Barry drenches Gulf Coast, but initially spares New Orleans

U.S. 07/14/19, 06:06

Weakened but still potent, Barry inundated the Gulf Coast but appeared unlikely to deluge New Orleans as it continued its slow advance, though it brought fresh fears of flash flooding to Mississippi's capital city Sunday morning. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Saturday night urged residents across south Louisiana to stay ...

Catfish, rice, Navy ships: Cochran spending leaves legacy

U.S. 06/01/19, 09:17

Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran was a master of the federal budget process, quietly shrugging off criticism about pork-barrel spending while directing billions of dollars back to his home state of Mississippi.Cochran died Thursday at age 81. He was the 10th longest-serving senator in U.S. history and wielded power for ...

Update: 2 senators to speak at ex-Sen. Cochran’s funeral

U.S. 05/31/19, 17:59

The Latest on funeral services for former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (all times local):5:50 p.m.Leaders of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee will speak at the funeral of Thad Cochran, who was chairman of the committee for several years.An American flag flies at half-staff for former Mississippi U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, ...

Former US Sen. Cochran’s funeral set for Mississippi Capitol

U.S. 05/31/19, 10:23

A funeral will be held next week in the Mississippi Capitol for former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, a Republican who represented the state for 45 years.Cochran died Thursday at a veterans' nursing home in Oxford, Mississippi. He was 81.Coleman Funeral Home says visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at ...

Former US Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi dies at 81

Politics 05/30/19, 11:05

Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who served 45 years in Washington and used seniority to steer billions of dollars to his home state of Mississippi, has died. He was 81. Cochran's final chief of staff, Brad White, said Cochran died Thursday at a veterans' nursing home in Oxford, Mississippi. "I've never known ...

Lawsuit: Mississippi has racist way of choosing governors

U.S. 05/30/19, 10:00

A new lawsuit by three African American residents of Mississippi seeks to block what it calls the state's racist method of electing the governor and other statewide officials.The federal lawsuit being filed Thursday takes aim at Mississippi's unique requirement that candidates for statewide office must win both a majority of ...

‘Here we go again’: Judge blocks Mississippi abortion ban

U.S. 05/24/19, 16:38

A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy."Here we go again," U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote in his order. "Mississippi has passed another law banning abortions prior to viability."His new ...

Mississippi 6-week abortion ban heads to federal court

Health 05/21/19, 00:13

A federal judge who struck down Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban last year is hearing arguments about a new law that puts the ban even earlier.The law would prohibit most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, at about six weeks, when many women may not know they're pregnant.Republican Gov. ...

US judge to consider blocking new Mississippi abortion law

Health 05/20/19, 11:59

A federal judge will hear arguments about a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.The Jackson Women's Health Organization is suing the state over the law, signed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant in March. The organization is Mississippi's sole abortion clinic.U.S. District Judge ...

Mississippi counts 75 tornadoes for year, 43 for April 18

U.S. 04/27/19, 12:30

With three more tornadoes confirmed Friday from an April 18 outbreak, the National Weather Service now says 43 tornadoes hit Mississippi that day, and 75 for the year. The one-day amount alone equals Mississippi's annual average of 43 tornadoes during the years 1991 through 2010. The most tornadoes ever recorded in ...

Mississippi raises high-stakes reading bar for third graders

U.S. 04/19/19, 18:50

More than 35,000 Mississippi third graders sat down in front of computer this week to take reading tests, facing a state mandate to "level up" or not advance to fourth grade. But with the bar set higher this year, state and local officials expect more students will fail the initial ...

Mississippi university tuition to rise 4%, on average

Business 04/18/19, 19:48

Mississippi's eight public universities plan to raise tuition by an average of 4% next fall, saying state funding increases this year are earmarked for increasing employee costs and they need more money to maintain programs.The College Board on Thursday gave final approval to tuition increases at all of the universities, ...

Officials: Experienced diver rescued from Tennessee cave

Europe 04/18/19, 01:05

Authorities say an experienced diver who was reported missing in a Tennessee cave has been found alive. The Chattanooga Hamilton County Rescue Service posted on its Facebook page that the diver was brought out of the cave Wednesday night and was safe on the surface. Multiple rescue crews participated in the ...

APNewsBreak: Mississippi flag minus rebel X on license plate

U.S. 04/17/19, 11:42

Mississippi residents who want a state flag without the Confederate battle emblem now can display one on their license plate.Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Tuesday authorizing the state to sell several new specialty license plates. One of them features a proposed state flag designed by Jackson artist Laurin Stennis.Legislators ...

Scientists release most detailed map of Teton quake fault

Science 04/05/19, 14:29

Scientists have completed the most detailed map yet of one of North America's most spectacular geologic faults with the hope of providing a better understanding of the earthquake risk at a popular vacation destination.Millions of tourists visit Jackson Hole, Wyoming, every year to sightsee, hike or ski the Teton Range, ...

Mississippi alleges fraud by Entergy, utility says no proof

Business 04/01/19, 15:05

Mississippi's attorney general alleges the state's largest private utility defrauded customers by not buying cheaper power from outside companies.With Mississippi Attorney General Hood watching, lawyers argued Monday in federal court in Jackson that Entergy Mississippi should be forced to repay up to $2 billion to its 447,000 customers. The state ...

Mississippi bishop: ‘Shattered lives’ amid clergy sex abuse

U.S. 03/19/19, 13:24

A Catholic diocese in Mississippi on Tuesday released the names of 37 clergy members who it says have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children. Officials with the Diocese of Jackson said 30 of the clergy were accused of sexual abuse in Mississippi and the others worked in the Mississippi diocese ...

Update: Warren supports elimination of electoral college

Politics 03/18/19, 21:07

The Latest on Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (all times local): 9:05 p.m. Elizabeth Warren supports the elimination of the electoral college, the most pointed instance of the Democratic presidential candidate opposing the polarizing mechanism the nation uses to elect its presidents. Warren has been critical of the electoral college before. The Massachusetts ...

Mississippi politicos feud over civil rights monument status

U.S. 03/14/19, 16:41

Mississippi's white Republican governor and the state's only black Democratic congressman are feuding over who should get credit for the home of a slain civil rights leader becoming a national monument. President Donald Trump signed a bill Wednesday creating five new national monuments, including the Medgar and Myrlie Evers home in ...

Mississippi doctor, civil rights pioneer James Anderson dies

Sports 02/20/19, 01:11

Well-known African-American physician and civil rights activist Dr. James Anderson has died. He was 82.A spokeswoman for People's Funeral Home in Jackson confirmed that Dr. James Anderson died Monday. WLBT-TV reports Anderson died at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The cause of death has not been released.Anderson helped establish ...

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