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The Week in Review

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The coronavirus pandemic, never far from the top of the news in 2020, is back with a vengeance as new surges arise locally and nationally moving into the winter months. Local leaders are plotting a course to help people understand the problem in the absence of a statewide mask mandate, which is something Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris is pushing.

Another major cause of local concern — gun violence involving children — was on display last week, as well. Community leaders, alarmed about the record number of homicides involving children, expressed their frustration in a press conference, while a weekend Unity Walk against gun violence brought out 500 people to air their concerns. Also, local law enforcement got permission to use body cameras when participating in federal task forces. — Metro editor Ron Maxey
 
 
Unity Walk Against Gun Violence draws hundreds
 

The Unity Walk Against Gun Violence held Saturday marks a year when the city set a new high for homicides by September. As of Nov. 13, there have been 271 homicides, 43 more than the previous high of 228 in 2016.

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Community leaders seek solutions as child homicides increase
 

Homicides involving children are on the rise, and community leaders are looking for answers.

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$51M field hospital ready, but 'there are not enough nurses'
 

If the field hospital has to open, the region will be in a mess, Dr. Richard Walker says, and health care workers will be scarce. 

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Harris pushes statewide mask rule, works on ways around refusal by state
 

The effort short of a statewide mask mandate includes a coalition of local leaders across West Tennessee. Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris said he is also working on a long-term plan for the county to continue to deal with the pandemic through 2021 and after federal CARES Act funding runs out at the end of December.

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100-year lease proposed for Metal Museum in Overton Park's Rust Hall
 

The Metal Museum has raised $12 million toward a $35 million goal to both renovate Rust Hall and create an endowment, states a resolution before the City Council.

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How we fare with peer cities on COVID-19
 

As the numbers tick up, Memphis and four other municipalities see similar trajectories.

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Legislation could strip health department autonomy amid COVID surge
 

Health department director Alisa Haushalter and Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris react to the wave of confirmed COVID-19 cases, and a bill that could usurp local authority.

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Coronavirus: West Tenn. leaders urge caution, collaboration
 

Without a statewide mask mandate, leaders across West Tennessee are working to help people understand there is not a rural and urban virus.

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Local police allowed to wear body cameras on federal task forces
 

The federal Department of Justice will allow local police serving on federal task forces to wear body cameras. In Memphis and other parts of the country, federal officials have been criticized for banning the use of cameras on joint local-federal operations. 

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