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1. US services firms grow more slowly, but hiring up -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services firms expanded more slowly in October, but the pace of growth was still healthy. Hiring also rose to the fastest pace in more than nine years.

The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its services index dropped to 57.1 in October, down from 58.6 in September. That was the second straight drop after the index had risen steadily since February to 59.6 in August, the highest in eight years. Any reading over 50 indicates expansion.

2. Oil prices tumble on Saudi discount move -

LONDON (AP) — Oil prices slumped to multi-year lows on Tuesday after Saudi Arabia cut the price of oil sold to the U.S., a move that is shaking an already volatile market but will likely give the world economy an unexpected stimulus.

3. Skip check-in; latest hotel room key is your phone -

NEW YORK (AP) — Hotels don't want guests to have to linger at the front desk — or even stop by at all.

New programs are helping speed up the check-in process for busy travelers, or in at least one case, letting them go straight to their rooms by using their smartphone to unlock doors.

4. TSU’s Honors Director to lead national group -

Dr. Coreen Jackson, the director of the Tennessee State University Honors Program, has been appointed President of the National Association of African American Honors Programs.

Jackson, who served as the vice president of the NAAHP since October 2013, was appointed president at the organization’s annual convention in Jackson, Mississippi.

5. Embracing immigrants with open arms -

Immigrants have warmly embraced Nashville, and increasingly, the city is warming up to them, welcoming a broad international community to add to the city’s burgeoning success.

“Immigration is obviously a sensitive issue and people get passionate about it, but I think Nashville has benefited a great deal from the fact that it’s become more diverse, benefitted a great deal from the influx of new immigrants, and I think that our rise to prominence and our increased prosperity, is actually linked to that,’’ says Mayor Karl Dean, who recently created the Mayor’s Office for New Americans [MONA].

6. US stocks end dramatic week with rally -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market capped a turbulent week with a big gain Friday, a sign of renewed investor confidence after days of gloomy economic news.

It was the latest large move for a market which, with a few exceptions, has been on a mostly downward track since last month. Stocks have had four weeks of declines, leaving the Standard & Poor's 500 index 6 percent below the record high from Sept. 18.

7. Ailing global economy could lead Fed to delay hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as the U.S. job market has finally strengthened, the Federal Reserve now confronts a new worry: A sputtering global economy that's spooked investors across the world.

The economic slump could spill into the United States, potentially weakening job growth and keeping inflation well below the Fed's target rate. Such fear has led some analysts to suggest that the Fed might wait until deep into next year to start raising interest rates — and then raise them more gradually than expected.

8. US stocks stabilize after a three-day sell-off -

A slump in energy stocks stymied a rebound in U.S. indexes Tuesday as the price of oil plunged the most in two years.

The decline in oil prices followed forecasts for weaker global demand this year and next, a sign of slowing economic growth. Chevron fell 2 percent, helping to drag down the Dow Jones industrial average in the waning moments of trading.

9. US indexes slide; Airlines, energy stocks drop -

The stock market couldn't shake off a case of the jitters from last week and closed sharply lower again on Monday.

Airlines, energy and materials stocks were among the biggest decliners. The market is coming off its biggest weekly decline in more than two years.

10. Bernanke says he was reluctant on AIG bailout -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke etched a portrait Friday of his initial reluctance to have the central bank rescue American International Group Inc. in 2008. But he ultimately came to believe the bailout loan to the company was needed to avert a shock to the financial system.

11. Geithner grilled in court over AIG bailout -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Timothy Geithner, a key player in the U.S. government's 2008 bailout of American International Group Inc., is due back in court Wednesday in a trial of a lawsuit filed by the insurance giant's former CEO over the handling of the rescue.

12. Paulson: AIG bailout designed to be punishment -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 2008 government bailout of American International Group Inc. was specifically designed to punish the insurance giant, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said in U.S. court Monday.

13. Finalists are announced for entrepreneur awards -

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center have announced the finalists for the fourth annual NEXT Awards. These awards recognize excellence in business and entrepreneurship in Middle Tennessee.

