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Twitter erupts after Ole Miss basketball players kneel during National Anthem | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 23, 2019
Kneeling was seemingly a counter-protest to the pro-Confederate rally being held at Ole Miss at the same time.         
Confederate 'monuments are for closure,' protestors declare at Ole Miss rally | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 23, 2019
Approximately 100 protestors congregated on The Square in Oxford before marching to the University of Mississippi campus.         
Scenes from pro-Confederate rally:  Group marches to Confederate memorial at Ole Miss | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 23, 2019
The march started on the Square in Oxford as counter-protestors gathered.         
Confederate protesters sing
Clarion Ledger | February 23, 2019
Pro-Confederate protesters sing Dixie in front of a Confederate monument in downtown Oxford on The Square.         
Clarion Ledger | February 23, 2019
Two Pro-Confederate groups organized a rally in Oxford that started at The Square before marching to the University of Mississippi.         
ATV theft may have led to fatal shooting of pawn shop owner, witnesses say | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 23, 2019
There are conflicting accounts in Jackson's latest fatal shooting.         
Godbolt, accused of killing 8 in Brookhaven shooting spree, now has trial date set | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 23, 2019
Jurors from north Mississippi will be brought south to Lincoln County for trial. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.         
JPD investigating the shooting death of a pawn shop manager | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 23, 2019
Charles Ponthieux was the manager of Top Dollar Pawn on North West Street.         
Embattled DA Robert Shuler Smith running for governor | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 23, 2019
DA Smith faces AG Hood, who has unsuccessfully tried to prosecute him three times, in gubernatorial primary.         
Report: Northwest Rankin High School on lockdown because of unauthorized visitor | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 22, 2019
Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey told the station his agency is assisting the Flowood Police Department with the response.         
Interracial dating on the rise in the U.S. according to Census. What about Mississippi? | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 22, 2019
In Mississippi, two counties—Montgomery County and Stone County—saw a 4 percent or more increase in interracial dating between 2000 to 2016         
Breaking a record by breaking out? Escapees first to get out of new Forrest County Jail | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 22, 2019
Two men who escaped from Forrest County Jail on Feb. 15 were the first to break out of the nearly 7-year-old facility.         
Mississippi flooding and severe weather: What we know | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 22, 2019
Heavy rain in the Mississippi Friday added to an already waterlogged state. Major flooding across the Delta region led to road closures and water rescues.         
'Somebody is going to die': Mississippi dental board to overhaul anesthesia regulations | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 22, 2019
The move come after concerns over whether the state's current anesthesia safeguards are adequate, and whether they could lead to a death.         
Interracial couple: What you're saying about a Mississippi mother's Facebook post | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 22, 2019
A Mississippi mom stood up for her daughter in response to surprise that her daughter was in an interracial relationship.         
Live coverage: Flash flooding in north Mississippi | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 22, 2019
Heavy rain in north Mississippi has caused a flash flood emergency for parts of Grenada, according to the National Weather Service.         
Capitol Alert: Maybe no public employee pay raise after all, a Bryant endorsement | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 22, 2019
In this week's politics newsletter, we look at a public employee pay raise, and the real-world impacts of the state's education woes.         
Mississippi death row inmate's crime to be featured on Investigation Discover Channel | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 22, 2019
The episode will be aired at 10 p.m. on Saturday, according to Investigation Discover Channel's website.         
Man found dead in burning house Friday, JFD says | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 22, 2019
A man was found dead in a burning house in north Jackson Friday morning.         
Jackson Weather Forecast, Friday, Feb. 22 | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 22, 2019
Jackson Weather Forecast, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019         
Pearl girls winning even with coach overseas | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 22, 2019
Lacey Kennedy isn’t different from most head basketball coaches. She still chastises her team for not playing with its best effort in every second of every game. And she still watches film after the Pearl girls’ basketball games. The only difference is, for much of this season, she&rsquo...
Health inspector accused of taking bribes from restaurants, altering reports | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 22, 2019
Former state health inspector Willie Anderson allegedly accepted cash bribes from employees and owners of restaurants in Holmes County.         
No, your Social Security number can't be suspended | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 22, 2019
Scam leads people to believe government agency is calling. The scam artists asks the person to make a phone call to reactive SSN.         
Will teacher pay gap between Miss., Southeast widen as other states raise pay? | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 22, 2019
Texas Senate leaders wants to give teachers a $5,000 pay raise--five times the amount of what's on the table in Mississippi.         
Separate and unequal: For centuries, Mississippi has left its public schools in the hole | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 22, 2019
Throughout its history, Mississippi policymakers have fought against the education of those who didn’t belong to their “club.”         
