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More indictments in Mississippi over bogus pain creams

Jun. 25, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Four more people have been indicted on fraud charges for prescribing unneeded pain creams to bilk insurers. An indictment unsealed Monday alleges that Dr. Shahjahan Sultan of Madison, Dr. Thomas Edward Sturdavant of Kingsport, Tennessee, Freda Cal Covington of Hattiesburg and...

Wrongfully convicted man is killed 13 years after release

Jun. 25, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man who spent nearly 12 years imprisoned for a wrongful conviction has been fatally shot, 13 years after his release. Jackson police say 44-year-old Cedric Willis was killed Monday on a city street. No one has been arrested. In 1994, at age 19, Willis was charged in two...

Flood damage at least $2 billion for Mississippi River towns

Jun. 25, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Repairs and cleanup following the prolonged flooding along the Mississippi River will cost more than $2 billion, an advocacy group for river communities said Tuesday. Heavier than normal snow melt in the late winter and frequent and heavy rains through the spring led to flooding that...

Mississippi casinos continue to win more from gamblers

Jun. 25, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Casino revenues rose in Mississippi in May, as gambling halls continued their streak of winning more since sports betting was legalized. Figures show gamblers lost $184 million in May, almost 2% more than in the same month in 2018. That includes $1.2 million in sports betting revenue...

Absentee voting begins for Mississippi party primaries

Jun. 25, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters can start casting absentee ballots for the Aug. 6 party primaries for governor and other statewide, regional, legislative and county offices. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says circuit clerks began accepting absentee ballots Monday. People may vote absentee...

Senators: 18 Mississippi airports receiving federal money

Jun. 25, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Eighteen airports in Mississippi will receive federal money to make improvements, including rehabilitation of some runways. U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith on Monday announced $4.8 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The single largest grant is...

Alderman files suit against mayor and Mississippi city

Jun. 25, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — An alderman is suing a Mississippi city and its mayor, claiming the mayor assaulted and harassed him. The Mississippi Press reports that the city of Moss Point and Mayor Mario King received a summons last week indicating Alderman Ennit Morris had filed the lawsuit. The suit claims...

Mississippi teacher killed in Louisiana; 2 arrested

Jun. 24, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

FERRIDAY, La. (AP) — A Mississippi school teacher who had recently been honored by his school district was found fatally shot Monday across the state line in Louisiana. Two people have been arrested in connection with his death. Concordia Parish, Louisiana, authorities identified the victim as Fred McCray...

Officers suspended after releasing man who dies in traffic

Jun. 24, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two hospital police officers are suspended after releasing a man later killed in highway traffic. WAPT-TV reports University of Mississippi Medical Center has removed officers Taafe McGruder and Justin Harper from duty while the June 18 death of 26-year Jaylion Jim is investigated....

Weather service confirms early Monday tornado in Mississippi

Jun. 24, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in Mississippi say a tornado was confirmed west of Jackson as early morning storms struck parts of the state. WLBT reports that the National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down in Raymond on Monday morning. There were no reports of injuries or major...