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sexcrimesPASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) – A jury could not reach a unanimous verdict in the sex crimes trial of a Pascagoula man. The Sun Herald reports the jury informed the court Tuesday it was hopelessly deadlocked. David Henry Epps was being tried on four counts of sexual battery and three counts of touching of a child for lustful purposes. The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office plans to retry the case.

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) – The Ocean Springs School District will not renew contracts for its six nurses, citing lack of funding. Instead, the school district entered into a contract for next year with Singing River Health System, an outside health care provider. Superintendent Bonita Coleman-Potter tells The Sun Herald the contract will save the school district over $23,000.

(AP) – An inmate who escaped from the Monroe County Jail has been captured in Lee County and a man who walked away from a work detail in Jones County has surrendered to authorities. The Daily Journal ( reports 58-year-old Chris Cosner escaped Thursday and was captured about 5:30 p.m. in Lee County. The Jones County Sheriff’s Department tells WDAM-TV ( that Ellis Lee Ishee is back in custody after he walked off a work detail May 8.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – One of the top financial managers in Mississippi government is stepping down at the end of this budget year. Kevin Upchurch has directed the Department of Finance and Administration since 2008.

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