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  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.

Local animal rescue organization asking for help finding missing dog

  Collierville officer returns fire at suspect during chase, wounding him

  Police find body in Loosahatchie River in Memphis

Boater’s body recovered from Tennessee River near Pickwick Dam

  Young Actors Guild to move in to Fire Station 22

  Gov. Bill Lee says conversation needs to be had about Nathan Bedford Forrest bust in state Capitol

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  Shelby County Commission considering plan to make $15 minimum wage the law

Woman arrested for pointing gun at another driver on highway

  Memphis-based journalist Manuel Duran talks about the 15 months he spent in ICE custody

  Gov. Bill Lee tours flood-affected areas in west Tennessee

  THP unveils new operation to curb interstate violence

Hardin County teen indicted for 2018 reckless homicide

  Single-day tickets for Mempho Music Fest on sale July 31

One-day passes for the music festival go on sale starting Wednesday, July 31.

  Report: No unusual sounds just before small plane crashed

A witness heard no unusual sounds from the engine of a small airplane just before the plane crashed onto a golf course this month in northern Mississippi

Ripley man accused of raping young family member

Austin Brewer, 20, is accused of sexually assaulting a young family member in 2017.

I-55 shut down in Panola County after dump truck hits guard rail, catches fire

According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the dump truck hit a guard rail near Batesville and caught fire.

Amber Alert canceled after Louisiana state troopers find couple with children

  Possible tornado causes damage in Victoria, Mississippi

  Shelby County avoids major flooding as remnants of Barry pass through the Mid-South

  On anniversary of Apollo 11 mission, Memphis man remembers his role as NASA flight controller

  ‘Bluff City Law’ looking for extras here in Memphis

  Leaky roof forces city council meeting upstairs; ban on plastic bags in Memphis still being discussed

  Shelby County spraying for mosquitoes after positive West Nile Virus tests

West Nile has been spotted in the Mid-South. One human case has been reported in Mississippi, and mosquitoes in four zip codes in Shelby County tested positive this month. Now, county officials are doing massive mosquito sprays.

  Grand jury indicts woman for killing Memphis pastor, shooting his wife

Investigators say Latoshia Daniels shot and killed Brodes Perry inside his Collierville apartment in April 2019 and shot Perry's wife who survived.

Sheriff identifies couple dead after murder-suicide inside Marshall County health clinic

Carl Robinson walked into Williams Medical Clinic and shot his wife, Latoya Thompson, before killing himself, according to the Marshall County sheriff. She later died at the hospital.

Businesses flooded in Tipton County; roads washed out and closed

An Atoka fire official says half a dozen businesses are flooded Tuesday because of heavy rain.

Woman killed in hit-and-run; police trying to ID driver

Police say 38-year-old Sandi Hay was killed while walking near Jackson and Mamie Monday night. A pickup truck hit her and drove away, police say.

  Former Mid-South pastor turns down plea deal in child sexual abuse case

Ronnie Gorton is facing dozens of charges related to child sexual abuse, including aggravated sexual battery of a victim younger than 13, rape, sexual battery by an authority figure, enticing a child to buy alcohol and sexual exploitation of a minor.

Mosquito traps in 4 zip codes test positive for West Nile Virus

The zip codes are 38118, 38115, 38104 and 38133.

  Changes to Mud Island River Park bringing in more visitors

Mud Island’s mini-makeover has caught the eye of tourists and even locals. An average weekend day last year saw about 100 visitor to the River Park. Now anywhere between 300 to 400 people come to take in the sights during the week.

Shelby County approves extension to Greenline biking and walking trail

On Monday, Shelby County announced approval for a new segment to extend past the Old Cordova Train Depot to just east of Lenow Road.

  Tennessee governor says he hopes to change law requiring observance of Confederate leaders

Governor Bill Lee says he didn't like signing the proclamation to observe "Nathan Bedford Forrest Day" and hopes to work with lawmakers to change the law that required it.

  Free sandbags available in Crittenden County as remnants of Barry fall across the Mid-South

Free sandbags are available at the Crittenden County Road Department along Highway 64.

