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Gulf Coast casino revenues get nice bump in June

9061448-small JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Gambling revenues tumbled in Mississippi's river region in the first month after Harrah's Tunica Hotel & Casino closed, but the overall downward trend didn't worsen much. Meanwhile, Gulf Coast casinos posted their best June in years, winning enough that overall state Read More...

Alberto Garcia charged in Gulfport slaying of 5-year-old Ja-Naya Thompson

alberto-garcia-3a8af097c35074ce GULFPORT, Mississippi (AP) -- A south Mississippi man was charged Wednesday with capital murder in the slaying and sexual assault of Ja-Naya Thompson, a 5-year-old girl who was taken from an apartment complex last week, police said. Alberto Julio Garcia, 29, of Gulfport, will be Read More...

Around Mississippi: Lafayette County repeals gun ban on armed civilians in courthouses

long-creek-reservoir-dc22259d7baba48cThe Associated Press Here are some news and notes around Mississippi this morning: -- In Oxford, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors has repealed a local ban on armed civilians in courthouses. Board Attorney David O'Donnell tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1wW5xFm ) the ordinance conflicted with Read More...

Sports

LeBron James humbled by fans in Hong Kong

460x (1) HONG KONG (AP) (AP) — LeBron James was honored by the appearance of hundreds of fans who clutched his jersey or held up life-size cutouts of his face at a store in Hong Kong on Wednesday. The mob chanted "LBJ" as he entered the store Read More...

Former MGCCC product John Jenkins placed on Saints' physically unable to perform list

15455874-mmmain METAIRIE, Mississippi (AP) -- New Orleans Saints nose tackle John Jenkins, a former star at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Georgia, has been placed on the physically unable to perform list to begin training camp. Jenkins missed the team's OTAs after having pectoral surgery, according Read More...

MACJC confirms changes for baseball schedule, playoffs in 2015 season

untitled2copiah_lincoln_comJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges is changing scheduling and playoff formats for the 2015 baseball season. The association says in a news release that each junior college team in the state will play each other once in the Read More...

Entertainment

Movie, TV legend James Garner dies at 86

james-garner-723816181e1cc421 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick" led to a stellar career in TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated "Murphy's Romance," has died, police said. He was 86. He was found Read More...

Officials break ground on $250 million Scarlet Pearl Casino in D'Iberville

15294116-mmmain D'IBERVILLE, Mississippi (AP) -- D'Iberville Mayor Quave says the tax revenues generated from a casino will allow the city to give raises to police, fire and city employees, as well as pay for much-needed sewer and drainage projects. Officials broke ground Tuesday for the $250 Read More...

Matt Stonie defeats hot dog champ Joey Chesnut with record 43 slugburgers at Corinth festival

joey-chestnut-matt-stonie-06be6b43c821f1aa CORINTH, Mississippi (AP) -- Professional gorger Matt Stonie gulped down a record 43 slugburgers Saturday -- one better than the nation's top-ranked food-gobbler Joey Chestnut -- to keep his Slugburger Festival title. The Daily Corinthian reports Stonie has now defeated Chestnut twice at the Corinth, Mississippi, Read More...

Business

Gulf Coast casino revenues get nice bump in June

9061448-small JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Gambling revenues tumbled in Mississippi's river region in the first month after Harrah's Tunica Hotel & Casino closed, but the overall downward trend didn't worsen much. Meanwhile, Gulf Coast casinos posted their best June in years, winning enough that overall state Read More...

Mississippi has nation's highest unemployment rate at 7.9 percent

14060431-smallJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi registered the worst jobless rate in the nation in June, as unemployment rose in the state while improving elsewhere. The jobless rate rose to 7.9 percent in June as the number of jobless Mississippians rose back above 100,000. A separate survey Read More...

Officials break ground on $250 million Scarlet Pearl Casino in D'Iberville

15294116-mmmain D'IBERVILLE, Mississippi (AP) -- D'Iberville Mayor Quave says the tax revenues generated from a casino will allow the city to give raises to police, fire and city employees, as well as pay for much-needed sewer and drainage projects. Officials broke ground Tuesday for the $250 Read More...

Health

Mississippi reports one new case of mosquito-borne chicungunya virus

14057228-small JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new human case of chikungunya (chih-kihn-GUHN'-yuh) virus. Health officials say in a news release the newest case occurred in a resident who recently returned from the Dominican Republic. This is the fourth human Read More...

Number of people with HIV unchanged since 2012

460x (1) By MARIA CHENG LONDON (AP) — The number of people living with HIV worldwide has remained virtually unchanged in the past two years and AIDS-related deaths are at their lowest since peaking almost a decade ago, according to a report from the United Nations AIDS agency Read More...

