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1. Last Word: Post Parkland, May County Primary Ballot and Friedman on the Mid East -

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school massacre, local school systems here are talking about their preparations for such instances. And for those who don’t have a child in schools currently, it is something of a commentary about the times many of our children live in. The Shelby County Schools statement Thursday includes the following safety measures already in place:

2. GOP-Led Committee Unanimously Votes Down Tennessee Gun Bill -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican-led House committee has unanimously voted down legislation to let Tennessee handgun permit holders bring guns most places, including hospitals and professional sports arenas.

3. 2 Charged in Death of Aspiring Memphis Rap Artist -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Prosecutors say two people have been arrested and charged in the shooting death of an aspiring Tennessee rap artist in 2010.

The Shelby County district attorney's office says Brandon Hodges was indicted and arrested this week on charges of first-degree murder in the perpetration of a felony, attempted especially aggravated robbery and especially aggravated burglary in the death of 28-year-old Michael Goins, also known as Dirty Mike.

4. Last Word: Filing Deadline, Case & Vance In May and Paul Manafort at the Rivermont -

By our count, when the noon Thursday deadline for candidates in the May county primaries has come and gone, there could be -- could be -- four incumbent county commissioners who are effectively re-elected to their seats for another four-year term. And we already know the commission will have at least seven new faces in September. More interesting is that there are only four sets of primaries – all for countywide offices – that have multiple contenders in each primary. That’s out of 23 offices on the primary ballot.

5. Earning Public Trust -

During long careers with both the U.S. Navy and Shelby County government, Harvey Kennedy is most proud of being able to maintain integrity, honesty and objectiveness, with a focus in the latter half of his career on getting the best return for the taxpayers of Shelby County.

6. Last Word: Corker & The Senate Poll, Memphis BBQ in Texas and Chandler Numbers -

The new owner of the city’s tallest building has bought two parcels next to the 100 North Main Building as the other part of the plan to bring the 37-story tall building back to life as a combo apartment-hotel building with the Loew’s hotel brand. The row of older buildings on the south side of 100 North Main all the way up to Jefferson would give way to a 34-story tall office tower.

7. Beleaguered Gun Maker Remington Points to Bankruptcy Court -

MADISON, N.C. (AP) – Remington, the gun maker beset by falling sales and lawsuits tied to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, has reached a financing deal that would allow it to continue operating as it seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

8. Last Word: The Mural Takedown, Corker's Calculation and Beale Crowd Control -

Cue the organ music from the old-fashioned television soap operas: As the weekend began, city public works crews had painted over – either completely or partially – a lot of the Paint Memphis program murals on the west side of Willett near Lamar. That would be the ones city council members complained about and others that no one complained about.

9. After Leaving Memphis, Tennis Tournament Making New York Debut -

NEW YORK (AP) – New York no longer has to wait for the U.S. Open for top-level tennis. The New York Open debuts next week at Nassau Coliseum, the new home for a tournament that has attracted many of the best American men's players and hopes it can someday get the best in the world.

10. $5M Building Permit Filed for Hotel Indigo -

Atlanta-based Three P Partners has filed a $5 million building permit application with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement to construct a 118-room Hotel Indigo at the corner of North B.B. King Boulevard and Court Avenue.

11. Hotel Indigo, Trader Joe’s Move Ahead -

22 N B.B. King Blvd., Memphis, TN 38103: Atlanta-based Three P Partners has filed a $5 million building permit application with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement to construct a 118-room Hotel Indigo at the corner of North B.B. King Boulevard and Court Avenue.

12. Last Word: Shutdown Round Two, The Pastner Charges and 1968 Virtual Reality -

The federal government technically shutdown at midnight in Washington, D.C., Friday for the second time in 17 days. But the House and Senate were still going for a vote on a two-year budget compromise before dawn Friday morning as this is posted.

