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1. AP Explains: GOP battles bailout perception on Puerto Rico -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Debt-ridden Puerto Rico faces a $422 million bond payment deadline Sunday with no sign Congress will act in time to help.

Further complicating lawmakers' efforts to steer the U.S. territory away from economic collapse are ads airing nationwide that claim the legislation amounts to a financial bailout even though the bill has no direct financial aid.

2. Mixed open on Wall Street; indexes waver -

U.S. stock indexes edged lower in early trading Thursday as investors pored over the latest crop of company earnings news. Telecom services and consumer staples companies were down the most. Oil prices were also headed lower. The stock market is coming off a three-day winning streak.

3. Lawmakers fail to conclude Tennessee legislative session -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A lengthy debate over a proposed veto override, partisan squabbling and a disagreement over a tax cut have delayed the planned conclusion of the legislative session.

As the House slowly churned through its calendar into the evening Wednesday, the Senate voted to recess for the night and return Thursday.

4. Fantasy Sports Tax Act ready for Haslam signature -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's Legislature passed a bill that would make clear that fantasy sports betting is legal, but would also regulate it and put a tax on it.

The Senate passed the Fantasy Sports Tax Act on Tuesday, and the bill is now on its way to the governor. The legislation follows a state attorney general issued legal opinion issued earlier this month that said fantasy sports contests are illegal gambling.

5. Legislators playing expensive game with LGBT issues -

The silly season is in full swing on Capitol Hill, but the “bathroom bill” and any jokes surrounding it are no laughing matter anymore. It’s getting downright expensive.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery said this week the bill dealing with transgender student use of restrooms could cost the state more than $1.2 billion in federal funds for K-12 and higher education.

6. US retail sales fall in March as Americans buy fewer cars -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell last month as Americans cut back on their car purchases, the latest sign that consumers are reluctant to spend freely.

Sales at retail stores and restaurants fell by a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent in March, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, following a flat reading in February and a drop in January.

7. US, Goldman Sachs reach $5B settlement over risky mortgages -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Monday announced a roughly $5 billion settlement with Goldman Sachs over the sale of mortgage-backed securities leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. The government accused the bank of misleading investors about the quality of its loans.

8. I-440 one of many projects on unfunded backlog -

When Governor Haslam released his list of proposed road projects for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, replacing the pavement and improving the safety of I-440 was on the list with an estimated price tag of $50 million.

9. US stocks jump after solid March jobs report -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed Friday after the government said job growth continued at a strong clip in March. Makers of consumer goods and household products rose, and health care companies rebounded. The solid employment report helped U.S. stocks stay out of a steep global decline.

10. Dollar General to add nearly 2,000 stores by fiscal 2017 -

NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar General Corp. keeps steamrolling ahead. The chain, based in Goodlettsville, said that it plans to add about 2,000 stores over the next two years, bringing its total count to more than 14,000 stores.

11. Bipartisan skeptics doubt Haslam’s outsourcing plans -

Poor timing and questionable numbers: That’s how legislators are viewing a business justification plan for outsourcing facilities management across Tennessee.

The Office of Customer Focused Government tells state senators, if all departments opt in, the state could save $35.8 million by the second year of a contract under study for building operations and services – without laying off state workers or cutting pay and benefits.

12. New industry, housing spur Midstate growth -

The bitter taste of Hemlock Semiconductor’s abandonment of plans to build a billion-dollar plant in Montgomery County has been sweetened somewhat, one of many in the commercial real estate market in Nashville’s surrounding counties.

13. Dollar General beats 4Q profit forecasts -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) — Dollar General Corp. (DG) on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $376.2 million.

On a per-share basis, the Goodlettsville, Tennessee-based company said it had profit of $1.30.

14. Change Healthcare taps Roberts as vice president -

Change Healthcare, a provider of software and analytics, network solutions and technology-enabled services designed to enable smarter health care, has hired Keith Roberts as vice president of engagement solutions.

15. Massey likes Insure Tennessee despite Republican pedigree -

State Sen. Becky Duncan Massey points proudly to a picture of her father on Air Force One with President Ronald Reagan when he visited Athens, Tennessee, in 1985.

