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1. FedEx files $212M building permit for world hub in Memphis -

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx officials confirm the company has filed a building permit for its new package sorting facility and world hub in Tennessee.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports the $212 million permit filed Tuesday indicates the company could soon begin work on the Express World Hub at the Memphis International Airport, a major piece of an expansion project announced in 2018. The permit calls for a four-level building with offices, maintenance shops and a cafeteria.

2. FedEx files $212M building permit for world hub in Memphis -

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx officials confirm the company has filed a building permit for its new package sorting facility and world hub in Memphis.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports the $212 million permit filed Tuesday indicates the company could soon begin work on the Express World Hub at the Memphis International Airport, a major piece of an expansion project announced in 2018. The permit calls for a four-level building with offices, maintenance shops and a cafeteria.

3. UPS gets government approval to become a drone airline -

DALLAS (AP) — UPS has won government approval to operate a nationwide fleet of drones, which will let the company expand deliveries on hospital campuses and move it one step closer to making deliveries to consumers.

4. China: FedEx pilot suspected of 'smuggling weapons' -

BEIJING (AP) — A FedEx pilot who was detained in southern China is under investigation on suspicion of "smuggling weapons and ammunition" after air gun pellets were found in his baggage, a foreign ministry spokesman said Friday.

5. A FedEx pilot is detained before boarding a flight in China -

FedEx says one of its pilots was detained in China after an item was found in his luggage before he boarded a commercial flight.

The company said Thursday the pilot was later released, and it is working with Chinese authorities to understand what happened at the airport in Guangzhou, in southern China.

6. FedEx shares tumbles after company lowers full-year outlook -

NEW YORK (AP) — FedEx shares tumbled after the delivery giant blamed slowing economic growth and trade tension for a disappointing quarter and cut its forecast of full-year earnings.

Shares were down $23.67, or 13.7%, to $149.63 in afternoon trading Wednesday. That's the stock's worst one-day percentage drop since the depths of the recession in 2008.

7. US economy could shrug off oil prices if disruption is brief -

DALLAS (AP) — The price of gasoline crept higher after a weekend attack devastated Saudi Arabian oil output, but if the disruption to global supplies is short-lived, the impact on the U.S. economy will probably be modest.

8. UPS plans to hold holiday hiring steady at about 100,000 -

DALLAS (AP) — UPS said Monday it expects to hire about 100,000 seasonal workers and pay them more to handle the avalanche of packages shipped between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

That's about the same number of people that UPS hired for last year's holiday season. UPS is also counting on automation to keep up with the constant growth in online shopping.

9. FedEx severs ties with Amazon -

NEW YORK (AP) — FedEx is severing ties with Amazon as the online retailer builds out its own delivery fleet and becomes more of a threat.

The decision by FedEx also illustrates how e-commerce has become universal as major retailers ramp up their online presence.

10. FedEx to invest additional $450 million to modernize hub -

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx Corp. is investing an additional $450 million to improve operations at its busy hub in Memphis, Tennessee.

11. FedEx loses $2 billion, warns of headwinds in coming year -

DALLAS (AP) — FedEx Corp. posted weak quarterly results in its core express business and warned Tuesday that its profit in the year ahead will be hurt by slowing growth in the world economy and the decision to drop a contract with retail giant Amazon.

12. Stocks move lower on economic data, Powell remarks -

Technology and internet companies led a broad slide for U.S. stocks Tuesday after discouraging economic data and cautionary remarks from the head of the Federal Reserve weighed on the market.

The sell-off marked the third straight loss for the market and the biggest drop this month for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 index, which hit an all-time high only last week.

13. FedEx sues US government over export rules in Huawei case -

DALLAS (AP) — A lawsuit filed by FedEx against the U.S. government over export rules follows a dispute over diverted shipments that were intended for Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecommunications-equipment giant.

14. Amazon adds more jets to its growing fleet -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's fleet of jets is getting bigger.

The online shopping giant said Tuesday that it will lease 15 more Boeing 737s as it seeks to grow its delivery business and get packages to shoppers' doorsteps faster. Amazon is in the midst of speeding up its delivery time to one-day from two for its Prime members.

