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3 Teens Arrested in Killing of Boy, 6

All 3 will face capital murder charge

(Newser) - Three teenagers have been arrested in the horrific slaying of a 6-year-old boy in Mississippi, and prosecutors say they plan to charge all three as adults with capital murder. Authorities say Dwan Wakefield, D'Allen Washington, and Byron McBride, all in their late teens, were taken into custody Thursday and... More »

Snoop Dogg Plans 'Snoop Fest' in Dad's Hometown

Mississippi music festival might happen this year

(Newser) - Rapper Snoop Dogg says he wants to create a music festival in his father's hometown so he can perform in Mississippi, the AP reports. "We always stop in New Orleans but we never book a show here. We might as well do it ourselves because my booking agent... More »

Funeral Home Refused to Cremate Gay Man: Lawsuit

Mississippi funeral home allegedly said it doesn't 'deal with their kind'

(Newser) - A Mississippi funeral home went back on an agreement to cremate an 86-year-old man after he died and paperwork showed he was gay, according to a lawsuit in state court. Picayune Funeral Home had told a nephew that Robert Huskey's body would be picked up and cremated for $1,... More »

7 States With Most Unsheltered Homeless

California has double the national average

(Newser) - An estimated 31% of the 549,928 homeless people in the US last year were living without a roof over their heads, meaning they did not stay in shelters or other housing programs, reports 24/7 Wall St . But the percentage in California, home to 21% of all homeless people in... More »

Woman Flees Miss. to Get Divorce She's Sought Since '01

Getting a divorce in Mississippi requires consent of both spouses

(Newser) - A divorce is a hard and pricey thing to get in Mississippi, though that doesn't necessarily stop people—one recent study found that the state's divorce rate is seventh highest in the country. What sets it—and South Dakota—apart from the rest of the country is that... More »

Tornado Rips Through Mississippi, Killing 4

Mayor of Hattiesburg warns of 'significant injuries'

(Newser) - Four people were killed and scores of homes were flattened early Saturday when a tornado ripped through the Hattiesburg area, officials in Mississippi said. The city of Hattiesburg said via its Twitter account that four people had died after the twister blew through the city and surrounding area. The AP... More »

Storms Kill 4 in Alabama, Wreak Havoc Across South

Tree fell on family's mobile home

(Newser) - A powerful storm system that moved across the South on Monday killed four people in Alabama and left a trail of damage over several states, officials say. The line of severe thunderstorms spawned several possible tornadoes, and the threat continued into early Tuesday for southern Alabama, southwest Georgia, and the... More »

Elderly Wood Seller Loses Wife, Gains Thousands of Supporters

Kenneth Smith sells wood on side of road to pay off wife's medical bills

(Newser) - "It makes me think that we live in a good country," Kenneth Smith tells WLOX . The 80-year-old Mississippi man has been selling wood on the side of the road since last year, first with his wife, Helen, by his side, then—after Helen's death from lung cancer... More »

Fire Chief: 'Vote Trump' Church Blaze Was Arson

Historically black Miss. church was 80% destroyed

(Newser) - Somebody set a fire that heavily damaged an African-American church that was also spray-painted with the phrase "Vote Trump," and an $11,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of whoever did it, a Mississippi fire chief says. The FBI has opened a civil... More »

2 Kids, 1 Adult Die in Halloween Hayride Tragedy

Trailer was rear-ended on Miss. highway

(Newser) - A vehicle struck a hay-lined flatbed trailer carrying adults and children who were dressed up for Halloween, killing three people and injuring several others in a small Mississippi town, authorities say. Two children and one adult—all related to each other—were killed in the crash, Newton County Coroner Danny... More »

Emmett Till Memorial Sign Marred by 'So Much Hatred'

But fundraiser hits goal to replace Mississippi marker riddled by bullets

(Newser) - A bullet-riddled sign marking the spot where the tortured and mutilated body of 14-year-old Emmett Till was found in Mississippi's Tallahatchie River 61 years ago will be replaced thanks to the generosity of donors. An Emmett Till Interpretive Center fundraising challenge surpassed its $15,000 goal Sunday evening, the... More »

Miss. County Bans Clown Costumes for Halloween

Under punishment of a $150 fine.

(Newser) - A Mississippi county has had enough of the creepy clown craze, at least until after Halloween, the AP reports. Kemper County supervisors this week banned people from wearing any clown costume, mask, or makeup in public. The local law carries a $150 penalty, and it will be lifted Nov. 1.... More »

The 7 Worst US States for Women

Mississippi tops the list

(Newser) - Help a girl out, Mississippi. The state is the worst in the country for women, according to 24/7 Wall St. , based on economy, leadership, and health. Researchers specifically looked at things like women's earnings compared to men, the percent of women in management positions and government, and female life... More »

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 »

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