Former Klansman Edgar Ray Killen seeks OK from Supreme Court for new trial in 1964 slayings

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is considering arguments from a former Ku Klux Klansman convicted in the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers.

Edgar Ray Killen says he was denied constitutional rights in his Mississippi trial.

Killen made the same arguments to a federal judge in Mississippi in 2012 and before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans earlier this year. He lost in both courts… […]


AP analysis: Former warden Donald Cabana, who died last week, believed Parchman camps had uses

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — The Parchman penitentiary Donald Cabana returned to in 2004 when he again became warden looked little like what it had been 13 years before.

He told the story many times of how he didn’t like what he saw — steel and concrete buildings each with 500-600 inmates. The changes had been coming since 1972, when a federal judge took control of a prison system wracked with overcrowding, forced labor and segregation… […]


News Around Mississippi: Trooper runs over horse and flips, fatal motel shooting, fatal wreck

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News Briefs From Around The State

Here is a roundup of news and notes from around Mississippi this morning:

In Meridian, the Mississippi Highway Patrol says a trooper’s car hit a horse and overturned — as the officer was answering a report that another driver had hit a horse.
WJTV reports that officials did not identify the trooper, but say he was released after being checked at a hospital in Meridian.

The accident occurred Saturday night on Highway 15 in Jasper County. Officials say another horse ran into the road in front of the squad car… […]


Opinion: Enough is Enough

Back on Sept. 12, the Republican-led House of Representatives voted for the 42nd time to derail the Affordable Care Act. That’s 42 more times than they have voted on raising the minimum wage, increasing federal investments in our roads or highways or helping local school districts get the hundreds of thousands of teachers whose jobs were lost when the Great Recession cut local tax revenue back into our children’s classrooms…. […]


Sociology students meet Alumni Association

The Mississippi Link Newswire
The Delta State Alumni Association recently hosted a visit from the senior sociology class taught by Dr. Leslie E. Green-Pimentel. The course provides a venue for integrating material learned in the Social Sciences program.

Dr. Green-Pimentel’s class is designed to establish a basis for instituting assessment-based education in the Division of Social Sciences and History at Delta State University and to serve as a transition between life in the university and life after college… […]


Body found in burned SUV identified as McComb man

MAGNOLIA, Mississippi (AP) — Authorities in Pike County have identified a body was found Oct. 1 in a burned SUV.

Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Rushing tells the Enterprise-Journal that the state Crime Lab used DNA to identify the victim was 44-year-old Janice Blackwell Brown of McComb, the vehicle’s owner… […]

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Another doctor sought for mental evaluation of Mississippi doctor accused in murder-for-hire plot

GREENWOOD, Mississippi (AP) — Prosecutors and the defense team for a Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case will talk to a forensic psychiatrist at a state mental hospital about bringing in another doctor to assist in the evaluation of Dr. Arnold Smith.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the decision came Tuesday during a court in Greenwood on the progress of Smith’s mental evaluation… […]