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    Freeze Warning in Effect for WJTV Viewing Area

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    Spring is here, but winter will not let go. 

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    Simpson County Dam Bursts

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    The Neely Lake Dam in Simpson County has burst. The informationcomes fromadispatcher attheSimpson County Sheriff's Department.It happened Tuesday (4-15-14)night around 10 o'clock. When our crew arrived, Delancy Road, near the dam,was flooded.Representatives from the Mississippi EmergencyManagementAgency were on the scene. There is no official word yet how many families could be affected by the flood waters.Recent heavy rains could have played a role, but nothing is confirmed yet. There is no... More>>

    We hope you covered your tomatoes on Tuesday night. The late cold-snap may have caught some gardeners unprepared.

    Late Spring Cold Snap Threatens Hinds County Plants

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    We hope you covered your tomatoes on Tuesday night. The late cold-snap may have caught some gardeners unprepared.In Edwards, Dan Shipp's Begonia's are under plastic. But that's to be expected: his yard is the the Bolton Edwards yard of the month."When the sun gone down I cover 'em," Shipp said. " It keeps the cold moisture from settling on them, they'll be alright and you can take 'em back off tomorrow.""This is a late cold season this year and you have to watch your plants and make sure they... More>>

    Ferry Carrying About 470 People Sinking in South Korea

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A government office says a South Korean passenger ship carrying about 470 people has sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began leaning to one side. South Korean media, including Yonhap news agency, say passengers were asked to jump overboard with life vests as the ship was on the verge of sinking. News reports say about 120 people have already been rescued. The Busan Regional Maritime Affairs Port Administration says in a statement that the ferry ... More>>

    Suspect in Custody, Unattended Bag Left at Finish Line of Boston Marathon

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    The area near the finish line of the Boston Marathon was evacuated Tuesday night after what are reported to be two unattended backpacks were found at the finish line. Police say they've taken a man into custody as the area around Boylston Street remains closed off. Trains are bypassing the nearby Copley Square station. The police department has tweeted asking people to avoid the area. There were reports of a man with the backpack while screaming before police cleared everyone from the area... More>>

    Floodwaters Bring in Trash Along River Banks

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    HINDS COUNTY, Miss. - "The flooding is washing all the debris off of the woodlands and farmlands." George Roach fishes at the Ross Barnett reservoir, hesays he's noticed trash piling up throughout the area because of recent flooding. "Just going to bring it down the river and it's really not good for fishing not good for the environment," says Roach.Marsha Hobson is the executive director for "Keep Jackson Beautiful" an organization that strives to keep this from happening. "It is truly frus... More>>

    New State Law To Cover Text Messages From Public Officials Video included

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    The Mississippi Ethics Commission hands down a landmark opinion on public officials' text messages about government business. The unanimous decision states texts are public records, even if they are sent from a government official’s personal cell phone. The non-binding opinion came after a dispute between the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and Tupelo mayor Jason Shelton. You see Mayor Shelton uses his personal ... More>>

    Pine Belt Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

    Grantham Armstrong Mitchell, 20, pled guilty to production of child pornography and possession of child pornography. Grantham Armstrong Mitchell, 20, pled guilty to production of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
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    Hattiesburg, Miss –News Release: Grantham Armstrong Mitchell, 20, of Hattiesburg, pled guilty in U.S. District Court today to production of child pornography and possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen. Mitchell admitted producing a video of himself and a minor child engaging in sexually explicit conduct in Orange Beach, Alabama in 20... More>>

    Damage, Injuries Reported at Gulf Coast RV Park Following Storm

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    Straight line winds on the Mississippi Gulf Coast cause damage to several RVs at a local park. It happened around 8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the Santa Maria RV resort in Gautier. According to Michael Hill with the National Weather Service in Slidell, Louisiana, straight lines winds, as high as 50 mph, overturned 20 to 30 campers. He tells us those campers were not tied down. Two people did have to be pulled out of campers. No injuries were reported to the Slidell weather service as of 9 p... More>>

    Search for Suspects Using Stolen Credit Cards

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    Jackson Police need your help identifying two suspects accused of using stolen credit cards. Police tell us the suspects, an unidentified black male and female, entered several local businesses on Wednesday, April 2 and made purchases totaling around $6,000 using the credit cards. If you can identify the suspects, contact the Jackson Police Department at 601.960.2421 or Crimestoppers at 601.355.TIPS. More>>

    Bones Found Not From Missing Memphis Man

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    WALLS, Miss. (AP) – Bones discovered in the Walls, Miss., over the weekend have been identified as those of a deer. Searchers had hoped the bones found Saturday in an area along U.S. Highway 61 might offer the first break in finding out what became of James Irby Jr., of Memphis, Tenn., missing since he ran into a field following a traffic stop the morning of May 4, 2013. Master Sgt. Charles Hale of the Mississippi... More>>

    Grenada Police: Man Shot, Looking for Suspect

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    Grenada Police are looking for answers in a shooting. Police tell us Shaun Hosey, 34 of Grenada was shot Monday night in the parking lot of Club Exclusive. According to police, after Hosey was shot he walked to his residence nearby. He was then taken to the hospital in a private vehicle. Police say preliminary investigation shows Hosey was shot once in the abdomen. At this time, police have not determined what type of weapon was used. If you can help police solve this shooting, please call Gr... More>>

    Police Search for Robbery Suspect

    Joseph McDougle is charged with kidnapping, rape, auto theft, and armed robbery Joseph McDougle is charged with kidnapping, rape, auto theft, and armed robbery
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    Jackson Police have arrested one man and are searching for another after an armed robbery and a rape at a local apartment complex.
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    Streets in Canton Affected By Flooding

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    According to officials, 18 people were evacuated from 7 homes following flooding in Canton today. Madison County EOC Director Butch Hammack tells us the following streets in Canton are affected by flooding. Cameron Street Jewell Williams Boulevard Lee Street Thornhill Drive Union StreetHammack also tells us officials with the city are helping those were displaced tonight by providing shelter at a community center in Canton. More>>

    The entire block including South Hickory Street and Dinkins Street was threatened.

    18 People Evacuated During Canton Flooding Event

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    Crews that helped to evacuated people from flooded areas of Canton were still at work Monday evening.Madison County E.O.C. Director Butch Hammack said 18 people from 7 house were evacuated as waters around the city rose.One area near the end of Cameron street was completely flooded as rain flowed downhill.Neighbors tell NEWS CHANNEL 12 it was the older folks - seniors with mobility problems - who were help out of their homes by emergency crews.The entire block including South Hickory Street a... More>>

    Storm Team 12 Futurecast 4/14/2014

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    Heavy rain will continue to move into east Mississippi during the late Monday evening hours. The threat of severe weather will be over by 9pm. The rain will completely taper off by the midnight hour with skies clearing overnight. More>>

    Jackson Cold Case: Daffany Tullos Still Missing 25 Years Later Video included

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    An age progression photo from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children shows how Daffany Tullos might look today, almost 26 years after the 7 year-old Jackson girl disappeared from the front yard of her home on Azalea Circle, in the summer of 1988. "She left home because she was a little upset", said former Jackson police detective Edna Drake, who says the case has haunted her for years. "Sometimes you ... More>>

    Meth Arrest in Attala County

    Terry W. Parks, 28, charged with possession of a controlled substance Terry W. Parks, 28, charged with possession of a controlled substance
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    Officials in Attala County arrest one person after meth is found at a home in the Zama community. According to the Attala County Sheriff’s Office, Terry Wayne Parks, 28, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. After executing a search warrant, authorities recovered five grams of methamphetamine, commonly known as “ice,” from a home in the 2300 block of Attala Road on Thursday. Parks has since been released on a $5,000 bond. More>>

    Madison Police Investigate Deadly Crash

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    1 person killed in 2 vehicle crash in Madison

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    City Of Picayune Public Works Employee Indicted

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    A former employee with the City of Picayune Public Works department has been arrested by Special Agents from the State Auditor’s Office More>>

    Second Round of Storms Headed to Mississippi

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    Meteorologists with the NWS say that thunderstorms will continue across much of the state this afternoon through tonight. 
     
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    Report Finds City of Jackson Spent Thousands on Mayor's Obituary

    City expenses topped $2,000 For Mayor Lumumba's Funeral, a report finds City expenses topped $2,000 For Mayor Lumumba's Funeral, a report finds
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    More than $2,000 dollars of taxpayer money was used to pay for obituary printing for the funeral of the Late Mayor Chokwe Luumba. That’s according to a public record News Channel 12 requested and received from the City of Jackson. The document shows that the late mayor’s 12-page obituary was printed 3,000 times, and with the use of paper, ink, and binding, the price tag read $2,332.68. Other documents drove the price up even more, including printed programs for the “Hour of Remembrance” pro... More>>

    Area & National Gas Prices Rising

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    Gas prices are going up. They’re up 6.6 cents per gallon higher in the past week, according to GasBuddy. The average prices in the area are hovering around $3.42/gallon on Sunday, April 13. That’s still lower than the lower average of $3.59/gallon. The national average has increased 3.4 cents per gallon from April 6 to April 13. Including the change in gas prices in Jackson during the past week, prices yesterday were 13.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 22.5 ce... More>>

    Two People Shot in Two Separate Shootings in Jackson

    Man shot twice at Hideaway Club on Oklahoma Street Man shot twice at Hideaway Club on Oklahoma Street
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    Jackson Police Department  Spokeswoman Colendula Green tells News Channel 12 two people are in the hospital after two separate shootings on streets within blocks and minutes of each other. A witness on scene at the first shooting tells us a man shot his friend twice in the legs at the Hideaway Club in the 200 block of Oklahoma Street. The witness says the shooter then ran to the Shell gas station in the 1700 block of Gallatin Street and shot another man once in the leg. More>>

    3 Dead in Shootings near Kansas City

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    A suspect is in custody after three peoplewere shot todeath at Jewish-related locations in the Kansas City area. One of the dead was killed in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. A second person died at Village Shalom, an assisted living center.Authorities also confirmed that a one person was undergoing surgery at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. It wasn't immediately clear whether that one person died in surgery and was one of the three dead or was a ... More>>

