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Mississippi lawmakers reject move to let farmers grow hemp

Posted 2/7/2019 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are turning back an attempt to legalize growing industrial hemp in the state.



Doctor, 72, accused of illegally distributing opioids

Posted 2/6/2019 in State

Prosecutors in Mississippi say a doctor is accused of illegally distributing opioids and laundering money.



Pact extended for Mississippi firm to service military jets

Posted 2/5/2019 in State

The U.S. Air Force has renewed a contract with a Mississippi aerospace company to supply parts and maintain training jets.



Longtime Mississippi Sen. Burton has stroke, Reeves says

Posted 1/25/2019 in State

A longtime Mississippi lawmaker who recently stepped down from a leadership post has had a stroke.



Mississippi: $27M from contractors in prison bribery case

Posted 1/25/2019 in State

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Thursday that his office is collecting nearly $27 million from contractors involved in bribing a former head of the state prison system.



Biloxi Diocese lists 3 priests accused of sexual misconduct

Posted 1/25/2019 in State

A Catholic diocese in Mississippi has released its list of clergy credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors.



Bill passes allowing electric cooperatives to offer internet

Posted 1/24/2019 in State

Northeast Mississippi resident John Henson is among the people who are hoping that a measure allowing the state's electric cooperatives to offer high-speed internet service will bring improvements.



Mississippi Medicaid won't seek midyear infusion of money

Posted 1/24/2019 in State

Mississippi's Medicaid director said Wednesday that the program will not seek additional money for the final half of the state budget year. This is the first time that has happened in the past five years.



Anti-cancer group: Ban tanning beds for younger than 18

Posted 1/24/2019 in State

Health advocates gathered in the Mississippi Capitol on Wednesday, asking lawmakers to ban people younger than 18 from using tanning beds.



Autopsy: Man's death after encounter with Jackson police a homicide

Posted 1/24/2019 in State

An autopsy has concluded that the death of a man apprehended by police in Mississippi's largest city was a homicide, a coroner said Wednesday.



As proponents rally, Mississippi school choice outlook murky

Posted 1/23/2019 in State

It's unclear whether Mississippi lawmakers will seek to expand charter schools or public subsidies for private schools in the current legislative session, even as proponents held a rally Tuesday to press for action.



Permission for power cooperatives to offer internet advances

Posted 1/23/2019 in State

A measure to allow Mississippi electric cooperatives to offer high-speed internet is taking another step forward.



Mississippi lawmakers asked to consider programs for departing inmates

Posted 1/23/2019 in State

Mississippi lawmakers say they could consider programs aimed at helping former inmates establish productive lives as they leave prison.



House passes bill to protect child sex trafficking victims

Posted 1/23/2019 in State

The Mississippi House is advancing a bill designed to protect children who are victims of sex trafficking.



Mississippi casino revenue up in 2018 with sports betting

Posted 1/19/2019 in State

Mississippi casino revenues rose in 2018, with patronage noticeably increasing beginning in August, after the state legalized sports betting.



Woman who hunts deer at age 101 kills 2 with a single shot

Posted 1/19/2019 in State

A 101-year-old hunter in Mississippi is still at it, and even dropped two deer with one shot.



Sheriff pleads not guilty to felonies, put on house arrest

Posted 1/19/2019 in State

A Mississippi sheriff is pleading not guilty to 12 felony charges accusing him of stealing guns and drugs, seeking sex with inmates and threatening employees if they told about the crimes.



92-year-old Eola Hotel being restored, updated in Natchez

Posted 1/19/2019 in State

A noted hotel in a Mississippi River town is undergoing a transformation, years after closing.



Nissan to cut up to 700 contract workers in Mississippi

Posted 1/18/2019 in State

Nissan Motor Co. announced Thursday that it's cutting up to 700 contract workers at its Mississippi assembly plant, citing slowing sales for vans and Titan pickup trucks that it makes there.



Mississippi graduation rate hits new record of 84 percent

Posted 1/18/2019 in State

Mississippi is graduating a greater share of its students in four years than ever before, with 84 percent of public high school seniors earning their diplomas on time last year, the Mississippi Department of Education said Thursday.



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