JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A military plane crashed in the Mississippi Delta, Nissan employees rejected a union and regulators said no to a power plant.
Those were among Mississippi's top news stories of 2017, a year the Magnolia State celebrated the 200th anniversary of its admission to the Union.
The bicentennial was punctuated by a visit from President Donald Trump to the state's new history and civil rights museums. Some elected leaders and protesters said he had no business attending an event noting the African-American struggle for freedom.
Other news was just tragic. There were eight deaths in a chain of shootings brought on by a domestic dispute, a tornado that killed four people, including a grandfather and grandson, and a train that hit a bus in a deadly crash.