Southaven police say teen was involved in home invasion before being shot and killed by homeowner

Police in Southaven say a 14-year-old who was found shot to death in an intersection last week was shot by the victim of a home invasion.

  Man accused of stabbing, killing girlfriend appears in court

Memphis police say Jordan Harp confessed to killing his girlfriend, Alaysha Lockett.

  Backpack drive helps Mid-South kids in need prep for school

Thirty-five dollars can give a Mid-South kindergartner everything they need for the first day a school.

Man convicted, sentenced to life in prison for killing pawnshop owner

Prosecutors say Charles Griffen walked into Virak Hean's pawnshop and shot him twice in the chest.

  Man indicted for murder in connection with girlfriend’s toddler’s death

Alan Johnson told police he was playing with the boy when he became unresponsive, but prosecutors say 2-year-old Dylan Meeks had multiple injuries, including a skull fracture, brain swelling and broken ribs.

  Man charged with murder after body found in ‘shallow grave’ in Southaven backyard; victim identified

Michael Guidry was initially charged with credit card fraud in an unrelated case, but it was his interview with police that led investigators to his backyard on Burton Lane. He's now charged with capital murder.

  Neighbors help save 5 children from burning home; father facing charges for leaving children alone

Memphis firefighters found a house full of children home alone when they were called to a fire Monday morning.

Whitehaven man indicted for shooting friend while showing off gun

Prestige Brown, 20, is indicted on charges of reckless homicide and tampering with evidence.

  Flash floods possible as remnants of Barry head toward Mid-South

Shelby County officials say there are a few things you need to know.

MHP investigating death of two people in separate crashes on MS roadways

Both of these crashes are currently under investigation.

  Crittenden County offers sandbags ahead of potential heavy rainfall

Crittenden County, Arkansas offers sandbags ahead of potential heavy rainfall on Sunday night.

Former Lee Co. Deputy indicted for threatening Sheriff

A former Lee County Deputy Sheriff is facing charges after he threatened to harm Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson.

  Southaven police awaiting state medical examiner’s report on body found in backyard

Southaven police tell WMC Action News 5 the body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Jackson. Police said they are hopeful they can get a positive identification or at least a preliminary report next week.

State of Emergency declared as Tropical Storm Barry approaches Gulf Coast

A tropical storm watch and a storm surge warning are in effect for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as Barry is expected to make landfall near the central Louisiana coast at some point Saturday morning.

  West Memphis Police Department welcomes new officers

Surrounded by friends and family, a total of six men and women joined the West Memphis Police Department Friday. The recruits just completed a 15-week training academy.

  Mayor’s Manhood University program expands to those still behind bars

Mayor Jim Strickland's Manhood University program is expanding to help more than just those who have already fulfilled their sentences.

Man shot multiple times in West Memphis

Police say the victim was brought to a Memphis hospital in serious condition.

Memphis man dies after contracting flesh-eating bacteria in Florida, family says

A Memphis family is in mourning after their beloved husband and father was killed by a flesh-eating bacteria that he contracted in the Gulf Coast.

  5 Great Things: ‘Hamilton’ is here; summer jobs for kids

We’re highlighting some of the good happening in the Mid-South with this week’s 5 Great Things!

Tennessee governor signs proclamation for Nathan Bedford Forrest Day

A spokesperson for the governor’s office tells WMC Action News 5 that Lee was required to sign the bill, according to state law.

Child taken to hospital in critical condition after near drowning

Police say the child was responsive after receiving CPR.

Boil order lifted for residents of Earle after water supply tests free of E. coli

The “Boil Water” notice was issued Wednesday after E. coli was found in the distribution system.

  MS OB/GYN accused of sexual assault, misconduct after fathering children with patients

Dr. Walter Ray Wolfe, who is associated with Merit Health Madison, had his license temporarily suspended by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure Wednesday without a hearing, ruling that Dr. Wolfe’s continued practice of medicine “would constitute an immediate danger to the public.”

