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 By Jeff Amy    Regional    August 2, 2020

As school begins amid virus, parents see few good options

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (AP) — John Barrett plans to keep his daughter home from elementary school this year in suburban Atlanta, but he wishes she were going. Molly Ball is sending her teenage sons to school in the same district on Monday, but not without...

 

Workers must risk infection or losing unemployment payments

ATLANTA (AP) — Some of the millions of American workers laid off because of the coronavirus are beginning to face a tough choice — return to work and risk infection, or stay home and risk losing unemployment payments. The decision is most...

 

American students' performance lags on Nation's Report Card

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...

 

2 Mississippi cooperatives are first to set internet plans

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Mississippi electric cooperatives are announcing plans to create subsidiaries to offer high-speed internet, months after state legislators passed a law allowing the rural electric providers to enter the business. Tallahatc...

 

Immigrants lock doors, rally around children of detained

MORTON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi residents rallied around terrified children left with no parents and migrants locked themselves in their homes for fear of being arrested Thursday, a day after the United States' largest immigration raid in a...

 

Largest US immigration raids in a decade net 680 arrests

MORTON, Miss. (AP) — U.S. immigration officials raided seven Mississippi chicken processing plants Wednesday, arresting 680 mostly Latino workers in the largest workplace sting in at least a decade. The raids, planned months ago, happened just...

 

Prosecutor could decide on seventh trial in Mississippi case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi prosecutor has tried and failed six times to send Curtis Flowers to the death chamber, with the latest trial conviction and death sentence overturned on Friday because of racial bias in jury selection. Now, that...

 

No end seen to struggle as Mississippi flood enters month 4

HOLLY BLUFF, Miss. (AP) — Larry Walls should have been out working in his fields last week. Instead, his John Deere tractor is parked on high ground, just beyond the reach of the ever-encroaching floodwaters in the southern Mississippi Delta. Four...

 

Storms batter South, kill 2 in Mississippi, 1 in Alabama

LEARNED, Miss. (AP) — Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama while leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. National We...

 

Fed Chairman Powell says prosperity not felt in all areas

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell traveled Tuesday to a historically black university in the Mississippi Delta to deliver a message that the nation's prosperity has not been felt in many such areas around the country....

 

County liable for jailing woman 96 days without seeing judge

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — There are two remaining questions left for a Mississippi woman who sued over being jailed 96 days without seeing a judge: Will the U.S. Supreme Court get involved, and if not, how much will she get paid? U.S. District Judge...

 

Mississippi study examines if marijuana can cut seizures

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A study of whether ingredients extracted from marijuana can reduce seizures in children is moving ahead in Mississippi. The University of Mississippi Medical Center announced last week that the six-month trial began early...

 

Mississippi court: Woman has parent rights in same-sex split

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a woman has parental rights to a 6-year-old boy born to her ex-wife when the two were married, in a case watched by gay rights activists and groups aiding in vitro...

 

Ag official who backed Trump expected to get US Senate nod

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is preparing to fill an upcoming vacancy in the U.S. Senate, and three state Republican sources told The Associated Press that he will choose the state agriculture commissioner who helped advise...

 

Mississippi passes law banning abortion after 15 weeks

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers on Thursday passed what is likely to be the nation's most restrictive abortion law, making the procedure illegal after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The House voted 75-34 in favor of the measure, and Gov. Phil B...

 
 By JEFF AMY    Regional    February 11, 2018

Multistate crime suspect now to face Mississippi charges

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A man convicted in Kansas of attempted murder and other charges during a series of crimes in several states has been brought back to Mississippi to face murder charges. Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest said...

 

Rescuers seek anyone _ alive or dead _ left in floodwaters

HOUSTON (AP) — Rescuers began a block-by-block search of tens of thousands of Houston homes Thursday, pounding on doors and shouting as they looked for anyone — alive or dead — who might have been left behind in Harvey's fetid floodwaters,...

 

Remnants of Harvey still powerful enough to threaten floods

HOUSTON (AP) — A week after it slammed into Texas, Harvey retained enough rain-making power Friday to raise the risk of flooding as far north as Indiana. In Houston, officials tried to safeguard parts of their devastated city by intentionally...

 

Harvey repeats devastation back on shore in Texas, Louisiana

ORANGE, Texas (AP) — A weaker Harvey replicated its devastating roll Wednesday, returning to shore with a deluge of rain that inundated homes and highways and left police and government officials struggling to pluck people from the water. The...

 
 By Jeff Amy    Regional    July 16, 2017

Police: Mississippi girl dies after beating over math lesson

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man who fatally beat a 3-year-old girl because she couldn't correctly answer questions about numbers told investigators that "this was a tough world and she had to be tough if she wanted to survive," Meridian...

 
 By Jeff Amy    Regional    June 16, 2017

Mississippi school plan seeks to double proficiency levels

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's state Board of Education wants 70 percent of all students to perform proficiently on standardized tests under a new plan to comply with federal education legislation. The state plan for the Every Student...

 

Biofuel case: $4.5M for investors under federal settlement

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a $4.5 million settlement for private shareholders of failed biofuel maker KiOR, and a lawsuit by the state of Mississippi seeking to recover a much larger amount continues. U.S. District Judge...

 

Southern Cross to carry Texas wind power through Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A San Francisco-based renewable energy company wants Mississippi regulators to approve a $1.4 billion power transmission line that would carry electricity from wind generated in Texas to the Southeast. The Southern Cross...

 
 By Jeff Amy    Regional    March 15, 2017

Judge finalizes Mississippi school desegregation settlement

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge Monday finalized a settlement in a 52-year-old Mississippi school desegregation case, merging historically white and black high schools and middle schools in a district. The 3,500-student Cleveland school...

 

Mississippi suspect's mayhem-fueled run ends in fiery crash

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A trail of mayhem that began last week in a suburban Mississippi apartment ended Wednesday morning when a stolen SUV chased by police flipped in a fiery crash in a rural Kansas field. In between, authorities suspect...

 

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