Advocates Say Seniors With Obamacare Need More Time To Switch To Medicare

Many older Americans who have Affordable Care Act insurance policies are going to miss a Sept. 30 deadline to enroll in Medicare, and they need more time to make the change, advocates say. A lifetime of late enrollment penalties typically await people who don't sign up for Medicare Part B, which covers doctor visits and other outpatient services, when they first become eligible at age 65. That includes people who mistakenly thought that because they had insurance through the ACA marketplaces,...

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Charles Billings, a beloved voice on this station in the 1980s and early '90s, died Tuesday in Memphis of sudden heart failure. Known for his silky, southern-accented baritone, Billings had both a vast knowledge of classical repertoire and a passion for performing it. After leaving WKNO, his operatic voice could be heard in churches throughout the city. He was 62.


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One of my favorite ways to cook salmon is on a cedar plank.


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This week on WKNO's Behind the Headlines, a look at the Shelby County Juvenile Court and the reforms taking place. Host Eric Barnes talks with Josh Spickler, executive director of Just City, Keith Norman, pastor of First Baptist Church, Bill Powell, former Juvenile Court Settlement Agreement Coordinator and Bill Dries, senior reporter of the Memphis Daily News. 

School is back in session … and that means planning lunches and snacks for the kids.


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Crosstown Concourse is now officially open!


This week on WKNO’s Behind the Headlines, juvenile court judge Dan Michael discusses the Federal oversight of the local juvenile court system and criticisms of racial bias. Host Eric Barnes and reporter Bill Dries of the Memphis Daily News pose questions.

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No, we're not talking about a scandal. It's just the first day of September, known in these parts as "901 Day." And that means celebrating all things Memphis. 


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Labor Day is this weekend …

... that means most of us while be firing up the grill to enjoy the last official weekend of summer.

This week on WKNO's Behind the Headlines, host Eric Barnes explores some hot topics in the Memphis media: confederate monuments, a new theater at Graceland and more. The roundtable includes Micaela Watts with High Ground News, Bernal Smith with the New Tri-State Defender and Bill Dries with the Memphis Daily News

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What is the future of the Mid-South Fairgrounds? On WKNO's Behind the Headlines, host Eric Barnes and Memphis Daily News reporter Bill Dries talks with Marvin Stockwell of Friends of the Fairgrounds, Fred Jones, founder of the Southern Heritage Classic, and Paul Young, director of Memphis Housing and Community Development. 

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As the nation has debated the GOP proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, NPR member station reporters have been talking to people around the country about how the proposed changes in the health law would affect them.

Here are five of those stories:

Officials continued to urge tens of thousands of people living downstream from a precarious, slowly failing dam in northwestern Puerto Rico to evacuate Saturday. But the U.S. territory's severely compromised communications infrastructure meant it was not immediately clear how successful the warnings would be.

Charles Bradley, the "Screaming Eagle of Soul," whose late-blossoming career was built on fiery performances that evoked his idol, James Brown, died in Brooklyn on Saturday, Sept. 23, according to a statement by his publicist. In 2016, Bradley was diagnosed with stomach cancer, which spread to his liver. He was 68 yeas old.

Numerous scientific agencies on both sides of the Pacific detected an earthquake Saturday near the site where North Korea set off a hydrogen bomb earlier this month, at first prompting speculation of another weapons test, before a consensus appeared to emerge that the tremor was a natural occurrence.

Xinhau, China's official news agency, said the country's seismic service registered a 3.4 magnitude event that it originally viewed as "likely caused" by an "explosion." Later, the China Earthquake Administration revised its estimation, saying the quake was not a nuclear detonation.

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Tennesseans Seeking Lost Loved Ones Try Their Luck At Missing Persons Day

Hear the radio version of this story. A new project by the state is trying to reconnect families with loved ones who disappeared years ago.

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ARKANSAS NEWS

Advocates, Regulators Discuss Future Of Medical Marijuana In Arkansas

Hear the report by KUARs Daniel Breen. Potential operators of medical marijuana cultivation facilities and dispensaries came together at a half-day symposium in Little Rock Wednesday to discuss their expectations of what the new industry will be like. Among the attendees was TV host Montel Williams, who gave the keynote address at the event organized by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association. Williams has multiple sclerosis, and has long advocated for medicinal cannabis use. His visit had...

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