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1. Special Council Race Filing Deadline is Thursday -

Ahead of a noon Thursday, June 21, filing deadline for the special City Council election on the Aug. 2 ballot, 11 possible contenders had pulled qualifying petitions and six had filed those petitions for a place on the ballot.

2. Business Leaders Speak Out Against Child Separation Policy -

DETROIT (AP) – Business leaders are condemning the Trump administration's decision to separate children from parents who are accused of crossing the border illegally.

The Business Roundtable, a lobbying group that includes the CEOs of Walmart Inc., General Motors Co., Boeing Co. and Mastercard Inc., released a statement Tuesday urging the immediate end to the policy.

3. Tennessee House Speaker Contender Won't Seek Re-Election -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A longtime Tennessee lawmaker who had expressed interest in running for House speaker says he won't seek re-election.

Republican Rep. Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press he will withdraw from his House race Monday and will resign Oct. 1 to take a full-time job with Asa Engineering and Consulting in Nashville.

4. Fred’s Completes Sale Of Specialty Pharmacy Unit -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. has completed the sale of its specialty pharmacy unit, EntrustRx, to CVS Health Corp.

5. Tenn. Shakespeare Company Receives $25,000 Grant -

Tennessee Shakespeare Company has received a matching grant award of $25,000 from Arts Midwest for its 2018 Romeo and Juliet Project, marking the fifth time the Memphis organization has won the award.

6. Fred’s Completes Sale Of Specialty Pharmacy Unit -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. has completed the sale of its specialty pharmacy unit, EntrustRx, to CVS Health Corp.

7. Twitter to Add Special Labels to Political Candidates in US -

NEW YORK (AP) – Twitter says it's adding special labels to tweets from some U.S. political candidates ahead of this year's midterm elections.

Twitter says the move is to provide users with "authentic information" and prevent spoofed and fake accounts from fooling users. The labels will include what office a person is running for and where.

8. Last Word: Bar-B-Foo, Grizz Draft Prospects and The Hampline -

Alleged sightings of Dave Grohl at the barbecue contest Thursday in Tom Lee Park and a photograph from a distance that might or might not be the head Foo Fighter. This does happen at the barbecue contest – celebrities quietly coming in with a team. Sometimes not so quietly as when Vice President Al Gore returned in the 1990s to a contest he had a booth at during his time as a U.S. Senator.

9. Facebook: We're Better at Policing Nudity Than Hate Speech -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Getting rid of racist, sexist and other hateful remarks on Facebook is challenging for the company because computer programs have difficulties understanding the nuances of human language, the company said Tuesday.

10. Facebook Suspends About 200 Apps That May Have Misused Data -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is suspending about 200 apps that it believes may have misused data.

The social media giant said in a blog post Monday that the suspensions resulted from its investigation into all apps that had access to large amounts of information before Facebook changed its platform policies in 2014. Those changes, according to Facebook, significantly reduced the amount of data that apps could access.

11. Rural Tennessee Fighting for Its Prosperity -

For many Tennesseans the pain and financial loss of the 2008 recession has faded.

The state’s unemployment rate is the lowest in the Southeast United States, 3.4 percent in March. Household income and the state’s gross domestic product are at their highest points, and Tennessee continues to attract “high-quality” jobs. (“High-quality” jobs are those that pay higher than the county median wage.)

12. Council Gives Final Approval to Speedway Terrace Historic District Status -

Memphis City Council members approved historic overlay district status Tuesday, May 8, for the Speedway Terrace neighborhood north of Crosstown Concourse. The approval on third and final reading of the ordinance is the second approval in a month of a district whose standards are governed by the Memphis Landmarks Commission.

13. Tupelo Mayor Leaves Special US Senate Race in Mississippi -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Democratic mayor is dropping out of a special U.S. Senate race in Mississippi, leaving four candidates in the contest to serve the final two years of a term.

