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  Final weekend of early voting in Tennessee

It’s the final weekend to cast an early ballot for the upcoming election.

  Trump, Biden supporters line streets of Nashville sharing thoughts on presidential candidates

  AP FACT CHECK: Falsehoods and fumbles in Trump-Biden debate

  With debate closed to the public, crowd waits off campus to support candidates

Video captures 91-year-old Delta woman on her way to vote for the first time

  Protesters charged for inciting riot during Attorney General William Barr’s visit to Memphis

  President Trump holding Nashville fundraiser before debate

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  Decision 2020: Final presidential debate kicks off tonight in Nashville

  Memphis and Shelby County officials discuss election preparations and enhanced security measures

  Trump ‘running angry,’ attacks polls, press and Dr. Fauci

Same names, some new dynamics in US Senate contest

  Steady stream of early voters Saturday in Shelby County

  Thompson tries to hold on against challenge from Possel in TN House District 96 race

  Belmont University officials discuss preparations for final presidential debate

Tennessee will host the final presidential debate of the 2020 race for the White House.

  Heavy turnout expected for first day of early voting in Shelby County Wednesday

The downtown precinct opens first at 8 a.m with two dozen other polling locations opening at 9 a.m.

  More than 22K absentee ballots mailed in Shelby County so far

Shelby County election officials said Tuesday they have mailed more than 22,000 absentee ballots, and voters still have another two weeks to request to vote by mail.

  Education a key issue in Tennessee House District 83 general election contest

Incumbent Republican Mark White is defending his seat against Democratic challenger Jerri Green, and education is a main issue.

  Bradshaw and Hagerty meet with supporters before voting opens Wednesday

  Shelby County Commissioners fail to approve millions for new voting machines

  Early voting in Shelby County begins Wednesday

  Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings expected to drive voter turnout in presidential election

58,000 absentee ballots have been received in Mississippi

  Campaign fundraising continues in race for Tennessee U.S. Senate seat

  Hyde-Smith, Espy battle for U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi as Election Day approaches

National attention is now focused on Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and her Democratic challenger Mike Espy. One recent poll is showing Hyde-Smith up by one percentage point.

  The Investigators: Voting equipment became more expensive after elections administrator’s modifications

Shelby County voters will choose their preferred candidates next month using machines that have been in operation for over a decade.

  APPLY HERE: Shelby County in need of 600 poll workers for November election

If you’re a registered voter and available on Election Day, you could play a big role in making sure the voices of Shelby Countians are heard, while also getting a paycheck.

  Mid-South lawmakers react to Vice Presidential debate

Mid-South lawmakers are reacting to Wednesday night’s Vice Presidential debate.

  WATCH: How to fill out your Shelby County absentee ballot correctly for November election

The last day to request an absentee ballot from the Shelby County Election Commission is Oct. 7, but Administrator of Election Linda Phillips is advising voters to do it before Oct. 20.

  Tennessee candidates vying for U.S. Senate seat

A U.S. Senate race out of Tennessee is gaining national attention, and with COVID-19 restrictions, the campaign has looked very different.

  First absentee ballots hit the mail from Shelby County Election Commission ahead of November election

As of Wednesday, absentee ballots for November’s election are now in the mail to Shelby County voters that have requested them.

  Craighead Co. Republican Committee leader dies of COVID-19

Despite a weeks-long battle, his daughter stated in a public social media post on Tuesday morning that his “soul is singing today even though ours aren’t."

  Michelle Obama goes after Trump in new video

In the video, released Tuesday by Joe Biden’s campaign, Mrs. Obama notes that more Americans have died from COVID-19 than died in the Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Korean wars combined.

President Trump says he’s ‘looking forward’ to debating Biden next week

“I am looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, October 15th in Miami,” he tweeted Tuesday morning.

  National attention on Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race

National attention is coming for the U.S. Senate race in Mississippi but will it make a difference in the outcome.

  Mid-South lawmakers preview vice presidential debate

The 2020 vice presidential candidates will face off in the first and only vice presidential debate of the election season Wednesday night.

