A housekeeper who works for Stockett's brother claims her likeness was used in the book without permission. "The Help" is based on relationships between white families in Mississippi and the black women who worked for them in the 1960s. The movie adaptation of "The Help" took the No. 1 spot in theaters this past weekend with $20.5 million.
In Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties, just more than a third of the voters cast ballots in the Aug. 2 primaries. Clay County boasted more than half of its registered voters turning out to the polls. But this Tuesday likely will be a different story.
Johnny DuPree doesn't need to be overly charismatic or wow crowds with eloquent speeches about how he plans to change the state of Mississippi. He's done it, albeit at a local level.
Not being a career politician is a quality Bill Luckett thinks Mississippi needs in its next governor.
Members of the Columbus Kiwanis Club received a surprise when they showed up for the group's weekly meeting at the Columbus Country Club: U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., gave them a pop quiz on their knowledge of federal spending and the national debt.
Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Publix Super Markets Inc. and Kroger Co. announced beef recalls mainly in the southeastern U.S. and said they stem from problems at the National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, Kan.
JACKSON -- The Mississippi Blues Trail mobile app is now available for download from the iTunes® store. The free app, currently available only for iPhones, has a variety of features to allow users to navigate the trail and create customized itineraries to explore Mississippi's musical heritage.
JACKSON -- Authorities call it a hate crime by two white teens against a middle-aged black man, "murder by physically assaulting and purposefully using a 1998 Ford F-250 to run over James Craig Anderson."
WEST POINT -- For Tim Brinkley, accepting the job as West Point's police chief made sense on many levels. The law enforcement veteran spent 26 years working for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, but during that span his home has been in Clay County.
JACKSON -- One of the Democrats running for Mississippi governor is sharpening his criticism of the Republican nominee, while the other says he's running on his own record and not talking about other candidates.
JACKSON -- Lawyers for Kathryn Stockett want a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses the author of "The Help" of basing a character on a real-life maid who works for Stockett's brother.
State Treasurer Tate Reeves of Flowood has defeated state Sen. Billy Hewes of Gulfport in the Republican primary for Mississippi lieutenant governor.
Bringing a close to a heated and costly race, Republican primary voters go to the polls Tuesday to pick the next lieutenant governor.
JACKSON -- A federal appeals panel has ruled that because of erroneous jury instructions, Quintez Wren Hodges was denied a fair sentencing hearing when he got the death penalty for the slaying of his ex-girlfriend's brother.
JACKSON -- Phil Bryant was part of a Jaycees group invited to the White House in 1986 to meet President Ronald Reagan. He remembers sitting in the Roosevelt Room, near the Oval Office, and being in awe as the broad-shouldered Republican icon strode into the room, a mere 12 feet away, and urged the young civic-group presidents to become leaders in their own communities.
JACKSON -- Republican Dave Dennis says he's running for Mississippi governor because he believes the state will face "a phenomenal leadership void" when Haley Barbour leaves office after two terms, and he believes he can fill it.
CLARKSDALE -- Bill Luckett still vividly remembers his first work in helping renovate buildings. He was a ninth grader, and he sanded walls for house painters in his hometown of Clarksdale. "That whole summer, I had no fingerprints.
If you haven't purchased back-to-school clothes yet, this weekend may be a good time to do it. Friday and Saturday, stores across the state will participate in Mississippi's third annual sales-tax holiday, a 48-hour time period during which specific clothing and footwear is exempt from the local sales tax.
1. Man killed in Thanksgiving shooting outside Trotter COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
2. Slimantics: 110-year-old poster a memento of legendary MSU-Ole Miss game COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
3. Council suspends CPD officer COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
4. Man arrested for sex with 13-year-old STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
5. Body found in Lake Lowndes Park COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY