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GOP Governor Refuses to Concede in Kentucky

Democrat has lead of 5K votes

(Newser) - Democrat Andy Beshear claimed victory over incumbent Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin with a lead of a few thousand votes Tuesday night, although the Republican refused to concede. With 100% of precincts reporting, Beshear, the state's attorney general, has a lead of around 5,000 votes, but Bevin said there... More »

4 States Hold Elections Tuesday

Races seen as a test run for 2020

(Newser) - Gubernatorial and legislative elections in four states Tuesday will test voter enthusiasm and party organization amid impeachment proceedings against President Trump and a fevered Democratic presidential primary scramble. Results in Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia won't necessarily predict whether Trump will be reelected or which party will control... More »

Hundreds of Soldiers Jumped. Then Something Went Wrong

22 paratroopers injured at Camp Shelby, including some blown into trees

(Newser) - At least 22 soldiers have been injured as hundreds parachuted onto a Mississippi military base during a night training exercise, the AP reports. US Army spokesman John Pennell told WDAM that the paratroopers were among 650 soldiers jumping from C-130 planes Wednesday night. Some were blown off course from their... More »

Cops: 'Captain America' Tried His Hand at Burglary

The reason David Hobbs was busted in superhero garb? 'Unknown'

(Newser) - He's the superhero we didn't know we needed. OK, maybe we didn't even really need him, but here he is. The Smoking Gun introduces us to 36-year-old David Hobbs, who cops say was busted early Monday as he tried to break into a backyard shed in Clarksdale,... More »

She Gave Birth on 9/11. Then, the Doctor's 'Oh, My Goodness'

Newborn Christina Malone-Brown was born at 9:11pm weighing 9 pounds, 11 ounces

(Newser) - A Mississippi couple welcomed a 9-pound, 11-ounce baby into the world on 9/11, at 9:11pm, the AP reports. The Commercial Appeal reports Christina Malone-Brown was born by cesarean section at a hospital in Germantown, Tenn. Christina's father, Justin Brown, says bystanders joked his family should play the lottery.... More »

Venue Refused Interracial Wedding. Then the Owner Checked Her Bible

Mississippi event hall cited Christian beliefs before admitting error

(Newser) - A Mississippi wedding venue has done an about-face after refusing to rent to an interracial couple. "We don't do gay weddings or mixed race," a woman at Booneville's Boone's Camp Event Hall says, citing her Christian beliefs, in a video captured Saturday by the groom'... More »

10 Best, Worst States to Give Birth

Vermont comes out on top, Mississippi on bottom

(Newser) - Having a baby is a beautiful—and also expensive and possibly stressful—thing. WalletHub analyzed all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, on 30 factors related to cost (on average, the cost of a conventional delivery in the US is more than $10,000, but some states are pricier... More »

Report: Walmart Shooter Killed His Manager

Martez Tarrell Abram was suspended a day earlier

(Newser) - The man accused of killing two people and injuring a police officer at a Walmart in Mississippi on Tuesday is a longtime employee who was recently suspended, authorities say. Martez Tarrell Abram, 39, is facing two counts of murder over the shooting at the Southaven store, CNN reports. Employees say... More »

Cops: Disgruntled Employee Killed 2 Walmart Workers

Shooting took place Southaven, Mississippi

(Newser) - A gunman described as a disgruntled Walmart employee fatally shot two co-workers and wounded a police officer before he was shot and arrested Tuesday at a Walmart store in northern Mississippi, authorities said. Southaven Police Chief Macon Moore said the man, whom he did not name, shot a Southaven... More »

Emmett Till Sign Will No Longer Be the Same

It's being replaced with a 500-lb. bulletproof version

(Newser) - A civil rights landmark that got some disturbing press this week is being replaced—with a bulletproof version, NBC News reports. The memorial to Emmett Till, the Mississippi teen tortured and murdered in 1955, recently appeared in an Instagram photo with three white University of Mississippi students holding guns. Now... More »

