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Jailed officer moved after shows him outside his cell

Aug. 23, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi police officer accused of killing a woman is being moved to another jail after a picture posted online showed him unguarded outside his cell. Lafayette County District Attorney Ben Creekmore tells WTVA-TV authorities are moving Matthew Kinne from the Panola County...

Grand jurors decline to indict officer after 2017 shooting

Aug. 23, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi police officer who shot a man outside a nightclub in 2017 won't be criminally charged. The Commercial Dispatch reports that Lowndes County grand jurors declined to indict Officer Jared Booth in the shooting of 24-year-old Raymond Davis. Booth shot and killed Davis...

Mayor: Mississippi city tightens spending belt; saves $800K

Aug. 23, 2019 8:05 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Columbus officials say the city was on its way into debt but has turned its finances around, saving about $805,000 since March. The Commercial Dispatch reports Columbus Mayor Robert Smith told councilmen Monday that the city saved about $329,000 while adding $476,000 to unbudgeted...

Mississippi runoff in-person absentee voting ends Saturday

Aug. 23, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Saturday is the deadline for people to cast in-person absentee ballots for Mississippi runoff elections. Circuit clerks' offices are scheduled to be open 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. People mailing back their absentee ballots must have the envelope postmarked by 5 p.m. Monday, the day...

Mississippi State names Tommy Stevens its starting QB

Aug. 22, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Penn State graduate transfer Tommy Stevens has won the starting quarterback job at Mississippi State. Stevens beat out junior Keytaon Thompson and will start Aug. 31 in New Orleans when the Bulldogs' meet Louisiana-Lafayette in their season opener. Mississippi State coach Joe...

Democrat Hood wants 3 debates in Mississippi governor's race

Aug. 22, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Democratic nominee for Mississippi governor said Thursday that no matter who wins the Republican nomination next week, he wants to debate that person three times before the general election. Attorney General Jim Hood said he watched the 30-minute Republican debate Wednesday night...

Florida's Mullen, Miami's Diaz forged friendship decade ago

Aug. 22, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Dan Mullen and Manny Diaz first crossed paths a decade ago in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It was 45 degrees in mid-October for an 11:30 a.m. kickoff between Mississippi State and Middle Tennessee State. Mullen was calling plays in his first year as the Bulldogs' head coach, and Diaz...

Mississippi bank BancorpSouth to invest $15M and hire 100

Aug. 22, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — One of Mississippi's largest banks will expand its hometown operations center, investing $15 million and hiring 100 people. BancorpSouth announced the expansion in Tupelo on Thursday. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft says the state is giving $750,000 to widen a...

Sheriff: Man did wheelies in chase that ended in fatal crash

Aug. 22, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — A man who a Mississippi sheriff says was performing wheelies on his motorcycle during a chase has died after a crash. News outlets report 29-year-old Joel Davis Jr. crashed his sports bike Wednesday afternoon in Monroe County, southeast of Tupelo. Itawamba County Sheriff Chris...

Lawyers seek exam for man charged in Ole Miss student death

Aug. 22, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Lawyers for a man charged with killing a University of Mississippi student withdrew their request Thursday for a judge to set bail, instead seeking a psychiatric evaluation. Defense lawyer Tony Farese said after the brief hearing that lawyers had obtained new information Wednesday...