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    Body Found Inside 18-Wheeler at I-20 Weigh Station

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    Authorities are investigating after the body of a manwas found at a weigh station off I-20 in Warren County Tuesday night. According to officials with the Mississippi Department of Transportation, an officer at the weigh station noticed that an 18-wheeler hadn’t moved throughout the day, so he went over to investigate. When the officer attempted to get the attention of the driver inside, there was no response.The Vicksburg Fire Department was called to the scene around 5 p.m. Tuesday evening.... More>>

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    Canton Fast Food Armed Robbery Arrest

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    A man, accused of jumping through the window at a local McDonald’s to rob the business, was taken into custody on Tuesday morning. Police tell us they’ve arrested and charged Eduardo Nichols with armed robbery. Officials with the Canton Police Department say Nichols is accused of pulling up to the drive-thru window at McDonald’s on West Peace Street in Canton, pulling out a gun and climbing through the window. The alleged suspect then left the business through a side door. Police say he also ... More>>

    Neighbors of the man charged with killing a 67-year-old woman say police regularly responded to his family's home. His rap sheets shows a long history of run-ins with the law.

    Long Rap Sheet for Jackson Murder Suspect Described as "Odd"

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    Neighbors of the man charged with killing a 67-year-old woman say police regularly responded to his family's home. His rap sheets shows a long history of run-ins with the law.A judge denied bond for 29-year-old Alonzo Stewart of Jackson Tuesday morning. He's charged with capital murder for the killing of Helen Harrion last Tuesday.Family members of the victim say she called authorities for help but the police-response may have been mishandled - which could have allowed the opportunity for Ste... More>>

    TANF Drug Testing Debate Continues

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    JACKSON, Miss. - "i just feel that drug testing is just another way to intimidate and to prevent families from getting the help they deserve."lutaya stewart is a jackson daycare owner. Those welfare payments could be used for childcare while parents look for jobs. If the parents fail the drug test, stewarts says her students could lose their early childhood education""parents will have to pull them out because if you don't comply with the rules of dhs those parents will have to... They'll eit... More>>

    Congressman Thompson Sends Letter to President Obama about Immigration

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The following news release is from Congressman Bennie Thompson:Today, Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (MS-02) sent a letter to President Barack Obama regarding correspondence sent to the President by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Friday. The Governor expressed his views on the unaccompanied children situation at the southwest border and the prospect that some of the children may be housed at facilities in Mississippi. Congressman Thompson’s letter is attached below.In an... More>>

    Body of Louisiana Teen Located on Alabama Coast

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    GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Authorities have recovered the body of a Louisiana teen missing in dangerous surf on the Alabama coast. Gulf Shores police say a person riding a personal watercraft found the body in the water on Tuesday and brought it ashore near the public beach.   More>>

    Vicksburg District Team Member Returns from Afghanistan

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    VICKSBURG, Miss. - Drew Smith, civil engineer with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District, recently returned from deployment to Afghanistan in support of Overseas Contingency Operations. More>>

    Vehicle Hits Tree in Attala County; 2 Transported to Hospital

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    ATTALA COUNTY, Miss. - Two people are being treated for their injures after their vehicle crashed into a tree in Attala County. More>>

    Public Hearing Held to Discuss TANF Drug Testing Law

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    JACKSON, Miss. - It's 22 days past the original start date for new cash assistance requirements, but Temporary Assistance for Needy Families drug testing law hasn't taken effect just yet. It was put on hold pending a public hearing. Under the new law people signing-up for TANF will have to answer questions about substance abuse and take a drug test.  More>>

    Mississippi Voting Records Suit Hearing in Jackson Set for Thursday

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has scheduled a hearing Thursday in Jackson in a lawsuit filed by a group seeking voter records in Mississippi. U.S. District Judge Nancy F. Atlas of Texas will hear arguments from the True the Vote organization.  More>>

    Bond Denied for Suspect Connected to Kingsroad Avenue Murder

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    JACKSON, Miss.- A judge denied the bond for the 29-year-old suspect who admitted to killing a 67-year-old woman on Kingsroad Avenue. Alonzo Stewart was arrested Tuesday and charged with capital murder and attempted burglary. He appeared in court Tuesday for his initial appearance. More>>

    Family Barely Escapes Burning Home in Jones County

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    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - A Jones County family of three is without a home after their Newcomb Road residence in the Rustin community was destroyed by an early morning fire.The residents, Jim Buck Edmond, Kimberly Nicole Smith, and their 2-year-old son barely escaped the burning home. The fire started just before 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.Edmond woke up Smith and his son, got them out of the house, and went back inside for his wallet before firefighters arrived. Officials say Edmond barely found his way ... More>>

    Search for Missing Swimmer Continues Video included

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    Authorities are looking for a swimmer who's missing in dangerous surf on the Alabama coast. More>>

    Third Arrest Made in Jefferson County Kidnapping Case

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    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Miss. - Authorities have arrested a third person in connection with a Jefferson County kidnapping investigation. Sheriff Peter Walker says Jason Baker is now in custody. More>>

    Tropical depression forms in central Atlantic

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    MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say a tropical depression has formed over the Atlantic, though it remains far out to sea and is not expected to threaten land. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the depression formed Monday afternoon.  More>>

    JPD Officer Shoots House Burglary Suspect on Rosehaven Drive

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson Police confirm that a suspect involved in a house burglary has been shot by an officer. Interim Police Chief Lee Vance says the incident happened around 10 a.m. on Rosehaven Drive. More>>

    Biloxi's Margaritaville casino closing by Sept. 19

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Biloxi's Margaritaville Casino Restaurant will close on or before Sept. 19. The company made the announcement Monday. Margaritaville says it will pay employees up to Sept. 19.  More>>

    New Chikungunya Virus Case Confirmed in Mississippi; Positive West Nile Mosquitoes in Hinds Co.

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi State Department of Health has confirmed a new case of chikungunya virus in a Mississippi resident. This is the fourth case reported in a Mississippi resident. More>>

    State Football Championship Games to Leave Jackson

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    JACKSON, Miss. -The Mississippi High School Athletics Association announced big changes for the state's football championships at its headquarters in Clinton on Monday.For the first time since 1992, Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson will not host the state football championships. It's a decision that could cost the capital city close to $3 million a year.  More>>

    Jackson Police Chief Lindsey Horton Announces Retirement

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson Police Chief Lindsey Horton has announced his retirement, effective Monday, July 21. Mayor Tony Yarber accepted Horton’s retirement, and expressed his appreciation for Chief Horton’s service to the Jackson Police Department. More>>

    Gulfport Police Search for Attempted Kidnapping Suspect

    Gulfport Police posted this sketch of the suspect connected to the attempted kidnapping on their Facebook page. Gulfport Police posted this sketch of the suspect connected to the attempted kidnapping on their Facebook page.
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    GULFPORT, Miss. -The Gulfport Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in solving an attempted kidnapping investigation. Gulfport Police Department responded to a call on 43rd Street on Sunday around 2:30 p.m.  More>>

    Former Southwest Covington County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Indicted

