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

Mike Espy launches 2020 Senate campaign

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

  DECISION 2019: Tate Reeves wins election for Mississippi governor

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

Mississippi governor’s race most competitive in years

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  Election Day is here, polls open now for Mississippi general election voting

Several factors will impact Mississippi’s general election

  Mississippi voters to elect next governor Tuesday

  Memphis councilmen face tough challenges in runoff elections

WATCH: Vice President Mike Pence speaks at campaign rally for Tate Reeves

  Mississippi set to hit the polls in just 3 days

Mississippi’s race for Attorney General will be history-making

The race for Attorney General is set to make history, no matter the outcome.

  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.

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.

  Memphians approve public safety sales tax referendum

It will add a half-cent in sales tax in Memphis.

  City Council race results are in for the 2019 municipal election

Judge tells election commission campaign workers must be allowed to use polling place restrooms

  Decision 2019: Mayor Jim Strickland wins bid for re-election as top challengers concede

  Story lines emerge ahead of city council races in next week’s Memphis municipal election

  Tennessee Equality Project wants better explanation from Tami Sawyer after discovery of homophobic tweets

  Mayoral candidate Tami Sawyer responds to tweets about police, ‘white babies’

  Judge: New voter signup penalties create ‘chilling effect’

A federal judge handed down tough criticism on Tennessee's new restrictions for signing up voters while refusing to dismiss a legal challenge surrounding the new law set to take effect in October

  Republican Bill Hagerty enters Tennessee’s US Senate race

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty has officially filed to run for Tennessee's open U.S. Senate seat

Jim Hood sounds off on what he calls ‘lies’ by Tate Reeves

Hood says he doesn’t blame Waller for staying silent on who he supports.

Waller will not endorse candidate in general election

Reeves will face Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and two other candidates in November.

INTERACTIVE MAP: See Mississippi’s gubernatorial vote county-by-county

See Mississippi’s gubernatorial vote county-by-county

WMC Action News 5 and Commercial Appeal cancel mayoral debate

WMC Action News 5 and the Commercial Appeal have canceled the scheduled Sept. 19 Memphis mayoral debate after current Mayor Jim Strickland and former Mayor Willie Herenton declined to participate.

  Reeves, Waller visit Desoto County ahead of runoff election in Mississippi Republican gubernatorial race

Lieutenant Gov. Tate Reeves takes on former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller in Tuesday's Republican runoff for Mississippi governor.

Polling Problems: Voting in metro area gets off to bumpy start

If you experience any problems at your polling location, call the Secretary of State’s Election Hotline at 1-800-829-6786.

  GOP race for Mississippi governor a close call on election day

Tuesday is Election Day in Mississippi. It’s the state’s primary election, and the most-watched race is the Republican primary for governor.

  Tennessee lawmakers react to mass shootings in Texas and Ohio

The country is dealing with tremendous loss after two mass shootings over the weekend. We asked the lawmakers representing the Mid-South what can be done to prevent this horrific violence in the future.

WMC and the Commercial Appeal holding Memphis mayoral debate in September

WMC Action News 5 and the Commercial Appeal are holding a debate for Memphis mayoral candidates Sept 19 at the University of Memphis.

  Campaign rhetoric increasing in months leading up to Memphis mayoral election

The top three candidates in the Memphis mayoral contest are starting to take swipes.

  What to expect from Tuesday’s Republican gubernatorial debate

The three Republican candidates for Governor will face off in a primary debate tomorrow night.

  Gov. Bill Lee says conversation needs to be had about Nathan Bedford Forrest bust in state Capitol

The governor spoke to WMC Action News 5 Wednesday about the controversy over "Nathan Bedford Forrest Day."

  Leaky roof forces city council meeting upstairs; ban on plastic bags in Memphis still being discussed

Despite the wet meeting, councilors discussed Memphis 3.0, the proposed ban on plastic bags and the state's new hands-free driving law.

  Tennessee governor says he hopes to change law requiring observance of Confederate leaders

Governor Bill Lee says he didn't like signing the proclamation to observe "Nathan Bedford Forrest Day" and hopes to work with lawmakers to change the law that required it.

Tennessee governor signs proclamation for Nathan Bedford Forrest Day

A spokesperson for the governor’s office tells WMC Action News 5 that Lee was required to sign the bill, according to state law.

  ‘My truck...my rules’: Mississippi politician appears on CNN to defend decision to deny interview to female reporter

“This is my truck, and in my truck we go by my rules and that’s my rule,” said Mississippi state Rep. Robert Foster during a live phone interview on CNN.

Former Tennessee Gov. Haslam won’t run for US Senate seat

Former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has told The Tennessean newspaper that he won't run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander

Funeral reflects bipartisan work of former US Sen. Cochran

Cochran was 81 when he died Thursday. He served 45 years in Washington, with the first six in the House and the rest in the Senate.

State wants suit over Tennessee voter signup law dismissed

Tennessee's attorney general wants a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit over a new law that allows fines and potentially jail time for voter registration workers who don't follow new rules

WATCH: Funeral held for former Sen. Thad Cochran in Jackson

Watch as Mississippi's political leaders gather at the State Capitol to remember the life and legacy of former U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.

  Desoto County man a plaintiff in federal lawsuit alleging Mississippi elections are racist

A newly filed federal lawsuit claims Mississippi’s method of electing statewide offices, like governor, is racist. One of the plaintiffs at the center of the suit lives in Desoto County. And for him, the issue is personal.

Lawsuit calls Mississippi’s way of choosing governors racist

On Thursday, more than a century later, four black Mississippians sued in federal court to put an end to what they say is a racially discriminatory system, unique in the U.S. and deliberately aimed at thwarting the election of African Africans.

