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1. Bids Put Cost Of Airport Concourse Renovation Near $250M -

Estimates for Memphis International Airport’s long-awaited concourse overhaul have climbed toward a quarter billion dollars.

At $245.5 million, the latest “all in” budget includes 25 new jet bridges for passenger loading and unloading, a full complement of moving sidewalks and energy-efficient dynamic glass that adjusts to changing environmental conditions.

2. Bids Put Cost of Airport Concourse Renovation near $250 Million -

Estimates for Memphis International Airport’s long-awaited concourse overhaul have climbed toward a quarter billion dollars.

At $245.5 million, the latest “all in” budget includes 25 new jet bridges for passenger loading and unloading, a full complement of moving sidewalks and energy-efficient dynamic glass that adjusts to changing environmental conditions.

3. Inflation, Gas Prices, Tariffs Squeeze Consumers -

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

4. Airlines Trim Flights, Make Other Tweaks to Offset Fuel -

DALLAS (AP) – Airlines are bowing to the staying power of higher fuel prices by culling unprofitable flights while trying to boost revenue by being nicer to customers.

American Airlines, for example, will soon make its cheapest "basic economy" tickets less unforgiving by letting buyers stow a rolling bag in the overhead bin like all other passengers, but restrictions like boarding the plane last and not being able to pick seats until 48 hours before the flight will remain in place. American also will grow more slowly than it planned later this year, a move that seemed to cheer investors – airline stocks rose.

5. Memphis Chamber Fills New SVP of Growth Role -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has created and filled a new position to help grow membership and create more benefits for those members.

The new senior vice president of growth role has been filled by Robert Recker, former vice president of investor relations for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Alabama.

6. Memphis Chamber Fills New SVP of Growth Role -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has created and filled a new position to help grow membership and create more benefits for those members.

The new senior vice president of growth role has been filled by Robert Recker, former vice president of investor relations for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Alabama.

7. US Stock Indexes Are Mixed; Pepsi Rallies on Solid Results -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mixed Tuesday afternoon as household goods companies rise but banks continue to struggle, as they have for most of this year. PepsiCo is gaining ground after reporting solid second-quarter results. Stocks started the day higher but have given up much of that gain.

8. MEM Grows Five Years After Delta De-Hub -

Five years after Delta Air Lines de-hubbed Memphis International Airport, the airport’s transition to most of its customers being origin and destination passengers has had mixed results in other ways.

9. Report: Goldman Looks to Partner With Apple on Credit Card -

NEW YORK (AP) – Goldman Sachs and Apple are looking to partner together to create a new credit card, the first foray by Goldman Sachs into the $1 trillion credit card market, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources.

10. Airline Passenger Fined After Keeping Free Airline Apple -

DENVER (AP) – The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has fined a woman $500 for not declaring she was bringing a free apple into the U.S. that she received on her Delta Air Lines flight from Paris.

11. Airport to Unveil Photos Of King’s Last Flights -

Memphis International Airport is set to unveil a photography exhibition Thursday, April 12, that commemorates the last trip taken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

12. Airport to Unveil Photos Of King’s Last Flights -

Memphis International Airport is set to unveil a photography exhibition Thursday, April 12, that commemorates the last trip taken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

13. Report: Airlines Getting Better in Key Areas Except Delays -

U.S. airlines are getting better at many things except getting you to your destination on time.

They are losing fewer bags. Complaints are down.

And on the anniversary of a man getting dragged off a plane because a crew member needed his seat, airlines are bumping fewer passengers.

14. Airport Overhaul Hits Milestone With B Concourse Closure -

Roughly a year after Memphis International Airport first unveiled its $214 million modernization plan, the project is taking its next significant step.

On Wednesday, April 4, Memphis International officially closed the B Concourse and relocated all airline operations, restaurants and retail businesses to the A and C concourses until the project wraps up in 2021.

15. United Suspends New Reservations for Pets in Cargo Hold -

United Airlines is pausing its pet-shipping business after mishaps that included a dog winding up in Japan instead of Kansas.