Mississippi girl hoped to have been cured of HIV has relapse

hannah-gay-e780e047fc1d0a67The Associated Press A Mississippi girl born with the AIDS virus and in remission for years despite stopping treatment now shows signs that she still harbors HIV -- and therefore is not cured. The news is a setback to hopes that very early treatment with powerful Read More...

Religion

Deadline missed, no life-at-conception measure on 2015 ballot

personhood-nowJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippians will not vote on a new ballot initiative that would declare life begins at conception. A spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office says the initiative's sponsors missed a Wednesday deadline to submit petitions to get the proposal on the Read More...

New York minister agrees to repay $1.2 million, including some misspent Hurricane Katrina relief fun...

carl-keyes-50d5eca5218d1fa7 NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City minister who was the subject of an Associated Press investigation about misspent 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina charity funds has agreed to repay $1.2 million that he took from his congregation to buy an 18th-century farmhouse on Read More...

Atheist group renews suit regarding school prayer in Rankin County schools

14886755-smallJACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A student supported by an atheist group says the Rankin County school district is still violating a ban on school prayer. The senior at Northwest Rankin High School, represented by the American Humanist Association, filed a contempt motion Wednesday in U.S. Read More...

Obituaries

Movie, TV legend James Garner dies at 86

james-garner-723816181e1cc421 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick" led to a stellar career in TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated "Murphy's Romance," has died, police said. He was 86. He was found Read More...

'Designing women' star Meshach Taylor dies at 67

meshach-taylor-e875906ceecca7a0 The Associated Press Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom "Designing Women" and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday. Taylor died Saturday at his home near Read More...

Casey Kasem, king of the Top 40 countdown, dead at 82

casey-kasem-531346980419ba86 LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Casey Kasem, the internationally famous radio broadcaster with the cheerful manner and gentle voice who became the king of the top 40 countdown with a syndicated show that ran for decades, died Sunday. He was 82. Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem's Read More...

Education

Mississippi school funding formula calls for $312 more in 2016 budget

nancy-loome-bca609a0c365c0c2 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi's public schools need an additional $312 million from lawmakers next year to fully fund the formula that determines how much money education is supposed to get, state education leaders said Wednesday. The state Board of Education approved a 2016 budget Read More...

Hearing delayed in state takeover of Greenwood school district

david-jordan-0c2bab7b4731beaa JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The Greenwood school district will get six more days to respond to a report by the Mississippi Department of Education that claims widespread violations of state standards occurred in the district. Mississippi's Commission on School Accreditation voted Tuesday to give Greenwood Read More...

Mississippi charter school board considers hiring executive director

3868393_GJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi's Charter School Authorizer Board could hire its first executive director next month after discussing applications in closed session Thursday. Board members say they received 38 applications from as far away as Hawaii, and voted to interview finalists at their August Read More...

Opinion

What is a slur? Redskins case forces us to evaluate what tips the scales

redskins-whats-a-slur-2ab252be0fc5350cThe Associated Press Something is happening just beneath the fight over the name of a certain Washington, D.C., pro football team: America is working through the process of determining what is -- or is not -- racially offensive. What is a slur, and who gets to Read More...

AP analysis: Hank Holmes oversaw release of Mississippi spy files

holmesjpg-984024ddfd70d65c JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Nearly two decades ago, Hank T. Holmes oversaw the release of records from the defunct Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, a segregationist agency that spied on civil rights workers. Holmes and his staff had to get the files -- boxes of reports and Read More...

AP analysis: Mississippi NAACP challenge to county elections ruled moot

Jim Hood JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- A U.S. Supreme Court decision that gives counties in the South the power to draw their own election boundaries without federal oversight has raised fears that local Mississippi officials will deliberately keep lines that make it harder to elect minority Read More...

The Buzz

Alberto Garcia charged in Gulfport slaying of 5-year-old Ja-Naya Thompson

alberto-garcia-3a8af097c35074ce GULFPORT, Mississippi (AP) -- A south Mississippi man was charged Wednesday with capital murder in the slaying and sexual assault of Ja-Naya Thompson, a 5-year-old girl who was taken from an apartment complex last week, police said. Alberto Julio Garcia, 29, of Gulfport, will be Read More...

Around Mississippi: Lafayette County repeals gun ban on armed civilians in courthouses

long-creek-reservoir-dc22259d7baba48cThe Associated Press Here are some news and notes around Mississippi this morning: -- In Oxford, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors has repealed a local ban on armed civilians in courthouses. Board Attorney David O'Donnell tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1wW5xFm ) the ordinance conflicted with Read More...

Bodies of Malaysia jet victims leave Ukraine

460xBy JONA KALLGREN KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine Wednesday, while British investigators began work on a pair of "black boxes" to retrieve data on the flight's Read More...