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Mississippi coroner charged with selling fake funeral plans

May. 22, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A northern Mississippi coroner is facing charges of selling fake funeral plans. News outlets report that Grenada County Coroner Eddie "Skeeter" Robinson has been indicted in DeSoto County on two counts of insurance fraud and one count each of wire fraud, false pretense, embezzlement...

2 could avoid felony conviction in Canton voter fraud case

May. 22, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Two people charged in a Mississippi voter fraud investigation are entering a program that could help them avoid felony convictions in the case. WLBT-TV reports Cary Johnson and Jennifer Robinson were among the people indicted in Canton. They will have one year to complete a pretrial...

1 in 4 Mississippi third graders flunk tougher reading test

May. 22, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — About one in four Mississippi third graders failed a toughened reading test on the first try this spring, leaving it unclear if they will advance to fourth grade. The Mississippi Department of Education released results Wednesday. Mississippi is one of 16 states that demand third...

Mississippi police officer charged in woman's killing

May. 21, 2019 11:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A north Mississippi police officer is charged with murder in the death of a woman that he was romantically involved with. Oxford Police Officer Matthew Kinne has been charged with murder by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, according to a court order signed Tuesday by Lafayette...

The Latest: Mississippi officer charged with murder

May. 21, 2019 10:39 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a Mississippi police officer charged with killing a woman (all times local): 9:30 p.m. A court document shows a north Mississippi police officer has been charged with murder in the death of a woman he was romantically involved with. Lafayette Circuit Judge Andrew Howorth...

Louisiana: Anti-abortion constitutional language nears OK

May. 21, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers took another step Tuesday in efforts to chip away at abortion rights, nearing final passage of a bill that would ask voters to rewrite the state constitution to ensure it offers no protections for the procedure. The constitutional change, which has been enacted...

Mississippi spent $1.5M on Weight Watchers for teachers

May. 21, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers were giving Weight Watchers $1.5 million for a program that never appeared in any education funding bills or state contracts, just one example of how state legislators have been funneling education funding to favored vendors. The Clarion Ledger reports that since...

Report: Mississippi lawmaker punched wife in face over sex

May. 21, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A south Mississippi lawmaker punched his wife in the face after she didn't undress quickly enough when the lawmaker wanted to have sex, according to a police report in the case. Republican state Rep. Doug McLeod of Lucedale was arrested Saturday on a misdemeanor domestic violence...

Mississippi abortion law 'smacks of defiance,' US judge says

May. 21, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge indicated Tuesday that he is likely to block a Mississippi law that will ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The new law puts a cutoff point for abortion at about six weeks, when many women may not yet know they're pregnant. U.S. District Judge...

The Latest: Lawmaker asked to resign if abuse charge true

May. 21, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a Mississippi lawmaker accused of punching his wife (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Mississippi's House speaker says a state lawmaker should resign if he punched his wife in the face. Republican Speaker Philip Gunn says he has tried to contact Republican Rep. Doug McLeod...