News and Features

Washington, DC – The U-S Senate is locked in a grinding debate over global warming legislation. The bill has bipartisan support but both Tennessee Senators oppose it. As the bill unravels, they're calling for a different approach to cut harmful carbon emissions.

Drew, MS – The Lil' Red Schoolhouse in Drew, Mississippi, a dilapidated Rosenwald school built in 1920's, is well on the road to recovery. Having now received state funds, as well as a grant from Lowe's and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, local proprietor Rev. Jesse Gresham hopes that the conversion to a multi-purpose community center will soon be completed.

Memphis, TN – The Memphis City Council decided to slash the Memphis City Schools budget by $70 million. Andy Meek covers politics for the Memphis Daily News. He spoke with Candice Ludlow about what the cut means.

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Brinkley, AR – A fish from Asia has infested waters in eastern Arkansas. Fish biologists say this invasive species has been here for up to 6 years. Now, the Game and Fish Commission are working to eradicate the top-level predator before it gains access to the Mississippi River Basin.

On April 28th a farmer found a Northern Snakehead wiggling along a gravel road in Brinkley, Arkansas.

Memphis, TN – Eric Smith covers real estate for the Memphis Daily News. He spoke with Nicole Erwin about how foreign banks are affecting the Memphis housing market.

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Memphis, TN – Shelby County budget woes are nowhere near resolved. Andy Meek of the Memphis Daily News spoke with Candice Ludlow about the looming budget crisis.

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Memphis, TN – There's hope for those facing foreclosure. The state is encouraging borrowers to contact a housing counselor.

When finances are tight, sometimes all the mail looks like junk. Well, okay, not junk, but you may not want to open that letter from your lender if you are behind in your payments.

Memphis, TN – Will Shade lived on Fourth Street, not too far from Beale.

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Memphis, TN – Blues lovers often make the trek to Memphis to pay tribute to those who created the rich, old-time sound of the delta. Candice Ludlow spoke with a Chicago music teacher who made the pilgrimage to Memphis to pay his respects to his favorite bluesmen. Topping his list was a visit to the gravesite of Will Shade of the popular Memphis Jug Band.