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    Greenville Bridge Collapses After Overweight Truck Crosses

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    GREENVILLE, Miss. - A bridge has collapsed in Greenville after an overweight truck crossed over. More>>

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    Jackson Man Arrested for Drugs After 15-Month Investigation

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    JACKSON, Miss. - A Jackson man is in custody after a 15-month investigation and drug bust. Authorities say 36-year-old Myron Fairley was arrested on an 8-count indictment.  More>>

    US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

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    Under pressure to ramp up the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, President Barack Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa amid worries that the financial and human cost of the outbreak is growing... More>>

    Body Found on I-55 Tuesday Morning

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    JACKSON, Miss - Jackson Police are investigating a man's death after he's found on the side of Interstate 55. More>>

    Family Escapes Early Morning House Fire

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    JACKSON, Miss.- An early morning fire destroys a home in Jackson. More>>

    Parts of Madison and Hinds counties are where most of the complaints are coming from. News Channel 12 has gotten calls from people in North Jackson all the way up to Canton.

    Gas Leak Scare in Madison/Hinds Counties Traced to Extra Odorant in System

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    A super-sized serving of a smelly ingredient caused a gas leak scare across two counties on Monday.Atmos Energy Officials said they've received 1,100 calls because of that rotten egg odor that is making its way through their system.Parts of Madison and Hinds counties are where most of the complaints are coming from. News Channel 12 has gotten calls from people in North Jackson all the way up to Canton.Robert Lesley with Atmos energy said the utility notified Madison County Emergency Managemen... More>>

    Parents Facing Kidnapping Charges in Missing Canton Girls' Case

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    Canton, Miss. - "there were bruises and whelps," says Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest as he describes the type of abuse accused to be done by Fernando Pelayo. Guest says Pelayo severely beat his two oldest stepdaughters. Authorities believe Pelayo and Sonia Coronado are with their four children who were last seen at their Canton home September 7."The prosecutor in my office who handles these types cases made a note that these are the worst physical abuse marks that she's ever s... More>>

    Gov. Bryant Sets Special Election Date for Senate District 17

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Gov. Phil Bryant today issued a Writ of Election, setting Nov. 4 as the special election date to fill the Senate seat left vacant in District 17 with the passing of Senator Terry Brown in early September. More>>

    Five More School Districts Join Legal Action Against State

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Five Mississippi school districts have joined the fight to recover almost $134 million that they say the state owes them under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. More>>

    Members of MS Forestry Commission Headed to California To Fight Fires

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Several fast-moving wildfires are sweeping across Northern California and now, a 20-man crew from the Mississippi Forestry Commission is headed to Northern California to help. More>>

    Bond Denied for House Burglary Suspect

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    UPDATE: Lashaun Hudson appeared in court on Monday and a judge denied his bond.


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    Leake County Deputies Search for Armed Robbery Suspect

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    LEAKE COUNTY, Miss. - The Leake County Sheriff's Office needs your help solving an armed robbery. More>>

    Canton Police Continue to Search for Missing Children

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    CANTON, Miss. - The search continues for four little girls missing from Canton. They're believed to be with their fugitive parents, who have been indicted for child neglect and child abuse.

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    2 Schools Evacuated Due to Gas Odor; Students Return to Class

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    JACKSON, Miss. -  A second school has been evacuated Monday morning due to a gas odor. More>>

    Gov. Bryant Requests Assistance for DeSoto County after Flood Damage

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     PEARL – Gov. Phil Bryant has requested the Small Business Administration send damage assessment teams to Desoto County to evaluate the possibility of assistance for residents and businesses that were affected by flooding on Thursday.  More>>

    Average Gas Price in Jackson Drops a Few Cents

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The average retail price of gas in Jackson has fallen about 3.2 cents per gallon in the past week, according to GasBuddy.com. More>>

    Health Officials Confirm New West Nile Virus Case in Hinds County

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    MEDIA RELEASE:JACKSON, Miss. – Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) confirms one new human case of West Nile virus (WNV), bringing the state total to 25 cases so far in 2014. The new case was reported in Hinds County. So far this year, human WNV cases have been reported in the following counties: Adams (2), Bolivar (1), Covington (1), Forrest (4), Harrison (1), Hinds (7), Lauderdale (1), Madison (1), Newton (1), Rankin (4), Yazoo (1), and Wilkinson (1). Three WNV deaths hav... More>>

    Burglar Breaks Through Ceiling in Yazoo City Business

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    A man breaks into a Yazoo City business, but he doesn't go through a door.Police say this suspect got into the building through the ceiling.It happened last Sunday around 2:00 in the morning at the child support call center on West Jefferson Street in Yazoo City.Yazoo City Police Chief Andre Lloyd says the 20-year-old suspect came through the air conditioner on the roof, causing damage to the ceiling.The suspect stole four computers while he was inside the business.Police say they know who th... More>>

