JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – For La’Porsha Renae, being “American Idol” runner-up means there aren’t any more quick trips to the store. She tells The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/22bFcEt) that she and her sister figured it would take 30 minutes to pick up three items for their mother at Wal-Mart. The 22-year-old says it turned into three hours, because so many hometown fans wanted to ask questions, take photos or get her autograph. She says it’s no bother, because fans supported her on the show.
MIAMI (AP) – The mosquitoes that can spread Zika are already buzzing among us and the U.S. government could use some help figuring out exactly where. There’s little money in government budgets to track the spread of mosquitoes. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to scale up a nationwide experiment in citizen-science. The Invasive Mosquito Project is recruiting high school students and science teachers to collect mosquito eggs and upload the data to populate an online map.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Skeletal remains have been discovered in Jackson. The remains were discovered Sunday afternoon in a wooded area by people searching for a lost dog. Authorities believe the remains could have been out there for months. The remains have been transported to the state medical examiner’s office for further investigation
PANOLA, Miss. (AP) – A north Mississippi prosecutor says the man accused of burning a 19-year-old woman to death could be back in Mississippi for trial by late summer. Panola County District Attorney John Champion tells The Commercial Appeal he doesn’t know how long it will take for 27-year-old Quinton Tellis to be processed into Louisiana’s prison system. Tellis pleaded guilty last week to using the credit card of a Louisiana woman who had been stabbed to death. He waived extradition to Mississippi.