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    COVINGTON COUNTY, Miss. - The former fire chief of the Southwest Covington County Volunteer Fire Department has been indicted on one count of grand larceny by a Covington County grand jury.Jerry Warren was served and arrested on Friday and has been released on $5,000 bond.The 41-year-old is accused of embezzling nearly $10,000 dating back to 2009.Officials say Warren allegedly made cash withdrawals totaling $9,450.38 from two separate bank accounts, while also making unauthorized personal pur... More>>

    2 Injured in Canton Shooting; Police Investigate

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    CANTON, Miss. - Canton Police are investigating an early morning shooting.Lt. Shelby Burnside confirmed that two people were injured.Police say they do not know exactly where the shooting happened and the victims are not cooperating.They are still gathering information at this time. More>>

    State Inmate on Death Row Moved to New Location

    Michelle Byrom was released Saturday to the custody of Tishomingo County. Michelle Byrom was released Saturday to the custody of Tishomingo County.
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    A state inmate on death row is being granted a new trial and has been moved to another location.Michelle Byrom was released Saturday to the custody of Tishomingo County. Byrom had been housed at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility after being convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in Tishomingo County in 2000. Byrom was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 2000 for the killing of her husba... More>>

    Pedestrian Killed in Desoto County

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    A woman is struck by a vehicle and killed in Desoto County. It happened Saturday night around 10:00 p.m. on Highway 61 near Highway 302 in Walls. Officials say 36-year-old Susan Woodgate was walking southbound on Highway 61 when she was struck and killed. Woodgate was declared dead at the scene. The initial driver who struck the woman, 22-year-old Kierra Tumblin, of Houston, Mississippi, left the scene, but turned he... More>>

    Mother, Daughter Killed in Collision in Walthall County

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    The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly two-vehicle accident in Walthall County. It happened around 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon on MS-27, about a mile north of US 98 near Tylertown. Officials say a Chevrolet Impala was heading southbound on MS-27 and a Chevrolet pickup was headed northbound. The Impala crossed into the northbound lane of traffic and collided head-on with the pickup. The driver of the ... More>>

    It's difficult to make an argument that one approach to preaching is better than another - we're talking mostly about style or preference.

    FAITH IN FOCUS: Growing into the Space at St. John M.B. in Jackson

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    If you'd like the viewers of NEWS CHANNEL 12 to learn more about your church community contact Jacob Kittilstad at jkittilstad@wjtv.com or 601-664-8839.It's difficult to make an argument that one approach to preaching is better than another - we're talking mostly about style or preference here.But at St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Jackson the pastor has identified what he'd call a problem with preachers across the nation: they are getting away from the unadulterated word of Jesus.That'... More>>

    Double disasters taint Malaysia Airlines

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    Hit by two astonishing tragedies in quick succession, the Malaysia Airlines brand may become the airline industry's equivalent of asbestos or News of the World: toxic to the public and, experts say, impossible to redeem. More>>

    Campaign 2014: State Senator Chris McDaniel's Truth and Justice Tour Comes to Pearl Video included

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    The back-and-forth continues regarding the June 24th GOP Senate run-off race.State Senator Chris McDaniel says he plans to file a formal challenge against six-term incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran. A Thursday ruling by the Mississippi Supreme Court is a blow to the McDaniel Campaign and their efforts to prove voting irregularities during the Republican Primary run-off.The court ruled that circuit clerks must redact voters' birth dates before poll books are open for inspection. For weeks, M... More>>

    Injured Inmates at Walnut Grove Correctional Facility Out of Hospital

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    All nine inmates injured during a fight on July 10 at the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility are back in prison.Three offenders who had remained hospitalized were released from UMMC this week. The fighting happened between two rival gangs in connection with an attempt to smuggle contraband into the prison.The Leake County prison has been on lockdown since fighting broke out in one of the housing units. Walnut Grove po... More>>

    Credit Card Theft Ring

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    McComb and Brookhaven police need your help tracking down suspects in a credit card theft ring.The McComb Police Department has been able to identify the two women as Vifran Carter and Karen Calvin in regards to multiple credit card fraud from Hazlehurst to some parts of Louisiana. They each face charges of credit card fraud and identity theft. Authorities say they distract employees while others search for wallets an... More>>

    One Person Rescued From Attala County House Fire

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    Multiple crews responded to a house fire on Attala Road 5041 Saturday morning around 8 a.m.There was one person inside the home at the time of the fire and that person was rescued without injuries. The house was fully involved when the responding units arrived on scene, according to KosyOnline. MedStat treated one firefighter for heat exhausted, but no one else was injured.It took two hours for crews to put out the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The house is total l... More>>

    Forest Woman Dies From Fallen Tree Limb

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    A Forest woman died Friday afternoon after a tree limb fell on her in her yard. According to Scott County Coroner Joe Bradford, 75-year-old Erma Rawson Lee, of Forest, died Friday around 3 p.m. at her home at 119 Oak Park Drive. Coroner Bradford says she was sitting in her yard under an oak tree by herself when a big limb fell out of the tree and struck Lee. A neighbor noticed Lee and called for help, says Coroner Bradford. Lee was pronounced dead at the scene. More>>

    Gov. Bryant Blasts Obama On Illegal Immigrant Housing

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    In a letter governor Phil Bryant addressed to President Obama Friday afternoon, he says that he will prohibit the federal government and its agents from "housing large numbers of new illegal immigrants in the State of Mississippi". Now, the governor is being called out by immigration activists.Bill Chandler, Executive Director of 'MIRA' the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, says he's not surprised by Governor Bryant's letter to the President, saying if nothing else, he's consistent. Ch... More>>

    Brookhaven Man Arrested for Sexually Touching a Child at a Church Video included

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    BROOKHAVEN, Miss. - A 22-year-old man has been jailed for allegedly sexually touching a child at a Brookhaven church, police say. More>>

    "The Purge: Anarchy" Fizzles

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    JACKSON, MS - What if, for one night each year, all crime was legal? Audiences were first introduced to this question with 2013’s The Purge, a surprise summer hit that featured a family barricaded in their home and warding off a bloodthirsty mob on the one night when the U.S. government turns a blind eye to murder. Whereas that film presented itself as a claustrophobic home invasion thriller, The Purge: Anarchy takes the action to the streets --- literally. This time around, moviegoers meet a... More>>

    Residents Firing Back Against Criminals

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    JACKSON, Miss. - "It's about time that the homeowners start taking their city back," says longtime Jackson resident, Billy Peavie. Actions speak louder than words when it comes to Jackson resident taking back their communities.Two burglars break-in to a home on Rosemary Avenue at 11:00 Thursday night. "The homeowner confronted them, he shot one individual several times, the second one was able to escape through a window," says Assistant Chief Lee Vance. The Hinds County Coroner says 19-year-o... More>>

    Governor Bryant Sends Letter to President Obama Concerning Illegal Immigration

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    JACKSON, Miss. -In the midst of a growing immigration crisis at the United States’ southern border, Gov. Phil Bryant has expressed his concerns to President Obama. Bryant said in his letter that he intends to prohibit the federal government or its agents from housing large numbers of new illegal immigrants in Mississippi. More>>

    Gov. Bryant Appoints Kathy Henry to Mississippi Parole Board

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    JACKSON, Miss. – Phil Bryant has appointed Kathy Henry of Brandon to serve as the newest member of the Mississippi Parole Board. Effective immediately, Henry will replace retired Army Master Sgt. Clarence Brown of Yazoo City, who stepped down on June 30, 2014, after serving for more than eight years.  More>>

