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UTHSC professor gets boost in quest for insights to help newborns

UTHSC professor gets boost in quest for insights to help newborns
 
A $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases will allow Dr. Adebowale Adebiyi to further investigate newborn kidney function.  
 
Adebiyi is an assistant professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). With the grant he will focus on the functions of cell membrane proteins known as “ion channels” that are located in blood vessels and glomeruli (delicate units where blood is cleaned and filtered) within the kidneys.

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New leader for the AKAs

New leader for the AKAs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BlackNews.com) – The guidance of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA), over the next four years is now in the hands of Milwaukee, Wis. businesses executive Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson.
 
Wilson is the international service organization’s 2014-18 international president. She was sworn in during a ceremony culminating the sorority’s weeklong international convention held in Charlotte from July 12 - July 18. The installation took place at the Charlotte Convention.

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Much at stake for MPA’s Williams and Mayor Wharton

Much at stake for MPA’s Williams and Mayor Wharton
Mike Williams, president of the Memphis Police Association (MPA), has been a passionate champion in railing against the City Council’s mid-June vote embracing administration-proposed reductions in healthcare and retirement benefits for retirees and city employees.
 
On Wednesday morning at the Shelby County Schools building, hundreds of retired employees and their supporters converged at a meeting with certain anger and heightened concern for the future. Williams offered words of comfort and encouragement, assuring attendees that the fight was not over. Afterwards,  Williams was stopped and thanked for his efforts on their behalf.

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  • Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell
  • Category: Original

#901Choice2014 – in a word, innovative!

#901Choice2014 – in a word, innovative!
INNOVATIVE is the word to describe the social media-infused event sponsored by The New Tri-State Defender (TSD) and Social Change with a Twist (SCWT) at Visible Music College last Thursday (July 10th).
 
The downtown college’s swanky and modern infrastructure was all abuzz with political candidates of myriad ages, races and political backgrounds. An open-air atrium functioned as a social center for the event. Guests were able to eat, drink, listen to music and meet with various office holders and seekers.

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‘I was there, for that first issue’

‘I was there, for that first issue’
(This letter from Christopher Brooks, a former Memphian now living in Los Angeles, was written to The New Tri-State Defender President/Publisher Bernal E. Smith II. In it, Brooks, who helped birth The Tri-State Defender, bridges the gap between then and now.)
 
Dear Mr. Bernal E. Smith II,
 
Sir, first, you don’t know me, so please allow me a brief introduction. I was rambling through some of my old collections of documents, books, etc. I came across a November 10th, 2011 edition of the Tri-State with a front page, 2-column spread with a caption, “The ‘Defender’ at 60.” I remember that day (of the first edition) and have recalled it many times in that span between then and now.

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Adding health conversations to African-American family reunions

Adding health conversations to African-American family reunions
(PRNewswire-USNewswire) – The National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) offers the Family Reunion Health Guide to help African-American families talk at family reunions and other summer events about the connection between kidney disease and more common conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. 
 
Designed to be used by families, the Guide encourages relatives to talk about risk factors and health by providing conversation starters, talking points and key materials to help facilitate such discussions.  

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Is TVA moving from coal to gas?

Is TVA moving from coal to gas?
TVA is making decisions about the future of the Allen coal-burning power plant right now. This urgent issue requires immediate action in our community. Yes, they provide us electricity, but there is a cleaner safer way than burning coal.
 
The problem
 
TVA released a draft environmental assessment outlining plans to retire the Allen coal-burning power plant in Memphis and to replace it with a natural gas-fired plant. TVA recently hosted a public open house event (July 8th) at the Amtrak Train Station Boardroom to discuss their plans with the public. The Sierra Club, the NAACP Memphis Branch, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy were on hand to share their organizational views on the TVA’s proposed plan to convert the plant from coal to natural gas.  

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