Complete coverage on


Record breaking arid weather causes the Mississippi River to shrink. Martin Savidge reports.

Latest Stories

Judge lets Mississippi's only abortion clinic to stay open -- for nowupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 16:48:00

A federal judge in Mississippi on Wednesday ordered an extension of his temporary order to allow the state's only abortion clinic to stay open.

Mississippi's only abortion clinic to stay open under restraining orderupdated: Sun Jul 01 2012 21:25:00

A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Sunday that will allow the only abortion clinic operating in Mississippi to stay open -- for now.

Guard killed, several others injured in riot at Mississippi prison, officials sayupdated: Sun May 20 2012 22:29:00

A prison guard was killed and several employees injured Sunday in a riot at the Adams County Correctional Facility in Natchez, Mississippi, officials said.

Police: Phony officer could be killing Mississippi driversupdated: Tue May 15 2012 13:42:00

Someone who may be posing as a police officer is pulling cars over on Mississippi highways and then shooting drivers dead, authorities said.

Mississippi governor signs bill tightening restrictions on abortion providersupdated: Tue Apr 17 2012 02:19:00

Mississippi's governor has signed into law a bill requiring physicians performing abortions in the state to be a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and to have admitting privileges at an area hospital.

Mississippi legislature tightens restrictions on abortion providersupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 05:25:00

Mississippi lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday that would require any physician performing abortions in the state to be a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and to have admitting privileges at an area hospital.

Mississippi lawmakers pass controversial immigration billupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 05:34:00

Another controversial immigration bill is on the horizon in the South, a regional battleground that has seen a number of states pass reforms on illegal immigration.

Attorney general: Mississippi may order nationwide manhunt updated: Thu Jan 12 2012 13:56:00

Mississippi's attorney general said Thursday that the state may have to issue a nationwide manhunt after four pardoned murderers left jail and "hit the road running."

Mississippi rejects abortion amendment; Ohio repeals anti-union lawupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 09:30:00

Mississippi voters Tuesday rejected a controversial amendment that would have defined life as beginning at conception while Ohio voters repealed a law that limited the collective bargaining rights of public workers, CNN projects.

Mississippi voters reject anti-abortion initiativeupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 05:29:00

Mississippi voters rejected an amendment to the state constitution that would have defined life as starting at conception, and outlawed abortion and many forms of birth control if passed.

Mississippi voting on 'personhood' amendmentupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 15:08:00

Mississippi voters are casting ballots Tuesday on an amendment to the state constitution that would define life as beginning at the moment of conception.

Mississippi puts 'personhood' on ballotupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 15:08:00's Mallory Simon discusses a proposed amendment to Mississippi's constitution that questions when life begins.

What Election Day 2011 could tell us about 2012updated: Tue Nov 08 2011 05:40:00

Some statewide and local elections on Tuesday could serve as a barometer for next year's battle for the White House.

'Personhood' amendment unconstitutional?updated: Mon Nov 07 2011 14:46:00

CNN's Jeffrey Toobin discusses the implications of the "personhood" amendment to the Mississippi state constitution.

Mississippi amendment on 'personhood' divides Christiansupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 14:46:00

In the Carpenter home, every meal begins with a prayer. Robin and his wife, Emily, are devout Christians. But they part ways with many other Christians over a measure that would expand the legal definition of human life.

EF-1 tornado rips Mississippi townupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 21:24:00

An EF-1 tornado with winds of 100 mph tore through the town of Cleveland, Mississippi, on Sunday evening, the National Weather Service in Jackson confirmed.

Mississippi voters can decide 'personhood' of the unborn, court rulesupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 19:47:00

Voters in Mississippi will be given a chance to decide whether life begins at conception, a controversial abortion-related ballot initiative that the state's highest court has refused to block.

Federal observers to monitor primaries in 11 Mississippi countiesupdated: Mon Aug 01 2011 17:57:00

Federal election monitors have been sent to 11 counties in Mississippi to ensure the voting rights of African-American primary voters, the Justice Department said Monday.

CNNMoney: Mississippi floods threaten gas pricesupdated: Thu May 19 2011 14:44:00

Nearly 15% of the nation's refining capacity and hundreds of oil wells are at risk as the flood crest along the swollen Mississippi river makes its way into Louisiana over the next few days.

