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Governor releases statement after federal judge temporarily blocks Mississippi abortion law

In issuing a preliminary injunction, Judge Carlton Reeves said the law “threatens immediate harm to women’s rights, especially considering most women do not seek abortions services until after six weeks.”

Lawmakers eye replacing embattled Tennessee House speaker

Tennessee governor: Lawmaker should address allegations

  City budget unbalanced with increased police, fire raises, mayor says

  County, election commissioners clash over voting machine funding

Mississippi spent $1.5M on Weight Watchers for teachers

  Concerns arise over aging voting machines as election commission gears up for 2020 races

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Tennessee House Speaker announces resignation

  Activists protest abortion restrictions in downtown Memphis

  Tennessee House speaker scandals spur ‘no confidence’ vote

  Republicans discuss future of house speaker amid scandals

  House Speaker Casada reportedly resigns from pharmaceutical company

USDA working ‘feverishly’ on multi-billion dollar aid package for distressed farmers

Mississippi Governor’s race ramps up

The statewide primary election is less than three months away.And the race for Governor is picking up in new ways---with more ads and polling.

Alabama Senate approves near-total abortion ban

After hours of debate, the Alabama Senate passed a bill Tuesday night that outlaws nearly all abortions in the state.

  Pair of events bring Gov. Lee to Memphis on Tuesday

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee will be in Memphis on Tuesday and is expected to make a big announcement.

  Memphis mayor uses executive order to implement Memphis 3.0

Tuesday, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will sign an executive order implementing the Memphis 3.0 project.

  Moving cell tower away from school may not appease Germantown parents

  City of Memphis, Germantown to hold budget meetings Monday

  Gov. Bill Lee: House Speaker Glen Casada’s future is in the hands of representatives

  Governor Bill Lee claims he was unaware of voucher investigation

  Lakeland leaders divided over budget for new school

  Man scheduled to be executed for murder, victim’s family pleads to save his life

  Senate leader won’t call for TN House speaker’s resignation

Tennessee's top state Senate leader says he won't ask for embattled House Speaker Glen Casada to resign his leadership position amid mounting scandals surrounding Casada's office

ACLU sues Tennessee over criminalizing voter signup problems

Tennessee is facing another challenge of its new law that would fine and potentially jail voter registration workers who don't follow new rules

  Assessor says county leaving millions on the table in tax dollars by not properly funding office

Shelby County Assessor Melvin Burgess said his office is short-staffed, and he believes the county is leaving more than $7 million in property tax revenue on the table by not funding the office properly.

  Bolivar City councilman indicted, accused of overcharging county for HVAC units

A Bolivar City Council member has been charged with theft and official misconduct after a state audit says his air conditioning business overcharged the county on multiple occasions.

  Shelby County Commissioners encourage censure of Criminal Court Judge Jim Lammey in light of social media posts

Wednesday, Shelby County Commissioners took a first vote on a resolution encouraging the censure of Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Jim Lammey by the state of Tennessee’s Board of Judicial Conduct.

HHS Secretary discusses vaccines/measles debate

This comes as the Centers for Disease Control says there are more recorded cases of measles so far in 2019 [764] than in any other year since 1994.

Tennessee speaker faces calls to resign from leadership post

A handful of Republican lawmakers are joining calls for House Speaker Glen Casada to resign from his top legislative leadership position

  SCS seeks extra money for part-time workers in 2019-20 budget

Shelby County Schools is working on a new budget, and they're looking for some input.

  Attorney calls for the removal or resignation of state representative amid sexual misconduct allegations

Munford attorney Jeff Ward, a long-time republican, is working on getting sworn affidavits from three women who have accused State Representative David Byrd (R) of sexual misconduct.

  Tennessee speaker of house calls lewd texts ‘locker room talk’

The chief of staff to Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada resigned Monday night amid reports he sent text messages to solicit interns and lobbyists for sex.

