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  Queen of the jungle: Memphis Zoo’s top vet takes us inside her animal kingdom

Caring for the more than 4,500 animals there is a 24-hour job. WMC Action News 5 received unprecedented access to go behind the scenes with the zoo’s top veterinarian.

  Mid-South mayor accused of assaulting resident outside City Hall

  Federal judge denies city order to modify consent decree

  UofM declares James Wiseman ineligible after he asks attorneys to withdraw lawsuit against NCAA

  Shelby County Schools changing approach to discipline to keep more kids in class

  Police, TOSHA investigating worker’s death at FedEx’s hub in Memphis

  Family attorneys release surveillance video of deadly shooting during alleged chainsaw theft

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Mississippi soldier missing in Korean War accounted for after almost 69 years

  AG William Barr says he doesn’t remember president’s request to defend Ukraine call

  Memphis is now home to a giant vending machine for cars

  U.S. Attorney General in Memphis announces nationwide plan to reduce gun violence

  2019 Holiday Food Drive benefits the Mid-South Food Bank and helps families in need

Suspect sought after taking off in a car with a 2-year-old inside

  Cold weather prompts those working outside to take extra precautions

Tuesday was a day for coats, gloves and scarves.

  Yellow, orange and white? Mid-South snowfall makes an appearance amid fall foliage

Along with the greens, yellows and oranges, white was sprinkled onto the fall landscape Tuesday. Snow and freezing temperatures showed up Nov. 12.

Mike Espy launches 2020 Senate campaign

Espy and Hyde-Smith faced off in a special election for the seat last year that drew national attention.

  Woman arrested for husband’s murder after ‘domestic incident’ at DeSoto County home

Sheriff Bill Rasco says deputies were called to a home near Grazeland Road and Center Hill Road just before 8 a.m. They found a man in his mid-40s dead inside.

2 SCS schools dismissing early because of gas leak in building

  The Investigators: Blighted properties become havens for crime

Mississippi Strong: Veteran recalls Battle of Iwo Jima nearly 75 years later

  Lawyer who beat NCAA thinks Wiseman will win eligibility case

  Memphis comes together to honor veterans

  Mid-South road crews preparing for potentially slick conditions Tuesday morning

  DeSoto County students get a visit from local veterans

Thousands of students at DCS are learning more about those who fought in wars decades before they were born, and at the same time they’re giving to those serving in the military right now.

Saint Frances Healthcare earns an ‘A’ rating for 2019

The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

How to save energy during the winter months

With a blast of cold air moving into Mississippi, many households will be cranking the heat.

  Game Changer: Grizzlies blazing a new trail this season with team’s 1st female assistant coach

Niele Ivey is living her dream and inspiring other women to do the same.

  Jury finds 20-year-old Memphis man guilty of murder in 2016 Zodiac Park shooting

Prosecutors say Marcus Malone killed Alana Tello and injured seven others in a shooting at Zodiac Park Nov. 1, 2016.

  Ark. college to offer beer brewing course in Spring 2020

Lyon College in Independence County will offer an upper-level fermentation science course starting in the Spring.

Survey says 'Family Feud’ is coming to Memphis

The popular TV show, “Family Feud” is coming to the Bluff City in December giving family groups of five a chance to try out for the show.

  State officials push for expansion of postpartum health coverage

Some Tennessee state officials want to expand postpartum health insurance for low-income women.

  Ali the giraffe back on exhibit at Memphis Zoo after surgery

Nearly seven months after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured ankle, Ali the giraffe is back on exhibit at the Memphis Zoo.

  Tractor-trailer involved in I-40 crash that killed 2 TDOT contractors was stolen, truck company says

Penske tells WMC Action News 5 that the truck involved in the crash was rented by a commercial trucking company and that the customer reported it stolen to police.

  Memphis father indicted for reckless homicide for 8-year-old son’s 2017 death

Cordero Wilhite is accused of leaving his loaded gun out, which lead to the death of his 8-year-old.

  Major decisions face MLGW leadership heading into 2020

Leaders at Memphis Light Gas & Water are facing some major decisions, including whether the utility could get its power cheaper from a source other than the Tennessee Valley Authority. The utility is also asking the Memphis City Council to raise rates, and a consultant report has recommended job cut

State Board of Education: More study needed before elimination of U.S. History Exam

The Accountability Task Force is scheduled to meet on December 5.

