• Los Angeles September 24, 2019 3:18 am

    One of B.B. King's ‘Lucille' Guitars Sold for $280K at Auction

    A guitar given to B.B. King for his 80th birthday has sold for $280,000 at an auction of items from the blues legend’s estate.

  • JUDGE May 30, 2019 11:52 am

    Former US Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi Dies at 81

    Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who served seven terms and used seniority to steer billions of dollars to his home state of Mississippi, has died. He was 81. Cochran’s final chief of staff, Brad White, said Cochran died Thursday at a veterans’ nursing home in Oxford. Cochran was elected to the U.S. House in 1972. When he won a Senate...

  • JUDGE May 24, 2019 8:40 pm

    ‘Here We Go Again': Judge Blocks Mississippi Abortion Ban

    A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy. “Here we go again,” U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote in his order. “Mississippi has passed another law banning abortions prior to viability.” His new order stops the law from taking effect July...

  • ATTORNEY May 18, 2019 4:37 pm

    Mississippi Jury Awards $3M to Black Strippers in Discrimination Case

    A Mississippi jury has awarded a total of more than $3 million to five African American strippers after a federal judge found the women worked under worse conditions than their white colleagues. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate ruled in the discrimination case last year. After a trial that lasted nearly a week on the question of damages, jurors decided...

  • Donald Trump November 21, 2018 7:52 am

    US Senator Says No Ill Will, Intent Behind ‘Hanging' Remark

    A white Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi said during a debate with her African-American Democratic opponent Tuesday night that she apologizes to people who were offended when she complimented a supporter by saying she would attend a “public hanging” if the supporter invited her. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s remark was caught on video that was released last week. It has brought...

  • Donald Trump November 12, 2018 8:21 pm

    Lynching Remark Puts Spotlight on Mississippi Senate Race

    A video of a white U.S. senator from Mississippi making a flip reference to a “public hanging” is incensing voters in a special election runoff, drawing attention to the state’s history of lynching and boosting Democrats’ hope of pulling off a stunner in the Deep South. Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith is facing former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary Mike Espy,...

  • Associated Press September 5, 2018 10:06 am

    Tropical Storm Gordon Makes Landfall on Gulf Coast

    Tropical Storm Gordon hit the Gulf Coast late Tuesday night, packing heavy winds and rain and claiming the life of a child who was killed when a tree fell onto his family’s home in the Florida Panhandle. The National Hurricane Center said Gordon weakened to a tropical depression over central Mississippi by Wednesday.

  • Associated Press September 5, 2018 4:19 pm

    Gordon Weakens to a Tropical Depression Over Mississippi After Killing One in Fla.

    Tropical Storm Gordon never became a hurricane but it was deadly all the same, killing a child by blowing a tree onto a mobile home as it made landfall. The storm weakened into a depression Wednesday but remained dangerous, dumping rain, spawning possible tornadoes and kicking up heavy surf in its wake. Gordon struck the coast at 70 mph, just...

  • Florida May 16, 2018 10:30 pm

    Any Doctor on Board? US Surgeon General Gives Aid on Plane

    When the call went out for a doctor on board, the U.S. surgeon general says he gladly stepped in to help with a medical emergency on a commercial flight. Dr. Jerome Adams, an anesthesiologist, said he assisted someone on a Delta Air Lines jet as he prepared to fly Wednesday to Jackson, Mississippi.

  • NEW YORK April 12, 2018 4:26 pm

    Gun Rights Supporters: Bring Your Unloaded Rifle to Rallies

    Organizers are encouraging gun rights supporters to bring unloaded rifles to rallies at state capitols across the U.S. this weekend, pushing back against a wave of student-led gun violence protests that some see as a threat to the Second Amendment. A group called the National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans spread word of the gatherings on social media. Organizers have...

  • NEW YORK April 13, 2018 6:33 am

    Gun Rights Supporters: Bring Your Unloaded Rifle to Rallies

    Organizers are encouraging gun rights supporters to bring unloaded rifles to rallies at state capitols across the U.S. this weekend, pushing back against a wave of student-led gun violence protests that some see as a threat to the Second Amendment. A group called the National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans spread word of the gatherings on social media. Organizers have...

  • United States March 19, 2018 5:40 pm

    Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran to Resign April 1

    Citing ill health, Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Monday that he will resign his Senate seat, effective April 1. The early departure clears the way for Gov. Phil Bryant, a fellow Republican, to appoint an interim successor — perhaps Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves — and sets up a special election on Nov. 6, NBC...

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation July 12, 2017 10:21 pm

    Military Plane Was at Cruising Altitude Before Deadly Crash in Mississippi

    The military transport plane that slammed into soybean fields Monday in the Mississippi Delta, killing 15 Marines and a Navy sailor, appears to have developed problems while high in the air, a Marine general said Wednesday....
    “Indications are something went wrong at cruise altitude,” Brig. Gen. Bradley S. James told reporters Wednesday in Itta Bena, Mississippi. That squares with comments from...

  • Captain July 11, 2017 7:01 pm

    16 Dead in Mississippi in Worst Marine Crash Since 2005

    Investigators picked through debris across a fire-blackened soybean field Tuesday to try to determine why a U.S. military plane slammed into the ground, killing all 16 people aboard in the deadliest Marine crash anywhere in the world in more than a decade. The KC-130 air tanker was carrying members of an elite Marine unit cross-country for training in Arizona when...

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation June 12, 2017 6:30 pm

    Mississippi Chief: Killings Leave ‘Gaping Wounds in Psyche'

    A police chief says the slaying of a barber in front of customers and the discovery of a severed head on the porch of a home the next day have left “gaping wounds in the psyche” of Mississippi’s capital city. Jackson Chief Lee Vance said Monday that authorities don’t know if the two crimes are related, but he called them...

  • SHERIFF May 8, 2017 4:45 pm

    Law Officers Unfair to Blacks in Mississippi County: ACLU

    Law enforcement officers in one majority-white Mississippi county are unfairly targeting black people for traffic stops and searches of homes and property without reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing, a civil rights group claims in a new federal lawsuit. The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi on Monday sued the sheriff’s department in the Jackson suburb of Madison County. The suit seeks...

  • Donald Trump April 2, 2017 9:42 am

    Goodbye, Gestalt Gardener? Cuts Threaten More Than NPR

    In a Mississippi Delta hamlet that calls itself the “Catfish Capital of the World,” public radio is one of Gus Mohamed’s constant companions on his long commutes past cotton and soybean fields. One of his favorite shows, “Gestalt Gardener,” bears some hallmarks of public broadcasting stereotypes: quirky voices, cheesy music and zealous listeners calling with questions. And it could go...

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