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Mississippi: Stay out of some waters

May. 18, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — If fishing, swimming or going wading is your thing, don't do it in the Pearl River or Jackson area waterways. The state is warning residents to stay away until further notice because of ongoing wastewater overflows from Jackson's waterwater treatment plants and sewer infrastructure,...

Elderly Mississippi woman shot, killed; boyfriend arrested

May. 18, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An elderly man has been arrested for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend. News outlets report Jackson Police Department say the shooting happened Wednesday about 8 p.m. Police spokesman, Sgt. Roderick Holmes, in a news release says officers responded to a residence and found a woman...

Jury awards $3M to black strippers in discrimination case

May. 18, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi jury has awarded a total of more than $3 million to five African American strippers after a federal judge found the women worked under worse conditions than their white colleagues. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate ruled in the discrimination case last year. After a...

Correction: Univ. of Mississippi Chancellor Search story

May. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a story May 16 about a search for the new leader of the University of Mississippi, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Jeffrey Vitter was appointed to a distinguished professor post in the University of Mississippi School of Engineering after he stepped down as...

Jackson ordinance: Don't ask salary history for city jobs

May. 16, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new local law will ban Mississippi's largest city from asking people about their salary history when they apply for municipal government jobs. The Jackson City Council approved the ordinance Tuesday, and it takes effect June 14, the Clarion Ledger reported. Council members and Mayor...

Mississippi city may sue Siemens over water issues

May. 16, 2019 2:02 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The city of Jackson, Mississippi, may sue Siemens over water issues. Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba tells WJTV-TV that the City Council has hired a Birmingham, Alabama-based law firm to review a $91 million contract the city entered with Siemens in 2012. The city says Siemens didn't...

Mississippi ceremonies honor fallen law enforcement officers

May. 15, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi communities are remembering law enforcement officers who lost their lives while protecting others. A candlelight ceremony near the state Supreme Court building on Wednesday evening honored those who have died on duty, including two Brookhaven police officers who were...

Activist who was 1st black woman mayor in Mississippi dies

May. 14, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An outspoken civil rights activist who was born to sharecroppers in the segregated American South and rose to become the first African American woman to win a mayor's race in Mississippi has died. Unita Blackwell was 86. She died Monday at Ocean Springs Hospital, according to Cynthia...

Jackson airport board sets trip to Paris at public expense

May. 11, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Commissioners of a Mississippi airport and five of the airport's staff members are planning a 12-day trip in June to attend the International Paris Air Show, at public expense. The Clarion Ledger reports the trip could cost about $50,000 for travel, lodging and other expenses. The...

2 authors and urologist get honorary degrees at Millsaps

May. 11, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two authors and a urologist are receiving honorary degrees from Millsaps College. The Jackson institution is awarding the degrees Saturday to Jon Meacham, Jesmyn Ward and Dr. Lamar Weems at its commencement. Meacham is a presidential biographer who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for...