Memphis, TN – Memphis is a refugee resettlement site and has been since the end of the Vietnamese conflict in 1975. Refugees from all over the world are brought here every year. Hundreds of individuals looking for a better life, the first step, knowing the English language. Here more than 20 individuals sit in a classroom to learn the basics. Some have attended for months, for others this is their first or second visit. Before I leave the class a middle aged man from Haiti calls out to me.
Memphis, TN – Memphis City Schools is home to 110,000 students. Superintendent Kriner Cash says that 30,000 of those are at least a year behind. To address the needs of those over-age for grade by two years or more, Cash announced last fall that he would open MCS Prep Academies -- one in each quadrant of the city. Candice Ludlow reports.
"With all the prep schools we try to offer a private school feel in a public school environment."
Memphis, TN – In a weak economy people are desperate to save a dollar. With marketing and sales increasing on the Internet more individuals are finding themselves victim to this it's too good to be true facade. Nicole Erwin reports.
Nashville, TN – Tonight, Governor Phil Bredesen will announce how he wants to use 4.5-billion dollars in stimulus funds to soften nearly 1-billion dollars in cuts to state services. Some of the money comes with strict spending instructions. WPLN's Jacqueline Fellows spoke with state capitol correspondent Joe White about how state lawmakers want to spend the portion that is discretionary.