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Analysis: School takeover tangled in web of other issues

Posted 9/18/2017 in State

The potential state takeover of Mississippi's second-largest school district has highlighted the depth of anger some people feel about how policymakers treat public education and how some legislators have acted toward the capital city.



US chief justice taking part in Mississippi bicentennial

Posted 9/16/2017 in State

The chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court is helping Mississippi mark the bicentennial of statehood and its judicial system.



Education board backs takeover of Jackson district

Posted 9/15/2017 in State

The Mississippi Board of Education is moving closer to taking over the state's second-largest school district because of academic and accountability problems, but some parents are vowing a legal fight.



Regulators set January decision for Mississippi Power rates

Posted 9/14/2017 in State

Mississippi's three public service commissioners said Tuesday that they would decide by January how much customers should pay for a disputed power plant.



Another city could furl state flag with Confederate emblem

Posted 9/13/2017 in State

Another Mississippi city could stop flying the state flag because it features the Confederate battle emblem that critics see as racist.



Indictments: Officials stole nearly $300,000 to buy guns

Posted 9/13/2017 in State

Officials say the former police chief and town clerk in a northeast Mississippi town stole nearly $300,000 from the 900-resident town and state, with the clerk using some money to buy guns and give them to the chief.



2 men charged with kidnapping and raping Ole Miss student

Posted 9/12/2017 in State

Two men are charged with kidnapping and raping a University of Mississippi student.



Mississippi's first rural charter school set for Clarksdale

Posted 9/12/2017 in State

Clarksdale will be the host to Mississippi's first charter school serving a rural area, after the Charter School Authorizer Board on Monday unanimously approved plans for a school to open in fall 2018.



State tax collections improve for start of budget year

Posted 9/12/2017 in State

Mississippi tax collections are looking better than they did this time last year.



2 new West Nile virus cases confirmed in Mississippi

Posted 9/12/2017 in State

The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming two new cases of West Nile virus.



Analysis: Pickering's school funding ideas cut against grain

Posted 9/11/2017 in State

Legislative leaders recently said that they'd still like to rewrite Mississippi's public school funding formula, and urged people with ideas to speak up.



Man pleads guilty; tried to hide evidence in Hattiesburg cop killings

Posted 9/11/2017 in State

A Mississippi man who was present when two police officers were killed in 2015 has pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution.



Mississippi State University sets World War I commemorations

Posted 9/11/2017 in State

Events at Mississippi State University are commemorating the centennial of World War I.



University and community college enrollment dips in Mississippi

Posted 9/9/2017 in State

Enrollment this fall fell from an all-time high at Mississippi's eight public universities and declined for the seventh straight year at the state's 15 community colleges.



Ex-lawmaker who helped usher in Miss. casinos dies

Posted 9/9/2017 in State

H.L. "Sonny" Merideth Jr., a former Mississippi lawmaker who helped open the way for casino gambling in the state, has died. He was 86.



Still no deal on rates for Kemper County plant

Posted 9/9/2017 in State

Regulators and Mississippi Power Co. on Friday again failed to agree on how much money customers should pay for a power plant.



Court asks Bryant to defend Confederate emblem

Posted 8/30/2017 in State

The U.S. Supreme Court is asking attorneys for Mississippi's governor to file arguments defending the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag.



No action on black history marker near Confederate statue

Posted 8/30/2017 in State

Supervisors in one Mississippi county are delaying a decision on residents' request to put a black history monument near a Confederate statue outside the local courthouse.



Convicted sex offender charged in new attacks in Mississippi

Posted 8/30/2017 in State

A convicted sex offender has been charged with sexual battery and other crimes after using a vehicle with flashing lights to stop women in traffic and abducting one at knifepoint, authorities say.



Mississippi reports 5 new West Nile virus cases, 41 total

Posted 8/30/2017 in State

The Mississippi State Department of Health says five new cases of West Nile virus have been reported.



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