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Memphis officials searching for missing, endangered 12-year-old boy

Tavier Bell was last seen Friday around 6 p.m. on Oakmont Place near Vollintine Avenue.

Appeals court won’t rehear Mississippi 15-week abortion case

  Law enforcement agencies present 2019 Memphis crime data, crime reduction strategies

Owner of boat that sank, killing 17, settles final lawsuit

New TN program protects survivors of violence by making some public records confidential

Gridiron Girl Aniah Echols gets ultimate NFL surprise

  Vice President Pence to visit Memphis for MLK holiday weekend

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  Memphis International Airport sets sights on a travel plaza

  Amtrak proposes new routes, trains for Tennessee

  ‘What a glorious day’: Arkansas inmates get baptized while in jail

  Gov. Reeves announces nationwide search for MDOC commissioner

  Donations are pouring in for victims of the north Mississippi storms

  SCSO confirms body found in Parkway Village pond was missing security guard

Westhaven Elementary dismisses early for nearby power outage

According to the district, they started the day anticipating repairs would be complete, but the ongoing outage prompted SCS to send students home at 11:30.

Advocates and parents lobby for continued investments in early childhood education

Mississippi doesn't require preschool.But the state is pouring more money into those programs. Wednesday's day at the Capitol for the advocates was also about raising awareness of the work being done with the state's little ones.

SkyCop cameras installed across Jonesboro

Jonesboro police and crews with City Water and Light were busy Thursday installing three SkyCop cameras throughout the city.

  Step into a world of pure imagination with ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ at the Orpheum

The movie that we all know and love is re-imagined on stage in the Broadway musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

  Gov. Bill Lee expected to sign bill allowing adoption agencies to deny same-sex couples

Group of Mississippi physicians come out in support of medical marijuana initiative

Endangered Caruthersville, Mo. woman still missing; family expands search to other states

  Memphis residents remain frustrated with slow lawn debris pickup as mayor personally apologizes for service delay

Former state lawmaker, Tupelo teacher arrested following disturbance call

  Family of Linda Collins speak out on new charges suspect faces

9 tornadoes hit the Mid-South during Saturday’s storms, according to the National Weather Service

We now have a better count of how many tornadoes hit the Mid-South during Saturday’s storms.

City Watch canceled for missing man

Memphis police have canceled a City Watch for a missing man.

  NY Civil Rights attorney files lawsuit against Mississippi following uproar in state prisons

Their legal action comes after two weeks of riots that left 5 inmates dead inside state prisons, including three deaths at Parchman.

  Second wave of influenza could strike the Mid-South

Health officials are noticing a new trend that could lead to an increase in the number of people infected with the virus.

  West Memphis set to open 3 medical marijuana dispensaries

The mayor thinks the lure of medical marijuana could mean people moving across the bridge to the other side.

Mississippi River predicted to reach flood stage at 3 Miss. cities by mid-January

The gates of the Steele Bayou Control Structure were closed Tuesday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers due to high water.

  Tate Reeves inaugurated as 65th Governor of Mississippi

Republican Tate Reeves was sworn in as the 65th Governor of Mississippi Monday morning at the state capitol in Jackson.

Adoption agencies allowed to deny LGBTQ couples under Tenn. bill

In the first legislative session of 2020, the Tennessee state Senate passed its first bill of the year that would allow adoption agencies to deny LGBTQ couples based on religious beliefs, WTVF reported.

  Relief organizations begin helping residents in Mississippi

Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization, had a team of five on the ground helping residents any way they could.

  93-year-old DeSoto County woman loses home in storm

Peak says his 93-year-old grandmother, Gladys, and other family members were inside the home when the storms hit.

2 Crittenden County employees fired, accused of theft

Two Crittenden County employees have been arrested and fired after being charged for theft of property.

MBI cancels missing, endangered child alert for 4 Mississippi teens

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued an endangered missing child alert for four teens out of Jackson, Mississippi.