    Woman Killed by 18-Wheeler on I-59

    Woman struck by 18-wheeler on I-59 (Photo Credit: Haley Luebbert) Woman struck by 18-wheeler on I-59 (Photo Credit: Haley Luebbert)
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    A woman dies after being hit by an 18-wheeler on I-59 near mile marker 60 in Hattiesburg. Lt. Jon Traxler with the Hattiesburg Police Department tells us a call was received at 4:50 p.m. Saturday evening. A 59-year old woman was near her vehicle on the interstate when an 18-wheeler struck her, according to Traxler. The woman died on the scene. She will not be identified until her family is notified. The Southbound lanes on I-59 were closed from 4:50 p.m. through 6 p.m. on Saturday. No charges... More>>

    Man Shot to Death in Canton Park

    One injured after shooting at Windsor Park Apartments One injured after shooting at Windsor Park Apartments
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    Investigator Terence Ware with the Canton Police Department tells us a call came in at 6:45 a.m. Saturday morning in reference to a man lying in the grass at Red Bud Park. When police arrived on scene, Ware says they found 21-year-old Cardell Wilson of Cantonshot to death. Ware tells us he had multiple gun shot wounds to his whole body. There are no suspects or motive. Police are still investigating. If you know anything about this shooting, call the Canton Police Department at (601) 859-2121... More>>

    Husband Shoots Wife During Fight

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    A family fight in Copiah CountyFriday nightends with a shooting. Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones tells News Channel 12 a family argument took place on Martin Circle near Barlow Road. Jones says 72-year-old Ed Martin shot and killed his wife, 66-year-old Allean Martin in their home.Allean was shot once in her chest and her husband, Ed martin was arrested shortly after. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available. More>>

    18-Wheeler Overturns on I-55

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    A flatbed trailer was traveling southbound on I-55 when it went off the left hand lane into the median and overturned around 6:40 a.m. Sunday morning, according to Daniel Hughes with Mississippi Highway Patrol. The trailer was carrying oil field equipment that came off during the accident. However, Hughes says the equipment didn't block the roadways. The left lanes were blocked from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to Trooper Boyd. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Boyd tells News C... More>>

    Their small church building is almost as old as 96-year-old Palmetta Lott. She said she joined 'Mt. Zion MB' partway through her life but still remembers the early days of coming for Sunday service.

    FAITH IN FOCUS: 146th Anniversary for Puckett Church Founded by Freed Slaves

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    Sunday morning we asked our viewers 'How many people at home are in their 80s? 90's? More than 100-years-old?Those are long lives but in this week's FAITH IN FOCUS we're reaching back - 146 years to be exact - at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in the Puckett area.Their small church building is almost as old as 96-year-old Palmetta Lott. She said she joined 'Mt. Zion MB' partway through her life but still remembers the early days of coming for Sunday service. "Two miles through the woods c... More>>

    Suspicious Letters Sentencing

    James Everett Dutschke's sentencing date is May 14 James Everett Dutschke's sentencing date is May 14
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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has set a May 14 sentencing date for James Everett Dutschke. The 42-year-old Tupelo man pleaded guilty in January to charges of making ricin and sending letters dusted with the poison to President Barack Obama, Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. Dutschke will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen. Prosecutors have recommended a 25-year sentence. It could run concurrently with the recommended ... More>>

    Jackson Man Allegedly Stole Millions From His Bankrupt Business

    Jackson man indicted on charges that he allegedly stole millions from his bankrupt business Jackson man indicted on charges that he allegedly stole millions from his bankrupt business
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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Jackson man has been indicted on charges that he allegedly stole more than $9 million from his bankrupt business. William "Butch" Dickson faces charges in U.S. District Court. Authorities allege that after Community Home Financial Services filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Dickson wired nearly $9.1 million from the mortgage company's accounts, mostly to a bank in Panama. Court papers say the bankruptcy trustee in charge of protecting funds for the mortgage... More>>

    Release Of Jail Riot Incident Report Sparks Controversy Video included

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    Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis accuses supervisor Kenneth Stokes of violating the law after Stokes made public an incident report that apparently details what caused the deadly jail riot at the Raymond detention center last month. "It appears that he's interfering with an investigation and obstructing justice as well as witness tampering," Lewis said. The sheriff told us he can't comment on the details of the rep... More>>

    Pit Bulls Put Down After 4-year-old Attacked

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    HARRISVILLE, Miss. - A four-year-old is recovering tonight after being mauled by a group of pit bulls. The attack happened Wednesday night at a home in Harrisville in Simpson County. Now we have learned that other dogs housed where the attack happened have now been put down.Donald Mullins says his pit bulls attacked his four-year-old granddaughter. He says she lost an eye and was left with a broken jaw and a couple of broken ribs.Mullins tells us he shotthreeof his dogs who attacked his grand... More>>

    Documents Released in Wake of Deadly Riot at the Raymond Detention Center

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    Newly released documents detail what may have led to a deadly riot last month at the Raymond Detention Center More>>

