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Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Sep. 22, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

Greenwood Commonwealth. Sept. 21, 2021. Editorial: College board’s risky decision Mississippi’s College Board certainly had the right to decide that the eight public universities it supervises cannot require students, faculty and staff to get the...

Mississippi now has country's highest rate for COVID deaths

Sep. 16, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has surpassed New Jersey as the state with the highest rate of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S., with roughly 1 of every 320 Mississippians having succumbed to the coronavirus. The state's top health official said Thursday that the numbers...

Mississippi author David Magee has found his calling

Sep. 11, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — David Magee has found his calling. After reinventing himself multiple times over the last three decades, the former journalist turned author is set to release his memoir, “Dear William: A Father’s Memoir of Addiction, Recovery, Love, and Loss”...

Former Mississippi prosecutor dies after traffic accident

Sep. 10, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former district attorney in Mississippi's largest county has died after being injured in a car crash earlier this month. Robert Shuler Smith was hospitalized at the University of Mississippi Medical Center since a Sept. 3 accident in Jackson....

George Strickler, attorney who fought for civil rights, dies

Sep. 09, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

A civil rights attorney who fought to desegregate Southern schools in the 1960s and was pushed out of his University of Mississippi teaching job amid uproar over his work on behalf of Black clients has died. He was 80. George M. Strickler Jr., died at his New Orleans home...

Mississippi closes field hospitals, reports baby COVID death

Sep. 08, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is closing its only remaining parking garage field hospital set up to treat coronavirus patients during the delta variant surge, but it is still relying on out-of-state workers to help increase ICU capacity in state hospitals, officials said Wednesday. ...

Hospitals in crisis in least vaccinated state: Mississippi

Sep. 07, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — As patients stream into Mississippi hospitals one after another, doctors and nurses have become all too accustomed to the rampant denial and misinformation about COVID-19 in the nation's least vaccinated state. People in denial about the severity...

Former Hinds County district attorney injured in car crash

Sep. 03, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former district attorney in Mississippi's largest county is hospitalized after he was injured in a car crash. Robert Shuler Smith was driving in heavy rain Wednesday night in Jackson when another vehicle hit his car, WAPT-TV reported Friday....

Man pleads guilty in death of former Ole Miss student

Aug. 27, 2021 22:17 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A man accused of capital murder in the 2019 death of a college student he occasionally dated pleaded guilty Friday to a lesser charge that took the death penalty off the table. Brandon Theesfeld, 24, of Fort Worth, Texas, entered the plea to...

Ole Miss grad creates app to help find roommates, housing

Aug. 21, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Many college students have struggled with finding a place to live that won’t break the bank while also trying to find a roommate they can trust and who can fit their lifestyle. Now, an app created by a recent Ole Miss graduate can help relieve the...