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Nunnelee lone incumbent without primary

Posted 3/3/2014 in State

First District Republican Alan Nunnelee is the only Mississippi congressman without a party primary this year. Saturday was congressional candidates' qualifying deadline in the state. Primaries are June 3, and the general election is Nov. 4.

Democrat Childers will seek seat in U.S. Senate

Posted 3/1/2014 in State

Former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, D-Booneville, re-entered Mississippi politics Friday, declaring his candidacy for U.S. Senate.

 

Meredith calls noose on Ole Miss statue 'foolish'

Posted 3/1/2014 in State

James Meredith says it was "foolish" for anyone to leave a noose and a Confederate emblem on a statue of him at the University of Mississippi, the school he integrated in 1962.

 

Taylor will seek to reclaim seat from Palazzo

Posted 3/1/2014 in State

Former U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor of Bay St. Louis said it was the dysfunction of Washington that drove him to seek a return to the job he held for two decades. This time, though, he'll be running as a Republican.

 

Report could delay action on road funds until 2016

Posted 3/1/2014 in State

Proponents of increased Mississippi highway funding aren't just going to be waiting until 2015. They'll probably be waiting until 2016.

 

 

Man wakes up in body bag at funeral home

Posted 3/1/2014 in State

Workers at a Mississippi funeral home say they found a man alive and kicking when they opened a body bag.

 

 

Date set for Mayor Chokwe Lumumba's funeral

Posted 2/28/2014 in State

According to Willis and Sons Funeral Home, funeral services for Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba will be held Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m.

 

 

Changes proposed to Miss. religious practices bill

Posted 2/28/2014 in State

A Mississippi House panel is proposing changes that might neutralize concerns about whether a religious-freedom bill could lead to discrimination against gay people or other groups.

 

 

Black Miss. lawmakers seek to block voter ID law

Posted 2/28/2014 in State

The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus is asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to block the state's plan to start using a voter identification law.

 

 

Future of Miss. 'religious freedom' bill uncertain

Posted 2/27/2014 in State

Several Mississippi lawmakers say they're confused about whether a freedom-of-religion bill is similar to a widely criticized Arizona measure that would allow people to assert religious beliefs in refusing business services to same-sex couples.

 

 

Mississippi troopers head to Jackson

Posted 2/27/2014 in State

Troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol converged on the state capitol Wednesday for "Blue Out" day. The troopers were asking state legislators for more funding, including funding for a new trooper school that would allow for additional troopers to be added to the current 501 active troopers.

 

 

20-week abortion ban bill moves to full Miss. Senate

Posted 2/27/2014 in State

A bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks' gestation is advancing to the full Mississippi Senate for more debate later.

 

 

Court to hear arguments over Miss. abortion law

Posted 2/26/2014 in State

A federal appeals court is expected to hear oral arguments in late April or early May in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 law that threatens to close Mississippi's only abortion clinic.

 

 

Parents push for Miss. special education vouchers

Posted 2/26/2014 in State

Parents who want Mississippi lawmakers to approve special education vouchers are adding their voices in support.

 

 

Miss. House passes sales tax holiday for guns

Posted 2/26/2014 in State

Plans are moving forward for a Mississippi sales tax holiday for guns, ammunition, bows, arrows and accessories.

 

1st-term Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba dies at 66

Posted 2/26/2014 in State

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba (SHOW-kway Lu-MOOM-bah), a nationally prominent attorney and human rights activist who persuaded voters into accepting a sales tax to fix crumbling roads and infrastructure in Mississippi's capital, died Tuesday.

 

New blues makers honor Patton, Mississippi Sheiks

Posted 2/26/2014 in State

Two new Mississippi Blues Trail marker unveiled Tuesday honor legendary blues artist Charley Patton and country blues guitar and fiddle group, the Mississippi Sheiks.

 

 

Man sentenced for defrauding DIRECTV

Posted 2/25/2014 in State

A Jackson man has been sentenced to 54 months in federal prison for aggravated identity theft and wire fraud.

 

 

Motions to set 2 execution dates filed

Posted 2/25/2014 in State

The attorney general's office is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to set execution dates for two death row inmates.

 

 

Miss. Board of Education OKs Common Core courses

Posted 2/25/2014 in State

Mississippi's Board of Education approved new Common Core-aligned English and math courses Friday, but not before some board members objected, saying they believe teachers and students need another year to prepare.

 

 

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