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The U.S. labor market is poised to quickly surpass the highest unemployment rate seen during the Great Recession, which peaked out at 10 percent in October 2009. Based on new initial unemployment claims data from the Department of Labor, 50 Economy’s real-time unemployment estimate is 14.7 percent through the week ending April 4.

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On April 2, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) ordered schools statewide to close through April 30. This made it the 50th and final state to issue a statewide school closure. Previously, Reynolds' office had recommended schools close from March 15 to April 13 but left the decision to close up to individual school districts.

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 04, 2020) Seaman Jacob Pittman, from Memphis, Tenn., poses for an environmental portrait during a sea and anchor evolution aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), April 04, 2020. Iwo Jima is on a scheduled underway conducting training in the …

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Scammers love to impersonate government officials. They routinely claim to be from the IRS, Medicare, and the Social Security Administration and others. Sometimes the names they use are names of real government agencies. But sometimes they’re just made up. Regardless of the name, the scammer…

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The City Council did the right thing when it decided to allow voters to determine if police and fire personnel can live outside Shelby County as long as the location is not more than 50 miles from Memphis.

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Most households locally and across the nation will receive “invitations,” as the Census Bureau puts it, between March 12 and March 20 to fill out the once-a-decade census questionnaire through the Internet or by telephone.

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MLGW has begun a Shelby County-wide reorganization of customer meter reading routes and billing cycles. The purpose of the project is to allow MLGW to more effectively serve customers as meter reading routes are consolidated and streamlined.

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BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is continuing its primary care enhancement efforts by forming a joint venture with Sanitas, a Keralty company, to open eight primary care medical centers, four of them in the Memphis area.

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In 1958 Memphis University School Instructor in English Bill Hatchett crossed the Atlantic with a group of students, in what would be the first of many MUS study excursions to Europe. Memphis architect Metcalf Crump, MUS Class of 1960, had the good fortune of joining that inaugural eight-wee…

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The 2020 Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown begins Feb. 27, the day after Ash Wednesday and continues through April 3, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

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Hello, Memphis! It’s a new year and a new decade, and the future looks brighter than ever for our beloved Bluff City. As I look back at the most unforgettable moments of 2019, I’m also thinking about what we can look forward to in 2020. Let’s dig in.

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“Let the Chips Fall Where They May” is an old saying that we sometimes use when we want to give up any power we may have over something. The philosophy is whatever is going to happen is going to happen. When we totally relinquish any control, we’ve lost any power we otherwise could have to m…

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CDR Luke R. Johnson will become the new commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 at a change of command ceremony Friday, December 6 at Naval Air Station Oceana. Johnson will relieve CDR Eric C. Thompson whose next assignment is to the Navy’s Nuclear Power School.

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MIFA will receive a $5 million grant from the Jeff Bezos Day 1 Families Fund, Sally Jones Heinz president & CEO has announced.

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Will the six new people who join the 13-member Memphis City Council on Jan. 1 be like all the other new council members in recent decades and fall under the false belief that it is commonplace for public bodies to reconsider items up to the point that the minutes of a meeting are approved?

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What a great time to be the printing business here in the Mid-South! Since Kroger no longer allows free publications to be placed in their stores, we have been redoing our distribution network.

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The nine-county Memphis area ranks sixth among the country’s large metro areas in loss of residents to movement elsewhere in the country, according to an analysis of census estimates by a financial news and opinion firm.

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When the executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center sought someone to lead a new initiative to further extend the work of the College of Medicine into the community, one name rose to the top -- Altha Stewart, M.D.

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Not sure how to make, wear or clean your own masks at home? CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta demonstrates the proper methods using materials at home so health care workers can have the N95 masks they need at work.

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Two separate research projects suggest that the novel coronavirus may have been circulating in New York City earlier than thought and the earliest cases likely originated with travelers coming from Europe and other parts of the United States, not Asia.

