: with their cellphones.

62. Wal-Mart Opposed to $6B Card Fee Settlement -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. urged retailers to reject a proposed $6 billion settlement that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers for alleged fee fixing.

63. Serving Tennis -

Fans of professional tennis in Memphis have got a lot to look forward to.

That’s according to Mike Lehr, the executive vice president of business development for Sharks Sports and Entertainment and part of an investment group that owns The Racquet Club of Memphis as well as the ATP tour championship event the club hosts each February, which draws some of the top players from around the world.

64. Midtown Merchants Form Madison Biz Association -

Merchants along Madison Avenue from Cleveland to Cooper streets are forming a business association.

A group of 50 business owners and operations on what is Midtown’s Main Street gathered at Minglewood Hall Wednesday, July 18, to get acquainted and kick off the effort.

65. East Joins Carriage Crossing As Marketing Coordinator -

Kendra East has joined Carriage Crossing as marketing coordinator. East’s new responsibilities include creating and implementing the lifestyle center’s yearly marketing budget, spearheading onsite events and leading merchant communication.

66. Poplar Transformation -

Two big retail deals have recently been inked on the Poplar Avenue corridor, soon filling empty spaces on the city’s busiest street.

A new Family Dollar is going in the old Stringer’s Garden Center site at 2974 Poplar, while Office Depot and Hollywood Feed are going in the former Samuel’s Furniture space at 5502-5510 Poplar, near South Yates Road.

67. Overton Bark to Hold Grand Opening Event Saturday -

The grand opening of Overton Bark, Overton Park’s new dog park, is slated for Saturday, June 2, south of the Rainbow Lake playground and pavilion at Overton Park in Midtown.

The dog park covers 1.3 acres and was created after an Overton Park Conservancy community survey found that park users desired a fenced dog park.

68. Turning Point -

In World War II, it was the beaches of Normandy. During the Great Recession, it was the collapse of Lehman Brothers. In Shakespeare's “Hamlet,” it's the reaction of Claudius when he storms out of the play that Hamlet staged in an attempt to guess whether his uncle killed his father.

69. Former FedEx Exec to Head New PR Office -

Global public relations and communications firm Burson-Marstellar is opening a new division, Burson Campaigns, which will be based in Memphis.

It’s the firm’s new corporate issues management unit that will help corporations manage issues around corporate reputation, business operations and development.

70. Former FedEx Exec to Head New PR Office -

Global public relations and communications firm Burson-Marstellar is opening a new division, Burson Campaigns, that will be based in Memphis.

It’s a new corporate issues management unit of the firm that will help corporations manage issues around corporate reputation, business operations and development. And the firm has tapped former FedEx PR exec Maury Lane to run it.

71. Squared Away -

Not having a storefront hasn’t kept Midtown artisan Colleen Couch-Smith from running her business like someone who does – minus the hefty overhead costs.

A cutting-edge mobile device called Square allows Smith, co-owner of a studio-based small business called Rock Paper Scissors, to accept credit card payments from customers when she sells her wares at artists markets and festivals.

72. Merchants & Farmers Buys Foreclosed Warehouses -

Merchants & Farmers Bank has bought six parcels containing four warehouses near the intersection of Virginia Run Cove and Summer Avenue at a foreclosure sale for $1.4 million. The substitute trustee who sold the property is Dudley B. Bridgforth.

73. Changes Squared -

Memphis City Council would have voted Tuesday, Dec. 6, on whether it would fork over about $16 million in funds for public infrastructure improvements in Loeb Properties Inc.'s redevelopment of Midtown’s Overton Square.

74. Retailers Report Strong Sales for November -

NEW YORK (AP) – Oh what a difference a weekend can make.

Shoppers taking advantage of big discounts and earlier store hours during the start of the holiday shopping season last weekend helped boost retailers' revenue for the entire month of November.

75. Groupon Shares Jump in Public Market Debut -

NEW YORK (AP) – Groupon, the company that pioneered online group discounts, saw its stock climb by nearly a third in its public debut Friday, showing strong demand for an Internet company whose business model is considered unsustainable by some analysts.

76. MasterCard Q3 Profit Up 38 Pct as Card Use Rises -

NEW YORK (AP) – MasterCard Inc. said Wednesday its third-quarter profit soared 38 percent on a big spike in card use around the world.

77. Tennessee Unemployment Up 0.1 Pct. in September -

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for September for 9.8 percent, up 0.1 percent from the August revised rate of 9.7 percent, according to the Tennessee Commission of Labor & Workforce Development. The national unemployment rate in September was 9.1 percent, unchanged from August.

78. Groupon's Fall to Earth Swifter Than its Fast Rise -

NEW YORK (AP) – Only a few months ago, Groupon was the Internet's next great thing. Business media christened it the fastest growing company ever. Copycats proliferated. And investors salivated over the prospect of Groupon going public.

79. Morgan Stanley Outdoes Rivals; Earns $2.2B -

NEW YORK (AP) – Morgan Stanley emerged from the tumultuous third quarter in better shape than most of its Wall Street rivals.

80. Wal-Mart to Localize Offers for Facebook Fans -

NEW YORK (AP) – Just in time for the crucial winter holidays, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. aims to recreate the feel of a local store for its more than 9 million Facebook fans.

81. Tenn. AG Weighs In on Amazon Tax -

An association of brick-and-mortar retailers says a legal opinion from state Attorney General Bob Cooper should cancel a sales tax exemption for online merchant Amazon.com.

