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    Search for Katelyn Beard Ends in Tragedy

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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>>

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    Police Find the Body of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Authorities have found the body of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard.Katelyn was found on Darden Road Tuesday morning. 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

    Suspect wanted for breaking into the Cherokee Inn. Suspect 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>>

    Tropical depression forms off Gulf coast of Mexico

    Tropical depression forms off Gulf coast of Mexico Tropical depression forms off Gulf coast of Mexico
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    MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say a tropical depression has formed off the Gulf coast of Mexico with tropical storm warnings issued from Tuxpan in the state of Veracruz north to La Pesca. More>>

    Kraft Recalls More Than 7K Cases of Cheese Singles

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    Kraft Food Groups is voluntarily recalling more than 7, 000 cases of Kraft American Singles. More>>

    Coroner: Mississippi State Football Player's Brother Brain Dead

    Tyriunce Lewis, brother of a Mississippi State football player, was shot Sunday. Tyriunce Lewis, brother of a Mississippi State football player, was shot Sunday.
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    WALTHALL COUNTY, Miss. - Walthall County Coroner Shannon Hartzog said the Mississippi State football player's brother who was shot is brain dead. More>>

    6 Months Pass, Myra Lewis Still Missing

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    MADISON COUNTY, Miss. - Today is September 1st, which marks six months since little Myra Lewis disappeared.  More>>

    Holiday Safety Blitz

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    It may be a holiday, but law enforcement doesn't take a break.They were out in full force this weekend, making sure everyone obeyed the rules of the road.State troopers have set up several DUI checkpoints, which run through midnight Sunday night.Here are the latest totals from law enforcement.905 hazards, 776 non-hazards, 2 drug arrests, 1 felony arrest, and 68 collisions, with a total of 24 injuries and 1 fatality.We will continue to update these numbers as they come in, so check back for up... More>>

    "I think part of it - the time - is really helping us to think through. We're starting at 10:37 a.m. to help us to remember what it says in Luke 10:37: 'To go and do likewise'," co-pastor Jason Abrams said.

    FAITH IN FOCUS: After Years of Prep, 'Common Ground' to open in West Jackson

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    If you'd like to share your church community with the viewers of WJTV News Channel 12 contact Jacob Kittilstad at jkittilstad@wjtv.com or 601-664-8839.Let's start with this question: how hard is it to start a church? The answer - like to most questions - is 'it depends'.Depends on what?It depends on your goals/what kind of impact you want to make. Do you just want to put out some chairs and hope people show up? Or, do you develop a plan of action - one that could take years to fully form and ... More>>

    It's pretty hard to get one of our photographers in front of the camera. These are, after all, people who've dedicated their lives to shooting video not appearing in it.

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: WJTV Photographers for Jerry Brooks

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    It's pretty hard to get one of our photographers in front of the camera. These are, after all, people who've dedicated their lives to shooting video not appearing in it.But what you may not know is that a WJTV Photographer is currently struggling with an ALS diagnosis."Alright, this ice bucket challenge is from the photographers at wjtv, former employees, and friends of Jerry Brooks," Kip Smith, head photographer at WJTV said in a video of the station's Ice Bucket challenge.Jerry Brooks - a f... More>>

    Jackson Police are searching for a suspect who's accused of shoving a shooting victim into a vehicle and driving away.

    JPD: Injured Woman held Captive by Shooter in Jackson

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    Jackson Police are investigating an early Sunday morning shooting, where a woman was shot. Jackson Police Public Information Officer Colendula Green says the shooting happened around 6 am on Lynda Street.Officer Green also tell us police are looking for a white female, possibly 19 or 20 years-old who was last seen in a 2009 Tan Nissan Altima.They have been unable to locate the victim or suspect at this time. If you ha... More>>

    One Person Injured After Two Vehicles Collide

    Woman gets sent to hospital after two vehicles collide Saturday afternoon Woman gets sent to hospital after two vehicles collide Saturday afternoon
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    Two vehicles collide on the interstate Saturday afternoon sending a woman to the hospital.It happened around 3:00 p.m. on I-20 eastbound in Hinds County. Traffic was backed up for miles as crews worked to clean up the debris.An officer on scene says a car spun out hitting an SUV. One of the women in the car was taken by AMR to a local hospital.Officers say her injuries are non-life threatening. More>>

    Jackson Man Hit and Killed by Vehicle in Biloxi

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    A Jackson man is hit and killed by a vehicle in Biloxi.The vehicle that hit him was stolen, with a drunk driver behind the wheel.Officials say the van was stolen from the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Lab.36-year-old David Lee Shepperd of Colorado is being held on a $1-million-dollar bond on charges of DUI causing death and taking away of a motor vehicle.According to the Harrison County coroner, 26-year-old Christopher Curry died of blunt force trauma Friday at a ho... More>>

    Armed Robbery at Mississippi College Video included

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    The search continues tonight for an armed robber who held two Mississippi College students at gunpoint on Friday night.Police have now identified the getaway vehicle used during the robbery.The incident happened on the campus just before 10:00 Friday night.Officials say two students were walking from their dorm to a nearby parking lot, when a man started following them, and then robbed them at gunpoint of some personal belongings.The suspect also tried to take their car, but was unsuccessful.... More>>

    Authorities Search for Armed & Dangerous Man in Claiborne County Double Homicide

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    CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Miss. - Authorities are investigating a double homicide in Claiborne County and are searching for a man in connection with the crime.Agents of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation are looking for 32-year-old Dennis Develle McCay of 4058 Barland Road, Pattison, Mississippi. More>>

    Mississippi College Goes on Lockdown After Armed Robbery

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    Officials tell us Mississippi College went on lockdown Friday night after an armed robbery on campus.Tracey Harrison, Director of Public Relationship at Mississippi College, tells us the incident happened near a residence hall.Harrison tells us two young women, who have yet to be identified as MC students, were attempting to leave campus when a stranger asked if he could borrow a cell phone.She goes on to say the man threatened the pair with a weapon after making a call and took off with a pu... More>>

    Final Scores for Friday Night High School Football Games

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    These are final scores for some high school football games for Friday, August 29. More>>

    Tracy Lynn Garner Found Guilty in Deadly Butt Injections Trial

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    UPDATE: Tracy Lynn Garner has been found guilty of one count of depraved heart murder and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.