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Another 6.6 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the week ending April 4. Altogether, more than 16 million Americans have sought aid in the form of jobless benefits in just the prior three weeks alone.

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FRANKLIN, Tenn., and FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., April 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Metova, a world-leading provider of mobile, web, connected home and car, and IoT (Internet of Things) solutions, fueled by emerging technologies including machine learning, mixed reality and blockchain, today announced the company has been designated an Advanced Consulting Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN). As an Advanced APN Partner, Metova is able to leverage AWS resources, including advanced training, technical and marketing resources, as well as funding to support Metova customers. For Metova clients, the Advanced Consulting Partner designation offers a competitive edge through benefitting from AWS resources, practices and facilities enabling Metova to design, build and support secure, high-performing, resilient and efficient cloud infrastructure for IoT, connected vehicle, connected home, mobile applications and more.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- International Paper (NYSE: IP) will release first-quarter earnings on Thursday, April 30, 2020, before the opening of the New York Stock Exchange. The company will host a webcast to discuss earnings and current market conditions, beginning at 10 a.m. ET (9 a.m. CT). All interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast via the company's Internet site at http://www.internationalpaper.com by clicking on the Performance tab and going to the Presentations and Events/Webcasts page. A replay of the webcast will also be on the web site beginning approximately two hours after the call. Parties who wish to participate in the webcast via teleconference may dial +1 (706) 679-8242 or, within the U.S. only, (877) 316-2541, and ask to be connected to the International Paper first-quarter earnings call. The conference ID number is 3073251. Participants should call in no later than 9:45 a.m. ET (8:45 a.m. CT). An audio-only replay will be available for ninety days following the call. To access the replay, dial +1 (404) 537-3406 or, within the U.S. only, (855) 859-2056 or (800) 585-8367, and when prompted for the conference ID, enter 3073251.

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CNN's Drew Griffin reports on a claim that Dr. Deborah Birx made during the White House task-force press briefing that all health care workers in the US could have been tested for coronavirus if machines were running at capacity.

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GERMANTOWN, Tenn., April 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE: MAA) announced today that it expects to release its first quarter 2020 results on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 after market close and will host a conference call with senior management to discuss those results on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Central Time.

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JUNEAU, Alaska, April 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Sealaska's board of directors has approved a $1 million COVID-19 relief and recovery package to help Alaska Native communities respond to the health and economic impacts of the novel coronavirus. This pledge bolsters the efforts of tribes throughout Southeast Alaska and other nonprofits across the state and in the Seattle area that are working to meet emergency needs.

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Repeat offenders of Gov. Bill Lee’s executive order for Tennesseans to stay home unless conducting essential activities could face citations and arrest, according to area law enforcement officials. 

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CONWAY, Ark., April 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Metova, a world-leading provider of mobile, web, connected home and car, and IoT (Internet of Things) solutions, fueled by emerging technologies including machine learning, mixed reality and blockchain, today announced the launch of the fourth cohort of the 10X Growth Accelerator. A partnership between The Conductor, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and Metova, the 10x Growth Accelerator program consists of a practical, peer-driven entrepreneurship education curriculum, leadership coaching and support services, access to capital, and connection to an expanded support network.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Conexon, the nation's leader in assisting electric cooperatives to deploy broadband networks, has been selected by Mississippi-based Monroe County Electric Power Association (EPA) to deliver comprehensive broadband management services including network design and engineering, construction management, and customer support for the association's fiber-to-the-home network.

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From that $1,200 check to student loans, here's everything you need to know about the federal stimulus package. CNN Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans explains. Watch the latest videos on Covid-19

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With Easter Sunday days away, local churches are having to decide when and if they plan to hold a special service.

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Evan Nester is coming up on his third year as family ministries director at Central United Methodist Church in Lenoir City, and he’s already made a ministry impact.

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RUTLEDGE – Grainger County Commissioners will explore new meeting formats and stretch its technological bounds Monday when they attempt to meet by electronic means.