13. Dwyer, Kennedy to Receive Dunavant Awards -

The Honorable Judge Tim Dwyer and Shelby County Chief Administrative Officer Harvey Kennedy are the 2018 winners of the Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

14. Tyreke Evans Still a Grizzly; James Ennis Not -

The Memphis Grizzlies pulled off a deal before the 2 p.m. Central Time NBA trade deadline Thursday, Feb. 8, but it wasn’t the one everyone had been anticipating.

The Grizzlies were expected to move guard Tyreke Evans, who becomes an unrestricted free agent after the season, before Thursday’s deadline. They apparently were seeking a first-round draft pick in return and when none was forthcoming the Grizzlies did not trade Evans, who is averaging 19.5 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

15. Southaven Ex-Mayor Stops Seeking Job In Nearby City -

HORN LAKE, Miss. (AP) – A disgraced former mayor withdrew his application Wednesday to work as a city planner in a neighboring north Mississippi city.

Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis announced he was no longer seeking the position in neighboring Horn Lake after that city's aldermen on Tuesday postponed a decision on hiring him.

16. Last Word: Welders & Machinists, MLGW & Trust and Blockchain -

A new report shows jobs in demand in the Memphis area at a time when we are again talking about which expansions and new businesses should be getting incentives and how to get better paying jobs. The annual report by CERT – Center for Economic Research in Tennessee – shows high employer demand for information technology, health care, engineering, business and financial operations and welding.

17. $5M Building Permit Filed for Hotel Indigo -

Atlanta-based Three P Partners has filed a $5 million building permit application with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement to construct a 118-room Hotel Indigo at the corner of North B.B. King Boulevard and Court Avenue.

18. $25M Deal Over Trump University Fraud Lawsuits Moves Forward -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld an agreement requiring President Donald Trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits accusing his now-defunct Trump University of fraud.

19. Last Word: Fred's Troubles, Indigo Comeback and Selling MCA -

During Monday’s record Wall Street drop, Memphis-based Fred’s was among those taking it on the chin. But the retailer’s stock was already taking a beating from more turmoil since it got cut-out of a purchase of Rite Aid stores by Walgreens in 2017. Fred’s third chief financial officer in seven months is getting a $100,000 hiring bonus.

20. New Report Details Misuse of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes -

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. nursing homes have significantly reduced the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs among their elderly residents, responding to pressure from many directions. Yet advocacy groups insist that overmedication remains a major problem, and want the pressure to intensify.

21. $5M Permit Filed for New Hotel Indigo -

Atlanta-based Three P Partners has filed a $5 million building permit application with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement to construct a 118-room Hotel Indigo at the corner of North B.B. King Boulevard and Court Avenue.

22. Last Word: Super Bowl From A Distance, More School Plans and DACA -

Eagles over Patriots 41-33. Also at the Super Bowl – no Prince hologram in the JT halftime show but plenty of choreography and a nightclub beneath the stage … the NFL catch rule has its last hurrah – probably … Patriots-haters have the offseason to become Eagles-haters. And Philadelphia Police use hydraulic fluid to stop Eagles fans from climbing utility poles. Irony lives.

23. Lawsuits Over Herbicide Dicamba to Be Heard in St. Louis -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A special panel of judges says 11 lawsuits filed in four states against the makers of the herbicide dicamba will be centralized in federal court in St. Louis.

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation made the determination Thursday regarding farmers' lawsuits filed in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Illinois. The lawsuits argue that the makers of dicamba are responsible for damage caused by the herbicide to their crops, especially soybeans.

24. Pizza, Donuts and Pinnacle Planned For Midtown -

1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104: Two local restaurateurs are looking to carve out their own slice of the Crosstown Concourse with the opening of Elemento’s Neapolitan Pizza.

25. Last Word: Closing the Loophole, Skeleton Hotel Update and Jubilee Conversion -

The state legislator who sponsored the most recent version of the law making it much more difficult to remove Confederate monuments acknowledges that the city of Memphis found a legitimate loophole in the 2016 law he crafted. Republican Steve McDaniel, of Parkers Crossroads, tells our Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard that he has a bill in the House to close the loophole. But it won't undo what happened here. Although there is still a court fight over that taking shape.