United said Tuesday that it will halt PetSafe reservations while it reviews the service, which lets customers ship pets as cargo. Fees can run several hundred dollars for a medium-size or big dog.

16. Pinnacle Honored for Social Responsibility -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has earned a spot on the “Honor Roll” for 2018 from the Center for Companies that Care, a ranking that celebrates U.S.-based companies with “outstanding workplace practices and active community involvement.”

17. Last Word: Forrest and Slavery, The Tariff Blitz and Angus McEachran -

The report on poverty in Memphis over the last 50 years is on its way to a Greater Memphis Chamber breakfast meeting Thursday. And Terri Lee Freeman, the president of the National Civil Rights Museum and Elena Delavega, the University of Memphis lead researcher of the report, say their message is that as goes Memphis in this regard so goes the nation. And if employers start with lower pay at hiring with percentage raises across the board they feed the racial income gap and bonuses do as well.

18. Only 13 NRA Members Used Discount Delta Withdrew -

ATLANTA (AP) — The latest on Georgia lawmakers' decision to punish Delta Air Lines for cutting ties with the National Rifle Association (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

A Delta Air Lines spokesman confirms only 13 members of the National Rifle Association bought discounted tickets using a perk later withdrawn by the airline following the school massacre in Florida.

19. Delta’s Memphis Ops Earn Statewide Safety Award -

Memphis-based Delta Air Lines-Memphis Technical Operations has received the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award, according to Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips.

20. Kroger Joins Other Big Retailers, Tightens Gun Restrictions -

NEW YORK (AP) – Kroger will no longer sell guns to anyone under 21 at the stores it owns, becoming the third major retailer this week to put restrictions in place that are stronger than federal laws.

21. Walmart Sets Age of 21 to Buy Firearms, Ammunition -

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart announced Wednesday that it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21 and would also remove items resembling assault-style rifles from its website.

22. Delta’s Memphis Ops Earn Statewide Safety Award -

Memphis-based Delta Air Lines-Memphis Technical Operations has received the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award, according to Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips.

23. Defying the NRA, Dick's Takes a Harder Line Against Guns -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dick's Sporting Goods will immediately stop selling assault-style rifles and ban the sale of all guns to anyone under 21, the company said Wednesday, as its CEO took on the National Rifle Association by demanding tougher gun laws after the massacre in Florida.

24. FedEx Responds to Criticism Over Ties to National Rifle Association -

The day after FedEx Corp. released a statement saying that would continue to offer discounts to National Rifle Association members despite differing opinions on gun legislation, the Memphis-based company released a follow-up statement addressing the backlash.

25. FedEx to Keep Discount Amid Calls for NRA Boycott -

The day after FedEx Corp. released a statement saying that would continue to offer discounts to National Rifle Association members despite differing opinions on gun legislation, the Memphis-based company released a follow-up statement addressing the backlash.

26. Digest -

Memphis Toys R Us

To Remain Open

A representative with Toys R Us has confirmed to The Daily News that the retailer’s Memphis location, at 7676 Polo Ground Blvd., won’t close after all.

27. Average Airfare at MEM Continues to Drop -

The average airfare at Memphis International Airport fell to $379 for the third quarter of 2017.

The airfare decline marks a $16 drop year over year and a $26 drop from second quarter 2017, according to data released by the federal Department of Transportation.

28. Good Dog, Bad Dog ... Delta Wants to Know Before You Board -

DALLAS (AP) – Delta Air Lines will soon require owners of service and support animals to provide more information before their animal can fly in the passenger cabin, including an assurance that it's trained to behave itself.

29. Average Airfare at MEM Continues to Drop -

The average airfare at Memphis International Airport fell to $379 for the third quarter of 2017, marking a $16 drop year over year and a $26 drop from second quarter 2017, according to data released by the Department of Transportation.

30. Editorial: Kroger’s Bottom Line Isn’t Ours -

The decision by Kroger’s Delta Division to close stores in Southgate shopping center and on Lamar Avenue west of Airways next month is probably based on dollars and cents – millions of dollars in losses at each store.

