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  • Mississippi seeks to reinstate conviction in 2004 killings

    September 19, 2017 7:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Mississippi prosecutors are asking the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to reinstate the conviction of a woman in a 2004 double-slaying. Lisa Jo Chamberlin is white. But she challenged the prosecution's striking of some black candidates from the jury that convicted her... more »
  • LSU gets blown out by Miss. State 37-7

    September 16, 2017 5:30 PM

    STARKVILLE, Miss. — Nick Fitzgerald threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores to help Mississippi State rout No. 12 LSU 37-7 on Saturday night. Aeris Williams led the Bulldogs with 146 yards rushing and averaged 6.3 yards per carry. Mississippi State (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) beat... more »
  • Mississippi police dog dies after being left in hot squad car

    August 19, 2017 8:05 PM

    SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - Southaven police have confirmed a 6-year-old K-9 officer died after his handler left him in a police car. Police Chief Steve Pirtle said the handler had just returned to the office Tuesday evening following undercover work when he left his partner, Gunner, in the car... more »
  • Court filings allege Lafayette man organized kidnapping of estranged wife

    August 19, 2017 7:17 PM

    LAFAYETTE - New court filings in Lafayette kidnapping suspect Michael Handley's divorce case allege he organized the plot to abduct his estranged wife. Last week, authorities captured Handley at a Slidell motel. According to KATC-TV , Handley is still in the Lafayette Parish jail with a $266,000 bond. ... more »
  • Arrests made in connection with MS armed robbery

    August 9, 2017 10:03 AM

    PASCAGOULA, Miss.- Authorities say a man and woman have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery of a guest at a Mississippi hotel. The Sun Herald reports the robbery occurred at a Regency Inn on Sunday. Authorities say officers arrived at the hotel around 11 p.m. and spotted... more »
  • Fatal shooting in Mississippi

    August 8, 2017 9:13 AM

    CORINTH, Miss.- A Mississippi man has been charged with murder after fatally shooting another man after an altercation. Authorities said 34-year-old Domonick Thompson was charged with several offenses, including first-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Donald Taylor. Corinth police Chief Ralph Dance said Thomas and Taylor were involved... more »
  • $7.5M federal grant pays half of $15M railroad restoration

    August 6, 2017 1:00 PM

    GRENADA, Miss. - A $7.5 million federal grant will help restore rail service across part of Mississippi, aided by a $4.3 million state loan and $3.2 million in private money. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it's awarding the grant to rehabilitate 90 miles of a... more »
  • Mississippi tax collections improve for start of budget year

    August 5, 2017 11:38 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi tax collections looked better than expected for the first month of the budget year. The state took in more money this July than during the same month a year ago. State Revenue Commissioner Herb Frierson says the numbers look good, but one... more »
  • BancorpSouth plans to dissolve its bank holding company

    July 30, 2017 12:39 PM

    TUPELO, Miss. - A Mississippi-based bank plans to dissolve its bank holding company and merging those operations with its banking subsidiary. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports BancorpSouth Inc. will remain a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange under its current symbol, BXS. ... more »
  • Deputy shot on side of road in Mississippi

    July 28, 2017 3:53 PM

    BILOXI, Miss. - A bullet-resistant vest protected a Mississippi deputy when someone shot at him. Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson tells The Sun Herald that the deputy was in a vehicle on the side of a road Friday, doing paperwork, when a man got out of a pickup... more »
  • Mississippi seafood dealer sentenced to federal prison

    July 25, 2017 9:44 PM

    GULFPORT, Miss. - A Mississippi seafood dealer is heading to federal prison for illegal fish sales. A federal judge Tuesday sentenced Lonnie M. Ray of Bay St. Louis to serve 25 months in prison and another three years on supervised release. The Sun Herald reports Ray... more »
  • Mississippi has 10 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in 2017

    July 24, 2017 3:28 PM

    JACKSON- Mississippi health officials are reporting seven new cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state total to 10 this year. The state Health Department says three of the new cases are in Hinds County and the others are in Covington, Humphreys, Leflore and Perry counties. ... more »
  • Motorcade escorting remains of Marine killed in plane crash

    July 24, 2017 1:29 PM

    FREEHOLD, N.J. - A motorcade of veterans and motorcycle clubs is escorting the remains of a Marine killed in a military plane crash in Mississippi home to New Jersey. The coffin bearing the body of 20-year-old Cpl. Dan Baldassare left Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Monday.... more »
  • Mississippi reports 3rd West Nile virus case in human

