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Delay threatens tax benefit as Kemper nears $7B

Posted 11/5/2016 in State

Mississippi Power Co. now says it won't complete its Kemper County power plant until the end of the year, a delay of a month that pushes the price tag up by $25 million to nearly $7 billion.



Last university furls Miss.'s Confederate-themed flag

Posted 11/4/2016 in State

The last of Mississippi's eight public universities has stopped displaying the state flag that prominently features the Confederate battle emblem.



Burn bans remain in 76 of 82 Miss. counties

Posted 11/4/2016 in State

Burn bans remain in effect for 76 out of 82 Mississippi counties.



FBI investigating arson, 'Vote Trump' tag at black church

Posted 11/3/2016 in State

The FBI opened a civil rights investigation into the arson and vandalism of an African-American church in Mississippi, where someone spray-painted "Vote Trump" in what the mayor called a "heinous, hateful, cowardly act."



Tupelo council votes to keep flying state flag

Posted 11/3/2016 in State

The Mississippi state flag will remain in the City of Tupelo.



Dark highway scene of fatal Miss. trick-or-treating trailer crash

Posted 11/2/2016 in State

Every Halloween in the rural eastern Mississippi hamlet of Chunky, families and groups of friends load costumed children onto flatbed trailers and drive from house to widely spaced house for trick-or-treating.



Miss. election chief: Turnout may be below 50 percent

Posted 11/2/2016 in State

Absentee voting in Mississippi is disappointingly down from the last presidential election and turnout might be below 50 percent, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, said Tuesday.



Man pleads not guilty in death of Tupelo cab driver

Posted 11/2/2016 in State

A 23-year-old man has pleaded not guilty in the May shooting death of a 55-year-old Tupelo cab driver.



Miss. asks court to uphold law affecting LGBT rights

Posted 11/1/2016 in State

Mississippi's Republican governor is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a state law letting merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples.



2 children, 1 adult killed in Halloween crash

Posted 11/1/2016 in State

A vehicle struck a flat-bed trailer carrying adults and children who were dressed up for Halloween, killing three people and injuring several others in a small Mississippi town, authorities said.



Analysis: Campaigning in big states not the same as rigging

Posted 11/1/2016 in State

When Phil Bryant ran for governor in 2011 and 2015, there were parts of Mississippi where he didn't spend much time or money, and there were reasons for that.



Stone County High School students dispute 'noose' claims

Posted 10/29/2016 in State

Many Stone County High School students who attended a prayer rally Wednesday said allegations that white students placed a noose around the neck of a black student and yanked it have been misconstrued.



Nov. 8 hearing for ex-officer accused in daughter's death

Posted 10/29/2016 in State

A fired Long Beach police officer accused in her 3-year-old daughter's hot-car death has a preliminary hearing in the case Nov. 8.


Supreme Court candidates talk to Exchange Club

Posted 10/28/2016 in State

Four candidates vying to represent Mississippi's northern district on the state Supreme Court made their pitches to the Columbus Exchange Club on Thursday.


Mom: Noose leaves emotional scar on her 15yo son

Posted 10/28/2016 in State

A black 15-year-old in Mississippi shook in fear as he described how white schoolmates put a noose around his neck and pulled it tight, leaving no physical scars but perhaps a life-changing emotional wound, his mother said.



Mississippi seeing low-key congressional campaigns

Posted 10/28/2016 in State

Mississippi's U.S. House races are low-key, with all four incumbents enjoying comfortable fundraising leads over their challengers.



Deep South drought kills crops, threatens herds, dries lakes

Posted 10/28/2016 in State

Six months into a deepening drought, the weather is killing crops, threatening cattle and sinking lakes to their lowest levels in years across much of the South.



Drug testing of welfare applicants not leading to treatment

Posted 10/26/2016 in State

No one in Mississippi who's applied for welfare assistance through a federal program has undergone treatment since the state enacted a drug testing law two years ago.



Emmett Till historic sign shot full of holes, being replaced

Posted 10/26/2016 in State

A center dedicated to the memory of slain black teen Emmett Till has raised over $20,000 to replace a bullet-riddled sign commemorating the 1955 Mississippi killing that helped spur the civil rights movement.



Officials investigate claim of noose put on black student

Posted 10/25/2016 in State

WIGGINS -- Stone High School's football team was making a name for itself as the Tomcats turned around years of mediocrity with a winning season under the school's first-year coach.



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