The Investigators: What you need to know about new unemployment benefits in the Mid-South

  5 Star Stories: A look into the gems of Memphis’ Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum

  5 Star Stories Studio Sessions: Memphis’ Sun Studio -- the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll

  The Investigators: Available hospital beds plummet across Mid-South after post-Thanksgiving surge

  The Investigators: TSA is finding more guns at airports with far fewer passengers

  The Investigators: Why hasn’t Tennessee administered the COVID-19 vaccine yet?

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  5 Star Stories Studio Sessions: Ardent Studios and its big stars

  The Investigators: Fans stuck with hundreds of dollars in tickets after pandemic brings concert cancellations

  The Investigators: Children’s Service’s commissioner says kids were not left in unsafe environments in response to state report

  5 Star Stories Studio Sessions: A rare look inside Sam Phillips Recording Studio

  5 Star Stories Studio Sessions: ‘Boo’ Mitchell talks Royal Studios

  5 Star Stories Studio Sessions: VIP access to soul man David Porter

  The Investigators: MPD excessive force complaints rarely get more than an internal review

Daniel Jefferson says his life changed forever five years ago. On April 2, 2015, he was driving on Hester Road in Whitehaven, and someone pulled behind him.

  5 Star Stories: The story of Memphis’ role in the road to freedom on the Underground Railroad

Memphis folklore tells of a lesser-known “conductor” on the Underground Railroad -- a man whose home served as a hideout for slaves on their journey to freedom.

  The Investigators: What to do if someone threatens that your Social Security number, benefits are being suspended

If you don’t recognize the number calling you, don’t answer. If you do answer, and hear a robocall, hang up immediately.

Pattern of Protection

Families of those injured or killed by police say union contracts are protecting "bad apples" and stop police leadership from being able to have oversight. Union officials say police are highly scrutinized and need collective bargaining agreements.

  Shot to the System: Memphis children’s hospital overwhelmed by young shooting victims

  Tonight at 10: The Investigators dig into Memphis' gun violence and its young victims

  5 Star Stories: Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler celebrates 50 years inside the ring

  The Investigators: Tennessee woman scammed by lover found on internet; romance and sextortion scams on the rise

  Tonight at 10: Romance scams in the age of COVID-19

  The Investigators: Where you live could determine whether you’ll survive COVID-19

  Tonight at 10: The Investigators reveal where you live may affect whether you survive COVID-19

The Investigators' Jessica Jaglois is giving a sneak peek at tonight’s story at 10 a.m. in a live discussion with Andrew Douglas. Watch here.

  Nurse practitioner field grapples with question of whether to standardize curriculum nationwide

Nurse practitioners are questioning their own education at some colleges. There’s no national standard on how to educate nurse practitioners, while medical education for doctors was standardized more than 100 years ago.

  The Investigators: Employment scams rampant in Mid-South; woman is threatened after accepting fake job

Mid-Southerners looking for safe work options during the pandemic are becoming victims of employment scams.

  Is that new work-from-home job on the up and up? The Investigators dig into online job postings tonight at 10

Looking for work during the pandemic? We have a new warning about some online job postings. Watch this story tonight at 10 on WMC Action News 5.

  The Investigators: After he was murdered, his wife got his killer’s properties and thousands of dollars in back taxes

The widow of a Shelby County code enforcement officer murdered on the job is now on the hook for money owed by the man who killed her husband.

  Tonight at 10: Nearly 20 years after her husband’s murder, widow gets stuck with his killer’s tax bill

For the past five years, Francis Wright has been trying to settle a debt her husband’s killer had with the Shelby County Trustee’s Office -- thousands of dollars in back taxes owed on properties awarded to her in a civil judgment.

  Penalties at Play: Millions of dollars flow to nursing homes from fines they have paid for poor care

Every year millions of dollars flow to nursing homes from a fund that is padded with fines collected from long-term care facilities that inspections show have put the health and safety of residents in jeopardy.

  5 Star Stories: Highlighting the best of the Mid-South (part 2)

Each week, WMC highlights the people, places and things that make us proud to call the Mid-South home. In case you’ve missed our 5 Star Stories, here are some of our favorites.

  The Investigators: Quitman County will finally get its first grocery store in 3 years

For years now, the people of Quitman County, Mississippi have been without easy access to fresh food.

  The Investigators: Hundreds of Mid-Southerners have reported scams this year. This tool may help you avoid becoming a victim

“Scammers play on that desperation,” said Daniel Irwin, who does research and investigations for the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South. “They play on the need for money, they play on the need for assistance.”

