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1. Online sellers consider how to comply with sales tax ruling -

NEW YORK (AP) — While a Supreme Court ruling on sales taxes will create more obligations and expenses for many small online retailers, owners are already thinking about how they'll comply.

2. Bain Capital Buying Varsity Brands for $2.5B -

Memphis-based Varsity Brands Inc. is being purchased by Bain Capital Private Equity in a deal Varsity says will help it "accelerate our growth to the next level."

3. US stocks skid as industrial and energy companies fall -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are lower Thursday as investors again worry about the potential effects of the U.S.-China trade dispute. German automaker Daimler lowered its annual profit forecast, partly because of higher import taxes on U.S. vehicles in China. Industrial companies are taking more losses. Energy companies are falling along with oil prices and online retailers are skidding after the Supreme Court ruled that states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

4. High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax -

WASHINGTON (AP) — States will be able to force more shoppers to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets but is a big financial win for states.

5. Are sugar worries weighing on Frappuccino sales? -

NEW YORK (AP) — Frappuccino sales are struggling, and concerns about how much sugar the slushy drinks contain may be among the reasons.

Starbucks says sales from the drinks that mix coffee, ice, syrup and milk are down 3 percent from a year ago, and is blaming the "health and wellness" trend for the dip.

6. CVS Health Will Now Deliver Prescriptions to Your Home -

CVS Health will make prescription deliveries nationwide to accommodate the heightened expectations of convenience from consumers.

The nation's second-largest drugstore chain says it also will make home deliveries of other items, like allergy medicines, vitamins or household products. The service will cost $4.99 for deliveries made in one or two days.

7. Bain Capital Buying Varsity Brands for $2.5B -

Memphis-based Varsity Brands Inc. is being purchased by Bain Capital Private Equity in a deal Varsity says will help it "accelerate our growth to the next level."

8. What Do Statewide Candidates Say About Health Care in Tennessee? -

According to Think Tennessee’s State of Our State dashboard, the state ranks near the bottom in the number of adults with heart disease, obesity and diabetes. It also ranks near the bottom of all states for the health of senior citizens, infant mortality, number of adults who smoke, and at the absolute bottom in childhood obesity. Tennesseans are, on the whole, not healthy. What can and should our next political leaders do about it?

9. Microsoft follows Amazon in pursuit of cashier-less stores -

Microsoft is working on automated checkout technology that could help retailers compete with Amazon's new cashier-less stores.

One firm building automated checkout systems, Ava Retail, said Thursday it is working with Microsoft on the technology for physical stores. Both companies have headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

10. Fred's Prepares to Sell Retail Pharmacy Business -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. wants to sell its retail pharmacies, which would effectively reverse much, if not all, of its efforts to shed its discount-store identity in a transition to personal health care. Fred’s has hired an adviser to talk with potential buyers of its retail pharmacy business, company leaders announced Thursday, June 14, as it reported quarterly financial results to analysts.

11. Food Truck Evolution: Owners Strategize as Novelty Wears Off -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starting a food truck to sell tacos or barbecue on downtown streets may seem easy or fun, but owners are finding they need more sophisticated plans now that the novelty has worn off.

12. Corky’s BBQ Eyes Southeast Expansion Under New Partnership -

More and more people across the Southeast will be getting the chance to enjoy Memphis-style barbecue thanks to a new partnership announced Friday between Corky’s BBQ and Dobbs Equity Partners LLC. The deal will help Corky’s to expand its corporate-owned brick-and-mortar footprint, with plans to open 15 additional stores over the next three years, as well as invest and expand the Corky’s food manufacturing and distribution operations.

13. Amazon, Whole Foods Expand Prime Discount -

Amazon is expanding its Prime benefit at Whole Foods Market in 10 more states, including Tennessee and Mississippi.

Beginning Wednesday, June 13, Prime members will receive an additional 10 percent off hundreds of sale items throughout Whole Foods Market stores, plus deep discounts on select popular products.