John Duncan served as Knoxville’s mayor and then as an East Tennessee Republican congressman for 24 years, succeeded by her brother, U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan Jr., in 1988.

16. A nip & tuck here, an injection there -

Sheri Nichols Bucy is far from vain but has always been conscious of her appearance. She’s been in the public eye for her entire career, first as a singer, dancer and actress in Detroit, then in Los Angeles and now Nashville, where she is co-owner of NashTrash Tours.

17. Stocks erase an early loss and manage modest gains -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market reversed steep declines and ended slightly higher on Wednesday, thanks in part to a pickup in the price of crude oil.

Indexes continue to be weighed down by bank stocks, which remain under pressure due to economic unease and worries about the amount of loans on their books to struggling oil and gas companies.

18. Making homes safer for senior living -

The literal nuts and bolts of aging in place – details such as “age proofing” the home with bath rails and grab bars or equipping it for a person with a chronic illness – can make the difference between staying at home and having to move into assisted care.

19. US stocks waver as energy stocks rise and health care sinks -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are wavering Thursday morning following a sharp sell-off the day before. The price of oil is climbing for the third consecutive day as key oil-producing nations discuss cuts in production. Biotech stocks are falling after Massachusetts began investigating drug prices.

20. Nashville Technology Council awards finalists announced -

The Nashville Technology Council has announced nominees in 13 categories for its seventh annual awards.

Finalists were selected among nominees by a panel of peers and tech industry leaders. Winners will be announced at the seventh annual NTC Awards ceremony presented by Vaco, held Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Event Hall in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

21. US indexes end mostly higher; GM, Ford slip on sales miss -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks managed some small gains Tuesday, but not enough to make up for big losses from the day before.

Utilities and telecommunications stocks rose the most. General Motors and Ford dropped as their December sales fell short of analysts' estimates.

22. Expect less and buy antacid: 2016 investment forecasts -

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

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

23. Bass, Berry & Sims welcomes 13 to firm -

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is recently hired 13 attorneys for its Nashville office.

Elaina Al-Nimri (associate) represents clients in breach of contract disputes and complex business litigation. Al-Nimri earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law and a B.A. degree from Providence College.

24. Planning the perfect wedding -

Weddings begin with the venue. “A venue holds everything,” says Kristin King, who is opening a new event facility, The Sloane, in Nashville’s Gulch area in 2016.

“It’s the vibe, the feeling. It’s the house for the event,’’ she adds. “It gives the whole feeling of what you’re trying to convey. Where you have an event, is to me, one of the most important things. You can dress it up however you want to, but it sends the message of what you want your guests to know about you as a couple.”

25. Dollar General 3Q profit beats Street, sales increase -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) — Dollar General's third-quarter profit topped expectations on strong sales of candy and snacks, though revenue, while up, fell a bit short of projections.

Sales at stores open at least a year, a key gauge of a retailer's health, rose 2.3 percent as traffic at stores increased and customers spent more during visits.

26. Civil asset forfeiture: 'It's a state license to steal’ -

The drugs in Kathy Stiltner’s car were over-the-counter antacids. The $12,000 in cash was from an inheritance. Still, police took the money – quite legally – and are still fighting to keep it, even after the drug charge was dropped.

27. Belmont’s Littlejohn named Professor of the Year -

Belmont’s Ronnie Littlejohn, professor of philosophy and director of the University’s Asian Studies program, has been named as the 2015 Tennessee Professor of the Year, an award selection determined by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

28. Ford workers narrowly approve new contract with UAW -

DETROIT (AP) — Ford workers narrowly approved a new four-year contract, wrapping up five months of negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit automakers.

The UAW said late Friday that Ford's contract passed with a 51.4-percent vote. The agreement covers 53,000 U.S. hourly workers at 22 plants.

29. Dickinson Wright welcomes associates -

Dickinson Wright PLLC has hired Ariel Mason and Dustin Kovacic as associate attorneys. Mason joins the firm’s downtown Nashville office, and Kovacic joins the office on Music Row.

