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Months After Pauper's Burial, Man Killed by Police SUV Laid to Rest

Dexter Wade's family was originally not notified of his death

(Newser) - Dexter Wade received a dignified funeral and burial Monday in Mississippi's capital city, months after he was hit and killed by a police SUV and officials first buried his body in a pauper's grave without notifying his family that he was dead. Under a gray sky, his mother,...

Here Are the Chubbiest States in America

And the least chubbiest

(Newser) - "Being overweight is becoming the new normal in America." So says WalletHub in its list of the chubbiest and slimmest states in the nation. The site took a look at obesity and overweight prevalence, health consequences, and food and fitness, and cross-referenced them across 31 health metrics. (Note:...

Mississippi's Republican Governor Wins Reelection

Brandon Presley had earlier conceded to Gov. Tate Reeves

(Newser) - Not long after his Democrat challenger called him to concede, the AP officially called the Mississippi gubernatorial race for incumbent Gov. Tate Reeves. The race was, per the outlet, "unusually competitive" for the "GOP stronghold" of a state, where Republicans have held fort in the governor's mansion...

Alleged Serial Wedding Crasher Arrested at Wedding

57-year-old is accused of stealing money, cards

(Newser) - A 57-year-old woman who has allegedly crashed weddings in three states was arrested at a wedding in Mississippi on September 30. The Pontotoc County Sheriff's Department says Sandra Lynn Henson is charged with petit larceny, trespassing, and disturbing the peace in that state—and that she's been accused...

More Trouble for Sheriff Whose Officers Formed 'Goon Squad'

Undersheriff in Rankin County, Mississippi, resigns after allegations emerge about Bryan Bailey

(Newser) - The undersheriff of the Mississippi sheriff's department whose former officers pleaded guilty to torturing Black men resigned Monday, days after allegations surfaced about his boss. A joint investigation by Mississippi Today and the New York Times revealed the local district attorney investigated Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey for illegally...

Having a Baby Soon? One State Outranks the Others

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list, while Mississippi comes in last

(Newser) - If your future plans include starting a family and you're open to a move (or wondering whether your current location is ideal), WalletHub has some insights. The site looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia, not only on the issue of costs tied to having a...

6 Mississippi Ex-Cops Plead Guilty to Torturing Black Men

Some of them face life sentences

(Newser) - Six former Mississippi law enforcement officers pleaded guilty Thursday to what the local sheriff called "the most horrible incident of police brutality I've learned of over my whole career," and two of them face sentences of up to life in prison. The other four face sentences that...

Boy, 16, Killed in Poultry Plant Accident in Mississippi

Those under 18 are not legally allowed to work at such plants

(Newser) - A horrific tragedy unfolded last week at a Mississippi poultry plant, where a 16-year-old boy died in an accident on the job. Duvan Tomas Perez arrived in the US from his native Guatemala six years ago, family members say. It's not clear what happened Friday night, but the Forrest...

Texas to Overheated Locals: Cut Back on Power to Save Grid

Other parts of South also suffering from sweltering temps, post-storm power outages

(Newser) - Texas' power grid operator asked residents Tuesday to voluntarily cut back on electricity due to anticipated record demand on the system, as a heat wave kept large swaths of the state and southern US in triple-digit temperatures. On the last day of spring, the sweltering heat felt more like the...

Bad Weather Is Coming for the Deep South
Deep South,
Get Ready to
Get Walloped

Deep South, Get Ready to Get Walloped

Severe thunderstorms, winds, tornadoes, hail blowing through on Wednesday

(Newser) - Americans in the Deep South might want to find a nice Yankee cousin to visit for a couple of days, because the weather is looking to be, shall we say, unpleasant? As Weather.com reports, a strong jet stream is ripping through the region starting Wednesday, bringing with it severe...

