Emily Wagster Pettus, The Associated Press

Emily Wagster Pettus

The Associated Press

Jackson, MS, United States

Contact Emily

Discover and connect with journalists and influencers around the world, save time on email research, monitor the news, and more.

Start free trial

Recent:
  • TorontoStar
  • The Clarion-Ledger
  • DJournalnow
  • WKRG
  • Pioneer Press
  • KABB FOX 29
  • KTVE - KARD
  • Local 24 News
  • WSOCTV
  • News 4 San Antonio
  • chicagotribune.com
  • FOX10News | WALA
  • FOX 10 Phoenix
  • Fox5NY
  • FOX 5 DC
  • FOX Baltimore
  • Inside Scoop SF
  • 13WHAM
  • WSPA 7 On Your Side
  • ABC News
  • WKBN 27 First News
Past:
  • ABC 33/40 News
  • Cashay
  • CBS 42
  • Killeen Daily Herald
  • 8News WRIC Richmond
  • The Standard
  • WSAV News 3
  • wbaltv.com
  • WCVB-TV Boston
  • wdsu
  • and more…

Recent articles by Emily:

Mississippi justices: No broad absentee voting amid COVID-19

JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi law does not allow absentee voting by all people who have health conditions that might make them vulnerable to COVID-19, ... → Read More

Gov. Reeves extends statewide mask mandate through end of September

Gov. Reeves extended a statewide mask mandate Monday, but also eased some restrictions on business in the state as new COVID-19 cases decline. → Read More

Mississippi extends mask mandate, eases other virus rules

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves is extending a statewide mask mandate through the end of September, saying Monday he believes it is helping slow the spread of → Read More

Mississippi election 2020: Issues before voters include state flag, medical marijuana

Proposal for new state flag and question on legalization of medical marijuana to be decided. Here's a closer look. → Read More

No 7th trial for Mississippi man freed from prison in 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man freed last year after 22 years in prison will not be tried a seventh time in a quadruple murder case, a judge ruled Friday after prosecutors told him they no longer had any credible witnesses. Curtis Flowers was convicted multiple times in a bloody slaying and robbery at […] → Read More

No 7th trial for Curtis Flowers, Mississippi man freed from prison in 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man freed last year after 22 years in prison will not be tried a seventh time in a quadruple murder case, a judge ruled Friday after prosecutors told him t… → Read More

No 7th trial for Mississippi man freed from prison in 2019

JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi man freed last year after 22 years in prison will not be tried a seventh time in a quadruple murder case, a judge ruled... → Read More

No 7th trial for Mississippi man freed from prison in 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man freed last year after 22 years in prison will not be tried a seventh time in a quadruple murder case, a judge ruled Friday after prosecutors told him they no longer had any credible witnesses. Curtis Flowers was convicted multiple times in a bloody slaying and robbery at a small-town furniture store in 1996. The U. S. Supreme Court threw out the most… → Read More

Judge: Absentee voting OK with pre-existing health issues

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge has ruled voters with health conditions that might make them vulnerable to COVID-19 must be allowed to vote by absentee ballot. However, the judge rejected an argument that people without pre-existing conditions should be allowed to vote absentee if they’re following public health guidelines to avoid large social […] → Read More

Mississippi governor defends his use of phrase 'China virus'

Mississippi's governor also repeated the unsubstantiated theory about the coronavirus originating in a virology lab in China. → Read More

Mississippi Judge: Absentee voting OK with pre-existing health issues

Hinds County Chancery Judge Denise Owens handed down the order Wednesday. It applies statewide. → Read More

Mississippi flag: Magnolia could replace old rebel symbol

The next Mississippi state flag could have a magnolia instead of the Confederate battle emblem → Read More

Mississippi governor defends his use of phrase 'China virus'

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves on Wednesday defended his practice of referring to the new coronavirus as the “China virus. " Reeves has used the phrase several times, including in social media posts. Reeves supports President Donald Trump, who has also used the phrase. During a news conference Wednesday, Reeves was asked about his use of the phrase, including… → Read More

Mississippi voters to decide if new state flag featuring a magnolia will replace one with Confederate battle emblem

Mississippi voters will decide whether to accept a new state flag with a magnolia to replace an old one legislators retired under pressure because it included the Confederate battle emblem. → Read More

Mississippi flag: Magnolia could replace old rebel symbol

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters will decide whether to accept a new state flag with a magnolia to replace an old one legislators retired under pressure because it included → Read More

Mississippi flag: Commission chooses magnolia to replace old rebel symbol, design headed to November ballot

The single design of the magnolia will go on the November ballot. If voters accept the design, it will become the new state flag. → Read More

Mississippi choosing between magnolia and shield for new state flag

A commission is choosing a single proposal to replace a state flag that Mississippi retired because the old banner had the Confederate battle emblem that was widely seen as racist. → Read More

Mississippi choosing between magnolia and shield for new state flag

A commission is choosing a single proposal to replace a state flag that Mississippi retired because the old banner had the Confederate battle emblem that was widely seen as racist. → Read More

Decision day: Magnolia or shield for new Mississippi flag?

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A commission on Wednesday is choosing a single proposal to replace a state flag that Mississippi retired because the 126-year-old banner included the Confederate battle emblem that's widely seen as racist. One of the top designs has a shield; the other, a magnolia. The commissioners' recommendation will go on the November ballot. If voters accept the design, it will become… → Read More

Shield or magnolia? New Mississippi flag proposal announcement Wednesday

The final proposed flag is being presented, but Mississippi voters will have the last word on whether it will replace the 126-year-old state banner. → Read More