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1. Commercial and Critical Darling Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer -

NEW YORK (AP) — Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for music, making history as the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious prize.

2. In Tennessee, Music is Being Made Deep Below Earth's Surface -

MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – By the time Nashville songwriter Travis Meadows took the stage on a recent Sunday afternoon, more than 500 music fans had found their way 333 feet (100 meters) below the ground, some taller guests ducking their heads just a bit.

3. Radio Giant iHeartMedia Files Bankruptcy Plan to Reduce Debt -

NEW YORK (AP) – IHeartMedia, one of the world's largest radio companies, is seeking bankruptcy protection as part of an agreement with its lenders to reduce debt it took on to become a privately held company.

4. Apple Adds More 'Texture' to its Services With Magazine Deal -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple has bought digital magazine distributor Texture to extend its subscription services beyond music and online storage.

The deal announced Monday puts Apple in control of a service that is frequently described as a Netflix of magazines. Texture offers readers access to articles in more than 200 magazines for $10 per month, much like Netflix sells unlimited access to its video programming.

5. On Medicaid? Amazon Offers Recipients a Prime Discount -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon has taken another step to woo low-income shoppers to its site and away from rival Walmart.

The online retailer opened its discounted $5.99-a-month Prime membership on Wednesday to people on Medicaid, giving it an even bigger pool of potential shoppers who may otherwise have been unable to pay the standard fee.

6. Target's Remake is Accelerating, at a Cost -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target is increasing the minimum hourly pay to $12 starting this spring, the second increase in a matter of months, while accelerating its reinvention plan to make the discounter more competitive in the age of Amazon.

7. Country Singer Advocates for Tennessee Anti-Harassment Bill -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A country music singer is speaking out in support of a proposed bill in Tennessee that would provide better protections against sexual harassment to those working in the music industry.

8. Aid Available for Las Vegas Shooting Victims From Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State officials are reaching out to tell Tennesseans who attended the deadly Las Vegas concert shooting that they may qualify for financial aid.

According to the state Office of Criminal Justice Programs, financial help under Nevada's Crime Victim Compensation program may be available to Tennesseans who attended, including medical bills, funeral expenses, mental health treatment or lost wages. People may apply regardless of whether they were injured.

9. Is Inflation Rising as Investors Fear? 5 Ways to Keep Track -

WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly a decade of being all but invisible, inflation — or the fear of it — is back.

Tentative signs have emerged that prices could accelerate in coming months. Pay raises may be picking up a bit. Commodities such as oil and aluminum have grown more expensive. Cellphone plans are likely to appear costlier.

10. Female Songwriters in Nashville Say ‘Time's Up’ -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Female musicians in Nashville have long complained about the lack of representation on country radio, but now a collective of female songwriters are singing "Time's Up."

11. Soulsville Foundation Welcomes Neighboring School, More Ties to Stax -

An application for a new K-5 charter school that would complement the grades 6-12 Soulsville Charter School is being prepared for approval by Shelby County Schools.

The school, by an unidentified charter group, wants to locate at the old Southwest Prep School building at 1237 College St., which closed as a grades 9-12 school in May of 2016. Before it was the prep school, it was Stafford Elementary School.

12. Civil Rights Song 'We Shall Overcome' Part of Public Domain -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome," which has been quoted by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and was made popular by folk singer Pete Seeger, has been declared a part of public domain.

13. Child Experts: Just Say 'No' To Facebook's Kids App -

BOSTON (AP) – Child development experts and advocates are urging Facebook to pull the plug on its new messaging app aimed at kids.

A group letter sent Tuesday to CEO Mark Zuckerberg argues that younger children – the app is intended for those under 13 – aren't ready to have social media accounts, navigate the complexities of online relationships or protect their own privacy.

14. Apple Poised to Expand Into Speaker Market With HomePod -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple is finally ready to launch its attempt to compete with the internet-connected speakers made by Amazon and Google with the release of its long-awaited HomePod.

15. Amazon Raises Monthly Prime Membership Fees by 20 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is raising the price of its Prime membership monthly plan by nearly 20 percent. The fee of $99 for an annual membership will not change, the company said Friday.

16. The Week Ahead: Jan. 15-21 -

Good morning, Memphis! We hope you’re thawing out today on the last federal holiday for a while. Check out what you need to know in The Week Ahead, from the National Civil Rights Museum’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances to the mayor’s state of the city address and plenty of entertaining events...

