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  Memphis In May official: Issues, challenges, and problems related to proposed Tom Lee Park redesign

The leader of Memphis In May said Thursday they’re not on board with the current proposed redesign of Tom Lee Park, and there are fears the new layout won’t accommodate Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

Macon Hall students celebrate Black History Month with musical performance

Babies born addicted: How the opioid crisis threatens Tennessee’s tiniest residents

TN Gov. Bill Lee ‘regrets’ attending frat’s ‘Old South’ events at Auburn University

Cousins indicted for Frayser store clerk’s murder after fight over beer

New bill proposed in response to Cyntoia Brown case

Krone headquarters moving from Memphis to Olive Branch

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Police Chief: 1 dead, 1 in custody in Blytheville homicide

Police capture MS man accused of murdering wife on Valentine’s Day

Chronic Wasting Disease confirmed in additional MIssissippi counties, per state wildlife officials

Memphis woman indicted for boyfriend’s deadly stabbing

Two more teens arrested for attacking off-duty police officer, search ongoing for last suspect

Man pleads guilty to robbing 6 Mid-South businesses during summer 2018

  High Court won’t consider Tennessee death row inmate’s case

The Supreme Court won't hear the case of a Tennessee death row inmate who claimed his rights were violated when he was forced to represent himself at trial

Bill would change meaning of star on Arkansas state flag

One piece of legislation filed in Little Rock would change the symbolism of a star on the Arkansas state flag.

  Memphis civil rights pioneer Judge Russell Sugarmon dies

Judge Russell Sugarmon, one of the first African Americans to make a serious bid for a major city office in Memphis in 1959, has died. He was 89 years old.

Pros and cons of concierge medicine: Why experts say it’s not for everyone

Concierge medicine gives patients with chronic conditions unfettered access to their doctors, but experts say it's not for everyone.

  Former Memphis bishop accused of sexual abuse

Shelby County deputies complete written portion of psych reassessments, move on to face-to-face interviews

Body pulled from Arkabutla Lake in DeSoto County

Schools could supply free feminine hygiene products to students under new bill

TSSAA pushing to end fights at high school athletic events

Sister dances for donations in Wish-a-Thon

Local police department helps fellow officer after stroke

One Region 8 Police Department has banded together to help a fellow officer after he suffered from a stroke earlier this month.

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris gives his first State of the County address

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris gave his first State of the County address Friday afternoon.

Man convicted in pawn shop jewelry heist

Ronnie Malone Jr., 29, was found guilty of robbery, robbery acting-in concert and theft of property more than $1,000.

Memphis lawyer indicted for handling of client’s $185,000 settlement check

Paul Springer is accused of forging his client's signature on a contract and withholding a $61,050 attorney fee from a $185,000 settlement.

Jury finds South Memphis man guilty of 2016 killing

Christopher Williams, 24, was automatically sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of killing Anthony Beason in September 2016.

Governor’s Inn declared a public nuisance over criminal activity, public complaints

This is the second time the Governor's Inn has been closed after complaints about ongoing criminal activity.

Independence Co. man facing 500 counts of child pornography

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Pleasant Plains man Thursday suspected of possessing child pornography.

FedEx Logistics secures local incentives for downtown headquarters move

Two days after its announcement, FedEx Logistics has already secured a number of local incentives to relocate its headquarters to the old Gibson guitar factory in downtown Memphis.

Bartlett dentist indicted for killing girlfriend in 2018

Bobby Eugene Massengill, 74, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 52-year-old Sheila Scott.

Arkansas House backs resolution on no-permit gun carrying

The Arkansas House has approved a non-binding resolution that says carrying a firearm without a permit is legal in the state

Watchdog group critical of public incentives offered for FedEx Logistics downtown move

The WMC Action News 5 Investigators are taking a closer look at the millions of dollars worth of incentives on the table as part of the FedEx Logistics deal.

Mississippi lawmakers sound off on fetal heartbeat bill, question its future

Mississippi lawmakers are a step closer to passing a more restrictive abortion law

‘Fetal heartbeat’ legislation proposed in TN

Tennessee legislators are proposing a bill which bans all abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The only exception would be a medical emergency for the mother.

Teacher pay raise passes Senate

More than 35,000 educators would see another $1,000 if the bill becomes law.

Miss. Senate passes bill banning those under 18 from tanning beds

The bill, which passed the Senate on Wednesday, states that any tanning facility or operator that allows a person under the age of 18 to use a tanning device will face denial, suspension or revocation of its registration and be subject to fines of up to $500.

2nd person dies after shooting at Super Bowl party

Police say Calvin Wilkins shot Issacca Powell and Sierra Stornes during a Super Bowl party.

MEM officials explain what you need to know if you’re traveling with a gun

More people are traveling and now more than ever more guns are being confiscated by the Transportation Security Administration.

Police investigating second deadly shooting in less than a week

For the second time in less than a week, Blytheville police are investigating a fatal shooting.

Arkansas police officer arrested for evidence tampering, drug possession

Lieutenant Freddy Williams was formally charged Tuesday with evidence tampering, possession of a controlled substance and violating the rules of conduct by a county officer or employee.

MS Senate introducing new bill to protect first responders

A bill giving new protection to first responders has passed the Mississippi state senate and now awaits action in the House.

Rush of rainwater floods areas of Northeast AR

Rising floodwaters forced some schools to close in Arkansas.

Mississippi sues federal government regarding Mississippi River flooding

Mississippi is suing the federal government on behalf of three school districts. The lawsuit alleges that land has been damaged as a result of practices by the Corps of Engineers.

  Lawmakers to debate harsher penalties for road rage shootings

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said penalties are not harsh enough for those involved in road rage shootings. So – he's asking state lawmakers to act.

