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Mississippi airman drowns onboard Caribbean cruise ship

An Air Force major has drowned while on a cruise in the Caribbean. The Broward County, Florida, medical examiner’s office says 37-year-old Stephen Osakue drowned Friday on board a Caribbean Princess ship. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports ship personnel were unable to revive him. Cruise line spokesman Nagin Kamali said the death appears to be an accident. Osakue was ...

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2 Mississippi judges recuse themselves from Siemens case

Two judges have recused themselves from hearing the city of Jackson’s lawsuit against the Siemens company over a multimillion-dollar contract. WAPT-TV says Judge Tomie Green cited prior official and governmental relationships with both plaintiffs and defendants. Judge Adrienne Wooten was assigned the case next and issued her recusal three days later, citing prior information and knowledge about the case. Siemens ...

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More than 20 Mississippi students hospitalized in bus crash

A bus fell onto its side on a busy Mississippi highway Monday, causing more than 20 high school students to be hospitalized. One student was airlifted to a hospital with severe injuries, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Ronnie Shive told The Greenwood Commonwealth . Shive said 20 others who were hospitalized had bruises and abrasions. The bus was carrying 40 ...

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Former deputy accused of sexually abusing female inmate

A former deputy sheriff has been indicted on charges that he sexually abused a female Mississippi inmate four times in 2016. Charles Johnson, a 43-year-old Magee man, was indicted last week in federal court on four counts of depriving someone of their civil rights. The indictment says Johnson, then a Smith County deputy, abused the same woman four times from ...

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Mississippi steady in annual child well-being ranking

An annual report again rates Mississippi as 48th in child well-being. The survey found little change from last year, although Mississippi has shown improvements over the last decade, with fewer children in poverty, more high school students graduating on time and fewer teen births. The Kids Count analysis released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation focuses on economic, education, ...

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Taggart releases latest ad in run for Attorney General

  In the latest ad promoting his run for Attorney General, Andy Taggart talks about moving forward together as a state rather than looking backward and living in the past. — MBJ Staff

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Beyond rivers, Midwestern floodwaters hurt seafood catches

Floodwaters carried down from the Midwest are killing oysters and driving crabs, shrimp and finfish out of Louisiana and Mississippi bays and marshes to saltier waters. So it’s a bad year for many people who make their living from the water. Brad Robin says his family controls about 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) of oyster leases in Louisiana. He says that ...

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Panel: 90% of US sport bets could be online in 5 to 10 years

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. • Some gambling and technology executives say 90% of sports betting in the United States will be done over mobile phones or the internet in the next five to 10 years. Speaking this week at the East Coast Gaming Congress in Atlantic City, the leaders say rapid advances in technology are pushing sports betting further online. Since ...

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Should the person who wins the popular vote be governor? We asked top Democratic and Republican candidates

By BOBBY HARRISON / Mississippi Today Mississippi has its own unique electoral system that like the federal Electoral College for president could prevent the person with the most votes – even a majority of the vote – from being elected to  office. Under the federal system, each state is awarded the number of electoral votes totaling its two senators and ...

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Firefighters receive oxygen masks to help rescued animals

Some emergency responders in Mississippi are receiving oxygen masks to help animals that are rescued from fires. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that donors gave $800. That was enough to buy 18 masks — one for each of the fire stations in Tupelo and Lee County. The masks work on animals the same way they do on humans. The conical mask ...

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