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1. Are sports fans tuning out? -

Remember the panic of 2020 when live sports disappeared from our TV screens? March Madness? Gone. NBA? Multiple delays, game played in a “bubble” and a season that ended four months later than normal. Major league baseball? Reduced to 60 games beginning in late July and then played with cardboard cutouts of fans filling otherwise empty seats.

2. Tech audit of Colonial Pipeline found 'glaring' problems -

BOSTON (AP) — An outside audit three years ago of the major East Coast pipeline company hit by a cyberattack found "atrocious" information management practices and "a patchwork of poorly connected and secured systems," its author told The Associated Press.

3. Top Davidson County commercial sales for December 2020 -

Top commercial real estate sales, December 2020, for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

4. Congress weighs choice: 'Go big' on virus aid or hit 'pause' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is at a crossroads in the coronavirus crisis, wrestling over whether to "go big," as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants for the next relief bill, or hit "pause," as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insists.

5. Criminal records shut small biz owners out of aid program -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Damon West was hoping the government's coronavirus rescue package for small business owners would help replace the income he's lost now that he can't travel the country as a keynote speaker.

6. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for February 2020 -

Top residential real estate sales, February 2020, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

7. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for October 2019 -

Top residential real estate sales, October 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

8. AP FACT CHECK: Trump exaggerates scope of cease-fire deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump describes it, the U.S. swooped into an intractable situation in the Middle East, achieved an agreement within hours that had eluded the world for years and delivered a "great day for civilization."

9. Businesses showing discontent with Trump's trade policies -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's aggressive and wildly unpredictable use of tariffs is spooking American business groups, which have long formed a potent force in his Republican Party.

Corporate America was blindsided last week when Trump threatened to impose crippling taxes on Mexican imports in a push to stop the flow of Central American migrants into the United States.

10. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for April 2019 -

Top residential real estate sales, April 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

11. Hair braiding bill advances in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to loosen state regulations surrounding African-style hair braiding advanced on Monday in the Tennessee Statehouse.

Members on the House Government Operations Committee agreed hair braiders should not face the same rigorous licensing requirements as cosmetologists. The bill must now clear a financial panel before it can be reviewed by the full House.

12. Smith elected president of Tennessee Medical Association -

Kevin Smith, M.D., Ph.D., MMHC, FACP, has been elected president of the Tennessee Medical Association and will take office in May.

Smith practices primary care and teaches general internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was previously in private practice at Saint Thomas West Hospital, including six years in solo practice.

13. Bipartisan push in Legislature for increased voter access -

Of dozens of bills before the state Legislature on voting this year, many would make it easier to cast ballots or register to vote, potentially benefiting students, the elderly and disabled, and people with felony records.

14. Trump says he's eager to sign sweeping criminal justice bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation's war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society.

15. Results of top Tennessee races -

U.S. Senate

1,966 of 1,969 precincts - 99 percent

x-Marsha Blackburn, GOP 1,224,042 - 55 percent

Phil Bredesen, Dem 981,667 - 44 percent

Trudy Austin, Ind 9,422 - 0 percent

16. Come fly with Phil, Marsha on gilded wings -

Early in his U.S. Senate campaign, former Gov. Phil Bredesen shied away from talking about his opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, preferring to focus instead on ideas.

But a new TV ad paid for by Majority Forward, a Democrat-leaning group, dubs her as “Air Blackburn” for taking all sorts of junkets and voting herself pay raises over 10 years in Congress.

17. Primary takeaways: Establishment loses, diversity grows -

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump got his man in battleground Florida, but he watched a prominent immigration ally fall in Arizona in what was another eventful night in the 2018 midterm season.

18. Republican law limiting labor powers defeated in Missouri -

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The steady march of new "right-to-work" laws in Republican-led states hit a wall in Missouri, where voters resoundingly rejected a measure that could have weakened union finances after national and local labor groups poured millions of dollars into the campaign against it.

19. Republican law limiting labor powers defeated in Missouri -

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The steady march of new right-to-work laws in Republican-led states hit a wall in Missouri, where voters resoundingly rejected a measure that could have weakened union finances after national and local labor groups poured millions of dollars into the campaign against it.

