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Mississippi Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Republican governor signs legislation into law

(Newser) - Mississippi is legalizing medical marijuana for people with debilitating conditions such as cancer, AIDS, and sickle cell disease, the AP reports. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed the legislation Wednesday and it became law immediately. It could be months before the first marijuana dispensaries open. “There is no doubt that...

Here Are the Best, Worst States to Raise a Family

Massachusetts ranks highest in WalletHub's rankings, Mississippi comes in at the bottom

(Newser) - Finding the best place to settle down and raise a family can prove a tough choice, with different levels of import placed on the various factors in play, depending on who's being asked. WalletHub looked at more than four dozen metrics in five main categories to help ease the...

Before Execution for Wife&#39;s Killing, He Confessed to Another
Police Find Remains After
a Death-Row Confession
UPDATED

Police Find Remains After a Death-Row Confession

David Neal Cox admitted killing sister-in-law before he was executed in Mississippi

(Newser) - Update: Authorities in Mississippi have found the body of a woman after a death-row inmate confessed just before his execution. David Neal Cox, convicted of murdering his wife, told authorities before he died that he also killed sister-in-law Felicia Cox and told them where to find her body. On Sunday,...

Supreme Court Delivers Blow to J&J Over Baby Powder

Justices let suit brought by Mississippi over health risks proceed

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday turned away a request by Johnson & Johnson to halt a Mississippi lawsuit over its talcum powder products, per the AP . As is typical, the high court didn't say anything in turning away the case, which was included in a long list of cases...

The Big Questions SCOTUS Asked in Big Abortion Case

Fate of Roe v. Wade is in their hands, with decision likely in June

(Newser) - It's one of the biggest days for abortion rights in 50 years. On Wednesday, the most conservative Supreme Court in decades took up the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, which centers on a Mississippi law that prohibits abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which violates Roe....

Man Who Tortured Family for 8 Hours Put to Death

David Neal Cox killed his estranged wife and sexually assaulted her daughter

(Newser) - A man who pleaded guilty to killing his estranged wife and sexually assaulting her young daughter as her mother lay dying was put to death Wednesday evening, becoming the first inmate executed in Mississippi in nine years. David Neal Cox, 50, abandoned all appeals and filed court papers calling himself...

Woman Reaches for Phone in Purse, Fires Gun Instead

She had a concealed carry permit

(Newser) - A woman's purse is a multitool. It can be a fashion accessory, a lunch bag, a first aid kit, a storage locker, or an impromptu umbrella for a dash to the door in a downpour—it is definitely not a holster, however. So learned Kashaun Alexsis McRunells of Edwards,...

These Are the Safest States Amid the Pandemic
10 Safest, Least Safe
States in US

10 Safest, Least Safe States in US

Vermont is No. 1 and Louisiana is last

(Newser) - WalletHub usually considers a wide range of factors in determining the safest states in America, including the number of assaults, mass shootings, and terrorist attacks. This year, with the coronavirus pandemic still in play, it's also considering the percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated. That's one...

Favre Must Pay $825K Within 30 Days in Illegal Welfare Case

Miss. state auditor says ex-NFL star faces a lawsuit if he doesn't return TANF funds

(Newser) - Update: It's pay-up time for Brett Favre, unless he wants to face a civil lawsuit. That was the warning Tuesday from Mississippi State Auditor Shad White, who said in a statement that the former NFL star still owes $828,000 in illegal welfare funds and interest, per the Mississippi ...

Apparent Victim of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer ID'd

It took 44 years to name Clara Birdlong

(Newser) - Authorities have identified a woman found dead in Mississippi 44 years ago, who is believed to be yet another victim of America's most prolific serial killer. Samuel Little, who died in a California prison in January , was convicted of three murders in 2014, but later confessed to killing 93...

