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Lawyers: $16.5M settlement for exonerated men

Posted 8/3/2016 in State

A $16.5 million settlement has been reached in a lawsuit that claims three men were imprisoned for decades because they were forced to confess to a crime they did not commit, lawyers said.



Grand jury doesn't indict Tupelo officer in shooting

Posted 8/2/2016 in State

Grand jurors on Monday cleared a northeast Mississippi police officer of wrongdoing in a June 18 shooting that left a man dead, but relatives rejected that finding, saying they're looking to a federal investigation and a civil lawsuit for justice.



Legislative leaders call for shift to user-based taxes

Posted 8/2/2016 in State

Legislative leaders launched a review of Mississippi's tax system and government spending Monday, saying they want to move away from income taxes and toward charging people based on their use of government services.



Judge keeps block on religious objection law during appeal

Posted 8/2/2016 in State

A federal judge on Monday denied a request by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to allow a law that protects religious objections to same-sex marriage to take effect during an appeal.



Analysis: Income tax and roads loom in tax and budget review

Posted 8/1/2016 in State

As legislative leaders' plan to review taxes and spending kicks off this week, it's still unclear what results the effort might produce.



Tupelo protesters demand police reform

Posted 8/1/2016 in State

Hundreds of people marched through downtown Tupelo on Saturday to demand changes in the city's policing more than a month after a black man was fatally shot by police.



Political rivals Tate Reeves, Jim Hood stake ground at fair

Posted 7/29/2016 in State

Two would-be governors squared off at the Neshoba County Fair on Wednesday, presenting sharply different visions for what the Mississippi legislature should be doing.



Bryant and Gunn defend religious objections law

Posted 7/29/2016 in State

Top Mississippi leaders redoubled their defense Thursday of the state's attempt to protect religious objections to same-sex couples, transgender people or anyone engaging in sex outside marriage.



Gov's office: Trump to visit Miss. on Aug. 24

Posted 7/29/2016 in State

A spokesman for Gov. Phil Bryant says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be back in Mississippi next month.



Miss. grand jury clears 3 officers in fatal shooting

Posted 7/29/2016 in State

A grand jury has ruled three Mississippi police officers were justified in the fatal shooting of a 37-year-old man whose weapon turned out to be a BB gun.



62,000 sign up for Miss. No Call cellphone registry

Posted 7/28/2016 in State

More than 62,000 people have signed up for the Mississippi No Call Registry for cellphones in less than a month.



Man finds POW bracelet, seeks family of Air Force captain

Posted 7/28/2016 in State

A man using a metal detector found a prisoner-of-war bracelet for an Air Force captain and he'd like to give it to the serviceman's family.



Miss. Power announces additional $9M Kemper overrun

Posted 7/28/2016 in State

Mississippi Power Co. says it will spend another $9 million on its overrun-plagued Kemper County power plant, pushing its total cost toward $6.8 billion.



Baby OK after being left in hot van; mother to face charge

Posted 7/26/2016 in State

A woman who left her infant locked in a hot van in a store parking lot will face a charge of child neglect, Clinton police said Monday.



Board of Education sets score levels on new Mississippi test

Posted 7/26/2016 in State

Mississippi will remain a hard grader of its students, as state officials adopted test-score standards that mirror those used on a multi-state test students took in 2015.



Mississippi Democratic odds improve, but stay long

Posted 7/25/2016 in State

Does Hillary Clinton really have a chance of winning Mississippi's six electoral votes? Not likely. Are Democrats more competitive in the Magnolia State's presidential contest than they used to be? Maybe. Will Clinton fare better against Donald Trump in Mississippi than in every neighboring state? The prognosticators all think so.



Civil-rights marchers: US still needs to address inequality

Posted 7/25/2016 in State

A half-century ago, thousands joined a march across Mississippi to challenge a system that condoned violence against black people and suppressed their rights -- issues still reverberating in today's national debates about police violence.



Emails: Group asked Bryant for religious objections order

Posted 7/23/2016 in State

Emails disclosed in a lawsuit over a blocked Mississippi law that protects religious objections to same-sex marriage show a Christian legal group asked Gov. Phil Bryant to institute the protections through an executive order in 2015.



Officials: Miss. immigration agent shoots man after traffic stop

Posted 7/22/2016 in State

The shooting of a man who didn't speak English by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer in Mississippi is under investigation, authorities said.



Physician in prison health company charged with bribing Epps

Posted 7/21/2016 in State

A defense lawyer said that a Jackson physician indicted on federal bribery charges fell victim to a "shakedown" by former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps.



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