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Police Officer Named in Wrongful Death Lawsuit Gets New Job

The Starkville Police Department has hired a former Columbus officer who is a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit.

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Lesbian Challenges Court Ruling That She's Not Legal Parent

A lesbian is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to recognize her as a legal parent of a child born during her marriage to a woman.

Crime

Mississippi Teacher Accused of Dragging Student is Indicted

A former Greenville teacher has been indicted on a misdemeanor charge of abusing a vulnerable person.

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Gunn: Lottery Debate Not Expected During Special Session

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn says he does not expect legislators to debate the creation of a state lottery during a special session next month.

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Helicopter Crash Linked, Rally Organizer Disavows Violence, Driver Arrested

Officials say the deaths of two people in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville, Virginia, have been linked to a violent white nationalist rally earlier in the day.

Politics

US Judge Hears Arguments in Mississippi House Election Spat

A federal judge hears arguments Friday over whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a 2015 Mississippi election that went to a drawing of straws.

Crime

Feds Announce First Hate Crime Plea with Transgender Victim

A Mississippi man who previously admitted killing a transgender teen from Alabama because of her sexual identity has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime.

Education

Cleveland, Miss. Agrees to School Desegregation Accord

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A lawyer says a Mississippi Delta school district has agreed to a settlement in a long-running desegregation lawsuit.

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State Rep. David Myers Begins Yearlong Deployment

A Mississippi state lawmaker has been deployed to Iraq for a yearlong stint with the U.S. Army Reserves.

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Ten Commandments Monument Installed at Arkansas Capitol

Workers have installed a Ten Commandments monument outside Arkansas' Capitol, two years after lawmakers approved a measure permitting the statue on state grounds.

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Mississippi Awards First Diploma in Degree-Completion Push

A Grenada woman is the first person to earn a degree under a new Mississippi program aimed at helping people finish college.

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Lawsuit: Waitress Fired Over Religious Objection to Pants

A restaurant chain discriminated against the religious beliefs of a Pentecostal woman by refusing to let her wear a denim skirt instead of blue jeans while she worked as a ...

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Solutions: How to Prevent Gun Violence

Here is a sampling of evidence-based solutions for preventing and interrupting gun violence. See jfp.ms/stopviolence for links to learn more.

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Death by Broken Heart

Many issues come to light if some relationships are not going as expected. The question I ask is, do we really understand how dangerous breaking a heart can be?

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Solomon Muhammad

Solomon Muhammad, a linebacker at Alcorn State University, is already having a breakout year as a redshirt sophomore. He has nearly been a one-man wrecking crew on the Braves' defense ...

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Putin Says Trump 'Not My Bride, and I'm Not His Groom'

Russian President Vladimir Putin refrained from criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump at a news conference in China on Tuesday, but said a decision to shutter Russian diplomatic outposts in the ...

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Groups Seek to Open 9 Charter Schools in Mississippi, Two in Jackson

Nine charter school operators say they're interested in opening new schools in Mississippi.

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Mississippi Justices Uphold Contempt Sanction Against Lawyer

The Mississippi Supreme Court says a lower court judge acted correctly last year when the judge ruled that a lawyer was in criminal contempt of court.

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Like the DA Trying to Protect Him, Butler Trial Ends in a Mistrial

Another trial tangentially related to District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith has ended in a mistrial. The man the district attorney went to trial late last year for trying to protect ...

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2 Mississippi Social Workers Honored for Finding Abused Boy

Two Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services employees are getting an award for discovering an abused boy.

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