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Bryant Vetoes Common Core Bill; Reeves Criticizes Move

2015/04/23 - Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday vetoed an “anti-Common Core” bill passed by the Legislature, saying it doesn’t guarantee the national education standards won’t be used in Mississippi schools. “I remain firmly committed to ending Common Core in Mississippi,” Republican Bryant said in a statement on Thursday. “This bill does not accomplish that goal, and I… Read more

Clarksdale Teacher Charged in Cheating Investigation

2015/04/23 - The Mississippi Department of Education issued the first of what it says will be many charges against Clarksdale Municipal School District educators for cheating on the 2012-13 statewide assessments. At a press conference Thursday in Jackson, state Superintendent Carey Wright announced the agency seeks to revoke the license of former Heidelberg Elementary School teacher Francis… Read more

In Newly Released Video, Unarmed Black Man Had Cellphone in Hand When Shot by Fla. Deputy

2015/04/24 - Newly released dash-cam video has resulted in a lawsuit for one unarmed black man who was shot four times in the back by a Palm Beach sheriff’s deputy in Florida in September 2013, WPTV reports. Dontrell Stephens is seen riding his bike and talking on his phone that fateful Friday morning when, realizing that he’s… Read more

Mississippi Hate Crime Sentencing Rescheduled

2015/04/23 - John Louis Blalack was scheduled to be sentenced today in the hate crimes investigation stemming from the death of James Craig Anderson. Blalack’s sentencing is now set for April 30. Blalack, 20, pleaded guilty in January to two counts of violating the Matthew Shepard — James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. in 2011,… Read more

Man Files Suit; Claims Hattiesburg Police Broke Neck

2015/04/24  - A Hattiesburg man has filed a lawsuit against the city of Hattiesburg alleging that police officers broke his neck. According to the lawsuit, police paralyzed Jordan Chase Borgognoni after “placing him in handcuffs by slamming him face first into the ground while putting a knee in his back.” The suit also states the police… Read more

Loretta Lynch Survives Deeply Partisan Vote, Wins Confirmation as Attorney General

2015/04/23 - Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the new attorney general Thursday, surviving a deeply partisan vote that reflected Republicans’ anger at President Obama more than worry over Ms. Lynch, who will be the first black woman to hold the top law enforcement post. She will replace Eric H. Holder Jr., who had a historic but rocky six years… Read more

Accused Murderer Signed Off on Tulsa Killer Cop’s Training

2015/04/23 - The elderly Tulsa reserve deputy charged with manslaughter went on national television recently and dropped a bombshell. The thing is, no one noticed it was a bombshell at the time. In an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, 73-year-old Robert Bates apologized to the family of Eric Harris, the man he accidentally gunned down on April 2 in a… Read more

Police Union Throws A Self-Pity Party in Baltimore: Freddie Gray Protesters Are a “Lynch Mob”

2015/04/23 – It seemed as though police union leaders had gotten some PR training lately, and moved on from their strategy of pretending they’re the real victims in the awful spate of police killings involving unarmed black men. New York’s Pat Lynch has stopped shrieking that Mayor Bill de Blasio has “blood on his hands” for the time being. We haven’t… Read more

DA Dropping Charges Against Willie Jerome Manning in One Set of Murders

2015/04/23 - Prosecutors will dismiss capital murder charges against Willie Jerome Manning, 46, for the deaths of two Starkville women in 1993 as Manning continues fighting his conviction in a separate case. Manning is currently on death row at Parchman for two sets of murders—that of Emmoline Jimmerson and her daughter, Alberta Jordan, as well as… Read more

10 Years Before Freddie Gray, Baltimore Police ‘Accidentally’ Snapped a Perp’s Spine

2015/04/23 - Freddie Gray gave a cry of pain as the arresting officers hoisted him to his feet. Something seemed wrong with his legs as he was dragged in handcuffs to a police van. “Look at his leg!” a witness can be heard shouting on a cellphone video. “That leg look broke! His leg look broke! You all… Read more