State

  Coastal Mississippi open for business despite algae bloom concerns

The algae bloom has sparked some concerns from potential tourist to the Mississippi Coast, but businesses say there are other hidden gems to explore.

  Carroll Co. man busted for making moonshine... again

  How cultural conservative issues are impacting the Republican race for Governor

  Candidates angered by cancellation of Democratic gubernatorial forum

Mississippi high school teachers being surveyed about U.S. History test

Jackson man found guilty of deliberate design murder in retrial for 2010 shooting death of girlfriend

JPD busts ‘dispensary party,’ finds edible marijuana treats, gun, other paraphernalia

Continued Coverage

  State representative candidate kills wife, himself inside Marshall Co. medical clinic

  Mississippi primary election laws: What you need to know

‘45 is an embarrassment’: Bennie Thompson reacts to Trump telling congresswomen to go back to their countries

  State agencies are positioning resources ahead of Tropical Storm Barry’s arrival

  Mississippi officials continue monitoring and preparing for Tropical Storm Barry

  Gangs making headlines: The Metro area has its fair share

Foster defends decision to refuse female reporter access to campaign

Robert Foster may be getting hammered by some with accusations of sexism throughout the country, but on Thursday, he found a receptive crowd of women.

  Movie making is returning to Mississippi following expansion of incentive program

Mississippi is bringing back part of the film incentive package that expired in 2017. And it's already drawing new movies back to the state.

  Cyrus Ben takes oath to become youngest Choctaw Tribal Chief in history

The Mississippi Band of Choctaws has a new leader and his election is as historic as his predecessors.

  Day 5: Search continues for escaped inmates

Day Five: Two armed and dangerous inmates are still on the loose and the Pearl community is on high alert.

  Mississippi primary election four weeks away

  Mississippi’s Hemp Cultivation Task Force holds first meeting

Pilot dies after crash-landing onto Ole Miss golf course, sources say

  Operation Dry Water in effect to keep boaters safe this weekend

Families mourn loss of 2 men killed in July 4 ATV crash

  The story behind the decades-long break for July 4th celebrations in Vicksburg

  Daughter of Helen Harrion reacts to another elderly woman attacked in neighborhood

An elderly woman assaulted on Queensroad Avenue Tuesday brings back painful memories for the family of Helen Harrion.

  Why an accurate count on the 2020 Census matters

Local leaders discuss the importance of a full count in the upcoming Census.

School supplies now included in Miss. tax-free weekend

The Mississippi Sales Tax Holiday was amended during the 2019 Legislative Session and now includes school supplies on the list of items to be sold tax free during the last weekend of July.

  Federal lawsuit filed challenging Mississippi’s meat alternative labeling

There's a legal fight brewing over what meat substitute products should be called.The state of Mississippi is being sued in federal court. Some say the law is unconstitutional and how the state is responding.

  Raymond jail conditions are ‘not safe for anybody’

The Vice Lords and Gangster Disciples are housed in the same part of the jail.

  'She never cried’: Friends of mom charged with sexual battery speak about odd behavior after son’s death

Dacoda Amber Ray bonded out over the weekend on sexual battery charges. Her son's cause and manner of death still has not been determined.

  Teacher pay raise shortfall: What’s next?

Several new laws are taking effect in the state today, including one that authorizes a $1,500 pay raise for public school teachers.

Judge gets challenge to Mississippi mental health system

The U.S. Justice Department urged U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves to order changes in closing arguments Monday, following a month-long trial.

Mississippi Blues Trail markers will honor Lynyrd Skynyrd

Mike Rounsaville, a Lynyrd Skynyrd fan from northern Mississippi, is raising money, and a GoFundMe page had nearly reached a $10,000 goal

  7 injured in 2 days of jail fighting at Raymond Detention Center

Authorities say gang fights led to the uproar.

  Curtis Flowers could face seventh trial

Curtis Flowers has been tried six times for the 1996 murders of four people in Winona. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction a week ago. Now, he could be tried a seventh time.

  What happened to 8-year-old Drake Ray? Coroner says autopsy is not likely to say his death was natural causes

Drake Andrew Ray’s obituary states that he “went to be with Jesus” on April 25 at age 8. His funeral was two days later. And on June 22, his mother, Dacoda Amber Ray, was arrested.But the charge was sexual battery.

