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1. Why Many Americans Aren't Benefiting From Robust US Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – "The economy," Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell declared this week, "is doing very well."

And it is. Steady hiring has shrunk unemployment to 3.8 percent – the lowest since the 1960's. Consumers are spending. Taxes are down. Inflation is tame. Factories are busy. Demand for homes is strong. Household wealth is up.

2. Fed Raises Key Rate, Sees Possible Acceleration in Hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time this year and signaled that it may step up its pace of rate increases because of solid economic growth and rising inflation.

3. Senate Panel Approves Nominations for 2 Fed Board Seats -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday approved President Donald Trump's nomination of Columbia University professor Richard Clarida to be the vice chairman of the Federal Reserve. The panel also approved the nomination of Kansas bank commissioner Michelle Bowman to fill another vacancy on the Fed's seven-member board.

4. 3 Things to Watch for From the Federal Reserve on Wednesday -

WASHINGTON (AP) – No one will likely be surprised by the announcement the Fed is set to make when its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday: That it's raising its key short-term interest rate for the second time this year.

5. Fed Watchers Await Rate Forecast With a Hike All But Certain -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Another interest rate increase is all but certain when the Federal Reserve meets this week. What's not so sure is whether the vigorous U.S. economy will lead the Fed to accelerate its rate hikes in the months ahead – a move that could raise the risk of a recession.

6. Home Equity Boosts US Household Wealth 1 Pct. to $100.8T -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Increased home prices boosted U.S. household net worth 1 percent in the January-March quarter to crack $100 trillion for the first time.

The Federal Reserve said Thursday that home values rose $500 billion, offsetting a decline in stock portfolios of $400 billion. Overall household wealth rose to $100.8 trillion from $99.7 trillion in the October-December quarter.

7. US Job Openings Tick Up to New Record High -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses posted the most job openings on record in April for the second straight month, underscoring the economy's strong demand for workers.

The number of available jobs rose 1 percent to 6.7 million from 6.6 million in March, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That's the most since records began in December 2000.

8. US Economic Growth Revised Down to 2.2 Percent Rate in Q1 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a weaker 2.2 percent annual rate in the first three months of the year, as consumers and businesses slowed their spending. But given the economy's recent performance, analysts are still looking for a solid rebound in the current quarter.

9. Loan Demand Down as Company Owners Turn to Personal Funds -

Fewer small employers sought loans and other financing toward the end of last year as many companies dealt with fiscal challenges.

That's the finding of a survey of more than 8,100 companies released last week by the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks. The survey showed that demand for financing fell, with 40 percent of companies seeking funding, down from 45 percent a year earlier.

10. Fed Chair Powell Stresses Importance of an Independent Fed -

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned Friday that the Fed's independence from political pressure must be respected if it is to succeed in controlling inflation, maximizing employment and regulating the financial system.

11. Trump Signs Bill Easing Post-2008 Crisis Restraints on Banks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Thursday signed into law a measure that loosens key restraints for banks imposed after the 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession. Savoring the legislative triumph, he called it "the next step in America's unprecedented economic comeback."

12. Fed Minutes: Another Rate Hike Likely 'Soon' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials earlier this month suggested that another rate hike was on the way soon, while also noting several risks facing the economy from rising wage pressures to potential harm from administration trade policies.

13. Hopson’s Schools Budget Features $12.7M Gap for County to Consider -

The school year that ends Thursday, May 24, marks five years since the historic change in public education kicked off in August 2013.

First was the one-year merger of city and county schools, followed by the demerger into seven public school systems within Shelby County.

14. Hopson's Schools Budget Features $12.9 Million Gap For County To Consider -

The school year that ends Thursday, May 24, marks five school years since the historic change in public education kicked off in August 2013 with the one-year merger of city and county schools followed by the demerger into seven public school systems within the county.

