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Report: Mississippi laws cause ‘extreme’ prison sentences

Mississippi’s habitual offender laws are causing “extreme” prison sentences that are disproportionally affecting African American men and are costing the state millions of dollars for decades of incarceration, according to a new report by a nonprofit advocacy group founded by technology and business executives. The report released Tuesday by FWD.us — a group also known as Forward — says long prison sentences ...

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Mississippi company helps re-brand Milwaukee Brewers baseball team

MILWAUKEE — The Brewers are bringing back the team’s iconic ball-in-glove logo next year. Milwaukee unveiled its new uniform designs and logo on Monday night at Miller Park. Starting in 2020, players will wear a modernized version of the ball-in-glove image first introduced in 1978 and worn until 1993. A “M” and the “B” are linked above the glove’s webbing. ...

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Dad testifies against bus driver accused of sex abusing girl

A Mississippi man says he first thought bullies were behind his daughter’s hesitation to ride the school bus when she was 8 years old. Instead, she told him she was being sexually abused by the bus driver. News outlets report the girl’s father testified Monday at Sergio Sandoval’s retrial. The man said his daughter told him in 2014 that Sandoval ...

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Suit seeks to block prosecutor from excluding black jurors

Four black voters and a branch of the NAACP sued a Mississippi prosecutor on Monday, asking a federal judge to order him to stop excluding African Americans from juries. The lawsuit against District Attorney Doug Evans is an outgrowth of a case where the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a murder conviction of an African American man, citing racial bias in ...

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Mississippi road worker charged with fuel theft from county

A former Mississippi road worker has been arrested on charges of stealing county fuel and selling it on the black market. The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department says former county road employee Jerry Glenn Morgan of Toomsuba is free on bond after being charged with embezzlement. Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun estimates about $237,000 in diesel fuel owned by the county was ...

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Man pleads guilty to triple homicide in Mississippi

CARROLLTON — A Mississippi man who admitted killing his wife and two other people at a party pleaded guilty Monday. Michael Barnhill, 31, of Winona, pleaded guilty in Carroll County to three charges of first-degree murder and one charge of aggravated assault. Circuit Judge Joseph Loper sentenced Barnhill to life in prison for each murder conviction and 20 years for ...

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Voting suit challenges Mississippi law on citizenship proof

A new federal lawsuit challenges a Jim Crow-era law in Mississippi that requires naturalized U.S. citizens to show proof of citizenship when they register to vote. The lawsuit was filed Monday by the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance. A Mississippi law enacted in 1924 requires naturalized citizens to show a certificate of naturalization or another similar document that proves citizenship when ...

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Ole Miss enrollment down for third straight year

Enrollment is down at the University of Mississippi for the third straight year. The Oxford Eagle reports that 2019 enrollment numbers for all six Ole Miss campuses show a 3.5% decrease from 2018. That’s the highest percentage drop over the last three years. Numbers released by the Institutions of Higher Learning show the system now has 22,273 students, which is a decline ...

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Ailing ex-telecom executive Ebbers seeks release from prison

A former telecommunications executive convicted in one of the largest corporate accounting scandals in U.S. history is asking a judge to shorten his prison sentence so he can be released as his health deteriorates. Bernard Ebbers led WorldCom, once one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies. The Mississippi-based WorldCom collapsed and went into bankruptcy in 2002, causing losses to stockholders, ...

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Smith named superintendent of Mississippi school district

A Mississippi school district has a new leader at its helm. The North Tippah School Board voted Thursday to name Scott Smith the new superintendent of education beginning in January. The vote took place during the school board’s regular monthly meeting. Smith, a Walnut native, is currently serving as assistant superintendent of North Tippah Schools. He takes the place of ...

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