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Dr. Felecia Nave named preferred candidate for Alcorn State University President

Dr. Nave was recommended by the Board Search Committee, chaired by Trustee Shane Hooper, with input from the Campus Search Advisory Committee.

MEMA gives update on damage reports from Thursday’s storms

13-year-old Monroe County girl found safe; Missing/Endangered Child Alert canceled

  Health officials alert of measles exposure in Hattiesburg area

  Changes coming for deer hunters as Chronic Wasting Disease continues in the state

State Auditor releases report showing increased outside-the-classroom spending

Mississippi residents can display state flag minus Confederate battle emblem with new specialty license plate

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Missing 12-year-old found safe, endangered/missing child alert canceled

Governor Bryant signs teacher pay raise bill

Clean up efforts continue after 19 tornadoes touched down across Mississippi

  Governor Phil Bryant outlines damage in 17 counties from deadly tornadoes

  Governor declares State of Emergency as 17 counties deal with severe weather damage

Damage reported in parts of the state, two injured due to severe weather

C Spire service restored after customers experience widespread cell phone outages across Mississippi

The largest privately held wireless carrier in the entire country issued a statement on Twitter saying they were aware of the outage and are working to resolve the issue.

MDOC launches countywide communication system in Greene County

The Mississippi Department of Corrections is trying to enhance communication with people in Greene County, where the South Mississippi Correction Institute is located.

  Mashed potatoes are randomly being placed around front yards in historical MS neighborhood

What is the story behind these mystery mashed potatoes?The Belhaven community says they are eager to find out.

  DECISION 2019: Lt. Governor candidates weigh in on teacher pay issue

Lt. Governor candidates Delbert Hosemann and Jay Hughes discuss teacher pay and their proposed solutions.

USDA issues $148.8 million loan for rural electric system upgrades in MS

  Tate Reeves officially kicks off gubernatorial campaign

Tires stolen off three Mississippi police cruisers

Mississippi teacher group eyeing protest; asks about walkout

  Statewide survey reveals voters’ thoughts on policy issues

Missing Port Barre teen found in Colorado; man she was traveling with in custody

Entergy Mississippi releases statement on federal court decision in Mississippi lawsuit

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Thursday told lawyers that he'll issue a written ruling on returning the case to Hinds County Chancery Court by Friday.

  Kent McCarty shares plans for office

McCarty says his focus while in office is to make sure educators and administrators have a voice at the state capitol.

USM hosting series of business lectures on export awareness

The head of a state organization that promotes exports spoke Thursday at The University of Southern Mississippi.

  Mississippi teachers are in fighting mode after legislative session actions

Mississippi educators are organizing for action -- they're planning how to best get their voices heard following the most recent legislative session.

Humanist legal center seeks God-free Mississippi license plates

A national group that includes atheists and agnostics is objecting to Mississippi's new standard license plate design that has the phrase "In God We Trust."

Two arrested for murder of missing Scott Co. woman found in Louisiana

A woman’s body was found in shallow water in Mound, Louisiana, on Monday, April 1.

  WDAM Investigates: Cashing in on child care

Some licensed child care facilities in Mississippi continue to operate and accept subsidies from the state despite repeated failed inspections.

  Former Mississippi cop sentenced to 20 years for death of 3-year-old daughter

A former South Mississippi police officer will spend the next 20 years in prison for the death of her three-year-old daughter.

  Officials hit the Capitol City to discuss big changes coming to the 2020 census

Next year, the counting process will require citizens to be computer savvy.

  Mississippi legislature works to strengthen human trafficking laws

Some human trafficking victims will soon receive protections under a new state law. And law enforcement says that's needed to better track down the people behind the crimes.

Dispute over Mississippi electricity prices heads to trial

The unit of New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. says it’s done nothing wrong and that the dispute belongs before a regulator, not a judge.

Mississippi woman arrested for stealing trooper’s puppy

Amber Keating was arrested after neighbors reported seeing a woman dragging a dog through the neighborhood.

8-month-old baby found safe after father abducts her

She has been found and is safe.

Mississippi House and Senate pass $1,500 teacher pay raise

The measure will be rolled into regular paychecks and continue in future years.

MDOT announces emergency bridge closures

The current closures are a continuation of a 2017 report from federal inspectors who determined many bridges in the state were deficient. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) worked with State Aid and MDOT to schedule repairs or closures.

  South Mississippi Strong: Eighth grader battles brain cancer with smile, positive attitude

A Biloxi eighth grader and her mom put on a brave smile and a positive attitude each day as the teenager battles brain cancer with the help of St. Jude Hospital.

  Lawmakers considering new budget proposals following improved revenue outlook

While there's been disagreements on specifics---there does seem to be a consensus at the State Capitol.That consensus is that the money will most likely go towards pay raises for teachers and state employees.

  Craft beer sales on the rise statewide

The craft brewing industry continues to grow not only across the nation, but in the state of Mississippi as well.

Federal health plans extension good news for Mississippi

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Monday that they will allow insurance companies to continue to offer certain health plans that would have been phased out on January 1, 2020.

Mississippi teachers playing waiting game on pay raise proposal details

Teacher pay raise details are still in limbo at the State Capitol as the 2019 legislative session draws to a close.

Morgan Freeman converts his Mississippi ranch into a honeybee sanctuary

The Oscar winner imported a total of 26 bee hives to the ranch and has planted bee-friendly Magnolia trees and lavender on the property.

Mississippi school tells teachers to remove religious items

Carnathan says the district hasn't previously received similar complaints.

Process to move Confederate monument on Ole Miss campus started

University leaders met with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Institutions of Higher Learning to discuss the steps rules and regulations for removing the monument.

