Dem chair to US House nominee: he should withdraw
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The head of Mississippi's Democratic Party says he has advised the party's nominee to pull out of the 1st District congressional race because exaggeration of his military service has cost him support.
Rickey Cole tells The Clarion-Ledger that he told Ron Dickey on Tuesday that he thinks Dickey will have a hard time focusing his campaign on veterans' and mental health issues.
Dickey says he's staying in the race and has not done anything illegal.
Dickey was a food service worker for an Army Special Forces when workers such as cooks and mechanics could wear the beret of the unit they supported. His campaign material called him a "Green Beret veteran." He has since removed the Facebook page where that statement was made and opened another.
Man extradited from Mississippi in Arizona case
PHOENIX (AP) - A suspect in a fatal shooting at a Phoenix discount store 13 years ago has been extradited from Mississippi, where he was arrested last month.
Phoenix police say 35-year-old Michael C. Moye was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on Thursday.
He had been held on a homicide warrant in Moss Point, Mississippi by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office as he awaited extradition.
Police say Moye is believed to be one of the three men who entered a Dollar Store in west Phoenix on June 16, 2001.
The store clerk was assaulted and a customer - 41-year-old Jaime Olivera-Perez - was fatally shot.
Police say the motive for the assault and shooting remain unclear.
They say Moye was identified as a suspect in 2012. The other two suspects remain unknown.
Group will try again for school charter
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - The group behind Inspire Charter School said it plans to file a new letter of intent with the state asking for approval to open the proposed charter school in Columbus.
The Commercial Dispatch reports the Columbus Coalition for Educational Options plans to file the notice by a state-imposed Aug. 15 deadline.
The group was denied a charter for the school on June 2 by a 7-0 vote of the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board.
Inspire Charter School executive director Darren Leach has said the group will keep working toward a successful application.
Trailer mishap blocks Jackson highway
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Traffic was tied up on Interstate 220 in Jackson on Friday after a mobile home flipped off the trailer that was transporting it.
Investigators say the accident happened around 11:45 a.m.
Officials of the Mississippi Department of Transportation tell WAPT-TV the accident blocked the highway's southbound lanes connecting to Interstate 55.
Authorities expected the scene to be cleared by later afternoon.
No injuries were reported.
Ole Miss taking more steps for racial diversity
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The University of Mississippi is taking steps to promote racial diversity and provide context for Old South symbols that Chancellor Dan Jones says "are too often viewed as an endorsement of ancient ideas."
In a report Friday, Jones says two streets on the Oxford campus will be renamed and plaques could be installed to provide historical context for symbols such as a Confederate soldier statue near the main administrative building.
A short street near Fraternity Row will be renamed from Confederate Drive to Chapel Lane.
Coliseum Drive will be renamed Roy Lee "Chucky" Mullins Drive, after a black Ole Miss football player who was left quadriplegic by a 1989 game injury and died in 1991.
The report recommends creating a new job of vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion.
Arson suspected in Ethel business fire
ETHEL, Miss. (AP) - Authorities in Attala County say arson is suspected in a fire that damaged a commercial building in Ethel.
WTVA-TV reports Attala County firefighters and sheriff's deputies and Ethel firefighters responded to the fire at the Saddle Shop on Main Street at around 9 p.m. Thursday.
Firefighters say they found a table burning near the building's front door. They say the fire was spreading to the main structure.
The fire was quickly extinguished. No injuries were reported.
The investigation is being handled by the Mississippi state fire marshal's office.
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