17. Developer Halts Plans After Likely Civil War Graves Found -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Developers halted plans Friday for a sprawling entertainment and residential complex in Tennessee after archaeologists discovered what they believe are graves on a site near a Civil War fort built by slaves.

18. Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal Among Blues Music Awards Nominees -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal and the North Mississippi All-Stars are among the nominees for this year's Blues Music Awards in Tennessee.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Wee Willie Walker and Rick Estrin also are nominated for Blues Music Awards announced Monday.

19. Eminem, The Killers, Muse Lead Lineup for Bonnaroo Festival -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Future, Bassnectar and Sturgill Simpson lead the lineup for this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

The festival announced its lineup on Tuesday for the music festival to be held June 7-10 in Manchester, about 65 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee. Other artists include Bon Iver, Khalid, Kaskade, Paramore, Alt-J, Dua Lipa and Sheryl Crow.

20. Roku to Chime in With Voice-Controlled Assistant -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Roku plans to add a voice-controlled digital assistant to its streaming TV players in an attempt to catch up with Google, Apple and Amazon.

Roku's voice capabilities are currently limited to performing search requests and launching apps. The assistant will be able to field broader requests about video, music and other tasks tied to entertainment.

21. How to Keep Your Smartened-Up Home Safe From Hackers -

NEW YORK (AP) – More people are getting voice-activated speakers and other smart devices for convenience and security. But doing so could also be giving hackers a key to their homes.

Many devices from reputable manufacturers have safeguards built in, but those can't guarantee against hacks. Gadgets from startups and no-name brands may offer little or no protection.

22. Smart Homes: Not Just for Tech Geeks Anymore -

NEW YORK (AP) – Internet-connected lights, locks and laundry machines are close to becoming everyday household items, thanks in part to voice-activated speakers such as Amazon's Echo and Google Home.

23. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some Who Died in 2017 -

They made music that inspired legions of fans. Rock 'n' roll founding fathers Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, rockers Tom Petty and Gregg Allman, grunge icon Chris Cornell, country superstar Glen Campbell and jazz great Al Jarreau were among the notable figures who died in 2017, leaving a void in virtually every genre of music.

24. Stars, Fans Say Goodbye to ‘Nashville’ in Final Season -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – "Nashville" survived one previous cancellation, but the final curtain call is coming for the TV melodrama about the trials and tribulations of country music stars.

25. In Break With Tradition, Trump Doesn't Host a State Dinner -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump couldn't stop talking about the red carpets, military parades and fancy dinners that were lavished upon him during state visits on his recent tour of Asia. "Magnificent," he declared at one point on the trip.

26. Striking a Chord, NIH Taps the Brain to Find How Music Heals -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Like a friendly Pied Piper, the violinist keeps up a toe-tapping beat as dancers weave through busy hospital hallways and into the chemotherapy unit, patients looking up in surprised delight. Upstairs, a cellist plays an Irish folk tune for a patient in intensive care.

27. Facebook Signs Deal With Music Label Universal Music -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook and record label Universal Music Group have signed a multiyear deal that will let Facebook users share videos that have the label's music in them.

Right now, if Facebook's regular users upload videos that contain Universal's music, the videos will get taken down. Universal, a unit of French media conglomerate Vivendi SA, has rights to music from artists including Jay-Z, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen and Justin Bieber.

28. Major League Soccer: Nashville Granted Latest Expansion Team -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Major League Soccer is expanding its presence in the southeast, awarding Nashville the first of its newest expansion franchises as MLS' 24th team .

Commissioner Don Garber made the announcement Wednesday at a news conference with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and John R. Ingram, head of the group that will own the team.

29. AP Source: MLS Plans to Announce Nashville Team -

NEW YORK (AP) – Major League Soccer plans to announce Wednesday that Nashville will be awarded an expansion team, a person with direct knowledge told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because a public announcement was not authorized.

30. Apple Orchestrates Deal for Song-Recognition App Shazam -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple has bought Shazam, the maker of a song-recognition app that Apple's digital assistant Siri has already been using to help people identify the music playing on their iPhones.