15. FedEx will stop air shipments of packages for Amazon -

FedEx is dropping a contract for air shipment of packages for Amazon within the United States, reducing its ties with the online retail giant that is already expanding its own delivery business.

FedEx said Friday that it will not renew the contract for domestic FedEx Express handling of Amazon shipments when the deal expires June 30.

16. FedEx to deliver 7 days a week to satisfy online shoppers -

FedEx plans to deliver packages seven days a week starting next January as it tries to keep up with the continuing boom in online shopping.

The company is also taking back nearly 2 million daily deliveries to homes that are currently handled by the post office in a move it says will increase the efficiency of its own network.

17. Huawei asks court to deem US security law unconstitutional -

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Fighting to maintain its access to major markets for next-generation communications, Chinese tech giant Huawei is challenging the constitutionality of a U.S. law that limits its sales of telecom equipment.

18. NASA's first-of-kind tests look to manage drones in cities -

RENO, Nev. (AP) — NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator's line of sight as businesses look in the future to unleash the unmanned devices in droves above busy streets and buildings.

19. Walmart ups the delivery game with next day shipping -

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is rolling out free next-day delivery on its most popular items, increasing the stakes in the retail shipping wars.

The nation's largest retailer said Tuesday it's been building a network of more efficient e-commerce distribution centers to make that happen. The next-day service will cover 220,000 popular items from diapers and non-perishable food items to toys and electronics. That's nearly double the number of items it carries in its stores.

20. $21M FedEx Memphis tax break heads to governor's desk -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill to award FedEx $21.3 million in tax breaks over seven years for its $1.3 billion Memphis hub expansion is heading to Gov. Bill Lee's desk.

Senators voted unopposed Tuesday for the incentives without questions or mention of FedEx. The House praised FedEx's project before passing the bill last week.

21. Tennessee House advances $21M tax break for FedEx expansion -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee House has advanced a bill aimed at giving FedEx $21.3 million in tax breaks over seven years for its $1.3 billion Memphis hub expansion.

The House approved the bill Monday on a 96-2 vote. It still requires the Senate's approval.

22. CVS spreads same-day prescription deliveries to 36 states -

CVS Health is expanding same-day prescription deliveries nationwide in the latest push by drugstores to keep customers who don't want to wait and are doing more shopping online.

The drugstore chain says it can deliver medications and other products within a few hours to homes or offices from 6,000 locations. The company started this service, which comes with a fee, in late 2017 in New York and expanded it to several cities last year.

23. Tennessee panel OKs $10M for FedEx project in Memphis -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee panel has approved a $10 million economic development grant to establish the FedEx Logistics headquarters in downtown Memphis.

FedEx Logistics was one of five economic development deals that received the State Funding Board's approval Friday.

24. Lee raised $2.5M, spent $1.8M on inauguration -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Prominent businesses, top Republicans and political action committees helped Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee raise nearly $2.5 million for his inauguration last month.

According to inaugural figures requested by The Associated Press, the new Republican governor spent almost $1.8 million for the high-profile event. The list shows hundreds of donors ranging from prominent politicians, Lee administration figures, top companies, political action committees and more.

25. FedEx Logistics establishing new HQ in downtown Memphis -

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx Logistics is establishing a new headquarters in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, and bringing nearly 700 jobs along with it.

FedEx Logistics President and CEO Richard W. Smith and Gov. Bill Lee told news reporters Tuesday that the branch of shipping giant FedEx Corp. is moving into a building formerly occupied by the Gibson Guitar factory.

26. Titans promote tight ends assistant to offensive coordinator -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Mike Vrabel has stayed inside the Tennessee Titans' organization for his new offensive coordinator, promoting tight ends assistant Arthur Smith to the job vacated when Matt LaFleur left for the Green Bay Packers' head coaching job.

27. Why wait? This is the best job market in a generation -

I am so excited! This year is set to be a record year for job searching. If I could knock on the door of every reader to personally deliver this message, I would. This message deserves to be yelled from rooftops everywhere.

28. Stocks skid to 15-month low after Fed raises rates again -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks gave up a big rally and took a dive in afternoon trading Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates again and said it plans to keep raising them next year. The market finished at its lowest level since September 2017.