Tupelo's Jason Shelton said Tuesday that "this election, at this time, is not right for me."

14. Toyota to Spend $170M to Expand Mississippi Plant, Hire 400 -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Toyota Motor Corp. plans to invest $170 million and add 400 jobs at its Mississippi assembly plant as it shifts some production of the Corolla sedan from Canada.

15. EDGE PILOTs Outperform Minority Spending Requirements, Report Says -

The Economic Growth Development Engine for Memphis and Shelby County released a PILOT Recipient Spending report that details its certified local, minority and women-owned business spending.

EDGE president and CEO Reid Dulberger presented the report, which tracks PILOT spending from the organization’s first full calendar year in 2012 until the end of 2016, to the EDGE board Thursday, April 27.

16. EDGE PILOTs Outperform Minority Spending Requirements, Report Says -

The Economic Growth Development Engine for Memphis and Shelby County released a PILOT Recipient Spending report that details its certified local, minority and women-owned business spending.

EDGE president and CEO Reid Dulberger presented the report, which tracks PILOT spending from the organization’s first full calendar year in 2012 until the end of 2016, to the EDGE board Thursday, April 27.

17. U of M Licenses Speech Intellectual Property -

Research conducted at the University of Memphis is helping medical professionals assess speech understanding in Spanish-speaking children.

The U of M’s Office of Technology Transfer recently licensed intellectual property related to research conducted by Dr. Lisa Lucks Mendel and her students in the Speech Perception Assessment Laboratory to St. Louis-based Auditec Inc., which offers auditory test materials for audiologists, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, hearing professionals and other trained medical professionals.

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19. Waffle House Suspect: Erratic Behavior Years Before Shooting -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Travis Reinking's erratic behavior began years before police say he showed up without pants at a Waffle House restaurant and killed four people with an assault-style rifle.

20. University of Memphis Licenses Speech-Related Intellectual Property -

Research conducted at the University of Memphis is helping medical professionals assess speech understanding in Spanish-speaking children.

The U of M’s Office of Technology Transfer recently licensed intellectual property related to research conducted by Dr. Lisa Lucks Mendel and her students in the Speech Perception Assessment Laboratory to St. Louis-based Auditec Inc., which offers auditory test materials for audiologists, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, hearing professionals and other trained medical professionals.

21. Police: Waffle House Suspect Was Armed When Arrested -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The mentally unstable gunman suspected of opening fire at a Waffle House restaurant in the middle of the night was arrested not far from his apartment Monday after hiding from police for more than a day following the attack that killed four people, authorities said.

22. Electronic Security Specialists Buys Frase Fire Alarm Accounts -

Memphis-based Electronic Security Specialists & Cabling (ESSC), a licensed low-voltage contractor that installs and services electronic security equipment, has purchased required commercial fire alarm accounts from Frase Protection.

23. Fred’s Delays Earnings, Annual Report Due to Specialty Pharmacy Unit Sale -

A couple of hours before Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc. was due to begin its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2017 earnings presentation for analysts, the company pulled the plug.

Scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, Fred’s has postponed not only the earnings presentation but the release of its annual report. Both have been delayed about two weeks due to a decision Fred’s board of directors made in the fourth quarter to sell the company’s specialty pharmacy business.

24. Prospect Lomax Signs With Memphis Tigers -

Guard Alex Lomax (East High School) officially signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday, April 11, to play for Penny Hardaway at the University of Memphis.

25. Prospect Lomax Signs With Memphis Tigers -

Guard Alex Lomax (East High School) officially signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday, April 11, to play for Penny Hardaway at the University of Memphis.

26. Former US House Speaker to Promote Legalizing Marijuana -

CINCINNATI (AP) – Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday he has had a change of heart on marijuana and will promote its nationwide legalization as a way to help veterans and the nation's deadly opioid crisis.

