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Analysis: Toughest schedule? So. Carolina can make the claim

Aug. 17, 2019 2:53 AM EDT

South Carolina has the type of brutal schedule that could help the Gamecocks be a better team that winds up with a worse record than last year. The Gamecocks host both of the participants in last year's College Football Playoff championship game: Clemson and Alabama. They also travel to Georgia, the runner-up in...

Classes resume, focusing on 'exciting, safe' school year

Aug. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Tayvian McPherson's "Sonic the Hedgehog" backpack was the talk of Kelly Hutcheson's kindergarten classroom at Carver Elementary School Wednesday (Aug. 7) morning. As new and returning students filled the school, there was a fair share of laughter and tears in the hallways from entering...

Drummer utilizes open air to raise profile, sharpen skills

Aug. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — On what was likely to be the hottest day of the year Tuesday (Aug. 13), the pops of a snare and beat of a bass drum echoed through the open air on Lynn Lane near Starkville Academy. While musical street performers might be commonplace in destination cities like New Orleans and...

County NAACP group seeks sheriff's apology for racist texts

Aug. 16, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi NAACP chapter has asked a sheriff to apologize for recently discovered racist remarks and the group wants an official reprimand from the county board that appropriates the sheriff's office's funds. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Lee County NAACP on...

O'Rourke visits town targeted by 'terrifying' ICE raids

Aug. 16, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Beto O'Rourke on Friday became the first Democratic presidential candidate to visit one of the Mississippi towns where federal immigration agents raided chicken processing plants and arrested nearly 700 people — kicking off a new phase of his campaign he says will focus on...

Former Ole Miss dispatcher charged with kidnapping

Aug. 16, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A former University of Mississippi police dispatcher has been charged with kidnapping and "touching a child for lustful purposes." News outlets report Lafayette County sheriff's deputies on Wednesday announced the arrest of 37-year-old Nikki Thweatt in New Orleans. A release from the...

Latino actors, writers pen 'letter of solidarity' amid fears

Aug. 16, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Actresses America Ferrera and Eva Longoria are leading a group of more than 150 writers, artists and leaders who have written a public "letter of solidarity" to U.S. Latinos after the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, and an immigration raid in Mississippi. The letter, published...

Family attorney of man killed by police returns to case

Aug. 16, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawyer who stepped down as attorney for the family of a man shot and killed by a police officer says he's back on the case. Carlos Moore tweeted Wednesday that he would return as co-counsel for the family of 27-year-old Toussaint Diamon Sims. News outlets report Sims...

MSU football player pleads guilty in animal cruelty case

Aug. 16, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State offensive lineman Michael Story has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges. Court documents show a judge in Oktibbeha County Justice Court on Tuesday gave Story a six-month suspended jail sentence, two years of probation and a $1,000 fine, The Clarion Ledger...

Ex-missionary sentenced in death of Mississippi woman

Aug. 16, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — A former missionary has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing a pregnant Mississippi woman while he was high on opioids. News outlets report 36-year-old Brandon Colby Smith, of Moss Point, also was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years of supervised release and fined $5,000....