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  In less than nine months, Jackson’s homicides reach last year’s total numbers

  State law shows Reeves’ executive orders aren’t ’suggestions,’ despite what keyboard warriors say

  ’Austin, come home’: Search continues for missing Byram teen

  As Jackson homicides increase by double digits, city’s police force keeps shrinking

  MSDH: Two Gulf Coast counties report highest number of COVID-19 cases among teachers, students

  No citations given in three metro cities for violating statewide mask mandate

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  Officials say Mississippi is not a ‘major source’ of illegal weapons in Chicago

  Jackson Zoo reopens on limited basis after months of delays, awaits USDA inspection

  Court documents reveal more about murder-for-hire investigation involving Sweetie Pie’s owner

  Analysis: 28 Miss. counties under mask mandates see downward trend in COVID-19 cases

  3 On Your Side debunks coroner’s COVID-19 claim, called ‘ridiculous’ by state’s health dept.

  Debate over Hinds Co. supervisor’s residency reaches Supreme Court

  As average new coronavirus cases drop for eighth-straight day, Gov. Reeves says curve starting to flatten

A 3 On Your Side analysis of Mississippi coronavirus data continues to show downward trends in the number of weekly cases.

  Jackson homicides surge 17 percent over last year, but lack of data gives incomplete crime picture

Jackson’s mayor believes the coronavirus pandemic has contributed to a recent spike in killings, comparing the Capital City’s statistics to a national analysis of larger cities showing increases in killings and decreases in other types of violent crime.

  Exclusive: Analysis shows two deadliest months in Jackson’s history took place this year

With fourteen homicides this month alone, July becomes the second month this year considered the deadliest in Jackson’s history.

  Exclusive: Documents show why radio host remained behind bars a full day after posting bond

William "Napolean" Edwards' attorney says he was falsely arrested

  Fact-check reveals what Hinds Co. supervisor got right & wrong in explosive presser

  Gov. Reeves says he used week-old coronavirus case data to determine hot spots, mask mandates

  Analysis: Half of Miss. counties could face mask mandates, coronavirus-related restrictions

  Three of thirteen counties initially hit with mask mandates show downward trend of coronavirus cases

  Experts: Brandon’s new water tower blocks crucial weather radar data; mayor disagrees

  Miss. lawmaker’s social media post citing coronavirus statistics ‘not accurate,' state health officer says

  Analysis: 11 more Mississippi counties could face mask mandates, restrictions soon

While Gov. Tate Reeves said additional Mississippi counties could see restrictions as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies, he stopped short of adding any to the thirteen announced last week.

  Local school boards -- not MDE -- will approve, oversee pandemic reopening plans

While school districts across Mississippi have mere weeks to get their plans for reopening approved, those plans are not scrutinized by state education employees nor health experts beforehand.

In Mississippi, wearing a mask while carrying concealed isn’t against state law

Despite widespread claims on social media that concealed carry permit holders could violate state law if they choose to wear a mask, a 3 On Your Side analysis finds only two states consider that illegal, and Mississippi isn’t one of them.

  MSDH: ‘No evidence’ protests caused spike in Mississippi’s COVID-19 cases

Gov. Tate Reeves continues to stand behind his claim over the weekend that recent increases in coronavirus cases here are tied to protests that happened here, and he says the same is true nationally as well.

  Analysis shows Miss. metro counties yet to peak from COVID-19 cases

In one week, Mississippi saw its biggest spike in coronavirus cases: more than 3,800 cases, many of these concentrated in more populated areas of the state than health experts observed since the pandemic began here in March.

  COVID-19 cases surge in Miss. as state sees biggest single-day increase

Tuesday’s record-high coronavirus cases in Mississippi -- coupled with slightly increasing virus-related hospitalizations -- could spell trouble for the state’s health care system, according to an internal medicine specialist who’s seen the impact for himself over the course of the pandemic.

  Officer-involved shootings: What’s a justifiable use of force?

On any given day, around 800 thousand police officers are working the streets of this country.

Analysis reveals more Mississippians have died from coronavirus than flu

It took just three months for the coronavirus to kill more Mississippians than influenza/pneumonia did in an entire year, according to a cursory analysis of data from the state Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  Senator: MDOC’s new commissioner “exonerated” in Angola investigations, but La. official disagrees

Fifteen minutes into Tuesday’s confirmation hearing for Burl Cain, the former warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary whose exit came amid three state investigations, a Mississippi senator asserted that information he had been given on those allegations proved to him that Cain had been “exonerate

  Police chief: Requiring accreditation for Miss. law enforcement agencies could reduce racial bias, deadly force

While some are calling for police departments in major cities to be disbanded following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis cop.