15. Low US Unemployment Rate Masks Financial Struggles for Many -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Federal Reserve survey shows that despite an ultra-low 3.9 percent unemployment rate, about one-third of U.S. adults faced financial insecurity last year and often struggled to pay unexpected expenses.

16. Congress Nears Dismantling of Post-Crisis Bank Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress was taking a final step Tuesday toward dismantling a chunk of the rules framework for banks installed to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and foreclosed homes.

17. What Rising Interest Rates Mean for Savers, Borrowers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Interest rates are charging higher, and that can be a good or bad thing depending on whether you're saving or borrowing.

For savers, it's a long-awaited win. After years of making virtually nothing on their money market accounts and certificates of deposit, savers are finally getting closer to keeping up with inflation. Investors are also getting rewarded with higher interest payments for buying newly issued bonds.

18. Trump Pick for Vice Chair Pledges Support for Key Fed Goals -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Richard Clarida, President Donald Trump's nominee for the No. 2 post at the Federal Reserve, is pledging support for the Fed's twin goals of stabilizing inflation and maximizing employment while also declaring the importance of the central bank's independence.

19. Last Word: New Football League, Drone Testing and New Chandler Numbers -

The Alliance of American Football announces its presence in Memphis Thursday afternoon at the Liberty Bowl. And so begins another chapter in the city’s colorful history of start-up leagues. It is a long history dominated by football with a good stretch of the timeline taking in the city’s pursuit of an NFL franchise. Sometimes the rules are a bit different and the leagues have a history of not lasting very long. But they are fondly remembered.

20. Fed's Powell: Rate Hikes Should Not Upend the Global Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Moves by the Fed and other major central banks to raise interest rates after a long period of keeping them low should not be disruptive to the global economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday.

21. US Job Openings Equal Unemployed for 1st Time in 2 Decades -

WASHINGTON (AP) – If you're looking for a job right now, this may be about as good as it gets: There are roughly as many open jobs in the United States as there are unemployed people.

In March, employers advertised 6.55 million open jobs, the most on records dating to December 2000, the Labor Department said Tuesday . At the same time, there were 6.59 million unemployed people.

22. Just Right: Fed Official Says US Living 'Goldilocks' Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With steady growth, low unemployment and tame inflation, the U.S. is experiencing a "Goldilocks" economy: Not too hot. Not too cold. But just right.

So says a top Federal Reserve official, who on Friday suggested that the unemployment rate could fall further to 3.5 percent with inflation modestly overshooting the Fed's target for a time without raising concerns.

23. 2nd-Longest US Expansion on Record Keeps Churning Out Jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy has delivered steady if only modest gains for most Americans since the Great Recession ended in 2009. It's been a frustration for many.

Yet the very sluggishness of the economic expansion helps explain why it's now the second-longest on record and why more of the country might soon benefit from higher pay.

24. Fed Keeps Key Rate Steady But Notes Rising Inflation -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday but noted that inflation is nearing the Fed's 2 percent target rate after years of remaining undesirably low.

25. Goldman Sachs to Pay $109.5 Million for Trading Violations -

NEW YORK (AP) – Goldman Sachs agreed Tuesday to pay a combined $109.5 million in fines to federal and New York state authorities to settle charges that the investment bank's currency traders unlawfully shared customers' order information with other banks in order to take advantage of the market.

26. Fed is Set to Leave Rates Alone But to Hike Later in Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is all but sure to leave interest rates unchanged this week, though steady economic growth and inflation pressures will likely keep the Fed on a path toward further rate hikes later this year.

27. The Latest: Global Leaders Fear Rising Trade Tensions -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest from the spring meetings of the Group of 20 major economies, the 189-nation International Monetary Fund and its sister lending institution, the World Bank. (All times local)

28. Wells Fargo Fined $1B for Mortgage, Auto Lending Abuses -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo will pay $1 billion to federal regulators to settle charges tied to misconduct at its mortgage and auto lending business, the latest punishment levied against the banking giant for widespread customer abuses.