14. Tesla Cuts 9 Pct. of Workforce in Bid to Post a Profit -

DETROIT (AP) – Electric car maker Tesla Inc. is laying off about 3,600 workers mainly from its salaried ranks as it slashes costs in an effort to deliver on CEO Elon Musk's promise to turn a profit in the second half of the year.

15. Lori James Leases Up At Laurelwood -

The contemporary women’s boutique Lori James is moving to Laurelwood Shopping Center in East Memphis.

The 30-year-old boutique owned by Memphian Lori James has been at Regalia Shopping Center since its inception. The Laurelwood location will be approximately 2,500 square feet and is slated to open in July.

16. Corky’s BBQ to Partner with Dobbs Equity to Fund Expansion -

Longtime Memphis mainstay Corky’s BBQ has announced a partnership with Dobbs Equity Partners LLC, a company founded by local businessman John H. Dobbs Jr., to further accelerate the worldwide growth of the hometown barbecue brand.

17. Starbucks Raising Price of Brewed Coffee in Most US Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – That Starbucks habit just got a little more expensive.

Starbucks says it's raising the price of a regular drip coffee by 10 cents to 20 cents this week in most U.S. stores. It says a small brewed coffee is now $1.95 to $2.15 in a majority of locations.

18. Lori James Leases Up At Laurelwood -

The contemporary women’s boutique Lori James is moving to Laurelwood Shopping Center in East Memphis.

The 30-year-old boutique owned by Memphian Lori James has been at Regalia Shopping Center since its inception. The Laurelwood location will be approximately 2,500 square feet and is slated to open in July.

19. Starbucks CEO Schultz Stepping Down, Mulling 'Philanthropy to Public Service' -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks Corp.'s Howard Schultz is stepping down as executive chairman of the coffee company he helped transform into a global brand, and says public service may be in his future.

20. Hollywood Feed Promotes Ross To Director of Marketing -

Anne Ross has been promoted to director of marketing at Hollywood Feed. Having been with the Memphis-based natural pet food chain for more than five years, she now oversees all of the company’s marketing and communication efforts throughout the region in its 70 stores.

21. Department Stores Making Themselves Over in Beauty Battle -

NEW YORK (AP) – It's the beauty aisles themselves getting makeovers now.

Department stores are being forced to rethink how they sell higher-end makeup and perfume as competition intensifies from discounters like Target, specialty chains like Sephora and Ulta and online brands. So stores like Saks and Macy's are promising workouts for your face, augmented reality and beauty treatment concierges as they try to attract millennial customers and make the cosmetics aisles more of a destination than a stopover.

22. Need an Entry-Level Job at a Store? It Can Be Harder Now -

NEW YORK (AP) – Asia Thomas knew she was at a disadvantage. It had been 16 years since she quit a job at McDonald's to raise her kids. When she left, restaurants didn't have kiosks to take orders, people didn't use smartphones to pay, and job seekers did applications on paper.

23. Sears to Close Another 72 Stores as Sales Plunge -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears will close another 72 stores as sales shrink and losses grow, an announcement that has become a familiar refrain as the company retrenches.

The beleaguered retailer, which operates Kmart and Sears stores, said it has identified about 100 stores that are no longer turning a profit, and the majority of those locations will be shuttered soon.

24. Last Word: SCS Budget Travels, Carlisle on One Beale and Hickman's Comeback -

Shelby County Schools officials are Downtown Wednesday to formally present the school system’s budget proposal to the Shelby County Commission. The budget committee hearing Wednesday morning won’t see any decision just yet. But the school system’s ask of county government is a big part of the commission getting to a more complete view of county government’s budget since north of $400 million of the county’s $1.3 billion consolidated budget is funding for public education across seven school districts in the county.

25. Experts: Starbucks Training a First Step in Confronting Bias -

Starbucks, trying to put to rest an outcry over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores, was set to close more than 8,000 stores Tuesday for an afternoon of anti-bias training, a strategy some believe can keep racism at bay.