Tennessee secretary of state says new voter registration bill protects the voting process

Tre Hargett says there is a need for standards in the state when registering people to vote. Now they have a benchmark in place to protect the integrity of the voting process.

  Governor Bill Lee likely to sign school voucher bill soon

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is expected to sign a controversial voucher bill that the General Assembly approved last week.

  Memphis representative involved in altercation with state trooper on chamber floor

Tennessee's legislature has ended its session for the year, but House Democrats are up in arms after a commotion happened inside the state capital involving a Memphis lawmaker.

  Barr skips House hearing; Pelosi accuses him of lying

Barr's decision to avoid the hearing, made after a disagreement with the House Judiciary Committee over questioning, came the day after the department also missed the committee's deadline to provide it with a full, unredacted version of Mueller's report and its underlying evidence.

  Congressman Cohen dubs Attorney General ‘Chicken Barr,’ mocks him with bucket of chicken

Congressman Steve Cohen from Memphis was part of the House Judiciary Committee that was supposed to be in day two of testimony for Attorney General William Barr.

Democrat announces campaign to challenge Cotton in 2020

A business owner who ran unsuccessfully last year for a U.S. House seat in northwest Arkansas has announced plans to seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton

  Online sports betting to become law in Tennessee this summer

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is not a fan of gambling, but his spokesperson says he will let this bill allowing online sport betting to become law without his signature.

Tennessee lawmakers OK license suspension bill

Tennessee lawmakers have signed off on legislation that would prevent the state from revoking or suspending driver's licenses over unpaid court costs

  Criminal Court judge faces backlash over problematic Facebook posts

Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Jim Lammey is embarrassed by the Facebook posts he recently shared.

  Lawmakers appointed to discuss voucher proposals

Three lawmakers from West Tennessee will play a part in trying to hash out competing voucher proposals in Nashville.

Tennessee gov to mull ban on handheld phones while driving

Gov. Bill Lee will decide whether Tennessee will ban the use of handheld electronic devices, including cellphones, while driving

  Shelby County mayor presents $1.3B budget to commissioners

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris presented his $1.3 billion budget to commissioners Monday afternoon.

  SCS threatens legal fight over voucher bill

Shelby County Schools leaders say they are prepared to challenge the legality of the Voucher Bill.

  Anti-voucher protest expected at Tennessee capitol Monday

Organizers are calling for people to fill the halls of the Tennessee capitol Monday, in a last-ditch effort to keep the school voucher initiative from becoming law.

  Shelby County budget to impact Porter-Leath

Shelby County wants to pledge more money to Porter-Leath and other preschools in the county.

Lawyers: Mississippi making abortion ‘virtually unavailable’

State attorneys wrote last week that Mississippi has an interest in preserving fetal life “from the moment of conception.”

  Governor Lee visits west Tennessee, promotes vouchers bill

WMC Action News 5 drove over to Selmer, Tennessee on Friday to catch up with Governor Bill Lee to talk about the school vouchers bill.

  Senator Lamar Alexander discusses lowering health care costs

Democrats and Republicans struggle to find middle ground as the sides push opposing plans to fix health insurance.

  Proposed bill would fine $10K per robocall

Congressman David Kustoff (R-TN) is looking to fight against robocalls.

  TN lawmaker wants prisons, jails to jam cell phone signals

Congressman David Kustoff (R-TN) is sponsoring a bill that would jam cell phone signals at jails at prisons.

  TN Senate pass controversial school voucher bill

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s controversial voucher proposal passed the state Senate Thursday morning 20-13.

  Group presents plans to eliminate homelessness in Memphis with new plaza and shelter

Plans for a new homeless shelter, with beds specifically for women, was announced Thursday afternoon at a joint meeting between the Shelby County Commission and Memphis City Council.

  Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris set to present first budget

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris is set to present his first budget as county mayor to commissioners next week.

  U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry visits Memphis

As part of a nationwide tour, U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry of Texas made a stop in Memphis.

