Good morning, Memphis, where we are all still learning more about what happened in the elementary school shooting in Texas, where an armed man killed 19 children and two adults.
But first, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have been on the rise in the Midwest in recent weeks, and Memphis doctors say people should not panic but pay attention, our Corinne Kennedy reports in her story for subscribers.
“It is really important for people to be aware of what is happening and that we are seeing an increase in cases so that they can take extra precautions, especially if they are at high risk, if they have underlying medical conditions that put them in risk of serious illness, or if they live with their loved ones who are at risk of serious illness, ”said Dr. Shirin Mazumder, an infectious disease expert at the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system.
Read Corinne’s story to learn the latest COVID-19 trends in Memphis and what our leading healthcare providers are saying about it.
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19 children, two adults killed in school shooting in Texas
In Texas, an armed man killed 19 children at an elementary school in Texas in the deadliest shooting at an American elementary school since the 2012 attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Wearing body armor and firing hundreds of shots, the 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two adults, said Lieutenant Chris Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Governor Greg Abbott said one of the two was a teacher. A U.S. Border Patrol agent, one of several who responded to the scene, shot and killed the gunman, a senior Department of Homeland Security official told U.S. TODAY Tuesday night.
Officials have not revealed a motive for the shooting, but have said the shooter was a resident of the community. Abbott identified the gunman as Salvador Ramos.
Read more about what we know about the school shooting as well as how people and officials react.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will “seriously consider” the possibility of a third term
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland dismissed the idea of a third term as a distant possibility, which he did not spend much time thinking about two weeks ago, but now he said “over the next few days my family and I will seriously consider the possibility”. our Samuel Hardiman reports.
The political options available to Strickland changed when Memphis City Council voted to hold a referendum on the ballot that will ask voters whether to extend the deadlines for Memphis’ mayor and city council from the current two to three potential terms.
If the referendum was passed in August, it would be a signal that voters were open to a third Strickland term and another 2023 re-election campaign.
Memphis Starbucks union voting delay brings disappointment, shock
The vote in the Memphis Starbucks union was delayed by the National Labor Relations Board for two weeks – despite workers eagerly awaiting the vote on Tuesday, our Omer Yusuf reports.
The NLRB sent the following statement to The Commercial Appeal:
“New The regional office in New Orleans had received only several ballot papers, which is unusual for a voting unit of this size, and often signals that there has been a delay in mail delivery,” the statement said. “The region contacted the employer and the union before the scheduled count, and both parties agreed to postpone the count until June 7, to allow more time for the ballots to be returned.”
Memphis loan program could increase economic development and sustainability
A City Memphis C-PACER loan program – which translates to the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resilience Program – could be the boost Memphis projects need to get started by giving them another potential funding flow, our Samuel Hardiman reports.
“This creates yet another opportunity for a large project to add to its capital table in an innovative way. But in a way that encourages them or requires them to make building improvements that are necessary to cut down on their energy consumption and energy costs, or include clean energy and renewable energy components in their project, ”said John Zeanah, City and County Chief of Planning and Development.
Man accused of killing Midtown chef accused of second-degree murder
After hearing testimony, a judge ordered Johnathan Bush, the man accused of stabbing and killing chef Jody Moyt of Lafayette’s Music Room, detained a $ 1 million bail on a second-degree murder charge. our Lucas Finton reports.
A grand jury will hear Brush’s case, but no date for the hearing was announced Tuesday.
Lucas gives us details of what was testified in court Tuesday from Memphis police investigators, the on-site officers and what was shown from surveillance footage.
How Penny Hardaway’s recruitment approach is changing for Memphis basketball
Memphis basketball coach Penny Hardaway is adjusting his recruiting approach as he enters year 5 with a loss of eight players so far, either to the transfer portal or the NBA Draft, our Jason Munz reports.
“I think the biggest problem I’ve had in the past was that I had too many guys,” he told The Commercial Appeal. “When you have 13 starters – or everyone thought they were starters – it gives problems. And that’s not really fair to everyone. “
Hardaway said he was not sweating when the players started getting bail for the portal and he has new plans for the upcoming season.