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Troubling questions unresolved in latest end to Till case

Aug. 13, 2022 11:12 AM EDT

By her own telling, Mississippi authorities provided Carolyn Bryant Donham with preferential treatment rather than prosecution after her encounter with Emmett Till led to the lynching of the Black teenager in the summer of 1955. Instead of arresting Donham on a warrant that accused...

Golden Triangle Theatre finds new home at old church

Aug. 13, 2022 01:03 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — The Golden Triangle Theatre has found a new home in a familiar place, the former First Baptist Church building in downtown Columbus. The massive structure, built in 1908, had been on the market since 2005 before Vince Rapisarda purchased it earlier this year....

Mississippi trooper cleared in probe of chokehold video

Aug. 12, 2022 18:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Public Safety said Friday that its internal investigation found no criminal conduct by a white Highway Patrol trooper who used physical force against a handcuffed Black man during an arrest — a confrontation caught on video by relatives of the...

Huggins, former Mississippi public safety commissioner, dies

Aug. 12, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — David Huggins, who led the Mississippi Highway Patrol under one governor and the Department of Public Safety under another, died Wednesday. He was 74. A Department of Public Safety news release on Friday said Huggins died of health complications, but it did...

Mississippi police officer sued for alleged sexual assault

Aug. 12, 2022 14:20 PM EDT

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman allegedly sexually assaulted by an on-duty policeman is suing the former officer, the police chief and a north Mississippi city for unspecified damages. The lawsuit says that while a former Booneville officer was on duty, he detained a...

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. ...

Mississippi chiropractor charged with selling fentanyl

Aug. 11, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss (AP) — A Mississippi chiropractor accused of selling fentanyl and being in possession of drug paraphernalia was taken into custody after an undercover investigation. Joseph “Joey” Andrew Rogers, 53, of Long Beach, faces charges including possession of meth,...

North Mississippi school district seeking new superintendent

Aug. 11, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A north Mississippi school district will seek a replacement for a superintendent who resigned this week after four years on the job. Cherie Labat announced Tuesday that she is leaving the leadership role in Columbus Municipal School District, the Commercial...

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...

Grand jury declines to indict woman in Emmett Till killing

Aug. 10, 2022 00:16 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi grand jury has declined to indict the white woman whose accusation set off the lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till nearly 70 years ago, most likely closing the case that shocked a nation and galvanized the modern civil rights movement. After...