31. Famed Site of Nashville Sit-Ins Honors Past With New Eatery -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Civil rights leaders have helped kick off the reopening of a famed site of civil rights sit-ins in 1960, the Woolworth building in downtown Nashville, as a restaurant.

32. Small Retailers Aim for Emotional Ties Big Chains May Lack -

NEW YORK (AP) – Some smaller retailers will tug at shoppers' heartstrings during the holidays, trying to create an emotional experience or connection that a big national chain might not provide.

33. Study Examining Effectiveness of Dolly Parton Wildfire Fund -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – A study is examining the effectiveness of a fund established by famed country music artist Dolly Parton for victims impacted by deadly Tennessee wildfires last year.

34. Nashville City Council Approves Financing for MLS Stadium -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville's bid to land an expansion franchise from Major League Soccer now has $275 million in financing approved to build a new stadium, giving Music City a major boost weeks before a final decision from the league.

35. Fats Domino Dies at 89; Gave Rock Music a New Orleans Flavor -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fats Domino, the amiable rock 'n' roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the traditions of the Crescent City, has died. He was 89.

36. Google's Pixel 2: A Phone Built for Artificial Intelligence -

NEW YORK (AP) – What's most fascinating about Google's new Pixel 2 phone is what's to come.

The phone sets itself apart with promises to bake in Google's powerful artificial-intelligence technology for quick and easy access to useful, even essential information. But much of the neat stuff will come later. The phone coming out Thursday is more of a teaser.

37. $12M Parking, Shopping Renovations for Grand Ole Opry House -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The iconic Grand Ole Opry House in Tennessee's capital city will undergo a $12 million expansion to add parking, larger retail space and an enhanced area for backstage tours.

38. CMT Changes Award Show Format After Vegas Shooting -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – CMT is forgoing formal award presentations during this year's Artists of the Year show and devoting the entire live show to "a night of hope and healing through the power of music" following a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

39. Google Unveils New Phones, Speakers to Counter Amazon, Apple -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google on Wednesday unveiled new phones, smart speakers and other devices infused with artificial intelligence in its bid to claim the high ground against rivals Amazon and Apple.

40. Vegas Shooting Renews Debate on High-Capacity Ammo Magazines -

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The rapid-fire shooting that killed or injured hundreds of concertgoers in Las Vegas has highlighted the easy availability of ammunition magazines that allow shooters to fire dozens of shots without having to reload.

41. Las Vegas Shooting Brings Tragedy to Families in US, Canada -

A registered nurse from Tennessee who died shielding his wife, a doctor, from gunfire. The only son of a Canadian couple who is now left childless. A popular secretary at a New Mexico High School.

All were among the at least 58 people killed in the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas, a tragedy that has left behind loved ones in many parts of the country and world.

42. Velcro's Video Implores Consumers to Say 'Hook and Loop' -

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Lots of pop songs have hooks. This one has loops, too. Velcro Cos. this week released a music video with a message it hopes will stick as well as its products: "Don't Say Velcro."

43. Key Equifax Executives Departing After Huge Data Breach -

NEW YORK (AP) – Equifax announced late Friday that its chief information officer and chief security officer would leave the company immediately, following the enormous breach of 143 million Americans' personal information. It also presented a litany of security efforts it made after noticing suspicious network traffic in July.

44. Apple Unveils $999 iPhone X, Loses 'Home' Button -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – "One more thing." With that phrase, Apple paid homage to its late co-founder Steve Jobs for the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone on Tuesday when it unveiled its latest – and, at $999, its most expensive – new version of the device, the iPhone X.

45. Knoxville OKs $5M Upgrades to Expand Music, Event Space -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee city will spend a combined nearly $5 million for upgrades to its former convention center and the site of the 1982 World's Fair.

WBIR-TV reports that the Knoxville City Council approved spending $3 million on the World's Fair Park and $2 million on the former Knoxville Convention Center.

46. Zach Randolph Faces Misdemeanor Marijuana Charge in LA -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph has been charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and resisting arrest following an incident this month when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project, prosecutors said Thursday.

47. George Strait, Dolly Parton, Late Glen Campbell Given Honors -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The country music community honored the late Glen Campbell during the 11th annual Academy of Country Music Honors in Nashville, Tennessee, following his death this month at the age of 81.

