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1. Angry Dems Turn Against Leaders After House Election Losses -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Party divisions were on glaring display Wednesday as a special election loss in a wildly expensive Georgia House race left bitter lawmakers turning their anger on their own leaders.

2. Supreme Court Pushes Redskins' Name Fight Back to Society -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Redskins aren't in the clear with their team name just yet, even after the Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government can't block trademarks on the basis that they're offensive.

3. Supreme Court Strikes Down Sex Offender Social Media Ban -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law Monday that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites.

The justices ruled unanimously in favor of North Carolina resident Lester Packingham Jr. His Facebook boast about beating a traffic ticket led to his conviction for violating a 2008 law aimed at keeping sex offenders off internet sites children might use.

4. Amazon CEO Bezos Looking to Give Away Some of His Fortune -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Jeff Bezos wants to give away some his fortune, and he's looking for the public's help to figure out how to do it.

The Amazon CEO took to Twitter Thursday seeking ideas for a philanthropic strategy that would "be helping people in the here and now – short term – at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact," Bezos' Twitter post said.

5. Last Word: Easy Fishing on Big River, Competing City Priorities and Durham's Fine -

The Arkansas side of the Big River Crossing opened Wednesday for the first time since May 2 when a rising Mississippi River prompted its closing while the crossing proper on the north side of the Harahan Bridge remained open. There is still some of the muddy river left on the Arkansas flood plain and several dozen cranes stopping in Wednesday afternoon for some easy fishing in the shallow waters.

6. Last Word: Foote Homes Falls, Kellogg Layoffs and The SCS Ask -

Once upon a time in South Memphis it could be difficult to tell where Foote Homes began and Cleaborn Homes ended or vice versa. The key to this was which side of Lauderdale you were looking at. The east side was Cleaborn and the west was Foote with Lauderdale as the dividing line.

7. US Growth in First Quarter Upgraded to Still-Slow 1.2 Percent Rate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy began 2017 with a whimper – though not quite as weak a whimper as the government had first estimated.

The gross domestic product – the broadest gauge of the economy – expanded in the January-March quarter at a 1.2 percent annual rate, the government said Friday. That was better than its initial estimate of a 0.7 percent rate but far below President Donald Trump's growth targets, which most economists consider unrealistic.

8. Appeals Court Deals Blow to Trump Administration Travel Ban -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's revised travel ban "speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination," a federal appeals court said Thursday in ruling against the ban that targets six Muslim-majority countries.

9. Trump Team Eyes Public Asset Sales to Pay for Infrastructure -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is eyeing plans to encourage the sale of public assets, such as airports and bridges, to help pay for a $1 trillion overhaul of the nation's aging infrastructure, an administration official said Wednesday.

10. Russia-Trump Campaign Contacts a Concern, Ex-CIA Chief Says -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress Tuesday he personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the U.S. presidential election and was so concerned about Russian contacts with people involved in the Trump campaign that he convened top counterintelligence officials to focus on it.

11. FCC Vote Kicks Off a Battle Over Regulation of the Internet -

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal agency voted to kick off the repeal of "net neutrality" rules designed to keep broadband providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from interfering with the internet.

12. US Households Owe Record Amount, Topping Pre-Recession Peak -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. household debt reached a record high in the first three months of this year, topping the previous peak reached in 2008, when the financial crisis plunged the economy into a deep recession.

13. Last Word: "A Downward Spiral", Outdoors Pop-Up and Haslam in Raleigh -

At the end of another day of alarming news and denials from the White House, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee used a new phrase that has significance in a cycle of action and reaction and more action in which many of us gauge reaction by whether the person speaking has an R or a D after their name. The lines are that clearly drawn.

14. View From the Hill: Gas Tax Rancor Lingers as Session Coasts to Close -

Remnants of rancor over Republican leadership roiled the House, a reminder of outrage over roguish behavior as representatives reached the finish line.

Alliteration is probably better suited for poetry. But in a case of what could be considered poetic justice, at least for some, this literary device – goofiness maybe – is suitable for legislative action requiring a score card to keep up with the characters and a bit of history to put it all together.