14. Capella Healthcare hires 2 to leadership posts -

Capella Healthcare has announced the appointment of Troy E. Sybert, MD, MPH, as executive vice president and chief medical officer.

In addition, Richard W. Brasher, CPCU, ARM, has been named vice president of risk management.

15. North Carolina offered $100M for Toyota HQ, twice Texas bid -

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina business recruiters offered Toyota more than $100 million in incentives for the world's largest carmaker to move its North American headquarters to Charlotte rather than a Dallas suburb, but still lost out to a Texas offer half that size.

16. Social media pushes back at militant propaganda -

BEIRUT (AP) — The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.

17. Diversified Trust expands Nashville leadership team -

Diversified Trust, an employee-owned, southeast-based comprehensive wealth management firm that manages more than $5 billion in client assets, has announced the hiring of three senior professionals in its Nashville office: Adam Dretler, senior vice president, Lamar Stanley, vice president, Katie Williams, vice president

18. Health Care Council announces new board -

William F. Carpenter III, chairman and CEO, LifePoint Hospitals, will continue to serve as chairman of the Nashville Health Care Council board of directors for the second year.

William Gracey, president and CEO, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, continues as vice chairman of the board.

19. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions June 2014 -

Top June 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

20. Watkins welcomes Papel, Warfield as Trustees -

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film has added two members to its Board of Trustees, attorney Laurence M. (Larry) Papel and William (Bill) Warfield, president of Brookside Properties, Inc. Each will serve a three-year term.

21. Bank of America takes $4 billion litigation hit -

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America said Wednesday that its second-quarter earnings were hit by higher litigation expenses.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank earned $2 billion in the second quarter after payments to preferred shareholders, compared with $3.6 billion in the same period a year earlier, a decline of 43 percent.

22. US stocks mostly down as investors digest earnings -

The Federal Reserve's latest take on the U.S. economy put many investors into sell mode Tuesday, sending stocks mostly lower after a brief upward turn early in the day.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen, speaking before Congress, said the U.S. economy has yet to recover fully, but raised the possibility the central bank could raise its key short-term interest rate sooner than currently projected.

23. Tobacco firm Reynolds American to buy Lorillard -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is planning to buy rival Lorillard Inc. for about $25 billion in a deal to combine two of the nation's oldest and biggest tobacco companies.

24. US stocks drift as investors digest earnings -

Stocks were little changed in early trading Tuesday as investors sized up corporate earnings and new government data showing that retail sales inched up last month. Earnings from JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs trumped Wall Street's expectations. Tobacco companies fell as investors got a look at the details of Reynolds American's takeover of rival Lorillard.

25. Tobacco firms Reynolds, Lorillard in merger talks -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. on Friday said they are in talks of a possible merger that would combine two of the nation's oldest and biggest tobacco companies.

26. Events -

Real Estate Investors Network, Thursday, July 10: Wholesaling Subgroup. Network with wholesalers and buyers of single-family and multi-family real estate. 6 p.m., REIN Center, 4525 Harding Rd., STE 200, Nashville.

27. Urgent Team appoints chief financial officer -

Urgent Team, an independent operators of urgent care centers in the Southeast, has named Michael Mauldin as the new chief financial officer.

Most recently, Mauldin was chairman and CEO of Specialty Care, a global provider of specialized outsourced clinical services to hospital surgical suites. Previously he served as: CFO for DSI, a leading dialysis provider, CFO for MedTel International, a multi-national provider of diagnostic imaging, senior VP of operations finance for Renal Care Group, a dialysis company, and CFO for Saint Thomas Hospital.

28. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for May 2014 -

Top May 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

29. Oil fluctuates as traders eye Iraq, US output -

The price of crude oil fluctuated on Wednesday as investors monitored the turmoil in Iraq and weighed a report claiming U.S. export controls would be loosened.

Benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery rose 38 cents to $106.41 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract dropped 14 cents to settle on Tuesday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, dropped 65 cents to $113.80 a barrel in London.

30. Oil prices slip as US deploys small force to Iraq -

The price of oil eased slightly Tuesday after the U.S. said it was deploying a small group of troops to Iraq, which helped soothe fears somewhat over the prospect of disruption to crude supplies.

By mid-afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S crude for July delivery was down 18 cents to $106.72 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, a benchmark used to price international oils, was up 12 cents to $113.06 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

31. Perry named partner in health care practice -

John M. Perry, Jr. has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as a partner in the Health Care Practice Group. Perry had been working from the firm’s Birmingham office since rejoining the firm in January 2014. He began his legal career in the Birmingham office as an associate in 1997.

32. Events -

School Board Candidate Forum. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Urban League of Middle Tennessee and the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association, is hosting four forums with candidates for the Metropolitan Board of Education in June. Tonight's event features District 4 candidates Rhonda Dixon, Anna Shepherd and Pam Swoner, 5-6:30 p.m., at Two Rivers Middle School Media Center, 2991 McGavock Pike. Open to the public, each forum will offer the opportunity for candidates to share their vision for Metro Nashville Public Schools. All forums will be recorded by Nashville Education, Community and Arts Television for later rebroadcast on Comcast Channel 10 in Davidson County. Supervised activities for young children will be available during each forum. Additional sessions:

33. US business leaders assess Cuba business climate -

HAVANA (AP) — The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce toured an auto repair cooperative and talked with newly minted private entrepreneurs Wednesday as part of the first American trade mission of its kind to Cuba in 15 years.

34. Events -

Nashville Symphony Summer Concerts. An annual summer tradition that embodies the organization’s mission of bringing outstanding music to audiences of every age and background throughout Middle Tennessee. Featured composers include Beethoven, Bernstein, Copland, Tchaikovsky, Cole Porter and more. All performances are free of charge (except where noted) and will be conducted by Nashville Symphony Assistant Conductor Vinay Parameswaran. Tonight: East Park, 8 p.m. Additional dates and locations for the 2014 series are:

35. Waller hires Ribeiro to lead health care department -

Waller has named Morgan Ribeiro executive director of the firm’s health care department. In this newly-created position, Ribeiro will work directly with Waller’s Healthcare Steering Committee to lead in the development and implementation of the department’s strategy and client development activities.

36. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for April 2014 -

Top April 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

37. Events -

Real Estate Investors Network Real Estate Investors Network. Williamson County Lunch Group. Rehabbers, builders, commercial, mini-storage, wholesalers, private lenders, transaction funders, hard-money lenders, bankers, title attorneys, realtors, and vendors discuss deals, the state of the market, and how they can help each other prosper. Today, 11:15 a.m., Bosco’s Restaurant & Brewery, 2000 Meridian Blvd, Ste 110, Franklin. Information: reintn.org. Additional April opportunities include:

38. Events -

Momentum in Bellevue. Matt Wiltshire, director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, is the featured speaker and will discuss opportunities that lie ahead. 7 p.m., CrossPoint Church, 7675 Memphis-Bristol Hwy, Hwy. 70.

39. American, US Airways tweak fees, mileage rules -

DALLAS (AP) — If you use miles to get a free ticket on American Airlines, you may have to pay to check that suitcase.

American and US Airways announced changes Tuesday to their policies on checked-bag fees and redeeming miles for free flights.

40. Events -

Benefits of Captive Companies in Tennessee. Join Baker Donelson for a special luncheon featuring Michael A. Corbett and Julie McPeak, who will talk about the cost, investment, advantages and upkeep of a captive. Hosted by insurance regulatory attorneys David Broemel and Lee Harrell. Tax attorney Scott Smith also will be on hand to answer any questions about federal and state tax issues and planning opportunities involving captive insurance companies. Today, 11:30 a.m., lunch and registration. Noon-1 p.m., program. Baker Donelson Center, 211 Commerce Street, First Floor Special Events Center, Nashville. Information: rsvp@bakerdonelson.com.

