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Police: Ski mask and toy gun pranks leads to killing of teen

May. 22, 2022 15:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A teen in Mississippi shot and killed another teen who approached his home with a toy gun that looked like an assault rifle while wearing a ski mask, authorities said. The teen killed was one of thee people who approached a home in Jackson on Saturday with the...

Offices including secretary of state contested in Alabama

May. 22, 2022 08:55 AM EDT

The campaigns for U.S. Senate and governor have gotten the most attention leading up to Tuesday’s primary in Alabama, but five other statewide races are on the ballot. With multiple candidates in some races, some nominations may not be decided until after runoff elections scheduled for June 21. ...

Microsoft’s TechSpark project to expand tech in Mississippi

May. 21, 2022 01:05 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Long Beach native and Jackson resident JJ Townsend will spearhead a new effort in Mississippi by Microsoft called TechSpark. The program is part of an effort to expand technology education and business development in regions like Mississippi that are short on...

Mississippi investigators and Capitol Police get new leaders

May. 18, 2022 17:47 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has a new director, and the state Capitol Police have a new chief and assistant chief. Gov. Tate Reeves and Department of Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell on Wednesday announced the hiring of the new employees in...

Petition: Name lake for outdoorsman, not segregationist

May. 18, 2022 12:27 PM EDT

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A petition calls for rebranding a manmade lake in central Mississippi by removing the name of a racist former governor and replacing it with the name of a longtime journalist who wrote about hunting and fishing. The Ross Barnett Reservoir, northeast of...

Mississippi school board upholds firing over 'New Butt' book

May. 12, 2022 13:41 PM EDT

BYRAM, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi educator who was fired for reading a children’s book called “I Need a New Butt!” to second graders says he will go to court to try to get his job back. Toby Price told the Clarion Ledger he received a 12-page order Monday showing the Hinds...

Jackson’s sewers dumped 44.7 million gallons of waste

May. 11, 2022 17:14 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nearly 45 million gallons of untreated wastewater was released over a four-month period into the environment due to sewer failures in Mississippi's capital, according to the latest quarterly report the city submitted to federal regulators. The report, required...

Judge: Jackson schools infringed on educators' free speech

May. 11, 2022 13:06 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's second-largest school district had “vague, overbroad and unconstitutional" restrictions on educators' freedom of speech, a judge ruled. Circuit Judge Jess Dickinson on Tuesday ordered Jackson Public Schools to permanently stop enforcing...

Mississippi sues Favre, wrestlers, over welfare misspending

May. 09, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Human Services on Monday sued retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre and three former pro wrestlers along with several other people and businesses to try to recover millions of misspent welfare dollars that were intended to help some of the poorest...

'The Hate u Give' author's next Belhaven scholarship awarded

May. 05, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A private university in Mississippi has awarded the third Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship, named for the author of “The Hate U Give” and other bestselling young adult novels, to a creative writer living in China. Incoming freshman Dee Holden will receive...