  Why dismiss indictment against ex-cop for shooting, killing black man? AG cites ‘lack of evidence’

Nearly four years after a Lowndes County grand jury indicted a Columbus cop for shooting and killing a black man, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch has dismissed the case, citing a lack of evidence to prosecute.

  Rate of COVID-19 cases in Madison Co. outpaces Hinds by nearly 60%

MSDH: Biggest percentage of Madison Co. cases come from Canton, long-term care facilities

  As daily average COVID-19 cases trend upward, Gov. Reeves calls seven-day averages “relatively flat”

As Gov. Tate Reeves gears up to completely reopen the state on Monday, data from the Department of Health suggests Mississippi still hasn’t reached its peak of coronavirus cases, with average daily cases Wednesday hitting their highest point since the pandemic began.

  Analysis: Percent of hospitalizations from COVID-19 dropping in Miss.

As Mississippi stands to hit 15,000 total coronavirus cases by the end of this month, state leaders say hospitalization data is one of the biggest indicators to help determine if the state’s social distancing measures and COVID-19 strategies are working.

  Reeves’ new pick for MDOC commissioner has controversial past

3 Louisiana agencies investigated Burl Cain for misspending, possible violations of law, but no criminal charges came.

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

Incorrect tech support numbers posted on the internet lead to scammers trying to trick consumers into giving up their credit card information.

  Greta Bully’s attorney calls killing ‘justifiable’; reports from scene suggest otherwise

A 3 On Your Side investigation has uncovered new details in the case through reports from the scene and court filings.

  Analysis: Five Jackson metro cities see sales tax revenue drops in April

Sobering numbers released Friday by the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

  Dozens of nursing homes cited for infection-related deficiencies early this year now have COVID-19 cases

An analysis of state nursing home inspections and records of COVID-19 infections associated with nursing homes by the Washington Post reveals dozens of facilities had infection-related violations in the months before coronavirus infections.

  Reeves: Replenish state’s unemployment trust fund with CARES money or small businesses will suffer

Gov. Tate Reeves urged lawmakers to consider using some federal CARES Act money to restore the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund.

  Watching Your Wallet: Scammers found infiltrating legitimate job posting sites

Scammers are looking to take advantage of unemployed and furloughed workers looking for job online. They're even using common job search websites to target people.

  3OYS investigation reveals name of JPD officer arrested for child exploitation

A 3 On Your Side investigation confirms the identity of a Jackson Police Department patrolman placed on administrative leave following his arrest on a charge of child exploitation.

  JPD releases incomplete incident report in Bully murder investigation

3 On Your Side has discovered a failure of the Jackson Police Department to release certain public details about the case.

  DHS audit: Relatives, former football greats got their share of welfare dollars

This week’s newly-released audit of the Mississippi Department of Human Services shows the lengths former agency head John Davis and others went to so they could keep spending tens of millions of your tax dollars -- unchecked -- for nearly three years.

  State auditor details $94 million in ‘questionable spending’ after releasing in-depth audit of DHS

State Auditor Shad White said a newly-released audit of the Mississippi Department of Human Services shows $94 million in taxpayer dollars could have been questionably spent over the last three years.

  MSDH: No confirmed transmission of coronavirus in Miss. poultry processing plants

Some of Mississippi’s more rural counties are seeing more coronavirus cases than areas six and seven times their size.

  Exclusive: Investigation reveals April as deadliest month in Jackson’s history despite stay-at-home order

A 3 On Your Side investigation reveals the month of April stands as the deadliest in the Capital City’s recorded history

  Nearly 10% of state’s total COVID-19 cases come from long-term care facilities

Coronavirus cases keep growing in LTC facilities around the state, prompting new techniques to help curb the spread.

  ATF cracks down on series of gun dealer burglaries in 2020

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, there were no burglaries of federally licensed firearms dealers in the Southern district in 2019. So far that’s not the case this year, and authorities are cracking down.

  Ban on elective procedures/surgeries impacts rural hospitals already at risk of closure

Gov. Tate Reeves’ temporary ban on elective procedures and surgeries in an effort to help slow the spread of the coronavirus has challenged many rural hospitals financially, with patient numbers dropping and some facilities dipping into their own reserves to keep doctors and nurses on staff.

  MSDH keeps some details on Mississippi’s health care readiness, capabilities from public

Over the past three days, state leaders have been holding daily news conferences to keep the public informed during this coronavirus pandemic, yet also reveal the Mississippi State Department of Health keeps some details to itself, citing privacy and panic as primary reasons for the move.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

  Institute estimates Miss. could have 918 COVID-19 deaths by early August

Of the 26 deaths from COVID-19 thus far, 85 percent were people over the age of 60.

