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State economist: Mississippi economy grows, but lags US

Posted yesterday in State

A late summer pickup in job growth could boost Mississippi's economic output for 2017, state economist Darrin Webb said Tuesday, but that doesn't mean the Magnolia State's economy is off to the races.



Who funds campaigns? Miss. eases into searchable info

Posted 9/28/2016 in State

Mississippi is becoming the last state to allow electronic filing of campaign finance reports, a step toward easier public access to information about who is spending money to influence elections.



North Mississippi looks for a slice of the BP oil spill pie

Posted 9/28/2016 in State

Some Northeast Mississippi legislators are putting the brakes on plans to give three coastal counties all of the funds from the $750 million settlement with BP for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico.



Analysis: As prison closes, state still reckons with debt

Posted 9/26/2016 in State

If you've got to keep paying for something, you might as well use it.



Ole Miss chancellor: Student's lynching comment was 'racist'

Posted 9/24/2016 in State

The University of Mississippi chancellor on Friday condemned a student's online comment about lynching as "racist, offensive and hurtful" after dozens of other students said the chancellor's initial response to the comment was weak and insensitive to African-Americans.



Planned Parenthood pushes challenge of Miss. law

Posted 9/22/2016 in State

Planned Parenthood is asking a federal judge to quickly rule in its favor and overturn a Mississippi law that bans Medicaid spending with any health care provider that offers abortion.



Anti-drug chief to retire, be replaced by former prosecutor

Posted 9/22/2016 in State

The head of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics is retiring after the state's drug-fighting agency came under scrutiny for sexual harassment.



Miss. 5th-highest rate of 2015 opioid prescriptions

Posted 9/21/2016 in State

Companies that make prescription painkillers and their allies have contributed more than $366,000 to Mississippi candidates and hired an average of 18 lobbyists yearly in the state since 2006 to push their policies.



Officials from 21 states sue to block overtime pay expansion

Posted 9/21/2016 in State

Officials from 21 states sued the U.S. Department of Labor Tuesday over a new rule that would make about 4 million higher-earning workers eligible for overtime pay, slamming the measure as inappropriate federal overreach by the Obama Administration.



JSU spokeswoman: No foul play expected in student death

Posted 9/21/2016 in State

A Jackson State University spokeswoman says there's "no evidence of foul play" in the death of a student whose body was found in a men's dormitory.



Investigator: Suspect confessed to killing 2 nuns

Posted 9/17/2016 in State

A man charged with killing two nuns confessed to investigators that he went into their home, struggled with them, stabbed them to death and stole their car, a state law enforcement agent testified Friday.



After-school programs scaled back amid reduced funding

Posted 9/17/2016 in State

Mississippi officials say they only have enough federal money to subsidize after-school programs for a quarter of the students they originally projected to serve.



Consultant sentenced in prison bribery scheme

Posted 9/16/2016 in State

A business and government consultant has been sentenced to seven years and three months in federal prison for paying kickbacks to Mississippi's former corrections commissioner and others.



Miss. sets new score levels for A-to-F school grades

Posted 9/16/2016 in State

Mississippi's public schools and districts have a new scoring system in place for assigning A-to-F grades after a series of dustups that started last month.



Hearing set for Miss. man charged with killing 2 nuns

Posted 9/16/2016 in State

A man charged with killing two nuns in Mississippi is scheduled for a court hearing today, where prosecutors will present some evidence before the case goes to a grand jury.



Miss. closing private prison with history of abuse

Posted 9/15/2016 in State

A Mississippi private prison with a history of inmate abuse is preparing to shut down, three months after state officials announced their intention to close it because of a tight state budget.



Hattiesburg pastor convicted in federal theft case

Posted 9/13/2016 in State

A Hattiesburg pastor was convicted Monday on three counts of conspiracy and theft in a federal case involving money skimmed from a federal housing program.



Mississippi charter board rejects plan for 3 Jackson schools

Posted 9/13/2016 in State

Mississippi's Charter School Authorizer Board Monday rejected an application from an Ohio-based group to open three elementary schools in Jackson, meaning the board will approve no new charter schools this year.



Beach town reels over chief's death after gun investigation

Posted 9/12/2016 in State

Worries would seem to be few and far between in Bay St. Louis, a community of sandy beaches and monthly art walks that bounced back strong after 2005's Hurricane Katrina all but wiped it out.



3 MHP troopers involved in series of car accidents

Posted 9/12/2016 in State

Three Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers were involved in a series of car accidents in Lincoln County.



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