Daily Report: Arkansas Dept. of Health monitoring COVID-19

The Arkansas Department of Health is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 daily.

  155 new COVID-19 cases, 1 additional death reported in Shelby County

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 117 new cases reported Sun.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for parts of the Mid-South

Medicaid expansion ballot initiative groundwork underway in Mississippi

Kansas City woman searching for birth family in Memphis

Friday night Ballet Memphis performance at Levitt Shell rescheduled for weather

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American Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Memphis

Quarter-century-old dog tag among items found in 12-foot SC gator’s belly

  ‘Why aren’t we angry?’: Memphis pastor calls for end to gun violence, says community must speak out against crime

Marshals offering cash reward for help catching Covington murder suspect

Man found injured on Hacks Cross, dies at hospital

Tickets on sale for 2021 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis

  1,120 more deaths, 4 new COVID-19 cases reported in Tennessee

It’s not immediately clear when the deaths occurred.

Woman found dead after Whitehaven house fire

Memphis firefighters found a woman’s body after putting out a fire at a home in Whitehaven Thursday.

Traffic Alert: Wrecks causing delays across Memphis interstates

Crashes on three different highways are causing delays across Memphis Friday morning.

The Investigators: Thousands of pounds of toxic gas released during Valero incident

Giant flames erupted from the neighboring facility on February 15th during the winter storm.

  President Biden pushing to get ‘ghost guns’ off streets

  Rapper Big Boogie & caravan of 20+ friends arrested following Mississippi shooting

Thousands of Mississippians eligible for reduced insurance rates under ARP

  Tennessee lawmakers react to President Biden’s executive actions

  Memphis rapper Big Boogie & friends arrested after Senatobia shootout

FBI looking for victims of truck drivers accused of kidnapping women, holding them for ransom

Permitless carry bill becomes law with Tennessee governor’s signature

It allows Tennesseans over 21 and members of the military over 18 to carry a handgun without a permit. It also includes tougher penalties for gun-related crimes.

Memphis school on lockdown as police investigate shots fired in the area

The district’s media relations office says Gordon Elementary was placed on a precautionary lockdown while police respond to shots fired in the area.

  MATA providing free fares for vaccine appointments

The Memphis-Shelby County COVID-19 Joint Task Force is giving an update Thursday on the state of the pandemic and ongoing vaccine distribution.

  Vaccines available without appointment evenings this week at Pipkin Building

The City of Memphis announced the Pipkin Building Community Vaccination Center will offer vaccines from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday on a first come, first served basis.

Police: Driver tries hitting officers to escape arrest, another officer sent to hospital

Police say a reckless driver nearly hit multiple officers overnight as they tried to stop his car, and one officer ended up in the hospital.

  Severe threat moves out, First Alert Weather Day over

Severe storms will be possible on Wednesday night. Meteorologist Brittney Bryant has the details on timing and threats.

  Gov. Lee hosts criminal justice reform panel featuring conservative leaders

Governor Bill Lee gathered a number of criminal justice leaders from across the country to discuss the future of criminal justice reform in Tennessee.

  Will controversial transgender laws hurt Arkansas?

State lawmakers in the Republican-dominated legislature overrode Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto of House Bill 1570 by a large margin.

  Experts discuss the COVID-19 vaccine and the state of the pandemic in a virtual WMC forum

We talked with experts from Methodist and across the Mid-South about the vaccine and what needs to happen next to return to some sense of normalcy.

Ole Miss student charged in frat hazing that injured pledge

A University of Mississippi student faces aggravated assault charges after police said he sprayed cleaner into the mouth of a fraternity pledge during a hazing ritual.

59 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more death in Shelby County

There have been 91,906 cases and 1,575 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

  Emergency management office says outdoor sirens could sound today for maintenance ahead of chance for severe weather

The Memphis Office of Emergency Management says some sirens may activate today for maintenance purposes and not to be alarmed, at least early in the day.

Traffic Alert: Memphis interstate crash causing big delays for morning commuters

According to TDOT, multiple vehicles were involved in a crash on westbound I-240 south of the Sam Cooper/I-40/I-240 interchange.

  FEMA mass vaccination site opens in Memphis

FEMA is taking over operations from the City of Memphis at that location and plans to vaccinate up to 3,000 people each day.

  $22 million project could bring growth to Blytheville

The Blytheville Planning Commission approved a $22 million rezoning request to develop homes behind Walmart.

  Over 550k people fully vaccinated in Miss.

Mississippi is making records when it comes to distributing COVID-19 vaccines!

  Shooting on Wolf River Greenway an apparent suicide, investigators say

Emergency crews are on the scene at Walnut Grove and Humphreys where it happened.

  Tennessee attorney gen. pushes to cancel student loans for some former ITT Tech students

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery says ITT Tech used deceptive tactics between 2007 and 2011 to convince students to borrow money and enroll.

  CDC awards $120.5M to Mid-South states to expand COVID-19 vaccine access and increase acceptance in minority communities

Mid-South states are getting more than $120.5 million in federal funding to help expand vaccination efforts in communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 virus.

Tennessee governor joins GOP push against vaccine passports

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has joined fellow Republicans nationwide to advocate against COVID-19 vaccine passports, which are being developed to let inoculated people travel, shop and dine more freely.

  Man accused of shooting, killing 4-year-old arrested

Police say Terrell Woods opened fire after arguing with a man in the same car as the boy Saturday.

Miss. receives $29.7M to expand vaccination efforts in minority communities

31 percent of all shots administered have gone to African Americans.

Polls open for Mississippi primary elections

Voters are selecting candidates running for city offices including mayor, councilman and alderman.