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    Man in Custody for Camelot Apartments Shooting

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    A man is jailed after shooting at an apartment complex. More>>

    JPD Looks for Gentlemen's Club Burglary Suspect

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson Police need your help in identifying a man who they believe is connected to the burglary of a gentlemen's club. More>>

    Cochran's Attorneys, Childers Release Statement about Judge Dismissing Lawsuit

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    A Mississippi judge has dismissed a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in a Republican primary runoff. Judge Hollis McGehee said Friday that state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who lost to Cochran, failed to start the election challenge on time. More>>

    Cases of Scabies Reported at Several Canton Public Schools

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    CANTON, Miss. -The Canton Public School District has informed its parents of an outbreak of scabies at some of its schools. More>>

    Nunnelee Cleared to Return to Mississippi

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    Doctors at Johns Hopkins say Alan Nunnelee has been cleaned toreturn home toMississippi.The Congressman who represents Mississippi's First District was undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous mass from his brain, when he suffered a stroke. He will have to continue his outpatient rehabilitation in Mississippi. Nunnelee recently wrote this letter for his friends: Dear Friends,I grew up in Columbus and was a member of ... More>>

    Multiple Agencies Asking for Help in Benton County Murder Case

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    Multiple law enforcement agencies are asking for the public's help in solving a murder case in Benton County.On July 4, 2014, the body of Derrick “Spot” Sanders was found early in the morning on the side of the road at the intersection of Highway 7 and Sexton Road.Crime Stoppers is offering up toa $1,000 reward leading to an arrest. The Benton County Sheriff's Department is matching that offer with a $1,000 of their o... More>>

    Man Charged in Deadly Stabbing

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    Jackson Police arrest a man in connectionto a deadly stabbing. It happened at theLe Fleur Haven Retirement Community on Briarwood Drive Friday morning.Officials say the suspect is Charles Davis.They say Davis stabbed his 63-year-old roommate multiple times, including his face and chest.The victim'sidentity has not been released.Davis was taken into custody after he confessed to the crime. He is charged with murder.News Channel 12 is working to get more answers on this investigation. More>>

    Rankin Co. Parents Upset Over Clothing Controversy

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    Some parents of Northwest Rankin High school cheerleaders and dancers are outraged following news that their daughters will not be allowed to wear their uniforms during class, because the skirts are in violation of the Rankin County School District Dress Code. The code states that skirts cannot be any shorter than six inches above the knee.Terri Slack is a parent who says, "Our girls were told at cheer practice yesterday they would be allowed to cheer in their uniforms at games and pep rallie... More>>

    Hewlett-Packard recalls 5 million AC power cords

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    WASHINGTON (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Company is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in this country and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard. More>>

    Man Arrested for Assaulting a JPD Officer

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    JACKSON, Miss. - An officer is badly injured after questioning a man about an abandoned car. More>>

    Bench opinion to be issued in McDaniel v. Cochran Lawsuit on Friday

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    Special Judge Hollis McGehee will announce his ruling on the Defendant's Motion to Dismiss in the matter of Chris McDaniel v. Thad Cochran on Friday, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m. at the Harrison County Courthouse in Gulfport. More>>

    JPS Teachers Receive Cash Surprises

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Award-winning teachers at about a dozen Jackson Public Schools are receiving grants to use in the classroom. Teachers and students at Johnson Elementary were surprised and presented with a large check from Junior League volunteers on Thursday morning. More>>

    Second Arrest Made in West Point Restaurant Assault Investigation

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    WEST POINT, Miss. - Another man has been arrested in connection with an assault that happened at a West Point restaurant over the weekend.20-year-old Marquavious McMillian of Aberdeen, Ms. was charged Thursday in the Huddle House assault that left one man seriously injured. More>>

    Controversy Sparks over Cheerleading Uniforms at Northwest Rankin High

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    RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. - There is a clothing controversy happening in Rankin County. Some parents are angry after a high school principal bans cheerleading and dance uniforms at Northwest Rankin High School. More>>

    Doctor: Victim of Deadly Butt Injections Died from Pulmonary Embolism

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The deadly buttocks injection trial continues in Hinds County. Tracy Lynn Garner of Jackson is charged with depraved heart murder. A doctor who testified Thursday morning saying the victim died from pulmonary embolism. More>>

    14 Mississippi school districts sue over underfunding

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Fourteen Mississippi school districts have filed suit against the state, seeking repayment of amounts they say they were illegally shorted by the state's public school funding formula over the last six years.The suit, filed Thursday in Hinds County Chancery Court, asks a judge to order lawmakers to never again underfund the Mississippi Adequate Educational Program. More>>

    Joan Rivers In Critical Condition at New York Hospital

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    Joan Rivers was rushed to a New York hospital after she stopped breathing during surgery. The 81-year-old comedienne is in critical condition. Her heart stopped while undergoing throat surgery Thursday morning.We will continue to update this story as more details develop. More>>

    Visitation Hours Held Tonight for Walker Wilbanks at First Baptist

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Visitation hours for the Jackson Prep football player who died earlier this week will be held Thursday night at First Baptist Church in Jackson. More>>

    Humanist Group says JPS Agrees to Eliminate Religious Activity from Future Convocations

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    The American Humanist Associations Appignani Humanist Legal Center said Jackson Public Schools has agreed to eliminate religious activity including prayers and sermons aft future convocations for its faculty. More>>

    Grandmother, Mother, Daughter Share Same Birthday

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    A Brandon family welcomes a new grandchild but they have an extra special reason to celebrate. Grandmother, mother and daughter all share the same birthday. More>>

    Copiah Co. Residents Say More Signals Needed at Train Crossing

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    Residents who live along Beall Road in Copiah County say they're not surprised that a car was hit by a train at that location because there are no crossing signals in the area. Myron Gary lives on Beall Road and says, "That crossing down there is very unsafe because it's in a blind spot and a lot of times trains come through there... they don't blow, so it's dangerous down there." Officials with the Copiah County Sheriff's Office say a gold Ford Taurus was struck by an Amtrak train heading no... More>>

    Man Threatens Law Enforcement During Monroe County Standoff

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    MONROE COUNTY, Miss. - Monroe County Sheriff's Deputies are on the scene of a standoff where one man threatened to harm the police, authorities say. More>>

    Mistrial Declared in Yazoo City Murder Trial after Witness Found Shot to Death

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    YAZOO CITY, Miss. - A mistrial has been declared in a Yazoo City murder trial after authorities say a witness in the trail was found shot to death on early Monday. More>>

    More Testimonies Heard in Deadly Butt Injections Trial

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    JACKSON, Miss. - More witnesses take the stand in the deadly injections trial. Tracy Lynn Garner's case made national headlines in 2012 after authorities say she injected a woman's buttocks with industrial-strength silicone which later killed her. More>>

    Jackson Firefighter Injured in Early Morning Fire

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    JACKSON, Miss. Chief investigator Greg Travis confirms that one firefighter has been treated for a minor injury suffered while battling the fire.  More>>

    TSA Provides Tips for Travelers at Jackson Airport

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The Transportation Security Administration did a presentation on Wednesday about what not to take on a plane.