29. 3 US Banks Post Higher Profits With Huge Assist From Tax Law -

NEW YORK (AP) – Three of America's biggest banks reported higher profits Friday, with a huge assist from the tax law passed late last year.

JPMorgan reported a record quarterly profit, while Citigroup and Wells Fargo topped analyst expectations.

30. Mulvaney Insists Consumer Watchdog is Still Doing its Job -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Mick Mulvaney tried Wednesday to reassure Democrats on a House finance panel that he's committed to punishing unscrupulous financial companies, while agreeing with Republicans that the watchdog agency he runs needs to be reined in and refocused.

31. Fed in March Discussed 'Slightly Steeper' Future Rate Hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials signaled rising confidence last month that a strong economy will lift inflation closer to its 2 percent target and that they may accelerate the Fed's pace of interest rate hikes as a result.

32. Mortgage Market Up 2 Percent in March -

When Financial Federal executive vice president John Loebel looks at the local mortgage market, he has a straightforward assessment: If you want to buy a home, buy it now.

“The mortgage rate trend is up, period,” he said. “With the Federal Reserve’s consistent raising of rates to control inflation, we foresee this will only continue. We wouldn’t be surprised if rates hit 5 percent next quarter. Due to these variables, we’re experiencing such a seller’s market. Countless buyers are bidding on every single home, decreasing the timeframe for negotiations and even appraisals.”

33. Powell Says Fed Expects to Stick With Gradual Rate Hikes -

CHICAGO (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Friday painted a mostly sunny view of the U.S. economy and said the Fed remains committed to raising its key interest rate gradually unless events change. He said it was too soon to determine how a trade fight with China could affect the U.S. economy.

34. Workers Benefit as US Businesses Struggle to Fill Jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. workers are increasingly benefiting as employers struggle to fill millions of open jobs.

More people who had given up looking for work are renewing their job hunts, more employees are confident enough to quit to look for other jobs and pay is gradually picking up.

35. Small Business Dilemma: Raise Prices or Absorb Inflation? -

NEW YORK (AP) – Higher energy prices and borrowing costs make it more expensive than last year for Bill Savickas to operate his wholesale produce business – especially since it's hard to pass the increases on to his customers.

36. US Economic Growth in Q4 Revised Up to 2.9 Percent Rate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a solid 2.9 percent annual rate in the final three months of last year, a sharp upward revision that caps three quarters of the fastest growth in more than a decade. The Trump administration is hoping the economy will accelerate further this year, aided by sizable tax cuts and increased government spending.

37. Survey of Business Economists Finds Growing Optimism -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Business economists are expressing optimism that tax cuts and increased government spending will accelerate economic growth over the next two years.

The latest survey by the National Association for Business Economics projects that the economy will grow 2.9 percent this year. That would be the best performance in three years, up from the NABE's forecast of three months ago, which envisioned 2.5 percent growth this year.

38. Plan to Expand Pre-K Would Leverage Private Funds -

After voters defeated two ballot questions in two years for sales tax increases – city and county – to fund an expansion of prekindergarten classrooms primarily in Memphis, the effort is back with a momentum that seemed unlikely five years ago.

39. Fed Raises Key Rate, Foresees 2 More Hikes This Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate and signaling confidence in the U.S. economy's durability but plans to continue a gradual approach to rate hikes for 2018 under its new chairman, Jerome Powell.

40. Fed Set to Raise Rates As Powell Gives 1st News Conference -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve's first meeting under Jerome Powell's leadership will likely end Wednesday with an announcement that the Fed will resume its modest interest rate hikes.

41. WSJ: Fed Investigation Into Wells Fargo Broadens -

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal investigation into Wells Fargo has broadened to include its wealth-management division, according to a Wall Street Journal report Friday.

Wells Fargo is wrestling with the aftermath of a scandal in its retail banking unit in which, among other things, employees opened up millions of fake accounts without customer authorization.