82. Groupon Newest Deal to Reward Customer Loyalty -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Groupon has come up with another way for bargain hunters to save money as the online coupon distributor prepares to raise money from wary investors.

The additional savings will be offered through a customer loyalty program that Groupon unveiled Wednesday.

83. Netflix Snatches DreamWorks Rights From HBO -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – After a deluge of disillusioning news, Netflix unveiled a coming attraction that its subscribers might like: the Internet video rights to films and television specials from DreamWorks Animation.

84. Citi to Raise Monthly Fees on Checking Accounts -

Citi is raising the monthly fee on its basic checking account.

The new fee will be $10, up from the previous $8.

At the same time, the bank said Friday that it will waive fees and offer bigger rewards if customers sign up for more services. The changes reflect a broader industry push to deepen relationships with customers and capture more of their business.

85. Three States Supply Inks Lease in SE Submarket -

A heating and air-conditioning firm is consolidating offices within the Southeast industrial submarket – where it currently has one office.

Three States Supply Co. LLC has inked a 47,000-square-foot lease at 4290 Delp St.

86. Retailers Report Solid Sales Gains for July -

NEW YORK (AP) – Many retailers posted solid sales during the kickoff to the back-to-school season as discounts and high temperatures in July drove shoppers to air-conditioned malls. But merchants worry that momentum won't continue through the remainder of the second-biggest shopping period of the year as the weather gets cold and the deals dry up.

87. Lesser-Known Miss. Gov Candidates Offer Platforms -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democratic and Republican primaries this coming Tuesday will narrow the field of candidates for Mississippi governor.

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant of Brandon and commercial building contractor Dave Dennis of Pass Christian are spending the most in the five-person race for the Republican nomination, while Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and Clarksdale businessman and attorney Bill Luckett are grabbing the most attention on the Democratic side.

88. Bankruptcy Judge Approves Borders Liquidation -

Borders Group's liquidation plan is set to proceed after receiving approval from a bankruptcy judge.

A judge on Thursday approved the 40-year-old booksellers' plan to appoint liquidators led by Hilco Merchant Resources and Gordon Brothers Group to sell off its assets. Going-out-of-business sales are set to begin at some stores Friday.

89. ‘In This Together’ -

For some Memphis consumers, it’s a completely natural impulse to go out of the way to keep from going far away when there’s money to spend. Those particular consumers will run over a TCBY to get to YoLo, shove past a Starbucks to get their caffeine fix at Otherlands, Republic or Cafe Eclectic, hop over an IHOP to stand in line at Brother Juniper’s and dodge Dillard’s to suit up at shops like Oak Hall and James Davis.

90. Judge OK’s Borders Auction, Liquidators Open Bid -

NEW YORK (AP) – Borders Group, the second largest U.S. book store chain that once operated over 1,000 stores, appears headed for liquidation after a judge on Thursday approved its motion to auction itself off with a team of liquidators as its opening bid.

91. American Express Rolling out First Prepaid Card -

NEW YORK (AP) – American Express is rolling out its first prepaid card aimed at the general market on Tuesday as it moves to stake a claim in the growing industry.

The announcement marks a notable departure for the company, which is known for catering to a more affluent clientele with its signature green charge cards.

92. Desperately Seeking Heroes -

Hero Searching Markets have fallen significantly since April. A value-induced rally last week failed during Fed Chairman Bernanke’s presentation at a banking conference in Atlanta. As expected, his comments acknowledged general economic softening. However, he also made no mention of further “rescue” policies, thereby implying that investors must learn to walk again on their own. With the effectiveness of QE2 unclear, the political pathway for QE3 is blocked.

93. Icahn, Dish, Liquidators Vie for Blockbuster -

NEW YORK (AP) – Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, Dish Network and a pair of liquidation firms are among the bidders for video-rental chain Blockbuster in an auction Tuesday morning at U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York.

94. MidSouthCon 29 to Unite Sci-Fi Fans -

At least 1,500 sci-fi fans are expected to converge this weekend on the East Memphis Hilton at 939 Ridge Lake Boulevard.

95. States Push Harder for Online Sales Tax Collection -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Tax-free shopping is under threat for many online shoppers as states facing widening budget gaps increasingly pressure Amazon.com Inc. and other Internet retailers to start collecting sales taxes from their residents.

96. Blues Central -

Memphis has long been known as the “home of the blues,” a moniker that’s on display this week at the annual International Blues Challenge.

The event, which draws participants from around the world, kicked off Tuesday with the opening FedEx International Showcase at the New Daisy Theatre and continues through Saturday.

97. High Cotton -

Carol Perel points from her office to the other side of the ground-floor lobby at 65 Union Ave.

“That trading floor,” she says, “is the Graceland of cotton.”

98. Dunavant Enterprises Officially Switches Gears -

Dunavant Enterprises Inc. has formally announced the expansion of its global logistics division as the new main active concentration for the company, which for more than 50 years has been known as one of the world’s largest cotton merchants.

99. Fred's Q3 Net Income Up on Better Merchandise Mix -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. said Tuesday that its third-quarter net income surged 56 percent, partly because of its improved merchandise mix and remodeled and upgraded stores.

The discount merchant’s net income rose to $7.8 million, or 20 cents per share, for the period ended Oct. 30. A year ago the company earned $5 million, or 13 cents per share.

100. Fred's Q3 Net Income up on Better Merchandising Mix -

MEMPHIS (AP) — Fred's Inc. said Tuesday that its third-quarter net income surged 56 percent, partly because of its improved merchandise mix and remodeled and upgraded stores.