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Miss. ACT scores dip as all high school seniors tested

Posted 8/24/2016 in State

Mississippi's ACT scores fell sharply in the first year that all public school seniors in the Magnolia State took the test.

 

 

Analysis: Once called soft, some ask if state tests too hard

Posted 8/22/2016 in State

Beneath the back-and-forth last week over how many Mississippi public schools should get As was the undertow of another question -- has the state gone from grading its kids too soft to grading them too hard?

 

 

Ole Miss band to look away from 'Dixie' beginning this fall

Posted 8/20/2016 in State

"Old times there are not forgotten" proclaim the lyrics to the Southern anthem "Dixie." But the University of Mississippi, whose athletic traditions were once overlaid with Confederate symbolism, is ready to forget the song.

 

 

Miss. officials expect $10M for after-school programs

Posted 8/20/2016 in State

Mississippi officials now expect to have $10 million to spend on federally subsidized after-school programs in the current school year.

 

 

Tiny town in Mississippi working to recover from flood

Posted 8/19/2016 in State

Folks in the small south Mississippi town of Crosby are tired. Hot. Sweaty. Hungry. Nearly a week after a flash flood poured 4 feet of water across the southwest side of town, cleanup progresses slowly.

 

 

Glitch shortens some Mississippi driver's license renewals

Posted 8/19/2016 in State

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is working to fix a glitch that caused some driver's licenses to be renewed for too few years.

 

 

State board seeks middle ground on A-to-F school grading scale

Posted 8/19/2016 in State

State Board of Education members are backing a plan that would assign A grades to fewer Mississippi schools and districts than an administrator task force recommended, but more than Department of Education officials had originally wanted.

 

 

Accrediting panel dumps tougher A-to-F school grading scale

Posted 8/18/2016 in State

Members of the state Board of Education face a thorny decision: How many public schools and districts should get A grades and how many should get F grades under Mississippi's rating system?

 

 

No change in transcript for case of ricin letter to Obama

Posted 8/17/2016 in State

A Mississippi man imprisoned for mailing poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others was denied his request to change a court transcript.

 

 

Miss. town mourns deaths of 3 couples in plane crash

Posted 8/16/2016 in State

Three married couples killed in the crash of a small airplane in Alabama all lived in the university town of Oxford where city flags were lowered Monday as residents grappled with the loss of so many lives at one time.

 

 

Governor criticizes education agency on after-school money

Posted 8/16/2016 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant is calling for immediate action by the state Board of Education to remedy misspending of federal money that's threatening the state's ability to fund after-school programs.

 

 

Trial delayed for dad in baby's hot car death

Posted 8/13/2016 in State

A manslaughter trial is delayed until January for a Mississippi man charged in the hot-car death of his baby.

 

 

Miss. freezes after-school program funding

Posted 8/13/2016 in State

Funding for after-school programs serving 29,000 students across Mississippi has been frozen after the state Department of Education announced federal money that pays for them has been mishandled.

 

 

Mississippi gay marriage law remains blocked during appeal

Posted 8/13/2016 in State

Mississippi's law on religious objections to same-sex marriage will remain blocked while the governor appeals a judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional.

 

Young sentenced to 12 years for attempting to join ISIS

Posted 8/12/2016 in State

OXFORD--Jaelyn Delshaun Young was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment and 15 years of supervised release in federal court on Thursday for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State.

 

Justice Department sues Mississippi over mental health care

Posted 8/12/2016 in State

The U.S. Justice Department sued Mississippi on Thursday, saying the state is violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by "unnecessarily and illegally" making mentally ill people go into state-run psychiatric hospitals.

 

 

Miss. homeland security director retires after lawsuit

Posted 8/12/2016 in State

The director of Mississippi's Office of Homeland Security, Rusty Barnes, has retired months after an employee said in a lawsuit that Barnes wouldn't promote her because she's a woman.

 

 

Man pleads guilty in slayings of 2 Hattiesburg officers

Posted 8/12/2016 in State

A Hattiesburg man accused in the 2015 slayings of Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate pleaded guilty Thursday in Forrest County Circuit Court.

 

 

White mother in Miss. not indicted in hot car death

Posted 8/12/2016 in State

A central Mississippi grand jury has chosen not to indict a mother whose toddler daughter died after being left in a hot car in May, a prosecutor said Thursday.

 

 

Mother of hot-car death victim fights charges against father

Posted 8/11/2016 in State

The mother of an 8-month-old girl who died in her boyfriend's hot car May 19 in northern Mississippi is asking prosecutors to dismiss charges against the father.

 

 

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