  Arkansas governor vetoes bill that would have banned gender-affirming treatments for minors

“This is a government overreach,” Hutchinson said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

Memphis officer on leave after hitting drivers on ATVs fleeing police

According to the police department, officers were called to a neighborhood near Lamar and I-240 where they found 10 to 15 ATVs driving recklessly.

Half a dozen guns stolen in recent Shelby County car break-ins

According to the sheriff’s office, there have been 35 thefts reported from vehicles in the past two weeks, and about half a dozen firearms were stolen in the process.

Data shows increase in 7-day average for new COVID-19 cases in Shelby County

The Shelby County Health Department reported less than 100 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, but data shows increases in some COVID-19 numbers in recent weeks.

  Gunshots damage new Beale Street hotel, hit vehicle stopped at light in downtown Memphis

Bullets did, however, hit a vehicle stopped at Front and Beale and damaged several rooms at a brand new hotel on Beale Street, according to police.

  Reeves shares opinion of vaccine passports on CNN

The governor spoke to CNN Sunday saying Americans should decide what’s best for their families.

  Reserve your St. Jude Dream Home ticket now for a chance to win an early bird prize!

Reserve your ticket now for a chance to win an early bird prize, including the ultimate Memphis experience!

  Vaccines now available to everyone 16+ statewide in Tennessee

As of Monday, all Tennesseans 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

  FEMA reimbursing funeral costs for families who’ve lost loved ones due to COVID

During this COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of families in Mississippi found themselves having to bury a loved one who contracted the virus.

  Mississippi Republicans speak out against Biden’s infrastructure plan

Mississippi’s top Republicans say the president’s plan will hurt more than it helps.

Mississippi health officials drafting regulations for medical marijuana

Medical Marijuana is legal in Mississippi. But the state board of health is still working out the rules.

TDOC to resume in-person visitation next week

Appointments must be made ahead of time, so contact the corrections facility for more information.

  Organizations take legal action with hopes in stopping the Byhalia Pipeline

New legal action in the fight against a proposed oil pipeline that would run through several Memphis communities.

U.S Capitol on lockdown due to security threats, 1 driver, officer killed

Police say 2 officers are injured.

  Activist calling for early voting in Mississippi

Mississippi is one of only six states in the U.S. that doesn’t offer early voting. But a DeSoto County woman wants to change that.

Utility COVID-19 disconnection moratorium ending for Ark. Entergy customers in May

The Arkansas Public Service Commission says the COVID-19 disconnection moratorium will end May 3 for Entergy customers.

  South Nashville hotel evacuated; Memphis murder suspect found dead after firing shots

Michael Lynn Tucker is on TBI's “Most Wanted List” after five people were shot in North Memphis.

  Mayor Harris announces new COVID-19 initiative

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris announced a new program in his Thursday press briefing called the COVID-19 Community Council.

  FEMA Community Vaccination Center to potentially administer 21K additional vaccines per week

According to Governor Bill Lee’s office, the soon to come FEMA Community Vaccination Center at the Pipkin building will make Memphis home to the largest mass vaccination site in the state.

  DeSoto Co. officials close roads due to flooding from heavy rain

The Mid-South has been hit hard by severe weather over the last two weeks.

  Creating a healthier Memphis: Program brings healthy foods to public schools

One health care provider is hoping to make Memphis healthier by taking on a different approach and going to patients instead of waiting for them to see a doctor.

  Billions needed to improve crumbling infrastructure across Mid-South, experts say

It comes with a steep price tag of over $2 trillion.

  Tennessee’s first federal mass vaccination site opening in Memphis next week

Sweat said the announcement comes at the right time as the county has started to see an increase in the rate of transmission of the UK B117 variant of COVID 19.

  White House announces new community vaccination center in Memphis

The White House expects the site to be up and running by Wednesday, April 7.

Tennessee State Parks invite visitors to Easter feasts, events

Tennessee State Parks are inviting visitors to spend Easter weekend in the fresh outdoors, enjoying feasts at park restaurants along with other events and activities.

  Arkansas could become first state to ban gender-affirming treatment for youth

HB1570 would ban gender-affirming care for minors, including sex reassignment surgery and puberty blockers.

  Controversial permitless carry bill passes Tenn. Legislature, toughens penalties for gun-related crimes

The Tennessee Legislature has passed a bill that would allow Tennesseans over the age of 21 to carry a handgun without a permit.

City Watch: Police searching for missing, endangered man with autism

Police say he left the care home facility and suffers from autism.

Lawmakers pass bill allowing permitless carry in Tennessee

Lawmakers passed a bill Monday night allowing some Tennesseans to carry a handgun without a permit.

  Mid-South states pass controversial bills impacting transgender community

Lawmakers in all three Mid-South states have passed legislation in recent weeks that critics say discriminates against the transgender community.

  Some Tennessee students may be required to attend summer camps to improve learning loss

This is part of the Tennessee Department of Education’s effort to improve learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Gov. Lee renews proposal for Mental Health Trust Fund

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee reintroduced the Mental Health Trust Fund in an effort to assist K-12 families who are facing significant mental health issues in the wake of COVID-19.

Police searching for missing man believed to have dementia

Officials say he walked away from his home and may suffer from Dementia.

  Storm damage reported throughout parts of the Mid-South

In parts of the Mid-South, storms knocked down powerlines and uprooted trees in Grand Junction in Hardeman County, Tennessee.

TEMA reports 4 deaths related to overnight flooding, severe weather in Tennessee

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says there were four weather-related deaths in Davidson County after severe weather swept across the Mid-South over the weekend.