27. Study: South Should Spend on Schools, Train Homegrown Talent -

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – As teachers in multiple states protest for better pay, a new study warns that the fast-growing South region must invest more in public schools and higher education to ensure its homegrown talent shares in its economic prosperity.

28. Kroger Spends Millions to Permanently Cut Prices in Memphis and Beyond -

Kroger has made a “multimillion-dollar investment” to permanently cut prices on more than 3,000 products in its grocery stores across Memphis and its multistate Delta Division.

Shoppers will be met with oversized signage announcing the price cuts almost anywhere they turn inside Memphis-area Kroger stores. That includes messaging that completely covers the entrances that shoppers walk through at locations like the Kroger at 1675 N. Germantown Parkway, where a bright yellow image of a few grocery items and the announcement “Say Hello To Lower Prices” covers the doors.

29. Analysis: Tax Cuts, Spending to Raise Deficit to $1T by 2019 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The combined effect of President Donald Trump's tax cuts and last month's budget-busting spending bill is sending the government's budget deficit toward the $1 trillion mark next year, according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.

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31. Redbirds Again Will Have Multiple Top Prospects -

Tuesday was Media Day at AutoZone Park for the reigning Pacific Coast League champion Memphis Redbirds. And some of the players who helped win that title were back; others likely will be.

The only constant in minor league baseball, after all, is the ever-changing roster. Pitcher Jack Flaherty, 22, was ticketed to begin the season with the Triple-A Redbirds. But when the Cardinals placed veteran Adam Wainwright on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, that opened a starting role for Flaherty; he was slated to get the ball Tuesday night, April 3, at Milwaukee.

32. Cohen Says He Fears Consequences of Increased Defense Spending -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis almost voted for the Republican omnibus appropriations bill that recently passed Congress, averting a government shutdown.

33. Historic MLK Speech, Handwritten Notes Unveiled at U of M -

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic speech ending with the three words most often associated with him and the civil rights movement – “We Shall Overcome” - are now on display inside the University of Memphis’ Ned R. McWherter Library.

34. United Suspends New Reservations for Pets in Cargo Hold -

United Airlines is pausing its pet-shipping business after mishaps that included a dog winding up in Japan instead of Kansas.

United said Tuesday that it will halt PetSafe reservations while it reviews the service, which lets customers ship pets as cargo. Fees can run several hundred dollars for a medium-size or big dog.

35. Biden to Speak at Vanderbilt University April 10 -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Vice President Joe Biden is slated to speak at Vanderbilt University next month.

A Vanderbilt news release says Biden will speak at Langford Auditorium on the evening of April 10.

36. Tennessee Church Shooting Suspect Indicted on 43 Counts -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding six people at a Tennessee church in September faces a 43-count indictment, including first-degree murder, attempted murder and felony civil rights intimidation charges.

37. United to Issue Special Pet Carrier Tags After Dog's Death -

CHICAGO (AP) – United Airlines has announced it will issue special bag tags for animal carriers and prosecutors have launched an investigation to determine if criminal charges are warranted following the death of a French bulldog puppy that was forced into an overhead bin on a United flight.

38. Republican Reeves Wins Special Election to Tennessee Senate -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Shane Reeves has won a special election to fill a vacant seat in the Tennessee Senate.

39. Handwritten MLK Speech To Be Displayed at U of M -

The University of Memphis is set to display the original copy, complete with handwritten notes, of the historic speech Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered to the General Synod of the United Church of Christ in Chicago on July 6, 1965.

40. Tennessee Panel Won't Let Las Vegas Shooting Survivors Speak -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee legislative panel refused to let two Las Vegas concert shooting survivors testify Wednesday after Republicans delayed action on a Democratic bill to ban the device used by that gunman in October.

41. Handwritten MLK Speech to Be Displayed at U of M -

The University of Memphis is set to display the original copy, complete with handwritten notes, of the historic speech Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered to the General Synod of the United Church of Christ in Chicago on July 6, 1965.

