OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A trial has been delayed for a retired Mississippi sheriff's deputy accused of tampering with evidence after he shot a man to death in 2013. Senior U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers earlier this month delayed Walter Grant's trial after both prosecutors and defense attorneys filed motions for Grant to undergo a psychiatric exam. Then a Bolivar County deputy, Grant is accused of planting a baton after shooting 20-year-old Willie Bingham Jr. near Cleveland.
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - The U.S. Navy has awarded an initial $63 million contract to a Mississippi shipyard to repair a damaged destroyer. The Navy on Friday announced the contract with Ingalls Shipbuilding, part of Virginia-based Huntington Ingalls Industries. The USS Fitzgerald was damaged in a June 17 collision with a container ship that killed seven sailors. The contract covers initial rip-out of damaged areas. After that, Ingalls will modernize the Fitzgerald. The work could cost hundreds of millions overall.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana wildlife and fisheries regulators say the fall shrimp season will close in a portion of state inside waters beginning at official sunset Monday. Affected by last week's order are all state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line except for specific waters east of the Mississippi River.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The owners of a twice-weekly newspaper in northwest Mississippi are selling to a company that already owns five daily and two weekly newspapers in the state. John and Rupert Howell say they're selling The Panolian of Batesville to subsidiaries of Boone Newspapers and Carpenter Newsmedia. The Howells say they expect to complete the sale by Jan. 1. No price was disclosed. David Magee, publisher of The Oxford Eagle, would own a share in The Panolian and become its publisher.
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