Residents living above an oil-rich shale formation that stretches across southwest Mississippi and Louisiana have been waiting on a boom for years. A steady trickle of drilling is already boosting the rural region's economy, and spending by two oil companies could make 2014 the year that many other locals finally cash in on the oil far beneath their feet.
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.
Former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, D-Booneville, re-entered Mississippi politics Friday, declaring his candidacy for U.S. Senate.
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.
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.
Proponents of increased Mississippi highway funding aren't just going to be waiting until 2015. They'll probably be waiting until 2016.
Workers at a Mississippi funeral home say they found a man alive and kicking when they opened a body bag.
According to Willis and Sons Funeral Home, funeral services for Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba will be held Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks' gestation is advancing to the full Mississippi Senate for more debate later.
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 who want Mississippi lawmakers to approve special education vouchers are adding their voices in support.
Plans are moving forward for a Mississippi sales tax holiday for guns, ammunition, bows, arrows and accessories.
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.
Two new Mississippi Blues Trail marker unveiled Tuesday honor legendary blues artist Charley Patton and country blues guitar and fiddle group, the Mississippi Sheiks.
A Jackson man has been sentenced to 54 months in federal prison for aggravated identity theft and wire fraud.
The attorney general's office is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to set execution dates for two death row inmates.
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