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Daughter of Fannie Lou Hamer continues mother’s fight

Jun. 20, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — As the youngest daughter of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, Jacqueline Hamer Flakes grew up intimately aware of prejudice and how much her mother struggled against it. Now, as Hamer’s last living daughter, Flakes’ greatest desire is to...

Major damage to Alabama mobile home park amid tropical storm

Jun. 19, 2021 23:03 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say a suspected tornado spurred by Tropical Storm Claudette demolished or badly damaged at least 50 homes in a small town just north of the Florida border. Sheriff Heath Jackson in Escambia County said a suspected tornado...

Reports: US student found killed in Russia, suspect arrested

Jun. 19, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news reports said searchers on Saturday found the body of an American student who went missing several days earlier and that a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. The body of Catherine Serou, 34, was found in a wooded area near the city...

Madison couple gives Ole Miss $10M, arena named after them

Jun. 19, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi couple is giving $10 million to the University of Mississippi's athletics foundation, and the school’s basketball and event arena has been named for them. The arena, which opened in January 2016, is now called “The Sandy and John...

Mississippi coast city may install cameras to curb crime

Jun. 19, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

WAVELAND, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi coast city is considering installing surveillance cameras on its properties in an effort to decrease crime. “The thought is the cameras will catch people who vandalize city parks, the lighthouse and other public properties,”...

Mississippi city added to Marquis de Lafayette trail

Jun. 19, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A city in Mississippi is now part of a trail commemorating what was then a nationwide tour by a French general who had participated in both the American and French revolutions. The Marquis de Lafayette visited Natchez on April 18, 1825, during the...

Mississippian pours heart into teaching, foster parenting

Jun. 19, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Lindsay Miller considers herself a “yes” person, especially at her job. She has “jumped around the math department” in her 10 years at New Hope High School, teaching various levels of algebra and even taking on duties as department head....

Archaeologist optimistic about fate of depot artifacts

Jun. 19, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Archaeologist Dianne McCarty hadn’t been inside the burned McComb Railroad Depot for more than five minutes on Monday morning and she was already pulling things out of the ashes. She plucked two plastic HO-scale model train cars — surprisingly...

Tropical weather lashes Gulf Coast with brisk winds, rain

Jun. 18, 2021 22:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — High winds and heavy rains buffeted coastal Louisiana and Mississippi on Friday as a disorganized and unpredictable tropical weather system churned through the Gulf of Mexico, forcing cancellation of Juneteenth celebrations in Mississippi and Alabama and threatening...

Declaration of Juneteenth holiday sparks scramble in states

Jun. 18, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Congress and President Joe Biden acted with unusual swiftness this week in approving Juneteenth as a national holiday. That shifted the battle to the states, where the holiday faces a far less enthusiastic response. Nearly all states recognize...