Choctaw tribal member sentenced to 45 years in prison for beating man, burning body

33-year-old Jerome Steve will spend the next 45 years in prison after he pleaded guilty for his role in a man’s beating death.

  MS has highest risk of social isolation in people 65 years and older

New research from Databank USA revealed Mississippi is leading the country with adults ages 65 and older having the highest risk of social isolation.

Governor plans to sign fetal heartbeat bill despite threat of legal action

Nation's most restrictive abortion ban to be signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant on Thursday.

Bill banning abortions when fetal heartbeat detected heads to Governor

Senate Bill 2116 provides an exemption for cases of medical emergencies.

Grand jury determines Poplarville man accused of murder acted in self defense

A grand jury determined Aritaeus Johnson acted in self-defense in a case where he was accused of murder. He will not be prosecuted.

  Former MS cop pleads guilty after 3-year-old daughter died in hot patrol car

Cassie Barker pleaded guilty to culpable negligence manslaughter Monday evening. Barker’s 3-year-old daughter,

12-year-old boy attacked by six dogs in Mississippi

A tragic story out of Winona Monday morning.

Mississippi gov called ‘despicable’ for ignoring black rep

Rep. Karen Bass of California told reporters Friday that Republican Gov. Phil Bryant was petty to ignore Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson.

Former boyfriend of Jessica Chambers shot, killed

The former boyfriend of Jessica Chambers was shot and killed.

  Pascagoula UFO: A new witness comes forward

A UFO and alien abduction on the Pascagoula River: you may have heard this story from the 1970s. Now 45 years later, for the first time, a witness is coming forward saying she saw this alien encounter.

Portion of Mississippi River restricted after boat sinks

A portion of the Mississippi River is closed after a towing vessel sank Thursday, Mar. 14.

Ag commissioner says meat labeling law will help consumers

Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson says a new law just signed by Governor Phil Bryant should protect you when you shop for meat.

Rep. Palazzo appointed to Naval Academy Board of Visitors

Rep. Steven Palazzo was selected to serve on the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy.

Governor gives update on Nissan Layoffs

Governor Phil Bryant gave an update on the Nissan plant layoffs.

Home of Medgar Evers to become national monument

A national monument designation is reserved for sites of great cultural, historical, or natural significance to the United States,

Auditors office returned over $50,000 to taxpayers in February

State Auditor Shad White announced on Tuesday that his office returned $52,780.09 to Mississippi taxpayers last month.

  Family of woman killed in crash with MS police officer demands answers

The family of the Mid-South woman killed in a crash with a Sardis police officer is demanding answers.

Mississippi House passes fetal heartbeat abortion bill

The House on Monday amended and passed Senate Bill 2116 , which would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. The House and Senate must work out differences in their respective bills before it moves forward to Gov. Phil Bryant.

Mississippi House ups ante on teacher pay; final sum unclear

A total of 20 Republicans broke ranks on a key House vote that kept alive a proposal to quadruple that original proposal, giving teachers a pair of $2,000 raises over the next two years.

Mother charged after car rolls into creek, killing her kids inside

The Leland Police Department was called on March 9, around 5:45 p.m., in reference to a white Nissan Pathfinder that was floating in Deer Creek, with three children trapped inside the vehicle.

Mississippi man arrested for animal cruelty; two emaciated Great Danes seized

Koenig was arrested and released on a $2,000 bond.

Attorney General launches “Students Against Violence” app

Attorney General Jim Hood launched an app for students struggling with depression, bullying, drug use, and other problems common among teens.

MS man sentenced in major counterfeit investigation

An Alcorn County man already serving a 32-month federal sentence for trafficking counterfeit goods received another three years on state charges.

2 children killed, 1 rescued after SUV rolls into Leland, MS creek

Witnesses said, as they watch the incident unfold, they knew something was wrong and quickly acted.

Mississippi judge steps down from case involving R. Kelly’s alleged affair with deputy’s wife

Wooten was asked to step away from the case because Bryant had asked Wooten if she would represent him when she was an attorney while he sought a divorce from his wife and a lawsuit against Kelly. She declined to represent him.

  Charlotte Russe closing all its stores, going out of business effective immediately

In a statement, the company said its still in negotiations to sell its intellectual property.

Ole Miss Student Senate votes unanimously on resolution to remove Confederate statue

The Ole Miss Student Senate unanimously voted yes on a resolution to remove a Confederate statue from the Ole Miss campus at a meeting Tuesday night.

Case involving 14-year-old girl charged with mom’s murder in Pike Co. going to grand jury

32-year-old Erica Hall of Magnolia was pronounced dead at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center.

Paramedic faces multiple lawsuits alleging he abused patients in ambulance

A South Mississippi paramedic is facing allegations that he sexually assaulted multiple victims in the back of an ambulance.

Former Mississippi corrections officer sentenced to five years in prison for excessive force

A former MDOC officer was sentenced to five years in prison for violating the civil rights of an inmate at the CMCF.

  'It was more than a pet’: Mississippi man shoots family’s puppy in head as 12-year-old girl calls for him

Can you imagine, a 12-year-old little girl, watching, as her neighbor shoots and kills her family’s dog?

Mississippi National Guard 155th ABCT returns home

Soldiers were greeted by their families after serving in Kuwait

Michigan man arrested for making telephone threats to Governor Bryant

A Michigan man was arrested Tuesday on five counts of cyberstalking, announced the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

What to expect if you’re the victim of a scam

The Mississippi Attorney General's Office sends out scam alerts as they receive reports on a regular basis.

MEMA releases storm damage reports from 30 counties

These damage reports serve only as initial assessments from the county emergency management offices and will change (either higher or lower) as additional reports and assessments are sent to MEMA.