    Police: Fla father beats accused child abuser

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    Police say a Daytona Beach father beat an 18-year-old man unconscious after finding him sexually abusing his son.
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    President Obama: Plane shot down by missile, 1 American dead

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    WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States began building a case Friday that would pin the blame for the downing of the passenger jet over Ukraine on separatist forces supported by Russia, in a disaster that could dramatically escalate the crisis in Ukraine. President Barack Obama said one American was among the nearly 300 killed and called for an immediate cease-fire to allow for an unfettered investigation. More>>

    Rosemary Avenue Homeowner Kills Intruder During Break-in

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    JACKSON, Miss. - A homeowner shot and killed one of two intruders during a break-in, police say. The incident happened on Rosemary Avenue Thursday night. More>>

    Woman Maced By Ex-Roommate at Jackson Apartment Complex

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Police say a Jackson woman was maced by her ex-roommate early Friday morning.  More>>

    MTM, Inc. to Locate Call Center Operations in Jackson

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Health care and transportation management company, MTM, Inc. is locating  non-emergency medical transportation and call center operations in Jackson. More>>

    5-year-old Gulfport girl strangled to death; Police question 2 men

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    GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi coroner has ruled strangulation as the cause of death for a 5-year-old girl whose body was found in an abandoned trailer in Gulfport. More>>

    Local Talent Sing in Auditions for 'The Search'

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    Talented singers continue to take their turns at the mic as “The Search” continues at Terminal Studios in Ridgeland. Ta’Preikah Sutton of Canton wrote and performed her own song. She says, “Well I did my best, and my dad wasn't in my life, so I think a lot of kids’ father wasn't in their life, so I just wanted to make a song for everybody, so they can relate and I think I did kind of good." Mark Clipper of Clinton took the inspirational route. He says ,” If I don't sing, I've got church, so... More>>

    President Obama to speak about downed plane in Ukraine

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    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will speak about the downed plane in Ukraine from the White House Friday morning.U.S. officials have said the plane was shot down Thursday by a missile. But the Obama administration has not said who it believes is responsible for firing the missile.So far there has been no confirmation of any Americans on board the Malaysia Airlines plane that was carrying 298 people.The plane was shot down near the border between Ukraine and Russia. The incident occur... More>>

    Abandoned on the Side of the Road

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Spartanburg, South Carolina. Friday, July 11, a four-vehicle, chain reaction crash along I-85. "Maybe a blind curve or something like that and the officer feels that it could be a traffichazard, then we may have to remove it there," says Lt. Tony Ivey with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Department. Investigators say an abandoned vehicle is to blame. Here in Mississippi, abandoned vehicles are a problem. "It only takes one second to drift off the curb and strike a vehicle th... More>>

    Neighbors Remember Helen Harrion With Candlelight Vigil

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    Dozens from the community came together at Helen Harrion's Kingsroad Avenue home, to pay tribute to their fallen neighbor Harrion's daughter Angela was deeply touched by the show of support shown to her and her family saying, "It's just amazing how everyone has come out, you know, to show support and help us get through this terrible situation." Harrion's family and and the community are coping with her death as best they can, recalling what neighbors say was her kind and loving spirit.Cozet... More>>

    Vicksburg Warren School District Time Change Video included

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    The first day of school is August 8th for students in Warren County. However, not only are students and parents adjusting to a new school year, but they will have to adjust to new times. The Vicksburg Warren School District decided in May to change the school schedule times. "The research shows that high school kids do better later and elementary kids do better with instruction earlier," says Paula Johnson, assistant ... More>>

    Jackson State Looks To Ease Campus Housing Shortage Video included

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    Growing enrollment is forcing Jackson State University to look for additional housing for students who want to live on campus.Fall classes start in about a month. JSU is looking for short term fix to the lack of housing.They plan to lease the Palisades Apartment complex, which will provide rooms for 300 students.Today the state college vote move toward leasing. Later they could possibly purchase the property, which ad... More>>

    Bolton Murder Case Being Sent to Grand Jury

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    HINDS COUNTY, Miss. - The woman accused of killing her boyfriend in Bolton earlier this month appeared in court on Thursday.Victoria Swanagan was arrested July 3.Her case has been bound over to the grand jury and she is being held on a $50,000 bond.Officials say 21-year-old Vincent Hill of Edwards was shot once in the chest.Investigators say Hill and Swanagan were passengers riding in a truck when they got into a fight. The truck driver stopped the vehicle and as soon as he got out, he heard ... More>>

    Andrew's Scraps Break-in Suspect Arrested

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    MCCOMB, Miss. - McComb Police say they have arrested a man connected to the burglary that happened at Andrew's Scraps.24-year-old Eldemestrist Jennings is charged with commercial burglary.Police say tips and the surveillance video help them solve this case.He is due in court on Friday for his initial appearance. More>>

    Body of girl, 5, in vacant trailer home; Police investigate as homicide

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    GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Police in coastal Mississippi say the body of a missing 5-year-old girl has been found in a vacant mobile home, and her death is being investigated as a homicide. Gulfport Police spokesman Sgt. Damon McDaniel says the body of Janaya Makayia Thompson was found about 8:45 a.m. Thursday.  More>>

    Pearl Police Search for Walmart Lawn Mower Thief

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    PEARL, Miss. - Pearl Police are searching for a man who they say stole a lawn mower from Walmart earlier this month. More>>

    Graceland Too Owner Found Dead

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The owner of the 'Graceland Too' attraction, Paul McLeod, was found dead in his home just days after news broke that he killed a man who was allegedly trying to break into his home. More>>

    Women Wanted in Connection with Thefts in Pike, Lincoln Counties

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    McComb and Brookhaven police departments are asking for the public's help in identifying women in a surveillance photo who they say are connected to several thefts. Police say the women in the photo were caught on camera at a local Walmart. More>>

    JPD Releases 911 Call In Kingsroad Murder; Family Speaks Out

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    A northwest Jackson community is in disbelief following the brutal killing of 67-year-old Helen Harrion at her home on Kingsroad Avenue. Harrion's daughter, Angela Harrion says coping with the loss has been very difficult for her, "I cry everyday, on and off, and it's just hard... it really is." Jackson Police discovered the body of Helen Harrion outside of her Kingsroad Avenue home late Tuesday morning. However, less than 12 hours before, at exactly 3:23 a.m., she called 911 and complained ... More>>

    New Indictment Charges 4 In Mississippi Hate Crime Video included

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    Authorities believe three of the four new defendants charged in connection with committing a hate crime related to the murder of James Craig Anderson were with riding in the truck that prosecutors say ringleader Deryl Dedmon used to run over Anderson.The 49 year-old African American auto plant worker died from his injuries, after the attack outside a west Jackson motel in June 2011. Authorities say Anderson was target... More>>

    McDaniel Camp: Votes Bought, Boxes Stuffed in Election

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Senator Chris McDaniel plans to file a formal challenge against six-term incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran in the Republican primary run-off. The McDaniel campaign made the announcement at a Wednesdaynews conference.Lawyers forMcDaniel claim they have evidence proving voter fraud, including ballot boxes being stuffed as well as crossover voting. With that evidence, theMcDaniel camp plans to filea formal challenge within the next 10 days. For weeks McDaniel volunteers have t... More>>

