- Associated Press - Saturday, March 7, 2015
Graves, Lady Vols roll past Georgia 75-41 in SEC tourney

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - After a Southeastern Conference Tournament championship run filled with come-from-behind victories a year ago, Tennessee coach Holly Warlick was much more at ease this time around.

Led by 13 points and 11 rebounds from Bashaara Graves, the No. 5 Lady Vols (26-4) left little doubt about their status as defending champion with a comfortable 75-41 win over Georgia on Friday night.

Tennessee, which has won the tournament 17 times in 35 seasons, advanced to the semifinals for a 22nd straight season.

It did it in a much easier fashion than a year ago, when the Lady Vols had to come from double digits down in each of their three wins on the way to the tournament title.

“I feel a lot better,” Warlick said. “Last year, it was tough, but these young ladies battled.”

Tennessee has won 11 of its last 12 games, with the only loss coming at No. 3 South Carolina two weeks ago. It’s also won four of five since a season-ending knee injury to All-SEC center Isabelle Harrison.


States say Obama administration misled judge on immigration

HOUSTON (AP) - A coalition of states suing to stop President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration alleges the government misled a judge about not implementing part of the plan before the judge temporarily halted it.

The allegation comes after the Justice Department said in court documents this week that federal officials had given 100,000 people three-year reprieves from deportation and granted them work permits under a program that protects young immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Justice Department attorneys had previously said federal officials wouldn’t accept requests under an expansion of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, until Feb. 18.

The federal government’s immigration actions regarding DACA as well as a program that would extend deportation protections to parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in the country for some years, were put on hold on Feb. 16 by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas. Justice Department attorneys have asked Hanen to lift his hold while they appeal the ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Hanen has not made a decision on that request.

Obama’s action, first proposed in November, could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally. Many Republicans strongly oppose his action and 26 states, most of them led by Republicans, sought to block the Obama orders as unconstitutional.

“News that tens of thousands of expanded work permits have already been issued to illegal immigrants while President Obama’s executive action, which we believe is illegal, is being contested in the courts is both outrageous and unacceptable,” Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in a statement.


Caesars seeks to demolish part of former Harrah’s in Tunica

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A division of Caesars Entertainment Corp. is asking a federal bankruptcy judge for permission to “dismantle and liquidate” part of its shuttered Harrah’s casino complex in Mississippi’s Tunica County.

The filing says Caesars will remove five barges that hold a 136,000 square-foot casino in Buck Lake, an oxbow lake of the Mississippi River south of Memphis, Tennessee.

Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January. It says removing the barges will cut costs and let it raise money to pay debts.

The filing doesn’t indicate that Caesars plans to tear down any of three shuttered hotels, and says removing the barges may make remaining property easier to sell.

The casino closed in June, eliminating about 1,000 jobs.

Caesars didn’t immediately respond Friday to requests for comment.


Tennessee bar owner found guilty in singer’s shooting death

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville bar owner was convicted of second degree murder Friday for the fatal shooting of a country singer-songwriter.

Chris Ferrell had told jurors that he shot Wayne Mills in November 2013 in self-defense. But Nashville jurors sided with prosecutors who argued that Ferrell intended to kill Mills when he shot him after a heated argument at his now-defunct bar. Ferrell will be sentenced on April 10.

He testified that the two got into an argument at his Pit and Barrel bar in downtown Nashville and that Mills threatened to kill him.

“I reached to the top of the cooler and retrieved my .22-caliber …” Ferrell said, according to The Tennessean newspaper (https://tnne.ws/1BQ3nh2). “And I fired it.

“I fired in fear.”

Ferrell said he grabbed bar towels to try and stop the bleeding, but then began to panic and put an unloaded gun next to Mills.

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