  BBB warns Mid-South homeowners of storm cleanup scams

Natural disasters, like the twisters that touched down in the Mid-South this past weekend, often show the best of humanity, with people stepping up to help those in need.

  Disabled woman dies in early morning house fire in Whitehaven

Fire investigators say a candle is what caused a house fire in Whitehaven killing one woman.

Tate Reeves to be sworn in as Mississippi’s 65th Governor

Tate Reeves will be sworn in as Mississippi’s 65th Governor Tuesday morning, but the forecast is now impacting plans for the ceremony.

Allegiant Airlines adds 4 non-stop flights to Memphis International Airport

Allegiant Airlines is adding four non-stop flights from the Memphis International Airport.

Inauguration 2020: Tate Reeves to be sworn in as Mississippi’s 65th Governor Tuesday morning

Due to rain, the ceremony will now be held inside the State Capitol in the House chamber.

  81-year-old missing security guard’s body, truck recovered from pond near Ten Mile Creek apartments

The body and truck of 81-year-old Curtis Harris was recovered from a pond at the Ten Mile Creek apartments Monday after he was reported missing late last year.

TBI lab data reveals meth as the state’s most-submitted drug in 2019

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime lab data has revealed that meth was the state’s most-submitted drug during 2019.

  More than 200 homes left damaged in DeSoto County

Widespread damage across 25 Mississippi counties and the hardest-hit area on Saturday was DeSoto County where more than 200 homes were damaged.

  Jay-Z and Yo Gotti shine light on Parchman conditions, demand improvements from state leadership

Rappers JAY-Z and Yo Gotti have written Gov. Phil Bryant and Commissioner Pelicia Hall about the conditions at Parchman

  DeSoto County using new technology to assess tornado damage

This new system called Crisis Track allows assessment crews to update information in real time while they're in the field.

  NWS says straight-line winds caused drastic damage in Tunica, Miss.

The National Weather Service in Memphis surveyed damage in Tunica, Mississippi from Saturday morning’s severe weather and determined straight-line winds were to blame, not a tornado.

  Firefighters offer helping hand after tornadoes strike DeSoto County

As Mid-Southerners clean up and try to rebuild from this weekend's storm, hundreds of community members are stepping up to help, including a group of firefighters who almost became victims themselves.

  Classes in session for DeSoto County Schools 2 days after tornadoes rip through the county

Even with some leniency being taken on absences, most DCS students were in class Monday.

2019 Tennessee Comptroller audit says TDOC failed to investigate sexual abuse claims, meet required staffing levels

According to the Tennessee Comptroller audit, there are 18 findings in total that were brought into question over the past year.

BBB gives Mid-Southerners advice for dealing with storm damage

The Better Business Bureau is reminding those affected to take caution when recovering from the damage and be wary of storm chasers.

  Mississippi police sergeant loses law enforcement certification

A review of Roderick Brown Jr.’s certification came after WMC asked questions about his de-certification in Arkansas before he was hired in Mississippi.

  Power restoration nearly complete after weekend storms, MLGW says

In an update Monday, the company said only about 80 customers remain without power. Most of those customers are on President’s Island where the storm destroyed 34 utility poles.

  Red panda brothers join Memphis Zoo’s CHINA exhibit

Red panda brothers Xing and Itsuki were born at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Canada in 2014.

Nationwide outage preventing Tennessee from issuing driver’s licenses

The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators is experiencing a systems outage across the country, preventing the State of Tennessee from issuing driver's licenses.

Fuel analyst: ‘Enjoy falling prices while they last’

The head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy points to de-escalating tensions between Iran and the U.S. for driving oil prices below $60 per barrel.

Mississippi fire department accepting donations after tornadoes touchdown

The Love Fire Department in north Mississippi is accepting donations after severe weather ripped through their town.

Cross Co. church damaged, continues services after severe storms

Pastor J.T. Baskins said he & his congregation will continue to praise and worship despite damage done to the church.

