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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Brad Pitts

Gin is taking center-stage on cocktail menus across the country … as well as here in our hometown.


In his victory speech for the office of Shelby County Mayor Thursday night, Democrat Lee Harris praised his party for fielding strong candidates throughout countywide elections this year.

Shelby County Democrats' reboot paid off in the gain of several non-partisan offices, even if the Trump-charged election cycle only generated an average voter turnout. As political analyst Otis Sanford points out in this recap of election night, many of the 27.3 percent of registered voters who made it to the polls stuck to the party line.

Justin Fox Burks

Folks have been using cedar planks to impart a smoky flavor to fish for years.


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This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, host Eric Barnes interviews guests about the Memphis real estate market, which is seeing record highs. Wendy Greenlaw with Chandler Reports calls the current market "unprecedented" in terms of demand and housing prices.  

"We are seeing figures that we have never seen in Shelby County," she says, citing increases in value across the board, from high-end homes to properties bought by investors for the rental market. 

"Consumer confidence is really high," says guest Steve Brown, president of residental sales with Crye-Leike. "Unemployment is low. There's a lot of pent up demand. A lot of people have put off buying and they feel better."

Home builder David Goodwin says that there is a "sense of urgency" to buy before interest rates increase.

Even before it was officially announced, The Daily Memphian had become an open secret within an increasingly small coterie of Memphis print journalists. 

For the first time in years, high profile reporters were leaving the Commercial Appeal, not because of layoffs, which had become semi-regular events at the Gannett-owned paper. 

They were just walking away: food writer Jennifer Biggs, sports columnist Geoff Calkins, popular blogger Chris Herrington. Others followed; the mystery of their departures a source of growing speculation. 

They left for a new web-based newsroom now being built from scratch by a nonprofit funded by philanthropists, many of them anonymous. The Daily Memphian was the result of wealthy citizens' frustration over the gutting of local news.

Eric Barnes, who hosts WKNO-TV's public interest show Behind the Headlines, runs this new nonprofit venture. In this interview, he talks about what the website could become. 

Next Thursday's election will determine a number of hotly contested offices in Shelby County, from City Clerk to County Mayor. And statewide, Republicans and Democrats will choose their party's candidates for the general election in November.

Dr. Jim Bailey has a vision of a more effectual and proficient health care system, which targets preventive health care issues, but costs much less than what people are currently paying.

As author of The End of Healing: A Journey through the Underworld of American Medicine, he will explain the importance of understanding effective health care and how to demand it as part of the Healthy City Town Hall and Book Signing.

The event, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 29, is at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. He'll be joined on a panel by Shantell Leatherwood, chief executive officer for Church Community Health Services, and Scott Morris, founder and CEO of Church Health.

The Memphis Public Library's Explore Memphis started in June and was aimed at keeping children and teens mentally active during their summer break.


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Early voting continues in Shelby County, with a ballot that resembles a telephone directory of yore. This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, a roundtable of local Memphis journalists discuss some of the issues that surround early voting, along with other newsworthy topics.

Host Eric Barnes is joined by Karanja Ajanaku of the New Tri-State Defender, Madeline Faber with High Ground News, Toby Sells of the Memphis Flyer and Bill Dries of the Memphis Daily News

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July is National Ice Cream month!


This week, political analyst Otis Sanford joins us to discuss the fallout of Trump's Russia comments on the Tennessee Senate race. 

We also take a look at early voting results and get Sanford's impression from a recent debate between Shelby County Mayor candidates Lee Harris and David Lenoir. 

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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.

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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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TENNESSEE NEWS

Why The Electric Chair Remains An Option On Tennessee's Death Row

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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ARKANSAS NEWS

Traveling Arkansas: Wild ducks in Trumann

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of October 12!

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