JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge is sentencing the former head of Mississippi's prison system to nearly 20 years in prison in a wide-ranging corruption case. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate handed down the sentence Wednesday to 56-year-old Christopher Epps. The longtime Mississippi corrections commissioner pleaded guilty in 2015 to money laundering and filing false tax returns.
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - A Canadian company will spend $1 million to expand its Mississippi door factory, adding 50 employees. Renin Corp., based in Brampton, Ontario, said Wednesday that it would move equipment from a sister location in Canada to a longtime factory in Tupelo. The maker of interior doors says the shift will help it increase sales in the United States. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft says the state agency is giving Renin $50,000 to help pay to move equipment.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Individuals in two Mississippi counties won't be getting aid following tornado damage. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency announced Wednesday that federal officials are rejecting payments to people in Holmes and Montgomery counties. Federal officials say there wasn't enough damage. Gov. Phil Bryant says the state and nonprofit groups will try to fill gaps. Damage from April 30 tornadoes was worst in the Holmes County town of Durant and the Montgomery County town of Kilmichael.
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - A man in Mississippi is charged with capital murder in a 1996 slaying. Multiple news outlets report 52-year-old David Murray of Jackson is being held without bond in Lowndes County jail in Columbus after being arrested Tuesday by U.S. marshals.
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