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    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>>

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    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

    Walker Wilbanks Walker Wilbanks
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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

    Attempted armed robbery at Dollar Save Inn Attempted armed robbery at Dollar Save Inn
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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

    72-year-old Willie Harries was last seen Saturday evening 72-year-old Willie Harries was last seen Saturday evening
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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

    2 Football Players Hospitalized 2 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

    Boil Water Alert and Boil Water Lift For Jackson 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

    Magee Woman Struck and Killed by Taxi in Orange Beach 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

    Three people indicted after deadly prison riot in Natchez Three people indicted after deadly prison riot in Natchez
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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

    Infant dies in accidental rollover. Infant dies in accidental rollover.
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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

    TRAFFIC ALERT: I-55NB at Siwell Road Exit TRAFFIC ALERT: I-55NB at Siwell Road Exit
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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

    Jeff Daniels speaks out about Friday night shooting involving mother's boyfriend Jeff Daniels speaks out about Friday night shooting involving mother's boyfriend
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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

    2 Dead, 2 Injured After Freight Train Collision in Arkansas 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>>

    Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

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    The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law. 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>>

    Eyes in the Skies, Drones in Mississippi

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    RAYMOND, Miss. - Flying up and out of sight, you can barely even hear it once it's up in the air. Unmanned aircraft systems also known as drones are being more and more popular with consumers. More>>

    Three Injured in Stone County Plane Crash

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    A small plane crashed in Stone County Thursday evening sending three people to the hospital. Officials say the plane crashed just after 6 p.m. off Oil Well Road. Sheriff Mike Farmer with the Stone County Sheriff's Department tells us the pilot said he lost power in the plane, and after hitting a few tree tops, he managed to land it.We're told the three men aboard the plane were taken to Forrest General Hospital in Hat... More>>

    Canton Family Dealing with Double Tragedy Video included

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    A Canton family's mobile home is being called a total loss by fire officials and it's not the only loss the family had this week. The Canton Fire Department responded to the call just before 11 a.m. Thursday on Branch Quarters Road.29-year-old Melissa Primer died after being airlifted to the hospital Monday when her stepfather shot her. "Get though that loss we had happen Monday and get through this right here. Got t... More>>

    McComb Police Search for Alleged Rape Suspect

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    MCCOMB, Miss. - The McComb Police Department is looking for a person who they believe may be connected to an alleged rape and kidnapping case. Authorities are searching for 19-year-old Keethion Dontrel Turner of McComb.  More>>

    McDaniel Files Election Lawsuit in Jones County

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    JONES COUNTY, Miss. News Channel 12 has confirmed that State Senator Chris McDaniel has filed a lawsuit in Jones County challenging his Republican primary loss to U.S. Senator Thad Cochran. More>>

    Canton Family Loses Mobile Home in Fire

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    CANTON, Miss. - A Canton family is without a home after their mobile residence was destroyed in a fire on Thursday. More>>

    Boil Water Alert Issued for Central Rankin County

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    RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. - Central Rankin Water Association issued a boil water alert for customers who receive their drinking water from their water supply located in Rankin County. This affects approximately 300 customers on Old Hwy 49 and 469 south and adjoining Roads. More>>

    UPDATE: Gas Line Hit on Old Canton Road Repaired

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    JACKSON, Miss. - A gas line that was hit on Old Canton Road on Thursday has been repaired. More>>

    Residents Receive Free Fans from "Beat the Heat" Program

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Some Jackson area residents received free fans on Thursday from the "Beat the Heat" initiative done by Entergy the Hinds County Human Resource Agency. This is the 16th year the "Beat the Heat" program has been operating. More>>

    Perdue Recalls 15,000 Pounds of Frozen Chicken Nuggets

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    WASHINGTON – Perdue is recalling approximately 15,306 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken nugget product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, according to the ?U.S. Department of Agriculture’s FSIS.? More>>

    3 Mississippi Men Charged after Louisiana Black Bear Killed

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    JACKSON, Miss – Three Mississippi men have been indicted for their involvement in the killing of a Louisiana Black Bear in Lauderdale County. Authorities say 28-year-old Travis Butler of Meridian, 49-year-old Chester Brad Williams of Meridian, and 34-year-old David Lucas Wimberly of Quitman were arraigned on Tuesday in court. More>>

    Students Involved in School Bus Crash Released from Hospital

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    HINDS COUNTY, Miss. - A Hinds County school bus carrying at least nine students crashed Wednesday afternoon sending some of the students to the hospital. School officials say all of the students who were taken to the hospital were released to their parents Wednesday evening. More>>

    Rankin County Officials are Investigating Possible Attempted Kidnapping

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    Rankin County authorities are investigating a possible attempted kidnapping.We're told the Rankin County Sheriff's Office received a complaint about the possible kidnapping of a 7-year-old girl from Sunny Lane near Florence Wednesday night around 6:30. Authorities tell us the alleged victim says a man tried to take her when she was at her mailbox. Investigators are now trying to get a better description of the suspect... More>>

    Mississippi Attorney Sparks Global Michael Brown Movement on Social Media

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    Following protests in St. Louis, over the shooting death of unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer, a local attorney and human rights activist has now sparked a global conversation about the controversy with #iftheygunnedmedown. The hashtag has exploded on social media platforms following Brown's death, the latest in what seems to be a string of incidents involving police brutality making recent headlines, across the country.

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    New Hebron Woman Killed in Simpson County Crash

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    A Wednesday evening crash claims the life of a New Hebron woman. Officials with the Mississippi Highway Patrol tell us Regina Davis, 55, was killed. We're told Davis was traveling southbound on Highway 43 in Simpson County when her 2001 Ford Tarus went off the road, crossed northbound traffic and hit a tree. Davis was pronounced dead on the scene. Trooper Eric Henry with MHP says that alcohol may have played a factor ... More>>

    Witness: School Bus Swerved to Avoid Colliding with Van Video included

    Witness: School Bus Swerved to Avoid Colliding with Van Witness: School Bus Swerved to Avoid Colliding with Van
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    A Hinds County school bus carrying at least nine students crashed Wednesday afternoon around 3. Jordan Marshall was on the school bus when it struck a tree, "I really wasn't thinking, I was thinking I lost my life because it went black and I closed my eyes and everything."According to officials on scene the bus was coming from Main Street Restart Center. The driver told officials she was traveling eastbound on Old Hig... More>>

    Same-Sex Couples Apply for Marriage Licenses in Hinds County

    Same-sex couples apply for marriage licences in Hinds County. Same-sex couples apply for marriage licences in Hinds County.
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    HINDS COUNTY, Miss. - Same-sex couples across the state looking for equality recorded their out of state marriage licenses Wednesday .A moment of prayer before three same sex couples walked up the steps of the Hinds County Chancery Clerk Building through security and into the clerks office.Mississippi does not recognize same-sex marriage, but these couples were married in other states."We're church members," Charlene Smith-Smathers said. "We have interest in the school system. We're working. ... More>>

    Hinds County School Bus involved in Accident

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    HINDS COUNTY, Miss. - Authorities are on the scene of a school bus accident that occurred Wednesday afternoon.The crash involved a Hinds County School District bus.  More>>

    Sinkhole on US 61 in Natchez

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    NATCHEZ, Miss. - A sinkhole has developed on the turn lanes off of US 84 from the River Bridge going south on US 61.Crews have closed the inside right turn lane of US 61 in front of the hospital in Natchez.We will continue to update this store as more details become available. More>>

    Teacher Accused of Having Relationship with Minor Waives Hearing

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    The former Natchez teacher accused of having a relationship with a minor has waived her right to have a preliminary hearing. Stephanie Adams was charged with one count of gratification of lust of a minor. More>>

    Murder Suspect Found Guilty in 3 Day Trial

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    Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith announced on August 13, 2014, Jackson resident Joshuwa Hurst (Age 27) was found guilty of two counts of Murder, two counts of Aggravated Assault and Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm by a Hinds County jury after a three day trial. More>>

    Bond Set for Canton Man Accused of Stabbing Ex-Girlfriend 15 Times

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    CANTON, Miss. - The man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend 15 times appeared in court Wednesday.Bond for Romeo Miller is sat at $500,000 for attempted murder and $150,000 for auto theft. More>>

    Choctaw Tribal Member Dead; Officer Injured

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    A Choctaw Police Department senior officer responded to a call for help on August 12 in the Pearl River Community that resulted in the officer being wounded and the death of tribal member Jordan Willis. More>>

