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Lawsuit: Gay students bullied in Miss. district

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

A lawsuit filed Tuesday says gay students are routinely bullied in a south Mississippi school district, including a lesbian who was forced to sit alone in the middle of a classroom when others were split into groups of boys and girls.

 

 

Man pleads guilty to distributing painkillers

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Former Lee County pharmacist Jim Bain has pleaded guilty to illegally distributing the pain killer hydrocodone.

 

 

MDMR comments on rules on coastal drilling leases

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Mississippi marine resources agency officials said the rules and regulations that the Mississippi Development Authority adopted this year regarding seismic testing in Mississippi waters do not conflict with its own process for managing coastal resources.

 

 

Education Department awards $120 million to districts

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Students will earn an associate's degree and a high school diploma at the same time. Every student will have a laptop to take home at night. And teachers will be retrained to let students move at their own pace. All are pilot programs the Education Department is funding with $120 million in grants to five school groups, Secretary Arne Duncan said Tuesday.

 

 

State Supreme Court denies motion for removal of trial judge

Posted 12/17/2013 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court has again denied a motion from a Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case to remove the judge appointed to preside over his case.

 

 

Arrests at McComb weight loss center

Posted 12/17/2013 in State

The owner and business manager of the McComb weight loss clinic have been charged with selling drugs and practicing medicine without a license.

 

 

AGs want tamper proof generic painkillers

Posted 12/17/2013 in State

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and 41 other states legal officers are asking the government to require manufacturers of generic prescription pain relievers to develop tamper-resistant versions of their products.

 

 

Mississippi death penalty case before U.S. Supreme Court

Posted 12/17/2013 in State

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Jan. 10 whether to hear an appeal from a woman on Mississippi's death row who is seeking a new trial in the slaying of her husband based on claims that she was abused.

 

Mississippi to end prisoners' conjugal visits

Posted 12/16/2013 in State

Mississippi prisoners will no longer be allowed to have conjugal visits, starting early next year, Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps said.

 

Tupelo city gov't reducing its overtime spending

Posted 12/16/2013 in State

In the past three years, Tupelo city government has significantly cut the amount of money it's spending on overtime.

 

 

Child support decision gets second look

Posted 12/16/2013 in State

In a 5-4 decision in June, the Supreme Court majority reached two conclusions. It said that nothing in state law requires parents to financially support their offspring after they turn 21, and it also said the Legislature has not passed a law to require parents to pay support for, or on the behalf of, adult disabled children.

 

 

Tunica Furniture Market set for January

Posted 12/16/2013 in State

The inaugural Tunica Furniture Market in January will be held in January and its organizer says about 40 companies are expected to participate.

 

 

Entergy-ITC deal canceled due to regulatory issues

Posted 12/14/2013 in State

Entergy Corp. and ITC Holdings Corp. have called off plans to spin off Entergy's electric transmission business and merge it into ITC, because the deal failed to get regulatory approval.

 

 

Miss. hospital does its first pancreas transplant

Posted 12/14/2013 in State

Doctors at the University of Mississippi Medical Center have performed the facility's first pancreas transplant in a 49-year-old diabetes patient who also received a kidney during the procedure.

 

 

State appeals political spending law ruling

Posted 12/14/2013 in State

JACKSON -- Attorney General Jim Hood has appealed a federal judge's ruling that part of Mississippi's campaign finance law creates an unconstitutional burden for people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative.

 

 

Bullock leaving as Bryant spokesman

Posted 12/13/2013 in State

Mick Bullock, the spokesman for Gov. Phil Bryant, is leaving to become communications director of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

 

 

Study: Medicaid expansion would spur Miss. economy

Posted 12/13/2013 in State

Mississippi is losing billions of dollars in potential economic activity because state leaders, so far, have chosen not to extend Medicaid to hundreds of thousands more people, a nonprofit group said a report Thursday.

 

 

C Spire to acquire Alabama communication firm

Posted 12/13/2013 in State

C Spire has announced plans to acquire Callis Communications, which provides cloud-based unified communications as a service for businesses.

 

 

Security company in shooting not licensed

Posted 12/13/2013 in State

Vicksburg records show T&T Security, the company hired by the promoters of a party during which one man was killed and two others were shot, was not licensed to do business in the city.

 

 

Gov. Bryant announces new tourism project

Posted 12/12/2013 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant has announced a yearlong celebration in 2014 to showcase Mississippi people, communities and enterprises that are moving the state's economy forward.

 

 

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