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    Purvis High Field House Fire Ruled as Arson

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    PURVIS, Miss. - A fire that that destroyed the Purvis High School field house has been ruled as arson, according to authorities. More>>

    Boil Water Alert for Culkin Water District

    The city of Jackson issued a boil water alert Sunday after a recent loss in water pressure from a water main repair. The city of Jackson issued a boil water alert Sunday after a recent loss in water pressure from a water main repair.
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    According to the Mississippi Department of Health's website, a boil water alert has been issued for the Culkin Water District in Warren County.The alert affects 300 customers at the following areas:- 2705-3677 Mt. Alban Road- 145-2035 HWY 80-Old Mt. Alban Road-Cockrell Road - Savage Road-Bond Road- Cooper Drive-Elton Drive - Ironwood Drive-Deer Ridge Road-Carraway Drive-Mingos Road-Bucks Drive-Heartwood Drive-Whipperwill Road-Ashwood Drive-Rebecca Evans Road-Anderson Road-Pear Orchard Drive-B... More>>

    Fourplex Fire in Scott County Under Investigation Video included

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    Officials in Scott County are investigating after a fourplex went up in flames on Tuesday night. It happened on South Fourth Street in Morton. Our News Channel 12 crew arrived to the scene around 8 p.m. Firefighters began fighting the fire from the interior. After the roof began to collapse, they continued fighting the fire from the outside. Morton Fire Chief Joel Davidson tells us all occupants got out of the house s... More>>

    Train vs. Car Accident Lands Two People In Hospital

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    Police in Copiah County say they got a call around 5 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, when two men in a Ford Taurus were struck by a northbound Amtrak train on Beall Road.We're told the driver, 25-year-old Cyrus Reese was taken to Hardy Wilson Hospital in Hazlehurst.The passenger, 28-year-old Clinton Robertson, had to be air-lifted to UMC Hospital in Jackson.Jacob Gilmore lives nearby and says he was sitting on his front porch when he heard the train blowing its horn.He says, "We walked up and sure... More>>

    Bond Set at $250K for Suspect Arrested for West Point Restaurant Assault

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    The police chief of West Point is asking the FBI to step in and help investigate a weekend fight at a restaurant that left one man badly injured.A judge set bond at $250,000 for 22-year-old Courtez McMillian.

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    Silicone, Syringes and Super Glue Presented to Jury in Murder Trial

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The depraved heart murder trial is in its second day. Garner's case made national headlines last year after authorities say she injected a woman's buttocks with industrial-strength silicone to enhance the victim's body image which later killed her.Tracey Lynn Garner could face life in prison. She's accused of injecting Karima Gordon with silicone which led to Gordon's death. Incourt, the prosecution presented evidence found in Garner's Jackson home"Miscellaneous sized needle... More>>

    Train Accident on Beall Road in Copiah County

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The Copiah County Sheriff's Department has confirmed with News Channel 12 that they are working a train accident on Beall Road.We're told it involves a train and a car.We are working to get more information about the crash.We will update this story as more details become available. More>>

    Police: People Fake Injuries after School Bus Crash

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Two people are behind bars after police say they were disobeying officers on the scene of a school bus crash.

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    Opening Arguments Conclude in Butt Injections Trial

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Opening arguments have concluded in the trial of a woman accused of giving deadly injections. More>>

    28-Year-Old Man Shot to Death in Car in Yazoo City

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    YAZOO CITY, Miss. - A man is dead after being shot twice in Yazoo City Monday night, according to the coroner.  More>>

    PHOTOS: National Dog Day

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    August 26 is known as National Dog Day.The purpose is to make the public aware of the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year. News Channel 12 viewers celebrated by sending us pictures of their four-legged friends. More>>

    Second West Nile Virus Death Confirmed in Mississippi

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

    2 Vehicles Crash on MS 43 near John Mayton Road; 4 Injured

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    RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. - Four people are suffering from injuries after a crash that happened on Highway 43 near John Mayton Road on Tuesday morning.

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    Woman Shot in Leg; JPD Looks for Suspect

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson Police are investigating a shooting that happened overnight that left one woman injured.

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    Jackson Prep Football Player Cause of Death Determined Video included

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    Doctors say Walker Wilbanks passed away from hyponatremia, which is the result of having too little sodium in his blood.17-year old Walker Wilbanks was hospitalized Friday during Jackson Prep's first home football game against Oxford, after becoming ill.Once he got to the hospital, doctors say he experienced a seizure.They're now looking into all factors that contributed into his death."This was an isolated incident, this wasn't anything he could've prepared differently for. This isn't anythi... More>>

    Humanist Group says JPS Held Mandatory Religious Event for Teachers

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    If you would like to comment on this story call 601-944-4924. WJTV is alwayslooking for input to developing news.Sermons at a school event - a secular group is saying not only is that a problem, it's unconstitutional.On Monday the American Humanist Association sent a letter to Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray of Jackson Public Schools. The letters say this year's staff convocation strongly pushed the Christian faith.According to the letter, the American Humanist Association received a complain... More>>

    Man Arrested in connection with West Point Restaurant Assault

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    An Okolona man has been arrested in connection with an assault at a restaurant that left one man with a brain injury over the weekend. More>>

    Jackson Prep Football Player Dies

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The Jackson Preparatory student athlete who was hospitalized after getting ill at Friday's football game has died. Walker Wilbanks, a lineman at Jackson Prep, was taken to the hospital during the school's season opener. More>>

    Byram PD Search for Auto Burglaries Suspects

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    BYRAM, Miss. - The Byram Police Department needs your help identifying suspects allegedly connected to several auto burglaries. More>>

    Yarber Nominees for School Board, Department of Finance to go Before Council

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    MEDIA RELEASE:Mayor Tony Yarber's nominees for the Jackson School Board and his nominee for director of the Department of Finance and Administration will go before the City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 26, during the regular council meeting at 10 a.m. More>>

    Vehicle Hits Building on Beasley Road

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    JACKSON, Miss. - A vehicle has hit a building on Beasley Road in Jackson. The incident happened at Liberty Tax just before noon. More>>

    Group sends letter to JPS about Religious Comments made at Mandatory Convocation

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    Today the American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to the Jackson Public School District in Jackson, Mississippi, on behalf of a teacher who objected to the overtly religious nature of a mandatory convocation. More>>

    Jury Selection Begins in Deadly Butt Injections Trial

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Jury selection begins Monday in a deadly injections death trial.The Attorney General's office tells us jury selection will start this afternoon in the depraved heart case against Tracey Lynn Garner.  More>>

    Police Chief: Expects arrest in West Point restaurant fight

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    WEST POINT, Miss. - A man is in the hospital suffering from a brain injury after a fight at a restaurant over the weekend.West Point Police say it happened at Huddle House early Saturday morning.  More>>

    JPD Launches Internal Investigation After Suspect Escapes

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson Interim Police Chief Lee Vance says an internal investigation in underway after a suspect escaped police custody on August 20. That suspect is 19-year-old Lashun Hudson. He was arrested for domestic violence at Horizon Apartments on TV Road in Jackson.Vance tells News Channel 12, Hudson was being transported to jail when he managed to escape the back of a patrol car. We're told Hudson maneuveredhis handcuffs to the front and escaped. However, when we asked Vance about... More>>

    Army: Shooter at Fort Lee was female soldier

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    FORT LEE, Va. (AP) - The Army says early reports indicate that a female soldier turned a gun on herself and fired one shot, injuring herself, on a central Virginia base.

