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Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Aug. 19, 2022 12:41 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Mississippi changes legal team to handle welfare fraud case

Aug. 18, 2022 14:12 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Human Services is hiring a different law firm to try to recover millions of dollars in welfare money that was misspent in the state's largest public corruption case in decades. The state Personnel Board on Thursday approved a...

PICK SIX: Freshmen with high expectations to watch in 2022

Aug. 18, 2022 02:36 AM EDT

Travis Hunter was likely the most talked about recruit in the 2022 class, if not before signing day, certainly after he opted to play at Jackson State. The two-way player from Suwanee, Georgia, became the first five-star recruit to sign with an FCS school since the ratings system was...

Former Jackson officer gets 5-year sentence in beating death

Aug. 17, 2022 15:12 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former police officer in Mississippi received a five-year prison sentence Wednesday for the 2019 beating death of a man who was pulled from a vehicle during a manhunt. The former Jackson detective, Anthony Fox, was sentenced by Hinds County Circuit Judge...

Lawsuit: Mississippi police 'terrorized' small town

Aug. 16, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — Police have “terrorized” Black residents in a small Mississippi town by subjecting them to false arrests, excessive force and intimidation, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by a civil rights organization. The organization, JULIAN, is seeking a...

Bystander killed in police chase for 2nd time in 4 weeks

Aug. 15, 2022 12:52 PM EDT

FLOWOOD, Miss (AP) — For the second time in less than a month, an innocent bystander was killed during a police chase involving the same Mississippi department. One person was killed Sunday during a police chase that began in Pearl. The chase ended when the vehicle that was being...

City water woes delay move-in for Jackson State students

Aug. 12, 2022 11:14 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jackson State University is delaying students' move-in days for on-campus housing because of lingering water system problems in Mississippi's capital city. The university says low pressure in the system impedes water flow to the upper floors of dormitories. ...

Abortion to remain legal in Wyoming while lawsuit proceeds

Aug. 10, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Abortion will remain legal in Wyoming while a lawsuit that contests a ban on the procedure in nearly all cases moves ahead, a judge ruled Wednesday. The lawsuit will likely succeed because the ban appears to violate the state constitution and is vague, Teton...

In Mississippi, a trespasser, a killing and DEA meddling

Aug. 10, 2022 16:06 PM EDT

CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Harold Duane Poole was waiting with his semiautomatic service rifle — and an explanation — when deputies arrived at his sprawling wooded property on a warm spring night last year and found a bullet-riddled body near the...

Justice Department asks judge to pause Idaho abortion ban

Aug. 09, 2022 17:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal judge this week to bar Idaho from enforcing its near-total abortion ban while a lawsuit pitting federal health care law against state anti-abortion legislation is underway. Meanwhile, the Republican-led Idaho...