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  NC bounty hunters arrested for assaulting Memphis man without a warrant

Gallaway police arrested two bounty hunters who are accused of beating up Charlie Leavy after trying to take him into custody.

Dirty magazines appear on shelves in convenience store, upsets citizens

USA Today ranks multiple Mississippi counties as worst in the country

Police oversight bill divides Tennessee House, Senate

  ‘Natural hair’ bill advances in committees, removes license requirement to braid natural hair

Arkansas lawmakers push for 10-year legislative term limit

Airman based in Arkansas killed while trying to stop robbery

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  Bill proposed to pay college athletes in TN

  Tennessee lawmakers cracking down on roadway shootings

Pending legislation would expand foster care tax credit program

  Community shows support for Memphis Islamic Center after New Zealand massacre

Delta 12-year-old remembered as ‘one of a kind’ after being shot and killed by teen

Police: Woman used dead man’s checking account to hold party

  Memphis Mayor admits to mistake in State of the City address

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration is backpedaling over how much money the city actually spends with minority and women-owned businesses.

  West Memphis police officers won’t be charged in deadly shooting

The West Memphis Police officers who shot and killed two suspects back in January will not face any charges.

Advocates rally at State Capitol in opposition of fetal heartbeat bill

Planned Parenthood and other advocates gathered at the State Capitol today calling on lawmakers to reconsider the bill that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That's about six weeks into the pregnancy and opponents say most women won't realize they're pregnant by that point.

Memphis BBQ Co. to open new location at the Lake District

Melissa Cookston, restaurant owner, author and awarded chief, announced that she will be adding another location of her restaurant, Memphis BBQ Co.

Man killed in officer-involved shooting in Monroe County, MBI investigating

Goodwill holding job fair in Collierville

Severe weather impacting nation’s blood supply

Agricenter identified as potential location for National Institute of Food and Agriculture

  Police search for man who jumped from barge into Wolf River Lagoon

  Proposed legislation would revive expired film incentives

  Memphis Democratic lawmaker supports controversial heartbeat bill

A Memphis lawmaker is getting heat for supporting a controversial abortion bill in the Tennessee General Assembly.

University of Tennessee has concerns on sports betting bill

The University of Tennessee is expressing concerns about a bill to bring sports gambling to the state

Arkansas lawmakers send governor 18-week abortion ban

Arkansas lawmakers have sent the governor legislation banning most abortions 18 weeks into a woman's pregnancy, a prohibition that could be the strictest in the country

Arkansas governor opposes bills scaling back wage hike

Arkansas' governor says he opposes legislative efforts to scale back a minimum wage hike that voters approved last year, a day after a panel endorsed proposals adding exemptions to the increase

  Police ID Sardis officer involved in deadly crash

Officer Alex Aikens, 32, remains hospitalized in critical condition after Monday night's crash.

  Local Ivy League alum speaks out on nationwide college admissions scandal

Wealthy CEO’s and celebrities have been arrested in a college admission scam, accused of paying bribes to get their kids into prestigious schools. WMC5 spoke to a local education proponent about why this story should encourage Mid-South students to work even harder.

  Mississippi House gives green light to larger teacher pay increase

Mississippi lawmakers are upping the ante on a teacher pay raise bill. But it still has more hurdles to clear.

Spring allergy season hits Mississippians, but there are ways for relief

While some might only see pollen, others are hit with the unbearable symptoms.

Home of Medgar Evers to become national monument

A national monument designation is reserved for sites of great cultural, historical, or natural significance to the United States,

  SCS outlines proposal to hold back 2nd graders who aren’t proficient readers

As SCS tightens its standards, the district is considering a new approach to ensure higher literacy rates in third grade and beyond.

Tipton County business owner pleads guilty to tax evasion, theft

David Whaley, owner of Whaley’s Auto Repair and Towing in Covington, pleaded guilty to property theft of more than $10,000, failure to remit collected sales tax, tax evasion, falsifying vehicle registrations and falsifying a tax-exempt form.