Mason previously worked for Dickinson Wright as a summer associate in the Nashville office, where she composed arguments for inclusion in trial briefs and motion memoranda. She also conducted extensive research on general litigation issues, including business disputes, employment law, and bankruptcy law.

30. US stocks close higher, helped by energy, auto sales -

NEW YORK (AP) — A rally in energy companies helped push the U.S. stock market higher for a second straight day on Tuesday. Investors also worked through corporate news and prepared for key U.S. economic data later this week.

31. Tech stocks lead a rally; S&P 500 turns positive for year -

U.S. stocks closed higher on Friday, delivering their second gain in two days and pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index back into positive territory for the year.

Strong quarterly earnings from several big-name technology companies helped rally the market, which has been gradually regaining ground following a swoon in August and September. Microsoft vaulted to a 15-year high, while Amazon and Google's parent company Alphabet closed sharply higher.

32. An early rally fades, leaving stocks modestly lower -

U.S. stocks closed lower on Wednesday after a late-afternoon slide erased modest gains made earlier in the day.

The decline added to the market's losses from the day before and came as crude oil prices fell and investors focused primarily on the latest wave of companies reporting quarterly financial results.

33. Stocks edge lower; IBM's woes weigh on the Dow average -

U.S. stocks snapped a three-day winning streak Tuesday as weak company earnings and outlooks weighed on the market.

Major indexes wavered between small gains and losses for most of the day before settling slightly lower in the last 15 minutes of trading. The slide in crude oil prices deepened.

34. Dollar General cutting 255 positions as part of restructuring -

Dollar General Corporation today announced it is restructuring its corporate support functions to eliminate approximately 255 positions.

35. Stocks close out best week of the year with a small gain -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed out its best week this year with a modest gain on Friday, helped by airlines and industrial companies.

Investors now turn their focus to corporate earnings, which will start to pick up next week.

36. US stocks end sharply higher; GE leads gains in industrials -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rallied in the U.S. and overseas Monday after last week's gloomy jobs report led investors to expect that the Federal Reserve will wait even longer before making its first interest rate increase since the financial crisis.

37. Faithful bid farewell to Melrose Sylvan Park Restaurant -

Anyone wishing to dine like Eddy Arnold or Jerry Reed has just a few days left to enjoy what for years was among their favorite spots.

“Eddy Arnold used to eat lunch here every day,” says Lisa Greer, sparing a few minutes toward the end of the workday to talk about the place on Franklin Pike that will close Sept. 30.

38. From Banner to bankruptcy -

More than 17 years after the Nashville Banner ceased publication, another chapter in the story – perhaps the last – has been written in Winchester’s Eastern District bankruptcy court with the final disposition of Irby C. Simpkins Jr.’s Chapter 7 case.

39. GM will pay $900 million over ignition switch scandal -

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors agreed to pay $900 million to fend off criminal prosecution over the deadly ignition-switch scandal, striking a deal that brought criticism down on the Justice Department for not bringing charges against individual employees.

40. GM will pay $900 million over ignition switch scandal -

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors agreed to pay $900 million to fend off criminal prosecution over the deadly ignition-switch scandal, striking a deal that brought criticism down on the Justice Department for not bringing charges against individual employees.

41. Justice Dept. encourages prosecutions of corporate execs -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department issued new guidance to its prosecutors Wednesday, aimed at encouraging more white-collar criminal and civil cases against corporate executives.

The new policies come amid persistent criticism that the Justice Department, even while negotiating multi-billion-dollar settlements with large banks, has not been aggressive enough in prosecuting individuals for financial misconduct — including after the mortgage crisis that devastated the U.S. economy.

42. US stocks surge, getting a boost from China's rally -

NEW YORK (AP) — The wild ride for investors continued on Tuesday. Stocks surged to their second-biggest gain of the year, more than wiping out a big loss from Friday and leaving the Dow Jones industrial average down just slightly for the month.