    July 18, 2017 12:20 PM

    JACKSON - Mississippi health officials report the third human case of West Nile virus this year. The Mississippi State Department of Health says the reported case is in Forrest County, where the state's first confirmed case was located. The other case was in Rankin County. The department... more »
  • Police: Mississippi girl dies after beating over math lesson

    July 17, 2017 10:14 PM

    MERIDIAN, Miss. - Police say a Mississippi man fatally beat a 3-year-old girl with a bamboo rod and a cellphone cord because she couldn't correctly answer questions about numbers and then soiled her pants. The Meridian Star reports that police detectives testified in city court Monday about 25-year-old... more »
  • Mississippi corrections probe death of 2 inmates

    July 11, 2017 10:16 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Two inmates have died and the Mississippi Department of Corrections is investigating. Officials say the deaths of 24-year-old Evan Brothern and 38-year-old August Walley are unrelated. Both occurred Monday. MDOC, in a news release Tuesday, said Brothern was pronounced dead at Forrest General... more »
  • Union files for vote by workers at Mississippi Nissan plant

    July 10, 2017 10:03 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The United Auto Workers has filed to force a unionization vote at a Nissan Motor Co. plant in Mississippi after a yearslong campaign to build support. Sandra Hightower of the National Labor Relations Board confirmed that the board received the UAW's election petition in its... more »
  • Escaped inmate captured at Mississippi motel

    July 5, 2017 11:34 AM

    NATCHEZ - Authorities say they've captured a Louisiana inmate at a motel in Mississippi. The Natchez Democrat reports 30-year-old Curtis O. Scott was arrested Monday at a Red Carpet Inn along with a woman who wasn't charged. Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten says Scott and two other inmates... more »
  • Authorities: 5-year-old killed while brothers play with gun

    July 4, 2017 9:20 PM

    LOUISVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi authorities say a 5-year-old boy was killed when a gun went off while he and his 6-year-old brother played with it. Winston County Coroner Scott Gregory tells The Clarion-Ledger the boys' father and grandfather were asleep after working night shifts when the gun went... more »
  • Man gets 40 years after downloading child porn at casino

    July 1, 2017 2:06 PM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - A Gulfport man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after he downloaded child pornography while at a Vicksburg casino. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says 67-year-old Russell Haley pleaded guilty Friday in Warren County Circuit Court to one count of child exploitation. ... more »
  • Sheriff blocking public records request for jail fight video

    June 18, 2017 12:10 PM

    MCCOMB, Miss. - A Mississippi sheriff is blocking public-records requests for a jail security video, four months after a fight that injured five inmates and sent two to a hospital. The Enterprise-Journal reports the Pike County Sheriff's Department says it is still investigating the Feb. 14 fight. ... more »
  • Mississippi shipyard wins $3B contract for assault ship

    June 17, 2017 12:26 PM

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. - The U.S. Navy will pay Huntington Ingalls Industries $3 billion to design and build an amphibious assault ship at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Mississippi. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2018 on what will be the Bougainville, which will be able to launch Marine Corps... more »
  • Sheriff: Home of Mississippi multiple-killing suspect burns

    June 12, 2017 9:38 PM

    BOGUE CHITTO, Miss. - Fire has destroyed the home of a Mississippi man charged with killing eight people. Sheriff Steve Rushing in Mississippi's Lincoln County says nobody was in the mobile home in Bogue Chitto when firefighters answered a fire call before dawn on Sunday. Rushing... more »
  • Louisiana OKs new plan for red snapper anglers

    June 12, 2017 2:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana officials have voted to accept a federal offer that would reopen a red snapper season for recreational anglers in the Gulf of Mexico's federal waters. The federal season will reopen for the next 12 weekends if Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida all agree to... more »
  • Mississippi town redoing mayoral election after multiple recounts

    June 10, 2017 4:38 PM

    CALEDONIA, Miss. - An election was such a mess in one Mississippi town that officials are calling for a do-over. The Commercial Dispatch reports that the mayor's race Tuesday in Caledonia was counted three times, resulting in three different numbers. The town has about 1,000 residents. ... more »
  • Biloxi will get another $1M for rebuilt museum after Katrina

