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Steven Jessie Harris
Steven Jessie Harris

WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) – A newspaper reports that a man diagnosed with schizophrenia and accused of killng his father has been jailed for 11 years without trial. Clay County District Attorney Scott Colon tells The Clarion-Ledger that Steven Jessie Harris’ case fell through the cracks long ago. Colon took office this year. He says he’s trying to have Harris moved to a mental hospital. Harris was diagnosed in July 2007, nearly two years after his father was shot to death. He was found incompetent for trial in 2010.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A hearing to suspend or revoke the license of a Clarksdale elementary school principal is scheduled to begin Monday. The state teacher licensure commission will examine whether Heidelberg Elementary School Principal Lowanda Tyler-Jones helped orchestrate cheating on state standardized tests in 2013. The Clarion-Ledger reported in May 2014 that test results were falsified.

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – It’s not clear how many furniture makers use Mississippi’s $2,000-a-job tax credit, but they have it for 2½ more years. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal ( reports that legislators renewed the credit for each new cut-and-sew job until Jan. 1, 2019. Neither the state Department of Revenue nor the Mississippi Development Authority was able to provide information on the number of companies using the tax credit.

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Valley State is boosting spending by $2.5 million to renovate the 170-bed College Hall, saying construction and contingency costs have risen. The College Board approved the additional spending Thursday during a meeting in Starkville. College Hall has been empty since a fire damaged it in 2004

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