41. Riley is president-elect of physicians’ organization -

Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA, clinical professor of Medicine with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and adjunct professor of Healthcare Management with the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, is president-elect of the American College of Physicians.

42. Battle of Franklin Trust selects Jacobson as CEO -

The Battle of Franklin Trust has appointed longtime employee Eric A. Jacobson as its chief executive officer.

Jacobson, previously the Trust’s chief operating officer, has been with the organization since 2006. He oversees operations of The Carter House and Carnton Plantation and is a renowned Civil War historian, preservationist and author.

43. Bass, Berry & Sims names new leadership -

W. Brantley Phillips, Jr. has been elected to serve on the executive committee of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.

Phillips serves as chair of the firm’s Securities & Shareholder Litigation Group, and his practice focuses on class action defense, derivative actions and other complex business litigation. Phillips has, for the past three years, served as chair of the firm’s Marketing & Business Development Committee.

44. LGBT travelers offer Middle Tennessee a lucrative demographic -

The secret’s out. Nashville’s a magnet for all who love music, sports, great food and, of course, the ABC hit musical drama that shares the city’s name.

Less known is Music City’s potential to draw even more of a coveted niche group of visitors – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers.

45. Gambling industry fights itself on Internet gambling -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Many experts believe online wagering is the future of gambling, but the casino industry is increasingly divided on the issue.

The latest evidence of the split came Monday as the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling launched the first commercial in a six-figure campaign warning of the dangers of legalized Internet gambling. The coalition is emphasizing the possibility that criminals and terrorists may use online gambling to launder money.

46. Events -

People’s Law School. A free program that provides an overview of common civil legal issues. Taught by Legal Aid Society attorneys and volunteer attorneys, the weekly, one-hour classes are 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Wright Middle School, 180 McCall St., and at Cohn Learning Center, 4805 Park Ave. Registration information: 298-8050, www.nashville.gov/Nashville-Community-Edcuation.aspx.

47. Keystone XL oil pipeline clears significant hurdle -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a major hurdle Friday as the State Department raised no major environmental objections to the controversial pipeline from Canada through the heart of the U.S. Republicans and some oil- and gas-producing states cheered, but the report further rankled environmentalists already at odds with President Barack Obama.

48. Bernanke legacy: Final chapter yet to be written -

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Ben Bernanke puts on his coat and leaves his office Friday, he will close the door on a precedent-breaking eight years as chairman of the Federal Reserve.

What's next?

Bernanke has said he plans to stay in Washington to write books and give speeches. Liberated from the constraints of the Fed, he'll have more time for his favorite pastime, reading.

49. New CEO named at TriStar StoneCrest -

Louis F. Caputo, chief executive officer (CEO) of Summerville Medical Center in Summerville, S.C., has been named chief executive officer of HCA’s TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center in Murfreesboro.

50. Wage hike for federal contract workers limited -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's plan to raise the minimum wage for federally contracted workers is winning praise from unions and labor activists, but it could take a year or more before any hikes take place and the impact may not be as widespread as some advocates had hoped.

51. On charm offensive, Iran leader sets lofty goals -

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — In a charm offensive to the global political and business elite, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani set lofty ambitions for his country, including becoming one of the world's top 10 economies.

52. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for 2013 -

Top 2013 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

53. Obama proposes new limits on NSA phone collections -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing such records. Still, he defended the nation's spying apparatus as a whole, saying the intelligence community was not "cavalier about the civil liberties of our fellow citizens."

54. GNAR names Springer chief executive officer -

The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors has appointed Jarron Springer, current president of the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association, as its new chief executive officer, effective Feb. 1.

55. Corizon selects Johnson as chief medical officer -

Corizon, a provider of correctional health care solutions, has appointed Calvin B. Johnson, M.D., M.P.H., as its new chief medical officer.

