December 23, 2014 7:23 AM
BATON ROUGE - Throughout the fall, we've been showing you some of the most unique students, teachers and classes every week in 2une In's Cool Schools segment. While the kids are on winter break, we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite stories.
This week,... more »
November 5, 2014 5:53 PM
JACKSON, MS - A Mississippi man with a history of trying to enshrine Old South symbols in the state constitution is trying again, this time hoping to change the state song to "Dixie" and require officials to fly a Confederate battle flag outside the Capitol. But getting a constitutional amendment... more »
September 3, 2014 4:36 PM
JACKSON - A town in East Feliciana Parish is coming together to honor veterans of the armed forces with the construction of a new memorial.
The Jackson Tourism Enhancement Committee is heading up the project with plenty of support from local residents.
"A lot of people find this... more »
September 2, 2014 3:26 PM
JACKSON, MS - A woman was sentenced to life in prison after her conviction in connection with the killing a Georgia woman through illicit silicone buttocks injections.
Tracey Lynn Garner, 53, was sentenced Tuesday in Hinds County Circuit Court after her conviction Friday of depraved heart murder and conspiracy... more »
September 2, 2014 5:47 AM
JACKSON, MS - Jackson police have captured a man wanted in the possible abduction of a 17-year-old girl. Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green says officers captured 19-year-old Dewayne Thomas about 5:45 p.m. Sunday. She said charges would be filed, but she didn't immediately say what they would be. The... more »
August 29, 2014 10:20 PM
JACKSON, Miss. - A jury has convicted a woman accused of killing a Georgia woman through illicit silicone buttocks injections Friday. Jurors found Tracy Lynn Garner, 53, guilty of depraved heart murder and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and could face life in prison. Garner was charged in the death... more »
July 20, 2014 6:45 PM
JACKSON- A new program is offering inmates a a leg up for their reentry to society.
The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections is having their 7th annual national suit drive. They partnered with Men's Warehouse and Refined by Fire Ministries.
The goal is to prepare men... more »
June 30, 2014 5:42 AM
CLINTON - According to State Police, a Jackson woman was killed in a single-car accident in East Feliciana Parish late Sunday night.
Investigators say 66-year-old Jo Ann Ryals was not wearing her seat belt as she drove west along LA Hwy 10. They do not know why her SUV... more »
June 24, 2014 12:42 PM
JACKSON, MS - Was it all a hoax? That's the question facing people who've rallied behind a 3-year-old girl in Mississippi. The girl's family said they were asked to leave a KFC franchise because an employee said the girl's injuries from a mauling by a pit bull were disturbing the... more »
May 12, 2014 11:19 AM
JACKSON - Seven endangered red wolf pups now have Choctaw names. The Jackson Zoo had a weekend ceremony to name the pups born March 30. Red wolves once were common throughout eastern and south-central states. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says they're now among the world's most endangered animals.... more »
May 2, 2014 3:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson from the local Red Cross said two volunteers are driving an Emergency Response Vehicle from Baton Rouge to Jackson, Mississippi to provide support to those affected by the recent tornado outbreak.
An American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle can provide up to 3,000 meals... more »
February 17, 2014 11:54 AM
BATON ROUGE - The state corrections department says the only way it can lower heat levels on Louisiana's death row to a federal judge's requirements is by installing air conditioning.
U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson ruled in December that death row gets so hot it violates U.S. constitutional protections... more »
January 31, 2014 7:53 PM
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI- A woman testified she was only trying to help Karima Gordon when she arranged illegal silicon buttocks injections that led to Gordon's death. But a jury didn't believe her and she was found guilty of manslaughter.
Natasha Stewart, also known as Pebblez Da Model, was originally charged... more »
November 22, 2013 6:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police released the name of a man who they said was shot to death and found in a canal in Baton Rouge Friday morning.