26. Indie Bookstores and Barnes & Noble Find Common Ground -

NEW YORK (AP) – When Barnes & Noble Chairman Len Riggio delivers a keynote address at this week's publishing convention, he will be introduced by a man once considered a bitter rival, CEO Oren Teicher of the American Booksellers Association.

27. US Raises Concerns About Illnesses Tied to Synthetic Pot -

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – U.S. health officials are urging states to regulate marijuana oil extracts after investigating a rash of illnesses tied to the products in Utah.

In a report released Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that synthetic products falsely labeled as cannabidiol, or CBD, sickened as many as 52 people from October through January.

28. Blockchain Tech ‘is the Shiny New Penny’ -

During the General Assembly session that just ended legislators debated a number of hot-button issues: guns, abortion, Confederate statues and medical marijuana.

But tucked among the headline-grabbers was a brief bill, less than 300 words long, that attracted no controversy whatsoever.

29. Best Buy Posts Strong Sales, But Investors Sour on Outlook -

NEW YORK (AP) – Best Buy posted strong sales of mobile phones, appliances, and smart computing products as it showed in its financial results that store chains can still thrive as shoppers buy more online.

30. Credit Cards to Perfect Targeting Programs -

NEW YORK (AP) – Credit card companies are taking the next step in using their points programs to influence what millions of customers buy, going as far as influencing what color blender you might purchase.

31. Last Word: Bike Second Line Protest, Loeb's Portrait and SCS Budget Notes -

“Get on your bikes and ride.” The local bike share program begins Wednesday at 60 different Explore Bike Share stations at different points around town. The bike rental program is considered a milestone in the city’s bicycle culture. And like all milestones there has to be a ceremony. This effort to make it easier to mix bikes into your daily journeys will kick off Wednesday morning in Court Square at 9:30 a.m.

32. Phone Data-Leak Company: No Record of Location-Data Abuse -

LocationSmart operates in a little-known business sector that provides data to companies for such uses as tracking employees and texting e-coupons to customers near relevant stores. Among the customers LocationSmart identifies on its website are the American Automobile Association, FedEx and the insurance carrier Allstate.

33. PayPal Gains Bigger In-Store Presence With $2.2B Acquisition -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – PayPal is buying financial services startup iZettle for $2.2 billion to expand its digital payment service into thousands of brick-and-mortar stores in Europe and Latin America.

34. Sears Explores Sale Of Kenmore, Other Assets -

Sears Holdings Corp. is considering selling its storied Kenmore brand along with other related assets.

The ailing company, which operates Sears and Kmart department stores, says a special committee of its board is exploring the sale after the retailer received a letter from its largest shareholder, ESL Investments, headed by Sears chairman and CEO Edward Lampert, expressing interest in all or some of the assets.

35. Tennessee OKs $20M in Incentives for Tyson Foods Facility -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tyson Foods Inc. will receive a state economic incentives package worth $20 million to build a new chicken production complex in Tennessee, a project that's expected to include $322 million in private investment and 1,600 new jobs within five years.

36. A Better Ride -

The final phase of construction on the innovative Hampline will begin this summer, with a goal of completion by the end of the year. The protected bike path completes the missing link in the Greenline between Overton Park and Tillman Street, and has been an ongoing project since 2010.

37. Amazon to Give Prime Members Extra Discounts at Whole Foods -

NEW YORK (AP) – It's Prime time at Whole Foods: Amazon said it will give its Prime members extra discounts at the grocery chain.

The new benefits started Wednesday at Whole Foods stores in Florida and will expand nationwide this summer. Prime members get an additional 10 percent off sale items and exclusive deals on certain items. This week in Florida, for example, Prime members can get $2 off a pound of organic strawberries or save $10 a pound on wild halibut steaks.

38. Macy's Sees Robust Mobile, Online Sales as Profits Soar -

NEW YORK (AP) – With shoppers in a mood to spend, particularly on clothing, Macy's surpassed profit and revenue expectations for the first quarter of the year and raised its outlook.

