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  Pine Belt vendors prepare for lottery

Lottery sales are coming to Mississippi. The Mississippi Lottery Corporation recently announced the dates players can begin buying their tickets.

USDA offers funding for rural water project in Lamar Co.

MSDH: Two new cases of vaping-related illness brings state total to 7 with one death

Powerball and Mega Millions to launch January 2020

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame 2020 class announced

2020′s best colleges and universities in Mississippi, according to WalletHub

New Emmett Till marker dedicated to replace vandalized sign

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  Expert explains the purpose of lovebugs

Trump son raising money for Mississippi GOP governor nominee

Trump planning November visit to Tupelo to campaign for Reeves

Amber Alert cancelled: Children kidnapped from Copiah Co. home found safe

Mississippi is the best place to live the “American Dream,” according to new research

Scratch-off lottery tickets go on sale Nov. 25 in Mississippi

Southaven man charged with molesting children, distributing child pornography

A Southaven man was arrested for molesting a child and distributing child pornography.

Biloxi native identified as victim in collapse of Hard Rock construction site

A native of Biloxi who was living in Louisiana has been identified by his family as one of the victims killed when a hotel under construction collapsed.

Pro-life advocates call City of Jackson’s buffer zone ordinance ‘unconstitutional’ and file lawsuit

Pro-life and pro-choice advocates were on the steps of the Supreme Court Monday as the Sidewalk Advocates for Life presented their lawsuit.

Statewide burn ban lifted; county burn bans remain

Despite the lifting of the statewide burn ban, there are still several counties that will remain under burn bans.

  Search for Kamille McKinney expanded to surrounding states

Pro-life supporters challenge new ordinance that bans protests outside abortion clinic

Silver Alert cancelled for 79-year-old Holmes Co. man

U.S. District Judge hears oral arguments in Mississippi election lawsuit

Ole Miss sends warning to students after blackface photo surfaces online

  USM hosts Hood, Reeves in first gubernatorial debate

Endangered/Missing Child Alert canceled for 15-year-old out of Hinds County

Sylvia Williams has been found and is safe.

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Chief of Staff resigns under pressure

A top official at MBN was told to resign or she would be fired, and WLBT obtained her resignation letter.

Which state has the highest infection rate of gonorrhea? Mississippi.

STDs are on the rise nationally and Mississippi is near the top of several of those lists.

  Lt. governor candidate Hosemann proposes plan to raise state employee salaries

Secretary of State and candidate for lieutenant governor Delbert Hosemann was in Waynesboro on Wednesday visiting community leaders, law enforcement and supporters in the area.

  CRAZY VIDEO: Runaway tire on I-55 causes damage to several vehicles

According to a viewer who caught the moment on video, a truck lost a tire on I-55 just before the County Line exit going southbound.

Legislative Democrats host Medicaid expansion hearing

Mississippi Legislative Democrats are hosting two Medicaid expansion hearings at the State Capitol this month.

Officials remind public of statewide burn ban as Fall temperatures descend upon South

Mississippi’s drought is now in the ‘severe’ range, according to state experts.

Former Choctaw official, wife charged with wire fraud, money laundering conspiracy, among other charges

Between March 2015 and June 2017, the husband and wife are alleged to have forged hotel bills and receipts, and submitted those documents to the Tribal government in claims for reimbursement for official business travel by Kevin Edwards.

Convicted murderer thought to have escaped Parchman found on facility’s grounds

News outlets report that the Mississippi Department of Corrections announced Saturday afternoon they’d located 34-year-old inmate Matthew Craig McKamey at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

Madison Co. Deputy Brad Sullivan making good progress; family updates

A post in a public Facebook group called Praying for Deputy Brad Sullivan, posted the update Monday morning.

Voter registration deadline is Monday in Mississippi

The secretary of state’s office says Monday is the last day for people to go in person to register to vote. Circuit clerks’ offices are scheduled to be open until 5 p.m. that day.