    Child Attacked by Pit Bulls, Grandfather Arrested

    3-Year Old Boy is killed in a Pit Bull Attack 3-Year Old Boy is killed in a Pit Bull Attack
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    HARRISVILLE, Miss. - "The fight was right here. I tried to get in this closet trying to cover her up where they were getting to her butI couldn't get to her in there. They pulled me down. They drug me, her and the baby slam out the yard," Donald Mullinstells News Channel 12his four-year-old granddaughter was attacked by three of his pit bulls.He saysshe was walking through a hallway in his home in Harrisville when the dogs attacked. He says he normally keeps this door closed off where his dog... More>>

    Drug Investigation Leads to Police Chase in Ridgeland

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    Lt. John Neal with the Ridgeland Police Department tells us a narcotics transaction was taking place at the Lowes on County Line Rd with the Madison County Sheriff's Department.This is an ongoing narcotics investigation with the sheriff's department.Neal says the sheriff's department called for backupfrom Ridgeland policeafterdeputies tried to make an arrest.The suspect got in the car and tried hitting the deputies on... More>>

    MDOC Makes Good Use of Contraband CellPhones

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    MEDIA RELEASE:JACKSON – Crime victims, soldiers and their families are benefiting from a contraband that the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) is eager to find and get rid of - - Cellphones. “People will use any means to get cell phones into prisons,” said Corrections Commissioner and American Correctional Association President Christopher B. Epps. “And MDOC will continue to distribute those confiscated dev... More>>

    Train Crashes into Tanker in Rankin County

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    The driver of a tanker truck is now in the hospital after a train clipped the end of the tank. Rankin County Emergency Operations Coordinator, Brett Ishee says the driver tried to beat the train coming over the tracks.This happened around 7 p.m. in Star in Rankin County on Dixie Road. The driver was carrying Carbon Dioxide in the tank that ended up leaking for hours after it was hit. This was not hazardous and Ishee says the public was never in danger. Crews pulled the tanker on its side befo... More>>

    Nine Killed in Three Vehicle Crash

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    Nine people are dead after a three-vehicle crash in Orland, California, according to authorities. The accident has shut down north and south bound lanes on Interstate 5.California Highway Patrol dispatcher Curtis Pahlka says the first report of the crash came in around 5:40 p.m. Thursday night.Pahlka says the crash involved a tour bus, FedEx truckand Nissan Altima.Officialsdon't know what caused the crash on Interstate 5.The names of the nine people killed have not been released. More>>

    Search Continues For Missing Toddler Myra Lewis Video included

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    The search for missing Madison County toddler Myra Lewis continues. Madison County authorities held a news conference on Thursday to discuss the latest on the investigation to find Little Myra. Madison County Sheriff, Randy Tucker, tells us they have no new developments, but the search for the missing 2-year-old is still active. He also said he believes she’s still alive. Authorities have received calls from 10 dif... More>>

    Second Death Reported From Monday's Severe Weather

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    MEDIA RELEASEPEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received a report of a second severe weather related death. A Coahoma County man died as a result of injuries sustained from the storm. A child was also killed in Yazoo County after being swept away by flood waters. The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-2 tornado touched down in Covington County, north of the City of Collins, around 2 a... More>>

    Restaurant Armed Robbery Investigation

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    Jackson Police have one person in custody in connection to an armed robbery where one employee was injured. On Wednesday, officers responded to the Popeye’s on Clinton Blvd in reference to an armed robbery of a business. When the officers arrived, they spoke with a witness who said two suspects with handguns walked into the store wearing all black. Police tell us one of the suspects jumped the counter and escorted the manager to the safe at the back of the restaurant. According to police,... More>>

    Bond Reduced for Arson Suspect

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    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – A judge has reduced the bond from $2 million to $200,000 for a woman accused of setting a D'Iberville apartment building on fire. Harrison County Circuit Judge Roger Clark issued the order Thursday. Krystal Gonzalez is charged with first-degree arson. The 26-year-old Gonzalez is accused of starting a fire on Mardi Gras night that destroyed a 20-unit building at Arbor View apartments and displ... More>>

    Nevada Governor Blasts Federal Cattle Roundup

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    The governor of Nevada is blasting a cattle roundup by the feds, calling it "intimidation". Governor Brian Sandoval wants the Federal Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service to reconsider its dispute with a rancher who claims he has an inherent right to graze his cattle on an open range outside of Las Vegas.Rancher Cliven Bundy, of Bunkerville,claims he's a descendant of Mormans who first settled the area in the 1800's. Bundy says he's grazed his cattle on land about 80 miles nort... More>>

    Colbert to Succeed Letterman

    Stephen Colbert to Take Over for Letterman Stephen Colbert to Take Over for Letterman
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    **THE FOLLOWING IS A RELEASE FROM CBS NETWORK** The CBS Television Networktoday announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced byLeslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. L... More>>

    Madison County Man Gets Maximum Sex-Crime Sentence

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    A former Canton police officer is now behind bars on a sex crimes charge. Lester Williams, 66, will spend 15 years in prison, without the possibility of probation, parole, or early release. That’s the maximum sentence for the gratification of lust charge that landed him in jail. Madison Police say Williams was arrested in 2013 after a girl’s mother contacted Madison police and reported that her daughter had been molested. Police also say follow-up investigations revealed that Williams allege... More>>