Investigators said Kenneth Barton, 35, of Jackson, La. was shot during a break-in at a home on Cedar Avenue. A neighbor who... more »
November 1, 2013 8:52 AM
JACKSON, Miss.- Mississippi's Marshall Henderson will eventually be back to help the Rebels try to make the NCAA tournament for a second straight season. It's unclear if he'll have enough help around him to make that a reality. The Rebels are coming off one of the most successful seasons in... more »
October 15, 2013 11:46 AM
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police have arrested a second man in connection with a burglary of Acme Refrigeration.
Wayne Watson was arrested in Port Arthur, Texas after BRPD issued a warrant for him last week.
Watson will be extradited to Baton Rouge and booked into East Baton... more »
October 10, 2013 11:59 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A former state representative has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in federal court today.
Former state Rep. Girod Jackson entered his plea on three tax fraud accounts in U.S. District Court in New Orelans. Jackson resigned from the Lousiana Legislature in August after being charged with... more »
October 1, 2013 2:52 PM
BATON ROUGE- A federal district judge decided a convicted killer should be freed from his sentence, citing issues with how the man was indicted a number of years ago.
Chief Judge Brian Jackson said the rights of Herman Wallace were violated because there were no women on the jury... more »
September 10, 2013 10:05 AM
JACKSON, Miss.- A Decatur, Miss., man has been fined $2,500 after pleading guilty to shooting a protected bald eagle in 2012. The U.S. Attorney's Office says in a news release that 21-year-old Marcus Tyler Cochran was sentenced Sept. 4 in federal court in Jackson. Prosecutors say Cochran shot the bald... more »
September 9, 2013 9:07 AM
JACKSON, Miss.- Mississippi's record for the heaviest alligator has fallen again with the catch of a 741.5-pounder in the backwater of the Mississippi River near Port Gibson on Sunday morning. The Clarion-Ledger reports that it also tied the record for longest alligator at 13-feet, 6.5-inches. Jimmy Greer of Canton, Dalco... more »
August 24, 2013 1:05 PM
JACKSON - A nonprofit group tied to energy businesses says Mississippi should consider becoming a storage place for used nuclear fuel. Representatives of the Mississippi Energy Institute will meet Monday at the state Capitol with the Senate Economic Development Committee. After that, they'll have a closed-door meeting at the Old... more »
August 15, 2013 1:25 PM
LOS ANGELES- Michael Jackson's ex-wife has testified that she did not see any signs that the entertainer was shopping for doctors during the nearly 20 years she was close to him. Debbie Rowe also told a jury on Thursday that Jackson's frequent medical visits were tied to legitimate procedures. Rowe... more »
July 10, 2013 11:43 AM
ASCENSION - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office announced more warrants issued in an ongoing effort to deal with people who miss court dates called "Operation: No Show".
Deputies said the following people ignored their court date, leading to a bench warrant being issued by the court for failure to... more »
July 10, 2013 11:29 AM
SLIDELL - A Slidell area man was arrested for rape this morning by the U.S. Marshals service in Jackson, Mississippi, following a report of a 13 year old girl in St. Tammany Parish.
Deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's office received a call Monday morning from a woman... more »
May 31, 2013 8:55 PM
BATON ROUGE- LSU shortstop Alex Bregman will apparently be playing in tomorrow's baseball game.
Bregman was taken to an area hospital after a collision with left fielder Raph Rhymes during Friday's game against Jackson State at Alex Box Stadium. He needed to be checked for possible fractures to bones... more »
May 28, 2013 8:54 AM
JACKSON, Miss.- The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will issue 920 lottery-based permits for seven hunting zones for the 2013 alligator season. The 10-day season runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 9. A private lands season is also available to landowners whose properties meet specific qualifications within 28... more »
April 8, 2013 8:52 AM
JACKSON, Miss.- A suspect charged in Mississippi with the cosmetic buttocks injection blamed in the death of a Georgia woman has received a new trial date. The Hinds County Circuit Court administrator's office says the trial of Tracey Lynn Garner, also known as Morris Garner, is set now tentatively set... more »
April 5, 2013 11:38 AM
JACKSON - State police in Mississippi say a murder suspect shot a Jackson police detective and then shot himself at police headquarters. Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said Friday that Jeremy Powell shot Detective Eric Smith before killing himself, in the first official description of how the men... more »
February 26, 2013 11:28 AM
JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi Senate committee approved a bill that would make it difficult to get information on weapon permits, including concealed carry permits. The bill would exclude the permit information from the state public records act. A court order would be required to obtain the data. A representative... more »
February 19, 2013 5:32 PM
JACKSON - The search continued today for a work-release inmate who walked away from his job Monday.
