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The Week in Review

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The federal trial of state Sen. Katrina Robinson on charges related to her business, The Healthcare Institute, got underway with opening arguments and early testimony on how Robinson spent some $600,000 in federal grant money secured for the school.

Prosecutors say Robinson used the money for personal expenses that included a car, wedding preparations and a divorce. Attorneys for Robinson, who has pleaded not guilty, say no money was spent improperly.

Testimony continues this week in a trial that could last up to three weeks.

Also last week, a federal judge ruled at week’s end that the mask mandate for Shelby County students in K-12 schools is lawful. The ruling undoes Gov. Bill Lee’s executive order allowing parents to opt-out of the local mask mandate.

And finally, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital went into orbit last week as Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant and former patient at the hospital, joined the Inspiration4 crew in earth orbit. — Metro editor Ron Maxey

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Prosecutor tells jurors during state Sen. Katrina Robinson’s trial Tuesday that in addition to co-mingling of grant funding, there was also “misrepresentation” about students.

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At 7:02:56 Central Time Wednesday, a 29-year-old Memphian named Hayley Arceneaux rocketed Memphis and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital into space. 

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Landing an NFL team for Memphis proved to be the dream that got away in Billy Dunavant’s professional life. But when the scores are added up, he won much more than he lost. And so did those who were fortunate enough to know him well. 

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The mayor is among 23% of Memphians who got COVID despite being vaccinated. About 77% of the city’s coronavirus patients are unvaccinated; 94% who are hospitalized are unvaccinated, and 99% of fatalities are unvaccinated, said Dr. Richard Walker, interim head of emergency medicine at UTHSC.

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Federal Judge Sheryl Lipman ruled Friday morning ruled that the mask mandate in K-12 schools in Shelby County is lawful.

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Some of the roadways and parks that were researched include Overton Park, Lamar Avenue, Jackson Avenue, Audubon Park and Manassas Street. 

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The federal trial against state Sen. Katrina Robison resumed Friday with testimony from a federal agent who led a team executing a search warrant at a Robinson-owned business.

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The SpaceX capsule parachuted into the ocean Saturday, not far from where the flight began three days earlier. The all-amateur crew included a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital physician assistant.

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Their testimonies came during the second day of Robinson’s federal trial.

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SCS Superintendent Joris M. Ray and Deputy Superintendent Angela Whitelaw joined Behind the Headlines to discuss what the full return to school buildings looks like and what the district is doing to keep students safe. 

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