15. Comey Sought More Russia Probe Resources Before Firing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In the days before his firing by President Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey told U.S. lawmakers he had asked the Justice Department for more resources to pursue the bureau's investigation into Russia's interference in last year's presidential election, three U.S. officials said Wednesday.

16. Last Word: Railgarten Redux, Raleigh Springs Mall and Forrest Author Speaks -

Railgarten II, Son of Railgarten, Railgarten, Beyond the Board of Adjustment, Railgarten, Enter The City Council … Take your pick of sequel titles. Railgarten goes back to the City Council Tuesday for at least a committee discussion in which the council considers whether it should take back the special use permit it granted the bar-restaurant. This is a follow up to the Board of Adjustment decision last month to delay any action on approving the other annexes of the business for 30 days.

17. Tennessee Sen. Green Withdraws Nomination for US Army Secretary -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's choice for Army secretary withdrew his nomination on Friday in the face of growing criticism over his remarks about Muslims, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.

18. Editorial: Optimism and Uncertainty Amid a ‘WWTD’ Mindset -

Since the presidential election in November, economists and investors have been judging the future by a standard dubbed WWTD: What would Trump do?

Much of the early speculation was based specifically on what Donald Trump said as a candidate. In the last four months, however, that standard has come to be judged increasingly on what is possible with the art of compromise.

19. Trump Says US Won't Leave NAFTA – For Now -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said he has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, but could still withdraw if he concludes a renegotiated pact is not "a fair deal for all."

20. Trump Pick For Commerce No. 2 Withdraws, Blames Conflicts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's pick for deputy commerce secretary has withdrawn from consideration.

Todd Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs and son of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, was unable to resolve conflict-of-interest issues in taking the No. 2 job at the department.

21. Last Word: 'Take That For Data', Gas Tax Wednesday and Corker in Memphis -

“Take That For Data” may be the rallying cry for the rest of the NBA playoffs around here. And look for an off-the-chart crowd reaction Thursday when Grizz coach David Fizdale takes his place courtside. The Grizz' loss to the Spurs in Game 2 Monday in San Antonio prompted a post-game statistics-laden tirade by Fizdale about officiating of the game that concluded with Fizdale saying “take that for data” –the closest thing to profanity in the entire rant.

22. Telecom Lobbying Muscle Kills Privacy Rules -

NEW YORK (AP) – The telecom industry's lobbying muscle pushed a consumer privacy measure to a swift death in Congress.

Republicans struck down Obama-era rules that would have imposed tight restrictions on what broadband companies such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast could do with their customers' personal data. Digital-rights and consumer-advocacy groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation supported keeping the rules. But they were outmatched by telecom trade groups and lobbyists.

23. Celebrity Chef, Trump Organization Settle Lawsuit -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Celebrity chef Jose Andres has settled his dispute with The Trump Organization after backing out of a plan to open a restaurant in Washington's Trump hotel.

Andres' ThinkFoodGroup and The Trump Organization issued a statement Friday saying the lawsuit has been settled. The deal's terms are confidential.

24. Pro Sports Motto: Relocation, Relocation, Relocation -

When I joined a Fantasy Football League a few year ago I chose a team name from the depths of my soul: “I Hate the Raiders.”

Hate, I recognize, is a strong word. But if you follow the NFL and know of its history over the last 50 years, I need only tell you that I was born and raised in Kansas City. Hating the Raiders was cultural and environmental. Not to mention enjoyable.

25. Trump Plans Office to Bring Business Ideas to Government -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is establishing a new White House office run by his son-in-law that will seek to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector.

26. List of the 138 JC Penney Stores That are Closing -

J.C. Penney on Friday released a list of the 138 locations that will close in the coming months as part of its plan to cut costs. Most are located within malls or shopping centers. Liquidation sales will start at the closing stores on April 17, and most stores will be shut by mid-June, the company said.

27. Tennessee Fusion Center Monitored July Protests In Memphis, Emails Reveal -

A state “fusion center” that coordinates information among local law enforcement has been keeping a detailed list of legal protests in Memphis and other Tennessee cities, according to emails from last July requested by a student researching “predictive policing” efforts in Memphis.