Investigators said Frankie New, 40, left his job at Elam's Auto Service and Body Shop on Highway 10. He was last seen around 8 a.m. Monday.
This is the second time... more »
February 13, 2013 7:46 PM
The small southern Ohio city of Jackson stuck to its guns about a portrait of Jesus that hangs on the wall of a public middle school. The school board says the portrait stays despite a federal lawsuit that says the picture is unconstitutional. It was a gift from students in... more »
January 17, 2013 2:11 PM
NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana is getting $10.5 million to continue Hurricane Katrina repairs at Jackson Barracks, a National Guard installation in New Orleans.
The grant is among three totaling $17.8 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Sen. Mary Landrieu and Rep. Cedric Richmond said Thursday the city of... more »
January 3, 2013 12:47 PM
JACKSON, Miss. - A sixth man has pleaded guilty in connection with racially motivated attacks by young whites against blacks in Jackson. Joseph Paul Dominick, 21, of Brandon pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit a hate crime. He faces up to five years in prison. U.S. District Judge Carlton... more »
January 2, 2013 3:30 PM
JACKSON, Miss.- The Mississippi Department of Education is reviewing its safety policies and training requirements. December's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has put spotlight on those issues. Shane McNeil, director of safe and orderly schools, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the state department is in the process of... more »
November 21, 2012 1:51 PM
WASHINGTON - A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says he has received letter of resignation from Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Boehner's spokesman Michael Steel said Wednesday the Speaker's office received a letter of resignation from Jackson. Boehner's office did not immediately comment beyond acknowledging they'd received the letter. Jackson... more »
November 14, 2012 7:15 AM
JACKSON, Miss. - National Transportation Safety Board investigators headed to Jackson, Miss., early Wednesday to inspect the wreckage at a house where a small plane crashed, killing the three people aboard the plane and igniting a huge fire.
Terry Williams, with the NTSB in Washington, said investigators would meet... more »
November 13, 2012 6:35 PM
JACKSON, Miss. - Authorities say a small plane with three people aboard has crashed into a neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi, near an airport. A Jackson deputy fire chief told WJTV-TV that one person escaped a burning home Tuesday evening with minor injuries. It was not immediately clear if anyone else... more »
November 9, 2012 5:46 PM
JACKSON - The Louisiana Veterans Home celebrated 30 years of service to American heroes with aservice to honor the security of the country, and recall the meaning of service for all Americans.
WWII veteran Ranger Daniel Farley fought at Normandy. He landed with 73 enlisted men and three officers.... more »
September 22, 2012 4:30 PM
JACKSON - A Jackson State University security guard was found dead in a city street on Saturday morning. WLBT-TV reports that 27-year-old Joseph Welch was shot five times, according to officials. Jackson police say Welch failed to show up for work at 10 p.m. Friday night. "We got a shots... more »
August 29, 2012 12:21 PM
JACKSON, Miss.- Utility companies say more than 24,000 south Mississippi homes have lost power as Hurricane Isaac moves through the northern Gulf of Mexico. Most of the outages Wednesday are in areas of the three coastal counties of Jackson, Harrison and Hancock. The Electric Power Associations of Mississippi reported 15,300... more »
August 6, 2012 12:00 PM
JACKSON, Miss.- A predominantly white Mississippi church has apologized for its refusal to allow a black couple to marry in its sanctuary, though the couple says they knew nothing of the apology until a reporter called. The First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs posted the apology on its website Sunday.... more »
July 30, 2012 1:49 PM
JACKSON, Miss. - Southern Baptist bodies are calling on a Mississippi church that blocked a black couple from getting married under its roof to reject racism. Leaders of the Mississippi Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention said Monday that preventing Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson from marrying at First Baptist... more »
July 12, 2012 7:13 AM
WASHINGTON - A statement from Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s office says the Chicago Democrat is receiving "intensive medical treatment" for a "mood disorder."
