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4 dead after tornado rips through south Miss.

Posted 1/21/2017 in State

Four people were killed, roofs were ripped from homes and churches, and trees were torn from the earth early Saturday when a tornado hitting in the dark of night ripped through a region in southern Mississippi, officials said.


Miss. high school graduation rate rises for third year

Posted 1/20/2017 in State

A larger share of Mississippi high schoolers than ever before is graduating, thanks in part to stronger efforts to keep kids in school but also to changed graduation requirements.



Republican-led Miss. Senate commends Obama

Posted 1/20/2017 in State

The Republican-led Mississippi Legislature has resisted much of President Barack Obama's agenda, but in an apparent bipartisan gesture of goodwill, the state Senate adopted a resolution Thursday calling the Democrat "one of the most consequential presidents in recent history."



Bill to limit attorney general's powers falters -- for now

Posted 1/19/2017 in State

The Mississippi House has narrowly rejected a bill to limit the attorney general's powers. But the bill is being held for another debate, and a Republican chairman needs to pick up just a few votes for the bill to pass and move to the Senate.



Miss. Army, Air National Guard to aid inauguration

Posted 1/19/2017 in State

About 150 members of Mississippi's Army and Air National Guard will provide support during the presidential inauguration Friday.



Miss. governor: Time to consider starting a lottery

Posted 1/18/2017 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant told lawmakers in his State of the State speech Tuesday night that it might be time for Mississippi to create a lottery as a way to generate revenue without raising taxes.



Miss. sues Google, saying it violates student privacy

Posted 1/18/2017 in State

Mississippi's Democratic attorney general is once again tangling with Google, alleging in a lawsuit that the company is illegally violating student privacy, even as some Republicans seek to muzzle his ability to file such civil suits.



Governor: Trooper shortage critical in Mississippi

Posted 1/18/2017 in State

Mississippi faces a critical shortage of state troopers, according to state officials.



Bryant, 3 Doors Down and Tupelo band will go to inauguration

Posted 1/17/2017 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant's going.



Biloxi renames 'Great Americans Day' to honor MLK

Posted 1/17/2017 in State

A Mississippi city voted Monday to ditch "Great Americans Day" and instead celebrate a holiday named for Martin Luther King Jr.



Analysis: Tax cuts and economy weigh on Mississippi revenues

Posted 1/16/2017 in State

As Gov. Phil Bryant cut state budgets by $51 million last week, he and Republican lawmakers went through the ritual obligations of sorrow and dismay.



Filmmaker from Tupelo finding success on the small screen

Posted 1/16/2017 in State

When Tupelo native Tina Mabry decided to go to Hollywood more than 15 years ago, her goal was to tell stories she believed in.



Electric car maker GreenTech lays off Miss. workers

Posted 1/14/2017 in State

The future of an electric car maker that once had grand promises for a corner of the Mississippi Delta is growing even murkier.



Miss. ex-Gov. William Winter released from hospital

Posted 1/14/2017 in State

Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter has been released from a hospital six days after he fell on his icy driveway and injured his head.



Biloxi slammed as it declares Monday 'Great Americans Day'

Posted 1/14/2017 in State

The city of Biloxi has sparked a debate about the holiday honoring the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. after announcing on social media that city offices would be closed Monday for "Great Americans Day."



Furniture Academy aims to boost manufacturing skills

Posted 1/14/2017 in State

A new Furniture Academy in Mississippi is designed to give workers the skills they need for manufacturing jobs.



Governor sets $51 million more in Mississippi budget cuts

Posted 1/13/2017 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday ordered another $51 million in cuts from Mississippi's $6.4 billion budget, as state revenues continue to lag.



Bond reduced for man charged in 'Vote Trump' church burning

Posted 1/13/2017 in State

An African-American man charged in burning of a black church that was also spray-painted with "Vote Trump" has been falsely accused, his attorney said Thursday.



Hood wants doctors to check for painkiller prescriptions

Posted 1/13/2017 in State

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says doctors should have to check an electronic registry before prescribing potentially addictive painkillers.


Speaker pushes restrictions on Miss. campaign spending

Posted 1/12/2017 in State

Speaker Philip Gunn took a campaign finance bill by the hand and escorted it through the Mississippi House Wednesday, a year after his top lieutenants mugged a similar measure.


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