  SCS looking into education savings account proposed by TN Gov. Bill Lee

Questions remain about how much an Education Savings Account system proposed by Governor Bill Lee would actually cost taxpayers.

  VIDEO: Fire destroys church in Hughes, Arkansas

St. Mary Baptist Church in Hughes, Arkansas was destroyed by a fire Wednesday morning.

  Family of woman killed in crash with MS police officer demands answers

The family of the Mid-South woman killed in a crash with a Sardis police officer is demanding answers.

New ordinance would allow shoppers to drink beer in craft beer stores

The Oxford Board of Aldermen is considering an ordinance that would allow customers to drink draft beer at craft beer store locations.

Mother charged after car rolls into creek, killing her kids inside

The Leland Police Department was called on March 9, around 5:45 p.m., in reference to a white Nissan Pathfinder that was floating in Deer Creek, with three children trapped inside the vehicle.

Mississippi becomes first state to launch Students Against Violence app

The Students Against Violence app is the first app of its kind in the country.

  Lauderdale County leaders lay out plan to rescue struggling hospital

Monday officials in Lauderdale County laid out their plan to save their struggling, rural hospital with the group saying a buyer has been found as the hospital will go through a bankruptcy filing.

Mississippi House ups ante on teacher pay, final sum unclear

Some Mississippi House members want to give public school teachers a $4,000 raise over the next two years

Tipton County man sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping child

Frederick Barrell Jr. pleaded guilty to six counts of aggravated sexual battery and four counts of rape of a child.

Arkansas State Police open investigation into inmate deaths

The Arkansas Department of Correction says State Police are investigating the deaths of two inmates on consecutive days at different prisons

  Mayor issues proclamation 30 years after Hatchie Bridge collapse

Thirty years ago, eight people were killed when the Highway 51 bridge over the Hatchie River collapsed, sending dozens of cars into the river.

  Mississippi counties recovering after weekend EF-0 tornadoes

The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes touched down in North Mississippi on Saturday.

  Don Colleran named president, CEO of FedEx Express

Don Colleran has spent nearly 30 years with FedEx, serving in various executive-level positions.

  Filming for 'Bluff City Law’ pilot takes over Oxford

A TV production crew has taken over the Oxford Square, bringing with them giant lights, trailers full of equipment and a large team.

Rates increase for Tennessee child care programs, helping families in need

Rates are going up for all providers who take part in Tennessee's Child Care Certificate Programs.

  2 teens charged with stealing kitten from animal shelter

Bailey Klein and Jakob Old are accused of stealing a kitten from the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County.

Tennessee State Parks offering free guided hikes March 23

The hikes are for every level, from short easy-to-walk trails to longer treks through adventurous terrain.

Family wants memorial bench returned

A central Arkansas family is upset that a memorial bench was stolen from a cemetery.

Tennessee state veterinarian warns of equine influenza

Tennessee's state veterinarian is warning horse owners to take precautions after the equine influenza virus was diagnosed in several horses returning from out-of-state events

8 kids to hospitals after Tennessee church bus overturns

Police in Tennessee: 8 children taken to hospitals for evaluation after church bus overturns in heavy rain

Dog dies in house fire, homeowner and 2 other dogs make it out safely

The Jonesboro Fire Department is responding to a house fire on Greenmeadow Lane.

  Tunica’s Fitz Casino reopens after flooding

Fitz Casino in Tunica County has reopened after flooded roadways caused the property to shut down for days. Crews have created measures to keep water from entering the roadway.

  Video shows crash near President Trump’s motorcade

Just as the motorcade travels through the video at high speeds, passing by in one direction, an out of control passenger vehicle comes into view.

  FBI searches 3 health clinics in West Tennessee

FBI agents served search warrants Friday at Care Rite locations in Halls, Ripley and Dyersburg, Tennessee.

  ‘Bluff City Law’ filming next week in Oxford

The NBC pilot "Bluff City Law" is filming next week in Oxford, Mississippi and will use the courthouse as a backdrop for the show.

