Latest Mississippi News

The Latest: Reeves tops Waller in campaign cash on hand

Aug. 20, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on Mississippi elections (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has nearly 10 times more campaign cash than his opponent in the Republican primary for governor. Documents filed with the secretary of state's office Tuesday show Reeves had about $3.4...

Judge acquits Mississippi lawmaker accused of punching wife

Aug. 20, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday acquitted a Mississippi lawmaker of a domestic violence charge in which he was accused of punching his wife in the face because she didn't undress quickly enough when he wanted to have sex. George County Justice Court Judge Mike Bullock found state Rep. Doug McLeod...

Sheriff in Mississippi resigns after losing party primary

Aug. 20, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — A sheriff has resigned in northern Mississippi, two weeks after he was defeated in a party primary. News outlets reported that Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell abruptly stepped down Tuesday. Within hours, he had cleaned out his office. Cantrell was seeking a third term but lost...

Ex-Governor Barbour backs Reeves in Mississippi GOP runoff

Aug. 20, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday that he is supporting Tate Reeves for the Republican nomination for governor. Barbour said that "two good people" are in the Aug. 27 party primary runoff. Reeves is in his second term as lieutenant governor after serving two terms as...

Southern Miss is latest to sell beer at football games

Aug. 20, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The University of Southern Mississippi is joining a nationwide trend of universities selling beer at football games. The university announced Monday that it will sell beer and light wine at M.M. Roberts Stadium beginning with its Sept. 28 game against University of Texas at El...

Head Start early education programs launching on Gulf Coast

Aug. 20, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State University's Extension Service is in the process of launching five Head Start early education centers on the Gulf Coast. News outlets report extension service officials met with parents Monday in Biloxi. A news release from the university says the goal is to...

Judge rules lawsuit over oilfield waste can proceed

Aug. 20, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge says a lawsuit over oilfield waste can move forward. Jones County Circuit Court Judge Dal Williamson ruled Monday that Tae and Diedra Baucum can sue a number of companies including Petro Harvester Oil & Gas. WDAM-TV reports the Baucums allege waste buried nearby...

Police investigating after toddler found dead in hot car

Aug. 20, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

BOONEVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Police are investigating after a toddler was found dead in a hot car in northeast Mississippi. Booneville Police Chief Michael Ramey tells local news outlets that the 21-month-old boy was found dead Friday evening in the parking lot of a day care center. Ramey says the child...

Mississippi man gets 110 years in U-Haul robbery, stabbing

Aug. 20, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for robbing a U-Haul store and attempting to kill two women inside of it. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports 32-year-old Corey Taylor also was sentenced this month to an additional 10 years in prison for being a convicted...

Sheriff: Mississippi mom shoots adult daughter's boyfriend

Aug. 20, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

HURLEY, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in Mississippi say a woman shot the boyfriend of her 20-year-old daughter. News outlets report 38-year-old Rachael Dungan and Lillian Shoemaker were charged Saturday with aggravated assault. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell says the victim told deputies that Dungan came to...