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1. Trying to Get Sober? NIH Offers Tool to Help Find Good Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The phone calls come – from fellow scientists and desperate strangers – with a single question for the alcohol chief at the National Institutes of Health: Where can my loved one find good care to get sober?

2. Binghampton, Uptown Redevelopment Efforts Move Forward While Waiting for the CRA -

If Binghampton can get a proposal for tax increment financing (TIF) approved by the end of the year, it would mean an immediate $332,000 in capital and an estimated $26 million over the 30-year life of the TIF zone to sustain and further grow commercial and residential development in the area.

3. US Home Sales Fell in June; Would-Be Buyers Can't Find Homes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Homebuyers faced surging prices and a shrinking number of properties for sale in June – causing the pace of sales to fall.

Sales of existing homes slipped 1.8 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.52 million, the National Association of Realtors said Monday.

4. Memphis Among Hardest Cities to Add Apartments -

When it comes to adding new apartment projects, Memphis ranked as the No. 5 most difficult metro out of 50 metros surveyed, according to data compiled by Hoyt Advisory Services at the behest of the National Multifamily Housing Council and the National Apartment Association.

5. Memphis Among Hardest Cities to Add New Apartments -

When it comes to adding new apartment projects, Memphis ranked as the No. 5 most difficult metro out of 50 metros surveyed, according to data compiled by Hoyt Advisory Services at the behest of the National Multifamily Housing Council and the National Apartment Association.

6. Higher Prices Squeezing Both Renters and Would-Be Homeowners -

A diminished supply of available homes is swelling prices in large U.S. metro areas from New York to Miami to Los Angeles, squeezing out would-be buyers and pushing up rents as more people are forced to remain tenants.

7. Great Clips Eyeing Dozens Of Stores In Memphis Area -

Since 1982 Great Clips has opened up more than 4,000 salons across the U.S. and Canada and now has its sights on the Memphis market.

“With more than a million people living in the greater Memphis market, this is very similar to some of the other 180-plus markets where we cut hair,” Great Clips Chief Operating Officer Rob Goggins said. “Since we have a strong presence in nearby markets, it was an obvious choice to continue our expansion into the Memphis market.”

8. National Foundation for Transplants Looks to Expand Beyond Memphis HQ -

The Memphis-based National Foundation for Transplants serves about 3,500 clients each year, and since its establishment in 1983 has distributed more than $80 million to pay for transplant-related expenses, in addition to promoting and advocating for organ and tissue donation.

9. Hamilton Named Development Director At Wolf River Conservancy -

Kelsey Hamilton has been promoted to director of development at the Wolf River Conservancy. Hamilton joined the conservancy in October 2014 as associate director of development.

In her new role, she works to ensure that fundraising goals are met at the conservancy, an accredited land trust that has protected over 16,000 acres of the Wolf River watershed since its founding in 1985. Specifically, she oversees annual giving, membership, corporate giving and events, and works alongside chief development officer Barbara Kabakoff to assist with the capital campaign for the Wolf River Greenway project.

10. Oral Chemo Bill Heading for House Vote as Big Pharma Watches -

Despite objections to a pharmaceutical reporting requirement, a House committee passed legislation Tuesday, April 4, designed to make oral chemotherapy medication more affordable.

By a 16-2 vote, the House Insurance and Banking Committee approved legislation sponsored by Rep. William Lamberth prohibiting an insurance provider from requiring a higher insurance co-payment for oral anti-cancer medication than for injected chemotherapy medication. The measure moves next to the Calendar & Rules Committee and then the House floor.

11. Sector-by-Sector Highlights of the Commercial Property Forecast Summit -

Many of the area’s best and brightest commercial real estate minds were on hand for the Memphis Area Association of Realtor’s Annual Commercial Property Forecast Summit at the Halloran Centre for Performance Thursday afternoon. 

12. Southwest Adding Seasonal Flights at Memphis Airport -

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines announced that it will add more than 40 flights and almost 10,000 more seats at Memphis International Airport for its June-August schedule.

Southwest, which recently opened its summer schedule, will increase the frequency of its weekend flights to Orlando, Florida, and Baltimore, Maryland.

13. Southwest Airlines Ramps Up Seasonal Weekend Flights -

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines announced that it will add more than 40 flights and almost 10,000 more seats at Memphis International Airport for its June-August schedule.

