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October 02, 2018 - 12:00 am

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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REFINERY-POWER PLANT

Mississippi Power to overhaul Chevron refinery facilities

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Utility regulators are approving a plan for Mississippi Power Co. to upgrade facilities at a Gulf Coast oil refinery that is its largest customer.

The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to allow the electric utility to renew a 20-year contract with Chevron Corp's Pascagoula refinery.

As part of the agreement, Chevron will pay an estimated $52.6 million to the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. to replace two steam-generating units that the refinery uses to break down oil into gasoline and other petrochemicals. Mississippi Power generates some of the electricity that it supplies to Chevron using the steam.

Work is expected to start in late 2019 and take a year.

Staff members advise that Mississippi Power is expected to earn a profit from the work, enhancing its overall business.

BURNED WOMAN-LOUISIANA

Prosecutor mulls Louisiana trial as Mississippi jury hangs

(Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com)

MONROE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana prosecutor says his office will confer with Mississippi counterparts before trying a man accused of murder.

Assistant District Attorney Geary Aycock tells The News-Star of Monroe that no decision has been made on trying Quinton Tellis there after a Mississippi jury couldn't reach a verdict on separate murder charges.

Tellis is charged with first-degree murder in the 2015 death of Ming-Chen Hsiao. The Taiwanese woman had been a university student.

A mistrial was again declared Monday in Tellis' trial on capital murder charges in the 2014 burning death of Jessica Chambers. Another jury in Batesville, Mississippi, told a judge they were deadlocked and couldn't reach a verdict.

Tellis has already pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of Hsiao's debit card. He also faces a drug charge in Monroe.

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AP-US-ELECTION-2018-BLACK-RURAL-VOTERS

Black rural voters could be key to Democrats eyeing Georgia

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) — The Black Belt's overlap with Trump country could factor into the elections across the South next month.

In Georgia, black rural voters could be especially important as Stacey Abrams campaigns to become the nation's first black female governor. A Mississippi native who moved to Georgia as a child, Abrams is the first Democrat in years to have a real chance of winning the governor's race. She is competing against Republican Brian Kemp.

Statewide races give these voters a chance to make an impact, as they're not limited by the racial gerrymandering that can dilute their political clout at the local level.

HIT-AND-RUN

Mississippi girl recovering after car hits her at bus stop

(Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com)

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — A 7-year-old Mississippi girl is recovering after she was struck by a car while waiting for a school bus in Bay St. Louis.

Her grandmother, Elaine Miller, tells the Sun Herald on Tuesday that a helicopter took the child to a New Orleans hospital Monday. Miller says her granddaughter has a swollen spleen.

Witnesses told Bay St. Louis police that the second grader was hit by a Ford Mustang on Monday morning, and the car drove off before officers arrived at the bus stop.

Police say 29-year-old Grady Keith Farmer has been arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident. It was not immediately clear whether Farmer is represented by an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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TRUMP-THE LATEST

The Latest: Trump boasts to contractors of economic revival

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is highlighting what he calls an "economic revival" as he addresses electrical contractors in Philadelphia.

Trump said Tuesday that the stock market has hit more than 100 record highs since he was sworn into office and that it will soon be announced that the country has created more than 640,000 manufacturing jobs since January.

Trump says: "We're in the midst of a manufacturing renaissance."

Trump was speaking to the National Electrical Contractors Association Convention a day after celebrating a new North American trade deal. Trump calls the agreement "USMCA," for U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, saying he doesn't want to use the previous name, NAFTA that deal cost American jobs.

He explains: "Like YMCA or U.S. Marine Corps with an A at the end."

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