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The Week in Review

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The planned redesign of Tom Lee Park hit a roadblock last week when a group called “Tom Lee Park for All” filed a lawsuit claiming a breach of contract over parking issues.

The suit names the city of Memphis and the Memphis River Parks Partnership, which defends the planned redesign and says the parking arrangement is part larger changes that will include increased pedestrian crossings.

Also last week, the controversial issue of allowing Memphis police officers to live outside the city limits was delayed by the City Council until April to see if the Tennessee General Assembly takes action that would ban residency requirements.

The legislature begins its annual session in Nashville this week.

And a suspect emerged in the shooting death of rapper Young Dolph. Authorities offered a $15,000 reward for information about suspect Justin Johnson, who indicated on social media that he would turn himself in to authorities Monday.

In court action, state Sen. Katrina Robinson was granted an acquittal on two of four wire fraud charges against her, but a request for acquittal or a new trial on the other two charges was denied.

Finally, reporter Bill Dries took an in-depth look at the pay of Memphis police officers in comparison to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and suburban police departments in the county. - Metro editor Ron Maxey 

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The plaintiffs, known collectively as “Tom Lee Park for All,” claim the park’s $61-million redesign violated a mediation agreement with Memphis in May.

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City Council members have delayed the first reading on a police residency referendum until April to see if the Tennessee General Assembly passes a law banning such residency requirements for public safety employees statewide.

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The plaintiffs are taking the city and Memphis River Parks Partnership to court over the $61 million Tom Lee Park redesign.

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After a meeting held by plaintiffs suing the city and Memphis River Parks Partnership over the $61 million Tom Lee Park redesign, community members expressed a few concerns about the project.

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Tom Lee Park redesign plaintiffs want parking lots restored

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Authorities issued a warrant for a man they say is wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of Young Dolph. A $15,000 reward has been offered by police agencies for information on the whereabouts of Justin Johnson. 

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A federal judge granted an acquittal on two wire fraud charges against state Sen. Katrina Robinson but denied acquittal or a new trial on two remaining counts of wire fraud.

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The Daily Memphian compares top pay and pay ranges for the county’s six law enforcement agencies and finds that the area’s smaller police departments pay more. 

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Republican mayoral contender Worth Morgan emphasized his differences on crime with Democratic incumbent Lee Harris. The three Democrats seeking to challenge Republican District Attorney Amy Weirich in August said the prosecutors office would change profoundly if any of them upset Weirich.

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