Bills pending at State Capitol seek to expand alcohol access in Mississippi

Legislation pending in the state legislature could have an impact on the way you access alcohol in Mississippi.

  Memphis officials want federal government to send vaccines directly to city

  First Biden-Putin call shows both cautious on big concerns

  Gov. Reeves focused on jobs, education in 2021 State of the State address

  Biden orders end of federally run private prisons

  County Commission approves limiting military equipment for SCSO

Ex-Trump spokeswoman Sanders running for Arkansas governor

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Sen. Cruz reintroduces amendment imposing term limits on members of Congress

  Congressman presses Tennessee governor over vaccine distribution in Shelby County

  Memphis woman appointed to Biden-Harris administration

  Biden orders review of domestic extremism threat in US

  6 in 10 older Americans don’t know how to get vaccine

  ‘Please don’t hurt my children’ SCS Superintendent urging lawmakers to vote against defunding schools

  Mayor Strickland to launch Memphis 3.0 Plan; talks of community development

Strickland said the pandemic has affected the city’s “momentum”, but despite the setbacks, he also said the city is ready to put the city’s massive Memphis 3.0 Plan into action.

Agents find sniper rifle, stash of weapons in home of “Zip Tie Guy”

Federal agents claim the cell phone video Eric Munchel recorded of himself taking part in sacking the U.S. Capitol is being used as evidence against him, a federal detention memorandum shows.

  President Biden proposes sweeping immigration reform bill

President Joe Biden is spending his first hours in office undoing many pieces of legislation.

  Immigration advocates looking forward to positive change with Biden’s executive orders

President Joe Biden already using several executive orders to start enacting his agenda just hours after his inauguration.

  Mid-South Congress members, governors react to Biden-Harris inauguration

  Black Mid-South leaders inspired by VP Kamala Harris’ new role in the White House

  Mid-Southerners among those receiving Trump pardon

  New bill would pull funding from Tennessee schools that don’t return to the classroom

  Some Tennessee lawmakers on “pins and needles” this Inauguration Day

  Bomb threat called into Supreme Court, all-clear given

  3 from the Mid-South pardoned by President Trump

On the last day of his presidency, President Donald Trump pardoned 73 people.

  Virtual learning, teacher pay big topics on first day of Tennessee special legislative session

State lawmakers are considering several bills to address issues created or made worse by the pandemic.

  Gov. Lee issues new executive order lifting some restrictions on social gatherings, sporting event attendance

Governor Bill Lee issued a new executive order Tuesday lifting some gathering restrictions put in place at the end of 2020.

  Special legislative session begins in Tenn. to address learning loss, other issues caused by pandemic

Governor Bill Lee called for the special session on Tuesday. Not only will it involve discussing learning loss, but also funding, accountability, literacy, and teacher pay.

  TSU, JSU bands to participate in event leading to Biden inauguration

Tennessee State University’s Aristocrat of Bands and Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of the South Marching Band will be featured in a virtual event leading up to the presidential inauguration on Wednesday.

Tennessee governor faces criticism for approach to virus

As Tennessee has fueled one of the nation’s worst COVID-19 surges for weeks, Gov. Bill Lee’s approach hasn’t strayed much from how he and several fellow Republican governors battling similar spikes have long approached the virus.

  Authorities ‘on high alert’ in fear of armed protests at all 50 state capitols

The FBI has warned all 50 states that there are plans on social media of armed protests at state capitols and other government buildings.

  Special legislative session on education to begin this week

It will address learning loss, funding, accountability, literacy and teacher pay, which were all disrupted by the pandemic.

  Memphis man arrested in connection with riots at US Capitol

A Memphis resident was arrested for federal offenses allegedly committed at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

  Tennessee governor signs Medicaid block grant waiver

After passing both the House and Senate, Tennessee will become the first state to get Medicaid funding in a lump sum.

Tenn. National Guard headed to D.C. for Inauguration Day

Military leaders told WMC they plan to send soldiers and airmen from the Tennessee National Guard to D.C. for Inauguration Day.