    911 Call: 67-Year-Old Murder Victim Calls Police for Help

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Authorities have released the 911 call placed by the 67-year-old murder victim who was found in her backyard on Tuesday on Kingsroad Avenue. More>>

    Indictments Unsealed in 2011 Jackson Hate Crime Death of James Anderson

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Federal indictments have been unsealed against four new defendants accused of being involved in a 2011 Jackson hate crime.  John Blaylack, Sarah Graves, Robert Henry Rice and Shelby Brook Richards are all charged with conspiracy and a hate crime. More>>

    Man Arrested for Pontotoc Hit-and-Run

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    PONTOTOC, Miss. - A Pontotoc man has been arrested in connection with the hit-and-run death of a 21-year-old.Juan Hernandez is charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving a fatality. More>>

    Jackson Police Search for Carjacking Suspect

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson Police are searching for a suspect involved in a car jacking incident. Police say the unidentified male wearing gray sweats and a white shirt is the suspect in a carjacking that happened on June 24. More>>

    JPD Searches for Texaco Armed Robbery Suspect

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson Police are looking for the person who held up a convenience store. They tell us a man walked into the Texaco on County Line Road after 3:30 a.m. More>>

    'Miracle Baby' Survives Miscarriage, Abortion Pills

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    Michelle Hui’s world was turned upside down when she miscarried on her way to work.But little did she know that she was actually expecting twins – and one of them went on to survive, even after she took abortion pills prescribed to avoid infection.The 31-year-old bank worker from County Kildare, Ireland, was six weeks pregnant when she started bleeding and went to hospital, fearing she was miscarrying her baby.She had to endure five separate tests by two different doctors before she was given... More>>

    BMW recalls 1.6M 3-Series cars for air bag problem

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    DETROIT (AP) - BMW is expanding a recall of its most popular models to fix a growing air bag problem that is hitting much of the auto industry. The German automaker says it will recall 1.6 million 3-Series cars from model years 2000 to 2006 across the world, including 574,000 in the U.S. More>>

    Dead and partially clothed, a 67-year-old woman was found dead outside of her home in Jackson on Tuesday afternoon.

    67-year-old Woman Killed, Others Detained after Accusations/Altercations

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    Dead and partially clothed, a 67-year-old woman was found dead outside of her home in Jackson on Tuesday afternoon.Less than 12 hours earlier she made a call to authorities about prowlers, Colendula Green, spokesperson for the Jackson Police Department, said.Neighbors are saying they believe the incidents are connected.The death of Helen Harrion is being investigated as a murder. It happened around 1:09 p.m. at a home on Kingsroad Avenue, Jackson police said.Authorities have not yet made an a... More>>

    MCMR Certifies New State Saltwater Fishing Records

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    BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources (MCMR) certified two recreational saltwater conventional tackle records during its July 15 meeting.  More>>

    Clinton PD Arrests 2 Business Burglary Suspects

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    CLINTON, Miss. - Clinton Police have arrested two suspect allegedly connected to a business burglary that happened on Monday.  More>>

    16 Pounds of Meth Confiscated in Pearl; 1 Suspect Arrested

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    PEARL, Miss. - One person is jailed after police say they found 16 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, also commonly known as ice, during a traffic stop in Pearl.30-year-old John Woods, III is charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and receiving stolen property. More>>

    Pearl PD Identifies Auto Burglary Suspect

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    PEARL, Miss. - Pearl Police say they have identified the suspect allegedly connected to an auto burglary that happened at Walmart, but he is still on the loose. Police say the man in the surveillance photos is Thomas C. Hitt. More>>

    Bond Set at $250K for Yazoo County Murder Suspect

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    YAZOO COUNTY, Miss. - A judge set bond at $250,000 for a suspect charged with the murder of a Yazoo County man. More>>

    Casting Call for 'The Hollars' Film in Jackson, Brookhaven

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    Morgan Casting is looking for talent to play as extras in the upcoming film, "The Hollars," according to the company's Facebook page. More>>

    Hinds County GOP Chairman 'Debunks' McDaniel's Claims of Illegal Votes

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Hinds County Republican Party Chairman is debunking Chris McDaniel's claim that more than a thousand illegal votes were cast here in the heated senate runoff race. In a news conference on Tuesday, Pete Perry announced findings of his own examination of voting records. More>>

    SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Dixon Interior Business Burglary Suspects

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    The search is on for suspects caught on video stealing from a Jackson Business. The surveillance video is from July 9 at Dixon interior on Ridgeway Street in West Jackson. More>>

    Walnut Grove Prison Fight Gang-Related; 4 Guards Suspended

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi corrections officials say four guards have been suspended from the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility in the aftermath of a fight among inmates at the prison. Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps provided an update on the investigation during a federal court hearing. More>>

    Bond Set at $50K for Mom Arrested for Hiding Meth in Child's Pants

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    RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. - A judge has set bond at $50,000 for a mother arrested about a week ago for hiding meth in her daughter's pants. 35-year-old Margaret Lopez Carrillo had her initial appearance in court Tuesday morning. She was charged with felony possession and felony obstruction for attempting to destroy or hide evidence. More>>

    Pearl Police Search for Auto Burglary Suspect

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    PEARL, Miss. - Pearl Police are are searching for a man who they say may be connected to an auto burglary that happened at the Pearl Walmart.Police say the victim stated that he was inside the shopping center between 1:15 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on July 10 and when he returned his laptop was missing from from the vehicle.The suspect in these photos entered the store but for only a brief period of time before returning to his vehicle, police say. They also say the unknown suspect was parked adjacen... More>>

    Victoria Wilcher Gets A New Eye

    Victoria Wilcher gets a new eye. Victoria Wilcher gets a new eye.
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    JACKSON, Miss. -Little Victoria Wilcher is back in Mississippi after receiving a new eye. The 3-year-old was in Florida receiving her new eye from Dr. Raymond Peters.The procedure only took about 20 minutes and Victoria came out of the operating room, running around and giving hugs More>>

    Jackson Municipal Judge June Hardwick Under Fire

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Two new judges could be joining the bench on Jackson's Municipal Court. Mayor Tony Yarber plans to ask the council to approve Gerald Mumford and Bob Waller for the posts at Tuesday's city council meeting. Waller previously served 16 years in the post. One city judge is under fire for a recent controversial bond decision. More>>

    Vicksburg Man Slashes Partner in Face

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    VICKSBURG, Miss. - A Vicksburg man is jailed after police say he slashed his partner in the face. 24-year-old Korey Cage is charged with domestic violence aggravated assault.  More>>

    St. Dominic's Named Among 'Most Wired' Hospitals in the U.S.

