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November 20, 2018 - 12:00 am

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSISSIPPI

Only debate set for Mississippi's hard-fought US Senate race

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Candidates in the last unresolved U.S. Senate election are set for their only debate in Mississippi.

It's a contest has that gained national scrutiny amid a white Republican senator's caught-on-video remarks that reflect lingering division over Mississippi's history of racial violence.

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith was appointed to the Senate in April to temporarily succeed longtime Sen. Thad Cochran, who retired amid health concerns. She is challenged by Democrat Mike Espy, a former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary who is seeking to become Mississippi's first African-American senator since Reconstruction.

Hyde-Smith and Espy are set for a one-hour televised debate Tuesday night in Jackson.

Mississippi hasn't elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1982, and Republicans hold all but one statewide office. Still, Espy is seeking a longshot victory.

LAWMAKER ARRESTED

Leading Mississippi lawmaker won't be convicted of DUI

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — The second-ranking member of Mississippi's House of Representatives won't be convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Local news outlets report Meridian Municipal Judge Robbie Jones agreed to place state Rep. Greg Snowden in a nonadjudication program Monday. Snowden, a Republican, is House speaker pro tem.

Offered to first-time DUI defenders including Snowden, the status means his driver's license is suspended for 120 days, but he can drive using an interlock device which measures alcohol on starting a vehicle.

Snowden says he's learned some "hard lessons."

Snowden was arrested in September after refusing to take a DUI test after rear-ending another vehicle at a traffic signal. Snowden claimed at the time he wasn't drunk but was texting.

Snowden must pay $980 in fines and complete a safety education program.

DOUBLE FATAL

2 people dead, 3 people hurt in Mississippi crash

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — Two people have been killed and three others hurt in a crash in Mississippi.

Cpl. Kervin Stewart with the Mississippi Highway Patrol told news outlets that the wreck happened late Sunday night on U.S. 49 in Rankin County.

Stewart says a pickup truck pulling a trailer ran into the back of a dump truck. He says two people in the pickup were killed — 21-year-old William M. Ham of Mize and 19-year-old Jamie B. Powell of Raleigh. Two others were hospitalized with severe injuries — 20-year-old Brandon E. Doyle of Taylorsville and Alexis Taylor of Pinola.

The driver of the dump truck, Shemaiah E. Arbuthnot of Woodville, was taken to the hospital with less-severe injuries.

INFANT DEATH-MURDER CHARGE

Mississippi man charged with murder in death of 9-month-old

(Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, http://www.gwcommonwealth.com)

CARROLLTON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Delta man is accused of killing a 9-month old boy.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that 18-year-old Tervonte Devon Alexander was arrested Friday in Carroll County and charged with the murder of 9-month-old Sawyer Jerrell Holston.

Officials say Alexander was with the infant and his mother in Coila when someone called to report the boy wasn't responding. The boy was taken to a Greenwood hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Following an autopsy Friday by the state Medical Examiner's Office, Carroll County Coroner Mark Stiles declared the death a homicide. Officials haven't said how the baby died or why they believe Alexander killed him.

Alexander was ordered jailed without bail in a Sunday hearing. It's unclear if he has a lawyer to speak for him.

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SERIAL KILLER-INVESTIGATION

1978 Gulfport slaying solved by serial killer's confessions

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A southern Mississippi homicide that has gone unsolved for 40 years has now been declared solved due to the confessions of a man convicted in three California murders but long suspected in dozens of deaths.

Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson says 78-year-old Samuel Little has been charged in the 1978 killing of 36-year-old Julia Critchfield. Peterson said Little was questioned in a Texas jail about the Critchfield death and knew details only the killer would have known.

Peterson says the woman's body was found at the bottom of a dirt pit in Saucier. An autopsy determined that she was strangled to death.

Texas authorities have said Little has now provided details in more than 90 deaths nationwide dating to about 1970 and have matched him with more than 30 so far.

WOMAN SHOT

Sheriff: Woman shot, man arrested on attempted murder charge

(Information from: WTVA-TV, http://www.wtva.com)

PITTSBORO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi sheriff says a man is expected to be charged with attempted murder in a woman's shooting.

Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan tells WTVA-TV that Ralph Wayne Longstreet had a Monday court appearance scheduled on the charge.

Pollan says deputies sent to a home Saturday night had found the woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach. The sheriff says she had serious injuries, and a helicopter took her to a hospital in Tupelo.

Deputies searched through the night for Longstreet and arrested him Sunday morning.

It is unclear if he has a lawyer who could comment for him.

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