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October 03, 2018 - 12:00 am

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The Latest: Lawyer slams Trump for mocking Ford at rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford is condemning President Donald Trump for mocking his client, who has said she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they were teenagers.

Attorney Michael Bromwich tweets that Trump engaged in a "vicious, vile and soulless attack" on Ford.

He describes Ford as a "remarkable profile in courage" while calling the president "a profile in cowardice."

Bromwich is responding to comments made by the president earlier Tuesday night at a political rally in Mississippi.

Trump suggested that Ford's account of being assaulted at a high school party, which Kavanaugh has denied, was not credible. Imitating Ford at one point, Trump said: "How did you get home? 'I don't remember.' How did you get there? 'I don't remember.'"

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Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser he had called credible witness

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump drew laughter and cheers as he mocked the California college professor who alleges that his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.

Trump had called Christine Blasey Ford a "very credible witness" after her Senate testimony. But during a rally Tuesday night in Mississippi, the president imitated Ford as he ran through a list of what he described as holes in her story.

Ford's lawyer Michael Bromwich called Trump's attack "vicious, vile and soulless."

The president was in Mississippi looking to use his influence to sway the outcome of a low-profile election that could tip the balance of the Senate. But he spent much of the rally lamenting the treatment of Kavanaugh by Democrats.

ALCORN STATE-PRESIDENT SEARCH

Trustees launch broad search for next Alcorn State president

LORMAN, Miss. (AP) — Trustees will launch a broad search for a new president of Mississippi's Alcorn State University.

The College Board made the announcement Tuesday after a day of listening sessions of the Lorman campus.

Al Rankins Jr., Alcorn's president since 2014, became higher education commissioner on July 1, overseeing the state's eight public universities.

A full national search typically takes months.

Shane Hooper, the president of the board, will chair the search committee. Other trustees on the search committee include Ann Lamar, Jeanne Luckey, Chip Morgan and Hal Parker.

The board will seek faculty, students, staff, alumni and community members to serve on a campus search advisory committee. Trustees say they will hire a search firm to guide finding the next president of Alcorn, a historically black institution with 3,800 students.

TROOPER KILLED

Funeral set for Mississippi trooper killed while off duty

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — A funeral is set for a Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper who was shot to death while he was off duty.

Magnolia Funeral Home says services for Kenneth "Josh" Smith are 2 p.m. Thursday at Crossroads Arena in Corinth.

The 32-year-old trooper died early Sunday in an isolated area near the Hatchie River in northeastern Mississippi, near Walnut.

Rickie Dale Vick, a 38-year-old Michigan City resident, was shot but is recovering.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation on Monday charged 43-year-old Troy Anthony Eaton of Rienzi with capital murder in Smith's death and aggravated assault in the attack on Vick. Eaton yelled to a WTVA-TV reporter Monday that the shooting was "self-defense."

It's unclear why the men were in a remote area in the middle of the night.

AUTO PARTS MANUFACTURING MISSISSIPPI-EXPANSION

Auto parts maker invests $100 milllion, will hire 50

GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) — An auto parts maker is investing $100 million to overhaul its northeast Mississippi factory, hiring 50 new workers.

Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi, ultimately owned by Toyota Motor Corp., announced the expansion Tuesday at its Guntown factory. It now employs 400.

The company, which makes body parts, says it's increasing production for the 2019 Corolla model being assembled at Toyota's nearby Blue Springs plant.

Mississippi Development Authority Spokeswoman Tammy Craft says Lee County property tax breaks will save the company about $1 million yearly for 10 years. The state is giving $100,000 to train workers.

Craft says the expansion is under way with hiring finishing by December. One labor agency says workers start at $11 per hour. Craft says workers transitioning to the company payroll make $13.90 an hour on average.

ROAD MANAGER SUSPENDED

Woman: Road boss told me to 'use the woods like the men'

(Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com)

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi road manager is being suspended amid complaints from workers, including that he told one female employee she would have to use "use the woods like the men" for her bathroom break.

The Commercial Dispatch reports Oktibbeha County supervisors voted Monday to suspend Fred Hal Baggett two days without pay.

Doris Harris said as the only woman on a road crew, she was told she couldn't leave job sites for bathroom breaks.

Baggett told the newspaper of his Oct. 11-12 suspension: "I'm a big boy. I can handle it."

A former road department employee, Justin Denson, filed a federal lawsuit in July saying Baggett made racially charged remarks, including saying Denson looked like a "black savage Viking."

Both Denson and Baggett are African-American. Baggett has denied making such remarks.

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