26. Last Word: 50 Years Ago, Skeleton Hotel in Court and New Moves on Forrest -

It was 50 years ago Thursday that the event that sparked the 1968 sanitation workers strike happened near Colonial and Sea Isle in East Memphis. City sanitation workers Robert Walker and Echol Cole were killed when the trash compactor on back of their city truck malfunctioned and crushed them.

27. US Appeals Court Gives Victory to Consumer Finance Agency -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal appeals court has handed a victory to the government's beleaguered consumer finance watchdog agency, ruling that its director's power isn't excessive and the president shouldn't have freer rein to fire that person.

28. 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.

29. Tennessee Meat Market Owner Charged in $1.2M Food Stamp Scam -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Prosecutors in Tennessee say the owner of a meat market has been charged with running a $1.2 million fraud scheme against a federal food assistance program.

The U.S. attorney's office in Memphis said Tuesday that 59-year-old Guy Randal Stockard has been charged with defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as the food stamps program.

30. Last Word: Wiretaps in the Wright Case, Target Layoffs and SCS Looks To Move -

Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis among those boycotting the State of the Union address Tuesday evening by President Donald Trump. “The president is unworthy of the podium, the position and the power.” Republican Congressman David Kustoff of Germantown among those not boycotting SOTU. “Just one year after president Trump took the oath of office, our economy is the strongest it has been in decades. … We passed historic tax reform and we bolstered our military and support our veterans. Last year, the president kept his promises and tonight, he told the American people that he is not done.”

31. Federal Judge Wants Opioid Lawsuits To End In Settlement -

The goal is impressive: Hammer out a legal deal that starts guiding the nation out of an epidemic of opioid addiction.

How and when that can happen, if at all, is the subject of talks scheduled to begin Wednesday in a federal courthouse in Cleveland.

32. Report: 538 Public Records Exemptions in Tennessee Law -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A report has found that there are now 538 exemptions to Tennessee's public records law, about six times as many as there were three decades ago.

According to the state comptroller's office, the Tennessee Public Records Act only had two statutory exceptions when it was enacted in 1957. By 1988, a legislative committee reported there were 89 exceptions.

33. Haslam Proposes Completion Condition for Tennessee Promise -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s final State of the State address Monday, Jan. 29, included a call to continue education reform with some changes to the administration’s signature higher education reforms.

34. Dunavant Set Gold Standard As Public Servant -

For the late Bobby Dunavant, who worked as Shelby County Probate Court Clerk for 40 years from 1954 to 1994, qualities like being honest, accessible, generous, empathetic and highly attentive to detail made him beloved by friends and colleagues throughout his life.

35. Last Word: Credit Hours & Tn Promise, Opioid Differences and Nikki's Hot Rebrand -

A very busy Monday and I feel like some of this is may be fueled by some of us just now getting completely over the flu or someone close who has the flu for the first time in the New Year. Whatever the case, Monday came with a curtain call of sorts by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a court order on the Confederate monuments, year-end stats on crime in Memphis and countywide… a PILOT here, a building permit or three there.

36. Haslam Proposes Credit Hours Minimum on Higher Ed Access -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s final State of the State address Monday, Jan. 29, included a call to continue the state’s reforms in education with some changes to the administration’s signature higher education reforms.

37. Cleveland Indians Dropping Chief Wahoo Logo From Uniforms -

CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Indians announced Monday they are dropping the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms next year, bowing to decades of complaints that the grinning, red-faced caricature used since 1947 is racist.

38. Last Word: End of the Camp Out, Megasite Views and The Glory Years -

No camp out this year for the opening of applications for optional schools because it is online at Shelby County Schools this year. Also the applications are available at the same time – Monday morning at 10 a.m. – for the open enrollment at any other SCS school that has available space. Those were some hardcore campers that in some cases had been at this for a couple of generations. Persisting through barcodes and a 99.9 percent probability that their first choice of school would happen without the tent, generator and heaters.

