JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi lawmakers are in a tug-of-war over a religious-practices bill that is similar to one recently vetoed in Arizona. A lobbying group for the state's Baptist convention is urging lawmakers to pass the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Others say Mississippi, with its ugly history of racial oppression, should avoid any law that could lead to discrimination against gays and other groups.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The city of Jackson is mourning deceased Mayor Chokwe Lumumba (SHOW-kway Lu-MOOM-bah). About 150 people gathered yesterday outside Jackson's antebellum city hall for a service. It featured a mix of religious traditions, and combined elected officials with black nationalists.
MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) - Authorities in Moss Point say a 12-year-old junior high school student has died from injuries suffered in a fight. Moss Point Superintendent Maggie Griffin identifies the victim as Lorel Malone. He was a seventh grader at Magnolia Middle School.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran says Mississippi is one of only four states receiving additional funds from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for dredging and flood control along its major tributaries. The Republican from Mississippi says the Corps of Engineers will give an additional $14.4 million to the state this year.
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