    June 10, 2017 12:48 PM

    BILOXI, Miss. - Federal officials will give a Mississippi Gulf Coast city an additional $1 million to pay for a rebuilt museum destroyed by 2005's Hurricane Katrina. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has ruled in favor of Biloxi in a dispute over funding for the Maritime and Seafood... more »
  • Mississippi charts course for floating and submarine drones

    June 3, 2017 2:06 PM

    GULFPORT, Miss. - Mississippi's governor wants to look for ways for the state to capitalize on floating and underwater drones. Gov. Phil Bryant Thursday created an ocean task force to study how the state can support U.S. Navy plans and train workers for such jobs. The Republican says he hopes... more »
  • Mississippi man sets fire to his own home to make girlfriend leave

    June 3, 2017 1:39 PM

    COLUMBUS, Miss. - A Mississippi man has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to his own mobile home, apparently to make his girlfriend leave. The Commercial Dispatch reports that Aaron Augustinowicz, a 62-year-old Caledonia man, was arrested and charged with arson after a May 27 fire. Lowndes County court documents... more »
  • Mississippi gets $2.9 million to clean up contaminated sites

    June 3, 2017 12:37 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Federal officials are awarding $2.9 million to Mississippi to clean up pollution from contaminated sites. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says the nine brownfield grants are the most Mississippi has ever received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Brownfields are property where pollutants complicate reuse. Vicksburg... more »
  • Mississippi special session focuses on budgets, short-term and long-term

    June 3, 2017 11:27 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi legislators are hoping to make quick work of a special session that focuses on money. The session begins at 10 a.m. Monday, and Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says he hopes it will last only a day or two. Lawmakers need to set budgets for the attorney... more »
  • 2 former prison guards sentenced in inmate beating cover-up

    June 2, 2017 8:59 PM

    GREENVILLE, Miss. - Two former guards at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman must serve short jail stints for covering up an inmate beating. U.S. District Judge Debra Brown on Friday sentenced 24-year-old Deonte Pate of Charleston, and 44-year-old Romander Nelson of Drew. Both pleaded guilty last year to charges... more »
  • Judge rejects suit over Mississippi governor's budget cuts

    June 2, 2017 5:11 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A judge is rejecting a lawsuit by two Democratic Mississippi legislators who claimed a law letting governors make midyear budget cuts is unconstitutional. Hinds County Chancery Judge Patricia Wise ruled Friday, only two weeks after Rep. Bryant Clark of Pickens and Sen. John Horhn of Jackson had... more »
  • Mississippi National Guardsman dies in California training

    May 30, 2017 1:49 PM

    FORT IRWIN - One Mississippi National Guard member has been killed and three others have been injured during a training exercise in California. The Guard says in a news release Tuesday that investigators are trying to determine what caused the death and injuries Monday night at the National Training Center... more »
  • Witness says Mississippi shooter gunned down family, deputy

    May 28, 2017 10:59 AM

    BROOKHAVEN, Miss. - A witness says a Mississippi man had been arguing with his estranged wife about their children when he opened fire inside his in-laws' home after a sheriff's deputy arrived. Vincent Mitchell told The Associated Press in an interview Sunday the slayings of eight people "all stemmed from... more »
  • Body found on beach along Mississippi's Gulf coast

    May 27, 2017 1:19 PM

    BILOXI, Miss. - Police on Mississippi's Gulf coast are investigating after a body was found on the beach. WLOX-TV reports that the body was found Saturday morning in the sand near the water's edge in Biloxi. Police didn't immediately say how the man died or release his name. The television... more »
  • Judge to examine death sentence in killing of store owner

    May 27, 2017 12:05 PM

    BILOXI, Miss. - A Mississippi man convicted of killing of a convenience store owner while her child slept in the back of the store can have another hearing about his death sentence. The Sun Herald reports the state Supreme Court recently granted one request that 37-year-old Jason Lee Keller raised... more »
  • Services planned for 6-year-old Mississippi boy shot to death after car theft

    May 24, 2017 11:51 AM

    CANTON - Services have been set for a 6-year-old boy shot to death after a car theft outside a Jackson grocery store. WLBT-TV reports that a celebration of life for Kingston Frazier is planned for noon Friday at Morning Star Baptist Church. Byron McBride Jr.; Dwan Wakefield Jr.; and D'Allen... more »
  • 'Fly the flag'? Mississippi city split on Confederate emblem