  MDOT helps in the fight against human trafficking

MDOT Enforcement officers are trained on how to identify and police human trafficking on state highways and at weigh stations.

Jackson Indie Music Week now underway

Music artists and filmmakers will show off their talents starting Sunday, January 12 through January 19.

Power crews continue to work to restore electricity as water rises in area rivers

Utility crews are continuing to work to restore power to people impacted by storms, as the heavy rains that pummeled the area now fill area rivers.

  Restoration efforts underway in DeSoto County following weekend storms

Restoration efforts are in full force in DeSoto County after storms on Saturday ripped through the area.

Inmates provided bottled water, food after outages at two north Miss. prisons

MDOC is currently using generators to power the facilities.

Gov. Phil Bryant signs declaration of emergency for Mississippi

Gov. Bryant says the storms caused damage to homes, businesses and high flooding will continue to be a threat.

  Panola County officials report widespread damage following severe weather

Panola County officials have reported widespread damage across the county including a camping ground in Sardis that left RVs overturned.

  FIRST ALERT: Strong storms prompt tornado and thunderstorm warnings across the Mid-South

A strong low-pressure system brought an intense line of rain and storms to parts of the Mid-South early Saturday morning, including damaging wind and the chance reports of isolated tornadoes. We declared Saturday a First Alert Weather Day.

  Tree falls on apartment building on East Parkway in Memphis

Two women were inside and said they heard what sounded like a very loud clap of thunder as the apartment vibrated.

Storms claim 3 lives in NW Louisiana; part of I-20 closed

Traffic on eastbound I-20 is being diverted at mile marker 49; westbound travelers are being detoured at mile marker 52

Missing 13-year-old from Mississippi found safe

Agents with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation are searching for a missing and endangered 13-year-old girl.

19-year-old from Germantown dies in crash on I-40

A Germantown teen died in a crash Tuesday after his Jeep Wrangler flipped while he was driving on I-40 around midnight.

'Don’t be fooled’: Health officials urge voters to just say ‘no’ to medical marijuana initiative

State health officials are responding to the news that an initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Mississippi will be put to voters later this year.

Mississippi House passes bill to cover gap in teacher raise

House Bill 1 will cover the shortfall of more than $18 million. It moves to the Senate and is expected to pass there, too. It would then go to the governor.

New state auto insurance law takes effect in Arkansas

A new state law that took effect at the first of the year will have an impact on all drivers in the state, with officials saying they are hopeful the new rules will also have a positive impact on insurance rates.

Governor Phil Bryant reflects on his time in office

Mississippi's 64th Governor Phil Bryant is in the final days of his second term.He'll maintain the title until next Tuesday when Tate Reeves is sworn in.

MDOC contracts with private prison to house Parchman inmates in wake of recent violence

MDOC says they’re taking steps to maintain order in the wake of the recent unrest in the state prison system.

  Medical marijuana will be key campaign issue for Mississippi voters in 2020

Voters in Mississippi will decide this November whether to legalize medical marijuana in the state after a signature drive got the measure on the ballot.

  One Beale developer responds to noise complaints, says crews completed ‘massive step’ in construction Thursday

The developer of a project that will connect Beale Street to the Memphis riverfront gave an update on construction Thursday and responded to complaints about recent construction noise.

  Mid-South high school aims to fight obesity among students with new healthy lifestyle program

Commontable Health Alliance and the Amerigroup Foundation teamed up to launch the program at Craigmont High School.

  Person of interest now charged with murder after man found dead inside parked semi

According to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, 27-year-old James Huddleston is charged with several felonies, including first-degree murder.

Mississippi State hires Mike Leach as head coach

Mississippi State is hiring Mike Leach as its new head football coach, according to multiple reports.

Former inmate shares his experience while locked up in Parchman

From violence that broke out last week to prison lock-downs, the spotlight continues to shine on the state of Mississippi prisons.

Website to allow people to track crash statistics in Arkansas

A website will provide details on fatal and serious injury crash statistics to residents in the Natural State, officials said Wednesday.