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Catholic school in Mississippi Delta closing after 70 years

May. 17, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A Catholic elementary school that primarily serves Black and Hispanic families in the Mississippi Delta is closing after more than 70 years, following a sex abuse scandal, declining enrollment and a steep decrease in donations. St. Francis of Assisi School...

Man pleads guilty to misusing pandemic relief business loan

May. 16, 2022 19:06 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man pleaded guilty Monday to a federal wire fraud charge for misusing more than $6 million in business loans through a pandemic relief program, prosecutors said. Rather than use the money for his businesses, Christopher Paul Lick admitted...

Ex-Mississippi auditor resigns from state Veterans Affairs

May. 16, 2022 10:39 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board is being run by an interim leader as the executive director and his chief of staff are both resigning. The agency said in news release Friday that executive director Stacey Pickering decided to retire from government...

Mississippi revises eviction law that judge called 'absurd'

May. 15, 2022 09:18 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has revised its landlord-tenant law to give renters time to gather their belongings from a home before being forced to leave, after a federal judge ruled that the previous law was unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills wrote in his...

155-year-old Chickasaw County church finds renewed life

May. 15, 2022 01:08 AM EDT

HOUSTON, Miss. (AP) — New Hope Church, on a country road halfway between Houlka and Okolona, was founded on Oct. 6, 1866, less than a year after the Civil War ended. On that day, Isaac Mullins and William Gaskin deeded ground to the Methodist Episcopal Church South “for the...

Southern Miss student wants to 3-D print homes

May. 15, 2022 01:04 AM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Alkendria “Desiree” McNair’s passion for technology began with video games and evolved into an interest in 3-D printing houses. “I started off playing video games, then I went to kind of fixing phones. I’ve always just had my hand in technology,...

Upgraded charges possible for mom who tried to kill infant

May. 14, 2022 13:43 PM EDT

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — A 20-year-old woman is in custody accused of repeatedly throwing her 9-week-old daughter to the ground before running into the woods when officers arrived. The woman is being held on charges of attempted murder and felony child abuse, but Rankin County and City...

District considers longer hours for assistant teachers

May. 14, 2022 12:48 PM EDT

VANCLEAVE, Miss. (AP) — Assistant teachers in Mississippi will receive a $2,000 pay raise starting July 1, but one school district could make its assistants work a longer schedule. A proposal awaiting consideration by the Jackson County School Board would extend assistant teachers'...

Mississippi woman acquitted in death of toddler stepdaughter

May. 14, 2022 10:57 AM EDT

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman has been found not guilty in the killing of her 14-month-old stepdaughter. A Monroe County jury on Friday acquitted T’Kia Bevily. It was her second trial in the 2017 death of Jurayah Smith in Claiborne County. A Claiborne...

Historian releases 2 new books in Black history series

May. 14, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Jeremy Houston, the founder of Miss-Lou Heritage Group and Tours, has recently released volumes four and five of his ongoing Black history series about people from Natchez. In 2016, Houston first set out writing true stories about Black people from Natchez who...