42. Trump Picks Camera-Proven Kudlow as Top Economic Aide -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has chosen Larry Kudlow to be his top economic aide, elevating the influence of a long-time fixture on the CNBC business news network who previously served in the Reagan administration and has emerged as a leading evangelist for tax cuts and a smaller government.

43. Triumph Adds Bankers, Expands Into Nashville -

As its annual meeting approaches, Triumph Bank finds itself in a protracted growth spurt, with activity encompassing everything from a pickup in mortgage activity to the addition of new bankers and an expansion into Nashville.

44. US Hiring Surge Last Month Pulls in Flood of New Workers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers went on a hiring binge in February, adding 313,000 jobs, amid rising business confidence lifted by the Trump administration's tax cuts and a resilient global economy.

45. Bank Executive Appointed To Federal Reserve Council -

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has appointed Commercial Bank and Trust vice chairman and CEO Mott Ford to its Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council for a three-year term ending in 2020.

46. Digest -

Memphis Grizzlies Suffer 15th Consecutive Loss

The Grizzlies lost their 15th straight game, 119-110 at Chicago, on Wednesday, March 7.

The team has not won since defeating the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum on Jan. 29.

47. US Consumer Borrowing Growth Slows to $13.9 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers increased their borrowing at a slower pace in January, as the category that covers credit cards recorded the smallest increase in three years.

January's gain of $13.9 billion followed a $19.2 billion increase in December and a November surge of $30.9 billion, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.

48. Survey: US Businesses Hire 235,000 New Workers in February -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. companies added a healthy 235,000 jobs last month, led by solid gains in construction, hotels and restaurants, and education and health care, according to a private survey.

The report Wednesday on February hiring from payroll provider ADP comes after businesses added 244,000 people in January and 249,000 in December. Those gains should be enough to reduce the unemployment rate, currently a low 4.1 percent, over time.

49. Fed Numbers Show Local Lending Increase -

Robert Shaw is among the Memphis banking executives looking forward to what the rest of 2018 will bring. He is CEO of Memphis-based Paragon Bank, which at the end of February announced record-breaking revenue and pre-tax income for the fourth quarter of 2017. The numbers were driven by solid loan growth, a healthy net interest margin and continued attention to controlling expenses.

50. Memphis Bank Executive Appointed to Federal Reserve Council -

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has appointed Commercial Bank and Trust vice chairman and CEO Mott Ford to its Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council for a three-year term ending in 2020.

51. Senate Poised to Ease Dodd-Frank Rules for Most Banks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ten years after a financial crisis rocked the nation's economy, the Senate is poised to pass legislation that would roll back some of the safeguards Congress put into place to prevent a relapse.

52. Waddell: Investment Gains Don’t Last Forever -

David Waddell was upbeat during the 2017 version of the yearly “State of the Union” presentation he gives to clients of Waddell & Associates, but this year, not so much.

53. US Economic Growth Revised Down Slightly to 2.5 Pct. in Q4 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. economic growth was revised down slightly to a still-solid 2.5 percent annual rate in the final three months of last year, as business spent less on investment and restocking shelves than the government had previously estimated.

54. Powell Says Outlook Strong, Signaling Gradual Rate Hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told Congress Tuesday that the outlook for the U.S. economy "remains strong" despite the recent stock market turbulence, keeping the central bank on track to gradually raise interest rates.

55. Fed Officials: Stronger Economy Boosts Chance for Rate Hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials at their January meeting believed that a brightening global economic picture and the effects of recently passed tax cuts had raised the prospect for solid growth and continued interest rate increases.

56. US Bank Pays $613 Million Over Money Laundering Charges -

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. Bancorp said Thursday it will pay $613 million in fines and penalties to settle allegations that the bank had poor anti-money laundering controls, which put the bank repeatedly at risk of being used as a conduit for criminals.

57. Is Inflation Rising as Investors Fear? 5 Ways to Keep Track -

WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly a decade of being all but invisible, inflation — or the fear of it — is back.

