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Moody's: Miss. has negative credit outlook

Posted 7/13/2016 in State

The bond credit rating agency Moody's Investor Service has given Mississippi a negative credit outlook because the state dipped into its rainy day fund to cover budget shortfalls, but the state's bond rating remains unchanged.



Mississippi not the only state with budget gloom

Posted 7/11/2016 in State

"Gloomier and more uncertain." The words don't inspire confidence, but analysts are using them to label the outlook for state budgets across the country.



DA to seek special grand jury for Tupelo shooting case

Posted 7/9/2016 in State

Prosecutors plan to call a special grand jury to hear evidence in the shooting last month of a black man by a white Tupelo police officer.



Bryant appeals block on religious beliefs law

Posted 7/9/2016 in State

Mississippi's governor has asked a judge to let a state law take effect that would let some businesses and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny or delay services to same-sex couples.



AG Hood swats at Republican budget writers

Posted 7/8/2016 in State

Mississippi's budget is a mess because the Republican-led Legislature has been cutting taxes to help potential campaign donors, Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood said Thursday.



Flavor gives Miss. wild-caught shrimp competitive advantage

Posted 7/8/2016 in State

Better flavor gives Mississippi wild-caught shrimp a competitive advantage over imported and pond raised shrimp, experts say.



Lawmaker charged with using shovel in fight

Posted 7/8/2016 in State

Mississippi state Sen. Chris Massey was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated assault after police say he wielded a shovel and hurt another man during a fight in an upscale Olive Branch subdivision.



Tupelo mayor, lawyer dispute details of police shooting

Posted 7/7/2016 in State

Two-and-a-half weeks after a white police officer fatally shot a black man here, the mayor of Tupelo defended his city and police department, saying a lawyer for the dead man's family is misleading the public.



July 15 arraignment of man charged in burning death of woman

Posted 7/7/2016 in State

A man charged in the 2014 burning death of a woman will make his first Mississippi court appearance July 15 in Hernando.



Father indicted in Miss. hot car death of daughter

Posted 7/6/2016 in State

A Mississippi man has been indicted for manslaughter several weeks after his 8-month-old daughter died in his hot car while he worked.



Study: Residents may ignore emergency alerts

Posted 7/6/2016 in State

A study by two University of Southern Mississippi researchers on the effectiveness of emergency alerts has revealed some surprising results.



Analysis: Democrats may have to wait to make hay over budget

Posted 7/5/2016 in State

When Democrats made the Mississippi House of Representatives stay an extra day last week, it was time to play the blame game.



Tupelo mayor: DOJ to help dialog about police shooting

Posted 7/5/2016 in State

Tupelo's mayor says he has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to lead a community meeting about the police shooting that killed a man two weeks ago.



Religious supporters of Miss. law look to appeal

Posted 7/2/2016 in State

Religious supporters of a Mississippi law dealing with objections to same-sex marriage say they hope a higher court will overturn the federal judge who stopped the law from taking effect.



Disputes continue in Tupelo police shooting

Posted 7/2/2016 in State

The family of a Tupelo man shot to death by police has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city. The city, meanwhile, said a police officer killed Antwun "Ronnie" Shumpert in self-defense.



Judge blocks Miss. law on objections to gay marriage

Posted 7/1/2016 in State

A federal judge blocked a Mississippi law on religious objections to same-sex marriage moments before it was set to take effect Friday, ruling it unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for gay people.



Tupelo City Council meets to discuss police shooting

Posted 7/1/2016 in State

City leaders met behind closed doors for more than an hour Thursday but made no official decisions regarding the officer-involved shooting on June 18 that has led to a federal lawsuit being filed against the city of Tupelo.



Prosecutor: 11 more to be charged in prison bribery inquiry

Posted 6/30/2016 in State

As many as 11 more people may face criminal charges stemming from a Mississippi prison contract bribery scheme, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday.



Officials: 3 people dead after police chase in Miss.

Posted 6/30/2016 in State

Three people died early Wednesday after a police chase in Mississippi that started when an SUV crossed the road's center line and forced a deputy's car onto the shoulder, officials said.



Governor could dip deeper into Miss. rainy day fund

Posted 6/29/2016 in State

Mississippi House members will return today to finish giving Gov. Phil Bryant permission to take as much as he needs from financial reserves to cover a deficit of up to $75 million for the budget year ending at midnight Thursday.



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