    May 23, 2017 12:12 PM

    BILOXI - A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is the latest front line in the debate over the public display of Confederate symbols in the American South. The mayor of Biloxi, Mississippi, ordered the state flag removed from city buildings in late April because it includes the Confederate battle... more »
  • NAACP: Lawmaker should resign over lynch comment

    May 22, 2017 9:38 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi NAACP is calling for the resignation of a Mississippi lawmaker who said Louisiana officials should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments. Republican Rep. Karl Oliver apologized Monday for the lynching remark that he made Saturday in a Facebook post. Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson says... more »
  • Trump approves disaster aid to Mississippi governments

    May 22, 2017 9:23 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - President Donald Trump has approved disaster assistance to governments and certain nonprofits in nine Mississippi counties following April 30's tornado and weather damage. Counties approved are Adams, Calhoun, Carroll, Claiborne, Holmes, Jefferson, Montgomery, Webster and Yazoo. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will help governments pay for debris... more »
  • Judge denies bail for 3 men in 6-year-old's shooting death

    May 22, 2017 1:42 PM

    CANTON - A judge has denied bailed to three Mississippi men accused of killing a 6-year-old boy. Madison County Justice Court Judge Bruce McKinley sent co-defendants Byron McBride Jr., Dwan Wakefield Jr. and D'Allen Washington back to jail until at least a late June hearing. District Attorney Michael Guest told... more »
  • Authorities looking for gun in boy's killing

    May 19, 2017 7:01 PM

    GLUCKSTADT - Authorities are looking for a gun in the killing of a 6-year-old Mississippi boy. District Attorney Michael Guest said Friday that authorities are seeking the weapon but are confident they have enough evidence against the three teen suspects to proceed without it. Officials say the teens killed the... more »
  • Contractor admits spending elderly customer's money, arrested

    May 6, 2017 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Mississippi contractor was arrested after he admitted spending over $2,000 an elderly person gave him to complete repairs. According to arrest records, on April 20, a deputy with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office was informed of the case. The victim, who is over... more »
  • Man struck by lightning in south Mississippi

    April 30, 2017 2:38 PM

    PRENTISS, Miss. - Authorities say a man has been struck by lightning in south Mississippi as a line of strong storms move across part of the state. Emergency Management Agency director Jocelyn Ragsdale says the condition of the man is unknown after he was struck Sunday afternoon near his home.... more »
  • Mississippi man raking clippings uncovers alligator in backyard

    April 27, 2017 4:17 PM

    SIMPSON COUNTY - A Mississippi man discovered an alligator while doing yardwork at his home. WAPT-TV reports a Simpson County resident was raking up a flower bed when he found an 8-foot-7-inch alligator staring at him. Dr. Chip Holbrook says he was preparing for an after-prom party on Saturday when... more »
  • Another Mississippi city lowers Confederate-themed flag

    April 25, 2017 7:45 AM

    JACKSON - A city that relies heavily on tourism is joining several other local governments in abandoning the Mississippi flag because it contains the Confederate battle emblem. Biloxi Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gillich has ordered the state flag pulled from display at all municipal buildings. City spokesman Vincent Creel says Monday... more »
  • New law exempts disabled veterans from hunting, fishing fee

    April 23, 2017 12:40 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - More military veterans will soon be able to hunt or fish for free at certain events in Mississippi. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2271 on April 13, and it becomes law July 1. It says no license will be required for hunting or fishing at... more »
  • Mississippi, Alabama marking Confederate Memorial Day

    April 23, 2017 12:11 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - State government offices are closing Monday in Mississippi and Alabama for Confederate Memorial Day. Georgia used to mark the holiday, but removed the Confederate reference in 2015. Now, the last Monday in April there is simply called State Holiday. Confederate Memorial Day in Mississippi and Alabama commemorates... more »
  • Buckle up in back: Mississippi sets stricter seat belt law

    April 16, 2017 2:34 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi will require back-seat passengers to buckle up in most vehicles, starting this summer. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2724 on April 5, and it becomes law July 1. Mississippi already has a law requiring seat belts for front-seat adult passengers and for children anywhere... more »
  • Officials: Record-sized black bear killed in vehicle crash

    April 14, 2017 7:52 AM

    NATCHEZ, Miss. - Authorities say a record-size Louisiana black bear was killed when it was hit by a sport utility vehicle in southwestern Mississippi. The Natchez Democrat reports the full-grown male bear was struck April 5 on U.S. 61 in Wilkinson County. No other serious injuries were reported. Officials say... more »
  • After earlier denial, police say they have Lil Boosie's jewelry Play Video