The company reported its second straight quarter of higher sales at existing stores after a three-year funk. Its shares surged nearly 9 percent Wednesday, and the stocks of other department store chains rose as well. The rosy performance bodes well for J.C. Penney and Nordstrom, both set to report their quarterly results on Thursday. All are working to appeal to shoppers who are spending more online rather than at department stores.

39. Walmart Unveils Lord & Taylor Site as it Tries to Go Upscale -

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart, long known for its "everyday low prices" mantra and as a place for basics, wants shoppers to think of it as a source for style and upscale fashion as it tries to reach more affluent customers.

40. New Incentive Targets Sewer Woes For Developers -

With certain areas of the city such as the Fletcher Creek drainage basin nearing peak-hour capacity, the city of Memphis is teaming up with the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County to help ensure that impending sewer issues do not hamper future development.

41. Pegg Named Fleet Manager For Explore Bike Share -

Jon Pegg recently joined Explore Bike Share as bike fleet manager as the local nonprofit prepares for the May 23 launch of its 600-bicycle, 60-station bike-share system. Pegg comes to Explore Bike Share from Revolutions Bicycle Co-Op, where he served as shop manager.
In his new role, Pegg manages Explore Bike Share’s mechanic team, directs volunteers, teaches community members, performs warehouse duties, and interacts with bike share users and community groups.

42. Sears: Committee Explores Sale of Kenmore, Other Assets -

Sears Holdings Corp. is considering selling its storied Kenmore brand along with other related assets.

43. Last Word: Mimeo Move, Food Fight and Sundquist for Blackburn -

There aren’t any renderings just yet of what a second convention center hotel with the 100 North Main Building as its centerpiece would look like. That’s probably a good thing for now because some of the specs and the footprint are still in flux. The developers of the proposed convention center hotel said as the weekend began that they plan a 600 room hotel and a complex that includes two 30-story towers in addition to the 37-story tall 100 North Main Building – the tallest building in the city. And the foot print will likely jump Second Street to take in the vacant Jefferson Plaza building. Here is the update and some perspective on how we got to this point.

44. Starbucks Tells Employees: Let Anyone Use the Restroom -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks has told employees to let anyone use the restroom, even if they haven't bought anything, as it reviews its policies and tries to restore its reputation after the arrest of two black men at a coffee shop in Philadelphia.

45. Editorial: Buying Food in a Food City -

The business of food is in a cycle of change from farm to table – whether it’s blowing up the Memphis barbecue stereotype or how we get our groceries.

All parts of that chain are to be found in Memphis business and culture.

46. Grocery Wars -

For a typical consumer, a trip to the grocery store might mean little more than a quick run to pick up essentials like bread and milk. Cart filled. Self-checkout. Back out the sliding doors. So mundane, none of it is given a second thought once you’re back in the car with your purchases.

47. Walmart Makes a $16 Billion Bet on India's Booming Economy -

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart will soon reach shoppers in India's massive consumer market directly, as it takes control of the online retailer Flipkart that's known for its ubiquitous delivery drivers on motorcycles with oversized backpacks.

48. Lawmakers: Drug Distributors Missed Suspicious Opioid Sales -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers of both parties accused wholesale pharmaceutical distributors on Tuesday of missing signs of suspicious activity that resulted in hundreds of millions of prescription opioid pills being shipped to West Virginia, a state disproportionately ravaged by deaths caused by the addictive drugs.

49. Room to Grow -

Local Checkers franchisee group Tristate Restaurants LLC is preparing to open its newest location in Memphis at 3680 Lamar Ave. by early to mid-May, and plans for as many as five more locations over the next couple of years.

50. Nestle Takes Over Sales of Starbucks in the Grocery Aisle -

SEATTLE (AP) – Nestle is paying more than $7 billion to buy the rights to sell Starbucks coffee and tea in supermarkets and other stores outside its coffee shops.

