Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies At 92

Updated at 10:23 p.m. ET Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92, according to a family spokesman. A statement issued on Sunday by the office of former President George H.W. Bush said that Bush had elected to receive "comfort care" over additional medical treatment after a series of hospitalizations. "It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for...

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As the debate over immigration reform continues, foreign-born workers and the companies that employ them face increasing challenges. Of the 70,000 immigrants living in the Memphis metro area, many are here because of unique skills, ranging from specialized medical knowledge to hard-to-find athletic or artistic abilities.

Ballet Memphis is a rare arts nonprofit that has foreign workers regularly on staff – four of them currently. Bringing them here isn’t easy, and keeping them means expensive fees and reams of paperwork.


Jennifer Chandler

Nothing says comfort food like chicken pot pie.


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A new report, co-presented by the National Civil Rights Museum and the University of Memphis' Benjamin L.  Hooks Institute for Social Change, has ignited new conversations in Shelby County around race and poverty. Fifty years ago, just before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., President Johnson's infamous commission to investigate the causes of race riots released the Kerner Report, which emphasized that racism was largely responsible for unrest in America's poorest neighborhoods.

Vintage 901

If you love wine, food, and good company, you need to put Vintage 901 on your calendar!


The American Creed at 100

Feb 26, 2018

A hundred years ago this month, as America was entering World War I, a writing contest was held to define America's political faith. The winning entry by William Tyler Page became known as the American Creed

We are still taking about those essential American values. 


This week on a special edition of WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, our panelists take up a subject that is the focus of a PBS documentary, American Creed. What does it mean to be an American? Host Eric Barnes is joined by Madeline Faber, managing editor of High Ground News, Reverend Earle Fisher, pastor for Abyssinian Baptist Church and local artist Yancy Villa-Calvo. 

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One of my favorite sandwiches in the winter – or really anytime of the year – is a Croque Monsieur.


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Before the 1960s, if musicians wanted to make a political statement, they might do it with a song. Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" or Frank Sinatra's "The House I Live In" could be issued as commentary, yet still fly under the radar of politics. Today, many artists are expected to take more public and nuanced stands on issues, sometimes to their detriment. Zandria Robinson, sociology professor at Rhodes College, says that today's outspokenness is part of a changing industry, but not unprecedented. 


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This week on WKNO's Behind the Headlines, our journalists' roundtable discussion digs into some current issues, including the controversy with Paint Memphis murals and questions about charter schools. Host Eric Barnes talks with Ryan Poe of the Commercial Appeal, Laura Faith Kebede of Chalkbeat Tennessee, Toby Sells of the Memphis Flyer and Bill Dries of the Memphis Daily News

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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and if you are looking for a sweet treat for your Valentine, look no further.


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Friday is April 20, a day that some people celebrate by smoking marijuana. The Police Department in Lawrence, Kan., is preparing for this week's pot holiday by sending safety tips via their official Twitter account, run by officer Drew Fennelly.

Those tweets have gotten thousands of likes, and they aren't the only ones; the account has more than 100,000 followers. Fennelly says that using humor serves a purpose: The funnier the tweet, the more likely the department's updates reach a wider audience.

Slide Fire Solutions, the company that invented and manufactures bump stocks, announced Tuesday it is shutting down production.

A notice on its website reads, "On Sunday, May 20, 2018 at midnight CST, Slide Fire will cease taking orders for its products and shut down its website."

Bump stocks are modification devices used to accelerate a gun's shooting rate so it fires like an automatic weapon — almost as fast as machine guns, which are largely outlawed.

It's not often a town of roughly 1,000 makes national news. But then, it's not often a town faces a plight so ripe for media attention as Parrish, Ala.

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe Of Arkansas Being Inducted Into Rock Hall Of Fame

Hear the report by KUARs Michael Hibblen. Sister Rosetta Tharpe, an Arkansas-native who influenced musicians later credited with creating rock and roll, is one of six acts being inducted this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Born in the Woodruff County town of Cotton Plant in 1915, Tharpe is being posthumously inducted during a ceremony Saturday night in Cleveland. Tharpe rose to fame in the 1930s, breaking boundaries by being an African-American woman who sang while playing an...

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