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  Mayor announces cuts to solid waste pickup, staff starting in 2020

The City of Memphis says there will be a “dramatic reduction” in solid waste services and staffing cuts at the start of 2020.

  Pet of the Week: Rosebud wants a home for the holidays

Board approves moving Confederate statue on Ole Miss campus

Counselors on hand at Millington naval base after deadly shootings at Pearl Harbor, Pensacola

  Mayor Strickland announces agreement between MIM and MRPP on future of Tom Lee Park

  Hepatitis A outbreak in Northeast Arkansas grows to more than 400 cases

  Commission creates committee to crack down on county employees breaking residency rules

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Marybeth Byrd moves on to the semifinals of The Voice

MHP’s new recruits begin intense 22-week training to become state troopers

  Man falls 60 feet off Oxford water tower

  Memphis City Council considers hikes for trash pickup, MLGW rates

  Demolition work begins at site of Union Row redevelopment project

  City of Memphis receives $5.6 million grant to address lead paint hazards in area homes

  SCS kicks off 5th Annual Operation Warm Hearts for students in need

SCS’s Operation Warm Hearts is a drive to give a coat to every student who needs one.

Former FedEx worker indicted in $12K gold bar theft case

Prosecutors say Darrel Parker, 50, stole eight thin gold bullion bars from a shipment in December 2017, hid the bars in his wallet and tried to leave work.

  Bolivar city council member facing new indictments for theft and fraud

A spokesman for the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says Jonathan Joy turned himself in Monday night for property theft up to $60,000 and home improvement service fraud.

  DA rules ‘tragic death’ of 11-year-old shot while playing with gun accidental

The child died Friday night after he accidentally shot himself with a pistol that he found in a relative's apartment.

  FedEx expects record shipping numbers on Cyber Monday

  Police identify victim in shooting near the National Civil Rights Museum

  Pinch District developers awarded 30-year PILOT for new hotel and mixed-use development

Memphis and Cincinnati prepare for round 2 at the AAC title game

  MPD finalizing application push for next recruit class as council looks to loosen residency requirements

  Phase 1 plans for Union Row development nearly double in size

  Trump administration reviewing Tennessee’s Medicaid block grant request

If approved, Tennessee would become the first state to get its federal Medicaid funding through an annual block grant.

  Pilot program places full-time nurses at SCS schools to cut down on absences

Success of this two-pilot program will hopefully grow the number of schools with full-time nurses across the district.

  MPD: 11-year-old accidentally kills himself while playing with gun

Neighbors are still in shock days later.

Apartment construction forces Hampline detour

A short connector trail between East Parkway and Broad Avenue has been fenced off during construction of 176 apartments.

  TBI: Pregnant woman dead, 8-year-old paralyzed in shooting

Investigators say 24-year-old Alexis Branch, who was eight months pregnant, died at the scene and her 8-year-old daughter was paralyzed in the shooting.

More than 6K citations issued during deadly MHP holiday enforcement period

MHP concluded its 2019 Thanksgiving holiday enforcement period on Sunday, December 1.

Arkansas may revoke retailers’ inactive medical pot licenses

Arkansas officials say licenses for inoperable medical marijuana dispensaries may not be reissued in June when they’re up for renewal

Donate this Wednesday to the 12th annual WMC Holiday Food Drive

On Wednesday, WMC Action News 5 anchors and meteorologists are fanning out across the metro to collect your donations for our 12th annual Holiday Food Drive benefiting the Mid-South Food Bank.

  Ole Miss athletics director discusses firing of Coach Matt Luke

When the players received the news Sunday, they didn’t take it lightly. Some players walked out of the meeting, according to the Ole Miss athletic director.

  4 teens escape from Nashville juvenile center during work detail

Police are searching for four teens who escaped a juvenile detention center in Nashville....two of them are murder suspects.

  Governor Bill Lee declares Dec. 1 as ‘Rosa Parks Day’

Known for her courage and bravery, Rosa Parks will now be permanently honored in Tennessee.

Mississippi chair-maker builds sixth chair for a U.S. president

You enter an area where quality, craftsmanship, and pride are still taken seriously, and it shows through his work.