Tentative signs have emerged that prices could accelerate in coming months. Pay raises may be picking up a bit. Commodities such as oil and aluminum have grown more expensive. Cellphone plans are likely to appear costlier.

58. Even 'Safe' Bond Investments Falter as Markets Tumble -

NEW YORK (AP) – The stock market isn't the only thing dropping. Bonds, which are supposed to be the safe part of every investor's portfolio, have faltered, too.

In what's been a rude awakening for some investors, bond funds have lost ground these past couple of weeks, unlike in past downturns for stocks. What's different this time is that the same things undercutting stocks are hurting bond prices: worries about inflation and the possibility of much higher interest rates.

59. The Metrics Mayor -

At times in the last two years, political supporters of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland have been worried. They agree with what got him elected, his “brilliant at the basics” philosophy that makes basic services and fundamental play-it-safe financial strategies the priority at City Hall.

60. How the Market's Turmoil Could Affect Fed's Rate Decisions -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Wall Street has thrown a rather sour welcoming party for Jerome Powell.

61. GM Likely to Expand Subsidized Loans if Interest Rates Rise -

DETROIT (AP) – If auto loan interest rates rise as expected this year, General Motors and others are likely to make more subsidized loans, including zero-percent financing, to keep car sales flowing.

62. Quits Rise at Fastest Pace in 17 Years, Signaling Higher Pay -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. companies posted the fewest open jobs in seven months in December, yet the number of Americans quitting their jobs rose to a 17-year high, a mixed reading on the job market.

63. US Economy Still Fundamentally Strong Despite Falling Stocks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A wave of fear about inflation and higher interest rates has sent stock prices tumbling and raised concerns about corporate profits. Yet the rush of anxiety has obscured a fundamental fact about the U.S. economy: It's healthy.

64. Powell Sworn In as 16th Chairman of Federal Reserve -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Jerome Powell was sworn in Monday as the 16th chairman of the Federal Reserve in a brief ceremony in the Fed's board room. In a video message, Powell pledged to support continued economic growth and a healthy job market while remaining "vigilant" to any emerging economic risks.

65. Last Word: Super Bowl From A Distance, More School Plans and DACA -

Eagles over Patriots 41-33. Also at the Super Bowl – no Prince hologram in the JT halftime show but plenty of choreography and a nightclub beneath the stage … the NFL catch rule has its last hurrah – probably … Patriots-haters have the offseason to become Eagles-haters. And Philadelphia Police use hydraulic fluid to stop Eagles fans from climbing utility poles. Irony lives.

66. Yellen Lands New Job at Brookings Institution -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, the first woman to head the nation's central bank, got a boisterous send-off from Fed staff, but she isn't taking any time off. After her last day at the Fed on Friday, she will start a new job Monday at the Brookings Institution.

67. Federal Reserve Imposes New Penalties on Wells Fargo -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is imposing more penalties on Wells Fargo, freezing the bank's growth until it can prove it has improved its internal controls. In addition, bank agreed to replace four board members.

68. Big Pay Gains for US Workers Contribute to Wall St. Sell-Off -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Pay raises, the U.S. economy's Achilles' heel in its long recovery from the Great Recession, finally showed signs of accelerating last month – a trend that fanned inflation fears and sent bond yields rising and stocks sinking.

69. 5 Things: What Yellen's Fed Tenure Will Be Remembered For -

WASHINGTON (AP) – When Janet Yellen leaves the Federal Reserve this weekend after four years as chair, her legacy will include having shattered a social barrier: She is the first woman to have led the world's most powerful central bank, a position that carries enormous sway over the global economy.

70. Fed Leaves Key Rate Unchanged At Yellen's Final Meeting -

The Federal Reserve has left its benchmark interest rate unchanged but signaled that it expects to resume raising rates gradually to reflect a healthy job market and economy.

