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These States' Economies Are Pulling Their Weight

Washington tops WalletHub's rankings

(Newser) - How well the US economy is doing is dependent on how well the states themselves are doing, and WalletHub looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia to see which ones boast the best economies. Three main categories are in play: economic activity (including startup activity, exports per...

New Sentence for 'Goon Squad' in Torture of 2 Black Men

6 former Mississippi law officers sentenced in state court

(Newser) - Already sentenced to federal prison , six former Mississippi law enforcement officers who pleaded guilty to a long list of state and federal charges for torturing two Black men were sentenced Wednesday in state court, reports the AP . The six white former Mississippi law enforcement officers who attacked Michael Corey Jenkins...

These States Have the Most Expensive Home Insurance

Florida comes in at No. 1 on Insurify's list, with an average annual cost of close to $11K

(Newser) - The average annual rate for home insurance comes in at just under $2,400, but in many parts of the country, what homeowners are paying exceeds that figure by far. Insurify lays out the damage, citing rates that rose an average of 20% over the past two years across America....

This Is the Most Stressed-Out State in America

Louisiana tops WalletHub's list, while Minnesotans emerge as the least stressed

(Newser) - If you've been living a relaxed, relatively stress-free life for the past few years, a) you're lying, and b) if you're not lying, can you tell us your secret? The folks in Louisiana certainly would like to know, as the Pelican State ranks as the most-stressed state...

Judge Imposes Final Sentences on Police in Black Men's Torture

'This was all wrong,' one defendant tells the court

(Newser) - A federal judge on Thursday finished handing down prison terms of about 10 to 40 years to six white former Mississippi law enforcement officers who pleaded guilty to breaking into a home without a warrant and torturing two Black men in an hourslong attack that included beatings, repeated uses of...

'Worst Example of a Police Officer' Gets 40 Years

Christian Dedmon was 'sickest' of six officers involved in racist torture in Mississippi, victim says

(Newser) - Two more former Mississippi sheriff's deputies were sentenced Wednesday for their parts in the racist torture of two Black men by a group of white officers who called themselves the "Goon Squad." Christian Dedmon, 29, received 40 years in federal prison, the AP reports. At the federal...

'Goon Squad' Ex-Deputies Sentenced Over Racist Torture

Leader of squad that abused Mississippi men gets 17.5 years

(Newser) - This story has been updated wth new developments. Two former Mississippi sheriff's deputies were sentenced Tuesday for torturing two Black men in a racist assault. Hunter Elward, 31, was sentenced to just over 20 years in prison for that assault and his role in a separate episode where a...

Here's Your 'Ewwww' Crime of the Day
Here's Your
'Ewwww' Crime
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Here's Your 'Ewwww' Crime of the Day

Mississippi cop charged after allegedly making prisoner lick urine-coated floor

(Newser) - Holding cells aren't known for their luxe accommodations, but one prisoner reportedly had an especially gross stay during his temporary detention in a Mississippi jail. Court files show that police officer Michael Christian Green has been charged with one federal count of deprivation of rights under color of law,...

40 Nabbed in Mississippi Drug Bust
40 Nabbed
in Mississippi
Drug Bust

40 Nabbed in Mississippi Drug Bust

Some charged with threatening to murder with explosives

(Newser) - Approximately 40 people with connections to multiple states and Mexico were arrested Tuesday after a four-year federal investigation exposed multiple drug trafficking operations in east Mississippi, federal prosecutors announced, per the AP . In 10 federal indictments filed in the US Southern District of Mississippi, those arrested are accused of distributing...

OSHA: Poultry Plant Directly Responsible for Death of Worker, 16

'The company's inaction has directly led to this terrible tragedy'

(Newser) - A Mississippi poultry plant's failure to follow procedures led to the death of a 16-year-old boy who was sucked into a machine in July last year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday. Mar-Jac Poultry, which supplies chicken to Chick-fil-A, has been cited for 14 serious violations and...

Mom of Boy Arrested for Public Peeing Wants Case Thrown Out

She won't sign probation agreement subjecting 10-year-old to curfew, possible drug tests

(Newser) - The mother of a 10-year-old child who was sentenced by a Mississippi judge to three months of probation and a book report for urinating in public has refused to sign his probation agreement and has asked for the charge against her son to be dismissed, the family's attorney announced...

Boy Shot by Cops After Calling 911 Speaks Out
Cop Won't Be
Indicted After
Shooting Boy, 11

Cop Won't Be Indicted After Shooting Boy, 11

Grand jury finds Indianola Police Sgt. Greg Capers did not engage in criminal conduct

(Newser) - A grand jury has declined to indict the Mississippi police officer who shot and wounded an 11-year-old boy after responding to a 911 call the boy had placed. A lawyer for Aderrien Murry's family says the family will now seek justice via a federal civil lawsuit, since they continue...

10-Year-Old Boy Arrested for Peeing Behind Car

Judge in Mississippi sentences Black child to 3 months in probation, plus a book report

(Newser) - A 10-year-old Black child who urinated in a parking lot must serve three months' probation and write a two-page book report on the late NBA star Kobe Bryant, a Mississippi judge has ordered. Tate County Youth Court Judge Rusty Harlow handed down the sentence Tuesday after the child's lawyer...

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...

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