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Butch Brown ousted as MDOT director

Posted 2/9/2011 in State

Within moments of taking office Tuesday, a new Mississippi transportation commissioner voted with one his colleagues to give embattled agency director Larry "Butch" Brown an ultimatum: Resign by Wednesday or be fired.



Ala. senator says 'empty clip' remark not violent

Posted 2/9/2011 in State

An Alabama legislator who told a Republican audience it was time to "empty the clip" when addressing illegal immigration said Tuesday he wasn't advocating violence, but others found his remarks frightening and reckless after a deadly Arizona rampage.



KiOR says it's close to receiving federal loan guarantees for biofuel plants

Posted 2/3/2011 in State

KiOR, a Pasadena, Texas-based company, says it is a step closer to receiving federal loan guarantees to build four biofuel refineries -- two in Mississippi and one each in Georgia and Texas.



Senate OKs ban on texting while driving

Posted 2/3/2011 in State

The Mississippi Senate has passed a bill that would ban texting while driving.



Wrecks clog highways as weather worsens, bridges ice over

Posted 2/3/2011 in State

Golden Triangle rescue workers and police were responding to multiple accidents along Highway 82 and other areas as bridges and roads began to freeze Thursday evening.



Miss. Senate reconsiders, passes deer breeding bill

Posted 2/3/2011 in State

The Mississippi Senate has reconsidered and passed a bill that would allow genetically enhanced deer on breeding farms in the state.



Dead or alive? A glance at bills in the Miss. Legislature

Posted 2/2/2011 in State

Here's a glance at the status of selected bills in the Mississippi Legislature. Tuesday was the deadline for House and Senate committees to act on general bills filed in their own chamber. There is a later deadline for budget and revenue bills.



Carcasses of 50 animals found dumped in creek

Posted 2/2/2011 in State

Authorities are trying to find out who dumped the carcasses of nearly 50 dogs and several cats in a creek in north Mississippi.


Starkville's Tagert wins transportation commission runoff

Posted 2/2/2011 in State

Mike Tagert has defeated John Caldwell Sr. in Tuesday's runoff for northern district transportation commissioner.


Ala. deaths from tree stand falls at all-time high

Posted 1/31/2011 in State

Alabama authorities say the state has recorded its highest number of deaths from hunters falling from tree stands.


Barbour juggles White House hopes, state's past

Posted 1/29/2011 in State

Haley Barbour's folksy style and savvy leadership have made the two-term Mississippi governor a serious contender early in the wide-open contest for the Republican presidential nomination. Yet the 63-year-old has shown a penchant for airbrushing his state's segregationist past.


Tupelo promoted as complete shopping destination

Posted 1/26/2011 in State

Downtown Tupelo and The Mall at Barnes Crossing should be partners, not competitors, according to initial recommendations from a consultant.



Trustmark nearly doubles fourth-quarter profit

Posted 1/26/2011 in State

Regional banker Trustmark Corp. says it nearly doubled its fourth-quarter profit from a year ago as the company recorded declines in bad loans and cut its exposure to Florida real estate problems.



Miss. Senate panel passes bill making animal cruelty a felony

Posted 1/25/2011 in State

The Senate Judiciary B Committee passed a bill Tuesday that would make animal cruelty a felony in Mississippi.



Bill authorizing genetically enhanced deer fails in Senate

Posted 1/25/2011 in State

A bill authorizing the raising of genetically enhanced deer on breeding farms in Mississippi has failed to pass the Senate.



Absentee voting under way for transportation commissioner runoff

Posted 1/25/2011 in State

Absentee ballots now are available at circuit clerks' offices for the Feb. 1 Northern District transportation commissioner runoff election.



New Miss. license plates commemorate Civil War

Posted 1/25/2011 in State

The state of Mississippi will offer a different license plate each of the next five years to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.



Winter storm watch in north Alabama

Posted 1/25/2011 in State

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for parts of north Alabama, with up to four inches of snow forecast for some areas.



Biofuels company gets loan for Pontotoc plant

Posted 1/25/2011 in State

Enerkem Corp. has obtained a conditional commitment for an $80 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for construction of its waste-to-biofuels plant in Pontotoc County.



2010 casino take drops 3 percent

Posted 1/21/2011 in State

Mississippi's state-licensed casinos won $2.39 billion from players in 2010 - a nearly 3 percent drop from what gamblers lost in 2009.



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