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Anti-drug chief to retire, be replaced by former prosecutor

Posted 9/22/2016 in State

The head of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics is retiring after the state's drug-fighting agency came under scrutiny for sexual harassment.



Miss. 5th-highest rate of 2015 opioid prescriptions

Posted 9/21/2016 in State

Companies that make prescription painkillers and their allies have contributed more than $366,000 to Mississippi candidates and hired an average of 18 lobbyists yearly in the state since 2006 to push their policies.



Officials from 21 states sue to block overtime pay expansion

Posted 9/21/2016 in State

Officials from 21 states sued the U.S. Department of Labor Tuesday over a new rule that would make about 4 million higher-earning workers eligible for overtime pay, slamming the measure as inappropriate federal overreach by the Obama Administration.



JSU spokeswoman: No foul play expected in student death

Posted 9/21/2016 in State

A Jackson State University spokeswoman says there's "no evidence of foul play" in the death of a student whose body was found in a men's dormitory.



Investigator: Suspect confessed to killing 2 nuns

Posted 9/17/2016 in State

A man charged with killing two nuns confessed to investigators that he went into their home, struggled with them, stabbed them to death and stole their car, a state law enforcement agent testified Friday.



After-school programs scaled back amid reduced funding

Posted 9/17/2016 in State

Mississippi officials say they only have enough federal money to subsidize after-school programs for a quarter of the students they originally projected to serve.



Consultant sentenced in prison bribery scheme

Posted 9/16/2016 in State

A business and government consultant has been sentenced to seven years and three months in federal prison for paying kickbacks to Mississippi's former corrections commissioner and others.



Miss. sets new score levels for A-to-F school grades

Posted 9/16/2016 in State

Mississippi's public schools and districts have a new scoring system in place for assigning A-to-F grades after a series of dustups that started last month.



Hearing set for Miss. man charged with killing 2 nuns

Posted 9/16/2016 in State

A man charged with killing two nuns in Mississippi is scheduled for a court hearing today, where prosecutors will present some evidence before the case goes to a grand jury.



Miss. closing private prison with history of abuse

Posted 9/15/2016 in State

A Mississippi private prison with a history of inmate abuse is preparing to shut down, three months after state officials announced their intention to close it because of a tight state budget.



Hattiesburg pastor convicted in federal theft case

Posted 9/13/2016 in State

A Hattiesburg pastor was convicted Monday on three counts of conspiracy and theft in a federal case involving money skimmed from a federal housing program.



Mississippi charter board rejects plan for 3 Jackson schools

Posted 9/13/2016 in State

Mississippi's Charter School Authorizer Board Monday rejected an application from an Ohio-based group to open three elementary schools in Jackson, meaning the board will approve no new charter schools this year.



Beach town reels over chief's death after gun investigation

Posted 9/12/2016 in State

Worries would seem to be few and far between in Bay St. Louis, a community of sandy beaches and monthly art walks that bounced back strong after 2005's Hurricane Katrina all but wiped it out.



3 MHP troopers involved in series of car accidents

Posted 9/12/2016 in State

Three Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers were involved in a series of car accidents in Lincoln County.



8 qualify for Miss. presidential ballot

Posted 9/10/2016 in State

Eight candidates have qualified to be listed on the Nov. 8 general election ballot in Mississippi.



Rating agencies to visit Jackson for state credit review

Posted 9/10/2016 in State

The nation's three major credit rating agencies are making a visit to Jackson this month to review Mississippi's credit strength for this year's general obligation bond issue.



Attorney: Suit against Confederate emblem not a lost cause

Posted 9/10/2016 in State

An attorney says he's not surrendering his legal battle to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi flag.



Judge jabs Confederate emblem as he dismisses flag lawsuit

Posted 9/9/2016 in State

A federal judge Thursday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to have the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag declared an unconstitutional relic of slavery.



Officials: Police chief shoots himself just after suspension

Posted 9/9/2016 in State

A Mississippi police chief who had just been suspended shot and killed himself Thursday in the police department's parking lot, officials said, in what was described as "a bad day for law enforcement."



IRS agent: Hattiesburg pastor diverted $60,000 to his church

Posted 9/9/2016 in State

An IRS agent says that a Hattiesburg pastor took $60,000 from a federally-funded housing rehabilitation program to subsidize his church.



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