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EPA acts to curb air, water pollution in poor communities

Jan. 26, 2022 20:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency announced a series of enforcement actions Wednesday to address air pollution, unsafe drinking water and other problems afflicting minority communities in three Gulf Coast states, following a “Journey to Justice” tour by Administrator...

Mississippi capital city struggles with aging water system

Jan. 26, 2022 19:52 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The unreliable water system in Mississippi's capital city causes problems several times a year at Styles of Essence hair salon, where water service can suddenly get cut off as workers repair broken pipes nearby. Owner and stylist Belinda Smith keeps more than...

Mississippi pharmacist gets 5 years for $180M health fraud

Jan. 26, 2022 15:26 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi pharmacist was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for a multimillion dollar scheme to defraud private insurance companies and a healthcare program for military members, retirees and their families. David Rutland, 42, of Bolton, pleaded...

Police investigate shooting near Mississippi Capitol complex

Jan. 26, 2022 13:36 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State Capitol police are investigating a shooting that left one person critically injured and another wounded near the Capitol. The gunfire happened around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, when a Capitol police officer heard gunshots, WAPT-TV reported. ...

Reeves in State of the State: Raise teacher pay, cut taxes

Jan. 25, 2022 19:35 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said in his State of the State speech Tuesday that cutting taxes, giving pay raises to teachers, investing in infrastructure and expanding the state police presence in the capital city of Jackson are among his priorities this year. ...

Jackson water woes exacerbated by cold blast, broken pipes

Jan. 24, 2022 16:59 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Parts of Mississippi's capital city have had little or no water pressure in recent days because of broken pipes and problems at a water treatment plant. Areas with higher elevation in south Jackson have been most affected. Problems started Thursday after a...

Mississippi governor signs bill for congressional remap

Jan. 24, 2022 11:46 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Monday signed a bill that redraws the boundaries of the state's four congressional districts to account for changes in population. The Republican governor said weeks ago that agrees with the plan in House Bill 384, which was...

Dog found in Tennessee reunites with NY owner after 5 years

Jan. 23, 2022 00:10 AM EST

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A heart-warming story befitting of a Hallmark movie recently unfolded as a stray dog in Chester County was returned to her New York owner after being separated for five years. The country-traveling dog, named Azzurra Diamante, disappeared from Jen Costa’s...

Photographer documents Miss. abandoned buildings, history

Jan. 23, 2022 00:08 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — When Tennessee photographer Jay Farrell sees an abandoned building, he sees opportunities to learn about who lived or worked there and how a community has changed. “I try to see what items are left behind and what stories they can tell,” said Farrell, who...

Arkansas holds off Texas A&M's late rally, wins 76-73 in OT

Jan. 22, 2022 23:41 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — JD Notae scored 17 points and Arkansas held off a late Texas A&M rally for a 76-73 overtime victory on Saturday night. Texas A&M scored the last six points of regulation to tie it at 64-all, and took its first lead of the game on Quenton...