  First of its kind website connects Mid-Southerners to community data and non-profit organizations

The website, LiveGiveMidSouth.org, hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, is helping Mid-Southerners research problems in their own neighborhood, and connect them to non-profits working to help solve that issue.

Meet David Bond, the man who became $2,000 richer off a Mississippi Lottery scratch-off ticket

The Mississippi Lottery Corporation reports first-day sales for scratch-off tickets surpassing $2.5 million.

  City of Oxford appoints interim police chief to top position

Jeff McCutchen officially steps into the role in January 2020 when Chief Joey East is sworn in as sheriff of Lafayette County.

  NYC mayor blasts FedEx delivery bot on Twitter

In a tweet, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city did not “grant permission for these to clog up our streets.”

  Local animal advocates praise the president’s signing of a bill making animal cruelty a federal felony

The bill bans intentional crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating or impalement of animals -- and videos of such acts called “crush videos.”

  MLGW, City of Memphis crews preparing for the possibility of a stormy Tuesday evening

Ahead of the storm, the power company has put its crews on notice for the potential of a long night ahead restoring power to customers.

  Therapy dogs provide comfort to holiday travelers at Memphis airport

On Tuesday, a team of four-legged furry friends showed up at Memphis International Airport to help relieve some of that stress.

Babies transform into the cutest little turkeys in the nursery at St. Francis Hospital

The hospital shared pictures of their nursery babies dressed up as Thanskgiving’s star dish.

Tornado Watch issued for parts of Mid-South; ‘enhanced risk’ for severe weather Tuesday

A cold front could bring the chance for severe weather Tuesday night.

  Weather expected to impact record-breaking travel day for Memphians

No matter if you're traveling in the sky or on the roads, the weather the next few days could have a major impact.

Power outages affecting street lights, businesses across Memphis

Street lights were out in parts of Memphis, including a large section of Poplar.

Mississippi Lottery sales top $2.5M on first day

The Mississippi Lottery Corporation said $570,000 of those sales will go back to the state.

  Memphis man awarded $81K after being shot at by a US Marshal during traffic stop

A judge has awarded a Memphis man over $81,000 after a U.S. Marshal fired shots at his car during a traffic stop in April of 2015.

  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.

Lottery ticket sales begin. So, how will it help Mississippi?

You may be buying your scratch-off lottery tickets, but do you know where the money is set to go?

Judge sentences ‘poster child for serial rapists’ to 371 years in prison

Judge Lee Coffee sentenced 37-year-old William Gossett to 371 years in prison Monday, saying Gossett never deserves to walk the streets as a free man again.

Panola County woman killed; daughter arrested for murder

According to the Panola County Sheriff’s Office, Pearlie Hamilton was shot around 9 p.m. Sunday in front of her home on Fudge Town Road.

  Bipartisan effort to repeal Tennessee school voucher plan emerges as Gov. Bill Lee accelerates timeline for rollout

A Republican state representative in northwest Tennessee has now joined an effort by Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives to get rid of Gov. Bill Lee’s voucher plan next legislative session.

  ‘Bluff City Law’ star Jimmy Smits talks about the Mid-Southerners who helped breathe life into his character

Jimmy Smits, star of NBC's "Bluff City Law," says there were two Memphians who helped breathe life into his character, Elijah Strait.

  From patient to nurse: Cancer survivor emphasizes the importance of the St. Jude mission ahead of marathon weekend

Ashley McTyre was just 10 years old when she became a patient at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. She says the doctors and nursing staff made all the difference for her.

  Le Bonheur increases security after hospital employee is shot after leaving work Friday night

Memphis police continue their search for two men responsible for the crime. Police now say the woman was the victim of an attempted carjacking.

  Fire Marshals demonstrate how NOT to deep fry your Thanksgiving turkey

Firefighters placed a partially-frozen turkey into a fryer overfilled with too much oil. The oil spilled over, catching on fire.

‘Bluff City Law’ season finale finds the team at Strait and Associates fighting a life or death case

While Sydney ends up in handcuffs, Elijah fights to get political asylum for a journalist. And it’s a race against the clock. Without asylum, the journalist will likely face death.

