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  Byhalia Pipeline drawing national attention. Here’s what has people talking.

Andrew Douglas and Toby Sells with Memphis Flyer break down the Byhalia Pipeline project, which has celebrities like Jane Fonda, Al Gore and Danny Glover speaking out against it.

  Tennessee state investigation uncovers possible vaccine theft in Shelby County, children getting COVID-19 vaccine

TDH: Over 1,500 new cases reported in Tennessee

Barge hits Mississippi River bridge in Dyer County

Arkansas Gov. extending public health emergency another month; mask mandate could end if criteria is met

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 731 new cases reported Fri.

  City Councilman calls on health director to be fired; Haushalter responds

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  CDC on the way to Shelby County, in contact about wasted and unused doses

  High school principal sues over suspension after controversial comments to students about Capitol riot, free speech

Former Tunica Co. Housing Project Director must repay over $1 million, indicted for fraud

  Police: Suspect charged after armed man walks into Germantown clinic, threatens staff

  TDH: Nearly 2,000 new COVID-19 cases across Tennessee

Mississippi Blvd Church now a vax site for members, friends and family

Lawmakers, others discuss ‘Stand Your Ground’ bill

The controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ bill passed in the Arkansas House Wednesday afternoon with a 72-23 vote.

Tennessee governor ‘disappointed’ in Shelby County vaccine waste

“We are disappointed in what’s happened in Shelby County, but we swiftly took action as soon as we knew there was an issue,” said Lee.

Traffic Alert: Crash on I-40 east shuts down traffic near 385 exit

According to TDOT, it happened in the eastbound lanes near the Highway 385 exit.

  Shelby County Health Dept. officials discuss state investigation into vaccine waste

SCHD Director Dr. Alisa Haushalter spoke to members of the media Wednesday during a virtual news conference, saying she discovered the vaccine waste and doses nearing expiration when preparing for inclement weather.

7-year-old shot, killed during reckless homicide in Hardeman Co., Tenn.

  TDH: 1,631 new COVID-19 cases across Tennessee

Deputies find 2 lbs. of marijuana, weapons and other drugs during assault call

  Tenn. man arrested for participating in Capitol riots on Jan. 6

  Memphis, Shelby County leaders announce next Unity Walk Against Gun Violence

  MLGW gives latest information on water conditions

Reeves announces 30k new first-dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments

Gov. Reeves announces 30k new first-dose appointments.

  ALERT: Statewide tornado drill for Mississippi begins 9:15 a.m. Wed.

Expect to hear sirens just after 9 a.m. Wednesday all across Mississippi, but there’s no cause for alarm.

Drive-thru water giveaway today in South Memphis

Champion’s Pharmacy and Herb Store is planning a free water giveaway on Feb. 24 in Whitehaven.

Senate GOP appeals to Tennessee universities to stop athletes from kneeling during anthem

Tennessee Senate GOP Caucus sent a letter to all Tennessee universities Tuesday regarding college athletes kneeling during the National Anthem.

MPD investigates 2 shootings in same neighborhood

Investigators are still working to determine if the shootings are connected.

  Homes evacuated for gas leak in northeast Memphis

. Firefighters responded to the neighborhood near Fairmont and Salem to find a heavy smell of gas.

  Memphis mayor says fixing vaccination hotline is a priority as city takes larger role in distribution process

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is holding a virtual news conference Tuesday afternoon.

  State investigation uncovers 2,400 vaccine doses expired in Shelby County, other issues with vaccine management

TDH personnel also found a lack of standard operating procedures for storage and handling of the vaccine, insufficient record keeping and no formal process for management of soon-to-expire vaccine doses.

  TDH: Over 2,000 active COVID-19 cases reported in Tennessee

The Shelby County Health Department reported 110 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday with zero new deaths.

Water main break temporarily cuts water services for certain Germantown residents

Water services for certain Germantown residents could have interrupted.

Tenn. Senator Brian Kelsey presents bill that would allow first responders to live where they choose

Tenn. Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) has presented a bill that would allow first responders to live where they choose, which would ban residency requirements statewide for police officers and firefighters.