Supreme Court denies review in death row case of Mississippi woman

Lisa Jo Chamberlin was convicted for the March 2004 killings of Linda Heintzelman and Vernon Hulett in Hattiesburg.

Ole Miss police dispatcher charged with sexual battery of a minor

Lafayette County deputies arrested 37-year-old Nikki Thweatt earlier this week. She's charged with two counts of sexual battery of a minor.

Mississippi lottery tickets will go on sale by Dec. 1

With a definite date in place, the Mississippi Lottery Corporation is now accepting proposals for authorized vendors to implement and operate instant ticket lottery games.

Ex-Lumberton police chief sues city citing religious discrimination

The City of Lumberton and its current leaders are being sued by one of the city’s former police chiefs.

Marshall County Jail trusty kills himself with sheriff’s department gun, official says

An attorney for the Marshall County Sheriff's Department says a trusty killed himself using a sheriff's department gun Tuesday afternoon outside the jail.

Mississippi shrimpers say they’re at ‘spillway ground zero’

It’s barely a week into the 2019 shrimp season, and many of those who drop the nets for a living say this year may be one of the worst ever.

  Justice for Bookie: Ridgeland police chief talks about emotions of the case

The intended target of the shooting wasn’t even at the scene when the gunfire erupted.

  U.S. Supreme Court throws out death row inmate Curtis Flowers’ murder conviction

The United States Supreme Court overturns death row inmate Curtis Flowers' murder conviction.They're saying the prosecutor's exclusion of black jurors violated the Constitution.

One suspect cut loose, 3 others face $1 million bond in Ridgeland shooting

At the same time, Jabari Branch, one of the first two suspects jailed by police, was released from custody. His alibi of being at work at a local restaurant checked out, said Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal.

  Man involved in police chase to La. was in 2018 Flowood officer-involved shooting

In March 2018, police allege that a man tried to run over an officer in the Kroger parking lot in Flowood.

  Death of Kendrell Miller caps off violent few days in Ridgeland

Kendrell Miller set off for a basketball game with his friends Tuesday night. And he never came home.

Canine deputy stabbed in abdomen while pursuing suspect in Hancock County

A Hancock County canine officer is recovering after authorities say he was stabbed while pursuing a suspect through the woods Tuesday afternoon.

  Read to Succeed literacy camp focuses on student needing to pass state reading test

The Mississippi Children's Museum is hosting the Read to Succeed intensive literacy camp this week.

NOAA launches federal investigation into Gulf dolphin deaths

Dead dolphins are washing up on coast beaches in record numbers this year. Now, NOAA is taking action, declaring it an Unusual Mortality Event.

Girl kidnapped from Lamar Co. found in Ala.; uncle in custody

A Lamar County man accused of kidnapping his 6-year-old niece was arrested in Alabama and is now awaiting extradition to Mississippi.

  Alert issued for extortion telephone scam targeting DEA registrants, including doctors

Doctors are the latest target of an extortion telephone scam with the callers posing as federal agents. A local doctor thought he was in jeopardy of going to jail for a crime he didn't commit.

  Ten-year-old author pens book to cope with loss of his mom

Keigon Lowery, age 10, has written a book about life since his mother was killed in front of his eyes.

DPS: Gangster Disciples have called for deaths of police officers

After violent demonstrations in Memphis spurred by the death of Brandon Webber, a street gang has called for the killing of cops.

  Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith writes letter to President requesting temporary pumps to alleviate flooding

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is making a request to President Trump in an attempt to ease the backwater flooding in the state.Hyde-Smith sent the letter to the President yesterday.She is asking that he approve the use of temporary pumps to start removing water that's been in the Yazoo Backwater area.

  All Jackson police officers will carry new, updated tasers

Jackson Police Department officers will be carrying new weapons in a few days.

  Mississippi Department of Education announces plans to award new special needs scholarship accounts

Millions more are being directed to the state's special education scholarship accounts this year, and the Department of Education is changing the way families are selected.

  Mississippi restaurant employee fired over racist receipt name

A restaurant employee in Oxford was fired after a picture of a racist receipt from a drive-thru surfaced on Twitter.

Personnel action taken at Department of Child Protective Services after deadly Natchez child abuse case

25-year-old Jones and her 24-year-old boyfriend, Anderson, remain in the Adams County Jail charged in connection with the death and beating.

