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  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.

  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

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

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

How to save energy during the winter months

  Are grocery delivery services right for you?

  Experts suggest winterizing your home ahead of season

  Consumer Reports advises testing your tap water for lead

  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

Hardee’s offering free sausage biscuits to Arkansas deer hunters

  How to withdraw from a 529 college savings plan

  Apple iOS 13: Everything you need to know

  State of housing in Memphis center of discussion

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

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.

Southwest to add nonstop flights between Memphis, Atlanta

Southwest Airlines is adding nonstop flights between Memphis and Atlanta.

FDA recalls multiple blood pressure medications for potential cancer risk

A total of five medications are on the list.

  Striking employees costing GM $50-100M per day

General Motors said it will no longer pay for health care coverage as thousands of employees remain on strike.

  GM stops paying for health care for striking workers; union to cover costs as strike continues

General Motors workers across the country remain on strike Tuesday morning after contract negotiations between GM and United Auto Workers Union went on through the night.

Tennessee unveils $7.9B block grant proposal for Medicaid

Tennessee would become the first state in the nation to receive its Medicaid fund in a lump sum under a proposal seeking to drastically overhaul the entitlement program that provides health care services to low-income and disabled residents

  Memphis GM employees join nationwide union strike

General Motors workers in Memphis are joining nearly 50,000 others across the country in the largest strike in 12 years.

Huddle House to purchase Perkins restaurants

Huddle House is based out of Atlanta and will manage Perkins out of its headquarters there. The restaurants will continue to run as separate entities.

Tennessee appeals court says opioid producers can be sued

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled that a lawsuit against opioid makers can move forward, overturning a lower court that had dismissed the claims

‘BYOB’ to Popeyes so you can make your own chicken sandwich

Popeyes knows you’re still sad about the spicy chicken sandwich being off the menu but the fast food chain has a quick fix to ease those cravings.

Millions of dollars in life insurance policies unclaimed this year in Tennessee; some of it could be yours

According to the department, millions of dollars in benefits go unclaimed every year by beneficiaries who cannot find their loved ones’ policies or, in some cases, may not even know these policies exist.

RECALL: Air rifles can unexpectedly fire, posing risk of serious injury or death

Some air rifles that can unexpectedly fire, even if the safety is engaged, are being recalled.

RECALL: Children’s pajamas recalled for risk of burn injury

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing a recall for children’s pajamas for failing to meet federal flammability standards.

  Colo. university offers class on beer

Colorado State University has a new classroom that’s unlike any other.

FDA warns public to not eat Kroger tuna steaks

The tuna was either purchased at the seafood counter or in store-prepped styrofoam trays. The sell-by dates range from Aug. 29 - Sept. 14.

  Fred’s files for bankruptcy, to shut down

Fred's, Inc. announced Monday that it filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Recalled hamburger buns might contain white plastic pieces

Before you start grilling, you might want to check whether your hamburger buns are safe to eat.