Middle Tenn. fire crews help Memphis firefighters

Firefighters in middle Tennessee have been called to help fight fire in the Bluff City, but it might not be for the reason you think.

Senate passes bill to allow Tennessee gov. to reopen schools during public health emergency

A bill that would give Tennessee’s governor the authority to open and close schools during a public health emergency cleared the state senate Monday.

Child drowns after sliding into pond while sledding in west Tennessee

Sheriff Guy Buck says a group of children were sledding down a hill in Selmer around 12:30 Sunday afternoon when a little girl between the ages of 6 and 8 slid into a pond.

Tennessee lawmakers OK legislation giving governor authority to require in-person learning at schools

Senate Education Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, says he sponsored SB 103 following an outcry by students and parents in Shelby County Schools to reopen schools after almost a year of being closed to in-person instruction.

  Health department confirms 3rd COVID-19 variant in Shelby County

As of Monday morning, the county has 1,527 active cases in the county.

Family of 4 in murder-suicide all had gunshot wounds, sheriff’s office says

The medical examiner will determine the official causes of death, but Sheriff Bobby Riles says all four had gunshot wounds.

Woman arrested for kidnapping own baby after losing custody, police say

Dominique Carney, 26, is the infant’s mother, but a police report says she has no rights to the child.

  Christ Community Health locations open for virtual visits due to water shortage

Some locations a Christ Community Health are open only for virtual visits due to water shortages in the area.

MPD: Man accused of choking officer, tries to take gun during arrest

A man is behind bars after police said he strangled an officer and tried to take his gun.

  St. Jude employee, bone cancer survivor to join world’s first all-civilian SpaceX mission

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital said one of its employees will be a part of the world’s first all-civilian Inspiration4 mission to space.

  Teachers eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in Shelby Co. this week

More people, including teachers, will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting this week in Shelby County.

  10 winter storm-related deaths reported across Tenn.

Ten people have died from weather-related incidents in Tennessee. It’s the latest information from the Tennessee Department of Health.

  TDH: 1,129 new COVID-19 cases in Tennessee

Shelby County Health Department reported 86 new COVID-19 cases Sunday with five more virus-related deaths countywide.

  TDH: Under 1,000 virus-related hospitalizations reported in Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,335 new COVID-19 cases Saturday with 51 virus-related deaths statewide.

  The Investigators: Some hospitals struggle with low water pressure, boil water advisory

According to Dr. Pieh, for the most part, the hospital is running normally because patient volume is down by nearly 50%.

Oxford police trying to track down suspect who drove over snowy soccer fields

Oxford police need your help finding whoever drove over multiple snow-covered soccer fields.

Dyersburg residents asked to conserve water

Dyersburg is dealing with several broken water mains across the town, resulting in widespread low water pressure.

  MLGW: Despite ongoing rumors, no plans to disconnect water to residential customers

The president and CEO of MLGW reiterated Friday that the utility company is not disconnecting water to residential customers following the Mid-South’s extreme winter weather.

  Plows turn attention to connector streets heading into the weekend

Memphis Public Works Director Robert Knecht is giving an update on the city’s response to winter weather.

  Shelby County teachers, 65 and older become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines

After months of waiting, teachers will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting next week. Shelby County is moving into phase 1b of the vaccine distribution plan, which includes other child care staff members and those older than 65.

  Family of 4 dead in apparent murder-suicide in Fayette County

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says four family members are dead after what appears to be a murder-suicide.

  Memphis International Airport unlikely to resume passenger flights until Saturday, spokesman says

Issues with water pressure at Memphis Light Gas and Water have caused the passenger terminal to shut down at the Memphis International Airport.

Tennessee National Guard sends water tankers to Memphis hospital

The Tennessee National Guard is helping to resupply St. Francis Hospital in Memphis after two water main breaks near the hospital Thursday.

  TDH: More than 1,000 new coronavirus cases in Tennessee

Shelby County Health Department reported 42 new COVID-19 cases Thursday with nine more virus-related deaths countywide.

