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Group seeks ballot initiative to legalize marijuana

Posted earlier today in State

A group has filed a petition seeking a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in Mississippi.

 

 

Miss. officials question local school aid spending

Posted earlier today in State

State education officials making their legally-mandated push to support Mississippi's school funding formula were questioned Tuesday in a budget hearing about rising spending on administrators and whether lawmakers should spend more money on programs not included in the formula.

 

 

Mississippi has 2 more cases of enterovirus

Posted earlier today in State

Mississippi health officials are confirming two more cases of a virus that causes respiratory illness in children.

 

 

Changes coming for DUI enforcement

Posted yesterday in State

Changes in Mississippi's DUI law that are due go into effect on Wednesday are getting mixed reviews from some in the judicial system.

 

 

Tourism exec: Miss. needs to shout its message

Posted yesterday in State

Tourism leaders from across the state are in Biloxi this week and will be joined by Gov. Phil Bryant, who is expected to address a request for an additional $5 million to market Mississippi as a destination.

 

 

Voter registration deadline Saturday

Posted yesterday in State

Saturday is the deadline for Mississippians to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election.

 

 

Blues Trail honors Miss. railroad crossing

Posted yesterday in State

The spot where the east-west line of The Southern Railway in Mississippi intersected with the north-south line of the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad in Moorhead will be honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

 

 

Debate renews on Miss. indigent defense

Posted 9/29/2014 in State

In 1997, the Mississippi Legislature's reluctance to finance a statewide public defender system prompted then-Gov. Kirk Fordice to recommend fashioning a payment plan to encourage private lawyers to handle death penalty cases -- the main concern at that time.

 

 

Traffic stop, early morning shooting; nobody hurt

Posted 9/29/2014 in State

A man crashed his car trying to evade a traffic stop, then allegedly sped off in the deputy's squad car -- only to return in a third vehicle and shoot at deputies and people nearby, Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker said.

 

 

Peavey laying off workers during downsizing

Posted 9/27/2014 in State

Meridian-based Peavey Electronics Corp. is reorganizing in a move that company officials say will result in some layoffs.

 

 

Man once declared dead sentenced to die for murder

Posted 9/27/2014 in State

A Mississippi man who was once declared dead, only to resurface as a suspect in a kidnapping and killing, was sentenced to death Friday after a jury earlier convicted him of murder.

 

 

Funding amendment nears deadline for 2015 ballot

Posted 9/27/2014 in State

Supporters of a constitutional amendment to guarantee "an adequate and efficient system of free public schools" in Mississippi have less than two weeks to turn in signatures if they want their referendum on the 2015 general election ballot.

 

 

Police: Forklift used in ATM theft

Posted 9/26/2014 in State

Moss Point police are searching for two people who stole an ATM machine from Navigator Credit Union on Mississippi 63.

 

 

ACLU wants to file brief in same-sex divorce case

Posted 9/26/2014 in State

The American Civil Liberties Union wants to file a brief in support of a woman who wants the state of Mississippi to recognize her same-sex marriage in order to grant a divorce.

 

 

Cochran team asks Miss. court to reject challenge

Posted 9/26/2014 in State

Attorneys for Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran are asking the state Supreme Court to throw out a rival's attempt to overturn the senator's Republican primary victory.

 

 

Confederate group seeks to stop Ole Miss changes

Posted 9/25/2014 in State

A Confederate history group is asking a court to block the University of Mississippi from changing Old South symbols on campus.

 

 

ACLU sues county over failure to indict inmates

Posted 9/25/2014 in State

A Mississippi county has illegally held inmates in jail for as long as a year without appointing counsel or presenting cases to a grand jury, the American Civil Liberties Union argues in a lawsuit, and a law professor said Wednesday that something similar could be happening elsewhere in the state.

 

 

2 Mississippi girls found in Louisiana

Posted 9/25/2014 in State

Two girls who were subject of an Amber Alert in Mississippi have been found safe in Slidell, Louisiana.

 

 

Cochran team preps arguments to Miss. high court

Posted 9/25/2014 in State

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's attorneys were preparing legal arguments trying to block a rival's attempt to overturn the senator's Republican primary victory.

 

 

Jackson school system joins funding lawsuit

Posted 9/24/2014 in State

Jackson Public Schools are joining a lawsuit seeking to recover a shortfall in state education funding and bar future underfunding.

 

 

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