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Several hundred people gather in front of the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson, on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, to protest conditions in prisons where inmates have been killed in violent clashes in recent weeks. Mississippi's new governor says he and the interim corrections commissioner toured a troubled state prison to see conditions and to try to understand what led to an outburst of deadly violence in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

'Shut it down,' protesters chant about Mississippi prison

Jan. 24, 2020 6:24 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Protesters outside the Mississippi Capitol on Friday condemned conditions in state prisons where inmates have died violently in the past month. People with relatives in the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman said at a rally that some prison cells have no working lights or...

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2018 file photo, Angie Thomas, a Jackson, Miss., resident speaks to reporters after signing copies of her book prior to a reception in Jackson, Miss. Belhaven University, based in Jackson, Mississippi, says it is creating the Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship program. One creative writing major at Belhaven will receive a scholarship to cover all expenses for tuition, room and board for four years, the university said in a news release Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Scholarship honors young adult fiction author Angie Thomas

Jan. 23, 2020 2:30 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A university is creating scholarships to honor one of its graduates who is the author of bestselling young adult novels. The Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship program will be at Belhaven University, based in Jackson, Mississippi. Thomas wrote “The Hate U Give," about an African...

Prisoner advocates hold signs supporting inmate rights at a protest outside the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. The protesters called on the federal government to investigate Mississippi's prison system for possible civil rights violations. They say five deaths in recent days highlights deliberate violations of inmates' constitutional rights. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Another inmate dies in a troubled Mississippi prison

Jan. 22, 2020 4:47 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another Mississippi inmate died in a troubled state prison Wednesday, and state corrections officials said his death appeared to be a suicide by hanging. At least 10 inmates have died in the state's prisons since late December, most of them in outbursts of violence. Eight of the men...

'Unluckiest guy:' Snake bites Mississippi hunter on head

Jan. 22, 2020 4:06 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a scene that could provoke nightmares, a Mississippi hunter walking to a truck soon found himself racing to the hospital after a venomous snake struck him in the head, a rare attack that had one scientist calling the hunter "the unluckiest guy in America." Tyler Hardy of...

FILE - In this July 21, 2010, photo, employees leave the front gate of the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, Miss. An inmate at the Mississippi prison that was a focus of recent deadly unrest was found hanging in his cell by two corrections officers over the weekend and pronounced dead, a coroner said Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Coroner: 2 new Mississippi inmate deaths were from beating

Jan. 21, 2020 7:41 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two inmates were beaten to death in a fight with other inmates in an understaffed Mississippi prison that has been shaken by other deadly violence in recent weeks, a coroner said. The state Department of Corrections on Tuesday confirmed the men died at Mississippi State Penitentiary...

Cold air invades South, bringing below-freezing temperatures

Jan. 21, 2020 12:45 PM EST

A blast of cold air drove temperatures below freezing in many southern states. In Atlanta, the chilly weather system brought temperatures down to the mid-20s early Tuesday, prompting city officials to open a warming shelter. In the north Georgia mountains, the temperatures were even chillier: A U.S. Forest...

Police: Homeowner shot at man who burst through front door

Jan. 21, 2020 6:35 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A man and a small child were hurt by broken glass when they burst through the front door of a home in Mississippi. The homeowner shot at the man who he believed was an intruder at his home, Jackson police said in a tweet Monday. Harlen Cavett told WLBT-TV he heard a loud banging...

Williams leads Prairie View past Jackson St. 74-60

Jan. 20, 2020 11:44 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Darius Williams had a season-high 27 points as Prairie View topped Jackson State 74-60 on Monday night. Williams hit 4 of 6 3-pointers and shot 11 for 13 from the line. Gerard Andrus had 11 points for Prairie View (8-10, 4-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference). Faite Williams added 11...

South Carolina guard Tyasha Harris (52) is defended by Mississippi State guard Myah Taylor (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

No. 1 South Carolina women beat No. 9 Mississippi St 81-79

Jan. 20, 2020 10:32 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Down nine points in the fourth quarter and close to getting run out of her building, South Carolina coach Dawn Staley didn't panic. Her top-ranked Gamecocks wouldn't let her. Tyasha Harris had a season-high 23 points and the Gamecocks rallied in the final period to win their 12th...

National Team quarterback Reid Sinnett, left, of San Diego, holds the game trophy while National Team quarterback Nick Tiano, of Chattanooga, holds the MVP trophy following the team's Collegiate Bowl college football game against the American Team on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. The National Team won 30-20. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Tiano leads National to 30-20 win in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Jan. 18, 2020 11:32 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Nick Tiano realizes he might have limited chances to show scouts he deserves a chance in the NFL. On Saturday, he was able to take advantage of his playing time. The Chattanooga quarterback threw for 135 yards and a touchdown en route to being selected the MVP of the NFLPA...