29. Schofield's father almost missed once-in-a-lifetime moment -

Anthony Schofield received a text message from his son, Admiral, last Thursday wanting to know if he would be at Tennessee’s big game against No. 1 Gonzaga the following Sunday in Phoenix.

Anthony and his wife, Dawn, have tried to be at every event their children have participated in over the years. They want them to know they are loved and supported.

30. Renewed jitters over trade send Dow 799 points lowers -

Stocks slumped on Wall Street Tuesday as traders worried that the U.S. and China made less progress than originally thought on defusing their dispute over trade. Bond prices surged, sending yields sharply lower as investors turned to lower-risk assets.

31. FedEx to hire 4,300 seasonal positions in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) — FedEx has announced it will add 7,100 seasonal positions to help make deliveries during this year's holiday season.

According to a news release on Tuesday, FedEx will add an overall 55,000 season positions across the country. The company will hire more than 4,300 at its Nashville facility and 2,800 at its Memphis facility.

32. Return to sender: Postal union warns of fallout if US leaves -

GENEVA (AP) — No international letters, no international packages: A top official with a 192-country postal union says that's what Americans can expect if the Trump administration goes through with plans to pull of an international postal treaty over concerns about China.

33. FedEx Ground to hire 4,300 seasonal positions in Nashville -

FedEx expects to add more than 55,000 seasonal positions throughout its networks to help deliver the holidays this year, including more than 4,300 people at the FedEx Ground facility in the Nashville area.

34. Ripple effect? Amazon's $15 wage may help lift pay elsewhere -

WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of sluggish pay gains, the economy may be starting to work for America's low-wage workers.

Amazon's announcement Tuesday that it will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour will intensify pressure on other companies to lift their pay levels as well. Among the most likely to do so: Amazon's rival retailers and warehouse operators, many of which are facing the prospect of staff shortages as they ramp up for the holiday shopping season.

35. FedEx downplays US-China trade spat's impact on its business -

DALLAS (AP) — Shortly before the Trump administration announced a new round of tariffs against Chinese goods, FedEx Corp. leaders tried to assure investors Monday that a widening trade war will have little direct effect on the company.

36. Stocks end higher as traders shrug off new China-US tariffs -

Once again, Wall Street's jitters over the escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China proved to be short-lived.

U.S. stocks closed solidly higher Tuesday as investors largely brushed off the Trump administration's decision to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese goods. A swift response by China, saying it will increase tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods, also didn't dampen investors' buying mood.

37. Four leaders look to future of state’s job growth -

The Ledger asked four career development leaders in Tennessee for their advice about how to approach the job market. We also asked them about promising careers and what issues are important to tackle as the state adds jobs, new industries and more education and training.

38. Amazon orders 20,000 vans to build delivery fleet -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon says it has ordered 20,000 vans for its new delivery program in which contractors around the country can launch businesses that deliver packages for the online retailer.

The company says "tens of thousands" of people have applied for the program it announced in June, and it had to increase its van order from 4,500. The vans, which feature a blue smile logo, can be used by contractors to deliver packages.

39. Amazon is 2nd US company to reach $1 trillion market value -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon on Tuesday became the second publicly traded company to be worth $1 trillion, hot on the heels of iPhone maker Apple.

Launched as an online bookstore in 1995, Amazon.com has changed the way people shop for toilet paper, TVs and just about anything else. In its two decades, the company has expanded far beyond those bookseller beginnings, combining its world-spanning retail operations with less flashy but very profitable advertising and cloud computing businesses. It's now expanding into the health care industry and increasing its brick-and-mortar presence.

40. FedEx offering hub employees tuition toward online degree -

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx Corp. plans to offer free tuition to employees at its international hub in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Commercial Appeal reports the tuition would be good toward an online degree from the University of Memphis.

41. AP FACT CHECK: Trump's 'historic' economic gains, 2016 myths -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump exaggerated his role in boosting U.S. economic growth, falsely claiming full credit for positive economic news and inaccurately declaring a "historic" turnaround.

