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Mississippi GOP hopefuls decry federal spending, regulations

Posted 4/19/2018 in State

Republicans running for an open congressional seat in Mississippi are advocating cuts in federal spending and regulations.



NWS confirms 6 tornadoes Saturday in Mississippi

Posted 4/18/2018 in State

The National Weather Service confirms six tornadoes hit Mississippi on Saturday. Tornadoes were reported in Lafayette, Lamar, Lauderdale, Rankin and Winston counties.



Mississippi sending election reminders to military members

Posted 4/18/2018 in State

Thousands of Mississippi National Guard members are training for deployment, and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is pushing to ensure they know when to vote in upcoming elections.



Policy on bullying eyed after Mississippi 12-year-old hangs himself

Posted 4/14/2018 in State

Andy Leach was a silly 12-year-old boy with a contagious smile before relentless bullying pushed him to kill himself, his father says.



Mississippi teen jailed on charges he threatened shooting

Posted 4/14/2018 in State

A Mississippi high school senior was jailed without bail Friday after the FBI charged him with threatening a school shooting over social media, but his defense lawyer says officials are misreading the student's dark humor.


Top Mississippi lawmakers at odds over increasing gas tax

Posted 4/13/2018 in State

Mississippi House leaders are proposing a new long-term plan to put hundreds of millions of more dollars into transportation, days after Gov. Phil Bryant ordered more than 100 locally maintained bridges to be closed because they are in dangerous condition.


Groups seek to open 17 charter schools in Mississippi

Posted 4/13/2018 in State

Groups are expressing interest in opening 17 charter schools in Mississippi. The state's Charter School Authorizer Board on Monday accepted letters of intent from 16 potential school operators.



Tightest abortion law in US on hold for several more months

Posted 4/13/2018 in State

The most restrictive abortion law in the United States will remain on hold for at least several more months.



Report: 20,000 parents to lose Medicaid in work proposal

Posted 4/11/2018 in State

An estimated 20,000 poor parents in Mississippi will lose health coverage over five years under a proposal requiring Medicaid recipients work for their benefits, researchers at Georgetown University reported.



Cindy Hyde-Smith sworn in as 1st female Mississippi senator

Posted 4/10/2018 in State

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith made history Monday when she was sworn in as the first woman to represent Mississippi in the U.S. Senate, a milestone that strategists hope will propel the former agricultural commissioner and early President Donald Trump supporter when she faces a tough election in fall.



Clinic widens challenge of Mississippi abortion restrictions

Posted 4/10/2018 in State

Mississippi's only abortion clinic is expanding its challenge of a state law that bans abortion after 15 weeks.



Analysis: Report suggests some schools overuse test prep

Posted 4/9/2018 in State

A new report on testing in Mississippi's public schools suggests that low-performing schools may spend so much time getting ready for high-stakes state tests that teachers don't teach new material for a significant portion of the school year.



Lawsuit dismissed against Hyde-Smith

Posted 4/7/2018 in State

A lawsuit against U.S. Senate appointee Cindy Hyde-Smith has been permanently dismissed. The Daily Leader reports Circuit Judge David Strong dismissed the case with prejudice April 3.



Ex-Clinton secretary to run for Mississippi Senate seat

Posted 4/7/2018 in State

A Mississippi Democrat who was President Bill Clinton's first agriculture secretary officially announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Friday, saying he'll run in a special election to finish the term started by longtime Republican Thad Cochran.



Mississippi court: Woman has parent rights in same-sex split

Posted 4/6/2018 in State

Mississippi's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a woman has parental rights to a 6-year-old boy born to her ex-wife when the two were married, in a case watched by gay rights activists and groups aiding in vitro fertilization.



Suit: Mississippi flag's rebel symbol 'racially demeaning'

Posted 4/5/2018 in State

The Mississippi flag is "racially demeaning and hostile" because it contains the Confederate battle emblem, says a new federal lawsuit that seeks to ban one city from any public display of the state banner.



2nd Democrat in race for open Senate seat in Mississippi

Posted 4/4/2018 in State

A second Democrat has entered the race for an open U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi, complicating party leaders' hopes that their voters would unify behind a single candidate for what is probably a once-in-a-generation chance to win an open seat in the Republican-dominated state.



Mississippi lawmakers vote to toughen dog fighting penalties

Posted 3/31/2018 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are giving more teeth to the state's penalties for dogfighting. Senate Bill 2934 would make participation in dogfighting a felony offense, punishable by a fine up to $5,000.



Feds won't make Mississippi redo A-to-F school rating system

Posted 3/31/2018 in State

Federal education officials say Mississippi won't have to restructure its system for assigning A-to-F letter grades to public schools.



State Rep. Gipson named Miss. agriculture commissioner

Posted 3/30/2018 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday appointed a third-term state lawmaker to be the state's new agriculture commissioner.



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