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Two pit bulls kill 3-year-old boy

Posted 4/2/2014 in State

Holmes County deputies are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy who was reportedly attacked by two pit bulls at his home in the Thornton community.

 

 

Law shields research from raiders

Posted 3/31/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers have extended trade-secret protections to universities and community colleges by exempting materials tied to any commercial, scientific or technical research from the state's Open Records Act before the research is published.

 

Fewer Miss. docs accepting Medicaid payments

Posted 3/31/2014 in State

Fewer than half of Mississippi's primary care doctors are taking new Medicaid patients, Mississippi State University researchers say.

 

Miss. lawmakers work on $6 million budget

Posted 3/31/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers must approve dozens of bills in the state's $6 billion budget before a deadline today.

 

Miss. politics change, U.S. House map varies little

Posted 3/31/2014 in State

Party loyalty is being tested in one of Mississippi's U.S. House districts as a former Democratic congressman runs in a Republican primary. Gene Taylor says he never asked constituents their political affiliation, and he hopes they'll accept him with a new label.

 

Bryant to mull medicinal marijuana oil

Posted 3/29/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are sending Gov. Phil Bryant a bill that would legalize a marijuana oil to be used as medicine under tightly controlled circumstances.

 

 

Department of Energy pulls BlueFire funding

Posted 3/28/2014 in State

The U.S. Department of Energy has withdrawn its support for a biofuels company's $300 million cellulose plant in Fulton.

 

Scruggs on home confinement after prison

Posted 3/28/2014 in State

Disbarred Mississippi attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs is back at home in Oxford.

Court refuses to set Byrom's execution date

Posted 3/28/2014 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court refused Thursday to set execution date for death row inmate Michelle Byrom, whose attorneys say they have discovered new evidence in her case.

 

Miss. religious-practices bill goes to negotiation

Posted 3/28/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers could try to write a final version of a religious-practices bill that has sparked concerns about anti-gay discrimination.

 

 

Gov. bemoans revising school starting date

Posted 3/27/2014 in State

Local school boards again have control of their own academic calendars after Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed SB 2571, a bill that applies technical amendments to educational law and strikes a 2012 provision requiring the state's public schools to start their year no earlier than the third Monday in August.

 

 

No dates set for 2 executions in Mississippi

Posted 3/27/2014 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court has not set execution dates for two inmates, making it increasingly unlikely that either execution would take place this week.

 

 

Harrah's announces it will close Tunica casino

Posted 3/27/2014 in State

The long decline of what was once the nation's third-largest casino market was underlined Wednesday when the largest casino in Mississippi's Tunica County announced it would close.

 

 

Founders sell majority of Newk's restaurant chain

Posted 3/27/2014 in State

The owners of the Mississippi-based Newk's Eatery restaurants have sold a majority of the company to a New York investment firm.

 

 

Records disputes could go to ethics group

Posted 3/27/2014 in State

The Mississippi Ethics Commission could gain power to settle disputes over requests for public records.

 

 

Law could cut cost of getting public records

Posted 3/26/2014 in State

A new Mississippi law could decrease the amount of money people pay to obtain public records.

 

 

Charter nominations go to full Senate

Posted 3/26/2014 in State

A Mississippi Senate panel is endorsing all six members of the state's first charter school governing board.

 

 

Arguments set on 2012 abortion clinic law

Posted 3/25/2014 in State

A federal appeals court in New Orleans will hear arguments April 28 in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 Mississippi law that threatens to close the state's only abortion clinic.

 

 

Lawmakers enter final days of budget writing

Posted 3/25/2014 in State

Mississippi legislators expect to be busy this week working out final details of a $6 billion budget for the coming year.

 

 

Governor signs welfare drug-testing bill

Posted 3/25/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a welfare drug-testing bill on Monday, requiring those who test positive to get treatment in order to get cash.

 

 

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