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Miss. House seeks to end self-destruct switch

Posted 2/10/2014 in State

A figurative self-destruct switch is turned on at many state agencies in Mississippi. No time bombs are ticking in the office buildings that overlook the Capitol. But laws that authorize many agencies specify a date that the law will be repealed and the agency will cease to exist.

 

 

Miss. gets $5.6 million to help struggling schools

Posted 2/9/2014 in State

Mississippi is getting $5.6 million in federal money to pay for efforts to improve poorly performing schools.

 

 

Local Mississippi officials could get to set two holidays

Posted 2/7/2014 in State

City and county governments in Mississippi might get more flexibility to declare local holidays.

 

Miss. House members vote for teacher pay raise

Posted 2/6/2014 in State

Arguing that their option is the only politically viable route to a teacher pay raise this year, Republicans on Wednesday pushed through the Mississippi House their proposal to increase salaries by about $4,250 over four years.

 

K-9 dog being sent back to company

Posted 2/6/2014 in State

The Gulfport Police Department has pink-slipped K-9 Fred.

 

 

Gulfport police, DEA: Grocery store was selling drugs

Posted 2/5/2014 in State

Gulfport police and federal drug agents say they seized high-grade marijuana and spice believed to be sold from Martin's Grocery.

 

 

Mississippi special education students could get vouchers

Posted 2/5/2014 in State

Parallel bills in the Mississippi House and Senate would give more than $6,000 a year in state money to the parent of any special education student who wanted to withdraw their child from their local public school district.

 

 

Miss. bill proposes abortion ban after 20 weeks

Posted 2/5/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are considering banning abortion after 20 weeks' gestation, halfway through a normal full-term pregnancy of 40 weeks.

 

 

BB King marker missing in Leflore County

Posted 2/4/2014 in State

A Mississippi Blues Trail Marker commemorating the birthplace of blues legend B.B. King near Berclair in Leflore County is missing.

 

 

Gov. announces Mississippi Works online job system

Posted 2/4/2014 in State

The state of Mississippi has unveiled an interactive resource to pair employers and jobs through the Internet and mobile applications.

 

 

Adams County supervisors extends option to KiOR

Posted 2/4/2014 in State

The Adams County Board of Supervisors has voted to extend an option contract on the former Belwood Country Club property to alternative fuel manufacturer KiOR.

 

 

House Speaker Gunn eyes teacher raise up to $4,250 over four years

Posted 2/4/2014 in State

House Speaker Philip Gunn and fellow Republicans want to give a $1,500 raise to most public school teachers in 2015 and 2016, and a projected raise of around $2,750 over the following two years, assuming state revenue continues to grow at a healthy rate.

 

 

Gov. declares Severe Weather Prep Week

Posted 2/4/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has declared this week Severe Weather Preparedness Week. The National Weather Service will issue Wednesday a statewide test tornado warning on NOAA weather radios at 9:15 a.m.

 

 

Mississippi legislator says CON law outdated

Posted 2/3/2014 in State

A Republican state lawmaker thinks it's time for Mississippi to ditch its certificate-of-need requirement that limits where hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities can open and what services they can offer.

 

 

Miss. Senate OKs adding 'In God We Trust' to seal

Posted 2/1/2014 in State

The Mississippi Senate voted Friday to add "In God We Trust" to the state seal, as requested by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. Currently, it has an eagle and the words, "The Great Seal of the State of Mississippi" without a slogan.

 

 

Lawmakers plan district to take failing schools

Posted 2/1/2014 in State

Some lawmakers want to set up a separate statewide school district to take over individual failing schools.

 

Manslaughter verdict in buttocks-injection trial

Posted 2/1/2014 in State

To hear Natasha Stewart tell it, she was just trying to help an insecure woman when she helped arrange for her to get silicone injections in her buttocks, shots that prosecutors say were deadly. A jury disagreed, convicting Stewart on Friday of culpable negligence manslaughter.

 

Man accused of killing father & grandmother

Posted 2/1/2014 in State

A 20-year-old Jackson man is accused of gunning down his 49-year-old father and 74-year-old grandmother.

 

Train derails in Miss., 50 residents evacuated

Posted 2/1/2014 in State

A train derailment Friday in southeast Mississippi sparked a small evacuation and highway closure after rail cars began leaking fuel oil.

 

Miss. lawmakers advance criminal justice changes

Posted 1/31/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are moving forward with bills designed to make the criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive.

 

 

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