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Mississippi among worst states for dams rated in bad shape

Nov. 10, 2019 9:45 AM EST

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Maybe it's in a subdivision in Olive Branch, on a hill above Interstate 20 in Meridian, or in rural Carroll County. But across Mississippi, there are dams waiting for one inch too much of rain, or one year too many of neglect. The state has one of the highest numbers of dams that...

Risks being evaluated at contaminated former industrial site

Nov. 7, 2019 2:36 PM EST

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Environmental assessments are expected to be finished next year at the contaminated site of a former wood treating facility in eastern Mississippi. Experts will evaluate potential health risks for people who might use the former Kerr-McGee site in the future, after the site is...

Mississippi county left without pharmacy after chain closes

Oct. 28, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

DEKALB, Miss. (AP) — Officials in a rural Mississippi county say residents have been left without a pharmacy after a drug store chain closed this month. The Clarion-Ledger reported Monday that Fred's Pharmacy closed its location in DeKalb, Kemper County's largest city, on Oct. 18. Mayor Clark Adams says...

Mississippi hometown to honor late Temptations singer

Oct. 13, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — One Mississippi city promises there will be sunshine on Oct. 26, even if it's a cloudy day. That's the day Meridian will honor the late David Ruffin, one of the lead singers of the Motown group The Temptations. He sang the hit "My Girl," that included that sunny lyric. The Meridian...

Owner of house charged in case of boy found dead in bag

Oct. 12, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A third woman faces felony charges in the death of a 5-year-old boy found in a garbage bag in a Mississippi basement. The Meridian Star reports Alicia Thames was arrested this week on two counts of contributing to the neglect of a minor. Meridian Police Chief Benny Dubose says...

Air National Guard team first of its kind to the rescue

Oct. 12, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

KEY FIELD, Miss. (AP) — Capt. Adam Wright was 16 when Hurricane Katrina battered Mississippi, leaving a deadly path of destruction that stretched far inland. His family lost two properties on the coast and like many others across the state, was stranded without power for weeks at home in Jackson. "We had...

Judge: Man with cyberstalking charge can request public info

Oct. 5, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge says an architect indicted on cyberstalking did not violate bond conditions by requesting information from the city of Meridian and Lauderdale County. Attorney Matt Baldridge says the circuit judge's order is "vindication" for Mitchel Marshall's right to defend...

Mississippi mother charged in murder case against caregiver

Sep. 20, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — The mother of a 5-year-old child whose remains appear to have been found in a Mississippi basement faces criminal charges, although police don't believe she killed the boy. Local news outlets report 24-year-old Teasia Warren was charged Thursday with two counts of contributing to the...