  5 Star Stories: Highlighting the best of the Mid-South (part 1)

In case you’ve missed our 5 Star Stories, here are some of our favorites.

  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.

  5 Star Stories: Pink Palace Museum is a mansion full of memories

This 6,500 square-foot mansion along Memphis' Central Avenue, with that signature pink Georgia marble façade, is a sentimental sight for so many Mid-Southerners.

  5 Star Stories: Memphians and tourists alike can’t stay away from BBQ at The Rendezvous

While ribs have been a staple at backyard barbecues for years, this 5 Star Story focuses on the restaurant credited with setting the standard for “Memphis-style” ribs more than 70 years ago.

  5 Star Stories: Shelby Farms Greenline viewed as the great equalizer

The Shelby Farms Greenline stretches from the heart of Binghampton to the heart of Cordova, connecting people from all walks of life with our community’s open spaces.

  The Investigators: How virtual schooling could impact parents’ mental health

More parents reaching out for support as they deal with stress from the pandemic and the de facto home-schooling that comes with virtual classes.

  5 Star Stories: Honoring our Delta Heritage and Tina Turner

he West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center is our latest 5 Star Story. It’s hidden behind service stations and fast food restaurants just off I-40 near Brownsville on Sunny Hill Cove in what was once a Western Sizzlin', and it’s truly a hidden gem.

  The Investigators: The field trip has gone virtual. Will the places that rely on the revenue survive?

In this time of social distancing and virtual learning, the field trip now looks different. The hands-on experience a field trip usually offers has been brought to an online platform.

  5 Star Stories: Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park offers a dose of the great outdoors

If the pandemic has you feeling cooped up in your home lately, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park could be the remedy to your cabin fever.

  The Investigators: Private school applications spike as public schools go virtual

Public schools have reduced the number of days children are in an actual classroom or canceled in-person classes completely. Meanwhile, many area private schools plan to bring students on campus five days a week, and many of those schools have seen a higher number of applications this semester.

  5 Star Stories: Brussel’s Bonsai Nursery, the largest of its kind in the US

Brussell’s Bonsai Nursery, the largest bonsai nursery in the United States, is certainly worthy of a 5 Star Story.

  The Investigators: Breaking down the cost of bridging Shelby County’s digital divide

The WMC Investigators looked into the cost associated with these devices. Providing 95,000 digital devices and accessories to Shelby County students doesn’t come cheap.

  5 Star Story: The Grove at GPAC -- a peaceful place of nature and arts

As we continue celebrating the things we love about the Mid-South, the Germantown Performing Arts Center takes center stage as a 5 Star Story with a new outdoor space where you can tap into nature and the arts.

  The Investigators: As some schools offer in-person lessons, Mid-South doctors discuss short-term, long-term effects of COVID-19 on children

Some Mid-South parents are still trying to decide if they should send their children back to school next month or instead, opt for in-home, virtual learning.

  The Investigators: Dozens of female inmates have been granted parole but remain behind bars

Their releases are delayed because access to classes the inmates must take before gaining freedom has been postponed due to the pandemic.

  5 Star Stories: 3 generations of love lead to hall of fame induction for the Cozy Corner Restaurant

It’s a delicious tale of a family who’s truly cornered the market on barbecue

  5 Star Stories: A. Schwab’s resilience prevails through pandemic

"You've heard of a mass, merchandiser. I call us a 'mess' merchandiser. Haha! We'll mess with that, if we can sell it."

  5 Star Stories: Shelby Farms Park, a 4,500-acre Mid-South crown jewel

Shelby Farms Park is one of the 20 largest urban parks in the U.S. and if you haven’t at least tried to explore any of its 4,500 acres – you’re missing out! And making it worthy of our 5 Star Story treatment.

  The Investigators: Memphis police director makes first change to policy since George Floyd’s death, protests

Changes have been made to the Memphis police policy in response to George Floyd’s death and the protests that followed.

  5 Star Stories: Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman takes us to Ground Zero Blues Club

When Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Morgan Freeman wants to slip away from it all, there is one place that has captured his heart: Clarksdale, Mississippi.

  5 Star Stories: Memphis distillery stands the test of time

If the neon rooster along the Memphis city skyline didn’t wake up your sense of intrigue, then maybe Old Dominick Distillery’s response to COVID-19 did.

  5 Star Stories: Huey’s celebrates 50 years of family, thrill picks and tradition

Huey’s celebrated 50 years in early April but, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the eatery had to cancel a planned anniversary party.