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    Boil Water Alert Lifted for Some Jackson Residents

    The city of Jackson issued a boil water alert Sunday after a recent loss in water pressure from a water main repair. The city of Jackson issued a boil water alert Sunday after a recent loss in water pressure from a water main repair.
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    Jackson crews worked late Sunday, Aug. 24th, to repair a water main break on McDowell Road at Meter Road. Water has been restored at addresses from 500 to 1199 on East McDowell Road. More>>

    Two Jackson Business Employees Held at Gunpoint Video included

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    Two employees at businesses in Jackson just miles apart from each other were held at gunpoint early Sunday morning. The first one happened at the Dollar Save Inn on I-55 south Frontage Road just before 3 a.m. News Channel 12 obtained surveillance video from the time of the attempted robbery given to us from the owner. The owner of the inn tells us a man wearing a hood and blue jogging pants came up to the window and ... More>>

    Silver Alert Issued for Houston Man

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    The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued a silver alert Sunday for a Houston man. 72-year-old Willie Harries was last seen Saturday around 5:00 p.m. in the Wofford Drive area of Houston, Mississippi. Officials say he was on foot and wearing a multi-colored shirt and blue jeans. Harries is described as 5-foot-9 and weighing 158 pounds with brown eyes. According to family members, Harries suffers from medical issues t... More>>

    2 High School Football Players Hospitalized

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    Two area high school football players are sent to the hospital, and it's uncertain when either of them will return to the football field.Walker Wilbanks, a lineman at Jackson Prep, was taken to the hospital during their season opener last night.Once at the hospital, he started experiencing seizures.He is currently in critical condition.A prayer vigil was held for him tonight to rally support.Joborrick Washington, a student and football player at Provine High School, was also hospitalized rece... More>>

    Vera Finley and her husband, Willis, coordinate the marriage ministry at 'Relevant Empowerment'. They say, like every couple, they're still a work in progress...

    FAITH IN FOCUS: Marriage Ministry Grows at Relevant Empowerment Church

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    If you'd like the viewers of WJTV News Channel 12 to learn more about your church community contact Jacob Kittilstad at jkittilstad@wjtv.com or 601-644-8839.For many people it's pretty easy to recognize the pastor in this week's FAITH IN FOCUS.It's Jackson's Mayor - Tony Yarber.Despite the new role in the city, almost every Sunday he still preaches at Relevant Empowerment Church.Though, politically, his rolodex is growing - this week he's emphasizing the importance of the people who are close... More>>

    Boil Water Alert and Boil Water Lift For Jackson

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    We have a boil water alert and a boil water lift to pass along for the city of Jackson. Due to the recent loss in water pressure from a water main repair, Magnolia Street in Jackson is now under a boil water alert. Residents are advised to boil water for one minute before use. This includes cooking, washing and baking. A boil water alert has been lifted for the residents in the I-55 south Frontage Road area. Water is... More>>

    Magee Woman Struck and Killed by Taxi in Orange Beach

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    A Mississippi woman got run over and killed by a taxi early Saturday morning in Alabama.According to Baldwin County Coroner Stan Vinson, it happened around 1 a.m. on Saturday on Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach which runs parallel to the beach.Vinson says 49-year-old Cathy Jones, of Magee, was walking down the street and stepped into traffic when a taxi cab killed her. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene. Ac... More>>

    Assault at a Clay County Restaurant Sends Two People to the Hospital

    Assault at a Clay County Restaurant Sends Two People to the Hospital Assault at a Clay County Restaurant Sends Two People to the Hospital
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    Officials in Clay County are investigating an assault which landed the victim in the hospital. It happened just after 1:00 Saturday morning at a restaurant in West Point.According to our CBS affiliate, WCBI, Ralph Weems the IV was airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo following the assault at the Huddle House.WCBI reports that Weems had to undergo emergency brain surgery. Friends and relatives tell W... More>>

    Two Men Escape Juvenile Detention Center in Jackson

    Two Men Escape Juvenile Detention Center in Jackson Two Men Escape Juvenile Detention Center in Jackson
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    Two inmates escaped Saturday morning from the Henley-Young Youth Detention Center in Jackson. Officers tell News Channel 12, they were called out to 600 east McDowell Road before 10 a.m. in response to two men escaping the detention center. According to officials, the two juveniles escaped while playing basketball in the playgrounds of the center. Officers say they were about to jump the fence surrounding the basketba... More>>

    Lawsuit Filed after Jackson Gas Station Attack

    Lawsuit Filed after Jackson Gas Station Attack Lawsuit Filed after Jackson Gas Station Attack
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    The 35-year-old woman who was attacked at a Shell gas station in July filed a lawsuit Friday against the store. According to the woman's attorney, Malcolm Harrison,the lawsuit filed alleges that the Shellgas station failed to protect its customers from foreseeable crime.The three suspects accused of raping the woman at the Shell station in Jackson were denied bond. A judge denied bond for 20-year-old Ja'Lon Jones, 18-year-old Edward Samuel, and 24-year-old Marquise Samuel.According to police,... More>>

    News Channel 12's Ken South takes the "Ice Bucket Challenge"

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    News Channel 12's Ken South takes the "Ice Bucket Challenge" at the Jackson Prep Oxford High game!To find out more information about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, visit the Association's website. More>>

    Park Controversy in Madison County Video included

    Sulphur Springs Park is being built on 64 acres in northeastern Madison County. Sulphur Springs Park is being built on 64 acres in northeastern Madison County.
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    A new park, Sulphur Springs Park, is being built on 64 acres in northeastern Madison County. The site, located at the intersection of Sulphur Springs Road and highway 17, was purchased back in 2009 and the first two phases of the site are expected to be done by December. However, this park is not all fun and games for everyone in the county. "It's going to be the same thing, empty. In Ridgeland they have a couple park... More>>

    The O.T. Friday Night Football Scores

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    JSU Housing Shortage Means Enrollment Increase

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    Last year Jackson State University saw student enrollment numbers topping 9,000, and with the same expected for this year, JSU has had to make some added adjustments.JSU Executive Director of University Communications, Eric Stringfellow says, "This year we're using something we're going to now call JSU at the Palisades. For us, it just gives us another housing option to our students. We're excited about it."The university is leasing-to-own the 444 bed, Palisades apartments for $1.9 million an... More>>

    Bryant, Hosemann take the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

    Governor Phil Bryant Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge Governor Phil Bryant Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge
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    Governor Phil Bryant and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann are some of the latest Mississippi leaders to step up and take the "Ice Bucket Challenge." More>>

    Mayor Selects Vance as New Jackson Police Chief

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    Lee Vance is Jackson's new police chief, announced Mayor Tony Yarber around 1:00 p.m. Friday afternoon.Mayor Yarber says Chief Vance's experience in law enforcement and commitment to community collaboration made him the right person for the job.“He has proven leadership and respect in the community and among the rank and file in the Jackson Police Department,” Yarber said. “He also shares the administration's vision for a holistic approach to crime-fighting and crime prevention.”According to ... More>>

    Ridgeland PD Searches for Quick Change Suspect

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    RIDGELAND, Miss. - Ridgeland Police need your help identifying a suspect connected to a quick change scheme.Police say the suspect walked into the convenience store and confused the clerk by reoccurring request to make change for various amounts of money, until the clerk realized he was being scammed.At the end of the shift, the clerk counted the money in the register at the end of the night, he realized he was short by more than $200, which the suspect is responsible for taking.Anyone who ca... More>>

    News Channel 12's GM Takes 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

    News Channel 12's General Manager Jimmy Cromwell takes the "Ice Bucket Challenge" News Channel 12's General Manager Jimmy Cromwell takes the "Ice Bucket Challenge"
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    As the "Ice Bucket Challenge" continues to spread around the country, News Channel 12 is also taking a part in it.

