In an emergency meeting this week, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks voted unanimously to close hunting seasons in areas along the Mississippi River because of anticipated flooding.
According to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, rising water in the Mississippi River is forcing animals out of their natural habitat. The river is expected to reach flood stage at key points in Mississippi this weekend. Hunting seasons will be closed as areas reach specified levels.
A Medal of Honor recipient and a Mississippi native who lost an eye while taking a grenade blast to save a fellow Marine now faces a hit-and-run charge in South Carolina, police say.
Retired Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, 26, turned himself in and appeared in court Thursday with an attorney on misdemeanor charges of hit-and-run and making an improper left turn, police said. Carpenter was released on bond.
Police say he hit a pedestrian Dec. 8th.
The pedestrial declined to go to a hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, police said.