Southwest, which recently opened its summer schedule, will increase the frequency of its weekend flights to Orlando, Florida, and Baltimore, Maryland.

14. Energy Pick Vows to Boost Agency He Had Pledged to Eliminate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Energy Department, vowed to be an advocate for an agency he once pledged to eliminate and promised to rely on federal scientists, including those who work on climate change.

15. View From the Hill: Cooperatives Ready to Fill Broadband Void -

Rural broadband backers such as Misty O’Beirne in Rutherford County can take heart. Legislation to spread high-speed internet into cyberspace deserts is making the right connections.

16. Mortgage Rates, Home Sales and Prices Seen Rising in 2017 -

Nate Lowenstein has been shopping for a home in Los Angeles, on and off, for more than a year.

His search has been stymied by a stubbornly low roster of homes on the market and the hurdles that come with it: multiple competing bids and higher prices.

17. Reid Inaugurated as President Of WestTNHBA Board -

James Reid, president of Memphis-based homebuilder Reid Homes Inc., has been inaugurated as board president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association. Reid previously served as the 2016 vice president of the WestTNHBA executive committee and chairman of the 2016 VESTA Home Show.

18. Long-Term US Mortgage Rates Hit Highest Levels Since 2014 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Long-term US mortgage rates climbed again this week, hitting the highest levels since 2014.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on 30-year fixed-rate loans jumped to an average 4.30 percent from 4.16 percent last week and the highest since April 2014. The average for a 15-year mortgage rose to 3.52 percent from 3.37 percent last week and highest since January 2014.

19. Existing US Home Sales Reach Highest Since February 2007 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans bought homes in November in the fastest pace in nearly a decade. But rising mortgage rates, a deepening shortage of houses and higher prices are likely to weigh on the market next year.

20. What 2017 May Mean for Your Personal Finances -

It's been a tumultuous 2016 – both financially and politically. The year may have left some people wondering, what's next? And, how will it affect me?

Lacking a crystal ball, we asked a few economic experts what they think 2017 may hold in store for Americans' personal finances. Here's their take on what to expect in the year ahead:

21. Platform for Property -

Airbnb is revolutionizing the hospitality industry causing legislators worldwide to scramble to regulate it, but the Memphis City Council is gaining state and national attention for its hands-off attitude.

22. 'We are Seeing a War for Talent’ -

Despite a daily influx of new Middle Tennessee residents, companies looking to hire workers for the upcoming holiday season may have a tougher time than usual filling those spots.

That’s because Davidson County’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in August, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, the lowest urban figure in the state and well below the state’s 4.4 percent rate.

23. Union’s Online Doctorate Receives High Marks -

Union University in Jackson, Tenn., has been ranked the second-best university in the nation to get an online doctoral degree, according to the Guide to Online Schools (guidetoonlineschools.com), created by SR Education Group.

24. Union University's Online Doctoral Program Receives High Marks -

Union University in Jackson, Tenn., has been ranked the second-best university in the nation to get an online doctoral degree, according to the Guide to Online Schools (guidetoonlineschools.com), created by SR Education Group.

25. Editorial: St. Jude’s Promise And Expanding Possibilities -

Sometimes revolutionary ideas are expressed in small voices.

Such thoughts are so bold and ambitious that we aren’t sure on one level whether we heard them correctly.

That was the case in November 2014 when Marlo Thomas, the national outreach director of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, talked about an end to chemotherapy on the way to more precise, advanced treatments for childhood cancer.

26. Last Word: Timing The Recovery, The Problem With Car Lots and UT Bricks -

The recovery from the worst national economic downturn since the Great Depression has been slow and long. Any optimism about the growth we are seeing, particularly in commercial real estate, is tempered by thoughts about when the recovery might take another inevitable dip – even if it’s not as bad as what we saw starting in 2008 and 2009.

27. Commercial Real Estate Market On Strong Run -

When it comes to commercial real estate, Memphis is on a tear at the moment.

That’s according to Andy Cates, president and CEO of brokerage services for Colliers International in Memphis. Looking back on 2016, he’s ebullient about the abundant new construction that has characterized the year, as well as the large amount of capacity still in place and the promise of what’s to come in 2017.

28. Study: Memphis Among Cheapest Cities for Startup Costs -

A newly published national study focused on the cost of launching a startup in the U.S. has given props to the startup ecosystem in Memphis, ranking it one of the lowest-cost cities in which to launch a startup.

