ROSANNE CASH-LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Rosanne Cash to talk at Library of Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) - Singer Rosanne Cash is appearing at the Library of Congress in Washington.
Cash was scheduled to talk Saturday evening with U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey during a conversation that is free and open to the public.
Cash is publicizing her new album "The River and the Thread" with songs about the American South.
Trethewey is a native of Mississippi, where she is also the state's poet laureate.
Freezing rain continues overnight in north Miss.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Parts of north Mississippi are under a winter weather advisory beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday as a second wave of freezing rain moves into the region.
The National Weather Service said Saturday that ice accumulations are not expected to exceed one-tenth of inch.
A spokeswoman for Entergy Mississippi says about 300 customers remained without power early Saturday in its service area in the Delta and northwest Mississippi. Power was expected to be restored by Saturday night.
Lawmakers seek to avert cut in August teacher pay
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Top lawmakers say teachers, bus drivers and other Mississippi school employees won't face a reduced paycheck in August.
Those leaders say they'll offer a bill fixing a problem that resulted from the Legislature's mandate that public schools open later in August.
Employees are typically paid in equal monthly installments though they work fewer than 12 months a year.
But recent attorney general's opinions say it's against the state Constitution to pay public employees for work not yet performed.
Gulfport asks MS congressmen for help
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The city of Gulfport is asking the Mississippi congressional delegation to press federal agencies to approve plans for repairs to piers and jetties damaged since Hurricane Isaac.
Four piers and three jetties have been closed since August 2012.
Isaac hit Aug. 29, 2012, and tore up slats, pilings and jetties from Biloxi to Pass Christian. Repairs and improvements require approval of the Federal Emergency Management Agency before work can begin.
John R. Kelly, Gulfport's chief administrative officer, tells The Sun Herald that it appears because of some endangered species that have to be investigated by NOAA Fisheries, the process has taken longer than anybody anticipated.
Kelly says the endangered species is sea turtles. Kelly says the agency is considering doing a biological assessment on the turtles.
Former mayor's embezzlement trial continued
HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis' trial on charges of embezzlement and false pretense has been rescheduled for a third time.
DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion tells The Commercial Appeal that Davis' trial scheduled for Dec. 9 has been continued until February.
Davis was indicted on the felony charges in December 2012. The three-count indictment accuses Davis of embezzlement by a public official linked to his city-leased vehicle and using city gasoline in his personal vehicle.
The third charge is false pretense involving a $1,000 check Davis received from the city for a donation intended for the Bully Bloc, a political action committee at his alma mater, Mississippi State University. Investigators say the PAC never received the donation.
Davis lost his re-election bid during municipal elections in June.
Man sentenced in sexual battery, kidnap case
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - A 28-year-old man who allegedly attacked and robbed a pizza delivery woman has been convicted in Jackson County Circuit Court.
The Mississippi Press reports that Michael Tyron Moore Jr. pleaded guilty Friday to sexual battery, kidnapping and robbery in the Sept. 14 incident.
Prosecutors say Moore sexually assaulted and robbed the woman after luring her to an apartment complex.
Alabama man dies ATV crash
AMORY, Miss. (AP) - An Alabama man has died in an ATV accident in Monroe County on Friday.
Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley tells WCBI-TV in Columbus, Miss., that 40-year-old David Christopher Herrington of Samson, Ala., was the passenger in a Polaris Razor when it flipped over into a swollen creek.
Gurley says Herrington was trapped under the ATV for several minutes until rescue crews arrived and took him to Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center.
Gurley says the accident happened at Wheeler Creek Campground, three miles east of Amory, about 1:30 p.m.
Gurley says Herrington died as a result of drowning.
Justices to speak at USM graduation Dec. 13
HATTESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James W. Kitchens and Randy Pierce will speak at graduation exercises Friday at the University of Southern Mississippi.
About 1,100 students will receive degrees during ceremonies at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus.
Kitchens will speak to graduates at the 10 a.m. commencement, which will be followed by the 2:30 p.m. ceremony where Pierce will speak.
Kitchens and Pierce are both USM graduates.
Kitchens has been a member of the court since January 2009. He served three terms as district attorney in Copiah, Lincoln, Pike and Walthall counties. He also practiced law in Crystal Springs.
Pierce, a Greene County native, also joined the court in January 2009. He is a former chancery judge and also served in the Mississippi Legislature.
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