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Mississippi State University, home to out-of-this-world tree

May. 29, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — On Mississippi State University’s campus stands an out-of-this-world tree — a sycamore grown from a seed that ventured further into space than most Mississippians ever will. All the way to the moon. The tree, known as the “moon sycamore,” was...

First all-female rideshare business in Mississippi launched

May. 29, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Troublesome incidents involving women rideshare passengers and drivers have increased enough to prompt an entrepreneur in Mississippi's capital to come up with a new business. It’s a ride share service literally just for ladies that she hopes will mean safer...

Mississippi Amazon facility to open in July after delay

May. 28, 2022 14:13 PM EDT

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Amazon's newest fulfillment center in Mississippi is set to open in mid-July, 18 months after the company announced the project. Joey Deason, executive director of the Madison County Economic Development Authority, on Thursday confirmed the July 18 opening of...

Motion filed to dismiss charges in toddler death case

May. 28, 2022 11:58 AM EDT

PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) — A motion has been filed to dismiss the case involving a Mississippi man who is accused of killing his 14-month-old daughter. According to court documents, 22nd Circuit Court Assistant District Attorney Patrick E. Beasley asked Friday to dismiss charges...

Dudenhefer is behind pet waste removal service Doody Happens

May. 28, 2022 01:10 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Diane Dudenhefer spends her days scouring yards for dog poop. Equipped with rubber gloves, a scooping rake and a trash bag-lined bucket with a handle, Dudenhefer puts on a true crime podcast or some of her favorite tunes as she walks the customer’s property...

Mississippi woman hopes father’s legacy will help inspire

May. 28, 2022 01:03 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Some may have heard his name or seen it on buildings and displays throughout Hattiesburg. Some may have seen his face on the mural at Veterans Memorial Park, but many don’t know the man behind the name Jesse L. Brown. A Hattiesburg native,...

Mississippi State survey aims to increase passionfruit farms

May. 27, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

RAYMOND, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi State University Extension Service researcher is hoping to help expand the niche for passionfruit growers. Demand is growing for the sweet, low-calorie tropical fruit, said Eric Stafnne, a fruit and nut specialist Eric Stafne at the extension...

Judge: Ex-cop must pay $2.2M to children of woman he killed

May. 27, 2022 17:03 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a former Mississippi police officer to pay $2.2 million to four children of a woman whom he killed in May 2019. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Glen Davidson ordered Matthew Kinne on Thursday to pay $1.2 million in compensatory...

Ex-deputy warden pleads guilty in Mississippi inmate beating

May. 26, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former deputy warden at the Mississippi State Penitentiary has pleaded guilty in a case involving the beating of an inmate, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday. In a news release, officials said Melvin Hilson, 49, pleaded guilty to violating the...

Mississippi's interim deputy to be interim superintendent

May. 26, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Education Department’s interim chief academic officer and deputy superintendent will become interim superintendent at the end of June, the State Board of Education said Thursday. Kim Benton will take the higher interim post when...