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  Consumer Reports explains the risks of buying second hand

A new Consumer Reports investigation found hundreds of recalled products, some of them potentially dangerous, still available for sale. Here’s what you need to know so you don’t put your family at risk.

  Consumer Reports explains how to choose a trustworthy charity

  FedEx expects record shipping numbers on Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday sales and deals

  Cyber Monday sales could break records

  Shoppers support local stores for ‘Small Business Saturday’

  Mid-Southerners partake in Black Friday shopping

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  Memphians camp out awaiting early Black Friday shopping deals

  Consumer Reports says keep an eye on robo vacuums gone wild

  Gun sales expected to increase for Black Friday

  Weather expected to impact record-breaking travel day for Memphians

  Consumer Reports warns of laundry room dangers

Plan your Thanksgiving meal around these recalls in your kitchen

  Plastic in food and drinks: Here’s why and how to avoid it

It sounds shocking and gross, but listen to this: Many of us are eating, drinking and breathing tiny little pieces of plastic on a regular basis.

  Consumer Reports says rinsing your Thanksgiving turkey can do more harm than good

It’s the first step many people take when cooking poultry: washing or rinsing it to remove slime or blood.

  Best Life: 5 social security mistakes to avoid

If retirement is in your near future, you’re probably looking forward to cashing in on your social security benefits. But don’t let common mistakes cost you.

  Shelby County Sheriff’s Office warns of text message scam posing as your bank

“I fell right into their trap,” Leigh Ann Carkeet said.

  Holiday shopping made easier with tips from Consumer Reports

  Heating your home can be a waste of money, save big during cold months

  Consumer Reports explains how to protect your privacy when using smartphone health apps

  Consumer Reports takes a look into reliability of redesigned cars

  Memphis is now home to a giant vending machine for cars

  Look out, cheap travel deals could come with hidden fees

  BBB warning: Beware of the ‘Secret Sister Gift Exchange’ on social media

If you’ve seen the viral “Secret Sister Gift Exchange” on social media, beware. It could cost you more than just your personal information.

  Hand sanitizer vs. hand-washing: Consumer Reports shares tips for flu prevention

In the battle against the flu, an annual vaccine is important, and so is keeping your hands clean. But before you give that hand sanitizer a pump, listen up.

How to save energy during the winter months

With a blast of cold air moving into Mississippi, many households will be cranking the heat.

  Are grocery delivery services right for you?

Consumer Reports browsed hundreds of virtual aisles to find out.

  Experts suggest winterizing your home ahead of season

During this upcoming cold spell, many of us might be bringing out those space heaters or lighting candles. The Shelby County Fire Department says if you do, just be mindful.

  Consumer Reports advises testing your tap water for lead

Reports of lead in drinking water have sounded alarm bells in several communities across the U.S. Maybe that’s got you wondering what’s in your tap water, and how safe it is.

  Consumer Reports warns of sky-high cost of air travel with children

It's the time of year when many families are planning holiday travel, and if yours includes a flight with kids, listen up.

  Safeguard your prescription information with these tips from Consumer Reports

Pharmacies and doctors are legally bound to safeguard your prescription records. But some of that information can still be shared and used in ways you might not expect.

  MLGW proposes new rate hikes for water, gas and electric customers

The good news is this request isn’t as high as last year’s. But the bad news is the total cost for improvements is higher -- $1 million.

Consumer Reports suggests shopping for next year’s lawn care service now

Did the mowing, trimming, weeding, leaf blowing and raking of summer yard work do you in? Are you thinking about hiring a service to do it all? Now is the time to shop for a lawn care service. Consumer Reports shares some tips on finding the right one.

  Experts suggest inspecting home, heater ahead of winter months

Here are ways to safely keep warm and without breaking the bank.

Hardee’s offering free sausage biscuits to Arkansas deer hunters

Before you head out for the deer woods Thursday, Nov. 7, you might want to make a stop at Hardee’s.