In Abortion Fight, the Date Dec. 1 Just Became Huge

Supreme Court will hear direct challenge to Roe v. Wade out of Mississippi

(Newser) - Those on both sides of the abortion debate now have a crucial date to circle on the calendar: December 1. The Supreme Court on Monday said it would hear arguments on that day in a Mississippi case that represents a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, reports Bloomberg . The case...

These Parts of the US Face the Greatest Climate Risk
These Parts of the US Face
the Greatest Climate Risk
in case you missed it

These Parts of the US Face the Greatest Climate Risk

Multiple counties in Louisiana are looking at a dire situation, while Vermont offers possible refuge

(Newser) - If you've been looking for a reason to move to the Northeast, this might catch your attention. After the recent bleak climate report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which notes a worrisome decade ahead in terms of global warming and its effects on the Earth,...

Cops Arrest Guy Who Allegedly Accosted Reporter During Hurricane

Benjamin Dagley may have violated Ohio probation

(Newser) - Update: The guy suspected of accosting an MSNBC journalist while he reported on Hurricane Ida has been arrested. Police located the truck belonging to Benjamin Dagley in a Dayton, Ohio, parking lot Thursday morning, and the 54-year-old was arrested as he exited a nearby store, CBS News reports. "This...

Horse Drug Taken for COVID Leads to Poisonings

Mississippi health officials warn people not to buy their medicine at a feed store

(Newser) - Mississippi officials have become alarmed enough at calls coming in to its poison control center to issue a statewide health alert. Don't take a drug intended for horses to self-treat COVID-19, officials said. "At least 70% of the recent calls have been related to ingestion of livestock or...

Tens of Thousands of Students Are in Quarantine
As School Gets Underway,
Sobering Numbers
THE RUNDOWN

As School Gets Underway, Sobering Numbers

Tens of thousands of students already quarantined across the US, including 20K in Mississippi

(Newser) - More than 20,000 students in Mississippi—about 4.5% of the state's public-school population—were quarantined over the last two weeks due to coronavirus exposures, per USA Today . Almost 6,000 students in the state have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks, and two have...

Undercover Probe Finds Catfish 'Gasping,' 'Slowly Suffocating'

Investigator at Simmons farm in Mississippi found 'numerous instances of animal abuse and suffering'

(Newser) - "I remember as a kid the moment I learned that there was an awful place animals were sent to be killed called a slaughterhouse. If you had told me back then that I would be working in one someday, I would've never believed you." So says an...

'Hospitals Are Full From Memphis to Natchez to Gulfport'

Hospital leaders say delta surge has pushed Mississippi system to breaking point

(Newser) - Mississippi's hospital system is buckling under a record-breaking load of COVID infections, a University of Mississippi Medical Center official is warning. Dr. Alan Jones, UMMC's COVID response leader, said Wednesday that case numbers and hospitalizations have soared over the last week, and "if we continue that trajectory...

Mississippi to Supreme Court: Overturn Roe v. Wade

A decision in big abortion rights case could come by June

(Newser) - The Mississippi attorney general on Thursday asked the US Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, a challenge to the 1973 law that's been expected since May , when the high court agreed to hear a case involving a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks. Lower courts blocked...

Files Open to Public on Civil Rights Workers' Slayings

Victims were in Mississippi to look into church fire and register voters

(Newser) - Never-before-seen case files, photographs, and other records documenting the investigation into the infamous slayings of three civil rights workers in Mississippi are now open to the public for the first time, 57 years after their deaths. The 1964 killings of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner in Neshoba County...

Guy Finds Meaning, Pain Overnight in a Waffle House
Guy Finds Meaning,
Pain Overnight
in a Waffle House
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Guy Finds Meaning, Pain Overnight in a Waffle House

Man who lost fantasy football had to spend 24 hours, with time off for each waffle

(Newser) - A Mississippi man’s mouth wrote a check his body very much did not want to cash. He promised to spend 24 hours straight in a Waffle House, with a one-hour credit given for each waffle eaten. If your first question is, "did he lose a bet?” then you’...

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