  Shelby County Election Commission expects to mail absentee ballots within days

To date, the Election Commission has received nearly 20,000 requests for absentee mail-in ballots, about 16,000 more requests than in 2016.

  Voter guide: What you need to know about Election Day in the Mid-South

Voters head to the polls Nov. 3 to decide federal, state and local races throughout the region with several major races on the ballot, including president of the United States.

  Trump, stricken by COVID-19, taken to military hospital

The White House said the visit was precautionary and that he would work from the hospital’s presidential suite, which is equipped to allow him to continue his official duties.

  Voter registration drive brings awareness to domestic violence

Community leaders are coming together to share the importance of voting, and the role it could play in reducing domestic violence.

  Trump’s diagnosis rocks final stage of presidential campaign

An election year already defined by a cascade of national crises descended further into chaos Friday with President Donald Trump declaring that he’s tested positive for the coronavirus after consistently playing down the threat.

  Uncertainty looms after President Trump contracts COVID-19 before election

Many are left wondering what President Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis means for the remainder of the campaign trail.

  Trump has COVID-19, going to military hospital

The Trump campaign says all events featuring the president and his family are postponed after his COVID-19 diagnosis. Vice President Mike Pence will continue campaigning.

Shelby County commissioner recovers from coronavirus

Commissioner Mick Wright explained his bout with the virus in a news release Friday, saying he experienced very minor symptoms during his illness and isolation period.

Mid-South lawmakers react to president’s, first lady’s COVID-19 diagnoses

President Donald Trump said early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that plunges the country deeper into uncertainty just a month before the presidential election.

  Trump moves Wisconsin rally amid surge in COVID-19 cases

The coronavirus task force report urged social distancing in “red zones” like La Crosse and Brown counties to the “maximum degree possible.”

Trump opposes changing debate rules but will still attend

President Donald Trump opposes changing the rules for the remaining two presidential debates against Democrat Joe Biden, but his campaign says he will still attend.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith meets with SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett

This week, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has been meeting with lawmakers, including Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.

After pandemic delay, Biden launching in-person canvassing

After months of avoiding direct contact with voters because of the pandemic, Joe Biden’s campaign is about to launch in-person canvassing efforts across several battleground states.

  Tennessee House Speaker wants to scale back authority of Shelby County, 5 other health departments

A spokesperson for Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton says the speaker believes these health departments, which have their own authority and issue their own health directives independently from the state, have too much control.

  Biden, Trump snipe from road and rails after debate chaos

Biden headed out on his most aggressive day on the campaign trail all year. Trump was to address voters and donors in Minnesota late in the day.

  Former white supremacist reacts to Trump’s comments during the presidential debate

We reached out to the Southern Poverty Law Center about the Proud Boys, and we’re getting local reaction to these comments from a former self-proclaimed white supremacist.

  Trump to far-right extremists: ‘Stand back and stand by’

President Donald Trump on Tuesday didn’t condemn white supremacist groups and their role in violence in some American cities this summer, branding it solely a “left-wing” problem and telling one far-right extremist group to “stand back and stand by.”

U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy receives endorsement from Joe Biden

Mississippi Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy announced his endorsement from former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday.

Debate Takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

The 74-year-old president and the 77-year-old former vice president are similar in age, and they share a mutual dislike. But they differ starkly in style and substance. All of that was evident from the outset.

  AP FACT CHECK: False claims flood Trump-Biden debate

A look at how their statements from Cleveland stack up with the facts.

  WMC political analyst Michael Nelson reacts to first 2020 presidential debate

We asked resident political analyst Michael Nelson, Rhodes College professor and nationally recognized presidential scholar who’s written several books about the highest office in the land, about his biggest takeaway from Tuesday's debate.

  Bitter debate taunts overpower Trump’s, Biden’s visions

The debate will offer a massive platform for Trump and Biden to outline their starkly different visions for a country facing multiple crises, including racial justice protests and a pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans and cost millions of jobs.

