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House makes lynching a federal crime, 65 years after Till

Feb. 26, 2020 4:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixty-five years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi, the House has approved legislation designating lynching as a hate crime under federal law. The bill, introduced by Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush and named after Till, comes 120 years after Congress first considered...

Many attendees of a rally at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson, carried signs that protested conditions in prisons where inmates have been killed in violent clashes in recent weeks, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. They called upon the administration to specifically close the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, where a number of deaths have occurred. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

New lawsuit: Mississippi prison has 'abhorrent conditions'

Feb. 26, 2020 4:25 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman is a violent, rat-infested place where inmates live in “abhorrent conditions” and their medical needs are routinely ignored, attorneys say in a new lawsuit filed on behalf of 152 prisoners The suit was filed in federal court...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Feb. 26, 2020 12:56 PM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Feb. 25 The Enterprise Journal on a loophole in a law aimed at limiting how campaign donations are spent: A couple of years ago, after lawmakers and others in Mississippi government were shamed by the revelation of how much campaign money they were using to pay...

'They weren't gonna make it': Worker delivers baby on I-20

Feb. 25, 2020 7:44 AM EST

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A routine road closure for a transportation worker in Mississippi turned into the quick delivery of a baby on the interstate. Wayne Evans, Superintendent II with the Mississippi Department of Transportation, was getting ready to shut down a lane Monday morning on I-20 near Brandon....

This Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, Hinds County Detention Center booking photograph shows former Mississippi Department of Human Services Director John Davis in Raymond, Miss. Davis and five other people were indicted and arrested for allegedly embezzling millions in federal money meant for the poor through an investigation by the Mississippi State Auditor's office. (Hinds County Detention Center via AP)

5 plead not guilty in welfare fraud case in Mississippi

Feb. 21, 2020 6:51 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Trial dates have been set for the former head of Mississippi's welfare agency and some of the other people charged with misusing money that was intended to help needy people in the nation's poorest state. Court records show former Department of Human Services director John Davis...

Court rules ex-officer must register as sex offender

Feb. 21, 2020 5:36 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court overturned a decision that allowed a former police officer not to register as a sex offender after he was convicted of having sex with a woman on probation under the state's supervision. Justin Codey Herrington was convicted in August 2016 of having a...

Mississippi rep cleared in abuse case won't be expelled

Feb. 21, 2020 2:35 PM EST

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi House members don't have the power to expel one of their colleagues who was found not guilty in a domestic abuse case last year, the Republican House speaker has told a newspaper. Speaker Philip Gunn, who is an attorney, told the Sun Herald he has talked to a legal team...

FILE - This Friday, May 17, 2019 file photo shows the Jackson Women's Health Organization in Jackson, Miss. The facility is the state's only abortion clinic. A federal appeals court is keeping a block on a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions at about six weeks, a stage when many women may not even know they are pregnant. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Appeals court keeps block on Mississippi 6-week abortion ban

Feb. 20, 2020 9:35 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court is keeping a block on a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions as early as about six weeks — a stage when many women may not even know they are pregnant. A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made the decision Thursday, finding that the...

A Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks lawman, observes the swirling Pearl River floodwaters drain from North Canton Club Circle in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 18, 2020. Officials have limited entry to the flooded neighborhoods as they have warned residents about the contamination of the receding waters and the swift currents. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Flooded Mississippi residents return to soggy, smelly homes

Feb. 19, 2020 6:59 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Residents returned to soggy, smelly homes Wednesday to begin cleaning up as floodwaters were receding around Mississippi's capital after days of misery but with more rain on the way. Nearly 300 homes and businesses were still without power in two counties, and Entergy utility company...

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves speaks with reporters about the state prison system, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. Reeves also gave an update on the search for a Mississippi Department of Corrections commissioner. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi moving more inmates out of troubled state prison

Feb. 19, 2020 5:44 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi on Wednesday started transferring more inmates out of a state prison that has been rocked by deadly violence and that is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said about 50 inmates were moved from the Mississippi State Penitentiary...