  Legislative Black Caucus holds Medicaid hearing to gather information ahead of 2020 legislative session

The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus is getting a jump start on next year's legislative session.

  REPORT: Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services at risk of takeover for failure to protect children

The neutral monitor in the class-action foster care lawsuit Olivia Y. vs. Bryant documents how far off Mississippi is in meeting requirements of the 11-year-old court order to reform the system that's supposed to protect the state's most vulnerable children.

Mississippi joins 9 states in lawsuit to block merger between T-Mobile and Sprint

Mississippi has joined a multi-state lawsuit to stop the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, saying it would drive up the prices for cell phone services.

New autonomous rocket factory, more rocket testing facilities coming to Stennis Space Center

Aerospace is expanding its rocket component production and rocket engine testing operations at Stennis.

Mississippi ABLE program offers people on disabilities the chance to save money without penalty

The Mississippi ABLE Program offers individuals with disabilities the opportunity to “Achieve a Better Life Experience.”

  Missing Canton man’s family fears foul play

For the last week, nobody has seen or heard from 23-year-old Austen Slay.

  Mississippi ABLE program gives the disabled a chance to build savings accounts

Mississippians with disabilities now have an empowering new program available to help save money.

Family plans to sue city of Oxford, police after former officer allegedly kills woman

As former Oxford police officer Matthew Kinne waits for his day in court, accused of killing Dominique Clayton, the attorney representing her family wants someone to be held accountable now.

  Rules for admission to the Mississippi Bar set to change

When it comes to the bar exam, if the third time's not the charm, the new rule approved by the Supreme Court says you'll have to go back to law school. For 12 semester hours, that is.

  Mississippi WWII Veteran revisits France for D-Day events

A Mississippi World War II veteran and member of the renowned "Band of Brothers" is among those revisiting Normandy this week.

Mississippi Ag Commissioner Andy Gipson’s father killed in situation involving law enforcement

According to reports, some sort of incident happened involving Harry Gipson and law enforcement officers and it could be related to a mental illness he reportedly had caused from a brain injury.

  Federal lawsuit claims Mississippi’s way of selecting statewide officials is racist

Mississippi method for choosing governors and statewide officials is being called racist in a newly filed federal lawsuit.

  Former Sen. Thad Cochran remembered as a “senator’s senator” at final funeral service

Tuesday was the final farewell for the late Senator Thad Cochran. His second funeral held at Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson.

  Recent development may revive Fernwood, Miss. cold case 24 years later

A cold case is warming up after an archaeological dig turns up what looks like human bone fragments.

Gas prices may fall below $2 in some areas this summer

According to gasbuddy.com, Jackson area gas prices have fallen 2.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.35 per gallon as of Tuesday. The cheapest gas station in the metro area is priced at $2.11 per gallon and the most expensive is $2.69 per gallon.

  Authorities: Legal opioid substitute is dangerous, even deadly

The herbal opioid substitute can be bought at gas stations and vape shops, but it can be as addictive as opioids and possibly more deadly.

  Late Senator Thad Cochran’s funeral service held at Mississippi Capitol

Funeral service was held for the late Senator Thad Cochran at the Mississippi State Capitol. One thing was clear through the service and speaking with family and friends, Senator Cochran's service cannot be discussed without reference to his character.

  Remembering Senator Thad Cochran: Beyond the Politics

We've told you the stories surrounding Sen. Thad Cochran's life of service and his legacy in Mississippi politics.Now, we're taking a look beyond the politics.

Man arrested, charged with Lafayette Co. woman’s murder

A Mississippi man has been arrested and charged with murder after police say they found a woman dead in a home.

  Remembering Thad Cochran’s legacy and impact on Mississippi

Senator Thad Cochran's legacy and impact on his home state of Mississippi is being remembered today.Cochran died early this morning in Oxford. He was 81.

Lawsuit calls Mississippi’s way of choosing governors racist

On Thursday, more than a century later, four black Mississippians sued in federal court to put an end to what they say is a racially discriminatory system, unique in the U.S. and deliberately aimed at thwarting the election of African Africans.

Longtime Mississippi U.S. Senator Thad Cochran dies at 81

Cochran, a Navy veteran who eventually served as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Agriculture Committee, resigned from the Senate in April 2018 due to health concerns.

  Governor Bryant holds ceremonial bill signings

Governor Bryant holds ceremonial bill signings for several bills from the 2019 legislative session.