    Double Amputee Dies in House Fire

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    The Jackson Fire Department responded to a house fire on Powers Avenue Monday afternoon around 1p.m.That was when firefighters found the body of a woman inside the house in the back room. She has been identified as 59-year-old Wilma Jean Luckett. Luckett was a double amputee and neighbors tell us she used a wheelchair to get around. Fire officials say the fire started in the bedroom, and Luckett was at home alone. The coroner has performed a preliminary autopsy. She tells us there's no ext... More>>

    Search Crews Look For Missing Elderly Terry Woman Video included

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    Dozens of law enforcement officers searching for a missing elderly Terry woman have come up empty handed. Family members say 78-year-old hazel Bozeman Williams walked away from her home on Bozeman Road late Monday night. She’s about 5-7 and has short salt and pepper hair. She suffers from Alzheimer’s. "She’s a great lady, a hard working lady a Christian lady and she believes in doing the right thing in life… it's jus... More>>

    Drugs, Cash and a Handgun Seized During Jackson Drug Bust

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    A man is in police custody after a Tuesday night drug bust. Jackson Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics along with the Direct Action Response Team completed the operation. According to officials, police received a tip about criminal activity on Bishop Street. During the operation, officers arrested Walter Mayberry, 36. Police tell us Mayberry had approximately $21,000 in cash, 13 grams of cocaine, a scale and a h... More>>

    Jackson Roads Begin to Flood Because of Pearl River

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    JACKSON, Miss. - As of 10:30 Wednesday morning the Pearl River was at 33.9 feet. According to officials with the National Weather Service, they're predicting the river to crest at 35.5 feet on Friday. Governor Phil Bryant held a press conference at MEMA headquarters in Pearl Wednesday morning. Bryant is urging residents to stay out of floodwaters. According to the Mississippi Department of Health these floodwaters could be contaminated. Officials are warning those who haven't had a tetanus sh... More>>

    7 Women Appear in Court on Prostitution Charges

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    Pearl, MS – The Pearl Police Department arrested seven adult females during an undercover operation on the night of April 3, 2014. The Narcotics Division of the Pearl Police Department obtained information from a previous case thata websitewas being utilized by the offenders that were arrested to facilitate Prostitution within the City of Pearl, MS. In an effort to be proactive an undercover operation was initiate... More>>

    Myra Lewis Still Missing, News Conference Scheduled

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    Over a month has passed, and there’s still no sign of missing Madison County toddler Myra Lewis. Madison County authorities are holding press conference Thursday, April 10, at 2 p.m. to discuss the latest on the search for her. Myra was last seen at her family’s home on Mount Pilgrim Road in Camden April 1. Law enforcement began the search for her that Saturday afternoon. Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the search for the 2-year-old, including the FBI, the Madison County... More>>

    Governor Bryant Wants Mississippians to be Aware of Ongoing Flooding

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    Governor Bryant declares a State of Emergency for 12 counties on April 8, 2014. More>>

    Man Killed in Northeast Jackson, Woman in Custody Video included

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    A man is dead after being shot at a home on Libby Lane in Jackson.Jackson police say a 32-year old man was shot several times in the torso by a 49-year old woman.We're told the two lived together at the home.Jackson policesay the woman has been taken into custody for questioning.She has not been charged at this time. More>>

    Mississippians in Flood Zones Should be Prepared To Boil Water if Necessary

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    The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) urges residents in flood zones and low-lying areas to continue to follow flood safety precautions and be prepared to boil drinking water if necessary. More>>

    MEMA, State Agencies talk Flooding

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    Mississippi’s Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and four other state agencies will come together to talk about what to do during the ongoing floods in Mississippi. This comes after Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency Tuesday in the midst of severe weather situations in Covington, Simpson, Lincoln, Warren, and Hinds counties. Residents in those and other areas had to deal with severe weather effects such as flash flooding, mudslides, falling trees, and more. More rain is expected... More>>

    Copiah County Damage

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    Two families in Copiah County are dealing with roof damage after Sunday and Monday's storms. Both house are located on Timberlane Road in Wesson. The family in the front house describe the wind as howling before it ripped off their tin roof."I heard my grandma screaming and we all ran into the bathroom," says Demarkeyus Combs, resident. Combs tells us a tree fell in the middle ofTimberlane road and crews came and cleaned it up Monday afternoon.A tree also split in half on the side of the hous... More>>

    Silver Alert Issued for Missing Hinds County Woman

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    Lumumba and Yarber Head to Mayoral Runoff Election

    Attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba & Jackson City Councilman Tony Yarber Attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba & Jackson City Councilman Tony Yarber
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    …And then there were two. The list of candidates for Jackson’s next mayor narrowed down in a matter of hours after Tuesday’special election to fill the seat. The two candidates: Attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba and Councilman Tony Yarber. Both of them announced plans to run for mayor in March, weeks after the capital city’s top spot was left vacant after the unexpected death of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. Chokwe Antar Lumumba is the late mayor’s son, and Councilman Yarber worked alongside the late ma... More>>

