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Man pleads guilty to charge over noose on Ole Miss statue

Posted 6/19/2015 in State

A federal prosecutor said in court Thursday that Graeme Phillip Harris hatched a plan, after a night of drinking at a University of Mississippi fraternity house, to hang a noose on a campus statue of James Meredith, the first black student at Ole Miss.

 

Report: Mississippi foster care backsliding

Posted 6/18/2015 in State

Not only is Mississippi not living up to a court order to improve its child welfare system, but a court monitor finds that things may be getting worse.

 

 

Messages show plot to get photo of senator's bedridden wife

Posted 6/17/2015 in State

 

 

MDE seeks input on academic standards

Posted 6/17/2015 in State

The Mississippi Department of Education is seeking public comment on possible revisions to its English language arts and mathematics academic standards.

 

 

Drug maker seeks to overturn $38M award to Miss.

Posted 6/17/2015 in State

A drug manufacturer is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to reverse a $38.2 million judgment for the state in a Medicaid drug-pricing lawsuit.

 

 

Blogger gets 2.5 years over senator's wife photo conspiracy

Posted 6/16/2015 in State

A blogger who pleaded guilty in a conspiracy to break into a nursing home and shoot unauthorized video of the ailing wife of a U.S. senator was sentenced Monday to serve more than two years in prison.

 

 

Falling branch kills boy in Tupelo

Posted 6/15/2015 in State

Authorities say a falling tree branch killed a 10-year-old boy as baseball teams were leaving the field because of a storm.

 

 

Man accused of threatening USDA agent with metal pipe

Posted 6/13/2015 in State

A grand jury will review a complaint that a Perkinston man threatened a federal agent with a metal pipe when the agent visited the man's farm headquarters.

 

 

Funds: Most Miss. incumbents ahead of challengers

Posted 6/12/2015 in State

Most of Mississippi's statewide elected officials are raising and spending more campaign cash than their challengers, according to finance reports filed before a Wednesday deadline.

 

 

Miss. 1 of 2 states where economy shrank in 2014

Posted 6/11/2015 in State

Tepid growth in jobs, income and certain taxes had suggested Mississippi's economy wasn't growing very fast in recent years. But new figures released Wednesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis show the state's economy was actually in recession in 2013 and 2014.

 

 

Parents urged to submit voucher applications quickly

Posted 6/10/2015 in State

The Mississippi Department of Education is urging parents to submit applications quickly for new special education vouchers.

 

 

Rep. Kelly sworn in as new House member

Posted 6/10/2015 in State

Republican Trent Kelly of Mississippi has become the newest member of the House.

 

Man pleads guilty to conspiracy for taping Cochran's wife

Posted 6/9/2015 in State

A man accused of videotaping the ill wife of a U.S. senator during a heated election campaign has pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

 

Bribery sentencing delayed indefinitely for Epps, McCrory

Posted 6/9/2015 in State

Sentencings for former Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps and businessman Cecil McCrory have been delayed.

 

 

Analysis: Local governments among losers from prison reform

Posted 6/8/2015 in State

Should Mississippi gear its prison policy to produce free inmate labor for local governments?

 

 

McCullough starts today as head of MDA

Posted 6/8/2015 in State

Glenn McCullough will officially begin his tenure Monday as executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority.

 

 

Miss. senators attack carbon dioxide limits

Posted 6/6/2015 in State

Mississippi's Republican senators are supporting legislation to prevent implementation of new Environmental Protect Agency rules regulating coal-fired power plants.

 

 

Bryant chooses successor for Kelly as DA

Posted 6/6/2015 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed a new district attorney for seven counties in northeast Mississippi.

 

Death row inmate challenges evidence in new trial bid

Posted 6/6/2015 in State

A man sentenced to death in the rape and killing of an 82-year-old woman is pursuing a new trial by renewing a legal challenge on evidence from a bite mark on the victim that was used to convict him.

 

Mississippi denied $290K seized in 2013 drug raid

Posted 6/5/2015 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court has refused to overturn a judge's ruling that the state's seizure of cash and other items during a drug bust in 2013 was illegal because a search warrant was invalid.

 

 

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