56. Stone is elected president of Realtors group -

Hagan Stone has been elected president of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors for 2014. Stone, who is affiliated with the Brentwood office of Pilkerton Realtors, begins his one-year term Jan. 1.

57. Songwriting guild connects Irish, US artists -

Nick Nichols’ story – familiar to any Nashville songwriter, waiter, construction worker, masseuse or bellhop – may be taking a turn for success thanks to the quixotic Internet song-plugging mission of an Irishman who lives in Spain.

58. Airlines forecast profits to jump to record high -

GENEVA (AP) — The global airline industry expects its profits to jump to a record high next year, helped by falling jet fuel prices, rising travel demand and cost-cutting.

The International Air Transport Association said Thursday it forecasts a profit of $19.7 billion — well above the $12.9 billion expected this year and the $7.4 billion made in 2012.

59. TSU president joins Pinnacle Financial board -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has added Tennessee State University President Glenda Baskin Glover, Ph.D., JD, CPA, to its board.

She joins 12 other business and community leaders who serve as Pinnacle directors.

60. Saint Thomas names Elliott to leadership post -

Saint Thomas Health has named Jennifer Elliott, RN, vice president of Clinical Operations and chief nursing officer for Saint Thomas West Hospital and Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital.

61. Govt in agreement to allow American merger -

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines and US Airways reached a deal with the government that lets the two form the world's biggest airline and opens up more room at key U.S. airports for low-cost carriers.

62. Centerstone names Slusser director of advancement -

Centerstone, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit providers of community-based mental health and addiction services, has promoted Jeney Slusser to director of advancement in Tennessee.

63. Hunt to lead Nashville Public Education Foundation -

The Nashville Public Education Foundation has announced Shannon Hunt as the group’s new president.

Foundation leaders said her appointment is an important part of a broader effort to marshal large-scale private-sector support for improving Nashville’s public school system. The foundation provides support for schools by helping raise private funds to match specific needs and building strategic partnerships.

64. Baker Donelson hires attorneys for two groups -

Baker Donelson has hired Klint Alexander for the firm’s Global Business Team, which concentrates on global trade and commercial transactions, dispute resolution and general business law, and David Sawrie for its Intellectual Property Group.

65. Events -

Third Thursday Labor & Employment Law Breakfast Briefings. Baker Donelson shareholder Ken Weber will present a strategic look at new areas of liability created by new technologies, generational differences among employees, economic trends and food for thought based on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision affirming the use of mandatory arbitration agreements to defeat class actions. The program and breakfast are complimentary, but advance registration is requested (rsvp@bakerdonelson.com). Today, 8 a.m., 211 Commerce Street, First Floor Special Events Center.

66. Former GM exec sees Toyota role as sign of change -

NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — Mark Hogan, a former General Motors Co. executive tapped to join the Toyota board, sees his appointment as a sign of change at the Japanese automaker and hopes he'll play a role in the company becoming less insular and quicker in decision making.

67. Political indecision weighs on economic forecasts -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Politicians and economists are straining to get a clearer view of what the economy will look like a year from now, when midterm political campaigns are heating up. Republicans see the glass as half-empty; Democrats view it as half-full. And the economists aren't sure.

68. US Airways shareholders approve American merger -

NEW YORK (AP) — US Airways shareholders overwhelmingly approved a proposed merger with American Airlines, bringing the companies closer to creating the world's biggest airline.

The main hurdle now is a review by antitrust regulators at the U.S. Department of Justice. Concerns have been raised about the merger's impact on airfares, and the combined airline's potential dominance at Washington's Reagan National Airport.

69. Late to the Chinese market, Ford aims to catch up -

CHONGQING, China (AP) — Dave Schoch has one of the toughest jobs at Ford Motor Co.: catching the competition in the world's biggest car market.

70. Hatch master printer earns industry honor -

The American Advertising Federation’s Nashville chapter will recognize Jim Sherraden, master printer at Hatch Show Print, as the recipient of the 2013 Silver Medal, the organization’s highest individual recognition.