    State of Emergency Declared as Pearl River Rises

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    Emergency officials are standing by as the Pearl River continues to rise. At 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, Governor Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency for several Mississippi counties, including Hinds. Hinds County Emergency Management Director, Ricky Moore, says they are trying to lower the water level by releasing 40,000 cubic feet of water every second at the Ross Barnett Reservoir. By 6 a.m. Wednesday morning, the river should stand at 35 feet. That’s not a record high, though. In 1... More>>

    Gov. Phil Bryant Declares State of Emergency Following Flooding and Severe Storms

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    MEDIA RELEASE JACKSON—Gov. Phil Bryant today declared a state of emergency in 12 Mississippi counties that have suffered impacts from flooding and severe storms that moved through the state beginning April 3. A state of emergency is an administrative tool that authorizes the use of additional state resources to aid in storm response efforts. Chickasaw, Covington, Hinds, Holmes, Jones, Kemper, Marion, Neshoba, Newton... More>>

    Two Employees Shot During Attempted Robbery, Suspect At Large

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    Waynesboro Police are looking for the suspect accused of shooting two people during an attempted robbery. The incident happened around 11 p.m. on Monday night at a Waynesboro business. Authorities say two employees were making a night deposit when the suspect tried to rob them at gunpoint. When the pair realized what was happening, the driver attempted to leave the scene. That’s when the suspect shot them. The dr... More>>

    Ford Recalls Nearly 435,000 Vehicles

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    Delay in Sentencing for Ricin Letter Case

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    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – A federal judge has granted a request to provide the attorney for a 42-year-old man who pleaded guilty to sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials more time to review a pre-sentencing report. James Everett Dutschke entered guilty pleas in January to manufacturing ricin, mailing threatening communications and threatening the president. Local media reports no s... More>>

    Woman Convicted in Stiletto Stabbing Case

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    HOUSTON (AP) – A jury has convicted a Houston woman of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe. Ana Trujillo was found guilty Tuesday in the death of 59-year-old Alf Stefan Andersson. Prosecutors said Trujillo struck him at least 25 times in the face with her shoe during an argument at his Houston condominium in June. Trujillo's attorney had argued the 45-year-old woman was defend... More>>

    Rankin County Boil Water Alert

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    The Mississippi State Department of Health is issuing a Boil-Water Alert for customers who receive their drinking water from the SW Rankin Water Association # 2 [0610040] water supply located in Rankin County. This affects approximately 2,246 customers in the area. Sampling showed the presence of total coliform bacteria in the drinking water. Health officials strongly recommend that all water be boiled vigorously for one minute before it is consumed. This precaution will last at least two f... More>>

    Pearl River Rises, Hinds County Streets May Flood

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    Water levels are extremely high across Central Mississippi due to recent torrential rains. Hinds County EMA Director, Ricky Moore, tells us the following streets in Hinds County may flood if the Pearl River rises. Annie Street Beasley Street Cypress Trail Deer Trail Foxboro Drive Galilee Street - low areas only Greenwood at Hardy Creek Harrow Drive and Riverwood - intersection Hudson Street - East End Julienne Street - low areas only Martin Street McNutt Street Moncure Road - Hinds Count... More>>

    Fake Job Scam Warning

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    The Better Business Bureau is warning job seekers of scams that are on the rise in the area. In a statement by the BBB, they tell us the following: A Jackson business owner contacted BBB serving Mississippi saying that someone has been using her company's information. Eternity Real Estate LLC, located in Jackson, has been contacted by several job seekers attempting to verify the company's information before they filled out an application. An Alabama man told BBB that he had posted his resu... More>>

    Rivers Rise, Flood Problems Continue Around Mississippi

    Hinds Co. EMA Dir. discusses flooding Hinds Co. EMA Dir. discusses flooding
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    Flood warnings are being issued across central Mississippi and the Delta More>>

    Missing Yazoo County Girl Found

    Patrauna Hudson's body found in Yazoo City Patrauna Hudson's body found in Yazoo City
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    YAZOO CITY, Miss. - Yazoo County EMA Director Joey Ward confirms the body of nine-year-old Patrauna Hudson was recovered today. Around 6:00 p.m. authorities were winding down the search for Patrauna who's been missing since Sunday night. Authorities say the child was playing in her back yard of her home, onSeventh Street in Yazoo City,when floodwaters pulled her in to a nearby culvert and sucked her into a drainage pipe. Ward says the current that took the girl under was moving between 15 and... More>>

    Fugate Quadruplets Growing, Three Enjoying First Bottles

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    JACKSON, Miss. – Media Release: Eight weeks after their premature birth, two of Kimberly and Craig Fugate’s identical quadruplets popped a celebratory bottle. Not of champagne, but their very first one-ounce bottles of formula specially blended for preemies. Kayleigh and Kristen on Friday joined sister Kenleigh in graduating to a bottle, right after Kenleigh topped off her third of the day. Kelsey’s not quite read... More>>

    Water rushes over Jones Street but it's over on Bud Street that the flooding has caused evacuations.