    Suspected Burglar Shot in Face in Jackson Video included

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    JACKSON, Miss. - "He was coming on the porch like he was trying to steal the bike or something and that's where he met him at and then he hit my son in the head with the radio, his own radio and that's when he shot him in the face," says Alberta Taylor-Harris, remembering the moments leading up to her son,Johnderious Curtis,shooting the suspected burglar.It was a startling Sunday morning for the family. "Our dogs were barking, he looked out the window and saw his lights on, the burglar turned... More>>

    JPD: Man in Hospital After Aggravated Assault

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    A Jackson man is recovering after police say he was shot twice Saturday night. Officials say the aggravated assault happened on Key Street in Jackson around 10 Saturday night. The victim is 20-year-old Garth Williams. Police tell News Channel 12, Williams has two gunshot wounds to the left side underneath his arm. Williams was taken to UMMC and is currently in stable condition. Police say Williams and witnesses are ... More>>

    Possible Job Cuts for Jackson Mayor's Office

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    Some Jackson City Council members want to cut jobs at the Mayor's Office.That includes jobs of three Deputy Chief Administrators who get nearly $72,000 a year.The jobs were created under Mayor Tony Yarber.Councilman Melvin Priester Jr. says cutting back would free some money, and the budget is tight.Council members say the Mayor has more than 20 full-time staff members.Yarber says the staff is needed. More>>

    Tchula Police Shooting

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    The Tchula police chief is now speaking out about what exactly caused police to start shooting during a police chase. Police say 53-year-old Earl Anderson of Lexington made a U-turn to avoid a police checkpoint at the intersection of Mississippi 12 and US 49 which led police on a chase that ended up on a dead-end road. Police Chief Anthony Jones says he then turned around and tried to run over the officers leading th... More>>

    Boil Water Alert For Eastover Drive in Jackson

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    A boil water alert has been issued to a portion of customers in Hinds County. City officials tell News Channel 12, due to the recent loss of water pressure from a water main repair a boil water alert has been issued for Eastover Drive in Jackson until further notice.This boil water alert affects 25 customers in this area.Any time a boil water alert is issued, residents are urged to boil their water for at least one mi... More>>

    Search Continues for Missing Children, Warrants issued for Adults Video included

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    The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is issuing an Endangered/Missing Children Alert for four children. More>>

    "I have been blessed to see so many members lives be changed by the word of God and the power of God," Pastor Walker said.

    FAITH IN FOCUS: Cherry Grove M.B. Helps 'Deliver' Man with 10-year Prison Sentence

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    If you'd like to share your church community with the viewers of WJTV News Channel 12 connect with Jacob Kittilstad at jkittilstad@wjtv.com or 601-664-8839.I'm sure that you've heard the term 'delivered' before. Basically, it's when someone goes through a life transformation while leaning on a church for guidance.But here's the thing: that kind of change really can't be forced. So how can it ever happen when so many people are living in their own worlds?Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church ... More>>

    TRI-Mississippi Grant

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    Residents and travelers in three area counties will soon see improvements to many roads and bridges, thanks to a grant for the TRI-Mississippi Project.The $17.9 million grant was announced during a news conference today at Alcorn State University's Natchez Campus.The grant will benefit the TRI-Mississippi Project, which is a collaboration between Claiborne, Franklin, and Jefferson Counties, along with Alcorn.The grant will pay for improvements to over 41 miles of strategic country roads and r... More>>

    ISIS Appears to Execute British Aid Worker

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    A video released Saturday by the extremist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, purports to show the killing of British aid worker David Haines.Britain's Foreign Office said that it was aware of the video and was working to verify its content."If true, it is another disgusting murder," it said in a statement. "We are offering the family every support possible. They asked to be left alone at this time."The footage, which if confirmed would b... More>>

    Mobile Home Fatal Fire in Jones County

    Officials say 70-year-old Orell Craft died from a fire at her home. Officials say 70-year-old Orell Craft died from a fire at her home.
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    According to officials, a Jones County woman died in mobile home fire Friday night. Jones County Fire Council PIO, Linda Cranford tells us the woman's husband was critically injured during the fire. Officials responded to the fire around 7:30 p.m. at 258 Louie Bullock Road in Southwest Jones County. According to Cranford, the woman was trapped inside the house when crews arrived on scene. Neighbors helped the man get ... More>>

    Police Dogs Help Capture Bank Robbery Suspects in Harrison County

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    According to officials, two men were arrested Friday afternoon in Harrison County after police dogs hunted them down. Long Beach Police Chief Wayne McDowell tells the Sun Herald, two 28-year-old Gulfport men, accused of holding up the Hancock Bank on Beatline Road, were arrested after being treated for dog bites.Austin Hubbard and Javaris Dixon were arrested on one count each of armed robbery and drive-by shooting, th... More>>

    Byram's Barrington Subdivision is under a precautionary boil water notice, according to a press release from the city of Jackson.

