Charge upgraded to capital murder for man accused of killing Jones Co. woman

Officials with the Jones County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Tuesday that the charge against Michael Askew has been upgraded from murder.

  Columbia facing drainage backup due to river flooding

  Eight elected officials announce party switch, join Mississippi Republican Party

Dog stuck in cave saved by rescuers in southern Indiana

  Safety precautions to take after flooding

MDOT worker helps deliver baby on I-20: ‘They weren’t going to make it to the hospital’

Wayne County woman charged with assault on officer

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Jones County murder suspect to appear in court Wednesday

Waynesboro residents get garbage rate hike

4 firefighters hurt while battling blaze in Marion Co.

Former Jones County Supervisor convicted of embezzlement

Man gets life sentence for beating girlfriend and ‘torturing’ her 5-year-old son

  Suspect in shooting deaths of 2 Alcorn State students facing 2 counts of murder

Brian Dozier signs with San Diego Padres

Former University of Southern Mississippi standout Brian Dozier signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

WATCH: 84-year-old Ole Miss fan wins new car with insane golf putt

One Ole Miss fan attended a basketball game this weekend and left with a new car.

Childproof packaging removed in most accidental poisonings in children, study says

The Poison Prevention Packaging Act passed in 1970 required a number of household items like cleaning chemicals, flammable liquids and prescriptions to have child-resistant packaging.

  Flood waters still causing issues in Marion County

The Pearl River reached its crest at 25.6 feet in Marion County on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

WATCH: High-speed dragway crash hospitalizes Coast firefighter

Natchez man arrested for killing his mother, father and kidnapping baby

  A flood to remember: Pearl River crests in Marion County

MEMA: 450 homes damaged in Hinds and Madison Co. as result of flooding

New Orleans EMS: Thoth riders fall off floats in separate incidents; both taken to hospital

NWS: Pearl River crest level increases to 25.8 feet for Marion County

Evacuated families allowed back home after large gas leak in Yazoo Co.

All of those who were hospitalized are expected to be okay.

  Families leave before flood waters get worse

The Pearl River is wrecking havoc throughout Marion County as the flood waters continue to grow to the crest point.

  Parade highlights 23rd Black Heritage Celebration in Covington County

African-American history was celebrated Saturday in Collins.

Bacchus, Orpheus release statements responding to Endymion fatal crash

Captain Clark Brennan also responded to the City’s call to ban tandem floats for the remainder of the Carnival season.

1 killed in float accident during Endymion, most of New Orleans parade canceled

The City of New Orleans has confirmed that a person has been struck and killed by a float Saturday night during Endymion.

Law enforcement, Patriot Guard Riders provide escort for body of Taylorsville soldier

A South Mississippi soldier who died on Valentine’s Day was escorted from Jackson to Laurel Saturday.

  Couple who vanished during California getaway found alive

An academic couple who vanished during a getaway in the woods of Northern California coastline has been found by search-and-rescue workers who spent almost a week looking for them and gave up hopes of finding them alive.

  Morgantown residents evacuate Pearl River flooding

Residents in the Morgantown area affected by the rising water are evacuating their homes thanks to the help of community volunteers.

  African-American voter symposium held in Hattiesburg

Dozens of Forrest County residents gathered Saturday for a conference on mobilizing and energizing voters for the 2020 elections.

Water rescue efforts taking place in Marion Co. due to Pearl River flooding

The efforts began early Saturday morning near MS HWY 587 around 3 a.m. and later around 1 p.m. near Dean Griner Ballpark in Columbia.

Beloved coast photographer, Alex North, has passed away

Alex North wowed the Gulf Coast with his stunning photography. Now his breathtaking photos remain as part of his artistic legacy.

Man arrested in connection to Dabbs Street shooting; 3 still wanted

Hattiesburg police arrested a Hub City man Friday wanted in connection to Tuesday’s shooting on Dabbs Street.

  Keeping your pets safe as Pearl River rises in Marion County

Columbia’s Animal Control and Rescue is hoping you and your pets stay safe as the waters rise this weekend in Marion County.

  Harlem Renaissance focus of Hattiesburg middle school black history program

Dozens of students at N.R. Burger Middle School celebrated Black History Month Friday.

  “Put Me in the Mix” live music competition to be held Saturday

Nearly one dozen young musicians from the Pine Belt are taking part in a unique competition Saturday night.

William Carey receives donation of musical instruments

William Carey University administrators and faculty held a special “Thank You” ceremony on Friday for gifts given to the Winters School of Music.

Body of Mississippi soldier to return home Saturday

Cpl. Zachary Austin Holloway will be escorted to Laurel where he will be laid to rest next week.

Mississippian wins $200K on scratch ticket

A Mississippi Lottery player won a big jackpot in Tupelo.

Two Forrest and Covington Co. fugitives captured in New York

Stormy Evans and Tyler Sanford were arrested by Erie County Sheriff’s deputies in Springville, New York Friday.

Moselle man charged with grand larceny, another wanted

The Forrest County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Moselle man in a grand larceny investigation and is looking for another Moselle man.

Former office manager accused of stealing $32K from Jasper Co. water association

The embezzlement and fraud scheme ranged from September 2011 to February 2019.

  Pine Belt teen recognized nationally through dance

A Pine Belt teen is achieving success and national recognition through performing arts.

Seminary woman facing felony assault and possession charges in Covington Co.

Lacey Magee was arrested for simple assault on a school official and possession of contraband in a correctional facility Friday afternoon.

  Southern Miss holds Public Health Symposium

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Health Professions hosted a Public Health Symposium on Friday.

Miss. Supreme Court rules former Columbia officer must register as sex offender

Justin Codey Herrington was convicted on Aug. 9, 2016 of having prohibited sexual activity with a Mississippi Department of Corrections probationer.

Appeals court keeps block on Mississippi 6-week abortion ban

A federal appeals court is keeping a block on a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions as early as six weeks - when many women may not even know they are pregnant.

42-year-old charged with murder for stabbing Wendy’s employee to death

A Pearl Wendy's employee is dead after a fight with his coworker in the kitchen.

  Sheriff: Murder of 82-year-old woman a ‘heinous crime’

Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin called the murder of Betty Lou Dickerson a “heinous crime.”

TBI releases new information on vehicle possibly connected to Amber Alert for missing toddler

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has uncovered new information regarding an Amber Alert that was issued Wednesday for a 15-month-old girl out of Sullivan County.

Damaged water pipe along U.S. Highway 98 causes boil water advisory in Hattiesburg

Arnold Line Water Association customers along U.S. Highway 98, in the shopping area of Academy to Bed Bath and Beyond, and also David’s Bridal to Material Girls and the Ross store will be affected.

  Catching up with freshman lawmakers at the Capitol

On the 37th day of the session, we paid a visit to the Capitol to meet a couple of newcomers who just took office in January.

  Pearl River continues to rise in Marion Co., expected to crest Sunday

The Pearl River continues to rise in Marion County with residents preparing for flooding this weekend.

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

  USM researchers investigating ancient forest under Gulf of Mexico

A biogeographer at USM is investigating an ancient forest under the ocean floor.

Petal holds meeting to discuss possible referendum for restaurant sales tax

Petal city officials met with residents Thursday night to discuss the possibility of a referendum on a new sales tax on food and beverages at local restaurants.

LIST: Road closures due to flooding in Marion Co.

Areas in Marion County are feeling the effects of the rising flood waters of the Pearl River.

Woman fatally struck by NYX float identified

The accident happened around 8 p.m. on Feb. 19 near the intersection of Magazine Street and Valence Street.

  Community reaches out to help Jones County tornado victim

Cleanup efforts continue for the Dool family after their home was destroyed by a tornado in December.

Four wanted in connection to Dabbs Street shooting

The Hattiesburg Police Department is searching for four suspects who have arrest warrants in connection to a Tuesday shooting on Dabbs Street.

Connecticut man sentenced in connection to pharmacy fraud scheme

A federal judge sentenced a Connecticut man for his role in a health care fraud scheme involving Advantage Pharmacy in Hattiesburg.

Boil water notice lifted for Barrontown Utility customers

The company issued the advisory Friday morning to customers in Petal.

Suspect held on $200K bond in off-campus shooting deaths of 2 Alcorn State students

An investigation is underway after two Alcorn State University students were shot to death Monday night.

  Lamar County looking to create updated burning order

The county is looking into creating a standalone burning order that will be more apprehensive for violators.

HPD: Missing man has been located and found safely

Police said 61-year-old Glenn Zelt was last seen leaving a medical facility in Hattiesburg.

TBI issues Amber Alert for east Tennessee infant last seen in December

TBI said 15-month-old Evelyn Mae Boswell was last seen Dec. 26, 2019. She was not reported missing until Feb. 18.

U.S. Marshals capture Jones Co. murder suspect in Tenn.

More information will become available as the investigation progresses.

Senate bill would allow optometrists to perform eye surgery, ophthalmologists warn of safety concerns

They believe that optometrists are not trained for the procedures that Senate Bill 2070 would allow them to perform if passed.

  EXCLUSIVE: Two DHS embezzlement case defendants appear in court

Former DHS director John Davis and MCEC accountant Ann McGrew both had their arraignments in Hinds County court.

First lady Melania Trump honored with ‘Woman of Distinction’ award

First lady Melania Trump touted her “Be Best” program and the Trump administration’s battle against the opioid crisis as she accept an award from a Florida Christian college.

  Lamar County celebrates National Career and Technical Education month

The Lamar County School District is celebrating National Career and Technical Education month by showing students of its Technical Education Program that they don’t have to leave home to find great career opportunities in the Pine Belt.

  Mississippi governor announces impending closure of troubled Parchman unit as inmates are moved to another facility

The inmates will temporarily be housed at the nearby Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility. They are being transferred through reclassification and exchanges for lower-security inmates.

  Purvis cheer team wins national championship

Purvis High School placed first in the Large Varsity Division II Game Day competition.

  Marion County continues preparation for Pearl River flooding

With water making its way down the Pearl River into Marion County, residents and county officials continue to prepare for flooding.

Newman released from hospital; Chastain to race Las Vegas

Roush Fenway Racing tweeted a photo of Newman walking out of Halifax Medical Center hand in hand with his daughters.

State Board of Contractors offers tips to home owners affected by flooding to avoid scams

Homeowners can use MSBOC online resources at to check the license status of the contractor they plan to hire, and to get tips on wise repair and improvement choices.

  Pine Belt Boy Scout administrators react to national BSA bankruptcy

Administrators with the Boy Scouts in the Pine Belt are reacting to the announcement this week that the Boy Scouts of America has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Gov. Reeves holds press conference concerning impact of Pearl River flooding, progress at MDOC

Gov. Reeves held a press conference Wednesday concerning the impact of the Pearl River flooding and updates at MDOC.

Two employees shot to death outside Baptist Hospital

Jackson police say the shooting was domestic related.