48. The Week Ahead: Aug. 21-27 -

Hello, Memphis! Are you ready for the (almost-)total eclipse that sweeps over the city Monday? Check out our master list of eclipse-viewing parties, plus more happenings you need to know about – like, say, a performance by Samurai Elvis – in The Week Ahead... 

49. Remaking Crosstown -

As he was leading tours through Crosstown Concourse this month, Todd Richardson took a small group to a set of windows for a balcony view of an addition being constructed on the north side of the property.

50. Tech Companies Banishing Extremists After Charlottesville -

NEW YORK (AP) – It took bloodshed in Charlottesville to get tech companies to do what civil rights groups have been calling for for years: take a firmer stand against accounts used to promote hate and violence.

51. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Opening Lynn Exhibit -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is opening an exhibit on the life and career of Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn in Nashville.

52. Hundreds Show Up for Jobs at Amazon Warehouses in US Cities -

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) – Hundreds of people showed up Wednesday for a chance to pack and ship products to Amazon customers, as the e-commerce company held a giant job fair at nearly a dozen U.S. warehouses.

53. Son of Nashville Mayor Dies of Apparent Drug Overdose -

The only son of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry – whom her office described as "a kind soul full of life" – has died of an apparent drug overdose, and she asked for privacy as she and her husband face life "without his laughter and love."

54. Headstone Being Added to Blues Singer's Grave in Mississippi -

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi gravesite of blues artist Lucille Spann is getting a headstone, 23 years after she was buried in an unmarked plot.

55. Elementary School Stage Where Elvis Presley Sang Renovated -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — One of the first stages Elvis Presley sang on has been refinished during the renovation of the auditorium at his elementary school in Mississippi.

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported Friday the rock 'n' roll king was a student at Lawhon Elementary School during the early 1940s. Recent renovations also included restoration of the auditorium's original hardwood floors and seats.

56. Riverfest Suspending Event After 40 Years in Little Rock -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Little Rock's annual music festival, Riverfest, is suspending operations after four decades.

The Riverfest Inc. board of directors announced Tuesday that 2017 was the last year for the music festival in downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock. The festival's executive director, DeAnna Korte, says rising costs and more competition from other festivals made it difficult for Riverfest to continue.

57. Last Duet: Kenny, Dolly Announce Final Performance Together -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two of country music's biggest stars, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, whose onstage chemistry spawned hit duets like "Islands in the Stream" and "Real Love," will be making their final performance together this year.

58. Reality TV Dad Pleads Guilty to Child Rape in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The father of reality TV's "The Willis Family" has pleaded guilty to four counts of child rape.

News outlets report 47-year-old Toby Willis entered his plea Tuesday in Cheatham County Circuit Court and will spend a total of 40 years in jail.

59. Loretta Lynn at Home After Stroke, Will Delay Next Album -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Country legend Loretta Lynn is back at home after a stroke she suffered in May. Her new album will be delayed until next year and all her remaining tour dates this year have been canceled.

60. Man Destroys New Ten Commandments Statue at Arkansas Capitol -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A man yelled "Freedom!" as he crashed his vehicle into Arkansas' new Ten Commandments monument early Wednesday, nearly three years after he was arrested in the destruction of Oklahoma's monument at its state Capitol, authorities said.

61. Tennessee Man Takes Elvis Guitar Fight to Appeals Court -

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Tennessee man is asking an appeals court to overturn a decision awarding a guitar once owned by Elvis Presley to the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota.

62. Sirius XM Buys Stake in Music Streaming Site Pandora -

NEW YORK (AP) – Pandora is raising cash to help it take on Spotify and other streaming music services.

The online music service is selling a 19 percent stake in its business to satellite radio company Sirius XM for $480 million. Pandora will pay a $22.5 million breakup fee to private equity firm KKR for breaking up a previously agreed $150 million deal.

63. Lee Nets $1.3M in First Fundraiser for Tennessee Gov's Bid -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee has raised $1.3 million for his campaign at his first major fundraiser.

The Franklin businessman held the Tuesday evening event at a barn owned by Christian music star Michael W. Smith.

64. Nashville Reveals Details for Stanley Cup Watch Parties -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville is arranging watch parties at Bridgestone Arena for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final and at three separate downtown locations for Game 6.

The series between the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins is tied at 2 with Game 5 on Thursday at Pittsburgh. Game 6 is Sunday at Nashville on the city's busiest tourism week with the CMA Music Festival in town.

