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1. US Businesses Post More Open Jobs; Quits Rise to 9-Year High -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. companies advertised more available jobs in December and more Americans quit, trends that could lift wages in the coming months.

The number of job openings jumped 4.9 percent to 5.6 million, the most since July, the Labor Department said Tuesday. And quits increased 6.9 percent to nearly 3.1 million, the highest in more than nine years.

2. FTN Financial Named Top Underwriter -

FTN Financial, a division of First Tennessee Bank, ranked as the No. 1 underwriter for 2015 of callable debt issued by the government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Federal Home Loan Bank and Federal Farm Credit Bank.

3. Last Word: Leaving Warren and Tulane, New Police Brass and Losing Housing -

Post Super Bowl edition of Last Word: Broncos 24 – Panthers 10 – Lady Gaga’s National Anthem kudos – Coldplay/Bruno Mars/Beyonce ambitious halftime extravaganza got lost in spots by bad sound.

4. Many See Cause for Optimism Despite Slower US Job Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consider looking past January's so-so job growth.

At first glance, Friday's government report on U.S. hiring was a downer — 151,000 added jobs, well below the pace of the previous few months.

5. Trust Fund Mentioned as Possible $1.1B Solution on School Benefits Liability -

A trust fund is one possibility that has surfaced early in the formal discussions of the Shelby County School system’s $1.1 billion benefits liability.

The first meeting of the ad hoc committee on the matter last week drew nine of the 13 Shelby County Commissioners, the administration of Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and two of nine Shelby County Schools board members.

6. Minority Leader Harris Confident Even on Wrong Side of Supermajority -

Lee Harris says he ran for state Senate because he felt Memphis could do better on Capitol Hill, defeating Ophelia Ford in 2014.

7. US Consumer Spending Flat, Savings Rate at 3-Year High -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers kept their spending flat in December and instead boosted their savings rate to the highest level in three years.

Consumer spending was unchanged in December after rising 0.5 percent in November, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Incomes increased 0.3 percent, matching November's gain.

8. Last Word: Groundhog Day's Long Shadow, Minority Percentage & The Value of Sports -

After the January into February weekend we had with its outbreak of spring fever, you might wonder if groundhogs are allowed to change their minds or if shadows that are the result of television lights count as a prediction on the winter’s length.
Or maybe it would be appropriate to have a weather map that includes the Groundhog Day immunity zones – areas where the long shadow of the groundhog does not venture.
Note to television meteorologists: This would in no way interfere with your right to declare large parts of your viewing areas as places of "potentially severe weather" far into the future. But you will need a different color for the Groundhog Immunity Zones.

9. Cutting taxes, school choice, tort reform drive Sen. Kelsey -

State Sen. Brian Kelsey calls himself “a proud conservative who likes to get results.”

10. Mike Conley Directs $15K to Sickle Cell Center -

Orion Federal Credit Union presented a $15,000 donation to Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley for his charity-of-choice, Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center.

Conley is a long-time supporter of Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, which runs a preventive outpatient clinic and Memphis’ first dedicated emergency infusion unit for sickle cell patients. The center is focused on delivering treatment advances through on-site research.

11. MATA ‘Thinking Outside the Bus’ to Overcome Funding Shortfall -

To accommodate for a chronic budget shortfall, the Memphis Area Transit Authority said that it has to start “thinking outside the bus.”

In January, Memphis was announced as one of the pilot partners of a new app that coordinates public transit with private Uber cars.

12. Last Word: New Minority Business Numbers, The House Affair and The Heights -

The recently revived discussion on minority business in Memphis is about to go back on the front burner again. Fueling the intensity are new U.S. Census numbers. They show the percentage of business receipts in Memphis produced by black-owned businesses has dropped since the 2007 census numbers showed a 1.08 percent share of those receipts by black-owned businesses. That in a city whose population is 63 percent African-American.
The drop to below one percent is even though the overall receipts in 2012 were higher than they were in 2007.
Madeline Faber is the first to report the new numbers as part of a cover story in our weekly, The Memphis News, that will be on the streets and in the racks Saturday, on-line Friday afternoon.
The numbers are such a telling story and such an important indicator that we broke it out as its own story in advance of the cover story.