31. Delta's Profit Dips 8 Percent But Tops Street's Expectations -

DALLAS (AP) – Delta Air Lines reported Thursday that fourth-quarter profit slipped 8 percent, but the results still beat expectations as average prices for passengers continued to creep higher.

32. Delta Wants Someone to Pay for Its Losses in Airport Outage -

ATLANTA (AP) – The CEO of Delta Air Lines says the company will seek compensation for its losses after a power outage knocked out the Atlanta airport's power supply and also its backup electricity for about 11 hours Sunday.

33. New Delta Charges for Baggage on Discount Flights to Europe -

NEW YORK (AP) – Travelers looking to take a cheap Delta Air Lines will soon need to pay for even one piece of checked baggage when flying to Europe or North Africa.

The airline said this week that it will charge Basic Economy passengers $60 for the first bag and $100 for a second. The fees will apply to tickets bought after Dec. 6 and for flights after April 10 originating from the U.S. and Canada.

34. Passenger, Cargo Traffic Increases at MEM -

Passenger and cargo traffic numbers at Memphis International Airport in October are up year over year.

A total of 197,093 passengers boarded planes at Memphis International in October, which is up 6.8 percent compared to 184,437 passengers in October 2016.

35. Passenger, Cargo Traffic Increases at Memphis Airport -

Passenger and cargo traffic numbers at the Memphis International Airport in October are up year over year.

A total of 197,093 passengers boarded planes at Memphis International in October, which is up nearly 13,000 passengers, or 6.8 percent compared from 184,437 passengers in October 2016.

36. New Screenings to Start for All US-Bound Airline Passengers -

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — All incoming flights to the United States will be subject to new security screening procedures before takeoff, including both American citizens and foreigners possibly facing security interviews from airline employees, the U.S. government said Wednesday.

37. Events -

The 2017 Senior Safari, hosted by the Professional Network on Aging, will take place Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place. The day will feature free zoo admission for individuals 55 and older; free parking and tram rides; live entertainment; and information on healthy living, financial planning, housing, insurance and more. Visit pnamidsouth.org for details.

38. Events -

The Stax Music Academy will present Six Decades of Funk: Honoring the Bar-Kays Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave. The academy will perform several Bar-Kays hits to honor retiring lead singer Larry Dodson and original member James Alexander. Arrive early for a discussion with Dodson, Alexander and Stax Museum executive director Jeff Kollath. Cost is free. Visit staxmuseum.com.

39. Delta Will Let Passengers Use Mobile Messaging in Flight -

ATLANTA (AP) – Delta Air Lines says it will let passengers send mobile messages for free during flights beginning Sunday.

Delta says passengers will be able to send messages using iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

40. After Backlash, Fewer are Being Bumped From US Flights -

DALLAS (AP) – Following widespread outrage over a passenger who was violently dragged off an overbooked plane, U.S. airlines are bumping customers at the lowest rate in at least two decades.

41. Delta Tells Ann Coulter Her Insults are 'Unacceptable' -

NEW YORK (AP) – Delta Air Lines has pushed back at Ann Coulter after the conservative commentator berated the carrier on Twitter over a changed seat assignment.

42. By the Numbers: Hawaiian, Delta and Alaska Top On-Time Ratings for Airlines -

Here are the government's rankings of the leading U.S. airlines and their on-time performance for May. The federal government counts a flight as on time if it arrives no more than 14 minutes behind schedule.

43. SunTrust to Launch Financial Wellness Program -

Physical fitness initiatives have become an increasingly familiar part of corporate life, from employee health risk assessments to offering financial incentives to improve wellness. SunTrust Banks Inc. wants to help companies offer a twist on that concept – fiscal wellness.

44. American Express to Solely Take Over the Hilton Credit Card -

NEW YORK (AP) – American Express will become the exclusive credit card issuer for Hilton Hotels, the company said Thursday, a major success for a business that has been facing increased competition.

45. FAA Tells Airlines to Remove Some Seats From Smaller Planes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal safety regulators are telling airlines to remove a certain type of seat from their planes, saying the seat could cause neck injuries during otherwise survivable crash landings.