    April 12, 2017 7:46 AM

    BILOXI - After initially denying it, a Mississippi police department now says a rapper's jewelry was impounded and will be returned. Biloxi Police Lt. Christopher De Back says Boosie Badazz's jewelry was impounded Sunday when officers arrested five members of the rapper's entourage for assault. In a Tuesday video, the... more »
  • Official says hunger strike over at south Mississippi prison

    April 11, 2017 9:57 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - An official says a hunger strike is over at a south Mississippi prison. The Mississippi Department of Corrections made the announcement Tuesday, eight days after officials said 11 inmates had begun refusing meals. Relatives supporting inmates said they were protesting conditions at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution... more »
  • Mississippi mayor catches suspect after foot chase

    April 8, 2017 6:28 PM

    PEARL, Miss. - A Mississippi mayor is being credited with catching a fraud suspect who was running away from police. The Clarion-Ledger reports Pearl Mayor Brad Rogers was riding with the city's police chief Friday when they heard a call for assistance with a foot chase. Both men joined the... more »
  • Worker killed, man charged in shooting outside poultry plant

    April 8, 2017 1:14 PM

    BAY SPRINGS, Miss. - Authorities say a Mississippi man is charged with murder in the shooting death of co-worker outside a poultry plant in Bay Springs. Media outlets report 25-year-old Eddie Bernard Davis died after he was shot multiple times Friday morning in the parking lot of the Peco Foods... more »
  • Appeals court considers Mississippi LGBT law

    April 3, 2017 9:41 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Attorneys for both sides are expressing confidence after a federal appeals court heard arguments about Mississippi law dealing with religious objections to same-sex marriage. Three judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case Monday in Lubbock, Texas. The Mississippi law would let merchants... more »
  • Police: Mississippi officer shoots self after admitting molestation

    April 3, 2017 9:11 AM

    TISHOMINGO - Police in northeast Mississippi say an officer committed suicide after admitting he molested a teenager. The Clarion-Ledger reports that 53-year-old Russ Robinson made the admission after he was questioned by authorities about him molesting a 17-year-old boy after flashing his headlights and pulling the teen over. Robinson was... more »
  • Local Miss. engineer sues municipality for $6.3 million

    April 2, 2017 12:53 PM

    CANTON, Miss. - A local engineer is suing a Mississippi municipality for millions. The Clarion-Ledger reports that engineer Rudy Warnock is suing the city of Canton's utilities division for $6.3 million. Warnock's attorney says he's owed the money under his contract with Canton Municipal Utilities. Although Warnock was fired by... more »
  • Mississippi couple arrested in death of man found in car

    April 1, 2017 2:14 PM

    AMITE - A Mississippi man and his girlfriend have been arrested in the shooting death of a man found in a car parked alongside Interstate 55. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said deputies Friday arrested 36-year-old Rodney Reynold, of Tylertown, Mississippi, on charges of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice.... more »
  • Soybean and cotton acres rise in Mississippi, as corn dips

    April 1, 2017 11:36 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Soybeans are reinforcing their place as Mississippi's king crop, but cotton is at least back to being the prince. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Friday that soybean acreage is expected to rise 10 percent to 2.25 million acres. That's more than half the land that Mississippi... more »
  • Have a plan, storms to threaten while many are asleep

    March 29, 2017 5:48 PM

    Showers and thunderstorms are expected to begin tonight. The greatest threat for severe weather will be overnight, shortly after storms begin. Damaging wind, large hail and isolated tornadoes are all possible—especially in areas north and west of Baton Rouge. These overnight threats make it really important to have a way... more »
  • 2 die in northeast Mississippi plane crash

    March 28, 2017 9:28 PM

    ABERDEEN, Miss. - An experienced pilot and a passenger have died after a plane crash in northeast Mississippi. Monroe Emergency Management Director Bunky Goza tells WTVA-TV that the single-engine Mooney M20 left Monroe County Airport around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, bound for Madison. The plane never arrived, and emergency workers found... more »
  • Mississippi town finds itself in Twilight Zone: Have its laws vanished?

