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Federal school report highlights Miss. disparities

Posted 3/22/2014 in State

Black students in Mississippi are much more likely to be taught by rookie teachers, and black males are suspended at the second-highest rates in the country.

 

 

Presley issues consumer alert regarding billing scam

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley warned consumers to be on guard against scammers that have been targeting Mississippi utility customers.

 

 

Several shots fired into Hattiesburg Islamic Center

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

Hattiesburg police are investigating an incident in which several shots were fired into the Islamic Center.

 

 

DeSoto County bans use of e-cigarettes

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

DeSoto County has added electronic cigarettes to a local smoking ban in government buildings.

 

 

Parties dismiss suit over execution drug info

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

The Mississippi Department of Corrections and attorneys for a death row inmate have agreed to dismiss a lawsuit over release of information on execution drugs and suppliers.

 

 

Mississippi legislators OK final version of criminal justice bill

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

Legislation to make Mississippi's criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive won final approval Thursday from state lawmakers.

 

 

Clash of GOP titans in Mississippi Senate race

Posted 3/20/2014 in State

Mississippi Republican Thad Cochran is facing his toughest primary challenge in nearly 36 years in the Senate, from a tea party favorite who casts him as an out-of-touch Washington insider. But Cochran is meeting state lawmaker Chris McDaniel's barbs with a potent weapon: the Barbour family's political machine.

 

 

More layoffs at Viking range plant

Posted 3/19/2014 in State

Viking Range Corp. has announcement more layoffs in Greenwood.

 

Senate confirms Wright as superintendent

Posted 3/19/2014 in State

Four months after she started work, Carey Wright's position as Mississippi's state superintendent of education is official.

 

State employee pay proposal stalls in Miss. Senate

Posted 3/19/2014 in State

Mississippi senators on Tuesday rejected a proposal to give a $1,000 pay raise to all state employees, but a top budget writer said legislators still might consider a raise for lower-paid government workers.

 

 

Commissioner: Contraband never-ending battle

Posted 3/18/2014 in State

Mississippi corrections officials have added netting, body scanners and monthly prison searches to a growing list of steps to keep illegal cellphones, drugs, tobacco and other contraband out of prisoners' hands.

 

 

Criminal justice bill almost ready to go to gov

Posted 3/18/2014 in State

A bill that supporters say could make Mississippi's criminal justice system more efficient and cut prison costs by hundreds of millions of dollars is one step from going to Gov. Phil Bryant.

 

 

Bail cut for man accused in son's shaking death

Posted 3/17/2014 in State

Bail for a Vicksburg man accused of shaking his infant son to death has been lowered by more than 97 percent.

 

 

Itawamba Co. purchases land for growth

Posted 3/17/2014 in State

Itawamba County now has 261 acres to market to prospective companies.

 

 

Heroin on the rise in Mississippi

Posted 3/17/2014 in State

Heroin, a deadly drug that plagues other areas of the nation, is on the rise in South Mississippi.

 

 

Miss. ability to borrow still adequate

Posted 3/17/2014 in State

Mississippi could borrow $1.8 billion to use for new buildings, highways and economic development incentives over the next five years and rising state revenue probably could support that amount of borrowing, a report by Treasurer Lynn Fitch suggests.

 

 

Mississippi man who awakened inside body bag dies

Posted 3/14/2014 in State

A 78-year-old Mississippi man has died two weeks after he woke up in a body bag at a funeral home after being mistakenly pronounced deceased, a coroner said.

 

 

Guilty verdict for former MSU professor

Posted 3/11/2014 in State

A Monroe County jury Monday convicted a man, a second time, of murder in the death of his wife.

 

 

Student in fight at Moss Point school dies

Posted 3/9/2014 in State

A 12-year-old junior high school student in Moss Point has died from injuries suffered in a fight.

 

 

Cochran: Corps adds $14M for Miss. projects

Posted 3/9/2014 in State

Mississippi is one of only four states receiving additional funds from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for dredging and flood control along its major tributaries, according to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.

 

 

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