My Grandmother Was Italian. Why Aren't My Genes Italian?

Maybe you got one of those find-your-ancestry kits over the holidays. You've sent off your awkwardly-collected saliva sample and now you're awaiting your results. If your experience is anything like that of me and my mom, you may find surprises — not the dramatic "switched at birth," but results that are really different than you expected. My mom, Carmen Grayson, taught history for 45 years, high school and college, retiring from Hampton University in the late '90s. But retired history...

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Celtic Crossing

When watching the big game – whether it be American football or an international soccer match, you definitely need a tasty snack!


Last month, Memphis visual art lovers were asked to imagine a new home for a local insitution.

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art's board of directors unanimously voted to consider moving out of its 100-year-old home in Overton Park. 

That possibility got even closer to reality last week as plans emerged to build a new museum on Front Street and Union Avenue on a piece of city-owned property newly designated for a cultural amenity. 

Brooks executive director Emily Ballew Neff speaks with WKNO's Christopher Blank on why the board sees the move as necessary.


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This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland discusses the ongoing battle over Confederate monuments, Downtown investments and changes to the city's sewer policies that could affect future growth in Shelby County's unincorporated areas. Host Eric Barnes and Bill Dries of the Memphis Daily News pose questions. 

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Four years ago, Commercial Appeal food writer Jennifer Biggs made an ambitious foray down Summer Ave. with the goal of eating at every local restaurant on the 10-mile strip. She recently revisited the more than 50 dining establishments to see if anything had changed. 


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This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, panelists discuss the impact of changes implemented by the City of Memphis to its sewer policies as it attempts to rein in costly expansions to unincorporated areas of Shelby County. Host Eric Barnes and Memphis Daily News reporter Bill Dries speak with Heidi Shafer, chairman of the Shelby County Commission, Kelly Rayne, senior vice president of public policy with the Greater Memphis Chamber, and Alan Crone, senior policy advisor with the City of Memphis.

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There is a new lunch spot in town located in one of the prettiest spots in the city. 


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Research shows that 80 to 90% of Americans do not eat enough seafood each week.


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On this week's episode of WKNO's Behind the Headlines, host Eric Barnes and reporter Bill Dries talk with Jerry Collins, exiting president and CEO of Memphis Light, Gas & Water. Collins discusses the company's past, present and future. 

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Memphis is among a host of cities trying to lure the new Amazon headquarters, called HQ2, with major incentives. City leaders recently promised $60 million in perks, including $10 million for upgrades to transportation infrastructure. But John Paul Shaffer of BLDG Memphis says that efforts to enhance the city's attractiveness to businesses are ongoing.


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The second annual Memphis Food & Wine Festival is just around the corner!


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Leaders in Washington continue negotiations to end a partial government shutdown, and they're getting their own messages out about how we got here. As NPR's Ron Elving writes, each party is accusing the other of being out of touch with Americans — and they're both probably right.

So we asked you what you want them to know.

One year after the Women's March drew thousands to the streets nationwide, demonstrators again made the journey to the Arkansas State Capitol to let their voices be heard. Though this year's March On, Arkansas! March to the Polls and ensuing Rally for Reproductive Justice had numerous callbacks to the previous march (including many signature pink hats), there was a marked shift in tone; with legislators, candidates and community organizers urging the public to channel their dissatisfaction into votes for progressive politics. 

Some courthouses in Tennessee will soon have a special laptop computer and printer in their lobbies, called “court kiosks.” They're designed to help those who can’t afford — or choose not to hire — a lawyer, and are representing themselves in civil cases.

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New ‘Court Kiosks’ Will Help Guide Tennesseans Without Lawyers Through The Legal System

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One year after the Women's March drew thousands to the streets nationwide, demonstrators again made the journey to the Arkansas State Capitol to let their voices be heard. Though this year's March On, Arkansas! March to the Polls and ensuing Rally for Reproductive Justice had numerous callbacks to the previous march (including many signature pink hats), there was a marked shift in tone; with legislators, candidates and community organizers urging the public to channel their dissatisfaction...

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