City, county seek details of DOJ claims against black students

Officials in Meridian and Lauderdale County want details from the Justice Department to back up its allegations local students’ rights have been violated by jailing them for school infractions.

Earlier this month the Justice Department said officials in east Mississippi operate a “school-to-prison pipeline” that incarcerated students – mostly black and disabled – for minor school disciplinary infractions, including dress code violations and using profanity.


Hancock County official and family plead guilty to bribery

A former Hancock County Road Superintendent has pleaded guilty to bribery conspiracy in federal court along with his wife and two brothers.

Roger Ladner, 56, his wife, Sharon Frances Ladner, 53, and his brothers Billy Wayne Ladner, 55, and Donald Ray Ladner, 57, all of Kiln, entered that plea in U.S. District Court and will be sentenced to prison on Nov. 14 in Gulfport. […]


Randy Travis cited for simple assault in Texas

Police in suburban Dallas say they’re citing country star Randy Travis for simple assault after he got involved in a couple’s argument.

Plano police Officer David Tilley said Friday, Aug. 24, that a woman and her estranged husband were arguing Thursday night in a church parking lot. He says Travis apparently knows the woman and got involved. […]