65. After Big Attendance Drop, Bonnaroo at a Crossroads -

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) – The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee is at a crossroads as organizers deal with last year's plummeting ticket sales while engaging in talks to extend their agreement with Coffee County.

66. Law Could Allow Guns at Nashville Bus Hub Used By Schools -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Police and security guards keep watch as thousands of children zigzag through Nashville's downtown bus hub each morning and afternoon, catching buses between home and school.

67. Walmart Touts Investment in People, Technology as Advantages -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Walmart CEO Doug McMillon touted the company's investments in people and technology, but also said the company may have reached an employment peak and urged employees not to be afraid of automation.

68. Tennessee Governor Signs NRA-Backed Metal Detector Gun Bill -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Many Tennessee city and county buildings, parks and buses will either have to buy metal detectors, hire security guards and check people's bags, or let handgun permit holders bring in their guns, under a law signed Friday by Gov. Bill Haslam.

69. Not Just 'Sgt. Pepper': Many 1967 Musical Firsts Echo Today -

NEW YORK (AP) – "Sgt. Pepper" was only the beginning. Half a century after the Beatles' psychedelic landmark, it stands as just one of many musical astonishments of 1967 that shaped what we listen to now.

70. Jet Owned By Elvis to Be Auctioned After Sitting 30 Years -

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley and featured on the National Geographic Channel is set to be auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 30 years.

71. Lauded Rocker Chris Cornell Killed Himself by Hanging -

DETROIT (AP) – Chris Cornell, one of the most lauded and respected contemporary lead singers in rock music with his bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, killed himself Wednesday by hanging in a Detroit hotel room, according to the city's medical examiner. He was 52.

72. Wal-Mart Sees Online Sales Surge, More Shoppers at Stores -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart saw online sales surge as it changed up its shipping offers, and drew more shoppers to its stores as well in the most recent quarter even as retail overall is more competitive.

73. Last Word: Murphy's, Mount Arlington in Midtown and Surgery Open House -

Senses, the nightclub on the eastern side of the Poplar viaduct, is back. Apparently it’s been back for a little while but the top code enforcement official involved says it is news to him and may be a violation that puts this matter in Environmental Court.

74. Snap's Elusive Task: Evading Facebook's Looming Shadow -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook has been bent on copying Snapchat ever since the social media giant tried unsuccessfully in 2013 to buy what was then an ephemeral photo-messaging app.

Now, the company behind Snapchat is bent on becoming more like its bigger rival – at least when it comes to success – by courting new users and with them, advertisers.

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

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

76. Events -

Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed will be in Memphis Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Experience up-close encounters with dinosaurs, take a spin in Jurassic Jeeps, and enjoy activities such as bounce houses, a scavenger hunt and Mesozoic Mini Golf. Tickets are $19; children younger than 2 are free with a paid adult. Visit discoverthedinosaurs.com.

77. Events -

Carriage Crossing’s Movie Mania series kicks off with a screening of “Moana” Friday, May 5, at dusk in Central Park at the mall, 4674 Merchants Park Circle. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Cost is free. Visit shopcarriagecrossing.com.

78. Apple’s Growing Cash Stash Spurs Talk of Huge Acquisition -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – As Apple's stash of cash grows, so does the possibility that the world's most valuable company will use some of the money for a huge acquisition that would expand its empire beyond iPhones and other gadgets.

79. Gay Marriage Plaintiffs Urge Opposition to Tennessee Bill -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two plaintiffs in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court gay marriage case want Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to veto legislation requiring use of the "natural and ordinary meaning" of undefined words in state law.

80. The iPhone of Cars? Apple Enters Self-Driving Car Race -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple is joining the fiercely competitive race to design self-driving cars, raising the possibility that a company that has already re-shaped culture with its iPhone may try to transform transportation, too.

81. Wal-Mart to Discount Online-Only Items Delivered to Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starting next week, Wal-Mart will offer discounts on thousands of online-only items when customers elect to have them shipped to one of the company's stores for pickup.

82. Justices Won't Hear Appeal in Music Copyright Dispute -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from record companies that want to pursue copyright infringement claims against music site Vimeo for hosting unauthorized recordings from the Beatles, Elvis Presley and other classic artists.

