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Senate balks at bill to force new state testing competition

Posted 4/1/2015 in State

Senators want more work on a bill that would force the state Department of Education to relaunch a contract competition to pick state standardized tests with rules that would aid the ACT organization.

 

 

Former deputy to plead guilty to drug charges

Posted 3/31/2015 in State

A former Leflore County deputy sheriff is scheduled to plead guilty to federal drug trafficking charges.

 

 

Attorney: Indicted former Ole Miss student innocent

Posted 3/31/2015 in State

The attorney for a former University of Mississippi student indicted on federal charges connected to an incident where a noose was put on a statue James Meredith says his client didn't do it.

 

 

Analysis: Closed meetings can feed false public impressions

Posted 3/30/2015 in State

One lesson of the Dan Jones fiasco? While government boards in Mississippi can legally meet behind closed doors to discuss many issues, the public can be left dumbfounded when a board takes a major action that it's never before discussed in an open meeting.

 

 

Hundreds attend funeral of man found hanged

Posted 3/28/2015 in State

Loss and healing were the focus of eulogies as more than 200 people packed a Baptist church for the memorial service for a black man found hanging behind his home in Mississippi.

 

 

Man charged in noose left on statue at Ole Miss

Posted 3/28/2015 in State

A former University of Mississippi student has been indicted on federal charges connected to a noose being put on a statue of the student who integrated the school, the Justice Department said Friday.

 

 

Ole Miss chancellor and trustees: Job talks continue

Posted 3/28/2015 in State

University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones and trustees said Friday that they're still talking about renewing his contract, but that they haven't yet reached an agreement.

 

 

Bill: No license needed to carry gun in purse, briefcase

Posted 3/28/2015 in State

People would not need a state-issued license to carry a concealed gun in a purse, briefcase or other fully enclosed satchel under a bill that's getting final legislative debate.

 

 

AP: Trustees offer deal to Ole Miss chancellor

Posted 3/27/2015 in State

Mississippi's College Board is preparing to offer a two-year contract extension to the University of Mississippi chancellor whom they had previously refused to retain, individuals with knowledge of the negotiations said Thursday.

 

 

Black Caucus: Bryant's College Board picks lack diversity

Posted 3/27/2015 in State

Members of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus and a black education group are criticizing Republican Gov. Phil Bryant for what they see as lack of diversity in his College Board nominations.

 

Thousands rally in support of ousted Ole Miss chancellor

Posted 3/26/2015 in State

The University of Mississippi finds itself in turmoil after trustees ousted well-liked Chancellor Dan Jones, with more than 2,000 students and faculty rallying to his defense Wednesday on the Oxford campus.

 

Trial delayed for blogger in Rose Cochran photo case

Posted 3/26/2015 in State

Trial has been delayed until June 8 for a political blogger accused of photographing bedridden Sen. Thad Cochran's wife, without permission, in a nursing home.

 

 

Gov. Bryant signs K-12 education budget bill

Posted 3/26/2015 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed a $2.5 billion budget for elementary and secondary schools, putting in place one of the biggest pieces of an overall state government spending plan for the coming year.

 

 

Training funds target food stamp recipients in Mississippi

Posted 3/25/2015 in State

A $20.5 million federal program will match SNAP recipients to workforce training and job opportunities in Mississippi.

 

 

Mississippi's only abortion clinic damaged by vandalism

Posted 3/25/2015 in State

Jackson police are trying to find out who damaged a generator and two security cameras at Mississippi's only abortion clinic.

 

 

2 awaiting trial in murder-for-hire case in Greenwood

Posted 3/25/2015 in State

Prosecutors are working to get a trial date for two men involved in a murder-for-hire scheme that targeted a Greenwood attorney.

 

 

Lawmakers: Separate boards needed for each Miss. university

Posted 3/25/2015 in State

Some state lawmakers said Tuesday that Mississippi needs separate boards to govern each of its eight public universities, citing a controversial decision by the College Board to dismiss University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones.

 

 

Biloxi candidate to forgo $115k salary if elected mayor

Posted 3/25/2015 in State

Cono Caranna told a crowd of supporters he is seeking election as Biloxi's next mayor and if elected, he will serve without pay.

 

 

Coroner: Teen dies after huffing aerosol duster

Posted 3/25/2015 in State

Authorities say a teenage boy died Sunday apparently as a result of inhaling aerosol computer keyboard duster.

 

 

Bryant signs bill banning texting while driving

Posted 3/24/2015 in State

Mississippi has become the 45th state to ban texting while driving.

 

 

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