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    Sewer Line Collapses, Causes Hole in Cooper Road

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Drivers riding on Cooper Road in Jackson may notice a huge hole in the roadway.That's because a 15-inch sewer line collapsed, according to city officials.

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    Trial over Mississippi GOP Senate race moved to Sept. 16

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A judge has adjusted the trial schedule for a lawsuit seeking to overturn Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's Republican primary win.In an order Friday, Judge Hollis McGehee says the trial will start Sept. 16 and end by Oct. 6. More>>

    Log Truck Loses Load, Overturns in Rankin County

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    A driver is recovering from minor injuries after the log truck he was driving overturned in Rankin County. According to a spokesman with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the accident happened on Highway 469 between Monterey Road and Monterey Road Extension. No word on what caused the crash, but the accident is still under investigation. More>>

    Jackson Police Nab Arbor Park Murder Suspect

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    Jackson Police need your help tracking down a murder suspect

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    WJTV INVESTIGATES: Police Militarization

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    Over the past week, images from Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, are gripping and unsettling to many. Pictures show police officers in tanks, officers shooting tear gas, and firing rubber bullets at protesters. They are images not normally seen on streets across the US. Now, many have concerns that the police force is becoming more and more like the military. In the... More>>

    SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Man Breaks Glass Door, Burglarizes Business

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson Police need your help identifying a suspect connected to a business burglary. More>>

    Rankin Co. Resident Videotapes Careless Drivers

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    PEARL, Miss. - A Rankin County residents decides to take matters in to his own hands when he catches, on camera, multiple drivers blowing through a stop sign in his neighborhood. "One of these days a child is going to get hurt," says Aaron Webb, who lives in the Live Oaks Subdivision. He's posted video online of the Oak Ridge Way and Water Oak Cove intersection. "Maybe we could get these roads repaved and maybe put some speed bumps here at the stops signs," says Webb.We went to Rankin County ... More>>

    Thousands without Power in Rankin County

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    RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. - Thousands of people are without power in Rankin County, according to Entergy's website. More>>

    Ex-teacher charged with sex crimes in Gulfport

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    Gulfport, Miss - William Richard Pryor, 68, of Gulfport, was arrested by FBI agents pursuant to a criminal complaint charging him with transportation of minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Acting FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp. More>>

    Picayune Man Going to Prison for Child Exploitation

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    Jackson, MS—A Picayune man is going to prison for child exploitation. Attorney General Jim Hood said 59-year-old Edwin Dean Pauly appeared in court Tuesday for sentencing after pleading guilty in an open plea to two counts of child exploitation. More>>

    Mississippi State Department of Health Confirms Two Cases of Tuberculosis at Tunica Casinos

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    JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is confirming two recent cases of active tuberculosis (TB) at two casinos in Tunica.The two cases are in employees of the casinos, and the MSDH has been working closely with the casinos to identify other individuals who were in close contact with the cases. More>>

    Jackson Firefighters Investigating 2 Overnight Fires

    Firefighters battle flames at a Magnolia Rd. home. Firefighters battle flames at a Magnolia Rd. home.
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    JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson firefighters are investigating two overnight house fires. More>>

    Family Offering Reward to Help Solve February Murder

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Authorities are still searching for suspects involved in a February shooting that left one man dead. More>>

    Man Tries to Rob Hazlehurst Convenience Store; Arrested after Police Chase

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    HAZLEHURST, Miss. - One person is going to jail after taking police on a chase through Hazlehurst after he allegedly tried rob a convenience store on Wednesday. More>>

    Boil Water Alert Lifted for Some Jackson Residents

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    The City of Jackson Water/Sewer Utilities Division has lifted the precautionary boil water notice for some Jackson residents. More>>

    Pups on Planes: Eight Dogs Given a New Home

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    JACKSON, Miss. - We brought you a story a few weeks ago about pups taking a very special flight. News Channel 12 has now learned that the eight puppies on that flight have found new homes, and a Mississippi pilot played a big role. More>>

    18-Wheeler Crash on I-55 in Lincoln County

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    An accident involving a pickup truck and three 18-wheelers Wednesday night has shutdown the northbound lanes on I-55 near exit 42.Police say a 1995, maroon GNC pickup truck along with three 18-wheelers were traveling northbound on I-55, just south of mile marker 42 in Lincoln County around 9:30 Wednesday night. Authorities say the pickup truck was traveling in the left lane when it cut in front of one of the 18-wheele... More>>

    Bomb Threat in Crystal Springs Causes School Evacuations Video included

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    Parents of students at Crystal Springs High and Crystal Springs Elementary school rushed to get their children after receiving news about a bomb threat. Officials with the Copiah County Sheriff's office say the threat came into the high school around 8:30 Wednesday morning. They say students, faculty and staff were all evacuated and sent to the middle school and a safe shelter. The Crystal Springs police department, fire department, Copiah County Sheriff's Office, the Mississippi Highway Pat... More>>

    School Bus Accident in Vicksburg near Highway 61 & Highway 80

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    VICKSBURG, Miss. - Authorities have confirmed with News Channel 12 that there has been a school bus accident near Highway 61 and Highway 80. More>>

    Pedestrian Hit & Killed on I-20 East Frontage Road

    Pedestrian Hit on I-20 East Frontage Road Pedestrian Hit on I-20 East Frontage Road
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    JACKSON, Miss. - A pedestrian is dead after police say he was hit while walking on I-20 East Frontage Road on Tuesday night. More>>

    Deadly Shooting at Arbor Park Apartments

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    The Jackson Police Department are investigating a deadly shooting.  More>>

    Man Attempts to Smuggle Pot into Warren County Jail

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    WARREN COUNTY, Miss. - A man trying to smuggle marijuana into the Warren County Jail on Tuesday was arrested. Authorities charged 21-year-old Matthew Washington with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute in a correctional facility.  More>>

    Mayor Yarber: No Tax Increase for City of Jackson Residents

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber announced at a special city council meeting on Monday that there will be no tax increase for residents.  More>>

    Police Search for Suspect Near Highway 18 & Chadwick Drive

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Police are searching for a suspect who is on the run near Highway 18 and Chadwick Drive.

