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Joshua Blunt
Joshua Blunt
Joshua Blunt

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A defense attorney says he expects a Mississippi prosecutor to reduce the second-degree murder charge against a man arrested last week when his 8-month-old daughter died after being left in a hot car. Carlos Moore is the attorney for 25-year-old Joshua Blunt of Grenada, who is set to make an initial court appearance Tuesday.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi State freshman outfielder Jake Mangum has won this year’s Ferriss Trophy, which is given to Mississippi’s top college baseball player. Mangum, of Pearl, becomes the first freshman to take home the award in its 12-year history and is the fifth Mississippi State player to receive it.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Gamblers lost more money at Mississippi casinos along both the Gulf Coast and Mississippi River in April. Figures released Friday by the state Revenue Department show casinos won $181 million in April, up 2 percent from $177 million in April 2015. The 16 Mississippi River casinos won $83 million, up 1 percent from April 2015. The increase could indicate that the long slide in river casino revenues is bottoming out.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The head of Mississippi’s educator misconduct office says a Clarksdale elementary school principal participated in and covered up cheating on standardized tests at her school. Michael Martin, interim director of the office of educator misconduct, testified Monday against Heidelberg Elementary School Principal Lowanda Tyler-Jones. The state Department of Education alleges that teachers and Tyler-Jones rigged results on state standardized tests in 2013.

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