Latest Mississippi News

Lawmakers consider teacher pay, insurance cost for families

Sep. 15, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi public school teacher with 15 years of experience providing health insurance for their family took home just under $30,000 a year in net pay in 2020, a “shocking number,” a policy adviser with the Southern Regional Education Board told state lawmakers...

Judge dismisses suit over Mississippi River spillway damage

Sep. 15, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge in Mississippi ruled in two cases that his court didn’t have the authority to order the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete an environmental impact study on repeated openings of a Mississippi River flood control structure. ...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Sep. 15, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

Greenwood Commonwealth. Sept. 9, 2021. Editorial: Response Chilly To Gunn’s Tax Swap Philip Gunn is convinced that if Mississippi would swap its personal income tax for higher sales taxes on most things people in this state purchase, new residents...

Mississippi man gets life for killing man pulled from river

Sep. 15, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been sentenced to life without parole in the capital murder of another man whose body was found last year floating in the Pascagoula River. Joseph Paul McLeod, 34, of Pascagoula, pleaded guilty to killing Dustin Suttles,...

Mississippi city's top financial officer is resigning

Sep. 14, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city's top financial officer is resigning. Deliah Vaughn, chief financial officer for the City of Columbus, submitted her two-week notice last week, WCBI-TV reported. She was hired in April 2019 to replace Milton...

Inmate on release for Mississippi funeral is found in Ohio

Sep. 14, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A man who was granted temporary release from a life prison sentence in Mississippi to attend a funeral in that state, but who overpowered his guards and escaped, was found hundreds of miles to the north Tuesday at a home in Ohio, authorities said. ...

Ex-manager is Mississippi school district's interim leader

Sep. 14, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

AMORY, Miss. (AP) — A former administrator for a school district in Mississippi has been named to lead the district beginning in October. The Amory School Board on Monday approved a resolution that appoints Andy Cantrell as interim district superintendent for the period...

3rd person dies in Mississippi highway collapse

Sep. 13, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A third person has died as a result of a highway collapse in south Mississippi two weeks ago. Amanda Williams of Wiggins died Saturday after being hospitalized since the Aug. 30 collapse, WLOX-TV reports. The collapse on...

Family: Man turned away by dozens of COVID-filled hospitals

Sep. 13, 2021 20:39 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — As hundreds of mostly unvaccinated COVID-19 patients filled Alabama intensive care units, hospital staff in north Alabama contacted 43 hospitals in three states to find a specialty cardiac ICU bed for Ray Martin DeMonia, his family wrote in his obituary. ...

Providers urge Supreme Court to reject 15-week abortion ban

Sep. 13, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion providers urged the Supreme Court Monday to reject Mississippi's 15-week prohibition on most abortions, saying a decision to uphold it would “invite states to ban abortion entirely.” The filing with the high court comes at a time of...