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  House tries to override 1st Trump veto in border wall fight

Tuesday's vote would keep the border emergency intact, which for now would let him shift an additional $3.6 billion from military construction projects to work on a barrier along the southwest boundary.

  TN lawmakers look to prevent ban of plastic bags

  Shelby County approves Phyllis Aluko as next chief public defender

  Though Mueller’s report has been completed, debate continues

  Mueller report: Barr says Mueller finds no evidence of Trump-Russia conspiracy

  Tennessee education savings account proposal moves forward

  DA’s office bracing for crowds at Restoration Saturday event

Tax to be dropped from small gyms and health clubs

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  Memphis City Council, Shelby Co. Commission meet to discuss community issues

Parody account soars in popularity following lawsuit

  Memphis Rep. Steve Cohen encourages abolishing Electoral College

Bill aims toward raising penalties of animal abuse cases

  City of Memphis announces pay raise for public safety employees

Arkansas Senate approves tobacco tax increases for tax cuts

  Collierville assistant town attorney off the job after posts show support for white nationalists

A Collierville assistant district attorney is off the job just weeks after a controversial social media post was made public.

  Memphis 3.0 heads to city council amid debate

Tuesday, the city’s long-term growth strategy known as Memphis 3.0 will be presented to the Memphis City Council.

Police oversight bill divides Tennessee House, Senate

Tennessee House and Senate lawmakers remain split on a proposal to limit community oversight boards that investigate police misconduct, a division that is only heightening this session's top legislative issue

  ‘Natural hair’ bill advances in committees, removes license requirement to braid natural hair

A bill that would remove the license requirement to braid natural hair is has moved forward to the next committee.

  North Memphis leaders say Memphis 3.0 plan ignores African-American community

  Bill proposed to pay college athletes in TN

  Tennessee lawmakers cracking down on roadway shootings

  Memphis Mayor admits to mistake in State of the City address

Arkansas lawmakers send governor 18-week abortion ban

Paul Rose wins District 32 special election

  SCS looking into education savings account proposed by TN Gov. Bill Lee

Questions remain about how much an Education Savings Account system proposed by Governor Bill Lee would actually cost taxpayers.

  Trump reviving his border wall fight with $8.6 billion budget request

President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 on Monday, relying on optimistic 3.1 percent economic growth projections alongside accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years.

  Governor Lee doubles down on his stance against marijuana decriminalization

Governor Bill Lee is maintaining his stance on how he feels about Memphis State Senator Sarah Kyle’s bill that would decriminalize marijuana.

Governor Lee visits Memphis Agricenter

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee spent time touring the Agricenter facility Friday.

  TN Governor Bill Lee tours flood damage in Savannah

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee toured the flooding and damage left behind in Savannah.

  Bill would make Mississippi HOA’s a taxing authority

Mississippi lawmakers are considering a bill that would give Home Owner Associations taxing authority.

  TN Gov. backs strict abortion bill passed by House

The Tennesseee House of Representatives passed a bill that would make abortion illegal after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

  Commissioner Tami Sawyer announces campaign for mayor

Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer announced she will run for Memphis Mayor.

  Gov. Bill Lee pitches school choice plan in ‘State of West Tennessee’ address

Governor Bill Lee was back in Memphis on Thursday for his "State of West Tennessee address.

Arkansas lawmakers vote to put highway sales tax on ballot

Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to putting on next year's ballot a proposal to permanently extend a half-cent sales tax for state highways

Tennessee advances bill banning fetal heartbeat abortion

Tennessee is the latest state to move closer to enacting one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation

  Documents show Covington fire chief spent city money on umpire gear

A report by the Tennessee Comptroller sheds some light on the arrest of Covington Fire Chief and County Commissioner Michael Naifeh.

  Strickland says MLGW should explore stepping away from TVA as power source

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said MLGW needs to seriously consider alternatives to save money on its power supply, and that could include stepping away from the Tennessee Valley Authority.

  City council throws support behind marijuana legislation

Memphis city council leaders are supporting a variety of marijuana-related legislation under consideration in Nashville.

Arkansas bill allowing no-prescription birth control OK’d

The Arkansas House has approved legislation allowing pharmacists to dispense birth-control pills without a prescription, the day after the bill narrowly failed in the same chamber

Pay raise bills remain alive, teen tanning restriction dies

Proposed pay raises for Mississippi teachers and county employees are among the bills still alive at the Mississippi Capitol

  Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2020

Former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said unequivocally that she is not running for president following her failed run in 2016.

  Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee delivers State of the State address

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is changing up the annual State of the State address this year.

  House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe

Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses.

  Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins 2020 presidential race

John Hickenlooper is the second governor to enter the sprawling field and is trying to cast himself as a pragmatist who can also take on President Donald Trump.

  Trump claims Cohen hearing may have hurt North Korea results

The U.S. and North Korea previously offered contradictory accounts of why last week's summit in Vietnam broke down, though both pointed to American sanctions as a sticking point.

  Gov. Bill Lee to give State of West Tennessee address Thursday

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee will deliver a "State of West Tennessee" address on Thursday.

Gun background check bill passes House, heads to Senate

The bill would close a loophole that allows unlicensed gun sellers to avoid performing background checks on their customers.

  Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

Both leaders left their Vietnam meeting early and canceled a planned signing ceremony.

  Michael Cohen in the hot seat after delivering testimony

Michael Cohen's seven-hour testimony about his former boss painted a scathing picture of President Trump.