What we know about Saturday's Confederate, pro Rebel flag rally in Oxford | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 21, 2019
Two political groups will be marching in defense of Confederate monuments and iconography in Oxford Saturday. Here's what we know about the rally:         
Jessica Chambers murder suspect, Quinton Tellis, charged with Louisiana woman's murder | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 21, 2019
Quinton Tellis was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center Tuesday on one count of first degree murder.         
Life expectancy in the US: Where does Mississippi rank? | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 21, 2019
Life expectancy in some states increased by just three years since 1980, and by as much as nine years in others.         
What is the 'zombie deer virus'? 10 things to know about CWD | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 21, 2019
More deer hunters are talking about chronic wasting disease. Here are 10 things you should know about CWD, also called the "zombie deer virus."         
Mississippi man pleads for help in finding his 2 children kidnapped by ex-wife in Denmark | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 21, 2019
“I don't know when I will be able to see my children again. I don't know where they are or if they're OK,” says Bart Critser, who was awarded custody.         
Clarion Ledger | February 21, 2019
Marshall Ramsey Cartoons on Education         
Allen West, anti-big government group speak at Mississippi Capitol | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 21, 2019
Lt. Col. Allen West, a fiery one-term U.S. Representative from Florida, also spoke at the event.         
Lt. Col. Allen West speaks at Mississippi Capitol | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 21, 2019
The former U.S. Congressman spoke on behalf of an anti-big government group called the Convention of States.         
Man found shot to death inside Jackson apartment | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 21, 2019
Police are searching for a suspect and a motive in the latest shooting death in Jackson.         
Jackson Weather Forecast, Thursday, Feb. 21 | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 21, 2019
Jackson Weather Forecast, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019         
Family says 31-year-old man died after police assault. JPD, FBI investigating | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 21, 2019
The Jackson Police Dept. Internal Affairs division is investigating the case as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.         
Thrift store used to raise money for animal shelter burglarized in Hattiesburg | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 21, 2019
A woman is seen on surveillance video taking items from a display case at Southern Pines Animal Shelter's Second Chance Thrift Store in Hattiesburg.         
Caerus Mardi Gras Parade set to roll Saturday morning in Hattiesburg | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 21, 2019
The seventh annual Caerus Mardi Gras Parade will roll at 11 a.m. Saturday near the Southern Miss campus in Hattiesburg.         
They were in love. Louisiana doctor, fiancee among victims killed in Clinton standoff | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 21, 2019
The 28-year-old did his residency in Louisiana. On his days off, he worked in a nail salon with his fiancee. He wanted to be with her. Both were killed.         
Mississippi's history of underfunding public schools | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 21, 2019
Mississippi policymakers have long balked at fully funding public education for all students.         
She teaches 4th grade at an 'F' school in a poor Mississippi town. Here's why she stays. | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 21, 2019
Kristy Thomas teaches fourth grade in an "F" school in Lexington, Mississippi. But she said that letter doesn't mean anything.         
Financial support for public schools — and population — are shrinking in MS. Is there an easy fix? | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 21, 2019
The $2.3B shortfall occurring over the past decade has left Mississippi outspent by much of the country and outpaced by inflation.         
Is your child safe at the dentist? Doctors say more anesthesia regulations needed | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 21, 2019
Dentists and anesthesiologists are raising concerns about the state's oversight of anesthesia in dental offices, especially involving children.         
Why does this teacher stay? She wants to combat the stigma. | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 21, 2019
Lexington fourth-grade teacher Kristy Thomas has always been passionate about teaching. Here's why.         
Severe weather in Mississippi Wednesday | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 20, 2019
A storm system moving through Mississippi is bringing a few possible impacts through Wednesday afternoon.         
Mississippi civil rights pioneer Dr. James Anderson dies | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 20, 2019
Dr. James Anderson helped establish the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center, where he was chief executive.         
Off-duty Memphis officer stabbed, 1 person dead after road rage incident in Mississippi | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 20, 2019
An off-duty Memphis police officer shot and killed a person in Horn Lake after he was stabbed, police say.         
Stokes: Sue state to stop police chases in Jackson rather than throw rocks, bricks at cops | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 20, 2019
"...the only thing that can save us from this situation, besides the rocks, bricks and bottles, is the court system," Councilman Kenneth Stokes said.         
Ridgeland Party City murder suspect released from jail after 2 mistrials | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 20, 2019
Joshua Archie has twice been tried for the 2012 death of 68-year-old Robert Adams.         
#MSLeg: Lawmakers plan to borrow $182 million for universities, projects | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 20, 2019
House committee passes a $182 million bond bill with $85 million of it earmarked for universities and colleges.         
#MSLeg budget leader: No money for state employee raise | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 20, 2019
The executive director of the State Personnel Board said in January that employee turnover in Mississippi is at a "crisis."         