28. US Banks in Strong Shape as 4th-Quarter Profit Jumps -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. banks' earnings in the final quarter of 2016 rose 7.7 percent from a year earlier, as lending continued to grow and banks set aside less for losses on loans for the first time since late 2015.

29. Waddell: 2017 a Year for ‘Shifting Gears’ -

David Waddell will be in Florida this week for a meeting with the very first client of his namesake Memphis-based investment firm, Waddell & Associates. On the same trip down there a year ago, Waddell recalls being encouraged to “be bold” in his decisions and leadership of the firm.

30. Mnuchin Says Goal is to Pass Tax Reform by August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the administration is committed to getting major tax reform legislation through Congress by August. He predicted that President Donald Trump's economic proposals will be able to boost growth significantly to annual rates above 3 percent.

31. Draft DHS Guidelines Sharpen Focus on Those Here Illegally -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Homeland Security Department has drafted sweeping new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, according to a pair of memoranda signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly.

32. Puzder Withdraws Nomination to be Trump's Labor Secretary -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary abruptly withdrew his nomination Wednesday after Senate Republicans balked at supporting him, in part over taxes he belatedly paid on a former housekeeper not authorized to work in the United States.

33. Fed Board Member Tarullo Announces Resignation -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve board member Daniel Tarullo, a key official guiding bank regulation efforts, will resign this spring, the Fed said Friday.

Tarullo's decision will clear the way for President Donald Trump to select a candidate for the bank supervision position. Trump is likely to choose someone more in line with his desires to roll back the regulations put in place by the Dodd-Frank Act, which overhauled bank supervision in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

34. Postal Service Says It Lost $200 Million Over Holiday Season -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Postal Service said Thursday it lost $200 million during the year-end holiday season, despite a strong quarter of package shipping and expanded use of vote-by-mail in the November presidential election.

35. Trump Inherits a Healthy Job Market, With Solid Hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has inherited a healthy-looking job market from his predecessor, with the U.S. economy registering a burst of hiring in January and an influx of Americans looking for work.

36. US Senate Confirms Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-led Senate has confirmed Rex Tillerson as President Donald Trump's secretary of state.

Senators voted 56-43 largely along party lines to approve Tillerson's nomination to be the nation's chief diplomat.

37. Trump Says His Order Didn't Cause Weekend Airport Chaos -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Holding firm to his immigration order, President Donald Trump on Monday denied it was to blame for chaos at the nation's airports over the weekend, instead pointing to computer glitches, protesters and even the "tears of Senator Schumer."

38. Trump Orders Strict New Refugee Screening, Citing Terrorists -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Setting a hard-line tone on national security, President Donald Trump on Friday ordered strict new screening for refugees to keep "radical Islamic terrorists" out of the United States and alternated tough talk with kind words in his diplomatic standoff with Mexico.

39. Trump Expects 'Big Results' From His Choice to Lead USDA -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, his choice to lead the Agriculture Department, will "deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land."

40. AP-NORC Poll: Americans of All Stripes Say Fix Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sylvia Douglas twice voted for President Barack Obama and last year cast a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to "Obamacare," she now sounds like President-elect Donald Trump. This makes her chuckle amid the serious choices she faces every month between groceries, electricity and paying a health insurance bill that has jumped by nearly $400.

41. Testing Wearable Sensors as 'Check Engine' Light for Health -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A next step for smart watches and fitness trackers? Wearable gadgets gave a Stanford University professor an early warning that he was getting sick before he ever felt any symptoms of Lyme disease.

42. US Job Openings, Quits Rise, Pointing to Modest Hiring Ahead -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers posted more jobs in November and quitting also increased – signs that job gains and wages may increase in the months ahead.

The number of available jobs rose 1.3 percent in November from the previous month to 5.5 million, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That's below a post-recession peak of 5.8 million in April. Hiring rose 1.1 percent to 5.2 million.

43. Backtracking After Trump Tweet, GOP Won't Gut Ethics Office -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans abruptly reversed themselves Tuesday under pressure from President-elect Donald Trump and dropped plans to gut an independent congressional ethics board.