  How to withdraw from a 529 college savings plan

Parents who’ve been saving for their children’s college expenses for years know that putting money into a tax-advantaged 529 college savings account is easy, once the account has been set up. But they may not be as savvy about how best to take the funds out.

  Apple iOS 13: Everything you need to know

Here are tips for updating your iPhone to iOS 13, and a rundown of its most important new features.

  State of housing in Memphis center of discussion

The Memphis Housing Authority said grants have helped make upgrades to the city's public housing.

Rejoice! Popeyes’ announces date for the return of the chicken sandwich

Rejoice Popeyes chicken sandwich fans because a date has been announced the big return.

Anxiety, panic disorder medication recalled over potential foreign substance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public about a recall of one lot of Alprazolam Tablets. The medication is being recalled due to the potential presence of a foreign substance.

  Consumer Reports investigation finds infant deaths linked to in-bed sleep products

Consumer Reports has found major safety issues with in-bed infant sleeper products like the Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Infant Sleeper, DockATot and SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper.

  Consumer Reports investigates: Is it safe for babies to sleep in car seats?

Recent recalls of the Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper and other infant inclined sleep products have highlighted the dangers of putting babies to sleep on an incline. Now many parents are wondering whether it’s OK for babies to sleep in car seats. Consumer Reports investigated.

  Excitement grows as lottery machines begin arriving at Mississippi businesses

The old days of having to go to Delta, Louisiana to buy a Powerball or Mega Million’s tickets for Mississippians will soon become a thing of the past.

Powerball and Mega Millions to launch January 2020

Mississippians, now is your chance!

  Fall driving: Tips to avoid hitting deer

With fewer hours of daylight, it’s harder for drivers to see them, which is one reason insurance claims for deer strikes spike in the fall.

  Counterfeit refrigerator filters flood northern U.S. region duping customers in need

Experts say your best protection is to buy directly from manufacturers when shopping online.

  GM workers continue strike while deal remains in limbo

Thousands of GM workers in Memphis and across the country continue to strike weeks after the beginning of the United Auto Workers strike began.

Want to buy a haunted house? Ask about ‘stigmatized properties’

When you pay your $15 or so to go into a HALLOWEEN haunted house, you expect creepy things to happen. But not when you pay your $150,000.

Cybersecurity business to put HQ in Memphis, creating 161 new jobs

The company is investing $2.4 million in Shelby County and will create 161 new jobs over the next five years, according to Tennessee Economic & Community Development.

Seated electric scooters coming to Memphis

Another electric scooter company is moving into Memphis, but this time there’s a twist.

  Beware of Halloween costumes that compromise safety

Consumer Reports explains how to keep your child safe from Halloween costume dangers.

Deck the halls! Blue Bell releases Christmas Cookies Ice Cream

The ice cream company says it has increased production “to meet the unbelievable demand” for the flavor.

  Memphis GM employees could soon return to work with union deal

The month-long strike for thousands of General Motors appears to be nearing an end.

  Mississippi launches lottery website ahead of sales

The Mississippi Lottery Corporation has launched its new website.

  Beauty products represent hazards for children

They may not seem dangerous, but fragrances, moisturizers, deodorants, and other beauty products have been shown to send one child under 5 to the ER every 2 hours, according to a study conducted over a 15-year period, with nail polish remover the biggest cause of ER visits.

  Ransomware beware: Consumer Reports finds even IT experts can become victims

Raul Glasgow is a computer consultant who is all too familiar with ransomware. Not only has he helped clients whose files were held hostage by hackers, he also had to help himself.

  How to keep your children’s clothes free of toxins

The children’s fashion industry is a $200 billion business, outpacing men’s and women’s wear. But does all this beauty come at a price?

  More drivers open to switching to electric cars

Electric cars are still far outnumbered by their gasoline-powered cousins, but they’re becoming more common and more affordable.

Blue Bell recalling some Butter Crunch half gallons due to broken tool pieces

Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalling select lots of it’s Butter Crunch Ice Cream made at its Sylacauga plant because they contain pieces of a broken plastic tool according to the FDA.

