MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi county seeks to buy a shuttered mall, as it considers sites for a courthouse.
Lauderdale County Supervisors want to buy the vacant Village Fair Mall for...
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Five more members have been added to a hall of fame that honors the arts and entertainment in Mississippi.
The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience announced...
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Police suspect that a man found dead in an eastern Mississippi creek was killed.
Meridian police Capt. John Griffith says a woman walking along a creek in the city...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is starting a program aimed at decreasing long lines at driver's license bureaus.
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi mayor says some city council members are engaged in "foolishness" with an investigation about work conditions.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Seven men are being indicted on claims that they took part in gang-related assaults in a Mississippi prison.
Charged with one or two counts of aggravated assault in aid...
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Most afternoons, after their children take a nap, a group of mothers in Meridian's Broadmoor neighborhood meet for a walk or playdate.
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Police say a blood trail led them to a Mississippi man they accuse in a deadly April shooting.
Meridian Police Detective Thomas Abate testified Tuesday that officers...
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been arrested after authorities say he stole a fire engine, drove it around town and damaged it by hitting a utility pole.
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Steve Forbert is being honored in his Mississippi hometown.
Forbert attended a ceremony in Meridian where the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment...
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The leader of Mississippi's National Guard is addressing graduates at Mississippi State University.
Maj. Gen. Janson "Durr" Boyles, the National Guard's adjutant...
Mayor’s veto of city administrator’s pay cut stands
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — An east Mississippi city's chief administrator will get paid after all.
The Meridian Star reports three members of the five-member Meridian City Council voted to...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi restaurant owner, two relatives and his company have been sentenced for harboring illegal workers.
U.S. District Court Judge David Bramlette on Thursday...
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — An east Mississippi city wants to buy the police station it now leases.
Meridian Mayor Percy Bland tells local news outlets that the monthly lease is set to more than...
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A longtime state senator is leaving office early to serve on the Mississippi Community College Board.
A state Senate news release Tuesday says Republican Sen. Videt...
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — The Meridian City Council has voted to cut the salary of Chief Administrative Officer Richie McAlister to $0, citing his performance.
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Another Mississippi city has agreed to change the way it jails poor people after it was threatened with litigation.
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Two Georgia men have been arrested for robbing a string of fast-food restaurants in Alabama and Mississippi, and may be suspects in a killing in Georgia.
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Police say a man wanted on murder charges in a man's shooting in Mississippi has been arrested in Florida after a month-long search.
Air traffic controller honored for emergency landing aid
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Navy air traffic controller has been nominated for a national award after guiding a pilot to a successful emergency landing last year.
About 5,000 gallons of diesel spill from Mississippi company
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — About 5,000 gallons (18,926 liters) of diesel fuel have spilled from a Mississippi railroad yard, with some of the material getting into a nearby creek.
The Meridian Star reported the leak occurred at the Norfolk Southern rail yard in Meridian before 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Mississippi probes 3 officers over possible timesheet fraud
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State Auditor's Office is investigating three Meridian police officers over possible timesheet fraud.
News outlets report the three officers have since been placed on unpaid administrative leave, and authorities didn't immediately release their identities. Police Chief Benny Dubose says the monthslong investigation is ongoing, and the officers may either return or be fired pending the probe's findings.
Meridian councilman chases man on foot after truck break-in
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — An elected official in Mississippi says he chased a man who broke into his truck because he just wanted to talk to the would-be burglar.
Meridian City Council member Tyrone Johnson tells WTOK-TV that he was up late doing homework one night this week when his wife saw someone breaking into the truck.
Extra work, extra pay for a few Meridian city employees
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A few employees in a Mississippi city have been approved for higher pay because they are taking on extra responsibilities.
The Meridian Star reports that the Meridian City Council signed off on the salaries after hearing how the workers were doing duties beyond their original job description.
Inmate at privately-run Mississippi prison dies in hanging
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — An inmate in a privately-run Mississippi prison has died after he was found hanged in his cell.
Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler tells news outlets that guards at East Mississippi Correctional Facility found the 34-year-old man Thursday evening. Guards tried to resuscitate the inmate before he was taken a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police drop capital murder charge against Mississippi teen
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Prosecutors have reduced capital murder charges against a Mississippi teen to attempted murder, armed robbery and manslaughter.
The Meridian Star reports charges against 16-year-old Dezjuan Moffite were reduced during a Monday hearing.
Mennonites aid tornado rebuilding in eastern Mississippi
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Mennonite volunteers are helping rebuild homes in a Mississippi community damaged in a 2018 tornado.
The Meridian Star reports that Mennonite Disaster Service arrived last week.
Kim Waters, a member of a disaster recovery committee, said some residents still haven't returned to their homes or are living in houses with damage such as leaky roofs. She said older people with fixed incomes have had trouble affording repairs.
Students transform junk into a jewel
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — What was once an old, beat-up van is now a masterpiece.
For the last six months, students at the Ross Collins Career and Technical Center in Meridian have been transforming an old clunker into the van from the iconic 1980s television show "The A-Team."
The project is one of many the students have been working on while gaining technical skills.
"A piece of junk to a jewel, I am so proud of them," said Rob Smith, the director of the center.
Third man charged in shooting of Mississippi sheriff’s son
MACON, Miss. (AP) — Three Mississippi men have now been arrested in connection with the drive-by shooting of a sheriff's son.
News outlets report 27-year-old David Jaquan Hampton of Meridian has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and has been jailed in Meridian.
Ramon Mattox, son of Noxubee County Sheriff Terry Grassaree, was shot three times in the chest in Macon on Friday. He was released from a Tupelo hospital Tuesday.
Teen charged in Black Friday mall shooting in Mississippi
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Bond is set at $50,000 for a teenager charged with shooting a man outside a Mississippi shopping mall while Black Friday sales were going on.
