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Miss. News Briefs: Puppy Mills Shut Down, Jackson Kids to Read in Kindergarten

CORINTH, Miss.–Dogs and cats forced to live in extremely crowded and horrible conditions, it happens sometimes, but then, sometimes the story has a happy ending. Two places like that were shut down Wednesday in Mississippi. Here are some news briefs that could put another smile on your face:


Two hundred dogs, cats, farm animals, all crammed onto about two-thirds of an acre, living in rancid, poop-covered conditions. That’s what the Corinth-Alcorn County Animal Shelter and rescuers say they found this week when they shut down two puppy mills. WTVA reports there was also another site they shut down, very similar. No arrests.

Making Jackson school kids learn to read by not just the third grade, but the third month of kindergarten? Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber introduced that concept at the Miss. Economic Council Hobnob event Wednesday.

“While many people were upset when they saw the Third Grade Gate come out, the leadership in the City of Jackson said this is a great opportunity to lead,” he said.

He said three and four-year-olds in child care centers would have an adjusted curriculum with “Project Reads”, where they would already have a foundation that would have them reading by the first half of kindergarten.

Watch your personal info carefully. It’s another identity theft arrest in Mississippi, this time by Clay County deputies. Jonathan Fleming of Mantee picked up on ID theft charges. They’re not saying just what happened, but it was bad enough for a $100,000 bail for Fleming.

Bicycles are fun, but the wrong move can cost you your life. Joseph Demitro, 19, of Corinth, dead Wednesday afternoon when he turned his bike in front of an 18-wheeler on Hay. 45 in Alcorn County.

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