LEAKE CO., Miss. (WLBT) - Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart says the body of a missing person found in Leake County may be a missing woman from Jackson. A Silver Alert was issued for 19-year-old Priddy Jackson last week due to her disappearance. Coroner Stewart says the official identity of the victim will have to be confirmed through medical records or DNA, which may take some time.
CLINTON, Miss. (WLBT) - Clinton Public Schools officials are banking on a summer project to better protect students from COVID-19. This summer, the district brought on Star Services to install some 560 air purifiers in an effort to kill COVID germs and other viruses and pollutants in the air.
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said Mississippi has a “rough few weeks” ahead when it comes to the fight against COVID=19. Dobbs and other state health officials discussed the rising number of infections and hospitalization rates during what is now being called the fourth wave of COVID infections.
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Magnolia State has hit the jackpot. Mississippi Lottery Corporation completed its final transfer to the state for the 2021 fiscal year, bringing the total to $138,961,541.14. Two new draw-style games, a series of high jackpots, and an expanding array of scratch-off tickets are among the sources of revenue.
PRENTISS, Miss. (WLBT) - A woman’s body was discovered in Jefferson Davis County over the weekend. According to Prentiss Police Investigator Richard Browning, the body was found on Sunday, July 18. Officials are expecting the autopsy to be completed by the end of the week.
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - As Gov. Tate Reeves’ public safety initiative rolls along, increasing police presence in the Capital City in an attempt to reduce crime, Jackson’s mayor said he wants to see more comprehensive efforts from the state. Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba told reporters Monday he hopes these measures will reduce crime, but stressed the importance of other factors that need to be addressed, too.
‘This is un-American’: Gov. Tate Reeves comments on White House pressuring social media platforms to censor information
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - On Monday, Gov. Tate Reeves commented on the White House pressuring social media platforms to censor information they deem “problematic” or “misinformation.” Reeves went on to say that “this type of activity is a threat to our democracy.”
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Tuesday, residents will have a chance to learn more about the new bus routes being proposed for Jackson’s transit system. On July 20, the city is hosting an open house at JTRAN headquarters at 300 W. Capitol St. in downtown Jackson.
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Monday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported more than 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 over a three-day stretch. It’s a marked increase from where the state was just several weeks ago. State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs put it simply:
HICKORY, Miss. (WTOK) - A three-year-old was killed in Hickory Sunday after finding a gun and accidentally shooting himself. Newton County Sheriff Joedy Pennington said the boy was in a car with his older sister while their parents were inviting people to go to revival.
The number of tests administered in the state totals 2,911,438 as of July 4. This includes MSDH Public Health Laboratory tests and other providers. The newest MSDH report shows 1,007,618 people are fully vaccinated and 2,082,239 doses have been administered in total. On March 19, 2020, the first in-state death from the virus was reported of a man from Hancock County.
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - As the summer break winds down for many children, Mississippi’s State Department of Health is making it easier for parents to get back to school forms to complete school registration. The special two-week event will allow parents to get a copy of their child’s Form 121 (shot record) if the child is up-to-date on immunization requirements, as well as their birth certificate, at the same time and same place.
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Video of a Jackson police officer slamming a woman onto a car outside a club is sparking lots of questions and concerns about the use of force. “It was too much force,” said Fareno Jackson, who recorded the video.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The bodies of a Tuscaloosa physician and his brother have been recovered from the rubble of a condominium building that collapsed late last month near Miami, Florida. Officials with the Miami-Dade Police Department confirmed late the evening of July 7, that the body of 58-year-old Dr. Gary Cohen was recovered earlier in the day.
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Cleanup efforts were underway in Byram on Friday. Workers spent hours removing debris from a fatal accident scene that claimed the lives of James Creel from Meridian, and Scott Hartsock, from Florida. The 18 wheeler tow truck the men were in was struck by an Amtrak train carrying more than 100 passengers on Thursday.
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Mississippi Department of Health provided COVID-19 guidance for the K-12 2021-22 school year. According to Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the Delta variant is twice as contagious as COVID-19. With Mississippi having the lowest vaccination rate in the country, health officials worry that outbreaks are inevitable — especially in the classroom.
FLOWOOD, Miss. (WLBT) - An Italian restaurant in Flowood will be closing for a week while they search for workers. In a post Friday, Cerami’s Italian Restaurant wrote that they “hate to close for any reason” but that they have been “tirelessly trying to find employees.”
MADISON COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) - A new campus appears to be in the works for the Magnolia Speech School. In July, the Madison County Planning and Zoning Board approved site plans for a “replacement campus” for the school, which is currently located on Flag Chapel Road in Jackson.
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Mississippi State Park System, created in 1934, is in trouble. That’s the takeaway from the PEER review of the system released in May. The report states, from fiscal year 2018 to 2020, state park operations suffered a net loss of almost 4 million dollars.
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Extra money is landing into bank accounts across the Magnolia State. July 15, President Biden’s American Rescue Plan is rolling out the largest ever child tax credit and tens of millions of families are starting to see payments.