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Pawn Shop Robbed at Gunpoint in Clarksdale

CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Clarksdale police, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms authorities are investigating the armed robbery of a pawn shop on Wednesday. Around 9:30 Wednesday morning a man entered Crossroads Pawn at 632 South State Street looking for a


Clarksdale Police Make Arrests in Shooting Case

CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Clarksdale police have arrested 23-year-old Martavious Berryhill in connection with the shooting of 19-year old Jamie Wright. Berryhill, Wright and two others were riding in a vehicle Tuesday morning when Wright was shot in the head; he is being treated at a Memphis hos


Mississippi teacher indicted on sex-with-student charges

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - A former teacher accused of illegal sexual contact with a student has been indicted. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported that former Tupelo High School teacher Braden Bishop, 36, remains free on $100,000 bail pending a court appearance in March.


Clarksdale man wanted by police after 19-year-old shot in the head

CLARKSDALE, Miss. — Authorities in Clarksdale are searching for a man accused of shooting another man in the head while riding in a car. According to initial reports, a group of four people, including Martavious Berryhill, were riding around Clarksdale when Berryhill fired a gun, hitting a 19-year-o


Tax for another Mississippi River Bridge would not pass muster with Livingston Parish voters, Parish President Ricks says

BATON ROUGE – A new bridge across the Mississippi River could benefit Livingston and four other parishes in the Capital Area Road and Bridge District, but who pays for it could be a different story, Parish President Layton Ricks said.


Death of mentally ill man allegedly beaten by Mississippi police officers ruled homicide

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The death of 31-year-old Mario Clark has been ruled a homicide. Family of the victim alleged that he was beaten by Jackson police officers six days before his death.


Rock and Blues Museum to Close in Clarksdale

CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Clarksdale’s Rock and Blues Museum is closing. Owner Theo Dasbach hopes to sell the building and its contents to someone who will keep it going. Dasbach has wanted to sell the museum for several years but has only received offers for pieces of memorabilia and not the en


2 bodies found in creek, 2 arrested in Mississippi

PITTSBORO, Miss. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in Mississippi have arrested two people in a double homicide in the northern part of the state. Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan tells WTVA-TV the bodies of 38-year-old Kendrick Armstrong and 59-year-old Sherri Turner Calderon were found Wednesday in a cr


Inmates earn GED at East Mississippi Correctional Facility

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Over thirty inmates received their GED diplomas at a graduation ceremony Thursday morning. This is the largest number of graduates the facility has seen so far. Warden Ray Rice says he's proud of the graduates.


Man pulls victim from fiery Mississippi car wreck

MARSHALL COUNTY, Miss. — A man is being hailed as a hero after he pulled a man out of a fiery car wreck. Clint Street said he was on his way to work on U.S. 72 near the Marshall/Benton county line Wednesday when he saw a car on the side of the road with its flashers on, and a woman on the side of th


Mississippi woman pleads guilty in massive $200 million pharmacy fraud

JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi woman charged in a fraud case that prosecutors say reaped more than $200 million from a federal military health insurer and others pleaded guilty Wednesday.


Heavy mountain snow continues across Southwest; rain poses flood threat for Mississippi River valley

Heavy mountain snow continues today across the Southwest and Four Corners region. Storm totals of more than two feet are possible through tonight. Freezing rain ahead of this system spreads into the Plains and Midwest today, with heavier snow developing by Saturday.


Closer look at Mississippi hate laws

JACKSON, Miss (WJTV) - The arrest of 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett. Today a judge set a $100,000 bond and ordered Smollett to surrender his passport. Police announced Wednesday night Smollett will face a felony charge of disorderly conduct. He is accused of filing a false report claiming two men at


How a teacher finds joy, shakes stigma of being at an ‘F’ school in the Mississippi Delta

The Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, a new nonprofit news organization, collaborated with news outlets across the state, including the Sun Herald, to produce this series on the lack of education funding in the state and its affects.


Houma doctor among dead in Mississippi hostage standoff: report

One of four people found shot to death in a Clinton, Mississippi, home after a hostage situation last weekend was a doctor from Houma, the Clarion Ledger reports. Dr. Phung Minh Le, 28, was in residency at Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center and was in Mississippi with his fiancee. The young doctor of


Ole Miss interim chancellor gives statement regarding Mississippi Stands rally

With the Mississippi Stands march taking place in Oxford and on Ole Miss’ campus on Saturday, the university’s interim chancellor Larry Sparks sent a letter to faculty, staff and students on Thursday about regarding the event.


Mississippi LGBTQ community discuss hate crime reporting in wake of Smollett case

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -The Jussie Smollett case is fueling questions about whether real victims of anti-LGBTQ hate crimes will now come forward. Rev. Brandiilyne Mangum-Dear is a pastor of a church in Hattiesburg and is among those in the LGBTQ community concerned about the potential impacts of what po


How grassroots efforts are trying to solve the teacher shortage crisis

CLARKSDALE, Miss. — Cleveland native Toni McWilliams didn’t feel like she was putting her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration to good use working as an administrative secretary for a middle school in her hometown. The job, which paid around $19,000, barely brought in enough mo


Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting series highlights Corinth School District

We are honored to have been able to contribute to the newly-formed Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting's seven-part content series "Public School Funding: War of Attrition."


Have casinos helped fund education across Mississippi?

The Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, a new nonprofit news organization, collaborated with news outlets across the state, including the Sun Herald, to produce this series on the lack of education funding in the state and its affects.