Poll: Rural Americans Rattled By Opioid Epidemic; Many Want Government Help

Rural Americans are profoundly worried about the opioid crisis and their local economies and many are hoping government can help, according to a new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. One-quarter of rural Americans say opioid and other drug abuse is the biggest problem that faces their local communities. A similar share, 21 percent, say economic concerns are the biggest problems in their areas. No other topic even comes close...

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WKNO Features

Justin Fox Burks

So now is the time to consider eating more fish!

This Election Day isn't just about candidates for state and federal office. Three Memphis charter amendments on the ballot could change the way the city does its politics. This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, host Eric Barnes is joined by city council member Martavius Jones, law professor Steve Mulroy and reporter Bill Dries of the Daily Memphian.

When veteran politicians Phil Bredesen and Marsha Blackburn faced off Wednesday in Knoxville, supporters of both candidates had expections of fireworks. Political analyst Otis Sanford says the biggest spotlight was on Democrat Bredesen, who is slipping in recent polls. 

Though the candidate has fared better than anticipated in red state Tennessee, his lackluster performance may have dampened the enthusiam of both his base and the Republican moderates he needs to win, Sanford says. 

The Communities in Conversation lecture series continues at Rhodes with Stephanie Elizondo Griest, discussing her new book "All the Angels and Saints: Dispatches from the US Borderlands" on Thursday October 18th at 7 pm in Hardie Auditorium (reception at 6:30).

Patient-Centered Medical Care

Oct 10, 2018
Church Health

A relatively new concept in medicine is called “patient-centered care.”

Justin Fox Burks

With cooler Fall weather approaching and football season underway, I just have to share one of my favorite Fall picnic and tailgating recipes: Jambalaya!


Three Memphis journalists join us this week for WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines with host Eric Barnes. Karanja Ajanaku of the New Tri-State Defender, Madeline Faber of High Ground News and Bill Dries of the Daily Memphian discuss upcoming elections, new park openings and more. 

In politics, Ajanaku says he attended the recent Trump rally in Southaven to talk with African American attendees. He says he genuinely wanted to know why they support the President's policies.

Last Tuesday, two very different political events took place in the Midsouth, both in style and substance. A Tennessee gubernatorial debate at the University of Memphis found Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean politely touting their policies on education, crime, healthcare and more. 

Later that evening, President Donald Trump appeared in Southaven, Miss., where he mocked an alleged victim of sexual assault. Political analyst Otis Sanford is among those who view Trump's performance and the continued polariation of the left and right as a nadir in American politics. 


We all have times in our lives when we feel sad, lonely, or down. 

Jennifer Chandler

October 3 is National Soft Taco Day and Friday is National Taco Day!


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The warden at the women's prison in Iowa recently instructed her corrections officers to stop giving out so many disciplinary tickets for minor violations of prison rules, like when a woman wears her sweatshirt inside out or rolls up her sleeves.

It's a small thing. But it's also part of a growing movement to reconsider the way women are treated in prison.

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