Missing autistic teen found safe in Pascagoula

Noah Daigle was found in good health by officers with the Pascagoula Police Department, according to a post by the Ponchatoula Police Department made Sunday night.

US appeals court to hear Mississippi 15-week abortion ban

Federal appeals court judges will hear arguments over a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Balloons popping mistaken for gunfire at Mississippi State Fair, causing panic

Officers were able to get the situation under control within a few minutes.

Blind, emaciated man found on island in the Mississippi River identified by rabies tag from dog

According to Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace, he was found by deputies who were in a River Patrol boat and taken to LeTournead Landing by boat where AirCare picked him up and transported him to UMMC.

Ole Miss cancels introductory press conference for new chancellor amid protest

Ole Miss Police Department decided to cancel the press conference because of “people who do not want to be civil.”

Louisiana businessmen plead guilty to bribing former MDOC commissioner, Kemper County sheriff

Four Louisiana businessmen pleaded guilty to conspiring to pay bribes in exchange for receiving contracts involving MDOC and a regional detention facility located in Kemper County.

Former higher ed commissioner to lead Ole Miss

An official with firsthand knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that former state Higher Education Commissioner Glenn Boyce will be announced as the next chancellor of the University of Mississippi on Friday.

  Mississippi under statewide burn ban

Conditions across south Mississippi have become incredibly dry over the past several weeks due to lack of rain, making conditions right for wildfires.

President Donald Trump endorses Tate Reeves for governor

President Trump says that Reeves is strong on crime, tough on illegal immigration and will protect the Second Amendment.

  Mississippi Driver Services Bureau says check your license for REAL ID gold star

You have one year to update your driver's license if you want to board a flight a year from now.

Burn ban declared for entire state of Mississippi

At the request and advice of the Mississippi Forestry Commission, Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed a proclamation initiating a statewide burn ban, effective immediately.

  HILARIOUS VIDEO: Camel chows down on Jackson woman’s hair at Brandon safari

Johnis Antonia Rushing was visiting the popular safari in Brandon with her mom and her 1-year-old son Kylen, Jr.

  Jackson woman brings awareness to Alzheimer’s while singing with Carrie Underwood

A Jackson woman gets the thrill of a lifetime when she submits a video and wins a contest to sing on stage with super star Carrie Underwood.

Businessman places $3.5 million bet at Biloxi casino on Astros to win 2019 World Series

McIngvale is a businessman from Houston who is known for owning and operating the Gallery Furniture retail chain.

Brandon Theesfeld’s attorney talks about what’s next after ‘not guilty’ plea

Tony Farese tells us what we're waiting on in the Brandon Theesfeld case.

Miss. Forestry Commission urges Mississippians to stop outdoor burning

Outdoor burning is being discouraged in Mississippi. The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) issued a statewide Wildland Fire Alert on Tuesday.

Health officials report fifth case of vaping related lung illness in Miss.

MSDH reported on Tuesday one additional identified case of a vaping-related lung illness in Mississippi,

Madison County now under burn ban; bringing total number of counties affected to 30

Four more countywide burn bans have been approved by the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC).

Mississippi’s archery deer season set to open

Even with temps reaching the 90s, archery deer season begins in most parts of the state Tuesday, October 1.

Sheriff, ACLU propose plan in Mississippi racial bias case

Officers would be required to have training about cultural diversity, bias and police-citizen interaction.

MDWFP to launch full certification online hunter education class

Mississippi law requires that everyone born after January 1, 1972 has to complete a hunter education course before purchasing a Mississippi hunting license.

Officials working to identify bones found on Biloxi roof

Officials are working to identify bones found on the roof of a building in downtown Biloxi.

Gov. Bryant announces $20.85 million for GOMESA projects

Seventeen blue economy projects in South Mississippi will receive more than $20 million in funding, thanks to the latest Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act disbursement.