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    Jackson Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Exploitation of a Vulnerable Person

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    HINDS COUNTY, Miss. - A Hinds County man is going to prison for 20 years for exploitation of a vulnerable person. Attorney General Jim Hood said 52-year-old Gregory Wayne Colburn of Jackson was sentenced Tuesday in Rankin County.  More>>

    MEMA: Dangerous Heat to Hit Mississippi

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    PEARL, Miss. – Mississippi will see the hottest temperatures of the year this week, bringing with it dangerous heat indices. Most of North Mississippi is under a heat advisory from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. tonight as “real feel” temperatures will be between 105-108 degrees. More>>

    September trial likely for Mississippi election challenge

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    LAUREL, Miss. (AP) - A judge presiding over a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in a Republican primary runoff says he intends to finish the case before the November general election. More>>

    VIDEO: Construction Truck Knocks Down Belhaven Security Station

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    Take a look at this video! A construction truck driving on Belhaven University's campus accidentally knocks down a security station.In the video posted on YouTube, the truck turns too short and hits the booth. More>>

    18-Wheeler Overturns in Yazoo County

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    Crews are working to clear Interstate 55 North at Highway 432 in Yazoo County.An 18-wheeler overturned around 2:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20th. According to Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Henry, two 18-wheelers were involved in the accident. Henry said the drivers of the trucks were not injured.Officials have opened the left northbound lane for motorists. More>>

    CONSUMER ALERT: Recall on nSpired Natural Foods Peanut Butter

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    nSpired Natural Foods is voluntarily recalling lots of peanut butter, almond butter and other nut butters, based on fears of salmonella contamination, according to the U.S. Food Administration. The company became aware of the risk after routine testing showed a potential link between eating the products and four instances of illness. More>>

    Orangutan Mom and Baby on Display at Jackson Zoo

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    JACKSON, Miss. - It's been almost four months since the 36-year-old female orangutan Sabah gave birth to her male infant Kayu (ki-you). Now, the Jackson Zoo have them both on display. More>>

    Triple-digit temperatures are predicted. The National Weather Service is mulling over whether conditions will be bad enough to trigger a heat advisory this weekend.

    First Jackson Heat Wave of 2014 Expect to Hit Friday, this Weekend

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    If you have job in the heat and want to show WJTV what it's like to work through it - call 601-664-8839The first heat wave of Mississippi Summer 2014 is expected to hit this week.Triple-digit temperatures are predicted. The National Weather Service is mulling over whether conditions will be bad enough to trigger a heat advisory this weekend.It's already hot in the city of Jackson where a few different groups are keeping a close watch of the temperature.30 firefighters worked from every angle ... More>>

    Vicksburg National Military Park Prohibits Drones

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    VICKSBURG, Miss. - Superintendent Michael Madell has issued a directive, effective immediately hat prohibits the use of unmanned aircraft, which includes drones, within the boundaries of Vicksburg National Military Park."The use of unmanned aircraft in parks is a relatively new, but quickly growing trend, Madell said. "Although we have not experienced problems here in Vicksburg, we are concerned that flying the aircraft may have negative impacts on visitor experiences and safety, the solemnit... More>>

    Boil Water Notice Issued for Some Jackson Residents

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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 some Jackson residents. More>>

    Police: St. Louis officers kill suspect with knife

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police say officers shot and killed a 23-year-old man who was wielding a knife and refused to drop it. Police Chief Sam Dotson said officers responded to Tuesday to a store where the man was reported to have stolen energy drinks and a pastry. More>>

    Two JPS Administrators No Longer with District

    Parents can now register their child for school ONLINE Parents can now register their child for school ONLINE
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    JACKSON, Miss. - Two Jackson Public Schools administrators are no longer with the district, according to Sherwin Johnson of the district's public relations department. More>>

    Man charged in incident where police shot truck in Tchula

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    TCHULA, Miss. - A 53-year-old man is jailed after he allegedly assaulted an officer with his vehicle that led to an officer involved shooting more than a week ago.Earl Anderson remains in the Holmes County Jail on numerous charges. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting, in which a Tchula police officer fired at least 11 rounds into Anderson's truck on the night of Aug. 8.

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    Brookhaven City Workers Find Alligator in Ditch

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    BROOKHAVEN, Miss. - Brookhaven city workers who were busy surveying a ditch were surprised when they found a 5-foot-3-inch alligator on Monday, according to the Daily Leader. More>>

    Celebrity Chef Cat Cora Tours UMMC's Nursing School

    Celebrity Chef Cat Cora tours UMMC's nursing school. Celebrity Chef Cat Cora tours UMMC's nursing school.
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    JACKSON, Miss. – Celebrity chef and Jackson native Cat Cora of Food Network’s Iron Chef America is helping UMMC nursing students. More>>

    Infant Dies in Accidental Rollover while Sleeping with Parent

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The baby found unresponsive in a residence on Monday appears to have died from an accidental rollover while sleeping with a parent, the coroner says. Police were called to the scene around 5:25 p.m. at 603 Hampton Circle. More>>

    Governor Bryant is now a Grandpa

    Governor Bryant holds Henry, his first grandchild. Governor Bryant holds Henry, his first grandchild.
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    JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi's first family just got a little bit bigger; Governor Phil Bryant and his wife Deborah are celebrating the birth of their first grandchild. More>>

    Firefighters Investigate Early Morning Apartment Fire

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Officials are investigating the cause of an early morning fire that happened at an apartment complex on Sunray Drive.The fire started around 4 a.m. at Sunray Drive Apartments.Officials say the apartments are vacant and no utilities are connected. The fire may have started on the west side of the building from a transformer, authorities say.The cause is still undetermined.When the fire started, power to some houses in the area went out, but it has been restored. More>>

    Rankin County could help build conference center

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    FLOWOOD, Miss. - Rankin County governments are considering contributing to a publicly funded conference center in Flowood.The Rankin County Board of Supervisors voted Friday to give money to the city of Flowood for the building. However, it's not certain if the facility will be built yet.Funding would partially depend on how much tax money the conference center would generate. Board President Greg Wilcox said he believes this facility could be economically good for the area. Richland Mayor Ma... More>>

    Highway 465 Closures

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    Starting Tuesday, Aug. 19th, parts of Highway 465 in Warren and Issaquena Counties will be closed due to levee projects. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District are working to complete enlargement projects.In the Item 468-L project, the levee roadway near Albermarle Lake and Goose Lake Road will beclosed on the south end at intersection of Goose Lake Road and Highway 465 near station 8148+00. The north end near station 8148+00 where Highway 465 ramps up onto the Mississippi River ... More>>

    Police, protesters collide again in Ferguson Video included

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    Police and protesters collided in the streets of Ferguson again late Monday, a day after the Missouri governor summoned the National Guard to help restore calm to the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot... More>>

    Man Charged in Smith County Shooting Speaks Out

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    RALEIGH, Miss. -I'm screaming called the ambulance I'm shot I'm shot I'm shot and then somebody else said no, Craig," says Jeff. More>>

    2 Men Arrested For Allegedly Stealing 40 Firearms from Gun Store

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    KOSCIUSKO, Miss. - Two people have been arrested in connection with a burglary that happened at a gun store. More>>

    According to the Community Health System website, the company owns, leases, or operates 206 hospitals in 29 states.