  MDOT to now share traffic advisories through Nextdoor app

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is the newest public agency to join the neighborhood app, Nextdoor.

  Ark. teen sets sights on district state house seat

Allison Dougan has registered to run for the District 40 state house seat an area north of Little Rock.

  Lawmakers to hold hearing for answers in Miss. ICE raids

It’s been three months since ICE agents arrested over 600 Latino workers in a massive raid at several plants in Mississippi.

  Shelby County receives 'F' grade from March of Dimes for high preterm birth rates

Tennessee received a "D" grade with a preterm birth rate of 11.1%. That's an improvement from the previous year.

  Massive beehive removed from National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum had some temporary visitors removed -- 35,000 bees.

  Germantown bans single-use apartment buildings

The only way developers can build apartments in the city is by building a mixed-use development, or apartment buildings that include retail or office space.

  TDOT contractors killed in I-40 crash identified; company says a 3rd worker was injured

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says two Tennessee Department of Transportation contractors killed in a crash Wednesday morning on I-40 worked for a company in Ohio called A&A Safety.

  Tennessee woman charged with father’s death after police find bones at abandoned home

Prosecutors have charged a Tennessee woman with murder after an animal cruelty investigation uncovered human remains.

  Violence in transit: Are bus shields the answer to protecting MATA bus drivers?

“Times being the way they are, we felt the need to address the issue,” said Micheal Wilson, business agent with Transit Union Local 713, the group that represents bus drivers.

  MLGW proposes new rate hikes for water, gas and electric customers

The good news is this request isn’t as high as last year’s. But the bad news is the total cost for improvements is higher -- $1 million.

  Murder trial begins for suspect accused of killing teen at Zodiac Park

Testimony began Tuesday in the murder trial for Marcus Malone, accused of killing 16-year-old Alana Tello in 2016 at Zodiac Park.

  Shelby County inmate on the run after stealing county vehicle from penal farm, corrections division says

According to the Shelby County Division of Corrections, 41-year-old Samuel Bridges stole a Corrections employee’s 2014 white Ford E-350 cargo van while at a work site around 2 p.m. SCDC says Bridges hit the employee with the van as he drove away.

Argument at Memphis gas station leads to shots fired; police looking for suspects

Upon arrival, victim stated he was arguing with men inside the store. The victim says that the two suspects left the store and walked to the tree line, south of the business. When the victim left, the suspects fired between four and five rounds at him. The suspects then fled in an unknown direction.

  Memphis company donates more than 300 sports balls to school that lost recess equipment

On Tuesday, Kent Ritchey, president of Landers Auto Group, donated more than 300 basketballs, footballs and soccer balls to Wells Station Elementary. The school’s storage unit was the target of a break-in over the summer.

  St. Jude breaks ground on 2020 Dream Home

A groundbreaking marked the spot of the soon to be home which will be given away to a lucky ticket buyer, and organizers are hoping for more ticket buyers than ever.

Repeat sex offender sentenced to 30 years in prison

Tarvis Weatherly, 42, was convicted in August of the 2016 assault of a 9-year-old girl. He was already on the Sex Offender Registry for previous convictions.

Mississippi governor’s race most competitive in years

Hood, Reeves and two lesser-known candidates are competing on Tuesday’s ballot to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.

Suspect wanted for questioning in recent Southaven credit card theft

The stolen credit card was used at Walmart stores in Southaven, Horn Lake and Memphis.

Police: Buffalo Wild Wings employee shoots at customer and restaurant as he drives away

Police say 22-year-old Bobby Parks, who is an employee at Buffalo Wild Wings, got into an altercation the night before with a coworker. Then on Sunday, Parks mistook a customer on the patio for the coworker with whom he fought.

Two new cases of vaping-relating lung illness reported in Mississippi

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports two additional identified cases of a vaping-related lung illness in Mississippi.

  International relief organization offers recovery efforts in McNairy County following storm

The organization is accepting requests to remove fallen trees and other debris and temporary roof patching.

  Mid-South states fall short on March of Dimes preterm birth rate report card

The 2019 report card grades Tennessee with a D. Mississippi and Arkansas both received F’s.

  Election Day is here, polls open now for Mississippi general election voting

It’s Election Day in Mississippi and polls are set to open at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. The most recent poll shows candidates for the gubernatorial race neck and neck.

