Latest Mississippi News

15 years after death, boy's message in a bottle back home

Jul. 02, 2022 01:11 AM EDT

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — It was just a green bottle floating above a barge. Over the past 33 years, currents had taken it 295 river miles through the Mississippi Delta. However, Billy Mitchell didn’t know that when he walked by it at first, before it caught his eye....

Man pleads guilty to making threats of racial violence

Jul. 01, 2022 14:12 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss (AP) — A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to charges that he tried to buy an assault rifle after making racist threats online. The man pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Oxford to charges stemming from threats he made on a white supremacist...

Mississippi judge sets hearing on challenge to abortion law

Jul. 01, 2022 13:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge has set a Tuesday hearing in a lawsuit by state’s only abortion clinic, which seeks to block a law that would ban most abortions. A temporary restraining order would allow the clinic to remain open, at least while the lawsuit is pending. ...

Advocates condemn killing of Mississippi transgender woman

Jun. 30, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss (AP) — LGBTQ advocates say the recent fatal shooting of a 27-year-old Black transgender woman along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast reflects a disturbing pattern of violence against an already marginalized group. According to the Human Rights Campaign, Shawmaynè Giselle...

Anti-Roe justices a part of Catholicism's conservative wing

Jun. 30, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade at a time when it has an unprecedented Catholic supermajority. That's not a coincidence. Nor is it the whole story. The justices who voted to overturn Roe have been shaped by a church whose catechism affirms “the moral evil of...

Mississippi new laws: Tax cut, teacher pay raise, state song

Jun. 30, 2022 10:18 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Several new laws take effect in Mississippi on Friday, which is also the first day of the new state budget year. TEACHER PAY In the new budget year, teachers will receive raises that average about $5,100, and assistant teachers will receive...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 29, 2022 23:54 PM EDT

Greenwood Commonwealth. June 25, 2022. Editorial: Success Mixed On Teen Births As with a lot of indicators about the well-being of people in Mississippi, this state has made significant progress in reducing the number of teen births, but it still has a long way to go....

Leach signs 2-year contract extension with Mississippi State

Jun. 29, 2022 18:55 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State coach Mike Leach has signed a two-year contract extension through 2025 after leading the Bulldogs to their second consecutive bowl appearance. MSU football spokesman Brandon Langlois on Wednesday confirmed the extension, which was...

1955 warrant in Emmett Till case found, family seeks arrest

Jun. 29, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A team searching a Mississippi courthouse basement for evidence about the lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till has found the unserved warrant charging a white woman in his 1955 kidnapping, and relatives of the victim want authorities to finally arrest her nearly 70 years...

Clinics scramble to divert patients as states ban abortion

Jun. 29, 2022 16:05 PM EDT

They call her, desperate, scared and often broke. Some are rape and domestic violence victims. Others are new mothers, still breastfeeding infants. Another pregnancy so soon, they say, is something they just can't handle. “Heart wrenching,” said Angela Huntington, an abortion...