In the past year, the City of Memphis has seen a 15 percent increase in adolescents being transferred from juvenile court to adult court, says Josh Spickler, executive director of Just Memphis. A vast majority of them, he adds, are people of color.
The Tennessee Senate passed a measure this week that would allow adoption agencies -- even those that receive taxpayer funding -- to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples. Political analyst Otis Sanford explains that even a few Republicans are concerned that these laws will create potential problems for business recruitment to the state.
This was a live video stream of The House of Representatives taking the formal step of voting to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate, which will hold a trial. After the vote, the articles were physically brought to the Senate.
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris is pushing for improvements to the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA). Paying for those improvements, however, has come with debate over funding.
Currently, there are two proposals for increasing the MATA budget. One plan, proposed by Harris, would place a fee on individuals and families who own more than two cars, which also targets people who could be contributing to higher carbon emissions. The other plan comes from County Commissioner Willie Brooks and would add $20 to the $50 fee for people to register their vehicles, called the Wheel Tax.
Harris joins host Eric Barnes and Daily Memphian reporter Bill Dries for this week's WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines. Harris discusses both proposals to help MATA, and what sets his plan apart from Brooks.
In addition, Harris talks about signing a refugee resettlement letter, saying “refugees are fleeing countries where their lives are in danger. If the community has resources to help, we will.” Harris adds that there is more to be done to aid refugees.
Wrapping up, Harris discusses plans for a new juvenile facility that has been in the works for a little over a year.
A Memphis native who became a giant in the industry of public relations has died. Harold Burson, founder of Burson-Marsteller, helped transform P.R. from a cottage business into a global industry. His influence -- and powers of persuasion -- extended to major corporations such as General Motors and Philip Morris, and even foreign governments.