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Mississippi university honoring civil rights activist Dahmer

Dec. 12, 2019 4:39 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Southern Mississippi is awarding an honorary degree to civil rights activist Ellie Dahmer, who worked alongside her husband to register African American voters during some of the most violent years of segregation. Vernon Dahmer was a farmer and shop owner and served...

Watson chooses Marine police chief as new chief of staff

Dec. 5, 2019 4:04 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Secretary of State-elect Michael Watson on Thursday announced he had selected the police chief of the Department of Marine Resources to be his chief of staff. Keith Davis, 48, has served as chief since 2014 and said he's been in law enforcement for the last 25 years. He...

Slain civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer honored with statue

Dec. 4, 2019 12:02 PM EST

Hattiesburg, Miss. (AP) — HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A statue of slain civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer now sits outside the Forrest County Courthouse in Mississippi. The Hattiesburg American reports the bronze sculpture, created by artists Vixon Sullivan and Ben Watts, was commissioned in 2018 by...

Slain civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer honored with statue

Dec. 3, 2019 8:02 PM EST

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A statue of slain civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer now sits outside the Forrest County Courthouse in Mississippi. The Hattiesburg American reports the bronze sculpture, created by artists Vixon Sullivan and Ben Watts, was commissioned in 2018 by the Forrest County Board of...

Wanted Mississippi murder suspect captured in California

Dec. 3, 2019 3:14 AM EST

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A fugitive captured in California is being extradited back to Mississippi where he’ll be charged with first-degree murder. Hattiesburg police said in a statement they arrested 48-year-old Carzetta Myers in San Diego last week. He’ll also be charged with obstruction...

Boardings rise at Mississippi airport after schedule change

Dec. 1, 2019 11:08 AM EST

MOSELLE, Miss. (AP) — Officials say boardings have increased at a south Mississippi airport since it stopped sharing flights with another airport. American Airlines stopped routing planes through both Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport and Meridian Regional Airport in September. Tom Heanue, executive...

Mississippi fire department roiled by noose in locker

Nov. 30, 2019 10:52 AM EST

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — There’s little disagreement that the object found in a white Mississippi firefighter’s locker was a hangman’s noose. But as with many things in America these days, there’s deep disagreement about what it meant. To some it was a reminder of lynchings...

University civil rights history class takes to streets

Nov. 29, 2019 11:16 AM EST

Mississippi streets became classrooms where civil rights activists and local historians were teachers for a university course about the civil rights movement, focusing on Mississippi. “Mississippi was ground zero for the movement” Rebecca Tuuri, an associate professor at the University of Southern...

Army officer's spin classes boost morale in Afghanistan

Nov. 23, 2019 12:06 AM EST

BAGRAM, Afghanistan (AP) — Under a domed-style tent in Bagram, Afghanistan, filled with thumping music and rows of bikes, Lt. Col. Joseph Swindle turns into a spin instructor. It's his way of offering a sense of normalcy and home three times a week to troops stationed in what he calls a "safe" combat zone....

Quilts of Valor gives back to veterans, takes requests

Nov. 23, 2019 12:06 AM EST

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Retired Army Master Sgt. Tammy Nattrass spends most of her afternoons quilting at The Stitchin Post in Hattiesburg. She picked up the hobby after retiring in 2016, though she previous tried to quilt in the early '90s when Operation Desert Storm halted furthering her skills. After...