Meridian police tell media outlets that 19-year-old Jarvonta Lanier faces charges including aggravated assault and gang activity.
Conservative vs. moderate in Mississippi Senate election
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's two U.S. Senate candidates rallied supporters around their themes of conservatism and moderation Sunday as they entered the closing days of their campaigns.
The Latest: Mississippi Senate candidates make final pitches
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. Senate special election runoff in Mississippi (all times local):
The two candidates in a Mississippi U.S. Senate runoff are rallying supporters a day before President Donald Trump visits the state to campaign for Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith.
Hyde-Smith spoke to Republican stalwarts at a Meridian museum Sunday afternoon supported by U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, an Iowa Republican.
Man shot in hand during argument at Mississippi mall
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A suspect is in custody after a shooting at an east Mississippi mall.
News outlets report Meridian Police Sgt. Dareall Thompson says it happened about 3:30 p.m. Friday in the parking lot at the Bonita Lakes Mall. Authorities say a man was shot in the hand during an argument and taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Leading Mississippi lawmaker won’t be convicted of DUI
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — The second-ranking member of Mississippi's House of Representatives pleaded no contest to drunk-driving charges Monday but won't be convicted under a diversion program for first-time offenders.
Amy Lott’s healing music message, from Mississippi to world
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Several decades ago, when Amy Lott was a child, she sat down at a piano at Annabelle Boyd's home in Meridian and hit a note.
It could've been an F sharp, or a B flat — she likely doesn't remember — but that one note resonated from the old upright piano, moved through the young girl's body, traveled through her nerves and landed deeply in her bones and heart.
Mississippi man charged with setting fire, killing mother
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a Mississippi man intentionally set his house on fire and killed his mother.
Lauderdale County sheriff's deputies arrested 53-year-old Michael Reese on Monday after he had been treated for burns at a Jackson hospital.
Reese is charged with capital murder and arson and jailed in Meridian without bail. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.
Fire guts empty building in downtown Meridian
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Fire has destroyed an abandoned building in the downtown of one Mississippi city.
News outlets report that flames quickly ate through the building in Meridian on Wednesday morning. Firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading to other structures.
12 Mississippi driver’s license stations closing Wednesday
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Driver's license offices are closing for one day this week in 12 cities in northern and central Mississippi.
The Department of Public Safety says this is happening Wednesday. Workers in the offices will have annual training to learn about updates to the driver's license system.
Community college wins $1.1M manufacturing training grant
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi community college has received a $1.1 million grant to start an advanced manufacturing technology program.
The Mississippi Community College Board awarded the grant to Meridian Community College, in an effort to develop industry-specific programs that have not qualified for traditional worker training money.
Pilot, driver give thanks after Highway 45 emergency landing
QUITMAN, Miss. (AP) — Just above the lettering on her Ford Explorer's right sideview mirror, which read "OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR," Sandra Smith of Quitman spotted a single-engine aircraft zooming in.
"I thought ... that plane's flying awfully low," Smith said.
Vice president’s son completes Navy training in Mississippi
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — The son of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has graduated from naval aviator training in Mississippi with his father looking on.
The Meridian Star reports 1st Lt. Michael Pence was among seven pilots pinned with golden wings Friday at Naval Air Station Meridian in Mississippi.
Mississippi lawmaker arrested for refusing to take DUI test
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A high-ranking Mississippi legislator has been arrested for refusing to take a DUI test after running into the back of another car at a red light near his home in Meridian.
The Clarion Ledger reports House Speaker Pro Tem Greg Snowden was arrested Thursday.
Men plead guilty to harboring illegal workers at restaurant
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Mississippi residents and their company are pleading guilty to harboring illegal workers at a restaurant.
Entering pleas Tuesday to illegally harboring immigrants were 61-year-old Guo Guang Lin, 35-year-old Cheng Lin and their company, Lin's China Buffet of Meridian.
U.S. District Court Senior Judge David Bramlette is scheduled to sentence the Lins on Jan. 8. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said each man faces up to 10 years in prison.
Lawsuit: Ex-city worker fired for reporting illegal activity
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi city worker is suing the city of Meridian, saying he was fired for reporting illegal activity.
Music binds couple from Georgia, to Romania to Meridian
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Living thousands of miles apart as children Levi and Teodora Mitze-Circiumaru never knew their love for music would one day bring the two together - or to Meridian.
City takes back $8,400 from charity linked to councilwoman
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city is taking back $8,400, at least for now, that it gave to a charity run by the husband of a city councilwoman.
Football team manager inspires as he battles cancer
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Clarkdale football manager Jordan Kemble entered the school's cafeteria just before 5:30 p.m. to a thunderous applause. The sophomore barely made it through the doors before receiver/defensive back Jonathon Ford waved him over and pulled him in for an embrace.
Kemble, wearing a salmon-colored shirt and jeans, made his way from table to table to share hugs and laughs with the Clarkdale football players he considers his brothers.
Mississippi soldiers and rescuers deployed for Florence
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is sending National Guard members and search-and-rescue workers to areas affected by Hurricane Florence.
Two swift-water rescue teams including local firefighters from 22 communities have gone to Virginia to help with rescue operations in case of flooding.
Mississippi House roll call vote on creating state lottery
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House voted Monday to reject a bill to create a state lottery, with 60 members voting no and 54 voting yes. A yes vote was to pass the bill, while a no vote was to defeat the bill.
Democrats voting yes (18)
Anderson, Escatawpa; Banks, Jackson; Burnett, Tunica; Calhoun, Jackson; Clarke, Jackson; Cockerham, Magnolia; Denton, Vicksburg; Dixon, Raymond; M. Evans, Preston; K. Gibbs, West Point;