Tennessee House OKs sports betting bill, clearing key hurdle

A Tennessee bill to allow sports betting has passed the House, a key hurdle in a state that has been historically hesitant to expand gambling

  Raleigh community hopes for better public transit service

Community members in Raleigh discussed public transit challenges in their area Tuesday night.

11 big firms say Tennessee bills discriminate against LGBTQ

Eleven large companies are urging Tennessee's Republican legislative leaders to oppose bills they say discriminate against LGBTQ people

  MPD to update federal court on surveillance tactics after ruling

Tuesday morning, a federal judge will be updated on how the City of Memphis is implementing sanctions handed down last fall after the court ruled that police illegally spied on activists.

Tennessee House OKs bill to keep daylight saving year-long

The Tennessee House has advanced a proposal that would keep the state on daylight saving time year-round

  ’Black Lives Matter Memphis’ founder announces mayoral campaign

Pamela Moses formally announced her intentions to seek the mayor's seat this November.

  AR students demand action against violence

In West Memphis, four teenagers stood up and demanded change Thursday.

  Mid-South politicians weigh in on results of Mueller’s report

It was the report the nation had been waiting for – Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Thursday, most of that report was released by Attorney General William Barr.

  Mayor Strickland plans to fund more youth programs in Memphis

After one North Memphis police precinct responded to four homicides in 36 hours, leaders in the area called for continued and increased focus on the youth.Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland agrees.

  Olive Branch residents oppose plans to annex unincorporated area of DeSoto County

Residents were in court Wednesday to object plans for Olive Branch to annex 50 square miles of unincorporated DeSoto County.

Charter school bill advances in Tennessee House

The Tennessee House has advanced a proposal that would create a new state charter school commission to manage charter school appeals if operators are denied by a local school board

  Mayor Strickland proposes pay raise for all city employees in 2020 budget plan

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland presented his budget for fiscal year 2020 to the Memphis City Council at Tuesday’s meeting.

  Tennessee lawmakers pushing for disaster funding

As parts of Tennessee continue to struggle with flooding, lawmakers in Washington say they are still pushing for assistance.

Governor Bryant signs teacher pay raise bill

This will give teacher’s in Mississippi a raise of $1,500.

  Middle school textbook in East Tennessee stirs religious controversy

A new school book's writings on religion is causing controversy.

  Strickland to present 2020 city budget plan

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will present his 2020 budget to the city council Tuesday.

  Graceland exec: We’re not leaving Memphis

Despite some outrage on social media, Graceland does not appear to be moving from Memphis any time soon.

  First campaign disclosures filed in Memphis mayor’s race, Strickland holds financial lead

The first financial disclosure forms for 2019 in the Memphis mayoral race have now been filed. The forms detail campaign activity from January until March of this year.

  Lakeland mayor says “financial anomalies” discovered, critics call it a political ploy

Lakeland Mayor Mike Cunningham is claiming the city's books are bad, and he's speaking with authorities because of it.

Arkansas governor’s nephew faces new corruption charges

A former Arkansas lawmaker who is also Gov. Asa Hutchinson's nephew has been indicted and accused of accepting bribes from a Missouri nonprofit in a widening federal corruption probe that's already ensnared several state legislators

Medicaid expansion fails in TN legislature

Bill inspired by V.P. Mike Efforts to expand Medicaid coverage in Tennessee have failed in the state legislature.Pence fails in subcommittee

  TN governor’s education savings account proposal presses on

TN Governor Bill Lee's education savings account proposal cleared another hurdle Wednesday, but with some tweaks.

  West Memphis mayor pushes for city curfew to curb crime

A Mid-South mayor says a strict curfew is going to be enforced in an effort to curb a spike in violent crime. It’s just one of the tough new tactics coming to West Memphis.

Tate Reeves officially kicks off gubernatorial campaign

He held a rally at Climate Masters, his family’s business, in Pearl.