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    JACKSON, Miss. - St. Dominic’s was named one of Hospital and Health Networks’ Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems of 2014 based on its 16th annual Most Wired Survey. This is the fourth year St. Dominic’s has been named one of the top hospitals in the nation, and only two other Mississippi hospitals received the award. More>>

    Jackson Woman Arrested for Arson

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    JACKSON, Miss. - A Jackson woman is behind bars after authorities say she is responsible for an early morning house fire. Officials arrested 39-year-old Monique Green for allegedly setting the house located at 3446 Medgar Evers Boulevard on fire. More>>

    Hendrix Sworn in As Jackson's Ward 6 Councilman

    Tyrone Hendrix sworn in as Ward 6 Councilman in Jackson. Tyrone Hendrix sworn in as Ward 6 Councilman in Jackson.
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    JACKSON, Miss. -The council seat left vacant by Mayor Tony Yarber has officially been filled. Tyrone Hendrix took the oath of office Monday morning at Jackson City Hall. More>>

    18-Wheeler Carrying Equipment Gets Stuck Under I-59 Overpass on Highway 49

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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The stretch of Highway 49 at I-59 South  is temporarily closed after an 18-wheeler and the load it was carrying got stuck underneath the overpass.
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    Newly Crowned Miss Mississippi Visits Batson Children's Hospital

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital gets a visit from the newly crowned Miss Mississippi. Jasmine Murray along with Mississippi Outstanding Teen, Grace Munro, visited with kids Monday morning.  More>>

    65-Year-Old Man Arrested for Shooting Inside a Residence

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    VICKSBURG, Miss. - Vicksburg Police arrested a 65-year-old man after they say he fired shots inside a residence. Police say Eddie Dorsey for attempted aggravated assault.  More>>

    Man Arrested for Child Molestation in Vicksburg

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    VICKSBURG, Miss. - A 35-year-old man goes to jail for child molestation in Vicksburg. Police say they responded to a call on July 12 in the 4400 block of Halls Ferry Road regarding the complaint. Sean Higginbotham of West Point, Miss. was arrested in connection with the crime.
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    Jackson Police for Auto Burglary Suspect

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson Police are searching for a man who they say may be connected to an auto burglary that happened earlier this month.Police say they responded to the call on Northtown Drive around 2:50 p.m. on July 3.The victim told police that money was taken from his wallet that was inside his vehicle. Police say the preliminary investigation revealed that surveillance showed a man breaking into the vehicle.Anyone with information that could help identify the person in the photo is as... More>>

    Bovina House Burns; 1 Person Dead

    One person found dead after Bovina house fire. One person found dead after Bovina house fire.
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    WARREN COUNTY, Miss. - The Warren County Sheriff's Department said one person was found dead inside of a burning house in Bovina.Sheriff Martin Pace said a deputy on routine patrol on Highway 80 saw smoke coming from a house on Old Mt. Alban Road around 8 p.m. on Sunday.When he arrived on the scene, the house was already fully engulfed by flames. When firefighters arrived they did a rescue search and found a body inside one of the bedrooms.Officials said they don't expect any foul play. The b... More>>

    Three Weekend Car Crashes Send Multiple People to Hospitals

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    Multiple people are in the hospital following three separate car crashes on Sunday.The most recent one happened in Warren County just after 10:00 Sunday morning on I-20 at Exit 15. Trooper Eric Henry says a red Ford F-250 was traveling eastbound on I-20, started drifting over into the right lane, and ran into the back of a white Ford Expedition, knocking it into a ditch. The red Ford then overturned. The driver was taken to River Regions Hospital. Trooper Henry says they believe he fell aslee... More>>

    Target Burglary in Jackson

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    Two suspects are now arrested after breaking into the Target in JacksonAccording to Officer Colendula Green with the Jackson Police Department it happened early Sunday morning at the Target on I-55. 24-year-old Alex Risley and 19-year-old William McLainwere arrested.Officer Green says one of the suspects was looking out for the other who was hiding in Target and waited for the business to close.Both suspects had walkie talkies. One of the suspects brought his change of clothes through the bac... More>>

    Hinds County Drug Bust

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    The Hinds County Sheriffs Office responded to a tip Sunday at 557 Kirkley Drive in Jackson. Deputies searched the home and found five pounds of high grademarijuana, scales, cell phones and a small caliber hand gun. 41-year-old Anthony Demond Thompson, also known as Kool-Aid, was arrested Sunday around 7 p.m. Sheriff Tyrone Lewis says Thompson lives with his mother and she is also being questioned. This is an ongoing investigation. Sheriff Lewis tells us he thinks this will ead to more arrests. More>>

    Clarke County Woman Struck by Lightning

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    A 23-year-old woman who was struck by lightning while riding her horse in Clarke County is still fighting for her life.Emergency Response Manager Eddie Ivy tells News Channel 12 it happened around 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon in Quitman.The victim, Shannon Mosley, was airlifted from a local hospital to Forest General in Hattiesburg. Mosley was then taken to the burn center at CMMC here in Jackson.The 23-year old is stil... More>>

    Deadly Shooting in Yazoo County

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    A Yazoo County man dies after being shot multiple times.It happened around 4:30 this afternoon in the 2000-block on Center Ridge Road in Yazoo City.Yazoo County Sheriff Jack Sheriff says a fight escalated today between 23-year-old Chris Williams and 24-year-old Shannon Blake Kirk at Williams' home.Williams then shot Kirk multiple times, killing him.Williams is being held at the Yazoo County Correctional Facility with charges pending.The shooting is under investigation. More>>

    "First time I came here I actually had on a doo rag and was dressed all baggy clothes and everything," Cooper said.

    FAITH IN FOCUS: 'Rehoboth' Transformations - Drug Dealer into Deacon

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    If you would like the viewers of NEWS CHANNEL 12 to learn more about your church community contact Jacob Kittilstad at jkittilstad@wjtv.com or 601-664-8839.The word 'Rehoboth' - which you might see in the name of a church every so often - comes from Genesis. It means "God has given us room to prosper".And that subject "us" is not meant to be exclusive. Anyone can be a part of that healing. At least that's what the pastor at Rehoboth International Ministries in Pearl says.Click here for last w... More>>

    Lightning Safety Tips From Clarke Co. EMA Director

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    "Clarke County was experiencing some thunderstorms, we did have lightning and thunder in the area." Clarke county emergency management director, Eddie Ivy says 23-year old Shannon Mosley was riding a horse on her family's property Friday afternoon, when she and the horse were struck by lightning."We're unclear as to exactly what was struck, but she was struck by lightning. She was injured very badly and the horse was killed."Mosley was taken to CMMC in Jackson for treatment. Ivy says its impo... More>>

    Tracy Morgan Suing Wal-Mart Over Deadly Crash

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    Comedian Tracy Morgan has been released from a rehabilitation center after suffering multiple injuries in a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, his publicist said Saturday.Morgan, the former "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" star, suffered a broken leg and broken ribs in the June 7 crash. The wreck killed 62-year-old comedian James McNair of Peekskill, New York, who went by the name Jimmy Mack.Morgan's publicist, Lewis Kay, said in a statement to CBS News that he would "continue his recovery ... More>>

    Mississippi to Extradite Shooting Suspect

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The state of Mississippi has agreed to extradite a suspect in a gunfight that killed one person and injured nine others last month in the French Quarter of New Orleans.Twenty-year-old Trung T. Le was arrested last week at a home near Gulfport, Mississippi, a short time after being named a suspect in the June 29 shootings along Bourbon Street. He has refused to waive extradition.Mississippi Lt. Gov. ... More>>

    Ask pretty much anyone where you can find the best watermelon in the state of Mississippi and you'll hear all about one place: Smith County.