13. Mike Conley Directs $15K To Sickle Cell Center -

Orion Federal Credit Union presented a $15,000 donation to Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley for his charity-of-choice, Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center.

Conley is a long-time supporter of Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, which runs a preventive outpatient clinic and Memphis’ first dedicated emergency infusion unit for sickle cell patients. The center is focused on delivering treatment advances through on-site research.

14. History Lesson -

A HISTORY LESSON TAUGHT, NOT LEARNED.

When I first wrote about attempts to steamroll Overton Park, a friend told me a great story. He was in his parents’ living room one afternoon in the late ’60s listening to his father go on and on about the battle to keep I-40 out of Overton Park ... too late to stop it, who are these silly protestors anyway, yadda yadda ... when they turned on the local news.

15. Harris Passes On Challenging Cohen For House Seat -

A surprise January dalliance by Tennessee Sen. Lee Harris of Memphis with a challenge of U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen in the August primaries didn’t make it quite to the end of the month.

16. Doug Carpenter & Associates Rebrands as DCA -

When Doug Carpenter started his eponymous advertising agency five years ago, what the name should be wasn’t too hard to figure out. It was an agency of one with the need to bank on Carpenter’s reputation in the community. So Doug Carpenter & Associates LLC was born.

17. Fed Voices Concern About Global Economic Pressures -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve sounded a note of concern Wednesday about how global pressures could affect the U.S. economy, while keeping a key interest rate unchanged.

Six weeks after it raised rates from record lows, the Fed took stock of a more perilous international picture that could alter its plans for further raising rates. The statement it issued after its latest policy meeting signaled that the Fed could slow future rate hikes if financial market losses and global weakness don't abate.

18. Wal-Mart's Shutdown Creates New Food Deserts -

FAIRFIELD, Ala. (AP) — Wal-Mart's decision to shutter 154 stores across the country means that, starting Thursday, residents without cars in a neighborhood near a historically black college outside Birmingham, Alabama, will have to cross dangerous roadways on foot to get fresh produce and meat. Come Friday, folks in Coal Hill, Arkansas, will need to drive 15 miles to get to the nearest supermarket and pharmacy. Low-income neighbors of Wichita State University in Kansas, too, will be losing quick access to fresh groceries.

19. SCS Board Authorizes More Discussions On Crosstown High -

Shelby County Schools board members have authorized superintendent Dorsey Hopson to continue discussions about a Crosstown High School.

The board approved a resolution Tuesday, Jan. 26, that also sets some parameters for the talks with the developers of Crosstown Concourse and Christian Brothers University about the collaboration.

20. American Consumers Showing More Confidence in Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A strong job market and low gasoline prices helped boost U.S. consumer confidence again this month.

The Conference Board on Tuesday said that its consumer confidence index rose to 98.1 in January from 96.3 in December, the second straight monthly gain. The business research group said Americans were more confident about the future, though their assessment of current economic conditions was unchanged from December.

21. A Month After Raising Rates, Fed Faces Darker Global Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the Federal Reserve raised interest rates from record lows last month, the global picture has darkened. Stock markets have plunged. Oil prices have skidded. China's leaders have struggled to steer the world's second-biggest economy.

22. Last Word: The Big Fizzle, John Jay Hooker's Exit And "A Great Sports Town" -

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it – isn’t that how the saying goes?
In our case, it might be better to say everybody talks about the television weather coverage but nobody does anything about it.
As we all know now, Memphis dodged the “blizzard” warning artfully and passive-aggressively teased by several television stations who shall go un-named here because they know who they are and you do too.
That’s because they spent much of the day of "the blizzard that wasn’t" whining about the reaction from viewers who complained about the hype and then the promos the stations ran the day of the big fizzle.
We didn’t get much in the way of snow in Memphis, but we got a couple of feet of hype.

