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November 27, 2018 - 12:00 am

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSISSIPPI

Last US Senate race of midterms up for vote in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters are deciding the last U.S. Senate race of the midterms, choosing between a white Republican backed by President Donald Trump and a black Democrat who was agriculture secretary when Bill Clinton was in the White House.

History will be made either way in Tuesday's runoff: Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith would be the first woman elected to Congress from Mississippi, and Democrat Mike Espy would be the state's first African-American senator since Reconstruction.

Mississippi's racist past history became a dominant theme after Hyde-Smith praised a supporter by saying she would attend a "public hanging" if the supporter invited her.

Hyde-Smith was appointed temporary successor to retired Republican Sen. Thad Cochran in April.

Tuesday's winner gets the last two years of Cochran's term.

FATAL HOME INVASION

Mississippi man kills 1 burglar in break-in, wounds another

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

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has fatally shot one burglar and seriously wounded another during an early morning break-in.

Moss Point Police Chief Brandon Ashley tells The Sun Herald that resident Michael Richardson woke up Monday morning to a loud noise and grabbed a gun. Ashley says Richardson heard someone say "Nobody's home," and then two people then burst through his front door.

He says Richardson opened fire, and 18-year-old Titus Kelly Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene. The other suspect fled. Police soon learned that a 19-year-old man named Antonio Jackson had been taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds to his chest. Ashley says Jackson was in serious condition and flown to an Alabama hospital.

He says no charges have been filed against Richardson. An investigation is ongoing.

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TRUMP-THE LATEST

The Latest: Coliseum decked out in Christmas decor for Trump

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Christmas has come to Biloxi, Mississippi, as President Donald Trump holds his second rally of the day in the state.

The Mississippi Coast Coliseum has been decked out in an elaborate display that includes dozens of evergreens, a gigantic fake chimney, complete with stockings and a wreath, and Santa's present-filled sleigh. There are also large nutcrackers and even a blow-up helicopter with moving rotor and penguins inside.

Fake snow started falling when Trump entered to huge applause Monday.

During his campaign, Trump railed against what he described as a war against Christmas and promised that, if elected, "people would be saying Merry Christmas again."

Trump is campaigning for Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is facing a tough runoff election against Democrat Mike Espy on Tuesday as she seeks to keep her seat.

MISSISSIPPI-NOOSES-THE LATEST

The Latest: 7 nooses found outside Mississippi Capitol

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A state spokesman says five additional nooses have been found hanging in trees outside the Mississippi Capitol, bringing the total to seven.

The nooses and six handwritten signs referring to the state's history of lynchings and to a U.S. Senate election were found Monday — the day before a runoff between appointed Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is white, and Democrat Mike Espy, who is black.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety posted photos of the signs on social media. One of the signs says Mississippi needs a senator "who respects the lives of lynch victims."

Hyde-Smith drew fire for praising a supporter by saying she would attend a "public hanging" if he invited her. She later apologized.

The runoff Senate winner will serve the final two years of the six-year term of now-retired Sen. Thad Cochran.

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MALL SHOOTING-MISSISSIPPI

Teen charged in Black Friday mall shooting in Mississippi

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Bond is set at $50,000 for a teenager charged with shooting a man outside a Mississippi shopping mall while Black Friday sales were going on.

Meridian police tell media outlets that 19-year-old Jarvonta Lanier faces charges including aggravated assault and gang activity.

Police say a man was shot in the hand in the parking lot outside Bonita Lakes Mall on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Police Sgt. Dareall Thompson says the shooting stemmed from a dispute between the two men going back several years.

Authorities haven't released the name of the victim, and it's unclear whether Lanier has an attorney to speak on his behalf.

BARBER SHOP KILLING

Police: Mississippi barber shop owner shot by masked men

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Police say a barber shop owner in Mississippi has been shot to death by men wearing clown masks.

News outlets reported the Jackson Police Department said officers were called to a barber shop around 1 p.m. Sunday and found 41-year-old Marcus Hamblin in his vehicle.

Hamblin was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told police four armed men in a dark sedan approached the victim and shots were fired. The suspects then left.

Cpl. Colendula Green said officers have not determined a motive yet. No arrests have been made.

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