WEATHER UPDATE

NOTICEABLY LESS HUMID CONDITIONS WILL EXIST ACROSS THE MID-SOUTH FOR BOTH TODAY AND TOMORROW.  HIGHS WILL REMAIN IN THE UPPER 80S WITH LOWS IN THE 60S AREAWIDE.  RAIN CHANCES WILL RETURN TO THE MID-SOUTH, MAILY ACROSS THE NORTHERN AREAS, FRIDAY INTO THE WEEKEND AS A COLD FRONT SAGS INTO THE REGION.

Bear strolled through downtown Vicksburg

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) – Vicksburg and Warren County authorities are asking residents in downtown Vicksburg and those around the Vicksburg National Military Park to be aware of a bear. Authorities say the bear was spotted Sunday morning. Police Chief Walter Armstrong tells The Vicksburg Post the bear does not appear to be aggressive and he doesn’t appear to be in…

Renovation of Natchez’s Eola Hotel delayed

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – Construction on the former Eola Hotel has been delayed by damage to the building, but work is expected to begin this fall. The historic Eola Hotel was purchased in 2014 by Virginia attorney Robert Lubin. His plans to renovate and transform the building into senior-living apartments were approved by the city in April. A draft of…

Hinds County juvenile justice center dispute

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Hinds County Youth Court Judge Bill Skinner is in a legal fight with the Hinds County Board of Supervisors over administrative control of the Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center. Skinner says the Board of Supervisors has entered into a federal consent decree to limit juvenile stays at the center to a maximum 21 days without the authority…

Upgrades planned for Pride of Mississippi practice area

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – The University of Southern Mississippi marching band is getting major upgrades to its practice facilities, including a new band tower and synthetic turf. The director of the Pride of Mississippi will soon have a great vantage point to view the band from the new 34-foot, tubular steel tower with two observation decks. The 1,600-square-foot facility also…

$30K in alcohol went out with the trash at Keesler AFB

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – A former civilian retail worker at Keesler Air Force Base has been sentenced for taking more than $30,000 in alcohol out with the trash. The Sun Herald reports Dameon Mack, of Biloxi, received a restitution order of $30,722 and three years of probation at his sentencing in federal court. Jeremy Mack was sentenced in May for…

Lucedale man faces 5 years for marijuana distribution

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – A Lucedale man, who also faced trial over a sawed-off shotgun, has pleaded guilty to his role in distributing marijuana in George County. The Sun Herald reports 46-year-old James Denson Tanner faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced in federal court Sept. 27. Tanner accepted a plea agreement…

Saucier caretaker accused in theft of $7,000 from woman

SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) – Authorities say a 34-year-old Saucier woman is accused in the theft of more than $7,000 from a woman for whom she worked as a caretaker. Harrison County deputies arrested Brandy Dawn Taylor on Tuesday. She faces a charge of exploitation of a vulnerable adult. The Sun Herald reports family members had reported Taylor allegedly embezzled the…

Officials investigate shooting that left 1 dead, 1 injured

RICHLAND, Miss. (AP) – Police are investigating a shooting outside a Jackson-area business that left one person dead and another injured. Richland Police Department Chief Russel James tells news outlets that an unidentified man shot and wounded a man Tuesday night near Southeastern Freight Trucking Company. James says he believes one of the men involved was an employee there. James…

Mayfield votes ‘Yes’ on packaged alcohol

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) – All nine precincts in the western Kentucky city of Mayfield have voted to allow package alcohol sales in the city limits. News outlets report that 58.35 percent of the 2,324 Mayfield residents who voted in the local option election Tuesday were in favor of the alcohol sales. Mayfield’s vote came after Graves County voters turned down…