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Lawsuit says Mississippi prisons are ‘plagued by violence’

More than two dozen Mississippi inmates sued the state Tuesday, saying understaffed prisons are “plagued by violence” and inmates are forced to live in decrepit and dangerous conditions. The federal lawsuit follows an outbreak of violence that killed five inmates and left an undisclosed number of others injured between Dec. 29 and Jan. 3. The suit was filed the same ...

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Missionary priests help Hispanics in Mississippi Delta

Catholic priests known as Redemptorists have spent five years expanding outreach to the Hispanic community in the Mississippi Delta. The missionary priests are moving away for other assignments, the Greenwood Commonwealth reported. “I think we made great strides,” said the Rev. Scott Katzenberger, leader of the group, which now consists of two others, the Rev. Mike McAndrew and the Rev. Kevin Zubel. ...

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Delta farmers would benefit having sustainable agriculture

By NASH NUNNERY The bumper sticker on Daniel Doyle’s vehicle perfectly defines his philosophy on sustainable agriculture. “Think before you eat,” it reads. Doyle, a current board member and former director of the non-profit Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network, is a passionate advocate for the organic farming movement.  A Massachusetts native who attended graduate school at the University of Mississippi, Doyle ...

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GOOD TOWNS — Clarksdale, Mississippi

Home of the Delta Blues, this crossroad of cultures gave birth to a uniquely American sound By DOUG SEGREST » Spotlighting special towns across Mississippi, Good Towns, presented by Regions Bank, is about the character, the history, the people and the unique things that make a town a special place. The intersection of Highways 61 and 49 is where Robert ...

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Aussie agri company opens plant in Greenville, will hire 68

Crop protection company Nufarm celebrated the grand opening of the company’s operations in Greenville. The project is a $20 million investment and will create 68 jobs.  “As a predominantly agricultural state, the Nufarm team could not have chosen a better location for its new operations,” Gov. Phil Bryant said in a release. “I know the skilled workforce found in Greenville ...

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Mississippi board OKs 1 new charter school to open in 2020

A state board in Mississippi has approved a new charter school to open next year in the Delta city of Greenwood. Leflore Legacy Academy is scheduled to open for the 2020-21 school year. For the first year, the school will only have sixth grade. Plans call for later expansion to grades six through eight. Charter schools receive tax money but ...

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Garth Brooks to visit with Mississippi school children

Country music artist Garth Brooks is planning to speak to school children in Mississippi. The Clarion Ledger reports that Brooks will discuss the “The Power of Songwriting” at the Grammy Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi, on Sept. 24. The event is part of the museum’s “Backstage Pass” series. It will involve more than 140 local students who will hear Brooks speak, ...

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In Mississippi Delta, Catholic abuse cases settled on cheap (with video)

GREENWOOD — The IHOP in Southhaven, Mississippi, was an unlikely place to settle a sex abuse claim against the Catholic Church. But in January a white official from the Franciscan religious order slid into a booth across from a 35-year-old black man and offered to pay him $15,000 to keep years of alleged abuse by another Franciscan secret. The Rev. ...

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Mississippi man gets 110 years in U-Haul robbery, stabbing

A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for robbing a U-Haul store and attempting to kill two women inside of it. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports 32-year-old Corey Taylor also was sentenced this month to an additional 10 years in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon. Court documents say Taylor and codefendant ...

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Life Help building manager loves her work, helps others

GREENWOOD — Janity Callicut says she knew little about mental illness when she became an apartment manager for Life Help six years ago, but the job has worked out well for her. She oversees a total of 20 units, including East Haven Apartments, Denton Center and some townhouses on U.S. 82. She deals with residents who have mild to moderate ...

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