42. U of M Offering Rides For Spelling Bee Participants -

With the Memphis-Shelby County Spelling Bee taking a year off, the University of Memphis is offering rides for Shelby County participants in the Regional Spelling Bee in Nashville on March 10.

Free bus transportation will be provided for participants and a family member or other responsible adult at no charge. Seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis through March 7.

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44. Prosecutor: Cellphone, Speed Led to Fatal School Bus Crash -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee school bus driver was on his cellphone and driving 20 mph (30 kph) over the speed limit when he caused the crash that killed six elementary school students, a prosecutor said in court Tuesday.

45. U of M Offering Rides For Spelling Bee Participants -

With the Memphis-Shelby County Spelling Bee taking a year off, the University of Memphis is offering rides for Shelby County participants in the Regional Spelling Bee in Nashville on March 10.

Free bus transportation will be provided for participants and a family member or other responsible adult at no charge. Seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis through March 7.

46. Spectrum Brands Combining With HRG in $10B Deal -

NEW YORK (AP) – Consumer products company Spectrum Brands is combining with its biggest shareholder, HRG Group Inc., in a deal valued at $10 billion.

47. Airbnb Unveils New Category of Rentals Rated By Inspectors -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Airbnb is dispatching inspectors to rate some of the properties listed on its home-rental service in an effort to reassure travelers they're booking nice places to stay.

48. State Senate Speaker, 18 Other Senators Endorse Blackburn -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's Senate leader and 18 other Republican state senators have endorsed U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in her U.S. Senate bid.

49. Godspeed, Helen. We Were There -

A HAPPY DAY AT A FUNERAL. Her name was Helen Larkin. She was a couple of years younger than me when she started at the University of Tennessee and pledged the same sorority my wife did a few years earlier. Two of her three older brothers were in my fraternity there and one of her two sisters was in my high school class. Spring quarter of her freshman year, Helen would become a Little Sister of that fraternity.

50. Potter Vacancy Would Put Fourth Special Judicial Election on Ballot -

There could be a fourth special judicial election on the August ballot with word Monday, Feb. 19, that General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter will retire effective March 1.

51. The Latest: Florida Shooting Suspect in Brief Court Hearing -

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the deadly Florida high school shooting (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz has appeared in court for a procedural hearing.

52. FBI Says It Failed to Investigate Tip on Florida Suspect -

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The FBI received a tip last month that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a "desire to kill" and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate, the agency said Friday. Florida Gov. Rick Scott called for the FBI's director to resign because of the missteps.

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54. Amtrak: We'll Stop Service on Tracks Lacking Speed Controls -

Amtrak is considering suspending service on tracks that don't have sophisticated speed controls by a Dec. 31 deadline, the railroad's top executive said Thursday, threatening to disrupt operations across the U.S. in a push to strengthen safety after a series of deadly wrecks.

55. Groups Speak Against Trump’s Environmental Agenda -

Three activist groups are holding a series of events in Memphis highlighted by the appearance of several speakers Wednesday, Feb. 14, outside the Lorraine Motel that call for action by President Trump’s administration and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.

56. Groups in Memphis Speak Against Trump’s Environmental Agenda -

Three activist groups are holding a series of events in Memphis highlighted by the appearance of several speakers Wednesday, Feb. 14, outside the Lorraine Motel that call for action by President Trump’s administration and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.

57. Homayoun to Speak About Balance in a Digital World -

Ana Homayoun, author of the book “Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World,” will speak at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Hutchison School.

A nationally acclaimed speaker and author, Homayoun will discuss modern parenting dilemmas in the age of the smartphone.

58. Homayoun to Speak About Balance in a Digital World -

Ana Homayoun, author of the book “Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World,” will speak at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Hutchison School.

A nationally acclaimed speaker and author, Homayoun will discuss modern parenting dilemmas in the age of the smartphone.

