Abducted By Boko Haram, Now Posing With Lady Liberty In Times Square

Standing in Times Square in front of street performers dressed up as the Statue of Liberty, the two teenage girls look like typical tourists. They're grinning and posing on their first visit to New York City. But 17-year-old Hauwa and 18-year-old Ya Kaka didn't come just for fun. They visited the U.S. this month to meet with members of Congress and U.N. officials, telling the story of the traumas they went through after being captured by Boko Haram in Nigeria in 2014. They urged the U.S. to...

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This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, host Eric Barnes continues his conversations with Shelby County's municipal school superintendents: Bo Griffin, Tammy Mason and Dr. Ted Horrell. 


Tammy Mason, superintendent for Arlington Community Schools, discusses where funding for Arlington’s Schools comes from, and the state of the school district's finances.  


When the Memphis Police Department made a sizable investment in body cameras, accountiblility and transparency were among the reasons cited for their implementation. Police encounters that are recorded are less likely to end up with complaints filed. Local governments can monitor the types of interactions being had between law enforcement and citizens. 

Healthy Workplace Habits

Sep 19, 2018
Church Health

It’s common knowledge that a sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to our health.

"Every origami design has a beautiful and almost perfect star that the paper reveals when you unfold it," says Kevin Box, explaining how he got into the art of origami.

Knowing that any unraveled origami piece shows a star changed Box's perception about his art and what he was doing at the time. Since then, Box has worked with several world renowned origami artists to create a process of turning paper origami into bronze, aluminum, and stainless steel sculptures.

The casting process, which Box has pioneered, allows his sculptures to weather seasons and climates.

Starting Friday through March 24, over twenty-four sculptures will be on display in and outside the Memphis Botanic Gardens. The exhibit will have an audio tour by Kevin Box and other artists who have helped him along the way.

Here's what Box had to say on Checking on the Arts.

Justin Fox Burks

Just because you may not be a professional griller, doesn’t mean you can’t make award-winning burgers on your backyard grill.


Just one week into his new job as Shelby County Mayor, Lee Harris tells WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines that his office is off to a great start.  Harris looks forward to streamlined communications between various government entities and closer relationships with municipal mayors. To ensure that, Harris says that he's meeting with city mayors individually and plans to host a roundtable conference to make sure the districts are communicating.  On education, Harris plans to create the position of education liaison to the Shelby County School Board.

Former Mayor Willie Herenton re-entered the 2019 Memphis mayoral race on Thursday with a Facebook post saying he had an "unfinished agenda."


The Memphis Music Hall of Fame named its 2018 class of inductees on Wednesday, representing a variety of genres and eras in local music.

The seven include the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin; gospel choirleader O'Landa Draper; 1950s rockabilly group The Rock and Roll Trio; '60s rockers The Box Tops; radio and television personality George Klein; Stax singer Eddie Floyd and rap duo 8Ball & MJG.



Wholeness Through Community

Sep 12, 2018
Church Health

What does it look like to live a full and meaningful life?

Justin Fox Burks

Local author Perre Coleman Magness has just penned another cookbook!


House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi vowed this week to demand President Trump's tax returns if Democrats win control of the House of Representatives next month.

Pelosi, seeking to regain her gavel as House speaker after elections in November, told The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board that the move "is one of the first things we'd do — that's the easiest thing in the world. That's nothing."

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OK, let's go back to that moment when two women confronted Senator Jeff Flake in an elevator on Capitol Hill about the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.


Updated at 8:35 p.m. ET

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a message for Republican voters who are celebrating the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh: Get to the polls in November if you want more conservatives sitting on judicial benches.

When Mohammed bin Salman became Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince in 2015, just before his 30th birthday, it created a wave of optimism that he could modernize a kingdom that has long resisted change.

Change has come rapidly indeed. Women can now drive, the powers of the religious police have been scaled back, and Mohammed has sketched out plans to overhaul and diversify the oil-based economy.

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Hear the radio version of this story. Since 1960, Tennessee has put to death only one person by electrocution. And now a prisoner who is scheduled to die Thursday has opted for the electric chair.

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