    FARM FAMILIES OF MS: Sisters Grow-up in Smith Co. Watermelon Patches

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    If this isn't common knowledge for you yet, well, how about a bit of education?Ask pretty much anyone where you can find the best watermelon in the state of Mississippi and you'll hear all about one place: Smith County.So let's take you to the heart of it at Ford Farms this morning's Farm Family of Mississippi.Click here for WJTV News Channel 12's more recent FARM FAMILIES OF MS: Plump and Red at Mayhew Tomato FarmCrack open the rind here and you might discover gold."What people usually do is... More>>

    Heavy Rain Causes Flooding in Pearl Video included

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    PEARL, Miss. - Heavy rain is causing flooding for some Pearl residents on Autry Street.The water has completely covered some driveways.City workers have put up barricades and they are monitoring the roads.The creek near the flooded area is full of water.Drivers should avoid this area if possible. More>>

    VA Secretary: Jackson VA Reducing Long Waits Video included

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    Mississippi veterans frustrated about poor health care at Jackson’s VA medical center Friday got some good news from a top administrator.Sloan Gibson, acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs, told reporters he's impressed with changes he's seen at the GV "Sonny" Montgomery VA medical center. But Gibson, who paid his first visit to the state a month and a half after President Obama appointed him to the position, said ther... More>>

    Riot at the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility in Leake County

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    The Leake County Sheriff’s Department confirms to News Channel 12 that a riot has occurred at the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility in Leake County, Thursday evening. More>>

    "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" Four Thumbs Up

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    JACKSON, MS - When last Hollywood left the Apes, they had escaped a research lab in San Francisco and were living in the foggy woods of California. Dawn picks up their story ten years later, as humanity struggles to survive after being decimated by a virus, and the apes contemplate taking over once and for all. To get a heads up on the movie, we sent Bret and Joe to Tinsel Town in Pearl, MS to see what all the screeching is about. BRET - It's rare to find a summer blockbuster that combines go... More>>

    2 Former Ridgeland Coaches Indicted for Sexual Battery

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    RIDGELAND, Miss. - Two former coaches at a Ridgeland school are indicted for sexual battery, according to District Attorney Michael Guest. Guest says Michael and Blair Porter were indicted Friday morning and were taken to the Madison County Jail. More>>

    Bond Denied For Man Charged in Leake County Murder

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    LEAKE COUNTY, Miss. - A judge denied bond for the man accused of murdering a 27-year-old woman in Leake County. 33-year-old Christopher Lemon is charged with the murder of Courtney Cooke. More>>

    Tree Falls on House, Trapping 2 People Inside

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Two people are shaken up after a tree fell on their house, trapping them inside. The residents managed to get out. It happened on Devine Street around 11 a.m. on Thursday.  More>>

    Man Arrested for Introducing Contraband into Leake County Prison

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    LEAKE COUNTY, Miss. - Authorities arrested a man for trespassing and trying to introduce contraband into a Leake County prison. Officials said they arrested arrested 26-year-old Marcus Wansley outside of the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility. More>>

    Woman Arrested for Drive By Shooting in Attala County

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    ATTALA COUNTY, Miss. - A 37-year-old woman is jailed for a drive by shooting in Attala County on Thursday. Officials arrested Latonia Roberson in connection with the crime.  More>>

    Mississippi Health Officials Confirm 2 New Chikungunya Virus Cases

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    JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is confirming two new cases of chikungunya virus in Mississippi residents. The cases occurred in residents who recently returned from the Dominican Republic and Haiti.  More>>

    Chrysler recalls 651,000 SUVs for mirror lights

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    NEW YORK (AP) - Chrysler says it is recalling 651,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs in the U.S. because vanity mirror lights that have undergone repairs can short circuit and start a fire if not reassembled correctly. The recall is for certain 2011 to 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango models.  More>>

    Possible New Development Coming to Hinds County

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    A mega company could be on its way to Hinds County. According to Hinds County Supervisor Kenneth Stokes, there are 640 acres in Clinton that is set aside for a possible construction project. Stokes says it will be in Industrial Park, however, the plans have not been brought up during any board meeting, yet. Stokes also tells News Channel 12, the planning board for the county doesn't know which company it will be, if one is coming. Blake Wallace with the Hinds County Economic Development Autho... More>>

    WJTV INVESTIGATES: Payday Loan Company Allegedly Trapping Customers In Debt

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    Payday loans and cash advances may sound like a good idea when you’re strapped for cash, but if you’re not careful, they could land you in a world financial trouble. It’s no secret that payday loans are known for their extraordinarily high interest rates.It’s become such a problem that payday loan businesses have been outlawed in 18 states .Currently, the Consumer Federation of America lists the 32 other states, inclu... More>>

    Which Breed of Dog is Responsible for the Majority of Dog Bites? Video included

    According to most statistics, pit bulls and pit bull mixes account for more than half of all dog bites each year According to most statistics, pit bulls and pit bull mixes account for more than half of all dog bites each year
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    4.5 million people get attacked by dogs per year, according to the Center for Disease Control. Nearly 250 people check into the University of Mississippi Medical Center annually for dog bites. And the CDC reports, roughly 31 of those 4.5 million dog bites are fatal. But can one breed really be to blame more frequently than other types of dogs for bites and attacks? "All dogs of course can bite they all have teeth and ... More>>

    City of Clinton Spent $40,000 On Rebranding Campaign Video included

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    The mayor of Clinton is defending the city's decision to spend $40,000 in tax money on a rebranding campaign that produced a brand new logo. The newly-unveiled logo is called "You Belong Here." It replaces the 20 year-old logo "History, Pride, Progress,” that’s now seen on signs around Clinton. The $40,000 price tag is nearly half the city's advertising budget for this year.Some of the money was used to shoot a video ... More>>

    No easy path to overturn Cochran victory in Miss.

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Time is ticking and money is tight in the effort to challenge Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in the GOP primary runoff in Mississippi last month.The tea party-backed challenger is Republican Chris McDaniel. His attorney says McDaniel will file his first challenge next week with the state Republican executive committee.  More>>

    JPD, Hinds Co. Deputies Meet with Baton Rouge Officials on Fighting Crime Initiative

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The Hinds County Sheriff's Department, Jackson Police, and city leaders met with officials from Baton Rouge about how they will tackle the crime rate in the metro area. The Sheriff's Department and JPD are working in a joint partnership to cut down on criminal activity in the area. They got the idea from a partnership between Louisiana State University and the City of Baton Rouge.  More>>

    Mississippi Baby Hoped to be Cured from HIV has Relapse

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi baby doctors believed was cured from HIV has had a setback. More>>

    Jackson Father Charged with Aggravated Assault For Shooting Son

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The father accused of shooting his son on the Fourth of July is being charged with domestic violence and aggravated assault. 60-year-old David Lindsey was arrested last week after police say he shot his 33-year-old son. More>>

    Jackson Resident Shoots Intruders During Home Invasion

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson Police are looking for a third suspect involved in an early Thursday morning home invasion and shooting. JPD tells us three suspects broke into a home around 2 a.m. on Myrtlewood. Police say the homeowner used his gun and fired several shots.

