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TN Politics: Abortion Ban Goes Too Far For Some Republicans

A recent investigation by ProPublica found that some Tennessee Republicans who voted for the state's restrictive abortion ban never imagined it would be made legal by the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, some lawmakers are beginning to see why certain exceptions are necessary. Women experiencing life-threatening pregnancies in the state may not get the medical care they need because doctors are wary of criminal penalties.

Political analyst Otis Sanford says Tennessee lawmakers suffered no political consequences from the abortion ban when it was enacted, so there is no incentive to soften the law in the next session.

Also this week, the Shelby County Commission sent a resolution to the General Assembly asking to raise property taxes on individuals and companies that own more than 50 residential properties here. The increase from 25 to 40 percent tax rate would be the same as for commercial businesses. Commissioners say one reason for this increase is to address the problem of blight caused by neglect.

Finally, the City of Memphis introduced a new problem that allows businesses to put their surveillance cameras to work for the Memphis Police Department in times of an emergency. This would potentially speed up time-sensitive criminal investigations.

Reporting from the gates of Graceland to the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Christopher has covered Memphis news, arts, culture and politics for more than 20 years in print and on the radio. He is currently WKNO's News Director and Senior Producer at the University of Memphis' Institute for Public Service Reporting. Join his conversations about the Memphis arts scene on the WKNO Culture Desk Facebook page.