39. Former Tennessee Sen. Joe Haynes Dies at 81 -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Tennessee Sen. Joe Haynes, a Democrat who served nearly three decades in the state legislature, has died. He was 81.

40. Around Memphis | January 29, 2018 -

The Daily News offers a weekly look at Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and different perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis.

In photos: Barber and beauty shops are centers of community in sprawling Whitehaven
High Ground, Brandon Dahlberg

41. Trader Joe’s, H&M, Mempops Announce New Locations -

2130 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138: It looks like the Memphis area is finally getting a Trader Joe's. A $750,000 building permit application that lists Trader Joe’s as a tenant has been filed with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

42. Last Word: Eureka Education, Confederate Monuments in Court and Dillon Brooks -

Supermarkets are hard. That is the tag line in every discussion about getting a supermarket or grocery store for a given part of town that doesn’t have one. And once a new supermarket goes up somewhere else, there is inevitably word that a competitor or two is going to build nearby. The discussion always includes the mandatory recitation of the 3 to 4 percent profit margin stores operate on, which even knowledgeable critics of the decisions about where to locate and not to locate stores acknowledge is accurate.

43. Ex-Tennessee Judge Launches GOP Bid to Replace Rep. Black -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A former Tennessee judge who oversaw a controversial trial about Islam is vying to replace U.S. Rep. Diane Black.

44. Sherra Wright Makes First Court Appearance -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Former NBA player Lorenzen Wright's ex-wife has made her first court appearance since she was extradited from California to face charges in his shooting death.

News outlets say Judge Lee Coffee read charges against Sherra Wright during her Thursday arraignment in Memphis – first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

45. Court Tosses Out $210M Deal Over Hyundai, Kia Gas Mileage -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal appeals court has tossed out a roughly $210 million deal to compensate owners and leaseholders of dozens of Hyundai and Kia models with overstated gas mileage figures.

46. Johnson & Johnson Loses $10.7B After Sweeping US Tax Changes -

Johnson & Johnson posted a rare quarterly loss, a whopping $10.71 billion, due to a $13.6 billion charge related to last month's U.S. tax overhaul.

While the loss was expected and the company's adjusted results beat Wall Street expectations, shares fell more than 4.1 percent, an unusually big swing for the health care giant.

47. Tennessee Governor Touts $30M Plan to Fight Opioid Epidemic -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam touted a $30 million plan Monday that focuses on prevention, treatment and law enforcement to attack an opioid epidemic that kills at least three people a day in Tennessee.

48. Last Word: Brunch Overload, Grade-Changing Misdemeanor and Sports Rebirth -

What happens when Memphians have been home and/or work bound for about two weeks between a national flu outbreak and snow and ice that hangs tough in below freezing temperatures and the temperature Sunday under sunny skies is almost 60? The correct answer is brunch overload.

49. Downtown Office Tower Reclaimed at Auction; Lafayette's to Expand -

100 N. Main St.

Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $1 million

Sale Date: Jan. 11, 2018

Buyer: THM Memphis Acquisitions

50. Downtown Office Tower Reclaimed at Auction; Lafayette's to Expand -

100 N. Main St.

Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $1 million

Sale Date: Jan. 11, 2018

Buyer: THM Memphis Acquisitions

51. 100 North Main Building Reclaimed at Auction; Lafayette’s Expanding -

100 N. Main St.

Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $1 million

Sale Date: Jan. 11, 2018

Buyer: THM Memphis Acquisitions

52. Lender Reclaims City’s Tallest Building, Lafayette’s Expanding -

100 N. Main St., Memphis, TN 38103 - THM Memphis Acquisitions LLC effectively bought the 100 North Main Building, a 37-story office tower, at a foreclosure auction on the courthouse steps after the property failed to receive any bids. A substitute trustee’s deed for the $1 million transaction was recorded with the Register’s Office Thursday, Jan. 11.

53. Supreme Court to Rule on Trump Travel Ban -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide the legality of the latest version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries.