46. Soaring Costs -

With more than 800 million passengers zipping through U.S. airports in 2016 and air cargo accounting for more than one-third of the world’s trade by value, the nation has become increasingly dependent on air travel to stay competitive. But what sometimes get lost is the amount of upkeep needed to maintain the infrastructure of these self-contained cities.

47. Senators Decry State of Air Travel After Passenger Incidents -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Air travel in the United States has become a combustible mix in which passengers aren't the only ones treated unfairly, senators were told Thursday. Travelers all too frequently take out their frustrations on airline employees, including flight attendants and gate agents, speakers said at a Senate hearing.

48. Average Airfare at MEM Continues to go Down -

Average airfares at Memphis International Airport have fallen for the 17th consecutive quarter, according to data recently released by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The average airfare at MEM during fourth quarter 2016 was $374.42, a $19 decrease from the same period in 2015 when adjusted for inflation.

49. United to Offer Bumped Flyers Up to $10,000 After Video Flap -

DALLAS (AP) – United Airlines says it will raise the limit – to $10,000 – on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees as it deals with fallout from the video of a passenger being violently dragged from his seat.

50. Average Airfare at MEM Continues Downward Trend -

Average airfares at Memphis International Airport have fallen for the 17th consecutive quarter, according to data recently released by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The average airfare at MEM during fourth quarter 2016 was $374.42, a $19 decrease from the same period in 2015 when adjusted for inflation.

51. 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.

52. Delta OKs Offers of Up to $9,950 to Flyers Who Give Up Seats -

Delta is letting employees offer customers nearly $10,000 in compensation to give up seats on overbooked flights, hoping to avoid an uproar like the one that erupted at United after a passenger was dragged off a jet.

53. US Airlines Show Improvement in Annual Study -

DALLAS (AP) – Airlines are getting better at sticking to their schedules and are losing fewer bags. Their customers seem to be complaining less often.

Those are the findings of an annual report on U.S. airlines' quality released Monday by researchers at Wichita State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

54. Memphis Continues Pursuit of New Convention Center Hotel -

More Downtown hotel rooms. Lots of them. And preferably under one roof.

“We need a big hotel,” said Chuck Pinkowski of Pinkowski & Co. “Four hundred, 500, 600, 800, 1,000. We need a big hotel at the Cook Convention Center to see more conventions. The question is: How do you fund improvements to the convention center and how do you fund a big hotel?”

55. 2nd Helping: American Brings Back Free Meals on Some Flights -

DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines said Tuesday that it plans to offer free meals to everyone in economy on certain cross-country flights starting May 1.

The decision at the world's biggest airline copies Delta Air Lines, which announced a month ago that it would restore free meals in economy on a dozen long-haul U.S. routes this spring.

56. MEM Sees Continued Growth in O&D Traffic -

Origin-and-destination traffic at Memphis International Airport continues to exceed O&D figures from when Memphis was a Delta Air Lines hub, according to latest data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

57. MEM Sees Continued Growth in O&D Traffic -

Origin-and-destination traffic at Memphis International Airport continues to exceed O&D figures from when Memphis was a Delta Air Lines hub, according to latest data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

58. Memphis Airport Sees Continued Growth in O&D Traffic -

Origin-and-destination traffic at Memphis International Airport continues to exceed O&D figures from when Memphis was a Delta Air Lines hub, according to latest data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

59. MEM Plows Through Despite Wintry Weather -

Friday morning’s snow had little effect on passenger services at Memphis International Airport, but caused “substantial disruptions” for FedEx Express.

The Memphis-based shipping giant sent out a service alert early Friday morning that read:

60. Winter Weather Pinches FedEx Operations, But Memphis Airport OK -

Friday morning’s snow had little effect on passenger services at Memphis International Airport, but caused “substantial disruptions” for FedEx Express.

The Memphis-based shipping giant sent out a service alert early Friday morning that read:

61. Riding Momentum -

Around this time each year, everyone tends to start fetishizing the blank slate a bit, with its attendant allure of reinvention and that sweeping away of the old order to make way for what comes next.

62. New Flights, Lower Fares Highlight Eventful 2016 for Memphis Airport -

2016 was a big year for Memphis International Airport. New flights, lower airfares and ongoing adjustments to life after the Delta Air Lines Inc. de-hubbing were the permeating themes of 2016.

