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Bottom Line: Consumer Reports explains best ways to kill coronavirus in your car

Washing your hands and sanitizing surfaces are important in the fight against the coronavirus. One area you may have overlooked is your car.

  Wedding planner has advice for couples planning weddings during the COVID-19 pandemic

South Mississippi brewery now making hand sanitizer

  Bottom Line: When sneezing and sniffling may not mean allergies

Bottom Line: Consumer Reports wants to know when was the last time you cleaned your oven?

Airlines implement new ticket and cleaning policies in midst of coronavirus outbreak

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports reveals best ways for buying eye glasses

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  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports’ winter office survival guide

Kroger limiting orders of sanitization, cold and flu products

  New report shows Top 10 Riskiest Scams of 2019

BBB: Don’t fall for a coronavirus con

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports reveals smarter and safer car repairs

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports picks best cars of 2020

  The Investigators: MLGW customers pay for millions of dollars in damages to utility lines

Over the past five years, Memphis Light, Gas and Water customers have paid millions to repair underground pipes.

  Consumer Reports: 2 words to watch out for in your next contract

Arbitration clauses are typically buried in the fine print of product manuals and websites. Most people don’t even realize they’re agreeing to them.

  Bottom Line: The truth about sleep medications

Tossing and turning all night long? If you’re having trouble sleeping, your doctor may suggest a drug or supplement to temporarily ease your insomnia.

  Bottom Line: Are leafy greens worth the risk?

If you think you can’t go wrong eating leafy greens like lettuce, kale, and spinach, you’re mostly right. They’ve been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, some cancers, and type 2 diabetes.

Analysts warn gas prices could rise in coming days

  Bottom Line: New ways to use your waffle maker

First Horizon Bank warns customers about fake phone calls and text messages targeting account information

  Bottom Line: Tips to make any TV better

Popular infant carrier sold at Target and Amazon recalled

  Consumer Reports investigates the crash test bias and why female drivers are at risk

MLGW announces upgrade to online account management feature

Memphis Light, Gas and Water are making a change this weekend by upgrading their online account management feature.

FedEx begins residential drone delivery testing in Virginia

The shipping giant is partnering with Wing Aviation to test residential drone delivery in Virginia.

  Bottom Line: Find some relief from hidden cable fees

Look closely at your cable bill-- you might be surprised to find fees you never heard of, driving up the cost: Broadcast TV fee, regional sports fee, set-top box or rental fees, and many more.

  Memphis International Airport experienced the busiest December in over a decade

The Memphis International Airport has been experiencing some major hustle and bustle.

  Bottom Line: The high toll of idling your car

How often do you start your car well before you leave in the morning so that it’s toasty when you’re ready to go? Or leave the engine running while you’re waiting to pick up your child?

  Bottom Line: Testing laundry stain removers

Stains are inevitable so that’s why Consumer Reports just compared several different concentrated, spray-on stain removers from Oxi Clean, Shout and Spray n Wash. CR tasked the stain removers with typical - yet difficult- stains.

  Bottom Line: Don’t ignore sugar substitutes hiding in kid friendly foods

If you’re trying to limit how much sugar your kids eat, you may be unknowingly feeding them sweeteners that might not be any healthier. Consumer Reports reveals how the label game is changing, and it has some advice on how to navigate the supermarket aisles.

Scammers may use coronavirus to hook victims

Disregard online offers for vaccinations against coronavirus because a vaccine does not exist.

More than 12,000 MLGW customers lose power overnight in Memphis

Thousands of MLGW customers woke up without power across the Bluff City.

Tennessee Lottery announced $50,000 Powerball winner in Memphis

Somone in Memphis is $50,000 richer thanks to the Powerball.

  Bottom Line: Comparing streaming music providers

Over the past decade, streaming music has surpassed both digital downloads and physical products like CDs and records, and is now 80% of the U.S. music market.

  Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets now available in Mississippi

Lottery fans in Mississippi are rejoicing! Jan. 30 was the first day you could buy Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets in Mississippi.

RECALL: Federal agency recalls more infant inclined sleepers

More infant sleepers recalled due to suffocation risk

  Bottom Line: Which seafood choices are healthier for your diet

If eating healthier is one of your New Year’s resolutions, maybe you’re thinking about adding seafood to your diet. It can be loaded with nutrients, but some varieties provide more health benefits than others, and a few might even pose a health risk.

  Bottom Line: Thinking of cutting the cord? Consumer Reports breaks down streaming video services

How do you know which ones provide the content you want, and how much do you have to pay to get it?

  Amazon breaks ground on state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Raleigh

Just three short months after finalizing a deal with Amazon, officials broke ground on the new state-of-the-art facility in Raleigh Monday morning.

  United Way of the Mid-South offering free tax help

Tax season is officially here. Monday, the IRS began accepting 2019 tax returns.

U.S. Postal Service reveals Forever Stamp at St. Jude Children’s Hospital

The U.S. Postal Service unveiled its latest Love series stamp right here in Memphis.

  Bottom Line: The best ways to get out of a timeshare contract

If winter weather has you dreaming of a warmer vacation spot, maybe you’re considering a timeshare. It might sound like a good option, and buying one is often easy.

  $245 million project underway at the Memphis International Airport

A multi-year plan to modernize and expand the Memphis International Airport is moving along.

FedEx Ground offering deliveries on Sunday

FedEx Ground has officially started delivering “FedEx Home Delivery” packages on Sundays.

FedEx is warning customers about a text, email scam

Don’t click on the link! That’s what FedEx is telling consumers dealing with a text and email scam.

  Bottom Line: Researching the safest generator before you buy

Generators are emergency equipment that can be a lifesaver during a power outage but a killer when used improperly.