    March 23, 2017 9:49 AM

    BAY ST. LOUIS - City leaders in Bay St. Louis are searching for the community's zoning laws, which appear to have vanished into a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity: The Twilight Zone. The Sun Herald reports that a lawyer told city council members this week... more »
  • Sheriff says roommate killed man and stuffed him in freezer

    March 21, 2017 9:10 PM

    LATIMER, Miss. - A Mississippi sheriff accuses a man of killing his roommate and stuffing him in a freezer. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell tells media that a capital murder warrant has been issued for 40-year-old Thomas Elliot Stafford. Investigators believe Stafford killed 65-year-old Jerry Floyd Kirkendall sometime around March... more »
  • Landlord: 'Horrible smell' leads to tenant's body in freezer

    March 20, 2017 8:57 PM

    LATIMER, Miss. - A south Mississippi landlord says a 'horrible smell' led him to the body of a tenant he'd last seen three weeks ago. Michael Woods tells WLOX-TV that he opened a freezer Monday in a house he owns in Latimer, found his tenant's body, and went outside immediately... more »
  • Mississippi could stiffen penalties for attacks on police

    March 17, 2017 8:00 AM

    JACKSON - A bill being sent to the Mississippi governor says penalties could be doubled for people who intentionally harm law enforcement officers, firefighters or emergency workers. Supporters say they filed the "Back the Badge Act" in response to the killings of police officers last year in Dallas and Baton... more »
  • Man wounded by police responding to Mississippi bank robbery

    March 14, 2017 11:23 PM

    RIDGELAND, Miss. - A 16-year-old bank robbery suspect in Mississippi was wounded after being shot by at least one police officer. Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal says the suspect was hospitalized with wounds that are not considered life-threatening. Neal says a masked person robbed a branch of BancorpSouth about 2... more »
  • Mississippi House retreats from Confederate flag mandate

    March 13, 2017 8:57 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi House has halted a push to require that universities fly the state's Confederate-themed flag. Republican Rep. William Shirley of Quitman persuaded the House last week to withhold a tax break from universities that don't fly the flag. But a committee chairman pledged to kill the... more »
  • Firefighters rescue man from Mississippi River

    March 11, 2017 1:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans firefighters have rescued a man from the Mississippi River after a late-night search of the waters near Mardi Gras World. In a statement, the fire department says it was responding to reports of a man in the water Friday night around 10 p.m. They started... more »
  • Man gets life in murder-for-hire case in Stone County

    March 11, 2017 12:40 PM

    WIGGINS, Miss. - A Biloxi man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in a murder-for-hire case. Jody Parks pleaded guilty to capital murder Friday in the January 2015 beating and stabbing death of Stone County businessman Timothy "Timmy" Garrison. The Sun Herald reports that 23-year-old Parks has... more »
  • Coast Guard: Fuel safely removed after tugboat partly sinks

    March 6, 2017 9:27 PM

    VIDALIA - The Coast Guard says all fuel has been safely removed from a tugboat that partly sank in the Mississippi River near Vidalia. A news release Monday says the "Sonny J" had 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel in its tanks when it took on water early Feb. 26. The... more »
  • Man accused of kidnapping arrested after Mississippi police chase

    March 5, 2017 3:15 PM

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. - Authorities say a man accused of kidnapping has been arrested after allegedly shooting at a deputy during a high-speed chase in southeast Mississippi. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell tells local news media that suspect Terrell Lee Johnson was a passenger of an SUV when he shot at... more »
  • Ex-Miss Mississippi arrested on credit fraud charge

    March 4, 2017 3:29 PM

    FLORA, Miss. - A former Miss Mississippi is facing a credit card fraud charge in Flora. WAPT-TV reports Melinda King Sanders was arrested Thursday at her job in Jackson. WLBT-TV says she was released later that day from the Madison County Detention Center after posting bond. Flora's police chief says... more »
  • 19 horses killed when semi driver from La. flips rig

    March 2, 2017 5:00 PM

    GREENVILLE, Mississippi - A man from Louisiana was behind the wheel of a horse rig when it overturned, killing more than a dozen livestock in Mississippi. KNOE TV reported the driver is from Bastrop, Louisiana. Bastrop is in the Monroe area. The driver survived the crash, the TV station... more »
  • Suspect in Mississippi, New Mexico crimes arrested in Kansas

