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Store owner killed, employee wounded in Lawrence Co. armed robbery — Two men are behind bars on several charges related to the death of Nilkanth Santoshrao Patil. A convenience store owner was killed and a 16-year-old employee wounded during an armed robbery in Lawrence County Thursday evening.
Oct 24, 2014

Lawrence Co: Keggerion Peyton, 23, and Darrion Watts, 22, are behind bars for killing store owner.

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Oct 24, 2014

It's not everyday that men put on purple dresses and run...this is a funny photo gallery.

Amber Alert issued for baby taken from Memphis motel — An Amber Alert has been issued for a baby taken from a Memphis motel. Samiyah Nicholes, 8 months old, was taken from the EconoLodge at 6045 Macon Cove around 6 a.m. Friday, according to the Memphis Police Department.

Mayor Mary mulls statewide office — The names of possible candidates in next year's statewide election are being discussed among political circles in Mississippi, and one of the more interesting ones is Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler. Hawkins-Butler's name has floated around as a potential candidate for State Auditor, but the nine-term mayor is remaining coy about the possibility.
Oct 24, 2014

Intense GOP primary next year if Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler challenges State Auditor Stacey Pickering.…

Cochran thanks black voters; Childers camp blasts PAC — Republican Sen. Thad Cochran on Thursday thanked African-American voters who helped him pull off a win in the GOP primary runoff and asked for their continued support against Democrat Travis Childers on Nov. 4. "I certainly am hopeful I get support from the black community," Cochran said after speaking to a sparse crowd of about 40 at a block party in his honor in downtown Jackson.

Mom caught trying to smother baby in Texas, investigated in Mississippi — A teen mother accused of smothering her baby now is being investigated in Mississippi where another child died last year. At the time Cynthia Wood told investigators that her 20-month-old girl died after suffering seizures. Mississippi authorities reopened their inquiry into the June 6, 2013, death after learning that Wood was accused of trying to kill her 4-month-old son here.
Oct 24, 2014

Under. The. Jail. Woman accused of trying to kill baby in Texas being investigated for death of child in Mississippi.…

Ole Miss coach Kennedy will go the distance to recruit — Andy Kennedy received valuable advice during his first basketball meeting as a freshman at North Carolina State. "There's no such thing as levels of programs," then-Wolfpack coach Jim Valvano told his team, Kennedy recalled. "There are levels of players." Those words stuck with Kennedy throughout his collegiate career at N.C.
Oct 24, 2014

Andy Kennedy's recruiting is not bound by state of Mississippi borders, writes @CourtneyRCronin.…

Purple Dress Run supports domestic violence shelters — Cora Beth Hartfield still gets goosebumps when talking about her friend Mary Heather Spencer, killed in 2007 by her boyfriend in Jackson. "I wanted to do this in her memory," said Hartfield of Brandon, who joined friends at the third annual Purple Dress Run 5K run/walk by Catholic Charities in downtown Jackson on Thursday night.
Oct 24, 2014

Catholic Charities' Purple Dress Run brings awareness, funds for domestic violence shelters…

Long-awaited Clinton Hampstead project to break ground — After spending 10 years on the drawing board, the extension project for Hampstead Boulevard in Clinton will begin Monday. Mayor Phil Fisher, the Board of Aldermen and Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking at 10 a.m. Friday at 3000 Hampstead Boulevard in front of Morrison Heights Baptist Church.