  Tenn. Congressman Steve Cohen introduces $15 minimum wage bill

Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee has introduced a bill that could increase the federal minimum wage to $15.

THP takes precautions to protect Tenn. Capitol during protests

The Tennessee Highway Patrol plans to take precautions to ensure the Tennessee State Capitol is safe before the protests scheduled this week.

Mississippi National Guard activated for presidential inauguration

The Mississippi National Guard is preparing to send service members to Washington D.C. to provide additional security for President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration on Wednesday, January 20.

Arkansas sends National Guardsmen to Biden inauguration

The Arkansas National Guard is sending 500 soldiers and airmen to Washington to assist with security for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

  Memphis City Council member talks county’s approach to tackling coronavirus

Patrice Robinson says there may be hesitancy from many to get a vaccine, but misinformation is playing a large role in this.

  Mid-South lawmakers split on Trump’s second impeachment

The U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump in response to the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week.

  Tennessee congressman delivers fiery speech during Trump impeachment debate

With 30 seconds to speak, Cohen cited the first impeachment, last week’s Capitol riot and his concerns for future violence.

  Some Miss. lawmakers do not support removal of President Trump

President Donald Trump is on the verge of a second impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives following the deadly attacks on Capitol Hill.

  Tennessee General Assembly begins new session amid FBI warning of armed protests

Tennessee lawmakers didn’t address the issue during the session on Tuesday. Instead, they alluded to the deep political divisions across the country.

  Arkansas governor touts strong budget in midst of pandemic, lays out goals for teacher pay, tax cuts

Before a packed Arkansas General Assembly, separated by plexiglass and masks, Gov. Asa Hutchinson delivered his annual State of the State Address Tuesday morning.

Nashville police monitoring 3 planned protests at Tennessee State Capitol

The FBI has warned law enforcement agencies across the country about possible armed protests at 50 state capitols before Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Mississippi congressman, senator against call for Pence to invoke 25th Amendment

The 25th Amendment allows for the president or vice president to be replaced by means of death, removal, resignation or incapacitation.

  Hunt for people involved in Capitol riot moves closer to Mid-South

An Arkansas man who went viral after being photographed sitting in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office chair during Wednesday’s Capitol siege was arrested Friday.

  FBI searches homes, offices of state Republicans as part of investigation into Glen Casada’s office

House Speaker Cameron Sexton provided details in a news conference late Friday morning saying the searches are part of an ongoing investigation connected to former House Speaker Glen Casada’s office.

Effort in Arkansas to enact hate crimes law in jeopardy

An effort to enact a hate crimes law in Arkansas is in jeopardy, despite a push by the state’s popular Republican governor and major corporations.

Medical marijuana initiative continues to be challenged in state supreme court

Madison mayor seeks to have Initiative 65A tossed.

Tennessee congressman introducing resolution to abolish Electoral College

A news release from his office calls the Electoral College an “archaic institution” that has in the last two decades twice given the White House to a candidate who did not win the popular vote, “defeating the will of the American people.”

Hyde-Smith: ‘My heart is broken’ after death of US Capitol police officer

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick is the fifth person to die because of the violence on the Capitol.

Gov. Bill Lee speaks with media following Capitol riot, COVID-19 vaccines rollout Tenn.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee plans to address the state on Friday morning.

  Tennessee congressman among lawmakers calling for 25th Amendment

Representative Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, signed that letter along with 20 other lawmakers, but he said he doesn’t expect much will come of it.

  Tennessee senators release joint statement after withdrawing objection to Biden’s win following Capitol siege

“We watched in horror as rioters breached the security of both Houses of Congress and inflicted significant property damage upon those historical halls."

  “This needs to end!” National Civil Rights Museum reacts to riots at Capitol Hill

The National Civil Rights Museum has released a statement after a pro-Tump mob stormed Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

  Lawmakers finish out the day’s business after chaos on Capitol Hill

The Capitol is reported to be secure, according to reports from officials but one woman was fatally shot during the chaos.

