Barr under fire over comparison of virus lock-in to slavery

This is not the first occasion that Barr has condemned stay-at-home orders.

Cruz urges Department of Justice to investigate Netflix film ‘Cuties’

  Casting a ballot in Mississippi will look different in November

Kansas City Chiefs fans boo teams during display of unity against racism, social injustice

Prosecutor looking into the origins of Russia probe resigns

Challenger to QAnon supporter bows out of race in Georgia

Russian hackers targeting U.S. campaigns, Microsoft says

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Sample ballot: Here’s everything Mississippians will vote for in November

  Gov. Bill Lee announces enhancement of law enforcement policies, pledges funding for cadet scholarships

  Spirited debate as Shelby County Commission considers multiple law enforcement reform proposals

House expected to vote on marijuana decriminalization bill in September

Kanye West makes presidential ballot in Mississippi

  Mayor promises police reforms following Daniel Prude’s death

  Memphis City Council urges state to ban all payday lenders

Every council member voted in favor of a resolution urging Tennessee lawmakers to revoke and ban business licenses for all payday lenders.

  Veterans are divided about reports Trump disparaged military

Veterans and military families are divided about reports that President Donald Trump made disparaging comments toward the military.

Trump denies calling US war dead ‘losers,’ ‘suckers’

President Donald Trump defended himself Friday against accusations that he mocked American war dead as his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, intensified efforts to frame the election as a referendum on the president’s character.

  Protesters gather outside Pelosi’s California home after her salon visit

Hairstylists took to the street outside of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home Thursday.

Mississippi voters with preexisting medical conditions may vote absentee

  Mississippi to vote on final flag design in November

President suggests voters should attempt to cast ballot twice in interview with WECT’s Jon Evans

  Local lawmaker says she left March on Washington feeling inspired

  Registering to vote for the upcoming presidential election

Gov. Bill Lee signs executive orders extending state of emergency through September

  Alice Johnson speaks on final night of Republican National Convention

Alice Johnson, a Memphis grandmother whose life sentence on federal drug charges was commuted last year by President Donald Trump at the urging of Kim Kardashian-West, spoke Thursday at the Republican National Convention.

  New order issued allowing medically-vulnerable, caretakers to vote by absentee ballot

People who are medically-vulnerable to COVID-19 and their caretakers are listed among those eligible to vote absentee by mail.

US officials: No signs of foreign targeting of mail-in vote

U.S. officials say they have no intelligence to suggest that foreign countries are working to undermine mail-in voting.

  WHAT TO WATCH: Melania, Pompeo and Trump at GOP convention

First lady Melania Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are the featured speakers Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn to speak at RNC

Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn is set to speak at the 2020 Republican National Convention.

Low-income voters could swing November election, report finds

Low-income voters could have a big impact on the November election, if they cast a ballot according to the Poor People’s Campaign.

  House passes $25 billion Postal Service emergency funding bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation giving $25 billion in emergency funding to the U.S. Postal Service to help with the coronavirus crisis.

  Gov. Bill Lee signs controversial bill increasing punishment for protest-related offenses into law

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed a controversial bill into law increasing mandatory sentencing for a variety of protest-related crimes.

Gov. Bill Lee warning parents, educators about internet predators while children learn online

Thursday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee gave an update on COVID-19 in the state.

Trump wants Supreme Court’s OK to block critics on Twitter

A federal appeals court in New York ruled last year that Trump violated the First Amendment whenever he blocked a critic to silence a viewpoint.

  County commissioners probe request for 78 new county jobs weeks after hiring freeze enacted

Last month, Shelby County Commissioners enacted a hiring freeze in response to the economic squeeze from COVID-19. But now some commissioners want to know why county officials are trying to add positions just weeks after the freeze went into effect.

LeBron James, other Lakers wear altered MAGA hats in honor of Breonna Taylor

Instead of reading “Make America Great Again,” the hats had “Great Again” crossed out and said, “Make America arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”

  WHAT TO WATCH: Biden agenda and reviving Obama enthusiasm

Former President Barack Obama, who picked Biden as his running mate a dozen years ago, has top billing for the third night of the all-virtual Democratic National Convention.

