Man Accused Of Making Millions Of Robocalls Faces Biggest-Ever FCC Fine

Federal regulators on Thursday said they've identified "the perpetrator of one of the largest ... illegal robocalling campaigns" they have ever investigated. The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a $120 million fine for a Miami resident said to be single-handedly responsible for almost 97 million robocalls over just the last three months of 2016. Officials say Adrian Abramovich auto-dialed hundreds of millions of phone calls to landlines and cellphones in the U.S. and Canada and...

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WKNO Features

Beyond the Burger

Jun 20, 2017
Justin Fox Burks

This summer, think beyond burgers and steaks and use your grill to whip up delicious dishes like grilled shrimp with a Caribbean spin.


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The journalist and occasional provocateur Wendi C. Thomas recently penned an article for the Christian Science Monitor about the ongoing economic challenges facing the City of Memphis fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. She says that while poverty-fighting initiatives here can make a difference, laws must be changed at the state and federal level to address longstanding inequity.


Muddy's Bake Shop

Well – today is your day!  It’s National Cupcake Lovers Day!


A bill that lowered the fees to expunge criminal records might have been seen as soft on crime, or too forgiving of wrongdoers. Instead, state representative Raumesh Akbari, a south Memphis Democrat, was able to get rare bipartisan support for it during this past session of the Tennessee General Assembly. Gov. Haslam signed the bill into law last week.  


GPAC

This coming Sunday is the Germantown Performing Arts Center Food Truck Music Festival and Auction!


Say Cheese

May 30, 2017

Cheese dips are awesome!


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Memphis was socked by a powerful storm on Saturday, with winds up to 90 miles per hour. Approximately 188,000 MLGW customers were without power. The company's president Jerry Collins says it may take up to a week to get all the power restored. City leaders urge vigilance as this week's temperatures rise into the 80s. Here are some important links to resources. 

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University of Memphis law professor Daniel Schaffzin runs a legal clinic that assigns students environmental court cases on behalf of the City of Memphis. It's much needed help for the city's fight against rampant blight. One student, Jordan Emily, took on a large apartment complex abandoned by an out-of-state owner. The case is one example of the legal challenges facing a city swamped with more than 800 similar cases.

Jessica Orians

One new marker commemorates a 100-year-old lynching. Meanwhile, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland addresses the future of Confederate Monuments.

 


Vino al Fresco

May 23, 2017

Wondering what to drink at your Memorial Day picnic this weekend?


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Senate Republicans have little margin for error as they prepare for a vote this coming week on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Some lawmakers are already raising concern that the bill could aggravate the problem of healthy people going without insurance, driving up costs for everyone else.

Snakebites Make The List Of 'Neglected Tropical Diseases'

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Snakebites kill more than 100,000 people per year, the World Health Organization estimates. The organization recently took a step to reduce that number by adding venomous snake bites to its list of neglected tropical diseases – a classification that could help get more resources allocated to fighting this public health problem.

(WHO did acknowledge that snakebites aren't a disease but "an injury" but the "envenoming" — the injection of the snake's venom — can be considered a disease.)

Welcome to this week's edition of our national education news roundup.

DeVos appoints current student loan company CEO to head student loan agency

Wayne A. Johnson will be the new head of Federal Student Aid after James Runcie abruptly resigned last month, the U.S. Department of Education announced this week. FSA is the agency responsible for administering $1.4 trillion in outstanding student loans from 42 million borrowers, plus other aid programs for millions of college students.

He brooded, as Lincoln.

He seduced in The Unbearable Lightness of Being. And he murdered, in There Will Be Blood.

This week, Daniel Day-Lewis — a three-time Oscar winner, and incomparable film chameleon — announced he is retiring from acting at 60.

A statement released by his spokeswoman gave no explanation, saying this is a private decision, and that Day-Lewis will have no further comment.

The actor has often taken lengthy sabbaticals between films, but this time it's apparently permanent.

So what will he be doing?

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TENNESSEE NEWS

Tennessee Prisons Will Serve As A Guinea Pig For On-Site Cell Phone Forensics

Hear the radio version of this story. Tennessee prisons will lead the way an effort to clamp down on one of the most common contraband items nationwide. The state will soon begin on-siteforensic analysis of smuggled cell phones.

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ARKANSAS NEWS

Southeast Arkansas Sees Heavy Rain As Cindy Passes Through

Parts of southeast Arkansas can expect to see heavy rainfall as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy move northward through the state. The National Weather Service says that the highest rainfall totals will be seen in the Delta region, from El Dorado to Monticello. “It looks like, for the most part, the southeast half of the state is going to see the brunt of the rainfall with higher tolls down across the far southeast where we could see anywhere from three to five inches of rain,” said Chuck...

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