    Richland Neighborhood Underwater after Heavy Rainfall

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    Part of Old Highway 49 is closed. On Monday authorities blocked off a portion in Richland where one neighborhood's streets have been turned into canals.Two dozen people have been displaced, neighbors estimate.Water rushes over Jones Street but it's over on Bud Street that the flooding has caused evacuations."This is a dead-end street: Bud Street," homeowner Bradley Adcock said."We got this creek down back here. That's where a lot of the water's coming from - that creek right on the end," Adco... More>>

    MYSTERY MONDAY: Kosciusko Missing Hand in Marriage

    MYSTERY MONDAY: Kosciusko Missing Hand in Marriage

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    At age 38 she died. The man who took her hand in marriage, a rich Attala county banker, ordered the finest statue to be made both in her honor and in her image.That was in 1890.But in 2011 a piece of that image was broken and taken.Click here to watch last week's MYSTERY MONDAY: Where's the Sofa? MS Governor's Mansion Missing Original FurnitureBeauty in marble - her name is Lara Kelly.Imaginary lace runs below her stone dress fitting her hips in Scarlett O'Hara proportions. Delicate fingers c... More>>

    Damage Reports From Mississippi Severe Weather

    Storm Damage Reports Storm Damage Reports
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    Media Release: PEARL, MS – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of damage to more than 70 homes and seven minor injuries from severe weather Sunday and Monday morning. The National Weather Service in Jackson confirmed a tornado touched down in Covington County where an estimated 61 homes were damaged. The NWS Survey team preliminary findings show it was an EF-2 with 125 mph winds and pa... More>>

    Suspect Arrested in USM Fraternity Stabbing

    Elijah Dollar charged with aggravated assault Elijah Dollar charged with aggravated assault
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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – Authorities say a University of Southern Mississippi student has been released from a Hattiesburg hospital after being stabbed at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house Sunday. Detective Captain Rusty Keyes says university police arrested fraternity member Elijah Dollar after responding to a fight call at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. Dollar is charged with aggravated assault. Keyes says the st... More>>

    Inmate Found Hanging in Cell

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    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) – A Jackson County inmate found hanging from a window bar in his cell is in critical condition at Singing River Hospital. Sheriff's spokeswoman Cherie Ward tells The Sun-Herald that deputies making rounds at the jail just before midnight Friday found the inmate hanging. Ward says the inmate had a blanket around his neck. Warren Strain with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, which is l... More>>

    Jackson Street Project: Future Help, Present Pain

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Work on a major thoroughfare in Jackson will improve its appearance, but it's providing a headache for area businesses. Chuck Odom, of The Elite Restaurant on Capitol Street, says business at the landmark eatery has sharply declined since the Capital Street reconstruction project began. The Clarion-Ledger reports construction on Capitol Street in front of The Elite has reduced customer parki... More>>

    Simpson County Drivers to Detour from U.S. 49

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    MDOT warns drivers in Simpson County to drive cautiously. The recent weather conditions have prompted a detour. Drivers usually headed up U.S. 49 should take Highway 18 to Highway 18. Officials say this will put drivers on the interstate. More>>

    Pedestrian Hit, Killed in Byram

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    Police have identified the man who was hit and killed on April 6.Officers say 51-year-old Russell Lloyd Conley of Pearl was walking around near Interstate 55 and Siwell Road early Sunday morning. A moving truck was traveling north and struck Conley as he was walking in the lane for traffic. The crash occurred in the construction zone where there were no emergency lanes. It is believed that Conley was walking from his disabled vehicle on Siwell Road to possibly get gas. An autopsy and toxi... More>>

    Still No Sign of Missing Yazoo County Child Video included

    Authorities are searching for a 9 year old girl who is believed to have drowned in Yazoo City Sunday Authorities are searching for a 9 year old girl who is believed to have drowned in Yazoo City Sunday
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    Emergency crews, a dive team, and volunteers searched rain-swollen drainage ditches for a 9 year old girl believed to have drowned in Yazoo City Sunday. Authorities on the scene tell News Channel 12's Danielle Avitable... More>>

    NCAA Championship Game Tonight

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    And then there were two - two teams left in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Tonight in the playing home of the Dallas Cowboys, ATT Stadium, the Kentucky Wildcats are playing the Connecticut Huskies for the national championship. Kentucky advanced with a win over Wisconsin Saturday while UConn qualified for the title game with a win over Florida. More>>

    Trees Down, High Water Reported During Strong Storms in Mississippi

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     Crews are assessing the damage from severe weather

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    Severe Weather Coverage - Tornado Damages Covington County

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    A tornado touched down early Monday morning in Covington County, north of the City of Collins. Officials said it hit around 2 a.m. and thatthere were seven minor injuries reported. Crews cut through trees in the area as the damage to the area was assessed.The New Hopewell Church was damaged during the tornado, along with several homes in Covington County. The tornado damaged the roofof the church.According to EMA officials, some of the areas in Covington Countywith the most damage include:- N... More>>