54. Last Word: The Snow Split, Amazon Post-Mortem and Intermodal Comeback -

A split verdict on Snow Day 4. Some school systems and colleges and universities are out again Friday, others are not and still others are opening later in the day. Shelby County Schools, which is out, says it has 13 extra days built into its schedule for just such an event or events – that is 13 days extra beyond the 180 days the state requires as the bare minimum for a school year.

55. County Commission Gets New Majority in September -

Shelby County commissioner George Chism will not be seeking a second term on the commission in the 2018 county elections.

56. New Trump Office Would Protect Conscience Rights of Doctors -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds.

57. Last Word: Snow Week, Liberal Arts and Their Critics and Tunica Casinos -

Snow Day 3 as this becomes a snow week for many of us. Granted one of those days was a federal holiday in which the temperature was above freezing and the sun was out. During the second consecutive snow day Wednesday for Shelby County Schools students, Candous Brown, a teacher at Raleigh Egypt High School held class anyway via Facebook.

58. Arkansas Legislative Panel Backs Proposal to Ban Herbicide -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers recommended regulators move forward Tuesday with efforts to ban an herbicide that farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, advancing the prohibition despite a lawsuit by a maker of the weed killer.

59. Last Word: Second Snow Day, The Post-King Generation and Cohen's Cadillac -

A second snow day awaits Wednesday on this short week for many but not all of us. And there is some grumbling about the approach to treating roads off the main thoroughfares that may, in this city where a cut-through detour is a real thing and the reason for speed humps, still see a lot of traffic.

60. Trump Administration Appeals Ruling on Young Immigrants -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Trump administration on Tuesday appealed a judge's ruling tem-porarily blocking its decision to end protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants and announced plans to seek a U.S. Supreme Court review even before an appeals court issues a decision.

61. Southern States Join To Promote Civil Rights Tourism -

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Southern states that once fought to maintain racial segregation are now banding together to promote civil rights tourism at sites including the building where the Confederacy was born and the motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died.

62. Shelby County Commission to Have New Majority in September -

District 2 Shelby County commissioner George Chism will not be seeking a second term in the 2018 county elections.

63. Supreme Court to Hear Sales Tax Collection Case -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court agreed Friday to wade into the issue of sales tax collection on internet purchases in a case that could force consumers to pay more for certain purchases and allow states to recoup what they say is billions in lost revenue annually.

64. 'Mississippi Burning' KKK Leader Killen Dies in Prison at 92 -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Edgar Ray Killen, a 1960s Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted decades later in the "Mississippi Burning" slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in prison at the age of 92, the state's corrections department announced Friday.

65. Last Word: A New Majority, A Plan After Kroger and Cold Cases -

Shelby County elections administrator Linda Phillips has been watching the ebb and flow of petitions for the 2018 elections and has found what she believes is a link to the weather. “Apparently when the dreaded ‘snow’ word is mentioned in the forecast, not only do people go out and clear the shelves of milk, bread and eggs. They also decide to pick up a petition,” she wrote in an email with the list of who has pulled and who has filed in the last two days.

66. Shelby County Commission To Have New Majority in September -

District 2 Shelby County commissioner George Chism will not be seeking a second term on the commission in the 2018 county elections.

67. House Passes Spy Program After Confusing Trump Tweets -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After a confusing morning of tweets by President Donald Trump, the House on Thursday passed a bill to reauthorize a key foreign intelligence collection program with an important tweak: It would require the FBI to get a warrant if it wants to view the contents of Americans' communications swept up in the process.

68. Walmart Boosts Starting Pay, Closing Dozens of Sam's Clubs -

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart confirmed Thursday that it is closing dozens of Sam's Club warehouse stores across the country – a move that seems sure to cost jobs – on the same day it announced that it was boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out one-time bonuses to others.