Boat tour of Mississippi floodingupdated: Tue May 17 2011 21:45:00

CNN's Martin Savidge takes a boat tour of the flooding in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Coast Guard reopens section of Mississippiupdated: Tue May 17 2011 21:45:00

Large containers stacked two and three high Tuesday surrounded riverfront properties in Vidalia, Louisiana, Tuesday as residents and officials tried to counter flooding from the rising Mississippi.

CNNMoney: Your monthly gasoline bill: $368updated: Fri May 06 2011 12:44:00

Round-trip airfare from New York to Los Angeles. More than a dozen dinners for two at Applebee's. Two 16 GB iPod nanos.

Breached levee and downriver disasterupdated: Wed May 04 2011 15:06:00

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon speaks about the levee crisis that has flooded hundreds of square miles of farmland.

Storm, hail, reported tornadoes pummel parts of Southupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 22:43:00

Storms in the lower Mississippi valley Tuesday night unleashed baseball-sized hail, high winds and twisters, including one that lifted a tractor-trailer, the National Weather Service said.

Storms kill at least 26 as tornadoes barrel northupdated: Sat Apr 16 2011 21:35:00

A violent rash of fast-moving storms churned north Saturday, ripping off roofs, toppling trees and pushing the three-day death toll to 26 as possible tornadoes moved into the mid-Atlantic states.

Video shows tornado on the groundupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 22:08:00

Affiliate WDBD shot this video of a tornado on the ground near Jackson, Mississippi.

Storms, tornadoes carve a path of destruction through the Southupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 22:08:00

Powerful storms and tornadoes barrelled through Mississippi, Alabama and moved into Georgia on Friday, toppling trees, snapping power lines and ripping off roofs.

One child dead, several injured in Mississippi bus crashupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 17:05:00

One child died and several were injured Friday in Bolivar County, Mississippi, when a school bus collided with a tractor-trailer on a foggy stretch of road, officials said.

Mississippi and Alabama rivers approach flood stageupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 07:41:00

Parts of Alabama and much of Mississippi were under flood warnings Wednesday night, as rivers throughout the region rose after a day of storms and torrential rain.

CNNMoney: Rising gas prices hit Mississippi the hardestupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 14:55:00

Hey California, stop whining about $4 gas. As gas prices have surged 13% over the last month, Mississippi is feeling the worst pain at the pump.

3 killed after truck hits Mississippi school busupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 22:50:00

A tractor-trailer clipped one bus carrying students back from a college visit and then struck another head-on, leaving three dead, Mississippi authorities said Tuesday.

Report: Some impoverished U.S. counties need foreign aidupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 09:40:00

Some American children are facing circumstances so dire that they require foreign aid to supplement services such as tutoring and reading programs, said a report by the Children's Defense Fund released Tuesday.

Tornadoes sweep through Mississippiupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 13:51:00

Massive cleanup efforts are under way after several tornadoes ripped through the southern U.S.

Tornado, severe weather cause damage, injuries in Mississippiupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 13:51:00

State authorities dispatched emergency crews Tuesday to survey the damage after an onslaught of severe weather in Mississippi that injured at least 17 people, damaged property and cut power.

Mississippi oysters safe to eat, experts sayupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 01:49:00

Federal and state experts have declared Mississippi oysters safe to eat after the oil spill that gushed for months in the Gulf of Mexico.

Yankee soul manupdated: Wed Aug 18 2010 11:01:00

Yankee soul man croons of love and life.

Oil closes Mississippi watersupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 16:05:00

Mississippi fisherman and beachgoers finally see the consequences of the Gulf oil disaster. WLOS reports.

Oil hits Mississippi barrier islandupdated: Tue Jun 01 2010 18:51:00

A long, narrow strip of oil washed up on Petit Bois Island off the Mississippi coast on Tuesday, the first time crude believed to be from the massive Gulf of Mexico spill has reached the state's shores, Gov. Haley Barbour's office reported.

Searching for signs of oilupdated: Fri May 21 2010 07:23:00

Residents of Hancock, Mississippi, are on edge as bits of tar begin to wash up on beaches.

Mississippi governor discusses tornadoupdated: Tue Apr 27 2010 11:29:00

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour talks with CNN's Don Lemon about the damage and fatalities from Saturday's tornado.

Rescuers comb debris for survivors after Mississippi tornadoupdated: Mon Apr 26 2010 09:57:00

Rescue crews in Mississippi continued to search for survivors Sunday from a powerful tornado that ripped through the state a day earlier, killing 10 people, injuring dozens of others and leveling scores of homes.