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    Lineman Electrocuted in Attala County

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    ATTALA COUNTY, Miss. - Attala County Sheriff's Deputies say a lineman with East Mississippi Electric Power Association was electrocuted this week.Authorities say 46-year-old Robert Whitehead was killed after he grabbed a live wire on Attala Road 5001.The incident happened Tuesday. More>>

    Accused Man Uses Sandwich to Kill Nursing Home Patient

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    MAGEE, Miss. - Authorities say the Magee nursing home resident accused of killing his roommate used a sandwich to commit the murder. Attorney General Jim Hood said 63-year-old Jerrell Eubanks pushed a cellophane bag containing a sandwich down the throat of his 83-year-old roommate. More>>

    2 Kittens Rescued From Flash Flooding Video included

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    Dramatic cellphone video of a partially submerged truck on the campus of Alcorn State University, after Wednesday morning flash flooding left part of the parking lot at the school’s agriculture extension and research building under water."Just like the skies had opened up or something then we noticed the parking lot start to rise with water like wow," said Alcorn state employee Anthony Selmon, who shot the video.He co... More>>

    Mail Madness for Vicksburg Postal Customers

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    VICKSBURG, Miss. - Vicksburg residents claim they've had enough with the poor postal service in their town. "I've been finding my mail anywhere from two to five miles away," says Christina Carter, who lives on Tanglewood Drive. She, along with other residents in that area, claim their mail is going to the wrong people. It's causing major concerns for those who receive income checks and credit cards via mail."When you got somebody else's credit card coming into your mailbox that's serious," sa... More>>

    Secretary of State's Office Responds to New Election Lawsuit

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Secretary of State's Office has issued a statement regarding the lawsuit refiled against them by the group True the Vote. The voters' rights group refiled its lawsuit against the state Republican Party, the Mississippi Secretary of State, and ten newly added county election commissions on Wednesday. More>>

    Bond Denied for 2 Suspects Involved in Madison, Yazoo Counties Chase

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    YAZOO COUNTY, Miss. - A judge denied bond for two suspects allegedly involved in a Madison County chase that ended in Yazoo County. Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker said Devonta Stowers and Kevin Thompson remain in jail, while the third suspect, Derrick Booker is still in the hospital. More>>

    Magee Authorities Investigate Death of Nursing Home Patient

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    MAGEE, Miss. - Magee Police are investigating the death of a nursing home patient. Police Chief Randy Crawford said a Hillcrest Nursing Home patient died Tuesday and they have another patient in custody being question about the death.  More>>

    Mississippi Blood Services in Critical Need for Blood

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi Blood Services is asking for residents to help them restock their shelves by donating blood. More>>

    Pearl Police Catch Wanted Man

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    PEARL , Miss. - The wanted man Pearl Police were searching for this week has been caught. Police say the man in the surveillance photo they released is Christopher Lloyd Hobson. Hobson is accused of charging tools under false pretense at a local retail store in Pearl. More>>

    News Channel 12 Investigates Most Vicious Dog Breeds

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Do pit bulls get a bad rap when it comes to dog attacks? Tonight at 6 News Channel 12 will investigate. Are pit bulls the most vicious breed or are there other dangerous dogs? More>>

    Rain Causes Roads to Flood Near Alcorn State University

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    Wednesday morning rain has caused some flooding for roads on and near the campus of Alcorn State University. More>>

    Former Southaven Mayor Seeks Lower Bond for Appeal

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is asking a Hinds County judge to lower the bond he must file to appeal an order that he repay $73,000 to the city for the alleged misuse of public funds. Davis is accused of using the funds for personal trips, clothing and expensive dinners. More>>

    The official number coming from the district's human resources department is 218. That represents about 9% of the total teaching staff at the state's second largest district which employs more than 2,400 people across 60 schools.

    JPS Needs to Fill 218 Teaching Positions

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    The Jackson Public School District has hundreds of open teaching positions and at this point officials say there are not enough applicants to fill them.Earlier this week JPS Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray tweeted that the school district is currently trying to fill more than 200 open jobs.The official number coming from the district's human resources department is 218. That represents about 9% of the total teaching staff at the state's second largest district which employs more than 2,400 pe... More>>

    McDaniel Supporters Looking For Voter Fraud Evidence Video included

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    Chris McDaniel supporters believe in their candidate and they believe in his cause. That’s why many are volunteering their time to visit county courthouses searching for evidence of voter fraud.At the Hinds county courthouse in downtown Jackson, Bill Billingsley along with another trained volunteer, spent the day in the courthouse basement examining affidavit ballot envelopes recording names of voters and whether or n... More>>

    Guns, Drugs Confiscated in JPD, Hinds County Joint Drug Busts

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    HINDS COUNTY, Miss. - The Hinds County Sheriff's Department and Jackson Police are working together to tackle drugs and crime in the Metro area. More>>

    Pearl Police Search for Wanted Man

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    PEARL, Miss. - Pearl Police need help identifying the man in the photo.They said he is wanted for charging tools to a legitimate business account at a retail store in Pearl under false pretenses.They said the man in the photo does not have authorization to make transactions. More>>

    Poll book lawsuit withdrawn, could be refiled

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A voters' rights group fighting for the release of voter registration data is dropping its lawsuit in Mississippi's northern federal court district in order to refile it in the southern district. The group, comprised of 13 Mississippi residents and Texas-based True to Vote, moved to withdraw the original lawsuit Tuesday. More>>

    Temporary Lane Closures To Come on I-20 at Mississippi River Bridge near Vicksburg

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    VICKSBURG, Miss. - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will be starting a bridge project that will limit traffic to the inside lanes on I-20 at the Mississippi River bridge near Vicksburg.The project will start July 9 and is expected to be finished by August 21. Crews will work 24 hours a day to expedite the project. More>>

    Man Busted for Ecstasy, 10 Pounds of Pot in Madison County

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    MADISON COUNTY, Miss. - Madison County authorities arrested a man for having possession of 10 pounds of marijuana and 125 doses of ecstasy. Sheriff Randy Tucker said the drugs are valued at more than $8,300. Officials say Fred Carvin Jr. has been released from jail on a $10,000 bond. He is charged with possession of marijuana and ecstasy with intent to distribute. More>>

    Horse Shot in Face; $2,500 Reward Offered for Info Leading to Suspect's Arrest

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    GRENADA, Miss. - An animal protection group is offering a $2,500 reward for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot a rescue horse.The In Defense of Animals organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Carroll County is offering the reward.  More>>

    Mom Arrested After Authorities Find Meth in Child's Pants

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    RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. - Authorities jailed a woman after they say they found meth hidden in her 5-year-old daughter's pants. 35-year-old Margaret Lopez Carrillo is charged with felony possession and felony obstruction for attempting to destroy or hide evidence. More>>

    Man Charged with Murder in Leake County Investigation

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    LEAKE COUNTY, Miss. - Sheriff Greg Waggoner said they have charged a man with the murder of the 27-year-old woman who was found shot to death in her vehicle along the Natchez Trace Parkway last week. More>>

    Ford recalling 100,566 vehicles for safety issues

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    DETROIT (AP) - Ford is recalling 100,566 vehicles in North America for various safety defects.The company announced the six separate recalls Tuesday. No injuries related to the defects have been reported. More>>

    Court Asks 'True the Vote' Group to Justify Election Lawsuit

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The following news release is from the Office of the Secretary of State:The Federal Court in the Northern District of Mississippi issued a show cause order to transfer the case of True the Vote vs. The State of Mississippi. The Court acted on its own motion.   More>>

    2 Arrested After Rankin County Manhunt

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    RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. - Rankin County Officials arrested two people for drugs after a brief manhunt on Monday. More>>

    Three people are arrested - one of them hospitalized for a gunshot wound - after a two-county car chase starting near Flora, Madison County authorities said.

