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June 15, 2018 - 12:00 am


Black Caucus backs Baria in Dem primary runoff for US Senate

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus is endorsing a candidate in the Democratic primary runoff for a U.S. Senate seat.

The caucus chairwoman, Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes, says Thursday that the 49-member group is supporting state Rep. David Baria of Bay St. Louis.

Baria is an attorney and third-term state lawmaker. He faces venture capitalist Howard Sherman of Meridian in the June 26 primary runoff.

The Democratic nominee faces Republican Sen. Roger Wicker and two other candidates Nov. 6.

Williams-Barnes says Baria has voted for issues the caucus supports, such as education funding.

One caucus member, state Rep. Omeria Scott of Laurel, placed third in the six-person Democratic Senate primary, and later endorsed Sherman. Scott tells The Associated Press that nobody asked her about participating in the caucus endorsement of Baria.


Moss Point man detained for assaulting 3 sheriff deputies

(Information from: The Mississippi Press,

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man faces charges for assaulting three sheriff deputies.

The Mississippi Press reports it happened Tuesday as 28-year-old Joshua Omar Mosley, of Moss Point, was attending a divorce hearing at the Jackson County Chancery Court.

Sheriff Mike Ezell says Mosley was a bystander at the hearing involving his brother. According to sheriff deputies, Mosley argued with a woman who also attended the hearing. When a deputy intervened, Ezell says Mosley assaulted him and knocked him to the ground. The deputy sustained a head injury. He was treated and later released from Singing River Hospital.

Two other deputies stepped in and suffered minor injuries.

Mosley is being held on three counts of simple assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. It's unknown if he has an attorney.



Jury: Hattiesburg didn't discriminate against court employee

(Information from: The Hattiesburg American,

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A federal jury has decided that the city of Hattiesburg did not discriminate against one of its employees.

The Hattiesburg American reports the jury Wednesday sided with the city in a complaint filed by Dana Coleman, who worked as a municipal court clerk in 2012.

Coleman contends she was the victim of racial discrimination and harassment by her African American co-workers and supervisors. She says she was excluded from employee events, including birthday parties and office lunches, because she is white. She also says she was wrongly fired in April 2016 because of false information provided by co-workers, who accused her of removing files from the court.

The city's attorney, Clark Hicks, says it's pleased by the decision.

Coleman's attorney, Daniel Waide, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.



Apple announces multi-year content deal with Oprah Winfrey

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Apple says it has reached a multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey to create original programs for its streaming service.

Apple said Friday the programs will be released worldwide as part of a lineup of original content.

Apple has yet to launch its service, whose major competitors will include Amazon and Netflix.

Winfrey founded and heads the OWN channel as chair and CEO. She recently extended her contract with OWN through 2025.

An OWN spokeswoman said Winfrey has an exclusive on-camera deal with OWN but can appear elsewhere on a limited basis.

Winfrey's content for Apple will be solely for the streaming service, the representative said.


AP Explains: Poor People's Campaign 1968 vs. 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of anti-poverty activists have launched a campaign in recent weeks modeled after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign of 1968. Like the push 50 years ago, advocates are hoping to draw attention to those struggling with deep poverty from Appalachia to the Mississippi Delta, from the American Southwest to California's farm country.

The latest effort is led by reverends out of North Carolina and New York, who are encouraging activists in 40 states to take part in acts of civil disobedience, teach-ins and demonstrations to force communities to address poverty. They say only a "moral revival" can bring it to the nation's consciousness.


Memphis returning maintenance of certain streets to state

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis says it is turning over maintenance of 22 state roads in the city limits back to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

A news release posted on the city's website says Memphis is not renewing a contract with the department in which the city repairs potholes, clears snow and ice and removes trash on state roads that also serve as prominent city streets.

Those roads include Elvis Presley Boulevard, Danny Thomas Boulevard and B.B. King Boulevard. Heavily-traveled Lamar Ave., a commercial artery that runs into Mississippi and leads motorists into Arkansas, is also a state road.

Officials said the contract ends June 30. The city said the change will allow it to focus on neighborhood streets.

TDOT is working on a system to receive reports of potholes and litter.

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