44. Rallings, City Council Discuss 'Layered' Approach to Crime -

Memphis City Councilman Philip Spinosa says shopping malls should consider providing some additional security measures instead of relying solely on Memphis Police to quell disturbances at the malls.

45. China to Ease Curbs on Foreign Investment After Complaints -

BEIJING (AP) – The Chinese government said Friday it will ease restrictions on foreign investment in sectors ranging from banking and internet services to rail equipment and motorcycles, in response to mounting complaints from foreign business groups and governments.

46. College in Canada? After Trump's Win, More in US Consider It -

For some college-bound students distressed by the election of Donald Trump, Canada is calling.

Colleges from Quebec to British Columbia say applications and website traffic from the United States have been surging since Trump's victory Nov. 8. Although many Canadian schools had also ramped up recruiting in the U.S. recently, some say dismay over the presidential election has fueled a spike in interest beyond their expectations.

47. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

48. US Consumer Confidence Climbed to 15-Year High in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers are the sunniest they've been in more than 15 years.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index climbed to 113.7 in December, up from 109.4 in November and the highest since it reached 114 in August 2001. It's another sign consumers are confident in the aftermath of a divisive election campaign.

49. US Economy Grew at Strong 3.5 Pct. Annual Rate Last Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a 3.5 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter, the fastest pace in two years and more than the government had previously estimated. But the growth spurt isn't expected to last.

50. Corker, Alexander React To Latest Trump Picks -

Two of President-elect Donald Trump’s latest cabinet nominees will be going before Senate committees that include Tennessee’s two Republican senators.

Sen. Bob Corker chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will hold a hearing in January for secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon Mobil.

51. Facebook Finally Gets Serious About Fighting Fake News -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is taking new measures to curb the spread of fake news on its huge and influential social network, focusing on the "worst of the worst" offenders and partnering with outside fact-checkers to sort honest news reports from made-up stories that play to people's passions and preconceived notions.

52. Corker, Alexander React To Latest Trump Picks -

Two of President-elect Donald Trump’s latest cabinet nominees will be going before Senate committees that include Tennessee’s two Republican senators.

Sen. Bob Corker chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will hold a hearing in January for secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil.

53. Trump Taps Former Campaign Rival Carson as Housing Secretary -

NEW YORK (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump, moving closer to filling his Cabinet, chose former campaign rival Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

54. Last Word: Fire Recovery, Justice Department Work Begins and Rocky Top Angst -

The death toll in the East Tennessee wildfires goes to 10 Thursday as the recovery effort moves beyond a search for those missing. The count of buildings burned in Sevier County is estimated at more than 700 – 300 just in Gatlinburg. And 47 people are injured by the latest count. The count of those who died in the fires includes confirmation that Jon and Janet Summer of Memphis are among the dead recovered so far.

55. Trump Says He's Leaving Businesses to Avoid Conflicts -

NEW YORK (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump declared Wednesday he will leave his business empire behind to focus on his presidency. But the prospect that he could simply shift more control to three of his adult children looked too cozy to some business-ethics specialists who suggest the arrangement could bring unprecedented conflicts of interest into the Oval Office.

56. US Bank Earnings Up Nearly 13 Percent in Q3 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. banks' earnings in the July-September period jumped nearly 13 percent from a year earlier as continued growth in lending fueled interest income.

The data issued Tuesday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. showed strength in the banking industry more than eight years after the financial crisis struck. However, the impact of low oil prices on energy companies led banks to continue to post bigger losses on commercial and industrial loans. Some energy companies have struggled to repay loans, causing distress for banks in oil and gas producing regions.

57. U of M Children’s Defense Clinic Assisting Local Youth with Legal Woes -

Students at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law are making a significant impact in the courtroom this semester working to assist the city’s youth.

The newly formed U of M Children’s Defense Clinic gives student attorneys the opportunity to provide legal representation to youth facing criminal charges in delinquency proceedings in the Shelby County Juvenile Court.

58. Last Word: The Death of Black Friday, Memphis Rental Rates and Distracted Driving -

Lots of reporting this Thanksgiving about the imminent demise of Black Friday as an economic force or at least the economic force it once was. As some of you are reading this it is already Cyber Monday.