Tennessee Dept. of Education releases annual report card for schools across the state

The report features information on how schools are performing and the needs of their students.

THP increasing patrols along I-40 for holiday traffic

THP joined the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and other law enforcement partners to announce the seventh annual I-40 Challenge Traffic Safety Initiative Monday.

  Former corrections officer charged with wife’s assault is found dead

Memphis police say 37-year-old Franklin Burleson was found dead early Saturday morning at the Holiday Inn & Suites on New Brunswick Road.

  Gov. Bill Lee in Tipton County as Comcast announces $2.4 million rural broadband expansion

The law passed in 2017 and established the state's broadband efforts, focused on three main areas: investment, deregulation and education.

  First scratch-off lottery tickets go on sale in Miss.

Tickets went on sale at 5 a.m. marking the first time people can buy them in the state of Mississippi.

Arielle Hudson becomes Ole Miss’ first female African-American awarded Rhodes Scholarship

A University of Mississippi senior is the first African American woman from the school to become a Rhodes Scholar.

  Teen babysitter pleads guilty to beating 6-year-old girl to death

Prosecutors say Antonio Evans beat three children while babysitting in 2015. A 6-year-old girl died from her injuries.

  WMC exclusive: Richard Smith shares how to keep Memphis business moving forward

The Chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce sat down with WMC Action News 5 to share some of the positive signs for our local economy.

  Mississippi lottery tickets go on sale Monday

Feeling lucky? Starting Monday you can test your luck as Mississippi debuts the state’s first scratch-off lotto ticket.

  Tennessee lawmaker pushes federal bill to decriminalize marijuana and expunge past convictions

This week, the House Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly approved the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act.

2 Miss. men claim Catholic church pressured them into low-paying settlements following sexual assault allegations

AP reports the two men are claiming they were pressured into signing low-paying settlements and were required to keep quiet about the alleged abuse by Catholic officials.

  Memphis International Airport projects record-breaking crowds this holiday season

Another record-breaking travel season is expected at Memphis International Airport. Thanksgiving travel crowds are expected to begin Friday and not let up for more than a week.

  Antonio Brown countersuing Memphis woman amid sexual assault lawsuit

New details surrounding Antonio Brown -- the former NFL wide receiver is countersuing the Memphis woman who accused him of sexual assault, according to ESPN.

  Former state senator files petition to run for General Sessions Court Clerk

A member of a high-profile Memphis political family has started paperwork to run for general sessions court clerk -- despite the fact he's served time in federal prison.

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

There’s a new leader at FedEx Express, Tennessee’s No. 1 private employer with 30,000 Memphis-based team members.

  Tennessee leads the US in fighting sex trafficking, report says

For the third year in a row, Tennessee was named the best in the United States when it comes to fighting sex trafficking.

  UofM appealing decision after NCAA rules James Wiseman must sit out 11 more games

The NCAA has ruled Memphis basketball player James Wiseman must sit out 11 more games because of financial assistance his family received before he became a Tiger basketball player.

  Millington Fire Department battling large grass fire near airport

Fire officials say the fire is in the 4300 block of West Union near the airport. Officials say West Union Road is closed between Quito Road and Wilkinsville Road

  Mid-South woman upgraded to fair condition after authorities say she was shot by her husband

A Mississippi woman is improving after being shot Tuesday in an incident that resulted in a deadly officer-involved shooting.

  Memphis City Council takes first vote to amend MPD officer residency requirements

A number of things about the proposal were amended in committee: Council members want to try and equip MPD with take-home cars and they also want applicants to live in neighboring counties only.

  Shelby County Sheriff’s Office warns of text message scam posing as your bank

“I fell right into their trap,” Leigh Ann Carkeet said.

  Memphis City Council committee votes on incentive plan for $1.1B Pinch District development

There’s still a long way to go on this. The first full council vote is expected in two weeks on the Pinch project.

Mississippi school board considering action against 1st grader who brought BB gun onto school bus, superintendent says

Ashland Superintendent Steve Bostick says it happened Monday around 7 a.m.