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Arkansas House backs resolution on no-permit gun carrying

‘Fetal heartbeat’ legislation proposed in TN

Unhappy with budget deal, Trump still doesn’t expect a new shutdown

Miss. Senate passes bill banning those under 18 from tanning beds

Trump and O’Rourke go head-to-head over border wall in El Paso, TX

AR governor unveils $300M highway funding plan

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  TN Senator introduces daycare bill for state workers

Mid-South federal employees brace for next possible shutdown

State Senator seeks to clarify distracted driving laws

'Cannot bring myself to vote yes’: Council members concerned by MLGW’s proposed rate hikes

Mid-South represented at State of the Union

Trump calls for bipartisanship, a hard line on immigration in State of the Union address

  Trump touts ‘good’ relationship with North Korea’s Kim in State of the Union

The aim of the summit is to continue working toward peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Trump touts economy, warns of border danger in State of the Union; Abrams says ‘we owe more’ to working class in Dem. response

Pres. Donald Trump presented an optimistic vision of the nation, saying "our country is vibrant and our economy is thriving like never before."

  President Trump invites Alice Johnson to State of the Union address

President Trump has invited Alice Johnson to Tuesday’s State of the Union Address.

Congressman Steve Cohen boycotting State of the Union address

Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen has announced that he will boycott the State of the Union address.

Vicksburg man among special guests invited to State of the Union Address by President Trump

Electricity restored to NYC jail; Justice Department opens probe

President Trump to give State of the Union address Tuesday

Mid-South lawmakers working to negotiate funding to prevent another shutdown

Gov. Bill Lee puts freeze on new state regulations

Bill introduced in Senate to decriminalize marijuana in TN

Arkansas bill to give firefighters cancer-sick leave

A newly proposed Arkansas bill aims to provide firefighters with cancer-sick leave.

Pelosi takes hard line against wall money in funding bill

Her remarks came after Democrats had signaled at least some flexibility in the talks on border security funding that began only Wednesday.

DCS seeking $78M to cover more foster kids from opioid crisis

The country-wide opioid crisis is creating a new need for more foster parents in Tennessee.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church partners with Memphis District Association to help government employees

Government employees who are still waiting on back pay, received a little help from a local church Wednesday.

Arkansas governor reworks plan to cut top income tax rate

Arkansas' Republican governor has reworked his proposal to cut the state's top income tax rate, unveiling a $97 million plan that Senate leaders say they plan to take up next week

Trump says ‘wall’ must be part of lawmakers' border deal

A fresh, protracted crisis could make it difficult to tackle other upcoming business such as a deal to prevent automatic budget cuts to the Pentagon and domestic agencies.

  Challenge to Germantown mayoral election results continues

The results for Germantown's mayoral election are still in question.months after the election.

Trump confidant Roger Stone pleads not guilty in Russia probe case

Stone is expected to plead not guilty to charges that he lied to lawmakers, engaged in witness tampering and obstructed a congressional investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

'Being brilliant at the basics’: Mayor Strickland delivers State of the City

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland delivered his State of the City address on Monday.

Mid-South federal employees still feeling effects of government shutdown

The government's 35-day partial shutdown may be over, but the pain continues for some Mid-South federal workers who are still waiting to get paid.

Shelby Co. Commission approves funds for new juvenile center, Union Row parking

It was a big night for Shelby County Commission, who approved major spending plans on two proposals that have been in the news.

Trump casts doubt on seeing a budget deal that he’d accept

As hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers prepared to return to work, Trump told The Wall Street Journal that he doesn't think the negotiators will strike a deal that he'd accept.

Shelby County Commission to vote on first step towards juvenile justice center

The Shelby County Commission will vote on the first step towards a new juvenile justice facility Monday, by granting $1.3 million to begin the design process.

Mayor Strickland set to deliver State of the City address

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will deliver his State of the City address Monday night.

Venezuela backtracks on order to expel US diplomats

The Venezuelan president broke relations with the United States on Wednesday after the Trump administration and many other nations in the region recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president.

Conservatives say Trump caved but confident he’ll get wall

Trump said if he didn’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government would shut down again on Feb. 15 or he would use his executive authority to address what he has termed “the humanitarian and security crisis” on the southern U.S. border.

Federal workers want long-term solution to government shutdown

Democrats and Republicans will try to find a solution to the border wall controversy in an effort to keep the government open permanently.

Memphis International Airport still feeling impacts of shutdown

The deal to reopen the federal government came hours after delays plagued the nation's air travel, caused by sick calls from air traffic controllers who continued to work unpaid.

Federal workers react to shutdown temporarily ending

Several federal employees and community supporters held a rally in Memphis Friday to end the government shutdown.

Mid-South lawmakers respond to short-term deal to end shutdown

Lawmakers across the Mid-South reacted Friday to the deal that’s expected to reopen the government.

Federal workers protest shutdown in downtown Memphis

A small group of federal workers and supporters rallied in downtown Memphis Friday as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history continues.

Paul Rose claims victory as Republican candidate in primary race for Senate seat

The match-up for the March special election to fill former State Senator Mark Norris' District 32 seat is now set. District 32 covers Eastern Shelby County and Tipton County.

  Failed votes, accusations of ‘crocodile tears’ and a ‘down payment’ offer from Trump as shutdown goes on

Federal workers will miss a second paycheck tomorrow as the shutdown is in day 34.

Mid-South Food Bank low on supplies as government shutdown continues

The Mid-South Food Bank’s supplies are running low as furloughed employees turn to them for help during a time when donations dwindle.