Mississippi tornado leaves at least 10 deadupdated: Sun Apr 25 2010 01:08:00

A tornado almost a mile wide tore through Mississippi on Saturday, killing at least 10 people and causing significant injuries and damage as it raked cities from the central western border with Louisiana northeastward to Alabama.

Mississippi school sued for canceling prom over lesbian studentupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 20:50:00

A Mississippi high school faces a lawsuit over its decision to cancel its prom rather than allow a lesbian high school student to attend with her girlfriend.

Mississippi tops U.S. obesity rankingsupdated: Wed Jul 01 2009 16:44:00

Mississippi has kept its U.S. heavyweight title for a fifth straight year, among both adults and children.

Gustav easier on Mississippi than Katrinaupdated: Mon Sep 01 2008 15:54:00

Mississippi's Gulf Coast, which sustained major damage three years ago in Hurricane Katrina, fared better Monday as Hurricane Gustav slipped west, giving Louisiana the brunt of its powerful east side.

Gustav lashes Mississippiupdated: Mon Sep 01 2008 15:54:00

Hurricane Gustav lashes Gulfport, Mississippi, with heavy wind and rain. 600 Held in Miss. Immigration Raidupdated: Tue Aug 26 2008 18:00:00

Federal officials say nearly 600 suspected illegal immigrants were detained in a raid on a manufacturing plant in southern Mississippi, making it the largest such sweep in the country

Supplies for Katrina victims went to Mississippi agenciesupdated: Tue Jul 08 2008 14:19:00

Prisons in Mississippi got coffee makers, pillowcases and dinnerware -- all intended for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Mississippi keeps risingupdated: Mon Jun 30 2008 17:56:00

Officials wait to see if the only remaining levee in Winfield, Missouri, will hold. Floods Stall Barges on Mississippiupdated: Sat Jun 21 2008 13:00:00

The flooding in the Midwest has stranged more than 100 barges loaded with grain, cement and other material while shippers wait for the water to drop on the upper Mississippi

Mississippi over its banksupdated: Wed Jun 18 2008 01:57:00

Aerial video over the Mississippi from St. Louis up to Grafton, Illinois shows debris piles and the river over it's banks.

Worker killed in Mississippi paper plant explosionupdated: Sun May 04 2008 02:46:00

An explosion at a Mississippi paper plant killed one worker Saturday and injured 17 others, according to authorities.

Severe weather sweeps across Southeastupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 18:05:00

Strong winds and possible tornadoes roared across southern Mississippi on Friday, shredding roofs and slamming trees and power poles into homes and businesses.

Teen was shackled all dayupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 17:22:00

A Mississippi teenager describes what she was forced to do in shackles during her time in jail.

Teen inmate tried suicideupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 17:22:00

An interview with a Mississippi teen who tried to kill herself as a cry for help while in juvenile detention.

Sex abuse, violence alleged at teen jails across U.S.updated: Fri Apr 04 2008 17:22:00

Girls as young as 13 say they were shackled for weeks at a time in Mississippi.

Obama wins Mississippi primaryupdated: Wed Mar 12 2008 20:53:00

CNN's team of political analysts discuss how much Sen. Barack Obama will gain with a victory in the Mississippi primary.

Obama wins Mississippi primary; Texas caucus win estimatedupdated: Wed Mar 12 2008 06:10:00

Sen. Barack Obama claimed victory by a wide margin over Sen. Hillary Clinton in Mississippi's Democratic primary Tuesday. Can Clinton Make Mississippi a Race?updated: Mon Mar 10 2008 21:00:00

The state, with its high proportion of black voters, should be Obama's for the taking, but recent polls show some surprising anomalies

Katrina recovery a priority in Mississippi primaryupdated: Mon Mar 10 2008 14:25:00

While most voters this year have said the economy or Iraq is their top priority, some Mississippi voters have a different focus -- recovering from Hurricane Katrina.

Mississippi votersupdated: Mon Mar 10 2008 14:25:00

CNN's Sean Callebs reports on the upcoming Mississippi primary and people focused on one thing: recovering from Katrina.

Woman rescued from riverupdated: Fri Jan 11 2008 11:31:00

Emergency crews scrambled to pull a woman from a fast-moving river in Illinois.

Ravaged by a tornadoupdated: Fri Jan 11 2008 10:55:00

Chris Prevost shot this video of scattered debris and damage to a Goodman, Mississippi, neighborhood.

Mississippi representative tapped to replace Lottupdated: Mon Dec 31 2007 15:20:00

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour announced Monday that he is naming Republican Rep. Roger Wicker as Trent Lott's replacement in the Senate.

