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Mississippi governor candidates spar over taxes, brain drain

Oct. 14, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — The two major-party candidates for Mississippi governor debated Monday for the second time in less than a week, arguing over education, taxes and the "brain drain" — the loss of people moving to other states for jobs. Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and Republican Lt....

Man accused of murder released mistakenly, turns self in

Oct. 14, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A man charged with murder was released from a Mississippi prison, but the prosecutor says he turned himself back in. District Attorney Scott Colom tells news outlets that 28-year-old Joshua Murry was free for about a day. The Mississippi Department of Corrections released Murry on...

Mississippi burn ban lifted but some county bans remain

Oct. 14, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says the state burn ban has been lifted because of recent rainfall but some county bans are still in effect. News outlets report Bryant made the announcement Monday after consulting with the Mississippi Forestry Commission. State Forester Russell Bozeman...

Suit challenges speech rules at Mississippi abortion clinic

Oct. 14, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Abortion opponents in Mississippi have filed a lawsuit challenging a local ordinance that will restrict noise levels and require protesters to remain a certain distance from the entrance of health care facilities. The lawsuit says the Jackson ordinance unconstitutionally limits...

Vols confident QB Maurer will play against No. 1 Alabama

Oct. 14, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt believes quarterback Brian Maurer will be available Saturday at No. 1 Alabama after a concussion prevented the freshman from finishing a 20-10 victory over Mississippi State last week. "Brian took some reps last night at practice," Pruitt said Monday....

Ole Miss honors student wears blackface, prompts warning

Oct. 14, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A University of Mississippi honors student has reported himself to the college for posting a photo in which he is wearing blackface, prompting the school to issue a warning about costumes. Citing a school email, news outlets report the student told the college he acknowledged "the...

Mississippi hometown to honor late Temptations singer

Oct. 13, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — One Mississippi city promises there will be sunshine on Oct. 26, even if it's a cloudy day. That's the day Meridian will honor the late David Ruffin, one of the lead singers of the Motown group The Temptations. He sang the hit "My Girl," that included that sunny lyric. The Meridian...

Starkville annexation foes sue to block entrance into city

Oct. 13, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city's recent annexation is being challenged in court by 30 residents and one business who wish to remain unincorporated. The Starkville Daily News reports a trial is set for June 2020 in chancery court Starkville in August moved to annex 28 square miles (72 square...

College leader: Football 'hype' videos broke law, policy

Oct. 13, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi community college says football team videos that cost thousands of dollars violated copyright law and college policy, but the process has been reformed to make the videos legal and filter out profanity. East Mississippi Community College President Scott Alsobrooks tells...

New Army Reserve center being built in Starkville by 2021

Oct. 13, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A veteran-owned company has been awarded a $10.3 million contract to build a new U.S. Army Reserve center in north Mississippi. The Commercial Dispatch reports that new center will be in Starkville, and the company, Trans4Fed, is based in Purvis. The 25,000-square-foot...