59. Ram Truck Ad Using MLK Speech Draws Backlash -

NEW YORK (AP) – A Ram truck ad that used a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., is drawing a backlash.

60. Speed & Patience -

He wasn’t the biggest and he wasn’t the strongest. He didn’t hit the ball the farthest. But, oh, did little Carlos Williams run the fastest. “Tee-ball,” said his mother, Takisha Kemp. “Blink of an eye.”

61. Reeves Wins GOP Special Election Primary in Tennessee Senate -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Small-business owner Shane Reeves has topped former state Rep. Joe Carr in the Republican primary of a Tennessee Senate special election.

62. Primary Care Specialists Joins Regional One Network -

Primary Care Specialists has joined the Regional One Health family and its two physicians and six nurse practitioners are now part of UT Regional One Physicians.

“The acquisition of Primary Care Specialists is another indicator of our progress at Regional One Health and a positive for patients as we increase access to care,” said Reginald Coopwood, M.D., president and CEO of Regional One Health. “Adding a primary care practice in the Midtown area gives more health care options as we cover from Downtown to East Memphis.”

63. Primary Care Specialists Joins Regional One Health Network -

Primary Care Specialists has joined the Regional One Health family and its two physicians and six nurse practitioners are now part of UT Regional One Physicians.

“The acquisition of Primary Care Specialists is another indicator of our progress at Regional One Health and a positive for patients as we increase access to care,” said Reginald Coopwood, M.D., president and CEO of Regional One Health. “Adding a primary care practice in the Midtown area gives more health care options as we cover from Downtown to East Memphis.”

64. New Titans Head Coach To Lean on Teamwork, Respect -

Mike Vrabel admits he has much to learn about the ins and outs of being a head coach in the National Football League.

After all, it’s a big leap from being a one-year defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans – linebackers coach before that – to having one of the 32 head coaching jobs in the NFL.

65. 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.

66. 2 Dead, 17 Injured in Kentucky School Shooting; Suspect Held -

BENTON, Ky. (AP) – A 15-year-old student opened fire with a handgun inside his rural Kentucky high school Tuesday, killing two classmates, injuring 17 others and sending hundreds fleeing for safety.

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68. Haile Named Tennessee Senate Speaker Pro Tempore -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State Sen. Ferrell Haile will take over duties as Tennessee Senate speaker pro tempore.

Republican Senate Speaker Randy McNally of Oak Ridge announced the appointment during a Thursday session.

69. Thompson Wants Session Suspended for MLK Events -

Democratic state Rep. Dwayne Thompson of Cordova wants legislative leaders to suspend the current session of the legislature April 4 and 5 so lawmakers can attend events in Memphis marking the 50th anniversary of the sanitation workers strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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71. Click, Tap, Buy: Holiday Shoppers Spent Record Amount Online -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers spent a record amount online during the holiday season.

That's according to Adobe Analytics, which reports online shopping during the holiday season reached $108.2 billion, up almost 15 percent from $94.4 billion the year before. The research arm of software maker Adobe says more than a third of online holiday revenue came from purchases made on smartphones or tablets.

72. FedEx Realigns Specialty Companies Under Trade Networks -

FedEx Corp. has announced that effective March 1, the company will realign its specialty logistics and e-commerce solutions under FedEx Trade Networks Inc. and FTN CEO Richard W. Smith.

73. Thompson Asks for Suspension of Legislative Session for MLK Anniversary -

Democratic state Rep. Dwayne Thompson of Cordova wants legislative leaders to suspend the current session of the legislature April 4 and 5 so lawmakers can attend events in Memphis marking the 50th anniversary of the sanitation workers strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

74. As Companies Give Bonuses, Prospect of Pay Gains Still Hazy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American Airlines is handing out $1,000 bonuses to its employees. So are AT&T, Bank of America and Nationwide Insurance. The same for Comcast, JetBlue Airways and US Bancorp.

