Latest Mississippi News

Yokna Bottoms Farm celebrates 10 years amid flood recovery

Apr. 21, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — While driving around his six acres of fields in his pickup truck, Doug Davis talked about the losses at Yokna Bottoms Farm from February's record rainfall and flooding in Lafayette County. When the water receded and damage was assessed, it felt like a total loss. Floodwaters topped off...

Mississippi Valley hires former NBA player Lindsey Hunter

Apr. 20, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Valley State has hired former NBA player and coach Lindsey Hunter as basketball coach. The school announced Hunter's hiring on its athletics website Saturday. Hunter is a Mississippi native and was a star at Jackson State before a 17-year NBA career with the Detroit...

City says safety work ready to start in push to quiet trains

Apr. 20, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Northeast Mississippi's largest city is trying to revive an effort to quiet its many trains. Tupelo's effort to upgrade 19 rail crossings have been stalled, The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported. Completing safety upgrades including crossing arms would allow the city to...

App will explain slaying that spurred civil rights activism

Apr. 20, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A mobile app is being developed to explain places and events connected to a killing that galvanized the civil rights movement. Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old from Chicago, was killed in 1955 while visiting relatives in Mississippi. Photos from his open-casket funeral showed his...

Rural Mississippi hospital at crossroads with new owners

Apr. 20, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — When the hospital in rural Panola County, Mississippi, went into bankruptcy in August, residents had good reason to worry. Half of the state's rural hospitals have been deemed at financial risk. Others have stopped crucial services, such as closing an emergency room. Five rural...

Mississippi: Automatic renewal on hunting, fishing licenses

Apr. 20, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is offering an option for people to automatically renew their hunting or fishing licenses. The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says in a news release that the new feature is on the customer portal of its website. People can choose the automatic renewal when...

Storms in South kill girl in Florida, bring tornado threat

Apr. 20, 2019 12:40 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A strong storm system barreling through the South killed an 8-year-old girl in Florida and threatened to bring tornadoes to large parts of the Carolinas and southern Virginia. A tree fell onto a house Friday in Woodville, Florida, south of Tallahassee, killing the girl and injuring a...

Storms in South kill girl in Florida, bring tornado threat

Apr. 20, 2019 12:21 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A strong storm system barreling through the South on Friday killed an 8-year-old girl in Florida and threatened to bring tornadoes to large parts of the Carolinas and southern Virginia. A tree fell onto a house in Woodville, Florida, south of Tallahassee, killing the girl and injuring a...

The Latest: Forecasters confirm 4 tornadoes in Virginia

Apr. 20, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the South (all times local): 12:15 a.m. Four suspected tornadoes have been reported in Virginia. The National Weather Service says damage has been reported Friday night after twisters touched down in Reston, Fredericks Hall, Barham and Forksville. Authorities...

Former jailer pleads guilty to illegal sex with inmate

Apr. 19, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A former jailer in a south Mississippi county has admitted to illegal sex with a female inmate, and a lawyer for the deceased woman's children is seeking monetary damages. Warren Avery pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of attempted unlawful sexual activity and two counts of...