Body found in ditch in Rankin Co., 3 children plunge into Miss. River and a football coach in prayer

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1. Body found in a ditch in Rankin Co.

The body of a 22-year-old man was found in a ditch with multiple stab wounds in Rankin Co. According to a news release, deputies were called to the 200 block of Wilson Bates Road, where they found Keair Stowers of Forest. Investigators were then called to the scene and, with the help of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, learned that Stowers’ truck had been stolen and located in Franklin County. The news release says that with the help of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, 22-year-old Jeffrey Allen Freeman of Morton and 17-year-old Madison Nicole Hardin of Morton were arrested and transported to the county of Rankin. Jail. They are charged with capital murder. District Attorney Bubba Bramlett will bring Freeman and Hardin before Rankin County Court Judge David Morrow for a first appearance.

2. 3 children dive into Miss. river

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The Coast Guard suspended the search for three missing children who dived into the Mississippi River late Saturday. The missing children, Brandy Wilson, 14, her sister Berry Wilson, 8, and a friend, 15, were reported to have entered the water around 7.15pm Saturday near the Crescent City Connection Bridge. The bridge connects the east and west shores of New Orleans, reports WVUE. “The decision to suspend any search and rescue case is never easy, but given the extensive search efforts of our men and women of the Coast Guard, in conjunction with other response agencies, I have made the difficult decision to suspend our active search for the three children,” said Capt. Kelly Denning, Commander Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. “Our prayers are with the families during this difficult time.”

3. Praying football coach

Joe Kennedy, former assistant football coach at Bremerton High School, has lost his coaching job...
Joe Kennedy, a former assistant football coach at Bremerton High School, lost his coaching job for refusing to stop kneeling in prayer with players and spectators on the field immediately after football games. He will make his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the school district violated his First Amendment rights.(Source: KCPQ via CNN)

The Supreme Court will tackle a dispute between public school officials and a former high school football coach who wanted to kneel and pray on the field after games. The case before the judges on Monday involves Joseph Kennedy, a former football coach at Bremerton High School in Bremerton, Washington. For years, the coach knelt in the center of the field after games and led students in prayer. The school district eventually learned what he was doing and asked him to stop. Kennedy’s lawyers say the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech and freedom of religion allow him to pray in the field, with students free to join. But the school district says Kennedy’s religious speech interfered with students’ religious freedom rights, could have the effect of pressuring students to pray, and opened the district itself to legal action. The school district says it tried to find a way for Kennedy, who is a Christian, to pray privately before or after the game, including on the field after the students left, but Kennedy’s lawsuit followed.

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