Michael K. Randolph, a presiding justice on the Mississippi Supreme Court, is scheduled to undergo open heart surgery later this month, the court said today.

Randolph, 69, recently experienced trouble breathing and the surgery will repair two leaking heart valves; he previously underwent triple bypass surgery in 2006.

Randolph is expected to return to his duties in mid-January after recovering at his home in Hattiesburg.

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Ryan L. Nave, a native of University City, Mo., served as Mississippi Today's editor-in-chief from May 2018 until April 2020. Ryan began his career with Mississippi Today February 2016 as an original member of the editorial team. He became news editor August 2016. Ryan has a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked for Illinois Times and served as news editor for the Jackson Free Press.