At Janet Yellen's final meeting as chair Wednesday, the Fed kept its key short-term rate in a still-low range of 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent. It said in a statement that it expects inflation to finally pick up this year and to stabilize around the Fed's target level of 2 percent. In its previous statement, the Fed had predicted that inflation would remain below its target rate.

71. Rotating Forrest Bust Out of Capitol Gains Momentum -

Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s days in the State Capitol could be numbered. Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, an Oak Ridge Republican, says he could support a move to rotate Forrest’s bust out of the Capitol and make sure Capitol displays are “more reflective of the entire history of Tennessee.”

72. Fed Likely to Hold Rates Steady at Yellen's Final Meeting -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Janet Yellen's final Federal Reserve policy meeting will likely bring an uneventful end this week to her four-year tenure as Fed chair but perhaps offer hints of the central bank's approach to interest rates in the months to follow.

73. US Economy Grew at Solid 2.6 Percent Rate in Fourth Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a solid rate of 2.6 percent in the final three months of last year, helped by the fastest consumer spending since the spring of 2016 and a big rebound in home construction.

74. Dunavant Awards Will Feature Hardy As Keynote -

As a lifelong Memphian and successful entrepreneur, Carolyn Hardy is all about finding new ways to grow the city.

75. Powell Taking Over as Fed Chairman at Time of Economic Calm -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It would seem like a pretty good time to take over as chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Jerome Powell has won Senate confirmation to head the U.S. central bank, inheriting an economy on a roll, a booming stock market and unemployment at a 17-year low.

76. Humane Society Names Davis 2018 Board President -

Ted Davis has been named 2018 president of the board of directors for the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. Davis, who is a wealth adviser for Regions Bank, joined the humane society board in December 2015. His first priority was a campaign inspiring adopters to become donors, which led him to being the Paw Prints Gala committee chair in 2017.

77. Fed Survey Finds Solid Growth, Rising Wages -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve reported Wednesday that the economy was growing at a moderate pace at the start of the year, with the majority of business contacts optimistic about prospects for 2018.

78. Senate Committee Approves Nomination of Powell for Fed Chair -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate Banking Committee has voted for a second time to approve President Donald Trump's nomination of Jerome Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

79. Inflation Watch: December Consumer Prices Up Just 0.1 Pct -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumer inflation slowed in December to a tiny 0.1 percent gain as energy costs retreated from a big jump in November.

The December increase in consumer prices followed a sharper 0.4 percent increase in November, the Labor Department reported Friday. The December gain was the smallest advance since October.

80. Wells Fargo Q4 Results Rise 17 Pct; Posts Gain From Tax Bill -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wells Fargo says its fourth-quarter earnings rose 17 percent from a year ago, as the consumer banking giant benefited from the recently passed GOP tax bill, but incurred additional costs related to improper sales practices and other matters.

81. Last Word: A New Majority, A Plan After Kroger and Cold Cases -

Shelby County elections administrator Linda Phillips has been watching the ebb and flow of petitions for the 2018 elections and has found what she believes is a link to the weather. “Apparently when the dreaded ‘snow’ word is mentioned in the forecast, not only do people go out and clear the shelves of milk, bread and eggs. They also decide to pick up a petition,” she wrote in an email with the list of who has pulled and who has filed in the last two days.

82. Fed's Memphis Branch Makes Board Appointments -

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has announced a set of changes to its Memphis Branch board of directors, effective Jan. 1.

83. St. Louis Fed Memphis Branch Makes Board Appointments -

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has announced a set of changes to its Memphis Branch board of directors, effective Jan. 1.

84. Fed Projects $80.2 Billion Payment to Treasury for 2017 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve said Wednesday the payments it will make to the federal government based on its 2017 operations will drop to $80.2 billion, down 12.3 percent from 2016.

85. Americans Borrowed More in November Amid Solid Holiday Sales -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumers in November ran up nearly $28 billion in new debt on their credit cards and in new student, auto and other loans, a sign of growing confidence in the economy.

