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House backs convention to mandate federal balanced budget

Posted 3/11/2015 in State

Mississippi could become the third state to sign onto a plan for a nationwide constitutional convention to force the federal government to balance its budget and require states' permission to increase national debt.

 

 

Caregiver arrested for exploiting a vulnerable person

Posted 3/11/2015 in State

A Philadelphia woman has been arrested for allegedly exploiting a person under her care.

 

Legislature passes texting-while-driving bill

Posted 3/10/2015 in State

A bill banning texting while driving now awaits Gov. Phil Bryant's signature after lawmakers approved the measure Monday.

Trial nears for accused Cochran photo blogger

Posted 3/10/2015 in State

A political blogger who shook up last year's Senate election by photographing U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's bedridden wife is set for trial March 30.

 

Jury selected in case of slain Clarksdale candidate

Posted 3/10/2015 in State

Trial began Monday for a man accused of killing Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian in 2013.

 

Analysis: Tax cuts winning versus increasing state services

Posted 3/9/2015 in State

The next time Mississippi lawmakers say the state can't afford something, don't believe them.

 

State wants $290K seized in raid on suspected drug operation

Posted 3/7/2015 in State

The state Bureau of Narcotics is seeking to overturn a judge's ruling that its seizure of cash and other items during a drug bust in 2013 was illegal because the search warrant failed to include a description of the place to be searched.

 

 

Judge orders release of execution drug supplier's name

Posted 3/7/2015 in State

A judge has rejected the Mississippi Department of Corrections' attempt to keep secret the pharmacy that supplies a crucial execution drug.

 

 

Biloxi's longest-serving mayor to resign

Posted 3/6/2015 in State

The mayor who led Biloxi through the long casino boom of the 1990s and its recovery from 2005's Hurricane Katrina is resigning.

 

 

Miss. could add centuries to time for property trusts

Posted 3/6/2015 in State

Wealthy people would be allowed to put property in trust for up to 360 years in Mississippi, under a bill that advanced another step Thursday in the state Senate.

 

 

Proposed ammo ban empties shelves

Posted 3/5/2015 in State

When word began to spread about a proposed ban on a popular type of ammunition, the market responded faster than a speeding bullet.

 

 

High school students will stop being required to pass exams

Posted 3/4/2015 in State

Current seniors in Mississippi public schools could become the first in nearly 30 years to graduate without passing an exit exam.

 

 

Mills enters special House election in Miss.

Posted 3/4/2015 in State

Attorney Chip Mills of Fulton is entering a special election to fill an empty U.S. House seat in north Mississippi.

 

 

Miss. Power notes new Kemper overrun amid uncertainty

Posted 3/4/2015 in State

Southern Co. announced Tuesday that it projects at least another $26 million in spending to complete its construction of a power plant in eastern Mississippi.

 

 

Judge puts Miss. AG's investigation of Google on hold

Posted 3/3/2015 in State

The Mississippi attorney general's attempt to investigate Google is on hold for at least four more months.

 

 

Gunn: Mississippi would not lose money with tax phase-out

Posted 3/3/2015 in State

House Speaker Philip Gunn used an analogy involving goats and church tithing Monday to make the point that Mississippi would never lose money under a long-term proposal to phase out the state personal income tax.

 

 

Barbour to lead Butler Snow economic development firm

Posted 3/2/2015 in State

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is among the leaders of a new economic development firm formed by Ridgeland-based Butler Snow LLP.

 

 

Lawmakers squabble over election-year tax cuts

Posted 3/2/2015 in State

It's election year, and Mississippi policymakers are engaged in an escalating debate over who can offer the biggest, juiciest tax cut.

 

 

Mississippi court sets arguments in rape conviction appeal

Posted 2/28/2015 in State

Attorneys for death row inmate Charles Ray Crawford will argue before the Mississippi Supreme Court March 23 that the man's 1994 rape conviction should be tossed out because he received poor legal representation at his trial.

 

 

Former Mississippi House Speaker Tim Ford dies

Posted 2/28/2015 in State

Former longtime Mississippi Speaker of the House Tim Ford has died of a heart attack.

 

 

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