    Unsolved Homicide: No Arrests Made for Shooting Death of 3-Year-Old

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Authorities continue to the search for the person responsible for killing a 3-year-old boy. On May 22, Armon Burton was sleeping in his bed on Queen Marie Drive in Jackson when he was shot and killed. More>>

    Bond Denied for Woman Accused in 2013 Murder

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    Bond has been denied for a new suspect for the killing of a woman one year ago.The victim, 41-year-old Felicia Spann's body was found wrapped in plastic, and she had been shot in the head.Officers arrested 34-year-old Haneefah Muhammad early Tuesday.Jackson Police say new evidence leads them to believe she is the person who pulled the trigger in the August 2013 murder.Spann's body was found off Westhaven Boulevard on property belonging to a church. Her family members say they do not know what... More>>

    Fugitive Mississippi couple arrested in Oregon

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A fugitive Mississippi couple that's been on the run for five years has been arrested in Oregon. More>>

    Robin Williams' Great-Great-Grandfather a Former Mississippi Governor

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    Mourners around the country are remembering Robin McLaurin Williams.The famous actor was 63 years old.If the name McLaurin sounds familiar to you, it could be because a Former Mississippi governor shared that name. We're told Williams' maternal great-great-grandfather was Governor Anselm McLaurin. He was the governor of Mississippi in 1894. More>>

    Boil Water Notice Lifted for Some Jackson Residents

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    The precautionary boil water notice for residents on the surface water system is now lifted. More>>

    Amtrak Makes New Gulf Coast Connections

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    CHICAGO - An expanded partnership between Amtrak and two bus carriers can take passengers to and from the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and Amtrak trains in Jackson, Miss., Tuscaloosa, Ala., and New Orleans. More>>

    Legendary Actress Lauren Bacall Dead at 89

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    Lauren Bacall, the award-winning actress and Humphrey Bogart's partner off and on the screen, has died. She was 89.The managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, Robbert J.F. de Klerk, says that Bacall died Tuesday in New York. Bacall's son Stephen Bogart confirmed his mother's death to de Klerk.The sultry-voiced Bacall became famous with her first movie scene, opposite Bogart in 1944's "To Have and Have Not." The willowy 19-year old famously said, "You know how to whistle, don't you, S... More>>

    84-Year-Old Robbed at Gunpoint in Jackson

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    JACKSON, Miss. - An 84-year-old man is robbed at gunpoint while sitting on his front porch on Tuesday.  More>>

    Senator Roger Wicker Talks about Mississippi Politics

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    Senator Roger Wicker is spending the Congressional August break in his home state. He stopped by News Channel 12 and talked about a number of topics. More>>

    The new suspect is 34-year-old Haneefah Muhammad. Authorities say she was taken into custody Monday evening.

    New Murder Suspect ID'd in Year-old Jackson Case

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    A new suspect is under arrest for the killing of a Jackson woman who was shot in the head and hidden on a church's property.Authorities say they discovered her body which was wrapped in plastic one year ago.Originally, police arrested 48-year-old Michael Buck for murder but he was not indicted by the Hinds County Grand Jury.The new suspect is 34-year-old Haneefah Muhammad. Authorities say she was taken into custody Monday evening.It's still unclear what her connection is to Felicia Spann - th... More>>

    Man Arrested for Having Stolen Diesel Tank in Holmes County

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    HOLMES COUNTY, Miss. -Authorities with the Holmes County Sheriff's Department say they have a arrested a person in connection with the diesel theft ring. More>>

    New Suspect Arrested in Connection with 2013 Murder

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    A new suspect is under arrest for the killing of a woman, whose decomposing body was found last year. This comes after a Hinds County Grand Jury didn't indict another person who was originally charged with her murder.

