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4 Louisiana men to plead guilty in Mississippi bribe scheme

Aug. 18, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

Four Louisiana men say they'll plead guilty to charges that they tried to bribe a Mississippi sheriff with $2,000 in casino chips, seeking lucrative jail contracts. Michael LeBlanc Sr. of Baton Rouge, Michael LeBlanc Jr. of Prairieville, Tawasky Ventroy of Opelousas and Jacque Jones of LaPlace have filed notices...

Analysis: Republicans line up to support immigration arrests

Aug. 18, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

Many Mississippi Republican officials see the immigration raids on seven chicken processing plants earlier this month not only as good policy, but as good politics. The raids were maybe most a gift to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who lucked into a Twitter clash with Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar, currently a huge...

Superintendent says he could seek job he has kept unfilled

Aug. 18, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi school superintendent says he could seek a job that he has kept unfilled if school board members don't retain him as the district's leader. Lowndes County Superintendent Lynn Wright tells The Commercial Dispatch that he could apply to be the district's vocational...

2 more Mississippi electric co-ops eye high-speed internet

Aug. 18, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

BOONEVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Two more Mississippi electric cooperatives are making plans to create subsidiaries to offer high-speed internet, after the first two cooperatives jumped into the business last week. Prentiss County Electric Power Association Manager Ronny Rowland tells the Northeast Mississippi...

Power plant tax change could hit Vicksburg, Warren budgets

Aug. 18, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Local officials in Warren County say the Mississippi Department of Revenue could decrease the tax assessment on a power plant there. The change would affect budgets for the county, the city of Vicksburg and the Vicksburg Warren School District. Entergy's Baxter Wilson power plant in...

Life Help building manager loves her work, helps others

Aug. 18, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Janity Callicut says she knew little about mental illness when she became an apartment manager for Life Help six years ago, but the job has worked out well for her. She oversees a total of 20 units, including East Haven Apartments, Denton Center and some townhouses on U.S. 82. She...

Public library receives grant to restore photos

Aug. 18, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — The photographic negative Mona Vance-Ali held in her hand was stiff and crinkled, tinted bright blue from chemical off-gassing. She said it was from around the 1940s or '50s. Nearly 70 years after it was made, on Wednesday at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, the image wasn't even...

Lawsuit: Mississippi puts burdens on eyebrow threading

Aug. 17, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A group that advocates limited government is suing Mississippi over the state's licensing requirement for people who earn money by plucking eyebrows with thread. Mississippi Justice Institute filed the lawsuit Monday on behalf of Dipa Bhattarai, a University of Mississippi graduate...

Recording studio opens at Mississippi entertainment museum

Aug. 17, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A recording studio is now open at a museum called The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience. The Meridian Star reports the Governor's Recording Studio is equipped with technology for recording and for musical rehearsals and tracking and session work. It can also handle...

Ole Miss to open $32M campus recreation center this month

Aug. 17, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi will open a new $32 million campus recreation center later this month. The center will include workout space, an indoor climbing wall, fitness studios, basketball courts and other facilities. It's in a former warehouse of a Whirlpool appliance factory that...