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Mississippi voting rights case is argued at US appeals court

Sep. 22, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The authors of Mississippi's 1890 constitution had racist intent when they stripped voting rights from people convicted of some felonies because they chose crimes they thought were more likely to be committed by Black people, an attorney argued Wednesday in a federal...

Last 2 escaped inmates from Mississippi jail back in custody

Sep. 22, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

POPLARVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Two inmates were back behind bars Wednesday after escaping a Mississippi jail over the weekend. Authorities received a tip late Tuesday that Rodney Wayne Smith and Jonathan Theo Culpepper were hiding out in a home in Pearl River County, Maj....

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...

Sheriff IDs woman found in 1977 as victim of serial killer

Sep. 21, 2021 21:00 PM EDT

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi sheriff's department said Tuesday that it has identified the skeletal remains of a woman found nearly 44 years ago, and investigators believe she was a victim of the now-deceased Samuel Little, the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history. ...

Board: Public universities cannot require COVID-19 vaccine

Sep. 21, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The board that governs Mississippi's public universities has voted to prohibit schools from requiring COVID-19 vaccines for students and staff. The Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning took the vote on Friday, said...

Mississippi takes management of prison from private company

Sep. 21, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections is taking over operation of Marshall County Correctional Facility, a prison that has been privately run since it opened 25 years ago. Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain said Management & Training...

Supreme Court sets arguments in big abortion case

Sep. 20, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will hear arguments Dec. 1 in Mississippi’s bid to have the landmark Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing a woman’s right to an abortion overturned. The court issued its arguments calendar for late November and early December on...

Second Alabama man dies in floodwaters after heavy rain

Sep. 20, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

HAZEL GREEN, Ala. (AP) — A man who was kayaking with his children following heavy rains saved the kids when the current became too strong but couldn't get himself out of the water and drowned, officials said Monday. Johnny Henderson III, 35, of Hazel Green was...

Sheriff: Search is on for 2 inmates after jail break

Sep. 20, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

POPLARVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Law officers are searching for two inmates who remain on the loose after 4 men escaped from jail, a sheriff in south Mississippi said. The jail break happened in the early morning hours Sunday at the Lenoir-Rowell Criminal Justice Center in...

Shooting involving officer at Jackson hotel leaves 2 dead

Sep. 20, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jackson police are investigating a shooting at a hotel that left two people dead. A police officer was involved in the gunfire early Sunday morning at the Olive Tree Hotel near Interstate 55, media outlets reported. Officers...