29. Government Survey Shows Health Insurance Gains Slowing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation's progress in getting more people covered by health insurance slowed significantly this year, the government confirmed Wednesday in a report that tempers a historic achievement of the Obama administration.

30. Carter Says Disparities Keeping Underprivileged From Better Lives -

Last week, former President Jimmy Carter and nearly 1,500 volunteers flocked to Uptown to build 19 homes that will help improve the lives of underprivileged Memphians. In between swinging hammers, Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter took time to visit the blues bars of Beale Street. Carter said Beale Street bears commonalities with the National Civil Rights Museum in that both cultural touchstones have reclaimed the city’s history and bring local heritage into a greater context.

31. Artspace Begins $17M Affordable Housing Project -

138 & 120 St. Paul Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $10.5 million

Project Cost: $17 million

32. South Main Artspace Lofts Sets Groundbreaking -

The South Main Artspace Lofts will be moving into South Main this year. The $17 million project, first announced in December 2011, has secured its final round of financing and has set a formal groundbreaking for Sept. 29.

33. South Main Artspace Lofts Sets Sept. 29 Groundbreaking -

The South Main Artspace Lofts will be moving in to South Main this year. The $17 million project, first announced in December 2011, has secured its final round of financing and has set a formal groundbreaking for Sept. 29.

34. Average US 30-year Mortgage Rate Edges Up to 3.48 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged higher this week for a second straight week. They still are near historically low levels to encourage potential homebuyers.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average for the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 3.48 percent from 3.45 percent last week. The average rate is down sharply from 3.98 percent a year ago.

35. Dixon Hughes Lets Students ‘Explore Memphis’ -

Members of Memphis’ corporate community like accounting firm Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP see the recruitment of the next generation of talent to their firms as more than selling the firms themselves, office perks and the like.

36. Medical, Edge Districts Eye Bike Share Connectivity -

Efforts to install a new bike share program in Memphis by next year are gaining traction, and organizers are envisioning a much more connected Memphis in the years to come.

Nonprofit upstart Explore Bike Share expects to launch its bike share system in Memphis in 2017, with approximately 600 bikes at 60 stations planned within the Interstate 240 loop.

37. Mississippi Community College Fees Rise 7 Percent on Average -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Tuition will rise almost 7 percent on average this fall at Mississippi's 15 community and junior colleges.

A student will pay $2,748 for two semesters of full-time classes, on average, up from $2,577 in the 2015-2016 year, according to figures from the state Community College Board.

38. Station to Station -

Even now, Explore Bike Share founder Doug Carpenter does not try to pretend that the initiative will cure all that ails Memphis. 

It won’t wipe out poverty. It can’t cure cancer. It won’t eliminate diabetes and obesity, solve all of the city’s transportation problems or totally bridge cultural and racial gaps that predate the bicycle’s invention.

39. Study Puts Memphis Among Top Cities for First-Time Homebuyers -

Real estate company Zillow has ranked Memphis at No. 3 in a list of best markets for first-time homebuyers.

The ranking was determined based on the affordability of monthly mortgage payments over monthly rent.

40. Airfare at Memphis Airport Drops $150 Since 2012 -

Recently released data from the U.S. Department of Transportation shows that airfare at Memphis International Airport continues to decline.

For the fourth quarter of 2015, the average airfare at MEM came in at $386.85, a drop of $9.32 from the previous quarter and a $50.54 decrease from Q4 2014.

41. Roster Remix? Grizzlies May Finally Shake Things Up -

As amazing as it was that the Memphis Grizzlies set an NBA record by using 28 players this past season, it’s almost more unbelievable that they had to sign eight different players to 11 separate 10-day contracts.

42. Study Puts Memphis Among Top Cities for Homebuyers -

Real estate company Zillow has ranked Memphis at No. 3 in a list of best markets for first-time homebuyers.

The ranking was determined based on the affordability of monthly mortgage payments over monthly rent.

43. Airfare at Memphis Airport Drops $150 Since 2012 -

Recently released data from the U.S. Department of Transportation shows that airfare at Memphis International Airport continues to decline.

For the fourth quarter of 2015, the average airfare at MEM came in at $386.85, a drop of $9.32 from the previous quarter and a $50.54 decrease from Q4 2014.

