Tag: Mississippi

Report: 18 Dead in Southern Storms, Tornadoes [VIDEO]

At least 18 people have been killed in the last two days in sweeping storms that have hit Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. Tornadoes hit Georgia early Sunday morning, killing at least 15 people and injuring two dozen. Others died in Mississippi from tornadoes. More tornado watches have been issued for Monday in the Southeast…

Judge Blocks Mississippi Anti-LGBT Law

A federal judge has blocked a Mississippi law that would have given explicit and special protections to those who oppose same-sex marriage, just an hour before it was due to go into effect Friday. Judge Carlton W. Reeves called the law β€œa vehicle for state-sanctioned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.”…

Bryan Adams Cancels Mississippi Show

Canadian singer Bryan Adams pulled his concert in Mississippi scheduled for later this week over the state’s new law that enables religious groups to deny services to gay couples based on marriage beliefs. The rocker released a statement on Sunday saying he can’t “in good conscience” perform in a state where “certain people are being…

7 Killed in Severe Storms Across U.S. [VIDEO]

At least seven people were killed Wednesday in a deadly storm system that swept across the South and Midwest. Several tornadoes touched down in Indiana and Mississippi, where three people were killed. Two more people died in Tennessee in the unseasonably warm storm weather, while a tree blew over onto to a house in Arkansas…

Professor Shot & Killed At Univ. In Mississippi [VIDEO]

A Delta State history professor was shot and killed Monday, police said, and the campus remains on lockdown. Sources say the man killed was Ethan Schmidt, who taught a variety of American History courses and focused on conflict between Native Americans and European colonists. The shooter remains at large.

BP will pay $18.7B for Deepwater Horizon oil spill [VIDEO]

The Gulf Coast states and the federal government have reached a tentative settlement with BP for the British oil company to pay $18.7 billion over 18 years, to compensate for damages from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, state officials said Thursday. β€œThis is a landmark settlement,” Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama said. β€œIt is…

Police look for clues in case of Mississippi teen burned to death [VIDEO]

A mysterious and gruesome crime ended the life of 19-year-old Jessica Chambers. She was found badly burned Saturday night on a rural Mississippi road by first responders after a passerby called 911. “You couldn’t recognize her because she was unrecognizable,” her father, Ben Chambers, told CNN affiliate WREG. As her car continued to blaze, emergency…

5 children found dead in Alabama woods; father in custody

The bodies of five children were found in woods in Alabama on Tuesday, police said. They are believed to be siblings who were reported missing in South Carolina. The children, ages 1 to 8, went missing with their father a week ago. Authorities said the father is being held in custody in Mississippi.

Mississippi Tea Party leader commits suicide

Mark Mayfield, vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, and one of three men charged with conspiring to photograph U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s bedridden wife in her nursing home, has committed suicide.

Sen. Thad Cochran defeats tea party challenger, survives runoff

Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran survived a GOP runoff against tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel on Tuesday, the Associate Press reported. The six-term, 76-year-old lawmaker barely won the race which went into overtime earlier this month after neither Cochran nor McDaniel reached 50 percent of the votes. Photo: Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., survived a runoff…

Mississippi Primary Too Close to Call

It looks like the battle by six-term incumbent Thad Cochran to hold on to his Senate seat in Mississippi won’t be getting easier any time soon. The Republican faced a formidable challenge from Tea Party state senator Chris McDaniel in Tuesday’s primary, which experts say will likely necessitate a runoff. Neither candidate appears to have…

Elderly man wakes up in body bag in Mississippi funeral home

An elderly Mississippi man woke up in a body bag at a funeral home after being declared dead earlier that day. Walter Williams, 78, was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. in his home and taken to a nearby funeral home. As workers prepared to embalm him, he reportedly started kicking in the body bag. Williams…

Oil Spill Closes Mississippi Ports

The Coast Guard says a 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River is closed until further notice while crews clean up oil from a barge that hit a towboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The collision happened Saturday afternoon near Vacherie (VASH-uh-ree), 47 miles west of New Orleans. In nearby St. Charles Parish, officials say…