20. Trump says Koch brothers are 'a total joke' in GOP -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at the Koch brothers, tweeting that the billionaire industrialists are a "total joke in real Republican circles" and that he is "a puppet for no one."

21. Kochs won't help top GOP Senate candidate in key state -

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The conservative Koch brothers' network declared Monday that it will not help elect the Republican Senate candidate in North Dakota, turning its back on the GOP in a marquee election — at least for now — after determining that the Republican challenger is no better than the Democratic incumbent.

22. GOP banking on tax cuts to win over voters in midterms -

WASHINGTON (AP) — With passage of an enormous budget bill, the GOP-controlled Congress all but wrapped up its legislating for the year. But will it be enough to convince voters to give Republicans another term at the helm?

23. Echo of Obamacare: Dems divided over vow to repeal tax law -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans spent much of the last decade firing up their base with a vow to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But when it came to doing the deed, they found promises much easier than execution.

24. Risk for middle class: That GOP tax cuts could fade away -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a Christmas gift the middle class might want to give back in a few years.

The Republican tax overhaul bestows an initial infusion of cash on nearly every taxpayer next year. That extra income is likely to please millions of households, support consumer spending and perhaps give the economy a short-term lift.

25. GOP's not all that sad; party grapples with Alabama fallout -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weary national Republicans breathed a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday, a day after voters knocked out their own party's scandal-plagued candidate in deep-red Alabama. Yet all is not well in a party confronted with new rounds of infighting and a suddenly shrinking Senate majority heading into next year's midterm elections.

26. Legislators not shy in pushing ‘model’ bills from outsiders -

The group that brought Tennessee the voter photo ID law could be on the brink of spawning another kink on the voting process, one that cross-checks jury service with voter rolls.

At the behest of the American Civil Rights Union, legislators across the nation who belong to the American Legislative Exchange Council could be sponsoring bills in the next couple of years requiring local election commissions to take a closer look at people who miss jury duty.

27. GOP senators advance Trump EPA nominees over Dems' objection -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee voted along party lines Wednesday to advance President Donald Trump's picks for key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency over the objections of Democrats who pointed to the nominees' past work for corporate clients they would now regulate.

28. Peyton Manning rules out run for Corker's Senate seat -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Football star Peyton Manning ruled out a bid for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retirement of Republican Bob Corker, saying in a sports radio interview on Wednesday that he is giving "zero consideration" to running.

29. Corker retirement sets off Tennessee succession speculation -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Sitting on the largest sum of campaign money among Republicans facing re-election to the Senate, few in Tennessee thought Bob Corker wouldn't run for a third term next year. His surprise announcement Tuesday that he will retire from Congress set off a frenzy of speculation about who will try to succeed him.

30. Activist Ogles announces bid for Corker's Senate seat -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Conservative activist Andy Ogles announced Thursday he will run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, who has so far refused to divulge whether he will seek a third term.

31. Activist announces bid for Corker's Tennessee Senate seat -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Conservative activist Andy Ogles announced Thursday he will run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, who has so far refused to divulge whether he will seek a third term.

32. Wisconsin Assembly passes $3 billion for Foxconn -

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly approved a $3 billion tax break Thursday with bipartisan support for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build a massive display panel factory in the state, a project President Donald Trump touted as a transformational win for the U.S. economy.

33. Donors to GOP: No cash until action on health care, taxes -

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — At least one influential donor has informed congressional Republicans that the "Dallas piggy bank" is closed until he sees major action on health care and taxes.

Texas-based donor Doug Deason has already refused to host a fundraiser for two members of Congress and informed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., his checkbook is closed as well.

34. Trump scrambles for GOP health votes; budget score looms -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans skeptical about a GOP health overhaul bill are expressing some doubt about holding a vote this week as they await a key analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. President Donald Trump, making a final push to fulfill a key campaign promise, insists Republicans are not "that far off" and signaled last-minute changes are coming to win votes.