    Community Health Systems Hack May Affect 12 Mississippi Hospitals

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    Community Health Systems - which operates a dozen Mississippi hospitals - announced Monday that information on 4.5 million patient had been stolen in a data breach. According to the Community Health System website, the company owns, leases, or operates 206 hospitals in 29 states. More>>

    PHOTOS: Back to School 2014

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    Send us photos of your kids on their first day back to school!You can send them to our social media pages on Facebook or Twitter, or email them to wjtvnews@wjtv.com More>>

    No welfare cut for kids if parent tests for drugs

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi children would not lose welfare if a parent's benefits are cut off because of a positive test for illegal drugs. That's according to rules set by the state Department of Human Services. The state's welfare drug-testing law was supposed to take effect July 1, but that was delayed after advocates for low-income families said the agency originally proposed administrative rules that were harsher than the law itself. The agency has revised its rules to line up wit... More>>

    JPD, Hinds County Deputies Seize Drugs, Money During Busts

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    JACKSON, Miss. -The Jackson Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Unit along with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department made several significant seizures and arrests this past week during a joint operation. More>>

    Hackers Access Patients' Records in 29 States, Mississippi Included

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    Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals across the United States, announced on Monday that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients, according to CNN Money.The breach affects 29 states, including Mississippi.Hackers have gained access to their names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers.Anyone who received treatment from a network-owned hospital in the last five years, or was merely referred there b... More>>

    Alabama Family Catches Record-Breaking Alligator

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    A mammoth alligator is breaking records in Alabama, according to Yahoo News.Five members of the Stokes family caught this monster alligator Saturday in Thomaston, Alabama.It took them 10 hours to wrangle the mammoth beast.Biologists at Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries easily measured the alligator at 15 feet, but weighing it was a big more tricky.The alligator was so large it destroyed the winch used to lift average-sized alligators.Eventually, a biologist had to use a backhoe to lift the al... More>>

    Congressman Thompson and Walgreens Donates Backpacks to Key Elementary

    Congressman Thompson and Walgreens donates school supplies to Key Elementary. Congressman Thompson and Walgreens donates school supplies to Key Elementary.
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    JACKSON, Miss. - Congressman Bennie Thompson and Walgreens Company participated in a back to school Event with Key Elementary on Monday.Thompson helped distribute more than 420 donated backpacks filled with school supplies for the students there.Jackson Public Schools had its first day of classes on Monday, August 18. More>>

    Health Officials Confirm Two New West Nile Virus Cases in Mississippi

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    JACKSON, Miss. – Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) confirms two new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV). The reported cases are in Hinds and Rankin counties. More>>

    Back to School for JPS Students

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    Monday, Aug. 18th, is the first day of school for Jackson Public Schoolsstudents. It's the second largest district in the state, and nearly 30,000 students are expected to start their classes.In order to assist parents who have questions or need assistance getting childreninto school on the first couple of days, JPS has established a hotline.Parents can call the Superintendent'sFirst Day Hotline at 601-960-2781 from 7:00 a.m. until 5p.m. Monday and Tuesday during the first week back at school... More>>

    Yarber to Announce Police Chief Finalists on Monday

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Mayor Tony Yarber will hold three forums to engage the public before a final decision is made to select the new police chief in Jackson. The Mayor will announce the two finalists for police chief on Monday, Aug. 18, ahead of the forums. More>>

    Deadly ATV Accident in Claiborne County

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    One man dies after losing control of his ATV in Claiborne County.It happened on Highway 548 off of Highway 18 around 7:00 tonight.Sheriff Martin Lucas tells us 33-year-old Sherman Evans was 4-wheeling on the highway.Evans told officials he lost control and flipped.He died on the way to the hospital.The accident is under investigation. More>>

    Rallies in Mississippi Supporting Ferguson Protests Video included

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    People in the capital city had their hands up Sunday saying don't shoot as they rallied to show their support for Ferguson, Missouri.Some Jackson residents are taking a stand with those in Ferguson after the recent death of Mike Brown, a teen who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer last week.The killing has caused protests all over the United States and even rioting.Here in Jackson, residents are banding... More>>

    2 Dead, 2 Injured After Freight Train Collision in Arkansas

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    Authorities say two Union Pacific train crew members were killed and two were injured when two freight trains collided in northeast Arkansas.Arkansas State Police said in a statement they were called to the site about 3 a.m. Sunday in Hoxie.Union Pacific spokesman Brandon Morris says two cars caught fire, one carrying diesel and one carrying an alcoholic beverage. He says the fire was out about 10 a.m.Arkansas Departm... More>>

    Water Advisory Still in Effect for Holmes Co. Residents

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    Residents in West Hill, just a few miles up the road from Lexington in Holmes County, have been advised not to use the water at all, not even to boil it, as a result of a small amount of an agricultural product introduced to the water supply, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health.We're told that the MSDH has been sampling the entire water system and has been having customers flush their lines.In the meantime, Liz Sharlot, Director of Communications for the Mississippi State ... More>>

    Fatal Accident in Jackson County

    Two people are dead and one person is in critical condition after a two vehicle accident Saturday night. Two people are dead and one person is in critical condition after a two vehicle accident Saturday night.
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    Two people are dead and one person is in critical condition after a two vehicle accident Saturday night. According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, a compact car crossed the center line on Mississippi Highway 63 and hit a pickup truck, killing both occupants of the car and leaving the other driver in critical condition.Officials say the truck flipped onto the driver's side and caught fire Saturday night near the Esc... More>>

    Victim Identified in Rankin County Fatal Accident

    According to coroner, 23-year-old Clarence Honer Jr. died from electrocution after colliding with a power line Saturday According to coroner, 23-year-old Clarence Honer Jr. died from electrocution after colliding with a power line Saturday
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    A truck driver is killed by electrocution, according to officials, after colliding with a power line in Rankin County.Coroner Jimmy Roberts tells News Channel 12, the victim is 23-year-old Clarence Honer Jr. of Jackson. It happened just after 6:30 Saturday morning on Marquette Road between the General Motors facility and Brown Bottling Group in Brandon.Officials say the one-vehicle accident involved a box truck, and reports indicate the driver left the roadway and struck a power line.Roberts ... More>>

    It's happening at two Jackson/Madison area churches: North Ridge Church and Life Bridge Church.

