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Mississippi fights lawsuit over reliance on mental hospitals

Jun. 26, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — As the federal government tries to compel Mississippi to give mentally ill people more options to get the treatment they need in their own communities, the experiences of Harold Biggs and Pamela Kirby offer a sharp contrast. Biggs, 75, has tried for decades to get help for his adult...

Wrongfully convicted man is killed 13 years after release

Jun. 25, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man who spent nearly 12 years imprisoned for a wrongful conviction has been fatally shot, 13 years after his release. Jackson police said 44-year-old Cedric Willis was killed Monday on a city street. No arrest was immediately made, and no motive was known. The shooting...

2 Mississippi judges recuse themselves from Siemens case

Jun. 18, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two judges have recused themselves from hearing the city of Jackson's lawsuit against the Siemens company over a multimillion-dollar contract. WAPT-TV says Judge Tomie Green cited prior official and governmental relationships with both plaintiffs and defendants. Judge Adrienne Wooten...

Mississippi's capital city sues company over water billing

Jun. 12, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's capital city is suing the German company it hired to overhaul its water billing system, saying the company orchestrated "massive fraud" and failed to deliver on promises of saving the city $120 million. A lawsuit filed Tuesday by the city of Jackson seeks more than $225...

Correction: Thad Cochran Funeral story

Jun. 5, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a story June 4 about the funeral of former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Sen. Patrick Leahy said: "He even looked the part, right out of central casting — all that distinguished gray hair." Leahy said: "He even looked the part, right...

The Latest: Thad Cochran was 'senator's senator,' Leahy says

Jun. 4, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the funeral of former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Two U.S. senators from different parties say Republican Thad Cochran cared deeply about Mississippi, the state he represented in Washington for more than 45 years. Republican Sen....

Gov. Bryant: Former Sen. Cochran was 'all-American leader'

Jun. 3, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Before Thad Cochran of Mississippi became one of the longest-serving U.S. senators in history, he earned varsity letters in four high school sports, delivered milkshakes as a restaurant carhop, became an Eagle Scout, was a college cheerleader and fraternity president and served in the...

Catfish, rice, Navy ships: Cochran spending leaves legacy

Jun. 1, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran was a master of the federal budget process, quietly shrugging off criticism about pork-barrel spending while directing billions of dollars back to his home state of Mississippi. Cochran died Thursday at age 81. He was the 10th longest-serving senator in...

Money leaders to speak at funeral of former US Sen. Cochran

May. 31, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Leaders of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, one a Republican and the other a Democrat, will speak at the funeral of former Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, a Republican who led the committee for several years and was known for working across party lines. Cochran was 81 when...

The Latest: 2 senators to speak at ex-Sen. Cochran's funeral

May. 31, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on funeral services for former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Leaders of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee will speak at the funeral of Thad Cochran, who was chairman of the committee for several years. The Republican former senator from...