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Alabama State beats Jackson State 31-16

Oct. 12, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jahod Booker had seven catches for 106 yards and a touchdown and Alabama State beat Jackson State 31-16 on Saturday. Ezra Gray and Jacory Merritt each rushed for 69 yards for the Hornets (3-3, 2-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference). Gray had a 13-yard TD run to open the scoring on...

Jackson and former operator of zoo settle a legal dispute

Oct. 12, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's capital city and the Jackson Zoological Society are close to settling the city's $6 million lawsuit against the nonprofit organization that ran the zoo for nearly 35 years. The Clarion Ledger reports that a deal was reached Friday. It requires approval of the Jackson...

Reeves and Hood clash on teacher pay, roads, health care

Oct. 10, 2019 11:01 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Republican lieutenant governor and Democratic attorney general debated teacher pay raise plans, road repairs, health care and taxes as they clashed for the first debate in the governor's race. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Attorney General Jim Hood met Thursday at the...

Sheriff: Mississippi inmate hurt after fight over sandwich

Oct. 10, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

QUITMAN, Miss. (AP) — An inmate at a Mississippi jail is being treated for injuries after a fight investigators believe started over a sandwich. The Meridian Star reports Sheriff Todd Kemp says the incident between two cellmates happened Thursday. Kemp says Joey Jenkins was being held on charges of...

Mississippi residents 'may skip church' to watch Saints-Jags

Oct. 10, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars are big in Brandon, Mississippi, these days. And not just because Saints linebacker Demario Davis and Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew have banners flying outside the high school football stadium there. Davis and Minshew will...

US judge to hear challenge of Mississippi election system

Oct. 9, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge will hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi's unique, multistep process of electing the governor and other statewide officials — an electoral process that critics say is designed to thwart black political power. The hearing happens less...

Mississippi defends 15-week abortion ban in appeals court

Oct. 7, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal court that rejected Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban should have let the state present evidence about whether a fetus experiences pain, an attorney for the state argued Monday. But a lawyer for Mississippi's only abortion clinic said the Supreme Court has been clear that a...

Emaciated, disoriented man rescued from Mississippi River

Oct. 7, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — First responders in Mississippi have rescued an emaciated man from the Mississippi River after he made an emergency call to say he could not see, did not know where he was and could not remember his own name. The Vicksburg Post reports officers identified 59-year-old Ricky Harrison...

Skittish state fair crowd mistakes balloon pops for gunfire

Oct. 7, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The sounds of balloons popping at the Mississippi State Fair panicked a skittish crowd, leaving some people injured. Hinds County sheriff's Maj. Pete Luke tells the Clarion Ledger that several people physically fought at the Jackson fair grounds Friday night just before balloons began...

Grambling earns 1st win, tops SWAC rival Jackson State 44-21

Oct. 5, 2019 11:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — De'Andre Hogues blocked a 37-yard field goal attempt and Devanir Martin scooped up the football and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown to spark Grambling to its first win, a 44-21 victory over Jackson State on Saturday night. Grambling opened the season with losses to...