The statement Wednesday gives no details about his location and comes a month after Jackson went on medical leave.
The statement says Jackson is at... more »
July 11, 2012 3:03 PM
JACKSON, Miss. - A federal judge is continuing to block a new anti-abortion law in Mississippi. If the law were allowed to take effect, it could shut down the state's only abortion clinic and make it nearly impossible for a woman to get an abortion in Mississippi. The U.S. Supreme... more »
July 3, 2012 4:50 PM
JACKSON - The Mississippi Health Department is reporting two human cases of West Nile virus, the first confirmed cases in the state for 2012. The cases are in Lauderdale and Hancock counties. Mississippi had 52 cases and five deaths from West Nile virus last year. The Health Department also has... more »
June 26, 2012 3:00 PM
JACKSON, Miss.- Fifty-six inmates sentenced when they were 18 or younger are serving capital murder sentences in which there is no parole, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The U.S. Supreme Court threw out mandatory life in prison without parole for juveniles. The ruling continued its trend of holding... more »
May 25, 2012 12:28 PM
JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson public schools will no longer handcuff students to fixed objects and will train staff at its alternative school in better disciplinary methods. Mississippi's second-largest school district made the agreement Friday in a settlement with the Southern Poverty Law Center, which had sued over the practice of... more »
May 18, 2012 8:48 AM
JACKSON, Miss. - A suspect in two deadly highway shootings in Mississippi is behind bars. Authorities say 28-year-old James Willie will be charged with capital murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault and rape. Earlier this month, two people were found dead either in or near their cars along two highways. Police say... more »
May 3, 2012 10:39 AM
NEW YORK - Pepsi is teaming up again with the late pop rock star Michael Jackson.
The company has reached a deal with the singer's estate to use his image for a new global marketing push.
It'll vary from country to country, but there will be a TV... more »
April 9, 2012 8:54 AM
JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson police say a body found near Butts Park may be that of a man missing since April 1. Spokeswoman Colendula Green tells The Clarion-Ledger the body appeared to have been there for several days. Green said a person walking the grounds found the body around 4:10... more »
March 15, 2012 1:40 PM
JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi death row inmate has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block Tuesday's execution based on the argument that his lawyers didn't do a good job and prosecutors discriminated during jury selection. Larry Matthew Puckett is scheduled to die by lethal injection for the 1995 sexual... more »
February 13, 2012 2:29 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Choreographer Travis Payne has created dance moves for some of the biggest names in entertainment - Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Usher, Lady Gaga and Madonna. On Monday, Payne is taking his dance moves from the stage to the community when he guides New Orleans kids through a routine... more »
February 9, 2012 8:54 AM
JACKSON, Miss.- The Mississippi Supreme Court is set to hear arguments over whether ex-Gov. Haley Barbour legally pardoned 10 current and former inmates. Among the inmates are four convicted murderers who served as trusties at the Governor's Mansion while Barbour was in office. The Supreme Court is not expected to... more »
February 2, 2012 8:43 AM
JACKSON, Miss. - The Defense Department says a Marine from Greenville, Miss., has died in Afghanistan. In a news release Thursday, the Defense Department says Lance Cpl. Edward J. Dycus of Greenville, Miss., died Feb. 1 while conducting combat operations in the Helmand province in Afghanistan. He was 22. The... more »
November 28, 2011 8:17 AM
JACKSON - State Police reported no oil spilled and roads are back open after a tanker truck carrying crude overturned this morning in East Feliciana Parish.