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    Mississippi gets extra day to file abortion appeal

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Saying a Sunday lightning strike disabled its computers, the state of Mississippi will get another day to ask the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear a July ruling that struck down a law that would have closed Mississippi's only abortion clinic.   More>>

    Canton Alderman Sues City of Flowood

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    FLOWOOD, Miss. - A Canton alderman who says he received injuries in an car accident that occurred while an officer was pursing a high-speed chase is suing the city of Flowood. More>>

    Man Accused in 2011 Slaying of 2-Year-Old Accepts Plea Deal

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    JACKSON, Miss. — A man accused in the 2011 slaying of a toddler accepted a plea deal Tuesday instead of going to trial. Christopher Bradley was sentenced to 40 years behind bars, with 20 years suspended.  More>>

    Sheriff: Robin Williams found with belt on neck

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    SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - Sheriff's officials say Robin Williams' personal assistant found him with a belt around his neck at his San Francisco Bay Area home. Marin County Sheriff's Lt. Keith Boyd also said Tuesday that superficial cuts were found on Williams' wrist and a pocket knife was found nearby.  More>>

    JPS Holds Annual Convocation to Kick Off 2014-2015 School Year

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson Public Schools' teachers report back to work Tuesday for the upcoming school year. The district held its annual employee convocation to kick off the year. More>>

    1 Dead from LSD Drug Overdose; 2 Brothers Arrested

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    Two brothers are behind bars after a drug overdose leaves one man dead. The victim was identified as 22-year-old Thomas Parker Rodenbaugh.  More>>

    Health Officials Confirm First MS West Nile Virus Death for 2014

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    JACKSON, Miss. – The following news release is from the Mississippi State Department of Health:Today the MSDH confirms the death of a Yazoo County resident from West Nile virus (WNV), the first human death from WNV for 2014.  More>>

    Boil Water Alert Lifted for Brandon

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    BRANDON, Miss. - The boil water advisory has been lifted for the city of Brandon. More>>

    Pine Belt Soldier Found Dead At Fort Gordon In Georgia

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    OAK GROVE, Miss. - A Pine Belt soldier was found dead Friday while training at Fort Gordon near Augusta, Georgia. According to Fort Gordon officials, Second LT. Anthony Thomas Scardino of Oak Grove was found dead in a post training area around 10 p.m.He had just been promoted 6 months ago and was at Fort Gordon for a officer leadership course. Officials say onceScardino did not show up at a designated location dozens of soldiers went searching for him. The cause of his death is under invest... More>>

    Locals Remember Actor/Comedian Robin Williams

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    For many growing up watching movies like Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, and Hook, Robin Williams was almost like a part of the family.Local fan Becky Osburn says, "It's kind of like losing somebody you do know. He's an awesome actor.""That's crazy. I literally just downloaded Mrs. Doubtfire, so that's very shocking.", says Asya Neal.And Ramsey Bell says, "It seems like we lose a great mind or a great actor every year."Williams began his career in the 1970's with appearances on 'The Richard Pryor Sh... More>>

    Customers of the Holmes County water company have been advised not to use their water until further notice.

    ALERT: West Hill Water Association Customers Told to Stop Using Water

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    Customers of a Holmes County water company have been advised not to use their water until further notice.The West Hill Water Association has notified the Mississippi State Department of Health of a potential contamination involving a backflow incident.Do not drink or bath in your tap water until further notice, a press release told customers.Customers should take precautions with pets and other animals who consume their water from the West Hill Water Association. Until further notice, use onl... More>>

    Dad and Stepdaughter Dead After Canton Shooting

    Officer Involved Shooting at Peace Street Coin Laundry Officer Involved Shooting at Peace Street Coin Laundry
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    CANTON, Miss. - "He just raised his hand up and started shooting and I counted five shots," says Maggie's Anthony who says she saw 52-year-old Torrez Harris shoot 29-year-old Melissa Primer inside a car in front of a Canton home. More>>

    18-Year-Old On the Run After Escaping JPD's Custody

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson Police are searching for an 18-year-old who they say escaped their custody on Monday. More>>

    Driver's Named Released in Rankin County 18-Wheeler Accident

    18-Wheeler Falls off Overpass in Rankin County 18-Wheeler Falls off Overpass in Rankin County
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    RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. - The name of truck driver who was injured in a Sunday night crash after the 18-wheeler he was driving fell from an overpass onto I-20 has been released. Officials say 56-year-old Craton Justin Stouff, III is still in critical condition at UMC. More>>

    Officer Involved Shooting at Canton Laundromat; Suspect, Victim Dead

    Officer Involved Shooting at Peace Street Coin Laundry Officer Involved Shooting at Peace Street Coin Laundry
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    CANTON, Miss. - Authorities are investigating an officer involved shooting that happened in Canton on East Peace Street that left one person dead.  More>>

