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  Big changes on the way for TennCare

In one of its final acts, the Trump administration approved a controversial block grant plan, allowing the State of Tennessee to receive federal funding for its Medicaid program, TennCare, in a lump sum.

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: Over 2,600 new cases reported Saturday

  Tipster explains why they helped FBI identify Memphis man now charged in connection with Capitol siege

  100,000 Mississippians vaccinated as more vaccines head to the state

  Vaccines redirected away from hospitals as Gov. Reeves casts doubts on distribution timeline

  Mid-South public defender arrested, charged with rape

  330K COVID-19 vaccines given to Tennesseans so far

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  Remains of Nathan Bedford Forrest to be moved to Columbia, records show

Tenn. National Guard headed to D.C. for Inauguration Day

More COVID-19 vaccines set to arrive in Mississippi, says MSDH

  Arkansas man accused of beating Capitol police officer with American flag during riot

  The Investigators: Unemployed Mid-Southerners report their benefits are going elsewhere after accounts hacked

39 Mississippi school districts receive federal money to help low-income students

  Kroger donates $150K to Mid-South Food Bank in honor of MLK Day

Mid-South Food Bank president and CEO Cathy Pope says donations like this are crucial when it comes to serving the community.

‘Black Lives Matter’ crosswalk planned near Hattiloo Theatre

The Memphis Public Art Review committee approved the rainbow-theme crosswalk Wednesday.

  GRAPHIC: Deer thrown off interstate bridge hits semi-truck in Mississippi

The Highway Patrol says the individuals also dropped bricks onto two other vehicles after the deer.

  Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office launches surveillance camera program

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department launched a program to use resident’s outdoor surveillance cameras to help solve crimes.

1 person killed in crash at Bartlett intersection

  Tennessee reports nearly 5K new COVID-19 cases, 84 more deaths

Mississippi National Guard activated for presidential inauguration

  At least a dozen MATA employees test positive for COVID-19 this week

Arkansas sends National Guardsmen to Biden inauguration

  Doctor discusses COVID vaccine and pregnancy risks

  JSU: 5 employees, 19 students test positive for COVID-19

JSU says the campus will undergo a thorough cleaning and sanitizing to ensure the safety of all.

  Memphis City Council member talks county’s approach to tackling coronavirus

Patrice Robinson says there may be hesitancy from many to get a vaccine, but misinformation is playing a large role in this.

MSDH not accepting any more COVID-19 vaccination appointments until mid-February

COVID-19 vaccination supply committed through mid-February.

  TDH: More than 3,000 Tennesseans currently hospitalized due to COVID-19

The Shelby County Health Department has reported 479 new coronavirus cases and 16 new deaths across the county.

  Mid-South lawmakers cast votes on impeachment of President Trump

We’ve been watching the impeachment debate in the U.S. House of Representatives throughout the day for remarks and statements from Mid-South lawmakers.

  Tennessee congressman delivers fiery speech during Trump impeachment debate

With 30 seconds to speak, Cohen cited the first impeachment, last week’s Capitol riot and his concerns for future violence.

Attempted murder suspects arrested by U.S. Marshals in Memphis

Two suspects have been arrested by the US Marshals for attempted first-degree murder for unrelated crimes.

  Some Miss. lawmakers do not support removal of President Trump

President Donald Trump is on the verge of a second impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives following the deadly attacks on Capitol Hill.

  Mississippians 65+ and those with pre-existing conditions now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Mississippi leaders are working to accelerate vaccine distributions in the coming days.

  146 additional virus-related deaths reported in Tennessee

The Shelby County Health Department has reported 508 new coronavirus cases and 10 new deaths across the county.

  Tennessee General Assembly begins new session amid FBI warning of armed protests

Tennessee lawmakers didn’t address the issue during the session on Tuesday. Instead, they alluded to the deep political divisions across the country.

  Mid-South officials say they’re preparing for FBI warning of armed protests in coming days

According to the internal bulletin from the FBI that was leaked to the public, these armed protests may target local, state and federal government buildings.