Mississippi homes destroyed by possible tornadoupdated: Thu Dec 20 2007 14:07:00

At least two mobile homes were destroyed by violent weather in Brookhaven, Mississippi, on Thursday, the Lincoln County sheriff said. Grant Wahl: The golden souffléupdated: Thu Dec 20 2007 09:13:00

It's one of our most storied annual traditions: since 1998 the 'Bag has had the pleasure of surveying the remaining unbeaten college basketball teams in mid-December and presenting the Golden Soufflé, our award for the undefeated program with the worst creampuff schedule.

Struggling to rebuildupdated: Wed Aug 29 2007 23:00:00

Struggling to rebuild Mississippi Ranked Fattest Stateupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 08:05:00

According to a new study by the Trust for America's Health, a research group that focuses on disease prevention, Mississippi is the first state where more than 30 percent of adults are considered obese.

Report: National strategy needed to fight fat updated: Tue Aug 28 2007 00:17:00

Americans are already among the fattest people in the world, and they just keep packing on the pounds. A new report finds that obesity rates have swelled during the last year in 31 states with not one state reporting that its obesity rate shrank. The inside storyupdated: Thu Mar 08 2007 09:39:00

INDIANAPOLIS -- It is Wednesday evening, and I'm sitting in my room at the Marriott in downtown Indy. Within a mile or so from here, at a secure, undisclosed location, the NCAA men's basketball committee is convening for a long dinner in advance of a long weekend. Usually, the committee arrives on Thursday, but they got here a day earlier this year. Later tonight, they will have their first ballot to select at-large teams. Sleep tight, bubble boys.

CNNMoney: Mississippi fires back at State Farmupdated: Fri Feb 16 2007 14:40:00

Mississippi's attorney general said Friday he would propose legislation to force State Farm, the largest home insurer in the United States, to continue writing new policies in his state.

CNNMoney: Federal judge rejects $50M State Farm settlementupdated: Fri Jan 26 2007 16:58:00

A federal judge in Mississippi Friday rejected a $50M settlement between State Farm Mutual Fire and Casualty Company and policyholders whose claims the insurer had denied after Hurricane Katrina, CNN has learned.

Your e-mails: 'We need to help rebuild'updated: Tue Aug 29 2006 10:25:00

One year after Katrina, some areas are striding down the road to recovery, while others have not even started. readers sent in their stories of progress, loss and hope.

showbuzzupdated: Fri May 12 2006 14:28:00

Leif Garrett was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years' probation after opting out of a drug treatment program.

Showdown over must-pass spending bill on the horizonupdated: Thu May 04 2006 16:32:00

The Senate approved nearly $109 billion in additional war and hurricane relief money Thursday despite a White House threat to veto the bill over what it called "unnecessary spending."

Katrina trees will get new life on historic shipupdated: Tue Mar 14 2006 09:27:00

Live oak trees, many more than 100 years old, are connecting residents of storm-ravaged Mississippi and experts at Mystic Seaport, a Connecticut maritime museum.

Hope and heartache on the Gulf Coast updated: Wed Mar 01 2006 06:50:00

When Hurricane Camille struck the Gulf Coast in 1969, Kay Kell had to swim to higher ground in Waveland, Mississippi, with her two children -- a 3-month-old and an 18-month-old -- in tow.

Not your mother's breast milkupdated: Thu Jan 26 2006 10:53:00

One of my first assignments for CNN was to profile a young mother who was part of a government program encouraging women to breast-feed their babies.

'Geocoding' used to locate Katrina survivorsupdated: Thu Nov 10 2005 11:07:00

Police, firefighters, and Coast Guard crews may be the first to come to mind when naming the lifesavers during disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.

Your e-mails: 'We can build it better'updated: Tue Nov 08 2005 10:34:00

Hurricane Katrina and the flooding that followed devastated many homes, buildings and, in some cases, entire neighborhoods, leaving residents and government officials to decide whether -- and how -- to rebuild.

Insurance companies sued over Katrina surge coverageupdated: Wed Oct 05 2005 13:43:00

Richard Scruggs, the Mississippi attorney who helped win a $250 billion settlement from the tobacco industry a few years ago, is now taking on insurance companies over Hurricane Katrina flood coverage.