The wreck shut down La. 432 for eleven hours while another truck was brought in to off-load the oil.
News 2's Stephanie... more »
November 7, 2011 2:44 PM
October 27, 2011 1:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police investigated a two-vehicle fatal crash on LA 64 east of US 61 Thursday morning that killed a Jackson, La. woman.
Melinda Messer, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident which happened around 7 a.m.
Police say Messer ran off... more »
September 5, 2011 2:06 PM
Weston LA- A volunteer firefighter with the Jackson Parish Ward Four Fire Protection District responding to an emergency medical call, has died after being involved in a car crash.
Firefighter Christopher Peterson (22 years of age) was operating the department's brush truck and responded to the call for help.... more »
August 31, 2011 6:21 PM
JACKSON-- Jumpstart Daycare and Preschool's license was revoked Tuesday, after the Department of Children and Family Services says its owner broke the laws over and over again during an 18 month period.
Workers did not do fire drills with children, they were not CPR certified, and even worse said... more »
August 19, 2011 6:29 PM
JACKSON - Marshals in Jackson are trying to figure out how to handle arrests on the grounds of the Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System, after an arrest for attempted rape. Joseph Picou, 52, was arrested Wednesday for attempted forcible rape after officers said he tried to rape a nurse at... more »
August 15, 2011 5:18 PM
JACKSON, Miss. - The administrator of BP's $20 billion oil spill fund wants a federal court to preside over a Mississippi lawsuit, instead of the state court where the suit was filed.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has said Washington lawyer Kenneth Feinberg isn't properly handling the fund for... more »
July 20, 2011 2:34 AM
JACKSON- Officials have apprehended an inmate that escaped from Dixon Correctional Institute Tuesday evening. Jeremiah Benoit was caught by authorities just after 6:30 a.m. Wednesday crossing Highway 68 in East Feliciana Parish.
He escaped from Dixon Correctional Institute around 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Benoit was serving time for kidnapping,... more »
July 18, 2011 11:04 AM
JACKSON, Miss. - A judge has set a $5,000 bond for a teenager charged in the death of a man who was run over by a pickup truck in Jackson.
Police had charged 18-year-olds Deryl Dedmon and John Aaron Rice of Brandon with murder in the death of James... more »
July 13, 2011 5:55 PM
JACKSON, Miss. - A colleague of the Catholic priest who police say was killed with his own pistol says the slain man traveled with the gun for protection and kept it in the bedroom of the Mississippi beach house where he was shot.
The Reverend Cayet Mangiaracina says the... more »
July 11, 2011 3:10 AM
JACKSON- A man accused of raping a teen-aged girl then fleeing to Brookhaven, Miss. has been arrested.
A police sting led to the arrest of David R. Sanders, 34.
Police say the suspect lured a 15-year-old girl to his house, raped her then fled to Brookhaven, Miss. on... more »
June 28, 2011 3:42 PM
JACKSON, Miss. - A federal magistrate judge won't allow the Sierra Club to join a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against BP and other companies over last year's disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Judge Sally Shushan says in her order Tuesday that the environmental group can file... more »
April 13, 2011 2:00 PM
BATON ROUGE- The man accused of killing a mother and shooting her daughter in her Beauregard Town home last year appeared in court for a motions hearing today. Prosecutors turned over 50 reports to defense attorneys along with 30 DVDs as part of the discovery hearing. Recorded conversations between Aramis... more »
April 13, 2011 1:51 PM
JACKSON, Miss. - The administrator of BP's $20 billion oil spill fund says Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood could undermine the claims process by urging a court to intervene and by making allegations that border on defamation.
Hood called those statements, made Tuesday in a court filing in Louisiana,... more »
March 15, 2011 12:35 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Two fugitives from Louisiana who were captured in Memphis after evading authorities for 10 days have made a brief court appearance.
The men, 33-year-old Darian "Drake" Pierce and 36-year-old Ricky Wedgeworth, are being held in Memphis on a federal escape charge.
