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Lawyers joust over property tax transfers to charter schools

Jun. 18, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A group of parents are urging Mississippi's Supreme Court to overturn the state's charter school law, saying it unconstitutionally diverts local property tax money. The appeal comes after a lower court judge ruled last year that such diversions are acceptable. The state is urging...

Tornado damages homes in Mississippi; no injuries reported

Jun. 18, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

RAYMOND, Miss. (AP) — Forecasters say a tornado caused some damage in Hinds County — a somewhat uncommon storm for June in central Mississippi. The National Weather Service says the EF-1 twister struck Monday near Raymond, Mississippi. No injuries were reported. The weather service's Jackson office...

Police: 2 men arrested in 2014 killing in Mississippi

Jun. 18, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Police have arrested two men in connection with a 2014 killing in Mississippi. News outlets report 28-year-old Jonathan Beasley and 28-year-old Robert Hurst were charged with murder Monday in the death of 26-year-old James McAllister. McAllister was shot in January 2014. Robbery was...

2 Mississippi judges recuse themselves from Siemens case

Jun. 18, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two judges have recused themselves from hearing the city of Jackson's lawsuit against the Siemens company over a multimillion-dollar contract. WAPT-TV says Judge Tomie Green cited prior official and governmental relationships with both plaintiffs and defendants. Judge Adrienne Wooten...

More than 20 Mississippi students hospitalized in bus crash

Jun. 17, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

MCCARLEY, Miss. (AP) — A bus fell onto its side on a busy Mississippi highway Monday, causing more than 20 high school students to be hospitalized. One student was airlifted to a hospital with severe injuries, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Ronnie Shive told The Greenwood Commonwealth . Shive...

Former deputy accused of sexually abusing female inmate

Jun. 17, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former deputy sheriff has been indicted on charges that he sexually abused a female Mississippi inmate four times in 2016. Charles Johnson, a 43-year-old Magee man, was indicted last week in federal court on four counts of depriving someone of their civil rights. The indictment says...

Mississippi steady in annual child well-being ranking

Jun. 17, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — An annual report again rates Mississippi as 48th in child well-being. The survey found little change from last year, although Mississippi has shown improvements over the last decade, with fewer children in poverty, more high school students graduating on time and fewer teen births....

Louisiana governor: Upriver floods a disaster for fisheries

Jun. 17, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's governor says floodwaters from the Midwest are severely hurting people who make their living from coastal seafood, so he's asking the federal government to declare a fisheries disaster for the state. Floodwaters rushing from the Bonnet Carré Spillway north of New Orleans...

Former deputy pleads guilty to helping sheriff steal guns

Jun. 17, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former north Mississippi sheriff's deputy is pleading guilty to two felony charges for helping a sheriff steal guns. Former Webster County Chief Deputy Landon Griffin pleaded guilty Monday to one count of embezzlement and one count of trafficking in stolen firearms. Griffin was...

Deputies: Driver did nothing to avoid deadly head-on wreck

Jun. 17, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — Deputies have charged a Mississippi driver who authorities say took no action to avoid a deadly head-on collision. WLOX-TV reports Donald Joshua Mauffray was arrested last week for the May 7 crash in Hancock County. Authorities found him at a home in Saucier, about 23 miles (37...