42. Trump pushing job training as employers search for workers -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pressing U.S. companies and trade associations to bolster their job training opportunities as employers search for qualified skilled workers to fill vacancies.

43. Want to start an Amazon delivery business? What to know -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon wants you to deliver its packages for them.

The online retailer launched a new program this week that helps people in the United States start their own businesses delivering Amazon packages. The move gives Amazon another way to ship its packages to shoppers, instead of relying on UPS, FedEx and other package delivery services.

44. Faster delivery of nearly everything is the next big thing -

NEW YORK (AP) — As shoppers increasingly demand that everything from hot meals and groceries to dresses, bedding and electronics be dropped off at their doorsteps, retailers are betting big on delivery services that will get them there faster.

45. Move over UPS truck: Amazon delivery vans to hit the street -

SEATTLE (AP) — Your Amazon packages, which usually show up in a UPS truck, an unmarked vehicle or in the hands of a mail carrier, may soon be delivered from an Amazon van.

The online retailer has been looking for a while to find a way to have more control over how its packages are delivered. With its new program rolling out Thursday, contractors around the country can launch businesses that deliver Amazon packages. The move gives Amazon more ways to ship its packages to shoppers without having to rely on UPS, FedEx and other package delivery services.

46. US stocks are mixed; Amazon shakes up health care, delivery -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mixed Thursday morning a day after they gave up an early gain and fell to their lowest level in a month. Amazon said it's buying an online pharmacy and launching its own delivery van business, and drugstores and medication distributors as well as delivery companies are sinking. Banks and technology companies are higher.

47. FedEx profit rises on increase in volume, shipping rates -

Higher rates, tax benefits and steady business fueled by economic growth helped FedEx Corp. boost its fourth-quarter profit 10 percent to $1.13 billion.

48. Blockchain tech ‘is the shiny new penny’ -

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

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

49. Goodwill job fair seeks workers for 500 positions -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Goodwill Career Solutions Center is hosting a job fair on May 15 where 18 employers from a variety of industries are seeking workers to fill 500 jobs.

Goodwill officials say the employers include, Aldi, YMCA Fun Company, Metro Nashville Public Schools, FedEx and Walgreens. Goodwill said the pay is up to $21 an hour.

50. Pinnacle’s Collier named top program manager -

Bank Investment Consultant magazine has named branch manager Gary Collier No. 1 nationwide among the top managers of investment services programs at banks and credit unions. He has appeared on the list several times before, but this is his first time to earn the top spot.

51. Q&A: Trump, the post office and Amazon -

NEW YORK (AP) — A task force will study the U.S. Postal Service under an executive order from President Donald Trump, who has spent weeks criticizing online retailer Amazon and accused it of not paying enough in shipping costs.

52. What’s driving the school bus driver shortage -

Schools across Tennessee are having a difficult time hiring and keeping school bus drivers to ferry the nearly 882,000 public school children to and from class every day.

Low pay, split schedules, background checks and drug testing, life-and-death responsibility for children, bad roads and traffic jams, and other safety concerns limit the candidate pool.

53. FedEx investing $1 billion to modernize Tennessee hub -

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx said Wednesday that it is investing more than $1 billion to modernize and expand its Tennessee hub, in a move the shipping giant says will improve its efficiency and reliability as it delivers packages throughout the world.

54. Companies face mounting pressure to pick sides in gun debate -

NEW YORK (AP) — As the gun debate heats up following the massacre at a Florida high school, companies are under growing pressure to pick a side: whether to stand by the National Rifle Association or walk away.

55. Shipping shakeup? Amazon might deliver some of its own orders -

Amazon's next move may be to shake up the shipping industry.

The online retailer is reportedly planning a new service called "Shipping With Amazon" that will allow it to pick up packages from businesses and deliver them to consumers. The service is expected to start in Los Angeles in the coming weeks, before it is rolled out more broadly as soon as this year, according to The Wall Street Journal , which cited anonymous sources.

56. FedEx to give wage increases, bonuses to workers -

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx says it'll be giving wage increases, bonuses and make a voluntary $1.5 billion contribution to the company's pension plan, citing recent tax reform legislation.

The package delivery company follows others doing the same, including Home Depot, Disney, Starbucks and Walmart.