  TDOT says most state owned roadways clear, preparing for potholes

The Tennessee Department of Transportation gave an update on the icy roadways in west Tennessee.

  2 people airlifted after Hardeman County crash

Two people in the SUV were flown to Regional One Hospital in Memphis.

  998 new COVID-19 cases in Tennessee, 72 more deaths

Shelby County Health Department reported 38 new COVID-19 cases Thursday with two virus-related deaths countywide.

  USPS services suspended in multiple Mississippi zip codes

Deliveries by the United States Postal Service will be delayed in Mississippi.

  Wednesday updates: Entergy Mississippi warns of additional blackouts, SCS meal distribution rescheduled

Wednesday and Thursday are First Alert Weather Days. See the latest updates from the WMC Action News 5 newsroom below: (refresh this page often for updates)

  GALLERY: Snow angels and sledding, scroll through pictures and videos from across the Mid-South

Pictures and video from WMC viewers across the region show people and pets enjoying the snow day but also some hazardous conditions on roads and in the frigid temperatures.

Mississippi woman drives 25 miles on 4-wheeler to work her shift at nursing home

One worker did whatever it took to get to her shift at a Hazlehurst nursing home.

Gov. Reeves talks for first time since wintry storms hit state

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is addressing the state Wednesday afternoon for the first time since this week’s winter storms blanketed the state in snow and ice.

  COVID-19: Over 700 new cases reported in Tennessee

Shelby County Health Department reported 116 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday with zero virus-related deaths countywide.

  Shelby County Election Commission sues over new voting equipment

Shelby County Election Commissioners plan to bite the hand that funds their budget, announcing a lawsuit Tuesday night in a dispute about investing millions of dollars in a new voting system.

Entergy conducts rolling blackouts because of ice storm

If you’re an Entergy customer, you may have noticed your power going out, intermittently Tuesday evening.

  Tuesday updates: Vaccine sites closed Wednesday, Memphis mayor signs emergency declaration

Before we have time to dig out, another winter blast will be here before we know it. See updates from the WMC Action News 5 newsroom.

  TDH: More than 900 new coronavirus cases in Tennessee

Shelby County Health Department reported 116 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday with zero virus-related deaths countywide.

  WATCH: Memphis Zoo animals enjoy snow days

The zoo shared videos of several of their animals, including Koda the polar bear and Le Le the giant panda, enjoying the unusual snow days here in the Mid-South.

Shelby County Health Department announces new COVID-19 vaccine site in Raleigh/Frayser communities

Greater Imani Cathedral of Faith at 3824 Austin Peay Highway will host vaccines beginning next week.

USPS suspends retail, delivery services in several Mississippi zip codes

The United States Postal Service has temporarily suspended services in multiple zip codes in Mississippi.

Law enforcement urging Mid-South drivers to slow down

Although some roads are passable, law enforcement across the Mid-South is urging drivers to slow down.

Winter Storm straining area power companies: Rolling blackouts a ‘possibility’

With temperatures dipping in the single-digits and below-zero, utility companies are struggling to keep up with the demand and warn that rolling blackouts are possible if customers do not immediately turn down their thermostats.

  National Guard activated in Arkansas to help drivers

Arkansas governor, Asa Hutchinson, activated members of the Arkansas National Guard to help drivers during snowstorms across the state.

Missing woman with medical condition found safe, Mississippi officals say

Police said she has been missing since Valentine's Day.

Another WINTER STORM WATCH issued as Mid-South awaits next storm

Wednesday and Thursday are First Alert Weather Days

WATCH: Valero Memphis Refinery flare shines bright in wintry night sky

A worker at the Valero refinery tells us it’s called flaring and it’s a normal part of the refinery process.

  Monday updates: Historic snowfall in Mid-South

A blast of winter weather that will last through Monday night is expected to bring up to 7'' of snowfall to the Memphis area, and as much as 9'' of snow in eastern Arkansas and northwest Tennessee.