  5 Star Stories: Elmwood Cemetery goes high tech to preserve Memphis history

Beyond Shelby County's longest span bridge, beneath the stone angels, obelisks, and shade trees lie madams, martyrs, murderers, and millionaires. Established in 1852, Elmwood is the oldest active cemetery in Shelby County.

  5 Star Stories: Secrets, skylights and celebrities of the Peabody Hotel

Everyone knows about the ducks at the Peabody Hotel, but there's a lot more to the "South's Grand Hotel."

  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.

  5 Star Stories: The Peabody Hotel -- Tuesday at 10

For more than 150 years, it’s been recognized as the South’s Grand Hotel.

  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.

  Big Break: Gina Sweat reveals her big break on the way to becoming MFD’s 1st female director

She's in charge of the Memphis Fire Department, making history as the first female fire director. We talk to Gina Sweat about the defining moment of her career.

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

  MLGW line breaks costing the city millions: Monday at 10

Monday at 10, The Investigators find out who’s supposed to be paying for those repairs, why they may not be and why a city leader says he’s frustrated with what we uncovered.

  The Investigators: Collierville ransomware attack cost over $100,000; town now considering legal action

The simple task of opening an email could end with hackers holding your digital life hostage. That is what happened to the Town of Collierville last summer.

  5 Star Stories: Graceland takes us behind-the-curtain for a look at unseen artifacts from the King’s collection

For the first time, Graceland allowed our cameras behind-the-curtain to show you a rare side of Graceland that only family, staff and VIPs have seen ... until now.

  The Investigators: This Mississippi county feeds people across the world but its residents can’t buy fresh produce

Quitman County became a food desert overnight when its only full-service grocery store closed in 2017.

  Behind-the-scenes at Graceland: Tuesday at 10

It’s a rare side of Graceland very few have ever seen...until now!

  A Valentine 100 hearts strong: Gift of Life Mid-South celebrates 100th child milestone

Sherlen Hernandez became the 100th Gift of Life Mid-South child to undergo life-saving surgery at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

  Big Break: Memphis’ ‘Peppa Mouth of the South’ using his success to give back to the city he calls home

His real name is Artemis Williams, one of the most connected movers and shakers in Memphis who has parlayed his experience with Def Jam Records into not only bringing A-list entertainment to the Bluff City but also creating A-list community events for kids, schools, you name it.

  Watching Your Wallet: How to become a 401(k) millionaire

From using a specialized retirement plan to considering using a "robo advisor," experts explain how you can grow your retirement savings.

  Fighting for food in the Mid-South: Monday at 10

More than 7,000 people live in Quitman County, Mississippi, but they must travel nearly 60 miles round trip to go grocery shopping.

  Big Break: Peppa ‘Mouth of the South’ Williams - Thursday at 10

Music producer Peppa “Mouth of the South” Williams has helped shape the careers of some of music’s hottest artists.

  5 Star Stories: 5 generations of fine candy and family traditions make Dinstuhl’s a Mid-South treat

The family affair called Dinstuhl's Fine Candy Company started in a tiny 400 square foot shop on Main Street in downtown Memphis 118 years ago.

  Dozens of doctors with criminal histories licensed to practice in Tennessee

Criminal convictions often keep people from landing jobs they may otherwise be qualified for, but that’s not always the case when it comes to the people we entrust to care for us.

  Medical boards not doing enough to protect patients from doctors with history of misconduct, expert says

Are state medical boards doing enough to protect patients from doctors with sexual misconduct history? An expert told WMC Action News 5 there are several reasons why that has been called into question in recent years.

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

You might think that crash test dummies represent a wide range of drivers. But despite their blank faces and androgynous features, most dummies used in auto crash tests represent a very specific type of driver—an average adult male—which researchers say poses a safety risk for women.

  Does your doctor have a criminal history? Watch Monday at 10 on WMC

A WMC Action News 5 investigation reveals some Mid-South medical professionals are still practicing with a checkered past.

  Big Break: How one meal put chef Kelly English on the map

Creating a successful restaurant is no easy task, so how did chef Kelly English succeed when so many others have failed?

  Star chef tells the secret of his big break: Thursday at 10

Thursday at 10, hear what chef Kelly English says led to his big break in the culinary world.

  WMC exposes the top property tax offenders in Shelby County: Watch Monday at 10

Some Shelby County property owners are skipping out on their tax bills, and it's costing the county millions of dollars.

  5 Star Stories: Brothers take over beer industry in the Bluff City

“Ultimately we’re both responding to the higher authority of brotherhood rather than the business," said Wiseacre Brewery co-founder Davin Bartosch.