57. Nashville, state at forefront of autonomous car development -

Nashville is one of 10 cities worldwide chosen for an autonomous vehicles initiative launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in New York and the Washington, D.C.-based Aspen Institute.

The others are Austin, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Helsinki, London, Los Angeles, Paris, São Paulo, Tel Aviv and Washington D.C.

58. Stocks end mixed after bouncing around for much of the day -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks bounced around Wednesday and finished little changed after Congress passed the Republican-sponsored tax bill. Smaller companies fared the best.

The Senate narrowly passed the tax bill after midnight and the House, which passed a similar bill Tuesday but had to go back and make changes, followed suit in the afternoon. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill soon.

59. Postal Service: Red ink for 11th year in row as mail slumps -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The beleaguered U.S. Postal Service reported a financial loss Tuesday for the 11th straight year, citing declining mail volume and costs of its pension and health care obligations even as it predicted another strong holiday season of package deliveries.

60. Technology slump leads US stock indexes sharply lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are sinking Thursday morning as technology companies and most other parts of the market take sharp losses. Industrial companies are also trading lower. Macy's is climbing and competitor Kohl's is falling after the two department stores disclosed their third-quarter results.

61. Package wars: Postal Service offers next-day Sunday delivery -

WASHINGTON (AP) — As consumers demand ever-quicker and convenient package delivery, the U.S. Postal Service wants to boost its business this holiday season by offering what few e-commerce retailers can provide: cheap next-day service with packages delivered Sundays to your home.

62. New Tennessee state museum campaign yields $25m in donations -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The new Tennessee State Museum project has yielded more than $25 million in donations by corporations, foundations and individuals.

In a news release Monday, museum officials said the money committed during the initial "silent phase" puts the campaign more than halfway toward its $40 million fundraising goal.

63. Toys R Us revs up for holiday hiring -

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us may have filed for Chapter 11 reorganization, but the toy chain is revving up its holiday hiring.

The Wayne, New Jersey-based chain said Thursday it will be accepting job applications for part-time holiday positions at stores and distribution centers in the U.S. That includes a new position called a toy demonstrator, who will help kids test out toys.

64. FedEx profit falls 17 percent, hurt by TNT cyberattack -

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx said Tuesday that its first-quarter profit fell 17 percent, hurt by a June cyberattack at its TNT Express business that caused shipping delays in Europe. It also cut its profit outlook for the year and its shares fell in after-hours trading.

65. Nashville among 41 cities bidding for World Cup matches -

CHICAGO (AP) — Forty-one cities in the United States, Mexico and Canada — including Nashville — have submitted preliminary bids to host 2026 World Cup matches.

The North American bid committee said Thursday its proposal will be sent to FIFA in March. The bid is expected to include up to 25 cities. At least 12 cities would ultimately be selected if the FIFA Congress picks the joint bid when it votes in June 2018.

66. FedEx tracking system sputters, spurring customer complaints -

FedEx customers are complaining that the company's system for tracking packages has been crashing.

FedEx Corp. said in statement Monday that it was dealing with sporadic issues and was trying to fix them.

67. TCAT students see the future, get prepared -

Bryan Rippy, 38, chuckles when he says he’s in the prime of his life. But sharpening his skills is no laughing matter, and he understands the importance of raising his value in the job market.

68. US stocks wind up mixed as retailers rise, health care dips -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks hardly budged Monday as smaller firms and retailers rose while health care companies and banks declined. Chemical and mining companies rose as the dollar weakened.

69. Global cyberattack may have aimed for havoc, not extortion -

PARIS (AP) — The cyberattack that has locked up computers around the world while demanding a ransom may not be an extortion attempt after all, but something more sinister: an effort to create havoc in Ukraine, security experts say.

70. US stock market makes biggest gain in 2 months -

The U.S. stock market notched its biggest gain in two months Wednesday, bouncing back from losses a day earlier.

Banks and other financial companies led the rally as investors bet on interest rates climbing further. Banks can make more money on lending when rates move higher.

