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Mississippi student with Down syndrome wins homecoming king

Oct. 20, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — When he was 10 weeks old, Spencer Kirkpatrick — an ACCESS student at Mississippi State University — had open heart surgery at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Then, some of Spencer's teachers told his father — Kevan Kirkpatrick — that...

Salazar FG wins in OT as Jackson State rallies, 31-28

Oct. 19, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — Derrick Ponder passed for 194 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Adrian Salazar kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime as Jackson State rallied past Mississippi Valley State 31-28 on Saturday. Elvia Payton broke up a third-down pass in overtime, forcing the Delta Devils to...

Parts of I-20 to close in Mississippi's capital for 2 weeks

Oct. 18, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Parts of Interstate 20, a major east-west artery, will be closed in Mississippi's capital city for the next two weeks. The state Department of Transportation says it's closing part of the highway west of downtown Jackson to remove and replace bridge decks over a creek. The eastbound...

Met by protest, Ole Miss leader says he respects free speech

Oct. 17, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi's new leader said Thursday that he respects the "free expression" of students and faculty who continue protesting the way a state board shortened its own search process in hiring him. Chancellor Glenn Boyce began working Monday on the main Ole Miss campus...

Former finance director sues Catholic Diocese of Jackson

Oct. 17, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The former finance director of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson said in a lawsuit that the diocese fired him in retaliation for his complaints over budget practices, something the diocese disputes. The Clarion Ledger reports that Arie "Aad" Mattheus de Lange filed the lawsuit earlier...

Raiders: Jackson may be back but Williams uncertain

Oct. 17, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders are hopeful of having right guard Gabe Jackson in the lineup for Sunday's game in Green Bay. The prognosis on wide receiver Tyrell Williams isn't as encouraging. Jackson returned to practice this week for the first time since suffering an MCL strain in his right...

Hood: Reeves commercial filmed at private school is 'phony'

Oct. 15, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Democratic nominee for Mississippi governor said Tuesday that his Republican opponent should stop running a "phony" campaign commercial about supporting public education. Attorney General Jim Hood criticized Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves for filming part of the commercial at the...

Suit challenges speech rules at Mississippi abortion clinic

Oct. 14, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Abortion opponents in Mississippi have filed a lawsuit challenging a local ordinance that will restrict noise levels and require protesters to remain a certain distance from the entrance of health care facilities. The lawsuit says the Jackson ordinance unconstitutionally limits...

Alabama State beats Jackson State 31-16

Oct. 12, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jahod Booker had seven catches for 106 yards and a touchdown and Alabama State beat Jackson State 31-16 on Saturday. Ezra Gray and Jacory Merritt each rushed for 69 yards for the Hornets (3-3, 2-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference). Gray had a 13-yard TD run to open the scoring on...

Jackson and former operator of zoo settle a legal dispute

Oct. 12, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's capital city and the Jackson Zoological Society are close to settling the city's $6 million lawsuit against the nonprofit organization that ran the zoo for nearly 35 years. The Clarion Ledger reports that a deal was reached Friday. It requires approval of the Jackson...