The deal comes with a huge price tag for Nestle, but it could pay off big for the Swiss company. Its Nescafe and Nespresso don't carry anywhere near the heft in America that the Starbucks brand does, with its $2 billion in annual sales. Nestle will also put Starbucks in grocery stores outside the U.S. and Canada.

51. No Easy Path Forward for Fred’s -

Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc. operates 584 company-owned stores that each stock more than 14,000 items and saw average sales of more than $3 million in 2017.

That’s one picture of the company, laid out in Fred’s just-released annual report. Another picture, though, can be found in Fred’s dismal financial performance of late – and in the fact that Wall Street has basically lost faith in the company’s prospects, which led to the price of Fred’s shares sinking 60 percent since January.

52. Fred’s Reports Another Quarter’s Bleak Results -

Joseph Anto’s first presentation of the quarterly numbers for discount retailer Fred’s Inc. lasted about 13 minutes from start to finish.

Anto, appointed last week as interim CEO of the troubled Memphis-based company, is personally approving every invoice over $5,000. The company, he said, is “maniacally” focused on cutting expenses and in the process of pursuing yet another strategy shift after a failed transition of the company’s emphasis to personal health care.

53. Fred’s CEO Resigns, Replaced By CFO -

The CEO of Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc. has left the company, less than two years into his run as the top executive and on the heels of a particularly volatile period for Fred’s that has seen other management shuffles, an uncertain turnaround strategy and a plummeting stock price.

54. Fred’s Fiscal Year Loss Doubles From 2016 -

Joseph Anto’s first presentation of the quarterly numbers for discount retailer Fred’s Inc. lasted about 13 minutes from start to finish.

Anto, appointed last week as interim CEO of the troubled Memphis-based company, is personally approving every invoice over $5,000. The company, he said, is “maniacally” focused on cutting expenses and in the process of pursuing yet another strategy shift after a failed transition of the company’s emphasis to personal health care.

55. Black Men Arrested at Starbucks Settle With the Company -

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything settled with the coffee-shop chain Wednesday for an undisclosed sum and an offer of a free college education.

56. More Businesses are Mellowing Out Over Hiring Pot Smokers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs.

57. Bartholomew Named St. Mary’s Athletic Director -

St. Mary’s Episcopal School has promoted John Bartholomew to athletic director. Bartholomew has been coaching lacrosse at St. Mary’s since 2014, and the following year, he joined the school full-time as assistant athletic director and lacrosse coordinator. He has been serving as St. Mary’s interim athletic director since last fall.

58. Last Word: Trolleys Roll, Primary Election Day and The Rise of South City -

MATA CEO Gary Rosenfeld likes to joke that the new trolleys are quieter since the transit authority decided to change from using square wheels. Transit humor. They really are quieter. And that may be because MATA wasn’t doing much of anything in the way of maintenance on them four years ago and even less in the way of record keeping when a second trolley car burst into flames causing MATA to shut down everything it ran on rails. So the trolley that rolled out of the MATA barn on North Main Street Monday morning and into service was symbolic of more than getting a trolley or three ready for service. It was about building a new system around the operation of the trolleys.

59. Fred’s CEO Resigns, Replaced By CFO -

The CEO of Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc. has left the company, less than two years into his run as the top executive and on the heels of a particularly volatile period for Fred’s that has seen other management shuffles, an uncertain turnaround strategy and a plummeting stock price.

60. Restaurants Calm Customers, Say Their Romaine is Safe -

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Restaurants' advice to their customers? Romaine calm.

The government is still investigating how romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, apparently became contaminated with E. coli bacteria. As of Friday, at least 98 people in 22 states have gotten sick, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

61. Last Word: The City's Windfall, Chandler Parsons' Knees and Keith Sykes on Flying -

When you think of economic engines that drive the Memphis economy there are a lot of corporate names past and present that come to mind. One further down the list is the Memphis Defense Depot in southeast Memphis more than 20 years after the Army closed up shop. Along the stretch of Airways near Memphis International Airport are the blue collar neighborhoods built by the hub for Army supplies that located here in the early 1940s on 4.2 million square feet of land.