23. Sprint Gave Layoff Notices to 829 Overland Park Employees -

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Sprint Corp. says in state filings that it has given layoff notices to 829 employees at its Overland Park campus in the past three months.

24. The Week Ahead: Jan. 25, 2016 -

We hope everyone survived Snow Terror ‘16 and is looking forward to a fun, productive week ahead that’s free of milk and bread runs. (Saturday’s high temp is 60 degrees – woohoo!) Here’s your weekly rundown of events and happenings worth paying attention to…

25. Blight Authority of Memphis Convenes to Tackle Problem Properties -

“This is historic,” attorney Steve Barlow said at the inaugural meeting of the Blight Authority of Memphis, held Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Downtown Memphis Commission’s office.

26. The Persecution of Jeremy Durham -

Inhumane and unfair: That’s the only way to describe the “liberal media’s” treatment of state Rep. Jeremy Durham over the last month.

27. City Council Approves Colonial Conversion, Vintage Trolley Purchase -

One of two golf courses at Colonial Country Club would give way to houses under a planned development approved Tuesday, Jan. 19, by the Memphis City Council.

The council approved a development that would turn the north course at Colonial into either a mix of single-family homes, townhouses and cottages or a mix of housing for senior citizens.

28. NCRM Forum on Sports and Race Features Lively Dialogue -

Professional athletes pay a price when they speak out on issues outside of or larger than the games they play.

And ESPN commentator and retired NBA player Jalen Rose draws a distinction between the way players in Major League Baseball and players in “black sports” are treated by their teams.

29. First Horizon CEO: 2015 Was a ‘Very Good Year’ -

The top brass at First Tennessee Bank’s parent company kicked off their first quarterly earnings presentation to analysts in 2016 with frequent allusion to some favorite themes.

30. Last Word: No Bern, Say No More and The Daily Mail Comes For A Visit -

Democratic presidential contender and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders didn’t make it the city after all following the weekend’s debate among the Democratic presidential contenders.

31. Insider Q&A: Allianz Strategist Hooper on Market Turmoil -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last year was the stock market's first down year since 2008, and this year has opened with a thud. The market is down 8 percent in the first two weeks of trading, the worst start to a year ever.

32. Last Word: Secrets In A Small Town, Bullard Bounce and Beale & Mud Island -

Munford! A winning Powerball ticket for the largest jackpot ever was sold in Munford and that warrants a rare exclamation mark.
Possibly two when you consider that small towns are supposed to be places where it is nearly impossible to keep a secret – at least from the other folks in the town.
The fact that it was sold at Naifeh’s, a long-standing Tipton County business institution adds to the story.
The person who bought the ticket in Munford holds one of three winning tickets which comes out to about $582 million for that ticket.
That is roughly the size of the city of Memphis operating budget.
There was a similar mystery underway Thursday in Dyersburg where someone bought a Powerball ticket worth a paltry $2 million. Probably worth an exclamation mark if I wasn’t over the limit and already feeling the unspoken disdain of my reporting brethren who are judging me harshly as you read this.

33. Fed Official: Low Oil Prices Affecting Central Bank Action -

A key Fed official assured Memphis business leaders during a breakfast address Thursday, Jan. 14, that interest rates won’t climb dramatically this year.

Jim Bullard, the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, told the Economic Club of Memphis that rates today are “crazy low compared to the historical experience in the U.S.” and will “remain accommodative well into the future.”

34. Haslam: No Gas Tax Push, For Now -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam confirmed Thursday, Jan. 14, that there won’t be a state gas tax hike proposal in this year’s session of the Tennessee Legislature.

But Haslam, who previously said he wasn’t necessarily pushing for such a tax hike as a solution to funding road projects, said that is the most likely future option.

35. Medicaid Expansion Advocates Greet Returning Tenn. Lawmakers -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Protesters advocating for the passage of Gov. Bill Haslam's Medicaid expansion proposal packed the state Capitol on Tuesday, singing, chanting and waving signs as lawmakers who defeated the measure last year returned for the first day of the legislative session.