Lawsuit: Mississippi mayor used firehouse as motel for sex

The lawsuit was filed this month by 11 current and former city employees and a firefighter’s wife.

Memphis-based journalist Manuel Duran released from ICE custody after 15 months in jail

Manuel Duran, a Honduran national based in Memphis, spent 15 months in detention before being released Thursday.

  Nephew arrested for ‘very violent homicide’ of Dyersburg man

Police arrested Demarius Watson, 22, for the death of Johnnie Watson earlier this week.

  ‘My truck...my rules’: Mississippi politician appears on CNN to defend decision to deny interview to female reporter

“This is my truck, and in my truck we go by my rules and that’s my rule,” said Mississippi state Rep. Robert Foster during a live phone interview on CNN.

Former Tennessee Gov. Haslam won’t run for US Senate seat

Former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has told The Tennessean newspaper that he won't run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander

  US attorney fighting request by Alice Johnson to end her supervised release early

Attorneys for Alice Johnson are asking a judge to end her supervised release early, but the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee made a strong objection Wednesday.

Arkansas lottery revenue tops $516M for fiscal year

Arkansas' lottery says it sold more than $516 million in tickets for the fiscal year, setting a new record and raising more than $98 million for college scholarships

Both Central Miss. Correctional Facility escapees back in custody

He had been on the run since Friday.

Arkansas’ 6th medical marijuana dispensary set to open

A sixth medical marijuana dispensary in Arkansas has been approved to open for business and will likely begin sales by the weekend

Federal court monitor issues scathing, disturbing report on Hinds Co. Detention Center

A scathing and disturbing report on the Hinds County Detention Center has been released by a court appointed monitor.

Fred’s sells Memphis headquarters

The company’s base of operations on Getwell Road is now in the hands of a company based out of Canada.

  Dozens of employers to attend Memphis job fair next week

The Opportunity Memphis JobsInJuly Career Fair is Thursday at the Pipkin Building at Tiger Lane, 940 Early Maxwell Blvd., at the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

  MLGW says street repaved by city crews before their utility work was complete

WMC Action News 5 first exposed the incident Monday night after getting calls from midtown residents who were left scratching their heads.

  WMC goes overseas to dig up Hamilton musical’s roots

WMC Action News 5’s Kontji Anthony went overseas to Alexander Hamilton’s childhood home and learned why the play is a win-win, both here and abroad.

  Stifling heat makes its presence known in Memphis

The stifling heat has made its presence known in Memphis, as is typical every summer.

  Intake of more than 2 dozen animals puts MAS at crisis level

Two women showed up to the shelter Tuesday before it was open to the public to surrender two U-Haul trucks filled with animals.

  Former Shelby County medical examiner once accused of faking barbed wire attack on himself has died

O.C. Smith spent years working some of the Bluff City’s biggest cases before he ended up at the center of a case that made national headlines.

Tennessee man gets 6 years prison for killing Kilgore woman in drunk-driving wreck

A driver in a fatal 2018 crash has pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter and accepted a six-year prison sentence.

  Shelby County mayor, University of Memphis president publicly spar over funds for pool project

The controversy erupted over the weekend when Mayor Lee Harris said he would veto $1 million of county funding for a new university aquatic center because the university doesn’t pay all its employees a wage of $15 an hour.

  Paving begins on new Hampline walking, biking path

Once the segment along Broad Avenue is complete, crews will begin construction along Tillman Street.

  West Memphis kicks off youth summer jobs program

The City of West Memphis now has 100 teens working for a little spending money and learning life skills.

  NTSB reviewing Oxford plane crash that killed 18-year-old pilot

Elizabeth “Lake” Little was killed in the crash. She was piloting a Cessna 172 that crash-landed onto the Ole Miss golf course on Saturday.

  Marshall County deputies searching for murder suspects

Wanzie Brown, of Southaven, and Jameka Thomas, of Memphis, are both charged with capital murder for the death of Jordan Stewart.

2 new restaurants opening at Shelby Farms this fall

Cheffie's Cafe and Coastal Fish Company will open at Shelby Farms Park this fall.