62. Agency Warns Retailers Not to Sell Juul E-Cigarette to Kids -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health officials on Tuesday announced a nationwide crackdown on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators.

63. Buying Local -

Don’t be surprised this weekend to come across customers at Burke’s Book Store posing in front of a “selfie station,” taking pictures of themselves at the 143-year-old Midtown institution to post and share with their friends.

64. Graceland Map Shows New Arena, Convention Center and Manufacturing Center -

A new map of plans for the Graceland campus in Whitehaven shows two “exhibit buildings” of 80,000 square feet each on either side of a “live event center” Elvis Presley Enterprises wants to build on the western border behind its Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex.

65. Sears' Biggest Shareholder Offers to Buy Kenmore Brand -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears' biggest shareholder has suggested the company sell its well-known Kenmore brand and some real estate holdings, offering itself as a potential buyer.

The ailing company has sold off other major brands as it struggles to stay afloat, with Kenmore a notable remainder of the powerhouse retailer that survived two world wars and the Great Depression.

66. Walmart Tests New Employee Dress Code at Some Stores -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Retail giant Walmart is testing a new dress code that gives employees more freedom.

Under the pilot program at fewer than 100 stores, workers can wear solid color blue jeans instead of khaki-colored or black denim pants. They also can wear a solid-color shirt of their choosing instead of solid blue or white shirts.

67. Haslam Signs 7-Day Liquor Sales Bill into Law -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennesseans will be able to buy liquor on Sunday after Gov. Bill Haslam signed a law allowing seven-day sales of wines and spirits.

The law allows liquor and wine sales every day, with the exception of Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. However, a provision in the new law gives liquor stores a head start on seven-day sales. Grocery stores cannot begin selling wine until January.

68. Haslam Signs 7-Day Liquor Sales Bill -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennesseans will be able to buy liquor on Sunday after Gov. Bill Haslam signed a law allowing seven-day sales of wines and spirits.

The law allows liquor and wine sales every day, with the exception of Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. However, a provision in the new law gives liquor stores a head start on seven-day sales. Grocery stores cannot begin selling wine until January.

69. Fred’s Delays Earnings, Annual Report Due to Specialty Pharmacy Unit Sale -

A couple of hours before Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc. was due to begin its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2017 earnings presentation for analysts, the company pulled the plug.

Scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, Fred’s has postponed not only the earnings presentation but the release of its annual report. Both have been delayed about two weeks due to a decision Fred’s board of directors made in the fourth quarter to sell the company’s specialty pharmacy business.

70. Here Comes the Hot Chicken -

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken is finally opening the doors of its first Memphis location to the public Wednesday April 18 and bringing its signature Nashville hot chicken with it.

Co-owner Nick Bishop Jr., who started the business with his father, said this popular Nashville dish is similar to traditional southern fried chicken, but with an extra kick.

71. Starbucks to Close Stores for Afternoon for Bias Training -

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks, trying to tamp down a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia, plans to close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct racial-bias training for its nearly 175,000 workers.

72. Arkansas, Oklahoma Divided on Opioid Withdrawal Alternative -

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Legislation on an alternative substance that some say could help mitigate the effects of opioid withdrawals is divided along state lines.

Kratom, a tropical tree from Southeast Asia with leaves that produce stimulant and sedative effects, has been used in the Fort Smith region to both treat chronic pain and mitigate the effects of opioid painkiller withdrawals. Though it is sold legally through alternative medicine stores throughout Oklahoma, it is listed as a banned substance in Arkansas.

73. The Latest: Lawyer for Men Hopeful on Meeting With Starbucks -

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks (all times local):

3 p.m.

The lawyer for the two black men arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks store and later released without charges says he hopes "something productive for the community" can come out of their meeting with the company.

74. Another Conscious Company: Which Wich -

Editor’s note: Columnist Michael Graber interviewed Jeff Sinelli, founder and “chief vibe officer” at Which Wich, about the sandwich chain’s focus on conscious capitalism. 

