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  Tennessee senator looking to make legislative changes in wake of Breonna Taylor decision

The case of Breonna Taylor has brought many conversations to the forefront including what the charge of wanton endangerment means. One Tennessee senator is taking those conversations and hoping to make legislative changes happen.

  Local lawmakers react to death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  Casting a ballot in Mississippi will look different in November

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

  Memphis City Council urges state to ban all payday lenders

Mississippi voters with preexisting medical conditions may vote absentee

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  Mississippi to vote on final flag design in November

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

  Alice Johnson speaks on final night of Republican National Convention

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

Sen. Marsha Blackburn to speak at RNC

Low-income voters could swing November election, report finds

  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.

  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

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

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

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

State Sen. Raumesh Akbari set to speak at DNC

  Tennessee lawmakers end special session with passage of controversial bills

  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.

  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.

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.

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.

  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.

  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.

  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?

  Congressman Kustoff discusses COVID-19 relief, violent crime in Memphis

Tennessee Congressman David Kustoff said that while violent crime in the Bluff City is regrettable, he believes Memphis Police and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office have a good handle on it.

  Faith leaders ask for confederate statue to be removed in Oxford, Miss.

Controversy over a confederate statue in Oxford, Mississippi continues.

West Tennessee US attorney appoints district election officer to monitor elections

United States Attorney Michael Dunavant announced Friday that he has appointed a district election officer to monitor elections in West Tennessee.

‘This is real folks’: Another Miss. representative hospitalized with COVID-19 complications

Rep. Earle S. Banks of District 67 was admitted with coronavirus complications, confirms Rep. Tom Miles.

Gunn, Hosemann reveal picks for flag redesign commission

The first choices for the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag are in.

  Federal judge issues temporary restraining order after Tennessee governor signs fetal heartbeat bill

Governor Bill Lee signed a bill Monday he said is “arguably the most conservative, pro-life piece of legislation in the country,” but it wasn’t long before a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order, blocking the new law from taking effect.

Tennessee Supreme Court issues order requiring face coverings in courthouses

Thursday, the Tennessee Supreme Court issued an order requiring the public to wear a face covering at all times while in a courthouse.

  Tenn. State Capitol Commission approves moving Nathan Bedford Forrest bust

The Tennessee State Capitol Commission plans to discuss the future of the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust Thursday morning.

  State Capitol Commission to discuss moving Nathan Bedford Forrest bust to museum

Wednesday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee made a bold recommendation to the State Capitol Commission.

  Gov. Bill Lee wants Nathan Bedford Forrest bust moved to museum

Speaking Wednesday, Lee said he’s asking the State Capitol Commission to consider whether its current placement allows for his full story and contribution to our history to be fully understood.

  Memphis City Council debates where MPD officers can live

Police reform has been a hot topic in Shelby County since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Tuesday, the Memphis City Council will debate a proposal that determines where police can live.

  MSDH: ‘No evidence’ protests caused spike in Mississippi’s COVID-19 cases

Gov. Tate Reeves continues to stand behind his claim over the weekend that recent increases in coronavirus cases here are tied to protests that happened here, and he says the same is true nationally as well.

Speaker Philip Gunn, several House members diagnosed with COVID-19

House Speaker Philip Gunn is among those infected with the coronavirus.

  Gov. Bill Lee: Capitol Commission to take up Confederate bust removal

The Republican governor said in a press release that the Capitol Commission would meet July 9, but no agenda was posted. However, Lee later told reporters that the group would address the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust.

More than 20 new laws take effect July 1 in Tennessee

More than 20 new laws will go into effect in Tennessee on Wednesday, July 1.

  Mississippi governor signs bill removing 126-year-old state flag with Confederate battle emblem

The state flag, with its much-criticized Confederate symbol, will be taken down statewide within 15 days. And Mississippi’s new flag will likely bring controversy as well.

  Shelby Co. Election Commission explains process of voting absentee in upcoming elections

A Tennessee judge ruled in early June that everyone will be allowed to vote absentee due to COVID-19 concerns. It is likely that many will choose to vote by mail that have not done so before.

  Mississippians react to bill removing state flag as it awaits governor’s signature

A new Flag may soon fly over the state of Mississippi.

  Protesters for and against changing the state flag reflect historic day

As lawmakers worked to pass the bill to change the Mississippi state flag, protesters from either side of the debate stood firm on their stance outside.

  Mississippi House, Senate pass bill to change state flag

Legislators in Mississippi made history Sunday, voting to remove the controversial state flag containing the Confederate battle emblem and allowing Mississippians to decide a new flag design later this year.

  Remembering 2001: Voters choose to make current state flag official

Surprise revelation from Supreme Court prompted historic vote nearly 20 years ago

Miss. native Faith Hill calls for state flag to be changed

The Mississippi flag of 1894 has been the center of controversy as many have called for the flag to be replaced.

  Vote to change Mississippi state flag looming

A vote to change the Mississippi state flag could be coming by the end of the week.

Lt. Gov ‘open’ to changing flag, says legislature should address it today

Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann is calling for a discussion on the state flag.

  Tennessee legislators pass controversial fetal heartbeat bill

A bill banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected is on its way to Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s desk. The Tennessee Senate passed the bill early Friday morning with the vote splitting down party lines.

  One of the strictest abortion bills in the country set to become law in Tenn.

A strict abortion bill is set to become law in Tennessee.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith cosponsors law enforcement training and accountability reform bill

Senator Hyde-Smith signed as an original cosponsor of the JUSTICE Act.

  TN House to vote on bill permitting alcohol sales at Memphis Zoo

The Tennessee House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill that would allow the Memphis Zoo to sell alcohol Wednesday.

  Memphis City Council renews debate over MPD residency issue set for November ballot

It’s a new debate over an old issue but one that has returned to the spotlight in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

  Tennessee absentee ballot controversy reaches political, legal ‘stalemate’

Officials could face steep consequences if they don’t comply with a judge’s ruling that everyone must have the chance to vote absentee in this year’s elections because of COVID-19 concerns.

  Absentee ballot request forms modified for Tenn. voters amid pandemic

New developments in the legal battle over absentee ballot request forms in Tennessee.

  Celebrities join the call to remove Nathan Bedford Forrest bust from TN State Capitol

Tennessee’s Democratic Caucus is calling for reform after a turbulent week at the state capitol resulting in a vote to not remove the controversial bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest.

  Chancellor scolds state over absentee ballot request order

A Tennessee judge says state election officials have until 12 p.m. Friday to make new absentee ballot request forms available to voters.

Memphis senator seeking $150M emergency relief for Tennessee schools, students

Senator Raumesh Akbari of Memphis will present a budget amendment Thursday that would provide emergency relief funding to school districts struggling with local budget shortfalls while also preparing to make up classroom time with their students that was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Poll: Gov. Hutchinson’s job approval remains strong amid pandemic, protests

A new poll suggests Arkansans approve of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent social unrest, but they harbor concerns as the state moves into Phase 2.