36. Shelby County Mortgage Activity Solid in 2015 -

The Shelby County mortgage market had a strong 2015, and lenders expect the momentum to continue for the foreseeable future.

Among loans made at the time of purchase, banks and mortgage lenders made 9,368 mortgages in Shelby County during 2015, up 11 percent from the 8,470 mortgages during 2014, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

37. Shelby County Housing Market 'Back to Normal' in 2015 -

The Memphis and Shelby County housing market moved closer to prerecession levels in 2015 as the year closed with the highest home sales revenue recorded since 2007.

There were 16,176 sales recorded last year, up 3 percent from 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

38. Tennessee Lawmaker Facing Ouster Benefited From '2nd Chance' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Republican members of the Tennessee House gather Tuesday to decide whether to oust embattled Rep. Jeremy Durham from his leadership post, it won't be the first time that two-term lawmaker has had to answer for questionable behavior.

39. Tennessee Legislature Opens 2016 Session on Capitol Hill -

The Tennessee General Assembly's 2016 session will be a short one, likely done by early April. The gavels fall in the House and Senate chambers in Nashville at noon Tuesday, Jan. 12, opening the election year session.

40. Last Word: El Chapo and Memphis, First Filers for August and Origins in Graffiti -

The Mississippi River at Memphis crested and then it rained.
The weekend rain added about two-tenths of an inch by Saturday to Friday’s crest.
But by Sunday, the river had dropped to 39.12 feet, which is still more than five feet above flood stage.

41. From the High-Flying to the Practical: CES 2016 in Brief -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – This year's CES gadget show, like ones before it, showed off a mix of the dreamy and the practical in technology. Gadget prototypes promised us fully autonomous vehicles carrying commuters on the streets and in the sky, while gizmos went on sale that aimed to solve daily problems like restocking your fridge.

42. US Employers Hire at Robust Pace, Defying Global Trends -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is motoring ahead despite slowing global growth that caused upheavals in financial markets around the world this week.

Employers added a robust 292,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate stayed low at 5 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. Job gains in the October-December quarter averaged 284,000, the best three-month increase since last January.

43. Tennessee Lawmakers Return With Eye Toward Campaign Season -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers return Tuesday for the second session of the 109th General Assembly with an eye toward quickly disposing of their business and heading home for election season.

44. The Week Ahead: Jan. 11, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from drones and robot research to the Grizzlies’ annual MLK symposium at the National Civil Rights Museum...

45. This week in Memphis history: January 8-14 -

1973: The Harlem Globetrotters make their first appearance on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” with a game from the Mid-South Coliseum, with Howard Cosell, Don Meredith and Frank Gifford hosting the telecast.

46. Last Word: The Crest, OPEB Fever, Armstrong Leaves and An Elvis Warning -

The crest is here and it is not quite 40 feet on the Mississippi River gauge. The projections Thursday evening going into Friday’s crest of the river at Memphis changed a bit from the 40.3 foot level. The crest is 39.8 feet.
No reports of major damage anywhere in Shelby County, according to the Shelby County Office of Prepardness.
But the river’s high water is still a sight to behold.

47. Strickland Wades Into River Concerns -

The local agencies that respond to natural disasters learned a lot four years ago when the Mississippi River was rising in Downtown Memphis.

And many of those lessons are being used as the river approaches a crest on Friday, Jan. 8, estimated to be 40.5 feet on the river gauge.

48. Sanders Vowing to Break Up Banks During First Year in Office -

NEW YORK (AP) — Characterizing Wall Street as an industry run on "greed, fraud, dishonesty and arrogance," Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pledged to break up the country's biggest financial firms within a year, should he become president, in a major policy address on Tuesday.

