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  Affordable Care Act deemed unconstitutional

President Donald Trump praised the decision, made by Texas District Court judge Reed O’Connor, to declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional Saturday.

  Hints of Democratic agenda as Google CEO testifies

Council chair hopes members will end protest, fill vacancy

City council members uncertain if stalemate will continue at Tuesday’s meeting

State representative pushes for stricter bus regulations after deadly crash

Council stalemate puts Cordova de-annexation vote on hold

Protest continues for fourth day as city council members fail to meet

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Spending bill passed to delay showdown over government shutdown

Memphis City Council unable to convene for third day after just 4 members attend Thursday’s meeting

Governor-elect Bill Lee shares his vision for Memphis

Candidate for Memphis City Council withdraws from race to fill District 1 seat

Germantown mayoral candidate contests election results

Democratic staffer resigns, accused of writing checks to himself from donor-funded account

Dictionary mocks President Trump’s latest Twitter misspelling

In an angry tweet, President Donald Trump said former attorney Michael Cohen was getting off “Scott Free.”

'An inspiration’: Mid-South politicians remember George H.W. Bush

Across the nation and around the world, condolences continue to pour in for the nation's 41st president, George H.W. Bush.

MS man dies before voting, wife returns to vote

Election officials say a Mississippi man collapsed and died on the way to vote with his wife who went back later to cast her ballot.

Cindy Hyde-Smith wins Mississippi U.S. Senate runoff election

The results are in for the Mississippi U.S. Senate seat. Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith has won the Mississippi U.S. Senate runoff election.

  MS Senate race comes to head Tuesday as voters hit polls

President Trump, Cindy Hyde-Smith take the stage at Biloxi campaign rally

President Trump tells Mississippi crowd Cindy Hyde-Smith is ‘America First’ candidate

Mississippi election officials ready for runoff election Tuesday

Mike Espy winds down campaign before Tuesday’s Senate runoff

Hyde-Smith, Espy make final push for Senate seat

Trump tweets support of Mississippi senator ahead of runoff

President Donald Trump has tweeted support for U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a day before he plans to campaign with the fellow Republican in Mississippi ahead of her runoff against a Democrat.

Long lines of voters wait to cast absentee ballots ahead of U.S. Senate runoff

People voting absentee cast their ballots Saturday morning at their circuit clerk’s offices. There was a long line at the office in Jackson.

Mississippi will seek revive law on 15-week abortion ban

Democrat Jim Hood said Friday that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has not ruled in any case dealing with laws banning abortion between 15 and 20 weeks' gestation. He says it's his duty to appeal to the 5th Circuit, which handles cases from Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

Trump issues Thanksgiving threat to close US-Mexico border

President Donald Trump is threatening to close the U.S. border with Mexico for an undisclosed period of time if his administration determines that its southern ally has lost "control" on its side.

New Ohio House bill seeks to completely ban abortions, make them punishable by death

State lawmakers in Ohio are considering a bill that would completely ban abortions, and make the act punishable by death. However, the measure appears to lack support.

Mike Espy, Cindy Hyde-Smith debate Tuesday night for U.S. Senate seat

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy are set to debate tonight for the Mississippi Senate special election runoff.

Walmart withdraws donations to Cindy Hyde-Smith after criticism

Walmart on Tuesday said it was "requesting a refund" from the campaign of Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith after the company came under pressure to distance itself from the Mississippi lawmaker's "public hanging" remark.

DECISION 2018 | THE RUNOFF: Hyde-Smith, Espy prepare for Tuesday’s Senate debate

The debate will stream exclusively on WLBT Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

President Trump headed to Tupelo, Biloxi ahead of Senate runoff

President Trump will be in Tupelo and Biloxi one day before the U.S. Senate runoff election.

