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Headlines for 12 May 2017

Today's fourth Children's Mental Health Summit in Jackson will focus on, among other things, the impact of trauma and ways to educate and support families dealing with devastating circumstances.  Governor Phil Bryant is among several other speakers at the event who will be discussing the measures being taken to address the growing needs of Mississippi's children. 

Authorities have released the name of the pedestrian killed in Jackson Tuesday.  A homeless 58 year old man, identified as Stevie Fuller, was hit by a truck assigned to Jackson's custodial division.  The driver, city employee 51 year old Robert Wilson, lost control of the vehicle, struck Fuller, and then crashed into the Gateway Rescue Mission on Gallatin Street.  The damage to the building was extensive.

There could be as many as 7,000 bodies buried on the campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.  The Clarion Ledger reports the people died at the state's original insane asylum which was built in the 19th century and operated from 1855 until it was moved in 1935.  More than 1,000 coffins were found when a road and a parking garage were being built.  The school wants to develop 20 acres which includes the burial property, but exhuming the bodies could cost $21,000,000.  UMMC is looking at ways to reduce the cost and that could involve the creation of a memorial that would preserve the remains.  There would also be a visitors' center and a lab that could be used to study the remains as well as remnants of clothing and coffins. 

The finale of the series between the Mississippi Braves and Mobile BayBears is set for tonight at Trustmark Park in Pearl.  The game begins at 7:05 p.m.  The M-Braves open a key road trip to the Mississippi Gulfcoast to take on the Biloxi Shuckers starting tomorrow.

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