59. Trump's Charity Admits to Violating IRS Self-Dealing Ban -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump's charity has admitted that it violated IRS regulations barring it from using its money or assets to benefit Trump, his family, his companies or substantial contributors to the foundation.

60. Harwell Learning How to Dodge Challengers -

Beth Harwell has been called a lot of things over the last few years, “trailblazer” chief among them as Tennessee’s first female House speaker. 

Now she’s a “survivor” after eking out a Republican Caucus victory as speaker nominee to continue leading the lower chamber in the 110th General Assembly.

61. 'Excellent' First Meeting for Obama, Trump -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a cordial beginning to their transfer of power, President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump met at the White House Thursday. Obama called the 90-minute meeting "excellent," and his successor said he looked forward to receiving the outgoing president's "counsel."

62. Grizzlies, Fizdale Learning More Than One Way to Win -

Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay and teammate Gary Harris had trapped the Grizzlies’ Mike Conley as he received an inbounds pass with less than 11 seconds left in the game. Harris stripped the ball from Conley – perhaps fouling him, though there was no foul call – and passed the ball ahead.

63. Grizzlies Defeat Denver On Gasol’s Buzzer-Beater -

Memphis center Marc Gasol hit a short jumper in the lane as time expired in the fourth quarter and the Grizzlies defeated the Denver Nuggets 108-107 Tuesday, Nov. 8, at FedExForum.

Vince Carter led Memphis with 20 points and made the inbounds pass to Gasol for the game-winning shot. At 39 years and 287 days old, Carter became the oldest NBA player to post a 20-point game since Michael Jordan did it when he was 40 years and 53 days old for the Washington Wizards in April 2003.

64. Weld Catches Libertarian Heat At Memphis Campaign Stop -

Bill Weld didn’t wait for a question about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to come up during a Wednesday, Nov. 2, campaign stop in Memphis.

“I think Clinton would be a safer bet for the United States,” Weld said before a speech to a group of around 100 at Minglewood Hall. “That’s doesn’t mean that I’m not committed to the Libertarian ticket and trying to get us as much as we can get this year.”

65. Last Word: MAA and TraVure, JT Votes Early and Minority Biz Momentum -

Big news overnight for one of several corporate headquarters moves we’ve been watching in the last year. Mid-America Apartments LP is poised to become the anchor of the TraVure mixed-use development on the western side of Germantown.

66. Last Word: Big River Weekend, Buying Local and The Rehabilitation of Lane Kiffin -

The city’s riverfront will be a very busy place Saturday with several events – the one getting the most attention is the opening of the Big River Crossing – the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk across the Mississippi River on the north side of the Harahan Bridge.

67. Last Word: Big 12 Meets, Calling an Ambulance and Home Sales in Central Gardens -

In Texas Monday, 10 university presidents whose institutions make up the Big 12 athletic conference will meet and most likely put an end to any thought that the University of Memphis will join their group. And there is a lot of speculation that Big 12 expansion is most likely not going to happen for anyone.

68. Meet Olli -

With deep and well-funded resources such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, the Knoxville region is no stranger to innovation in science and technology.

But a new kid on the block, Local Motors, has the potential to spark a whole new era of manufacturing innovation and make Knoxville a hotbed for a technology sector widely considered to be truly revolutionary – self-driving cars.

69. Last Word: Memphis-Temple, Southwest's Remake and Death Penalty Arguments -

Memphis 34 –Temple 27 Thursday evening at the Liberty Bowl and on ESPN. Whatever happened during halftime, the Tigers were a very different team from the first half when they emerged.

70. Official: One-Third of Calls to VA Suicide Hotline Roll Over -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline's former director.

71. Government Severs Ties With For-Profit Colleges Accreditor -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hundreds of for-profit colleges could close, leaving up to 600,000 students scrambling to find other schools, after the Education Department withdrew recognition of the nation's largest accreditor of for-profit schools.

72. Feds Preview Rules of the Road for Self-Driving Cars -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Obama administration officials are previewing long-awaited guidance that attempts to bring self-driving cars to the nation's roadways safely – without creating so many roadblocks that the technology can't make it to market quickly.