75. Tennessee House Speaker Proposes Medicaid Work Requirements -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell has filed legislation to pursue TennCare work requirements for able-bodied adults without young children.

76. OU Guard Young an Intriguing Lottery Prospect; Tigers Win; Conley Vows Return -

Do you have Trae Young fever? Does just considering the possibility of the freshman Oklahoma Sooners point guard in a Grizzlies uniform inspire a rapid heartbeat, cause you to break out in a sweat, and dream of a massive turnaround as soon as next season?

77. Grizzlies to Hold Annual Gospel Night on March 2 -

The Memphis Grizzlies will celebrate their annual Gospel Night on Friday, March 2, with a special performance from Grammy Award-nominated artist Travis Greene following the Grizzlies’ matchup against the Denver Nuggets.

78. Vice Suspends 2 Top Execs After Sexual Misconduct Report -

NEW YORK (AP) – Vice has suspended two top executives after a New York Times report on sexual misconduct at the digital media company.

Vice Media put its president, Andrew Creighton, and chief digital officer Mike Germano on leave as it investigates allegations against them, according to a company memo sent to employees Tuesday. A Vice spokesman declined to comment.

79. Tax on Medical Devices to Resume After 2-Year Suspension -

BOSTON (AP) – While much of corporate America will enjoy a tax cut in the new year, one industry is getting a tax increase it has fought hard but so far unsuccessfully to avoid.

A 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device manufacturers went back into effect Monday after a two-year hiatus. It was originally imposed in 2013 as one of several taxes and fees in the Affordable Care Act that pay for expanded health insurance under the law.

80. Top Adviser to Tennessee House Speaker to Leave Post -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A senior adviser to the Tennessee House speaker is leaving to take a job at a law firm.

In a news release Wednesday, House Speaker Beth Harwell says she has worked with Leslie Hafner in different capacities for more than two decades.

81. US Consumer Spending Rises 0.6 Percent in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers stepped up their spending last month, a good sign for the holiday shopping season.

The Commerce Department said Friday that consumer spending rose a sharp 0.6 percent from October, outpacing a 0.3 percent increase in personal income. As a result, the savings rate fell to 2.9 percent of after-tax income in November, lowest since November 2007.

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83. To Be or Not to Be: Tennessee Shakespeare Company Expanding With New Facility -

Dan McCleary is the founder of the Tennessee Shakespeare Company. But that hasn’t obscured his view of reality, of the fact that many people were first introduced to Shakespeare in a high school classroom in a less than engaging way.

84. Twitter Suspends White Nationalists Under New Rules -

NEW YORK (AP) – Twitter suspended the accounts of well-known white nationalists Monday, moving swiftly after putting into place new rules on what it sees as abusive content.

The account of far-right group Britain First, a small group that regularly posts inflammatory videos purporting to show Muslims engaged in acts of violence, was among the first to go dark. The individual accounts of two of its leaders, Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding, were also suspended.

85. Tavis Smiley, Suspended By PBS, Vows to Fight Back -

NEW YORK (AP) – PBS has suspended radio and TV host Tavis Smiley after finding what it called "troubling allegations" of sexual misconduct, making him the second high-profile star to be ousted from a network known for its high-brow, genteel programming.

86. Last Word: Grizz Speculation, SCS Grade Floors and Cedar Heights -

Grizz lose to the Wizards 93-87 in Washington. And ESPN columnist Zach Lowe says the team has lost its identity as well as a lot of games. CBSSports reports Marc Gasol is open to a trade but will not request one. And if you are looking to go far afield with the theories, here’s one from a Dallas Mavericks fansight, mavsmoneyball, that includes a really good graphic on the salaries of Grizz players.

87. Tennessee Senate Speaker Wants Comptroller Probe Into ACT -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state Senate's leader wants an investigation into the ACT, which hasn't released scores from wrongly administered tests.

Speaker Randy McNally's letter last week asks Comptroller Justin Wilson's office to investigate.

