FIVE CHILDREN KILLED-MEMORIAL-UPDATE
5 slain children remembered at memorial
AMORY, Miss. (AP) - The five children who authorities say were killed by their father loved to dress up as superheroes, play in the park and pool, and pose for the camera, always smiling.
And they loved "wrestling with their dad."
At their memorial in this rural Mississippi town Friday, about 100 people, some who didn't even know the Jones children, watched a slide show of their short lives. Mourners in wooden church pews cried and soft music accompanied the images of Merah, Elias, Nahtahn, Gabriel and Elaine. They ranged in age from 8 to 1 year old.
About 400 miles away in Lexington, South Carolina, their father waived his first court appearance Friday. His attorney says he is being "portrayed as a monster" and needs a mental health evaluation as soon as possible.
Grand jury gets Cochran photos case
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The case of a Pearl man accused of sneaking into a nursing home to take a photo of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's bedridden wife has been presented to a grand jury.
Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest tells The Clarion-Ledger the case against Clayton Kelly was presented in September. He would not comment further on status of the case or whether the grand jury has made any decisions, but says paperwork should be filed by late next week with the circuit clerk's office.
On Easter Sunday, the 27-year-old Kelly allegedly took photos of Cochran's wife at St. Catherine's Village nursing home in Madison. The photos were used in a political online video against Cochran during the Republican Senate primary in which he faced tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel.
Record yield expected for Mississippi corn
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Farmers in Mississippi may have a record year for corn.
Mississippi State University analysts say ample rains helped bring the yield for dryland corn close that for irrigated land, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting record yield of 180 bushels per acre.
Extension Service agricultural economist Brian Williams says that's four bushels higher than last year and two bushels above last month's estimate.
Extension Service corn specialist Erick Larson says that with prices down, lower production costs are a bonus.
Williams says Greenville cash corn was recently trading at $3.51 per bushel, compared with $4.53 a year ago and $7.22 two years ago. Planting decisions for next year, like most years, are based primarily on market prices.
Ingalls to deliver new cutter
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Ingalls Shipbuilding will deliver its fourth national security cutter to the Coast Guard on Monday.
The 10 a.m. ceremony for the cutter Hamilton will take place aboard the vessel. Participants will include Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias, Coast Guard Assistant Commandant Rear Adm. Bruce Baffer and Capt. Douglas Fears, the Hamilton's prospective commanding officer.
Shipbuilders and crew members of the Hamilton also will attend.
The ship is named for Alexander Hamilton, who is credited with establishing the Revenue Cutter Service, forerunner of the Coast Guard. It is the third Coast Guard cutter to bear the name Hamilton.
Reports warns Vicksburg water rates too low
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - A new report to city officials says Vicksburg's water and sewer utility rates are too low to adequately fund present and future needs of the system.
The report prepared by Jackson engineers Allen and Hoshall was presented this past week to a work session of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
The Vicksburg Post reports Mayor George Flaggs Jr. has appointed a committee to review the report and present its findings to the board in January.
Vicksburg is under an Environmental Protection Agency consent decree for allowing raw sewage to be discharged into the Mississippi River and other streams.
The city is required to upgrade its 107-year-old sewer system within 10 years.
SPIRIT OF SPAIN
Exhibit highlights painter's impressions of Spain
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Museum of Art exhibition "Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain" could introduce many to lesser-known masterpieces in private hands or from off-the-beaten-path museums.
The exhibition will be the museum's 14th presentation in the Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin Memorial Exhibition Series.
The Clarion-Ledger reports past exhibitions in the series have drawn thousands of viewers.
Henri championed the realistic portrayal of contemporary life.
"Spanish Sojourns" will be on view Sept. 27-Jan. 4 in the Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries.
Hodges, Pearson to lead Meridian campus
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) - Julia Hodges and Allison Pearson have been named co-interim deans for Mississippi State University's Meridian campus.
The two will fill the vacancy created by the departure of Meridian Dean Steven Brown, who was named dean of arts, social sciences and humanities at the University of West Florida.
Hodges has been a Mississippi State faculty member for more than 30 years and currently serves as associate vice president for academic affairs in the office of the provost and executive vice president. She holds a doctorate in computer science from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Pearson has been with Mississippi State for 21 years and currently serves as special assistant to the provost. She holds a doctorate in organizational behavior from Auburn University.
NORTH MISSISSIPPI-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Economic group seeks director
ACKERMAN, Miss. (AP) - A new economic development group established to help with business and industrial growth in north Mississippi is seeking an executive director.
WTVA-TV reports the Regional Economic Enterprise of Mississippi is a partnership of Choctaw, Montgomery and Webster counties.
The group plans to focus on bringing new business to the counties and in supporting existing companies.
Officials hope to have an executive director in place by Nov. 15. The application process closes Sept. 19.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.