75. Trump Convenes Task Force to Study US Postal Service -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After weeks of railing against online shopping giant Amazon, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday creating a task force to study the United States Postal Service.

76. Haslam Says He Will Sign Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill -

Gov. Bill Haslam is deferring to the will of the Legislature and has indicated he will sign the Sunday wine/liquor sales bill when it reaches his desk, according to spokeswoman Jennifer Donnals.

The General Assembly passed the legislation this week by a 55-35 vote in the House and a 17-11 margin in the Senate.

77. Haslam Indicates He Will Sign Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill -

Gov. Bill Haslam is deferring to the will of the Legislature and has indicated he will sign the Sunday wine/liquor sales bill when it reaches his desk, according to spokeswoman Jennifer Donnals.

The General Assembly passed the legislation this week by a 55-35 vote in the House and a 17-11 margin in the Senate.

78. Kroger Spends Millions to Permanently Cut Prices in Memphis and Beyond -

Kroger has made a “multimillion-dollar investment” to permanently cut prices on more than 3,000 products in its grocery stores across Memphis and its multistate Delta Division.

Shoppers will be met with oversized signage announcing the price cuts almost anywhere they turn inside Memphis-area Kroger stores. That includes messaging that completely covers the entrances that shoppers walk through at locations like the Kroger at 1675 N. Germantown Parkway, where a bright yellow image of a few grocery items and the announcement “Say Hello To Lower Prices” covers the doors.

79. Sunday Wine, Liquor Sales Passes in Tenn. Senate -

NASHVILLE – Buoyed by Bible verses and compromise giving liquor stores a head start on Sunday sales, legislation allowing grocery stores to sell wine on Sundays passed the Senate Wednesday on a 17-11 vote.

80. Kroger's Hiring Spree Goes On, Another 11K Jobs This Year -

CINCINNATI (AP) – Kroger is hiring 11,000 workers, up about 1,000 from last year.

The nation's largest grocery chain by revenue is locked in a fierce completion with Amazon.com, which acquired Whole Foods last year, as well as Walmart and Target.

81. Sunday Liquor Sales Passes in Tennessee House -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that would allow liquor sales on Sunday in Tennessee has passed the House after an impassioned debate from lawmakers, several of them citing scripture.

The measure would allow grocery stores to sell wine on Sundays and liquor stores to be open for business that day from the hours of 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

82. Council Gets First Look At MATA Route Changes -

A task force looking to overhaul the city’s bus system presents a draft report Tuesday, April 10, to Memphis City Council members.

The Memphis 3.0 transit plan goes to the council at a 1 p.m. committee session for discussion.

83. Out of Flowers? Flour? Businesses Contend With Supply Crises -

NEW YORK (AP) – When heavy rain pelted Central America, Shane Pliska couldn't get shipments of taupe-colored roses he needed for clients' weddings.

"Of course, this was the season when everyone wanted champagne- and gold-themed weddings, and the champagne part was all taupe roses," says Pliska, owner of Planterra, a commercial florist and owner of a wedding venue where the decor is all about flowers and plants.

84. Nine West Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection -

NEW YORK (AP) – Nine West Holdings Inc. has filed for bankruptcy protection, the latest retailer to do so as it attempts to restructure its debt and refocus on its more successful products.

85. Immigration Raid Takes 97 Into Custody at East Tennessee Plant -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Civil rights activists say a dramatic immigration raid at a Tennessee meat processing plant may be the biggest employment crackdown under President Donald Trump's administration.

86. CVS Health Eyes Kidney Patients for Next Expansion Into Care -

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) – CVS Health is now planning to treat kidney failure patients, as the national drugstore chain continues to branch deeper into monitoring and providing care.

The company said Wednesday it will offer home dialysis for patients through its Coram business, and it is working with another unspecified company to develop a new device for that. A CVS spokeswoman declined to name the company or disclose how much CVS is spending on the venture.