Jackson Weather Forecast, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 20, 2019
Jackson Weather Forecast, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019         
Mississippi men sentenced to prison in odometer fraud case | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 20, 2019
Federal officials say the men bought more than 200 vehicles, altering odometers to show lower mileage and then reselling vehicles at higher prices.         
Do you have this car insurance? If so, your rates are going down | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 20, 2019
According to Mike Chaney's office, some consumers have already seen a rate decrease.         
New breakthrough means what we know about CWD may have totally changed | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 20, 2019
Research indicates bacteria may be cause of chronic wasting disease         
Hope Thomley pleads guilty to role in $200M fraud involving TRICARE, other providers | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 20, 2019
Hope Thomley, one of 12 accused in the the $400 million compound pharmacy scheme, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to two counts conspiracy.         
Gov. Phil Bryant endorses Tate Reeves for governor despite contested Republican primary | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 20, 2019
Endorsement comes after news of former Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. entering GOP gubernatorial primary.         
Not just politicians' problem: Blatant racism found in yearbooks across Mississippi | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 20, 2019
Journalists from the USA Today Network reviewed hundreds of yearbooks from across the country, including Mississippi.         
Why this mom is traveling from Illinois to Madison to see a Madison fertility doctor | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 20, 2019
"I think it says a lot about Dr. Parry that I live 50 miles from the third largest city in the US and I would rather do this with him."         
Alabama newspaper editor calls for Klan return to 'night ride again' and 'clean out D.C.' | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 19, 2019
Goodloe Sutton, the longtime editor of the Democrat-Reporter newspaper, called for lynchings in a phone call with the Montgomery Advertiser.         
Clarion Ledger | February 19, 2019
A memorial, a child's shoe, a bicycle and crime scene tape. These are scenes from the home where four people were killed in a deadly standoff.         
They love the Rebel flag and are protesting at Ole Miss. Who is Confederate 901? | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 19, 2019
Confederate 901, Hiwaymen are set rally in Oxford, protesting Ole Miss' decision to remove Colonel Reb as mascot and to support Confederate monuments.         
Former longtime Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree running for Mississippi secretary of state | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 19, 2019
Democrat DuPree in 2011 was first African-American nominee of a major Mississippi political party since Reconstruction.         
Madison County inmate was 'murdered' by jail guards, attorneys say. His family wants answers. | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 19, 2019
Attorneys representing Harvey Hill's family announced Tuesday they are suing the county, the sheriff and others they believe should be held responsible.         
'I have a knife at your neck.' Elizabeth Smart recounts her kidnapping in Hattiesburg | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 19, 2019
Child abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart delivers a message of hope and healing to Pine Grove audience.         
Clarion Ledger | February 19, 2019
Attorneys representing Harvey Hill's family announced, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, they are suing Madison county, the sheriff and others they believe should be held responsible for the death of Mr. Hill while in their custody in May of 2018.         
Pro-Confederate groups, fed up with 'political correctness BS,' to rally at Ole Miss | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 19, 2019
Ole Miss police chief Ray Hawkins advised people to avoid areas of campus where supporters and opponents of Confederate symbols are expected to gather.         
Clarion Ledger | February 19, 2019
The Clarion Ledger and the USA Today Network reviewed yearbooks from across the state of Mississippi.         
Oregon musician who bought legal pot re-sentenced in Madison County | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 19, 2019
Man who bought legal marijuana in Oregon had faced up to 40 years in Mississippi prison.         
How Donald Trump inspired this student-driven library display at Southern Miss | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 19, 2019
Southern Miss students come up with unusual topics for library displays - inspired by odd moments - like Donald Trump dropping his umbrella.         
'Body after body.' For 12 hours, neighbors watched deadly standoff involving nail salon owner | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 19, 2019
"You see them coming out with body, after body, after body," said a neighbor who saw Nam Le get shot. "....I have my Bible and I pray."         
Newspaper editor who called for return of KKK, lynching removed from USM Hall of Fame | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 19, 2019
Goodloe Sutton of the Democrat-Reporter said Monday he authored the Feb. 14 editorial.         
Woman travels from Ill. for Madison fertility doctor | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 19, 2019
Trisha and Brett Gibson tried for years to have a baby. A Madison-based fertility doctor helped them get pregnant, and the Gibsons are now proud parents of a two-year-old boy and ready for baby No. 2.         
'Extremely violent man:' Aurora plant shooter served prison time in Mississippi | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 18, 2019
Records stemming from Gary Martin's 1995 conviction in Mississippi show extremely violent man who abused a former girlfriend.         
