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Mississippi State adds ex-UNC forward Garrison Brooks

Apr. 19, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State coach Ben Howland has signed former North Carolina forward Garrison Brooks as a graduate transfer after he had nearly 1,300 points and 800 rebounds in four seasons with the Tar Heels. The 6-foot-10 Brooks, son of longtime...

Groups plan effort for Mississippi voting rights restoration

Apr. 19, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three groups will sponsor an initiative to try to simplify the way Mississippi restores voting rights to people convicted of some felonies, a person involved with the effort said Monday. Danyelle Holmes, a national organizer with the Mississippi...

Mississippi athletes will be able to earn money for likeness

Apr. 19, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — College athletes in Mississippi will soon be able to earn money from their own name, image or likeness. Gov. Tate Reeves signed Senate Bill 2313, also known as the “Mississippi Intercollegiate Athletics Compensation Rights Act” on Friday. The...

Oxford police report 7 overdose deaths since new year

Apr. 19, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A county in north Mississippi is reporting an increase in drug activity and overdose deaths that is alarming law enforcement. The Oxford Eagle reports that 10 people have died from drug overdoses in the last six months in the...

Mississippi legalizing home delivery of alcohol as of July 1

Apr. 19, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Starting this summer, Mississippi will allow home delivery of liquor, beer, wine or light spirits from local package stores or retailers. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed House Bill 1135 on Wednesday, and it will become law July 1. ...

Jackson won't release email about 2020 water system problems

Apr. 19, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The city of Jackson, Mississippi, has denied a TV station's public records request for email about problems with the city water treatment system. WLBT-TV recently requested all city email related to the Environmental...

Two students hospitalized after Lee County school bus crash

Apr. 19, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Two students were hospitalized Monday after they were injured in a crash involving a Lee County school bus. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 178 between Skyline...

Jackson police: 6 people are slain in a span of 24 hours

Apr. 19, 2021 07:04 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Police in Mississippi’s capital city reported a half-dozen homicides in a 24-hour period. The crimes in Jackson included the shooting deaths of two men near a nightclub early Saturday morning, WAPT-TV reported. Police are...

Analysis: Initiatives seek to bypass Mississippi lawmakers

Apr. 18, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters circumvented the Legislature in 2020 by approving a medical marijuana ballot initiative. People are now looking to bypass the House and Senate by proposing initiatives to expand Medicaid, authorize early voting and reconsider the state flag design. ...

Cemetery site being prepared to move Confederate monument

Apr. 18, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Prep work is being done in a Mississippi cemetery for a Confederate monument that will be moved away from a county courthouse. Excavation started this month near the graves of unidentified Confederate soldiers in Friendship Cemetery in Columbus,...