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Retired Mississippi police lieutenant killed in car crash

Jul. 16, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A retired Mississippi police lieutenant has been killed in a two-vehicle crash. The Hattiesburg American reports 75-year-old John Smith Jr. died after the crash Sunday in Hattiesburg. Hattiesburg Police Department spokesman Ryan Moore says Smith retired in 1994 after 24 years with...

The Latest: National Guard trying to rescue family of 5

Jul. 14, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Barry (all times local): ___ 11:40 p.m. Authorities are trying to rescue a family of five who are trapped by high water in a south Louisiana home. KTBS-TV reports that the family was trapped Saturday night in the town of Franklin. The Shreveport television station reports...

The Latest: Mississippi River won't be as high as feared

Jul. 12, 2019 11:41 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Barry (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Forecasters expect the Mississippi River to crest about 2 feet (0.6 meters) lower in New Orleans than previously predicted — good news for those who feared the river might spill over the levees that protect the city....

Mississippi principal hired as district superintendent

Jul. 12, 2019 5:09 AM EDT

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi school district has hired a new superintendent as it tries to improve its state rating. The Enterprise-Journal reports that the South Pike School District has an F letter grade. On Thursday, the board hired Donna Scott for a three-year contract. She was principal of L.J....

Some residents oppose luxury apartments in Mississippi city

Jul. 9, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

PETAL, Miss. (AP) — Some residents of a Mississippi city say they oppose the construction of a recently approved $15 million luxury apartment complex. WDAM-TV reports the Forrest County Board of Supervisors approved the development July 1. Hattiesburg-based York Developments plans to build the nearly...

Mississippi woman convicted of tax crimes is out prison

Jul. 9, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman convicted of tax crimes is out of federal prison. The Hattiesburg American reports 64-year-old Linda Bolton was released July 3 from a medium-security facility in Aliceville, Alabama. She was convicted in September 2016 of five counts of filing a false tax...

Memorial to honor slain Mississippi voting rights activist

Jul. 8, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Work is underway on a memorial to honor a Mississippi voting rights activist killed when the Ku Klux Klan firebombed his home. WDAM-TV reports that a statue of Vernon Dahmer, who died in 1966, will be the centerpiece of a new plaza at the Forrest County Courthouse to honor him and...

3 gulf state Saenger Theaters restored; what about Biloxi's?

Jul. 6, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Three Saenger Theaters within driving distance have been renovated, but the one in south Mississippi is dark, with a leaky roof and unsafe areas. Millions of dollars have been spent to renovate the Biloxi Saenger Theater, which opened in 1929 as a movie palace with silk damask walls...

17-year-old's body found after Mississippi Sound drowning

Jun. 30, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The body of a 17-year-old Mississippi boy has been recovered after he drowned in the Mississippi Sound on Saturday. Harrison County Deputy Coroner Brian Switzer tells WLOX-TV that the body of Hattiesburg teen Carson Hall was found Sunday morning. Switzer says Hall died from accidental...

US Supreme Court won't review Mississippi death row case

Jun. 28, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday it won't review the case of the only woman Mississippi's death row, whose capital murder convictions were overturned by federal judges and reinstated by an appeals court. Lisa Jo Chamberlin was convicted in 2006 in the deaths of two people in...