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Mississippi fights lawsuit over reliance on mental hospitals

Jun. 26, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — As the federal government tries to compel Mississippi to give mentally ill people more options to get the treatment they need in their own communities, the experiences of Harold Biggs and Pamela Kirby offer a sharp contrast. Biggs, 75, has tried for decades to get help for his adult...

Fire destroys furniture building, warehouse in Mississippi

Jun. 26, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

NEW ALBANY, Miss. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what started a fire that destroyed a building in north Mississippi that houses a furniture business and storage for a refrigerator maker. No injuries were reported in the fire Wednesday in New Albany. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal...

No swimming: Toxic bacteria afflicts Mississippi coast

Jun. 26, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (AP) — An outbreak of toxic bacteria is ruining some beach plans in Mississippi, where authorities are warning people not to swim or eat seafood from polluted coastal waters. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality released a list of nine closed beaches in two of the three...

Car manufacturer donates cars to college auto program

Jun. 26, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Toyota Mississippi has donated 10 new model Corollas to Itawamba Community College's automotive technology program to be used for hands-on training. The company donated the 2020 model-year cars last week. In 2013, the school received seven cars. The auto program's head, Brad...

Paving coming to dirt road connecting 2 Mississippi highways

Jun. 26, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Residents near a college town in northern Mississippi have complained for years about a dirt road connecting two state highways. Now, improvements are scheduled to happen. The Starkville Daily News reports that Oktibbeha County supervisors on Monday approved a $2.2 million bid for...

Coroner faces more charges for unlicensed funeral plan sales

Jun. 25, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

GRENADA, Miss. (AP) — A north Mississippi coroner faces more charges accusing him of selling unlicensed funeral plans. Attorney General Jim Hood announced Tuesday that Grenada County Coroner Eddie "Skeeter" Robinson III was arrested Monday on a 14-count indictment. The indictment accuses Robinson of...

Wrongfully convicted man is killed 13 years after release

Jun. 25, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man who spent nearly 12 years imprisoned for a wrongful conviction has been fatally shot, 13 years after his release. Jackson police said 44-year-old Cedric Willis was killed Monday on a city street. No arrest was immediately made, and no motive was known. The shooting...

Suspect accused of stabbing K-9; dog expected to recover

Jun. 25, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a police K-9 is recovering after being stabbed while chasing a suspect through a wooded area in Mississippi. WLOX-TV reports the dog named Loco underwent surgery after being injured in Hancock County on June 18. Loco's veterinarian says the dog needed at least...

More indictments in Mississippi over bogus pain creams

Jun. 25, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Four more people accused of prescribing unneeded pain creams to bilk insurers have been indicted on fraud charges in Mississippi. An indictment unsealed Monday alleges that Dr. Shahjahan Sultan of Madison; Dr. Thomas Edward Sturdavant of Kingsport, Tennessee; Freda Cal Covington...

Flood damage at least $2 billion for Mississippi River towns

Jun. 25, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Repairs and cleanup following the prolonged flooding along the Mississippi River will cost more than $2 billion, an advocacy group for river communities said Tuesday. Heavier than normal snow melt in the late winter and frequent and heavy rains through the spring led to flooding that...