44. Horn Lake Among Top Cities for African-Americans -

Horn Lake has been named one of 2016’s 10 Best Cities for African-Americans by relocation website Livability.com.

The site’s editors, which put Horn Lake at No. 8 on the list, studied basic indicators spanning a range of topics, such as cost of living, crime, climate, health care availability and economic equality. They then looked for areas with larger-than-average African-American populations and places where they are succeeding in terms of income, homeownership and academic achievement. Other factors included desirability – areas where African-Americans are moving to at higher rates – and lifestyle and consumer data.

45. Middle Tennessee construction can’t meet demand -

When it comes to residential real estate around Middle Tennessee, there are plenty of buyers but not nearly enough sellers, says Heather Benjamin with Reliant Realty’s Benjamin McConnell Group. And new construction just can’t keep up with the demand.

46. Horn Lake Ranked Among Top Cities for African-Americans -

Horn Lake has been named one of 2016’s 10 Best Cities for African-Americans by relocation website Livability.com.

The site’s editors, which put Horn Lake at No. 8 on the list, studied basic indicators spanning a range of topics, such as cost of living, crime, climate, health care availability and economic equality. They then looked for areas with larger-than-average African-American populations and places where they are succeeding in terms of income, homeownership and academic achievement. Other factors included desirability – areas where African-Americans are moving to at higher rates – and lifestyle and consumer data.

47. Number of Contracts to Buy Homes at Highest Point Since July -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in February, with purchases surging in the Midwest ahead of the traditional spring buying season.

The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index rose 3.5 percent to 109.1, rebounding from a 3 percent decline in January. The index has reached its highest level since July 2015.

48. Dodging a Disaster With Volkswagen? -

Next month will mark five years since the first Passat rolled off the assembly line at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. Most anniversaries are a cause for celebration.

But as Chattanoogans blow out the candles on this particular milestone they’ll be hoping that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions troubles will soon be extinguished, too, and that the new SUV model they’ll start producing this year will help VW emerge from the crisis a better and stronger company than before.

49. Bella Vita Opening ‘The Back Room’ -

Stephanie Singley’s Collierville-based home interior and design accessories shop Bella Vita is celebrating its 15th year in business with a good problem to have.

The enterprise is busting at the seams – maxed out on space with a growing e-commerce presence – and is preparing to expand. To do that, Bella Vita is relocating the warehouse, which has been the go-to location for merchandise that wouldn’t have had a home in the retail store, and carving out space within it for a new concept called The Back Room.

50. Study: Renters' Rise Extends Beyond Big US Cities to Suburbs -

NEW YORK (AP) – In the American imagination, suburbs are places to buy a house and put down roots. But a growing percentage of suburbanites rent, according to a new study.

About 29 percent of metropolitan-area suburbanites were renters in 2014, up from 23 percent in 2006, according to a report being released Tuesday by New York University's Furman Center real estate think tank and the bank Capital One.

51. US New-Home Sales Tumble in January, Big Decline in West -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans stepped back from buying new homes in January, as purchases plunged sharply in western states where prices are typically higher.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new-home sales fell 9.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 494,000. Most of the decline stemmed for a 32.1 drop in sales in the West. Sales also slipped in the Midwest, while edging up in the Northeast and South.

52. Midtown Memphis Ready for Apartment Building Boom -

It’s been more than a decade since new apartments were built in Midtown, and that’s poised to change in a big way with a wave of new multifamily construction stretching from Binghampton to Crosstown.

53. Downtown Creativity Hub Seeks Permanent Home -

Creative Works, the popular Downtown conference for artists and designers, is looking to set up shop year-round.

Josh Horton, founder of Creative Works, and Russ Williams, CEO of Archer Malmo, are currently shopping the Downtown market for space to house a “creativity hub.”

54. Last Word: Out of Time, Brian Collins and Fear of Heights & A Different No Gang Zone -

I have a confession. Hillary Clinton is not happy with me.
I’ve seen the signs in recent weeks but didn’t want to accept the truth.
Then Wednesday evening, as I was about to put this column together, I got an email from the former First Lady and Secretary of State and Democratic presidential contender.
The subject line cut to the chase: “We’re running out of time, Bill.”
The message itself, on a backdrop of Blue State blue read:

55. Few US Neighborhoods Affordable, Walkable With Good Schools -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Few neighborhoods can match the perks of Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C. — a reality that reflects a broader problem for the U.S. housing market.