  Tennessee lawmakers preview first presidential debate

President Donald Trump and the former Vice President Joe Biden will meet in Cleveland, Ohio Tuesday for the first presidential debate of the 2020 election season.

  Tennessee appeals court rules governor’s school voucher program unconstitutional

Governor Bill Lee’s controversial “school voucher program” suffered another blow Tuesday when the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision that the Education Savings Account Act is unconstitutional.

  Trump chose Barrett days after Ginsburg’s death, papers show

President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, is on Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a day of meetings with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other pivotal Republican senators in preparation for her fast-track confirmation before the Nov. 3 election.

Biden releases 2019 taxes as pre-debate contrast with Trump

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, have released more of their personal tax returns ahead of the first presidential debate.

  FAQ: Voting absentee in Shelby County in the 2020 presidential election

Determine if you’re eligible and find more information about the process.

  Barrett tied to faith group ex-members say subjugates women

Barrett, 48, grew up in New Orleans in a family deeply connected to the organization and as recently as 2017 she served as a trustee at the People of Praise-affiliated Trinity Schools Inc., according to the nonprofit organization’s tax records and other documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

  Tennessee lawmakers hope records are set straight in first presidential debate

Tennessee lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are sharpening their political knives as they prepare for the candidates to square off for the first time.

  'Full Court Press’ host Greta Van Susteren previews what’s to come from first presidential debate

Greta Van Susteren, WMC Action News 5′s Chief National Political Analyst and host of Full Court Press, says the fight over health care, the Supreme Court and Trump’s tax history are three things you can expect to come up during the debate.

  Shelby County Commission to discuss use of stun shields

Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner has apologized for deputies displaying shock shields in an attempt to keep protesters out of the Shelby County Jail building this week.

  Rhodes College grad is potential Supreme Court nominee

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett is making headlines as a potential nominee to replace late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Mississippi Freedom Caucus asks Gov. Reeves to end executive orders, reform current law

They are calling on Gov. Reeves to end the executive orders passed during the COVID-19 pandemic and to reform a current state law.

’No one should be surprised’ Sen. Lamar Alexander says he will consider Pres. Trump’s candidate to replace Justice Ginsburg

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander says he will “consider” whoever President Trump nominates as a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  Local reaction to death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

News spread quickly about the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  Supreme Court vacancy left by the loss of Justice Ginsburg

The Supreme Court will return to session next month without one of their most outspoken voices.

  Local lawmakers react to death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Mid-South lawmakers are sharing their condolences for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday evening at 87 years old.

  MRPP hosting voter registration events on the riverfront

Memphis River Parks Partnership is now focusing on getting more voters to the polls.

Court blocks referendum on Arkansas eye surgery law

The Arkansas Supreme Court has blocked a referendum on a law expanding the procedures that optometrists can perform.

USPS mailers urge voters to plan ahead

The United States Postal Service wants to make sure people voting by mail get their ballots in time.

  Full Court Press: Election Countdown airs Thursday at 9 p.m. on WMC

Host Greta Van Susteren is breaking down everything from the race for the White House to mail-in voting and what’s at stake in the U.S. Senate.

  Shelby County Commission to debate law enforcement reform at upcoming meeting

An intense debate surrounding law enforcement reform will continue Monday during the Shelby County Commission meeting.

  Casting a ballot in Mississippi will look different in November

The Secretary of State's office has provided Personal Protection Equipment to precincts in Mississippi to protect poll workers and voters.

  Spirited debate as Shelby County Commission considers multiple law enforcement reform proposals

Spirited debate about law enforcement reform in Shelby County consumed meetings of the Shelby County Commission on Wednesday.

Kanye West makes presidential ballot in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Kanye West will appear as a presidential candidate on Mississippi’s ballot in November, after being approved as a qualified candidate by the State Board of Election Commissioners.

  What does payroll tax deferral mean for employees?

On Sept. 1, employers nationwide were given the option to temporarily defer employees’ social security tax. But what does this mean for employees?