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Panel unveils Mississippi Senate redistricting proposal

Posted 3/8/2011 in State

JACKSON -- A proposal to redraw the 52 Mississippi Senate districts quickly gained some support when released on Monday, but politics at the Capitol could derail it with the lieutenant governor saying he plans to produce his own revamped map.



Ex-NASA manager's conviction upheld in Miss. case

Posted 3/4/2011 in State

A federal appeals court in the District of Columbia on Friday upheld the conviction of a former chief of staff for NASA in a case stemming from a $600,000 contract awarded by the space agency to Mississippi State University, a client of his consulting firm.



Grand jury indicts Pontotoc man in fatal pit bull attack

Posted 3/4/2011 in State

A Pontotoc County man has been indicted in the death of a neighbor attacked by pit bulls.



Highways 78, 82 to get median barriers

Posted 3/4/2011 in State

Safety barriers are going up along highways in six North Mississippi counties to prevent intentional and accidental crossovers into oncoming traffic.



Mother gets $5 million bond in death of child found in oven

Posted 3/3/2011 in State

A Greenville judge has set bond at $5 million for Terrie A. Robinson, who is charged with murder in the death of her 3-year-old son whose body was found in an oven.



Barbour vetoes community college budget bill

Posted 3/3/2011 in State

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has vetoed a community college funding bill because he says it's not part of an overall balanced budget for the state for the coming fiscal year.



Miss. House releases redistricting plan

Posted 3/3/2011 in State

The Mississippi House on Thursday released its own redistricting proposal, and the plan could come up for a vote in that chamber by Friday.



Miss. Senate sends 'bath salts' bill to governor

Posted 3/3/2011 in State

A bill outlawing toxic chemicals sold as bath salts, plant food and other products is headed to the Mississippi governor's desk.



Greenville woman held after child's body found in oven

Posted 3/2/2011 in State

A Greenville woman has been arrested in the death of her 3-year-old son, whose body was found in an oven.



Eat-and-run charge against Gary Collins dismissed

Posted 3/2/2011 in State

A judge has dismissed charges against actor Gary Collins for allegedly leaving a Biloxi restaurant without paying his bill.


Leaders optimistic about state economy

Posted 3/2/2011 in State

At their Columbus stop Tuesday, Mississippi Economic Council officers said they had seen more optimism about the economy here than possibly anywhere else in the state.


NAACP sues over redistricting in Miss. counties

Posted 3/1/2011 in State

Local branches of the NAACP have filed lawsuits that seek to extend election qualifying deadlines in more than a dozen Mississippi counties until voting boundaries can be redrawn based on new census information.



Preliminary magnitude 4.7 earthquake in Arkansas; felt in Mississippi

Posted 2/28/2011 in State

Residents across Arkansas and in Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee and Mississippi reported on the U.S.G.S. website that they felt the quake.



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

Posted 2/11/2011 in State

Here's a glance at the status of selected bills in the Mississippi Legislature. Thursday was the deadline for the House and Senate to act on general bills filed in their own chamber.



Four die in north Miss. fire

Posted 2/11/2011 in State

Four people have died in a mobile home fire Friday south of Crenshaw on Mississippi Highway 3 on the Panola-Quitman county line.



Ala. coated with snow, but few problems reported

Posted 2/10/2011 in State

The latest round of winter weather to hit north Alabama dumped as much as 4 inches of snow in some areas but didn't cause many major problems Thursday.



New racially charged words at Univ. of Alabama

Posted 2/9/2011 in State

Disparaging words about several ethnic and racial groups were written in chalk on a University of Alabama sidewalk, the school said Wednesday, the second time in less than a week officials have had to deal with such language.


North Mississippi under winter storm warning

Posted 2/9/2011 in State

Snow and sleet began falling in parts of central and north Mississippi on Wednesday afternoon and authorities said icy precipitation was already accumulating in nearly three dozen counties.


Miss. Senate OKs two animal cruelty bills

Posted 2/9/2011 in State

The Mississippi Senate passed two bills Wednesday aimed at strengthening the state's animal cruelty law by making it a felony to maliciously injure, torture or kill a cat or dog.



MSU proposes nursing program at Meridian campus

Posted 2/9/2011 in State

Mississippi State University has asked the state College Board to approve a nursing program for its Meridian campus.



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