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New bill could protect Tennessee drivers from red light camera tickets

A Tennessee lawmaker who burned a red light camera ticket and went viral for it, introduced a bill that would protect thousands of drivers from citations.

  Tenn. lawmaker files bill allowing college athletes to be compensated for advertising

  Gov. Reeves announces nationwide search for MDOC commissioner

  Gov. Bill Lee expected to sign bill allowing adoption agencies to deny same-sex couples

  Tate Reeves inaugurated as 65th Governor of Mississippi

Adoption agencies allowed to deny LGBTQ couples under Tenn. bill

Tate Reeves officially becomes 65th Governor of Mississippi

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Tate Reeves to be sworn in as Mississippi’s 65th Governor

Six officials take the oath of office at Miss. Capitol

Mississippi House passes bill to cover gap in teacher raise

Governor Phil Bryant reflects on his time in office

US border arrests drop as focus turns to Mexicans

  Medical marijuana will be key campaign issue for Mississippi voters in 2020

  Anti-gang legislation expected to be filed again in Mississippi Legislature

Mississippi lawmakers will soon have another opportunity to pass what's been called an "anti-gang" bill.

  Shelby Co. mayor says proposal for wheel tax hike could solve a major county issue

A proposal to increase the wheel tax lives to see another day after the proposal narrowly made it out of committee Wednesday.

  Proposal to hike Shelby County wheel tax to fund MATA improvements narrowly passes commission committee after spirited debate

Shelby County Commissioners narrowly advanced a proposal to hike the county’s wheel tax by $20 to pay for millions in improvements for MATA service. But the vote didn’t come easily and the proposal’s future appears shaky.

Medical marijuana will be on Mississippi’s November ballot

Ballot Initiative 65 is now on the ballot, but it may not be the only initiative up for consideration.

  Shelby Co. leaders begin debate on proposed wheel tax

  Less than a week after being sworn in, Memphis City Council members hold first meetings of year and term

  As prison problems pile up, Mississippi lawmakers propose more cuts

  Mississippi congressmen respond to rumors of “World War 3” and military draft

City court clerk Myron Lowery withdraws daughter-in-law from consideration for position in his office

  Memphians protest against possible war on Iran

  City leaders float cost concerns over implementation of public safety sales tax referendum

Three months after Memphis voters approved hiking sales taxes to restore benefits cut to police and fire in 2014, city officials are saying publicly they’re concerned there won’t be enough sales tax money generated to cover the costs over time.

  Memphis mayor, council members sworn in for new term on New Year’s Day

Wednesday marked the start of a new decade and a new term for elected officials in Memphis. All 13 Memphis City Council members and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland were sworn in.

  Strickland uses NYE prayer breakfast to push for youth literacy volunteers

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland held his annual New Year’s prayer breakfast Tuesday, just hours before he will be sworn in to start his second term.

Briefs filed to continue block on Arkansas abortion laws

Opponents of laws limiting abortion in Arkansas are asking the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to continue a ban that temporarily blocks three Arkansas abortion restrictions.

Mississippi asks appeals court to reconsider abortion ruling

Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling that said the state’s ban on most abortions at 15 weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional.

  Tennessee governor’s criminal justice task force releases report, recommendations

The task force just released its interim report, detailing problems with Tennessee's criminal justice system that have led to a high recidivism rate and 23 recommendations to fix them.

  Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg rolls out health care policy, riffs Trump in Memphis rally

Democratic presidential candidate and former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, picked Memphis to unveil his healthcare platform Thursday morning.

  Mid-South lawmakers react to President Trump impeachment

President Donald Trump is the third president to be impeached in United States history.

  Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg visiting Memphis Thursday

Bloomberg, who launched his campaign just last month, will unveil his plans for health care reform.

  MLGW will ask new Memphis City Council for electric rate increases in 2020

After three hours of debate Tuesday night, Memphis City Council members voted down an electric rate increase, which the utility wanted to make infrastructure investments. MLGW said they’re not done asking for the electric rate increase.

  Shelby County delegation of state legislators hosts annual retreat

Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner is pushing lawmakers to do more to help counties transport inmates with mental health issues, a growing problem.

  Council votes to increase MLGW and solid waste fees

The final city council meeting of the year will discuss some hot topics.

  Final city council meeting of 2019 will debate solid waste, MLGW rate hikes

Tuesday is the final Memphis City Council meeting of the year. Two big decisions await council members, rate hikes on solid waste and MLGW services.

  Amid impeachment, lawmakers could pass major trade deal

Impeachment will once again dominate the debate, but a historic trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada could bring both parties together.

  Memphis mayor talks sanitation layoffs if trash rate hike isn’t passed by council

The City of Memphis took over trash collection in the Cordova community in 2018. Despite pumping $15 million into improving the service, neighbors still weren’t happy with what they’re getting. Some are leery about the proposed rate hike.

  Mayor announces cuts to solid waste pickup, staff starting in 2020

The City of Memphis says there will be a “dramatic reduction” in solid waste services and staffing cuts at the start of 2020.

  Desoto Co. lawmaker contests election results

A Mississippi State Representative from Southaven is asking the House of Representatives to overturn election results after what she calls an "illegitimate election.

  Commission creates committee to crack down on county employees breaking residency rules

The county charter specifies that Shelby County employees are supposed to live in Shelby County.

