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Teenager Bhatia wants to be part of youth movement in golf

Sep. 18, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Akshay Bhatia makes his professional debut in the Sanderson Farms Championship at age 17, and the prospect of winning didn't seem as overwhelming when he came across a player only three years older. It was Joaquin Niemann, the 20-year-old from Chile, who won the PGA Tour's season...

Special election to be called for race with 1-vote margin

Sep. 18, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A special election has been ordered for a Mississippi Senate district where a candidate won by a single vote. The Sun Herald reports the certification of Dixie Newman as the winner of Senate District 50 in Harrison County was vacated by special judge Richard McKenzie on Tuesday....

After lawsuit deal, Tupelo officer is promoted, then retires

Sep. 18, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi police officer received a promotion and is retiring after she and a city agreed to settle a discrimination lawsuit she filed. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Tiffany Gilleylen was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant in the Tupelo Police Department. Tupelo...

Bus drivers needed for Mississippi's Lamar County schools

Sep. 18, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

PURVIS, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Lamar County School District needs help to shuttle 5,800 students to school and back home safely and on time each week. WDAM-TV reports Transportation Director Pat Kribbs says they're short about five drivers and though that number may seem small, he says filling those...

Jackson County School Board replaces longtime superintendent

Sep. 18, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi school district will have new leadership at the start of the new year. News outlets report the Jackson County School Board voted Monday to replace longtime Superintendent Barry Amacker with John Strycker, who is superintendent of schools in Butler County, Alabama, and...

Officer awarded by NRA for fatal shooting sues over job loss

Sep. 18, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — The National Rifle Association's 2012 national Law Enforcement Officer of the Year has accused his former police department of forcing him to resign. The Clarion Ledger reports David McCarley filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the police department of Pearl, Mississippi, that asks...

Hood calls for preschool, teacher pay, higher K-12 spending

Sep. 17, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jim Hood on Tuesday detailed an ambitious education program which, if fully implemented, would bring the biggest increase in Mississippi education spending in more than a decade. Hood, Mississippi's attorney general, told reporters after appearing at a school in Greenville that he...

Mississippi autopsy confirms child's body in garbage bags

Sep. 17, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — An autopsy confirms that remains found in garbage bags in a Mississippi basement belonged to a small child. Meridian police Chief Benny Dubose told The Meridian Star that the Friday autopsy at the state crime lab found a badly decomposed body with a broken rib on one side and cracked...

Letter grades rise for Mississippi public schools

Sep. 17, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

Mississippi's public school districts and schools showed broad improvement under the state's letter grading system in 2018-2019. The number of A-rated districts rose from 18 to 31 in data published Tuesday, while the number of districts earning a C, D or F rating fell. The state Board of Education still must give...

Ole Miss freshman Jerrion Ealy making immediate impact

Sep. 17, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi running back Jerrion Ealy flashes a grin when he's asked about how often defenders catch him from behind. "Never happened," Ealy replied when asked after the Rebels' 40-29 victory over Southeastern Louisiana. Then the freshman knocked on the wooden panel in front of him....