35. AP FACT CHECK: Holes in Trump's reasoning on climate pullout -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Announcing that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, President Donald Trump misplaced the blame for what ails the coal industry and laid a shaky factual foundation for his decision. A look at some of the claims in a Rose Garden speech and an accompanying fact sheet about the deal to curtail emissions responsible for global warming:

36. Haslam learns from Insure Tennessee loss in road funding win -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Not long after seeing fellow Republicans in the Legislature reject his effort to expand Medicaid, Gov. Bill Haslam was touring the state to pitch another politically difficult proposal to boost funding for roads and bridges.

37. Koch network spending millions to stop GOP health care bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The conservative Koch network is promising to spend millions of dollars to defeat the health care overhaul backed by President Donald Trump and top House Republicans.

The network's leading organizations, Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners, announced late Wednesday the creation of a special fund to support House members who vote against the health care bill.

38. Trump tries to close health care deal with GOP skeptics -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Showdown day at hand, Republicans remained short of votes Thursday for their showpiece health care overhaul, hoping for President Donald Trump to close the deal with balky conservatives at a White House meeting.

39. GOP health bill on the brink hours from House showdown vote -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP's long-promised legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare" stood on the brink just hours before Republican leaders planned to put it on the House floor for a showdown vote. Short of support, GOP leaders looked to President Donald Trump to close the deal with a crucial bloc of conservatives, in the first major legislative test of his young presidency.

40. GOP push on health plan; conservatives, Democrats oppose it -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the strong objections of key conservatives and Democrats, House Republican leaders are forging ahead with a health care plan that scraps major parts of the Obama-era overhaul.

41. Big business warns Trump against mass deportation -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hard-line immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.

42. Durham loses GOP primary after sexual harassment allegations -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The subject of a scathing attorney general's report on sexual harassment allegations lost his Republican primary for the Tennessee House on Thursday.

Rep. Jeremy Durham had suspended his campaign after the report outlined allegations of improper sexual contact with 22 women but had denied any wrongdoing and did not drop out of the race. Durham was defeated by former Army Col. Sam Whitson.

43. Durham's halted bid not only GOP campaign drawing attention -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The subject of a state attorney general's sexual harassment investigation isn't the only Republican candidate facing uncertain prospects in Tennessee's Aug. 4 primary.

Rep. Jeremy Durham suspended his re-election campaign despite his claims that most of the allegations that the Franklin Republican had improper sexual interactions with 22 women were false or taken out of context.

44. Democrats block SEC nominees over political money fight -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opposition from top Senate Democrats has stalled two of the president's nominees to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The nominees waffled on whether they support requiring publicly-traded corporations to disclose political spending.

45. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for December 2015 -

Top residential real estate sales, December 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

46. Cornyn a 'peacemaker' as GOP rift on criminal justice widens -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A widening Republican rift over revamping the nation's criminal justice system is dashing hopes for overhaul in the final year of President Barack Obama's tenure despite strong bipartisan support and a concerted effort by the second-ranking GOP senator.

47. Freeman donates $100,000 to House Democratic Caucus -

Bill Freeman, who spent $3.5 million on his failed 2015 Nashville mayoral campaign, has pledged $100,000 to the House Democratic Caucus.

48. Civil asset forfeiture: 'It's a state license to steal’ -

The drugs in Kathy Stiltner’s car were over-the-counter antacids. The $12,000 in cash was from an inheritance. Still, police took the money – quite legally – and are still fighting to keep it, even after the drug charge was dropped.

49. More Tennessee lawmakers come out against gas tax hike in 2016 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Add the chairman of the state Senate transportation committee to the list of opponents of raising Tennessee's gas tax in 2016.

Republican Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville, who heads the transportation panel in the upper chamber, said Tuesday that there isn't enough time to put together a comprehensive road funding proposal for the upcoming legislative session.

50. Raise gas tax or borrow? How to fund state's backlog of road projects -

Tennessee has an $8 billion backlog of transportation projects and not enough funds to pay for them, largely because the state gas tax, which funds those projects, hasn’t been increased in 26 years.

