The FBI's 2003 Crime Report is out with a mixed bag of progress and failure.
The FBI says the number of violent crimes nationwide declined last year as the number of murders increased.
According to the FBI's report, there were just under one-point-four million crimes of murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault in 2003. That's a three-percent decline from 2002, and more than 25-percent less than ten years ago.
In the Mid-South, the murder numbers DOWN from last year in Tennessee, but they're UP in Arkansas and Mississippi.
Tennessee saw 395 murders in 2003.
That's down from 420 in 2002.
In Arkansas, there were 152 reported murders in 2003. That's up from 142 in 2002.
And in Mississippi, there were 186 murders in 2003 compared to only 86 in 2002.
For more information, you can read the FBI's Crime Report by clicking on this link.