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1. State Sen. Tate goes a step too far in dance with GOP -

Sen. Reginald Tate ran a campaign ad in the waning days of the Democratic primary race bragging about his service to the city of Memphis.

But voters, apparently tired of Tate’s shenanigans, finally decided he was more concerned about serving himself and opted for political newcomer Katrina Robinson instead.

2. Camper to head national black female legislator association -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee state Rep. Karen Camper has been elected president of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women.

3. Democrat state representative learns to work with majority -

Bipartisanship forms the backbone of state Rep. Karen Camper’s legislative philosophy. The Memphis Democrat from Whitehaven recently received the honor as one of the 2016 Elected Women of Excellence, an award established by the National Foundation for Women Legislators to recognize hard work and legislative efforts.

4. Pat Summitt latest exception to Tennessee flag lowering rule -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's order for flags to be flown at half-staff following the death of former University of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt is the latest exception to state protocols that normally reserve the honor for members of the military.

5. Akbari proving to be worthy successor to iconic DeBerry -

Those who wondered how Raumesh Akbari would do in following legendary Memphis legislator Lois DeBerry now have a much clearer picture.

Akbari, a 32-year-old lawyer with degrees from Washington University and St. Louis University Law School, may come off as soft spoken. But she will take a stand on social issues, carry meaningful legislation and, despite being in the super-minority as a Democrat, has caught the eye of Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell, who selected her to serve on an ad hoc committee handling a sexual harassment investigation of Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham.

6. Sculpture to celebrate Tennessee women's role in 19th Amendment -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A new sculpture planned for the state Capitol complex will celebrate Tennessee women's role in passing the 19th Amendment.

In 1920, Tennessee became the 36th and final state needed to ratify the amendment that gave women the vote.

7. Lawmakers reconvene for 108th General Assembly -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State lawmakers on Tuesday reconvened the 108th Tennessee General Assembly in a legislative session that is expected to feature debates over creating a school voucher program and whether to allow supermarkets to sell wine.

8. Lawmakers to remember state Rep. Lois DeBerry -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers will remember state Rep. Lois DeBerry when they reconvene for the legislative session on Tuesday.

9. Dates set to fill seat of late Rep. Lois DeBerry -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A special primary and general election have been scheduled to select a successor for the late Rep. Lois DeBerry.

10. Longtime Tennessee lawmaker Lois DeBerry remembered -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Rep. Lois DeBerry, one of the longest serving female lawmakers in the nation and a powerful influence in state politics, died Sunday after a nearly five-year bout with pancreatic cancer. She was 68.

11. Parole board chairman to retire this week -

NASHVILLE (AP) - When Parole Board Chairman Charles Traughber steps down this week after working with offenders for more than 40 years, he says his fondest memories will be of those he helped work their way back into society.

12. Rep. Lois DeBerry undergoing cancer treatment -

NASHVILLE (AP) — State Rep. Lois DeBerry is undergoing treatment for a recurrence of pancreatic cancer.

The Memphis Democrat was first elected in 1972 and is the longest-serving current member of the House of Representatives and second-longest in the entire Legislature. The 67-year-old is also the first female speaker pro tempore in the House.

13. Staff counsel joins Cooper's office -

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper announced today that Alfred Degrafinreid II has joined his office as counsel. Degrafinreid will be based in Nashville and will advise on policy matters and coordinate community outreach for Rep. Cooper.

14. Governor's civil service bill headed to his desk -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to overhaul state civil service rules headed to him Thursday to become law despite opposition from some lawmakers whose constituents are uncomfortable with parts of the legislation.

15. Governor's civil service bill headed to his desk -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to overhaul state civil service rules headed to him Thursday to become law despite opposition from some lawmakers whose constituents are uncomfortable with parts of the legislation.

16. Tennessee Democrats look to stem exodus -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Democratic leaders are putting on a brave face about their dwindling numbers in the Tennessee Statehouse, claiming the political landscape presents an opportunity to regroup and emerge stronger.

17. Naifeh to retire after 38 years in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Rep. Jimmy Naifeh announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election for his District 81 seat after 38 years in the House of Representatives, saying it's time to "pass the torch to the next generation of leaders."

18. Naifeh to retire after 38 years in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Rep. Jimmy Naifeh announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election after 38 years in the House of Representatives, saying it's time to "pass the torch to the next generation of leaders."

19. State Rep. Lois DeBerry discusses cancer fight -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Rep. Lois DeBerry has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season - mainly being alive.

After nearly three years of battling pancreatic cancer, the Memphis Democrat was told by her doctors last month that they couldn't find any trace of the terminal disease.