Another judge recuses himself from Hinds County DA case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A second judge has recused himself from a case against Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith, who was accused of aiding criminal defendants last month. The Clarion-Ledger reports Hinds County Court Judge William Skinner filed an order recusing himself on Monday, and Judge Melvin Priester Sr. recused himself from the case two weeks ago. Both…

Transgender man admits having sex with transgender minor

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) – A 24-year-old Lucedale transgender man has pleaded guilty to sex crimes against a transgender minor. The Sun Herald reports Krishna “Kris” Maroney pleaded guilty Monday to six counts of sexual battery and one count of touching of a child for lustful purposes. Four of the sexual battery charges and the one touching charge are for crimes…

4 qualify for special election to Jackson-area House seat

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Four candidates have qualified for the Aug. 23 election to a vacant seat in the Mississippi House. A. Shae Buchanon-Williams, Synarus Green, Debra Gibbs and Theresa G. Kennedy qualified with the Secretary of State’s Office before the Monday deadline. House District 72 covers parts of Hinds and Madison counties, including parts of north Jackson, Ridgeland and…

Hearing set for Texas man on Mississippi prison bribe charge

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Texas man is scheduled to answer charges that he sought to bribe the leader of Mississippi’s prison system. Mark Longoria, CEO of Houston-based Drug Testing Corp., is set to appear before a federal magistrate judge Tuesday in Jackson. Longoria was charged Monday with conspiracy to bribe former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps, in exchange for…

Mr. Food recipe for Tuscan pork chops

What You’ll Need: 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon black pepper 4 boneless pork chops 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup chicken broth 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon light brown sugar 4 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced 2 tablespoons capers What To Do: In a shallow dish, combine flour, salt,…

Holiday scrooge strikes early, steals Gulfport’s decorations

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – Authorities say someone has stolen holiday decorations from the city of Gulfport. City spokesman Chris Vignes tells WLOX-TV that a city storage site was recently burglarized three times in two days. The city is doing an inventory to determine exactly what was stolen. A council member tells the news station that up to $80,000 worth of…

TVA giving cash incentives to airports for new equipment

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says it is joining forces with four airports and FedEx to replace some of their diesel-powered ground support equipment with more environmentally friendly gear. TVA said Monday that the FedEx World Hub in Memphis, the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, Tri-Cities Regional Airport and Metropolitan Nashville Airport…

Adams County looks at hiring nurse practitioner

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – The Adams County Board of Supervisors is exploring the possibility of hiring a nurse practitioner to work for the county full-time. The Natchez Democrat reports the county already pays about $115,000 annually for nurse practitioner visits to the county jail and juvenile justice facilities. Supervisors President Mike Lazarus says the proposed move could save the county…

UofL board to consider status of campus president

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – University of Louisville trustees may be ready to decide the status of embattled school President James Ramsey. The school’s new board of trustees has scheduled a special meeting on Tuesday. The agenda includes consideration of Ramsey’s offer to resign. Perhaps foreshadowing the board’s action, another agenda item calls for “discussion of next steps, including transition planning…

McNairy County Commissioners vote to keep library open, pass budget

SELMER, Tenn — A┬áspecially called meeting in McNairy County ends with the passage of a new budget and ends an argument Monday night over whether to close a local library. McNairy County commissioners voted to keep the Jack McConnico Library in Selmer open and fund needed renovations to the building instead of creating a centralized accounting position that would be…