Mississippi Department of Human Services receives $1.4 million federal grant

The grant will use the SNAP Model Notice Toolkit as a guide to modernizing recipient notices and transition to a platform connected to data in the eligibility system to reduce Case and Procedural Error Rates.

Noisy protesters near Jackson abortion clinic prompt city ordinance

Noisy protesters near abortion clinic prompt city ordinance

Newton Co. supervisor accused of fraud

A Newton County supervisor has been arrested by special agents with the Mississippi State Auditor’s Office after being indicted for fraud by a grand jury.

Police: Missing autistic teen’s car found at Mississippi/Alabama state line

The vehicle of a nonverbal autistic teenager who has been missing for over a week was found at the Mississippi/Alabama state line, said authorities.

MS police chief charged with choking teen

The male student told authorities Carter shoved him into an occupied girl’s restroom and choked him. Carter said the student attacked him.

Burn ban in effect for Lincoln County

The MFC approved the Lincoln County burn ban due to the increase in wildfire activity, elevated drought conditions, dry vegetation, and forecasted weather patterns.

Mississippi leaders react to impeachment inquiry

Mississippi's leaders are joining in on providing reaction to the impeachment inquiry.

2019 is Mississippi’s 2nd largest alligator haul; officials say hunters are getting better

The Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks tell us that there is no danger to the population of alligators after a big gator hunting season.

Shih Tzus rescued from Crystal Springs puppy mill are ready for adoption

These dogs are going to loving families who understand that they have special needs.

Second former MDOT employee charged with embezzlement

If convicted, Ravencraft faces up to 20 years in prison.

Federal fisheries declaration approved for Mississippi

Congressional leaders announced a federal fisheries disaster declaration Wednesday morning to help South Mississippi fishermen affected by the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

  Forrest, Marion Co. receive funding from tax-forfeited property sales

The funding is believed to be distributed among the cities, communities, and schools in the county.

‘Whoa!’: Python found in AC unit startles technician, homeowner

An HVAC technician got quite a surprise Tuesday when he found a ball python hiding inside the outdoor unit at a Gulfport home.

Health-related occupations continue to grow and stay in high demand

The number of Mississippians working increased last month, and there are some jobs that continue to be in high demand.

  One suspect who robbed 53-year-old disabled man at gunpoint in his Canton home arrested

If you recognize the individuals, reach out to the Canton Police Department at 601-859-2121.

MDOT maintenance worker dies in Franklin County accident

In a release, the Mississippi Department of Transportation said they are saddened by the loss of maintenance technician Mark Youngblood in a tragic tractor accident.

Emmett Till inquiry continues; 6 other ‘cold cases’ closed

Relatives of Till say they're encouraged that the case remains open but they're anxious for a resolution.

MDE launches statewide reading program with famous Pine Belt natives

HGTV's Ben and Erin Napier and Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre will be a part of the two special video readings.

Federal disaster assistance comes as relief to flood victims in Mississippi counties

Eagle Lake’s fire chief says finding out his community is eligible for individual financial aid is a relief.

  Celebrities, law enforcement from around the country send injured Madison deputy well-wishes

Deputy Brad Sullivan has a prayer army that spans the United States and sports some big names.

  Mississippi’s unemployment rate improving

Over the past five years, Mississippi’s unemployment rate has dropped by 3%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Coast Guard rescues 5 people after boat overturns near Gulfport Harbor

Five people were rescued from the Mississippi Sound by members of the Coast Guard after their boat overturned Saturday afternoon.

Two new cases of vaping related lung illness reported in MS

All three cases are in individuals between 28 and 33 years of age. Currently, there are no confirmed vaping-related deaths in Mississippi.

Wicker, Hyde-Smith, Thompson, and Guest Announce $3.75 Million for 12 Mississippi School Districts

“This funding will give more Mississippi students access to the advanced coursework they need to achieve their full potential,” Wicker said. “All students deserve the same educational opportunities regardless of where they live.”