CALIFORNIA: Jury probes migrant's death
A federal grand jury is investigating the death of an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was shot by U.S. border authorities with a stun gun, suggesting the government is considering criminal charges after two years of silence on the politically charged case. Eugene Iredale, representing the family of Anastasio Hernandez, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he understood Justice Department attorneys have been presenting evidence to the grand jury. A person close to the family said two eyewitnesses are to testify Thursday in San Diego.
FLORIDA: University president resigns
The president of Florida A&M University submitted his resignation Wednesday, the same day the university was sued by parents of a drum major who died during a hazing. James Ammons resigned, effective Oct. 11, in a letter to the chairman of the university governing board. School trustees gave Ammons a vote of no-confidence in June, questioning his leadership in several areas, including what some saw as a lax attitude toward hazing and management of the The Marching 10 Band before Robert Champion's death in November. Champion was beaten by fellow band members on a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel after a football game. Eleven band members face felony hazing charges; two face misdemeanor counts.
MISSISSIPPI: Abortion law stay extended
A federal judge continued to block a state law that threatens to shut down Mississippi's only abortion clinic and make it nearly impossible for women to get the procedure in the state. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III temporarily blocked the law July 1 and extended that order Wednesday; he did not say when he would rule on the clinic's request for a preliminary injunction that would put the law on hold for a longer period. If he grants that request, the case eventually would go to trial.