Boy Shot by Cops After Calling 911 Speaks Out

'It felt like a ... big punch to the chest,' Aderrien Murry, 11, says of being shot in Mississippi home

(Newser) - A Mississippi boy shot by a police officer after he'd called 911 is now speaking out. Aderrien Murry's interview with Good Morning America and GMA3 aired Tuesday; in it, the 11-year-old described how it felt to be shot in his Indianola home in the early morning hours of...

Family: Cop Shot Black Boy 'for No Reason'

11-year-old Aderrien Murry was shot in chest by Mississippi officer who responded to his call: lawyer

(Newser) - A Mississippi family is calling for charges against a police officer who they say shot an 11-year-old boy "for no reason." Aderrien Murry's mother asked him to call police around 4am Saturday when a man with whom she's connected showed up at the family's Indianola...

Judge Won't Block Dress Code for Trans Girl's Graduation

ACLU filed suit in Mississippi for 17-year-old who wants to wear a dress to ceremony

(Newser) - A federal judge says he will not block a Mississippi school district from requiring a transgender girl to dress as a boy for high school graduation. US District Judge Taylor McNeel filed his order late Friday after holding a hearing on a lawsuit that the American Civil Liberties Union filed...

Cinco de Mayo Party Was Rocking. Then, Gunfire

One person is dead, 6 injured after shooting Friday at restaurant in Ocean Springs, Mississippi

(Newser) - One person is dead and at least six other people were shot during a Cinco de Mayo party at a Mississippi restaurant late Friday night, police said. In a release, Ocean Springs Police Capt. Ryan LeMaire confirmed that seven people were shot at The Scratch Kitchen on Government Street, per...

Sheriff: 'All Escapees Are Accounted for'

Four inmates broke out of Mississippi jail on April 22

(Newser) - The last of four prisoners who escaped from a Mississippi prison was found Thursday morning at a home about 20 miles from the prison, the sheriff announced. The Hinds County Sheriff's Office and US Marshals Fugitive Task Force took Corey Harrison, 22, into custody at a Crystal Springs home,...

Police Believe Escaped Inmate Died in Burning Home

Dylan Arrington was suspect in Monday night murder, carjacking

(Newser) - An escaped inmate in Mississippi suspected of killing a man and stealing his pickup truck is presumed dead after a standoff and fire at a home in Leake County. Police say fire engulfed the home around two hours after 22-year-old Dylan Arrington barricaded himself inside Wednesday morning, WLBT reports. Hinds...

Escaped Inmate Suspected of Killing Good Samaritan

Police believe Mississippi inmate murdered man, stole his pickup truck

(Newser) - A man who escaped from a Mississippi jail over the weekend is suspected of killing a man and stealing his pickup truck in Jackson, authorities said Tuesday. Anthony Watts, 61, was shot and killed Monday night around 7pm on Interstate 55 after he pulled over to help a man who...

Ex-WWE Wrestler Now Charged in Favre Scandal

Ted 'Teddy' DiBiase Jr. allegedly received $3M in welfare funds, used to purchase house and boat

(Newser) - The son of WWE legend The Million Dollar Man is accused of using federal funds meant to help poor children to buy toys for himself. Ted DiBiase Jr., a former pro wrestler himself, was indicted Thursday on charges of wire fraud, theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, and money laundering...

Mississippi Sheriff Pushes Back on Emmett Till Lawsuit

Leflore County's Ricky Banks says arrest warrant against Carolyn Bryant Donham is 'moot'

(Newser) - A Mississippi sheriff at the center of a lawsuit involving the murder of Emmett Till is pushing back on the complaint, which calls for him to serve a decades-old arrest warrant against the wife of one of the men who abducted and killed the Black 14-year-old in 1955. Per the...

She Gave Birth to a Son as Tornado Killed Her Daughter

More on Friday night's devastating twister

(Newser) - A tornado packing winds of up to 200mph wreaked havoc on the towns of Rolling Fork and Silver City, Mississippi, on Friday night, killing at least 21 people . More on the victims and what made this storm particularly deadly:

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