  Goodwill to open Midtown location soon

Goodwill is set to open its new Memphis location soon.

  How to protect your child from identity theft

Identity theft: nearly 60 million Americans have been affected by someone stealing personal info, their credit cards, or their cash. But did you know the newest victims may not even be able to talk yet?

  Southland has eyes on even more expansion

Southland Casino Racing already has a multi-million dollar expansion underway, but they have their sights set on another.

  Consumer Reports recommends frozen foods worth your freezer space

Who hasn’t gone digging through to the bottom of their freezer trying to find something that will help put a quick dinner on the table?

  Memphis airport officials anticipating busy fall travel season, encourage early arrivals for flights

A spokesperson for Memphis International Airport is reminding people get to the airport at least two hours before your flight. That especially goes for early morning travelers.

  Functional medicine: New answers to good health

A new kind of doctor is appearing in cities across the country. Instead of treating symptoms or illness, functional medicine doctors focus on the patient and individual reasons behind the problems. Comprehensive personal and health screenings are followed by adjustments in nutrition, activity, and l

  Consumer Reports rates new iPhones as best in class

Consumer Reports released their latest rankings of the best phones in the market, and Apple is in the top two spots.

  Children need more unstructured activity, research shows

We’ve all seen it. Maybe we’re guilty ourselves of being parents who want their kids in every lesson and on every team. But we may not be doing kids any favors, as far as helping them develop what’s called self-directed executive function. That means setting a goal, and independently figuring out ho

  Skin cream gives skin color again

Superstar Michael Jackson. Actor Jon Hamm. Fashion model Winnie Harlow. All three had or currently have vitiligo. It’s a condition that causes the skin to lose pigment, leaving white patches behind. Researchers are now testing a topical cream designed to safely repigment areas of skin.

  Dance instructor mixes Bollywood and fitness

Bollywood movies are the most popular movies in the world, well known for spontaneous scenes of singing and dancing. Now one inspiring doctor is taking her love for Indian dance and combining it with Zumba and hip hop to emphasize the importance of exercise.

  GM strike enters 4th week with support from another union

Mid-South autoworkers entered their fourth week on the picket line on Monday, as negotiations between General Motors and the United Auto Workers appear to have “taken a turn for the worse.”

  Infant walkers send thousands to hospital each year

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recognizes September as National Baby Safety Awareness month … making now a good time for parents to take stock of toys or products they have in the home that might be unsafe. Researchers say for one, infant walkers are still sending two thousand babies a year

  Consumer Reports ranks homeowners insurance

Consumer Reports can help you find this delicate balance to ensure that your home and its contents are well-protected at the best price.

Kroger slashes management jobs nationwide

tore officials did not say how many people were out of work in our area or nationally

  Memphis Made to open 2nd brewery in Edge District

Memphis Made Brewing has plans to open a second brewery and taproom.

  Stop annoying targeted ads

Do you ever feel like someone’s watching you, especially when you’re online?

Walmart offering free grocery delivery now until Oct. 31

Walmart is waiving its grocery delivery service fee now through Halloween.

Tanger Outlets hosting job fair

Tanger Outlets is looking to hire full-time, part-time, and season workers in Southaven.

  Panola Co. gets $2M grant to renovate old outlet mall

Panola County is getting over $2 million to turn an old outlet mall into a job training center.

  City council to continue discussion on Midtown apts.

The developer is proposing an upscale apartment complex with more than 200 units. It would be compromised of four buildings--one four-story building, one three-story building, and two five-story buildings.

Tennessee gov names his 3 picks to sports betting board

Gov. Bill Lee's appointees to a board that will help oversee Tennessee's new online-only sports betting include a law enforcement official, a local school board member and a commercial insurance company owner

  Kroger donates former Orange Mound store to Superlo Foods

After more than a year and a half of questions, Kroger has determined the fate of their shuttered grocery store in Orange Mound.