  Bottom Line: Can luggage really last a lifetime?

Your checklist for a good piece of luggage is probably pretty simple: It should hold what you need and be tough enough to survive baggage handlers when you have to check it. A Consumer Reports survey of more than 38,000 members reveals which brands to pick before you pack.

  BBB warns Mid-South homeowners of storm cleanup scams

Natural disasters, like the twisters that touched down in the Mid-South this past weekend, often show the best of humanity, with people stepping up to help those in need.

  Bottom Line: Tips on saving money this winter

As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling it. This winter, Consumer Reports has some tips to keep the heat in your house and some money in your wallet.

Fuel analyst: ‘Enjoy falling prices while they last’

The head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy points to de-escalating tensions between Iran and the U.S. for driving oil prices below $60 per barrel.

  Best Life: Traveling with the right identification

New rules are going into effect this year at the airport. In 2005, the Real ID Act was passed by Congress in order to set standards for state-issued driver licenses and IDs.

New state auto insurance law takes effect in Arkansas

A new state law that took effect at the first of the year will have an impact on all drivers in the state, with officials saying they are hopeful the new rules will also have a positive impact on insurance rates.

  Consumer Reports investigates how to reduce PFAS chemicals and cook at home

We all know there are a lot of good reasons to eat more fresh food and home-cooked meals. Now, new research indicates we’ve got one more.

Consumer Reports investigates if drivers are will to be tracked to save on car insurance

Imagine paying less for car insurance just for being a good driver. It’s called usage-based insurance: Drive safely and keep to certain mileage limits and you could save a bundle on premiums. But it also means having your insurance company track how you drive, and that could drive you up the wall.

Mercedes-Benz recalls 745,000 cars for sunroofs that could detach

Mercedes-Benz is recalling nearly three-quarters of a million cars because the glass from their sunroofs could suddenly detach.

  Consumer Reports reviews the great things about used cars

Some people are skeptical about buying a used car, fearing they may be taking on someone else’s headache. But auto experts at Consumer Reports said there are plenty of reasons to buy used, and being smart about it can often get you a great deal in the process!

  Shoppers make new purchases, returns after Christmas

Not even rain could wash away the holiday spirit Thursday morning as shoppers took to the Tanger Outlets.

  Consumer Reports gives advice on picking the right pillow

When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, we often spend a lot of time thinking about the mattress, but perhaps just as important is the pillow.

Kroger credit card system goes down companywide on Christmas Eve

Customers are reporting issues at stores across the country on Twitter.

  Consumer Reports winter warning: Coats and car seat safety

In winter, the extra bulk of a puffy winter coat can make the safety seat harness too loose to properly secure your child in a crash.

Last minute gift shopping? Read this before buying a gift card.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing a gift card.

  Legislation raises age requirement for tobacco purchases

New legislation passed by President Trump on Friday will now make it harder for teens to get a hold of any tobacco products.

  Consumer Reports reviews best instant cameras for holiday gifting

Consumer Reports has checked out some of the latest Polaroid camera models that could make a great gift this holiday.

  Verizon brings 5G Ultra Wideband service to Memphis

5G Ultra Wideband service will be available in parts of downtown, midtown, Cooper-Young and east Memphis.

  Here’s your Consumer Reports holiday home theater gift guide

If you’re planning to spend some of your cash on tech gifts, Consumer Reports has some great suggestions for the media lovers in your life.

  Ring says users account credentials were swiped by cybercriminals

Thousands of Ring customers got an explanation over the weekend after a Mid-South family’s hacked camera caught international attention.

  Korean transformer manufacturer to locate in Memphis, promises 410 jobs

Korean manufacturing company to locate in Memphis

  Consumer Reports’ gadget gift guide

The holiday shopping season is in full swing. If your list is long but you’re short on ideas, Consumer Reports offers some great options for the gadget gurus in your life.

  Family says hackers accessed a Ring camera in their 8-year-old daughter’s room

The Ring camera was only up for four days in the girls’ room before the family says someone found a way to manipulate it, turning the security device into a room of horror.

Deadlines you need to know for holiday shipping

Shipping deadlines you need to know for the holidays.

  Consumer Reports gift guide: Smart home for the holidays

The holiday shopping season is in full swing. If your list is long but you’re short on ideas, Consumer Reports offers some great options for the gadget gurus in your life.

  FedEx works to pump out packages during online holiday shopping influx

In fact, FedEx expects to move twice its regular volume of packages today and next Monday.

  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.

  CR Gift Guide: Classic kitchen gifts under $50

Just in time for the holidays, Consumer Reports reveals five top kitchen classics, each for under $50.

  Memphis City Council considers hikes for trash pickup, MLGW rates

Memphis City Council members are considering increases to trash pickup and other utilities.

  Consumer Reports explains how to choose a trustworthy charity

Last year Americans gave over $292 billion to charity. Whatever you wish to support, Consumer Reports says to research the charity before you donate.

  FedEx expects record shipping numbers on Cyber Monday

In an exclusive interview with WMC Action News 5′s Joe Birch, FedEx Regional President Richard Smith said the shipping giant adds 5,000 to 10,000 jobs during peak season.

Cyber Monday sales and deals

If you thought Black Friday was peak deals day, think again: Cyber Monday is here.

  Cyber Monday sales could break records

The Thanksgiving holiday shopping season is off to a strong start and continues with Cyber Monday.

  Shoppers support local stores for ‘Small Business Saturday’

Now that Black Friday has come and gone, it's time to shop local.

  Mid-Southerners partake in Black Friday shopping

Shoppers in the Mid-South were up bright and early trying to find Black Friday deals.