69. Recording of Racial Epithet Played at Pilot Flying J Trial -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The fraud trial for four former executives and sales staff at the truck stop chain Pilot Flying J took a detour Wednesday when prosecutors played a portion of secret recordings that included one of the defendants saying the n-word and disparaging his boss' NFL team.

70. Nichols Appointed, Parker Confirmed in Judicial Decisions -

Deputy District Attorney General Jennifer Nichols is the newest Shelby County Criminal Court judge.

71. Legislature Moving on Civil Rights Cold Cases -

Charlie Morris may be nearing 100 years of age, but he’s never given up on his quest for Tennessee to delve into decades-old civil rights crimes.

72. Last Word: Mural Madness, Madison Plans and New Judges -

Maybe this discussion was bound to happen in a city where murals have been going up at a pretty good clip for several years now. At first, it was a rather startling form of civic witness in a new kind of Memphis boosterism that was a reaction to years of downing Memphis as the dominant civic monologue. And it rapidly became about how much the murals could speak to the real Memphis – in other words pro-Memphis but with an edge and more than a nod to the city’s reality. That’s a lot for a mural to pull off.

73. Nichols Appointed, Parker Confirmed in Judicial Decisions -

Deputy District Attorney General Jennifer Nichols is the newest Shelby County Criminal Court Judge.

74. Judge Blocks Trump Decision to End Young Immigrant Program -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal judge on Tuesday night temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup granted a request by California and other plaintiffs to prevent President Donald Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while their lawsuits play out in court.

75. Senate Confirms Trump Nominee to Federal Bench in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's U.S. senators say the Senate has confirmed a new federal judge for the Middle District of Tennessee.

William "Chip" Campbell was confirmed Tuesday by a 97-0 vote to serve on the U.S. District Court bench.

76. Shot Fired From Memphis Ignites Civil War Rematch -

Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest died in 1877, but 140 years later some people just can’t let their hero or the Old South go away.

In fact, the state Legislature is set to reignite the Civil War – to some degree – in 2018. We hope no gunshots are fired.

77. Last Word: Rate Hike No Go, No Abortion Vote Recount and Infill -

A foggy night, rising temperatures and the prospect of snow by Friday evening. This sounds like a familiar setting for something unexpected in Memphis while the old year is still a recent memory and the new year is still new. Tigers on a tear Tuesday evening at FedExForum, beating Tulane 96 – 89.

78. US Appeals Court: Tennessee Abortion Amendment Vote Was OK -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal appeals court has ruled that Tennessee won't have to re-count votes for a state constitutional amendment passed in 2014 that allows tougher abortion restrictions.

79. Fired Google Engineer's Suit Claims Reverse Discrimination -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Google engineer who was fired for writing a memo criticizing Google for pushing diversity is suing the company, saying it discriminates against white men and conservatives.

80. SCOTUS to Hear Case Disputing Warrantless Motorcycle Search -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Do police have the right to go on private property – uninvited and without a warrant – to search a vehicle?

That's the question the U.S. Supreme Court will be asked to answer when the court takes up the case of a Virginia man who was arrested after a police officer walked onto his driveway and pulled back a tarp covering a stolen motorcycle.

81. Justices Won't Step Into Mississippi Gay Rights Legal Fight -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is refusing to intervene in a legal fight over a Mississippi law that lets government workers and private business people cite their own religious beliefs to deny services to LGBT people.

82. Tennessee Lawmakers Head Into Session With Elections Looming -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers return Tuesday for a session colored by upcoming elections and Gov. Bill Haslam's final lap before he hits his term limits.

This year, the Republican-led General Assembly likely won't face a monthslong fight over one topic, like the roads-funding package with gas tax hikes and other tax breaks that Haslam ushered into law in 2017.

83. Lorenzen Wright’s Ex-Wife Agrees to Face Charges -

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) – The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright will not fight authorities' attempt to send her from California to Tennessee, where she's charged with killing him nearly eight years ago.

84. Akbari Pulls Petition To Run for State Senate -

Democratic state Rep. Raumesh Akbari has decided to run for the District 29 state Senate seat being vacated by Lee Harris in the Shelby County legislative delegation.

