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John Knight III's Police Brutality Lawsuit Will Proceed, Hinds Judge Rules

A lawsuit accusing the City of Jackson of police brutality will move forward after a hearing this morning.

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Republican Politician Charged in Human Trafficking Adoption Scheme

Paul Petersen, the Republican assessor of Maricopa County in Arizona, was charged in Utah, Arizona and Arkansas with counts including human smuggling, sale of a child, fraud, forgery and conspiracy ...

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DOSSIER: Incoming DA Faces Accusations, NBC's Tentacles in Mississippi

Multiple women are accusing Jody Owens, who won the Democratic primary and faces no challenger in November, of inappropriate and sexual behavior and comments from his time as the managing ...

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Racist Policing in Madison County Target of New Federal Consent Decree

The Madison County Sheriff’s Department engaged in unconstitutional, racially discriminatory policing practices that disproportionately targeted black residents, a Southern District of Mississippi judge ruled last week.

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What Can the Hinds DA Do to Cure the System?

Incoming Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens vows a criminal-justice approach focused on public safety and, hopefully, more alternatives to prison.

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Jury Convicts Ex-Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Neighbor

A white former Dallas police officer who said she fatally shot her unarmed, black neighbor after mistaking his apartment for her own was found guilty of murder on Tuesday.

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Mississippi Businessman Indicted in Massive Fraud Scheme

Federal prosecutors say a Mississippi businessman has been indicted in one of the nation's largest health care fraud investigations.

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Emmett Till Cousin on Inquiry: 'What is the Holdup?'

The government is still investigating the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a black teenager whose death helped spur the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago.

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Mississippi Man Tried 6 Times for Murder Moved to Local Jail

A Mississippi man tried six times for murder is back in a local jail, awaiting a possible seventh trial.

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JPS Improves, City Restrains Zoo Over Zebra, JPD Targets Drug Hubs

The last week saw important developments in Jackson's public schools, its police department and the Jackson Zoo.

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Mississippi Sheriff Sets Policies Amid Racial Profiling Suit

A county in south Mississippi has settled a racial profiling lawsuit and its sheriff's department is setting new policies that limit officers' use of race or national origin as a ...

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Mississippi Officials Find Spiked CBD Sold in the State

Concerned about illegal drugs, Mississippi authorities took an interest in vape shops and gas stations selling products including the cannabis extract CBD.

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Mississippi Man Gets 11 Years for His Part in Cross Burning

A white Mississippi man received an 11-year prison sentence Tuesday for his part in burning a cross near the home of an African American family.

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Mississippi Launches Statewide Human Trafficking Council

To address rising human-trafficking rates in Mississippi, a collaboration of government agencies has launched the inaugural Mississipi Human Trafficking Council.

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Mississippi Gov Signs Extradition Warrant in Walmart Killing

Mississippi's governor has signed an extradition warrant for the 39-year-old man accused of killing two managers at a Walmart and then setting a fire there.