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Lucedale man gets 49 years for murdering transgender ex-girlfriend

Joshua Brandon Vallum of Lucedale received a sentence of 49 years in prison for what the U.S. Justice Department called the “bias-motivated” murder of his transgender ex-girlfriend, Mercedes Williamson. This is the first case prosecuted under the Hate Crimes Prevention Act involving a victim targeted because of gender identity. “Today’s sentencing reflects the importance of holding individuals accountable […]

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Around the state: Sept.-Oct. 2016

• The Mississippi Department of Education is preparing four “endorsement options” to supplement the high school degrees it grants: career and technical, STEM, academic and distinguished academic. The endorsements will serve as a bonus, says Jean Massey, the department’s executive director in the office of secondary education, preparing each student for work, college without remediation, […]

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Around the state: July-Aug 2016

• The Mississippi flag has been removed from exterior public display at Mississippi State University, reported the university’s student newspaper, The Reflector. MSU Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter confirmed  that all exterior displays of the state flag — which displays the Confederate battle flag emblem — have been removed. The Drill Field at the Starkville campus only flies […]

Around the State

• The Department of Health has reported four new cases of West Nile virus in the state, bringing the total of infected Mississippians in 2016 to 36, including a Hinds County resident who died of the virus in August. The new reported cases are in Adams, Carroll, George and Jefferson Davis counties. In 2015, the […]