Saturday, May 18 2013 9:26 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:26:22 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Members of two Memphis gangs were convicted yesterday of first degree murder, especially aggravated robbery and criminal attempt to commit voluntary manslaughter. Cedric Mims, 17, and AllenMore >>
Members of two Memphis gangs were convicted yesterday of first degree murder, especially aggravated robbery and criminal attempt to commit voluntary manslaughter.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:19 PM EDT2013-05-19 00:19:39 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Grizzlies will begin its series against the San Antonio Spurs Sunday afternoon. Tickets for the first game in the series at FedExForum will go on sale Saturday at noon. Playoff ticketsMore >>
Tickets for the first game in the series against the San Antonio Spurs at FedExForum will go on sale Saturday at noon.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:44:16 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Memphis City Schools' top teachers are being honored in a new exhibit. In the South Main Arts District today MCS unveiled the multimedia exhibit titled "I teach. I am...an Irreplaceable." TheMore >>
Memphis City Schools' top teachers are being honored in a new exhibit.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:24 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:24:52 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Hurricane is home.The Hunt family was reunited with their three-year-old English bulldog today at Memphis Animal Services.MAS is reviewing video footage to see who turned the dog in.The dogMore >>
The Hunt family was reunited with their three-year-old English bulldog today at Memphis Animal Services.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:24 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:24:17 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Timothy Pollard and his family started waiting in line for Grizzlies tickets at five Saturday morning. "10 of us, a bunch of us with sandwiches and food because we had already made a plan thatMore >>
Some Grizzlies fans are deterred by the higher cost of playoff tickets.More >>
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(WMC-TV) - You paid for another high priced trip for a Memphis City Judge. Last month, the Action News Five Investigators uncovered receipts showing thousands spent on judicial conferences in the Caribbean, Las Vegas, and the Gulf Coast, just to name a few locations.
The judge at the center of that investigation, has done it again, this time it cost you nearly $2,600.
Judge Earnestine Hunt Dorse didn't want to talk about her travel the last time we were face to face.
"I'm ending the interview at this time," Judge Dorse said then.
The public scrutiny of her taxpayer funded trips didn't stop her from sending you another bill.
Her trip to Baltimore, Maryland for the National Bar Association convention cost taxpayers nearly $2,589.
Judge Dorse arrived two days before the conference started.
She stayed at a Marriott hotel away from the conference location. On the receipt are both her and her husband's name.
Here's the bill for those two extra nights in Baltimore.
Car rental: $100
Valet parking: $80
Total: $855, for the two days leading up to the conference.
Once the conference started - she moved into the conference hotel, a Hilton, at $172 per night. That's $115 dollars cheaper than where she stayed the two previous nights.
She kept the rental car for seven days, at a cost of $360. Factor in gas, valet parking, and meals - and the grand total for the Baltimore trip cost nearly $2,600.
Judge Dorse shares a travel budget with two other city judges. Records show over the past 3 years - they spent $63,600. Dorse's travel expenses account for 71-percent of those costs, going to 24 events over a 29-month period.
Judge Dorse says the trips are necessary for her to get her required Continuing Legal Education credits. So far, this year, she has charged taxpayers for six events ranging from Puerto Rico to Las Vegas.
The Executive Director of Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education says you don't have to travel far to get your credits.
"We have thousands of providers that provide CLE credit. Hours could all be obtained in Memphis," Judy Bond-McKissack said.
So why then is all of this travel being approved?
Memphis CAO George Little says under current policies he has little authority over city judge travel expenses, since they're elected.
Efforts by members of the Memphis City Council to cut the judge's travel budget have failed in the past.
Just last month one council member called the expenses a misuse of city funds.
Judge Dorse's assistant told Action News 5 the judge was not available for an interview. She also declined to respond to my questions about her latest trip.
Friday, May 17 2013 11:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:05:19 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South family pet was taken outside of a Memphis Home Depot Store. There are new leads in the case, but still no arrests. Halyn Hunt, 14, said a 3-year-old English Bulldog named HurricaneMore >>
A Mid-South family pet was taken outside of a Memphis Home Depot Store. There are new leads in the case, but still no arrests.More >>
Click here to see how much you would take home depending on which state you bought your winning lottery ticket in. BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Millions of people try their luck on big lottery games likeMore >>
Millions of people try their luck on big lottery games like Powerball every week. We wonder what the odds actually are that you'll choose the winning combinations. WAFB's Keitha Nelson talks with an expert on numbers.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:25:58 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued a statewide AMBER Alert for a Georgia girl believed to be abducted by her father. The TBI believes they may travel through Tennessee on their wayMore >>
The 2-year-girl who was the center of a multi-state AMBER Alert was found safe at Southand Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis Friday.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:26 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:26:32 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Memphis Fire Department is on the scene of a traffic accident at Hawkins Mill Road and New Allen Road. According to reports, two children were ejected from a vehicle and two others are missing.AMore >>
Five people were taken to the hospital after a traffic accident at Hawkins Mill Road and New Allen Road.More >>
At the corner of Plank Rd. and Scenic Highway sits a Chevron gas station. It's off I-110 near Memorial Stadium. Around 10 p.m.Sunday, a family stopped here to get gas. "Upon our arrival, we located threeMore >>
A man said he, his wife and his daughter were all punched because they were in the "wrong neighborhood" when they stopped to get gas at night. More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:53 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:53:42 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A White Station football coach resigned following allegations that he physically disciplined a player. Memphis City Schools leaders said Devin Rutherford handed in his resignation Wednesday. RutherfordMore >>
A White Station football coach resigned following allegations that he physically disciplined a player.More >>
South Korea says North Korea has fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters. Pyongyang routinely test-launches such missiles.More >>
North Korea fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters on Saturday, a South Korean official said. It routinely tests such missiles, but the latest launches came during a period of tentative diplomacy...More >>