Miss renews water-rights battle with Memphis
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh-in on whether to allow Mississippi to filed a new lawsuit alleging Memphis, Tennessee, is stealing water from the state.
The Supreme Court on Monday invited Solicitor General Don Verrilli's office to file a brief on behalf of the U.S. government. Verrilli is the No. 2 official in the Justice Department and is the chief courtroom lawyer for the executive branch.
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, was as much the product of a century of housing segregation spurred by federal, state and local policies as longstanding tension between blacks and police, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the nonpartisan think tank and author of the report, said that the long pattern of housing segregation was not an accident.
“It wasn’t because of people’s choices, it wasn’t because African Americans were too poor to live in middle class neighborhoods. It’s because they were purposefully locked into segregated neighborhoods because of federal, state and local policies,” he said.
Outgoing senator once again in trouble with law
NASHVILLE (AP) — Outgoing state Sen. Jim Summerville is facing stalking and assault charges, a month after being arrested for public intoxication.
Lt. Todd Christian with the Dickson Police Department told The Associated Press on Sunday that Summerville was arrested Friday night on a stalking charge filed by a neighbor and released on bail. Christian said Summerville was arrested again on Saturday for assault after threatening the same neighbor. He was released on $10,000 bond.
In September, Summerville was charged with public intoxication after police said he sat in several residents' yards drinking.
Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson, Mo., police department says he was in fear for his life in August when he shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown, the New York Times reports. The shooting sparked continuing protests over police violence against minorities, especially unarmed black men.
Wilson’s testimony to federal investigators, shared by officials familiar with his statements, is the first public account of events that led to the fatal shooting. He told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and was in fear for his life as he struggled with Brown over his gun during a scuffle, the Times says.
Violent crimes up in Memphis area this year
(AP) — The Memphis Shelby Crime Commission says major violent crimes have increased through the first nine months of the year compared with the same time period in 2013.
The commission says the year-to-date violent crime numbers are still 6.6 percent higher in Shelby County and 6 percent higher in Memphis than last year at this time. Major violent crimes include murder, forcible rapes, aggravated assaults and robberies.
Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael says he cannot – and will not – allow public sentiment to influence his rulings as he considers the cases of teen offenders, including those accused of mob-like action.
Michaels’s viewpoint moved to the forefront this week (Tuesday, Oct. 14th) as court proceedings began in the prosecution of 10 teens charged with attacking two Kroger employees and a would-be customer on the parking lot of the Kroger’s in the Poplar Plaza Shopping Center. The September incident became a YouTube sensation, as one teen in a lime green T-shirt was shown repeatedly stomping a victim on the ground.
What is the price of being forced to raise a brown baby?
It's an unusual question, arising from an Ohio woman's unusual lawsuit prompted by an insemination gone wrong. And it has set off an extraordinary discussion touching on sensitive issues of race, motherhood, sexuality and justice, though the debate begins with one basic premise: You should get what you pay for.