86. Fed Officials Expect Boost From Tax Cuts -

Federal Reserve policymakers largely agreed last month that the U.S. tax overhaul would likely benefit the economy, but they were split on whether the resulting growth would warrant a faster pace of rate hikes this year.

87. A Fantastic Year for Fund Investors: Everyone's a Winner -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sometimes, everyone's a winner. Last year was one of those times for mutual-fund investors.

Nearly every fund made money during 2017, which ended up being one of the most enjoyable years in history for investors as improvements in corporate profits and economies around the world lifted markets. Even some of the biggest laggards of recent years shared in the gains, including funds that focus on Latin American stocks, commodities and other niches.

88. Fed Officials Expect Economic Boost From Tax Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers largely agreed last month that the U.S. tax overhaul would likely benefit the economy, but they were split on whether the resulting growth would warrant a faster pace of rate hikes this year.

89. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some Who Died in 2017 -

They made music that inspired legions of fans. Rock 'n' roll founding fathers Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, rockers Tom Petty and Gregg Allman, grunge icon Chris Cornell, country superstar Glen Campbell and jazz great Al Jarreau were among the notable figures who died in 2017, leaving a void in virtually every genre of music.

90. Applications for US Jobless Aid Hold at 245,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of unemployed workers filing for jobless benefits remained the same from the previous week at 245,000, a low level signaling a healthy job market.

The four-week moving average, a less volatile measure, climbed 1,750 to 237,750, the Labor Department said Thursday.

91. US Consumer Spending Rises 0.6 Percent in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers stepped up their spending last month, a good sign for the holiday shopping season.

The Commerce Department said Friday that consumer spending rose a sharp 0.6 percent from October, outpacing a 0.3 percent increase in personal income. As a result, the savings rate fell to 2.9 percent of after-tax income in November, lowest since November 2007.

92. US Economy Grew at Solid 3.2 Percent Rate in Third Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.2 percent annual rate from July through September, slightly slower than previously estimated but still enough to give the country the best back-to-back quarterly growth rates in three years.

93. The Cutoff -

When Memphis leaders got together with suburban mayors in September at Agricenter, it was to talk about a unified countywide approach to getting Amazon’s $5 billion HQ2 project.

It was supposed to be a time for leaders of the county and its seven cities to talk about their common good, regionalism and all things they agree on, with none of what they disagree on at least for the moment.

94. Shelby County Housing Market Remains Strong -

As the year winds to a close, Shelby County home sales remained strong in November, continuing the nearly uniform rise in average sales price, volume and overall units that has been indicative of the local housing market in 2017.

95. Fed Increases Rate for 3rd Time This Year; Foresees 3 More in 2018 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8 1/2 years after the end of the Great Recession.

96. Fed Set to Raise Rates As Yellen Gives Final News Conference -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Investors seem certain about this: The Federal Reserve is going to raise interest rates this week for the third time this year.

They're less sure about what the central bank might have in store for 2018, and they will look to Janet Yellen's final news conference as Fed chair Wednesday for any clues.

97. Applications for US Jobless Benefits Drop Again to 236,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of unemployed workers filing for jobless benefits fell by 2,000 last week to 236,000, the lowest level in five weeks and further evidence of the strength in the labor market.

98. US Consumer Borrowing Up $20.5 Billion in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers increased their borrowing by $20.5 billion in October. It was the biggest gain in 11 months and reflected strong increases in the use of credit cards and in auto and student loans.

99. Economists Expect Modest Boost From Tax Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Economists expect a tax overhaul to provide a modest boost to the U.S. economy but are increasingly worried that a rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement will take a toll on growth.

100. First Horizon-Capital Bank Merger Now Complete -

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank will end 2017 as a significantly larger institution, with billions more in assets, deposits and loans, thanks to the completion Nov. 30 of its merger with Charlotte, North Carolina-based Capital Bank Financial Corp.