Special Reports

  Stuck in the system: Why a blighted home can remain standing when it is both a public nuisance and tax delinquent

When 92-year-old Ozzie Elliott sits on the front porch of her South Memphis home, she faces the home across the street that has been boarded up, vacant and neglected for the better part of 10 years.

  Plastic in food and drinks: Here’s why and how to avoid it

  The answer to blight: Monday at 10

  WMC exclusive: Richard Smith talks FedEx’s future, from drones and robots to a billion dollar super hub

  The future of FedEx: Wednesday at 10

  Data obtained by WMC Investigators shows number of disturbances has increased at Wilder Youth Development Center

  The overdose next door: How Shelby County is fighting the opioid crisis

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  Consumer Reports explains how to protect your privacy when using smartphone health apps

  The overdose next door: Monday at 10

  Queen of the jungle: Memphis Zoo’s top vet takes us inside her animal kingdom

  Shelby County Schools changing approach to discipline to keep more kids in class

  Differences in discipline: Wednesday at 10

  The Investigators: Blighted properties become havens for crime

  Game Changer: Grizzlies blazing a new trail this season with team’s 1st female assistant coach

Niele Ivey is living her dream and inspiring other women to do the same.

  Are grocery delivery services right for you?

Consumer Reports browsed hundreds of virtual aisles to find out.

  Crime at blighted homes: Monday at 10

Blighted homes can become crime magnets.

  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.

  Violence in transit: Are bus shields the answer to protecting MATA bus drivers?

  Game changer: Thursday at 10 on WMC

  The Investigators: Thousands of blighted homes impacting Memphis neighborhoods

Missed Opportunity: Federal initiative meant to help poor neighborhoods benefits the rich

  Superhero Toy Drive honors memory of young cancer patient by providing toys to St. Jude families

  Hidden damage: Thursday at 10 on WMC

  Fighting the blight in Shelby County: Monday at 10 on WMC

Thousands of blighted properties in neighborhoods across Shelby County have caused problems for more than a decade.

  Honoring the ‘Green Book’: A life-saving travel guide for African Americans during segregation

Have you ever wondered why many older African Americans like to leave early in the morning when they head out for a road trip? It’s likely something they learned to do as a matter of safety years ago when may of them used a Green Book to help navigate.

  Phil Trenary’s son reflects on his father’s life and legacy one year after his murder in downtown Memphis

For his son, Pearce Trenary, Sept. 27 is the day the phone stopped ringing.

  Memphis leaders hopeful exposure from NBC’s ‘Bluff City Law’ will boost city’s already booming tourism industry

In a city that already sees millions of tourists annually, the hope is the show will bring even more.

  NBC’s ‘Bluff City Law’ premiere includes many of Memphis’ iconic spots

Patrice Bates Thompson couldn’t contain her excitement Monday night seeing her beloved Four Way Grill in Soulsville front and center on NBC’s “Bluff City Law.”

  Memphis father-daughter legal duo working behind the scenes as technical advisers for NBC’s ‘Bluff City Law’

For the past few months, Lauran Stimac and Richard Glassman screened episode scripts and worked on set alongside Caitlin McGee and Jimmy Smits for all the legal scenes to make the show as life-like as possible.

  Exclusive look at ‘Bluff City Law’

Memphis makes television history Monday night.

  Meet the leading lady of NBC’s ‘Bluff City Law’

The actress is making the most of her time in the Bluff City while filming "Bluff City Law."

  Meet the cast of ‘Bluff City Law’

NBC’s “Bluff City Law” premieres Sept. 23 on WMC Action News 5

  Money behind the magic: How Memphis became the backdrop for ‘Bluff City Law’

The Bluff City had to flex its own grit and grind to make sure the series filmed here. And if it’s picked up for a second season, you can expect another round of fighting to fund it.

  ‘Bluff City Law’ stars hold special sneak peek before Sept. 23 premiere

It was the first local screening of the show for an invite-only audience.

  Unanswered complaints prompt BBB to issue rare warning to Mid-South apartment complexes

The BBB issued warnings about the Legacy at Westwind Apartments in Horn Lake, Mississippi and the Eden at Watersedge Apartments and Townhomes in Memphis.

  Tennessee correctional officer salaries still lag behind despite recent pay raise

Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker told lawmakers in January that 61 percent of prison guards quit within their first year, often to take a better-paying job somewhere else.

  Low pay contributes to staffing problems at Mississippi prisons

In an interview with the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, Pro-Publica and Investigate TV, Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall spoke about conditions in state-run prisons. Hall said low pay is contributing to staffing shortages in those facilities.

  Family Dollar stores with extensive history of complaints under fire

A national retail chain with a large footprint in Memphis is under fire from community activists, customers, and the courts.

  ‘Brian Banks’ debuts with Bluff City ties

The movie was filmed right here in the Bluff City during 2017 by Director Tom Shadyac where he turned Booker T Washington High School into Long Beach, California’s Poly High.

  Erase the Hate: Mississippi tattoo parlor offering free cover-ups for former white supremacists

At Sickside Tattoo Studio, what was meant to be permanent is now being covered up.

