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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...

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...

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...

Bond hearing set after slaying of Ole Miss student

Aug. 15, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — An attorney says a bond hearing is set for next week for a man charged in the slaying of a University of Mississippi student. Tony Farese is representing Brandon Theesfeld, who is charged with murder in the death of 21-year-old Alexandria "Ally" Kostial. Farese tells the Northeast...

Advocates: Mississippi plant fires workers left after raid

Aug. 15, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

A Mississippi chicken processing plant fired most of its remaining workers after nearly 100 accused of immigration violations were arrested last week, witnesses said, an indication that the crackdown could make finding work in the state's poultry industry more difficult for Latino immigrants. Terry Truett, a...

After 1 death, Southern heat wave eases slightly with front

Aug. 14, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An oppressive heat wave blamed for a death in Mississippi eased a little across the Southeast on Wednesday after a cold front pushed through the region, bringing damaging storms along with lower temperatures. Stifling heat and humidity that had made it feel like it was 120 degrees...

The Latest: Southern heat wave blamed for Mississippi death

Aug. 14, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the heat wave affecting parts of the United States (all times local): 3 p.m. A heat wave that sent temperatures soaring across the Southeast is being blamed for a death in Mississippi. Winston County Coroner Scott Gregory says a 74-year-old woman died of a heat-induced...

Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up

Aug. 14, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies. For months now, a massive volume of water has been pushing against the levees keeping a city mostly below sea...

White sheriff's text: Lawmaker 'worse than a black person'

Aug. 14, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi sheriff said in a text message to another white elected official that a Hispanic state lawmaker is "worse than a black person." The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal used a public records request to obtain Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson's messages. The newspaper...