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City water woes delay move-in for Jackson State students

Aug. 12, 2022 11:14 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jackson State University is delaying students' move-in days for on-campus housing because of lingering water system problems in Mississippi's capital city. The university says low pressure in the system impedes water flow to the upper floors of dormitories. ...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Aug. 11, 2022 15:05 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Abortion to remain legal in Wyoming while lawsuit proceeds

Aug. 10, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Abortion will remain legal in Wyoming while a lawsuit that contests a ban on the procedure in nearly all cases moves ahead, a judge ruled Wednesday. The lawsuit will likely succeed because the ban appears to violate the state constitution and is vague, Teton...

In Mississippi, a trespasser, a killing and DEA meddling

Aug. 10, 2022 16:06 PM EDT

CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Harold Duane Poole was waiting with his semiautomatic service rifle — and an explanation — when deputies arrived at his sprawling wooded property on a warm spring night last year and found a bullet-riddled body near the...

Justice Department asks judge to pause Idaho abortion ban

Aug. 09, 2022 17:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal judge this week to bar Idaho from enforcing its near-total abortion ban while a lawsuit pitting federal health care law against state anti-abortion legislation is underway. Meanwhile, the Republican-led Idaho...

Pressure mounts to fix water issues in Mississippi capital

Aug. 09, 2022 14:04 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A business group and one of Mississippi's largest unions have issued separate statements urging renewed action to address Jackson's “water crisis.” In a Monday joint letter and news conference, 46 business owners in the capital city said back-to-back...

Mississippi county responds to federal seizure of jail

Aug. 04, 2022 19:34 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — Officials in Mississippi's most populous county said they were weighing legal options after a federal judge seized control of a local jail that saw the deaths of seven detainees last year. In a joint news release, the Hinds County Board of Supervisors and...

Lightning kills 1 at remote Wyoming outdoors educator event

Aug. 04, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A lightning strike at an outdoors educator course in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming killed one student and injured another, officials said Thursday. The group with the National Outdoor Leadership School was just days into their trip and had set up...

Heavy rain causes flash flooding in central Mississippi

Aug. 02, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Heavy rain caused flash flooding in central Mississippi Tuesday, trapping some people in homes and offices. WLBT-TV reported fire department crews used boats to get people out of homes in Canton, about 26 miles (42 kilometers) north of Jackson. ...

Woman sentenced to 10 years for failed murder-for-hire plot

Aug. 01, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman who pleaded guilty to trying to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband was sentenced to 10 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves handed down the sentence Monday. The sentence against Jessica Leeann Sledge, 40, of Pelahatchie...