Latest Mississippi News

Judge suspended after wrongly trying to help acquaintances

Jul. 18, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court has suspended a judge for 30 days without pay after a professional group found he violated standards of conduct by improperly helping one person charged with prostitution and trying to help another charged with marijuana possession. In the ruling...

Mental health services ending for thousands in Mississippi

Jul. 18, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Mental health services will soon end for thousands of adults and children in four Mississippi Gulf Coast counties because of a lack of funding. The Gulf Coast Mental Health Center notified the boards of supervisors in Harrison, Hancock, Pearl River and Stone counties that the...

SEC experiencing rare moment with coaching stability

Jul. 18, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference pays big money to its coaches and that's one reason patience is often in short supply when things go wrong. But in a rare quirk, there were no new head coaches at the podium during SEC media days for the first time since 2006. Fans should embrace the...

Mississippi State ex-coach Sherrill and NCAA settle lawsuit

Jul. 18, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — The NCAA and former Mississippi State University football coach Jackie Sherrill have settled a lawsuit in which Sherrill accused the college sports governing body of damaging his reputation. Sherrill also said the NCAA hurt his future coaching opportunities by publicly naming him in...

Bells toll again at a Mississippi University for Women

Jul. 18, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Students at Mississippi University for Women will now be serenaded with a familiar sound. WCBI-TV reports the Callaway Clock Tower is working again after some micro-switches were fixed. The chimes can now be heard across the campus in Columbus. The iconic clock tower is on the...

Mississippian gets prison for beating homeless man to death

Jul. 18, 2019 6:43 AM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for beating a homeless man to death with a lead pipe. News outlets report 33-year-old James Christopher Woodard pleaded guilty this week to second-degree murder in the death of 55-year-old Ronald Spencer Jr. Authorities say...

School district says tax bump will supplement teacher pay

Jul. 18, 2019 4:46 AM EDT

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi school district is requesting a local tax increase to give teachers a pay supplement. WAPT-TV reports the Rankin County School Board advanced the plan Wednesday to give teachers an extra $1,300 a year. County supervisors must approve the request. The supplement will be...

Arkansas, Mississippi State hope transfers boost QB play

Jul. 17, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Two Southeastern Conference Western Division programs hope transfer quarterbacks can give them a boost in the standings. Mississippi State brought in Penn State graduate transfer Tommy Stevens to compete for the starting job with Keytaon Thompson. Arkansas added two graduate transfers...

Mississippi ACLU asks cities to repeal panhandling penalties

Jul. 17, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi is asking 16 cities in the state to eliminate local laws that penalize panhandling. The organization said in a news release Wednesday that the request is part of a national effort that includes work by the National Law Center on...

The Latest: Muschamp says this is his best Gamecocks team

Jul. 17, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on SEC media days (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Will Muschamp believes this will be his best South Carolina team. If so, the Gamecocks might be able to reverse a trend of futility against ranked teams. Muschamp is 1-10 against Top 25 opponents with the Gamecocks over the past...