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Guy Finds Meaning, Pain Overnight in a Waffle House

Man who lost fantasy football had to spend 24 hours, with time off for each waffle

(Newser) - A Mississippi man’s mouth wrote a check his body very much did not want to cash. He promised to spend 24 hours straight in a Waffle House, with a one-hour credit given for each waffle eaten. If your first question is, "did he lose a bet?” then you’...

Ex-Lawmaker Claimed Relative Was Killed. Now She's Dead, Too

Mississippi's Ashley Henley shot at property where sister-in-law was found dead

(Newser) - A former Mississippi state lawmaker was murdered Sunday outside a burned-out trailer where her sister-in-law was found dead only months ago. Ashley Henley—a Republican who represented District 40, including parts of DeSoto County, from 2016 to 2020—was shot and killed while mowing the grass outside the trailer in...

Tupelo Says Somebody Stole 'Elvis'
Tupelo Says
Stole 'Elvis'

Tupelo Says Somebody Stole 'Elvis'

Lettering spelling out iconic singer's name stolen off sign at entrance to his Miss. birthplace museum

(Newser) - "Elvis" has left the street sign. The Elvis Presley Birthplace , a historic museum site commemorating the King of Rock and Roll in Tupelo, Miss., made a troublesome find over Memorial Day weekend: Someone ripped the lettering for the first word of the "Elvis Presley" signature off the brick...

New Case Could Pose Threat to Roe v. Wade
New Case Could Pose
Threat to Roe v. Wade
the rundown

New Case Could Pose Threat to Roe v. Wade

Supreme Court will tackle Mississippi law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks

(Newser) - The Supreme Court caused people on both sides of the abortion debate to take notice on Monday—the justices decided to hear a case later this year that is seen as a major challenge to Roe v. Wade. The details:
  • The case: Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization is

51 Years Later, Jackson State Grads Get an Apology

Mayor addresses 1970 shooting by police on campus that left 2 dead

(Newser) - The mayor of Mississippi's capital city and a state senator both apologized Saturday for shootings 51 years ago by city and state police officers that killed two people and injured 12 others on the campus of a historically Black college. Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and state Sen. Hillman...

Favre Hasn't Kept Promise to Repay $600K in Welfare Funds

He received Mississippi funds for speeches he never gave

(Newser) - Brett Favre still hasn't repaid the state of Mississippi $600,000 in welfare money he received for speeches he never gave. The former NFL quarterback promised to return $1.1 million last year after state auditors said funds earmarked for needy families had been paid to his company, Favre...

Small Plane Crashes Into Home, Killing 4

It was carrying three Texas residents to graduation ceremony in Mississippi

(Newser) - A small plane crashed into a Mississippi home, killing one of the home's four occupants and three Texas residents who were flying to a university graduation ceremony, authorities said Wednesday. A National Transportation Safety Board investigator was en route to Hattiesburg, about 90 miles southeast of the Mississippi capital...

Storms, Tornadoes Roll Across South

Forecast calls for more severe weather Tuesday

(Newser) - Severe storms spawning multiple tornadoes moved across the South on Monday, damaging homes and uprooting trees from Mississippi to Kentucky. A tornado spotted in Atlanta forced thousands to seek shelter, and one man was killed when a falling tree brought power lines onto his vehicle. The motorist was pronounced dead...

This Is the Least Stressed-Out State in America

South Dakota is chill, but Nevada needs to start meditating

(Newser) - We don't know if we'd believe anyone who said they hadn't felt some level of stress over the past year, all things considered. Money issues and the pandemic are the top two things Americans are anxious about right now, per WalletHub , which notes that some states are...

Governor Opens Vaccinations to Everyone

Mississippi and Alaska now have beaten Biden's May 1 deadline

(Newser) - "Get your shots, friends," Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves tweeted Monday. "And let’s get back to normal!" With that, the state is dropping restrictions on who can receive a coronavirus vaccination, starting Tuesday. Mississippi already was letting anyone 50 or older book an appointment, the New ...

