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Political rivals Tate Reeves, Jim Hood stake ground at fair

Posted yesterday in State

Two would-be governors squared off at the Neshoba County Fair on Wednesday, presenting sharply different visions for what the Mississippi legislature should be doing.

 

 

Bryant and Gunn defend religious objections law

Posted yesterday in State

Top Mississippi leaders redoubled their defense Thursday of the state's attempt to protect religious objections to same-sex couples, transgender people or anyone engaging in sex outside marriage.

 

 

Gov's office: Trump to visit Miss. on Aug. 24

Posted yesterday in State

A spokesman for Gov. Phil Bryant says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be back in Mississippi next month.

 

 

Miss. grand jury clears 3 officers in fatal shooting

Posted yesterday in State

A grand jury has ruled three Mississippi police officers were justified in the fatal shooting of a 37-year-old man whose weapon turned out to be a BB gun.

 

 

62,000 sign up for Miss. No Call cellphone registry

Posted 7/28/2016 in State

More than 62,000 people have signed up for the Mississippi No Call Registry for cellphones in less than a month.

 

 

Man finds POW bracelet, seeks family of Air Force captain

Posted 7/28/2016 in State

A man using a metal detector found a prisoner-of-war bracelet for an Air Force captain and he'd like to give it to the serviceman's family.

 

 

Miss. Power announces additional $9M Kemper overrun

Posted 7/28/2016 in State

Mississippi Power Co. says it will spend another $9 million on its overrun-plagued Kemper County power plant, pushing its total cost toward $6.8 billion.

 

 

Baby OK after being left in hot van; mother to face charge

Posted 7/26/2016 in State

A woman who left her infant locked in a hot van in a store parking lot will face a charge of child neglect, Clinton police said Monday.

 

 

Board of Education sets score levels on new Mississippi test

Posted 7/26/2016 in State

Mississippi will remain a hard grader of its students, as state officials adopted test-score standards that mirror those used on a multi-state test students took in 2015.

 

 

Mississippi Democratic odds improve, but stay long

Posted 7/25/2016 in State

Does Hillary Clinton really have a chance of winning Mississippi's six electoral votes? Not likely. Are Democrats more competitive in the Magnolia State's presidential contest than they used to be? Maybe. Will Clinton fare better against Donald Trump in Mississippi than in every neighboring state? The prognosticators all think so.

 

 

Civil-rights marchers: US still needs to address inequality

Posted 7/25/2016 in State

A half-century ago, thousands joined a march across Mississippi to challenge a system that condoned violence against black people and suppressed their rights -- issues still reverberating in today's national debates about police violence.

 

 

Emails: Group asked Bryant for religious objections order

Posted 7/23/2016 in State

Emails disclosed in a lawsuit over a blocked Mississippi law that protects religious objections to same-sex marriage show a Christian legal group asked Gov. Phil Bryant to institute the protections through an executive order in 2015.

 

 

Officials: Miss. immigration agent shoots man after traffic stop

Posted 7/22/2016 in State

The shooting of a man who didn't speak English by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer in Mississippi is under investigation, authorities said.

 

 

Physician in prison health company charged with bribing Epps

Posted 7/21/2016 in State

A defense lawyer said that a Jackson physician indicted on federal bribery charges fell victim to a "shakedown" by former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps.

 

 

Utility regulator seeks phone app to report telemarketers

Posted 7/21/2016 in State

Mississippi's Public Service Commission wants to create a cellphone application for consumers to report unwanted telemarketing calls.

 

 

Appeals court overturns conviction of former Southaven mayor

Posted 7/20/2016 in State

Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis will get a new trial on fraud and embezzlement charges after Mississippi's Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that prosecutors failed to prove Davis could get a fair trial in DeSoto County.

 

 

Attorney: Lawsuit does not seek to close charter schools

Posted 7/19/2016 in State

An attorney for Southern Poverty Law Center says the group is not trying to close charter schools in Mississippi, but is only trying to have the schools' funding formula declared unconstitutional.

 

 

Miss. GOP delegates applaud Trump pick of Pence for VP

Posted 7/18/2016 in State

Mississippi delegates to the Republican National Convention are praising Donald Trump's choice of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.

 

 

Analysis: Miss. charter schools debated on many fronts

Posted 7/18/2016 in State

The political debate about charter schools has been rumbling for years in the Mississippi Capitol and in the broader forum of public opinion.

 

 

State spends millions planning unbuilt road

Posted 7/18/2016 in State

The state of Mississippi has spent $158.5 million on a road that does not exist. State and county leaders began planning 22 years ago for a road to connect Interstate 10 and the state Port of Gulfport.

 

 

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