Emily Wagster Pettus, The Associated Press

Emily Wagster Pettus

The Associated Press

Jackson, MS, United States

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Recent:
  • The Clarion-Ledger
  • KTVE - KARD
  • Local 24 News
  • wdam
Past:
  • Ottawa Citizen
  • The Hill
  • The Associated Press
  • Local 22 & Local 44
  • 8News WRIC Richmond
  • KNWA News
  • WJTV 12 News
  • The Standard
  • WLTX
  • HuffPost
  • and more…

Recent articles by Emily:

In mostly abortion-free Mississippi, court battle continues

A physicians' group lacks legal standing to challenge a 25-year-old Mississippi Supreme Court ruling recognizing a right to abortion under the state constitution, lawyers for six women who support ab… → Read More

In mostly abortion-free Mississippi, court battle continues

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A physicians’ group based in the Midwest lacks legal standing to challenge a 25-year-old Mississippi Supreme Court ruling recognizing a right to abortion under the state constitution, lawyers for six women who support abortion rights argued in court papers filed Friday. “This case was brought by an out-of-state organization that obviously […] → Read More

Federal sentencing delayed in Mississippi welfare fraud case

Former Mississippi welfare director John Davis pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against others in Mississippi's largest public corruption case. → Read More

Mississippi school district alters policy after suit over 'Jesus Loves Me' mask

A conservative legal group said a Mississippi school district has agreed to retract a policy that banned political or religious slogans on face masks. → Read More

Jay-Z-funded lawsuits end as Mississippi improves Parchman prison

Even before the violence at Parchman prison, Mississippi state health inspectors had found repeated problems with broken toilets and moldy showers. → Read More

Medicaid, initiatives, elections make up bills filed in Mississippi legislature

Mississippi legislators are about to get busy debating proposals on health care, voting rights and other issues. → Read More

Mississippi increasing pace of adoptions from foster care

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s foster care system is on pace for more adoptions during the current budget year than the previous one. Department of Child Protection Services Commissioner Andrea Sanders told lawmakers Tuesday that judges finalized adoption of 644 foster children during the year that ended June 30, while 600 adoptions have happened since […] → Read More

Mississippi increasing pace of adoptions from foster care

Mississippi’s foster care system is on pace for more adoptions during the current budget year than the previous one. → Read More

Welfare scandal sharpens contrasts in long-poor Mississippi

TANF is supposed to help some of the poorest people, and Mississippi has long been one of the poorest states in the U.S. → Read More

Welfare scandal sharpens contrasts in long-poor Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In Mississippi, where elected officials have a long history of praising self-sufficiency and condemning federal antipoverty programs, a… → Read More

Welfare scandal sharpens contrasts in long-poor Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In Mississippi, where elected officials have a long history of praising self-sufficiency and condemning federal antipoverty programs, a welfare scandal has exposed how million… → Read More

Welfare scandal sharpens contrasts in long-poor Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In Mississippi, where elected officials have a long history of praising self-sufficiency and condemning federal antipoverty programs , a welfare scandal has exposed how millions of dollars were diverted to the rich and powerful — including pro athletes — instead of helping some of the neediest people in the nation. → Read More

$600M designated for struggling water system in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The federal government will put $600 million toward repairing the troubled water system in Mississippi’s capital city — a project that the mayor has said could cost billions of dollars. Funding for Jackson water is included in a $1.7 trillion federal spending bill that passed the Senate on Thursday and the […] → Read More

$600M designated for struggling water system in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The federal government will put $600 million toward repairing the troubled water system in Mississippi’s capital city — a project that the mayor has said could cost bill… → Read More

NAACP sues Mississippi over legislative redistricting plan

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is perpetuating a legacy of racial discrimination because lawmakers failed to draw enough majority-Black districts for the state House and Senate, civil rights advocates say in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The Mississippi NAACP and five Black residents of Mississippi filed the suit in federal court in Jackson, challenging districts that are scheduled […] → Read More

Slain Mississippi teen ‘loved life,’ mom says before killer’s execution

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Leesa Gray was a 16-year-old girl who found joy in her church youth group, sang in the school chorus and quietly stood up for teenagers who were bullied by their peers, according to friends and family. “She was pretty happy-go-lucky, always smiling,” recalled Leesa’s mother, Wanda Farris. “That’s what I most […] → Read More

Slain teen ‘loved life,’ mom says before killer’s execution

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Leesa Gray was a 16-year-old girl who found joy in her church youth group, sang in the school chorus and quietly stood up for teenagers who were bullied by their peers, according to friends and family. “She was pretty happy-go-lucky, always smiling,” recalled Leesa’s mother, Wanda Farris. “That’s what I most […] → Read More

Slain teen ‘loved life,’ mom says before killer’s execution

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Leesa Gray was a 16-year-old girl who found joy in her church youth group, sang in the school chorus and quietly stood up for teenagers who were bullied by their peers, according to friends and family. “She was pretty happy-go-lucky, always smiling,” recalled Leesa’s mother, Wanda Farris. “That’s what I most […] → Read More

Slain teen ‘loved life,’ mom says before killer’s execution

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Leesa Gray was a 16-year-old girl who found joy in her church youth group, sang in the school chorus and quietly stood up for teenagers who were bullied by their peers, accord… → Read More

Slain teen ‘loved life,’ mom says before killer’s execution

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Leesa Gray was a 16-year-old girl who found joy in her church youth group, sang in the school chorus and quietly stood up for teenagers who were bullied by their peers, according to friends and family. “She was pretty happy-go-lucky, always smiling,” recalled Leesa’s mother, Wanda Farris. “That’s what I most […] → Read More