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Man dies after shot in fight over his dog attacking neighbor

Mar. 26, 2019 5:06 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has died after he got into an argument over a dog attack and his neighbor shot him. Jackson police say 38-year-old Richard Parker died Monday in a hospital sometime after the Saturday night shooting. Police say Parker's dog was injured after it attacked a neighbor....

Jackson State University faces deadline on school finances

Mar. 25, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jackson State University this week must show that it has fixed problems that led the state college board to intervene in the university's finances in 2016. The Clarion Ledger of Jackson reports a regional accrediting group is to visit April 16. A letter from Higher Education...

Mississippi driver's license process: Long lines, long wait

Mar. 23, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — Getting a new driver's license in Mississippi can be a multiday ordeal with long lines at Department of Public Safety stations that are short-staffed. "It's just a mess, having to wait in line like this," said 18-year-old Stuart Alcorn of Raymond, who was back at a station outside Pearl...

Mississippi's capital city has 600 untested rape kits

Mar. 22, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Police in Mississippi's capital city say there are more than 600 sexual abuse and rape kits that have not had DNA evaluated. The Clarion Ledger of Jackson reported police told city council this week that most of the cases are from rape and sexual assault incidents where the victims do...

Flamethrowers used to attack invasive aquatic weed at lake

Mar. 21, 2019 4:36 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officials at one Mississippi lake are trying to burn out an invader. WAPT-TV reports workers at the Ross Barnett Reservoir near Jackson are using flamethrowers to torch the shoreline while combating giant salvinia. The invasive aquatic plant was found in June in the lake's Pelahatchie...

Research on emergency medical internet set for Mississippi

Mar. 20, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi Medical Center will conduct research with a federal group to improve how emergency workers use mobile internet to provide medical care in rural areas. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith watched...

Foundation gives Jackson $1.2M to aid prekindergarten

Mar. 20, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A foundation is giving the city of Jackson $1.2 million to study and improve prekindergarten programs. The Clarion Ledger reports Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba on Monday announced the grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Lumumba wants to eventually offer prekindergarten to all Jackson...

Mississippi bishop: 'Shattered lives' amid clergy sex abuse

Mar. 19, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Catholic diocese in Mississippi on Tuesday released the names of 37 clergy members who it says have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children. Officials with the Diocese of Jackson said 30 of the clergy were accused of sexual abuse in Mississippi and the others worked in...

The Latest: Names of 37 clergy accused of abuse released

Mar. 19, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a Catholic diocese in Mississippi releasing the names of clergy accused of sexual abuse (all times local): 12:25 p.m. A Catholic diocese in Mississippi has released the names of 37 clergy members it says worked in the diocese and have been credibly accused of sexually...

The Latest: Warren supports elimination of electoral college

Mar. 18, 2019 10:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (all times local): 9:05 p.m. Elizabeth Warren supports the elimination of the electoral college, the most pointed instance of the Democratic presidential candidate opposing the polarizing mechanism the nation uses to...