    Boil Water Advisory Issued for Part of Byram

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    Byram's Barrington Subdivision is under a precautionary boil water notice, according to a press release from the city of Jackson.About 400 connections are affected, according to a press release from the city.Due to the recent loss in water pressure from a water main repair, the City of Jackson Water/Sewer Utilities Division has issued the notice, according to a press release. This notice does not mean that your water is unsafe, but it does mean that you must take precaution and boil your wate... More>>

    Coast Guard rescues North Mississippi flood victims

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    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard responded to a flood in northern Mississippi rescuing several people and pets, Thursday. More>>

    State Auditor Pickering: MAEP Formula Not Reliable

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Adequate Education Program, also known at MAEP, is the formula used to fund public school districts in the state.
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    Hinds County Judge Receives Threatening Letter

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    A U.S. Postal Inspector is looking into claims that a suspicious letter was sent to a Hinds County Judge.  More>>

    Fire Damages Regal Inn in Jackson

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    JACKSON, Miss. - A motel is severely damaged after a motel fire and authorities are searching for a man who may be connected to the fire. More>>

    Gov. Bryant Tours Flooded Southaven Areas

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    SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant toured flood damaged areas of Southaven on Friday. More>>

    The Mind of Timothy Ray Jones

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    A Lawyer for Timothy Ray Jones Junior has said that in the past, his client suffered from mental issues. Jones waived his right to an initial hearing Friday morning, saying that appearing now could be damaging to the trial. Jones is accused of killing his five children, then dumping their bodies in rural Alabama. Jones have been described by his family as a loving father, brother, and son. Still, many are left wondering what could drive a person to such a heinous crime. There's still no word ... More>>

    Jackson Public Schools Investigates Vandalism at Murrah

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    Officials from Jackson Public Schools are investigating to find the source of vandalism that was found this morning at Murrah High School, a district spokesperson says. The school building is also being pressure washed. According to the district, school officials saw the graffiti on buildings, as well as trash scattered on school grounds at the start of the school day. It's not clear who did this, but the graffiti shows the letter “B,” several hearts, and the word Callaway in red spray paint.... More>>

    Temporary Closure on I-20 Eastbound for Construction

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    If you are traveling this weekend, we have a traffic alert to pass along

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    Jones Waives First Court Appearance

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    Timothy Ray Jones Jr. has waived his first court appearance in South Carolina, his attorney says. Lawyers also say the father of 5 and accused killer has been treated for mental health issues in the past. Reports say an attorney wouldn't go into detail about Jones' mental health problems, but says lawyers want him evaluated as soon as possible. According to his attorney, Jones is being portrayed as a monster but that he is just a scared man trying to deal with the situation. Jones is accused ... More>>

    Chiropractor: Heavy Backpacks Causing Arthritis in Students

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Arthritis is something most people would think happens when you're middle aged. Poor posture is something that happens over the years, but health experts are starting to see this in children as young as five years old all because of their backpack."I treat children between the ages of 5 and 17 that already have arthritis so this is a very serious problem and this needs to be addressed," says Dr. Endre Matthews, a chiropractor in Jackson.Concerned parent, Nolty Lee reached out... More>>

    New terror fight casts shadow over 9/11 ceremonies

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    The nation's gathering war against a new upsurge in Islamic terror hung heavy over the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks Thursday, stirring both anxiety and determination among those who came to ground zero to... More>>

    Gov. Phil Bryant Issues State of Emergency for DeSoto County Following Flooding

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    JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant has issued a state of emergency this evening for flooding in Desoto County, Miss., following severe storms and flooding that occurred earlier Thursday. More>>

    New Details Emerge in Timothy Ray Jones Jr. Case

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    New details have surfaced surrounding the Mississippi native accused of killing his five children.According to Smith County Sheriff Charles Crumpton, Timothy Ray Jones Jr., 32, confessed Monday night to dumping the bodies of his five children in a wooded area in Alabama. Now, new details have emerged about Jones', who was the sole legal guardian of his five children, and his criminal past.According to Michael Combs, Chief of the Criminal Division of the McHenry County, Illinois State's Attorn... More>>

    Trucker Driver Found Dead at Rest Area Identified; No Foul Play Expected

    A truck driver is found dead in the woods near a rest area in Warren County. A truck driver is found dead in the woods near a rest area in Warren County.
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    UPDATE: Officials have identified the truck driver who was found dead at a rest area in Warren County. More>>

    Reward Offered to Help Solve Stuckey's Armed Robbery

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    JACKSON, Miss. - A cash reward is being offered to anyone who can provide law enforcement with information that could help solve an armed robbery of a business.Authorities tell us around 9:35 p.m. on Wednesday, a black man entered Stuckey's in Gallman and held the clerk at gunpoint.The suspect was wearing baggy dark colored pants and a gray long sleeve shirt with his head and face covered.Officials say it's possible that two others were involved.Anyone with information that could help solve t... More>>

    More Cases of Scabies Reported At Madison Schools

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    MADISON COUNTY, Miss. - Two more cases of scabies have been reported in Madison County Schools; that brings the total number of cases to three More>>

    Horn Lake Man Arrested for Child Exploitation

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    JACKSON, Miss. - A DeSoto County man has been arrested and charged with child exploitation. More>>

    Jackson Man Receives 35-Year Sentence for Armed Carjacking

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    Madison and Rankin Counties' District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Xavier Laquon Anderson was sentenced to 35 years after pleading guilty to armed carjacking.  More>>