  The Investigators: Thousands of blighted homes impacting Memphis neighborhoods

Why does it take so long to get anything done about blighted properties in Memphis? The WMC Action News 5 Investigators worked to get answers to that question and discovered that, while the problem may be obvious, the solutions are not.

Several factors will impact Mississippi’s general election

The elephant in the room ahead of Tuesday’s general election is the state’s method for choosing statewide elected officials

Memphis Thanksgiving Day Dinner for the homeless canceled for 2019

The City of Memphis Thanksgiving Day Dinner for the homeless has been cancelled for 2019. The city announced the cancellation on its website Monday, attributing it to renovations at the Convention Center.

  Memphis experiences incredible national exposure over past year

Between College GameDay's visit to Memphis, “Bluff City Law,” Facebook’s national ad campaign and Hallmark’s “Christmas at Graceland” franchise it’s been a great year of publicity for the city.

  Mississippi voters to elect next governor Tuesday

In one day polls in Mississippi will open for Election Day in the Magnolia State, where voters will decide who holds statewide offices. And the governor's race in Mississippi is being watched closely.

  Memphis councilmen face tough challenges in runoff elections

It could be an uphill climb for two incumbents.

  Lakeland city leaders explore adding license plate-reading cameras to city streets

With more than 12,000 people calling Lakeland home and new developments on the horizon from a new high school to the Lake District, Mayor Mike Cunningham says investing in public safety is crucial.

  Former Memphis city employee and others indicted for government-contracting scheme

Former City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development employee Leon Blackmon Sr. and nine other relatives or acquaintances were indicted for their roles in a government-contracting scheme that defrauded the City of Memphis.

  Shelby County narcotics officers cleared in shooting death of drug suspect

The DA's office says the officers were legally justified when they returned fire at Jason Hill, killing him outside a Memphis hotel earlier this year.

  THP: Driver in wrong-way crash that killed 3 kids had BAC more than twice the legal limit

A THP spokesperson tells WMC Action news 5 that Latricia Taylor’s blood alcohol content was .175, more than twice the legal limit.

  The man who fought against pot laws found dead in Memphis jail cell

A spokesperson with the Shelby County Government says that inmate Thorne Peters was found unresponsive in his cell by correction officers Sunday.

WATCH: Vice President Mike Pence speaks at campaign rally for Tate Reeves

Vice President Mike Pence was on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Monday lending his name and voice in support of Tate Reeves.

IBERIABANK and First Horizon Bank merging, bringing headquarters to Memphis

IBERIABANK and First Horizon National Corporation announced a merger Monday that will bring the company’s headquarters to Memphis and create one of the largest regional financial services companies in the South.

A-State now offering real estate testing

Arkansas State University is now listed as a testing center for Pearson View which gives the real estate test for people to receive their license.

  Surveillance video captures white supremacist group at Emmet Till memorial

After vandalism and the replacement of the Emmet Till memorial, a security camera caught a white supremacist group filming a video in front of the memorial in Sumner, Mississippi last weekend.

  White nationalists seen filming at Emmett Till memorial

Men carrying a white nationalist flag were caught on security cameras trying to film in front of a new memorial to lynching victim Emmett Till in Mississippi.

  Mississippi set to hit the polls in just 3 days

In three days, voters in Mississippi will go to the polls and elect a new governor.

Mississippi’s race for Attorney General will be history-making

The race for Attorney General is set to make history, no matter the outcome.

  Superhero Toy Drive honors memory of young cancer patient by providing toys to St. Jude families

It’s easy to be a superhero to hundreds of children in the Mid-south. All you have to do is donate to the Superhero Toy Drive.

  Filming wraps on season 1 of ‘Bluff City Law’ in Memphis as stars get a special surprise

After the pilot and nine episodes for the first season, NBC Universal ordered six additional scripts. But the network has decided not to shoot them at this time.

Babies don Halloween costumes at Saint Francis Hospital

Nurses had a ball playing dress-up with their pint-sized patients.

  Party leaders hoping for late bump from President Trump’s rally in Tupelo

President Donald Trump will make a trip to Tupelo, Mississippi Friday to rally for conservatives in the state just a few days before Election Day. Party leaders are hoping for a bump as the race comes down to the wire.