  Memphis nursing home tied to national investigation into patient neglect and mismanagement

The Ashton Place nursing facility on Walnut Grove is closed now, but at least one Memphis attorney who has handled cases involving this nursing home says the facility was a house of horrors for years.

  Memphis woman says she was duped by a fake customer service number for Cash App

A Memphis woman is warning users of the popular mobile payment service Cash App about crooks looking to prey on those who need help with their accounts.

  Orange Mound celebrates major milestone as Memphis turns 200

Orange Mound has birthed Olympic medalists, politicians, basketball greats and business women. Now WMC anchor Kym Clark is looking ahead to the community’s future by sharing stories from its past.

  Young at heart: Why more young adults are having heart attacks in the Mid-South

A new study shows more young people are having heart attacks under 40, sometimes without warning.

  Mid-South man shares nightmare experience of having weight loss surgery in Mexico

Raul Valenzuela says his botched surgery in Mexico nearly killed him.

  Memphis 200: The history of Beale Street

Memphis, Tennessee: The home of the blues and the birthplace for rock 'n' roll thanks to Beale Street.

  Germantown track star sets sights on 2020 Olympics

This quiet-natured track standout isn’t just an exceptional sprinter. She’s also going the distance off the track.

  David’s heart: 14-year-old shooting victim leaves behind lasting legacy

David Vongphachanh was just 14 years old when he lost his life to gun violence, but his legacy lives on for his family and strangers across the country.

  Uncertain incentives could keep ‘Bluff City Law’ from filming in Tennessee

Like all good courtroom dramas, we’re on the edge of our seats waiting to see what happens next because state money that will keep cameras rolling in Memphis isn’t a guarantee.

  Federal court could take over Mississippi’s foster care system

Could a federal court take over Mississippi's foster care system?That's what a child advocate is pushing for, arguing the state is violating a federal court agreement by not providing proper care to thousands of children in its custody.

  Mississippi sees major spike in reports of possible child abuse in recent years

WMC dug into several years of data that Mississippi provided to the federal government for the annual Child Maltreatment Report and found the number of children who’ve experienced abuse in Mississippi grew 41 percent in just four years.

  DNA Detectives: Scientists combining forensics with genealogy break ‘unsolvable’ cases

Scientists are using forensic genetics to help solve decades-old cold cases.

  Memphis 200: The history of Tom Lee Park and the river rescue that created a hero

Tom Lee Park is ground zero for Beale Street Music Festival. Thousands visit the park each year, but what do you know about the park’s namesake?

  First female, African-American Bishop to lead West TN Episcopal Diocese

The stained-glass ceiling has shattered, as Reverend Phoebe Roaf is poised to step into the shoes of retiring Bishop Don Johnson.

  Using rideshare as an ambulance? It may be cheaper, but is it safe?

An ambulance ride can cost you a pretty penny, so people are turning to ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft to get a trip to the hospital and cut their costs. Emergency personnel said it's not worth putting your life at risk to save a buck.

  Memphis girl faces rare disorder with humor as St. Jude steps in with a cure

Imagine growing up allergic to the sun, trapped inside while all your friends play outside. That was one Memphis child’s reality until she got treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

  Children abused, families move

A federal agency has ignored a 2006 federal law requiring the creation of a national child abuse registry, leaving an untold number of children in harm’s way when their families move to new states.

  Failed and Forgotten

The deaths of hundreds of children because of abuse or neglect goes unnoticed every year by agencies that protect kids. Congress and a 45-year-old law are largely to blame.

  A trifecta of failures puts kids at risk

When children die because of abuse or neglect, child protection agencies are often blamed – they are underfunded and overworked. But there are many other culprits who failed children.

  Digital rollbacks: Millions of cars have false mileage on odometers

Carfax experts say there are potentially more than one million cars on the roads with false odometer readings - meaning their mileage has been rolled back to make the vehicles look like they have less wear and tear.

  Medical tourism a cheaper alternative to surgery in the states but risks accompany the rewards

More Mid-Southerners are going under the knife outside the U.S. at a fraction of the price. But are the savings worth the risk?

  Black History Month: The historic Four Way Grill

If you've lived in Memphis for any length of time, you most likely know about it or have eaten there at least once.We’re talking about one of this country’s oldest soul food restaurants, the Four Way on Mississippi Boulevard.

  Black History Month: Salute to Larry Dodson of the Bar-Kays

Some folks just aren't made for retirement and you can add 68-year-old Larry Dodson to that list!

  Measure of hate: Statistics on Mid-South hate crimes likely inaccurate

Each year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation release hate crime statistics to give the public crucial information about the safety of communities. But how reliable is the information in those reports?

  Multiple sex offenders found on Facebook despite ban

Under Facebook's policies, convicted sex offenders are not allowed on the site; however, InvestigateTV identified multiple offenders who appeared to have recently active profiles.

  Black History Month: Salute to WDIA’s Bev Johnson

She’s considered the queen of Memphis radio and soon she’ll be immortalized as the first African American woman in the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame.