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Attorney: No law violation by professor in 'scholar strike'

Sep. 26, 2020 7:59 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state auditor has no justification to accuse a University of Mississippi professor of engaging in an illegal work stoppage by participating in a nationwide "scholar strike” to bring attention to racism and injustice, says an attorney representing the professor. The...

Art Council goes 'outside the walls' during pandemic

Sep. 26, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Over the summer, after Kalyn Fuller agreed to be the art teacher for all 1,600 elementary students at Columbus Municipal School District for the upcoming school year, she told her husband she was concerned about how the students would obtain art supplies -- or school supplies in...

Mississippi prison system announces 2 more deaths of inmates

Sep. 25, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections on Friday announced the deaths of two inmates, saying that one of them will be buried at a prison because the department could not find his relatives. Charles William Morris, 72, died Sept. 14 at the Merit Health Central hospital in Jackson....

Ex-worker for Child Protection Services charged with abuse

Sep. 25, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

IUKA, Miss. (AP) — A former employee of the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services has been charged with the sexual abuse of young people under her care while she was working for the agency. The Tishomingo County Sheriff's Department said in a news release Friday that Lauren Rose Cavness, 26,...

Company to pay $60M for deceptive marketing with pelvic mesh

Sep. 25, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A company that failed to adequately inform women of dangerous side effects related to permanent pelvic mesh devices will be required to pay $60 million, according to a settlement announced this week by state attorney generals across the U.S. The money from C.R. Bard, Inc. and its...

Some laid-off Sprint workers sticking with aviation

Sep. 25, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — When Robert Tallie moved to Wichita from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, two years ago, he came looking for a new job. It wasn’t a blind move. He received a scholarship from WSU Tech and planned to work in the city’s prominent aviation industry. The opportunity seemed too good...

Mississippi receives $23M in federal funds for flood relief

Sep. 25, 2020 4:13 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has received nearly $23 million in emergency relief funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation to repair federal roadways that were damaged by severe flooding. U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith announced the five Federal Highway Administration awards on Thursday, according...

Burl Cain, the former warden at Angola prison in Louisiana, responds to a lawmaker's question during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Corrections Committee at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The committee unanimously endorsed Cain, who faced ethics questions in Louisiana, to be the new commissioner of Mississippi's troubled prison system. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi using inmate labor to make repairs at prison

Sep. 24, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The head of Mississippi's troubled prison system told lawmakers Thursday that the Department of Corrections intends to move some inmates out of a private prison and into a state-owned facility by mid-December. Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain said the department is spending about...

2 Mississippi inmates die; 1 was in Colorado federal prison

Sep. 24, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections says one inmate has died at an in-state prison and another man convicted in Mississippi has died at a federal prison in Colorado. Thomas C. Parker, 40, died Tuesday at Northwest Mississippi Medical Center in Clarksdale. He was serving life...

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, file photo, LSU Tigers quarterback Myles Brennan (15) passes during an NCAA football game against Georgia Southern in Baton Rouge, La. LSU enters Saturday's season opener with Myles Brennan taking over at quarterback for Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow while Mississippi State has a new coach in Mike Leach whose reputation for high-flying offenses precedes him. (AP Photo/Michael Democker, File)

No. 6 LSU and Miss. St. clash in test of new faces, systems

Sep. 24, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — No. 6 LSU begins its national title defense with a game featuring numerous new faces on both sidelines. The Tigers have Myles Brennan taking over at quarterback for Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow while Mississippi State has a new coach in Mike Leach whose reputation for...