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The Week in Review

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The Memphis area seems to be dealing with the continued fall-out from COVID-19, as schools adjust and reconfigure their opening plans and testing delays hamper businesses and the health care system. The county’s positivity rate for the virus continues to rise, while activists look to shift funding from the police to education. 
 
 
Virtual learning only for Shelby County schools until further notice
 

District officials are also looking for community partners to help parents unable to be home with their school children. 

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Shelby County overall coronavirus positivity rate hits 10%
 

On Sunday, July 26, the overall positivity rate of coronavirus tests in Shelby County reached 10%.

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Collierville Schools’ new reopening draws mixed reactions
 

Some parents protested the district’s new in-person option for five days per week. Others feel the district made a difficult call, but the right call.

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Testing delays cause strain in every facet of health care
 

Dr. Jeff Warren says Shelby County now has "too many people who are sick to be able to randomly test people who aren’t." 

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Subscribers only DeCarcerate Memphis calls for transparency in federal law enforcement initiative
 

DeCarcerate Memphis, a task force made up of criminal justice advocates and others, formed to demand transparency and accountability of the federal Operation Relentless Pursuit initiative launched in January in the city. The initiative includes a federal task force to fight violent crime. 

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Tennessee resists White House COVID-19 recommendations
 

Despite calls from a White House task force leader for Tennessee to take stronger steps to curb the coronavirus spread, Gov. Bill Lee reiterated he doesn't plan to close down the state economy again and resisted the call for a statewide mask mandate. 

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Attorney, families seek answers after deaths of three detainees
 

An attorney is looking into the deaths of three Shelby County Jail inmates who died within days of one another. 

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Have a little faith; or in these times, maybe a little more
 

As pandemic, racial injustice and political divisiveness ramp up stress, religious faith may offer comfort

United in the fight against COVID-19, but divided by social and political issues, faith may offer America its best opportunity for community and shared healing. 

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Podcast Billingsley says Ford-Ray dueling letters 'pretty antagonistic'
 

On The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast, the County Commission chairman says the differences between the two don't appear to extend to the rest of the commission. Mark Billingsley also said he hopes to move to lift the county hiring budget freeze once there is a reconciliation of the budget approved by the commission last month after rejecting Mayor Lee Harris's original proposal.

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Move to revive local health board after more than a century draws concerns
 

Shelby County Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter's county health board proposal is drawing some resistance from suburban leaders who want to know more about its powers. The last county health board was abolished in 1909 and was no stranger to controversy.

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Protest to cut police funding escalates outside 201 Poplar
 

A protest about police funding moved from Overton Park to the steps of the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center on Saturday. When protesters attempted to move inside 201 Poplar, they were turned away by sheriff's deputies.

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