73. The Fading Accuracy of Political Polling -

Joe Carr says he couldn’t believe the deficit when U.S. Rep. Diane Black trounced him in the August election to recapture Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District seat.

74. US Banks’ Q2 Earnings Climbed 1.4 Percent to $43.6B -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. banks' earnings in the April-June period rose 1.4 percent from a year earlier as growth in lending fueled interest income.

The data issued Tuesday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. showed continued strength in the banking industry eight years after the financial crisis struck. However, the impact of low oil prices on energy companies led banks to continue to post bigger losses on commercial and industrial loans.

75. Last Word: $60 Million, Frozen Graceland and Wreck It Ralph's Return -

The federal government’s problem with a law the Tennessee Legislature passed earlier this year is serious -- $60-million serious.

And Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, in Hickory Hill Thursday, said he’s working on a compromise that would have the Legislature undo what it did this year when the new legislative session begins in January.

76. MAA to Pay $4 Billion For REIT Post Properties -

Memphis-based MAA will purchase Atlanta-based Post Properties Inc. for $4 billion, creating the largest publicly traded real estate investment trust by number of owned apartments. The combined company will have an expected value of $17 billion with an equity market capitalization of $12 billion.

77. Last Word: One Beale Delay, Memphis Banks and The Other Anniversary -

Changing the city’s skyline comes with some challenges. That’s a reflection of ever-changing economic conditions and the terrain by the Mississippi River on which the city’s skyline is built.

78. MAA to Acquire Post Properties for $4 Billion -

Memphis-based MAA will purchase Atlanta-based Post Properties Inc. for $4 billion, creating the largest publicly traded real estate investment trust by number of owned apartments. The combined company will have an expected value of $17 billion with an equity market capitalization of $12 billion.

79. Last Word: SEC and GMF, Wiseacre's Growth and Apartment Action -

The Securities and Exchange Commission has been investigating Global Ministries Foundation since mid-July. The revelation turned up Wednesday in a Memphis Federal Court filing by the receiver appointed to oversee and sell the Tulane and Warren apartments.

80. What Would It Take for Trump to Lose Tennessee Voters? -

Murfreesboro Realtor Larry Sims almost closes his ears when Donald Trump speaks.

“He gets out of bounds. Of course, the press, they love it because they get to exploit his sayings and doings,” says Sims, who traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, as a Trump delegate for the Republican National Convention. 

81. Steady Hiring is Now Benefiting a Broader Group of Americans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Years of steady job gains have finally begun to benefit a wider range of Americans, including those with less education and in lower-paying jobs.

A second straight month of robust hiring – 255,000 jobs added in July – pointed to employer confidence that suggested that the economy is powering through a slump that struck early this year. The unemployment rate remained a low 4.9 percent, the Labor Department said Friday.

82. Last Word: Curry Todd, Crosstown Brewing and Cursive Comeback -

A word at the top of Last Word about campaign signs and what happens to some of them during a campaign.

There are a couple of sayings – bits of political wisdom by the judgment of some – that are uttered numerous times during every election season.

83. US GDP Grows a Weak 1.2 Percent in Second Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Growth in the U.S. economy was sluggish again in the spring, dashing expectations for a robust rebound after a tough winter. Stronger consumer spending was offset by weakness in housing construction and a big slowdown in the pace that businesses restocked store shelves.

84. White House: Budget Deficit to Rise to $600 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday predicted that the government's budget deficit for the soon-to-end fiscal year will hit $600 billion, an increase of $162 billion over last year's tally and a reversal of a steady trend of large but improving deficits on President Barack Obama's watch.

85. Warner Bros. Agrees to Settle Charges It Misled Gamers -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission says Warner Bros. has agreed to settle charges that it deceived consumers by not properly disclosing that it paid those with big followings on YouTube and social media to promote a video game.

86. Corker Withdraws His Name As Possible Trump Running Mate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican Sen. Bob Corker has withdrawn his name as a possible running mate for Donald Trump, his spokesman confirms.

Spokesman Micah Johnson confirmed the comments that the Tennessee senator made in an interview with The Washington Post published Wednesday in which the senator said "there are people far more suited for being a candidate for vice president" and "I think I'm far more suited for other types of things."