71. UAW says Supreme Court action bolsters Volkswagen case -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court action this week in a labor case involving Macy's department store workers should persuade Volkswagen to drop its legal challenges to the United Auto Workers' representation of skilled-trades workers at German automaker's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee, union officials said Thursday.

72. Cup run a top moment in state sports history -

Time and again during the recent Stanley Cup Final, people asked the rhetorical question: Is this the greatest moment in Nashville sports history?

Let the debate continue. But let’s take it a step further: Was this the greatest moment in the state’s sports history?

73. House passes 'knee-jerk' ban on travel to California -

Despite a Memphis’ lawmakers concerns about a “knee-jerk” reaction, the House passed legislation Monday aimed at a California travel ban against states passing anti-gay laws.

Rep. Raumesh Akbari raised questions about the resolution brought by Rep. Tilman Goins, asking him if it would make Tennessee look as “petty” as California if it enacts a prohibition on state-funded travel to Tennessee and several other states that passed laws in 2016 considered unfair to the LGBT community.

74. Legislature curtails Metro's ability to fight gas compressor -

Legislation putting a damper on Nashville’s efforts to stop natural gas pipeline compressor projects in Cane Ridge and Joelton is on its way to the governor’s desk.

The House approved a bill 69-23 Monday night prohibiting Metro Nashville from including land use and zoning requirements in its air pollution control regulations through an exemption certificate it holds with the State Air Pollution Control Board. The Senate previously passed the legislation 23-6.

75. Indexes inch back upward as tech stocks rise; Nike plunges -

NEW YORK (AP) — After a shaky start, U.S. stocks finished mostly higher Wednesday as technology and industrial companies rose. Banks fell with interest rates as the market came off its biggest loss in five months.

76. EU court strikes down 2013 decision to block UPS-TNT deal -

BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Union court on Tuesday struck down a 2013 decision by EU regulators to block a planned takeover of Dutch-based package delivery company TNT Express by United Parcel Services Inc.

77. Trump advisers' tax credit plan for infrastructure has risks -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has promised to revitalize America's aging roads, bridges, railways and airports, but a plan put forward by his economic advisers relies on a transportation financing scheme that hasn't been tried before and comes with significant risks.

78. US attorney in Memphis to step down later this month -

MEMPHIS (AP) — U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III says he's leaving his post in Memphis.

A news release says Stanton will resign Feb. 28 as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, a job he's held since August 2010. The release doesn't describe his professional plans.

79. Stocks battle to a mixed finish as drugmakers rally -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fought their way to a mixed finish Tuesday as drugmakers rallied, which mostly canceled out losses for industrial companies. Investors shifted their money to less risky investments for the second day in a row.

80. In red states, businesses gearing up to fight bathroom bills -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Sean Henry, the president of Tennessee's NHL team, is stunned he even has to explain why he hopes state legislators will snub bills similar to North Carolina's transgender bathroom law, which has consumed that state for months and scared off businesses and sporting events.

81. Not today: Dow still short of 20,000 as health stocks skid -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks finished slightly lower Wednesday as health care companies continued to struggle. Energy companies rose as the price of natural gas surged on the first day of winter.

Some traders aren't sticking around to see if the Dow Jones industrial average reaches the 20,000-point milestone: trading volume has fallen sharply this week as the year-end holidays draw near.

82. Tennessee businesses align against possible anti-LGBT bills -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Almost 200 Tennessee companies are aligning against proposals they fear would encourage discrimination.

The group Tennessee Thrives says the state must stay welcoming, regardless of race, sex, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

83. 'We are seeing a war for talent’ -

Despite a daily influx of new Middle Tennessee residents, companies looking to hire workers for the upcoming holiday season may have a tougher time than usual filling those spots.

That’s because Davidson County’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in August, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, the lowest urban figure in the state and well below the state’s 4.4 percent rate.

84. Haslam's trustee appointments -

Gov. Bill Haslam's appointments to boards of trustees for Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee Tech, Austin Peay, University of Memphis and East Tennessee State:

85. Haslam’s board picks lauded by schools -

Tennessee leaders are touting a transition in the state’s higher education system as a “landmark moment” amid the appointment of six boards designed to increase autonomy at universities statewide.