63. Gov't Proposal Envisions Phone Calls on Airline Flights -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airlines could let passengers make in-flight phone calls using Wi-Fi under a proposal from federal regulators.

Flight attendants and others have complained that the calls could be disruptive. But the Department of Transportation said Thursday that it envisioned allowing the calls if airlines tell all customers about the policy when they buy their tickets.

64. United Aims at Budget Travelers With 'Basic Economy' Fares -

NEW YORK (AP) – United Airlines is making a pitch to passengers at both ends of the plane – budget fliers and luxury passengers – as it attempts to boost profits.

The airline announced Tuesday that it will sell lower "Basic Economy" fares that don't let buyers pick seats ahead of time and limit them to a single carry-on bag that fits under the seat. They'll be the last to board.

65. Average Airfares Drop Again at Memphis Airport -

Year-over-year average airfares at Memphis International Airport have dropped for the 15th consecutive quarter, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The department’s second-quarter 2016 average airfare report reflects an average airfare of $390.24 at MEM, a decline of $28.46 compared to second quarter 2015.

66. Average Airfares Drop Again At Memphis International -

Year-over-year average airfares at Memphis International Airport have dropped for the 15th consecutive quarter, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The department’s second-quarter 2016 average airfare report reflects an average airfare of $390.24 at MEM, a decline of $28.46 compared to second quarter 2015.

67. Delta Posts a Profit Despite Lower Airfare, Rising Expenses -

NEW YORK (AP) – Lower airfares and rising salaries are putting a squeeze on Delta Air Lines.

Luckily for the airline, the price of jet fuel remains cheap and the Atlanta-based carrier was able to report Thursday a third-quarter profit of $1.26 billion, down 4 percent from the same period last year.

68. Airlines Cancel Hundreds of Flights as Hurricane Hits US -

Airlines canceled hundreds of flights for Thursday and again Friday as Hurricane Matthew pelted the Florida coast with high winds and heavy rain.

The Fort Lauderdale airport shut down on Thursday morning, and further north the Orlando airport expected to do the same by nighttime.

69. Air Travelers on Samsung Phone Honor System After Fires -

If you travel with a Samsung Note 7, you're likely on the honor system when deciding whether to use or charge the device during a flight.

The Federal Aviation Administration says that because of concern about fires involving the new smartphone, it "strongly advises" airline passengers not to use or charge one or stow one in checked baggage.

70. Delta Says It Lost $100 Million in Revenue Due to Big Outage -

ATLANTA (AP) – Delta Air Lines Inc. said Friday that last month's computer outage, which caused it to cancel 2,300 flights, cost $100 million in lost revenue.

71. Lessons Learned from Delta’s Power Outage -

Recently, tens of thousands of Delta Air Lines passengers worldwide were stranded as a result of a power outage within the company’s computer system. When the Delta Technology Command Center in Atlanta lost power, the critical systems and network equipment failed to switch over to a backup system.

72. Delta Cancels More Flights in Wake of Computer-System Outage -

DALLAS (AP) — Travelers on Delta Air Lines endured hundreds more canceled and delayed flights on Tuesday as the carrier slogged through day two of its recovery from a global computer outage.

73. Delta Air Lines Resumes Some Service After Hours of Global Outage -

LONDON (AP) — Delta Air Lines canceled around 365 flights Monday after its computer systems crashed worldwide, stranding thousands of passengers on a busy travel day.

That number is likely to grow. More than 1,000 flights were delayed, according to flight tracking site FlightStats Inc.

74. Ground Workers at American Airlines Will Get Big Raises -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – American Airlines has agreed to pay raises for about 30,000 ground workers that unions say will average 22 percent.

The airline said Friday that it would give "significant pay increases" to 12 groups of workers ranging from mechanics to bag handlers. American said in a regulatory filing that the new hourly wage rates would be comparable to pay at Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.