    2 Rankin County Schools Burglarized Over the Weekend; $500 Reward Offered

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    RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. - Rankin County authorities are on the trail of burglars who broke into two schools over the weekend. The crimes happened Saturday night. Investigators think as many as three people broke into Pisgah Elementary and Pisgah High schools. More>>

    Road Closure on Magnolia Road Due to Maintenance Work

    Road Closure on Magnolia Road Road Closure on Magnolia Road
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    JACKSON, Miss. - The City of Jackson Bridges Drainage Maintenance Section will perform drainage maintenance services on Magnolia Road starting today. Due to this, the area between Knob Hill Drive and John Hopkins Avenue will be blocked off and traffic will be rerouted. More>>

    1 Person Killed in Lowndes County Mobile Home Fire

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    One person is dead after a mobile home fire in Lowndes County, authorities say. Firefighters say they arrived at the scene on Downs Road shortly after 4 a.m. on Monday.


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    5 Brandon Schools Affected by Boil Water Notice

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    BRANDON, Miss. - Five schools located in Brandon are being affected by the Rankin County Boil Water Advisory. Robin Haney of the Rankin Co. School District says Stonebridge Elementary, Brandon Elementary, Brandon Middle, Brandon High and The Learning Center are the affected schools.All five schools had water delivered this morning, nearly 20,000 bottles according to Haney. More>>

    Nunnelee Writes Letter Thanking Family, Public for Support

    Mississippi Congressman Alan Nunnelee Mississippi Congressman Alan Nunnelee
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    JACKSON, Miss. - Congressman Alan Nunnelee has been recovering since August 1 at the John Hopkins Outpatient Center in Maryland. He's receiving radiation treatments, chemotherapy as well as speech and mobility rehab after having brain surgery to remove a tumor. He also suffered a stroke during the surgery that left him with impaired speech and weakness on his lift side. More>>

    Highway 49 Back Open in Rankin County

    Strong winds and rain caused downed power lines in Rankin County Sunday evening. Strong winds and rain caused downed power lines in Rankin County Sunday evening.
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    Strong winds and rain caused downed power lines in Rankin County Sunday evening. Power lines covered the roads at the intersection of RT Braddey Road on Highway 49. Both the north and southbound lanes were closed causing traffic to be backed up for miles. Northbound traffic is being diverted to Star Road and southbound traffic is being diverted to Dixie Drive. Also in Rankin County, Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers... More>>

    Local Churches Gather to Rally for Israel

    Rally for Israel Rally for Israel
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    The crisis continues in Israel, and a group of local churches gathered today to show their support for Israel.They got together at the intersection of Northside Drive and the I-55 Frontage Road to rally and show their support.People from Beth Israel Church say they're concerned about Israel and the image that's being portrayed.They're hoping to bring light to the issue.Rally Organizer Erik Hearon says, "We're very concerned about the future of Israel, the threat they've been under and of cour... More>>

    Storm Damage in Hinds County

    Storm Damage in Hinds County Storm Damage in Hinds County
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    Storm Team 12 is tracking the storm damage following Sunday's severe weather in Hinds County.We are getting reports of street lights out on State Street and Fortification Street, so use caution when driving in these areas.There is also a downed tree across Blair Street next to Fortification Street after strong winds came through the area.Several inches of water covers Monument Street, which extends across the lanes of traffic.Officials say to turn around if you see a flooded area and not try ... More>>

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    • Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'

      Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:08 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:08:10 GMT
      Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life,...
      Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't...
    • APNewsBreak: Jindal suing feds over Common Core

      APNewsBreak: Jindal suing feds over Common Core

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:18 AM EDT2014-08-27 09:18:50 GMT
      Gov. Bobby Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education...
      Gov. Bobby Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.
    • Journalist killing highlights role of freelancers

      Journalist killing highlights role of freelancers

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:57 AM EDT2014-08-27 08:57:55 GMT
      Journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Theo Curtis all shared one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria, the title "freelance journalist."
      Journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Theo Curtis all shared one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria, the title "freelance journalist."
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    • Honoring Walker

