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PURVIS, Miss. (AP) - Bond has been set at $150,000 for a former Lamar County teacher accused of statutory rape. WDAM-TV reports 38-year-old Jenny Hipp, a former speech pathologist for the Lamar County School District, appeared in court Tuesday. The judge also ordered Hipp to undergo a mental evaluation. Sheriff Danny Rigel says Hipp was arrested Sunday. She faces one count of statutory rape in connection with allegations involving a student under the age of 16.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's Court of Appeals says the city of Jackson can't deny workers' compensation benefits to a police officer injured in a wreck while he was speeding. The court ruled 10-0 Tuesday that the city must pay former officer Kearney Brown for injuries suffered in 2012 when Brown crashed his patrol car. The city argued that Brown's excessive speed showed he meant to hurt himself, one reason an employer can refuse to pay for injuries.

VANCLEAVE, Miss. (AP) - Authorities in Mississippi say a man has been charged after his pit bulls attacked a runner. The Sun Herald reports Wade Sistrunk was charged with three misdemeanor leash-law violations. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said in a news release that the dogs ran out of the yard Monday to attack the runner.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Construction is wrapping up and exhibits are being built in side-by-side museums set to open in December to mark 200 years of Mississippi statehood. The Museum of Mississippi History takes a broad look at the place, from prehistoric times until today. The Mississippi Civil Right Museum focuses on developments that changed the state and nation between 1945 and 1976.

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