75. Kustoff Victory Caps TV, Outsider Heavy Congressional Campaign -

Former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff claimed the Republican nomination for Tennessee’s 8th Congressional district Thursday, Aug. 4, in a 15-county contest in which the eastern parts of Shelby County played a decisive role.

76. Kustoff Claims 8th GOP Primary, Todd Upset by Lovell, Jenkins Over Newsom -

Former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff claimed the Republican nomination for Tennessee’s 8th Congressional district Thursday, Aug. 4, in a 15-county contest in which the eastern parts of Shelby County played a decisive role.

77. Traffic Rises 7.6 Percent At Memphis Airport in May -

May marked the 13th consecutive month of year-over-year traffic growth at Memphis International Airport, which saw a 7.6 percent increase in origination and destination (O&D) enplanements compared to 2015, the airport reported Thursday, July 7.

78. July 8-14, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

2015: Zimm the monkey escapes from her area at the Memphis Zoo.

1985: On the front page of The Daily News, the first guests are checking in at Downtown’s new Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza hotel, across Main Street from the Memphis Cook Convention Center, with the formal grand opening set for that September. The Bistro Cafe and lobby bar are ready for guests, but several restaurants are still a work in progress, including a health club bar to serve nonalcoholic beverages like pineapple and coconut drinks in a shell. Among the first guests is James Chamberlin, a Delta Air Lines ticket agent who had also been among the first guests at the original Holiday Inn on Summer Avenue that opened in 1952.

79. Traffic at Memphis Airport Rises 7.6 Percent in May -

May marked the 13th consecutive month of year-over-year traffic growth at Memphis International Airport, which saw a 7.6 percent increase in origination and destination (O&D) enplanements compared to 2015, the airport reported Thursday, July 7.

80. Computers, Not Humans to Scan Carry-On Bags in TSA Test -

Federal officials said Tuesday that they are expanding tests to speed up airport lines and improve security.

In a first in the U.S., the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday that it plans to begin using computed-tomography or CT scanners to inspect carry-on bags at one checkpoint in the Phoenix airport by the end of the year.

81. Airport Didn’t Help, But Didn’t Derail ServiceMaster -

When ServiceMaster began its search for a new corporate headquarters nearly two years ago, it focused on Southern hub cities that could support a growing tech-focused company. In ranking Memphis alongside other cities, Memphis International Airport came up short.

82. US Says Airlines Improving at On-Time Performance -

Airlines are doing a better job of sticking to their schedules, and consumer complaints are falling.

The Department of Transportation said Monday that 84.5 percent of flights on the largest 12 U.S. airlines arrived on time during April, better than the previous month and up from 81.8 percent in April 2015.

83. Delta's New CEO: Consider Service and Reliability Over Price -

ATLANTA (AP) – Delta Air Lines is posting record profits and is generally envied by the rest of the industry, due largely to its success in catering to high-paying business passengers.

84. TSA Chief Says Progress Being Made on Shortening Lines -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Significant progress has been made on shortening screening lines since earlier this spring when airlines reported thousands of frustrated passengers were missing flights, the head of the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday.

85. American Airlines Will Reward Fliers Based on Dollars, Not Miles -

DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines is following other airlines by basing perks like free flights on how much passengers spend on tickets, not how many miles they fly.

The change, which matches those at Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, starts with flights on Aug. 1 and rewards American's highest-paying passengers.

86. As Fliers Wait in Security Lines, Gov't Asks for Patience -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing a growing backlash over extremely long waits at airport security, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asked fliers "to be patient" as the government takes steps to get them onto planes more quickly.

87. Flight Attendant Charged With Stealing Mini Liquor Bottles -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say a former Endeavor Air flight attendant is charged with stealing nearly 1,500 mini-bottles of liquor from her job and selling them online.

The Shelby County district attorney's office said Friday that 28-year-old Rachel Trevor has been indicted on charges including theft, unlawful sale of alcohol and unauthorized transportation of alcohol.

88. Alaska, JetBlue Top Annual Survey of North American Airlines -

Alaska Airlines and JetBlue Airways still rank highest in the annual J.D. Power survey of passengers on the nine largest North American airlines, and the firm says overall traveler satisfaction with the industry is at a 10-year high.