Texas, Mississippi Lift Mask Mandates

'It is now time to open Texas 100%,' governor says

(Newser) - "It is now time to open Texas 100%," Gov. Greg Abbott declared Tuesday, announcing that the state's mask mandate is being lifted and businesses will be allowed to open at full capacity starting March 10. Abbott issued an executive order Tuesday rescinding earlier pandemic-related orders, including the...

The Greediest, Angriest, Most Jealous States in America

WalletHub takes note of our sins and ranks us

(Newser) - The first day of Lent is Wednesday, and for Christians who follow the observance, it's often a time to give up a bad habit for the six weeks that follow. That may be harder for people in some parts of the country, per WalletHub , which has ranked US states...

Complaint Details Backstory of Case of Boy Left at Goodwill

Jeremy Fitzgerald allegedly made ransom demand before taking boy across state lines

(Newser) - Two people in Tennessee are facing federal charges of kidnapping a 2-year-old boy later found abandoned at a Goodwill store in Mississippi. Authorities say 34-year-old Jeremy Fitzgerald of Memphis told the boy's mother that his sister would watch the toddler while he took her to Nashville on Sunday. But...

Toddler Abandoned at Goodwill Donation Center

At least one suspect has been arrested in Mississippi case

(Newser) - A heartbreaking story out of Mississippi, where police say a man dropped a 2-year-old boy off at a Goodwill donation outlet Monday morning. Southaven police were called to the scene, where they discovered the abandoned toddler along with a bag of clothes and a note saying his mother could no...

Tennessee Won't Bring in School Vaccine Mandate

Mississippi's top health officer says he is 'exhausted trying to convince folks to do stuff'

(Newser) - Tennessee’s governor says that once coronavirus vaccines become available, they will be optional in the state’s K-12 public schools. Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday that vaccines will be very important for Tennessee to "ultimately really be able to handle" the pandemic, the AP reports. But he says...

Mississippi Health Official Has a Stark Holiday Warning

Have big Thanksgiving dinners with loved ones, 'and then death,' Dobbs says amid COVID surge

(Newser) - Mississippi's top health official delivered dire news last week about the state's COVID-19 status, noting the "severe surge" that's been stressing its health care system, with very few beds left in ICUs around the state. "Our fall surge is going in very much the wrong...

Mississippi Voters Pick New Flag Over No Flag

It replaces retired Confederate-themed flag

(Newser) - Mississippi will fly a new state flag with a magnolia and the phrase "In God We Trust," with voters approving the design Tuesday. It replaces a Confederate-themed flag state lawmakers retired months ago as part of the national reckoning over racial injustice. The magnolia flag was the only...

Zeta Weakens to Tropical Storm After Battering Gulf Coast
A Fast-Moving Zeta Weakens

A Fast-Moving Zeta Weakens

Storm has left at least 2 dead

(Newser) - A fast-moving Zeta weakened to a tropical storm as it barreled northeast Thursday morning after ripping through Louisiana and Mississippi where storm-weary residents were advised to stay indoors overnight while officials assessed the havoc the storm had wrought. The storm raged onshore Wednesday afternoon in the small village of Cocodrie...

Cops Find 37 Pounds of Meth in Spare Tire

Suspect was driving in a 'careless manner'

(Newser) - Law enforcement officers who pulled a driver over for a traffic violation in Mississippi allegedly discovered about 37 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside a spare tire stashed in the vehicle, the AP reports. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Flowood Police Department stopped a pickup truck along an...

Teacher Deaths Heighten Worries Over COVID

At least 6 since school year began, but transmission not necessarily related to schools

(Newser) - At least six US teachers have died from coronavirus complications since the start of the school year in what the Daily Beast sees as "an ominous sign of what's to come as students return to classrooms across the country." There is no clear evidence, however, that the...

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