Winter storm expected in some areas of N. Miss.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The National Weather Service says a winter storm moving in the mid-South may bypass much of north Mississippi.
While parts of the Mid-South may get up to a half-inch of ice and another two to four inches of sleet or snow, Marlene Mickelson, a meteorologist in Memphis, Tenn., says rain will be weather pattern for much of north Mississippi.
Central and southern areas of the state are expected to experience rain through the weekend into Monday.
Much of north Mississippi was included in a special weather statement earlier this week. Now, only Tunica and DeSoto counties are under the current winter storm watch.
If conditions change for the worse, Mississippi Department of Transportation and utilities have crews on standby for any weather-related problems.
GULF OIL SPILL-INDICTMENT
FBI agent testifies at ex-BP engineer's trial
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An FBI agent has testified that some of the text messages that a former BP engineer deleted from his cellphone contained information that could have been evidence in the Justice Department's investigation of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Special Agent Kelly Bryson was the first witness to testify when prosecutors began presenting their case Wednesday for Kurt Mix's trial on obstruction of justice charges.
Investigators recovered a string of deleted messages that Mix had sent to a supervisor while he worked on a team of experts who were trying to seal BP's blown-out Macondo well.
Bryson said some of those messages helped show what BP engineers knew at the time about the amount of oil gushing out of the well.
$1M bond set; woman accused in killing
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Bond has been set at $1 million for the Tupelo woman accused of fatally shooting her brother early Tuesday morning.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports 27-year-old Latosha Isby was charged Tuesday with the murder of 24-year-old Eric Isby, who died of a gunshot wound early Tuesday afternoon.
Police have said the brother and sister were arguing before the fatal shooting.
Latosha Isby remains in the Lee County Jail.
It was unclear whether she has an attorney.
JACKSON SCHOOLS-BUS DRIVERS
Bus drivers continue protest
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson Public School officials were asking parents and students to find alternate transportation Thursday as a school bus driver walkout entered a second day.
The drivers staged a walkout Wednesday demanding more money, The school district issued a statement Wednesday that it was working to remedy the situation.
In the meantime, the school district says students will be excused for arriving late and it urged employers to be understanding if parents had to drive their kids to school.
There are a total 263 bus drivers within Jackson Public Schools system. Officials say about 22,000 students ride the buses.
The average pay for a part-time JPS bus driver is $10.79 per hour for a five-hour shift. Pay comes with health insurance, paid holidays and retirement.
Gaming commission OKs D'Iberville's first casino
D'IBERVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Gaming Commission started the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort on a path that could have D'Iberville's first casino open by mid-2015.
Jay McDaniel, deputy director of the commission, tells The Sun Herald that construction on the casino is expected to begin early next year on the Back Bay east of Interstate 110.
Gaming Commission Chairman John Hairston said Wednesday the amenities and the fact the project has financial backing helped sell the commission on the project.
Some of those amenities include a 300-room hotel, a 472-seat event center, and a 42,000-square-foot, 36-hole miniature golf course.
Woman arrested on 3 counts of attempted murder
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Gulfport police arrested have arrested a 36-year-old woman on three counts of attempted murder.
Sgt. Damon McDaniel tells The Sun Herald Sangrea Desmon Hightower's arrest stems from a shooting last month.
McDaniel says officers responded to the Garden Park Medical Center on Nov. 9 in reference to a shooting victim. An investigation revealed a verbal altercation escalated an apartment complex and the suspect brandished a handgun, shooting several times at a vehicle that contained a pregnant woman and a driver.
McDaniel says the pregnant woman was struck in the head during the shooting, causing severe injury, and is in stable condition.
Hightower is being held at the Harrison County jail.
It was unclear whether she has an attorney.
Renasant wrapping up M&F merger, branch closures
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The last six of nine planned branch closures will be completed by Monday as Renasant Bank's merger with M&F Bank if finalized.
On Friday, three former M&F Bank locations in Tupelo will close for good.
Three remaining branches in Kosciusko, Southaven and Birmingham, Ala., will close on Monday. All are former M&F Bank locations except Birmingham.
Renasant had earlier closed another branch in Tupelo as well as M&F's branches in Starkville and Grenada.
John Oxford, vice president of external affairs for Renasant, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that M&F will be fully consolidated with Renasant, including systems, products and services by Monday's conversion deadline.
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