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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's National Civil Rights Museum and the University of Memphis are planning a two-day symposium about civil rights and economic equality on the 50th anniversary of the killing of Martin Luther King Jr., with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder scheduled as a keynote speaker. The museum and the university said Wednesday that the symposium is scheduled to take place on April 2 and April 3, 2018. Discussion topics will include criminal justice, voting rights, poverty and activism.

SPARTA, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee judge who offered inmates less jail time if they voluntarily underwent birth control procedures has been publicly reprimanded by state judicial regulators. The Tennessean reports White County judge Sam Benningfield received a Nov. 15 letter of reprimand from the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct, saying he'd acted in a way that threatened public confidence in the judicial system.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's busiest passenger airport is expecting heavy volume nearing record levels for the extended Thanksgiving weekend. Nashville International Airport has an average of 19,000 departing passengers on a typical day. On Wednesday, that number is us expected to be around 21,000 passengers, and on Sunday about 23,000 are expected to be screened at security checkpoints.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Eight Tennessee properties have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Tennessee Historical Commission announced Tuesday the additions to the list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. State Historic Preservation Officer Patrick McIntyre says in a news release that the historic register listings "reflect Tennessee's unique heritage and honor a diverse group of places."

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