51. Ramsey clear in push to politicize Supreme Court -

Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has a penchant for igniting flames of partisanship, and the retirement of Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade is no exception.

In this case, Ramsey elicited criticism for injecting politics where some believe political colors shouldn’t be unfurled.

52. Questions, jockeying abound amid Tennessee Supreme Court vacancy -

NASHVILLE (AP) — When Gary Wade was appointed to the state Supreme Court in 2006, the self-described "mountain boy from the Smokies" planned to serve the eight-year term and retire from his distinguished judicial career.

53. Haslam launching 15-stop tour of Tennessee on road funding needs -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday that he will kick off a 15-stop tour of Tennessee to highlight the state's transportation funding challenges as he considers a proposal to increase the gas tax for the first time in 25 years.

54. Spanish auto parts maker Gestamp expanding in Chattanooga -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Spanish auto parts maker Gestamp is beefing up its operations in Chattanooga with a $180 million investment that the company says will triple its capacity in the city and create 550 new jobs, officials announced Tuesday.

55. Jack Daniel's turns back latest Tennessee Whiskey challenge -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Jack Daniel's has turned back the latest challenge to a state law that determines which spirits can be marketed as "Tennessee Whiskey," but upstart distillers hoping their brands make the cut vow the fight isn't over for good.

56. Jack Daniel's turns back 2nd 'Tennessee Whiskey' challenge -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Jack Daniel's has turned back the latest challenge to a state law that determines which spirits can be marketed as "Tennessee Whiskey," but upstart distillers hoping their brands make the cut vow the fight isn't over for good.

57. Common Core is working – so let's kill it -

Common Core determines what Tennessee’s K-12 students should know and when they should learn it, yet like many other issues it has become a political pariah, especially for the state’s Republican leaders.

58. Both sides dig in for Insure Tennessee special session -

Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 280,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.

59. Anti-Medicaid expansion lawmaker criticizes radio ads -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada, a staunch opponent of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans, on Friday decried what he called "dishonest scare tactics" by a conservative group running radio ads targeting GOP lawmakers.

60. Animal rights group releases Chattanooga slaughterhouse video -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A year after Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed a bill that would have discouraged undercover citizen investigation of animal abuse, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Mercy for Animals says it has secretly documented abuse at a Chattanooga chicken processing plant.

61. TSU’s Honors Director to lead national group -

Dr. Coreen Jackson, the director of the Tennessee State University Honors Program, has been appointed President of the National Association of African American Honors Programs.

Jackson, who served as the vice president of the NAAHP since October 2013, was appointed president at the organization’s annual convention in Jackson, Mississippi.

62. Criminal charges recommended for Ramsey, Harwell -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A grand jury in Nashville on Friday recommended criminal charges be filed against the Republican speakers of the Tennessee House and Senate for failing to appoint an adequate number of women and minorities to a commission that decides whether Tennessee's appeals judges keep their jobs.

63. Perry named partner in health care practice -

John M. Perry, Jr. has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as a partner in the Health Care Practice Group. Perry had been working from the firm’s Birmingham office since rejoining the firm in January 2014. He began his legal career in the Birmingham office as an associate in 1997.

64. Senate GOP blocks Dems' minimum wage boost -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans blocked an election-year Democratic bill on Wednesday that would boost the federal minimum wage, handing a defeat to President Barack Obama on a vote that is sure to reverberate in this year's congressional elections.

65. Appellate judge appointed to Tennessee Supreme Court -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday named Criminal Appeals Judge Jeff Bivins to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court bench.

Bivins, 53, will replace Justice Bill Koch, who is retiring in July to become dean of the Nashville School of Law.

66. Panel member: Politics affect decisions on judges -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A leading conservative member of the commission that evaluates Tennessee's appellate judges says the panel was influenced by partisan politics in deciding whether a judge on the state's highest court was fit to serve.

67. Democrats clock all-nighter with climate talk -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic senators clocked an all-nighter, working in shifts into Tuesday morning to warn of the devastation from climate change and the danger of inaction.

