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Judge: No work on entertainment pier as lawsuit is pending

Apr. 12, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A judge has issued an order that blocks a company from starting construction on an entertainment pier on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Harrison County Chancery Court Judge Jennifer Schloegel issued the temporary restraining order Wednesday in a...

Justices to hear Mississippi marijuana initiative arguments

Apr. 12, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that challenges the state initiative process and seeks to block development of a medical marijuana program. Voters in November approved Initiative 65, which requires the...

Police: Memphis rapper, 23 others arrested in Miss. shooting

Apr. 12, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

SENATOBIA, Miss. (AP) — A Tennessee rapper was among a caravan of at least two dozen people who were arrested in connection to a highway shooting in Mississippi, authorities said. Big Boogie, whose real name is John Lotts, was taken into custody Thursday along with 20...

Analysis: Mississippi unlikely to ease its election laws

Apr. 11, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators imposed no new limits on the election process during their recently ended session, but this state already had some of the strictest voting laws in the U.S. Widespread early voting? Not in Mississippi. This state has a...

Mississippi deputy dies in crash while responding to call

Apr. 11, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

PRENTISS, Miss. (AP) — A south Mississippi sheriff's deputy died after he lost control of a police vehicle while responding to a call. Deputy Pat Barnes died Saturday, said Jefferson Davis County Sheriff Ron Strickland. Strickland said Barnes was...

Tupelo replacing its oldest fire station with new building

Apr. 11, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city is building a new fire station to replace its oldest one. Tupelo officials broke ground for the new building Thursday, WTVA-TV reported. The station that will be retired is 64 years old. The city has already...

Hinds Community College offering free summer classes

Apr. 11, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

RAYMOND, Miss. (AP) — A college in central Mississippi is offering free classes this summer, using federal coronavirus relief money to cover the costs of tuition, fees and books. Registration opens Monday for new students at Hinds Community College. Classes begin June...

Vicksburg port options: Move to new site or expand in place

Apr. 11, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Engineers in Mississippi are evaluating a potential new site for the Port of Vicksburg, a few miles south of the current location. Elected officials from Vicksburg and Warren County met Wednesday to discuss whether to expand near the current port...

Mississippi woman turns 100, has lived whole life in state

Apr. 11, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — With a gravelly voice that crackles through the phone, Arcola Denson-Reid says she doesn’t want to talk about the past. She holds her stories close. They’re the ones that have taken her to her 100th birthday today. Friday,...

Severe storm damages buildings in Florida Panhandle

Apr. 10, 2021 21:39 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A cluster of severe storms swept across the South early Saturday, leaving one person dead in Louisiana, toppling trees and power lines in Mississippi, dropping large hail on an Alabama coastal city and leveling buildings in the Florida Panhandle. ...