Residents of Adams Morgan enjoy a bevy of bars, restaurants, exercise studios and shopping, just steps from their row houses and condo buildings. Home values are reasonable relative to neighborhood incomes. And in general, the area schools rate as better than average nationally.

56. US Home Prices Rise in November; All-Time Highs in 4 Cities -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices increased at a faster clip in November, the gains fueled by solid hiring growth, historically low mortgage rates and a shortage of houses on the market.

57. Ikea Brings Sustainability Practices to Memphis -

Sustainability at large businesses sometimes might seem to only focus on buzzwords such as solar panels, carbon footprints and LEED certification.

Those practices are good steps in today’s sustainable world. Sometimes, though, the little things go a long way.

58. US New-Home Sales Rebound in October After September Plummet -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes recovered in October after suffering a steep drop in September, returning to this year's trend of an improving market for real estate developers and builders.

59. Proximity Marketing Skyrockets -

This column is the second in an 11-part series on the Top Ten 2016 Marketing Trends. Check back for the remainder of the series and a deep dive into each of these trends.

With 2016 just around the corner, it’s the right time to consider emerging marketing trends that could benefit your company’s growth strategy.

60. Nashville Property Values Increasing at 'Historic' Clip -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Davidson County property assessor says he's expecting to see a "historic" rise in property values during Metro Nashville's next reappraisal.

According to The Tennessean, George Rooker Jr. told a newly created Metro Council Ad Hoc Affordable Housing Committee last week that he's estimating an average increase in residential property values of between 33 and 37 percent during the upcoming 2017 reappraisal.

61. Home Values Point to a Sharp Wealth Divide Within US Cities -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's still possible in Boston for a mail carrier, an accountant and a Harvard-trained psychiatrist — basically, the crowd from "Cheers" — to live as neighbors.

That finding by the real estate brokerage Redfin makes the capital of Massachusetts a rarity at a time when neighborhoods in most U.S. cities are increasingly isolated from each other by income and home values.

62. Crosstown Developer: Complicated Projects Can Be Transformative -

The Memphis-area commercial real estate market continues to trend upward, industry leaders say. All asset classes are trending toward pre-Recession levels, and Memphis is taking on more complicated projects like the Crosstown Concourse redevelopment.

63. US Home Sales Rebound in September After August Slump -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans snapped up more homes in September, suggesting that the U.S. housing sector remains insulated from global economic turmoil.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes jumped 4.7 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.55 million. Buying activity rebounded after slipping in August, indicating that demand for housing continues despite a series of recent economic hits: stock market declines, falling factory orders, a slowdown in China, struggles in emerging nations such as Brazil and Turkey, and stagnation in Europe.

64. Memphis No. 2 for Home Affordability -

Memphis ranks as the second most affordable city for homebuyers among the 100 largest metro areas.

According to a recent study by NerdWallet, an average Memphis family making $81,200 annually can comfortably afford a $283,998 home. Those homes come in at 3,663 average square feet, or about $78 per square foot.

65. Alternative Health Policies Still Available at Premium Prices -

As owners of East Nashville’s popular Art & Invention Gallery, Meg and Bret MacFadyen are part of the city’s growing population of creatives, a group that includes entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, writers and all sorts of contractors.

66. Why Are Tennessee’s ACA Rate Hikes Among Nation’s Largest? -

Can you imagine your car payment going up by 44 percent next year? Or that the cost of your cable was going up another 36 percent per month?

That’s what it will feel like for hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans in 2016 as the nation gets ready for its third year of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, which provides health care insurance to more than 231,440 people in the state who couldn’t otherwise obtain insurance.

67. Grizzlies, the Story and the Brand, Winning at Box Office, Too -

Memphis is backup point guard Beno Udrih’s sixth NBA city. And the four most previous ones – Sacramento, Milwaukee, Orlando and New York – have not been happy places of late.

Much losing, too many empty seats, an overall downer vibe.

68. Memphis No. 2 For Home Affordability -

Memphis ranks as the second most affordable city for homebuyers among the 100 largest metro areas.

According to a recent study by NerdWallet, an average Memphis family making $81,200 annually can comfortably afford a $283,998 home. Those homes come in at 3,663 average square feet, or about $78 per square foot.

