JACKSON -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has ordered an "extensive and thorough review" of a foreign exchange program that has been used by U.S. businesses as a source of cheap labor and exploited by criminals to import women to work in the sex industry. In the latest debacle for the J-1 Summer Work Travel visa, a federal indictment unsealed last week accuses the mafia of using the cultural exchange program to bring Eastern European women to work in New York strip clubs.
OKOLONA -- The city of Okolona has placed a 60-day moratorium on nightclubs while it mulls a permit request from a Nettleton businessman to open a topless bar.
MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. -- Travis Palladeno, a veteran charter fishing captain on Florida's Gulf Coast, flips through his appointment book and bemoans the blank pages. Restrictions on some of the most popular -- and tasty -- sport fish are so strict right now, fewer people want to go out.
JACKSON -- People who want to carry a gun to the courthouse, on a college campus or in a bar in Mississippi may now be able to do that by taking an eight-hour course and getting a concealed carry permit.
GULFPORT -- A longtime community leader in south Mississippi has received the Gulfport Branch of the NAACP's highest award -- the Medgar W. Evers Lifetime Achievement Award.
With just two days left before the deadline, eight people have submitted applications to be the next Natchez police chief.
Some say Mississippi's new felony animal-cruelty law is not doing the job. As an example they point to a hoarder discovered with about 200 dogs, many starving and reduced to skin and bones.
Six states in the Mississippi River Delta region are getting more than $6 million in rural health care grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More than half of it is going to Mississippi.
Hinds County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Richard Brown revealed last week in court that the 2008 shooting death of 48-year-old Larry Hunter, of Edwards is now being investigated as a murder-for-hire.
LAUREL -- Fifteen people have been injured in a storm system that swept through parts of Jones County on Wednesday, causing damage to dozens of homes and buildings in an area north of Laurel. Only one person was taken to a hospital. No deaths have been reported.
BRANDON -- State GOP representatives voted Monday to back Clinton lawyer Philip Gunn as their candidate for House speaker next year, putting him in line to become the first Republican to lead that chamber in 136 years.
JACKSON -- Republicans will control the Mississippi House of Representatives for the first time since Reconstruction. Though some counties were still counting absentee and affidavit ballots Monday, Republicans will hold at least 63 of the 122 seats when the Legislature convenes Jan. 3.
HATTIESBURG -- A sorority at the University of Southern Mississippi has placed six members on probation for dressing for a party in blackface depicting the Huxtable family from the situation comedy, "The Cosby Show."
The "personhood" proposal contained in Initiative 26, or something like it, could resurface next year in the Mississippi Legislature, Republican Gov.-elect Phil Bryant said.
A majority of the Mississippi House of Representatives will be Republican for the first time since Reconstruction.
JACKSON -- Mississippi voters on Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment aimed at limiting governments' ability to seize property and hand it over to private developers. The ballot initiative on the power of eminent domain pitted landowner rights against economic development.
JACKSON -- Republican Lynn Fitch defeated Democratic and Reform Party candidates to win election as Mississippi's state treasurer in voting on Tuesday.
JACKSON -- Republican Tate Reeves of Flowood handily won Tuesday as lieutenant governor of Mississippi. Reeves defeated Reform Party candidate Tracella Lou O'Hara Hill. Democrats did not field a candidate in the race.
JACKSON -- Republican Phil Bryant of Brandon won the Mississippi governor's race Tuesday, defeating Democrat Johnny DuPree of Hattiesburg. Bryant will take office Jan. 10 to succeed Republican Haley Barbour, who couldn't seek a third term as governor.
Mississippi voters shot down a referendum Tuesday that would have effectively banned abortions in the state, rejecting an initiative that said life begins at conception.
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