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Mississippi State extends Moorhead's contract through 2022

May. 21, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

Mississippi State football coach Joe Moorhead has a little more job security now. The school announced Tuesday that he has signed a contract extension through the 2022 season that will pay an average base salary of $3.2 million. Moorhead originally signed a four-year deal worth an average of $2.75 million when he...

Mississippi police officer arrested in woman's killing

May. 21, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A north Mississippi police officer has been arrested in connection with the killing of a woman, but officials aren't saying what they're charging him with. Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Capt. Johnny Poulos says Oxford Police Officer Matt Kinne (KIHN'-ee) was arrested...

Judge: Mississippi 6-week abortion ban 'smacks of defiance'

May. 21, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge who struck down Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban last year said during a court hearing Tuesday that the state's legislators defied his ruling by passing a new law that sets the ban even earlier. The new law — which is not yet in effect — would prohibit...

Report: Mississippi lawmaker punched wife in face over sex

May. 21, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A police report says a south Mississippi lawmaker punched his wife in the face after she didn't undress quickly enough when the lawmaker wanted to have sex. Republican state Rep. Doug McLeod of Lucedale was arrested Saturday on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. The Sun Herald...

The Latest: Judge questions Mississippi 6-week abortion ban

May. 21, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a hearing in a lawsuit to block a Mississippi abortion law that bans the procedure after 6 weeks (all times local): 12:05 p.m. A federal judge who struck down Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban last year is sharply questioning a new state law that bans abortions even...

At abortion clinics, new laws sow confusion, uncertainty

May. 21, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Abortion clinics are facing protesters emboldened by a flurry of restrictive new state laws as they reassure confused patients that the laws have yet to take effect, abortion providers said. "We have actually had many people calling and say, 'Are you open? Are you still seeing...

Mississippi jobless rate level in April as payrolls tick up

May. 21, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's job market sent mixed signals in April, with unemployment flat and employer payrolls ticking up slightly. The state's jobless rate was 4.9% in April, level with March. Mississippi's April 2018 jobless rate was 4.8% The number of people looking for jobs and reporting...

Mayor says he'll personally pay for criminals to leave town

May. 21, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of one Mississippi Delta city says he's willing to spend up to $10,000 of his own money to pay criminals to move out of town. Clarksdale Mayor Chuck Espy said Monday that if lawbreakers don't think they can turn their life around there, he'll pay for them to move...

7 charged with gang-related assault in Mississippi prison

May. 21, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Seven men are being indicted on claims that they took part in gang-related assaults in a Mississippi prison. Charged with one or two counts of aggravated assault in aid of racketeering are Donald Jones, Wilton Johnson, Jeremy Smith, Carl McMillian, James Vaughn, Justin Hannah and Joe...

Mississippi bank buys another bank for $20 million in stock

May. 21, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — One Mississippi bank is buying another for $20 million in stock. Citizens Holding Co., the parent bank of The Citizens Bank of Philadelphia, announced Tuesday that it's buying Charter Bank of Biloxi. Charter, with four branches on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, has $161 million in...