Tennessee gov-elect promises to overhaul public records law

Tennessee's newly elected governor says he wants to do a complete overhaul of the state's public records and open meeting laws as part of his commitment to making government more transparent

Judge delays ruling over White House press pass for CNN’s Acosta

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly heard arguments Wednesday afternoon from lawyers representing CNN and the Justice Department. The news network is seeking an immediate restraining order that would force the White House to return Acosta's credentials — which grant reporters as-needed access to

Judge orders Georgia to work to protect provisional ballots

In a ruling late Monday, U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg ordered the Georgia secretary of state's office to establish and publicize a hotline or website where voters can check whether their provisional ballots were counted and, if not, the reason why.

’Hurtful’: NCRM decries Cindy Hyde-Smith’s comment about public hanging

More backlash for Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith after she joked about attending a “public hanging” during a campaign stop.

Mike Espy accepts invitation to debate opponent Cindy Hyde-Smith

Senate candidate Mike Espy has accepted an invitation from Mississippi Farm Bureau to debate Republican opponent Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith on Nov. 20.

Shelby County Democrats help Mike Espy in Mississippi runoff

Democrat Mike Espy might be getting some help from across the state line in his bid to defeat Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith in a runoff election for US Senate in Mississippi in two weeks.

Longtime California GOP congressman loses seat to executive

Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Russia's leading defender on Capitol Hill and an outspoken advocate for legalized marijuana, was defeated Saturday

Candidates won’t concede until all provisional ballots counted

While the Shelby County Election Commission is busy counting provisional ballots, candidates in at least two races indicated they won’t concede until they have final numbers.

Birth control mandate dropped for some businesses with religious, moral objections

Government programs that provide free or subsidized contraceptive coverage to low-income women will continue.

Arkansas residents vote to legalize casinos

The vote to legalize casinos in Arkansas could now mean a hotel costing more than $200 million will be moving to West Memphis.

Tennessee lawmakers react after Jeff Sessions’ resigns as attorney general

Lawmakers in Tennessee are responding after Jeff Sessions announced his resignation Wednesday as attorney general.

Lakeland mayor-elect: New high school can be built when time is right

A tight race in Lakeland ended with a new mayor, and it could change the timeline for a new high school.

Runoff set for U.S. Senate race in Mississippi

Mississippians will see three more weeks of campaigning. A runoff in the U.S. Senate race between Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy is set for November 27.

The Latest: Mississippi has 3 more weeks of US Senate race

Mississippi's U.S. Senate runoff will attract money from interest groups the next three weeks

Arkansas justice calls election a win over outside spending

An Arkansas Supreme Court justice who won re-election after conservative groups spent nearly $2.5 million trying to unseat her is calling the result a victory over outside groups trying to reshape state courts across the country

  Decision 2018: Mid-South winners in midterm races

Tuesday was Election Day across the country, and pivotal Mid-South races came to a head.

Bill Lee chosen as Tennessee governor, beats Karl Dean

Republican Bill Lee is projected to win the race for Tennessee governor, according to NBC News.

Marsha Blackburn defeats Phil Bredesen to win U.S. Senate seat

Republican Marsha Blackburn is projected to win the U.S. Senate seat, beating out Democrat opponent Phil Bredesen, according to NBC News.

Asa Hutchinson re-elected governor of Arkansas

Governor Asa Hutchinson has won reelection.

No major voting issues reported in Shelby County

Election day got off to a nearly perfect start in Shelby county, according to Administrator of Elections Linda Phillips.

Hyde-Smith, Espy will go to runoff for Senate seat

In DeSoto County, Mississippi voters were welcomed with a treat at the polls.

Thousands attend Pres. Trump rally in Cape Girardeau

President Donald Trump was back in the Heartland before the General Election.

Tennessee candidates make final stop in Mid-South

It's the eve of Election Day, and in less than 24 hours, we should know who Tennessee's next governor and U.S. Senator will be.

160,000 expected to vote in Tuesday’s election

The Shelby County Election Commission is watching the weather closely Monday night and telling voters to brace for lines at the polls Tuesday.

TN governor candidates in Memphis on final campaigning day

Ahead of Tuesday's election, Tennessee' gubernatorial candidates will be in Memphis for their final day of campaigning.

