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Aide to Sen. Cochran arrested on drug charge

Posted 4/25/2015 in State

An aide to Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after federal agents raided his home.

 

 

Bryant vetoes bill he calls weak on ditching Common Core

Posted 4/24/2015 in State

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday vetoed a bill that some lawmakers said would move Mississippi away from the Common Core academic standards adopted by this state and many others.

 

 

Barbour: Mississippi needs 'salt-and-pepper' party diversity

Posted 4/22/2015 in State

Mississippi and the nation would be better served with more racial diversity within the Democratic and Republican parties, former Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday at one of the state's historically black universities.

 

 

Convicted synthetic drug dealer sentenced to 120 years

Posted 4/21/2015 in State

A Connecticut man has been sentenced to 120 years in prison for trafficking spice online.

 

 

Analysis: Over a dozen to get wrongful conviction payments

Posted 4/21/2015 in State

More than a dozen people will be compensated by the state of Mississippi this year for being wrongfully convicted of crimes, including one from Lowndes County and two from Noxubee County.

 

 

Group starts new Miss. term-limits ballot initiative

Posted 4/21/2015 in State

A group is starting a ballot initiative that proposes limiting Mississippi lawmakers and statewide elected officials to two consecutive four-year terms in the same office.

 

 

Suit: Miss. lethal injections are unconstitutional

Posted 4/21/2015 in State

Two Mississippi prisoners condemned to death are challenging the legality of the state's lethal injection procedures.

 

 

$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.

 

 

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