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Push back on pay raise for Mississippi teachers

Watchdog group critical of public incentives offered for FedEx Logistics downtown move

In House’s Yemen vote, Congress reasserts war-making powers

‘Fetal heartbeat’ legislation proposed in TN

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

Judge finds Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probe

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FEMA head Brock Long, investigated over vehicle use, resigns

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

Lawmakers to debate harsher penalties for road rage shootings

AR governor unveils $300M highway funding plan

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar the latest to join crowded 2020 Democrat field

Sara Kyle: Not running for U.S. Senate

  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.

Trump plays on immigration myths

Trump managed to accuse immigrants in the country illegally of stealing jobs from American workers, while declaring that the country needs more immigrants because of its economic boom. This argument rested on a series of false stereotypes.

Growing group of Senate Democrats eye 2020 presidential race

As many as nine Senate Democrats could potentially run for higher office in the next election, including four who have already announced and one who may do so this weekend.

State Senator seeks to clarify distracted driving laws

Arkansas Senator Alan Clark of Garland County seeks to clarify distracted driving laws.

  Senate panel approves Trump’s attorney general nominee

Russian official: Another nuclear pact with US in trouble

Unbowed by Trump, Democrats charge ahead with investigations

AP Source: Former Michigan Rep. John Dingell in hospice care

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."

White House: ‘Hysteria’ over Trump fuels inaugural committee probe

Federal prosecutors in New York issued the subpoena on Monday, furthering a federal inquiry into a fund that has faced mounting scrutiny into how it raised and spent its money.

Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump’s inaugural committee

A spokeswoman says the committee intends to cooperate with the inquiry. She said the committee received the subpoena late Monday and was reviewing it.

Trump spends majority of workday in unstructured ‘executive time,’ report says

“Executive Time” is a period during the day that he uses to watch TV, make phone calls and hold meetings. According to his leaked agendas, since the midterms, he spends most of his time doing these things and far less time on policy planning, legislative strategy and video recordings.

Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a re-election challenge within GOP

The initiative has been an intense focus in recent weeks and includes taking steps to change state party rules, crowd out potential rivals and quell any early signs of opposition that could embarrass the president.

Trump is latest to give State of Union at time of turmoil

President Donald Trump is the latest chief executive to deliver a State of the Union address at a time of turmoil.

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

The federal government is open for now. Now, a select group of lawmakers must strike a deal in the coming weeks to avoid another shutdown.

Gov. Bill Lee puts freeze on new state regulations

Governor Bill Lee issued an executive order Friday to halt new regulations for the next 90 days across all state executive branch departments.

US pulls out of Cold War-era nuclear treaty, blaming Russia

President Donald Trump said Russia has been secretly developing "a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad."

Sen. Cory Booker announces he’s running for president

Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, already made stops in states associated with the presidential race. Booker said in December he is thinking hard about running for president in 2020.

Trump, Pelosi remain far apart on the border wall issue

Trump, who in recent weeks has expressed indifference to whether the term "wall" or something else is used, clung with renewed tenacity to the word that became his campaign mantra.

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.

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.

Stacey Abrams to give Democrats’ response to State of Union

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer says former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

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.

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.

Democrats uneasy about ex-Starbucks CEO’s talk of running for president

He's considering running as an independent, a prospect many worry could draw support from the eventual Democratic nominee and hand President Donald Trump another four years in office.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s shift on concrete wall, tariff myth

The president insists he never proposed a concrete wall, promoting instead a "see-through" barrier made of steel. That's a change on how he talked in the past.

Trump ends shutdown, signs bill to reopen government

Submitting to mounting pressure, President Donald Trump has signed a bill to reopen the government for three weeks.

Trump signs bill to end government shutdown, longest in US history

Trump announced the agreement to break the 35-day impasse as intensifying delays at the nation's airports and widespread disruptions brought new urgency to efforts to resolve the standoff.

  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.

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.

Secret Service members use special coins to commemorate gov’t shutdown, no pay

The perimeter of the coin reads “United States Secret Service Essential Personnel.” The back of the coin includes an illustration of the nation’s Capitol with a “closed” sign and the promise: “Don’t worry. You’ll get backpay.”

Commerce chief asks why furloughed gov’t workers using food banks during shutdown

Wilbur Ross' comments were the latest in a series of remarks by Trump officials about the shutdown that struck some critics as tone deaf.

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

APNewsBreak: Pete Buttigieg joins 2020 presidential race

"Right now our country needs a fresh start," the mayor of South Bend, IN, says.

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.

Source: Mueller investigates link between Trump campaign, NRA

His team is asking questions about how President Donald Trump came to speak at the organization's annual conference in 2015, two months before declaring that he'd be running for president.

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.

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.

  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.

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.

Mueller’s office says BuzzFeed report inaccurate

The statement by Robert Mueller's office on Friday night doesn't cite any specific errors.

Democrats said Russians tried to hack DNC after midterms

According to court documents, the Democratic National Committee said it was the subject of an attempted hack in the days after the 2018 midterm elections, probably by Russian intelligence.

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

Cohen paid to rig online polls in Trump’s favor, report says

Cohen paid the head of a small technology company between $12,000 to $13,000 for activities related to Trump’s campaign, things like trying unsuccessfully to manipulate two online polls in Trump’s favor

Amid shutdown, Secret Service agents absorb travel expenses while working without pay

With no paychecks in sight, many in the agency see bank accounts dwindling and short-term debt mounting, which itself creates a potential security threat and puts their jobs at risk.

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.

Watchdog: Government may have separated many more children from migrant families

A report from the Health and Human Services inspector general's office finds that family separations were taking place before the spring of last year, when the administration announced its "zero tolerance" policy on the southwest border.

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.

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.

Tennessee lawmaker files bill inspired by Cyntoia Brown

State Rep. London Lamar, D-Memphis, filed her first bill to change how minors are treated if they are victims of sex trafficking or prostitution.

Governor Hutchinson sworn in for second term, delivers State of the State Address

Governor Hutchinson delivers State of the State Address.

Acting AG Whitaker to testify as Democrats ramp up oversight

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 8, appearing as one of the new Democratic majority’s first witnesses as they seek to provide more stringent oversight of President Donald Trump.

Trump’s AG nominee Barr backs Mueller probe, supports border ‘barrier’

Nominee William Barr is expected to be confirmed, unless there is a major surprise during the hearing. It would be his second stint as attorney general.

Shutdown standoff: Dems rebuff Trump invite, thwarting effort to bypass Pelosi

The administration is trying to peel off Democratic support for Trump's demand for border wall money and negotiate directly with centrist lawmakers and some newly elected freshmen, including those in districts where Trump is popular.

Democrats consider subpoena for interpreter of Trump-Putin meeting

The official said Trump even confiscated his interpreter’s notes after talks with Putin in Germany in 2017 and reportedly told the interpreter to keep quiet about what was said in the room.

Memphis Mayor Strickland will seek re-election

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced he will seek a second term as mayor.

As shutdown grinds on, TSA workers struggle

Hundreds of TSA employees at major airports nationwide have called out sick since this shutdown began.

Trump rejects suggested short-term government shutdown fix

Leaving the White House for a trip to New Orleans, Trump said he had dismissed the proposal from Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham to reopen for several weeks and continue dealing with Democrats over Trump's long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.