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

Governor Tate Reeves delivered his State of the State address Tuesday afternoon.

  Memphis woman appointed to Biden-Harris administration

  ‘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

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

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

  Mid-Southerners among those receiving Trump pardon

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  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

  3 from the Mid-South pardoned by President Trump

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

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

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

  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.

  Tennessee governor signs Medicaid block grant waiver

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

  Tenn. Congressman Steve Cohen introduces $15 minimum wage bill

THP takes precautions to protect Tenn. Capitol during protests

Arkansas sends National Guardsmen to Biden inauguration

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

  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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

  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 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.

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.

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.

  Several measures approved in virtual meeting as COVID-19 forces chamber doors to close

There was a full agenda for city council officials Tuesday, but it all happened virtually as the doors were closed to the general public due to the COVID-19 emergency.

Unofficial numbers: Leggett defeats Allison in Jonesboro City Clerk race

Voters in Jonesboro decided in a runoff election who will serve as Jonesboro City Clerk.

  Early voting begins for Collierville runoff election

Early voting for the Collierville runoff election starts November 18 and end on December 3.

  Miss. Gov. calls for $3M to protect children from ‘far-left socialist teachings’

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is calling for a shift in the way American history is taught in Mississippi.

Reeves: Mississippi ‘not going to participate’ in nationwide lockdown

Tate Reeves to give press conference.

Fmr. Mississippi governor slams state representative who wanted to ‘succeed from the union'

“Your ideas are as awful as your spelling.”

  Gov. Reeves responds to DeSoto County sheriff’s refusal to enforce COVID-19 mandates

Governor Tate Reeves has released a statement concerning the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department saying they will not enforce a state mandate on social distancing nor issue citations for not wearing a mask.

Fake Parler account of Miss. governor causes online controversy

NBC reports that Parler is a social media platform that is becoming increasingly popular among conservatives as an outlet to voice their concerns.

  Tenn. Republicans, Democrats at odds over outcome of 2020 presidential election

State elected officials are wading deeper into presidential politics, with Tennessee Democrats hitting Republican Governor Bill Lee Wednesday for not recognizing Joe Biden as president-elect.

Miss. Rep. apologizes for comment suggesting Mississippi should ‘succeed from the union’

He is apologizing for what he calls a lack of judgement.

  Mid-South states all part of push to have Affordable Care Act repealed by Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on the Affordable Care Act, more specifically, the individual mandate, or requirement that all Americans obtain health insurance.

Tennessee Senate GOP leaders back Trump’s challenge of election results

Republicans in the Tennessee Senate released a letter Tuesday in support of President Donald Trump as he “contests the unofficial results” of this year’s presidential election.

  Miss. Supreme Court hears COVID-19 relief bill case

The governor and state lawmakers disagree over who should decide how money from the federal CARES Act was spent.

Morgan Freeman ‘glad’ Mississippi is flying its new flag ‘proudly’

Morgan Freeman has given his approval of Mississippi’s new flag.

  Rural, urban divide leading to further political politicization, analysts say

All three Mid-South states were fast sweeps for President Donald Trump and Republicans on Tuesday night.

  What’s next for Tennessee’s electors

The polls are closed but that is not the end of the election cycle. Electors across the nation have the final say for who wins the presidency.

Over 10K Tennesseans vote for Kanye West in presidential election

Results for the state of Tennessee are rolling in after thousands of Tennesseans hit the polls on Election Day and even more absentee ballots were mailed in throughout the early voting period.

  Ole Miss displays new Mississippi state flag

The University of Mississippi displayed the new state flag on campus Wednesday morning.

  Mississippi clears way for medical marijuana, new state flag

Mississippi voters made some historic decisions on Election Day.

ELECTION RESULTS: See how Mid-Southerners voted and the races yet to be called

Watch the WMC team through the evening on wmcactionnews5.com and our streaming apps (Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV).

  John Gillespie wins Tenn. House District 97

John Gillespie, a Memphis native with a decade of experience in banking and nonprofit development is the new representative for Tennessee House District 97 after his first public run for office.

  Torrey Harris becomes youngest state lawmaker to win US House District 90

One of the most-watched Tennessee House race has come to an end naming Democratic candidate Torrey Harris as the representative for Tennessee’s 90th district.

  Republican Bill Hagerty wins Senate seat, Marquita Bradshaw refuses to concede

NBC and the Associated Press called the race for Hagerty just after polls closed in Tennessee.

Tommy Tuberville wins Alabama US Senate seat

Tommy Tuberville won the seat for Alabama U.S. Senate on election night, Nov. 3.

Miss. incumbents secure reelection in U.S. House

Steven Palazzo (R) ran unopposed securing the 4th Congressional District.

Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen defends US House Seat in 9th District

Congressman Steve Cohen will continue to serve the 9th District of Tennessee, including Memphis and Shelby County, after results were totaled on election night.

  First-time voters thrilled to cast ballots in 2020 election

Voter turnout is up across the nation for the 2020 presidential election, and part of that increase is in first-time voters.

  VIDEO: Mississippi voters find lengthy lines at polling places on Election Day

See pictures and video from Mississippi voters on Election Day.

  US Senate hopefuls Bradshaw and Hagerty make final pitch to voters on Election Day

A Memphis Democrat is hoping her grassroots campaign can pull off a stunning upset in the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee to replace retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander.

  Medical marijuana, new state flag on the ballot in Mississippi

If you find yourself in a long line in Mississippi on Election Day - don’t give up on voting!

  Voter Guide: Everything you need to know about Election Day in the Mid-South

People across the Mid-South will not only be voting for president, but local initiatives, Congress, and the U.S. House of Representatives.

  US Senate candidates make final campaign stops ahead of Election Day

This election has spurred huge interest in Tennessee. Over half of registered voters have already cast their ballots.

  Mississippians prepare to head to polls to vote on new state flag

While more than 170,000 people in Tennessee have already voted during the early voting period, in Mississippi, polls open for the first time Tuesday on Election Day.