Protesters gather outside Arkansas State Capitol in support of Pres. Trump

About 200 to 300 people gathered Wednesday morning to support President Donald Trump, according to a report from content partner KARK.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn says she will vote to certify election results

Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn has announced her decision to vote in support of certifying the electoral college results.

  Protesters come to the Mississippi State Capitol in support of President Trump

While the protesters were at the State Capitol, some of them signed a petition asking for a vote on the Mississippi flag.

  Mid-South lawmakers condemn violence after Trump supporters storm Capitol Hill

Local lawmakers are reacting as Trump supporters storm the United States Capitol in D.C.

Trump video removed from Twitter, Facebook

Trump calls for peace amid protests, decries election results

Memphis Trump supporters hold ‘Stop the Steal’ rally as Congress meets to certify Biden’s victory

Mid-South Trump supporters are gathering in Memphis as Congress meets to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Sen. Bill Hagerty discusses Electoral College certification

A group of Republicans, allied with President Donald Trump, pledged to object when Congress meets to certify the electoral college results.

Thousands cheer Trump at rally protesting election results

Several thousand protesters cheered President Donald Trump and his baseless claims of election fraud at a rally near the White House on Wednesday ahead of Congress’ vote to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Tennessee state legislators file bill to ban residency requirements for first responders

Legislators say the bill is a matter of public safety and it would allow departments to recruit top tier first responder candidates regardless of where they live, effectively addressing Tennessee’s deficit of police officers.

‘Thank you so much’: Ossoff claims victory in race against Perdue

Ossoff claimed victory over Republican Incumbent David Perdue Wednesday. The Associated Press has not called the race in Ossoff’s favor but Ossoff does have a small lead over Perdue.

  Tennessee senators pledge to oppose certification of Biden victory

Members of the 117th Congress were sworn in on Sunday. Most of the faces are the same.

  Education top priority for Tennessee General Assembly

The first thing Governor Bill Lee is tasking lawmakers to do this year is to come up with solutions to issues that have plagued Tennessee school children.

Gov. Lee calls for special legislative session to address education issues

The governor’s office says data shows estimated decreases in third-grade reading and math.

  Mississippi’s 2021 legislative session schedule in question

COVID-19 could delay much of the 2021 legislative session.

  Is a $600 stimulus check enough? Some Mississippi residents say no

The package also includes money for schools, healthcare providers, and renters who are facing eviction.

  ‘Our livelihoods are at stake’: Memphis restaurant workers protest health directive that would shut down dining rooms

As residents and small business owners await an updated Shelby County health directive, many are asking the health department to stay away from large scale shutdowns.

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians on historic nomination of Congresswoman Deb Haaland for Interior Secretary

She will be the first Native American to lead the U.S. Department of the Interior and hold a Cabinet-level position once confirmed.

‘Mississippi has lost a giant’: William Winter leaves behind an impactful legacy

Mississippi’s former governor William Winter leaves behind a legacy of goodness as people across the state react to the news of his passing.

  Municipal mayors say more restrictive health department orders could permanently harm businesses

Monday, the Memphis City Council’s executive session will take up a resolution to support the issuance of a Safer At Home order by the Shelby County Health Department.

  Tennessee officials face criticism over holding doses of COVID-19 vaccine for days

We’ve watched Mid-South health care workers in Arkansas and Mississippi get vaccinated. Finally Wednesday, the first shot was given in Tennessee.

U.S. senators pay tribute to fallen Helena-West Helena police officer

Officer Travis Wallace was shot and killed while trying to apprehend a suspect in a shooting that happened on Sunday, Nov. 8.

Mid-South state leaders cast ballots for electoral college

State leaders across the Mid-South are casting their ballots for the electoral college on Monday.

Mid-South AGs throw support behind Texas lawsuit challenging election results in battleground states

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit claims election results in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Michigan are unlawful and wants the Electoral College votes set aside.

Miss. Rep. Trent Kelly now highest-ranking military member of Congress

A State Representative from Mississippi has become the highest-ranking military member in Congress.