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Mississippi measles-free because of vaccinations, doctor says

JACKSON, Miss. — The number of measles cases is on the rise in the U.S., but so far, not in Mississippi. A Jackson pediatrician said the nationwide outbreak makes him worry about his patients who are younger than 12 months old because they haven’t been able to have the measles vaccination and are mo


Man Dies from Fall and Police Are Investigating

GREENWOOD, MS (Ben Caxton) — Greenwood Police say they are investigating the death of a man who fell and hit his head. 31-year-old Wesley Franklin of Greenwood, died late Friday afternoon at Greenwood Leflore Hospital after reportedly having fallen. MedState called police after transporting Franklin


Agriculture Commissioner Announces Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Task Force

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Tuesday, Mississippi’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson announced the planned framework and first meeting of the Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Task Force. House Bill 1547 was enacted during the 2019 Regular Legislative Session. Cultivation of industrial hemp w


Police: Louisiana man took Mississippi girl he met online

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say they will bring charges against a 24-year-old man who met a 13-year-old Mississippi girl online and then picked her up and took her to Louisiana.


Person shot while driving in north Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss. - A man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly shot at another individual who was driving in northern Mississippi. The shooting happened Sunday afternoon in Oxford. Police were called to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi around 3:45 p.m. after the victim reported being


App will explain slaying that spurred civil rights activism

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - A mobile app is being developed to explain places and events connected to a killing that galvanized the civil rights movement. Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old from Chicago, was killed in 1955 while visiting relatives in Mississippi. Photos from his open-casket funeral showed


South Mississippi EmployAbility Job Fair

This morning over 30 local businesses came together at the Biloxi Civic Center to take part in the South Mississippi EmployAbility Job Fair. This job fair is designed for individuals with disabilities and is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Governor’s Job Fair Net


Roof Collapse Leads to Greenwood Demolition Orders

GREENWOOD, MS (Ben Caxton) — A partial roof collapse at a Greenwood building has led to the approval of a string of demolition orders from the city council. Greenwood will spend $22,500 with Mac?McNeer Construction to demolish the Cowan Music building and four other privately owned structures in tow


Mississippi Attorney General Defends Heartbeat Law

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi’s attorney general is defending a law that bans most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy. It’s one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation. Governor Phil Bryant signed it last month, and it is set to take eff


Which of the Coast counties is the healthiest in Mississippi? Here’s a breakdown.

Good news for the Coast, y’all. The cities in the three Coastal counties are ranked as some of the healthiest places to live in Mississippi, according to a county-by-county breakdown of health data published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health In


Mississippi, the only state with a Confederate symbol in its flag, is offering a new flag design on license plates

(CNN) — Mississippians who'd like to display their state flag minus its Confederate imagery can rejoice in a newly approved specialty license plate. The state's flag has long contained an image of the Confederate battle flag, also known as the Southern Cross. Mississippi is the only one of the Unite


Mississippi Visitor May Have Brought Measles

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — An out-of-state visitor passing through south Mississippi may have infected people with measles. Since the contagious traveler visited two restaurants in Hattiesburg on April 9th and 10th health officials haven’t reported any cases of measles despite a nationwide outbreak.


Mississippi universities set to increase tuition by 4% in the fall

JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX/AP) — Tuition at in-state colleges in Mississippi will go up on average of four percent beginning in the fall. All eight of the state’s public universities are planning on raising tuition. For the first time, the average cost for a full year of tuition and mandatory fees in Miss


No injuries in car chase

The Mississippi High Patrol reported that Timothy E. Jones, 38, of Ruleville led Troopers on a high-speed chase Friday around 1:15 p.m. Jones was driving westbound on MS Highway 8 East in Cleveland in his 2017 Chevrolet Silverado.


Focused on Mississippi: Prospect Hill Plantation

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Miss (WJTV) - Walt Grayson always starts our week with another story Focused on Mississippi every Monday at 6 pm. This is one of those places that could have a bunch of stories. How do you narrow it down?


Unite Mississippi’s “A Night of Unity” coming to Mississippi Veterans Memorial/Jackson State University Stadium

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - They’re calling it “A Night of Unity” and organizers are expecting a capacity crowd at the Mississippi Veterans Memorial/Jackson State University Stadium Saturday night.


Mississippi city approves free beer samples for shoppers

OXFORD, Miss. — Free beer tomorrow, the old joke goes, but it’s coming true in one Mississippi city. The Oxford Eagle reports city aldermen voted 5-1 Tuesday to allow stores that specialize in selling beer to offer free 1-ounce samples to shoppers.


Musician and wife's 50-state tour coming to Delta this week

Recording artist and author Robert Hunter will be in Mississippi, along with his wife Becky, this week as the final stop on a 50-state tour. The Hunters will be in Greenwood on Tuesday, April 23 at Turnrow Book Co., where Robert Hunter will perform a few tracks from his new album Revival and will si


Lindsey Hunter named MVSU men's basketball coach

ITTA BENA, Miss (WJTV) - Lindsey Hunter has been named the 11th men's basketball coach in Mississippi Valley State University history. Hunter most recently was an assistant coach at the University of Buffalo during the 2016-17 season.


Mississippi Valley edges Lady Bulldogs in first game of weekend series

ITTA BENA, MS __ Alabama A&M Softball fell 3-1 on the road against Mississippi Valley on Friday in the first game of a three game conference series on Friday. The Lady Bulldogs (19-15, 8-5 SWAC) opened the scoring in the first on a RBI double by Alyssa Lopez. Mississippi Valley (6-29, 2-10 SWAC) res