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  3 On Your Side Investigates: Rankin County’s Jane Doe cold case

It is a case that has baffled Rankin County law enforcement for more than 40 years.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: 1986 disappearance of Shondra May still unsolved

  Getting Approved: Tips for landing your dream home despite bad credit

  The Cain Way: MDOC Commissioner trying to right the ship within Miss. prisons (Part 2)

  The Cain Way: MDOC Commissioner says gang numbers shrinking in Miss. prisons (Part 1)

  AG’s ‘last-minute’ opinion on candidate residency requirements leaves election officials puzzled

  Exclusive: Metrocenter Mall owner addresses allegations that she owes former associates $175K

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Jackson closes out 2020 with the most homicides in city history, and a higher rate of killings than New Orleans, Memphis

  Audit requested by MDOC commissioner finds hundreds of thousands in misspent funds by previous administration

  Few citations issued in Mississippi’s largest city for violating COVID-19 executive orders

Council candidate claims she’s lived in Jackson since 2018, but voting history tells different story

  COVID-19 press briefing postponed after Gov. Reeves’ daughter tests positive

  Investigators still waiting on autopsy four years after homicide in Brandon

  Nurse practitioner field grapples with question of whether to standardize curriculum nationwide

Nurse practitioners are questioning their own education at some colleges. There’s no national standard on how to educate nurse practitioners, while medical education for doctors was standardized more than 100 years ago.

  Property owner believes Jackson should fix sinkholes near his building

For three years, a Jackson property owner has watched sinkholes grow near one of his parking lots on Ellis Avenue, making it difficult for customers to get to the businesses there.

  Jackson woman: Neighbor’s ‘illegal’ pipe floods her yard weekly

For five years, Janet McGee has dealt with flooding in her South Jackson backyard, stemming from a neighbor’s pipe that runs alongside her property.

  Investigation: ‘New video’ from 2017 officer-involved shooting was given to Hinds DA’s office a year ago

Surveillance video touted this week as “new evidence” in a 2017 officer-involved shooting case has actually been in the possession of the Hinds County District Attorney’s Office since at least October of last year.

  Hinds DA: Newly-released video of officer-involved shooting contradicts JPD’s internal investigation

  Analysis: Mississippi’s homicide rate ranks highest in the nation

  Vanished Quitman County couple still missing after a year, signs point to foul play

Two weeks before Election Day, Hinds supervisor pulls board item for $1.5M grant amid vendor concerns

  As COVID-19 cases climb again, state’s top doc expects more restrictions next week to slow spread

  $1.5M grant for Hinds Co. elections in limbo after elected officials fail to agree on spending issues

  Attorney wants all charges against client Greta Bully dropped, including murder

The attorney for prominent Jackson business owner Greta Bully is fighting to get her charges and any evidence dropped in that murder case, citing documents that paint a picture of a crime scene that could have been compromised, a victim whose toxicology raises questions and a murder charge that coul

  COVID-19 cases spike almost one week after state mask mandate ends

Less than a week after Mississippi became the first state nationwide to let its mask mandate expire, the Mississippi State Department of Health reports a surge in coronavirus cases not seen in seven weeks.

  State Health Officer: ‘I don’t know’ if ending statewide mask mandate was right move

While Gov. Tate Reeves said he based his decision to lift Mississippi’s statewide mask mandate on encouraging numbers.

  Jackson’s police chief, mayor disagree on why 20-plus officers called out sick

Mixed messages from Jackson’s mayor and police chief underscore a growing debate raging within the ranks of the Jackson Police Department concerning better wages, a debate which city leaders believe led to more than twenty officers calling in sick Tuesday.

  Analysis: Daily average COVID-19 cases stabilizing, but volume of cases remains a concern

Over nearly two weeks, Mississippi’s daily average number of coronavirus cases has stabilized at much higher levels than health experts have hoped, according to a seven-day average of new case data from the state’s department of health.

  Former DA says there’s no conflict of interest in representing people his office once prosecuted

Court documents show former Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith represents at least two people he once prosecuted.

  Analysis: Nearly half of Jackson’s homicides this year took place over last ten weeks

Deadly violence in the Capital City appears to be accelerating despite police department strategies to combat it.

  Criticism lobbed at social media companies after suicide video of Mississippi man goes viral

As video of a Mississippi man taking his own life continues to go viral more than a week after it happened -- despite social media companies' efforts to ban the video -- one of the victim’s friends blames Facebook for not acting fast enough to stop people from copying it.

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

With 115 days left in 2020, the Capital City has already tied last year’s number of homicides.

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

Some Mississippians have claimed on Facebook that their constitutional rights have been violated by being forced to wear masks.

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

Austin Green has not been seen or heard from in a week and his family and friends say that's not like him at all.

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

Over nearly nine months, a surge of killings in the Capital City has propelled the city on a course that could make 2020 the deadliest year in history.

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

Schools in Jackson and Harrison counties have reported more coronavirus cases among teachers, staff and students, than any other county in Mississippi since children returned to class, according to newly-released data by the Mississippi State Department of Health.

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

Three police departments in Jackson’s metro counties -- Madison, Ridgeland and Clinton -- haven’t cited any people or businesses for violating Gov. Tate Reeves’ executive orders on mask mandates, according to top officials within those agencies.

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

“Some want to claim that Mississippi is a major source of illegal guns in Chicago, and I don’t think any statistician in the country is going to say that less than three percent is a major source of anything,” said U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst.

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

As the Jackson Zoo gets ready to welcome visitors back for the first time Saturday, city leaders remain confident they will be able to secure an exhibitor license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture following an inspection of the zoo’s facilities next month.

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

While James Timothy Norman awaits extradition to St. Louis in connection with a federal murder-for-hire charge there, court filings reveal new information about the U.S. case against him.

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

More than seventy-five percent of the counties originally placed under mask mandates in Mississippi are showing downward trends in daily average cases.

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

A north Mississippi coroner’s claim that the Mississippi State Dept. of Health inaccurately recorded deaths as caused by COVID-19 -- even if the virus played no role in that death -- has been debunked by 3 On Your Side and deemed “ridiculous” by the agency.

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

The Mississippi Supreme Court will now decide whether an election challenge by a former Hinds County supervisor, filed against the man who defeated him, will move forward.

  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

A serious claim by a Hinds County supervisor against a Facebook and radio talk show host led to a heated press conference where the elected official became aggressive toward reporters there.

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

As coronavirus cases rapidly increase in Mississippi -- with nearly 10,000 added in the last week alone -- Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday he used week-old data from early July to make decisions on whether counties should face greater restrictions.

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

Eighteen additional counties could face greater restrictions because of coronavirus case spikes in those areas.

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

A 3 On Your Side analysis of thirteen Mississippi counties initially pegged with mask mandates shows fewer new cases and a downward trend in three of them, according to data from the Mississippi State Department of Health.

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

Hundreds living in several counties southwest of Brandon will now have less reliable radar coverage because of a new water tower constructed for the city, according to the National Weather Service.

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

While there’s no shortage of social media comments from people who think Mississippi’s strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19 isn’t the right move, posts from current and former lawmakers echo some of those sentiments, including one dubbed “not accurate” by the state’s health officer.

  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.