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Forecasters confirm 14 tornadoes hit Mississippi

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters have confirmed that 14 tornadoes touched down in Mississippi as severe storms made its way across the South. The National Weather Service said that it had surveyed Thursday afternoon's twisters. The strongest tornado had winds as high as 132 mph when it hit a neighborhood


17-year-old critical after Jackson shooting, police say

JACKSON, Miss. — Jackson police were at the scene of a shooting Friday morning. Officers were called about 11 a.m. to the 1000 block of Metairie Road, where they found a teenager who had been shot in the head, authorities said.


Tornado Warning: Madison, Hinds, Warren, Yazoo

MADISON, Miss. (WJTV) - A tornado warning is issued for Madison County, as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, according to WJTV 12 Chief Meteorologist Ken South. Also, according to MDOT, Hinds, Warren and Yazoo Counties are also under a warning.


Local and state officials tour Morton tornado damage

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -Phones were ringing off the hook for officials in Morton today. And they’re still processing what appears to be a direct hit from a tornado. “Crews worked throughout the night to clear debris, clear the structures, make sure we didn’t have any fatalities, any injuries,” said Scot


Purse snatcher goes on shopping spree

MADISON, Miss. (WJTV) - Madison police need your help identifying the auto burglary suspect seen in the picture and video. On April 5, the police received two reports of purses being stolen from vehicles.


Tennessee man with the measles traveled to Mississippi when he was still contagious

JACKSON, Miss. (localmemphis.com) -- The Mississippi State Department of Health is warning people of the risk of exposure to the measles. Health officials say the man who has been identified earlier this week as having the first measles case in Tennessee, traveled to the Magnolia State while he was


MDOC continues major shakedowns in ongoing efforts to keep out contraband

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Mississippi Department of Corrections is continuing shakedowns in its ongoing efforts to remove contraband items for the safety of staff and individuals in the custody of the prison system.


Interim named after Madison Co. Schools superintendent resigns

MADISON, MS (WLBT) - According to Public Information Officer Gene Wright with Madison County, Superintendent Kimber Halliburton has resigned from Madison County Schools, effective immediately.


Crews on Jackson street working all day to remove fallen tree

The sound of a huge tree falling across the road woke up neighbors on one Jackson street early this morning. It's been an all day job for crews working to remove the tree and get the power back on.


Wife gives husband the gift of live: WJTV Exclusive

MADISON, Miss (WJTV) - Now to a WJTV 12 exclusive. April is national donate life month. Here in Mississippi, a Madison man just got a life-changing gift, a kidney from an unlikely donor.


Jackson Zoo closed Friday because of storm damage

The zoo blaming the storm for having to close. They say there was just too much storm damage to open. The animals and staff are okay. But they say there was trees and power lines down causing unsafe conditions for guests.


Third storm death reported in Mississippi

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials say Mississippi's storm death toll stands at three after a man was fatally injured while helping cut a tree that fell on a house. Lincoln County Coroner Clay McMorris tells the Daily Leader of Brookhaven that 63-year-old Freddie Mobley died from injuries after a tree trunk r


Mississippi Attorney Cheats Death in Plane Crash

OXFORD, MS (Ben Caxton) — A high-profile Mississippi attorney was a passenger on a twin-engine jet hours before it crashed killing three people. Richard “Dickie” Scruggs and his family flew on the plane from Colorado back to their home in Oxford Saturday; moments later pilot Tommy Nix, his wife Merl


2 killed in Mississippi during Thursday's severe weather

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Two people were killed in Mississippi during Thursday’s severe weather. One death happened in Neshoba County. According to WTOK-TV in Meridian, a tree fell onto a car that was traveling on Highway 15 South near Linwood.


Telemarketers Charged with Call Violations

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi Public Service Commission chairman Brandon Presley says the PSC has charged eight telemarketing companies with violations of Mississippi’s No-Call law. The PSC investigation found the companies are subject to over $1.6 million in fines for making 334 illegal ca


Some Mississippi residents have been put on notice for measles

JACKSON, MS (WMC) - Some Mississippi residents have been put on notice, after health officials say they may have been exposed to measles. This news comes during a nationwide measles outbreak in the United States.


Teen critical after falling from moving vehicle in north Hinds Co.

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Hinds County Sheriff’s Deputies and first responders are on scene of an accident near Johnson Line Road and Trotter Road in north Hinds County involving a 16-year-old girl.


Teen critical after being shot in head on Metairie Road in Jackson

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson police are investigating a shooting. Just after 11 a.m. a 17-year-old was shot in the 1000 block of Metairie Road. The victim was taken to the hospital after being shot in the head. He’s listed as critical but stable condition and is said to be responsive.


Specialty Flag Plates Lose Confederate "X"

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi residents who want a state flag without the Confederate battle emblem will soon be able to display one on their license plate. On Tuesday Governor Phil Bryant signed a bill authorizing several new specialty license plates starting July 1st; one features a propo


Crews to survey damage from latest round of deadly storms

JACKSON, Miss. — Thursday's storms are blamed for two deaths in Mississippi. A driver was killed in Neshoba County when a car hit a downed tree on a highway south of Philadelphia, authorities said. Another death was reported in Amite County. Kendrick Magee, 24, was killed when his car crashed near G