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Man charged with shooting 3 at Walmart to be extradited

Sep. 13, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Mississippi man accused of shooting two Walmart workers and a police officer won't fight extradition to face murder charges in his home state. Martez Abram appeared in court in Tennessee on Friday on a fugitive warrant. He waived extradition proceedings. The 39-year-old Abram was...

Dem seeks cash for 2020 challenge of Mississippi GOP senator

Sep. 12, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Democrat who tried to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in Mississippi last year is seeking money to challenge her again in 2020. Mike Espy said in a fundraising appeal Thursday that he can "work with others across party lines and labels." Espy served in the U.S. House...

Federal judge intervenes in Mississippi mental health system

Sep. 4, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge will appoint an expert to oversee changes to Mississippi's mental health system, saying that attorneys for the federal government have proved the state is doing too little to serve people outside the confinement of mental hospitals. "The United States has met its...

State court sends black man's disputed murder case back

Aug. 29, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court is sending the case of a man tried six times for murder back to a local court after the U.S. Supreme Court found racial bias in jury selection. Thursday's ruling overturning the verdict was a formality after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the...

Mississippi getting set for hard-fought governor's race

Aug. 28, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi governor's race this year could be the toughest in nearly a generation, between two politicians who have already won statewide races and are known for digging in against opponents: two-term Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and four-term Democratic Attorney General Jim...

The Latest: Mississippi could see tough race for governor

Aug. 28, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the Mississippi governor's election (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Mississippi could have its toughest governor's race in a nearly generation between two politicians known for digging in against opponents: two-term Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and four-term Democratic...

The Latest: Hood says Reeves relies on 'labels,' not issues

Aug. 28, 2019 2:38 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the governor's race in Mississippi (all times local): 10 p.m. Mississippi Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jim Hood says he will focus on issues going into the November general election. But he says he thinks newly elected Republican nominee Tate Reeves will just "throw...

Reeves wins Republican nomination for Mississippi governor

Aug. 27, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi second-term Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves won the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday, setting up a November general election showdown with Democrat Jim Hood, the state's four-term attorney general. Reeves defeated retired Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller...

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves wins Republican nomination for governor, defeating ex-Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr.

Aug. 27, 2019 9:43 PM EDT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves wins Republican nomination for governor, defeating ex-Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr.

In Mississippi Delta, Catholic abuse cases settled on cheap

Aug. 27, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, Mississippi (AP) — The IHOP in Southhaven, Mississippi, was an unlikely place to settle a sex abuse claim against the Catholic Church. But in January a white official from the Franciscan religious order slid into a booth across from a 35-year-old black man and offered to pay him $15,000 to keep...