A US WeChat ban could hurt many in America, not just China

For people in the U.S., WeChat has less functionality than it does in China. But it’s what connects immigrants and students from China to their pasts and to each other.

  Memphis mayor’s push to get police residency issue back on ballot fails with council veto

Mayor Jim Strickland vetoed an ordinance Tuesday evening that removed the issue of police residency from the November ballot, but councilors immediately voted to override the veto, effectively ending the effort to expand police residency requirements.

  Watch: Tennessee State Sen. Raumesh Akbari speaks Tuesday night at Democratic National Convention

Tennessee State Sen. Raumesh Akbari is set to give a keynote speech Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention.

  Memphis area postal union leaders speak out about recent changes

Congressman Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, was in Memphis Tuesday to address issues with the U.S. Postal Service before Congress turns to Washington to tackle the situation.

  Tennesseans can vote absentee, but USPS delays won’t guarantee ballots make it by deadline

Shelby County Election Commissioner Bennie Smith predicts more than 330,000 Shelby Countians could vote in November.

  Mid-South political leaders make push for census, say funding depends on everyone’s participation

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and Congressman Steve Cohen came together Monday to urge more people to return their census forms to ensure Memphis and Shelby County get the appropriate amount of federal funding for the next 10 years.

  Proposed effort could revive Mississippi’s rebel-themed flag

Organizers of a group called Let Mississippi Vote said they are starting an initiative to put the retired flag and three other flag designs on the statewide ballot.

  Postal Service problems causing concerns for Mid-South ahead of November election

Questions continue to pile up for the head of the United States Postal Service (USPS), along with growing concerns about the integrity of the November election.

State Sen. Raumesh Akbari set to speak at DNC

Tennessee State Senator Raumesh Akbari is set to give a keynote speech at Tuesday’s Democratic National Convention.

Trump to withdraw Pendley’s nomination as public lands chief

President Donald Trump intends to withdraw the nomination of William Perry Pendley to head the Bureau of Land Management, a senior administration official said Saturday — much to the relief of environmentalists who insisted the longtime advocate of selling federal lands should not be overseeing them

  Tennessee lawmakers end special session with passage of controversial bills

Tennessee lawmakers wrapped up a three-day special session this week by passing controversial measures that include strengthening penalties against protesters and providing liability protections to businesses.

  Memphis lawmakers outraged by new bills set to increase punishments for protester-related crimes

Several Memphis lawmakers say they’re outraged about new state bills creating harsher punishments for protesting.

  New court date set for Sen. Katrina Robinson

Tennessee Senator Katrina Robinson will have another court date on Aug. 18.

  Birx says college football players can get back on the field if they’re ‘ultra careful’

White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Deborah Birx believes there is a “way forward” when it comes to college football this fall.

  Sen. Kamala Harris makes history as presumptive Democratic Vice President nominee

Senator Kamala Harris is making history as the presumptive Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee.

  Tennessee lawmakers pass liability protection bill

A bill that supporters say will protect Tennessee businesses and other organizations from frivolous lawsuits related to COVID-19 is now headed to Gov. Bill Lee's desk.

  Tenn. Sen. Katrina Robinson pleads not guilty to federal charges

Tennessee Senator Katrina Robinson has pleaded not guilty to multiple federal charges, including embezzlement.

Lawsuit aims to make absentee voting easier in Miss. during pandemic

American Civil Liberties Union and Mississippi Center for Justice are suing over absentee ballots in Mississippi.

Miss. Legislature votes to override governor’s veto of education budget

This is the first time since 2002 that the legislature voted to override a governor’s veto.

  Tennessee lawmakers convene for special session

Tennessee lawmakers are heading back to the Capitol on Monday to address legislation that would provide health care providers, schools and businesses broad protections against coronavirus lawsuits.

  Memphian Marquita Bradshaw makes history as Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate

It was a stunning victory for Marquita Bradshaw, and a historic one at that, in Thursday’s Democratic U.S. Senate Primary.

  Shelby County Election Commission expects surge of absentee, early votes in November

Officials at the Shelby County Election Commission said Thursday night was a good test run for November, as we think of voting in the era of COVID-19.

