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Tennessee voters prefer health care exchange run by the state

NASHVILLE – A new poll from Vanderbilt University shows that Tennessee voters prefer that the state run the online health care exchange required by the federal Affordable Health Care Act, with Republicans more adamant about the issue than voters as a whole.

That sentiment reflected by the Vanderbilt Poll conflicts with the actions of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam. On Monday, Haslam informed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that Tennessee is declining to create and run the exchange, an online marketplace where state residents can shop for health coverage.

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BRIEFS & THINGS: Community meeting set for Humes Middle School

Memphis City Schools will host a public hearing at Humes Middle School on Monday ( Dec. 17) from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The hearing is to discuss the proposal to close Humes Middle School and "repurpose it for innovative academic programming." The community is encouraged to attend to provide feedback and comments to members of the Shelby County Board of Education.

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Gala spotlights emerging difference-makers

Gala spotlights emerging difference-makers

Winners humbled that they had been chosen and nominees honored to be considered for recognition they never would have sought gave testament last Saturday that Memphis is producing young, minority professionals making positive changes in the community.

Over 100 Memphians adorned in their best evening attire gathered downtown at Bridges for the 3rd Annual Agents of Change Awards presented by the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP).

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Mississippi hate-crime plea yields gruesome details

Mississippi hate-crime plea yields gruesome details

A fourth man has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime in the death of an African-American man who was beaten by a gang of young whites, then run over by a pickup truck driven by one of them in Mississippi in 2011.

In a separate but related case, another Mississippi man admitted he was part of a group of whites who carried out other racial attacks against African Americans around the same time.

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‘The Teacher Who Changed My Life’ essay contest

The New Tri-State Defender is partnering with New America Media (NAM) and other media partners in Memphis to organize an essay contest on teachers.

We invite you to write a short essay (500 words maximum) describing the teacher who changed your life or the life of your child. Who is this remarkable person? Did this person mentor you, open your mind to a subject that became your passion, help you in a personal crisis?

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Lexie’s gifts of life

Lexie’s gifts of life

After being diagnosed with epilepsy at age eight, Lexie Marissa Davis suffered seizures for more than half her life. Still, she remained happy, humble and thoughtful, always trying to find the good in people.

A student at East High School, Lexie excelled in art, sang in her church choir and enjoyed belly dancing. In August 2011, just weeks after turning 17, she suffered a seizure, fell in the tub and drowned.

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TSDmemphis Holiday Parade to honor state champs

TSDmemphis Holiday Parade to honor state champs

The TSDmemphis.com Holiday Parade – sponsored by The New Tri-State Defender – will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday (Dec. 8), with a slight adjustment in the parade route, and the addition of special recognition for the state champion Tigers of Whitehaven High School.

The parade, which signals the return of a tradition to Downtown Memphis, will begin at the intersection of Fourth St. and Beale Street, head west on Beale to Second St., proceed south on Second St. to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., then east on MLK to Third St., head north on Third St. to Beale Street Alley, and then east back to Fourth St., where it will culminate.

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