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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.



County honors late politico who gave classic whiskey speech

Posted 10/24/2016 in State

Alcorn County is paying tribute to a former Mississippi judge and lawmaker who wrote a speech that's a classic example of political doubletalk.



Challenges loom large in rewriting school funding formula

Posted 10/24/2016 in State

An effort to change or rewrite Mississippi's school funding formula kicks off in earnest this week as representatives of EdBuild arrive in Jackson.



The journey of meth from Mexico to the Magnolia State

Posted 10/22/2016 in State

When narcotics agents in the Golden Triangle arrest a drug addict with several grams of ice methamphetamines, they're seeing the small-town result of a global industry dedicated to manufacturing and selling what is quickly becoming Mississippi's drug of choice.



Commission rejects move of Confederate statue

Posted 10/22/2016 in State

The Tennessee Historical Commission is blocking a plan by Memphis city leaders to move a statue honoring a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader out of the downtown area.



Mississippi Capitol dome will undergo restoration work

Posted 10/22/2016 in State

Restoration is about to start again at the Mississippi Capitol, and workers will soon be putting up scaffolding around the central dome of the building.



Life sentence in 'black widow' case in New Orleans

Posted 10/22/2016 in State

A thrice-widowed woman convicted in the death of her second husband -- and suspected in the death of her third -- has been formally sentenced to life in prison.



Planned Parenthood wins suit to block Mississippi law

Posted 10/21/2016 in State

A federal judge has blocked a Mississippi law that banned the state's Medicaid program from spending money with any health care provider that offers abortions.



Move along, Bozo: Miss. county bans clowns for now

Posted 10/21/2016 in State

A Mississippi county has had enough of the creepy clown craze, at least until after Halloween.



Judge: Shumpert civil suit against Tupelo can move forward

Posted 10/19/2016 in State



4 new West Nile virus cases bring Miss. total to 30

Posted 10/18/2016 in State

Mississippi health officials confirm four new cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state's total to 30 this year.



Memo: Inmate transferred for writing letter to newspaper

Posted 10/15/2016 in State

A Department of Corrections memo shows an inmate was transferred to a separate unit inside the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman for writing a newspaper letter that criticized Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher.



Bryant, other top Miss. Republicans stick with Trump

Posted 10/15/2016 in State

Several top Republicans in Mississippi are standing by presidential nominee Donald Trump as he denies accusations that he groped and kissed some women against their will.



Petitions fail to strip Confederate emblem from Mississippi flag

Posted 10/15/2016 in State

An effort to erase the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi's flag has failed because sponsors didn't collect enough signatures to put an initiative on the 2018 ballot.



Kemper plant makes power with gas from coal for first time

Posted 10/13/2016 in State

Mississippi Power Co. says that the power plant it's building in Kemper County has generated electricity using gas produced from coal for the first time.



Revamp of Mississippi education funding formula proposed

Posted 10/12/2016 in State

Mississippi's Republican legislative leaders said Tuesday that they want to rewrite the state's nearly 20-year-old education funding formula to put more money into the classroom and less into administrative expenses.



Feds: Louisville should repay tornado recovery grant

Posted 10/12/2016 in State

A division of the federal government says the city of Louisville should repay a $25.4 million grant awarded for recovery from a 2014 tornado.



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