Clarion Ledger | February 18, 2019
Photos from the Jessica Chambers burning death case         
Police ID man shot to death in Jackson. Who is his killer? | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 18, 2019
Mario Nichols, 44, was shot and killed last week on Hancock Street in Jackson         
Aurora shooting victim Josh Pinkard texted love to his wife as he lay dying | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 18, 2019
One of the victims of a gunman's rampage in Illinois texted love to his wife as he lay dying: "I received a text at 1:24 from my precious husband."         
Man shot by officers during standoff, shootout in Pelahatchie, video shows | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 18, 2019
Officers negotiated with the man for more than an hour, trying to get him to leave the house, authorities said.         
#MSleg: DUI fines in Mississippi would double under legislation passed by the House | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 18, 2019
A legislative bill would double the fine on DUI convictions.         
Nearly 600 immigrants are detained at this Mississippi prison. Are they seeking asylum? | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 18, 2019
As many as 1,350 immigrants could be housed at a private Mississippi prison. They're being called "prisoners" by ICE.         
Jessica Chambers killing: Timeline, what to know ahead of Investigation Discovery show | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 18, 2019
People Magazine Investigates is airing an episode called "Burned Alive" on Jessica Chambers killing, airing on Investigation Discovery.         
Man injured Sunday morning during shooting at Plantation Place Apartments | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 17, 2019
A man arrived at a local hospital early Sunday morning with a gunshot wound. Police learned the man was shot at Plantation Place Apartments.         
4 dead, suspect in custody following hostage standoff in Clinton MS | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 17, 2019
4 people are dead in a hostage standoff that followed a domestic dispute in Clinton.         
Aurora shooting victim: 'He loved God, his family and Mississippi State sports' | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 17, 2019
Josh Pinkard, killed in the Aurora plant shooting, was the plant manager. He graduated from Mississippi State University and loved the Bulldogs.         
2 inmates who escaped from Forrest County Jail are back in police custody | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 17, 2019
Two men who escaped Friday night from Forrest County Jail are back in police custody.         
Debt collectors: Make sure they're legit, and they can't scream, curse or threaten you | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 17, 2019
Companies going after debts that people don't owe. Here's what you need to know.         
Murderer, armed robbery suspect escape from Forrest County Jail | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 16, 2019
Two men escaped from Forrest County Jail Friday night.         
Gauge with radioactive material reported missing from Jackson County job site | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 15, 2019
A gauge that contains radioactive material was stolen Friday morning for a job site in Jackson County.         
Forrest County jail agrees inmates can receive nonreligious books | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 15, 2019
U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett dismissed the case Friday, after Forrest County and a prisoners’ rights group reached a settlement earlier this month.         
Moss Point teacher's Black History Month door went viral. Now she needs your help. | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 15, 2019
"Our students could be so much more if they just felt good about themselves and where they come from."         
Hattiesburg church heavily damaged in Thursday night fire | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 15, 2019
A Hattiesburg church sustained heavy damage after a fire Thursday night on Wisteria Drive. The cause remains under investigation         
Business owner responds to lawsuit claiming she forced sex from male employee from Miss. | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 15, 2019
The co-owner of a Taxas company admits having sex with a Mississippi man once employed by her company, but denies she forced him into a relationship.         
Capitol Alert: Breaking down the abortion bill vote, and a new contender for Mississippi governor | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 15, 2019
In this week's newsletter: A look at strict abortion legislation, and a well-known name enters the governor race as a Republican.         
Man arrested after Mississippi furniture plant suffers third fire in 13 months | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 15, 2019
The fire was the third for American Furniture in 13 months. The previous two fires both occurred in 2018.         
Clarion Ledger | February 15, 2019
Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at American Furniture Manufacturing in Ecru, Miss., Thursday. It was the third fire in just over one year.         
Once again, Mississippi hunters are No. 1 at harvesting mature deer | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 15, 2019
Biologist attributes deer management success to hunters         
Two homicides in 1 night: Man, woman shot multiple times in separate incidents | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 15, 2019
If you have information regarding either of these incidents, call CrimeStoppers at 601-355-8477.         
Millions for infrastructure projects in Jackson area: Will anything close to you get fixed? | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 15, 2019
"This is the largest sum of money we have seen in a long time," Central Mississippi Planning and Development District CEO Mike Monk said.         
Cantina Loredo, a popular restaurant at the District, is closing. What's taking over? | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 15, 2019
Cantina Laredo at The District at Eastover will close Feb. 25. A new local concept is set to open later this year in its place.         
A pay freeze in Jackson? One councilman wants it to happen until he sees budget 'evidence' | Clarion Ledger
Clarion Ledger | February 15, 2019
If approved, the pay freeze would affect Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba's salary and his entire administration