71. A showcase for rural America -

RFD-TV bills itself as “Rural America’s Most Important Network,” and there was a time when provincial Music City would have been its core audience.

Today, Nashville has an urbane, glitzy, polished image. It’s the city of pop-country divas Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, the home of business headquarters with global reputations, and sprawling, non-stop construction featuring a new, state-of-the-art convention center downtown.

72. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for May 2013 -

Top May 2013 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

73. Legal immigration -

During the Great Recession, law firms pressed the pause button on hiring. But as the economy recovers, the market for attorneys is following suit.

Local law firms are in expansion mode and, as Nashville’s star rises nationally, outside law firms – and some lawyers who left for greener pastures – are looking to move into Music City.

74. US proposes labeling some nonbanks threats -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have proposed that a group of firms that aren't banks be deemed potential threats to the financial system that need stricter government oversight.

Big insurers American International Group Inc. and Prudential Financial Inc., and General Electric Co.'s finance arm GE Capital, said they are among the firms. The near-collapse of AIG in 2008 helped trigger the financial crisis and it received a $182 billion federal bailout that it has since repaid.

75. Top Midstate Commercial real estate transactions for April 2013 -

Top April 2013 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

76. Oil down to near $93 on Chinese recovery concerns -

(AP) The price of oil fell to near $93 a barrel on Thursday after a survey showed manufacturing activity in China falling to its lowest level in seven months, a sign that the recovery in the world's No. 2 economy is fading.

77. INFLUENCE GAME: Tech, labor spar on immigration -

WASHINGTON (AP) — To the U.S. technology industry, there's a dramatic shortfall in the number of Americans skilled in computer programming and engineering that is hampering business. To unions and some Democrats, it's more sinister: The push by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to expand the number of visas for high-tech foreign workers is an attempt to dilute a lucrative job market with cheap, indentured labor.

78. Saint Thomas names Wood to top HR post -

Marvin ‘Bud’ Wood has assumed the role of chief human resources officer for Saint Thomas Health’s nine-hospital network.

As former senior director of human resources for Community Health Systems in Franklin. Wood brings 25 years of human resources experience to his new role.

79. Russians attempt to topple Google in Vietnam -

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's booming Internet scene is littered with failed startups that tried to take on Google and other entrenched U.S web companies. That's not deterring a newly launched Russian-Vietnamese outfit which believes it can unseat the American search engine in this fast-growing Asian market and also contend with a jittery, authoritarian government seeking to clamp down on freedom of expression online.

80. Natural gas export plans stir debate -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A domestic natural gas boom already has lowered U.S. energy prices while stoking fears of environmental disaster. Now U.S. producers are poised to ship vast quantities of gas overseas as energy companies seek permits for proposed export projects that could set off a renewed frenzy of fracking.

81. Record profit signals healthier Fannie Mae -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fannie Mae said something Thursday that would have been unthinkable a few years ago: It earned a record $58.7 billion profit in the January-March quarter.

And it made clear it's on the cusp of repaying taxpayers for the most expensive bailout of a single company in the financial crisis.

82. Obama to tap Pritzker, Froman for economic jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday will nominate longtime fundraiser and philanthropist Penny Pritzker to run the Commerce Department and economic adviser Micahel Froman as the next U.S. Trade Representative.

83. GM profit falls 14 pct in 1Q; Europe loss narrows -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' net income fell 14 percent in the first quarter, as it earned less money in North America while preparing to launch a redesigned version of its best-selling vehicle, the Silverado pickup.

84. Shoppers face hurdles in finding ethical clothing -

NEW YORK (AP) — You can recycle your waste, grow your own food and drive a fuel-efficient car. But being socially responsible isn't so easy when it comes to the clothes on your back.

Take Jason and Alexandra Lawrence of Lyons, Colo. The couple eat locally grown food that doesn't have to be transported from far-flung states. They fill up their diesel-powered Volkswagen and Dodge pickup with vegetable-based oil. They even bring silverware to a nearby coffeehouse to avoid using the shop's plastic utensils.