49. Last Word: Farewell For Now Midtown Kroger, Weather Hype and Tri-State Bank Clues -

A moment of silence for Midtown Kroger if you will, now that you’ve been through the New Year’s mountain of emails etc.
Where to shop with the Midtown supermarket landmark now closed was the water-cooler question of the day for those who have had a love-hate relationship with the store.
If you are a creature of habit and your habit is that store, you’ve known it by many names – Seesel’s, Seesel’s by Albertson, Schnucks and Kroger.
And as many bad names as you called its original parking lot, you came up with some new ones for the God-forsaken parking lot and its marked pedestrian walkway to hell built on the elegant ghost of the old Trousseau shop.
The store's interior wasn’t quite “Double Indemnity” tiny – think Barbara Stanwyck in cat sunglasses talking furtively over doll-like shelves to Fred MacMurray before “My Three Sons.”
But the “super” in its version of a supermarket was the 1950s black-and-white television Superman.
When Pau Gasol – the original Gasol -- was still playing for the Grizzlies, I ran across him on a late-night grocery excursion able to shop two aisles at once peering over his own aisle to the one I was on, suddenly having that feeling that someone was watching me.
An informal and decidedly unscientific sampling Monday found the alternative sites were the Kroger at Poplar and Cleveland, Cash Saver on Madison, West Memphis WalMart (a go to destination for left of Midtowners, otherwise known as Downtowners) and “I’m still waiting for Trader Joe's."
The old Midtown Kroger has closed as the new and bigger Kroger is starting to take shape behind chain link fences with tarps and other construction barriers just west of the original store but still within earshot of the Idlewild Presbyterian Church carillon.

50. Fed's Bullard to Address Economic Club of Memphis -

Only a few weeks after the Federal Reserve decided to raise interest rates after keeping them near zero for years, a key Fed official will be in Memphis later this month to talk about the economy and what lies ahead.

51. US Sues VW Over Emissions-Cheating Software in Diesel Cars -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department sued Volkswagen on Monday over emissions-cheating software found in nearly 600,000 vehicles sold in the United States.

The civil complaint against the German automaker, filed on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency in U.S. District Court in Detroit, alleges the company illegally installed software designed to make its diesel engines pass federal emissions standards while undergoing laboratory testing. The vehicles then switched off those measures to boost performance in real-world driving conditions, resulting in greenhouse gas emissions up to 40 times greater than federal environmental standards.

52. Harris Weighs Cohen Challenge -

Tennessee state Senate Democratic leader Lee Harris is considering a challenge of U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen in the August Democratic Congressional primary.

53. The Week Ahead: Jan. 4, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? 2016 has kicked off with a full calendar – from an Elvis birthday celebration to a haunted pub crawl. So whether you’re still making your New Year’s resolutions or already have broken a few, here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about...

54. Measure Increasing Seat Belt Fines Among New Tennessee Laws -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Motorists in Tennessee who don't buckle up could face stiffer fines under one of many new Tennessee laws taking effect Friday.

The tougher seat belt law increases the fine for first-time offenders from $10 to $25 and from $20 to $50 for repeat offenders.

55. Refugees, Regents, Privatization On Tap for New Session -

State Sen. Ken Yager isn’t quite ready for the state of Tennessee to reclaim the Refugee Resettlement Program from Catholic Charities.

56. Strickland Takes Office Promising Change -

Things move quickly once it is decided the incumbent mayor will not be returning to City Hall.

The political spotlight shifts quickly to the new mayor who has about two months and two weeks to make some important decisions about his inner circle, set some priorities and figure out what needs to wait for more deliberation.

57. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 -

When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.

58. Under Pressure -

The Urban Child Institute’s research produces data. That data provides guidance for making decisions about how to best help Memphis children age 3 and younger. And The Urban Child Institute’s assets, around $150 million in 2013, offer a means to that end.

59. New Laws in 2016 Show States are Diverging on Guns, Voting -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues.

Restrictions on carrying guns will ease in Texas, for example, but will get tighter in California. It will be easier to register to vote in Oregon, but there will be another step to take at the polls in North Carolina.

60. Healthy Job Market Lifts Consumer Confidence in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A stronger job market lifted consumer confidence in December, a business group said Tuesday.

