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June 12, 2018 - 12:00 am


Prosecutor: Mississippi man to plead guilty in nuns' deaths

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi prosecutor says a man charged with killing two nuns in 2016 will plead guilty as part of an agreement that removes the possibility of the death penalty.

District Attorney Akillie Malone-Oliver tells The Associated Press on Tuesday she spoke with the victims' families before agreeing that Robert Earl Sanders could plead guilty to capital murder on June 21. She says the agreement calls for him to be sentenced to life without parole.

Malone-Oliver says the decision takes into consideration that the two women who were killed, Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill, opposed the death penalty.

The nuns worked as nurse practitioners in one of the poorest parts of the U.S. They were found stabbed to death in their home after failing to show up for work.


US engineers plan millions in Mississippi water projects

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a work plan that includes nearly $56 million of water projects during this budget year in Mississippi, including some for flood control.

The state's two Republican U.S. senators, Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, say Tuesday that the projects will improve the quality of life.

The list includes $3 million for maintenance dredging at the Mississippi State Port at Gulfport. It also has $3.6 million for wastewater treatment in fast-growing DeSoto County on the northern end of the state.

Also included is more than $27 million for projects intended to reduce flooding and erosion the Delta.

Chris Gallegos, a spokesman for Hyde-Smith, said the list does not include money for a massive pump project that has long been debated in the Yazoo Basin.


This story has been corrected to show the total for Delta projects is more than $27 million.


Medgar Evers' legacy honored, 55 years after assassination

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and other places in the state are honoring the legacy of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, 55 years after he was assassinated.

Evers was a World War II veteran who served as the first NAACP field secretary in Mississippi, starting in 1954. He led voter registration drives and boycotts to push for racial equality.

He was shot to death June 12, 1963, outside the family's home in Jackson.

Several churches across the state rang their bells 55 times at midday Tuesday in remembrance of Evers.

The civil rights museum, which opened in December in Jackson, was hosting an evening event. The program includes a presentation by Michael V. Williams, a professor at University of Texas at El Paso who wrote, "Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr."


Man charged in stabbing of woman in Mississippi

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — Police have charged a man in a stabbing in Mississippi.

WDAM-TV reports Terrus Magee turned himself in and was charged with aggravated domestic assault in the Saturday morning stabbing.

Laurel police Captain Tommy Cox says officers were dispatched to a home at 1:18 a.m. and found the woman suffering from stab wounds.

Cox says the woman was taken to a hospital and was later taken to Forrest General in Hattiesburg for treatment.

Magee's bond was set at $100,000. It's unclear if he has a lawyer. A message left at a phone listing for Magee wasn't immediately returned.


Pitbull to open Miami-themed lounge on Mississippi coast

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Rapper Pitbull is going to Mississippi to open a new Miami-themed lounge inspired by his Florida hometown.

News outlets report that Pitbull, who real name is Armando Christian Perez, will be at the opening of the iLov305 Nightlife and Cocktail Lounge inside Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi.

The hotel said in a statement that two days of festivities begin June 21. The grand opening will include celebrity appearances, live entertainment, cocktails, cigars and dancers.

Pitbull will appear at a private event June 21 that features a ribbon cutting. Biloxi Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich will present the Grammy winner with a key to the city.

DJ Pauly D of MTV's hit show "Jersey Shore" will host the grand opening June 22 with a free performance open to the public.


Democrat Rosebud is sworn in to Mississippi House

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A newly elected member has been sworn in to the Mississippi House of Representatives.

Democrat Tracey Rosebud of Tutwiler took his oath of office Monday at the state Capitol.

He will serve until January 2020 in District 30, which includes parts of Bolivar, Quitman, Sunflower and Tallahatchie counties

He fills the end of a term started by Democrat Robert Huddleston of Sumner, who resigned during the 2018 legislative session to spend more time with his family. Huddleston had served since 1996.

Rosebud defeated Blake Ferretti of Cleveland in a special election May 29. Although party labels don't appear on ballots in Mississippi special elections, Democrats endorsed Rosebud.

Republicans hold a three-fifths supermajority in the Mississippi House and Senate.

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