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Mississippi felons push court to restore voting rights

Dec. 3, 2019 5:11 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man at the center of a Mississippi case aimed at restoring the voting rights of felons said Tuesday that he is fighting on behalf of everyone like him who "made a mistake in life." Dennis Hopkins spoke after judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard arguments in...

The Latest: Felons push court to restore voting rights

Dec. 3, 2019 2:18 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on court case seeking to restore voting rights to Mississippi felons (all times local): 1:15 p.m. A key advocate for restoring voting rights to felons in Mississippi says he’s fighting to restore his rights as a “human being.” Dennis Hopkins spoke after...

Mississippi judges appointed to hear 8 election challenges

Dec. 1, 2019 6:22 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed judges to hear challenges in eight local elections. County supervisor races are being challenged in Jasper, Leflore, Madison, Monroe and Washington counties. Elections for chancery clerk and circuit clerk are disputed in Quitman County. The...

Investigators probe 2 inmate deaths at Mississippi prison

Nov. 21, 2019 3:32 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections is investigating the deaths of two inmates at the state penitentiary at Parchman. The Clarion Ledger reports the deaths occurred Tuesday night. Department spokeswoman Grace Fisher says in each case the cause and manner of death are pending the...

Mississippi editorial roundup

Nov. 20, 2019 2:50 PM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Nov. 19 The (Tupelo) Daily Journal on obesity: The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Mississippi at the top of the list again with the highest adult and youth obesity rates in the nation. Sunday’s (Nov. 17) front...

Historic designation considered for iconic Jackson hotel

Nov. 20, 2019 11:04 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A hotel that was a gathering spot for Mississippi lawmakers and lobbyists may be saved from demolition if it can become a historic landmark. Trustees for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History have put downtown Jackson’s Sun-N-Sand Motor Hotel on consideration for a...

Mississippi Highway trooper charged with domestic violence

Nov. 20, 2019 6:48 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper accused of grabbing a woman and forcing her into a car has been charged with domestic violence. News outlets reported Tuesday that Columbus Police also charged 33-year-old Devodrick Sims with malicious mischief. The victim accused him of grabbing...

Mississippi governor-elect looks to hire for administration

Nov. 19, 2019 6:11 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov.-elect Tate Reeves says he is looking to hire talented and driven people to work in his administration. The Republican was elected Nov. 5 and begins his four-year term Jan. 14. He said during a news conference Monday that his focus since the election is “laying...

Report: Mississippi laws cause ‘extreme’ prison sentences

Nov. 19, 2019 3:59 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s habitual offender laws are causing “extreme” prison sentences that are disproportionally affecting African American men and are costing the state millions of dollars for decades of incarceration, according to a new report by a nonprofit advocacy...

Voting suit challenges Mississippi law on citizenship proof

Nov. 18, 2019 4:46 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new federal lawsuit challenges a Jim Crow-era law in Mississippi that requires naturalized U.S. citizens to show proof of citizenship when they register to vote. The lawsuit was filed Monday by the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance. A Mississippi law enacted in 1924 requires...