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Miss. abortion law similar to overturned Texas law

Posted 6/28/2016 in State

Mississippi's abortion restrictions will likely be the first outside Texas to be affected by Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning requirements that abortion doctors have hospital admitting privileges, the leader of the Center for Reproductive Rights said.



GOP leaders hope for quick session on Miss. budget

Posted 6/28/2016 in State

Republican officials are hoping for a quick special session to patch holes in the Mississippi budget. But there's no guarantee Democrats will sit quietly and go along with that plan.



Justice quest goes on after 'Freedom Summer' cases end

Posted 6/28/2016 in State

The search for courtroom justice in the 1964 "Freedom Summer" killings of three civil rights workers in Mississippi's Neshoba County is over, more than a half century after they died, but some Mississippians and the relatives of the slain men say the search for another kind of justice still is still ongoing.



Gov. could call Tuesday session to deal with budget gap

Posted 6/25/2016 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant said Friday that he will call a special legislative session Tuesday to deal with a shortfall as Mississippi's 2016 budget year comes to a close, unless state collections make such a move unnecessary.



Man wanted in Panola Co. slaying returns to Miss.

Posted 6/25/2016 in State

Authorities say the man wanted in the 2014 burning death of a woman is back in Mississippi.



Attorneys clash over possible impact of Miss. LGBT law

Posted 6/25/2016 in State

Attorneys trying to block a Mississippi law dealing with religious objections to same-sex marriage argued Friday that it unconstitutionally establishes state-preferred beliefs and treats lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people different from other citizens.



Rep: State constitution at stake in 'demon chipmunk' lawsuit

Posted 6/25/2016 in State

A Mississippi lawmaker says the state constitution is at stake in his lawsuit against the House speaker over a speed-reading computer voice that's been called the "demon chipmunk."



Judge hears arguments over Miss. LGBT marriage law

Posted 6/24/2016 in State

Mississippi is the only state to enact a law listing specific religious beliefs to be protected in reaction to the legalization of same-sex marriage, a professor testified Thursday in federal court.


Mississippi graduation rates reach all time high

Posted 6/23/2016 in State

According to the Mississippi Department of Education, high school graduation rates for the state reached an all time high during the 2015-2016 school year with 80.8 percent of all students graduating within four years.


Miss. LGBT law withstands 1 challenge; 3 others await

Posted 6/22/2016 in State

A federal judge has declined to block a Mississippi gay marriage law in one challenge filed against it. But it's still possible he will block the law after considering three other lawsuits.



Prosecutor: 'Mississippi Burning' civil rights case closed

Posted 6/21/2016 in State

One day short of the 52nd anniversary of three civil rights workers' disappearance during Mississippi's "Freedom Summer," state and federal prosecutors said Monday that the investigation into the slayings is over.



Mississippi's budget gap could widen because $72M protected

Posted 6/21/2016 in State

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says legislative efforts to use one-time cash to plug a budget hole will be at least $128 million short of the amount lawmakers originally thought they would get.



Conservative divide scuttles Mississippi term limits effort

Posted 6/21/2016 in State

An effort to get a term limits initiative on the Mississippi ballot was doomed because conservative volunteers started gathering signatures but later shifted their time and energy to the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, organizers said Monday.



Attorney: Treat same-sex couples same as others for licenses

Posted 6/21/2016 in State

Same-sex couples in Mississippi should not be left guessing whether any particular clerk will refuse to issue them marriage licenses, a gay rights attorney argued Monday in federal court.



Tupelo police: Officer shot, killed man during fight

Posted 6/20/2016 in State

Police in Mississippi say an officer has shot and killed a man who fought and injured the officer and his police dog after being chased and hiding under a house.



Analysis: Miss. health care trust fund whittled away

Posted 6/20/2016 in State

It seems almost quaint now, the optimism that Mississippi legislators expressed in 1999 when they created a health care trust fund.



Miss. attorneys: LGBT law protects religious rights

Posted 6/20/2016 in State

State attorneys say a new Mississippi law that will let clerks recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples is a reasonable accommodation for people who believe marriage should only be between a man and a woman.



Sen. Burton found innocent on 2nd offense DUI charge

Posted 6/18/2016 in State

The second-ranking leader of the Mississippi Senate has been found innocent of a drunken driving charge.



Hood: Legislature can't take some special funds

Posted 6/17/2016 in State

Mississippi's attorney general says in newly issued opinions that the Legislature cannot legally "sweep" some special funds collected by state agencies -- including his own -- into the state's main account to plug holes in next year's budget.



Mississippi community college fees rise 7 percent on average

Posted 6/17/2016 in State

Tuition and required fees will rise almost 7 percent on average this fall at Mississippi's 15 community and junior colleges.



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