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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2018 file photo, Angie Thomas, a Jackson, Miss., resident speaks to reporters after signing copies of her book prior to a reception in Jackson, Miss. Belhaven University, based in Jackson, Mississippi, says it is creating the Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship program. One creative writing major at Belhaven will receive a scholarship to cover all expenses for tuition, room and board for four years, the university said in a news release Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Scholarship honors young adult fiction author Angie Thomas

Jan. 23, 2020 2:30 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A university is creating scholarships to honor one of its graduates who is the author of bestselling young adult novels. The Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship program will be at Belhaven University, based in Jackson, Mississippi. Thomas wrote “The Hate U Give," about an African...

House Appropriations Committee member Richard Bennett, R-Long Beach, speaks to the specifics of providing additional funding for state public school teachers' salaries for fiscal year 2020 in a bill before the committee, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Republicans assigned to most top jobs in Mississippi House

Jan. 23, 2020 1:47 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans will continue to hold most leadership positions during this four-year term in the Mississippi House, where the party has more than 60% of the seats. House Speaker Philip Gunn, a Republican from Clinton, announced most committee assignments for the 122 representatives...

This is an undated Mississippi booking photo provided by Department of Corrections shows Willie Nash. . The Mississippi Supreme Court confirmed Nash's 12-year prison sentence for carrying his mobile phone into a county jail cell,  on Jan. 9, 2020. The ruling on the 2018 sentencing is being slammed by some people as a brutal example of racial injustice. (Mississippi Department of Corrections via AP)

New appeal filed in 12-year sentence for cellphone in jail

Jan. 23, 2020 1:42 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court should overturn an “astonishing” 12-year prison sentence given to an African American man who took a mobile phone into a jail cell when he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge, attorneys argued in court papers filed Thursday. The state's...

Defense technology company announces Mississippi expansion

Jan. 23, 2020 10:43 AM EST

IUKA, Miss. (AP) — A global aerospace and defense technology company has announced it will be expanding existing operations in a northeast Mississippi city. Northrop Grumman Corp. employs more than 200 employees at its 320,000-square-foot (29,729-square-meter) facility in Iuka, The Daily Journal reported....

Search opens to replace longtime community college president

Jan. 23, 2020 7:23 AM EST

RAYMOND, Miss. (AP) — The board of trustees for a community college in Mississippi said it has begun searching for a new president to replace the longest-serving community college leader in the state's history. Hinds Community College hopes to name a new president by the end of April who would officially...

File-This Jan. 20, 2008, file photo shows Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre (4) dropping back to pass with Vernand Morency (34) blocking during the NFC Championship football game in Green Bay, Wis. Members of a special panel of 26 selected all of them for the position as part of the NFL's celebration of its 100th season. All won league titles except Marino. All are in the Hall of Fame except Brady and Manning, who are not yet eligible.  On Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, quarterback was the final position revealed for the All-Time Team. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File)

Brett Favre sees some of his own traits in Mahomes

Jan. 23, 2020 2:39 AM EST

Brett Favre sees some of his own traits as a football player in Patrick Mahomes. The mobility and passing outside the pocket, usually on the run. The willingness to stick with a play and see if it can develop into something grand. The howitzer of an arm. The Hall of Fame quarterback, who is appearing weekly on...

Perry's double-double lifts Missississippi St. past Arkansas

Jan. 22, 2020 9:58 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Reggie Perry had 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead Mississippi State to a 77-70 win over Arkansas on Wednesday. Perry has now scored 20 points or more in five of his last seven games. He also recorded his SEC-leading 11th double-double of the season and his 20th career...

Prisoner advocates hold signs supporting inmate rights at a protest outside the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. The protesters called on the federal government to investigate Mississippi's prison system for possible civil rights violations. They say five deaths in recent days highlights deliberate violations of inmates' constitutional rights. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Another inmate dies in a troubled Mississippi prison

Jan. 22, 2020 4:47 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another Mississippi inmate died in a troubled state prison Wednesday, and state corrections officials said his death appeared to be a suicide by hanging. At least 10 inmates have died in the state's prisons since late December, most of them in outbursts of violence. Eight of the men...

Mississippi State hires Zach Arnett as defensive coordinator

Jan. 22, 2020 4:36 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State has named Zach Arnett as its defensive coordinator, less than two weeks after he had accepted the same position at Syracuse. The 33-year-old Arnett had spent the last two seasons as San Diego State’s defensive coordinator. Syracuse announced Jan. 11 it had...

South Carolina Corrections Department Director Bryan Stirling holds up a key that can lock and unlock every cell in a wing of a state prison after a hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Columbia, South Carolina. Stirling is asking for more than $100 million in his next budget to add electronic locks to all his cells among other security upgrades (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

With Mississippi on his mind, SC prison chief asks for $100M

Jan. 22, 2020 4:31 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With a wary eye toward recent violence in Mississippi prisons and acknowledging the problems that have plagued his own prisons, the South Carolina Corrections chief is asking lawmakers to make a more than $100 million investment into his agency. Most of the money would go toward...