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Tropical system to bring heavy rain, flooding to Gulf Coast

Jun. 18, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Threats of heavy wind and rain from a tropical weather system spinning Friday in the Gulf of Mexico prompted the closure of Louisiana coastal oyster beds, forced postponement of weekend Juneteenth celebrations in Mississippi and Alabama and could tamp down Father's Day tourism...

Mississippi collects $129M from lottery since July

Jun. 18, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has collected more than $129 million from the state lottery during the first 11 months of the budget year. The Mississippi Lottery Corporation said in a news release Thursday that the state collected nearly $14.2 million from the games...

New Orleans health system pushes further into Mississippi

Jun. 17, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A large New Orleans-based health system with hospitals in Louisiana and Mississippi plans a merger that will deepen its presence in Mississippi. Ochsner Health and Rush Health Systems said in a news release Thursday that officials expect a proposed...

Sentencing delayed for Moss Point ex-mayor and his wife

Jun. 17, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed for a former Mississippi mayor and his wife. Mario King is a Democrat who was elected mayor of Moss Point in 2017. He resigned in February of this year, after he and his wife, Natasha King, each pleaded guilty to a...

Private school lays off teachers as owners face charges

Jun. 17, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A private school in the Mississippi Delta has laid off all of its teachers and is searching for a buyer as its current owners are facing federal fraud charges. Administrators of North New Summit School sent an email to parents Wednesday to tell...

Man sleeping on railroad tracks seriously injured by train

Jun. 17, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A man on the Mississippi coast faces serious injures after being hit by a train Wednesday night while he was sleeping on the tracks. WLOX-TV reports that the 63-year-old was hit at 9:15 p.m. on the railroad tracks in...

Tropical system shaping up to be super soaker for Gulf Coast

Jun. 17, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Heavy rains could soon be in store of parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as a tropical system off the coast of Mexico begins moving north ahead of the weekend. Heavy rains should start to affect parts of the northern Gulf Coast on Friday, The...

Business leaders discuss how new flag impacts state economy

Jun. 16, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A prominent Mississippi business leader said Wednesday the decision to change the state's flag has removed a “significant impediment” to economic development in Mississippi. Mississippi lawmakers voted last year to retire a Confederate-themed...

North Mississippi city has new interim police chief

Jun. 16, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A city in north Mississippi has named an interim chief for its police department. The Tupelo City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to confirm Jackie Clayton for the role. Clayton, currently a deputy chief, will replace outgoing Chief Bart...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 16, 2021 13:43 PM EDT

(Columbus) The Dispatch. June 15, 2021. Editorial: Bulldogs bound for ‘Starkville North’ By Dispatch Editorial Board • 50 mins ago On the eve of the NCAA baseball regionals two weeks ago, Larry Buckley, who played baseball...