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LGBT rights protesters vow to keep fighting

Posted less than 6 hours ago in State

Hundreds of supporters of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender rights protested Sunday against a new Mississippi law they call discriminatory, saying they're not giving up their fight.

 

 

Mississippi seeks more computer science teaching in schools

Posted less than 6 hours ago in State

Greene County School Superintendent Charles Breland sees the need for more Mississippians trained in computer science.

 

 

Court reverses 40 years of law on rape sentences

Posted yesterday in State

Even the Mississippi Supreme Court gets to change its mind.

 

 

After La. trial, man could be tried in Miss. burning death

Posted 4/30/2016 in State

A man charged in the burning death of a Mississippi woman might be taken back to that state for trial even if he is convicted on unrelated charges in Louisiana.

 

 

Group aims to reduce theft from agriculture operations in 3 states

Posted 4/30/2016 in State

A new group trying to reduce metal theft from agriculture operations in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.

 

 

Natchez school district to pay $127K to former principal

Posted 4/30/2016 in State

The Natchez-Adams School District will pay about $127,500 to a former principal, who successfully sued the district for wrongful termination.

 

 

CDC: Teen birth rates plunge, but racial disparities persist

Posted 4/29/2016 in State

Birth rates are falling dramatically for black and Hispanic teenagers, but they continue to be much higher than the birth rate for white teens.

 

 

Kemper project to cost Miss. Power another $61M

Posted 4/28/2016 in State

Mississippi Power Co. will spend another $61 million on its overrun-plagued Kemper County power plant, pushing its total cost above $6.7 billion, the company said Tuesday.

 

 

Disputed Miss. witness now faces own murder charges

Posted 4/28/2016 in State

A man has been charged with murder in the shooting deaths of three people in a Mississippi county Wednesday, and authorities said the suspect is a onetime jailhouse informant whose testimony helped convict another man of four 1996 killings.

 

 

Miss. high school graduation rate up, still below national average

Posted 4/28/2016 in State

Mississippi's high school graduation rate continued its push up toward the national average in the 2014-2015 school year.

 

 

Battle over Jackson airport takeover goes to federal court

Posted 4/28/2016 in State

A former commissioner of the Jackson airport is suing the state over a bill that would give control of the city's two airports to a state-appointed board.

 

 

Attorney: Miss. law could harm access to gay marriage

Posted 4/27/2016 in State

A new Mississippi law might violate a federal judge's order that blocks the state from treating same-sex couples differently from straight couples who want to marry, says an attorney who helped overturn the state's ban on gay marriage.

 

 

Portland, Maine, bans travel to Miss., N.C.

Posted 4/27/2016 in State

Portland, Maine, is banning all non-essential travel of city employees to states that enact legislation that discriminates against the gay and transsexual communities.

 

 

Religious leaders object to religious objections law

Posted 4/26/2016 in State

Dozens of Methodist leaders are objecting to Mississippi's new religious objections law, saying it violates their religious principles.

 

 

March casino revenue dips as coast gambling lags

Posted 4/26/2016 in State

Dipping Gulf Coast casino revenue dragged down Mississippi's statewide gambling totals in March.

 

 

Michelle Obama urges JSU grads to vote to protect civil rights

Posted 4/25/2016 in State

First lady Michelle Obama told graduates of a historically black university in Mississippi on Saturday that "the power of voting is real and lasting" and they need to cast ballots to protect civil-rights advances made by previous generations.

 

 

Under the Capitol Dome: Analysis: Several legislators make impression in '16 session

Posted 4/25/2016 in State

Mississippi legislators last week ended their 2016 session, their first gathering of a four-year term. With 122 members in the House and 52 in the Senate, a few stood out from the crowd.

 

 

2016 session: Tax cut, school changes; no new highway money

Posted 4/23/2016 in State

Mississippi legislators grabbed national attention during their 2016 session by voting to let workers cite their own religious objections to same-sex marriage to deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people.

 

 

China: Can't sue Cabinet-level agency over Chinese drywall

Posted 4/23/2016 in State

China's Ministry of Justice has sent back a lawsuit in which thousands of U.S. homeowners say a Cabinet-level agency should pay for damage to their homes from defective drywall made in China.

 

 

Capitol Hill Buzz: House Republicans solve flag fight with coins

Posted 4/22/2016 in State

House Republicans sidestepped the divisive fight over displays of the Confederate battle flag at the U.S. Capitol with plans to put up state coins instead.

 

 

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