The Conference Board's consumer confidence index rose to 96.5 this month from November's revised 92.6.

61. US Stocks Are Ending 2015 Mostly Flat, Capping Volatile Year -

The stock market took investors for a wild ride in 2015, but in the end it was a trip to nowhere.

Despite veering between record highs and the steepest dive in four years, the stock market is on track to end the year essentially flat. That means if you invested in a fund that tracks the Standard & Poor's 500 index, you have little to show for the past 12 months.

62. US Home Prices Climb in October, Helped By Solid Job Market -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Steady job growth, low mortgage rates and tight inventories helped fuel rising U.S. home prices in October.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.5 percent in the 12 months ending in October, up from a 5.4 percent pace in September, according to a report released Tuesday.

63. University of Memphis to Focus on Drone Research in 2016 -

The FedEx Institute of Technology in 2016 will roll out heavy programming, research and community engagement in drones and other unmanned vehicles as these emerging technologies continue to mature.

64. Last Word: Watching The River, The Clerk's Inner Circle and Universal Bankers -

The Mississippi River is on the rise here and elsewhere which means for many of us the New Year will include a look at the river and memories of 2011 when the river at Memphis was the highest it had been since the record 1937 flooding.

65. Health Law Reporting Extension Issued for Employers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Treasury Department on Monday gave employers an extension of critical reporting requirements, as it seeks to manage some of the most complicated parts of the federal health care law.

66. Deadly Shooting in Chattanooga Voted Top Story of 2015 -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The fatal shooting of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga has been voted the top Tennessee news story of 2015.

Muhammad Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen, opened fire on a recruiting center and a reserve facility on July 16. The FBI recently described the attack as an act "inspired and motivated by foreign terrorist propaganda."

67. Crestview Collection Makes New HQ in Oakhaven -

4300 Concorde Road
Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $6.9 million

Sale Date: Dec. 15

Buyer: CLI Inc.

Seller: Lester McMahan Partnership

Loan Amount: $6 million

68. Last Word: Recovery in North Mississippi, Opera in 2016 and Uptown North of Chelsea -

It’s been a holiday season of challenged hopes and muted emotions in our corner of the world.
The beginning of the series of storms and tornadoes they spawned killed eight people in North Mississippi where recovery is still a fact of life in this last week of 2015.
This will be a week of funerals and damage assessments for federal disaster aid throughout our region.
And you will hear more stories of escapes and new beginnings after losing everything of any material value.
But even in our spared city, our thoughts will return instinctively to the young lives taken so suddenly and so close to the family gatherings in which our youngest give so much more in the way of hope than they will realize at this tender age.

69. Federal Agency Moving to Brinkley Plaza -

A federal agency is moving to the Brinkley Plaza office building Downtown in the first quarter of 2016.

The Memphis field office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will be taking up the seventh floor in the Downtown Class B building.

70. US Consumer Confidence Rose in December to 5-Month High -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer sentiment rose in December to its highest level since July, lifted in part by low inflation, which has boosted Americans' purchasing power.

The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index, released Wednesday, rose to 92.6 from 91.3 in November. That's just below this year's average of 92.9, the highest annual average in 11 years.

71. US Consumer Spending and Incomes Up in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending rebounded in November after a weak showing in October, while a key inflation gauge posted the fastest year-over-year increase in 11 months.

Spending increased 0.3 percent in November after an essentially flat reading in October and a 0.2 percent gain in September, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Personal income rose a solid 0.3 percent in November, reflecting solid gains in wages and salaries, after a 0.4 percent October increase.

72. Expect Less and Buy Antacid: 2016 Investment Forecasts -

NEW YORK (AP) — Investing is becoming more of a grind. Expect it to stay that way.

Analysts, mutual-fund managers and other forecasters are telling investors to expect lower returns from stocks and bonds in 2016 than in past years. They're also predicting more severe swings in prices. Remember that 10 percent drop for stocks that freaked investors out in August? It likely won't take another four years for the next one.