    Car Hits Pole on Rose Street in Jackson

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    JACKSON, Miss. - First responders are one the scene of an accident where a woman hit a pole with her vehicle. More>>

    EXCLUSIVE: School Bus Driver in Hinds Co. Crash Opens Up About Accident

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    Cheryl Jordy has been praised by many as a hero in the community after her quick thinking saved the lives of a bus full of high school kids, saying all the while, “My big thing was, don't let the bus turn over. don't let the kids get hurt."Cheryl says the frightening turn of events that happened the afternoon of August 13th, still keep her up at night.She recalls going east on old Highway 80, over a narrow bridge near... More>>

    Time lapse video covers 10 years at 9/11 memorial

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    EarthCam released a time-lapse of construction at the 9/11 memorial in New York City. More>>

    Snake Found In Mendenhall School Video included

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    An unusual visitor slithers its way into a Simpson County school. More>>

    Minimum Wage Increase in Midst of Budget Cut Proposal

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The Jackson City Council voted Tuesday to $7.25-$10.65 within the course of a few years. "This is history in the making right now," says Ward 7 Councilwoman, Margaret Barrett-Simon."I don't fundamentally believe that government should be adding to the poverty rate," agrees Council President, De'Keither Stamps.While six of the seven council members support the minimum wage proposal, Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell opposes it. "This only deals with city employees and not as ... More>>

    Tom Joyner Gives Away Free Meals at a Jackson McDonald's

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    Tom Joyner is spending the day in Jackson! The radio host has been simulcasting his show since 5 a.m. from Kixie Studios. More>>

    Social Services Received Complaint on Dad Last Month

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    Lexington County, S.C. - The South Carolina Department of Social Services received a complaint about a dad accused of killing his five children just weeks before the kids' deaths, according to CBS affiliate WLTX. More>>

    Blair E. Batson Benefits from Good Neighbor Day

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    Today is the 21st annual Good Neighbor Day, with donations going to Blair E. Batson Hospital for children. Greenbrook Florist on North State Street gave away hundreds of roses by the dozen, free of charge.  More>>

    Man charged with murder in Meridian slaying

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    MERIDIAN, Miss. - One person is charged with murder and another is charged with aiding in the shooting death of a Meridian man. More>>

    Dad accused in kids' deaths called 'responsible'

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    LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) - Records describe a South Carolina man who has confessed to killing his five children as a highly intelligent, responsible father who was given primary custody after a messy divorce. More>>

    Authorities seize more than 160 marijuana plants in Tippah County

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    COTTON PLANT, Miss. (AP) - Sheriff Karl Gaillard says a drug seizure in the Cotton Plant area of Tippah County has yielded approximately 165 marijuana plants, along with other contraband.Law enforcement officers from Tippah County Sheriff's Department, Union County Sheriff's Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics were on site Tuesday afternoon where the plants were being gathered. Gaillard says the plants were spotted from a helicopter flying above the three properties from which ... More>>

    18-Wheeler Crashes, Rolls Over in Holmes County

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    HOLMES COUNTY, Miss. - An 18-wheeler accident in Holmes County is causing a traffic jam for morning drivers. More>>

    20 Indicted on Federal Drug Charges in Mississippi, California

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    MEDIA RELEASE: Twenty individuals are facing drug charges in three separate federal indictments unsealed today. More>>

    Oral Arguments Scheduled for October 2 in McDaniel Election Appeal

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Supreme Court today entered an order setting a briefing schedule in the appeal of Chris McDaniel v. Thad Cochran.  More>>

    Bond Denied for Suspects Accused in Simpson County Murder

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    SIMPSON COUNTY, Miss. - The two people arrested in connection the murder of a Simpson County woman appeared in court on Tuesday. More>>

    Apple Announces iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch

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    Apple unveils its new iPhone 6 and its expected to be made in two different sizes. More>>

    10 Teens, 1 Adult Arrested in Memphis Kroger Attack

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    JACKSON, Miss. - One adult and ten teenagers have been arrested in connection to this weekend's Kroger parking lot attack that happened in Memphis, Tenn. More>>

    71-Year-Old Booked on Drug-Sale Charge in Monroe County

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    ABERDEEN, Miss. - Monroe County officials say a 71-year-old has been arrested and is facing drug charges. More>>

    Investigators cite pilot errors in cargo crash

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    WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal investigators say pilots who were killed when their UPS cargo plane crashed during a landing attempt in Birmingham, Alabama last year made a series of errors, and may have been suffering from fatigue.   More>>

    Boil Water Alert Lifted for Advantage Apartments

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    UPDATE: The boil water alert for the Advantage Apartments on McWillie Circle has been lifted. More>>

    A gaping hole in the pavement has opened on a bridge located on Forest Hill Road. The hole's only slightly larger than a watermelon but it's extremely deep.

