News and Features

Shelby Farms - Memphis, TN – Mike Dennison, Shelby County Ag Extension Director, shows a very dry cotton field at Shelby Farms. The cotton isn't very high, throwing off squares and dropping bowls, meaning this year's crop yield will be decreased by half.

Luigi Romolo is the Regional Climatologist with the Southern Regional Climate Center explains the drought conditions and drought scale.

Memphis, TN – St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital has joined the fight to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS. Andrea Williams is a Community Development Coordinator for the Connect to Protect Program in the Infectious Disease Department, and she talks about the program in detail.

Memphis, TN – Today, we're going to look at how the medical and faith-based communities have come together with a multi-pronged approach to halt or at least minimize the rates of infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and others working to combat this problem, it's imperative to meet the target population where they are -- in the community, at clinics, churches and schools.

Memphis, TN – We continue our series on HIV and we go to the streets with Project Hope to educate on the dangers and risk factors associated with HIV and prevention, as well as encourage testing.

Memphis, TN – African-American women are now at greatest risk of contracting HIV. As we heard last week from the folks on the frontlines, many are pointing to the jails where a disproportionate number of African American men cycle through.

Most African-American women who've contracted HIV have gotten it from having unprotected sex with an infected male.

Very few prisons have mandatory HIV testing upon arrival or release, making it difficult to get a handle on the problem.

Memphis, TN – To live in Memphis, you have to have a car. At least that's what most Memphis drivers say. But what if you don't have one? Chances are you ride the bus, walk, or take your bike to get everywhere you need to go. Next week, the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization holds a series of public workshops, intended to let citizens have a hand in the future of citywide transportation.

Memphis, TN – HIV/AIDS is the number one killer of African-American women of childbearing age. Recently, Memphis was named as a Title One City by the Centers for Disease Control to help combat the escalation of HIV and AIDS.

Memphis, TN – Author Sally Thomason doesn't only want to grow old gracefully; she wants to grow old with authenticity and a beginner's mind. And as it turns out, she's not the only one. Women around the Mid-South including Lenny Neely, amateur photographer, and Diane Stokes Turner, manager of a Memphis beauty shop-- take a fresh look at coming of age.