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2 More Inmates Die in Violence-Plagued Mississippi Prison

That brings total number killed since Dec. 29 to 5 at this prison, 7 total

(Newser) - Two inmates were beaten to death in a fight with other inmates in an understaffed Mississippi prison that has been shaken by other deadly violence in recent weeks, a coroner said. The state Department of Corrections on Tuesday confirmed the men died at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman and said... More »

The 10 Most, Least Educated US States

Massachusetts comes in at No. 1, Mississippi is last

(Newser) - Looking to surround yourself with brainiacs? Some states have more of an emphasis on education than others, and WalletHub looked at the data to see which ones graduate at the top of the class. The site analyzed all 50 states in terms of educational attainment (meaning such factors as the... More »

Guy Asks Jail Guard to Charge His Phone, Gets 12 Years

Willie Nash calls the sentence 'grossly disproportionate to the crime'

(Newser) - A man arrested on a misdemeanor charge in Mississippi has been sentenced to 12 years for carrying a cellphone in jail, NBC News reports. Willie Nash was found guilty of carrying the contraband in August 2018, and didn't appeal the verdict, but called the sentence "grossly disproportionate to... More »

Rappers Take Action After 5 Die in Mississippi Prisons

Jay-Z and Yo Gotti are suing on behalf of 29 inmates

(Newser) - Five inmates have died in Mississippi's prisons since Dec. 29, and now two rappers are suing the state over the deaths. Specifically, Jay-Z and Yo Gotti filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of 29 of the state's inmates, who say correctional officials aren't doing enough to... More »

Mississippi System Likened to Modern Debtors' Prison

Marshall Project takes a critical look at state's court-ordered restitution program

(Newser) - Debtors' prison may sound like a concept from another century. But the Marshall Project asserts that Mississippi is running a court-ordered restitution program that is essentially the same thing. The investigation found that judges sentence hundreds of people a year to one of four "restitution centers" around the state.... More »

9 Dead Amid Severe US Storms

Louisiana takes the brunt of it so far

(Newser) - Severe storms sweeping across parts of the US South were blamed Saturday in the deaths of at least nine people, including two first responders, as high winds, tornadoes, and unrelenting rain battered a large area of the region, the AP reports. Storm-related fatalities were reported in icy weather in Texas,... More »

The 'Happiest Day of Her Life' Might Also Be the Worst

Mississippi woman loses unborn child in crash following baby shower

(Newser) - The day had been about celebrating Mashayla Harper and the unborn child she was expected to deliver within weeks. But that expectation was dashed by the day's end. Harper was driving home from her Mississippi baby shower around 6pm Saturday when she was struck head-on by a hit-and-run driver,... More »

Alleged Lottery Scam Involves Paper and Glue

Odis Latham, 47, and Russell Sparks, 48, were arrested Monday in Mississippi

(Newser) - Authorities in Mississippi say two men attempted to scam the state lottery commission by submitting a losing ticket that had the winning numbers glued onto it, the AP reports. Odis Latham, 47, and Russell Sparks, 48, were arrested Monday and charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and uttering a... More »

2 Inmates Go Missing From Troubled Miss. Prison

1 is back in custody

(Newser) - One of two prisoners believed to have escaped from one of several Mississippi prisons recently rocked by violence is back in custody, authorities said early Sunday. The Mississippi Department of Corrections tweeted just before 3:30am that David May was in custody. Gov. Phil Bryant on Saturday said via Twitter... More »

Amid 'Trying Times,' a New Problem for Prison Officials

After 5 inmate deaths since Sunday in Mississippi, 2 more inmates have now gone missing

(Newser) - A search is underway for two inmates who are missing from a state penitentiary, officials in Mississippi said Saturday. The Department of Corrections said in a Facebook post that David May, 42, and Dillion Williams, 27, were discovered missing from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman during an emergency count... More »

Man Who Has Had 6 Murder Trials Released on Bail

Curtis Flowers has been behind bars for 22 years

(Newser) - A Mississippi man whose murder conviction was overturned by the US Supreme Court for racial bias was granted his freedom for the first time in 22 years Monday while prosecutors decide whether to retry him for a seventh time. A judge set a bond of $250,000 for Curtis Flowers,... More »

State Abortion Ban Runs Into Federal Court

Mississippi had banned abortions at 15 weeks

(Newser) - A federal appeals court declared Friday that Mississippi's ban on abortion at 15 weeks is unconstitutional, dealing a blow to those seeking to overturn the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, the AP reports. The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals said US District Judge Carlton Reeves... More »

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 »

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