    Busted Jackson Bridge Adding 15+ Minute Detour for some Neighbors

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    A collapsing bridge, a community cut-off.Hundred of people in a Jackson neighborhood now have to add long detours to their daily commute.A gaping hole in the pavement has opened on a bridge located on Forest Hill Road. The hole's only slightly larger than a watermelon but it's extremely deep. City officials say an emergency has been declared for the bridge. It is considered unsafe.Jackson's Department of Public Works say by declaring the emergency it allows for the request of quotes from cont... More>>

    Clinton PD Investigate Bank Robbery; 2 Suspects Wanted

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    CLINTON, Miss. - Clinton Police are looking for two suspects who they say are connected to a bank robbery that happened Monday afternoon. More>>

    Could Mississippi Be Next in Enterovirus Spread?

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Enterovirus D-68 begins like a common cold or even like the flu. Health experts say it could turn into a severe respiratory illness which could lead to the hospital and for some the intensive care unit."This is a very contagious virus. With the amount of travel that occurs between states we probably will be seeing it," says Dr. Skip Nolan, Director of Division of Infectious Diseases at University Mississippi Medical Center. Right now,Dr. Nolan saysthe virushasn't made its way... More>>

    Musgrove: More districts consider funding lawsuit

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove says about 30 more school districts are considering whether to join an education funding lawsuit he filed against the state. More>>

    NFL Player Ray Rice Terminated After Video Released of Elevator Fight

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    New video has been released showing what happened during an elevator fight between NFL player Ray Rice and his then fiancee, Janay Palmer. More>>

    Suspect Indicted for Murder of 67-year-old Helen Harrion

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The man accused of murdering a 67-year-old woman back in July has been indicted on the charges.


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    Bond Set at $1 Million for Claiborne County Double Homicide Suspect

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The man accused of killing to two women in Claiborne County appeared in court Monday. Authorities arrested 32-year-old Dennis McCay for the murders of 28-year-old Melvina Hedrick and 32-year-old Kawanna Williams. A judge set McCay's bond at $500,000 for each count of murder, for a total of $1 million. More>>

    Violent Attack by Teens at Memphis Kroger

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Three people were attacked by a mob of teenagers in the parking lot of a Memphis store.

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    Health Officials Confirm Five New West Nile Virus Cases in Mississippi

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    JACKSON, Miss. – Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) confirms five new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV), bringing the state total to 24 cases so far in 2014.  More>>

    Victim's Granddaughter Arrested in Connection with Simpson County Murder

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    SIMPSON COUNTY, Miss. - Authorities say they have arrested two people in connection with the murder of a Simpson County woman; one of the suspects is the victim's granddaughter.  More>>

    3 Arrested for Grenada Bomb Threat, Bank Robbery

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    GRENADA, Miss. - Three people are behind bars after police say they allegedly staged a bomb threat at two schools as a diversion to distract police in order to commit a bank robbery.

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    MSU Legendary Sportscaster Jack Cristil Dies at 88

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    STARKVILLE - Jacob Sanford "Jack" Cristil, the beloved former sports broadcaster of six decades of Mississippi State University athletics, died Sunday [Sept. 7] at the age of 88 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo of complications from kidney disease and cancer after an extended illness. Cristil, who served MSU from 1953 to 2011, was known throughout the South as "the Voice of the Bulldogs." More>>

    Water Main Break on Riverside Drive; Boil Water Alert Issued

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Due to the recent loss in water pressure, the City of Jackson Water/Sewer Utilities Division has issued a precautionary boil water advisory until further notice for Riverside Drive. More>>

    Boil Water Alert Lifted for City of McComb

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    The boil water alert issued for the city of McComb has now been lifted.More than 19,000 customers were placed under a boil water alert earlier this week, after a storm knocked out power to the filtration system and put the water at risk of contamination.The water is now safe to drink and safe for all other uses.Residents are encouraged to flush faucets for 10 minutes to introduce the system water throughout house plumbing. More>>

    Armed Robberies at Jackson Businesses Video included

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    There has been another armed robbery at a business in Jackson. It happened Saturday morning around 7:30 at a food and gas mart on Wiggins Road. Police say the clerk was draining the cooler outside when a man walked up from behind the building displaying a weapon. The suspect took off with an undisclosed amount of money and cigarettes. This robbery is just one in a string of many business robberies in Jackson over the... More>>

    Woman Killed in Home Invasion in Simpson County

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    SIMPSON COUNTY, Miss. - A manhunt is underway in Simpson County after a woman was killed during a home invasion Friday afternoon. More>>

    Remembering Mississippi Senator Terry Brown

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    Saturday at sunrise, U.S. and Mississippi flags were lowered and flown at half staff to remember a senator who passed away this week.Mississippi Senator Terry Brown passed away Thursday after undergoing treatment for lung cancer.He was diagnosed with cancer in 2013.Brown had served in the Senate since 2004 in Lowndes County.He served in the Mississippi House from 1988 to 2000.The flags will remain lowered until sunset on Monday. More>>

    Victim's Family Speaks Out After a Home Invasion in Simpson County Video included

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    A search for two suspects after Simpson County authorities say a woman was killed during a home invasion.A range of emotions for the family of Neoma Durr after she was found killed in her home."Just broke up a family. We lost a sister, mother, friend, aunt. This is just heartbreaking," says Sheldon Watters, Durr's brother. Authorities say Durr was found by her husband.They tell us as he arrived, the suspects fled.Sho... More>>

    JPD: Armed Robbery at Popeye’s in Jackson

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    According to the Jackson Police Department, two masked suspects armed with small caliber hand guns robbed the Popeye's Chicken at 4337 Robinson Street Friday night around 8:30. Police say the two men demanded the manager to open the safe then the suspects took an undisclosed amount of money. According to officials, the suspects fled the scene on foot heading north behind the store.No one was injured and no customers w... More>>

    The O.T.: Friday Night Football Scores for Sept. 5, 2014

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     Friday night football scores.

