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5 Richest and Poorest States

Maryland is top, Mississippi is bottom

(Newser) - The median income in Maryland is a far cry from the median income in Mississippi, according to 24/7 Wall St . Its new ranking (based on this new 2015 Census Bureau data ) shows the richest and poorest states in the country, based on median household income in 2015. The top... More »

Police Chief Kills Himself Moments After Suspension

Bay St. Louis Mayor suggests Mike DeNardo would've been cleared

(Newser) - A Mississippi police chief under investigation for a "personnel" issue was suspended without pay around 3pm Thursday. Moments later, colleagues say Bay St. Louis' top cop walked into the police station parking lot and intentionally shot himself in the chest. Mike DeNardo, 63, was alert and talking while being... More »

Man Charged in Murder of Mississippi Nuns

Rodney Sanders faces 2 counts of capital murder

(Newser) - Authorities say they have charged a 46-year-old man in connection with the murder of two nuns who were found dead in their home in Mississippi on Thursday. Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said in a statement Friday night that Rodney Earl Sanders of Kosciusko has been charged... More »

2 Nuns Found Slain in Rural Mississippi Home

There were signs of a break-in, and their vehicle is missing

(Newser) - Two nuns who worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Mississippi were found slain in their home, officials said Thursday. There were signs of a break-in, and their vehicle was missing. It was too early to say how the nuns died, but it doesn't appear that they... More »

Cemetery Worker Finds Teen Missing Since 1973

The family of Joseph Spears finally has answers

(Newser) - After 43 years, a Mississippi mother finally knows what happened to her son thanks to the curiosity and diligence of a cemetery worker, the Sun Herald reports. Curious about an unidentified teen buried in a Galveston, Texas, cemetery after being hit by a car in August 1973, Chelsea Davidson started... More »

Mom Learns Dead Son's Heart Is Still in the Family

Adrian Murry says the news came as a 'gift'

(Newser) - "I just lost it," Adrian Murry says—not of the day she lost her son in a workplace accident, but of the day she found out his heart went to a family member. When 25-year-old Kendrick Murry died from a head injury in September 2015, his mother learned... More »

Lawmaker to Diabetic Girl's Mom: Pay for Your Own Meds

Miss. woman 'flabbergasted' by response

(Newser) - A mother of a diabetic girl in Mississippi asked a state lawmaker for help getting through Medicaid red tape and was stunned by his insulting response. "I am sorry for your problem. Have you thought about buying the supplies with money that you earn?" wrote Rep. Jeffrey Guice. Nicole... More »

Judge: Mississippi Clerks Can't Use Religion to Refuse Gay Marriage Licenses

Judge says Mississippi law creates inequality

(Newser) - Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, under a ruling a federal judge handed down Monday. The effect of the ruling by US District Judge Carlton Reeves is that the state can't enforce part of a religious objections... More »

All 'Mississippi Burning' Leads Exhausted

State AG closes case after 52 years

(Newser) - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood closed the book on one of the most explosive murder cases in American history Monday, saying all leads have been exhausted and there is "nothing else that can be done" in the 1964 "Mississippi Burning" killings. "The FBI, my office, and other... More »

In Order to Eat Her Placenta, She Had to Go to Court

Jordan Thiering 'grew my baby, grew my placenta,' but Mississippi has rules

(Newser) - There are the routine entries of the pregnancy to-do list: Buy and safely install the car seat. Set up the crib. Stock a drawer with tiny onesies. But on Jordan Thiering's list, this odd item: Go to court to secure her right to her placenta. The Mississippi woman had... More »

Mississippi Town Must Desegregate Schools

Current setup is 'vestige of discrimination': court desegregation order

(Newser) - A small town in Mississippi with a railroad track down the middle literally separating its white community from its black one has been mandated by a federal court to desegregate its schools, possibly ending a half-century battle over the issue, Reuters reports. Per an order handed down by the US... More »

He Took One Puff of Synthetic Pot. It Killed Him

8K poisonings reported in US in 2015

(Newser) - It may be called fake weed, but Spice differs from the real stuff in at least two notable ways: Customary urine drug tests can't detect it, which the Guardian reports is leading more Americans to turn to it for an "undetectable" high—and that high can kill. Some... More »

Student Dies Falling From School Jumbotron

Andrew Scott Demboski was only 21

(Newser) - Sad news from Mississippi State University: A 21-year-old junior died falling from the football stadium Jumbotron early Saturday morning, WTVA reports. Seems the student, Andrew Scott Demboski, climbed up on the scoreboard with two friends and fell roughly 18 feet from a metal awning, landing head-first on a platform and... More »

Frustrated Man Hosts Birthday Party for Neighborhood Pothole

'Happy birthday, Pothole!'

(Newser) - How long do you have to live with a pothole on your street before you start treating it like a member of the family? Apparently a year will do it. Mashable reports Eddie Prosser of Jackson, Mississippi, got so tired of the city ignoring his complaints about the pothole outside... More »

UK Warns Its LGBT Citizens About Trips to US

Advisory notes new anti-gay laws in NC, Miss.

(Newser) - The rest of the world is taking notice of recent laws passed in the US, specifically new anti-gay measures implemented in North Carolina and Mississippi . And in the UK, citizens are actually being warned to stay vigilant while traveling across the pond. Per the Independent , Britain's Foreign Office has... More »

Bryan Adams Nixes Miss. Show Over New Law

He won't play where 'certain people are being denied civil rights'

(Newser) - Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is canceling a performance this week in Mississippi, citing the state's new law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples, the AP reports. Adams said in a statement posted on Facebook Sunday night that he is canceling a... More »

Miss. Religious Freedom Bill Signed Into Law

Governor ignores opposition from LGBT advocates and state businesses

(Newser) - On Tuesday, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed HB1523, also known as the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act, into law, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports. In doing so, he made it legal for businesses in the state to refuse service "because of a religious opposition to same-sex marriage,... More »

Woman Sends Naked Selfie of Mayor to City's Aldermen

'It's hurtful'

(Newser) - A Mississippi city's aldermen now know a little bit more about their mayor than they probably wanted to. The Clarion-Ledger reports a woman who had been in a romantic relationship with Hernando mayor Chip Johnson sent a naked photo of him—a selfie that he had sent to her—... More »

Sit, Fido. Now Go Fetch a 1lb Bag of Pot

Dog's owner initially thought the bag was filled with garbage

(Newser) - Jezebel files this story under "Good Dogs," but that probably depends on your affinity for weed. A dog in Jones County, Miss., went out for a stroll Saturday, and when it came back home, it brought its owner a present. Not a bone or a ball, per... More »

Parents May Get 'Unsatisfactory' Grade in One State

Gregory Holloway pushes for change in Mississippi

(Newser) - Parents in Mississippi, take note: The state House has passed a bill requiring some teachers to grade parents' involvement in their child's education, KSN-TV reports. Gregory Holloway, a Democrat, says he proposed the Parental Involvement and Accountability Act to improve kids' chances of doing well in school. "What... More »

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