  Bill would make Mississippi HOA’s a taxing authority

Mississippi lawmakers are considering a bill that would give Home Owner Associations taxing authority.

  Mississippi River mayors lobby in D.C. for help in communities prior to flood season

Mayors from all along the Mississippi River are looking to Washington this week to help their communities before flood season.

FBI searching for Memphis bank robbery suspect wearing red devil mask

The FBI is asking for the public's assistance in identifying an unknown suspect wanted in two bank robberies and an attempted bank robbery in 2014 and 2015.

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital names new president

Michael Wiggins will take over as president of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital April 8. HIs predecessor, Meri Armor, is retiring after 12 years with the hospital.

  Memphis-area sailor surprises daughter after year-long deployment

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class D'Laurence Neely surprised his daughter, Da'Jah, after a year-long deployment.

  TN Gov. backs strict abortion bill passed by House

The Tennesseee House of Representatives passed a bill that would make abortion illegal after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

  Gov. Bill Lee pitches school choice plan in ‘State of West Tennessee’ address

Governor Bill Lee was back in Memphis on Thursday for his "State of West Tennessee address.

  2 Memphis intersections ranked among most dangerous in country

A new study holding commercial drivers accountable found Memphis has some of the worst intersections for phone use while driving in the country, and it's all caught on video.

  Delta farmers fear lower profits with backwater flooding

More bad news for the Mississippi Delta, which is already impacted by flooding.

Memphis man sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for supplying deadly fentanyl dose

Cortez Armstrong pleaded guilty to giving Zachary Rutherford a lethal dose of fentanyl in October 2016.

Teen suspect indicted for Christmas Eve murder

Tyrone Shepard, 18, is facing felony indictments for first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery and employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.

Jury convicts 3 suspects in deadly Tipton County home invasion; 2 other suspects plead guilty

Willie Somerville, 21, Armoni Hall, 21, Eddie Poindexter, 21, Christian Sherrill, 24, and Darrell Owens, 32, were all indicted in December 2017 for the deadly attempted robbery of Timothy Edwards.

Mississippi judge steps down from case involving R. Kelly’s alleged affair with deputy’s wife

Wooten was asked to step away from the case because Bryant had asked Wooten if she would represent him when she was an attorney while he sought a divorce from his wife and a lawsuit against Kelly. She declined to represent him.

Five Guys employee accused of stealing $12,000 from restaurant

The general manager of a Memphis Five Guys is accused of stealing $12,007 from the restaurant instead of depositing the money.

  Tennessee tops list nationwide for distracted driving deaths

Every year, people are killed due to distracted driving. The state of Tennessee is at the top of the list when it comes to those deadly crashes.

Witness follows stabbing suspects as victim drives himself to hospital

Police say Matthew Brock and Rodney Childress were fighting when Rhionna Morin walked up and stabbed Childress in the back and neck.

  Ole Miss explains next steps to move Confederate monument on campus

The University of Mississippi is preparing to move a Confederate monument on campus.

Rankin Co. man sentenced to 30 years for killing wife over argument about heating a pizza

John Preston Finch will serve thirty years in prison for second degree murder, day-for-day, for murdering Amy Renee Stewart on December 31, 2016, by shooting her in the chest with a single barrel 12 gauge shotgun.

  4,000 students rewarded for completing Grizzlies’ reading challenge

Wednesday morning, the Memphis Grizzlies hosted the Read to Achieve Championship Celebration.

  SCSO says leads have dried up in case of missing 85-year-old woman

Shelby County investigators say tips regarding Pandora Duckett have "pretty much stopped coming in" in the weeks since she went missing.

Arkansas panel backs putting half-cent highway tax on ballot

A plan to ask Arkansas voters next year to permanently extend a half-cent sales tax for highways is heading to the state Senate

  R. Kelly’s girlfriend speaks to her family for first time in 2 years

Thirty minutes after the Savage family publicly refuted R. Kelly’s claims made during his lengthy interview, the family finally heard from Joycelyn.