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    No Drill, No Pay, Training Postponed for National Guard

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    JACKSON, Miss.- There's a $101M shortfall in the National Guard Personnel, Army Appropriation budget. That's according to National Guard Bureau, Spokesman Captain John Fesler. More>>

    McDaniel Appeals Final Judgment in Election Challenge

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    JACKSON, Miss. - After a judge decided to throw out State Senator Chris McDaniel's petition to challenge the election, the tea party member has decided to appeal that final judgment. More>>

    State Inmate Hospitalized After Testing Positive for Drugs

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    JACKSON, Miss. - A state inmate being held at the Raymond Detention Center was taken to the hospital after he tested positive for spice. More>>

    Ridgeland resident arrested for child exploitation

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    RIDGELAND, Miss. - A Ridgeland resident is behind bars and facing charges of child exploitation. More>>

    Car Hydroplanes, Flips on Highway 49 near Pinehaven Drive

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    A car has flipped on Highway 49 after the driver hydroplaned and lost control, according to Mississippi Highway Patrol. More>>

    Road Closures in Ridgeland This Weekend

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    Please be aware of the following road closures on Steed Road and I-55 this weekend in Ridgeland

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    Funeral Arrangements Set for Senator Terry Brown

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    Mississippi Senator Terry Brown dies

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    News

    Starkville Extends Medical Benefits to LGBT Partners

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    The City of Starkville drew praise this week from a national organization known as the Human Rights Campaign. HRC sent an e-mail to the WJTV Newsroom Friday (9-12-14) morning. It reads: This week, Starkville became the first city in Mississippi to extend essential medical benefits to the partners of city workers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Today the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization, commended the Mayor and Board of Alde... More>>

    Nearly 30 Employees Fired, Possibly More to Come at MDE

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Nearly 30 employees have been fired at the Mississippi Department of Education according to officials. More>>

    JPD: Eight Armed Robberies Possibly Committed by Same Suspects Video included

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    JACKSON, Miss. -Since July of this year, the Jackson Police Department has responded to eight armed robberies of local convenience stores, authorities say. More>>

    WJTV INVESTIGATES: Bleacher Safety

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    Bleacher safety may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you embark for those Friday night lights to cheer on your favorite school football team, but you may want to think twice.Reports from across the country have surfaced of enthusiastic students and spectators being injured due to faulty equipment, like what happened last year at a football game in Columbus, Ohio, when a railing gave way, dumping fans onto the concrete.Here in Jackson, Building Code Enforcement officials say scho... More>>

    Judge Throws Out McDaniel's Petition

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    A judge throws out the complaints made by Tea Party member and U.S. Senate hopeful Chris McDaniel.  More>>

    Pilot Identified in Deadly Plane Crash

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    HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. - Collegedale Police identify the victim in the fatal plane crash from Wednesday.  More>>

    New University Heart Facility Opens at UMMC

    The Medical Center held a grand opening for its new facility. Photo Courtesy of UMMC The Medical Center held a grand opening for its new facility. Photo Courtesy of UMMC
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    JACKSON, Miss. – University Heart, a new diagnostic and treatment facility at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, is offering patients a full scope of heart care services under one roof that makes for a more efficient and customer-friendly experience.  More>>

    Comedian Joan Rivers Dead at 81

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    NEW YORK (AP) - Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday.  More>>

    Childers Challenges Cochran to Debate

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    JACKSON, Miss. – U.S. Senate Candidate Travis Childers held a press conference on Thursday, challenging his opponent Senator Thad Cochran.


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    Train Hits & Kills Edwards Man

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    A man has been hit and killed by a train in Edwards, MS. More>>

    Southern Airways to Serve More Cities from Jackson

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    Southern Airways today announces three new cities to be served from Jackson (Madison), and an upgrade of its Destin service from seasonal to year-round. More>>

    Judge: BP's reckless conduct caused Gulf oil spill

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    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that BP's reckless conduct resulted in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, leaving the company open to billions of dollars in penalties.   More>>

    Fatal Accident on Highway 49 near Magee

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    One person is dead after a single-car accident on Highway 49 North of Magee. The crash happened Wednesday around 5:50 p.m. More>>

    Sharon Summers was fired in July after two teachers at her school were accused of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old student.