  MPD finalizing application push for next recruit class as council looks to loosen residency requirements

In midtown Monday, MPD held a recruitment workshop to help applicants ensure their materials are complete for a Friday, Dec. 6 application deadline to be a part of MPD’s 132nd recruit class.

  Trump administration reviewing Tennessee’s Medicaid block grant request

If approved, Tennessee would become the first state to get its federal Medicaid funding through an annual block grant.

  Shelby County Commission to take on residency issue for county employees amid county corrections director controversy

The chairman of the Shelby County Commission said next week he will put together a committee to define residency requirements for Shelby County employees.

  Bipartisan effort to repeal Tennessee school voucher plan emerges as Gov. Bill Lee accelerates timeline for rollout

A Republican state representative in northwest Tennessee has now joined an effort by Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives to get rid of Gov. Bill Lee’s voucher plan next legislative session.

  Tennessee lawmaker pushes federal bill to decriminalize marijuana and expunge past convictions

This week, the House Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly approved the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act.

  Memphis City Council committee votes on incentive plan for $1.1B Pinch District development

There’s still a long way to go on this. The first full council vote is expected in two weeks on the Pinch project.

  Tennessee education commissioner to launch early literacy program

"We need every single child to read on grade level, and that's actually our moonshot goal. That's what we need to be true,” said Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn.

  Tennessee announces plans for $732M surplus funds meant to help the state’s working poor

The Tennessee Department of Human Services admitted last week that it has a surplus of $732 million. That money is supposed to help those who have children and are experiencing financial difficulties.

  Strickland responds to consent decree ruling

Although the City of Memphis’ request to change a consent decree was denied, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland calls it a "victory" for the city.

Tennessee lawmakers call out Department of Human Services for keeping $732M in surplus funds

State Rep. Antonio Parkinson, D-Memphis, called out the Department of Human Services Friday for letting millions of dollars in funding meant to help Tennessee's working poor sit unused.

  Six new faces to join Memphis City Council in 2020

Six of the thirteen members of the Memphis City Council will be new in 2020.

  County mayor declines to sign ‘no confidence’ resolution against Division of Corrections Director

Mayor Lee Harris has decided not to side with the Shelby County Commission’s “no confidence” resolution, recommending that the Director of the Division of Corrections be terminated.

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

U.S. Attorney General William Barr says he does not recall a request by the White House to publicly defend President Trump over the July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which has become a central focus of the U.S House impeachment inquiry.

  Public impeachment hearings begin Wednesday

It's only happened three times in our nation's history. This week marks the fourth.

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.

  Early voting ends in Memphis runoff election

Early voting has ended in the Memphis runoff election.

  Will public safety sales tax passage spur first responder retirements in Memphis?

There’s new concern over talk of a mass exodus of Memphis police and firefighters in the wake of a tax city voters just passed to improve benefits.

  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

  Son of 46-year sheriff elected to sheriff’s post in Lafayette County

Voters chose Oxford Police Department Chief Joey East to serve now as Lafayette County Sheriff -- a job his father held for decades.

  Reeves’ win caps off hotly-contested gubernatorial race in Mississippi

Mississippi voters elected a new governor Tuesday, extending Republican control of the office into the next decade.

  DECISION 2019: Tate Reeves wins election for Mississippi governor

Tate Reeves won Tuesday night’s election for Mississippi governor.

  DECISION 2019: Mississippi voters head to the polls to elect offices statewide

Mississippi voters are deciding on several statewide races including lieutenant governor and attorney general -- but the big race everyone is watching governor.

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.

  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.

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

  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.

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.

  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.

  President Trump rallying in Tupelo ahead of Miss. gubernatorial election

President Trump is rallying in Mississippi just days before the election that will decide a new governor for the state.

  Pres. Trump makes stop in Tupelo ahead of Miss. Governor race

Days before Mississippi’s gubernatorial election, President Donald Trump will be in Tupelo for a rally.

  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.

  Congressman Steve Cohen holds roundtable in Memphis to discuss pedestrian, bike safety on streets

Once again, Memphis tops the list of metro areas where pedestrians are most in danger, according to a report from Smart Growth America.

  Consultant report calls for MLGW to consolidate workforce, close community offices

As MLGW continues power restoration efforts after Monday morning’s storms, a new consultant’s report has identified efficiencies the utility could make to save money, including cutting jobs and closing community offices.

Latest Mason-Dixon poll shows Reeves holds slight lead over Hood

Republican Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves holds a slight lead over Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood.

  NCRM remembers Rep. Elijah Cummings

The death of Congressman Elijah Cummings has shocked the nation, and his legacy can be felt across the country and here in Memphis.

  Tennessee Supreme Court declines to hear lawsuit filed on the removal of confederate monuments; City of Memphis responds

The Supreme Court of Tennessee has declined to hear the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ lawsuit over the removal of confederate statues in Memphis.

  Memphis City Council members debate police, fire residency requirements

Should public safety employees in Memphis, like police and firefighters, be required to live within Shelby County? It’s a question some city council members and Mayor Jim Strickland believe Memphis voters should take up again.

  State to hold meeting on proposed TennCare changes

Tennessee officials will hold their first public meeting in Shelby County on proposed changes to TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program.