Special election for Mississippi House has 8 candidates

Voters in part of the Mississippi Delta are choosing a new state representative

More than 168,000 Shelby County residents participated in early voting

Thursday, Nov. 1 was the last day of early voting in Tennessee. If you didn’t make it before polls closed, you will have to wait until election day to cast your ballot.

Cunningham faces off against incumbent Bunker for Lakeland mayor

In a city of more than 12,000 people, a contentious mayoral race is brewing.

Who’s behind Facebook’s political ads?

This election cycle, thousands of political ads have bombarded our social media feeds, but who's really behind them?

  State Senate race between incumbent Kelsey, St. Jude researcher Salinas enters final stretch

The race for Tennessee Senate in District 31 in Memphis has eyes of political pundits in Nashville and Washington, D.C.

Candidate sound off: Roger Wicker

Roger Wicker answers questions ahead of next Tuesday's midterm election.

Candidate Sound Off: David Baria

David Baria answers questions ahead of next Tuesday's midterm election.

Court of Appeals halts Shelby Co. Election Commission injunction

A Court of Appeals has halted parts of an injunction issued last week against the Shelby County Election Commission.

Groups push to get more people out to early vote

According to the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office, more than one million people have cast early ballots for the November election.

Mailer calls out neighbors for not voting

With just one week until the Mid-Term election, some voters are getting a report card that scores how often they go to the polls.

Latino Memphis leader responds to President Trump’s proposal to end birthright citizenship

President Donald Trump is proposing to end the constitutional right to citizenship for babies born in the U.S. to non-citizens. The executive order has the potential of impacting millions of people.

Poll: Blackburn edges ahead of Bredesen in tight Tennessee Senate contest

New numbers released continue to show a neck-and-neck race in the showdown for Tennessee Senate.

States with the most powerful voters

With the midterm election just next week, and voters’ influence varying across state lines, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s States with the Most & Least Powerful Voters for the Midterms, as well as accompanying videos.

Political campaigns turn to text messages to recruit votes

As "Decision 2018" kicks into high gear, so are all those robo-calls and text messages.

Memphis Congressman calls for hearings on domestic terrorism, hate crimes

After 11 Jews were gunned down at a synagogue over the weekend in Pittsburgh, democrats on Capitol Hill are calling for hearings on hate crimes and domestic terrorism.

Manhunt ramps up for package bomber amid more scares, including at Feinstein office

The evacuation Thursday evening at the Time Warner Center, where CNN is located, appeared to be precautionary. The package found at Feinstein's office was a false alarm.

Mail bombs target Obama, Clinton, other Democrats

President Trump said the FBI will find whomever sent explosive devices to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, George Soros and other Democratic figures.

Trump doubles down on ‘nationalist’ label

In the Oval Office, he brushed off concerns from critics that he is sending a dog whistle to his base, that what he really means is that he’s a “white nationalist.”

Memphis City Council’s voter campaign comes under fire

In a surprise vote, Memphis City Council approved the use of taxpayer dollars to educate voters about three ballot issues the council wants passed.

Tennessee, Mississippi among states most difficult to vote in

A new study reveals two Mid-South states are in the bottom three for the most difficult states in which to vote.

VP Pence: Khashoggi’s death will not go without US response

Pence declined to discuss what punitive action the U.S. might take in response to the death of the Washington Post columnist and critic of the Saudi kingdom, who died Oct. 2 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia has said he was killed in a fistfight at the consulate.

Trump tells tall tales on campaign trail

In Nevada this weekend, Trump unexpectedly announced Republicans are working on a new "middle class" tax cut that he wants to see by Nov. 1 even though Congress is not in session until after the mid-term elections.

TN Senate candidates stump in Mid-South ahead of vital race

Tennessee’s U.S. Senate Candidates were in the Mid-South on Monday as they continue their late push in a pivotal election.

Election commission responds to voter issues at the polls

Tennessee Democrats are crying foul. They claim Democratic voters are being suppressed in Shelby County and statewide, and they want things to change.