Ben Hillyer, Author at Magnolia State Live


Mississippi lawmakers advance online sports betting bill to combat millions going to other states, black market

A bill advancing in Mississippi’s Legislature would legalize online sports betting in the state, where analysts say consumer demand continues to fuel a thriving black ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Wednesday, January 31, 2024 6:09 am


Escaped Mississippi inmate captured after 5-day manhunt that crossed three states

After a 5-day manhunt that crossed three states, authorities in Port Arthur, Texas, report that law enforcement from Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana have recaptured escapee ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Monday, December 4, 2023 2:22 pm


Mississippi man charged with exposing himself to juvenile. He was already facing kidnapping, exploitation charges.

A Mississippi man previously arrested on kidnapping and child exploitation charges is now accused of exposing himself to a child in a separate case.  Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Tuesday, November 28, 2023 10:50 am


Body of a Mississippi man killed after being hit by police SUV then buried without family’s knowledge exhumed from pauper’s cemetery

The body of a Mississippi man who died after being hit by a police SUV driven by an off-duty officer was exhumed Monday, months after ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Tuesday, November 14, 2023 11:44 am


Mississippi supervisor claims Black county employees are being targeted in his county

A Mississippi supervisor claims that Black employees in the county he helps lead are being targeted for wrongdoing. Adams County District 4 Supervisor Ricky Gray ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Tuesday, October 3, 2023 11:06 am


Mississippi man charged with girlfriend’s murder accepts plea deal for imperfect self-defense manslaughter

A man charged with the murder of his girlfriend in August 2021 accepted a plea deal this week offered by Sixth District Attorney Shameca Collins ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Friday, September 29, 2023 4:21 pm


State confirms first five cases of West Nile virus in Mississippi this year

The Mississippi State Department of Health has confirmed the first five cases of West Nile Virus in humans in Mississippi for this year. An MSDH ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Thursday, August 24, 2023 5:47 am


Mississippi man arrested, accused of making anti-semitic threats to Pennsylvania Jewish synagogues, businesses

A Mississippi man was arrested on felony charges accusing him of targeting Pennsylvanian synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses by calling them — some as many as ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Friday, July 14, 2023 5:25 am


NCAA chooses Hattiesburg as site for Super Regional between University of Southern Mississippi and Tennessee

The super regional between Southern Miss and Tennessee will be in Hattiesburg, according to an announcement by the NCAA Tuesday morning. The Golden Eagles, who ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Tuesday, June 6, 2023 10:41 am


Elderly Mississippi man reportedly kills neighbor, police report

An elderly Mississippi man has been charged with murder after he reportedly killed his neighbor Thursday. WHAT WE KNOW:  Robert Allen has been charged with ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Friday, June 2, 2023 3:16 pm

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