85. 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?

86. Weekend Monuments Protests, Response Suggest Shift -

Memphis Branch NAACP president Deidre Malone may have had the most concise description of what has changed since the city’s two most visible Confederate monuments came down Dec. 20.

“What we want happened. The monuments are down,” Malone said Friday, Jan. 5, as the NAACP and other groups called on Memphians to ignore plans for protests in the city the next day by groups opposed to the removal of the monuments.

87. Memphis Experts See Economic Growth Building Off 2017 Into 2018 -

With resolutions made and the new year now, another annual exercise rises to the forefront – predictions on what Memphis and its economy can expect in 2018.

If 2017 taught us anything, it’s that there’s so much we won’t be able to even remotely see coming, from Memphis bidding to become the potential home for Amazon’s second headquarters to action finally being taken on the Confederate monuments in city parks and so much more.

88. Southwest Agrees to Pay $15 Million Over Collusion Claims -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines will pay $15 million to settle class-action lawsuits that accuse the four biggest U.S. carriers of conspiring to boost prices by holding down the supply of tickets for sale.

89. Arkansas Woman Says Colleague Owes Her Half of $300K Lottery -

STUTTGART, Ark. (AP) – An Arkansas woman filed a lawsuit alleging her co-worker ran off with her half of a $300,000 lottery prize and asking a judge to freeze part of the winnings until the dispute is settled.

90. Arkansas Panel Stands by Proposal to Ban Disputed Herbicide -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas regulators stood by their plan Wednesday to ban an herbicide that farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, despite a request from lawmakers to reconsider the restriction and a lawsuit by a maker of the weed killer.

91. 2 UT Chattanooga Employees Resign, Cited for Public Indecency -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Two University of Tennessee at Chattanooga employees have resigned, and one has pleaded guilty to his charge, after being cited for public indecency at an adult theater.

92. Manafort Sues Mueller, Justice Department Over Russia Probe -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman is suing special counsel Robert Mueller and the Justice Department.

93. We’re No. 1! -

While tax law changes have some worried about the impact on charitable giving in 2018, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis president Robert Fockler points to Memphis’s historical standing as a generous city and his foundation’s own growth as reasons he is not worried as the calendar flips to a new year.

94. AWA to Honor Haltom at Annual Event -

After 30 years working with Shelby County government as a practicing attorney and a Juvenile Court judge, the Honorable Claudia Haltom retired and turned her focus to creating something that would make a difference.

95. City, County Governments on Different Paths -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the city council members are half way through their four-year terms of office with the new year.

96. Cobb Files in Democratic Primary for Sheriff -

The 2014 Democratic nominee for Shelby County sheriff, Bennie Cobb, has filed his qualifying petition to run for sheriff in the May county primaries.

97. Beale’s Question Mark -

For all of the change in the Memphis landscape announced in 2017 – including the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s decision to move to the riverfront and plans for several “gateway” developments around the city – Beale Street was in a holding pattern for most of the year.

98. Last Word: Liberty Bowl Weather, Tn Juvenile Justice Report and Atomic Tiki -

Liberty Bowl field painted? Check. Crowds starting to check in – no pun intended? Check. Escorts on motorcycles with plenty of flashing lights to get from one “emergency” event to another? Check. And, of course, the formal reminder to eat no one’s dessert but your own during the Peabody luncheon? Check.

99. Democrats Look to Cooperate on Key Issues -

With the state’s budget projected to be tight and lawmakers lining up to run for re-election in 2018, the coming legislative session isn’t expected to yield many surprises.

But the 110th General Assembly still has a long row to hoe as the session starts Jan. 9 with new legislative offices and committee rooms in the renovated Cordell Hull Building in downtown Nashville.

100. Cobb Files in Democratic Primary for Sheriff -

The 2014 Democratic nominee for Shelby County sheriff, Bennie Cobb, has filed his qualifying petition to run for sheriff in the May county primaries.