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands in Mississippi, but all vaccines are now allotted

As of Wednesday, Jan. 13th, the state of Mississippi announced that all available vaccines have been allotted, and that another shipment isn’t expected until mid-February. We will update this story when new information is available.

  Memphis business, Mo’s Bows, featured in national commercial

Memphis made entrepreneur, Moziah Bridges, is in the spotlight once again, this time for a national commercial.

  Arkansas governor touts strong budget in midst of pandemic, lays out goals for teacher pay, tax cuts

Before a packed Arkansas General Assembly, separated by plexiglass and masks, Gov. Asa Hutchinson delivered his annual State of the State Address Tuesday morning.

SCSO: Man arrested after shooting in Millington neighborhood

An arrest has been made after a man was shot in Millington. Deputies responded to a shooting call in north Shelby County on Marvin Road on January 10.

Former President of University of Memphis dies

A former President of the University of Memphis has died.

Nashville police monitoring 3 planned protests at Tennessee State Capitol

The FBI has warned law enforcement agencies across the country about possible armed protests at 50 state capitols before Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Sheriff: Icy bridges and overpasses in DeSoto County, crash reported

According to the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, some icy bridges and overpasses have been spotted in north Mississippi.

  Shelby Co. Health Dept. resumes administering COVID-19 vaccine

After a week of no vaccine activity, the Shelby County Health Department will start administering vaccines at the Pipkin Building on Tuesday.

  Sheriff’s office investigating another bridge arson

The Poinsett County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fire on the bridge believed to be set on purpose.

  Snow days could become a thing of the past thanks to virtual learning

Since COVID-19 brought about virtual learning, school can go on despite the weather.

  TDH: Over 80K active COVID-19 cases in Tennesse, nearly 3,100 currently hospitalized

The Shelby County Health Department has identified 691 new coronavirus cases and 12 new deaths.

Mississippi congressman, senator against call for Pence to invoke 25th Amendment

The 25th Amendment allows for the president or vice president to be replaced by means of death, removal, resignation or incapacitation.

Police: Tennessee pizza delivery driver robbed by teens/children

Investigators are searching for juvenile suspects wanted for the armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver.

TBI: Mother, boyfriend charged with abuse, neglect of vulnerable daughter

Agents with the Tennessee Bueara of Investigation have charged a Tennessee woman and her boyfriend with abuse and neglect of the woman’s adult daughter who relied on them for care.

Slideshow: Snow falls in Central Miss.

Snow is moving in from the west.

  TDH: Active cases top 80.8K in Tennessee with 7,419 new cases reported

The Tennessee Department of Health reported 7,419 new COVID-19 cases Friday and 81 additional deaths.

Family remembers man killed in hit-and-run while stopping to help stranded motorist

A police report says Willie Sanders and his friend stopped to help a stranded motorist when they were hit by two cars that drove off. Both men died.

  Woman charged with impersonating officer, attacking neighbor with bat

Police were called to an apartment on South Rembert Street Thursday evening after the victim said his neighbor, Margaret Richardson, forced her way into his apartment while hitting him with the bat.

  Hunt for people involved in Capitol riot moves closer to Mid-South

An Arkansas man who went viral after being photographed sitting in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office chair during Wednesday’s Capitol siege was arrested Friday.

  4 suspects in custody in connection with string of Panola County church burglaries, 4 more sought

Panola County investigators have identified eight suspects in a string of church burglaries WMC first reported Thursday.

Tennessee is 1st to be approved for Medicaid block grant

Gov. Bill Lee says Tennessee has become the first state in the nation to be approved to receive funding in a lump sum for its Medicaid program through a block grant program.

  Southern Baptist Convention leader calls for president’s resignation

Leaders from the Southern Baptist Convention, the world’s largest Baptist denomination, are condemning the actions of the rioters.

  FBI searches homes, offices of state Republicans as part of investigation into Glen Casada’s office

House Speaker Cameron Sexton provided details in a news conference late Friday morning saying the searches are part of an ongoing investigation connected to former House Speaker Glen Casada’s office.

  Cooper-Young neighbors hopeful cameras caught suspect in double shooting

Investigators say two men were sitting in a car outside Hire Quest Direct, a job placement business, when someone walked up to the car and shot them.

