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Bitter GOP senate primary in Mississippi officially heads to runoff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Thad Cochran and Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel on Wednesday formally headed to a Republican Senate primary runoff in Mississippi, launching what is expected to be an expensive and bitter three-week campaign sprint. With all precincts counted in Tuesday’s primary, both candidates fell just short of…

Mississippi woman facing lethal injection Thursday despite son’s murder confession

The state of Mississippi is slated to execute a 57-year-old woman on Thursday for the murder of her husband despite her son’s written confession which was never presented to the jury. Michelle Byrom would become the first woman executed in the state since 1944, according to the Clarion Ledger. In…

Southern U.S. welcomes hairy ‘crazy ant’ invasion in Florida, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana

Hairy crazy ants are on the move in Florida, Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The flea-sized critters are called crazy because each ant in the horde seems to scramble randomly, moving so fast that videos look as if they’re on fast-forward. (Joe MacGown/Mississippi State…  …

U.S. officials claim errors in case of death row prisoner Willie Manning

Justice Department suggests evidence used to help convict Manning was flawed as officials reportedly agree to further tests The fate of a death row prisoner in Mississippi remains in the balance just days ahead of Tuesday’s planned execution, following the intervention of federal officials who claim that forensic evidence used…

Is Massachusetts more racist than Mississippi, as Chief Justice John Roberts hints?

Massachusetts officials came out swinging this week after Chief Justice John Roberts argued in a hearing on the constitutionality of a part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that Mississippi may be more sensitive to black voting rights than Massachusetts. That’s important because Mississippi, often…  …

Three-mile oil sheen follows barge crash on Mississippi river

An oil sheen was spotted up to three miles away after two barges smashed into a bridge near Vicksburg, Mississippi on Sunday, the Coast Guard said in an advisory. The Old Vicksburg Bridge was not significantly damaged, but officials said that one of the barges carrying up to 80,000 gallons…

Mississippi’s only abortion clinic faces closure in six weeks due to new state law

Jackson clinic told it could be shut down in six weeks because it has failed to comply with controversial state legislation Mississippi’s only remaining abortion clinic, which won an eleventh-hour temporary reprieve from closure last summer, has been told it could be shut down in six weeks after it was…

Newly-Passed Abortion Clinic Bill Puts Mississippi’s Sole Abortion Provider in Danger

Women in Mississippi may not have access to any in-state abortion clinics once Governor Phil Bryant signs into law HB 1390. The bill requires that all physicians who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a local hospital, and be board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.  While this seems like a…

Mississippi Supreme Court asked to reconsider pardons of more than 200 convicted criminals

Mississippi’s state supreme court has been asked to rethink its decision to uphold the pardoning of more than 200 convicted criminals, including murders and rapists, by a former governor. In a motion for reconsideration filed in the state capital Jackson, state attorney general Jim Hood said granting a pardon implicated…

Romney woos Southerners: I had some ‘cheesy grits’ at the Hilton, y’all

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday appealed to Southern voters by proclaiming his love for grits. At an event in Pascagoula, Mississippi, the former Massachusetts governor declared that “strange things are happening to me” during his trip to Dixie. “I am learning to say y’all, and I like grits…

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