Halloween sex offender bill approved by Senate; protects children from higher levels of sex offenders

Arkansas Senator Trent Garner proposed a bill to prohibit higher levels of sex offenders from certain Halloween related activities.

Bills to end government shutdown fail; Mississippi senator responds

The U.S. Senate blocked dueling bills to fund the government reopening on Thursday afternoon.

Election Day: Thursday is special primary election for Tennessee State Senate District 32

Voters in Tipton County and parts of eastern Shelby County are picking their candidate for State Senate District 32.

Tennessee gov lists 5 focal areas as budget hearings start

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's administration plans to focus on K-12 education, criminal justice reform, mental health, health care and rural economic development as agency hearings begin on the new governor's state budget

Community shows support for new Venezuelan leader

Nearly 100 members of the Venezuelan community gathered in honor of the country’s new leader, Juan Guaido.

Government shutdown impacts domestic violence shelters

Some Mid-South domestic violence shelters could see an impact if the government shutdown continues.

Memphis, Shelby County officials move forward to fund Pre-K

City and county leaders took the first formal step forward Wednesday in a joint effort to fund needs-based Pre-K throughout Memphis and Shelby County.

Democrats work on new shutdown compromise, as federal workers protest at Senate building

The offer is a possible path toward a compromise even though it does not have money for his wall.

Memphis City Council members support end to gym tax bill

Memphis City Council members are supporting to end a gym tax bill.

Senate agrees to vote on competing bills to end shutdown

The Republican package would re-open the shuttered parts of government and boost some spending. To try to draw more bipartisan support, it adds $12.7 billion in supplemental funding for regions hit by hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters.

Memphis City Council honors late Phil Trenary with Humanitarian Award

Memphis City Council honored late President and CEO of the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce Phil Trenary with the Humanitarian Award at Tuesday afternoon’s meeting.

Arkansas lawmaker proposes abortion ban

An Arkansas lawmaker has filed a bill to ban abortions in the state if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. wade.

Mississippi lawmakers file bills to redesign controversial state flag

Mississippi is the last state in the country whose flag still bears the Confederate Battle flag.

Shutdown goes on as Trump offer doesn’t budge Democrats

With hundreds of thousands of federal workers set to face another federal pay period without paychecks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to bring Trump's proposal to the floor this week.

  Shelby County leaders hopeful about new governor

In his inaugural address on Saturday, Tennessee’s new governor, Bill Lee, promised to tackle issues ranging from education to healthcare to criminal justice reform.

At 30-day mark, shutdown impasse remains over border funding

The criticism of his "compromise" from both Republicans and Democrats underscored Trump's boxed in-position as he tries to win at least some Democratic buy-in without alienating his base.

Government shutdown impacts domestic violence shelters

Some domestic shelters are not in a position to accept new victims, because those agencies are not getting federal funding.

Bill aims to help minors who are sex trafficking victims

House Bill 571 would prevent charges from being filed against trafficking victims who are younger than 18.

Government workers still without pay; President Trump offers budget deal

As the government shutdown reaches Day 29, federal workers still have not received a paycheck

Bill Lee sworn in as Tennessee’s 50th governor

Businessman Bill Lee became Tennessee’s 50th governor Saturday.

Bill Lee to be sworn in as Tennessee‘s 50th governor

It’s inauguration day for Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Lee.

Incoming governor requests policy review of Shelby County immigration procedures

Governor-elect Bill Lee announced an investigation Friday into whether or not Shelby County is breaking the law by ignoring the state’s new immigration policy.

Low voter turnout expected for special election

Voters will soon head to the polls in the primary election for State Senate District 32.

Mid-South federal workers to rally Saturday in response to shutdown

About 1,000 Memphis IRS workers have been ordered back to work to prepare for the tax filing season. Federal workers are hosting a rally Saturday morning to address the ongoing shutdown.

Memphis Grizzlies giving away free tickets to furloughed workers for MLK Jr. Celebration Game

The Memphis Grizzlies are offering free tickets to government employees affected by the shutdown.

Food drive held for Mid-South federal employees

Federal workers who have not been paid for four weeks are receiving help to provide food for their families.

Rural Mississippians hopeful for faster internet after expansion bill passes

Internet service is pretty important in today’s age, and some say remote areas of Mississippi are falling behind because they have poor internet connections.

Government shutdown could impact school lunches

With the partial government shutdown heading into week four, schools could soon feel the impact.

Tennessee gov-elect’s inauguration to move indoors

Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee is moving his inauguration to an indoor venue amid forecasts for weekend rain and thunderstorms

Trump cancels Pelosi’s overseas trip after her request to postpone State of the Union address

The nation's two most powerful leaders appeared to be engaged in a game of constitutional one-upmanship as negotiations to end the monthlong partial government shutdown failed to produce results.

Governor Bill Haslam discusses his accomplishments, regrets

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is ending his 8-year term with solid approval numbers.

Trump signs law giving back pay to federal workers

President Donald Trump signed a law on Wednesday guaranteeing back pay to federal employees who have been furloughed or working without pay during the partial government shutdown.

Tax preparers expect delays for refunds, suggest filing early

With more than 46,000 IRS employees being called back to work, tax season is set to start on January 28.

Attorney general nominee Barr seeks to assure senators he won’t be a Trump loyalist

So far, William Barr's comments have pointedly departed from Trump’s own views and underscored his efforts to reassure Democrats that he will not be a loyalist to the president.