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Testing: ACT won't bid on contract

Posted 3/17/2015 in State

When it comes to companies to provide future standardized tests in Mississippi, the ACT organization says it's out. But it's not yet clear who's in.

 

 

Reeves proposes more income tax cuts, bumping total to $550M

Posted 3/17/2015 in State

Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves on Monday floated a larger $555 million tax cut proposal with more income tax cuts, setting the stage for negotiations as the end of the legislative session approaches.

 

 

Mississippi landlord accused of setting couple on fire

Posted 3/17/2015 in State

Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson says deputies have arrested a landlord who is accused of setting two of his tenants on fire.

 

 

Man shot, killed by Pike County sheriff's deputy

Posted 3/17/2015 in State

Authorities say a 35-year-old man shot and killed by a Pike County deputy tried to run down the deputy with an ATV.

 

 

Miss.: Keep execution drug supplier's name secret

Posted 3/17/2015 in State

Attorney General Jim Hood is asking a Hinds County judge to keep secret the identity of Mississippi's execution drug supplier while the state appeals an order to release the name.

 

 

Ex-3 Doors Down bassist pleads no contest to second DUI

Posted 3/17/2015 in State

The former bassist for 3 Doors Down has pleaded no contest to a second-offense drug-related charge of driving while impaired.

 

Analysis: Influence of Senate Conservative Coalition wanes

Posted 3/16/2015 in State

Nearly two years ago, the newly formed Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition was preparing to make life uncomfortable for Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

 

Former 3 Doors Down bassist DUI trial set for Monday

Posted 3/14/2015 in State

Former 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell is set to go to trial in D'Iberville Monday on a charge of second-offense driving under the influence of a substance other than alcohol.

 

 

Mississippi River on the rise from rain fall up stream

Posted 3/14/2015 in State

The Mississippi River at Natchez is expected to rise 6.6 feet in the next two weeks, placing it just below flood level early in the spring rise season.

 

Reed guilty of murder, sentenced to life, in Clarksdale case

Posted 3/13/2015 in State

A Mississippi man on Thursday was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury found him guilty of murder in the 2013 slaying of an openly gay candidate for mayor of Clarksdale.

 

Bill to allow long-term trusts goes to Bryant

Posted 3/13/2015 in State

A bill headed to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant would let people put real estate into trusts for up to 110 years, and money, stocks or other financial assets into trusts for up to 360 years.

 

 

Miss. special-needs voucher bill inches forward

Posted 3/12/2015 in State

A proposal to create state-funded vouchers for a small fraction of special education students is moving forward in the Mississippi Legislature.

 

 

Man says he didn't mean to drown Clarksdale candidate

Posted 3/12/2015 in State

Jurors will have to decide whether they believe Lawrence Reed acted with premeditation when he killed Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian in 2013.

 

 

Mississippi considers mandate on cancer drug costs

Posted 3/12/2015 in State

Health insurers would be banned from making patients pay higher out-of-pocket costs for oral medication taken at home than for chemotherapy received in a health care facility, under a bill moving through the Mississippi Legislature.

 

 

AG Hood recovers $30 million for state

Posted 3/12/2015 in State

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has delivered a check totaling just over $30 million to the state treasury from litigation involving cases against Standard & Poor's and Capital One Bank.

 

Ruling could have major impact on state's insured

Posted 3/11/2015 in State

When the U.S. Supreme Court announces its ruling on the legality of federal subsides for Americans who enrolled for health care through the federal health care marketplace, the decision could have a direct impact on roughly 100,000 Mississippians.

 

House backs convention to mandate federal balanced budget

Posted 3/11/2015 in State

Mississippi could become the third state to sign onto a plan for a nationwide constitutional convention to force the federal government to balance its budget and require states' permission to increase national debt.

 

 

Caregiver arrested for exploiting a vulnerable person

Posted 3/11/2015 in State

A Philadelphia woman has been arrested for allegedly exploiting a person under her care.

 

Legislature passes texting-while-driving bill

Posted 3/10/2015 in State

A bill banning texting while driving now awaits Gov. Phil Bryant's signature after lawmakers approved the measure Monday.

Trial nears for accused Cochran photo blogger

Posted 3/10/2015 in State

A political blogger who shook up last year's Senate election by photographing U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's bedridden wife is set for trial March 30.

 

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