    Hearing Starts for Former Ridgeland Teacher Trying to Return to District

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    A Wednesday hearing in Flora will help members of the Madison County School Board decide whether or not Ridgeland High School's former principal deserves her job back.Sharon Summers was fired in July after two teachers at her school were accused of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old student.Only moments were spent inside the hearing room at the Madison County Superintendent's Office before the public is asked to leave."They have signs posted about a public hearing and when the public ... More>>

    Scabies Case Hits Another Metro School District

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    Scabies, a highly contagious condition that affected Canton Public Schools, is now affecting a school in Madison County. Wednesday night, Madison County Superintendent Ronnie McGehee, told News Channel 12 one case was reported at Luther Branson Elementary. Superintendent McGehee tells us the school has sincegone through an extensive cleaning.We're also told school officials plan to disinfect all schools in the norther... More>>

    Clinton Police Arrest 2 in Connection with Mississippi College Robbery

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    CLINTON, Miss. - The Clinton Police Department has arrested and charged one suspect with armed robbery and another suspect with accessory after the fact in Friday evening's armed robbery on the campus of Mississippi College. More>>

    Plane Headed to Jackson crashes in Tennessee

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    An aircraft leaving Knoxville, Tenn. headed to Jackson, Mississippi has crashed outside of Chattanooga, killing the pilot. More>>

    Woman Arrested for 2013 Warren County Murder

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    WARREN COUNTY, Miss. - Warren County authorities have arrested a woman in connection with a murder that occurred in 2013. More>>

    Lightning Strikes Rankin County Chamber of Commerce Building Causing Damage

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    RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. - A lightning strike is to blame for a small fire that started at the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. More>>

    50 Rounds Fired at Jackson Sports Bar; 2 Dead, 3 Injured

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Two men are dead after gunfire broke out at a Jackson sports bar overnight; police are searching for the suspects.

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    Hearing Underway for the Fired Ridgeland Principal

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    MADISION COUNTY, Miss. - A public hearing is underway for a fired Ridgeland principal, who was let go a week before school started.  More>>

    24-Year-Old Dies in Car Crash on Pinehaven Drive in Clinton

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    CLINTON, Miss. - A car accident on Pinehaven Drive in Clinton ends with a fatality. More>>

    Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend on Hunting Items

    The sales tax holiday for hunting items will be Sept. 5-7. The sales tax holiday for hunting items will be Sept. 5-7.
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    BRANDON, Miss – Outdoors enthusiasts can see a sales tax break on hunting items this weekend, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said while visiting Van's Sporting Goods today. More>>

    Health Officials Confirm Third West Nile Virus Death in Mississippi

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    JACKSON, Miss. – Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) confirms the death of a Forrest County resident from West Nile virus (WNV), the third Mississippi death from WNV in 2014.  More>>

    Nearly 20,000 People in McComb under Boil-Water Notice

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    MCCOMB, Miss. - McComb residents will be under a boil-water notice for at least two days following an overnight power loss to the city's water system. More>>

    Suspect Charged in Katelyn Beard Murder

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Hours of searching are now over, earlier today authorities found the body of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. Police found her in the woods off Darden Road, near Pocahontas. An amber alert was issued for Katelyn Sunday night. Police say she was shot Sunday morning at a home onLynda Street in Jackson. Witnesses say 19-year-old Dewayne Thompson threw her into the trunk of her car and left. Police tell us Dewayne Thompson led them toKatelyn's body. But why and how did this happen to ... More>>

    Council Confirms Lee Vance as Jackson's Police Chief

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The Jackson City Council confirmed Lee Vance as Jackson Police Chief. Vance was approved in a 5-0 vote. More>>

    2 Suspects Arrested for Robbing, Shooting Man in Grenada

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    GRENADA, Miss. - Grenada Police have arrested two men in connection with a shooting that left one person injured.

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    Man Wanted for Breaking Into the Cherokee Inn

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    JACKSON, Miss. - A man is wanted for breaking into the Cherokee Inn.The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. on Monday according to Blake McMillan, one of the owners. More>>

    Tracy Lynn Garner Sentenced to Life in Prison in Butt Injections Trial

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    JACKSON, Miss. - A jury has sentenced Tracy Lynn Garner to life in prison for depraved heart murder. More>>

    Man Charged with Possession of Weapon in Walthall County Shooting

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The man arrested in connection with the shooting death of a Mississippi State football player's brother is charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. More>>

    Terry Police Investigate Strong Armed Robbery at Dollar General

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    Terry Police are investigating a strong armed robbery that happened at a Dollar General on Tuesday. More>>

    Canton Officials Deep Clean Schools after Cases of Scabies Reported

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    CANTON, Miss. - Canton Public School District Superintendent Ike Haynes says the district has taken and will continue to take every measure possible to keep students safe. More>>

    The alligator weighed 756 pounds and was 13 feet 1 3/4 inches long. It's belly girth and tail girth was 67 1/4 inches and 45 1/2 inches, respectively, according to a press release.