      Honoring Walker

      Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:52 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:52:46 GMT
      WJTV - There's no easy way to try and move on from the death of a loved one, and it won't come easy for the family, friends and teammates of Jackson Prep's Walker Wilbanks. But Monday, the football team tried to find a bit of normalcy while honoring Walker at the same time.Click the video above to hear from the Patriots and why they chose to practice just a day after Walker's death.
      WJTV - There's no easy way to try and move on from the death of a loved one, and it won't come easy for the family, friends and teammates of Jackson Prep's Walker Wilbanks. But Monday, the football team tried to find a bit of normalcy while honoring Walker at the same time.Click the video above to hear from the Patriots and why they chose to practice just a day after Walker's death.
    • Three MAIS Products Could Start on MSU's Offensive Line

      Three MAIS Products Could Start on MSU's Offensive Line

      Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:26:06 GMT
      STARKVILLE - Despite having to replace All-American Gabe Jackson on the offensive line, the Mississippi State Bulldogs actually feel they have more depth up front going into 2014, part of the reason is because of three guys, all from here in Central Mississippi and all of whom are MAIS private school products.
      STARKVILLE - Despite having to replace All-American Gabe Jackson on the offensive line, the Mississippi State Bulldogs actually feel they have more depth up front going into 2014, part of the reason is because of three guys, all from here in Central Mississippi and all of whom are MAIS private school products.
    • TJ Werre & Mike Alzamora Take "The Ice Bucket Challenge"

      TJ Werre & Mike Alzamora Take "The Ice Bucket Challenge"

      Monday, August 25 2014 4:58 AM EDT2014-08-25 08:58:27 GMT
      WJTV - After being challenged by our Chief Meteorologist Ken South, the WJTV Sports team of TJ Werre and Mike Alzamora took the plunge Sunday afternoon, as they accepted the #IceBucketChallenge and had their wives do the honors. Both Werre and Alzamora also pledged to donate to the ALS Association.
      WJTV - After being challenged by our Chief Meteorologist Ken South, the WJTV Sports team of TJ Werre and Mike Alzamora took the plunge Sunday afternoon, as they accepted the #IceBucketChallenge and had their wives do the honors. Both Werre and Alzamora also pledged to donate to the ALS Association.
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    • Inarritu's 'Birdman' opens Venice Film Festival

      Inarritu's 'Birdman' opens Venice Film Festival

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:18 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:18:58 GMT
      A film in which art and fame battle it out in the streets and skies of Manhattan has kicked off the 71st Venice Film Festival, where high-art aspirations mix with Hollywood hopes.
      A film in which art and fame battle it out in the streets and skies of Manhattan has kicked off the 71st Venice Film Festival, where high-art aspirations mix with Hollywood hopes.
    • Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD, wires intact

      Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD, wires intact

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:18 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:18:24 GMT
      At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition.
      At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition.
    • Women's World Cup turf war heats up

      Women's World Cup turf war heats up

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 3:48 AM EDT2014-08-27 07:48:14 GMT
      By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer Even actor Tom Hanks has an opinion about whether the athletes at the 2015 Women's World Cup should play on artificial turf or grass.
      By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer Even actor Tom Hanks has an opinion about whether the athletes at the 2015 Women's World Cup should play on artificial turf or grass.
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    • Israeli officer wounded by fire from Syria

      Israeli officer wounded by fire from Syria

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:58 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:58:16 GMT
      The Israeli military says an officer in the Golan Heights has been moderately wounded by errant fire from neighboring Syria.
      The Israeli military says an officer in the Golan Heights has been moderately wounded by errant fire from neighboring Syria.
    • Muslims react with outrage at UK sex abuse report

      Muslims react with outrage at UK sex abuse report

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:58 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:58:09 GMT
      Members of Britain's Pakistani community have expressed outrage after an independent inquiry found that police and government agencies failed to act on sex abuse cases because of concerns about racism in the...
      Members of Britain's Pakistani community have expressed outrage after an independent inquiry found that police and government agencies failed to act on sex abuse cases because of concerns about racism in the northern...
    • Gaza cease-fire holds as sides weigh gains

      Gaza cease-fire holds as sides weigh gains

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:50:57 GMT
      An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is holding, as many wonder what was gained during 50 days of fighting.
      An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip was holding Wednesday, as many people on both sides of the conflict wondered what was gained during 50 days of fighting.
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