'Offensive' Photo Taken at Emmett Till Site Surfaces

3 Ole Miss students held guns in front of bullet-riddled sign honoring slain civil-rights icon

(Newser) - Three University of Mississippi students have been suspended from their frat over a photo that shows them posing, two with guns, in front of a civil rights landmark honoring slain black teen Emmett Till . ProPublica and the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting report the suspension of Ben LeClere, John Lowe,... More »

Suspect in Murder of Ole Miss Student Found One State Over

Brandon Theesfeld, accused of killing Alexandria 'Ally' Kostial, was found at Memphis gas station

(Newser) - More details are trickling out on the 22-year-old man suspected of killing 21-year-old Ole Miss student Alexandria "Ally" Kostial . Tennessee police say Brandon Theesfeld, originally from Texas, was spotted and detained at a gas station in Memphis and was subsequently brought back to Mississippi, where he was arrested, charged... More »

Arrest Made in Ole Miss Student's Murder

Alexandria 'Ally' Kostial found Saturday north of Sardis Lake

(Newser) - A 22-year-old Texas man has been arrested in the death of a 21-year-old University of Mississippi student, whose body was found in a secluded area not far from campus. Lafayette County sheriff's deputies were on routine patrol Saturday morning when they discovered the body of Alexandria "Ally" Kostial... More »

Here's How Louisiana Is Doing

The tropical depression has brought a lot of rain

(Newser) - Tropical Depression Barry dumped rain as it slowly swept inland through Gulf Coast states Sunday, sparing New Orleans from a direct hit but stoking fears elsewhere of flooding, tornadoes, and prolonged power outages, the AP reports. Though the system was downgraded to a tropical depression Sunday afternoon and its winds... More »

Candidate: No Way Female Journalist Is Following Me

Robert Foster is following the 'Billy Graham Rule'

(Newser) - A Republican candidate for Mississippi governor says he would not let a woman journalist follow him while campaigning unless she was accompanied by a male colleague—and now he's trying to raise campaign money based on that because he says the "liberal media" are attacking him, the AP... More »

Student Debt Is the Worst in These 10 States

Going to school in South Dakota could leave you with a big tab by graduation

(Newser) - One of the "hot-button" issues in the upcoming presidential election is how students will pay for their education, WalletHub notes—and to put things in geographical context, it's analyzed the numbers to see which states have the most and least student debt. The site looked at a dozen... More »

She Went to Show Her Baby's Father the Sonogram. Now, a Body

Police in Holmes County, Miss., suspect foul play in death of 21-year-old Makayla Winston

(Newser) - What should've been a joyous holiday week for Makayla Winston's family, complete with a baby due July 4, is now one marked by grief. Police in Holmes County, Miss., say that the body of Winston, who was nine months pregnant, was found Monday just south of Lexington, CNN... More »

Supreme Court Weighs In on Unprecedented Murder Case

Justices toss latest conviction of Curtis Flowers, who's already had 6 murder trials for same crime

(Newser) - A white district attorney in Mississippi has tried black defendant Curtis Flowers no fewer than six times for the murder of four people in a furniture store in 1996. That amounts to a "prosecutorial pursuit that may be without parallel," per the Washington Post . Now, thanks to a... More »

This Is the Most Fun US State

California tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - You know the safest , least stressful , healthiest , greenest , and happiest places to live, but what about the most fun? To figure that out, WalletHub looked at 26 factors related to entertainment, nightlife, and recreation—things like restaurants, amusement parks, golf courses, theaters, arcades, music festivals, casinos, and marinas per capita;... More »

Here Are the States With the Best, Worst Economies

Washington state comes in at No. 1; Alaska is dead last

(Newser) - It takes a village—or, in the case of the US economy, each individual state doing its fair share. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states and DC to see how they all fared across more than two dozen metrics in three categories: economic activity (including startup presence and... More »

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