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Past articles by Tara:

State Rep. Doug McLeod found not guilty of hitting wife

Gulf Coast Representative Doug McLeod has been cleared of domestic violence charges after his wife testified in court on his behalf. McLeod was charged back in May when George County deputies answered a call at his house. According to the incident report, McLeod was drunk and allegedly became upset when he approached his wife for […]. Local Mississippi Breaking News Story from CBS 12 New WJTV,… → Read More

12 News preps for Reeves, Waller showdown in final run-off debate: Meet the GOP candidates

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)- In the months and final days leading up to the Mississippi GOP Gubernatorial Primary Election, two men have diligently campaigned, vying for the republican vote, in order to … → Read More

Freelons security guard arrested for shooting two patrons

JACKSON, Miss.(WJTV) – A nightclub security guard is behind bars after shooting two patrons early Saturday morning. Major Pete Luke with Hinds County Sheriff’s Departments says deputies responded out to Freelons, located on North Mill Street in Jackson, after reports of a shooting. Freelons security guard Antonio Leon Terry, 33 of Jackson, was arrested on […]. Local Mississippi Breaking News… → Read More

Jackson City Council to vote on lawsuit against the state over money

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)- A serious proposal will appear on the Jackson City Council’s agenda at this Tuesday’s meeting. The council will vote on whether or not to sue the state over MDOT allegedly not using federal funds for street repairs to Medgar Evers Boulevard. City Councilman Kenneth Stokes says Medgar Evers is not the city’s […]. Local Mississippi Breaking News Story from CBS 12 New WJTV,… → Read More

18-wheeler crash causes delays: TRAFFIC ALERT

JACKSON, Miss.(WJTV) – Mississippi Department of Transportation is reporting a crash on I-55 near Waterworks Curve. At this time, the two left lanes are blocked. No word on any injuries or a cause of the crash at this time.. Local Mississippi Breaking News Story from CBS 12 New WJTV, your Jackson, MS news leader → Read More

New Study: Our diet is raising Earth’s temp, climate change

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)- Could what you eat and not eat help Earth’s climate? That’s what a new report on climate change is is telling us. Get ready to eat some more veggies- The report … → Read More

JSU Crop Drop had 20,000 lbs of sweet potatoes, pie eating contests

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)- An estimated 20,000 pounds of sweet potatoes were generously given away Saturday, at this year’s JSU Crop Drop The event also featured a pie-eating contest. The entirely free-of-charge event took place from 9 a.m. until noon at the Blackburn Middle School parking lot.. Local Mississippi Breaking News Story from CBS 12 New WJTV, your Jackson, MS news leader → Read More

Family wants JPD prosecuted for 62-year-old homicide victim

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)- Family and friends celebrated the birthday of the 62-year-old man who was killed just over a year ago during an arrest with Jackson Police. George Robinson’s death has been ruled a homicide. His loved ones who gathered at Sheppard Brothers Park Saturday say they want the officers held responsible. Robinson’s sister, Beetter […]. Local Mississippi Breaking News Story from… → Read More

Breaking: Police hunt armed car jackers in Jackson

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)- Jackson Police are searching for a car-jacked vehicle and the two armed men responsible. JPD tweeted late Saturday afternoon that they’re on the hunt for a black Nissan Altima, with the tag number 7-0-2-1-J. The Altima was “taken at gunpoint by two unknown males,” police say. The jacking happened just before 4 […]. Local Mississippi Breaking News Story from CBS 12 New… → Read More

People swarm downtown for Book Fest Lawn Party

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)- The capital was thriving and alive with people on who traveled from all around to be at the annual Mississippi Book Festival Saturday. Thousands of books were displayed and sold along with an array food vendors. People said they really enjoyed meeting their favorite authors in person at the event. “I love […]. Local Mississippi Breaking News Story from CBS 12 New WJTV,… → Read More

People with disabilities in Jackson create masterpieces

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)- A hidden gem full of original artwork sits in the heart of Jackson. The masterpieces are created by people in the community with disabilities. The program is called Arts for … → Read More

Recall: Spinach tests positive, salmonella

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)- Beware of baby spinach packages from Dole- the company says samples have tested positive for salmonella bacteria. The spinach being recalled has packaging with a use-by-date of Aug. 5th. Packages were distributed in 10 states, including New york, Virginia, Illinois and Ohio. Dole is instructing people to not eat the spinach and […]. Local Mississippi Breaking News Story… → Read More

Police shooting in Moss Point: Chief promises transparency

MOSS POINT, Miss. (WJTV)- The Moss Point Chief of Police said he will be transparent in the investigation of a recent officer shooting which killed a man. Chief Brandon Ashley issued the statement Sunday, adding that the department will release information of the case timely and as soon as the investigation will allow. → Read More

Epstein’s alleged suicide now blamed on jail guards “extreme overtime”

NEW YORK (WJTV) – Jail guards who were supposed to be watching Jeffrey Epstein when he died, are now said to have been working “extreme overtime,” according to the Associated Press. The jail in which Epstein was housed is said to have been very short-staffed on his last night alive. Only one guard is said […]. Local Mississippi Breaking News Story from CBS 12 New WJTV, your Jackson, MS news… → Read More

Soldiers coming home get help integrating back to “normal life”

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)- This weekend, soldiers attended a two-day event at the Jackson Convention Complex, which helped them integrate back into normal life at home after long deployments, with jobs and positive thinking. First, on Saturday, United States Army Air National Guard service men and women were treated to a job fair, where area businesses offered them […]. Local Mississippi Breaking… → Read More

Raided food plant seeks to replace hundreds of workers

CANTON, Miss. (WJTV)- Chicken plant Koch Foods, one of the businesses caught up in a raid last week, is holding a job fair Monday. The Illinois-based company said it will be recruiting new workers for its Morton plant at a state job center in nearby Forest, Miss., according to a report from the Associated Press. Bryan Cox, of Homeland […]. Local Mississippi Breaking News Story from CBS 12 New… → Read More

Nearly 3,000 Entergy customers without power in Byram

Entergy Mississippi customers in Byram are experiencing outages across the city. According to the outage map online, just over 3,000 customers are without power and there’s a chance it won’t be restored until 3:30pm. At this time, the cause of the outage is unknown 12 News has reached out to Entergy representatives regarding the outages. → Read More

Watch out for cyclists: Championship rolls through the capital

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)- Several hundred professional cyclists, from across the country, zoomed through Clinton Sunday for the Capital City Cycling Championships. The race began at Northside Park at 8 a.m. Drivers should be aware of cyclists on the course throughout the day. . Local Mississippi Breaking News Story from CBS 12 New WJTV, your Jackson, MS news leader → Read More

Walmart Death Threats: New, unrelated arrests made in 3 states following massacre

HARLINGEN, Tex. (WJTV)- Two people have been arrested after they allegedly made death threats against people in Florida, Texas and Missouri, at three Walmart stores, over the weekend. Florida autho… → Read More

Local pastor killed in accident is honored

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)- Family and friends filled Church of Christ and Holiness USA Saturday, for the funeral of Elder Author Lee Jenkins, who was killed suddenly in a car crash last week. People who gathered to pay their final respect say Jenkins was a man who was a brother, father, friend and pastor to all who needed one. → Read More