They also face charges... more »
March 14, 2011 3:31 PM
JACKSON, Tenn. - Two escaped trusties from Louisiana were spotted after stealing a county vehicle in Jackson, according to authorities.
According to the Madison County Sheriff's office, Ricky Wedgeworth and Darian Pierce hijacked a parks and recreation vehicle and tied up a county worker in Jackson.
Sheriff David... more »
March 4, 2011 11:46 AM
JACKSON, Miss. - Authorities say a 15-year-old boy was beaten and branded with hot metal for bumping into a 12-year-old girl at an underage drinking party in Mississippi and four people, ranging in age from 12 to 46, have been charged in the case.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Billie Sollie... more »
February 4, 2011 7:40 PM
A woman in Mississippi admits she tried to bribe an IRS employee in an attempt to lower her federal taxes. Sixty-three year old Rene Coleman of Jackson tried to pay the employee $2,000 cash to reduce how much she owed after she was audited. The IRS worker told her supervisor... more »
February 1, 2011 4:54 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A family-oriented Mardi Gras celebration in suburban Metairie will feature performances by British pop star Natasha Bedingfield, country star Darryl Worley and Tito Jackson, a member of the famous Jackson Family and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Times-Picayune reports that Jefferson Parish is bringing Family... more »
January 24, 2011 7:33 PM
TERREBONNE – A three-vehicle crash in Terrebonne Parish killed a Houma man Monday afternoon, according to Louisiana State Police. Troopers said 51-year-old Herbert Jackson died from his injuries, and was not wearing his seat belt when the wreck happened. Investigators said Jackson was driving his pickup north on LA 24... more »
December 17, 2010 4:57 AM
JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says it has launched a restoration project to provide about 2,500 acres of enhanced wetlands habitat for shorebirds, wading birds and waterfowl. The agency says the project has been expedited in the wake of the BP oil spill in the Gulf... more »
December 15, 2010 7:33 AM
JACKSON, La.- East Feliciana Parish finally has a public-supported animal shelter and adoption center for the care of unwanted cats and dogs roaming the parish.
And the state now has another facility to temporarily shelter pets that could be displaced because of a natural disaster such as Hurricane Katrina.... more »
December 9, 2010 2:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - A grand jury in Baton Rouge has indicted 21-year-old Aramis Jackson in the shootings of a woman and her daughter in Beauregard Town.
The District Attorney's office will seek the death penalty for Aramis Jackson, who is accused of first degree murder and attempted first degree... more »
November 28, 2010 9:56 AM
JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi judge is asking a federal appeals court to restore his immunity from being sued over claims that he knowingly made false claims to authorities. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled arguments for Dec. 6 in New Orleans on the appeal filed by Hinds... more »
November 18, 2010 5:20 AM
JACKSON - Law officers from several parishes have searched East Feliciana High School in Jackson where a student was arrested last week with a pistol. Sheriff's deputies said Wednesday's search turned up only a small amount of marijuana in a student's car. The student was booked with possessing the drug... more »
October 28, 2010 10:22 AM
JACKSON - Authorities stepped up security this morning at East Feliciana High School. It's in response to a fight yesterday involving an undetermined number of students. Jackson Marshal Fred Allen tells News 2 four students were arrested for disturbing the peace. He says the fight stemmed from boyfriend-girlfriend issues between... more »
October 25, 2010 11:41 AM
A body found at the Jackson, Tennessee, city limits is believed to be that of a Louisiana man.
The remains were discovered Sunday afternoon, lying on the ground in a rural area. Nearby was a red Honda with Louisiana license plates.
The Jackson Sun quoted a news release... more »
October 22, 2010 12:20 PM
Louisiana State Police said a "stupid mistake" on a suspect's part led to him facing a much-larger list of charges.
27-year-old Randy L. Jackson was arrested in Baton Rouge around 9:30 a.m. after troopers pulled over a vehicle he was in, and said he took off on foot as... more »