    FAITH IN FOCUS: Marriage Between Churches Planned to Form Vertical Church

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    If you'd like the viewers of WJTV News Channel 12 to learn about your church community contact Jacob Kittilstad at jkittilstad@wjtv.com or 601-664-8839.Way more often you've probably heard about churches that have split.There are lots of different reason for that: maybe the church is too large or it's possible a conflict came-up between different groups within the congregation.It just happens.But the opposite - two groups merging for the sole reason of expanding their messages - that's much m... More>>

    Fire Destroys Purvis High School Field House

    Fire Destroys Purvis High School Field House Fire Destroys Purvis High School Field House
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    A fire at a Lamar County high school destroys a field house days before the start of their football season.It happened at Purism high school Saturday afternoon.Football Coach Perry Wheat says the players had a lock-in in the field house Friday night and left early Saturday morning.When firefighters arrived at the scene, Wheat says the field house was already a loss.Wheat also tells us all the football equipment is des... More>>

    Truck Driver Killed in Collision With Power Line

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    A truck driver is killed after colliding with a power line in Rankin County.It happened just after 6:30 this morning on Marquette Road between the General Motors facility and Brown Bottling Group in Brandon.Officials say the one-vehicle accident involved a box truck, and that initial reports indicate that the driver appeared to have left the roadway and struck a power line.The driver died on scene.The Brandon Police Department and the Rankin County Coroner are working to determine the cause o... More>>

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video included

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    In an effort to bring awareness to a not so hot disease, people are taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge all over. "This is a devastating disease, it's something that's very much unknown. I think ever since this ALS ice bucket challenge has come about, it has gone worldwide and everybody knows a little bit more about ALS" says Brandi Nickels, with the ALS Association. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrigs disease is a disorder that affects the function of nerves and muscles. "It gets the word... More>>

    It happened around 4 a.m. in the Northbound lanes of traffic in Jackson. Emergency responders gathered near the exit for Woodrow Wilson Avenue.

    UPDATE: Morning Motorcycle I-55 Crash Victim Identified

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    The driver of a motorcycle is dead after an early Saturday morning crash on I-55, a spokesperson for the Jackson Police Department said.It happened around 4 a.m. in the Northbound lanes of traffic. Emergency responders gathered near the exit for Woodrow Wilson Avenue.The driver has not yet been identified.For nearly two hours all Northbound lanes of traffic were blocked while authorities looked over the situation.As of 8 a.m. traffic still was moving slowly in the area.Spokesperson for the Ja... More>>

    Surveillance Video Shows Thief Driving Bus off "Community Place" Lot Video included

    Surveillance Video Shows Thief Driving Bus off 'Community Place' Lot Surveillance Video Shows Thief Driving Bus off 'Community Place' Lot
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    More than 50 residents at a senior care facility are affected when their only means of transportation is stolen. It happened Tuesday night around 11:30 in Jackson on Langley Avenue. Employees at Community Place tell News Channel 12 there have been missed doctor appointments and even a funeral. However, when the thief drove the bus off the lot of Community Place Tuesday night, it was all caught on tape. "It's just horr... More>>

    Holmes Co. Resident: Never Notified of Water Advisory

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    The West Hill community in Holmes County is now on day five of a water advisory by the Mississippi Department of Health, warning customers served by the West Hill Water Association not to drink the water, due to a small amount of a still unknown agricultural product.Liz Sharlot is the Communications Director for the department and says, "Don't use it for your laundry, don't use it for drinking, don't use it for bathing, don't use it for dishwashing or for cooking."West Hill resident Dorothy ... More>>

    Judge Named in McDaniel, Cochran Lawsuit

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed Senior Status Judge Hollis McGehee, a retired chancery judge, to preside over the election matter of Chris McDaniel v. Thad Cochran filed in Jones County Circuit Court.In a press conference Friday at the Hilton in Jackson, McDaniel pointed out that Hinds County was the "worst offender" when it came to irregular votes. He also said Madison and Lafayette Counties had significant discrepancies as well as several other counties.The Stat... More>>

    Ferguson Police Reveal Officer's Name in Teen's Death

    Michael Brown Jr was shot and killed in a St. Louis suburb last weekend. Michael Brown Jr was shot and killed in a St. Louis suburb last weekend.
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    DAVID LIEBAssociated PressFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Police in Ferguson have revealed the name of the six-year veteran accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in the St. Louis suburb.Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Friday the officer's name is Darren Wilson.Jackson said earlier this week he wasn't naming the officer due to death threats.Police have said 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot Saturday after an officer encountered him and another man on the street. They say one of... More>>

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    • Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated

      Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated

      Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:51 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:51:31 GMT
      Police reports released Tuesday say a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed a shooting range instructor with an Uzi in northern Arizona had said immediately after the shooting that she felt the gun was too much...
      An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi said Tuesday the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a...
    • PG&E penalized $1.4B for deadly pipeline blast

      PG&E penalized $1.4B for deadly pipeline blast

      Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:42:01 GMT
      California regulatory judges have issued a $1.4 billion penalty against the state's largest utility for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in fire, killing eight...
      California regulatory judges have recommended a $1.4 billion penalty against the state's largest utility for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in fire, killing eight...
    • 30 teens escape from Nashville detention center

      30 teens escape from Nashville detention center

      Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:31 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:31:54 GMT
      A spokesman says more than 30 teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center and 17 are still being sought.
      Thirty teens "overwhelmed" their minders at a juvenile detention center by simultaneously breaking out of four dormitories and then crawling under a weak spot in a chain-link fence. By Tuesday evening, seven were still on...
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    • M-Braves Win Season Finale but Miss Playoffs

      M-Braves Win Season Finale but Miss Playoffs

      Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:03:26 GMT
      The Mississippi Braves did their part in a 2-1 win over the Huntsville Stars in Monday afternoon's season finale at Joe Davis Stadium, but the Jacksonville Suns' 6-5 win over the Mobile BayBears eliminated the Braves from playoff contention.
      The Mississippi Braves did their part in a 2-1 win over the Huntsville Stars in Monday afternoon's season finale at Joe Davis Stadium, but the Jacksonville Suns' 6-5 win over the Mobile BayBears eliminated the Braves from playoff contention.
    • Mississippi State Handles Southern Miss in Opener

      Mississippi State Handles Southern Miss in Opener

      Monday, September 1 2014 12:42 AM EDT2014-09-01 04:42:49 GMT
      STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - When Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi agreed to a home-and-home football series five years ago, it was hailed as an intriguing matchup between two fairly even programs. Things have changed drastically.
      STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - When Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi agreed to a home-and-home football series five years ago, it was hailed as an intriguing matchup between two fairly even programs. Things have changed drastically.
    • Trick Plays and Strong Running Key Alcorn in Season Opener

      Trick Plays and Strong Running Key Alcorn in Season Opener

      Monday, September 1 2014 12:38 AM EDT2014-09-01 04:38:04 GMT
      LORMAN, Miss. (AP) - Darryan Ragsdale threw for one touchdown and rushed for two more as Alcorn State rolled to a 55-7 win over Virginia Lynchburg on Saturday.
      LORMAN, Miss. (AP) - Darryan Ragsdale threw for one touchdown and rushed for two more as Alcorn State rolled to a 55-7 win over Virginia Lynchburg on Saturday.
    • InternationalMore>>

    • Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

      Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

      Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-09-02 22:46:19 GMT
      The World Food Program says it provided food to a record 4.1 million people inside Syria last month.
      Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant...
    • Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet

      Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet

      Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:26:34 GMT
      The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela and Peru, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their...
      The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming prowess...
    • Ill UK boy's parents freed from custody in Spain

      Ill UK boy's parents freed from custody in Spain

      Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:24:05 GMT
      U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says it is inappropriate to throw the full weight of the law at a family who spirited their ill 5-year-old child out of the country in order for him to receive a revolutionary...
      The British parents who took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent were released from custody in Spain on Tuesday after authorities in the United Kingdom dropped charges of child...
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