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Mississippi has at least 15th inmate death in recent weeks

Another inmate has died in Mississippi, bringing the total to at least 15 in the state prison system since late December. Jesus Garcia, 39, was found unresponsive in his cell Saturday at the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility, according to a statement from Management & Training Corporation, the private company that operates the prison. A company spokesman, Issa Arnita, said in ...

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Street repairs: Study, then borrow? Or borrow, then study?

Leaders of a city in eastern Mississippi are debating how to pay for street paving and other infrastructure projects. Meridian public works director Hugh Smith is looking for city leaders to approve $12 million in bonds, the Meridian Star reported.. “Right now, we don’t have funds in place to do any paving next year,” Smith said Tuesday. Leaders have discussed conducting a ...

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Analysis: Chairman says prisons should not be warehouses

The new chairman of the Mississippi Senate Corrections Committee inherited a challenging job — sharing oversight of a prison system rocked by violence and burdened by decrepit and underfunded facilities. Democratic Sen. Juan Barnett of Heidelberg said in an interview Thursday that prisons need to be more than warehouses. He also said Mississippi needs to do a better job of ...

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Bernie Ebbers, ex-CEO convicted in WorldCom scandal, dies

The former chief of WorldCom, convicted in one of the largest corporate accounting scandals in U.S. history, died just over a month after his early release from prison. Bernard Ebbers was 78. The Canadian-born former telecommunications executive died Sunday in Brookhaven, Mississippi, surrounded by his family, according to a family statement. WorldCom Inc. collapsed and went into bankruptcy in 2002, ...

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SEC announces average payout of $44.6 million per school

The Southeastern Conference schools each received more than $44.6 million in total revenue distributed by the league, a seven-figure increase from the previous fiscal year. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said Thursday the league handed out just over $651.0 million of total revenue among the 14 members for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which ended August 31, 2019. That’s up from $627.1 ...

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SC looks to Mississippi as it works to improve education

When South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas was looking for ideas to improve education in South Carolina, he was surprised to find out Mississippi, often last or near last in the nation, had passed his state by. Mississippi fourth graders made some of the biggest improvements in math and reading scores in the country last year, transforming the state so ...

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New rep resigns, saying she had to choose service or pension

A new Mississippi lawmaker is resigning because she says Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn is blocking her and other retired public employees from collecting state government pensions while serving in the House. Republican Rep. Ramona Blackledge of Laurel said Gunn’s interpretation of a state law creates an unfair financial burden. Her resignation takes effect Friday, less than a month after she and ...

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Powerball, Mega Millions tickets go on sale Thursday

People throughout Mississippi can try their luck at massive jackpot games like the Powerball and Mega Millions for the first time Thursday, starting at 3 a.m. That’s when those multi-state games go online at about 1,450 retailers throughout the state, allowing people 21 and older to play, The Commercial Dispatch reported. In 2018, state lawmakers authorized lottery sales to raise money primarily ...

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Mississippi teacher pay raise proposal is moving forward

A proposal to give most Mississippi teachers at least a $1,000 pay raise is starting to move forward at the state Capitol. The plan won approval Thursday in the Senate Education Committee. It will go to the Senate Appropriations Committee another day, and it must pass there before it can go to the full Senate. Senate Bill 2001 would give $1,000 ...

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Mississippi inmate dies after collapsing at regional prison

An autopsy will be done on an inmate who died after he became ill while talking to a relative on the telephone, the Mississippi Department of Corrections said. Limarion Reaves, 28, collapsed Tuesday at the Kemper-Neshoba Regional Correctional Facility in DeKalb. Warden Johnny Crockett said medical staff used CPR and a defibrillator until an ambulance arrived, the department said in ...

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