86. US stocks jump after Fed leaves interest rates unchanged -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed Wednesday as investors were relieved that the Federal Reserve once again left interest rates unchanged. That sent dividend-paying stocks higher, while energy companies jumped with the price of oil.

87. FedEx to build $190M distribution center in Murfreesboro -

MURFREESBORO (AP) — FedEx has announced plans to build a $190 million distribution center in Murfreesboro.

The Daily News Journal reports (http://on.dnj.com/2bVr2Fs) that the Memphis-based shipping company will add the equivalent of 200 full-time positions to work at the 1-million-square-foot facility.

88. Amazon unveils cargo plane as it expands delivery network -

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle-based Amazon is unveiling its first branded cargo plane, one of 40 jetliners that will make up the e-commerce giant's own air transportation network as it takes more control of its delivery process.

89. Western Governors University takes on detractors, keeps growing -

Western Governors Tennessee, a state-endorsed, nonprofit, accredited university was launched in July 2013, has one goal – to expand working adults’ access to higher education through online learning.

90. US stocks slip as energy and tech companies struggle -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks gave up some early gains to finish lower Wednesday as energy companies sank with the price of oil and weak quarterly reports weighed down technology companies.

After two days of closing higher, stocks rose in the morning but couldn't hang on to the gains. Energy companies fell after U.S. energy stockpiles shrank by a smaller amount than analysts expected, and announcements from Adobe Systems and HP hurt tech stocks. Drug companies traded higher.

91. US stocks rise as investors grow hopeful about British vote -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose sharply on Monday as investors grew more hopeful that Britain will remain in the European Union, letting go of fears that have pulled stocks down in the last two weeks.

92. Going to job fair not such a bad idea -

Yesterday, I found myself saying something I often say this time of year: “One of my all-time favorite things is to go to a job fair!”

The response I received was not unexpected. The job seeker hadn’t even thought of attending a job fair since college. They seem so juvenile on some level.

93. Statewide demand outstrips supply of qualified workers -

Tennessee is surging as a major manufacturing state, bouncing back from the Great Recession by attracting billions of dollars in new investment and creating thousands of new – and often very high-paying – advanced manufacturing jobs.

94. US stocks mostly higher as gold and silver prices surge -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mostly higher in Thursday morning trading. Materials companies are rising as the price of gold and silver jump, while energy companies are up with the price of oil. Drug company stocks continue to tumble, pulling health care companies lower.

95. FedEx rides online shopping to beat Wall Street forecasts -

DALLAS (AP) — FedEx rode the growth in online shopping to beat Wall Street expectations for the holiday season, although profit fell 19 percent because of legal bills and acquisition costs.

The package delivery company said Wednesday that peak-season demand was better than expected. The Memphis-based company raised its profit forecast for its current fiscal year and its shares jumped more than 6 percent in after-hours trading.

96. Weekend storm economic hit not as bad as feared -

The weekend blizzard along the East Coast could have a relatively small economic impact — up to $850 million, experts estimate — because the storm hit on a weekend and there weren't any major power outages. That meant there was little lost productivity in government and business.

97. Tennessee startups chasing greater opportunities -

When it comes to launching startup companies, Tennessee is best described as “early stage.”

The less than $200 million in venture capital invested in Tennessee businesses in 2014 is a rounding error compared to the $30 billion invested in California. And when the final tally for 2015 comes out later this month, the disparity won’t be much smaller.

98. Walk in, grab casserole, sides and go -

Well, a new year is quickly approaching. It seems that they are beginning to fly by so quickly they are bumping into each other.

I hardly get into one year before reading about something that will be bigger and better the next, or the year after that. This certainly aids in keeping the world moving faster and faster.

99. Mining companies lead stocks lower in midday trading -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are sliding at midday Thursday after a big rally the day before. Mining companies fell along with the price of gold and copper, while a proposed Congressional budget deal sent solar power companies higher. Indexes jumped Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade.

100. The Titans will be sold. Soon. Here’s why -

Anybody got a spare $2 billion lying around? If so, the Tennessee Titans could be yours. Despite statements to the contrary by Titans management, there is growing sentiment locally and around the NFL that the team soon will be available to the highest bidder.