mississippi news

'Guard cat' credited with preventing would-be robbery

BELDEN, Miss - A Mississippi man says his pet cat helped prevent a robbery at his home. The calico cat named Bandit lives near Tupelo with her 68-year-old retired owner Fred Everitt. The cat alerted him when at least two…

2 former Natchez employees indicted on embezzlement charges

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi auditor's office says two former Natchez city employees have been arrested after they were indicted on embezzlement charges. Auditor Shad White says former city clerk Servia Fortenberry and former deputy clerk Sevetrius Dillon are…

Federal judge seizes control of Mississippi jail

MICHAEL GOLDBERG Associated Press/Report for America JACKSON, Miss (AP) - A federal judge has seized control of a Mississippi jail after citing “severely deficient” conditions at the facility. U.S. Southern District of Mississippi judge Carlton Reeves placed Hinds County’s Raymond…

Owner: Mississippi abortion clinic is sold, won't reopen

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The owner of Mississippi's only abortion clinic says she's sold the building and will not reopen the clinic even if a state court allows her to do so. Diane Derzis…

Judge set to hear challenge of Mississippi abortion law

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A judge is considering a lawsuit filed by Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, which is trying to remain open by blocking a law that would ban most abortions in the state.…

1955 warrant in Emmett Till case found, family seeks arrest

By JAY REEVES and EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A team searching a Mississippi courthouse for evidence about the lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till has found the unserved warrant charging a white woman in his…

Health Department: Mississippi medical marijuana months away

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Health Department officials say it could be the end of the year before medical marijuana is available in the state. Businesses need time to receive licenses and to grow,…

Mississippi teen facing murder charge hours after graduation

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - Just hours after graduating high school, a Mississippi teenager was arrested in what has been described as a domestic dispute that left one person dead. News outlets report Lowndes County Sheriff Eddie Hawkins said 18-year-old Justin…