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$1.6M flows into Congressional election

Posted 4/17/2015 in State

The race for Mississippi's 1st Congressional District representative has more than $1.6 million being thrown around.

 

 

Glenn Boyce named higher education chief

Posted 4/17/2015 in State

The College Board is naming former Holmes County Community College President Glenn Boyce as permanent higher education commissioner.

 

 

Mississippi law could expand autism services

Posted 4/16/2015 in State

Brian and Laura Beth Johnston of Madison learned in December that their 4-year-old son, Fraiser, has autism.

 

 

Vandals strike Natchez Habitat for Humanity house

Posted 4/14/2015 in State

A half-completed Habitat for Humanity house in Natchez has been vandalized.

 

Analysis: Borsig's exit worsens College Board's position

Posted 4/13/2015 in State

It has gone from bad to worse for the College Board.

 

Judge rules against AG Hood over Google

Posted 4/13/2015 in State

A federal judge has ruled against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood in his effort to keep Google from getting its hands on correspondence between Hood and lobbyists for the movie industry.

 

 

Gov. Bryant signs concealed carry bills

Posted 4/11/2015 in State

Mississippians will not need a state-issued license to carry a concealed gun in a purse, briefcase or other fully enclosed satchel under a bill signed by Gov. Phil Bryant.

 

 

2 women sentenced in slaying of Mississippi black man

Posted 4/10/2015 in State

In a hearing that lasted more than five hours Thursday, a federal judge sentenced two women to the maximum prison terms for their roles in the 2011 death of James Craig Anderson, the last of a series of white-on-black attacks.

 

Ole Miss to search for new leader as some worry about damage

Posted 4/3/2015 in State

With University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones saying he couldn't reach an agreement with the state College Board to extend his contract, Higher Education Commissioner Jim Borsig said the board will launch a national search for a replacement.

 

Group seeks ballot initiative to legalize pot

Posted 4/3/2015 in State

A Florida advocate of legalizing marijuana has entered the Mississippi push for legalization by offering to pay volunteers to collect petition signatures needed to get the measure on the 2016 general election ballot.

 

 

Amazon considers 'Natchez Burning' series for video service

Posted 4/3/2015 in State

Author Greg Iles' book "Natchez Burning" is moving closer to becoming a television series, with Amazon Studios announcing that it's considering production.

 

 

Bill would increase sanctions for cheating on state tests

Posted 4/2/2015 in State

A bill that would tighten sanctions for schools that cheat on state tests passed what appeared to be its final hurdles Wednesday in the Mississippi House and Senate, but House members must return Thursday -- after the Senate has already adjourned for the year -- and decide whether to reconsider their vote.

 

 

Worker training bill may be dead as end of session nears

Posted 4/1/2015 in State

One of Gov. Phil Bryant's top priorities, a plan to divert $50 million in unemployment taxes into a worker training fund, may have died in the shuffle of the closing days of the 2015 legislative session.

 

 

Special-education voucher bill headed to gov.

Posted 4/1/2015 in State

A bill to create school vouchers for a small percentage of special-education students is headed to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, who plans to sign it.

 

 

Senate balks at bill to force new state testing competition

Posted 4/1/2015 in State

Senators want more work on a bill that would force the state Department of Education to relaunch a contract competition to pick state standardized tests with rules that would aid the ACT organization.

 

 

Former deputy to plead guilty to drug charges

Posted 3/31/2015 in State

A former Leflore County deputy sheriff is scheduled to plead guilty to federal drug trafficking charges.

 

 

Attorney: Indicted former Ole Miss student innocent

Posted 3/31/2015 in State

The attorney for a former University of Mississippi student indicted on federal charges connected to an incident where a noose was put on a statue James Meredith says his client didn't do it.

 

 

Analysis: Closed meetings can feed false public impressions

Posted 3/30/2015 in State

One lesson of the Dan Jones fiasco? While government boards in Mississippi can legally meet behind closed doors to discuss many issues, the public can be left dumbfounded when a board takes a major action that it's never before discussed in an open meeting.

 

 

Hundreds attend funeral of man found hanged

Posted 3/28/2015 in State

Loss and healing were the focus of eulogies as more than 200 people packed a Baptist church for the memorial service for a black man found hanging behind his home in Mississippi.

 

 

Man charged in noose left on statue at Ole Miss

Posted 3/28/2015 in State

A former University of Mississippi student has been indicted on federal charges connected to a noose being put on a statue of the student who integrated the school, the Justice Department said Friday.

 

 

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