    Three Arrested after 16 Mile Madison-Yazoo County Car Chase

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    Three people are arrested - one of them hospitalized for a gunshot wound - after a two-county car chase starting near Flora, Madison County authorities said.Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker said the alleged burglars drew authorities along 16 miles of Highway 49 before their S.U.V. broke down South of Yazoo City.Yazoo County Sheriff Jake Sheriff said the black S.U.V. has the same description as one used in a string of burglaries.But Shwanda Stowers, who said she is one of the suspects mothe... More>>

    Salvation Army Rebuild Underway

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Construction workers began pouring concrete for the new foundation of the Salvation Army's family thrift store early Tuesday morning. On January 3, 2014, the organization's thrift and warehouse were completely destroyed by a fire at their Presto Lane location in Jackson."Today we're pouring the foundation. We anticipate the building being delivered next Monday and by the third week of August we'll be doing our grand reopening and able to serve this community in a bigger and b... More>>

    McDaniel Campaign Looking For Voter Fraud In Absentee Ballots Video included

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    The Mississippi Secretary of State's office has accepted the certified election results from the state Republican Party runoff race. This now opens the door for Senator Chris McDaniel to begin challenging the results which could end in a court battle.Trained volunteers working for McDaniel will spend the week looking at information related to 19,000 absentee ballots cast the June 24th election."It was mayor Dupree tha... More>>

    There's no cross on the the wall. No banners or song listings. What there is at the now-defunct Presbyterian church in Rodney, Mississippi is a ball.

    MYSTERY MONDAY: Ball in the Wall at Rodney Civil War Church

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    If you have an idea for a MYSTERY MONDAY segment contact Jacob Kittilstad at jkittilstad@wjtv.com or 601-664-8839.There's no cross on the the wall. No banners or song listings. What there is at the now-defunct Presbyterian church in Rodney, Mississippi is a ball....a cannonball - wedged into the wall and stopped only-god-knows-how.Jacob Kittilstad searches out the site of the Civil War stand-off this MYSTERY MONDAY.Click here to watch last week's MYSTERY MONDAY: Mass Graves Remain in "The Dev... More>>

    McDaniel Representatives Examine Ballot Boxes in All Mississippi Counties

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Chris McDaniel's campaign is continuing to examine the results of the senate runoff race, where he was defeated by Senator Thad Cochran. McDaniel representatives spent the day at courthouses across the state, looking for evidence of voter fraud from the June 24th election. Trained volunteers will be looking at absentee ballot envelopes to make sure everything matches.  More>>

    Secretary of State's Office Accepts Certified Election Results

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office has accepted the Certified Election Results from both the State Democratic Party and State Republican Party. More>>

    Suspect In Custody in Connection with Leake County Murder

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    LEAKE COUNTY, Miss. - Leake County Officials say they have a suspect in custody connected to the murder of a 27-year-old woman who was found dead along the Natchez Trace Parkway last week. More>>

    27 Year Old Leake County Woman Found Dead On Natchez-Trace Parkway

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    It's been a trying day for the people who knew 27-year-old Courtney Cooke, who's body was found off the Natchez-Trace Parkway in the early hours of Thursday morning.According to Leake County Sheriff, Greg Waggoner, Cooke was found shot to death in her car at mile-marker 143 along the Natchez-Trace Parkway in northwest Leake County, just outside of Carthage.According to Coutney's mother, she had moved up from Hattiesburg to better herself.She had only been working at the Handy Stop, a local co... More>>

    • NationalMore>>

    • Memorial honoring injured veterans under way in DC

      Memorial honoring injured veterans under way in DC

      Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:37 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:37:11 GMT
      Army Lt. Dawn Halfaker was on patrol 10 years ago in Baqubah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade tore through her military vehicle and exploded inside.
      Army Lt. Dawn Halfaker was on patrol 10 years ago in Baqubah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade tore through her military vehicle and exploded inside.
    • Crews make gains on massive Washington wildfire

      Crews make gains on massive Washington wildfire

      Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:30 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:30:47 GMT
      Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control.
      Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control.
    • Arrest linked to gun used after Boston bombings

      Arrest linked to gun used after Boston bombings

      Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:30 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:30:42 GMT
      A man believed to have provided the gun used by Boston Marathon bombing suspects to kill a university police officer has been arrested on drug and weapon charges.
      It has been one of the lingering questions since the dramatic manhunt that gripped the Boston area in the days after the marathon bombings: Where did the suspects get the gun that authorities say they used to kill a...
    • wjtv.com | Mississippi Sports, College, High School, Scores – WJTV News Channel 12SportsMore>>

    • Comegy's Woodpile

      Comegy's Woodpile

      Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:43:49 GMT
      WJTV - Sooner or later, people will stop referring to Rick Comegy as the former Jackson State football coach.
      WJTV - Sooner or later, people will stop referring to Rick Comegy as the former Jackson State football coach.
    • MHSAA Football Championships Leaving Jackson

      MHSAA Football Championships Leaving Jackson

      Monday, July 21 2014 11:41 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:41:59 GMT
      CLINTON - It's a day of expected change for the Mississippi High School Activities Association. Monday, the governing body of most high school athletics in the state announced that the state football championships are leaving Jackson for Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
      CLINTON - It's a day of expected change for the Mississippi High School Activities Association. Monday, the governing body of most high school athletics in the state announced that the state football championships are leaving Jackson for Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
    • SEC Media Days: Question and Answer

      SEC Media Days: Question and Answer

      Monday, July 21 2014 2:02 PM EDT2014-07-21 18:02:06 GMT
      After several hours of answering repeat questions from hundreds of reporters in several different ball-rooms, you might expect a little agitation from the SEC football coaches and players in Hoover, Alabama this week.There have been plenty of off the wall questions and answers here are some of the best.
      After several hours of answering repeat questions from hundreds of reporters in several different ball-rooms, you might expect a little agitation from the SEC football coaches and players in Hoover, Alabama this week.There have been plenty of off the wall questions and answers here are some of the best.
    • InternationalMore>>

    • Bodies of Malaysia jet victims leave Ukraine

      Bodies of Malaysia jet victims leave Ukraine

      Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:50 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:50:51 GMT
      Ukraine is preparing a departure ceremony for the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines disaster, which are being flown to the Netherlands.
      Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine Wednesday, and pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets as fighting...
    • Somali lawmaker shot dead in drive-by shooting

      Somali lawmaker shot dead in drive-by shooting

      Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:36 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:36:57 GMT
      A Somali police official says gunmen have killed a Somali lawmaker in a drive-by shooting in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
      Gunmen killed a Somali lawmaker in a drive-by shooting Wednesday in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, a police official said.
    • Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks

      Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks

      Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:24 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:24:37 GMT
      U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has flown into Israel's main airport despite a Federal Aviation Administration ban as he continues to push a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
      Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks...
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