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Commission to release Miss. PERS recommendations

Posted 12/14/2011 in State

JACKSON -- A report being released today could recommend a three-year elimination of cost-of-living increases for Mississippi government retirees and a long-term change in the pension rules for new hires, according to a nonvoting member of the group that produced the document.



State man gets six years for bondage sex death

Posted 12/13/2011 in State

BAY ST. LOUIS -- A truck driver claims his prostitute fiancee suffocated as they celebrated their engagement with a meth and bondage sex party. Then he drove from California to Mississippi with the corpse in the cab of his 18-wheeler and set fire to the truck -- with himself and the body inside.



Analysis: Where does the money go?

Posted 12/13/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Where does the money go? That's the most recent question from the Mississippi Supreme Court in the legal dispute over fees paid to private attorneys hired by the attorney general to handle lawsuits for the state.



Vets to guide tours at Hattiesburg museum

Posted 12/13/2011 in State

HATTIESBURG -- The Hattiesburg African American Military History Museum is offering a holiday open house and tours on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Albert King gets marker on Mississippi Blues Trail

Posted 12/13/2011 in State

INDIANOLA -- The late guitarist and singer Albert King is being honored on the Mississippi Blues Trail. A marker commemorating King's career is being dedicated today.



Laurel bank employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

Posted 12/12/2011 in State

LAUREL -- A Mississippi woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling thousands of dollars from the bank where she worked.



Report: Corporal punishment on decline at state schools

Posted 12/12/2011 in State

JACKSON -- The use of corporal punishment appears to be declining at Mississippi public schools, according to a newspaper.



Carbon plant marks 20 years in Mississippi

Posted 12/12/2011 in State

PEARLINGTON -- Granulated activated carbon used to purify water, air, food and medicines has been processed in south Mississippi and shipped around the world for two decades.



Wesson man faces charges in alleged hay scam

Posted 12/9/2011 in State

CRYSTAL SPRINGS -- A Wesson man has been charged with selling hay over the Internet. Authorities say the problem is James Darin Hoffman had no hay.



Bryant organizes inauguration

Posted 12/9/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Republican Gov.-elect Phil Bryant has chosen "Rising Together" as the theme for his Jan. 10 inauguration.



State health advocates say education could cut teen pregnancy

Posted 12/9/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Health advocates are urging school districts to adopt enhanced sex education classes, saying it would cut teen pregnancy rates and infections with sexually-transmitted diseases.



Census: Widening income gap as blacks leave cities

Posted 12/8/2011 in State

WASHINGTON -- Affluent black Americans who are leaving industrial cities for the suburbs and the South are shifting traditional lines between rich and poor, according to new census data. Their migration is widening the income gap between whites and the inner-city blacks who remain behind, while making blacks less monolithic as a group and subject to greater income disparities.



State could change process for failing schools

Posted 12/8/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi State Superintendent Tom Burnham said Wednesday he will propose a law to allow the state to either forcibly merge or require new elections in failing school districts because the current reform system doesn't work.



Natchez Trace Parkway: Slow down for salamanders

Posted 12/8/2011 in State

JACKSON -- The Natchez Trace Parkway provides a home for the tiny juvenile Webster's Salamander and frogs.



BP cited for five more violations

Posted 12/8/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Federal regulators on Wednesday cited BP PLC for a second set of violations stemming from the 2010 well blowout that killed 11 rig workers and caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.



TV anchor seeks ruling in lawsuit by MLK estate

Posted 12/7/2011 in State

JACKSON -- A popular Mississippi television anchor wants a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit brought by the estate of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that seeks documents and other material connected to the civil rights leader.



Hattiesburg repeals ban on fortune telling

Posted 12/7/2011 in State

HATTIESBURG -- Hattiesburg city leaders have repealed a ban on fortune telling after a federal judge ruled the ordinance unenforceable. The Hattiesburg City Council voted Tuesday to repeal the ordinance.



Barbour backs cyber tax

Posted 12/6/2011 in State

Gov. Haley Barbour is now backing a congressional proposal to allow states to directly collect sales taxes from Internet and catalog merchants.



Clinton orders review of visa program

Posted 12/6/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has ordered an "extensive and thorough review" of a foreign exchange program that has been used by U.S. businesses as a source of cheap labor and exploited by criminals to import women to work in the sex industry. In the latest debacle for the J-1 Summer Work Travel visa, a federal indictment unsealed last week accuses the mafia of using the cultural exchange program to bring Eastern European women to work in New York strip clubs.



Okolona pledges to get to the bottom of topless club

Posted 12/5/2011 in State

OKOLONA -- The city of Okolona has placed a 60-day moratorium on nightclubs while it mulls a permit request from a Nettleton businessman to open a topless bar.



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