  Marquita Bradshaw, Bill Hagerty to face off in Tennessee Senate race

There are big headlines coming out of Thursday night’s Tennessee primary race, both in Memphis and across the state.

  DECISION 2020: Special coverage of Election Day in Tennessee

Join us as we break down the races, virus voting protocols and turnout with live coverage from the Shelby County Election Commission, candidate watch parties and the WMC Action News 5 studio.

  Memphis’ Marquita Bradshaw scores upset win in Democratic primary for Senate

Memphis environmentalist, Black activist and single mom Marquita Bradshaw has won the Democratic primary for an open U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee.

AP: Incumbent Steve Cohen wins Democratic primary in 9th House district

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  Bill Hagerty rides Trump support to Senate GOP primary win in Tennessee

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty has won the Tennessee Republican primary for an open U.S. Senate seat behind the endorsement of President Donald Trump.

  Shelby Co. Election Commission sees major increase in absentee ballots

The Republican primary has become a historic one here in Tennessee.

  Voters hurry to the polls for Election Day in Tennessee

It’s Election Day in Tennessee. As citizens hurry to the polls to vote, we’re keeping a close eye on election results.

Tenn. Supreme Court limits who can vote absentee in November

The Tennessee Supreme Court has overturned the option for all eligible voters to vote by mail in November due to COVID-19.

Libertarian presidential candidate Jo Jorgensen to make campaign stop in Collierville

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Dr. Jo Jorgensen and her vice president Spike Cohen will be in Shelby County this week.

  Bill Hagerty makes campaign stop in Memphis ahead of election day

Bill Hagerty, a candidate in the Tennessee Republican primary for U.S. Senate, made a campaign stop in Memphis ahead of election day.

  Shelby Co. Election Commission gets new machines, extra staff to handle absentee ballots

Voters across Tennessee and in Shelby County have requested a record number of absentee ballots, most not wanting to show up in person to vote because of the pandemic.

  City council votes to remove police residency referendum from November ballot

Efforts to allow MPD officers to live up to two hours outside the city limits came to an end Tuesday night. Memphis police officers will continue to have to live in Shelby County after a long debate in the council.

Gov. Bill Lee calls special legislative session over COVID-19 liability protections

The Tennessee General Assembly will convene Monday, Aug. 10 for a special session aimed at providing legal clarity and certainty for health care providers, businesses, schools, non-profits and others with regard to the novel coronavirus.

  Sen. Ted Cruz stumps in Memphis for Manny Sethi in nationally-watched Tenn. Senate Primary

The Republican primary in the race for U.S. Senate in Tennessee is getting national attention as we approach Election Day, with pundits eyeing the impact of a Trump endorsement among Republican voters.

  Ted Cruz to campaign in Shelby County as Senate primary heats up

Texas Senator Ted Cruz will pay a visit to Shelby County on Monday to campaign for Tennessee U.S. Senate candidate Manny Sethi.

  Early voting ends in Aug. 6 elections

Saturday is the final day to vote early in the Aug. 6 election.

  FBI visits home of Tennessee state Sen. Katrina Robinson

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation have confirmed they visited the home of Tennessee state Sen. Katrina Robinson.

  16,000 absentee ballots headed to Shelby Co. homes

If you have been waiting on an absentee ballot - check your mail this week.

  Shelby Co. leaders expected to make an important decision on the spread of COVID-19

The Shelby County Commission is expected to give final approval to create a Shelby County Board of Health.

  Federal judge upholds restraining order against Tennessee’s new ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion legislation

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction against Tennessee's new 'fetal heartbeat' abortion legislation, blocking it from taking effect until further notice.

California salon continues cutting hair indoors in defiance of state orders

San Jose’s Salon Blu is now cutting hair outdoors amid California’s recently relaxed rules on hair salons, but it is also servicing clients indoors.

  Election administrator clears pen color confusion on absentee ballots

Thousands of Shelby County voters have requested absentee ballots for the August 6th primary. Now there are questions about filling out the ballot like, does it matter what color ink pen you use?

US Mint: ‘We need your help’ by using exact change when making purchases

The U.S. Mint is asking for the public to make purchases using exact change.