83. Northern Mississippi Lawmaker Discloses Dementia Diagnosis -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A colorful Mississippi state lawmaker who is an undertaker by trade drew a standing ovation from colleagues Friday after announcing from the House floor that he has dementia, vowing to live out his days with "the gusto of a hound dog."

84. Memphis Mayor's Office to Help Save Franklin's Birthplace -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Memphis mayor's office is pitching in to help figure out the future of the dilapidated house where soul singer Aretha Franklin was born, a lawyer said Thursday.

85. Peabody Preparing For Rooftop Party Season -

It might not be readily apparent from the modern party vibe and the current local bands who entertain the crowds, but The Peabody hotel’s annual rooftop parties – which kick off again next month – go back decades to the era of supper clubs and big bands.

86. Bonnaroo to Offer All-Night Stage for Dance, Hip-Hop Artists -

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — Music fans will have more options to dance the night away at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which is unveiling an all-night stage focusing on dance, electronic and hip-hop artists.

87. Chuck Berry's Influence on Rock ‘n’ Roll Was Incalculable -

Rock n' roll was more than a new kind of music, but a new story to tell, one for kids with transistor radios in their hands and money in their pockets, beginning to raise questions their parents never had the luxury to ask.

88. Site of Nashville Sit-Ins to be Restored as Restaurant -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The site of civil rights sit-ins in 1960, the Woolworth building in downtown Nashville, will reclaim its historic look as it becomes a soul food restaurant with live music.

89. Wal-Mart Keeps Working to Make Inroads Against Amazon -

NEW YORK (AP) – The nation's largest retailer keeps working to make headway against the largest online seller.

Wal-Mart drew more shoppers to its namesake stores in the United States and its online sales soared 29 percent in the fourth quarter, which covers the critical holiday shopping season. That's an indication that its efforts to lower prices and improve web services are helping it compete better against Amazon, which has built fierce loyalty with its Prime two-day shipping program.

90. Retail Group: Sales to Grow 3.7 Percent to 4.2 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) – Despite a bumpy holiday season, chains like The Limited shutting down and department stores such as Macy's closing stores, the largest retail trade group says it's still optimistic that sales will grow this year – especially online.

91. Wal-Mart Dumps Its Version of Amazon Prime for New Path -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is replacing a program that offered free shipping but had an annual fee with one that has a lower free shipping threshold and faster delivery as it hopes to answer Amazon's powerful Prime membership success.

92. Country Star Crystal Gayle Inducted in Grand Ole Opry -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Country music legend Crystal Gayle was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, nearly a half-century after she first walked onto its stage to perform as a teenager.

93. Sports Bind City -

Maybe it is your spouse’s Christmas party. Or a local business conference and no one else from your company is attending. When you give the room the once-over, it’s full of unfamiliar faces.

94. Nashville's Music City Center Set for $20M Upgrade -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville's $623 million convention center is expecting a $20 million upgrade 3 1/2 years after it opened.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2iNcY5z) that officials are moving forward with Music City Center plans to build a food and beverage outlet and expand the building's exhibit hall and concourse space.

95. Grizzlies’ MLK Game Changed, but Mission Remains the Same -

While the NBA moved the Grizzlies’ 15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Game to Sunday night, Jan. 15, the game against the Chicago Bulls will be televised on ESPN and the team will use Monday to offer service to the community.

96. Blake Shelton-Themed Bars to Open in Tennessee, Oklahoma -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The company that owns the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium is opening two new venues in Tennessee and Oklahoma with the help of country star Blake Shelton.

97. Elvis' Home-Away-From-Home Could Be Razed for Car Wash -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – As a teenager growing up in the 1950s, Steve North would look for the pink Cadillac outside a stone house on the outskirts of Nashville. If the car was there, Elvis was in the building.

98. AP Explains: How Amazon Echo Listens and What It Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – Can Amazon's Echo speaker really be a witness to a murder? Authorities investigating the death of an Arkansas man found floating face-up in a hot tub believe that Amazon might have some evidence, given how Echo listens for commands and questions and communicates with Amazon's servers to respond.

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

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

100. Vince Gill, Amy Grant Top Tennessee Governor Arts Awards -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Singers Vince Gill, Amy Grant and Kallen Esperian top the list of winners of the Tennessee governor's arts awards.