43. Is state’s role to provide a service or turn a profit? -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam appears to be on the brink of privatizing state government. But he won’t be able to do it without a battle, especially from university unions and Democratic lawmakers.

44. Dollar General beats 2Q profit forecasts -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) - Dollar General Corp. on Thursday reported a boost in second-quarter profit, topping Wall Street expectations on higher sales.

But its shares slipped in premarket trading as the higher revenue figure was still short of expectations.

45. China tries to dampen fears of more big devaluations -

BEIJING (AP) — China tried Thursday to ease fears of more big declines for the yuan as companies from global automakers to Chinese clothing exporters faced a new era of uncertain exchange rates.

There is "no basis for persistent and substantial devaluation," said a deputy central bank governor, Zhang Xiaohui, at a news conference. Zhang said the yuan is close to "market levels" after two days of sharp declines.

46. Hanto named director of Vanderbilt Transplant Center -

Douglas Hanto M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery and associate director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center, has been named the Center’s new director.

Hanto, an internationally recognized leader in organ transplantation, joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in 2014 as the center’s associate director and has since worked with the departments of Pediatrics and Surgery to establish a comprehensive pediatric liver center at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

47. Colleges, pro franchises seek strategies to keep millennials interested -

UT and Vanderbilt are accustomed to tough competition from Tuscaloosa, Athens and Gainesville. Likewise, the Titans must deal with the Colts, Steelers and Ravens.

On games days, they and many others now have to go against Sony, Microsoft, Apple and EA Sports.

48. Building boom strains labor pool, supply chain -

Middle Tennessee’s red-hot construction boom is becoming a victim of its own success. Architects, contractors and everyone in between, including Metro Codes, are up to their necks in work.

It’s a happy time of an industry that also can see long, slow periods of stagnation.

49. Boosting overtime: Obama calls for broader coverage -

WASHINGTON (AP) — They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise.

50. The Latest: Scalia calls health care overhaul: 'SCOTUScare' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court's decision on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

11:10 p.m.

The Supreme Court's decision affirming a major part of the health care law has at least one upside for the law's Republican opponents.

51. US stocks end lower, pushing Dow into the red for the year -

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average slipped into the red for the year on Monday as stocks extended their slump.

Airlines were among the biggest losers amid concern that capacity growth in the industry may curb profitability. JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines were among the carriers that declined.

52. Wal-Mart names new board chairman, keeps job in family -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart is passing the chairmanship of the world's largest retailer from one family member of the late founder Sam Walton to another.

The company said that board Chairman Rob Walton will step down and be succeeded by Vice Chairman Greg Penner, who is his son-in-law.

53. Burst of hiring drives US bonds lower; stocks slip -

NEW YORK (AP) — A burst of hiring last month led to a drop in the bond market Friday as traders placed bets that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates later this year. Despite the good economic news, the stock market drifted to another loss, finishing lower for the second week in a row.

54. Dollar General 1Q profit tops Street, key sales metric rises -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) — Dollar General's fiscal first-quarter profit topped Wall Street's expectations, and a key sales measurement rose thanks to better traffic and shoppers spending more per transaction.

55. Dollar General promotes Vasos as new chief executive officer -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Discount retailer Dollar General has named a new chief executive officer.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1J8UjXt) that Todd Vasos will replace Rick Dreiling on June 3.

56. Dollar General promotes Vasos as new chief executive officer -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Discount retailer Dollar General has named a new chief executive officer.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1J8UjXt) that Todd Vasos will replace Rick Dreiling on June 3.

57. Ramsey: No Medicaid expansion until 2017 -

The Tennessee legislative session ended in late April, giving itself a little more than two and a-half months to handle the state’s business. That’s plenty of time, according to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.

58. Small banks find ways to compete with giants -

Nashville’s InsBank began 15 years ago, founded by a group of insurance agents. Originally, it was known as Insurors Bank of Tennessee, its target market was independent insurance agents in the state. But that has changed somewhat over the years as the bank has evolved from that particular niche.

59. US stocks jump the most since March following hiring gains -

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market had its best day in two months Friday following encouraging news about the job market.

The surge was enough to push two of the three major indexes to gains for the week.