Addressing a nearly empty chamber and visitor gallery, more than two dozen speakers agreed with each other about the need to act on climate change. Naysayers — Republicans — largely stayed away, arguing hours earlier that regulation would cost Americans jobs in a sluggish economy.

68. Panel names 3 finalists for Tennessee Supreme Court vacancy -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Governor's Commission for Judicial Appointments has selected three finalists to fill an upcoming vacancy on the state Supreme Court.

After interviewing five applicants, the panel selected Appeals Judge Jeffrey Bivins of Franklin, attorney Linda Knight of Nashville and Shelby County Juvenile Court Administrative Officer Larry K. Scroggs of Memphis.

69. Applications open for Tennessee Supreme Court vacancy -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Governor's Commission for Judicial Appointments is now taking applications to fill an upcoming vacancy on the state Supreme Court.

Justice Bill Koch has announced he is retiring on July 15 to become dean of the Nashville School of Law. Candidates from Middle or West Tennessee can apply through Feb. 21. Koch has served on the state's highest court since 2007.

70. Panel sets deadline for chancery court applicants -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Governor's Commission for Judicial Appointments has set a Jan. 17 deadline for applications to fill a chancery court vacancy in the 24th Judicial District covering Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin and Henry counties.

71. State Supreme Court Justice Koch to retire in July, lead Nashville School of Law -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Supreme Court Justice Bill Koch plans to retire from the bench next year to become dean of the Nashville School of Law.

72. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for Nov. 2013 -

Top November  2013 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

73. Tennessee Supreme Court upholds death penalty on 3-2 ruling -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence for a Memphis-area man in a 3-2 decision.

The state's highest court agreed unanimously that Corinio Pruitt was guilty of the 2005 murder of 79-year-old Lawrence Guidroz, who died a day after he was thrown to the ground by Pruitt in the process of stealing his car outside an Apple Market.

74. Combined net worth of America's richest rises -

NEW YORK (AP) — Life is good for America's super wealthy.

Forbes on Monday released its annual list of the top 400 richest Americans. While most of the top names and rankings didn't change from a year ago, the majority of the elite club's members saw their fortunes grow over the past year, helped by strong stock and real estate markets.

75. Gates, Buffett again top Forbes' billionaires list -

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates remains the nation's richest man by far, as the tech and philanthropy giant took the top spot on the Forbes 400 list for the 19th year running, with a net worth of $66 billion.

76. Senate GOP block campaign spending disclosure bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans blocked Democratic-backed legislation requiring organizations pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into campaign ads to disclose their top donors and the amounts they spend.

77. Obama seeks to shift election toward tax debate -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing sagging jobs numbers, President Barack Obama sought to recast the November election as a fight over tax fairness on Monday, urging tax cut extensions for all families earning less than $250,000 but denying them to households making more than that.

78. Unions gearing up to spend big in 2012 election -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unions say they are gearing up to spend more than $400 million to help re-elect President Barack Obama and lift Democrats this election year in a fight for labor's survival.

Under siege in state legislatures around the country — and fearing the consequences of a Republican in the White House — union leaders say they have little choice as they try to beat back GOP efforts to curb collective bargaining rights or limit their ability to collect dues.

79. Waller Lansden’s Trost named top tax lawyer -

State Tax Notes recently named Charles A. Trost of Nashville-based Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, one of the country’s Top 10 Tax Lawyers of 2011. Trost serves as counsel for Waller Lansden and is a former Commissioner of Revenue of the state of Tennessee.

80. Haslam urges quicker permitting for chicken farms -

FRANKLIN (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that his administration is trying to speed up the time it takes for poultry farms to get environmental permits.

The Republican governor said after a speech to the Farm Bureau that his goal is for the state to strike the "right balance between our stewardship responsibilities and making certain we're providing product and providing jobs."

81. Nashville sues Forest Hills over city court -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nashville is suing one of its wealthy satellite cities to prevent it from creating its own municipal court.

Forest Hills Mayor Bill Koch said the court is needed to force the city's 6,144 residents to comply with city ordinances.