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Breast cancer: ‘Early detection is a woman’s best protection’

Breast cancer: ‘Early detection is a woman’s best protection’

As the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) recognizes October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, health officials encourage women to receive an annual exam, which can detect breast cancer at an early stage.

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in women in the United States, but the chances of survival are greatest when detected from self exams (monthly) and clinical breast exams (at least every three years) beginning at age 20. Additionally, an annual mammogram screening, a simple x-ray, is recommended for women over the age of 40 as part of a preventative health examination.

"Early detection is a woman's best protection," said Brenda Kyles, SCHD regional program coordinator.

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The New Tri-State Defender gets new ownership

The New Tri-State Defender gets new ownership

For the first time in its storied 62-year history, the Tri-State Defender will be both locally owned and operated.

Following an extended period of discussion and negotiations, Real Times Media, Inc. (RTM) has agreed to sell the assets of Tri-State Defender, Inc. (TSD) to BEST Media Properties, Inc., a Tennessee Corporation established by current TSD President and Publisher, Bernal E. Smith II.

Smith structured the new company – including the establishment of a local investment group that will comprise its board of directors – to accelerate the historic publication's move forward into the digital and multi-media age.

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TSD debuts 2013 Men of Excellence honorees

TSD debuts 2013 Men of Excellence honorees

Strategic procurement director, restaurant owner/operator, business strategist, life coach, consulting firm co-founder, an assistant director of facilities, a foundation founder and executive director ...

And so the list begins. Fifty talented, committed and visionary African-American males designated to be honored at the fifth annual Men of Excellence Awards Reception and Presentation hosted by The New Tri-State Defender.

... Hotel food and beverage director, little league founder and president, a county government administrator, an entertainment promoter, a systems engineer, an attorney, city councilman, civic group co-president ...

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Memphis NAACP is fighting mad about Voter ID ruling

Memphis NAACP is fighting mad about Voter ID ruling

The Tennessee Supreme Court has spoken on the state's Voter ID Act and the Memphis Branch NAACP is – in a word – appalled.

Memphis Branch NAACP Executive Director Madeleine C. Taylor on Wednesday let it be known that she and the entire organization is determined "to get the word out about the unfair and deliberately unequal acceptances of hunting licenses and gun permits without the acceptance of government issued library cards. The library cards played a key role in the case that Supreme Court ruled on last week.

Ruling on constitutional challenges to the state's Voter Identification Act by the City of Memphis and two Shelby County voters, the Tennessee Supreme Court unanimously declined to overturn the Act.

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Two Le Bonheur workers among 3 killed in helicopter crash

Two Le Bonheur workers among 3 killed in helicopter crash

A medical helicopter crashed on its way to pick up an ailing child in southwestern Tennessee Tuesday morning, killing the pilot and two Le Bonheur Children's Hospital workers, officials at the hospital said.

The helicopter carrying Pedi-Flite nurse Carrie Barlow and Pedi-Flite respiratory therapist Denise Adams and the pilot, Chris Smith, crashed around 6:20 a.m. near Somerville, about halfway between Memphis and the crew's destination of Bolivar, officials at the hospital told reporters Tuesday morning.

Pedi-Flite is the pediatric and neonatal critical care transport team of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

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Reconfigured I-40/I-240 Interchange on the way

Reconfigured I-40/I-240 Interchange on the way

Phase II of substantial improvements are about to begin on the I-40/I-240 interchange in east Memphis that will address the expected traffic increase in this area for decades to come.

The average daily traffic (ADT) on I-40 has grown from 49,000 vehicles in 1985 to about 200,000 vehicles a day in 2013. By 2035 projections show the interchange could be handling well over 350,000 vehicles.

The interchange is formed by I-40 on the north and east legs, I-240 on the south, and Sam Cooper Boulevard on the west. The existing interchange is unique in its current configuration as I-40 is reduced to one lane in each direction. Adding to this problem are the low speed exit ramp movements, which are not conducive for good interstate flow. Phase II improvements to the I-40/I-240 interchange will improve the flow of traffic.

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Mayor Wharton addresses backlog of sexual assault test kits

Mayor Wharton addresses backlog of sexual assault test kits

Mayor A C Wharton Jr. issued an executive order Monday (Oct. 21) requiring the Memphis Police Department to develop a plan to deal with the backlog of sexual assault test kits, collaboration with various public and community stakeholders to assure appropriate notification and interaction with victims, and establishing clear policies and procedures for prompt processing of new kits.

Wharton commended Police Director Toney Armstrong, District Attorney General Amy Weirich, Memphis City Council and others involved for their efforts to address the backlog issue. He laid out a plan for dealing with the kits in the future.

Within 90 days of issuance of the order, the Memphis Police Department is expected to begin providing monthly reports to the mayor and the Council's Public Safety Committee. The report is to address the status of the remedial plan and any new developments involving the processing of sexual assault test kits. The executive order calls for the development of "key performance indicators" to measure effectiveness and consistency.

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