60. US stock indexes are slightly higher a day after a drop -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher in morning trading Thursday as investors remained cautious following comments a day earlier from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who suggested that stock prices might be overvalued.

61. Deutsche Bank to pay $2.5B for interest rate violations -

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay $2.5 billion in a settlement with U.S. and British authorities over the manipulation of benchmark interest rates used globally for its own financial gain.

62. US stocks edge lower after weak global economic surveys -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks moved lower in early trading Thursday, sapped by gloomy manufacturing data from Europe, China and Japan. General Motors, Proctor & Gamble and others fell after reporting results that were negatively impacted by a strong U.S. dollar.

63. Events -

Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival. Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival is a multi-day, citywide celebration of the rising spirits and cocktail culture that has grasped Nashville, TN over the past five years. Events through Sunday include:

64. Mixed earnings news leaves US stocks mostly lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — Tepid corporate results and another drop in the price of crude oil pulled stocks mostly lower on Tuesday.

Major indexes started the day slightly higher, turned lower around noon, then languished until the closing bell. A mixed batch of first-quarter earnings reports offered traders little direction.

65. G-20 finance officials confronting global weakness -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Finance officials from the world's major economies are searching for the right mix of policies to bolster a still-weak global recovery nearly six years after the Great Recession while confronting a range of new threats from a soaring U.S. dollar to a big drop in oil prices.

66. European vacation as much as 25 percent cheaper due to euro -

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Vacations in Europe have a new attraction: the euro's steep drop in value is making the continent much cheaper for tourists from across the world, especially the United States and China.

67. US stocks mostly higher after rise in oil, mixed earnings -

NEW YORK (AP) — Rising oil prices helped push the stock market mostly higher on Tuesday, but the gains were tiny as investors weighed mixed results from companies reporting earnings.

Stocks fell shortly after the open, then headed mostly higher along with the price of oil. Chevron led the Dow Jones industrial average higher with a 2.2 percent gain.

68. US close higher for second week; GE soars on deal news -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks advanced Friday, capping off a second straight weekly advance for the market. Investors were encouraged by the latest corporate deal news, that General Electric would be selling its long-struggling lending business.

69. Waller adds team for high-profile litigation -

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP have announced the addition of W. David Bridgers, Chanelle R. Acheson, John E. Haubenreich and Wells Trompeter Hoffman to the firm’s Nashville office.

Bridgers, Acheson, Haubenreich and Hoffman join a team of experienced white collar/qui tam attorneys at Waller, including several from the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s Offices. The group frequently represents health care organizations, boards of directors and executives in federal, state and local criminal, civil and regulatory enforcement matters. All were previously with Neal and Harwell, PLC.

70. How gov't aims to protect low-income users of 'payday' loans -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Payday lenders would face federal rules aimed at protecting low-income borrowers from being buried by fees and debts under proposals being unveiled Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

71. Less for the tank, more for the bank -

The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts the typical American household will save nearly $750 on gasoline in 2015, but no one should expect the good fortune to last forever.

Yes, gas prices did fall below $2 – and have begun falling again in recent days after rising about 35 cents in February and early March – but now it’s spring, a time when gas prices typically rise.

72. General Motors beats a retreat out of Russia -

MOSCOW (AP) — General Motors will slash production in Russia and pull its mass-market Opel brand completely in the face of plummeting sales in the economically troubled country.

Mainstream GM brands have been among the biggest losers as Russia's auto market shrinks, with sales of Chevrolet down 74 percent year-on-year in February and those of Opel plunging 86 percent.

73. Stocks decline for third week; interest rate worries persist -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market was hit hard Friday, capping a third week of declines, as investors reacted to a steep drop in oil prices and a jump in the value of the dollar.

Utilities, companies that make basic materials like steel, and major exporters had the biggest declines.

74. Banks lead early gains in US trading; Dollar General up -

US stocks open higher, led by gains for financial companies
STEVE ROTHWELL, AP Markets Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks opened higher on Thursday, led by gains in financial stocks after a number of banks got approval from the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates and buy back stock.

