TN Politics: State Lawmakers Float "Outlandish, Backwards, Cornpone Ideas"

Each year, the Republican-supermajority Tennessee General Assembly proposes a number of laws guaranteed to infuriate people who live in urban areas, minorities, scientists, and those who believe government should not favor one religion over another. That tradition continues in 2021 with several measures that champion Christianity , the f reedom to spread disease , the silencing of peaceful Black protest , and the right for everyone to carry guns out in the open without any licensing required ...

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As more people get vaccinated and light can be seen at the end of the pandemic tunnel, tourism is slowly returning to Memphis. Kevin Kane, President and CEO of Memphis Tourism, says that by the fourth quarter of 2021 a majority of companies, as well as the tourism industry, will see a pre-pandemic level of business.

Each year, the Republican-supermajority Tennessee General Assembly proposes a number of laws guaranteed to infuriate people who live in urban areas, minorities, scientists, and those who believe government should not favor one religion over another. 

  Watch the press briefing by White House COVID-19 response team and public health officials on Friday, March 5 at 10:00AM.

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As the lines for COVID-19 vaccinations grow, health leaders hope people still waiting their turn don’t ignore that other line -- the one for a COVID test. They say screening for the virus is still a vital strategy to eventually ending the pandemic, especially as more concerning variants spread.

Watch: Shelby County Joint Task Force

Mar 4, 2021

Watch the Shelby County Joint Task Force briefing on COVID-19, from March 4 (starting at 12:00PM).

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A new pool of money is available to help those in Shelby County facing evictions or struggling to pay bills because of circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Landlords can also apply for funding through a $28 million federally-supported assistance program.

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COVID vaccines are beginning to flow into Tennessee at a much faster pace, and the state has decided to accelerate its distribution plan, opening up to anyone 16 or older whose health puts them at risk.

Shelby County is following the state's lead and will begin innoculating individuals in phase 1C on Monday. 

Watch: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki

Mar 3, 2021

Watch the press briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki fro March 3 (starting at 11:30AM).

Watch the press briefing by White House COVID-19 response team and public health officials on Wednesday, March 3 at 10:00AM.

National Nutrition Month

Mar 3, 2021
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Happy National Nutrition Month everyone! 


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More than a month after the military orchestrated a coup against the country's democratically elected leader, Myanmar police are continuing to use violence against peaceful protesters. The death toll is continuing to rise — and it now includes a local official from the deposed leader's political party.

On Jan. 27, 1986, Allan McDonald stood on the cusp of history.

McDonald directed the booster rocket project at NASA contractor Morton Thiokol. He was responsible for the two massive rockets, filled with explosive fuel, which lifted space shuttles skyward. He was at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the launch of the Challenger "...to approve or disapprove a launch if something came up," he told me in 2016, 30 years after Challenger exploded.

Vaccination programs work best when as many people as possible get vaccinated, but Latinos in the United States are getting inoculated at lower rates.

In Florida, for example, Latinos are 27% of the population but they've made up only about 17% of COVID-19 vaccinations so far, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

By being able to wait for better food, cuttlefish — the squishy sea creatures similar to octopuses and squids — showed self-control that's linked to the higher intelligence of primates.

It was part of an experiment by Alex Schnell from the University of Cambridge and colleagues.

"What surprised me the most was that the level of self-control shown by our cuttlefish was quite advanced," she tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro on Weekend Edition.

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