87. Last Word: Being Veep, Greensward Still Active and Tuition Goes Up -

On one of the most eventful days yet in the 2016 Presidential general election campaign, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker was on the campaign trail with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. First there was a private meeting in New York where he was reportedly being vetted for the vice president’s position including a look at his financials – and then a Trump rally in Raleigh, N.C., where he was being road tested.

88. A Swing – and a Miss – is More Common in Baseball All the Time -

It’s obvious when there are a lot children at AutoZone Park. Even the most harmless infield popup prompts a collective shriek and the hope of a home run.

The long ball may not be what it was at the peak of baseball’s steroid era when Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were cartoon characters, but the game has not turned away from the notion of driving the ball.

89. OECD Forecasts Stronger US Growth in 2017 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Paris-based international group is forecasting that the U.S. economic expansion, celebrating its seventh birthday this month, should remain on track over the next two years with growth strengthening in 2017.

90. Last Word: Delayed Reaction, UTHSC Simulates and Ali Takes On The Fords -

If you like to unplug on the weekends, you probably got plugged back in sooner than expected Sunday to the violent rampage Downtown Saturday evening. It ended with a Memphis Police officer dead – run over at Beale and B.B. King – allegedly by a suspect in the shootings of three people on Downtown’s northern end – two of them in critical condition – less than a half hour earlier.

91. Amazon's Jeff Bezos: 'Golden Era' of Technology is Coming -

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) – Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says when it comes to technology, "We're on the edge of the golden era."

Bezos offered a glimpse of his vision of the future during an interview Tuesday at the Code Conference in Southern California.

92. Last Word: Graduation Day and Our Outrage, An ASD Offer In Raleigh and Fashion -

According to Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson, 15,000 people have watched the several dozen high school graduation ceremonies the school system has streamed live on its website including the 14 graduations held Saturday.

93. Poll: Age, Income Factors in Staying With Single Employer -

CHICAGO (AP) – A new poll says more than 40 percent of America's baby boomers stayed with their employer for more than 20 years. But it's unlikely that their children or grandchildren will experience the same job tenure.

94. US Economy Struggles at Start of Election Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It was not a great start for the U.S. economy.

With consumers and businesses turning cautious, the U.S. struggled to grow in the first three months of a presidential election year that is shining the spotlight on the economy's fitful recovery.

95. Fed Keeps Key Rate Unchanged; No Hint on Timing of Next Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve kept a key interest rate unchanged Wednesday against the backdrop of a slowdown in U.S. and global growth and provided no hint of when its next rate hike may occur.

96. Last Word: Memphis Gets Busy, Elections Future and Past and Dad Rock In C-Y -

While their folks are still getting settled over in the front office at The Commercial Appeal, Gannett announces Monday an $815 million offer to buy Tribune Publishing which would put The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune in the expanding USA Today family.

97. Last Word: A Dog Named Elvis, Soulville's Change and Highlander Politics -

For those who stopped watching in the fourth quarter, The Grizzlies lost to the Spurs 106-74 in San Antonio Sunday to open the NBA's second season. If you put together the second and fourth quarters it would have been close. But oh the first and third quarters.

98. Poll: Americans Prefer Low Prices to Items 'Made in the USA' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The vast majority of Americans say they prefer lower prices instead of paying a premium for items labeled "Made in the USA," even if it means those cheaper items are made abroad, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

99. Mental Agility Is No Bad Goal -

“Mental agility” has been defined as “cognitive and psychological adaptability, or the ability to think rapidly and creatively under stress.” A site called “Mind Fitness Training Institute” says that “an agile mind … can anticipate or quickly adapt to uncertain or changing situations. …”

100. Last Word: Pastner's Georgia Tech Post-Season, Who Filed and Greensward Invitations -

Not so fast with the off-season. There is a Memphis post-season after all.

And the Grizz found it Thursday like a light at the end of a long-tunnel where a lot of people slipped and fell and can’t get up.
The light was Houston flaming out at home to Phoenix without the Grizzlies having to make a basket.
It’s all about the math. Stay in school, young people.