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The Week in Review

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The area’s daily coronavirus count is hovering near 110 new cases each day, and the ongoing effects are far-ranging. We’re seeing COVID-19 data diverge between the City of Memphis and the suburbs, a federal court will allow new voters to vote by mail and even the state’s investment recruiting efforts are being questioned. 
 
 
Calkins: Could pandemic last another year? A handbook for how to cope
 

Dr. Anthony Fauci said that it may be late 2021 before life begins to feel normal again. So how to we persevere? Here is the wisdom of three people: Kirk Whalum, a character called “TrashMan” and my 95-year-old mom. 

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Curry, Williams to face off for Germantown Board of Education seat
 

Brian Curry and Scott Williams are both seeking Position 3 on Germantown's Board of Education. It is the only contested race on the suburban school board.

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State's recruiting of Chinese investment questioned
 

Legislators could question Gov. Bill Lee’s administration this week over reports it is recruiting Chinese investment to Tennessee amid a trade war and questions about whether China misled the world over COVID-19.

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Coronavirus cases stable in city but rising in suburbs, rural areas
 

The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is on the rise in Shelby County suburbs and rural West Tennessee.

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Lawmakers take partisan view of Trump downplaying COVID threat
 

Shelby County’s Republican legislators defend President Donald Trump’s comments to author Bob Woodward while Democrats say he misled the nation.

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Shelby County sheriff calls governor’s police reform plan 'starting point'
 

Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner supports Gov. Bill Lee’s police reform plan amid nationwide chaos over alleged police brutality, saying it is a “starting point” to improve police work and relationships with communities.

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Memphis surgeon killed in plane crash near Jackson, Tenn.
 

Dr. Bryan Jackson was attempting to make an emergency landing at McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport when the accident happened.

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Federal court allows absentee voting by mail for new voters
 

Lawsuit challenged the Tennessee state law preventing first-time voters from using expanded eligibility for absentee voting during the pandemic.

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Late Curtis Person Jr. known for state Senate, Juvenile Court
 

Former Republican state Senator and Juvenile Court Judge Curtis Person Jr. died Friday at the age of 85. He began his political career as a Democratic state Representative and ended it 48 years later with a single term as one of only three elected Juvenile Court Judges in Shelby County over the past 55 years.

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Rhodes plans to open for spring semester
 

Campus leaders had hoped it would be possible to have freshmen on campus during fall term, but a letter from the college president lays out hopes for the spring.

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