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In mid-April, hundreds of scientists from around the world were supposed to fly to Ecuador for a five-day meeting about the latest research on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It was an important event. The scientists are writing part of a crucial global climate science report scheduled for release next year by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the part of the United Nations that assesses global climate science. National...

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Spotlight for the week of August 3

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“Spotlight on Lifelong Learning” with Laura Loth, is a weekly look at some of the exciting public conversations upcoming around Memphis. Laura Loth is a professor at Rhodes College.

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The August Primary Election is coming up this week and the Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate are in full attack mode. 

Ads are blanketing TV and social media and high-profile surrogates have been flooding the state to help out Manny Sethi and Bill Hagerty. WPLN’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán has been on the campaign trail lately and talks about what he's seen from the candidates.  

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Election officials in Tennessee have now changed their position on who they deem eligible to vote absentee.

The state made its revelation Thursday at a state Supreme Court hearing, after previously resisting expanded mail-in voting.

Grand Jury Indicts Memphis State Senator

Jul 30, 2020
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A federal grand jury indicted State Senator Katrina Robinson on Thursday on multiple charges of theft, embezzlement and wire fraud. The indictment comes a day after prosecutors unsealed a criminal complaint accusing Robinson of misusing more than $600,000 in federal grant money on personal spending and other expenses.  

Robinson is a first-term Democrat, elected in 2018 to a district representing large portions of south and southeast Memphis. 

BTH: Upcoming Election Season VS. COVID-19

Jul 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the absentee voting system in Shelby County.  Following a lawsuit, voters can now select a mail-in ballot if they want to avoid polling sites to protect their health. Linda Phillips, the Shelby County Election Commission's administrator, says as a result her team is processing more mail-in ballots than ever. 


Phillips joins this week’s WKNO-TV Behind the Headlines with host Eric Barnes and Daily Memphian reporter Bill Dries. They talk about the other ways the Election Commission has adapted the voting system during the pandemic. Phillips says voters can expect new safety protocols at polling sites including disposable pens, lots of hand sanitizer and protective plexiglass barriers to keep poll workers and voters separated.  


Wrapping up, the guests compare previous years to the upcoming general and presidential elections.



Watch: Shelby County Joint Task Force

Jul 30, 2020

  Watch the Shelby County Joint Task Force briefing on COVID-19, from July 30.

Click here to watch.

Watch: John Lewis Funeral At Ebenezer Baptist Church

Jul 30, 2020

Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta holds a celebration of life for Rep. John Lewis, who died at 80. Watch a live video of his funeral on Thursday, July 30.

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Shelby County residents are masking up in greater numbers, at least while shopping in grocery and retail stores, according to a new University of Memphis observational study. But, the findings also show that mask usage is still lagging in some of the city’s busiest social spots.

Special Coverage: Big Tech

Jul 29, 2020

  The CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook And Google are testifying before the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee about the market power of these major online platforms. Watch a live video stream on Wednesday, July 29 at 12:00 PM.

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Gov. Bill Lee released on Tuesday his plan to reopen schools across Tennessee.

The governor expects most districts will return to in-person instruction in the next few weeks and for contact sports to return.

“I think the decisions to reopen schools are based on the health and safety of children,” Lee told reporters. “I think we’ve outlined the risks associated with children not being in school.”

Health and education officials have worried about child abuse and hunger when kids are out of school.


Despite progress made on a vaccine against COVID-19, "there's no silver bullet at the moment and there might never be," the World Health Organization's director-general warned on Monday.

This program originally aired on May 18, 2020.

What gives art meaning? Is it the shared experience of taking it in? What impact does physical distancing have on our consumption and appreciation of art, both performance and visual?

More than 2,000 newspapers have shut down in recent years, and some regions have become news deserts. Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan says the collapse of local news undermines democracy.

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