  Homeless fear shelters because of COVID-19

With cold temperatures in the Mid-South some in the homeless community say they’d rather brave the cold than go to a shelter with how prevalent COVID-19 is right now.

Effort in Arkansas to enact hate crimes law in jeopardy

An effort to enact a hate crimes law in Arkansas is in jeopardy, despite a push by the state’s popular Republican governor and major corporations.

  Shelby County Health Department to resume COVID-19 vaccinations Jan. 12

Based on the weekly allotment, SCHD will resume vaccinations on an appointment-only basis at the Pipkin Building at the Shelby County Fairgrounds each Tuesday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  More than 73K active COVID-19 cases in Tennessee

The state has now had 640,606 people contract the virus and 7,618 die. Nearly 560,000 virus cases in the state are now considered inactive while 73,363 active cases remain.

Tennessee congressman introducing resolution to abolish Electoral College

A news release from his office calls the Electoral College an “archaic institution” that has in the last two decades twice given the White House to a candidate who did not win the popular vote, “defeating the will of the American people.”

Hyde-Smith: ‘My heart is broken’ after death of US Capitol police officer

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick is the fifth person to die because of the violence on the Capitol.

  String of burglaries cost Panola County churches thousands of dollars in lost equipment

Pastors from several Panola County churches want to know who is breaking in, taking off with thousands of dollars worth of items, including musical equipment, full-size stoves and heaters and ransacking offices.

  Tennessee congressman among lawmakers calling for 25th Amendment

Representative Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, signed that letter along with 20 other lawmakers, but he said he doesn’t expect much will come of it.

  Protesters with Mid-South ties part of mob that stormed Congress

We’re learning more about some of the people caught on camera during the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

  Tennessee senators release joint statement after withdrawing objection to Biden’s win following Capitol siege

“We watched in horror as rioters breached the security of both Houses of Congress and inflicted significant property damage upon those historical halls."

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

For the thousands of unemployed Mid-Southerners, there is a bit of good news. More unemployment benefits are on the way.

  Jonesboro hospitals exceed 800+ antibody infusions in the fight against COVID-19

St. Bernards Medical Center and NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital both are combating coronavirus by offering monoclonal antibody infusions.

  Shelby County tops 1,000 COVID-19 deaths as community reaches ‘worst part’ of pandemic

An early look at Shelby County’s Friday COVID-19 data release shows the county has reached a grim milestone, surpassing 1,000 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

  Memphis pastor, NCRM president note differences in police responses to Capitol riot and BLM protests

National Civil Rights Museum president Terri Freeman says the unpreparedness of law enforcement for this planned event was “curious at best,” especially when compared to the protests in the spring and summer where demonstrators were met with riot gear.

  Man photographed in Pelosi’s office chair claims he’s retired Memphis firefighter

The now-viral photo shows Richard Barnett seated in the Speaker’s chair with his foot propped on her desk.

Oh babies! Memphis Zoo announces newest babies, including 1st of 2021

This birth brings the total number of penguins at the Zoo to 22

  1st Black faculty member at Memphis State University dies

In 1966, Dr. Miriam DeCosta-Willis became the first Black faculty member at Memphis State University -- a school that denied her admission nine years earlier.

  Governor approves Shelby County DA’s request for reward to solve 2019 child murder

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has approved a $15,000 reward after a 13-year-old was murdered in Memphis.

Names released in deadly plane crash

An eyewitness said he could “hear something wrong with the plane’s engine” as it passed

Tennessee reports another 111 deaths, 9,000 new cases of COVID-19

The Shelby County Health Department has identified 613 new coronavirus cases and 31 more deaths within the last 24 hours.

  Over 16,500 new unemployment claims filed in Tennessee last week

A new report Thursday morning showed there have been 16,554 new unemployment claims filed in the state of Tennessee last week, bringing the total number to 980,983 since March 15, 2020.

Protesters gather outside Arkansas State Capitol in support of Pres. Trump

About 200 to 300 people gathered Wednesday morning to support President Donald Trump, according to a report from content partner KARK.