WASHINGTON (AP) - The NAACP is turning to an insider to help bring the nation's oldest civil rights organization back to prominence. The board of directors on Saturday hired Derrick Johnson of Jackson, Mississippi, to serve as the NAACP's 19th president and CEO. Johnson had been the interim leader since July. In an interview with The Associated Press, he said the NAACP will be much more politically active in the coming years.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi Delta school superintendent is accused of overpaying herself by $52,000 in her old job. State Auditor Stacey Pickering is demanding that Beverly Culley, now superintendent of the West Bolivar school district, repay nearly $70,000. That reflects not only the salary, but also interest and investigation costs. Pickering says Culley overpaid herself without authorization in 2014 when she led the Benoit school district. Culley was hired to run the West Bolivar district in June.
GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - The state Supreme Court says a judge will decide who pays legal fees in a long court fight over a Mississippi mayoral race. The dispute has lasted longer than the four-year term in Greenwood. After Carolyn McAdams won in 2013, Democrat Sheriel Perkins unsuccessfully challenged the result. Attorney's fees are still unresolved.
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - An employee at a Mississippi shipyard has been hurt after an explosion at the facility. WLOX-TV reports the incident at Ingalls in Pascagoula happened Friday morning. Ingalls spokesman Bill Glenn says a shipfitter was performing hot work in a unit when the incident happened about 8:30 a.m. Family members tell the television station the employee suffered wounds on 78 percent of his body.
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