88. Grizzlies Not Just Losing Games, But Respect -

Another horrific loss, another long counseling session at Marc Gasol’s locker with Gasol simultaneously playing the parts of frustrated team psychologist and exasperated patient.

This time, he talked more than 12 minutes. At the end of it, after he had tried to explain to us and to himself how the Grizzlies had just lost by 25 points to a mediocre Miami Heat team, the media masses walked away.

89. Net Neutrality Fans Speak Up as FCC Set to Strike Down Rules -

NEW YORK (AP) – Net neutrality is a simple concept but a dense and often technical issue normally discussed in tech and telecom circles. Now it's hit the mainstream.

This week, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on gutting Obama-era rules meant to stop broadband companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet.

90. Authorities Arrest, Charge Suspect in Wright’s Murder -

More than seven years after former University of Memphis and Memphis Grizzlies basketball star Lorenzen Wright was shot to death, authorities announced Tuesday, Dec. 5, they have charged a suspect with first-degree murder.

91. Authorities Arrest, Charge Suspect in Wright’s Murder -

More than seven years after former University of Memphis and Memphis Grizzlies basketball star Lorenzen Wright was shot to death, authorities announced Tuesday, Dec. 5, they have charged a suspect with first-degree murder.

92. Grand Jury Indicts Suspect in Lorenzen Wright Murder -

Seven years after being shot to death, authorities announced Tuesday, Dec. 5, they have charged a suspect with first-degree murder in the 2010 killing of former University of Memphis and Memphis Grizzlies basketball start Lorenzen Wright.

93. Senate Speaker: UT to Accept Botched ACT Scores -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state Senate's leader says the University of Tennessee will accept scores from ACT tests that weren't administered correctly last month, though ACT still won't release scores it deemed invalid.

94. Retail Group: Those Buying Both Online, In Stores Spent More -

NEW YORK (AP) – A retail trade group says people who shopped both online and in stores from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday spent more than those who picked one or the other.

The National Retail Federation said Tuesday that more than 174 million Americans shopped in stores and online during those five days, higher than its estimate that 164 million would. The group said those who shopped online and in stores spent $82 more on average than online-only shoppers, and $49 more on average than store-only shoppers.

95. TVA Says It Has Discovered New Fish Species -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal utility says its biologists have discovered a new species of fish in streams in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Valley Authority says the fish species, Percina apina, lives in the Duck River tributary streams in middle Tennessee.

96. Speedway Terrace Seeks Historic District Status -

Located along a shady stretch of North Parkway, Speedway Terrace has all the look and feel of a classic Midtown Memphis neighborhood – historical homes, ties to the early days of the city, and an abundance of bungalows.

97. How to Speed Up Innovation -

A keynote presentation at the Back End of Innovation 2017 Conference by Fred Tavan, global head of innovation lab, reinsurance and insurance risk, Sun Life Financial

“My main concern is speed to market,” starts Fred, “as I have seen many innovators lose hope. The antidote to losing hope is insisting on speed. Speed is how I can impact the culture.”

98. Apple Delays Release of HomePod Speaker Until Early 2018 -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple is scrapping its plan to release its new internet-connected speaker in time for the holiday season.

The delay announced Friday means Apple's HomePod speaker won't be available in the U.S., U.K. and Australia until early next year. Apple intended to release the $349 HomePod in early December so it could be on holiday shopping lists and compete against Amazon's Echo and the Google Home speaker.

99. Arkansas Finds Improper Spending; Takes Over School District -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An east Arkansas school district has been taken over by the state after officials found close to $2 million in improper expenditures of state and federal funds.

100. Arkansas Taking Comments on Plan to Start 75 mph Speed Limit -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas opened a 45-day comment period Monday on whether highway officials should let motorists drive at higher speeds and within minutes had elicited confessions from drivers who wrote that, while they themselves speed, other drivers are going even faster.