87. AP Was There: The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – In the spring of 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had won victories on desegregation and voting rights and had been planning his Poor People's Campaign when he turned his attention to Memphis, the gritty city by the Mississippi River. In his support for striking sanitation workers, King wanted to lead marches and show that nonviolent protest still worked.

88. States, Cities Sue US Over Census Citizenship Question -

NEW YORK (AP) – Seventeen states, the District of Columbia and six cities sued the U.S. government Tuesday, saying the addition of a citizenship question to the census form is unconstitutional.

89. Geofencing is Gaining Ground -

While marketers anticipate that e-commerce will continue to push retail boundaries throughout 2018, mobile commerce is a large factor in that boundary movement, widely due to advanced interest in geofencing.

90. Buzzkill? Coffee Cancer Warnings Could Go Beyond California -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – It's fair to say that a lot of people awoke Friday to a headline that might have jolted them more awake than a morning cup of joe: A California judge had ruled that coffee sold in the state should carry a cancer warning.

91. Walmart Reportedly Eyes Deal With Insurer Humana -

Walmart may be looking to dive deeper into the rapidly evolving health care market by acquiring the insurer Humana, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper said that the retail giant is in early talks with Humana, a major provider of Medicare Advantage coverage for people age 65 and older. Citing anonymous sources, the Journal said late Thursday that the companies are discussing a number of options, including an acquisition.

92. Hollywood Feed Expands Into North Carolina -

Memphis-based natural and holistic pet food retailer Hollywood Feed has opened its first North Carolina store in Cary, a city in the Research Triangle area between Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.

93. Stock Market Grocery Spurs Interest In Lakeland’s Lake District Project -

After more than a decade of preparation, The Lake District multiuse development in Lakeland is seeing some concrete progress. In fact, the developer, Los Angeles-based Gilad Development Inc., has signed its first tenant to the location on the southeast corner of the intersection of I-40 and Canada Road.

94. Last Word: Opening Day, Slowing the Flow and 30 Years of Shangri-La -

There is something about opening day of the Major League Baseball season – especially when it is opening day for just about every team at the same time. Just seeing the green fields with a solitary outfielder, the low brick walls behind the symmetry of batter, catcher and umpire renews my love for the game. I don’t really pay attention to players – don’t know any of their names. And how and when did the Astros wind up in the American League and the Brewers in the National League? I just like watching the game in a sport where the team and the individual coexist as in no other sport.

95. President Trump Goes After a Favorite Target, Amazon -

NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump took another shot at Amazon.com Thursday, tweeting that the online retailer pays "little or no taxes" and that it uses the U.S. Postal Service as "their Delivery Boy."

96. 30 Years of Shangri-La -

The sign propped up on the porch beside the door announces a “huge sale” and “free show” this Saturday, March 31, at Shangri-La Records – the music shop at 1916 Madison Ave. you might mistake for a house if you were driving by too fast and not paying attention. Inside, the shop is packed with boxes of vinyl and arranged so that you actually have to slow down and thumb through all those sleeves and all that plastic if you want to get any kind of sense of the musical treasure herein.

97. Walmart Removes Cosmopolitan Magazine From Checkout Aisles -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Walmart says it was a business decision to remove Cosmopolitan magazine from its checkout aisles, but some groups have raised concerns about the sexual content of the publication marketed to women.

98. Hollywood Feed Expands Into North Carolina -

Memphis-based natural and holistic pet food retailer Hollywood Feed has opened its first North Carolina store in Cary, a city in the Research Triangle area between Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.

99. Decision to Add Citizenship Question to Census Draws Protest -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The 2020 U.S. Census will add a question about citizenship status, a move that brought swift condemnation from Democrats who said it would intimidate immigrants and discourage them from participating.

100. AutoZone Board OKs $1B Share Buyback -

The board of directors for Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone has approved the company buying back $1 billion of its shares.

It’s a continuation of the company’s ongoing buyback of AutoZone common stock. Since the buyback program started in 1998, and including the new authorization, AutoZone’s board has authorized the repurchase of $19.7 billion of its stock.