Laura Testino, Commercial Appeal

Laura Testino

Commercial Appeal

Memphis, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Laura:

Memphis protesters take to Downtown streets for fourth night of demonstrations

There have not been any Memphis riots as protesters have taken to the streets for the fourth straight day. → Read More

'Unanswered questions' prompt switch of COGIC's Holy Convocation to an online event

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. noted this will mark only the second time an in-person convocation hasn't been held in the church's history. → Read More

Watch live: Memphis protesters take to Downtown streets for third night of demonstrations

There have not been any Memphis riots as protesters have taken to the streets for the third straight day. → Read More

YMCA expands free child care for essential workers to Memphis community centers

The YMCA will also continue serving student meals throughout the summer months. → Read More

Protesters gather against police brutality for a second night in Memphis

Well-known Memphis activists Devonte Hill and Frank Gotti organized Thursday's protest. → Read More

Rhodes prepares to resume on campus courses this fall with amended school calendar

The school is also finalizing a partnership "with a large regional health care system" to provide additional guidance, according to the announcement. → Read More

Tennessee plans to disburse $180M to food-insecure families through Pandemic EBT

Tennessee was approved for the Pandemic EBT program, which will reimburse eligible families for meals missed due to COVID-19 school closures. → Read More

CBU announces new academic calendar, plans for 'hybrid' instruction this fall

The academic year will now begin one week earlier than initially planned and end before Thanksgiving. → Read More

SCS, YMCA to announce new summer meal plan for students 'soon'

For now, the YMCA is continuing the school lunch programming it took over for Shelby County Schools when schools closed in March. → Read More

Man dead after shots fired into Soulsville business on Sunday, police say

The man who was shot inside the business was rushed from the scene but later died, Memphis police said. → Read More

Tennessee expands free child care for more essential workers, extends through the summer

Previously scheduled to end in mid-June, the program will now provide free child care to broader group of essential workers through mid-August. → Read More

Have Memorial Day plans? Shelby County health officials have advice to protect your friends and family

"While we may want to keep commitments ... that we’ve made, if you’re sick, stay home,” said Alisa Haushalter, director of the health department. → Read More

With new registry, St. Jude tracks COVID-19 in childhood cancer patients around the world

Born from an internationally attended conference at St. Jude in early March, the registry is also a resource for managing disruptions to care. → Read More

Will Memphis-area schools open in the fall? Here's why that's a 'tough question'

New plans will consider the school calendar, how to get to school and how much school work will be done outside the classroom. → Read More

'Start where you are': U of M awards 2,500 degrees in virtual ceremony

Three seniors reflect on leading campus through a pandemic, graduating into the frontlines and what they've missed most due to COVID-19. → Read More

For families in Davidson and Shelby counties, voucher ruling brings joy and pain

While some families cheered a recent ruling calling the state's education savings account program unconstitutional, others see it as a loss for their child's education. → Read More

U of M plans to approve no tuition increase for upcoming school year

An approval of the proposal would mark the fourth time in seven years that the college has had no increase to tuition, according to a media release. → Read More

SCS distributes first laptops during COVID-19, readies online plan for entire district

Wednesday, the district distributed laptops and hot spots to 139 high school students in Project Graduation, a program that offers credit recovery. → Read More

Memphis doubles available hotel rooms for homeless, prepares to disburse $2M in federal funding

So far, 11 families have been placed in permanent housing. City of Memphis secured roughly 125 hotel rooms spread across two hotels. → Read More

Shelby County 'very close' to reopening; businesses encouraged to prepare

"We have to stay the course at this point. Really social distancing has made a big difference," said Alisa Haushalter, director of the health department. → Read More