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Angie Thomas Scholarship is awarded to aspiring writer

Apr. 20, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Bestselling author Angie Thomas has surprised an incoming freshman with news that the young woman is receiving a full scholarship to the private university where Thomas earned her bachelor's degree. Thomas popped into an online meeting Monday to...

Poor People's Campaign planning online mass assembly in June

Apr. 19, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The national co-chairman of the Poor People’s Campaign said Monday that the group will conduct an online mass assembly June 21 to focus attention on low wages and other issues. The Rev. William Barber said organizers are planning to have an...

Groups plan effort for Mississippi voting rights restoration

Apr. 19, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three groups will sponsor an initiative to try to simplify the way Mississippi restores voting rights to people convicted of some felonies, a person involved with the effort said Monday. Danyelle Holmes, a national organizer with the Mississippi...

Jackson won't release email about 2020 water system problems

Apr. 19, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The city of Jackson, Mississippi, has denied a TV station's public records request for email about problems with the city water treatment system. WLBT-TV recently requested all city email related to the Environmental...

Jackson police: 6 people are slain in a span of 24 hours

Apr. 19, 2021 07:04 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Police in Mississippi’s capital city reported a half-dozen homicides in a 24-hour period. The crimes in Jackson included the shooting deaths of two men near a nightclub early Saturday morning, WAPT-TV reported. Police are...

Analysis: Initiatives seek to bypass Mississippi lawmakers

Apr. 18, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters circumvented the Legislature in 2020 by approving a medical marijuana ballot initiative. People are now looking to bypass the House and Senate by proposing initiatives to expand Medicaid, authorize early voting and reconsider the state flag design. ...

Food boxes with fresh produce to be given away in Jackson

Apr. 18, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Thousands of food boxes of fresh produce will be available for pick-up at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson on Wednesday. The food is being provided as part of a federal program to support families who have lost income during the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Bruce Willis films action pic in Mississippi capital city

Apr. 16, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — People in Mississippi's capital city are being told to expect downtown street closures and explosions for the filming of an action movie that stars Bruce Willis. A bank heist movie called “A Day to Die" has been filming in Jackson this month,...

Jackson crews work to clean trash from illegal dump site

Apr. 16, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Crews were cleaning up trash from an illegal dump site in Mississippi's capital city after an elected official and local residents complained to a television station about the unsightly mess. WAPT-TV reported that Glen Erin...

Tuition to go up at most Mississippi public universities

Apr. 16, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Tuition is increasing at most of Mississippi's public universities this fall. Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning's Board of Trustees unanimously approved the increases at a meeting on Thursday. Jackson State University is the only...