  US judge temporarily blocks Mississippi 6-week abortion ban

A federal judge is temporarily blocking a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected

  Tennessee governor signs school voucher bill

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed a bill diverting tax dollars to private education

Lawmakers eye replacing embattled Tennessee House speaker

A handful of lawmakers are throwing their name into the race to be Tennessee's next House speaker

Mississippi spent $1.5M on Weight Watchers for teachers

The Clarion Ledger reports that since 2016, lawmakers have mandated that the Mississippi Department of Education spend up to $45 million on specific programs.

  Tennessee House speaker scandals spur ‘no confidence’ vote

Tennessee House Republicans have cast a vote of no confidence in House Speaker Glen Casada, who remains ensnared by a spate of scandals

  Senate leader won’t call for TN House speaker’s resignation

Tennessee's top state Senate leader says he won't ask for embattled House Speaker Glen Casada to resign his leadership position amid mounting scandals surrounding Casada's office

ACLU sues Tennessee over criminalizing voter signup problems

Tennessee is facing another challenge of its new law that would fine and potentially jail voter registration workers who don't follow new rules

Tennessee speaker faces calls to resign from leadership post

A handful of Republican lawmakers are joining calls for House Speaker Glen Casada to resign from his top legislative leadership position

Tennessee secretary of state says new voter registration bill protects the voting process

Tre Hargett says there is a need for standards in the state when registering people to vote. Now they have a benchmark in place to protect the integrity of the voting process.

Victims of violence can register to conceal their information from public records

Victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and other sex-related rimes can now conceal their identities from public records in the state of Tennessee.

  Congressman Cohen dubs Attorney General ‘Chicken Barr,’ mocks him with bucket of chicken

Congressman Steve Cohen from Memphis was part of the House Judiciary Committee that was supposed to be in day two of testimony for Attorney General William Barr.

Tennessee lawmakers OK license suspension bill

Tennessee lawmakers have signed off on legislation that would prevent the state from revoking or suspending driver's licenses over unpaid court costs

Tennessee gov to mull ban on handheld phones while driving

Gov. Bill Lee will decide whether Tennessee will ban the use of handheld electronic devices, including cellphones, while driving

Lawyers: Mississippi making abortion ‘virtually unavailable’

State attorneys wrote last week that Mississippi has an interest in preserving fetal life “from the moment of conception.”

  Senator Lamar Alexander discusses lowering health care costs

Democrats and Republicans struggle to find middle ground as the sides push opposing plans to fix health insurance.

  TN Senate pass controversial school voucher bill

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s controversial voucher proposal passed the state Senate Thursday morning 20-13.

  School voucher bill passes in Tennessee House by 2 votes

It was a dramatic morning on the Tennessee House floor as lawmakers voted on Governor Bill Lee’s education savings account proposal. The bill narrowly passed by two votes.

Tennessee House OKs bill to keep daylight saving year-long

The Tennessee House has advanced a proposal that would keep the state on daylight saving time year-round

  Mid-South politicians weigh in on results of Mueller’s report

It was the report the nation had been waiting for – Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Thursday, most of that report was released by Attorney General William Barr.

Charter school bill advances in Tennessee House

The Tennessee House has advanced a proposal that would create a new state charter school commission to manage charter school appeals if operators are denied by a local school board

Governor Bryant signs teacher pay raise bill

This will give teacher’s in Mississippi a raise of $1,500.

  Tennessee’s medical marijuana bill dropped

Medical marijuana bill dropped in Tennessee.

Arkansas lawmakers send governor ‘sanctuary cities’ ban

Arkansas lawmakers have sent Gov. Asa Hutchinson legislation cutting off funding to “sanctuary cities” that don’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities over his objections that the measure could open the door to racial profiling.

Arkansas lawmakers weigh monument protection bill

Arkansas lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it illegal to remove or alter any military or historical monument on public property, including Confederate monuments, unless a state commission agrees to the changes

US Education Secretary DeVos to visit Nashville

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is coming to Tennessee to visit a public charter middle school

Mississippi House and Senate pass $1,500 teacher pay raise

The measure will be rolled into regular paychecks and continue in future years.

Watered-down Tennessee ‘bathroom bill’ heads to floor votes

A watered-down Tennessee bill spelling out that the state's public indecency law applies to bathrooms and changing rooms for single-sex, multi-person use is heading toward floor votes

  Congressman Cohen re-introduces bill to crack down on repeat DUI offenders

Congressman Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, says there is a loophole in drunken-driving laws that allows repeat offenders to be charged and tried as first-time offenders because of inconsistent reporting.

  Memphis Democratic lawmaker supports controversial heartbeat bill

A Memphis lawmaker is getting heat for supporting a controversial abortion bill in the Tennessee General Assembly.

Arkansas lawmakers send governor 18-week abortion ban

Arkansas lawmakers have sent the governor legislation banning most abortions 18 weeks into a woman's pregnancy, a prohibition that could be the strictest in the country

Arkansas lawmakers vote to put highway sales tax on ballot

Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to putting on next year's ballot a proposal to permanently extend a half-cent sales tax for state highways

Tennessee advances bill banning fetal heartbeat abortion

Tennessee is the latest state to move closer to enacting one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation

Arkansas bill allowing no-prescription birth control OK’d

The Arkansas House has approved legislation allowing pharmacists to dispense birth-control pills without a prescription, the day after the bill narrowly failed in the same chamber

Pay raise bills remain alive, teen tanning restriction dies

Proposed pay raises for Mississippi teachers and county employees are among the bills still alive at the Mississippi Capitol