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Mississippi Senate OKs ban on abortion after fetal heartbeat

Mar. 19, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi senators on Tuesday passed the final version of a bill that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant promises he will sign the bill , which will give Mississippi one of the nation's most...

Lawmakers pass bill requiring school shooter drills

Mar. 19, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Lawmakers on Tuesday gave final passage to a bill meant to make Mississippi schools safer from mass shootings, including mandatory twice-yearly active shooter drills and a threat-reporting mechanism to be monitored by the state Department or Public Safety. The House voted 78-32 to...

Bryant vetoes change to public employees' insurance board

Mar. 19, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has struck down a bill dealing with the board that manages health insurance for state government employees and school employees. The board is made up of 10 voting members and six legislators who do not vote. House Bill 576 would have let the state...

Officers cleared in 2018 shooting of man after standoff

Mar. 19, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Unnamed police officers have been cleared of shooting a man on the Mississippi Gulf Coast after a standoff. WLOX-TV reports Tuesday that a Harrison County grand jury declined to indict officers following the deadly March 2018 shooting of Marvin Ray McMillian. Gulfport police said at...

Mississippi bishop: 'Shattered lives' amid clergy sex abuse

Mar. 19, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Catholic diocese in Mississippi on Tuesday released the names of 37 clergy members who it says have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children. Officials with the Diocese of Jackson said 30 of the clergy were accused of sexual abuse in Mississippi and the others worked in...

NCAA can't keep tournament games away from legal gambling

Mar. 19, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the NCAA prepares for its first basketball championships since the Supreme Court allowed legal sports betting to expand, the body governing college sports remains opposed to gambling on its events. But it's not denying reality, either. The NCAA had a longtime ban on bringing...

Davis, Ole Miss agree to new deal after surprising success

Mar. 19, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Kermit Davis has earned a new contract after leading Mississippi on a surprising run to the NCAA Tournament. The school announced on Tuesday that it had agreed in principle to a new deal with Davis that would last four years, which is the longest allowed by state law. Financial terms...

The Latest: Names of 37 clergy accused of abuse released

Mar. 19, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a Catholic diocese in Mississippi releasing the names of clergy accused of sexual abuse (all times local): 12:25 p.m. A Catholic diocese in Mississippi has released the names of 37 clergy members it says worked in the diocese and have been credibly accused of sexually...

Police find 1 dead, 1 hurt, by Mississippi police station

Mar. 19, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — One person is dead and another is hospitalized after police found them shot outside a north Mississippi police station. News outlets report Batesville police checked on two vehicles in the police station parking lot about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police aren't releasing the name of the...

Judge won't dismiss charges against ex-Mississippi officer

Mar. 19, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A judge is again refusing to dismiss manslaughter charges against a former Mississippi police officer. The Commercial Dispatch reports Lowndes County Circuit Judge Lee Coleman rejected a defense motion Friday to dismiss the case for lack of prosecution. Prosecutors for the attorney...