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Mississippi abortion law 'smacks of defiance,' US judge says

May. 21, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge indicated Tuesday that he is likely to block a Mississippi law that will ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The new law puts a cutoff point for abortion at about six weeks, when many women may not yet know they're pregnant. U.S. District Judge...

The Latest: Lawmaker asked to resign if abuse charge true

May. 21, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a Mississippi lawmaker accused of punching his wife (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Mississippi's House speaker says a state lawmaker should resign if he punched his wife in the face. Republican Speaker Philip Gunn says he has tried to contact Republican Rep. Doug McLeod...

The Latest: Abortion debated inside and outside courtroom

May. 21, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a hearing in a lawsuit to block a Mississippi abortion law that bans the procedure after 6 weeks (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The same day a federal judge heard arguments about a Mississippi abortion law, the state's Republican lieutenant governor pledged to keep...

Ethridge, Ole Miss top Missouri 2-1 in SEC Tournament

May. 21, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Will Ethridge allowed one run in seven innings and Mississippi beat Missouri 2-1 Tuesday in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. The defending champion Rebels (34-23) face No. 2 seed Arkansas in the second round Wednesday, when the tournament moves to double...

Report: Mississippi lawmaker punched wife in face over sex

May. 21, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A south Mississippi lawmaker punched his wife in the face after she didn't undress quickly enough when the lawmaker wanted to have sex, according to a police report in the case. Republican state Rep. Doug McLeod of Lucedale was arrested Saturday on a misdemeanor domestic violence...

At abortion clinics, new laws sow confusion, uncertainty

May. 21, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Abortion clinics are facing protesters emboldened by a flurry of restrictive new state laws as they reassure confused patients that the laws have yet to take effect, abortion providers said. "We have actually had many people calling and say, 'Are you open? Are you still seeing...

Mississippi State extends Moorhead's contract through 2022

May. 21, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

Mississippi State football coach Joe Moorhead has a little more job security now. The school announced Tuesday that he has signed a contract extension through the 2022 season that will pay an average base salary of $3.2 million. Moorhead originally signed a four-year deal worth an average of $2.75 million when he...

Mississippi police officer arrested in woman's killing

May. 21, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A north Mississippi police officer has been arrested in connection with the killing of a woman, but officials aren't saying what they're charging him with. Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Capt. Johnny Poulos says Oxford Police Officer Matt Kinne (KIHN'-ee) was arrested...

Mississippi jobless rate level in April as payrolls tick up

May. 21, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's job market sent mixed signals in April, with unemployment flat and employer payrolls ticking up slightly. The state's jobless rate was 4.9% in April, level with March. Mississippi's April 2018 jobless rate was 4.8% The number of people looking for jobs and reporting...

Mayor says he'll personally pay for criminals to leave town

May. 21, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of one Mississippi Delta city says he's willing to spend up to $10,000 of his own money to pay criminals to move out of town. Clarksdale Mayor Chuck Espy said Monday that if lawbreakers don't think they can turn their life around there, he'll pay for them to move...