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Local workers speak out at UTHSC rally

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May 1st is recognized as International Workers’ Day. Concerned workers gathered to let their voices be heard about reversing the lay-offs at University of Tennessee Health Science Center on Saturday afternoon. May 1: Local 24 News at 10


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AR Governor signs law allowing for refusal of specific health services to LGBTQ-plus community

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Mid-South state lawmakers seem preoccupied with the legislation related to gender this year. In Arkansas, the state senate seems ready to ban gender-confirming hormonal or other treatments. Also, all three Mid-South states signed laws prohibiting transgender people from playing on sports teams on Friday and in Arkansas it was health care.


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Black doctor speaks out about decreasing number of African American physicians and the need for more

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Did you know only 5% of the doctors in the United States are African American men? Local 24 News Weeknight Anchor Katina Rankin spoke to one Black doctor who says the narrative must change. He offers some solutions. Plus, two colleges have joined forces to offer free scholarships to African American students that want to… Read More


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Shelby County Health Department confirms UK variant COVID-19 cluster within University of Memphis athletics program

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Wednesday, David Sweat with the Shelby County Health Department said there was cluster of more than 20 cases last month within the University of Memphis’ athletics program of the highly contagious, COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom. Wednesday, Local 24 News also learned area labs detected five times as many COVID-19 variant cases… Read More


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“I think the public is going to be pleased” | City of Memphis begins first full week in control of vaccine operations

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“Very confident, very confident that things will be smoother,” Mary Taylor said. Monday, Taylor spent part of her 86th birthday getting her second and final COVID-19 vaccine dose at the Pipkin Building under new management – the City of Memphis. “The bad news that has been associated with the county, and with the problems and… Read More


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Two-thirds of Tennessee residents over 70 still need COVID-19 vaccinations

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According to the state of Tennessee, only 1 in 3 people over 70 have been vaccinated. “We need to make sure if you don’t have a computer and you don’t have a car, you can access the vaccine if you would like to get it. And that’s been a challenge,” said Dr. Scott Strome with… Read More


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With concerns over effectiveness of vaccines on COVID-19 variants, it’s unclear how Shelby County will be affected

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“Once we find it in the community, there are already cases we don’t know about,” Dr. Steve Threlkeld with Baptist Memorial Hospital said. That’s the reality for Shelby County doctors, as they closely monitor the potential impact of the United Kingdom – or U.K. – strain of the coronavirus. Scientists at the University of Tennessee… Read More


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Mid-south doctors fear COVID-19 cases could spike as UTHSC says contagious variant is now in Shelby County

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“From my perspective, it’s 100% for sure,” Dr. Scott Strome with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center said.That’s how confident those with the UT Health Science Center are that the highly contagious, UK COVID-19 variant strain is now in the Memphis area. Scientists discovered the sample Monday at UTHSC’s regional biocontainment lab, one of… Read More