Shelby Farms parkway raises questions

This week on Behind the Headlines (Sept. 27): A proposed road through Shelby Farms Park is raising a lot of questions from area residents and politicians. Our roundtable takes a look at both sides of the issue. Guests include: Laura Adams, executive director, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy; Dennis Lynch, transportation chair, Chickasaw Group of the Sierra Club; and Ritchie Smith, principal, Ritchie Smith Associates. [Related article: Shelby Farms Road Reflects New Realities]

City leaders discuss remedies to Memphis pension fund problems

This week on Behind the Headlines (Sept. 20): City leaders, including municipal union officials, have begun talking about remedies to the city’s unfunded pension liabilities as the dollar figures come into focus. Guests include city Chief Administrative Officer George Little, Memphis City Council member Kemp Conrad and Memphis Firefighters Association president Thomas Malone. [Related article: City Leaders Outline Pension Crisis Talks]

Journalists roundtable on schools, football, and more

This week on Behind the Headlines (Sept. 13): a panel discussion with local journalists about some of the current top Mid-South news stories: the new Achievement School District, Shelby County Schools’ Innovation Zone initiative, the importance of Tiger Football to Memphis, and more. Guests include Kontji Anthony of Action News 5, and Bill Dries and Don Wade of The Daily News.

Part 2: Legal, corrections officials discuss minimum-sentencing reforms

This week on Behind the Headlines (Sept. 6): Part Two of the discussion that began on the Aug. 30, 2013, show about the reform of mandatory minimum sentencing. Guests include Stephen Bush, Shelby County public defender, and James Coleman, director of the Shelby County Division of Corrections.

Click here to view Part One of the discussion, featuring Shelby County Attorney General Amy Weirich and U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III.

Part 1: Prosecutors outline reforms to mandatory minimum sentencing

This week on Behind the Headlines (Aug. 30): United States Attorney General Eric Holder has called for reform when it comes to mandatory minimum sentences. Holder has indicated that he believes that this is a civil rights issue that should affect not just federal sentencing.

Shelby County Attorney General Amy Weirich and U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III join us to explore this controversial discussion in part one of this two-part program. [Related article: Prosecutors: Federal Shift Underway in County]

Click here to view Part Two of the discussion, featuring Stephen Bush, Shelby County public defender, and James Coleman, director of the Shelby County Division of Corrections.

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