Hernando brothers create candle, fire starter business to help St. Jude

Imagine being 8 or 10 years old and starting your very own business. That is exactly what two North Mississippi boys are doing, and they are doing it very well.

Tennessee bill to revive ‘fetal assault’ law would prosecute women who use drugs during pregnancy

Women in the state who use narcotics during their pregnancy could face prosecution if their baby is harmed or born with an addiction.

CDC reveals new plan to fight HIV epidemic

The CDC has three objectives to fight the HIV epidemic.

Apple recognizes Senatobia school for excellence

A north Mississippi school has received the Distinguished School Award for a third consecutive year.

AR governor unveils $300M highway funding plan

A $300 million plan to fund highway upkeep in Arkansas calls for the half-cent sales tax to stick around.

SCSO: 184 deputies re-evaluated so far after psych assessment controversy

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office says almost 200 deputies have been re-tested after officials learned an unlicensed psychologist performed pre-employment screenings.

1 case of tuberculosis confirmed in Mississippi high school

A case of tuberculosis has been confirmed at a Mississippi high school

Proposed TN bill would require diaper changing stations in all public bathrooms

A new bill proposed in Tennessee would make things a bit easier for parents with young children.

Hundreds of sexual assault kits remain untested

The lab tries to get the report of a DNA analysis back to law enforcement agencies in 60 days, but now it could take months.

TN Senator introduces daycare bill for state workers

State Senator Sara Kyle introduced Senate Bill 741, which would allow daycares to operate in state-owned and leased office buildings.

After vulgarities, college town bans bedsheet banners

That college-town staple, the banner spray-painted on a bedsheet, is being furled in one Mississippi town

Mid-South school districts hope closures stop spread of illnesses

Hundreds of Mid-South students spent another day out of class. Multiple districts across West Tennessee and North Mississippi have been closed portions of this week because of a variety of contagious illnesses.

SCSO: Deputy attacked trying to arrest teen for gambling

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy was attacked at Bolton High School Friday while trying to arrest a student for gambling.

Pharmacy employee accused of stealing pain medication from workplace

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics has arrested a pharmacy technician in Southaven who’s accused of stealing 1,000 dosage units of hydrocodone.

RHONJ alum Kathy Wakile partners with Remington College Memphis on new culinary program

Former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Kathy Wakile helped design the new culinary lab at Remington College Memphis.

  As Valentine’s Day approaches, watch for ‘Sweetheart’ scams

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, Tennessee state officials are sending out a warning about “Sweetheart” scammers.

16-year-old arrested for attacking off-duty police officer, search ongoing for others

A Sarasota Police Officer was jogging - off duty - at Payne Park just after noon. He noticed a homeless individual being harassed, pushed and hit by group teenagers. The off-duty officer identified himself as a Sarasota Police Officer and told the teenagers to stop.

Hardeman County Schools closed Friday, Monday for illness

Hardeman County Schools has closed through Monday because of illness in the district.

One arrested, one wanted in VA Medical Center carjacking

The employee was getting in her car Tuesday evening when armed men stole her vehicle.

Attorney for Ismael Lopez family says MBI report contradicts police statements

Attorney Murray Wells has called a 2 p.m. news conference to release findings from a Mississippi Bureau of Investigation report into Ismael Lopez's death.

Breakthrough medical procedure can help prevent miscarriage

A medical breakthrough is giving hope to pregnant women struggling to carry their babies full term.

Woman arrested for group attack on 15-year-old girl

Police say Bianka Simpkins joined her teenage daughter and two others in an attack on a 15-year-old girl over the weekend and the group recorded the incident on cellphone video.

'Cannot bring myself to vote yes’: Council members concerned by MLGW’s proposed rate hikes

Leaders at MLGW will spend the next two weeks trying to convince Memphis City Council members to sign off on rate increases.

Shelby Co. Assessor says Electrolux land undervalued; county is losing money

A former Shelby County Commissioner is speaking out after Swedish company Electrolux announced last week it was leaving Memphis.

Memphis 200: Bringing life back to Victorian Village

As Memphis celebrates its 200th birthday, we're taking a look back at her history, and previewing what's to come.

Medical marijuana dispensaries coming to West Memphis

The state of Arkansas gave approval Tuesday to five marijuana cultivation facilities that will sell marijuana for medical purposes to three businesses in West Memphis.

MDOT launches new website to keep up with road, bridge conditions

A new website is making it easy for Mississippi drivers to keep track of specific conditions on roads and bridges across the state.

Confederate emblem remains on Mississippi flag as bills die

The emblem has appeared on the Mississippi state flag since 1894. Critics say it's racist; those who oppose removing it say it's a historic symbol

Willie Nelson launches CBD-infused coffee called ‘Willie’s Remedy’

Now you can brew a pot of Willie Nelson's CBD-infused coffee.

32 medical marijuana dispensaries licensed in Arkansas

The 32 businesses that an Arkansas panel approved to sell medical marijuana in the state have been formally awarded their licenses

Arkansas panel backs bid to raise minimum teacher salaries

An Arkansas House panel has endorsed a proposal to raise minimum teacher salaries in the state by $4,000 over the next four years

Clayborn Temple approved for $42K renovations

A historic Memphis landmark is in line for a big boost.

ALS patient who gets Super Bowl tickets from Team Gleason dies while driving to Atlanta

Ed Cushman was on his way to Atlanta after scoring tickets to the Super Bowl with the help of Team Gleason when his minivan caught fire.

Tax experts encourage filing before Feb. 15 in case of another shutdown

With the possibility of another government shutdown on February 15, tax experts suggest filing your returns no later than this week.

Measure of hate: Statistics on Mid-South hate crimes likely inaccurate

Each year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation release hate crime statistics to give the public crucial information about the safety of communities. But how reliable is the information in those reports?