    Salvation Army's Evening with Angels Video included

    News Channel 12's Melanie Christopher and Byron Brown with Salvation Army Capt. Ken Chapman News Channel 12's Melanie Christopher and Byron Brown with Salvation Army Capt. Ken Chapman
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    The Salvation Army took some time to recognize people and organizations who help them throughout the year. News Channel 12 and our "Caring for Mississippi" campaign were honored for our dedication to the community. This is the fifth year for Evening with Angels. The Salvation Army honors groups for helping them serve throughout the year. Duck Dynasty's Alan Robertson welcomed everyone to the event Saturday night and shared his thoughts on faith, family and giving back to the community. Th... More>>

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    • Belhaven Evens Up Cowboy-Maloney Series with 4-1 Win Over Millsaps

      Belhaven Evens Up Cowboy-Maloney Series with 4-1 Win Over Millsaps

      Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:25 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:25:22 GMT
      JACKSON - The Belhaven baseball team bounced back from a tough weekend at Southern Poly State with a 4-1 Maloney Series victory Tuesday at Millsaps College. The Blazers, ranked 23rd in the latest NAIA Top 25 Coaches' Poll, won the season series with the Majors 2-1 and in the process snapped a three-game losing skid. The Blazers and Majors now each sit at 3-2 in the 2014 Cowboy-Maloney series with each having a game left against the Mississippi College Choctaws.
      JACKSON - The Belhaven baseball team bounced back from a tough weekend at Southern Poly State with a 4-1 Maloney Series victory Tuesday at Millsaps College. The Blazers, ranked 23rd in the latest NAIA Top 25 Coaches' Poll, won the season series with the Majors 2-1 and in the process snapped a three-game losing skid. The Blazers and Majors now each sit at 3-2 in the 2014 Cowboy-Maloney series with each having a game left against the Mississippi College Choctaws.
    • NW Rankin Run-Rules Madison Central

      NW Rankin Run-Rules Madison Central

      Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:08 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:08:05 GMT
      FLOWOOD - In their third meeting of the season, NW Rankin beat their rivals from Madison County to finish with a 2-1 record against the Jaguars. Tuesday night they won 11-1.With the win, the Cougars improve to 9-1 in district 3-6A play. The Jaguars fall to 3-6. Click the video above to watch the highlights from the game.
      FLOWOOD - In their third meeting of the season, NW Rankin beat their rivals from Madison County to finish with a 2-1 record against the Jaguars. Tuesday night they won 11-1.With the win, the Cougars improve to 9-1 in district 3-6A play. The Jaguars fall to 3-6. Click the video above to watch the highlights from the game.
    • Jackson Prep Blasts Lamar

      Jackson Prep Blasts Lamar

      Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:01 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:01:17 GMT
      FLOWOOD - Jackson Prep gets a solid outing from junior and Mississippi State commit Noah Hughes and beats Lamar 17-0 Tuesday night.The Patriots improve to 25-3 on the season.
      FLOWOOD - Jackson Prep gets a solid outing from junior and Mississippi State commit Noah Hughes and beats Lamar 17-0 Tuesday night.The Patriots improve to 25-3 on the season.
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    • Jackson No Longer the Allergy Capital

      Jackson No Longer the Allergy Capital

      Monday, March 31 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-03-31 17:14:00 GMT
      Mississippi’s capital city fell four spots from last year to number five in 2014 rankings.
      Mississippi’s capital city fell four spots from last year to number five in 2014 rankings.
    • Little Known Facts about Caffeine

      Little Known Facts about Caffeine

      Wednesday, March 26 2014 11:56 AM EDT2014-03-26 15:56:49 GMT
      Coffee in the MakingCoffee in the Making
      A hundred milligrams of caffeine a day are enough to get a person hooked. That’s equivalent to 3 Coca-Colas or two bags of Lipton tea.
      A hundred milligrams of caffeine a day are enough to get a person hooked. That’s equivalent to 3 Coca-Colas or two bags of Lipton tea.
    • Alcohol Not Frequently Listed as Cause of Death

      Alcohol Not Frequently Listed as Cause of Death

      Monday, March 24 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-03-24 16:00:20 GMT
      A new study comparing traffic deaths to death certificates finds alcohol is not frequently listed as a cause of death. U.S. researchers looked at traffic deaths over 10 years.
      A new study comparing traffic deaths to death certificates finds alcohol is not frequently listed as a cause of death. U.S. researchers looked at traffic deaths over 10 years.
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    • Pistorius trial: Defense tries to build case

      Pistorius trial: Defense tries to build case

      The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has ruled that proceedings will adjourn for more than two weeks after Thursday and resume on May 5.
      Oscar Pistorius' lawyers at his murder trial Wednesday tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum, but the prosecutor sharply questioned the credentials and findings of a forensic expert for the defense.
    • Algerian election faces disaffected populace

      Algerian election faces disaffected populace

      The college students playing pick-up soccer along the faded grandeur of Algiers' sweeping waterfront say they won't be voting in Thursday's presidential elections, echoing the sentiments of many young...
      The college students playing pick-up soccer along the faded grandeur of Algiers' sweeping waterfront say they won't be voting in Thursday's presidential elections, echoing the sentiments of many young Algerians.
    • Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

      Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

      A recent graduate of the University of Calgary was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the police chief called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history.
      The son of a Calgary police officer was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the law enforcement officials called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history.
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