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Death penalty sought in slaying of 2 Mississippi officers

Nov. 12, 2019 11:54 AM EST

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi prosecutor confirms he will seek the death penalty for a man indicted in the 2018 shooting deaths of two police officers. Marquis Flowers, 26, on Tuesday made his first appearance in state court since being indicted on capital murder charges, and he pleaded not...

Mississippi Democrat Espy to run again for US Senate in 2020

Nov. 12, 2019 11:01 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Democrat Mike Espy announced Tuesday that he's running again for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith, setting up a 2020 rematch of a race that churned up the state's painful racial history. "I can and will do a better job for the people of Mississippi...

Monument marking Fort Madison battlefield installed

Nov. 12, 2019 8:06 AM EST

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — A monument marking a battlefield where 23 soldiers died has been installed in Fort Madison. The granite monument put in place last week includes a history of the military post on one side and the soldiers' names on another side. Andy Andrews of the North Lee County Historical...

Ole Miss backtracks on conservative speaker's cancellation

Nov. 12, 2019 6:15 AM EST

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi says a lecture by a conservative journalist is back on after initially being cancelled. The Oxford Eagle reports Daily Wire contributor Elisha Krauss will speak in the university's student union on Wednesday. The talk was originally set to be inside the...

Jessika Carter leads No. 10 Mississippi State past UT Martin

Nov. 12, 2019 12:12 AM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Jessika Carter knows she has big shoes to fill for Mississippi State with the graduation of All-American Teaira McCowan. Carter's transition for the bigger role was aided by the work she put in behind McCowan a year ago. The sophomore center had a career-high 19 points and eight...

Coroner: 16-year-old appears to have been beaten to death

Nov. 11, 2019 5:54 PM EST

QUITMAN, Miss. (AP) — A preliminary autopsy shows a 16-year-old girl in east Mississippi appears to have died "due to a beating," and her body showed signs of previous abuse, a coroner said. Clarke County coroner Greg Fairchild said Shuntorie Ducksworth had blunt-force trauma and cuts to her head,...

Saban, No. 4 Alabama focused on 'how we complete the season'

Nov. 11, 2019 4:53 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has been here before, looking to salvage damaged playoff hopes after a competitive loss to No. 1 LSU. The fourth-ranked Crimson Tide is hoping for another national championship reprieve following Saturday's 46-41 loss to the Tigers . This team may not even need the kind of...

Lock on Red River reopens after first draining since 1982

Nov. 11, 2019 3:39 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A navigation lock on the Red River in central Louisiana has reopened. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it reopened the John H. Overton Lock and Dam at Alexandria earlier this month. The Corps of Engineers' Vicksburg District closed the lock in September, draining all the water...

Ex-teacher pleads guilty to sex charges involving student

Nov. 11, 2019 1:06 PM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A former high school teacher in Mississippi will spend 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual battery of a 16-year-old student. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports 37-year-old Braden Bishop pleaded guilty Friday. Under state law, there's no chance of parole or...

Bank robbery charges dismissed against man jailed for months

Nov. 11, 2019 7:37 AM EST

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Bank robbery charges have been dismissed against a Mississippi man who was jailed for months without any noticeable progress in the case. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports 29-year-old Brandon Lancaster was released from custody this month after a judge determined the FBI had failed...