69. US Homebuilding Slows in August After Hot Streak -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Builders broke ground on fewer houses and apartment complexes in August, a possible sign that the housing market may be levelling off after accelerating for much of the year.

70. US Home Sales Soar in July to Fastest Pace Since 2007 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their home-buying for a third straight month in July, as sales accelerated to the strongest pace in eight years.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes rose 2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.59 million, the fastest rate since February 2007. Sales have jumped 9.6 percent over the past 12 months, while the number of listings has declined 4.7 percent.

71. Health Law Sign-Ups Keep Growing; Uninsured Rate Declines -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law even after the official enrollment season ended, helping push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscoring how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the program.

72. US Pending Home Sales Slip in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of signed contracts to buy homes fell in June, as limited supplies of homes on the market are holding back possible sales growth.

The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index declined 1.8 percent to 110.3 last month. Still, strong demand from would-be buyers has pushed the index up 8.2 percent during the past 12 months.

73. Consumer Confidence Falls to Lowest Level Since September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to the lowest level since September. Consumers are worried about the job market and rattled by events in Greece and China.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its index of consumer confidence fell to 90.9 in July from a revised 99.8 in June. That's the lowest since September's reading of 89.

74. Gulch Approaching 50 Percent Buildout -

Nashville’s storied Gulch, originally the home of the downtown railway terminal, is approaching another milestone in its long history.

Revitalization of the area began in the early 2000s, and The Gulch Improvement District was formed in 2006. Since that time, developers have found great success in luring in upscale residential, commercial and mixed-use tenants.

75. Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law Subsidies -

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

76. Airport Leaders Talk Post-Delta Era -

Two years ago this month, Delta Air Lines executives told officials at Memphis International Airport that Memphis would no longer be a Delta hub, an announcement that came after a series of cuts in the number of daily flights.

77. House Votes to Kill Health Care Law's Medical Device Tax -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House defied a White House veto threat and voted Thursday to abolish a tax on medical device makers as a group of Democrats uncharacteristically joined Republicans in moving to kill part of President Barack Obama's health care law.

78. Global Ministries Appeals Failing HUD Scores at Memphis Properties -

A month after 40 units at the Goodwill Village and Warren Apartments were declared unfit by federal housing officials, the units have been repaired and the residents moved back in.

79. Report: Insurers Skirt Health Law's Protections for Women -

CHICAGO (AP) – Some insurance plans offered on the health overhaul law's new marketplaces violate the law's requirements for women's health, according to a new report from a women's legal advocacy group.

80. Pending US Home Sales Increase in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in March, the third straight month of gains as housing heats up with the start of the spring buying season.

The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index rose 1.1 percent to 108.6 last month. The index has climbed 11.1 percent over the past 12 months after having dipped in 2014. The number of signed contracts are at their highest level since June 2013.

81. US Home Sales Bounced Back in March, But Can the Gain Last? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home sales bloomed in March after a brutal winter, a sign of possible newfound momentum for housing.

Sales of existing homes jumped 6.1 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.19 million, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. The gains were solid enough to suggest that housing might be returning to stable footing after enduring a boom, a bust and a stubbornly tepid recovery over the past dozen years.

82. ‘Pioneering is a Bitch’ -

Christy Shuff was robbed on the night she moved some equipment into her soon-to-open new business, Rumours Gallery, on 12South Avenue.

That was 12 years ago, and Shuff, now 40, and her then-husband Will Shuff were aspiring urban pioneers, ready to take a chance on the downtrodden, but affordable 12South area, then home to a few businesses and mostly older houses.

83. US Home Prices Rise Modestly, Weigh on Affordability -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in January, pushing prices up at a faster pace than wages and putting more homes financially out of reach for would-be buyers.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 4.6 percent in January compared with 12 months earlier, S&P said Tuesday. That is up from growth of 4.4 percent in December.

84. US Home Sales Rebound Slightly in February -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Slightly more Americans bought homes in February, but tight inventories, affordability problems and nasty winter weather point to sluggish sales in the coming few months.

85. Affordability? It’s All in the Eye of the Buyer -

The new construction at 2314 Castleman sold last week for $1,365,000 after Brent Morris of Parks listed the home for $1,395,000. Morris has developed a niche in locating infill lots and teardowns – to use the plural of the now-popular noun created by adding verb to adverb – in the Green Hills area.

