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Ex-deputy warden pleads guilty in Mississippi inmate beating

May. 26, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former deputy warden at the Mississippi State Penitentiary has pleaded guilty in a case involving the beating of an inmate, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday. In a news release, officials said Melvin Hilson, 49, pleaded guilty to violating the...

Mississippi's interim deputy to be interim superintendent

May. 26, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Education Department’s interim chief academic officer and deputy superintendent will become interim superintendent at the end of June, the State Board of Education said Thursday. Kim Benton will take the higher interim post when...

Mississippi: reading test almost at pre-pandemic pass rate

May. 26, 2022 14:28 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A preliminary snapshot of 3rd graders' literacy proficiency in Mississippi shows a passing rate nearly the same as before the COVID-19 pandemic, the state education superintendent said Thursday. “The hard work of teachers, students and parents to overcome...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

May. 25, 2022 20:07 PM EDT

Tupelo Daily Journal. May 19, 2022. Editorial: Mississippi’s charitable giving leading way with Ukraine aid Year after year, Mississippi is recognized as among the most charitable state in the nation. It is a reflection of the giving spirit of the people here and...

Abortion rights graffiti on tiny, rural Mississippi church

May. 25, 2022 19:19 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in a rural Mississippi county are stunned and perplexed after finding a tiny, isolated church vandalized with abortion rights slogans. “It’s mystifying, you know?” said St. Elmore Armistad, a deacon at Mt. Avery Missionary Baptist Church in...

Edney named Mississippi's next State Health Officer

May. 25, 2022 13:06 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's next State Health Officer is Dr. Daniel P. Edney, who will replace Dr. Thomas Dobbs on Aug. 1. Dobbs is resigning from the post he's held since 2018 at the end of July. Edney currently holds the position of Deputy State Health...

Holton leads Vanderbilt past Mississippi 3-1 in SEC tourney

May. 25, 2022 02:02 AM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Carter Holton threw six shutout innings to lead No. 8 seed Vanderbilt to a 3-1 victory over No. 9 seed Mississippi in the single-elimination first round of the SEC Tournament on Wednesday night. Vanderbilt (36-19) moves on to play No. 1 seed Tennessee (49-7) on...

After killer's reversal, motion for quick execution tossed

May. 24, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A convicted Mississippi killer’s effort to get his execution quickly scheduled has been dismissed by the state's Supreme Court, weeks after the condemned man changed his mind. Blayde Nathaniel Grayson, 46, filed a handwritten letter to the high court in...

New high school grad now facing murder charge in Mississippi

May. 24, 2022 13:34 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Just hours after graduating high school, a Mississippi teenager was arrested in what has been described as a domestic dispute that left one person dead. Lowndes County Sheriff Eddie Hawkins said Justin Robert Coggins, 18, of Caledonia, was arrested Saturday...

Hearing on damages owed by ex-cop who killed mother of 4

May. 24, 2022 11:22 AM EDT

A former Mississippi police officer who shot and killed a sleeping woman should pay her four children $2.5 million each for pain and suffering and a total of more than $300,000 to cover therapy, their aunt said in a lawsuit. Matthew Kinne was in uniform and on duty when he shot...