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Mississippi, Kansas authorities sort out deadly crime spree

Posted 3/3/2017 in State

Mississippi investigators joined counterparts in Kansas on Thursday, hoping to secure evidence and interview the suspect in a three-state crime spree that included two Mississippi slayings, a New Mexico carjacking and the shooting of a store clerk west of Wichita.



USDA: Drought disaster help in 79 of 82 Miss. counties

Posted 3/3/2017 in State

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says drought disaster aid is available in 79 of Mississippi's 82 counties -- and in 22 counties in adjacent states.



Miss. murder suspect's mayhem-fueled run ends in fiery crash

Posted 3/2/2017 in State

A trail of mayhem that began last week in a suburban Mississippi apartment ended Wednesday morning when a stolen SUV chased by police flipped in a fiery crash in a rural Kansas field.



Trump budget hits Coast Guard ship, project of Sen. Cochran

Posted 3/2/2017 in State

President Donald Trump's budget would eliminate a $600 million-plus state-of-the-art Coast Guard cutter that's a priority of the powerful Republican chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.



Legislator: No memorial signs for dilapidated highways

Posted 3/2/2017 in State

A Mississippi state representative tabled bills by senators to name highways after their constituents after the Senate killed a bill that would have provided funds for road repair.



Nissan faces safety fine in Miss. as union rally looms

Posted 3/2/2017 in State

A workplace safety agency wants to fine Nissan Motor Co. $21,000, saying its Mississippi plant didn't correctly train a maintenance worker who lost three fingers in July.



ICE detains 'Dreamer' in Jackson after she urged Trump to protect her

Posted 3/2/2017 in State

A young woman in the process of renewing her permission as a "Dreamer" to remain in the United States legally was arrested Wednesday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after speaking at a press conference where she urged President Donald Trump to protect people like her.



Miss. legislators kill domestic abuse divorce bill

Posted 3/1/2017 in State

Supporters of a bill that would have added domestic abuse as grounds for divorce in Mississippi were outraged after it died in a House committee, whose chairman argued that the legislature shouldn't pass measures "opening the floodgates" to more divorces.



House balks at Senate plan for oil spill damage account

Posted 3/1/2017 in State

Mississippi lawmakers may be unable to decide this year how to spend $750 million in oil spill damage payments, with sniping between House and Senate members after a bill died at a Tuesday deadline for action when the House Appropriations Committee didn't bring it up.



Mississippi Senate kills online registration, early in-person voting

Posted 3/1/2017 in State

Mississippians won't be able to initially register to vote online or vote early at courthouses after Senate committees killed bills that would have allowed those changes.



Reeves kills bill to collect internet tax, earmark for roads

Posted 2/28/2017 in State

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that the Mississippi Senate will reject House legislation that would force retailers to collect taxes on internet sales and earmark the money for road and bridge work.



Reward now $22,500 for suspect in woman's death

Posted 2/28/2017 in State

Authorities in Mississippi have announced a large increase in the reward for information leading to the arrest of a 28-year-old man suspected in the death of his girlfriend.



Authorities look for murder, assault suspect

Posted 2/27/2017 in State

Mississippi authorities have launched a nationwide search for a man wanted for murder and aggravated assault.



Miss. governor wants renewed push for lottery

Posted 2/24/2017 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday that he wants legislators to make a late-session push to enact a lottery that might generate tens of millions of dollars a year in revenue.



Miss. Senate panel kills bill to limit powers of attorney general

Posted 2/24/2017 in State

A bill to limit the powers of Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood is "pretty much dead" after a committee voted to set it aside without making a final decision, the chairman said Thursday.



Sanctuary city ban heads to Miss. House

Posted 2/24/2017 in State

A bill headed to the Mississippi House says cities, counties, state agencies and public colleges can't prevent employees from asking someone's immigration status and can't give legal status to people who have entered the country without permission.



Former Southaven mayor's retrial moved out of the county

Posted 2/24/2017 in State

A judge has decided that former Southaven, Mississippi, Mayor Greg Davis will be retried four counties away on felony fraud and embezzlement charges.



Mississippi could expand dyslexia voucher program

Posted 2/24/2017 in State

Mississippi lawmakers could expand a program enabling students to use state money to attend schools with specialized help for dyslexia.



Death in Miss.: Man held in quadruple slaying

Posted 2/23/2017 in State

A man who lived in a rural home with his romantic partner, her young son, her mother and her sister was arrested on murder charges after all four were found shot to death, authorities said Wednesday.



Natural gas could cost less than coal for Kemper plant

Posted 2/23/2017 in State

Mississippi Power Co. says the power plant it's building in Kemper County will be cheaper to run on natural gas than on its planned fuel of lignite coal unless gas prices are high.



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