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OPINION: Gratitude and Thanks in a Year of Arrest, Jail, Losing Income, Byline

My employer in Mississippi prodded me in June to leave my job as a journalist in my hometown after police in a nearby city arrested and jailed me for a crime I did not commit.

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With 84 Homicides in 2018, City Hopes to Stem Violence With New Cops, Strategy

The City of Jackson ended the year with 84 total homicides—a 30-percent increase over 2017's year-end count of 64.

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Former Criminals Training to Stop Violence in Jackson with $150,000 Grant

Terun Moore and Benny Ivey will be Jackson's first official, trained "credible messengers," working to prevent violence in the metro area.

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Governor Talks Criminal-Justice Reform, First Step Act, 'Baby Daddies' at Summit

Gov. Phil Bryant enthusiastically backed federal criminal-justice reform at the Mississippi Summit for Criminal Justice on Dec. 11 at the Westin Hotel in downtown Jackson.

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Trump, Acting AG Praise 'Project EJECT' Strategy as Jackson Homicides Surge

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker presented the Southern District of Mississippi's U.S. Attorney's Office with an award for the outstanding overall partnership/task force for its contentious violent crime-fighting program, Project EJECT.

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Vehicle Found After 2 Kids Shot Near Mississippi Hospital

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.

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Vacationing While Latino: Family Sues for 'Pervasive' Profiling in Mississippi

A lawsuit on behalf of a Latino and Native American family from South Carolina alleges that Hancock County Sheriff's deputies detained and searched them while traveling through Mississippi because they "looked" Latino.

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Carmen Hendrix

Members of the community such as Jackson State University English instructor C. Liegh McInnis, The Nest at Highlites co-owner Mac Epps and others will host an event tonight, Nov. 1, to honor the life and legacy of Carmen Hendrix, a Jackson native poet, writer and activist who died on Sept. 10 as a result of domestic violence.

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The Locked-Up Teenage Girl at Center of Hinds County Contention

Crystal Marshall has been at Henley -Young Juvenile Detention Center up on a hill in a warehouse-lined area of Jackson on capital murder charges since right around Valentine's Day—less than two weeks after she turned 14 years old.

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Lamar Adams Sentenced to 20 Years in Probable Largest Ponzi Scheme in State History

Arthur Lamar Adams, 58, of Jackson Mississippi, was sentenced today to 235 months in federal prison for wire fraud involving a large, multi-state Ponzi scheme involving more than one hundred million dollars and hundreds of victims spanning a number of years, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze.

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Doctor to Forfeit Accounts, Land in Prison Bribery Scheme

A physician who bribed the former head of Mississippi's prison system is being ordered to forfeit bank accounts, brokerage accounts and land to pay a nearly $1.3 million court judgment for his ill-gotten gains.

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Family Seeks Justice for Black Man Found Hanging From Scott County Tree

Willie Jones Jr.'s family has joined forces with the the Scott County Chapter NAACP, New Black Panther Party, Jackson Chapter Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and two Jackson-based pro-bono lawyers to get more answers after his was found hanging from a tree outside his child's mother's home in Scott County on Feb. 8.

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Lawsuit Demands Return of More Than $16M from Ponzi Scheme

A lawyer trying to recover money in a collapsed Ponzi scheme is suing three people who sold the investments, demanding they return more than $16 million in sales commissions.

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Jury Convicts Chicago Officer of 2nd-Degree Murder

A jury on Friday convicted white Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

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Four Louisiana Men Indicted for Prison Bribery in Mississippi

Four Louisiana men have been indicted on charges that they tried to bribe a Mississippi sheriff to give them jail-related contracts.