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December 02, 2018 - 12:00 am

ALCORN STATE-COMMENCEMENT

Bridges to give keynote address to Alcorn's fall graduates

LORMAN, Miss. (AP) — An Alcorn State graduate and current board member of the university's foundation will give the keynote address at this year's fall commencement.

The university, in a news release, says Dr. Charlie Bridges is honored by the invitation to address graduates during the Friday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. ceremony at the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex.

Bridges graduated with honors from Alcorn, earning a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1974. He continued his education at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he earned a medical degree. He is currently the chief of Urology at Lallie Kemp Community Hospital in Independence, Louisiana.

Interim President, Dr. Donzell Lee says he believes that Bridges' success in his career makes him an ideal candidate to inspire the graduates.

SHOOTING-MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CENTER

Vehicle found after 2 kids shot near Mississippi hospital

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say they have recovered a vehicle and identified two persons of interest after the shooting of two young children near the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Jackson police say someone in a dark sedan shot the children, who were in the backseat of their mother's car Thursday afternoon. The mother ran them to the emergency room and they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police spokesman Sgt. Roderick Holmes tells news outlets that tips led to the recovery of a black Nissan Sentra in south Jackson on Friday evening.

Holmes also says a person of interest was detained for questioning but not arrested. He says a second person of interest has also been identified.

GAS STATION-FATAL CRASH

1 dead after car crashes into Mississippi gas station

(Information from: WLBT-TV, http://www.wlbt.com)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — One person is dead after a car crashed into a gas station pump then caught on fire in Jackson.

Jackson Police Sgt. Roderick Holmes says only one car was involved in the crash that happened about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

WLBT-TV reports the person in the car was killed after he hit the pump and the car caught on fire. The car had been reported carjacked from a different jurisdiction earlier Saturday.

The driver's identity has not yet been released.

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BUS BOYCOTT ANNIVERSARY

Rosa Parks' lawyer to speak at bus boycott commemoration

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The lawyer who represented Rosa Parks after she was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man will speak at an event marking the 63rd anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Tuskegee attorney Fred Gray will speak at a commemoration planned for Monday night at First Baptist Church in Montgomery.

The event is being sponsored by the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University.

Gray represented Parks after she was arrested for violating racial segregation laws on Dec. 1, 1965. Her arrest sparked a yearlong bus boycott that became a starting point for the modern civil rights movement.

The boycott was led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., then a young preacher in Montgomery.

FATAL SHOOTING

Charges dropped against woman in death of estranged husband

(Information from: WLOX-TV, http://www.wlox.com)

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman arrested in connection with the May murder of her estranged husband no longer faces any charges related to his death.

WLOX-TV reports 28-year-old Octavia Williams-Biggs was arrested on a charge of accessory after the fact in the death of her husband, 31-year-old Lorenzo Biggs, who was shot in Pascagoula on May 4.

Sheriff Mike Ezell confirmed that jail records show Williams-Biggs was released Friday after a Jackson County grand jury did not find enough evidence to try her on the accessory charge.

Biggs' brother has said that Williams-Biggs was dating the man accused of shooting her husband. Rouvell Thigpen surrendered to police three days after Biggs' death. He remains in the Jackson County jail on the murder charge with Bond set at $50,000.

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ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSISSIPPI

Dem defeated in Mississippi US Senate race could run in 2020

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Democrat who lost a contentious U.S. Senate runoff in Mississippi this week is preparing to run again in two years.

A document filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday creates a "Mike Espy for Senate Campaign Committee" for 2020. The form was electronically signed by Espy, and an official in his 2018 campaign confirmed to The Associated Press that the document is real.

Espy, who is black, lost Tuesday to white Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith. Mississippi's history of racist lynchings became a focal point after a video showed Hyde-Smith praising a supporter by saying she would be on the front row of a "public hanging" if the supporter invited her.

Hyde-Smith won the final two years of a term started by Republican Thad Cochran, who retired in April.

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