85. Barge Waggoner promotes quartet of vice presidents -

Award-winning architecture and engineering firm Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc. appointed four new vice presidents at its recent annual stockholders’ meeting:

86. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for March 2013 -

Top March 2013 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

87. Events -

Predators Foundation Wine Festival and Tasting. Featuring more than 200 higher-end wines, beer and a spirits tasting and an extensive silent auction with more than 200 items. Tonight's event also will include culinary delicacies and a photo opportunity with GNASH. A VIP dinner & tasting will take place in the Patron Platinum Club. It will feature a five-course dinner with wine pairing and hand-crafted wines. The VIP event begins at 6 p.m. and is $200 per person. VIP guests may attend the Wine Festival prior to the VIP dinner. Bridgestone Arena. Information: www.predators.nhl/club/page.htm

88. Lamb, Self to be honored by Tennessee Medical Association -

John W. Lamb, Sr., MD, and Catherine Self, PT, PhD, both of Nashville, are among the recipients of 2013 Tennessee Medical Association awards, which will be presented during the TMA’s 178th annual Meeting on Saturday in Franklin.

89. King & Ballow adds 2 new attorneys -

Robert Crump and Allison Champagne have joined King & Ballow in the litigation and the litigation, entertainment and intellectual property sections, respectively.

90. CCA names White VP of Correctional Programs -

Corrections Corporation of America has promoted Kim White to vice president of the Correctional Programs Division. She formerly served as managing director of inmate programs.

91. Bass, Berry & Sims adds 4, promotes 1 -

Sarah B. Krause, Stephanie A. Roth, Brittain W. Sexton and Marcia N. Topiwala have joined the Nashville office of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC as new associates, and Amanda Elliott Stanley has been promoted from associate to counsel.

92. Analysis: Obama carries 3 goals on trip to Israel -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three goals will dominate President Barack Obama's coming visit to Israel, his first as president: Convincing Israel and its leadership he means what he says about stopping Iran from building a nuclear weapon, mending a deeply troubled relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and, in return, enticing Israel back to negotiations with the Palestinians.

93. New TSA policy on knives, bats sparks backlash -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flight attendants, pilots, federal air marshals and even insurance companies are part of a growing backlash to the Transportation Security Administration's new policy allowing passengers to carry small knives and sports equipment like souvenir baseball bats and golf clubs onto planes.

94. Report: Too much money spent in Iraq for too few results -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether U.S. efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation were worth the cost.

95. Former GM executive tapped for Toyota board -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota has tapped a former executive at U.S. rival General Motors to join its board, the first time in the Japanese automaker's 76-year history it is appointing directors from outside the company.

96. Top commercial real estate transactions for January 2013 -

Top January 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

97. For 1st time since 1999, music revenues inch up -

LONDON (AP) — More than a decade after online file swapping tipped the music industry into turmoil, record executives may finally be getting a sliver of good news.

Industry revenue is up. A measly 0.3 percent, but it's still up.

98. Dow bounces from 2-day slide to a 3-digit gain -

Strong earnings from big U.S. companies pushed the Dow Jones industrial average to a rare triple-digit gain Friday, but the S&P 500 index still posted its first weekly loss of the year.

Hewlett-Packard had the biggest gain in the Dow and the Standard & Poor's 500 index. It posted fiscal first-quarter earnings late Thursday that beat all forecasts, a relief after months of bad news for the computer maker. H-P rose $2.10, or 12.3 percent, to $19.20.

99. FirstBank president adds CEO to nameplate -

FirstBank’s board of directors has appointed Chris Holmes chief executive officer, one year after naming him president of the third-largest bank headquartered in Tennessee.

100. Private US firms take major role vs. cyberattacks -

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Kevin Mandia, a retired military cybercrime investigator, decided to expose China as a primary threat to U.S. computer networks, he didn't have to consult with American diplomats in Beijing or declassify tactics to safely reveal government secrets.