    March 1, 2017 1:55 PM

    PRATT, Kan. - Authorities have arrested a man suspected of shooting a Kansas convenience store clerk and kidnapping two hikers in New Mexico while on the run after his girlfriend was killed and a jogger was shot in Mississippi. Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Tod Hileman said in a tweet that... more »
  • Parade-watcher dies after fall from pickup; impaled on rebar

    February 28, 2017 9:45 PM

    BILOXI, Miss. - A man watching a Mardi Gras parade in Biloxi, Mississippi, died after falling from the back of a pickup truck onto a piece of exposed rebar. Biloxi officials told Gulf Coast media that Tuesday's accident happened at an Interstate 110 underpass. Fire Chief Joe Boney said the... more »
  • Editor who pushed for justice in civil rights killings dies

    February 27, 2017 9:46 PM

    GULF BREEZE, Fla. - Mississippi editor Stanley Dearman, who pushed for justice in the murders of three civil rights workers, died on Saturday in Florida. The death of the 84-year-old was announced by the newspaper in Philadelphia, Mississippi, that he once published. Dearman wrote articles and editorials in The Neshoba... more »
  • Reward now $22,500 for suspect in woman's death

    February 27, 2017 8:16 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Authorities in Mississippi have announced a large increase in the reward for information leading to the arrest of a 28-year-old man suspected in the death of his girlfriend. Police are seeking Alex Bridges Deaton in connection with the death of 30-year-old Heather Robinson. Robinson was found dead... more »
  • Woman arrested for pawning stolen property

    February 22, 2017 6:08 PM

    SLIDELL- A Mississippi woman was arrested for possession of and attempting to pawn stolen property Tuesday. According to Waveland Police, they were investigating 52-year-old Kelly Wojdacz in relation to property that was reported stolen. During the investigation, police contacted Deep South Gold, a local pawn shop, to inquire about... more »
  • No penalty for furling Confederate-themed Mississippi flag

    February 21, 2017 10:10 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi House has rejected an effort to punish universities for not flying the state flag that prominently features the Confederate battle emblem. All eight of the state's public universities have furled the flag in recent years amid criticism that it's racially insensitive in a state with... more »
  • Boy or Girl? It's a sloth, so we don't know yet

    February 17, 2017 8:55 PM

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Zookeepers are waiting for a DNA test to learn whether Hattiesburg Zoo's baby sloth is a boy or a girl. That's because sloths' sex organs are internal. Mammal curator Stephen Taylor says they'll have to send a bit of fur to a lab to learn the gender... more »
  • Men in cat scalding case ordered to work in animal shelter

    February 9, 2017 12:41 PM

    MOSS POINT - Two Mississippi men have been sentenced to jail and ordered to work in an animal shelter for taking part in the videotaped scalding of a cat. Police say the cat died after being doused with boiling water in December. The video was posted online. News organizations report... more »
  • Mississippi man has 130-pound tumor removed in Bakersfield

    February 6, 2017 8:57 PM

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Mississippi man who was told he was simply fat has had a 130-pound tumor removed during an operation in Bakersfield. Roger Logan of Gulfport had the surgery on Jan. 31. He's staying at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital for another week or so. His surgeon says the tumor... more »
  • Mississippi pilot hospitalized after his small plane crashes

    February 5, 2017 3:45 PM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - Authorities say a pilot is hospitalized after his small airplane crashed and was found upside-down in water near the Mississippi River. WJTV reports that Howard Jennings of Utica on Saturday afternoon had flown alone from a private landing strip and headed toward the river. Family members concerned... more »
  • Oyster season to reopen in part of Harvest Areas 3, 4

    January 29, 2017 11:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A portion of the public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River and north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet will reopen on Tuesday. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says that area, within Harvest Areas 3 and 4, opens at one-half hour before... more »
  • Mississippi confirms first pediatric flu death of season

    January 28, 2017 3:13 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi State Department of Health reports the first confirmed pediatric influenza death for the 2016-2017 flu season. Officials say it happened to someone who lived in Central Mississippi. Including this reported death, there have been 15 total pediatric flu deaths reported in Mississippi since such deaths... more »
  • Estimate: More than $1 million in timber damaged by tornado

    January 28, 2017 12:16 PM

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - More than $1 million worth of timber was destroyed by last week's tornado in Lamar, Forrest and Perry counties. The Mississippi Forestry Commission announced the estimate Friday based on aerial damage assessments. The commission says the tornado, which had estimated top winds of 145 mph and cut... more »

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