• Mississippi Jan 16

    Mississippi Upholds 12-year Sentence for Cellphone in Jail

    The Mississippi Supreme Court’s confirmation of a 12-year prison sentence for an African American man who carried his mobile phone into a county jail cell is being slammed as a brutal example of racial injustice. Even one of the justices who joined in the unanimous ruling said that while the sentence is legal, the prosecutor and trial judge could...

  • Mississippi Jan 15

    Lawsuit Says Mississippi Prisons Are ‘Plagued by Violence’

    More than two dozen Mississippi inmates sued the state Tuesday, saying understaffed prisons are “plagued by violence” and inmates are forced to live in decrepit and dangerous conditions. The federal lawsuit follows an outbreak of violence that killed five inmates and left an undisclosed number of others injured between Dec. 29 and Jan. 3. The suit was filed the same…

  • Mississippi Jan 10

    Mississippi, Lacking Guards, Sends Inmates to Private Prison

    Mississippi’s prison system signed a 90-day contract to shift 375 inmates from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman to a nearby private lockup, saying it doesn’t have the guards to safely keep the inmates in state custody in the wake of recent violence. The state and CoreCivic announced the contract Thursday, a day after it was signed. The inmates...

  • Mississippi Jan 7

    Foretold ‘Uprising’ Hits Cash-Starved Mississippi Prisons

    The leader of Mississippi’s underfunded prison system was pleading with lawmakers for money to hire more guards and pay them better in 2012 when he warned, “I see trouble down the road.”

  • Mississippi Jan 5

    1 of 2 Escapees From Troubled Mississippi Prison in Custody

    One of two prisoners believed to have escaped from one of several Mississippi prisons recently rocked by violence is back in custody, authorities said early Sunday. The Mississippi Department of Corrections tweeted just before 3:30 a.m. that David May was in custody. Further details weren’t immediately released. Gov. Phil Bryant on Saturday said via Twitter that he directed “the...

  • Mississippi Jan 4

    Gang Violence Blamed for Most Killings in Mississippi Prisons Amid Lockdown

    Mississippi’s outgoing prisons chief said Friday that at least some of the five killings of inmates since Sunday stem from gang violence, as guards struggle to maintain control of restive inmates. “These are trying times for the Mississippi Department of Corrections,” Commissioner Pelicia Hall said in a statement hours after an inmate was found stabbed to death in his...

  • Dec 1, 2019

    UAB Heads to C-USA Title Game After Win at North Texas

    TD Marshall returned an interception 76 yards for a third-quarter touchdown that lifted UAB to a 26-21 win on Saturday that cemented a second straight Conference USA West Division title for the Blazers.

  • Nov 25, 2019

    Texas Leaves State AGs Antitrust Suit vs T-Mobile-Sprint

    The coalition of state attorneys general suing to stop the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile has lost another state, Texas, 2 weeks before trial is scheduled to begin.

  • Nov 23, 2019

    Flu Season Is Picking Up, Particularly in the South and the West, CDC Says

    Flu activity is picking up across the country, indicating an earlier start to this year’s flu season, particularly in the South and in the West, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The uptick doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be a bad season — flu is notoriously unpredictable — but some clues from earlier this year point...

  • Nov 23, 2019

    Chicken Fried Rice Recalled; May Have Plastic Bits

    A Mississippi company is recalling more than 86 tons of chicken fried rice because it may contain bits of plastic. Ajinomoto Foods North America Inc. of Oakland, Mississippi, reported the problem after customers complained, according to recall notice Friday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

  • Nov 19, 2019

    Tornado Victims Eligible for Federal Loans at New Outreach Center

    Four weeks after an EF-3 tornado devastated portions of North Dallas, the U.S. Small Business Administration opened a new outreach center at the Bachman Lake Library.

  • Nov 18, 2019

    Preparing Yourself for the Season of Sickness

    It’s the season of sickness and you can see it on the map.

  • Nov 15, 2019

    Plan Would Protect 21 Coral Hot Spots in Gulf of Mexico

    Federal regulators are close to approving a protection plan for corals in the Gulf of Mexico that would create new protected zones designed to allow the corals to grow.

  • Nov 7, 2019

    Election Day Warning Sign for Democrats: Weaker African American Turnout

    Democrats are riding high after unseating GOP Gov. Matt Bevin in Kentucky and winning back majorities in both chambers of Virginia’s General Assembly in Tuesday’s elections. Much as was the case in 2018, when Democrats took back the majority in the House, Democrats’ gains were concentrated in largely white, middle-to-upper income suburbs, NBC News reported. However, the results weren’t as...

  • Nov 2, 2019

    Trump at Rally: Impeachment a Move to ‘Nullify’ 2016 and ‘Undermine’ Reelection

    President Donald Trump went after Democrats on Friday, claiming that the House impeachment inquiry was part of a planned attempt to illegitimately remove the president from office, attacking his 2020 rivals in his first campaign rally since the House voted to formalize the impeachment inquiry, NBC News reported. “First they engineered the Russia hoax,” Trump said, “then the Mueller witch...

  • Oct 30, 2019

    American Students’ Performance Lags on Nation’s Report Card

    The latest Nation’s Report Card is painting a dismal picture of math and reading achievement among American fourth and eighth graders despite a few bright spots. Students in the nation’s capital, which faced multiple scandals in its public school system last year, made significant gains in both reading and math this year, according to the National Assessment of Education Progress....

  • Oct 30, 2019

    SEC Coaches Select Texas A&M as Women’s Basketball Favorite

    Southeastern Conference women’s basketball coaches have picked Texas A&M as the favorite to win the league title and voted Aggies guard Chennedy Carter as preseason player of the year.

  • Oct 26, 2019

    Acting Homeland Security Secretary McAleenan Fights Subpoena

    Kevin McAleenan, the acting Homeland Security secretary, is challenging a subpoena to appear before a congressional committee to discuss terrorism threats to the U.S. on the day before he’s set to leave office. Kevin McAleenan sent a letter to House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson on Friday saying he was surprised and disappointed to get the subpoena a day earlier....

  • Oct 25, 2019

    TAMU Aggies Host Mississippi State in First of 3 Home Games

    No. 15 Texas is preparing to face an offense that ranks in the bottom half of the Big 12 for the second consecutive week with a visit to TCU after high-scoring win over Kansas.

  • Oct 20, 2019

    New Bulletproof Memorial to Emmett Till Replaces Vandalized Sign in Miss.

    A new bulletproof memorial to Emmett Till was dedicated Saturday in Mississippi after previous historical markers were repeatedly vandalized. The brutal slaying of the 14-year-old black teenager helped spur the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. The 14-year-old African American teen was kidnapped, beaten and killed in 1955, hours after he was accused of whistling at a white...

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