Latest Mississippi News

'Big Hunk o' Love' for Elvis could connect 2 distant cities

Jul. 18, 2018 6:25 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Elvis Presley's Mississippi hometown could create a tourism partnership with the German city where he lived while serving in the U.S. Army. Presley was born in 1935 in Tupelo. From 1958 to 1960, the king of rock 'n' roll lived in Bad Nauheim (bahd NOW-hime), near Frankfurt in what was...

The Latest: Odom beaten to fashion punch at SEC Media Days

Jul. 18, 2018 4:35 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on SEC Media Days (all times local): 3:40 p.m. As one of the lesser-known coaches in the league, Missouri's Barry Odom was hoping to make a splash at Southeastern Conference Media Days. Sorry, it's already been done. Odom says he planned to wear a pair of custom-made Jordan...

Publisher gives ride to stranger who turns out to be escapee

Jul. 18, 2018 2:15 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The publisher of a weekly newspaper in south Mississippi says he unwittingly gave a car ride to a convicted murderer who had just escaped from a state prison near his home. Officials described the prisoner as "dangerous." He was recaptured days later. Russell Turner of Greene County...

Review: Ace Atkins' 'The Sinners' is action-packed

Jul. 16, 2018 8:19 AM EDT

"The Sinners: A Quinn Colson Novel" (Putnam), by Ace Atkins Mississippi's rural Tibbehah County — the evocative setting for Ace Atkins' superior series about Quinn Colson, a former Army Ranger turned sheriff — is the crossroads of all things good and evil. Here, ordinary people too often intersect...

Mississippi honors Marine plane crash victims with memorial

Jul. 14, 2018 7:44 PM EDT

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi and U.S. Marine Corps officials dedicated a memorial Saturday to the 15 Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman who died in a plane crash last year. Hundreds of relatives and friends of the 16 victims gathered for ceremonies at Mississippi Valley State University and the nearby...

Families meet in Mississippi a year after 16 died in crash

Jul. 13, 2018 12:16 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A year after a U.S. Marine Corps plane broke into pieces high in the sky and slammed into a Mississippi soybean field, relatives and friends are keeping alive the memories of the 15 Marines and Navy corpsman who died in the crash. It's an active form of memory — building,...

Author of Emmett Till book gave FBI interview recordings

Jul. 13, 2018 4:57 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Weeks after he published a book about the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a North Carolina author received a call from FBI agents asking about his interview with a key witness who acknowledged lying about her interactions with the black teen. Not long after that, Duke University...

Official: Renewed Emmett Till probe prompted by 2017 book

Jul. 12, 2018 7:23 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A 2017 book that revealed lies by a key figure in the Emmett Till case has prompted the U.S government to renew its investigation into the brutal 1955 slaying, a federal official said Thursday. The reopening of the case had stayed quiet until the contents of a federal report came to...

AP Was There: 2 men acquitted of murder in Emmett Till case

Jul. 12, 2018 5:54 PM EDT

SUMNER, Miss. (AP) — The federal government has reopened its investigation of the 1955 slaying of black teen Emmett Till, a case that helped build momentum for the civil rights movement. The move comes a year after a book on the case revealed that a key figure acknowledged lying. The Associated Press is...

The Latest: Official says book led to reopening Till probe

Jul. 12, 2018 4:59 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the renewed investigation into the killing of Emmett Till (all times local): 3:55 p.m. A federal official says the renewed investigation of the killing of Emmett Till was prompted by a book published last year that includes a key figure's acknowledgement that she lied...