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Bells toll again at a Mississippi University for Women

Jul. 18, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Students at Mississippi University for Women will now be serenaded with a familiar sound. WCBI-TV reports the Callaway Clock Tower is working again after some micro-switches were fixed. The chimes can now be heard across the campus in Columbus. The iconic clock tower is on the...

Mississippian gets prison for beating homeless man to death

Jul. 18, 2019 6:43 AM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for beating a homeless man to death with a lead pipe. News outlets report 33-year-old James Christopher Woodard pleaded guilty this week to second-degree murder in the death of 55-year-old Ronald Spencer Jr. Authorities say...

School district says tax bump will supplement teacher pay

Jul. 18, 2019 4:46 AM EDT

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi school district is requesting a local tax increase to give teachers a pay supplement. WAPT-TV reports the Rankin County School Board advanced the plan Wednesday to give teachers an extra $1,300 a year. County supervisors must approve the request. The supplement will be...

Arkansas, Mississippi State hope transfers boost QB play

Jul. 17, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Two Southeastern Conference Western Division programs hope transfer quarterbacks can give them a boost in the standings. Mississippi State brought in Penn State graduate transfer Tommy Stevens to compete for the starting job with Keytaon Thompson. Arkansas added two graduate transfers...

Mississippi ACLU asks cities to repeal panhandling penalties

Jul. 17, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi is asking 16 cities in the state to eliminate local laws that penalize panhandling. The organization said in a news release Wednesday that the request is part of a national effort that includes work by the National Law Center on...

The Latest: Muschamp says this is his best Gamecocks team

Jul. 17, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on SEC media days (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Will Muschamp believes this will be his best South Carolina team. If so, the Gamecocks might be able to reverse a trend of futility against ranked teams. Muschamp is 1-10 against Top 25 opponents with the Gamecocks over the past...

Report: No unusual sounds just before small plane crashed

Jul. 17, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A witness heard no unusual sounds from the engine of a small airplane just before the plane crashed onto a golf course this month in northern Mississippi. That's according to a preliminary report issued Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The 18-year-old pilot, Lake...

Candidate backtracks after saying office is 'a man's job'

Jul. 17, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Democratic man running for office in Mississippi says he wasn't criticizing all women — just one — when he said being county supervisor is "a man's job." Malcolm Johnson told WAPT-TV Tuesday that he's not against women being supervisors, and "not even against women...

Parks in a Mississippi city will get security cameras

Jul. 17, 2019 6:43 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Three parks in a Mississippi city will soon be outfitted with security cameras. Meridian City Chief Administrative Officer Richie McAlister told The Meridian Star the cameras cost about $83,000 and will be covered by a drug seizure fund. The Meridian City Council approved a five-year...

Weed laced snacks seized at dispensary party in Mississippi

Jul. 17, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Police in Mississippi say they've confiscated several baggies filled with marijuana-infused snacks at a "dispensary party." News outlets reports Jackson police arrested five people for possession of ecstasy and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Spokesman Sam Brown...