    Heavy Gator Tips Scales to Break MS Weight Record

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    If you'd like to teach this reporter a thing or two about gator hunting or you just want to give a comment, call 601-664-8839.Tipping the scales at 756 pounds, a Mississippi gator sets a new state record.On Saturday at 12:40 pm, MDWFP officials certified a new record weight for a male alligator taken by a hunter.The alligator was taken by permit holder, Robert Mahaffey of Brandon and his two assistants, according to a press release.It was harvested from an area of the Mississippi River in the... More>>

    Woman Dies in Car Crash in Claiborne County

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    CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Miss. - A women is dead after a fatal single-vehicle crash in Claiborne County early Monday morning.Coroner J.W. Mallet said Frances Barnes was ejected from her car.The accident happened around 2:15 a.m. on Highway 547.The victim's vehicle landed in a ditch. The cause of death is multi trauma. More>>

    Vehicle Overturns on MS 25; 1 Woman Injured

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    A woman is in the hospital after authorities say she was injured in a car accident on Monday afternoon on Highway 25. More>>

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    • New Jersey loses 4th casino as Trump Plaza closes

      New Jersey loses 4th casino as Trump Plaza closes

      Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:22:43 GMT
      When Trump Plaza opened on May 14, 1984, Donald Trump called it the finest building in Atlantic City, and possibly the nation.
      The supervisor drew his finger in a slashing motion moments after the final hand of blackjack had been dealt at Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino.
    • Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

      Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

      Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:13:12 GMT
      The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a...
      The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in...
    • Racing wildfire engulfs homes in California town

      Racing wildfire engulfs homes in California town

      Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:13:11 GMT
      Dan Linville and his son were sitting in their living room when they smelled smoke. When they looked outside, they saw a black cloud coming over the hills.
      Aided by calmer winds and another day of fire-retardant bomber sorties, firefighters mopped up Tuesday around the smoldering remains of 100 structures, most of them homes, after a wind-driven wildfire raced through a...
    • wjtv.com | Mississippi Sports, College, High School, Scores – WJTV News Channel 12SportsMore>>

    • Mississippi State's Smith Makes SEC History

      Mississippi State's Smith Makes SEC History

      Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:08 AM EDT2014-09-16 04:08:23 GMT
      STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State senior Preston Smith became the first player in Southeastern Conference history to be named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for three-straight weeks, league officials announced Monday.
      STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State senior Preston Smith became the first player in Southeastern Conference history to be named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for three-straight weeks, league officials announced Monday.
    • Final Scores for High School Football Games Sept. 12

      Final Scores for High School Football Games Sept. 12

      Monday, September 15 2014 8:21 PM EDT2014-09-16 00:21:13 GMT
      Final Scores for Sept. 12
      Final Scores for Sept. 12
    • Ole Miss Cracks AP Top 10 After 56-15 Whitewash of Louisiana

      Ole Miss Cracks AP Top 10 After 56-15 Whitewash of Louisiana

      Monday, September 15 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-09-15 19:28:13 GMT
      WJTV - The Ole Miss Rebels are in the AP Top 10 for the first time since 2009 after handily winning their home opener over the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns 56-15 Saturday.  The Rebels are getting a lot of production from many of their receivers as teams focus on stopping sophomore Laquon Treadwell, especially from junior Cody Core.
      WJTV - The Ole Miss Rebels are in the AP Top 10 for the first time since 2009 after handily winning their home opener over the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns 56-15 Saturday.  The Rebels are getting a lot of production from many of their receivers as teams focus on stopping sophomore Laquon Treadwell, especially from junior Cody Core.
    • EntertainmentMore>>

    • Nik Wallenda to tightrope walk over Chicago River

      Nik Wallenda to tightrope walk over Chicago River

      Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:21:58 GMT
      Daredevil Nik Wallenda said Tuesday that his next tightrope walk will be more than 50 stories high from one high-rise building to another over the Chicago River.
      Daredevil Nik Wallenda said Tuesday that his next tightrope walk will be more than 50 stories high from one high-rise building to another over the Chicago River.
    • Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR's Tony Stewart

      Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR's Tony Stewart

      Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:03:18 GMT
      A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York.
      A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York.
    • Flatow, 'Science Friday' settle claims over grant

      Flatow, 'Science Friday' settle claims over grant

      Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:03:09 GMT
      Federal prosecutors say the National Public Radio show "Science Friday" and host Ira Flatow have settled civil claims that they misused money from a nearly $1 million federal grant aimed at boosting the show's...
      Radio host Ira Flatow and his "Science Friday" show that airs on many National Public Radio stations have agreed to pay nearly $146,000 to settle civil claims that they misused money from a $1 million grant from the...
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    • UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola

      UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola

      Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:22:32 GMT
      The World Health Organization says China is sending a laboratory team to Sierra Leone to help fight the Ebola outbreak, as international efforts to stop the dreaded disease ramp up.
      The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a...
    • Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

      Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

      Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:13:02 GMT
      President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism after more...
      American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress began debating...
    • Mexico to airlift tourists after Hurricane Odile

      Mexico to airlift tourists after Hurricane Odile

      Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:03:03 GMT
      A weakening Tropical Storm Odile pushed up Mexico's Baja California Peninsula early Tuesday, dumping heavy rains that could bring dangerous flash floods and mudslides but also a potential boon to the...
      The Mexican government prepared to begin airlifting tens of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes.
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