  Trump, Kim dive into nuclear talks, looking for ‘right deal’

The two men continued offering hopeful words as talks began anew at their second summit on curbing Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, a problem that has bedeviled generations of leaders.

  Michael Cohen casts Trump as a ‘conman’ who directed lies and cover-ups

Michael Cohen begins a three-year prison sentence in May after he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 and committing campaign finance violations while he was working for Trump.

  TN Gov. Bill Lee to deliver State of the State on Monday

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee will deliver his first State of the State address next week and will unveil his first budget proposal.

Bid to strip Confederate link from Arkansas flag rejected

A legislative panel has rejected a proposal to strip the Confederate designation from one of the stars on Arkansas' flag and instead have it represent the contributions of Native Americans in the state

Cohen says he will tell ‘my story’ in public hearing

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said Tuesday that the American people can decide "exactly who is telling the truth" when he testifies Wednesday to the House Oversight and Reform committee.

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall.

Michigan man arrested for making telephone threats to Governor Bryant

A Michigan man was arrested Tuesday on five counts of cyberstalking, announced the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

Trump, Kim facing big issues after big welcome in Hanoi

Although many experts are skeptical Kim will give up the nuclear weapons he likely sees as his best guarantee of continued rule, there was a palpable, carnival-like excitement among many in Hanoi as the final preparations were made for the meeting.

  Ex-campaign worker filed lawsuit claiming Trump kissed her without consent; White house issued denial

The woman who filed the lawsuit says then-candidate Donald Trump "grasped her hand and did not let go" and kissed her on the corner of her mouth as she turned slightly away.

Juvenile judge points to new beginning for court after federal oversight ends

Friday morning, Shelby County Juvenile Judge Dan Michael gave his annual State of the Court address. It’s the first one since the US Department of Justice formally ended oversight of juvenile court.

  Police plan extra security for pro-Confederate groups marching in Oxford

For days, the group Confederate 901 based in Memphis has been posting about their event they're calling Mississippi Stands.

  TN Gov. apologizes for yearbook picture in Confederate uniform

An old college yearbook shows a young Bill Lee dressed in a Confederate uniform.

Bill gives the terminally ill ‘death with dignity’ option

A bill introduced in this legislative session would allow terminally ill patients in Arkansas to end their own lives with the help of a doctor.

  U of M law students file lawsuits to fight blight

University of Memphis law students joined forces with the Neighborhood Preservation Clinic to file lawsuits against 30 blighted properties Thursday.

  Democrats prepare resolution against Trump’s declaration

Democrats and some Republicans say there is no emergency at the border. They say Trump is improperly declaring one to work around Congress' rejection of the higher funds for the wall.

  TN Gov. Bill Lee ‘regrets’ attending frat’s ‘Old South’ events at Auburn University

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee says he “regrets” attending so-called “Old South Parties” while he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order at Auburn University.

  New bill proposed in response to Cyntoia Brown case

Tennessee state law makers held a press conference Wednesday to propose a new bill in Cyntoia Brown’s honor.

  Unions call for raises for all City of Memphis employees

Thirteen unions for City of Memphis employees are seeking raises.

Boy raises money for border wall with hot chocolate stand

The 7-year-old’s parents say the mixed reaction to the stand has only “fired him up,” and despite criticism, he’s glad his efforts have made some people happy.

Bill would change meaning of star on Arkansas state flag

One piece of legislation filed in Little Rock would change the symbolism of a star on the Arkansas state flag.

  Ruling blocks Instant Runoff Voting for October elections

There are new questions about how voters will cast their ballots in the city's municipal election in October.

  TN Election official: IRV cannot be implemented

Instant runoff voting cannot be legally implemented in the Memphis municipal election this year, according to one of Tennessee's top election officials.

  Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris gives his first State of the County address

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris gave his first State of the County address Friday afternoon.

  WATCH: Jobs the focus of Harris’ first State of the County

In his first address, Harris is emphasizing workforce investment.

  Senate and House pass funding bill; Trump is prepared to sign, will also declare border emergency, McConnell says

President Donald Trump has indicated he's prepared to sign the government funding bill and issue a national emergency on the border.

Arkansas House backs resolution on no-permit gun carrying

The Arkansas House has approved a non-binding resolution that says carrying a firearm without a permit is legal in the state

  ‘Fetal heartbeat’ legislation proposed in TN

Tennessee legislators are proposing a bill which bans all abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The only exception would be a medical emergency for the mother.

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

President Trump is expected to grudgingly accept the agreement, which would avert another government shutdown and give him what Republicans have been describing as a "down payment" on his signature campaign pledge.

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

The bill, which passed the Senate on Wednesday, states that any tanning facility or operator that allows a person under the age of 18 to use a tanning device will face denial, suspension or revocation of its registration and be subject to fines of up to $500.

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

Standing in a packed stadium under a giant American flag and banners saying "FINISH THE WALL," Trump vowed to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise regardless of what happens in Congress.

  AR governor unveils $300M highway funding plan

A $300 million plan to fund highway upkeep in Arkansas calls for the half-cent sales tax to stick around.

  TN Senator introduces daycare bill for state workers

State Senator Sara Kyle introduced Senate Bill 741, which would allow daycares to operate in state-owned and leased office buildings.

  Mid-South federal employees brace for next possible shutdown

The fear and anxiety surrounding another possible government shut is very real for the thousands of government employees.