89. Memphis Consultant Says Airport Area ‘Gone’ for Hotel Development -

One of the last remaining hotels near Memphis International Airport has sold in foreclosure for the second time in less than five years.

Chuck Pinkowski, a local hotel consultant with Pinkowski & Co., said that a multimillion-dollar renovation couldn’t save the Holiday Inn from a declining hotel market.

90. Southwest, Delta Tangle Over Whether to Cut or Raise Fares -

DALLAS (AP) – No one should blame consumers for being perplexed by airfares – even the airlines themselves can seem confused at times.

Southwest Airlines caught rivals and Wall Street by surprise when it cut many U.S. fares by $5 each way. The reduction this week applied to tickets bought within seven days of departure, which are usually favored more by last-minute business travelers than vacationers.

91. Transgender Bathroom Bill Delayed Amid Financial Questions -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The sponsor of a Tennessee transgender bathroom bill told a Senate committee Tuesday that he has to consider a state attorney general's opinion before going forward. The White House called the proposal "mean-spirited."

92. Airline Complaints Rise Even as More Planes Arrive on Time -

DALLAS (AP) – More U.S. flights are arriving on time and airlines are losing fewer bags, yet more consumers are complaining about air travel.

Traveler complaints jumped 34 percent last year, to the highest level since 2000. The top frustration is problem flights including cancelations and delays, which is unchanged in 16 years.

93. Republic Settles Delta Lawsuit Over Canceled Flights -

DALLAS (AP) – Delta Air Lines Inc. will drop a lawsuit against Republic Airways Holdings Inc. and provide $75 million in credit to help Republic rebuild under bankruptcy protection.

94. Last Word: The Bloody Shirt of Deannexation, More Boats and The Rise of ioby -

“Waving the bloody shirt” – get ready to hear that phrase a lot as a deannexation bill continues to be debated in Nashville – the one that the state House approved Monday evening.
There was a palpable frustration at City Hall during Tuesday’s council day that featured a light agenda but lots of attention to several challenges – many of them financial and hidden until recently – that the new mayor and council are facing.
As we mentioned in our Monday evening coverage of this, the skirmish lines over the deannexation bill and the larger issue are very close in Shelby County. Our legislative delegation is split between Memphis Democrats vocal in their outrage over the bill and Republicans in the county outside Memphis who are just as vehement in their support of the bill, especially the parts that apply to Memphis.

95. Allegiant Adds Two New Memphis Flights -

Allegiant has announced new summer service from Memphis International Airport to two sun-drenched locations.

The airline will begin offering twice-weekly seasonal service to both Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the coming months, with tickets already on sale at allegiant.com.

96. Airlines Restore Tiny Perks, Like Pretzels, to Pacify Fliers -

NEW YORK (AP) — After 15 years of near austerity, U.S. airlines are restoring some small perks for passengers crammed into coach.

Don't expect ample legroom or free checked bags. But fliers will find improved snacks, a larger selection of free movies and — on a few select routes — the return of free meals.

97. Delta Posts $980 Million 4Q Profit on Lower Fuel Prices -

DALLAS (AP) — Cheaper jet fuel thanks to falling oil prices helped Delta Air Lines earn $980 million in the fourth quarter despite lower revenue than a year ago.

Delta shares rose almost 5 percent in midday trading Tuesday, recovering some of their January losses.

98. Memphis Average Airfare Continues Drop -

The average airfare at Memphis International Airport has dropped more than $93 since 2012, according to passenger and fare data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The average round trip fare for Memphis International in the second quarter of 2015 was $418.70, an 18 percent drop compared to $511.93 in 2012.

99. Memphis Airport Opens Military Lounge -

Memphis International Airport has opened a lounge for U.S. military personnel and their family members.

In past holiday seasons, the airport has created a space for traveling military personnel, but the new lounge is a permanent, fully enclosed space.

100. Memphis Airport Opens New Military Lounge, Nursing Room -

Memphis International Airport has opened a lounge for U.S. military personnel and their family members.

In past holiday seasons, the airport has created a space for traveling military personnel, but the new lounge is a permanent, fully enclosed space.