Ambassador Yovanovitch: Trump Comments In July Call Felt Like A 'Threat'

Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine told Congress on Friday she was recalled after a smear campaign led by President Trump's allies — and Trump criticized her on Twitter even as she testified live on television. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch appeared at Democrats' second open impeachment hearing to discuss her career and the circumstances under which her posting to Kyiv was prematurely halted earlier this year. Trump posted two tweets about Yovanovitch during the...

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As the the impeachment inquiry in Washington D.C. heats up, politicians are making their cases to the voters back home.

St. Jude Parents Who Have Lost, Heal Together

Nov 14, 2019
Katie Riordan

After her son Chase died in 2015, Tracey Bailey left his room untouched—down to the last overnight bag the 16-year-old took with him to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he had been receiving bone cancer treatment. 

“I come in here every day...it gives me a sense of peace," says Bailey, of Clarksdale, Miss. 

For a while, finding peace seemed impossible. But for her and other St. Jude families, a mentorship program has provided bereaved parents extra emotional support.  

This was a live video of the U.S. House of Representatives holding open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump on Friday, November 14 at 8:00 AM.

For an in-depth report on the hearings, be sure to tune into 91.1 Friday, Novmeber 14 at 7 PM to listen to NPR's Special Report of the impeachment inquiry.

 

**Come back on November 19 at 8:00 AM for the second week of House hearings.

Hospice is a word that some people are afraid of.

Downtown Memphis Commission

The phones are ringing off the hook at several Downtown Memphis restaurants.  The reason? The 11th annual Downtown Dining Week is going on now through Nov. 17.


BTH: Mayor Lee Harris on Public Transportation, More

Nov 10, 2019

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris is proposing a fee for individuals who own more than two cars. The revenue collected from the fee would go toward expanding and improving the county's public transportation. This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, Harris tells host Eric Barnes and Daily Memphian reporter Bill Dries that public transportation fosters economic growth and is better for the environment. 

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Activists are demanding more community oversight of a team monitoring the Memphis Police Department as it crafts new policies on electronic surveillance.

The court-appointed monitors held a second public forum Thursday night. Many questions surrounded the ongoing compliance issues with the Kendrick Consent Decree, a 40-year-old legal agreement that prevents police from spying on non-criminal political activists. 

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Recent elections in Virginia and Kentucky showed Democrats making political inroads into Republican strongholds. Not so in Mississippi last Tuesday, when voters decided that the state -- ranked 50th in healthcare, 48th in economy, 46th in education and 48th overall -- needs no change in management. The Republican majority in the state senate grew even larger. Political analyst Otis Sanford says that Mississippi voters are, above all, loyal to the G.O.P.

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After the NCAA announced last week that college student athletes may soon receive pay for play, some Tennessee lawmakers are planning for the next steps here.

California is the first state to pass a law allowing student athletes to accept endorsement deals and hire agents. If the law isn’t struck down by a judge, students could start seeing paychecks beginning in 2023. 

Now, state Rep. Antonio Parkinson from Memphis plans to re-introduce similar legislation—a bill that would create a so-called “student athlete graduation grant” for the state’s public universities and colleges. 

“Spotlight on Lifelong Learning” is a weekly look at some of the exciting public conversations upcoming around Memphis. Host Jonathan Judaken is the Spence L. Wilson Chair in the Humanities at Rhodes College.


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President Trump is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to keep his personal tax records out of the hands of the House Oversight Committee, marking the second time in two days that he has challenged a subpoena for those documents.

Polio Vaccine May Stall The End Of Polio

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As the global effort to eradicate polio gets tantalizing close to its goal, the program is running in to new challenges.

One of the biggest obstacles this year is the proliferation of so-called "vaccine-derived" polio outbreaks.

Nissan is recalling nearly 400,000 vehicles in the U.S. because of a braking system defect that could cause them to catch fire. Owners are advised to park affected vehicles outside and away from structures if the anti-lock brake system warning light comes on for more than 10 seconds.

When President Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act in 2009, it gave government regulators an important new weapon in its battle against Big Tobacco.

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration had the power to regulate the manufacturing, distribution and marketing of tobacco products, including the new and then-largely unknown practice of vaping.

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