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Texas man sentenced in crash that killed Mississippi woman

Apr. 21, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

MADISON, Miss. (AP) — A Texas man who pleaded guilty in an alcohol-related wreck that killed a Mississippi woman last year was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Harrison Neal Little, 30, of Dallas received the sentence in the death of Betty Simmons, 58, WAPT-TV reported....

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Apr. 21, 2021 08:10 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ April 20 The Greenwood Commonwealth on baseball and the pandemic: Baseball is a game in which coaches and managers are taught that if they want to increase...

Mississippi taps adviser to oversee funds in poor district

Apr. 20, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state of Mississippi is stepping in to oversee finances in a school district in one of the nation's poorest counties, which has been adjusting in recent years to consolidation. The Holmes County Consolidated School District's spending will be...

Company asks for pause in Memphis oil pipeline dispute

Apr. 20, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A company facing resistance to its plans to build an oil pipeline over an aquifer that provides drinking water to 1 million people has asked for a "mutual pause” in its dispute with city officials in Memphis, Tennessee. Plains All American...

Milwaukee Tool set to expand its operations in Mississippi

Apr. 20, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A tool manufacturing company will invest $60 million to expand in Mississippi and is pledging to create 1,200 new jobs, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said Tuesday. Milwaukee Tool new will build a facility to manufacture power tool accessories in the...

Consultant to Lee supervisors: 'Your jail here is not safe'

Apr. 20, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A jail built in 1997 in north Mississippi was poorly designed, does not meet current standards and should be replaced, a jail-operations consultant told Lee County supervisors. “Your jail here is not safe. Your jail here is a high risk to...

Angie Thomas Scholarship is awarded to aspiring writer

Apr. 20, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Bestselling author Angie Thomas has surprised an incoming freshman with news that the young woman is receiving a full scholarship to the private university where Thomas earned her bachelor's degree. Thomas popped into an online meeting Monday to...

Prescribed fire scheduled for Mississippi's Deer Island

Apr. 20, 2021 04:22 AM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will intentionally set a fire on part of an undeveloped barrier island south of Biloxi. The prescribed burn is scheduled for Wednesday on the central part of Deer Island. Depending on weather, it could...

Poor People's Campaign planning online mass assembly in June

Apr. 19, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The national co-chairman of the Poor People’s Campaign said Monday that the group will conduct an online mass assembly June 21 to focus attention on low wages and other issues. The Rev. William Barber said organizers are planning to have an...

Mississippi State adds ex-UNC forward Garrison Brooks

Apr. 19, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State coach Ben Howland has signed former North Carolina forward Garrison Brooks as a graduate transfer after he had nearly 1,300 points and 800 rebounds in four seasons with the Tar Heels. The 6-foot-10 Brooks, son of longtime...