TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown. If confirmed, Brown would become the state's first black female district judge. Carl Tobias, a professor at Virginia's University of Richmond, says Brown is "well-qualified, noncontroversial and diverse," like many judicial nominees by President Barack Obama.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A lawyer who was active in a black nationalist group decades ago is running for mayor of Mississippi's capital city. Can Chokwe Lumumba (SHOW-kway Lu-MOOM-bah) persuade voters that he's a mainstream politician concerned about a diverse swath of people? That's a big question as he faces businessman Jonathan Lee in Tuesday's Democratic primary runoff in Jackson.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A man arrested in a 51-year-old killing is being held in the Calcasieu Parish jail without bond. Authorities arrested 73-year-old William Felix Vail Friday for the October 1962 killing of his wife, Mary Horton Vail.
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - The McComb Board of Selectmen has voted down a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in all public workplaces in the city. The Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition had proposed the ordinance. The city already has an ordinance on the books that bans smoking in most public places.
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