1. MISSISSIPPI

    5 Pardoned Men Missing

    Newly elected Gov. Phil Bryant unveils his major focus for the Legislature, which opens in January 2012 during a news conference in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. Bryant, a Republican, easily defeated Democrat Johnny DuPree on Tuesday. Bryant also named former State Republican Party Chairman Jim Herring to head his transition efforts. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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    Five men who were pardoned by former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour are still on the loose—and the attorney general says they will likely be sent back to prison. The men all worked as trusties in the governor’s mansion, and four are convicted murderers and another was found guilty of armed robbery. Attorney General Jim Hood said Thursday that the state had not met a crucial deadline to free the men, who were among 208 prisoners granted pardons by Barbour in one of his last acts as governor. New Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a fellow Republican, said Thursday that he would support a state constitutional amendment to tweak the governor’s clemency powers. Barbour, once considered a presidential hopeful, has sparked national outrage over the pardons.

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