Pharmacists: Doctors writing prescriptions for possible COVID-19 treatment at expense of chronically-ill patients

Lupus patients say they are unable to get refills of their hydroxychloroquine after the announcement of clinical trials to study the drug for possible coronavirus treatment. Pharmacists say some doctors are writing prescriptions for friends and family members.

  High demand for unemployment claims outpaces state’s ability to keep up

Mississippi’s unemployment claims are nearly six times higher than they were earlier this month, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor, which reflect layoffs across the state in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Analysis: Higher coronavirus case rates, fewer critical care options for rural counties than Jackson metro

As coronavirus cases continue to rise, there could be greater cause for concern in Mississippi’s rural counties.

Law expert: In Miss. it’s a felony to violate a quarantine order, but good luck enforcing it

In Mississippi, violating a quarantine order could mean a fine and possible prison sentence, according to state law.

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel insurance likely won’t cover coronavirus-related cancellations

Travel insurance will cover cancellations in very limited situations, and pandemics aren't generally one of those. InvestigateTV looks at vacation refund policies.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

InvestigateTV is monitoring coronavirus COVID-19 cases around the country and updating information here frequently.

  Watching Your Wallet: With coronavirus causing market volatility, financial experts help you watch your nest egg

With coronavirus COVID-19 impacting the economy, financial experts give you ideas on how to focus on long-range planning.

  Sanitized: Online listings for hand sanitizer, disinfectant advertise inflated prices

InvestigateTV finds hand sanitizer and wipes with majorly inflated prices; state attorneys general ask consumers to report price gouging.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Dangerous Conditions

Mississippi’s correctional system has already seen 25 inmate deaths this year -- six of them ruled homicides -- but the state agency in charge of solving those killings has yet to release any information in those cases more than a month later.

  Congress takes up insurance rate discrimination

A House subcommittee is considering making changes to insurance laws to stop car insurance companies from basing rates on factors like credit scores.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: A Plea for Justice

Since 2016, more than three hundred families in the Capital City have had to deal with a loved one being killed.

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

  Alleged Baptist Hospital shooter had murder, domestic violence in arrest record

On Jamal Holmes’ Facebook page, his friends called for compassion for those with mental illness.

  Patriot Penalty: Deployed service members come home to find higher auto insurance rates

Service members who cancel their car insurance to serve overseas may come back to find higher rate quotes after telling companies they didn't have coverage because of deployment.

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

A man noticed his insurance paid all of one medication, but then he discovered the federal government was billed hundreds more than market value.

  Documents: Tens of millions in taxpayer dollars flowed into nonprofit at center of state’s largest embezzlement scheme

Some federal money intended to help poorest Mississippians lined pockets instead.

  ‘You don’t replace those people that easily': Morton businesses still struggling six months after ICE raids

The shelves are beginning to get a bit empty and there is still a need for money to help with bills until families can find another source of income.

  Illegal Contact: Banned drugs found in athletic performance supplements

Current and former NFL players say they have tested positive for drugs because of contaminated supplements. Scientists say it's a problem not just for athletes but anyone taking supplements - particularly those in performance-enhancement categories like weight loss and muscle building.

  Man allegedly shot by police has been accused of murder 3 times

A man shot by police Wednesday is a known criminal, accused in three homicides in the last 20 years.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Pivoting Out of Poverty

It’s a one-of-a-kind pilot program to get women and children out of poverty and it is only happening in Jackson, Mississippi.

  Man with felony record hired by JPD, then charged with stealing ten days later

Documents show assistant chief authorized felon’s hire over deputy chief’s rejection

  Out on bond after six trials, what’s next for Curtis Flowers?

Out of jail, but not free: that’s the reality for Curtis Flowers, who is out on bond but still charged with murder in the deaths of four people at Tardy Furniture in Winona in July of 1996.

  Analysis: In 2020′s first two weeks, Jackson sees 67% spike in gun violence over last year

In the first thirteen days of the new year, the Capital City has seen a surge of gun violence eclipsing last year’s numbers for the same time period: A 67% increase.

  Inaccurate gang names in MDOC database lead to questions

The Mississippi Department of Corrections has a gang database that lists errors in gang names that may have been there for years.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Cooking the Books

Despite investigating public officials in twenty-two counties and demanding $5 million of your tax dollars be paid back in 2019, State Auditor Shad White believes his investigators are winning the fight against corruption in the Magnolia State.