NEW ORLEANS -- Two hundred years ago, the first steamboat meandered down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, taking more than four months to reach New Orleans. The journey was marked by Indians chasing the paddle-wheeled boat, a baby's birth and an earthquake that made the Mississippi flow in the opposite direction for 45 miles.
JACKSON -- Gov. Phil Bryant said he plans to continue activity with a Christian group promoting racial reconciliation.
Brandon -- A 17-year-old Brandon girl is one of the Top 40 candidates on Fox's American Idol. Skylar Laine Harden was one of the top 40 contestants who advanced to the singing competition's Hollywood round, placing her one step closer to making her debut on a stage that has launched the careers of stars such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.
NEW ORLEANS -- On the day the Deepwater Horizon sank in the Gulf of Mexico, BP officials warned in an internal email conversation that if the well was not protected by the blow-out preventer at the drill site, crude oil could burst into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate of 3.4 million gallons a day, an amount a million gallons higher than what the U.S. government ultimately estimated spilled daily from the site.
SHANNON -- Sara Lee says it will close a plant in Shannon, Miss., by the end of March putting 155 people out of work.
BAY ST. LOUIS -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a former Waveland police officer and the city in a ruling that found the use of stun gun against a naked man was reasonable under the circumstances.
JACKSON -- A man accused of killing a Roman Catholic priest and taking the victim's car on a family vacation to Walt Disney World was found dead early Thursday in a prison cell with a sheet wrapped around his neck.
JACKSON -- Jackson Fire Chief Raymond McNulty has told firefighters not to post any comments that could hurt the department on their social network sites -- or post photos of themselves in uniform or with city equipment.
NEW ALBANY -- A former Ripley High School teacher has pleaded guilty in Union County to one count of sexual battery on a minor, in connection with an improper relationship with a former student.
JACKSON -- Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Thursday that his office is willing to pay confidential informants for information that helps him track down a convicted killer pardoned by former Gov. Haley Barbour.
JACKSON -- With even opponents conceding that a bill expanding charter schools in Mississippi is likely to pass, lawmakers are trying to hash out what a new law should cover.
COLLINS -- Authorities have seized three tigers, three cougars, two leopards, two wolf-hybrids and a Macaque monkey from a roadside zoo in Mississippi.
JACKSON -- Pardon files are missing or don't exist for four convicted killers and another man who worked as trusties at the Governor's Mansion and were pardoned by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour during his final days in office.
SOUTHAVEN -- The Mississippi Department of Transportation has frozen funding for new projects in Southaven because of an auditor's investigation into Mayor Greg Davis' spending.
NEW ORLEANS -- A former BP employee has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company, claiming he was fired for airing concerns about the cleanup of Mississippi's shoreline after the Gulf oil spill.
OTTAWA, Ohio -- A Scotsman released from an American prison after spending two decades on Ohio's death row pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he threatened a judge who prosecuted his original case.
GREENVILLE -- U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr., appointed to the bench in 1999 by President Bill Clinton, died Tuesday.
JACKSON -- Some reaction to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's first State of the State address Tuesday night:
JACKSON -- Republican Gov. Phil Bryant used his first State of the State address Tuesday evening to unveil detailed policy proposals, from education to health care to energy, saying he wants to create a "Mississippi Works Agenda."
JACKSON -- Mississippi's unemployment rate dipped to 10.4 percent in December, as more people withdrew from the labor force.