75. Dollar General 4Q profit rises on strong sales gains -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) - Dollar General's fiscal fourth-quarter profit rose on strengthening sales at its discount stores.

The stock rose in Thursday premarket trading.

The discount retailer earned $355.4 million, or $1.17 per share, for the period ended Jan. 30. A year earlier it earned $322.2 million, or $1.01 per share.

76. US stock indexes climb; GM gains on buyback announcement -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market's bull run turned six on Monday. The anniversary was marked with modest gains.

Stocks rose as the market steadied after a big sell-off on Friday. The market had slumped after a strong jobs report raised the likelihood of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates sooner than had previously been expected.

77. The bull market for stocks turns 6 -

NEW YORK (AP) — In 2009 the stock market was filled with panic.

The housing market had collapsed. Lehman Brothers had gone under and General Motors was on the verge of bankruptcy reorganization. The U.S. was in a deep recession, and stocks had plunged 57 percent from their high in October 2007.

78. Fruits and vegetables get a star-studded marketing push -

NEW YORK (AP) — What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips?

A campaign being launched Thursday plans to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities including actress Jessica Alba and Golden State Warriors Point Guard Stephen Curry to shill for fruits and vegetables.

79. Justices signal support for investors in 401(k) lawsuits -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to make it easier for participants in employee retirement plans to challenge companies' investment decisions that eat into retirement savings.

80. Best time to buy big-ticket items -

You’ve got money to spend, but is it the right time to spend it? Here’s what the experts say.

A European vacation

Dana Moore, a principal with HMS Investment Advisors, says now is the time to pull the trigger if you’ve been dreaming of a trip overseas.

81. Cheaper gas lowers US retail sales; spending up elsewhere -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell sharply last month as gas prices plummeted and auto sales slowed. But excluding those volatile categories, Americans stepped up their spending a bit.

Retail sales dropped 0.8 percent in January, the Commerce Department said Thursday, following a 0.9 percent decline in December. The dollar value of gas station sales plunged 9.3 percent, the largest drop in six years. Auto dealer sales also fell for the second straight month after big gains in the fall.

82. Cheaper gas lowers US retail sales; spending up elsewhere -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell sharply last month as gas prices plummeted and auto sales slowed. But excluding those volatile categories, Americans stepped up their spending a bit.

Retail sales dropped 0.8 percent in January, the Commerce Department said Thursday, following a 0.9 percent decline in December. The dollar value of gas station sales plunged 9.3 percent, the largest drop in six years. Auto dealer sales also fell for the second straight month.

83. US stocks advance on earnings, possible Greece deal -

NEW YORK (AP) — A mix of positive earnings and corporate news boosted stocks on Tuesday. Signs that Greece might be willing to broker a deal with its creditors also gave the market a lift.

Coca-Cola rose after the company reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit. General Motors gained after an activist investor said he would seek a seat on the company's board and push for a stock buyback.

84. Nissan raises profit forecast after sales grow in US, Europe -

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan raised its earnings forecast for the fiscal year after reporting a nearly 21 percent jump in quarterly profit as a cheap yen amplified strong overseas sales.

The Japanese automaker said Monday that sales were strong in the U.S. and Europe and the cheap yen boosted overseas revenue, offsetting a decline in its home market.

85. Toyota raises forecast after quarterly profit up on weak yen -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp., the world's No. 1 automaker, raised its earnings forecast Wednesday after third quarter profit jumped 14 percent, boosted by a weak yen.

86. Is S&P's $1.38B deal enough to keep credit raters in check? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than six years after the financial crisis struck, credit rating giant Standard & Poor's will be paying a hefty $1.38 billion penalty for its role in fueling the subprime mortgage meltdown. But that doesn't mean it can't happen again.

87. Hopes for an end to oil price rout sends stocks higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — A jump in oil prices helped push U.S. stocks indexes sharply higher for a second day on Tuesday, erasing much of their losses from the start of the year.

U.S. benchmark oil surged 7 percent on hopes that a seven-month collapse in prices that had rattled financial markets was ending. All 10 industry sectors of the Standard and Poor's 500 index rose, led a 2.8 percent gain in energy shares.

88. Smith tapped to lead Stites & Harbison -

Stites & Harbison, PLLC veteran attorney Gregory D. Smith has been named office executive member for the firm’s Nashville office.

89. Dollar General loses bid for Dollar Tree -

NEW YORK (AP) — The battle over dollar stores is nearly over. Family Dollar shareholders voted on Thursday to approve a takeover bid by rival Dollar Tree, despite higher competing offers from Goodlettsville-based Dollar General.

90. Family Dollar shareholders approve Dollar Tree takeover -

NEW YORK (AP) — Family Dollar shareholders have voted to approve a takeover bid from rival Dollar Tree.

The deal still needs to be approved by the Federal Trade Commission, but Family Dollar expects it to close by March.

91. Dollar General stands firm on store divestiture figure -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) - Dollar General said Thursday that it still believes it should not have to divest more than 1,500 stores to complete a deal with Family Dollar.

On Monday Family Dollar Stores Inc. CEO Howard Levine said in a letter to investors that the Federal Trade Commission has indicated that there may need to be 3,500 to 4,000 store divestures for a deal with Dollar General Corp. to go through, though that is not a final figure.

92. ISS encourages Family Dollar and Dollar Tree deal -

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar Stores Inc. said Wednesday that a proxy advisory firm recommends shareholders vote for a buyout offer from Dollar Tree Inc.

93. Holiday shopping hiccup: US retail sales fell in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the job market on a roll and gas prices falling, consumers are spending away, right?

Not quite. Americans actually cut back last month after ramping up spending in November, perplexing analysts who had expected strong retail sales in December in light of rising job growth and sinking gas prices.

94. Why US inflation stays ultra-low while job growth is surging -

WASHINGTON (AP) — This isn't explained in Econ 101. Month after month, U.S. hiring keeps rising, and unemployment keeps falling. Eventually, pay and inflation are supposed to start surging in response.

95. Top November 2014 commercial real estate transactions -

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

96. Program that backed Solyndra now showing successes -

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the RV Park he owns in a remote corner of southwestern Kansas, Jan Leonard is seeing the benefits of one of the federal government's most contentious programs.

Development is booming in tiny Hugoton, a town of roughly 3,900 people. The town is the site of a new cellulosic ethanol refinery that was funded in part by a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy. The same program funded high-profile flops like Solyndra, the California-based solar company that filed for bankruptcy and led to hearings over the Barack Obama administration's backing of unproven green-energy projects.

97. Family Dollar delays vote on Dollar Tree deal -

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar says it has delayed a shareholder vote on its proposed acquisition by Dollar Tree until Jan. 22.

The Matthews, North Carolina-based discount retailer held a special meeting Tuesday for shareholders to vote on the deal. But the company says there were insufficient votes and the decision was delayed.

98. More veterans calling Middle Tennessee home -

When Scott Ledermann, a military health care recruiter in Nashville, retired from the Army in October, it didn’t take him long to land a job with a local company.

Nashville-based HCA Healthcare, a company that has made hiring veterans a priority, scooped him up in no time. Now, he’s working in human relations at the company’s operations center in Donelson.

99. US stocks are mostly spared from a global sell-off -

NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. stock market ended slightly lower Tuesday, avoiding the sharp declines in Europe and Asia thanks to a rally in beaten-down energy companies.

After an early sell-off, the Dow Jones industrial average steadied and ended with a moderate loss of 0.3 percent. That followed a sharp drop in European indexes, most notably in Greece, where the stock market suffered its biggest one-day loss since 1987. Greek officials called an early presidential vote, and investors feared the outcome could jeopardize the country's bailout program.

100. Dollar General misses Street 3Q forecasts -

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) - Dollar General Corp. reported third-quarter results Thursday that missed Wall Street expectations, and said it is still committed to buying rival discount retailer Family Dollar, which has already agreed to be bought by Dollar Tree. Dollar General said it plans to give an update on its Family Dollar bid this month.