86. Mortgage Market Up 8 Percent in February -

Regions Bank saw a 14 percent gain in its mortgage volume year-over-year last month, a fact that Regions’ Memphis-area mortgage production manager Dean Puryear attributes to resurgent confidence in market conditions among consumers, as well as optimism in their own circumstances.

87. Affordable Housing Gets Foot in the Door in Mayoral Election -

In recent weeks, the mayor’s race has taken a new focus: Affordable housing.

Some in the community feel this is unwarranted and take issue with organizations such as NOAH (Nashville Organized for Action and Hope), which are forcing the candidates to spend more time on social issues, which I support.

88. Ryan: Be Flexible On Location For More Office Space Options -

After 22 years heading up the Metro Housing and Development Authority for Nashville, Phil Ryan certainly knows the Middle Tennessee housing market.

He left MDHA in 2013, and in his current role as an affiliate broker with Cherry & Associates, he’s taking a look at the local real-estate mix from the corporate side.

89. US Home Sales Plunge 4.9 Percent in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home sales struck a snow drift in January, plunging to the slowest pace in nine months.

The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales of existing homes tumbled 4.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.82 million. That brings sales down to their lowest level since April 2014.

90. Growth is Great, But Where Will Workers Live? -

For the past two years, developers, property owners and Realtors alike have been treated to what some call the best real estate market in the country. Sellers are realizing astronomical returns on their investments as they shed properties that they have been strapped with for years.

91. US New Home Sales Jump 11.6 Percent in December -

Sales of new U.S. homes accelerated strongly in December, a sign that home-buying may improve this year after a lackluster 2014.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new home sales climbed 11.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000. The gains were not enough to offset essentially flat home-buying over the course of 2014. Just 435,000 new homes were bought last year, a modest 1.2 percent improvement from 2013.

92. Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Rises to 3.66 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week after four straight weeks of declines, while remaining near historically low levels.

Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage edged up to 3.66 percent from 3.63 percent last week. The new average rate is still at its lowest level since May 2013.

93. US New Home Sales Jump 11.6 Percent in December -

Sales of new U.S. homes accelerated strongly in December, a sign that home-buying may improve this year after a lackluster 2014.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new home sales climbed 11.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000. The gains were not enough to offset essentially flat home-buying over the course of 2014. Just 435,000 new homes were bought last year, a modest 1.2 percent improvement from 2013.

94. Lot Shortage Leads to Fewer New Homes -

Shelby County homebuilding activity slowed in 2014 as builders filed fewer permits and sold fewer homes than in 2013.

Homebuilders filed 850 permits in 2014, down 8.6 percent from 930 permits filed in 2013 and down 7 percent from 914 permits filed in 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

95. Art Work -

It’s easy to appreciate the art in painter Jared Small’s depictions of dilapidated shacks, shotgun-style homes and other aging structures that appear to be fading away right there on his canvas, images that suggest the creaks of doors and the groans of floorboards to accompany the lonely scenes.

96. US Home Price Growth Slows for 11th Consecutive Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices rose in October at a slightly slower pace, as real estate sales have fallen and affordability has increasingly become a challenge for potential buyers.

97. Memphis Brand Enjoys Banner 2014 -

That thing that might best be described as the Memphis brand has enjoyed something of a banner year in 2014.

Businesses and entrepreneurs like Paper & Clay, Muddy’s Bake Shop and chocolatier Phillip Ashley Rix found themselves in the spotlight at various times in the past 12 months thanks to national media attention. The National Association of Food Journalists held its annual conference in Memphis. The city won plaudits for its bike lanes and its affordability.

98. Rhodes Among Top Values in Liberal Arts Education -

Rhodes College has been named to the “Kiplinger’s Personal Finance” list of the 100 best values in liberal arts for 2015.

To make the list, schools are evaluated on a set of criteria that include both academic quality and affordability.

99. US New-Home Sales Fall 1.6 Percent in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of new U.S. homes fell in November, evidence that recent job gains have yet to boost the housing sector.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new home sales slid 1.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 438,000, the second straight monthly decline. October sales fell 2.2 percent to a downwardly revised rate of 445,000.

100. US Home Sales Hit Slowest Pace in 6 Months in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans bought homes in November as buying slid to its slowest pace in six months.

The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales of existing homes fell 6.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.93 million. That was down from a revised annual pace of 5.26 million in October. Over the past 12 months, sales have risen 2.1 percent.