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The Memphis City Council renamed Nathan Bedford Forrest Park and two other confederate-themed parks after protests from supporters of the existing names and from those who found them offensive. The Memphis City Council renamed Nathan Bedford Forrest Park and two other confederate-themed parks after protests from supporters of the existing names and from those who found them offensive.
Open-carry laws went into effect after the MS supreme court upheld the law in August. Open-carry laws went into effect after the MS supreme court upheld the law in August.
Authorities arrested a Tennessee National Guard employee after he reportedly shot his commanding officers at the National Guard Armory in Millington. Authorities arrested a Tennessee National Guard employee after he reportedly shot his commanding officers at the National Guard Armory in Millington.
The Memphis Grizzlies made it to West Conference finals for the first time in franchise history this year. The Memphis Grizzlies made it to West Conference finals for the first time in franchise history this year.

(WMC-TV) - Top stories are the most memorable and influential reports shared during the year, despite whether they are uplifting or tragic. If you are interested in seeing some of the most heartwarming stories of 2013 then you can click here.

Action News 5 chooses top stories that garnered the most website pageviews, created the most viewer attention, or had the most social media engagement. We are taking a poll because we want to hear what you think belongs in the Mid-South's tops stories of 2013 category. If your nomination is not in the poll then you can email it to web@wmctv.com.

Two ricin arrests made in North Mississippi

An Elvis impersonator was originally arrested in connection to the letters that were mailed to President Obama and Senator Roger Wicker. Both letters tested positive for ricin, a deadly poison that comes from castor beans. Investigators later dropped the charges against Paul Kevin Curtis. Authorities then arrested Everett Dutschke in the investigation of the ricin-laced letters. Dutchke was later indicted on five charges including making and possessing ricin for use as a weapon.

Attempted murder suspect's body found in bathtub of burned house

The body of the man who shot two TACT officers was found in bathtub of a burned house, which he barricaded himself in for hours. A standoff situation started when officers arrived at the house with an arrest warrant early in the afternoon for Aaron Dumas, 32, who was wanted for the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend and her brother.

Medical crew killed in helicopter crash on way to pick up sick child

Hospital Wing pilot Charles Smith, Pedi-Flite nurse Carrie Barlow, and Pedi-Flite respiratory therapist Denise Adams were on their way to pick up a patient from a hospital in Bolivar when the helicopter went down near Somerville, TN. Everything was confined within an area of about 100 feet diameter in a wreckage path, according to the NTSB.

MPD's grant request reveals thousands of backlogged rape kits

The Memphis Police Department requested a $500,000 grant in August, which revealed more than 2,000 rape kits sat untested on shelves for decades. Weeks later the number of untested kits grew to more than 10,000. Toney Armstrong said in December that the exact number is 12,164. The police department is sending 400 kits a month for testing. The process will take at least two and a half years to clear up the thousands of kits.

All six municipalities choose to form school districts

Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland, and Millington voters decided to create their own municipal school systems. Suburban voters, that approved municipal schools in 2012, returned to the polls after a federal judge struck down the previous referendums. As many voters were excited about the opportunity for their city to have its own school district, they knew work was just getting started.

Memphis Grizzlies make franchise history

The Memphis Grizzlies made it to West Conference finals for the first time in franchise history this year. From the FedExForum to 201 Poplar, downtown buzzed with excitement about the team's success.

Mississippi Supreme Court upholds open-carry gun law

Open-carry laws went into effect after the MS supreme court upheld the law in August. House Bill 2 was signed by the governor in 2012. It redefined the word concealed. Any citizen without a felony can openly carry a firearm as long as the weapon is fully or partially visible. Mississippians can carry firearms openly unless there is a sign prohibiting the guns.

TN Rep. Lois DeBerry dies after battling pancreatic cancer

City leaders say Tenn. Representative Lois DeBerry was unquestionably a "woman of the people" who never lost the common touch. At age 68, DeBerry will be remembered as an advocate for the less fortunate. The longtime lawmaker had been battling pancreatic cancer for nearly five years before she died this summer.

Girls raise $250K for St. Jude in brother's name

Two sisters built a big empire to support their baby brother and other kids like him at St. Jude Children's Hospital. They did not do it by starting a lemonade stand or holding a bake sale but by going straight to the top. They took their presentation to the corporate level and raised thousands of dollars.

Recruiter accused of shooting commanding officers at National Guard Armory

Authorities arrested a Tennessee National Guard employee after he reportedly shot his commanding officers at the National Guard Armory in Millington. Before the shooting, Amos Patton's bosses had come to talk with him about administrative policies and procedures and to relieve him from duty because of "misconduct." According to the FBI, Patton went to his car in the midst of his meeting and retrieved government-issued gear to return it. When he came back to the meeting he had a fanny pack, which he previously did not have. He then took out a semi-automatic .380 pistol out. The guardsmen shouted "gun." Patton reportedly emptied his weapon and fired seven to 10 shots at his commanding officers. The officers jumped on Patton and wrestled him while managing to keep the gun down. Click here to read more.

Memphis City Council renames three confederate-themed parks

The Memphis City Council renamed Nathan Bedford Forrest Park and two other confederate-themed parks after protests from supporters of the existing names and from those who found them offensive. The statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest on his horse sits in the park now named Health Sciences Park. Confederate Park downtown was changed to Memphis Park, and Jefferson Davis park also in downtown was renamed Mississippi River Park.

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  • WSFA Online Poll

  • Which do you think is the most memorable or influential story this year?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Two ricin arrests made in North Mississippi
    5%
    4 votes
    Attempted murder suspect's body found in bathtub of burned house
    0%
    0 votes
    Medical crew killed in helicopter crash on way to pick up sick child
    23%
    19 votes
    MPD's grant request reveals thousands of backlogged rape kits
    9%
    7 votes
    All six municipalities choose to form school districts
    22%
    18 votes
    Memphis Grizzlies make franchise history
    6%
    5 votes
    TN Rep. Lois DeBerry dies after battling pancreatic cancer
    0%
    0 votes
    Girls raise $250K for St. Jude in brother's name
    12%
    10 votes
    Recruiter accused of shooting commanding officers at National Guard Armory
    1%
    1 vote
    Memphis City Council renames three confederate-themed parks
    22%
    18 votes
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