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Mississippi's new Episcopal bishop is first woman and first Black person in that role

Jul. 19, 2024 19:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The new bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi is being formally installed Saturday, and she is first woman and first Black person to hold the post. The Rev. Dorothy Sanders Wells was elected bishop in February and has been in the leadership role since...

Mississippi can wait to reset legislative districts that dilute Black voting strength, judges say

Jul. 18, 2024 16:54 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi can wait until next year to redraw some of its legislative districts to replace ones where Black voting power is currently diluted, three federal judges said Thursday. The decision updates a timeline from the judges, who issued a ruling July 2 that...

Appeals courts are still blocking Biden's efforts to expand LGBTQ+ protections under Title IX

Jul. 18, 2024 16:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court in New Orleans has refused to pause a lower court order that blocks a Biden administration effort to enhance protections for LGBTQ+ students under the federal law known as Title IX. At issue is an administration rule meant to expand the...

Court says Jim Crow-era felony voting ban in Mississippi can be altered by lawmakers, not judges

Jul. 18, 2024 13:45 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators, not the courts, must decide whether to change the state's practice of stripping voting rights from people convicted of certain felonies, including nonviolent crimes such as forgery and timber theft, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. ...

Ashley home furnishings to expand Mississippi operations

Jul. 17, 2024 18:12 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Ashley Furniture Industries plans an $80 million expansion at its two facilities in Mississippi's Lee County, creating at least 500 new jobs as a result. The Mississippi Development Authority said Wednesday the project will expand Ashley’s foam and mattress...

A Texas school that was built to segregate Mexican American students becomes a national park

Jul. 17, 2024 11:19 AM EDT

A west Texas school built in 1909 for Mexican and Mexican American students as part of “separate but equal” education segregation was designated Wednesday as a national park. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland formally established the Blackwell School National Historic...

Mississippi state Sen. McLendon is cleared of DUI charge in Alabama, court records show

Jul. 16, 2024 18:25 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawmaker said Tuesday that he has been cleared of a DUI charge brought against him last year in Alabama. Republican Sen. Michael McLendon of Hernando was arrested on June 5, 2023, near Foley, Alabama, after law enforcement officers said...

Hancock Whitney: Q2 Earnings Snapshot

Jul. 16, 2024 16:11 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Hancock Whitney Corporation (HWC) on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $114.6 million. The bank, based in Gulfport, Mississippi, said it had earnings of $1.31 per share. The results surpassed Wall Street...

Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin had to hold it together at SEC Media Day as he spoke about late father

Jul. 15, 2024 20:10 PM EDT

Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin came to SEC Media Days on Monday still grieving the death of his father, Monte Kiffin, a longtime and well-respected NFL assistant. Monte Kiffin died last week at 84. One of the architects of the successful and widely used Tampa 2 defensive scheme,...

A Mississippi judge removes 1 of Brett Favre's lawyers in a civil case over misspent welfare money

Jul. 15, 2024 14:03 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge has removed one of the attorneys representing retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre in a state civil lawsuit that seeks to recover welfare money that was supposed to help some of the poorest residents in the U.S. but went to projects pushed by wealthy and...