Fortune: A CIVIL WAR OVER CLAIMS? updated: Mon Oct 03 2005 00:01:00

To hear Mississippians tell it, Hurricane Katrina is creating a new North-South divide. The dustup pits Gulf Coast homeowners, trial lawyers, and elected officials against insurance companies. At i...

Fortune: COMING BACK TO LIFEupdated: Mon Oct 03 2005 00:01:00

THE FOOD CHAIN Fisheries were hardest hit--shrimp and oyster stocks will need at least a year to recover. Katrina also tore through fields and disrupted transportation, but not enough to affect the prospect of big harvests across the Midwest. COULDN'T ENTER THE PORT Bananas Dole and Chiquita had to reroute thousands of inbound tons to ports in Texas and South Carolina. Coffee New Orleans is the top U.S. import and roasting center. Fortunately the storehouses survived intact. COULDN'T LEAVE THE PORT Corn and soybeans The Port of South Louisiana handles two-thirds of U.S. grain exports. Fertilizer and timber U.S. customers will end up paying more for Alabama and Mississippi goods. CROPS/FISHING DESTROYED Meat In Mississippi, 2,300 chicken houses were damaged or destroyed. Louisiana is missing 10,000 cattle. Cotton 250,000 bales were soaked, but bumper crops nationally might ease the pain. Sugar Two refineries got knocked out, but the USDA upped quotas so farmers will produce more. Shrimp and Oysters The hur

Floating casinos may come ashoreupdated: Thu Sep 29 2005 04:23:00

After all 13 of Mississippi's floating casinos were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi lawmakers are considering a plan to rebuild closer to land.

Robots can be lifesaving rescue workers updated: Thu Sep 15 2005 14:08:00

They look like big, high-tech toys. But robotic airplanes and helicopters with cameras, microphones and sensors can provide crucial information for emergency responders in the aftermath of disasters like Hurricane Katrina.

CNNMoney: Mississippi slaps insurers with suitupdated: Thu Sep 15 2005 12:14:00

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood sued insurers in his state Thursday for taking advantage of Hurricane Katrina victims and not covering damage to homes caused by flooding in the aftermath of the storm.

Conditions 'unfathomable'updated: Fri Sep 09 2005 09:49:00

CNN's Gary Baumgarten in New Orleans, Louisiana Posted: 6:00 p.m. ET

CNNMoney: Gaming leaders mull Miss. movesupdated: Tue Sep 06 2005 10:57:00

In another sign of the gaming industry's anxiety about its future in the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast, CEOs of the top casino companies are expected to discuss the matter next week during the industry's annual G2E trade show in Las Vegas.

Cut the red tape, Lott saysupdated: Mon Sep 05 2005 20:16:00

Sen. Trent Lott berated both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and his own state's emergency management, MEMA, for being mired in red tape at a time of urgent need given the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina.

showbuzzupdated: Mon Sep 05 2005 13:52:00

Paul McCartney sometimes gets a little help from a friend.

Bodies lie unrecovered in Mississippi countyupdated: Sat Sep 03 2005 15:45:00

Residents of hard-hit Harrison County, Mississippi, are complaining that bodies left after hurricane Katrina struck on Monday remain unrecovered by officials.

One happy ending in a sea of lossupdated: Fri Sep 02 2005 06:46:00

Amid unfathomable loss and deplorable conditions, there was at least one bright moment in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Mississippi emergency informationupdated: Tue Aug 30 2005 21:06:00

The following are some helpful Web sites and phone numbers for the Mississippi area:

Aid groups sending rescuers, suppliesupdated: Tue Aug 30 2005 21:06:00

Hundreds of thousands of people in Gulf Coast states are without homes or power in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and aid agencies are warning the situation might not improve for weeks, maybe months.

Governor: Worse than Camilleupdated: Tue Aug 30 2005 10:36:00

Hurricane Katrina has inflicted more damage to Mississippi's beach towns than Hurricane Camille did, and its death toll is likely to be higher, the state's governor said Tuesday.

State: More than 50 dead in Mississippiupdated: Mon Aug 29 2005 21:00:00

Hurricane Katrina's strike on Mississippi killed at least 54 people Monday, 50 of them in one county, state officials said, and caused what Gov. Haley Barbour called "catastrophic damage" along the coast.

Katrina kills 50 in one Mississippi countyupdated: Mon Aug 29 2005 01:03:00

Hurricane Katrina left at least 56 people dead Monday, about 50 of them in one Mississippi county, CNN confirmed, and the toll was expected to climb following one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the northern Gulf Coast in a half century.

We recommend