73. US Economy Grew at 2 Pct. Rate Over Summer; A Pickup Is Seen -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a slightly slower pace over the summer than the government had previously estimated. Most economists foresee a slight acceleration in the current quarter and stronger growth in the first half of 2016.

74. US Regulators Slap BMW With $40M Fine for Safety Violations -

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators have slapped German automaker BMW AG with a $40 million penalty for moving too slowly to fix Mini brand cars that failed federal crash tests.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also said Monday BMW failed to send the agency accurate recall information.

75. Last Word: The Force Reawakens, Methodist Expands and Setting Up 2016 -

Last Word is a new daily online column that offers an overview of what’s happened at the end of shift, so to speak. Picture a dimly lit newsroom in the Downtown night and the last person in the place leaving a memo for the morning shift and you have a pretty good idea of what we are aiming for.

76. Corker Says Visa Waivers a Bigger Risk Than Refugees -

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says he believes the nation needs to stop admitting Syrian refugees until security problems are solved, but the nation’s “bigger risk” in letting terrorists slip into the country lies with the nation’s Visa Waiver Program.

77. Stewart File Could Start New Information Flow -

When the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began its investigation this summer into the fatal police shooting of Darrius Stewart, it met resistance from Memphis Police Department officer Connor Schilling, who talked to police internal investigators but not the TBI.

78. Fed Hikes Rate, Finance Pros Expect Minimal Immediate Impact -

Borrowers and savers aren’t likely to see an immediate impact from the historic move Wednesday, Dec. 16, by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates by a quarter point for the first time in almost a decade, according to several Memphis-area financial industry professionals.

79. Union Vote Certified at Volkswagen Plant in Tennessee -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has certified the United Auto Workers win in a union vote among skilled workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee.

The German automaker has said it will challenge a ruling that allowed the 162 workers who repair and maintain machinery and robots at the Chattanooga factory to seek to form their own bargaining unit.

80. Proposed Used Car Lot In South City Draws Ire -

An applicant seeking to operate a used car lot at 704 Vance Ave. will go before the Shelby County Board of Adjustment Wednesday, Dec. 16, in what seemingly would be a cut-and-dry affair with the BOA staff recommending conditional approval.

81. Council Approves $4M Loan for Belz’s Midtown Market -

The mixed-use project at Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard got a $4 million federal boost with a proposal from developers Belz Enterprises and Harbor Retail Partners clearing the Memphis City Council Tuesday, Dec. 15.

82. As Rate Hike Nears, Fed's Hints on Future to be Scrutinized -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not about what it will do. It's about what it will say.

The worst-kept secret in the financial world is that the Federal Reserve is all but sure Wednesday to raise interest rates from record lows by a modest quarter point.

83. Holiday Inn Express Ready To Rise Near Graceland -

3411 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

Loan Amount: $4.8 million

84. Current City Council Marks End of Term -

Memphis City Council members mark the end of an eight-year era Tuesday, Dec. 15, when the body holds its last meeting of 2015.

It is also the last session of the current council’s four-year term of office. With the end of the term, six of the 13 members will be leaving office.

85. A List of Mayor-Elect Jim Strickland’s Appointments So Far -

Memphis Mayor elect Jim Strickland still has some appointments to make, but he is methodically filling key positions in his administration ahead of taking office Jan. 1.

86. New Holiday Inn Express Rising Near Graceland -

Holiday Inn Express and Suites is ready to shake up the Graceland area with a $4.8 million construction loan recently arranged by the Memphis office of Financial Federal Bank.

87. Oxford Feels Stress from Development Boom -

Kent Wunderlich travels to Oxford, Miss., often, in part because his grandson is the kicker on the University of Mississippi football team.

88. Interstate Numbers Fuel Mississippi Economic Development -

Highway, routes and interstates can be a numbers game when they show up on maps.

And it is common for the same stretch of road to have several numbers and designations.

But in October, the part of U.S. 78 between New Albany, Miss., and the Alabama state line became Interstate 22.

89. US Household Wealth in Q3 Fell for First Time in 4 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The stock market's sharp decline in August and September took its toll on Americans' finances in the third quarter. Household net worth fell for the first time in four years.

90. Tennessee Lawmakers Discuss Syrian Refugee Vetting Process -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers said Wednesday that they continue to get calls from constituents expressing concern about the vetting process for allowing Syrian refugees into the state and sought assurance from security officials that the program is safe.

91. New Holiday Inn Express Rising Near Graceland -

Holiday Inn Express and Suites is ready to shake up the Graceland area with a $4.8 million construction loan recently arranged by the Memphis office of Financial Federal Bank.

92. A Great Zoo. A Great Embarrassment. -

IF YOU CAN PARK A HIPPO, YOU CAN PARK AN SUV. “Finally,” the young TV reporter said, “somebody who’s happy with the zoo.”

The zoo’s general manager was involved in controversy, his vision in question. The reporter found plenty of people at the zoo gate ready to feed the GM to the lions, but Nora and I were the first he talked to who liked the guy and he wanted a little balance for his story. You remember balance? Good reporters used to have it, and this guy was good.

93. Memphis Opens DNA Storage Facility for Rape Kits -

The Memphis Police Department’s new $1 million property- and evidence-storage facility marks a milestone, according to top city and law enforcement leaders. To them it is an important point in the city’s three-year quest to clear a backlog of more than 12,000 unprocessed sexual assault kits that date back to the late 1970s.

94. Beware Thyself -

Over the last 13 months, or 262 trading days, the S&P 500 has produced a 0% return while the Barclays total bond market index has produced an enviable 1%. Over the last several weeks I have received several calls and emails from clients, fatigued by sideways markets that want to “do something” about it.

95. Beware Thyself -

Over the last 13 months, or 262 trading days, the S&P 500 has produced a 0% return while the Barclays total bond market index has produced an enviable 1%. Over the last several weeks I have received several calls and emails from clients, fatigued by sideways markets that want to “do something” about it. This emotion, while understandable, can often lead to mistakes. One of our roles as investment advisors is to help clients widen their field of view and mitigate the risk of trading mistakes. Over the past twelve months the markets have produced some distinct winners and losers. US stocks +.91% vs. international stocks -7%. US internet and biotech stocks +20% vs. US energy stocks -20%. US growth stocks + 7%, US value stocks -4%. Which would you buy if you were craving returns? Clearly large cap US growth themes like biotech and technology make money while US value themes like Europe, emerging markets and commodities do not.

96. Autonomy Comes With Risk for State’s Universities -

Tennessee officials are lauding Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to restructure higher education in an effort to meet his goals for the Drive to 55.

The FOCUS Act proposed recently by the Republican governor to make sure 55 percent of Tennesseans hold a degree or postsecondary certificate by 2025 promises to launch a new era for the state’s colleges and universities.

97. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 18 Pct. in November -

When Sam Goff gets phone calls these days from prospective homebuyers wanting to start the mortgage loan process, the conversations tend to start the same way.

98. Vanderbilt Study Compares ASD, I-Zone Achievement -

Add a new study from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College to the local debate about the two school sets aimed specifically at turning around Tennessee’s failing educational institutions.

The study, released Tuesday, Dec. 8, looks at student achievement over the first three years of the state-run Achievement School District and the locally run Innovation Zone Schools. It finds I-Zone gains are greater than ASD gains, but there are some important caveats within the Vanderbilt researchers’ conclusions.

99. US Job Openings Slip in October; Hiring, Quits Rise -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised fewer jobs in October, though overall hiring picked up and quits rose slightly, adding to evidence the job market is slowly improving.

The number of job postings fell 2.7 percent to a still-healthy 5.4 million in October compared with the previous month, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That is not far from July's record high of 5.7 million.

100. Fight Over Net Neutrality Rules Returns to Appeals Court -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A key federal appeals court judge who thwarted the last push to make sure consumers get equal access to the Internet appeared open Friday to the government's revised plan.